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  • Brexit vote leaves progressives suspended between nativists and neoliberals
    • not really surprise that Cameron didn't invoke article 50 and i'm not surprise by the leave crowd for not been prepare for that eventuality. but there will be pressure from France and Germany on Cameron to invoke article 50 as soon as possible, in an attempt to prevent further European exits.

  • Israel's 'mistaken identity' embarrassments
    • due to the lack of information on this a lot of people didn't believe the lynching actual happen. the only news that could be glean from Israeli media on the day was 3 dead and six wounded from a car accident.

      on Sunday Haaretz wrote, what can only be call a cover up story, about "American High-tech Guru Killed in Tel Aviv Accident Remembered as 'Honest, Generous Person' "

      Alan Weinkrantz, a high-tech public relations executive and startup communications strategist based in both San Antonio, Texas and Israel was one of the victims of the tragic accident in Tel Aviv on Saturday when a car slammed into a restaurant.

      Weinkrantz, an American citizen, had been sitting outdoors at the Chinese restaurant Furama when a car slammed into the seating area, killing the driver and two diners and injuring six. According to the San Antonio Express-News, the U.S. embassy informed Weinkrantz's son Aaron Weinkrantz of his father’s death on Saturday.

      http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.725740

      this story suggest that the driver was killed by the car crash rather than been pulled from the car unconscious and then beating.

      in the Habtom Zerhom case four Israelis were charged with lynching. has anyone been arrested for the latest lynching?

  • Are comparisons of South African apartheid and Israel useful?
    • Hi Kim90046,

      You do not mention another point of departure in the analogy: the population mix. Whites comprised roughly 9 percent of the population of South Africa. Today, Ashkenazim and Sephardim between the river and the sea together have about the same numbers as Palestinians. This creates a whole new conundrum.

      it seems to me you are using the difference of race for South Africa but using the difference of religion for Israel/Palestine? if that the case well there's your conundrum.

      if you had use religion for South Africa you would have found that it is predominant Christian regardless of race.

      or

      if you had use race for Israel/Palestine you would have found that it is predominant Arab regardless of religion.

      where the Ashkenazim(European) would be less than 30% of the population of Israel/Palestine.

      that is the problem in comparing South Africa Apartheid with Israel/Palestine Apartheid, where one is racial the other is religious. i agree that this difference of Apartheid needs to be address.
      however the solution is the same equal, human rights for all

  • Why I use the triple parentheses on my byline
    • Hi James,

      is the use of triple parentheses just for newsmakers and reporters or can we all use it?

  • Following Tel Aviv attack, Israel freezes Ramadan travel permits for Palestinians and seals West Bank village
    • well the western media have a new timeline the 8th of June and the count down to whatever Netanyahu and his minister of defense are planning to do the Palestinians. there will be hardly no mention what happen prior to that date.

      already the punishments towards the Palestinians have started,
      Israel freezes 83,000 Palestinians' entrance permits to East Jerusalem for Ramadan, more barriers, more house demolition and the refusal of sending the Palestinian dead home for burial.

      the Israeli father of one of the victims and mayor of Tel Aviv understands the cycle of terror and call for change. they shame their government and western leaders alike but not one these leaders will listen.

      The shopping center where the attack took place is located near Israel’s Ministry of Defense and military headquarters.

      if a similar attack happen in Beirut near a Hezbollah HQ, the MSN headline would have read something like this:

      Gunmen open fire outside a Hezbollah stronghold in Beirut.

  • The Results Are In: What we learned from the Mondoweiss Reader Survey
  • 'I am Palestinian and I am human' -- and Leanne Mohamad, 15, is disqualified from UK speaking competition
    • Hi Thalwen,

      Leanne Mohamad video has been reinstated on Speak Out Challenge site

      Following temporary suspension to safeguard a minor, we are now able to reinstate the video of our Redbridge Regional Final champion Leanne Mohamad, with authorisation from her family. Please see here for further information.

      Leanne Mohamad of Wanstead High School was crowned the winner at the 2015-16 “Speak Out” Challenge! Redbridge Regional Final with a speech entitled ‘Birds Not Bombs’ – Congratulations!

      http://www.speakoutchallenge.com/leanne-mohamad-winner-jack-petcheys-speak-challenge-redbridge-regional-final-2015-16-2/?utm_campaign=leanne-mohamad-winner-jack-petcheys-speak-out-challenge-redbridge-regional-final-2015-16&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitter

    • excellent news

      update from Thawlen blog

      The Speakers Trust has released a statement where they imply that Leanne Mohamad’s speech was not removed because of pressure from trolls but to protect her safety and because they cannot keep up moderating comments as a small charity. They affirm that she is still a regional winner and was never disqualified. They have also indicated that the videos of Leanne Mohamad will be restored.

      https://thalwenrantsandstuffs.wordpress.com/2016/05/31/update-leanne-mohamad-the-trolls/

      excerpt from the Speaker Trust statement

      On 19th May Leanne Mohamad from Wanstead High School was chosen from among 19 finalists as the 2015/6 Redbridge Regional Final winner. She was chosen by an independent panel of judges.

      As a Regional Final winner the speech was posted online. Following vile and hateful comments posted online during this Bank Holiday weekend Speakers Trust removed the video of Leanne’s speech. We will not tolerate trolling of young people. As a small charity without the capacity to moderate comments 24 hours a day it was considered essential to protect Leanne by temporarily suspending the regional video until we were able to consult fully with her school and family.

      http://www.speakerstrust.org/joint-statement-on-leanne-mohamad-and-competition/

    • Edgar Davidson the man who praises the EDL founder Tommy Robinson as “heroic” is a sick little puppy just look at his "art work" https://web.archive.org/web/20160329091012/http://edgar1981.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/edgar-artwork.html

      this is who the Speaker Trust listens to???

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    • it would seem like Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge can't make up their mind why they censored Leanne Mohamad

      a/ Julie Holness says Leanne Mohamad violated two fundamental rules

      "-the speech must have a positive and uplifting message – in fact this is one of the core terms of the agreement with the Jack Petchey Foundation.

      “- a speaker should never inflame or offend the audience or insult others and this, by definition, means that propaganda is ruled out absolutely from the outset.”

      b/ then on Thalwen's rants and stuffs

      UPDATE: The Speakers Trust has released a statement contradicting the statements made by CEO Julie Holness in her letter. They claim she was not disqualified, but that only 15 out of 29 go on to the final. However, the statement does not address Julie Holness’ awful statements nor does it condemn them. Until they do so, their decision to not pick her for the final remains suspect and their site still has scrubbed all references to Mohamad’s win.

      https://thalwenrantsandstuffs.wordpress.com/2016/05/30/leanne-mohamad-censored-for-hoping-for-freedom/

      so what is it ? Leanne Mohamad broke the rules or did not quailifed?

      it's becoming apparent that Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge have seriously mess up here and are trying to cover their tracks.

      ps: the link that Thalwen provided for the The Speakers Trust statement can no longer be found on their site. no surprises there.

