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  • Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel clarifies position on campaign to cancel Matisyahu show
  • 51 Christian faith leaders urge Congress to vote for Iran Deal
    • I've been musing recently on the parallels between the role of religious authorities of various kinds in Israel and the US re policiies of the State of Israel, and that of the Dutch Reformed Church (Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk - NGK) in South Africa under Apartheid. These three citations tell the story of the latter:

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      The message ought to be clear.

  • Hockenberry skewers Menendez for double standard on Israeli nukes and killings of civilians
    • Now over 81860 - 150 in last half hour!

    • O/T but Damian Moran now has 81,710 signatures for his petition to arrest Netanyahu for war crimes on arrival in the UK in September.

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      Only 18,290 more needed to be considered for debate in Parliament.
      It seems to be going up rapidly now - perhaps as a result of it getting some visibility on RT.

  • Omar Barghouti on Matisyahu: 'Perfectly reasonable to oppose performance by any bigot'
    • William Jacobson is the guy who rebroadcast the Marie Brenner Vanity Fair fairytale. Good to know your sources, hophmi.

  • 'New York Review of Books' offers Israel as a model to US on targeted killings and detention for terrorists
    • This is pretty damning! I wonder what Ms Brenner's students at Columbia would say about such a piece of journalism. From the Telegraph article:

      But there are no images or sound recordings to back up Ms Brenner’s published claims, police say, and Jewish groups in Paris have joined them in describing them as untrue.

      The police spokesman also invited Brenner to produce the "dozens of pictures" of people making Nazi-style salutes outside the Hyper-Cacher supermarket.

      A spokesman for the US magazine said: "We stand by our story."

      Ms Brenner did not respond to requests for comment.

      A quick online search showed no independent sources - Pamella Geller had a piece based on the original article, as did William Jacobson, and Australia's own Andrew Bolt.

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      There is a photo in Ms Brenner's piece with a conveniently placed swastika on the Marianne statue. Hmmm!

  • Over 1,000 Black activists, scholars and artists sign statement supporting freedom and equality for Palestinian people
  • 'NYT' gives new life to old propaganda -- Terror Tunnels from Gaza
    • I don't have a map of where the tunnels are, but did they cross the boundaries that Israel agreed under the Partition Plan? Perhaps talknic could help.

  • Leading Israeli journalist says Israel is an Apartheid state
  • A Tale of Two Beaches: Tel Aviv and Gaza
    • I know from some people, now dead, but once very close to me about alcoholism. I don't need to be lectured on it. And what makes you think he has a family? Do you think he would have a different perspective on I/P if he were sober - or just less likely to post?

    • And what would be the response in the MSM if a drunken Palestinian said "Death to the Jews" publicly. If Grover posts drunk here then I have no compunction in responding.

    • I wonder if Steve Grover would have had a similar response about the Jewish resistance to the Warsaw Ghetto as he does to the Palestinian response to the Gaza Prison Camp.

  • Saban says Iran Deal is a done deal, as Netanyahu and Bush play for 2016
  • In latest thrust at Obama, Netanyahu names UN ambassador who trashed him and said Palestinians can have 'Facebook state'
    • The sun is shining outside, the cherry tree is in blossom, and Mark Regev is Israeli Ambassador to the UK. Oh what a beautiful morning! Made my day - probably Jon Snow's too.

    • Sorry Annie - posted before I saw yours. My sentiments exactly. This will be Ireland deja vu. Great news.

    • Regev ambassador to UK? Wonderful! The more exposure the better. Many people of the UK are aware of Regev and know him to be a scumbag - his whining performance in front of Jon Snow was classic. Just imagine him trying to excuse the next Israeli atrocity to the British government and news media. This really drives home how out of touch Netanyahu and his government are with the rest of the world and helps undermine UK support for Israel's actions. Look at how the Israeli Embassy in Ireland distinguished itself last year. I would have thought that the phone lines between the Zionist Cameron and Netanyahu should be running hot!

