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  • Al Aqsa mosque is closed off for first time in 47 years as tensions flare
    • A most excellent response from the foreign minister. I would have just repeated the name "Folke Bernadotte" to the odious bouncer should he have any complaints about the actions of the Swedish government.

  • Chilean soccer team will lose Palestinian-map jersey, as NYT links incident to -- anti-Semitism
    • Stupid of them to mention the "Yid" incident. Spurs fans have continued to use that word in chants to this day. I guess the NYT thinks they are self-hating Jews then. Stupid of them to combine the two stories. Also the Anelka incident is highly argumentative. It's a good thing they didn't have yellow jerseys either. That may have been seen as anti-Semitic then...

  • Obama praises Israel to high heavens as Israeli and American elite cement 'unbreakable' alliance
    • Yeah, such great allies. True friends generally don't spy on you. Generally don't send people to steal your nuclear secrets either. It's all so very disgusting. Netanyahu treats us like some child's toy because we have a feckless Congress who only sees dollar signs.

  • Zionists thrill that Obama will recognize ancient Jewish connection to 'homeland' (undoing his Cairo error)
    • If we'd fix the campaign finance laws then things would be better in the US. More power to the people then. Unfortunately, money doesn't talk it swears in this country.

    • "Between the years 134 and 1099, “we know of no attempts by the followers of rabbinical Judaism to make pilgrimages to the holy city” of Jerusalem."

      A little levity for everybody. In 1099, there was a siege of Jerusalem. Did the Jews decide that was a good time to start making pilgrimages? Or right after? If so, I hope they fired their travel agents when they returned! I know. I know. The kingdom of Jerusalem was founded after it. Not that it was a particularly good time for visiting.

    • In a more recent example, they also have deeds to their lands. Actual written documents.

    • By the way, here is a link to some great quotes by Gandhi on the whole issue of Palestine:

      http://www.gandhiserve.org/information/writings_online/articles/gandhi_jews_palestine.html

    • Eh, the Jews have been doing their bit not to remind the so-called Christian populations of the US and other places that the Christians of the ME do not matter so much. Downplaying their suffering at the hands of the Occupation.

    • O, good grief. Took too long to write that and people came up with some of my points anyway. O, well. Yes, exactly. Christians have just as much right to the Holy Land as well. We've been there for 2,000 years as well. O, right. The next line. Oops.

    • O, he must feel a connection. That's ridiculous. Canada is a much more important ally to the US. Has anybody ever said that about a president with reference to our neighbors to the North? It's just ridiculous the amount of influence(power or weight) that Israel has in American foreign policy. It should be based on size and population no more important than say a Sweden or Belgium is. Maybe its location means something else but hell, we need to leave all of the people alone in the ME. That and our foreign policy(plus the troops in Saudi Arabia. Let's have Muslim troops in the Vatican then) is why we were attacked on 9/11. And we are not "allowed" to criticize the country because they have members of a group who were once persecuted. Like nobody else was persecuted ever in history at all. Do we not criticize the Sudanese or the Bosnians or anybody else? Can't think of any ethnic group or religious group that never has been persecuted at one point. Anyway, I end this with a quote:

      Answer to Question by United Press of America, by Gandhi - From The Bombay Chronicle, June 2, 1947

      What do you feel is the most acceptable solution to the Palestine problem?

      The abandonment wholly by the Jews of terrorism and other forms of violence.

  • US Jews leave 'Gatekeepers' asking why we give money to Israel -- says Oren, outraged
    • This is very true. Ambassadors are indeed supposed to be very loyal. But Oren looks more and more like Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf though every day.

  • Landmark 'NYT Magazine' cover story ennobles resistance in Nabi Saleh
    • Yes, good point. That is true. A small step forward. Bravo to them for printing it in the first place even if they held it up for a long time it seems.

    • Yes, unfortunately, like the word "jihad", the actual meanings of the word will get lost as opposed to the connotations. Jihad or Intifada are not necessarily violent in nature. Jihad can mean an own personal struggle. A jihad against excessive weight for example. But alas, we have a misinformed public. So yes, the optics of it are not good. But some progress though.

  • Advertising campaigns target AIPAC and US aid to Israel across Washington DC
    • "But without the money to stifle debate(and politicians) then things will bend towards the views of the majority of people around the country on MW for example." I wrote that incorrectly. Maybe the views of the people around the country will be more like the majority of those on MW.