  • Acclaimed Irish literary festival's refusal to accept Israeli state funding welcomed by artists and human rights campaigners
  • Whistleblower: US General Sean Swindell bears responsibility for deadly Kunduz hospital attack
    • @Annie,

      no issue with the verification of "Frank" identity i'm sure he was vetted by MW staff.

      i understand if "Frank" used his real name it would be career suicide.

      i don't doubt what he saying either.

      but alias don't raise to many eyebrows and sentences with the words 'should have' don't help the article, in my view only.

      Swindell would have been, or should have been, watching the plane destroy the building in real time from surveillance above....

      From his perch at the SOJTF in Kabul, Swindell should have been aware of what was happening, with his men trapped in a two day firefight....

      fair point on the relevance.

    • @Theo

      You are trustworthy, I never trust anything printed unless I falsified it myself!!!!

      you sir crack me up.
      alright i'll change trust to respect.

    • Hi MRW,

      i agree a new tab is needed. Btw there is already a sixth tab called Features

    • i trust the editors of this site and the articles they published. i have no doubt that this article is genuine and shows the sort of corruption that goes on among U.S. military elites.

      but what relevance does this article have with Mondoweiss?
      and if this is to counter the New York Times magazine story it fails because there is no evidences or credible witnesses ( “Frank,” — not his real name — cannot be class as a credible witness to be fair)

      again i'm not doubting "Frank" but without real names no main stream media outlet will take this serious.

      MRW is right about a new tab, maybe an Opinion tab?

  • Sharansky disses American Jews for assimilating, then tells 'major donors' to universities to stop BDS
    • out of curiosity did Harris or Sharansky mention anything about donations to tax deductible Israeli charities?
      the whole speech seems like a shake down.
      the wealthy aging American Jews in the audience know they are assimilated to some degree or other. to be lecture about assimilation (for however long the speech went on for) must have made them very uncomfortable.

      criticizing American Jews for assimilating and then asking them to be the third front on the campuses against the BDS. this is no ordinary chutzpah, this is chutzpah on steroids -Schutzpah.

  • Israeli settlements 'screwed up' Kerry peace talks, Indyk says--but U.S. is still Israel's lawyer!
    • Hi James Michie,

      overall i agree with you on the word illegal alongside Israeli settlements no problems there.

      i could be wrong but Phil Weiss was quoting Martin Indyk in the Headline. i watch Head to Head on Friday and as far as i can remember Indyk never used the word illegal alongside Israeli settlements.

  • Sabeel BDS conference pits local church against Jewish community leaders
    • @ just,

      Tair Kaminer and other young Israeli conscientious objectors that can see through all the fear mongering, indoctrination and brainwashing are a credit to te world.

      activists demonstrate on Purim in support of Israeli conscientious objectors March 24, 2016

      The demonstration, which coincided with the Jewish holiday of Purim — when Jews typically celebrate by dressing in costume — was organized in support of Tair Kaminer, who has sat in prison for a total of 75 days and is expected to be sentenced to another term next week, as well as Ayden Katri, a 19-year-old transgender conscientious objector from the city of Holon, who is expected to be officially enlisted on Tuesday.

      http://972mag.com/photos-israelis-hold-purim-rally-for-jailed-conscientious-objectors/118170/

  • 'Either Assad or we'll burn the country' - An excerpt from 'Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War' (Update)
    • @HarryLaw,

      my opinion.

      this is were Israel comes in handy for the U.S. foreign policy.
      here's what we are fed by the U.S. Department of State - replacing Assad regime with an U.S. friendly Syrian regime, will make Israel a safer place.

      guess where Russian only Mediterranean navy facility is? Taryus, Syria.

      the thing is it doesn't even matters if a new Syrian regime is friendly to the U.S. or not. as long as they are not friendly to Russia.

      why is the U.S. supporting a far right government in the Ukraine? The Russian Black Sea Fleet's based in Sevastopol, Crimea might be a reason.

      geopolitics is not my strong point but it does look like these conflicts favors the U.S. and its Nato allies program of encircling Russia.

  • Reebok backtracks on Israel Independence Day-inspired sneaker (Updated)
  • Norman Finkelstein on Sanders, the first intifada, BDS, and ten years of unemployment
    • armed/violent resistance is a prerequisite to ridding oneself of an occupying force. even Nelson Mandela the Nobel peace laureate was the co-founder of the Umkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of the ANC.

      however in the end it was a non-violent mass movement along with sanctions that finish apartheid in South Africa.

      so it's unreasonable to expect Hamas who are only in control of Gaza to create a non-violent mass movement, even if they wanted to they couldn't. until there is an unity government for the Palestinians this non-violent mass movement is not a option.

      as Norman Finkelstein pointed out Hamas can change

      It was now operating on the world stage. So, Hamas started issuing statements effectively calling for two states. The moment Palestinian leaders start acting in the arena of international politics, the exigencies of that reality make themselves felt

      the collaboration between Fatah and the Israeli government is the major source to this problem. the answer is simple: Fatah needs to relinquish its control.

      The BDS platform will become a historical artifact. I was in the West Bank when Arafat called for two states in 1988 in Algiers. It was a heart-wrenching moment for Palestinians, to relinquish their claim to the whole of Palestine.

      i don't get the point that Norman Finkelstein is trying to make here. the BDS has no say in the 1ss or 2ss.

      the BDS for all it faults (according to Norman Finkelstein there's many) can be absorb into a possible future Palestinian non-violent mass movement/Intifada.

      deepest respect to Professor Norman Finkelstein and i wish him a better and brighter Future.

  • Thousands of Israelis fill Tel Aviv's Rabin Square in support for soldier who executed Palestinian
  • Sanders slams Clinton for ignoring Palestinian needs and thinking Netanyahu is 'right all the time'
    • not one mention of the illegal settlements, the West Bank or East Jerusalem or the treatment of Palestinians within Israel.

  • Netanyahu and Sen. Leahy tangle over Israel's killing of Hadeel Hashlamoun, 18
    • Daily Press Briefing from the US Department of State March 30, 2016, spokeperson John Kirby

      snippets from the TRANSCRIPT in relation to the letter sent by Senator Leahy, and the Ambassador Dan Shapiro at the anti-BDS conference that took place in Jerusalem

      QUESTION: So just to put a fine point on it: Currently, and even before this letter was sent, every single country that gets military assistance from the United States – including Israel – has been and will continue to be vetted for compliance with the provisions of the law, the Leahy law?

      MR KIRBY: Yes, sir. Yeah.

      QUESTION: And to your knowledge, has this review, when it comes to Israel, ever determined that they are or have been in violation?

      MR KIRBY: I don’t know --

      QUESTION: I mean, I presume no, since there’s a lot of money that goes to all --

      MR KIRBY: They still are getting assistance. I’m not aware of any specific incidents in the past.

      http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/dpb/2016/03/255341.htm

      QUESTION: Let me just follow up on a conference that took place in Jerusalem. It’s an anti-BDS conference – Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions – in which Ambassador Dan Shapiro was present, attended. And there was a statement by the minister – the Israeli minister of intelligence, Minister Katz, in which he called for targeting leaders of BDS for basically elimination – assassination. Are you aware of that? Does that --

      MR KIRBY: No. I’m not aware of that statement.

