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The Hasbara Buster

Linguist from Rosario, Argentina. Amateur musician. Committed anti-zionist.

Website: http://thehasbarabuster.blogspot.com

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  • Dershowitz and Chomsky agree on one thing
    • Just like Harvard was antisemitic, other leading universities were anti-Catholic. In 1938-39, the last year when "church affiliation" was tabulated on faculty forms, Stanford had 8 Catholics on a faculty of of 781, while Johns Hopkins had just one Catholic professor among its faculty of 651.

      Since then, discrimination based on identity has all but disappeared, as the wealthy have understood that only one kind of discrimination actually makes sense: that against the poor.

  • Ensconced at New York Times, pro-Israel advocate Bari Weiss smears Sarsour as a 'hater'
    • @yonah fredman

      You state:

      The attack on Linda Sarsour included two points not covered by North and Weiss...

      The point of the article is that Bari Weiss presents Sarsour's anti-Zionist comments as an example of "hate". Of course, wishing to take away someone's vagina is outrageous. But it is wrong to claim that calling Zionism "creepy" is equally outrageous. You will agree that Bari Weiss is mixing two very different things to try and equate them.

    • @yonah fredman

      Let me ask you a question: have you actually read Sarsour's comments on Ali, or did you first learn them from Bari Weiss?

      In the first case, could you provide a link to those comments?

  • Debunking the 2 claims: anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism, and BDS unfairly singles out Israel
    • @catalan

      Since Israel's creation, the situation of gays has improved dramatically. Back in 1948, they were socially shunned, they had to enter heterosexual marriages so that they wouldn't be discriminated against and in many cases they ended up committing suicide, even when they had rendered valuable service to their countries, as was the case with Alan Turing.

      Today, gays can openly discuss their sexual identity, marry each other and even boast of their same-sex partners in fashion magazines.

      Same goes for blacks. Could anyone fathom a black President back in 1948? But in 2008 Obama was elected to the office. It took Israel 60 years to take a man of color to the US's top executive post, but finally they managed to.

      The situation of the disabled has also improved dramatically. As has that of nonsmokers, and that of women. All these minorities have benefitted from the birth of Israel.

      But of course, there will always be antisemites who claim that these advances have to do with a huge social change in the Western world, whereby prejudice against Jews, blacks, gays, women, etc., is no longer acceptable, rather than with the miracle of Israel's inception.

    • @Nathan

      I suggest that you read the article on the Hebron massacre at the Jewish Virtual Library, which supports my assertion:

      Rabbi Slonim, who had tried to shelter the Jews, was approached by the rioters and offered a deal. If all the Ashkenazi yeshiva students were given over to the Arabs, the rioters would spare the lives of the Sephardi community.

      And, in spite of your denial, the overwhelming majority of the victims were recent arrivals. Out of 67 Jews murdered, no fewer than 35 were born in the Russian empire, only 18 were born in present-day Israel (but most of them to foreign parents), 7 were born in North America and the rest came from a variety of countries, including Hungary, Bulgaria, Turkey and Iran. You can review a list of the victims (here) and you would be hard-pressed to name more than 7 or 8 victims who can be said to have lived in Hebron "for generations."

      The rioters clearly targeted Zionists, not Jews.

      I find it baffling that you're not aware of such well-known historical facts. And I find it even more baffling that you repeatedly make "It's not true that..." claims on events you haven't the slightest idea about.

    • @Nathan

      You claim:

      there have been occasions in which the Palestinian struggle did include the Diaspora. Perhaps the most famous incident is the hijacking of the Air France plane to Entebbe in the name of the Palestinian struggle. Those who were held hostage were holders of Israeli passports AND all other passengers whom the hijackers believed to be Jews. The other passengers were released.

      This is not true. In the Entebbe hijacking, a total of four non-Israeli Jews were forced to join the hostages, and then only on suspicion of being dual-nationality Israelis traveling under another passport. On the other hand, several dozen American, French and Moroccan Jews were released by the hijackers. Ilan Hartuv, one of the hostages (Google him) is on record stating: "There was no selection applied to Jews: Entebbe was not Auschwitz." Similarly, Ada Lazarovitz, another hostage, declared "the French, including the Jewish ones, were placed on one side, and the Israelis on the other." The tale that the hijackers targeted the Jewish passengers, rather than the Israeli ones, is just hasbara peddled by the Israeli government.

      Therefore, the Palestinians are in conflict with Israel, not with the Jews. Is it too much to ask you to acknowledge just that?

