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  • Sh*tstirring Jeffrey Goldberg dumps diplomatic sh*tstorm with 'chickensh*t' quote
    • Can’t Obama or his flunkies just be men and call out Bibi.

      Can’t Bibbi or his flunkies just be men and face the music at the UN and ICC rather than hide behind the U.S. veto?

      I’m sure Bibi’s shaking. Especially after the GOP cleans his clock.

      Do you honesty think this will not come back to bite Bibi if he tries to rally the GOP against Obama?

    • Goldberg is on record as a longstanding mouthpiece/toadie of the Obama administration

      He's also on record as a longstanding mouthpiece/toadie of Netanyahu.

      He has interviewed Obama on NUMEROUS times, has always taken Obama’s side in each and every case.

      On the contrary, he's a pro Israeli hack. He’s an Israeli sycophant.

    • What about this authored today by Jerry Slater?

      I take it Slater was being sarcastic.

    • While this is amusing and all, I find this pretty hypocritical if it is even true. After all, chickenshit -with respect to Israel - would very well describe every presidential administration since Israel was created, Obama included.

  • Jebreal debunks Netanyahu's 'American values' claim in NYT piece on 'hate policies'
    • It is a fact that most Arabs in Israel would rather live under Israeli sovereignty than under an Arab one.

      Where is the evidence of this so called fact?

      when Avigdor Lieberman suggested that a final status agreement include a territorial swap that would transfer the Triangle area ( the territory, not its population, as this woman falsely claims) to a future state of Palestine, there were loud protests from Israeli Arabs, particularly in that area.

      Probably because based on Gaza (“abysmal treatment of someone else's citizens”), they know what Israel has in store for this area should it transfer it to Palestinian rule.

  • 'Village on the volcano' is latest effort to change the subject from the occupation
    • And shame on NPR for hosting friedman regarding his accusations sans one Palestinian voice.

      I agree Annie, but even Bronner does a half decent job of exposing the absurdity and baselessness of friedman's pathetic arguments.

  • B'Tselem video: Israeli soldiers blindfold and detain 11 year old disabled child
    • Stopping the children throwing stones would leave the IDF with no excuse at all for arresting children, and the hasbarists with no basis for their claim that Palestinians are teaching their children to hate.

      No, the IDF and Israeli government would just manufacture another excuse. Most of these arrests are not even based on evidence of throwing stones, just allegations from local settlers that they were seen throwing stones.

  • 'Settlement endorsement should be put on a par with racism, sexism, homophobia and anti-Semitism' --British pol
    • Sad to say, but the UK’s “Conservative” Party is not conservative anymore.

      Sad to say that you don't understand the difference between Conservative and right wing.

    • Simply a return to the old UN ‘Zionism=Racism’ card.

      Because ‘Zionism=Racism’

  • 'NYT' can't keep its story straight on anti-Semitism in Germany
    • I’m not aware of having been “thumped” regarding Hamas’ crimes. I stand by everything I wrote on that topic.

      You claimed the BS about human shields and Hamas using launching from hospitals and mosques was an accepted fact - until it was pointed out to you it wasn't.

      Some statistics appear here:

      You're cited that web site before and it's pretty lame, and reads like an ADL type hysteria. It lists what it calls anti Semitic attacks without detailing what those attacks are - some a little more than verbal insults.

      From the Central Bureau of Statistics

      Who's central bureau

    • The statistics are – and I’m sorry to disappoint some of you- that emigration from Israel is at a 40-year low. -

      What statistics are those Jon?

      The last time you embarrassed yourself with similar claims about human shields in Gaza you got thumped by a reality check.

  • Ethnic Cleansing by All Means: The real Israeli ‘peace’ policy
    • Poor, Ayatollahs, Hezbollah, Hamas, the Assads, Erdogan, ISIL, (the late) Saddam and Qaddafi and all the rest in the region who have had the misfortune to have an entity like that in their midst.

      For a start, there would be no Hezbollah or Hamas were it not for Israel's obsession with occupation.

      Assad, Erdogan, and the Ayatollahs are governing their own states and minding their own business, unlike Israel that insists on bombing the lot of them.

  • Hamas is Nazi Germany and Israel is valiant and desperate England -- explains Canadian Jewish leader
    • This tired old crap is turning into self parody. I suspect this is just a desperate attempt to deflect attention from the very obvious and increasing comparisons being drawn between Israel's behavior and the Nazis, Gaza and the Warsaw Ghetto etc.

    • Walter Reich Senior Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center; Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Professor of International Affairs

      You have to laugh. Rabin who was killed by a Jewish Israeli extremist who would probably be a Likub minister today if he wasn't in prison.

  • British Parliament sends a message to Obama: the people see Israel as a 'bully'
    • Nikolai is a nobody clearly trying to generate publicity on the Natuonal stage.