  • AIPAC spending estimated $40 million to oppose Iran Deal
    • You seemed in your earlier comment Schipper to be arguing that countries without constitutions are good and those with them are bad. Then talknic pointed out to you that the Zionists promised a written constitution and reneged on it (along with many other promises). You don't seem to have responded to that in your latest comment. Please tell me why what talknic said is a crackpot argument. Are you saying that the rest of the world ought to have understood all the time that the Zionists were never going to deliver on their promises? Did they have their fingers crossed at the time?

  • Someone Else’s Normal: The Dawabshe tragedy and picturing Palestine
  • Roundtable on the Palestinian solidarity movement and Alison Weir
    • I have the following story on very good authority. It concerns a Jewish visitor to a university belonging to a branch of the Christian religion that was strictly anti-alcohol. No liquor was allowed on campus - period! A Jewish visitor persuaded the authorities to allow him and his fellow Jews to celebrate Passover in a large room used for Christian services on campus - because after all we are all "people of the book". Needless to say he did not disclose the nature of his celebrations, and the adherents to that form of Christianity would never have guessed it. He took some pride in the fact that he had managed to "pull the wool over their eyes". Both my story and that of mcohen are isolated stories and need to be treated in that way - no generalizations!

    • Hear, f***ing, hear, Danaa!

    • Well at least Yasmin is hitting back!


      Liz Kendall said at a meeting organised by Corbyn that Ed Miliband and Labour should not have recognised the Palestinian state – a Zionist position. This is one reason why I think Kendall should categorically not lead the Labour Party. Like Tony Blair, she defends the indefensible.

      I seriously hope that this does not become the focus of the debate over Corbyn.

  • 'Bernie, what about justice 4 Palestine?'
    • Or note that 80% of current Conservative MPs belong to Conservative Friends of Israel. Labour is not much better. But if Corbyn is elected leader it might change.

  • Israeli Banks flipping out over looming European boycott
    • So jon s is called out - as is almost always the case with hasbarats coming to this site. But does he give an apology? No way! Zionism means never having to say you're sorry.

    • Great reply eljay! The ball's in your court, jon s! Alison Weir is in trouble for going on radio programs hosted by people who might, apparently, be bigots. Organisers of music festivals are in trouble for disinviting people who might, apparently, be bigots. Damned if you do; damned if you don't.

    • Might it have something to do with this:

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    • Now 60k and I've just emailed friends of like mind in the UK to sign. Suggest those of you outside UK with friends there do so too.

    • @ivri: "the last place in the region where the rights of minorities (if not belligerent) are fully protected"

      You know, ivri, I'm beginning to see the humour in your comments.

  • The enemies list
    • Why should she have been sad? If her words and the subsequent press coverage made just one person question the standard hasbara, wasn't that worth it? On the contrary, she should have been proud that she contributed with considerable bravery to the cause of the Palestinian people. The more the Zionists take their revenge - out in the open - the better. The problem is that all too often they get away with doing it surreptitiously. Every Helen Thomas, Steven Salaita, Juan Cole, Norman Finkelstein, event, where the Zionists are forced to flex their muscles publicly, damages them. We're seeing this too over the Iran deal - all the better.

  • It's not bigoted to call out the Israel lobby over Iran Deal
    • Me too but I sold my boat a few years ago. I miss it. As to Israel being a "liberal democracy" the map on this site is interesting. It might have been brought up before here but bears repetition.

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      It suggests that Lebanon (semi-democracy) and Tunisia (democracy) are more democratic than Israel - and Israel is not even the only "democratic facade" in the Middle East.

    • Yes we're lucky to have Annie - but also Haaretz. Where will you read this in US media?

  • Shocker: 'NYT' runs front page press release for AIPAC warning Obama to cool his jets
    • Fallows seems to be arguing that the choice of headline is done hurriedly in the heat of the moment, and is, in some sense, accidental. Call me a conspiracy theorist but, if you toss a coin 1000 times and it comes up heads every time, then I think you need to start questioning the fairness of the coin.

      Jeez, I'm becoming paranoid about the RoHa punctuation patrol!

  • Defying Obama on Iran deal, Schumer cites Hamas
    • @Brewer The contributions of you on the other side of the Tasman to the English language are nothing short of awsome!

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      Is this what you were referring to?

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      Note the "About Us" of the website, and that it seems to be happy to admit that the Israelis sold US technology to the Chinese, which appears now to be being onsold to Iran.