    • @Nathan

      You state: "Some of the citizens of that entity [i.e. the 'Zionist entity'] are Arabs, and some are Jews. The Palestinians, however, are not in conflict with the Arabs. They are in conflict with the Jews." This is not true. In fact, the Palestinians are in conflict with all agents of the State of Israel, be they Jewish or Arab. For instance, Israel's Border Police is made up, to a large extent, of Bedouins and Druze Arabs, and the Palestinians have attacked both. In a recent incident, two Palestinians stabbed to death Border Police agent Hadas Malka, who was Druze, and the attack was hailed by all Palestinian factions. This is undeniable proof that the Palestinians' problem is with Israel, not with the Jews. I hope you can ackonwledge your mistake.

    • @Jon66

      Even if the interpretation of the facts is affected by the motives of the critics, what you must prove is that the interpretation is wrong.

      For instance, it is a fact that on 9 April 1948 over 90 Arabs were killed in Deir Yassin. Certain Zionists' interpretation is that it was a battle, while the antisemites' interpretation is that it was a massacre committed by Jews. In this case, the antisemites' interpretation is right. What differece do their motives make?

    • Nathan: you claim "The most known incident is the murder of some 66 Jews in Hebron. These were Jews from Hebron who had been living there for generations. All Jews of the country were defined as the enemy." Thank you for providing that precise example, which illustrates how wrong you are.

      In fact, when an Arab mob attacked the Jews of Hebron, they explicitly offered the local rabbi that if he turned over the Ashkenazi Jews, the Mizrachi Jews (i.e., those who "had been living there for generations") would be spared. It's true that after the rabbi declined the offer, they did kill a few Mizrachim, but a genuine effort was made to separate the "Jews of the country" from those who had come from abroad in a colonizing enterprise.

      Now you may say the Hamas charter promises to kill all Jews. Yes, that is true, but it is also true that Hamas does not act on its charter. Anti-Zionist Jews like Norman Finkelstein have visited Gaza and no one has attempted to kill them. As for the anti-Jewish chants on the streets, this must be seen in its context. Israeli Jews massively chant "the Jews are lovely, the Arabs are the sons of whores," or, more crudely, "death to Arabs," and everyone understands they mean the Palestinian Arabs, not the citizens of the United Arab Emirates. In short, it would be an exercise of extreme political correctness to require the Palestinians to clarify "we mean Israeli Jews, not those foreign Jews who don't support them" every time they curse the Jews after being tear-gassed or skunk-sprayed by soldiers with a Star of David on their helmets.

  • 'Transferring' Palestinian citizens of Israel to a Palestinian state goes from outrage to Netanyahu policy
    • @Nathan

      I don't see the contradiction between stating that Umm el-Fahm is occupied territory and opposing Israel's plans to exchange it for settlement blocs. The logic is, precisely, that Israel can't use Umm el-Fahm as a bargaining chip, because Umm el-Fahm is not Israel's in the first place.

  • Israel is losing the battle for public opinion thanks to honest journalists, and platforms like Mondoweiss
    • Nathan, your analogy is invalid, since no one is claiming that America or independent Texas were created by the UN or that there was something wrong about the British or the Mexicans fighting back.

      Admitting that the legitimacy of a country is a complex concept involving many aspects, there seems to be a consensus that a country becomes legitimate when the forces denying its right to exist finally accept it. This happened with the US and Britain, but not with Israel and the Palestinians. Israel stole Palestinian land through the Absentee Property Law, the Palestinians didn't like it and the conflict has continued to this day. This has nothing to do with the conflicts from centuries past that you cite.

  • Sorry, American Jews, you don't have a birthright
    • DaBakr, while it's not clear what your point is, you seem to have a hard time getting facts straight. From the French revolution on, French identity papers never identified Jews (or any other national subgroup, for that matter) as such. In fact, when the Jewish question was debated among the revolutionaries, the decision was tout aux Juifs en tant que personnes; rien aux Juifs en tant que peuple -- everything to Jews as persons; nothing to Jews as a people. Everyone was just French, and that is how Léon Blum became the French Prime Minister way before Israel was created.

      As for Israel, it's evident it has become more Orthodox over the years, which is a very regrettable fact.

  • 'We may no longer be permitted—nor permit ourselves—to enter Israel,' 172 scholars write
    • I recall asking a South African businessman in 1988: "How's the political situation over there?". "It's OK," he replied. "It's immoral, but it's okay. This year, in spite of the boycotts, our economy is growing by 4%, and immigrants are pouring in from all neighboring countries." That was less than 5 years before the end of Apartheid.

      To paraphrase Bill Clinton: It's not the economy, stupid.

  • Israeli supermarket chain glorifies army killer on grocery bag
    • Jonathan, I notice that in your long list of streets named after Jewish terrorists, you fail to mention the most cruel terrorist of them all -- David Raziel. Hundreds of Israeli streets and even a town, Ramat Raziel, are named after this terrorist who placed bombs in street markets killing more than one hundred Arab civilians.