      Addie the Ozzy media, it's no different to the UK. The ABC has done sime great work on the IP conflict.

    • BTW Jgarbuz,

      Your messianic ramblings and diatribes are absent from FP these days. Were you banned from there for spamming?

    • Page: 147
    • The above statement is a lie. The purpose of the Balfour Declaration and the subsequent League of Nations Mandate was to bring back the displaced Jewish nation to its “Jewish National Home.”

      Rubbish. There was no mention of any Jewish Nation.

      The League of Nations recognized no other nation, but only “non-Jewish communities” resident in the area they referred to as “Palestine,” the name the Romans gave the land of Judea after destroying the last Jewish state.

      Wrong.Pierre Orts, chairman of Mandate Commission of the League Of Nations, made it perfectly clear:

      "The mandate, in Article 7, obliged the Mandatory to enact a nationality law, which again showed that the Palestinians formed a nation, and that Palestine was a State, though provisionally under guardianship. It was, moreover, unnecessary to labour the point; there was no doubt whatever that Palestine was a separate political entity."
      - See more at: link to unispal.un.org
      /0/FD05535118AEF0DE052565ED0065DDF7#sthash.Njl4TjL6.dpufhttp://unispal.un.org/UNISPAL.NSF/0/FD05535118AEF0DE052565ED0065DDF7

      So the mandate was to midwife a state of Palestine, no imaginary Jewish state, Balfour himself said that Jewish National Hone did not mean a Jewish State. There was never any mention of what the Europeans Romans and other non-Jews might or might not have done.

      Hasbara fail!!

    • There are not many occasions when one can put one’s hand on one’s heart and say that makes me proud to be British (except when we beat the Aussies in the cricket Ashes, or when one compares British television, British ceremonial or the general professionalism of the British armed services with that of other nations) but last night was one.

      Well mate, as much as I loved seeing our boys take the Ashes last year, I would happily give them back to see our sorry bunch of leaders demonstrate the moral clarity we witnessed from your leaders this week.

    • It is almost surreal to be reading these statements by government officials. it clearly demonstrators that most politicians are very much aware of the facts and Israel's criminality but maintain the status quo for career reasons.

      One thing I do disagree with is the repeated argument that this is somehow all Netanyahu's fault, as if to suggest the problem is the current Israeli government and not Israel itself, or that the British public has only recently turned on Israel.

      While it is clear this is largely symbolic, it will have reverberations around the world. It will surely put pressure on Cameron to respond or acknowledge the consensus. It will serve to highlight how isolated the ruling elite is isolated from the public.

      And just as importantly, it will serve to ridicule US diplomats and leaders who spout their usual bullshit about unbreakable bombs, terrorism , US commitment to peace and the usual bullshit.

  • Is ISIS a crisis for the so-called Jewish state?
    • Judging by the criteria of how any population of humans can be defined as a “nation”, Jews, collectively, hit all the criteria.

      Actually, they got none of them, because hen it comes to defining themselves as a nation, they are the only nation that claims nationhood without a "nation".

      Armenians, Thais, Greeks define nationhood based on a specific territory and none recognize members if their nations based on religious conversion.

      It is impossible for Jews to have any ancestral links to each other if those who clearly has no such links are able to become as member if that group through religious conversion.

      It's just messianic and religious mumbo jumbo.

      It doesn't matter whether Conversion to Judaism has historically been rare, the very fact religious conversion does exist violates any legitimate definition of barionhood. At to that the fact that rabbis on Israel get to determine if someone is Jewish based on religious guidelines adds further ridicule to your argument.

      It is not a fact that most Jews in Israel and the Diaspora are descended from people who lived in the Land of Israel - in fact, the evidence suggests the opposite.

      It's not a question if national purity, it's the fact you and your fellow messianics conflate religion with nationalism and ethnicity.

      you then those Arabic-language speakers who have adopted a Palestinian national identity in recent decades would be ineligible to assert that claim, because they are certainly descended from people who have migrated into this area at various stages of history from many lands

      Cut the Jobe Peters fraudulent crap. The Palestinians were there for millennia, many were des events of the Hebrews and bear a closer connection to the land than most pretenders who simply belong to the Jewish faith.

      Nor did the British dub it Palestine. The name dates back to 1000 BCE.

      Whether some Jews like to believe they belong to a nation because if some drek they read in the Bible is their business, but they are not a nation under any legitimate or customary guidelines.

    • The founders of the modern political Zionist movement in the 19th century and early 20th century were indeed mostly atheists and agnostics, and did not insist that “God” gave them the land, but promoted the Jews’ right to independence in their homeland on the well-known fact that Jews worldwide collectively constitute a national group that has roots in a shared ancestral homeland in which Jews have always maintained a presence despite centuries of foreign rule.