      QUESTION: Does that ring any alarm bells to you?

      MR KIRBY: Well, clearly if those comments are true, we wouldn’t associate ourselves with them. But I can’t vouch for the veracity of the reports. I just haven’t seen it

  • Jewish settlers threaten life of Palestinian who shot video of execution
    • the map of executions are in the occupied Palestinian territories. the map of executions are of Palestinians on their own land that are murdered by illegal settlers and invading armed forces.

      however to you the aggressor is the victim, good luck with selling that baloney.

      but if you genuinely care about the lifes of the Jews who are illegally in the occupied Palestinian territories tell them to follow international law and leave. problem solved.

  • Zionism is finally in the news, as officials seek to conflate anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism
    • Philip Weiss,

      lets face it Trump has a large following of bigots, racists and anti-Semites. MSM are hardly covering it but it's all over social media.

      how do you think the standing ovations Trump received at the AIPAC convention will affect the American Jewish community at large?

  • Austrian Parliament cancels International Women's Day event following attacks on Hedy Epstein
    • Israel ignores International Law, US Presidents and criticism from the world in general which will eventually lead Israel to global isolation.
      yet Hedy Epstein an 91 year old woman, a survivor of the Holocaust has Israel policy makers, apologists and hasbarats running scared.
      Israel and cronies knows when a Holocaust survivor criticized Israel people listen. this scares them more then anything, it destroys their image among other Jews in Diaspora.
      what non-Jews think doesn't seem to bother them as much.
      unfortunate for the hasbarats the more they try to discredit Hedy Epstein the more they expose themselves.

    • here's the tabloid article that Annie mention.

      Parlament sagt Event mit Israel-Hasserin ab

      Die Ankündigung der Veranstaltung "In Großmutters Worten" auf der Parlamentshomepage sorgte nach israelischen Medienberichten für Wirbel. Zeitzeuginnen sollten über Frauenschicksale im Zweiten Weltkrieg sprechen.

      Pikant: Einzige jüdische Teilnehmerin ist Hedy Epstein. Die 91-Jährige Amerikanerin legitimiert die Terrororganisation Hamas. Sie ist deklarierte Israel-Hasserin, will das Ende des jüdischen Staates. Unter anderem verglich sie Nazi-Verbrechen mit Israels Politik gegen die Palästinenser.

      Nach "Heute"-Anfrage zog Parlamentspräsidentin Doris Bures (SP) am Sonntag die Notbremse: Das Event werde "aus Rücksicht auf Bedenken gegen einzelne Teilnehmerinnen" abgesagt.

      http://www.heute.at/news/politik/Parlament-sagt-Event-mit-Israel-Hasserin-ab;art23660,1260515

      here's a rough translation

      Parliament cancels event with Israel-hater

      The announcement of the event "In Grandmother's words" on the Parliament website provides uproar according to Israeli media reports. Contemporary witnesses should talk about women's lives in World War II.

      Piquant: only Jewish participant is Hedy Epstein. The 91-year-old American woman legitimizes the terrorist organization Hamas. She is a declared Israel-hater, wants the end of the Jewish state. Among other things, she compares Nazi crimes with Israel's policies against the Palestinians.

      After "Today" request Parliament President Doris Bures (SP) on Sunday pulled the emergency brake: The event will be canceled "in deference to objections to individual participants."

      can't find the individual participants names that objected to having Hedy Epstein at the event.

    • Hi Mooser,

      i been following this story for a few days on twitter.

      i'm not sure which newspaper article Annie is referring to but Jpost printed this tripe

      “She [Hedy Epstein] is not a survivor in the classical sense,” Efraim Zuroff, the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s chief Nazi hunter, told The Jerusalem Post on Saturday. “She is a notorious anti-Zionist who doesn’t miss an opportunity to exploit her biography to attack Israel. If they [Austria’s parliament] want to talk about the Holocaust, they chose the wrong person. If they want to bash Israel, they chose the right person.”

      Zuroff said the choice of Epstein is “absurd” and they “should disinvite her because they are making a mockery of their event.”

      http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Austrias-parliament-set-to-honor-pro-Hamas-Jew-who-fled-Nazis-445549

      what Efraim Zuroff is saying
      1/ because Hedy Epstein left Germany in 1939 and didn't get sent to a concentration camp she "is not a survivor in the classical sense."
      2/ been a sensationalist to sell her book.
      3/ anti-Zionist, Israel basher and a self hating Jew.
      4/ no one should listen to her holocaust story because she " making a mockery of their event.”

      there is some of the slander and here's one the slanderers name Efraim Zuroff.

      ps: BTW anti-Zionism is not slanderous in our eyes.

  • As Trump takes on the neocons, Kristol likens him to Hitler
    • Hi MRW,

      Trump is playing the disenfranchised against corporate power. i don't think American foreign policy towards Israel has much to do with it.

      interesting read from Chris Hedges

      The Revenge of the Lower Classes and the Rise of American Fascism

      College-educated elites, on behalf of corporations, carried out the savage neoliberal assault on the working poor. Now they are being made to pay. Their duplicity—embodied in politicians such as Bill and Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama—succeeded for decades. These elites, many from East Coast Ivy League schools, spoke the language of values—civility, inclusivity, a condemnation of overt racism and bigotry, a concern for the middle class—while thrusting a knife into the back of the underclass for their corporate masters. This game has ended.

      There are tens of millions of Americans, especially lower-class whites, rightfully enraged at what has been done to them, their families and their communities. They have risen up to reject the neoliberal policies and political correctness imposed on them by college-educated elites from both political parties: Lower-class whites are embracing an American fascism.

      http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_revenge_of_the_lower_classes_and_the_rise_of_american_fascism_20160302

  • Finally, Israel issue explodes into presidential primaries
  • Hamas prevents attacks on Israel while Netanyahu’s cabinet threatens another war on Gaza
    • Israel plans another massacre in Gaza because Hamas are "doing everything it can to stop an escalation against Israel."

      meanwhile the World doesn't bat an eyelid. in fact the US, Canada and the UK are doing their best to stop the BDS movement, Palestinian non-violent resistance.

      While these self-destructive policies seem baffling, they reflect that escalating violence is the only existence Israel knows.

      it's not baffling at all. by putting the Palestinians into a corner and making them fight is exactly what Israel wants so they can play the victim card.
      sickening behavior from a sick fail state.

  • Viral video says BDS supporters want to shoot the bible and Dannon yogurt
    • @Talknic,

      so long as HaYovel don't criticise Israel the anti-Semitism police will leave it slide for now.

      i think Max Blumenthal sums up this form of anti-Semitism correctly

      I have a feeling the anti-Semitism police will let this one slide, since it didn't involve criticism of Israel https://t.co/41tmIBTJH4— Max Blumenthal (@MaxBlumenthal) February 22, 2016

      Max Blumenthal was referring to what witnesses reported about a pro-Clinton precinct captain during a Nevada Caucus, calling Sanders a 'socialist Jew'.