    • TPP is struggling - talks in Hawaii faltered at the end of last month:

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      There are some serious unresolved issues. NZ (and also Australia) wants more open dairy markets - Canada is resisting.

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      Australia is concerned about the protection it provides for big pharma and about opening the sugar market in the US - if you think the Zionist lobby is strong, you should check out the sugar lobby:

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      And then there's the RCEP:

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    • @just Ravid: "Obama, for his part, isolated Israel and presented it as being outside the international consensus in its attitudes towards Iran. Netanyahu, on the other hand, caused the Jewish community, against its will, to become part of the problem, while putting it in a difficult ethical dilemma by calling on its members to side with the Israeli prime minister in his fight against the nuclear agreement being promoted by the U.S. president, for whom the vast majority of U.S. Jews voted."

      So Obama is in trouble with Israel for stating a fact that Israel ought to be aware of. Netanyahu (the leader of a foreign country), on the other hand, is in equal trouble for seeking to persuade a slice of the population of the US to side with him against its President.
      Yep - that sounds like they're equally at fault. (sarcasm emoticon needed!)

      Just substitute any other country for Israel to realize how ridiculous this sounds to a non-American.

  • Obama tells Americans it is 'abrogation of my constitutional duty' to defer to Israel on Iran Deal
    • You're a class act, Hostage! Three outstanding comments on this thread! When I tell others about MW, as I do often, particularly those who believe the lies in the MSM, I always add "And be sure to read "Hostage"". You've said what I've been trying to say, but much more eloquently and cogently.

      The sanctions regime is over. So if the US wants to do anything to Iran (and I can't work out why, in its own interests, it would), it has to be war not continued sanctions. But finding a "coalition of the willing" will be much harder this time - Canada maybe? I'm not even sure they'd get Australia or the UK across the line. From a global perspective, the anti-Iran crowd in the US is well and truly snookered. It would be in Israel's interests too to accept the inevitable and look for alternative ways to achieve its egregious aims.

    • @RoHa: B**ger! It's a fair cop. I plead guilty on all charges.

    • SWIFT on internationalization of RMB:

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      I'm not sure why my last post mentioning RMB was "modded" but as I tried to say then, this is not about the EU - that's not the elephant in the room - it's China. And how would the US blockade trade between Iran and China?

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      Echoing Bandolero, go to China (as I have very recently) and see the VWs, Audis, Mercedes on the roads there - much larger proportion than in Australia.

      A propos your last remark Bandolero. I once heard a phone-in program about Iran in which an Iranian caller said that the US was Iran's greatest friend. When asked why, he said "It has destroyed our two traditional enemies, Iraq and Afghanistan".

    • Thanks for the comment inbound39. I am wondering how this is playing out with your average Joe in the US. I am a frequent visitor, but am not there currently, and in any case, when I'm there, I don't hang round in bars (like the lumberjack - just to confuse Annie) much. I always thought that the Israel-firsters would finally push things too far that that Americans would, despite the efforts of the MSM, begin to ask questions about their congressmen (and women) and the country they are loyal to. Am I right in thinking this might be happening?
      I hope my comment passes the RoHa punctuation test; I worked hard at it.

    • @Kay24 I know he is, and I know you know he is but, since the MSM conveniently forgets to tell the public this, it is important to keep putting the message out.

      In Australia, and I know it's also true in the US, we are constantly being told by "pundits" in the MSM what we should do in the Middle East by people who told the lies that caused many of the current problems.

    • His lies about Iran have been going on far longer than from 2002.

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      Netanyahu 1992: 'Netanyahu advised the Israeli Knesset that Iran was “three to five years” away from reaching nuclear weapons capability'

      Netanyahu 1995 book: '“Fighting Terrorism,” Netanyahu once again asserted that Iran would have a nuclear weapon in “three to five years,”'

      Then he decided that it wasn't a good idea to put a fixed time period on it (I wonder why).

      Netanyahu 1996:
      '“If Iran were to acquire nuclear weapons, this could presage catastrophic consequences, not only for my country, and not only for the Middle East, but for all mankind,” adding that, “the deadline for attaining this goal is getting extremely close.”'