      You've just demonstrated my point. The notion that Jews constitute a national group is not a fact but a myth that Zionists like yourself have been struggling to explain or make sense of without resorting to religious dogma about being God's chosen.

      The the absurd notion that Jews belong to a national group is ridiculed by the fact non Jews can convert to Judaism through religious conversion that as soon as that process is completed, those converts can suddenly claim that Israel is their ancestral homeland.

      No other nation in the world has such messianic and delusional basis. The fact that Roman Catholics have maintained a presence in Italy, Spain, France etc does not make those states the ancestral homeland of Roman. Catholics.

      The founders of the modern political Zionist movement in the 19th century and early 20th century might have been atheists and agnostics, but we're happy to insist that they had a greater right to it than any other group because “God” gave them the land.

    • Just because IS and Al-Qaida did not succeed in attacking Israel doesn’t mean they have not been trying.

      True, but they have not been trying. in fact, the curious thing about ISIS is that they have threatened everyone from the Mile to the Euphrates except for Israel.

    • BTW. I love how people insist that Zionist founders were atheists when they still insisted hat God gave them the land.

  • David Brooks's son joining Israel army is an 'extreme case' -- NYT public editor
    • Boatech is such a hypocritical moron. He'd be squealing like a banshee if a NYT columnist was a member of the PLO.

      No less absurd is Brooks' reference to himself as an Israel parent. Shouldn't he come xlean about not considering himself American?

  • The Titanic of the occupation -- SodaStream (Update)
    • (1) demand for soda is decreasing as people become more health conscious

      Fail 1.

      - People haven't suddenly started becoming health conscious in the last 6 months.
      - If that were any kind of explanation then shares in Pepsi and Coca Cola would have suffered similar downturns. Coca Cola shares are the highest since 1998.

      (2) it’s a specialty item — people who want it have it already

      Fail 2!

      There is no evidence the market is saturated in terms of Soda Stream units, and no evidence that any downturn was predicted early 2014.

      (3) there is cheaper non-brand name stuff that does the job

      Fail 3! People who drink soda are know for extreme brand loyalty. There are cheaper Phones than the Iphone, but sales are still high.

      SodaStream has been around for at least 3 decades, so it clearly is not a fad product, let alone a very cool gimmick.

      Bottom-line: You are desperate and have no idea what you are talking about.

  • Eight hours on Third Avenue
    • You know what I mean

      You delusional in that case, seeing as you are getting your ass kicked repeatedly on this forum by anti Zionist Jews.

    • I love to eat “anti-Zionist” Jews.

      I never knew Zionists practiced cannibalism, so thanks for shedding light on your already sick cult ideolody,

  • Pogroms rage in Europe? Kidnaped Israeli teens were Freedom Riders? Liberal Zionists' desperate slogans
    • A good place to start is to check the facts

      If there is a rise in anti semitism it should be condemned and resisted, but empty statements like claims of 85 anti Semitic incidents without details is not a fact.

    • Sorry, that was meant to be Alterman.

    • I suspect Alrernsn is getting tired of pushing a losing argument. The backlash from his attack on Blumenthal exposed how unhinged and irrational he is.

    • It seems that any act of hostility towards Jews anywhere in the world is not just a crime, it's a pogrom Yet these same clowns will insist lynchings in Jerusalem are not.

    • This same fella probably accuses Europeans of not doing enough to save Jews in the second world war.

      Or doing enough to sanction Iran or destroy Hamas

    • Yes Annie,

      It's much like the insistence of Israeli apologists who keep insisting Iran is commitee to the anihilation of Iran - no matter how many times this lie is debunked.

  • White House is now in open spat with Netanyahu over his 'American values' lecture
    • What truth dufus. Bibbi was correctedby the interviewer and admitted the settlement is outside tge '67 lines and the fire illegal.

  • Salaita says UI appeased 'a few wealthy donors' and destroyed his career
    • I guess apartheid was another proxy war too - fought between racist supremacists and human rights advocates.

      Just like the IP conflict.

  • Read the genocidal sermon a notable Atlanta rabbi gave this Rosh Hashanah
    • You failed to show where Lewis concluded that therefore West should embark on a campaign of genocide against Muslims.

      You're being dishonest.

      The definition of genocide does not require an entire race or ethnicity to be wiped out. Not all Jews were wiped out by the Holocaust but it was clearly genocide.

      It would be impossible for the West to destroy all Muslims, short of nuking every state where Mudlims reside - including allied states.

      The Bosnian genocide involved 8,000 victims.

      He did calls or Israel to be given all the time and resources to kill all members of Hamas in Gaza

      What he called for is all members of Hamas and their supporters to be eliminated. That's bound to be hundreds of thousands - therefore genocide.