      Video: Witnesses @ #NVDemsCaucus say pro-Clinton precinct captain slammed Sanders as "socialist Jew" https://t.co/01nzbjAE3n ht @RaniaKhalek— Max Blumenthal (@MaxBlumenthal) February 22, 2016

    • twitterer named Thalwen done a blog post on the video, quite amusing read.

      https://thalwenrantsandstuffs.wordpress.com/2016/02/22/the-blogpost-that-literally-blew/

      Thalwen links the video to Christian Zionist group called HaYovel.

      The video itself is made by a Christian Zionist group called HaYovel which sends volunteers to do farm labour for illegal Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank and is associated with extremists like Yehuda Glick, who leads a movement to destroy Al Aqsa mosque, and violent politicians like Naftalli Bennett who advocate the mass murder of Arabs. (Yes, they go and do farm work for a bunch of self-entitled armed criminals who could do it themselves but hey.. it’s not like there are starving kids in Africa that need feeding or anything)

  • British schoolboy questioned for pro-Palestine badge and pro-BDS pamphlet
    • this is the second similar story i read in the same number of weeks

      A 10-year-old Muslim boy has been questioned by British police in the north of England after mistakenly writing in an English lesson that he lived in a "terrorist house", the BBC reported on Wednesday.

      The boy had intended to write that he lived in a "terraced" house but teachers did not realize he had made an error and reported the boy to the police in accordance with new counter-terrorism rules, which critics say are focused on Muslim communities.

      http://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-security-boy-idUSKCN0UY12O

      god help the pupils that have these dim-witted people for 'teachers' who are willing to rat to the police over a harmless badge and a writing mistake.

  • Video: Scenes from a bloody Sunday in Palestine
    • C'mon The Baker,
      Al-Khalīl is a West Bank city a part of the purposed Palestinian state not a part of the 'nation of Israel'. talking about delusionary.

  • Tel Aviv housecleaning service advertises higher rates for European help than Africans
    • disgraceful but not surprising.
      when we are on the subject of ethnic wage discrimination

      in the US

      A racial wage divide exists in the front-line retail salesforce.

      Retail employers pay Black and Latino full-time retail salespersons just 75 percent of the wages of their white peers, amounting to losses up to $7,500 per year.
      Retail employers pay Black and Latino full-time cashiers about 90 percent of the wages of their white peers, amounting to $1,850 in losses per year.
      Retail employers pay 70 percent of Black and Latino full and part-time retail sales workers less than $15 per hour, compared to 58 percent of White retail workers.

      http://www.demos.org/publication/retail-race-divide-how-retail-industry-perpetuating-racial-inequality-21st-century

  • Bernie Sanders' spirituality is resonating with young religious 'None's
    • never mine spirituality i'm still waiting for Bernie Sanders views on foreign policy, particularly the Middle East, Palestine /Israel, US back Saudi led war in Yemen and the US involvement in the Syria ongoing conflict.

      Bernie Sanders brother Larry Sanders supports the BDS Movement. i can only hope that maybe his brother might have some influence on him.

      His brother Larry, who lives in England, revealed in a tweet a few months ago that he supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. “that Israel end occupation of West Bank, siege of Gaza, Palestinians in Israel equal rights. Netanyahu obstacle to peace. BDS yes,” Larry Sanders tweeted on April 20, 2015.

      http://www.jewishjournal.com/election2016/article/bernie_sanders_brother_is_a_bds_supporter

  • Israeli designer eroticizes the Palestinian keffiyeh
  • Israel destroys homes for Bedouins, builds homes for Jews
  • National Labor Relations Board rejects Shurat HaDin complaint against United Electrical Workers
    • following Shurat HaDin in other news this month. Shurat HaDin admitted to faking two hate pages on Facebook, one pro-Palestinian and the other pro-Israeli. they claim it was an experiment to demonstrate that Facebook is biased against Israel.
      Shurat HaDin claims that after posting the two pages they reported it to facebook and only the pro-Israeli one was immediately removed. the other page was removed a few days later.
      so far Facebook has made no comment on the issue.
      https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/asa-winstanley/mossad-proxy-faked-violent-facebook-anti-semitism

      Dr. Gilad Ravid, a lecturer of Ben Guiron University, was "not convinced that the conclusions drawn from this experiment are the correct ones."

      in relation to why one page was immediately removed and not other.

      He added that, while similar, the content posted on the different pages were not identical and that the decision could have been technical, with reference to the use of specific words.

      http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/How-effective-was-Israeli-NGOs-Facebook-incitement-experiment-440656

      it would seem that Shurat HaDin carefully worded one of the pages to get the results they wanted.

  • As sanctions end over nuclear program, US socks Iran with new sanctions over missile testing
    • most of the information i could gather on the actual Iranian guided ballistic missile wouldn't suggest a global threat as the U.S. Department of Treasury is trying to sell.

      Emad the designated name of the ballistic missile.

      the info from Iran on the missile is kept under wraps but there are footage of the missile which help Al Monitor piece together some information.

      the information that follow was based on footage of its firing.

      the Emad is a medium range single stage ballistic missile
      with a range of 1,000 miles, hardly a global threat.

      payload of 750 kg to 1,000 kg approx.

      on to the guidance system how serious do we take this. it's not like Iran has military satellites in orbit to help guide these missiles. the best they can do is guide them via radio from Iran’s military stations, what's that a few hundred miles. there are suggestion the range can be extended via unmanned aerial vehicles in Syria and Lebanon.

      Iran choose liquid fuel over solid fuel which is a step backwards when compare to their earlier ballistic missiles.

      the technology use in the construction of the Emad hasn't really progress beyond Iran earlier Ballistic missile design.

      http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2015/10/iran-missile-test.html

      i found the site called Missile Threat .com who claim the Emad is a long range ballistic missile

      http://missilethreat.com/missile-defense-essential-for-countering-iranian-threat/

      The Missile Threat .com A Project of the George C. Marshall and Claremont Institutes

      both George C. Marshall and Claremont Institutes are right wing think tanks pushing lies about the capabilities of the Emad.

      information on Missile classifications

      Missiles are classified according to their range:

      Battlefield range (BRBM):less than 124 miles (200 kilometers)
      Tactical (TAC): between 93 - 186 miles (150 - 300 km)
      Short Range (SRBM): less than 621 miles (1,000 km)
      Theatre (TBM): between 186 - 2,175 miles (300 - 3,500 km)
      Medium Range (MRBM): between 621 - 2,175 miles (1,000 - 3,500 km)
      Intermediate Range (IRBM) or Long Range (LRBM) : between 2,175 - 3,418 miles (3,500 - 5,500 km)
      Intercontinental (ICBM): greater than 3,418 miles (5,500 km)

      as you can see within this classification the The Emad is medium range.

      http://www.space.com/19601-how-intercontinental-ballistic-missiles-work-infographic.html

      other sources besides Al Monitor

      Expert says Emad missile would have a range of 1,700 km (1,060 miles), 500 meters accuracy and a 750 kg payload.

      there is a video of the Ehad as well.
      http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Iran/Iran-tests-new-precision-guided-ballistic-missile-421573

      and here we have Jpost in December trying to sell us that the Ehad is a ICBM which it is lie as shown in the Missile classifications and which is clearly confirm in the prior blockquote that Jpost wrote themselves

      Since brokering the landmark Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with world powers, Tehran has tested intercontinental ballistic missile technologies in violation of existing United Nations Security Council resolutions.

