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  • Israel has transferred Ahed Tamimi to three different detention facilities in the last five days even though she has not yet been charged with a crime
  • Gideon Levy calls out Israel's fundamental, racist religion: Zionism
  • Debunking the 2 claims: anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism, and BDS unfairly singles out Israel
    • Thanks for this refutation to the two fallacious arguments thrown my way in the past year, and I quote:

      1. Calling Israel's existence into question (anti-Zionism) is an "irredeemably flawed" position.

      2. My passion on the topic and support of BDS "raises eyebrows".

      Both charges come with the necessary implied addendum that I must have some special antipathy or shame toward Jews, and both are meant to disqualify and dismiss my views without further inquiry.

      A Jewish friend who is otherwise a strong progressive seems to understand the problem, sort of, but he has not ever come out strongly and clearly for Palestinian rights, dignity, and safety. I have hammered him on his PEPism, his hypocrisy:

      If you are passionate and totally woke about, say, Black lives, and how they are not to blame for their position in America, intentionally created and maintained by mostly European colonists and their heirs...

      But Palestinian lives at best cause you to shake your head at all the damned NUANCE over there, and if the angry brown people would just stop lobbing rockets and throwing stones at the mostly European colonists and their heirs...

      Perhaps you'd better check your privilege, and your bias. Ask yourself whether the fundamental historical rules of power, money, racism, and oppression somehow warp and twist in the Middle East, or whether you've been fed the wrong narrative and are still licking the long-rancid crumbs off your plate.

  • Why don't you share all the good things about Israel?
    • I am stealing this for Facebook, Pixel. With attribution, natch.

    • As long as you understand, Annie, that I was having a bit of fun at Angel's expense. Wink wink, nudge nudge.

    • It's also wrong for scientists and philanthropists to focus any attention on Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. It affects only 1 in 2,500 people in the U.S., while type 1 diabetes affects closer to 1 in 300, and even that pales in comparison to breast cancer, hitting 1 in 8 U.S. women over their lifetimes.

      Any time I read about people raising money and awareness for people living with rare diseases, I get angry. What makes them think they deserve our attention?

      Screw CMT sufferers. We have bigger fish to fry -- although, on second thought, steamed or baked would be healthier.

  • The war over the meaning of the Holocaust between Netanyahu and General Golan
    • – acts of injustice and immorality committed against Jews justify acts of injustice and immorality committed by Jews; and
      – Jews are entitled to do unto others acts of injustice and immorality they would not have others do unto them.

      Exactly, eljay, except that for Zionists, the acts are neither immoral nor unjust. They are necessary and even admirable. That's the problem. When you're raised to believe brutish militarism is a point of pride and vindication, nothing is off-limits.

  • Israel imposes travel ban on BDS movement co-founder Omar Barghouti
  • Anti-Semitism is considered a serious moral failing. But no one calls out anti-Palestinian bigotry
    • I was raised in the 70's and 80's in a classic American Jewish stew of perennial global victimhood, cultural and intellectual superiority, and deeply loving support and admiration for Israel. I still hear Jews calling Palestinians animals. My father would love to see all Arabs wiped off the planet. He's not alone.

      To even consider the concept of being "Anti-Palestinian" you'd have to acknowledge their humanity, and the existence of anything that could be called "The Palestinian People" - which Jews routinely and gleefully deny.

      So if they're not a People, and they're not quite human and they clearly don't love their children as much as they hate Jews, how could anyone be faulted for wishing they could be pushed into the sea?

      Add to this toxic brew the general ignorance among Jews of what really happened leading up to statehood, and the evils done in '48 and since, and you've got the epic ongoing disaster of the U.S. propping up an ethnocratic client state, with the vicious ADL and AIPAC ensuring that anyone who dares to criticize Israel is painted a filthy, bigoted liar, or a self-hating Jew.

      Thank goodness for the internet and the intrepid historians and true journalists who insist that true history is not "revisionism" and who carry on despite the abuse from Zionists. We'll win because BDS will work. It will work because the young people will not be fooled by the baseless accusations and histrionic doomsaying of their brainwashed elders.

  • 'NY Times' publishes op-ed writer's blatant falsehood about Palestinians without blinking an eye
    • This middle-aged Jewish mom sez:

      Why NOT expulsion?

      There's plenty of government-owned land in the U.S., particularly in the Southwest, where routed Israelis can live alongside their cheering section of evangelical nutjobs. While we've got them there, let's build them a nice protective wall, restrict their water and travel, and see how they like living in a parched no-man's land for a few decades. It's still better than living smack in the middle of all those Jew-hating Arabs...amirite?

  • When occupation becomes apartheid
    • Amazingly cogent and readable piece. I've shared it with a friend who is a Jewish PEP (Progressive Except for Palestine). He very much wants peace, but he sees far more nuance and Arab responsibility for the situation than is warranted, and he is not alone among American Jews. Thank you so much for your writing. Laura

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