    • Nope. He doesn’t say that.

      Yes he does. You might need to read it a 5th time.

      He explicitly that all Islamists should be killed, not just some of them and in the case of Israel, that they be given enough time and support to do it.

      I’ll go on record as stating explicitly that I think it would be a great thing to kill as many Islamist radicals in gangs like ISIS, al Qaeda, Boko Haram, al Nusra Front, and yes, HAMAS, as possible.

      The point you are missing is that it is not possible. There are not a finite number of Islamists. By simply killing them, you create more, as was the case in the wake of the Abu Grab scandal.

    • Even Yonah admits that I think the rabbi’s language was horrible and implied that the way to deal with radical Islam is through extermination

      And given that killing Muslims radicalizes more Muslims, this is therefore a call for genocide. If a muslim cleric called for the extermination of all Zionists or even Right Wing Zionists, you'd be calling it genocide.

    • It’s not worth it, Annie. No matter what the sermon actually says, it’s in the interest of Mikhail and others here to spin it into something else.

      This is not an honest group of people you’re dealing with here, they are hasbarats and Nakba deniers.

    • Show me where he says that Muslims should be killed simply for the fact that they are Muslim.

      He doesn't says that Muslims should be killed simply for the fact that they are Muslim, he said that Muslims should be killed because of what a handful of extremists in their ranks have done.

      Same thing,

    • Where is the quote where he endorses murdering members of an ethnic group or adherents of a certain religion?

      Throughout the sermon he calls for genocide and calls for fivung the IDF all the time and support they need to do it.

      If you can't understand that after 3 readings you must be illiterate.

    • The message of the sermon is that the intended victims of the Islamists who embrace terror need to wake up and not become victims.

      Either you are being dishonest or you read a different sermon. Lewis referred to any criticism of Israel as Islamist rhetoric and propaganda. He lied through his teeth about who started the war and the false claim that the start of the conflict was the murder of the 3 teeenagers, when it fact, the Gaza massacre was an effort by Bibbi to destroy the unity agreement.

      It is the Islamist terrorists who are actively killing innocent people and committing genocide.

      So is Israel.

      Further, Rabbi Lewis calls upon the 950 million Muslims who are not terrorists to speak up forcefully in opposition to the terrorists

      But disparages those who speak out against Israel's crimes as Islamists.

      Give up he hasbara dude. You are out of your league. Even those who belong to the Atlanta Synagogue are disgusted by the sermon.

    • Not exactly sure how this sermon, which favors fighting against Islamic radicalism, is any different from rhetoric at Mondoweiss defining Jews who do not support BDS as people who lack a conscience, and much worse rhetoric than that.

      I am pretty sure you are not as stupid as you pretend to be. For a start, no one favoring BDS has advocated gencode or allowing Palestinians all the time and support they need to commit genocide.

      In fact, this Rabbi acknowledges that most Muslims are peaceful people.

      And then said it doesn't matter, because they are complicit in their inability to stop radicals, thus deserving of genocide.

    • Lewis is completely divorced from reality. Here he is. Railing also at Al Qaeda, while WINEP (a front for AIPAC) is advocating the support of AQ and Al Nusra.
      link to mcclatchydc.com

  • Ilan Pappé on Israel’s 'post-Zionist moment' and the triumph of 'neo-Zionism'
    • The early need for revolutionary zeal – just to be able “to lift” the project (practically from scratch) – has given way to more “normal” attitudes that characterize matured countries.

      Zionism has shown no maturity - it has only descended into further depths of extremism, racism, militarism and nihilism. It could be that this was always Zionism and that the facade has simply been lifted.

  • 'Ethnic cleansing for a better world' -- Richard Cohen says Palestinians brought the Nakba on themselves
    • Even more bizarre is the claim that the desire to create a Jewish state with a Jewish majority was the result of the refusal of the Palestinians to allow the Zionists to take over.

      Apparently Cohen never heard of Herzl.

      The one good thing about this book however, is that it is one more nail in the coffin of Nakba denial.

  • Anti-Zionist train makes stop at Washington Post
    • They would at best be relegated to dhimmi status before long; but given the prevailing behavior of de facto Arab leadership like Hamas, Hezbollah, etc., the Jews would be slaughtered.

      In other words dmm, you and most Israeli apologists are simply worried that the Arabs would treat Israeli Zionists as badly as Israeli Zionists have treated them. Israel created Hamas and Hezbollah. They created Hamas to put off negotiating with the PLO and they created Hezbollah by their sadistic occupation of Southern Lebanon, which they also invaded to crush the possibility of a Palestinian state emerging.