      The weapons, known as ICBMs, are designed primarily to carry nuclear payloads.

      http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Iran/US-prepares-new-sanctions-as-Iran-tests-its-ballistic-missile-program-438895

      then we have Reuters article in Haaretz with a picture of the Ehad with a description stating

      Picture showing last reported missile test conducted by Iran: An Emad long-range missile being tested.

      but in the article it's clearly stated as medium range missile.
      http://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/1.690799#!

  • Methodist divestment highlights Israel's place in the world
    • i have to laugh, the only entity that will suffer from severe consequences is Israel'

      like Israel is willing to suffer the consequences of downgrading its relationship with the seven largest economy in the world, Brazil for not accepting an illegal settler as ambassador. wow! this has to be one of the dumbest things Israel has done in a while. and now they willing to do it again with the Methodist. double whammy.

    • there is a little thing call the first amendment in the United states constitution

      Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

      these anti-BDS bills were fast tracked on to back of large Trade bills because they had very little support.
      the general view of these bills from what i read is that they are all bark and no bite.

      for the sake of the Israeli firsters it better that it stay that way otherwise they will be tsunami of American citizens asking why is some Middle Eastern country trying to change our First Amendment?

      oh BTW 114th Congress has 43 United Methodists who might have a word or two to say about the proposed bills, wouldn't you say Max?

  • United Methodist Church pension fund rules 5 top Israeli banks off-limits for investment
    • good point lysias,

      it will be interesting to see how will the proposed law prohibit investing in the Methodist Church with a following of over 7 million.

      here are the proposed bills

      senate Bill S6086

      Relates to purchasing restrictions on persons boycotting Israel and the investment of certain public funds in companies boycotting Israel
      http://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2015/S6086

      New York Assembly Bill 8220

      Bill Title: Relates to purchasing restrictions on persons boycotting Israel and the investment of certain public funds in companies boycotting Israel; requires the commissioner of general services to compile a list of companies boycotting Israel and establishes that such companies will be considered non-responsive bidders.
      https://legiscan.com/NY/text/A08220/2015

    • pro-Israeli lawfare against the BDS movement (or in the case of UMKR Selective Divestment) could be is heating up this year.

      here we have 'UMKR Welcomes Pension Fund Exclusion and Divestment of Israeli Banks. '

      and then we have

      A law being proposed in New York would create an official blacklist of supporters of the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment and sanctions movement.

      Two New York bills — one introduced in the state senate and another in the assembly — would require the state government to “develop, using credible information available to the public, a list of persons it determines boycotts [sic] Israel.”

      Individuals or entities included on the state’s blacklist would be barred from partnering with state agencies unless they can demonstrate in a written statement that they are “not engaged in boycotting Israel.”

      State pension funds would also be prohibited from investing in institutions that have divested from Israel.

      https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/nora-barrows-friedman/new-york-bill-would-create-official-blacklist-israel-boycott-supporters?utm_content=bufferf2f42&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

      so we have one of the largest Protestant denominations in the United States putting Israeli banks complicit in the illegal occupation of Palestinian land on a blacklist

      and the proposed law in New York if passed would create an official blacklist of supporters of the Palestinian-led BDS movement. i doubt the proposed law will differentiate from UMKR Selective Divestment and the BDS movement.

      the battle of the blacklists will probably begin this year which can only bring more attention to the Palestinians cause to the US public, in other words an own goal for the pro-Israeli lawfare.

  • New Jersey teenager threatened with legal action by high school over pro-Palestine activism (Update)
  • US university defeated BDS by hiring three Israeli soldiers to talk up 'love' for Israel
    • kumbaya moment around the campfire for pro-Israel Jewish community in Massachusetts. more of an act of desperation on behalf of the community rather than a defeat of the BDS.

  • Israel's ambassador taunts the White House (again) with holiday gift of settlement goods
    • i'm not sure about ghetto mentality but bunker mentality seems to fit better.

      bunker mentality

      n.
      An attitude of extreme defensiveness and self-justification based on an often exaggerated sense of being under persistent attack from others.

  • Liberal Zionist group says Israeli army compares favorably to 'oppressive police forces in the US'
    • We really are in the era now of the Crisis of Zionism. As Israel fails to do anything about the occupation, some liberal Zionists will end up giving up their dream of deliverance and supporting equal rights for all in one state

      i don't have the same insight that Phil or others here on the site has on liberal zionists but MJ sure looks like a person going throught a crisis. few months ago he gave up on Israel now he wants to save it by supporting the BDS.

      Yes, I'm for #BDS but to save State of #Israel through peace & justice & full rights for #palestinians.— MJ Rosenberg (@MJayRosenberg) December 23, 2015

  • Jewish Voice for Peace members say they seek 'transformation' not 'destruction' in Israel/Palestine
    • thanks Annie for your reply.

      i have been to the JVP site and went throught their FAQ's. also i did searches in relation to their no position on zionism.

      "... if someone shares those goals who believes in some idealist form of zionism (say a 2ss supporter) then they are inclusive to those people. i think it reflects the understanding that there is a wide range of positions within the jewish community and people (like Efrati vs beinart) are on different places on the path. jvp being inclusive (but not completely) doesn’t shut out people based on where they are on that path. or something like that."

      that makes sense.

      thanks for video.

    • Hi Annie,

      i believe you said before you are a member of JVP, if that's correct can you educate on how their 'no position on zionism' works.

      i'm only asking because to me zionism is the elephant in the room when it comes to Israel/Palestine.

      BTW great answer on how to recognize Israel or any other country for that matter,

      "i recognize it for what it is, how it looks and acts, by its behaviors. "

    • correct me if i'm wrong but JVP don't take a position on zionism. so why do the 25 St. Louis area Israel supporters write in their open letter

      Your absolute opposition to Zionism leaves us to wonder whether you believe Israel should be eliminated.

      and

      Will you speak out against the continued misplaced opposition to Zionism?

      maybe someone should point them to JVP site and view their policies

      We work to build Jewish communities that reflect the understanding that being Jewish and Judaism are not synonymous with Zionism or support for Israel.

      and read an article from the Jewish Week (2010)

      “We do not take a position on Zionism,” said JVP’s Vilkomerson, who is married to an Israeli and has lived in the Jewish state. “That’s not a useful conversation; we have Zionists, anti-Zionists and post-Zionists.”
      http://www.thejewishweek.com/news/international/adl_list_fuels_debate_over_whats_anti_israel#m08GqGuwpliQtwgy.99

      interestingly from the same article in the Jewish Week

      then (2010)
      “We’re growing, we’re very organized and we’re effective,” said Rebecca Vilkomerson, executive director of the Berkeley-Calif.-based Jewish Voice for Peace, which claims a mailing list of 100,000 and more than 20 local chapters across the country ...."

      now (2015)
      "Today, JVP is a national organization closely connected to a growing grassroots base. We have 200,000 supporters on our email list, 10,000 individual donors, over 60 chapters across the United States ...."