    • I agree. It's atrocious the way we give in to AIPAC. But it begs the questions, why? It's all about money and perceived power. If we take the money out of politics then we will lessen the power of the NRA and AIPAC. Now the power of the NRA has been somewhat overhyped. For them it's more of an issue of our weak-kneed politicians but why should AIPAC have any power at all? I mean it's not like there are so many members who support them throughout the country. It's like the Cuban people of Florida. It's strategic and it matters in certain places. But without the money to stifle debate(and politicians) then things will bend towards the views of the majority of people around the country on MW for example. If more Americans learned how we give in so easily to Israel on so many things then their own patriotism will be impugned and maybe they'll stand up and say "Hey, you can't do this or that. You can't offend me and my country like that." But that can only work there is free speech and equal time and money does not make that happen. Money doesn't talk, it swears.

    • http://mondoweiss.net/2013/02/netanyahu-successful-americans.html/comment-page-1#comment-544280

      I know this is somewhat out of context(but this is a new thread0 but I want to see if my reading was correct since I'm a little late to the discussion about Zero Dark Thirty and the whole issue of torture. Am I correct in my assumptions? I would like people's opinions on here since I largely agree with Philip and others on the whole issue of Zionism and Palestinians. Am I too hopeful for consciousness raising from the American people? They won't say "Hey, that was awful how we got Bin Laden." But they'll think the ends justify the means? If so, then I feel sorry for them.

  • The 99%: Netanyahu successful as Americans agree on Iranian 'nuclear threat'
    • I was looking for a recent thread to put this in since I'm a little late to the party. I see that you mentioned Zero Dark Thirty:

      I haven't seen the film. I don't think I want to but the impression I got from the Time magazine cover story(which I read a few days ago) is that this is a film that Progressives or at least anti-war people should like for it shows that war is messy and that we sold our souls in order to get Bin Laden. It was quite "grey" in this way. It showed that things are murky in this new war. At least that's what I got from the article. I mean if it showed that we used torture to get Bin Laden then I think that is good then. I mean it showed that we were inhumane when we wanted to get him. It shows that we were not sensible people. I think that's good in that it shows that we weren't always the "good" men and women. So I don't get what the beef is from progressives then. Is it because they showed them using torture and that was justified because it "worked" and therefore the means justified the ends? Well, I don't feel that way. I didn't even want Bin Laden killed. I think we should have put him on trial. But I know I'm in the minority here so maybe the general public will feel differently and think "Hey, this torture stuff is good since it helped us get Public Enemy #1." Well, if that is so then I feel sorry for the general public. But then I would also feel sorry for the progressive community for not sticking to their beliefs and hoping that people might feel differently after seeing the film. I think it depends on what angle you take coming into the film. I see the CIA, the MIC and the military in general as doing nothing but wrong. So I hope they are not chest bumping throughout the film. If they are doing what we would consider horrible things then that just proves their immorality to me.

  • The liberal publicity line on 'Zero Dark Thirty'
    • I haven't seen the film. I don't think I want to but the impression I got from the Time magazine cover story(which I read a few days ago) is that this is a film that Progressives or at least anti-war people should like for it shows that war is messy and that we sold our souls in order to get Bin Laden. It was quite "grey" in this way. It showed that things are murky in this new war. At least that's what I got from the article. I mean if it showed that we used torture to get Bin Laden then I think that is good then. I mean it showed that we were inhumane when we wanted to get him. It shows that we were not sensible people. I think that's good in that it shows that we weren't always the "good" men and women. So I don't get what the beef is from progressives then. Is it because they showed them using torture and that was justified because it "worked" and therefore the means justified the ends? Well, I don't feel that way. I didn't even want Bin Laden killed. I think we should have put him on trial. But I know I'm in the minority here so maybe the general public will feel differently and think "Hey, this torture stuff is good since it helped us get Public Enemy #1." Well, if that is so then I feel sorry for the general public. But then I would also feel sorry for the progressive community for not sticking to their beliefs and hoping that people might feel differently after seeing the film. I think it depends on what angle you take coming into the film. I see the CIA, the MIC and the military in general as doing nothing but wrong. So I hope they are not chest bumping throughout the film. If they are doing what we would consider horrible things then that just proves their immorality to me.