      Yes, Israel exists for a reason - messianic nut jobs who believe that they own the land because God gave it to them. Even those who claim not to be religious believe this crap.

      If there is no two-state solution in Israel’s future, then that means the alternative, a one state solution is inevitable - whether your ethnocentric supremacists like it or not.

    • You tried this before and I gave you list of about 20 a few weeks back including many democracies. So obviously your point is moot and you know that.

      No, your list came up ZERO after it was scrutinized and every country you listed did NOT differentiate between nationals and citizens.

    • Which nations in the Middle East claims to be the only democracy and to share Western values Hop?

  • Abbas calls on UN Security Council to end the occupation
  • Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders get off Israel bandwagon, for once
    • It must of been a sad day for Israel and the US when Mubarak was ousted, Egypt is such an important country in the region, finding someone with the same mix of barbarity corruption and obsequiousness could take years.. oh, hello Sisi.

      Yes the Israelis were ecstatic when Morsi was overthrown and El Sisi took power.

    • J Street supported the letter, right alongside AIPAC. Another sign of JStreet as “AIPAC Lite” giving liberal cover for the Israel lobby agenda.

      Could J Street make any more of a fool of itself and hasten it's own irrelevance? The only thing J Street has achieved is to reinforce the fact that Zionism is incompatible with human rights, equality, and liberal and progressive values.

  • Obama says Muslims bear responsibility to counter radical Islam (so are Jews responsible for Israeli violence?)
    • The fact that people are defending Hezbollah’s fiction here rather than just say what Israel did in Haiti was a wonderful humanitarian act and what Hezbollah did with their lying, which may very well have gotten people killed, was evil I think proves my point the issues with Israel aren’t about violence.

      No, it just goes to show that there is no limit to the verbal diarrhea you are prepared to soil this forum with JeffB. These links have NOTHING to do with Hezbollah. NOT ONE.

      AS for Haiti, the fact is that the Israelis were only prepared to stick around while the cameras were rolling and then packed up and left when they were gone.

    • The reality is that the current chaos in the Middle East cannot be blamed on Western policies, which people like Juan Cole and others are pushing. It is an indigenous problem.

      Don't be a fool. The extremists have been used by the US since the end of the Cold War, going back to Afghanistan and ever since.

  • Israel carries out extrajudicial killing of two Palestinians suspected in Israeli youths kidnapping
    • Read:

      Israeli forces shot live fire and grenades. “At a certain stage, they came out and opened fire,”

      So Israel began the assault with grenades and live fire and only then did they come out and respond with open fire.

      So yes, it was an extrajudicial killing/murder/assassination. No need to go to trial and produce the evidence.

  • Hamas is just as bad as ISIS and worse than Boko Haram -- Israeli government propaganda
    • Ok, I thought whataboutyouery is a no- no.

      So why do you keep doing it?

    • Hey Gene,

      Did you know that Israel trades in the organs of dead Palestinians. Heartless necrophile death cultists.

    • Did you know that Hamas is still holding the bodies of Israeli soldiers? Heartless,ghouls.

      Unlike Israel, who's bombs turn bodies into pink mist and body parts burried under tonms of rubble.

    • They don’t speak Arabic and their stringers always have to watch over their shoulders for the Hamas police who control what they can say

      Rubbish. Reporters who were in Gaza, giving first hand accounts, say otherwise.
      link to haaretz.com

      Robbins, here is one other media outlet that corroborated what MEMRI had reported

      No it doesn't. It states that the speech "ruled out any territorial concessions over Palestinian territory or recognition of Israel, while also calling for Palestinian national unity." That has nothing to do with what MEMRI claims.

      Lastly unlike yours my comment is right on topic as it exposes the lies that Mondoweiss writers are happy to propagate in defence of their beloved Hamas.

      Rubbish. Your obfuscation, hypocrisy and whataboutery came back to bite you and you cried foul when you were exposed as a shill.

  • 'This is our land!': West Bank village Wadi Fukin fights largest Israeli land grab in decades
    • Until now Israel tried to avoid escalation by highly restrained counteracts but that is not a sustainable approach

      Yes, your idea of a highly restrained counteract is when a rapist punched his victim after she tried to stratch him.

    • Omg didn't anyone ever explain to you that when you take comething that does not belong to you, it is stealing?

      The land is empty because Israel won't allow the Palestinians to build on it. But hey, the Negev is largely empty. How do you feel about half a million Palestinian refugees moved into all that empty space?

      I also have to laugh at the claim that the land will remain part of part of Israel if an agreement ever materializes, when we know there will never be one and that the Palestinians have not agreed to this arrangement.

      The very fact that Israel even allows Palestinians to petition its court system is a credit to it.

      Funny how you think that the existence of a kangaroo court is credit to an apartheid, fascists, solonist state.