      JVP double it size in only 5 years, wow! now that's amazing. i can see why the St. Louis Jewish newspaper is giving them room to answer the challenge. the JVP are to big to ignore.

  • Anti-BDS funding stipulation sparks legal fight at UCLA
    • mls,

      "You support boycotting a Israel while not allowing any dissenting views. "

      poppycock!

      the fact is their is no one stopping the pro-Israel groups from debating against the BDS movement or any other pro-Palestinian movement. the pro-Israel side wants the GSA to remain neutral because they don't want to debate against the BDS movement simply because they will sound like a bunch of human rights abusers. it's as simple as that.

  • 'When were they radicalized?' is not the right question
    • so far the evidence of linking Syed Farook and Tasheen Malik to ISIS is proving problematic. of course this makes no difference to most, they already judge these people on their skin color and religion.

      but i'm not seeing millions of Muslims being radicalized. given the situation in Syria for instance why are not all 3 million Syrian refugees radicalized? maybe because like most people they are more concern about their families, food, a roof over their heads and security.
      yet here in the US we have a sizable minority of radicalized Islamopobhic population as seen by the polls in support of Trump.
      or with Le Pen's victory in France.

      i often wonder why are white supremacists so easily scare and so easily manipulated. i don't see white supermen, all i can see is a group of frighten cave people huddling around a fire because they are scared of the dark.

  • Open letter to Rabbi Susan Talve from St. Louis Jews
    • i wonder if anyone besides a Zionist said “Zionism is Judaism. There is no difference." would that person be class as anti-Semitic?
      talk like this puts the innocent into harms way. much the same way to equate all Muslims to jihadist extremists will cause Islamophobic attacks.

      I'm not calling Max a fascist but to group everyone into a community and to ignore the individual freedom of choice has fascist connotations.

  • Trump's claim of 9/11 celebration in New Jersey is based on arrest of 5 'laughing' Israelis
    • hi David,
      i think you are giving to much credit to Trump. yeah when it comes to amassing large sums of money he's in his element but where politics is concern he's dumb. he's not able to master the art of lying like most politicians.
      i see people comparing him to hitler or mussolini but i see him more as a Henry Ford.
      maybe the media is giving Trump enough rope to hang himself and then we will have our
      "Henry Ford v's Chicago Tribune" day.

      http://knowledgenuts.com/2014/08/08/how-to-prove-henry-ford-was-dumb-in-court/

  • 'Washington Post' buries Carter's statement that 'situation in Gaza is intolerable' in last paragraph
    • it couldn't happen at a better time.

    • Ms. Lauryn Hill

      1 hr · .

      Dear Friends and Fans in Israel,

      When deciding to play the region, my intention was to perform in both Tel Aviv and Ramallah. Setting up a performance in the Palestinian Territory, at the same time as our show in Israel, proved to be a challenge. I've wanted very much to bring our live performance to this part of the world, but also to be a presence supporting justice and peace. It is very important to me that my presence or message not be misconstrued, or a source of alienation to either my Israeli or my Palestinian fans. For this reason, we have decided to cancel the upcoming performance in Israel, and seek a different strategy to bring my music to ALL of my fans in the region. May healing, equanimity, and the openness necessary for lasting resolution and reconciliation come to this region and its people.

      Respectfully,
      Ms. Lauryn Hill

      https://www.facebook.com/mslaurynhill?rf=108575912495896

  • 'BirthWrong' in the Cradle of Jewish Culture: Jews gather in southern Spain for tour that aims to repudiate Zionism
    • jon s

      the Romans may have persecuted and oppressed the Jewish population at times, but did not resort to expulsion.

      so then the Palestinians are descendents of the ancient Israelis?

    • jon s

      following that logic, why is there birthright tours to Israel

      according to the zionist myth, Jews were persecuted and expelled from Israel 2000 years ago by the Romans.

  • As pressure rises on Robbie Williams and UNICEF over Israel gig, conflict of interest emerges between singer and NGO
  • Haneen Zoabi's power and vision (and answers to Theodore)
  • Obama's role model to journalists -- Dorothy Thompson -- turned against Zionism and was silenced
    • the silencing of Dorothy Thompson has obviously work, i'm sadden to see i wasn't the only who didn't knew of her.
      yet according to her great niece Betsy Reeves, Dorothy Thompson could walked into Franklin D Roosevelt office without an appointment. what influence this woman had and what a shame on those for silencing her.

      today nothing has change.

      how quiet MSM is on former US President Jimmy Carter on undertaking Saudi-backed mediation efforts between rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah.

      https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/news/americas/18271-carter-saudi-seek-mediation-between-palestinian-factions

      Both the president and prime minister declined the invitations after consulting with the Foreign Ministry and the National Security Council

      A senior diplomatic official told Channel 10, which broke the news, that Carter is “a disaster for Israel,” and that all Israeli leaders should refrain from meeting the former president, due to his “anti-Israel positions.”

      The official was also quoted as saying that while Netanyahu and Rivlin refused to meet with him, Israel had approved Carter’s request to visit the Gaza Strip.

      Carter will reportedly arrive sometime in the next 10 days for meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders.

      http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2015/04/netanyahu_snubs_jimmy_carter_on_israel_visit.html

      Netanyahu and Rivlin can declined the invitations all they want but have not got the chutzpah to stop him going to Gaza.

  • Forgiving the anti-Semites
  • UN: 'Not a single destroyed home has been rebuilt' in Gaza since Israeli war last summer
    • Mayhem,

      calling Chris Gunness a propaganda apologist is a bit rich coming from you.

      The Shelter Cluster, which coordinates housing construction between the United Nations and non-governmental organisations, estimates that Gaza needs at least 16,000 new units to replace homes destroyed or rendered uninhabitable during the war. In January, 16 truckloads of construction material were permitted into Gaza per day, compared with a need for 735 loads daily for three years to build the necessary homes. These numbers do not account for the additional 5,000 homes that still need to be rebuilt from previous wars or another 80,000 homes necessary to accommodate population growth.

      http://theelders.org/article/rebuild-gaza-and-avert-next-war

      Mayhem read this out loud and repeat

      16 truckloads of construction material were permitted into Gaza per day, compared with a need for 735 loads daily for three years to build the necessary homes

  • Finkelstein goes to Syracuse and the opposition stays home
    • great video

      Mr Norman Finkelstein was in fine form. couldn't help smiling at his jokes and near the end you could see why dissenters might be afraid to attend his presentation.

      Only a couple of the dissenters attended, and one made a try at a challenge which fell flat and was easily parlayed by the speaker.

      when he said "excuse me sir! EXCUSE ME SIR!" i knew that guy was in for it.

  • Accusations of anti-Semitism roil Stanford campus as student coalition denies discrimination charges
    • There are only two other Stanford Daily tags of Molly Horwitz, and both are critical of her. - See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/04/accusations-coalition-discrimination#comment-763158

      they could be intentional to lead people of the track?

    • Hi ckg,

      it looks like you are on to something.

    • Hi Anne,

      it look like Molly Horwitz didn't know that much about SOCC so why was she looking for an endorsement in the first place.