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      And even my own pro-Zionist country, Australia, is getting in on the act:

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    • And if the US tries to prevent trade with Iran by closing access to the banks then this process will just be hastened:

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      The US Congress ought to realize that they are not voting for or against sanctions but for or against US involvement in trade with Iran. And where China and Russia go, the Europeans will not be far behind. They have no loyalty to the US.

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      Although, it looks like – or should logically appear – that Europe is waking up. Even the most stubborn stooges of Washington are gradually seeing the light. Hungary and Poland, historically not great friends of Russia, are wondering whether they might not be better off with the east, rather than licking Obama’s boots. German business is angry about Merkel’s obsessiveness with Washington imposed ‘sanctions’. They see Russia as the trading partner of the future, as it has been until Washington didn’t succeed in Ukraine – today an almost hopeless but still murderous basket case – and wanted to crush Vladimir Putin and his country. Even the spine and brainless Hollande is responding to France’s business – ‘sanctions’ – enough is enough.

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      Even the UK and Australia have joined the AIIB against US wishes.

    • Answering myself and repeating what I have said several times on MW, it's all over! This is not about whether the sanctions on Iran will continue. It is about whether the US will be party to the deal. The other P5+1 countries are heading to Iran in a big way:

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      Let the US miss out on the fun if it wants to. Let it shoot itself in the foot as it has done over the QME - see Bandolero on another thread. The rest of the world will drop the sanctions. Ultimately if the US fails to sign up it will lose - not Israel. Israel will probably break US sanctions in any case - it has done before.

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    • A few remarks in that US News article:

      1. "Israel has a right to develop a nuclear arsenal" But not Iran apparently!

      2. "Iran fights to the last Lebanese, Palestinian, Syrian, Iraqi or Yemeni" And what would be the Western response if Iranian soldiers were on the ground in those countries?

      3. "The Israeli military has demonstrated repeatedly that it is capable of dealing with these threats [Hamas and Hezbollah]" Really? Hezbollah?

      4. "The Iranian deal may be flawed" How? No explanation!

      But I guess it is better than Fox and it is getting the message to a wider audience.

  • The deep roots of vigilante violence in Israeli society
    • @ivri "Hamas and the Gazans spent a decade digging tunnels and filling them with missiles and mortars, which eventually they did use against Israel. I suppose if it was Christ (“Love your enemy”) the reaction was different but people here are not saints – just flesh and blood – and hence the predicted reaction"

      Of course the digging of tunnels had nothing to do with Israel's incessant attacks on Gazans and Palestinians in general. Why indeed should the Palestinians mind a few bombs being dropped. They were peace-loving Israeli bombs after all only meant to destroy everything in their vicinity, not these hate-filled Hamas missiles. Tell us, ivri, how many Israeli civilians were killed using these tunnels? When you put people in a prison camp they build tunnels.

      When Hamas uses fairly primitive missiles to react to Israeli smart guided weapons they are accused of targeting civilians. When they use very precision guided tunnels, they are "terror tunnels". I wonder if Gazans all lined up to be shot by Israel they would be accused of making Israelis feel guilty.

  • Netanyahu will lobby American Jews on deal, calling on alleged loyalty to Jewish state
    • Thanks Bandolero - this is really interesting and quite astounding. What are Lockheed, Raytheon, Boeing, Northrop, etc doing about this?

      Just to be clear, if, say, Egypt buys advanced weapons from Russia, does this law oblige the US to provide weapons to Israel to maintain the QME? Or does the QME law only kick in when the US supplies weapons to other ME states?

    • What is not clear to me Bandolero is whether, if another country provides, say, KSA, with advanced armaments, the US would be obliged to supply Israel armaments to counter them. Or is this only about US arms supplies to other states?

      And then this brings to mind the question, "What happens if the other arms supplier has better weapons than the US has?"

    • This is amazing, Bandolero! French/Russian/German/UK (and perhaps even Israeli) arms dealers must be salivating over this law. I always had a suspicion about the intelligence of you Americans and now it's been confirmed.