  • Warren, Schama, and Lipstadt address Holocaust echoes in Gaza conflict
    • The good news is that Schama has been taken to the wood shed over this Tweet. The responses to him have been a resounding rejection. One of the better ones reads:

      Here is a warning label for zionism. It makes very smart men like Schama say and believe stupid things.

      And another reads:

      Zionism is poison for otherwise moral and brilliant Jewish souls and minds. Schama being a prime example.

  • Rabbi in Ohio U. controversy leads group that denies there's an occupation
    • Arab block of nations has been using the non-existence of Israel on its maps since ’48 as a way to show they have never accepted the existence of the Israeli Nation.

      You can blame Israel for that. Every since 2002, the Arab League has offered to normalize relations with Israel, which goes beyond just recognizing Israel.

      Israel has rejected this offer because they prefer to hold onto stolen land.

  • ASA statement on Salaita: An 'assault against the Program in American Indian Studies at UIUC '
    • It`s amazing how much energy people devote to fighting Israel, in the region and outside it, regardless of the meager real weight of the Israeli issue in overall Arab affairs and the real high cost paid for it. - See more at: link to mondoweiss.net

      It`s amazing how much energy people devote to defending Israel, in the region and outside it, regardless of the meager real weight of the Israeli issue in overall Arab affairs and the real high cost paid for it. WHy does Israel and it's supporters invest so much time with so many lobby groups Ivri?

      In Washington they hold annual conventions where Washington paid political hacks line up to kiss Israel's butt. What's up with that?

      At the UN, the US ambassador boasts about all the time she spends defending Israel. The EU tried to bribe the Palestinians with recognition as a state if they promise not to refer Israel war criminals to the ICC.

      What's up with that? Was it really worth it?

  • Moe Diab debates SWU operative Philippe Assouline (Updated)
    • Personally , I thought he is a rank amateur .I wonder when he graduated from Hasbara central.

      I agree. Can you imagine him facing off against Blumenthal? He would have been in tears within the first minute.

    • The debate reminded me of the sitcom The Big Bang Theory, with the host playing the part of Penny.

      Yes, but what I wish is that this moron had been set up to debate Max Blumenthal. Moe Diab was very dignified and all, but he allowed this clown to get away with a string of lies and talking points. MAx would have torn him to pieces, especially when he claimed the BS poll and that Israel was not a racist country.

      Mind you, I suspect Assouline would never have turned up or agreed to debating Blumenthal.

    • Thanks Annie,

      I wasn't aware WINEP had changed their name to the Washington Institute. Essentially, their main role is to lobby Washington to bomb Iran over it's non existent nukes.

      And don't be afraid about the article being too long and drawn out. It was excellent reading.

  • 'NYT' finds a model relationship for Palestinians and Israelis: collaborator and his handler
    • I encourage you, Shingo, to read the article. It offers a different POV from the one you depict. The Green Prince would be insulted by the way you put words in his mouth.

      I have read the article and the Prince is a racist Islamophobe who has helped to maintain the occupation and contributed to the ongoing misery of his people.

      Insults is the least he deserves.

    • Mosab Hassan Yousef is a hero for humanity.

      No he's a hero for haters of Muslims and Arabs like yourself who want to bomb the people just so you and your tyrannical heros can return to power.

      I would rather have seen Mosab go down Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s path of rationality

      She also happens to be a fraud, which is no surprise seeing as you equate lies with rationality

    • Walid Shoebat, a former Hamas militant, converted to Christianity in 1994

      Shoebat is a fraud. No one from Hamas, the PLO or even the FBI had every heard of him before then.

    • I hope that one of the Monoites here will offer some psychological answers, for me at least, on why any Arab would go over to the Zionists.

      Money, self preservation, greed.

    • What an evil way to characterize an individual who not only noted that too many people died, but he did something about it At much danger to himself.

      What an evil relationship. Israelis bribing and blackmailing Palestinians to participate in the oppression of their own people.

  • Israel surveils and blackmails gay Palestinians to make them informants
    • You kinda missing the point Israel is a gay friendly country while PA and Arab society isn’t.

      That claim is clearly debunked by this report. Being gay friendly surely includes the respect for the privacy of gay people, which has to include not outing them against their wishes.

      And our intelligence agencies use these faults in our enemies society to gather information.

      It's called blackmail Oleg and it's a violation of human rights.

    • According to Shingo left wing fascists are fine.

      Are you drinking while blogging again Mayhem? I said no such thing, especially given that a left wing fascists is about a nonsensical and a right wing communist.

    • While MW pettifoggs Israel deals with existential threats.

      Yawn. Israel's idea of an existential threat is the prospect of a settler breaking a fingernail while building an illegal settlement on stolen land. Whether it be outing gays or killing babies, there is nothing you Zio supremacists won't justify to protect your apartheid europia.