      Molly Horwitz did not receive a SOCC endorsement due to her lack of knowledge about the role of the ASSU Senate and lack of familiarity with SOCC communities. In particular, when asked to name the six organizations comprising SOCC, Ms. Horwitz was unable to correctly identify a single group. Her lack of familiarity with our organizations, from whom she sought endorsement, demonstrated a failure on her part to conduct basic research about who we are. Furthermore, when asked what Senate Committee she envisioned herself being a part of, Ms. Horwitz replied, the “Mental Health” Committee -- a committee that does not exist. It was these responses that led SOCC not to endorse her candidacy.

      you could be right about a set up.

  • Marking Memorial Day in Tel Aviv with Kahanists and Combatants for Peace
    • Hi Mooser,

      i was hoping Hophmi would clarify his statement.
      if he believes this nonsense how can anyone take him serious.

      he claims that Phil said

      that I put up with a lot of nonsense here - See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/profile/hophmi#sthash.pQkkG8fK.dpuf

      it seems some of us truly live in a back to front, upside down world.

      still hoping it's a joke and i should probably leave it at that.

    • Hophmi,

      you don't believe that, this is a joke right?

    • Hi a blah chick,

      i agree with you, i'm just surprise by the low numbers at this particular event.

      compare to this:

      According to the racism-monitoring website Kifaya, the 19 April march was part of the monthly “Tour of the Gates” by Jewish extremists through the Muslim Quarter of the Old City.

      As part of the event, held at the beginning of every month according to the Jewish calendar, the one-kilometer-long route is blocked to Palestinians, and businesses and stores must close, Kifaya says.

      Palestinians are forbidden from leaving their homes during the march.

      “Some 1,500 Jews participated in the march,” Kifaya says, “and it was secured by hundreds of policemen and soldiers, who thronged the area.”
      Organized hate

      In addition to “death to the Arabs,” the marchers’ repertoire of cries and songs included: “revenge,” “may your name be wiped out,” “may your village be burnt down,” and the anti-Muslim chant “Muhammad is dead” –- all heard by the police and occupation forces who secured the event, Kifaya says.

      Some of the marchers even banged on the doors of homes and businesses and there were also some attempts to damage property.

      http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/video-death-arabs-march-forces-its-way-through-occupied-jerusalem

    • Thanks Dan Cohen,

      approx thirty Kahanists is a relative small number. i'm surprise they couldn't muster more for such an event.

      in the discription for your first photo

      zionist fighters killed since 1860 ????

  • Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: An argument
    • hi Yonah,

      but China albeit against their wills made the Tibetans citizens of the state. are you suggesting that Israel should allow the occupied Palestinians be citizens of an one state too?

    • In the final analysis, there probably is only one way that Palestinian terrorism can be brought to an end: by the conclusion of a peace settlement that will give the Palestinians a genuinely independent and viable state in the West Bank. East Jerusalem, and Gaza.

      and pray tell who is going to bring this 2 State solution into being, Israel with 500000+ illegal settlers in the West Bank? US the dishonest honest broker? the UN with the honest broker veto?

      the Palestinians are under the longest military occupation in the world. given that fact who knows how future peaceful or violent resistance will evolve. there is no other precedent to go by.

      until serious pressure comes from international community the Palestinians are by themselves. its true that the Palestinians and activists are doing there best to bring awareness to the international community but for how much longer and what will happen if they are ignore once again.

  • 'Everything Hillary Clinton will do will always be for Israel' -- Saban warns the Republicans
    • i'm guessing he's taking a sabbatical

      Former AIPAC employee M.J. Rosenberg: Is it all about the money?
      Panel 5 How Does the Lobby Influence Congress?
      April 10, 2015 Conference at the National Press Club

  • Understanding the Jewish National Home
  • Just like the Nazis, Iran 'plans to exterminate six million Jews' -- Netanyahu
    • the leader of the secular state of Israel verbally attacks the Islamic state of Iran with bibical quotes. irony or lunacy?, maybe both.

  • New Episcopal Church group calls for divestment from Israeli occupation, in recognition of the new political landscape in Israel and Palestine
    • hi Just,

      i stumble upon this earlier

      http://www.endtheoccupation.org/article.php?id=4396

      Introducing the Divestment Tool we’ve been waiting for!

      Many have sought a full divestment list of publicly-traded companies involved in the occupation, and up-to-date research and information about each corporation for use by the BDS movement. Others have wondered what specific actions responsible investors can take, and if there are any occupation-free funds already out there...

      Great news! Member group American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) just released a powerful tool to support people like you in holding Israel and complicit corporations accountable:

      visit http://investigate.afsc.org/ to check it out

  • There is no better way than boycott
    • Hi CigarGod,

      i'm appalled by violence but i'm not in the shoes of the oppressed.

      if Robert Cohen could accept that all forms of resistance is legitimate then he could agrue that the Board of Deputies of British Jews perferred violence resistance over peaceful resistance.
      because the other option for the Palestinians is to leave the Israelis wipe them of the map.

    • Robert Cohen overall this a brilliant piece but when it comes to resistance what is legitimate or who are we to say what is?

      In the past, Palestinian tactics to bring attention to their cause have been rightly condemned. Murder, hijackings and suicide bombings were never legitimate routes to justice.

      who are we,

      who are not oppressed by a colonial entreprize known as zionism with the world fourth largest army, back by the world sole superpower.

      who have not suffer the on going Nakba, ethnic cleansing and the regular mowing the lawn by the worlds most moral army led by a government that ignores international law.

      who have not seen our land, water and resources stolen from right under our feet and replace by illegal settlements.

      who don't live in a society without the basic human rights or the right to vote.

      who are we to judge what is legitimate form of resistance.

      the list goes on.

      the fact that the Palestinians are choosing a peaceful path of resistance says a lot for these courageous people.

      if the Board of Deputies of British Jews got their way they would end the BDS movement.

      which would end Palestinians peaceful resistance.

      i don't believe this is going to happen because groups who oppose the BDS movement are becoming irrevalent.

      again thanks for you article.

  • Israel could reduce anti-Semitic violence by not calling itself the Jewish state, Finkelstein says
    • Hi Anne,

      i watch the video a while back and i think you and Phil cover the most essential parts of the speech.
      particularly the BDS part which really annoyed me. why does Finklestein expect the BDS movement to respect the rights of occupiers when they constantly stamps on the Palestinian rights.

      ultimately this article is not about Phil’s response nor does it need to be.

      you are correct of course but i for one would find a piece on the subject very informative coming from you or Phil or both of you.

      is there a transcript for Norman speech or did you have to type it yourself, if the latter is true thanks for the work.

  • Future of Yarmouk unclear as PLO abandons aid convoy to besieged refugee camp
    • thanks Walid,

      after reading your Link Lina Khatib credibility is at best questionable.

    • it seems Assad and others are playing with Palestinians lifes

      It is “crucial for Assad” to damage the Nusra Front’s credibility, said Lina Khatib, director of the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut.

      In what she describes as “a wily and tactical manoeuvre,” the Syrian regime actually facilitated IS access to Yarmouk in order to embarrass the Nusra Front leaders. Nusra is internally split between hard-liners who staunchly oppose Islamic State and pragmatists with strong connections to the IS leadership.