  • Did the BBC cover up the anti-Semitism of Gaza's children?
    • Agreed ritzl and Bornajoo (and others) - all the Gazan children were doing was repeating what they could read on the Israeli passports of the soldiers who were setting about trying to kill them under the heading "Nationality". Period!

      As to the BBC, ever since the Hutton report (and perhaps before), it has become a tool of the Zionist (of its own admission) UK government.

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  • The normal horrors
    • I didn't know those Dick Gregory quotes, Michelle! Made me smile after a long hard day here in Oz.

  • Why is Wasserman Schultz, Obama's surrogate, holding out on Iran deal?
    • You mean the President of the National Iranian American Council, Trita Parsi? The real question is "Do you, hophmi, believe that his reference to billionaire donors is a reference to rich Jews?"

  • Palestinian toddler killed in settler price-tag attack
    • Doing my usual round of world news this morning in Australia. This almost unspeakable atrocity has to be a serious test of western media. Sydney Morning Herald has a reasonably fair story as do Russia Today, the Independent, Channel 4 (the best reporting of this to my mind), and Al Jazeera . Our local ABC says in its headline "settlers allegedly firebomb house". Wouldn't "suspected" - used by other news outlets - be better than "alleged"? And then comes the BBC - how has that organisation fallen! It's headline is "West Bank arson: Israel 'will catch Palestinian child's killers'" and spent most of the article quoting Netanyahu! Meanwhile higher in the list of headlines comes "Putin 'ordered Litvinenko killing'" - no alleged or even suspected there - just subtle quotation marks! And yet the BBC and other British media have the gall to complain constantly about RT bias. Disgusting, BBC, you've lost me!

  • Leading American writer Abulhawa is denied entry to Palestine
    • @Kris Agreed, but it is getting harder for the governments of countries like the UK to find loopholes in the law to allow the likes of Livni into the country. Citizens' groups are becoming stronger and are pushing the governments of Europe. And the more light that is shone on Israeli behaviour the harder it becomes.

      It is interesting to watch the grass-roots effort to get Corbyn elected leader of Labour in the UK when everyone in the establishment and MSM was against him a couple of weeks ago. The change in the tenor of, say, The Independent in the last few days is very obvious. Incidentally, Corbyn says that Hamas needs to be included in negotiations about the future of Palestine, and Galloway has said he will rejoin the Labour Party if Corbyn is elected leader.

    • @Kris @Palikari

      It is true that a few - not many - Israelis have been having some trouble entering Europe recently. And for good reason!

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  • MSM avoids central Pollard question: Did Israel trade secrets to Soviets for emigres?
    • In that were the case they would have let him go to Israel immediately on release and receive the predicted hero's welcome. It is my understanding that he will be required to stay in the US for 5 years.

  • Morgan Freeman, Valerie Plame and Queen Noor say Iran deal will prevent nuclear war that will melt Jack Black's frisbee
    • With respect, Annie, I don't think Bornajoo is disagreeing with the idea that rapprochement with Iran is valuable to US interests. But as I keep trying to say to you US/Israel-centrics rapprochement with Iran will happen despite the Zionists.

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      AIPAC does not like bright lights and they are running at 10000W at the moment.

  • 'This is our Israel, this is for the Jews. No Palestinian should come to Israel': A Palestinian-American's story of being detained at Ben Gurion airport
    • This is interesting. The Israeli government website says that US citizens do not require a visa to enter Israel - they are "exempted".

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      But the US State Dept says this:

      Palestinian-Americans: The Government of Israel considers travelers who hold PA IDs, as well as persons believed to have claim to a PA ID by virtue of ancestry, to be Palestinian residents of the West Bank and Gaza, regardless of whether they also hold U.S. citizenship. Israeli authorities consider anyone who has parents or grandparents who were born or lived in the West Bank or Gaza to have a claim to a PA ID.

      This is why Israel is not in the visa waiver program. It would be a double standard if Israel were to be allowed to enter that program with those conditions of entry.

  • In wake of January attacks, French Muslims have been demonized in manufactured 'clash of civilizations'
    • @Mayhem. You seem to be more concerned about the survival of the tribe in Europe than about in the survival of the people. Is that correct? If so I think you should be more worried about intermarriage than about killings.

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      Personally I'm more worried about the people.

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