  • The reviews are in: 'Zero Dark Thirty makes me hate muslims'
  • 4 myths about the Israeli attack on Gaza
    • That scumbag Netanyahu said that no "Western" journalist was hit in the one attack as if that should divide people. I hate the coded language and everything.

  • As the discourse shifts, 'NYT' stays rooted in the past (the 1800s to be exact)
    • Yes, I think this is the same book that I have. It's called "Israel-Palestine On Record: How the New York Times Misreports Conflict in the Middle East". It's by Howard Friel and Richard Falk. A very good book. I have it on my shelf next to the Israel Lobby which is also a very good book.

  • Israeli strategy is unsuccessful, just foments hostility by oppressed -- Piers Morgan
    • "It is no wonder Bar Refaeli got b*tchslapped for speaking out of line , hoping everyone was safe."

      I don't know what you're talking about. Is this in reference to the TSA incident?

  • From London to Cairo to Barcelona, Gaza assault sparks protests
    • That's interesting considering Chris is very much on the pro-Israel side. That segment on the end of his show tonight was disgraceful but not surprising.

  • 'Up With Chris' on MSNBC features 2 Palestinians out of 4 guests -- and bankruptcy of neocon Frum's claims
    • Yes, Melissa Harris-Perry. I like her too but unfortunately her time slot isn't too good either. Both shows are good too in that they actually discuss topics much more thoroughly than you are likely to get elsewhere in the MSM. Also I caught Hanan Ashwari on CNN the other day. I forgot who was interviewing her right now. It wasn't Piers though.

    • Bravo to Chris. Unfortunately, he is only on weekend mornings. Still it's a start. We need to hear this on our more well-known Sunday morning shows as well. Also in prime-time to counter the false narratives that we are hearing from the Israel-firsters. Good of the guests to bring up the Occupation. The day-to-day suffering of the Palestinians is practically ignored in the US media. The checkpoints, the demolitions, the violence from the settlers are things we never hear about on the news. The settlers even attack olive groves. O, the irony.

  • The light doesn't get much greener than this: Obama admin gives Israel the go ahead to escalate in Gaza
  • Dissecting IDF propaganda: The numbers behind the rocket attacks
  • NY ads depicting Palestinian dispossession are termed anti-Semitic by 'Jewish community'
    • Let me see if I got this right. If the graphic above was placed alongside something like "This is how and when we created the glorious state of Israel." then everything in their view would have been okay? Just basically the problem is that it showed the loss of land by the Palestinians instead of showing that the lands were gained by the Israelis. I guess if it said "Lands gained by the Israelis after defeating the evil Arabs in wars and conflicts" then that is okay? Well, in negotiations too since it mentions the UN plan as well.

  • Shamir ordered Bernadotte assassination to save Jerusalem for Jews. But will his obits tell you that?
    • Yes, it is a shame. He was a great man(and one of the best of that illustrious family) but it is not surprising since the government has been taken over people who are very pro-Israel. The papers as well. For many years, the Swedish government under the leadership of the Social-democrats had quite frosty relations with the Israeli government largely because of this and the lack of justice for the killers. There was a great quote in Kati's book about a meeting between the UN and Shamir. I forget the quote but Shamir or someone from his staff asked the UN(It might have been Brian Urquhart, in fact) how they should deal(communicate) with them and the UN person said something like "O, we know how you deal with us. Just ask Mr. Bernadotte." That's probably not that close but it was rapier-sharp nonetheless.

  • US Jewish official defends double standard: In Israel, immigrants 'challenge Jewish character of the state'
  • Who knew! Hummus and falafel are 'Israeli foods'
    • That's always bothered me since "real" couscous tastes a bit different and if you make it from scratch or at least in a couscousiere it is a very primal experience. It's a shame that is indeed mentioned in a few cookbooks as opposed to other forms of couscous which are more authentic and not as old as my parents...

  • BDS victory: South Africa strips Ahava’s ‘made in Israel’ label
    • O, I think this is the one that I've seen throughout the Mid-Atlantic of the US. It's for a company that advertises itself as beauty products from the Dead Sea. Can't stand them. Anyway, I wanted to note that I was going to send my sister a subscription to the birchbox program. Unfortunately, right on the "brands" page, is "Ahava". So I decided to take a look here and sure enough they've worked with them before. It's sad that they haven't stopped working with them.

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