      And as for relentless persecuting Israel doesn't discriminate between gays Palestinians and non gay.

      The Israeli objectors have been appropriately condemned by Israeli Defence Minister Ya’alon

      Ya’alon, who has a habit of shooting off his mouth and crawling back into his hole, is no longer taken seriously by anyone.
      Ya'alon apologizes to US for inflammatory comments
      link to haaretz.com

      Labor Party chairman and opposition chief Isaac Herzog put it aptly:

      Aplty but completely dishonestly. These policies are not mistakes, they are deliberate and intentional.

    • All Belarus citizens are welcome in Israel.

      Especially if they are right wing fascists, in which case, they will fit right in.

    • There goes all that pinkwashing down the drain

  • University of Illinois trustees vote to reject Salaita reinstatement
    • ’m so sick of these professors using “academic freedom” as a cover for forcing leftist propaganda down their students’ throats.

      I'm sick of right wing Zio fascists lying about and misrepresenting the actions of Israeli critics. Salista forced nothing down anyone's throats. He posted Twitter comments which no one w2as forced to read or even pay attention to.

      So yes, Salaita has both a legal and moral case.

      his comments about Israel are unrelated to what he was hired to teach

      And so were his actions when he posted those comments. He did not post then in the capacity as a teacher, nor was any student of his forced to read them, left alone accept them.

      The claim that his comment calls into question his ability to interact with students who don’t agree with him is debunked by his illustrious career and having been thoroughly vetted the UOI. His references were full of praise and his reputation beyond reproach.

      So again you are lying - like all hasbarats do.

      f a professor commented on Twitter that he believes blacks shouldn’t have the same rights as whites, you would be (rightly) demanding his removal.

      And if Salita had posted anything to that effect, we would be demanding his removal too. That's not what Salita posted and nothing he posted was remotely that offensive let alone racist.

      Legally I believe the contract wasn’t yet finalized so it can be withdrawn.

      Wrong. His contract as indeed finalized or he would not have tendered his resignation from his previous job. And contrary to your claims, his tweets are not seen as offensive outside the BDS movement. They are only seen as offensive from within the right wing Zionist cult.

  • The best U.S. 'strategy' to combat ISIS? Stop supporting religious states
    • Do you wake up in the morning thinking that throwing out petty insults that most children would have outgrown when they got past the poopyhead stage are a good use of your time?

      Mooser happens to be a valued and respected contributor to this forum and brings a great deal of much needed comic relief to pretty much all of us, so he makes a great contribution and has a positive affect on many lives.

      The fact that your idiocy and diatribes provide such fertile fodder for him is just a bonus.

      I raise a family, I run a business.

      Wow, do you also defecate and pass urine?

    • Didn`t I see a zillion times here people writing that this and that is where the game is “surely” over for Israel – only to see it becoming yet stronger.

      Stronger than what? They still can't seem to win a war against softer and softer enemies.

    • Normally I’m busy and I just ignore you since your comments are nothing more than petty silly nonsense.

      I wish I had your discipline Jeff. I find it hard to ignore you nonsense.

    • Iran is not the mother of all religious states by any measure ignoramus.

    • Won’t it be wonderful when we can refer to your comment archives, and see how goddam right you are about everything!

      Yes, it would rank right up there with Gary Larson's body of work.

    • BTW Israel is not the reason Iran is not friendly to us.

      Not the only reason but a main one. The whole manufactured nuclear chrisis (which is 100% BS) is for Israel.

      Israel didn’t make them take our hostages.

      No, they just helped train the Savak who disappeared about 10,000 Iranians.

      Israel didn’t make them attack our ships.

      That's funny seeing as Israel deliberately attacked the USS Liberty. I guess you forgot how the USS Vincennes downed an Iranian airliner in IRanian air space, killing 296 on board?

      Israel didn’t make them destabilize Iraq over the last decade and put in place the Iraqi government that so alienated the Sunnis that they are supporting ISIS in the first place. That was all Iran.

      Seriously, it boggles the mind the crap you power here Jeff. It was the US that destabilized Iraq not Iran. Iran actually supported the guy the US hand picked, Maliki. It was the US that created the civil war between the Shiites and Sunnis.

      That was all the US with Israel's belssing.

      - See more at: link to mondoweiss.net

    • Da’ish and Al Nusra were armed and trained and sent out to murder the Arab Spring in its infancy – sent out to stop the Arab masses from taking to the streets in every Arab city to demand democracy.

      So was El Sisi, which is no surprise, seeing as he's now on the Saudi's payroll.

      ut the Arab dream of democracy, universal rights and equality is not dead yet

      Except for Egypt.

      But you have a point about Obama.