      When IS forces marched into Yarmouk last week, the hard-liners were overwhelmed while the pragmatists stood back.

      “The regime’s calculation was that this contradiction between the actions of some al-Nusra brigades and the ‘neutrality’ of others would embarrass the leaders of al-Nusra and hurt the group’s credibility,” Ms. Khatib said.

      And it appears to have worked. “Public criticisms of al-Nusra’s apparent flip-flopping in Yarmouk have already begun to emerge,” Ms. Khatib said, “and rival groups see in the Yarmouk scenario an opportunity to reassert themselves in the face of al-Nusra.”

      There is a further reason for letting IS forces walk into Yarmouk, Ms. Khatib says – to help prevent the regime losing the southern city of Daraa, where the protests that sparked the civil war took place four years ago, and where the secular rebel group, the Free Syrian Army (FSA), is challenging the regime’s control.

      Islamic State has long sought a foothold in the south, the reasoning goes, relying until now on local recruitment of Syrians and Palestinians. The Assad regime is banking on IS forces using Yarmouk on the south side of Damascus as a base from which to take on the FSA.

      The regime is “enabling IS access to the south because this serves the regime’s aim of crushing the moderate opposition in the area,” Ms. Khatib concludes.

      http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/islamic-state-conquers-yarmouk-in-macabre-win-for-syrian-troops/article23852705/

  • Iran is 'congenital cheating' 'Islamic power bent on world domination' -- Netanyahu tells US media
    • catalan,

      you said Iranian citizens below poverty line is 18 percent with all the crippling sanctions are you surprise.

      yet what should be surprising with Israel's booming economy and Americn aid

      one in five Israeli families continues to live below the poverty line. That’s the key finding of the National Insurance Institute’s “poverty report”

      Dec. 21, 2014 http://www.timesofisrael.com/for-israeli-politicians-poverty-is-someone-elses-problem/#!

      over 1.7 million Israeli citizens living in poverty or 22%

      The Knesset marked the Fight Against Poverty Day on Wednesday. This served as another painful reminder of the government’s neglect of 1,755,000 people living in poverty and of the disregard for the recommendations of the Elalouf Committee on Reducing Poverty, submitted a few months ago. This would have been the perfect opportunity to bring up yet again the recently released gloomy UNICEF report, which showed that Israel now ranks fourth among developed nations in the incidence of child poverty.

      Nov. 20, 2014 http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/1.627307#!

  • Finkelstein on God and Dershowitz
    • Hi Just,

      We know all about your “friends”, Alan. Sounds like he’s mounting his own defense… ahem.

      ahem +1

  • The epic season of spinning Iran deal begins!
    • Hi Amar,

      Next goal post.

      it only works on the Palestinians. the double standards of the US adminstration is infuriating.

    • Hi Pabelmont,

      Israel demands that any final clear and ambiguous Israel’s right to exist.

      What a linguistic and grammatical scramble!

      i see what you mean.

      try this

      He warned the deal "threatens the very survival" of Israel, and put forward a new demand, that any final deal include Iran's recognition of Israel's right to exist.

      http://m.apnews.com/ap/db_268777/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=TXz5Epdd

    • Israel demands that any final clear and ambiguous Israel’s right to exist.

      strange that why didn't Netanyahu demand Iran to recognize Israel as a Jewish state.

      when we are on the subject

      MS. HARF: Well, this is an agreement that is only about the nuclear issue. We have purposefully kept that separate from every other issue. That issue is complicated enough to deal with on its own. No, this is an agreement that doesn’t deal with any other issues, nor should it, and that’s what we’re focused on.

      Ms. Harf correctly states that Iran recognizing Israel right to exist (which the PLO already does) has nothing to do with the nuclear deal.
      maybe if they applied the same logic to Palestine /Israel peace deal and separate Israel demand to be recognized as a Jewish state from the establishment of the state of Palestine, the two sate solution would have work.

  • How Obama won on Iran
  • Double standard in US political culture: BDS is fine for Indiana, not Israel
  • The Jewish establishment has banned these four valiant Jews. Why?
  • White House will go after AIPAC next -- Newsweek
    • the warmongers have got their way.

      Saudi led coalition has started a proxy war with Iran in Yemen.

      i hope the US has enough good sense to keep out of it.

  • Emails show Missouri museum canceled 'Ferguson to Palestine' event under pressure from Jewish group
    • Steve,

      you remind me of the wasabi plant,
      appears up only when the conditions are abolutely right for you.

      what did you think of Loyola passing the Divestment resolution?

    • i was following this story on twitter as it was unfolding.

      white privileged group deciding for minority groups who they are allow to stand in solidarity with.

      well done Missouri History Museum you are now apart of the problem under the banner of Selective History Museum https://www.facebook.com/events/462602083903503/

  • 'New anti-Semitism' on college campuses is largely blowback against orchestrated Israel advocacy
    • Just,

      DAM Palestinian hip-hop group. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DAM_(band)

      DAM - WHO YOU ARE (Official Video)

      DAM's new single, WHO YOU ARE, addresses socially constructed gender roles and women's rights. This empowering song is a joint project between DAM and UNFPA.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=CZll1ioI3xg

      i believe there is an English translation coming soon.

      to be honest this is my first time i heard of this group

      their great voices and clever camera work is top notch.

    • Just,

      i swear you have esp. i just watch the Right-Wing 'Patriot' Plants Pipe Bombs to Frame Muslims, Media Ignores https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iybGdnfXqow

    • not forgetting false flags

      Another swastika at GW. This one was posted by a Jewish student

      By Susan Svrluga March 18

      A swastika was posted on the bulletin board of a Jewish fraternity in a George Washington University dorm on Monday, leading upset students to immediately report it to police.

      The symbol — recognized as an emblem of hate from Nazi Germany — apparently came from an internal source: A member of the fraternity, who is Jewish, admitted that he posted it there. The student said that he brought it back from a spring break trip to India, according to university officials.

      http://normanfinkelstein.com/2015/03/19/the-new-new-antisemitism/

      very informative if you have the time to watch a 2 hour video of Dr. Norman Finkelstein addressing ‘New Antisemitism’. Hosted by SJP UW-Madison on 3/12/2015

  • Israel spying scandal comes to light one week before Iran negotiation deadline
  • Jeb Bush bashes Iran talks as 'foolish' and hails Israeli settlements as 'new apartment buildings in Jerusalem'
    • looks like Netanyahu is running scared

      As tension mounts with Washington, Israel's outgoing government has suspended a controversial plan to build hundreds of new settler homes in occupied East Jerusalem, a news website reported Wednesday.

      The plan involves the construction of 1,500 homes in the settlement neighborhood of Har Homa where Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a controversial speech on the eve of March 17 elections, pledging to build thousands of new homes if returned to office.

      His remarks on East Jerusalem construction, along with comments ruling out a Palestinian state, have sparked a bitter spat with Washington.

      Ynet said the Netanyahu's office had frozen the plans due to their "political sensitivity."

      http://www.maannews.com/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?id=760096

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