  • Three ways Palestinians can hold Israel accountable for Gaza war crimes
    • Hamas launched hundreds of rockets and mortars from schools, mosques, hospitals and civilian residences.

      Rubbish. There is not one iota of evidence to support that claim. In fact, Israel were so desperate they even produced a video from 2009 to claim that a rocket had been fired from a hospital in 2014. When the IDF destroyed Al Wafa hospital completely by airstrikes on Jul. 23, it abandoned the pretense that the reason was a Hamas rocket launch site. Instead it released a video purporting to show firing at IDF troops from the hospital.

      It turned out, however, the video clips of the firing been shot during “Operation Cast Lead” in 2009, not in 2014.

      They also used those civilian facilities as weapons depots , command centers and entrace points to tunnels.

      None of those claims passed the smell test. Not a shred of evidence to suport hose claims has been produced.

      Hasbra fail!!

    • posted videos relating to rocket launches from Shifa Hospital.

      There was no rocket launches from Shifa Hospital. Your fake argument was debunked.

      Hamas didn’t send “a rocket”, but thousands of potentially lethal rockets and mortars.

      Whereas Israel sent about ten times as many not potentially but devastatingly lethal bombs, missiles and shells.

    • if the Palestinians sign the Rome Statute, it will open the way for investigations into Hamas’ crimes: the rocket and mortar fire directed at our civilian population

      It will also open up the way for investigations into the far more cases of Israel’ crimes: the shells and bombs directed at the Gaza civilian population. And as an occupying power dishing out collective punishment and genocide, Israel has a lot more to fear.

      Your lies about Hamas using hospitals, schools etc have already been eviscerated, but you continue to repeat them.

      I suppose you are still dealing with PTSD.

  • Israel's Shock Doctrine
    • They cannot afford anymore alienating the little that is left of the West and Israel has become in different ways even a pillar of it

      Quite the cvontrary. With the exception of Britain, the EU want nothing to do with the so called coalition to fight ISIS.

      WIth respect to Russia, the US has dragged the EU kicking and screaming to agree to sanctions. Polls show the population of the EU are against them and opposed to the Ukranian actions in Donbass.

      If anything, the US and Israel are more isolated and desperate than ever.

  • Front-page 'NYT' piece on foreign influence on D.C. thinktanks leaves out Israel
    • Israel is not considered anymore in the political US circles as a foreign country – it is family now.

      Yeah, like a pedohpile uncle who secretly violates his nieces and nephews when no one is looking.

      Clearly, you would only do that for your own country

      No, clearly some political self interested hacks who have sold out their country would do that for the right price.

  • Israel has three years to end the occupation -- Abbas
    • I have put Israel in a corner politically

      Yeah the mouse that roared. Israel are shaking in their boots.

      Listen to Abbas, he sounds like a Right wing Zionist.

    • In the end, corruption aside I believe he has acted in the interests of the Palestinian people

      Rubbish. He has acted in his own interests. The reason he is holding up the ICC application is because it would mean the end of the money to him and therefore the end of him reign.

      During all the wars in Gaza, he was silent and crushed demonstrations against Israel. The is worse than a traitor.

    • Things are going from bad to worse. Abbas is now threatening to dissolve the unity government - this after Hamas gave up pretty much all control under the unity agreement. Now Abbas us turning the screws citing that the PA are not being allowed to fully operate on the ground.

      Where was the PA a month ago when Israel were bombing Gaza. It's a pity that Hamas didn't success in taking out this self serving slime ball.

    • The only explanation I can fathom for Abbas's stonewalling tactics is self interest. He wants to hang on to power and privilege till the last minute.

      I have no doubt he is being bribed behind the scenes to keep the charade going. When it finky collapses, he'll be on a plane to some luxury destination to live out his life is style while the Palestinians are left with nothing.

  • It's 'bomb or bombing' in Iran inside of a year, Israeli leader tells US pol
    • Netanyahu begins the meeting by noting that had Hamas accepted the first cease fire proposal in the opening days of conflict, total casualties would have been around 200.

      And if Netanyahu had not lied about the deaths of the teenagers, and used the phony pretxt to bomb Gaza, the total casualties would have been around ZERO.

      “Our meeting finally ends when an aide slips him a piece of paper. The Prime Minister reads it and says: “John Kerry is calling.”

      I can’t help but wonder if this was just a false excuse to end the meeting because even a narcissist like Netanyahu must get sick of political suck ups like Steve Israel kissing his ass for that long.

  • Rabbi Brant Rosen steps down from Jewish Reconstructionist Synagogue saying his activism on Israel/Palestine has been 'lightning rod for division'
  • British pol is beaten by man in Israeli army t-shirt, and the chattering classes are silent
  • 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.

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