  • Terrorism: How the Israeli state was won
  • The dark secret of Israel’s stolen babies
    • The World Conspiracy against the Jews is so wicked it has now managed to get an Israeli Cabinet minister to tell antisemitic blood libels.

      Clearly this means more apartments for Jews need to be built in the settlements.

  • Elie Wiesel is Dead
    • Wiesel equivocated too much, too often and too conspicuously on the topic of genocide. He couldn't bring himself to condemn any instance of mass murder without making the caveat that the Holocaust was worse. He construed "never again" as meaning "never again to the Jews." His offensive and patronizing comments on the Armenian genocide, his inability to confront the Israeli government over its denial of that massacre, his next to nonexistent reaction to the Rwandan genocide, all make me wonder why on earth he has been considered as an ambassador for the victims of planned extermination.

  • Media accusations of blood libels -- against Abbas and Sanders -- amplify a Jewish tribal fantasy
    • @Yitzgood

      Sorry for misusing the term "blood libel." I understood it to encompass all gruesome crimes falsely attributed to the Jews.

      Your argument seems to be that Abbas gives credence to such unbelievable lies about the Jews that he must be an antisemite. But as I pointed out above, on at least one occasion the Israeli police thought that Jewish settlers were behind the poisoning of a well in the West Bank. Therefore, the idea that a settler rabbi can call on his followers to poison wells is not in and of itself antisemitic. It didn't happen -- but believing it might is not an instance of antisemitism.

    • It was stupid, agreed. But, as this article accurately asserts, it was not a blood libel, which is what really matters here.

    • On at least one occasion the Israeli police suspected that Israeli settlers had poisoned water wells, as you can see here. Is the Israeli police antisemitic? Journalists and NGOs have also occasionally issued reports of Israeli well poisoning; see e.g. here. Other forms of poisoning have been reported; in 2005, for instance, the Israeli human rights organization Btselem reported that Jewish settlers had scattered poison on Palestinian fields to kill their sheep. See here.

      Also, after WWII the Jewish organization Nakam (revenge) sought to kill a large number of innocent German citizens by poisoning the water supplies of Hamburg, Frankfurt, Munich, and Nuremberg. The plan failed after Nakam's leader, Abba Kovner, was caught with the poison by the British. But a second plan, to massively kill German POWs by feeding them poisoned loaves, was executed by Nakam's Arye Distel, and did succeed. At the time, the New York Times reported that over 1,900 prisoners had been poisoned, of whom several hundred are thought to have died. See here.

      The fact that the Jews were falsely accused of poisoning wells in the Middle Ages doesn't mean that they are not capable of ever poisoning people they see as their enemies. Abbas may be a complete fool for using unconfirmed reports (instead of, for instance, citing the book "The King's Torah" in which a rabbi says murdering babies is permissible). But he is not antisemitic for thinking (along with the Israeli police, serious newspapers and respected organizations) that extremist Jews can resort to poisoning.

  • 'Washington Post' publishes article by Jewish leader urging boycott of Israel
    • I basically agree with what you say in your letter, jd65.

      I would add that so-called liberal Zionists often bring up Jewish critics of Israel as proof that Judaism can produce its own antibodies against extremism, so it doesn't need assistance from outside, thank you very much.

      I recall a Zionist pundit here in my country commenting on an incident a few years ago in which an Israeli soldier had shot a blindfolded and shackled prisoner in the foot with a rubber-coated bullet. He stressed that the story had been broken by B'Tselem, an Israeli Jewish organization: if Jews behaved bad, it was the Jews themselves who saw to it that the wrong was redressed, unlike what the Arabs did. Actually, it was a Palestinian girl who had filmed the incident and provided B'Tselem with the recording; she had her house repeatedly shot at by Israeli soldiers after that, while the B'Tselem staff slept safely in their Tel Aviv apartments. That did not deter the commentator from turning the cruel treatment of a prisoner into one more instance of Israeli moral superiority.

    • @jd65

      Please do post the link to your letter, I'm truly interested.

    • For some reason, I'm not comfortable with the idea that people should even mention their Jewishness to criticize Israeli policy. Although it is true that the criticism will be more credible in the eyes of laypeople, one should not support such a racist approach on the part of the general public.

  • The naked racism of 'Save Jewish Jerusalem'
    • @hophmi

      Actually, all Avi did was point out that there were serious mistranslations in the video.

      That's not all Avi did. Avi also explicitly called Mondoweiss "a hate site." Do you agree with that description, hophmi? Do you think Mondoweiss is a hate site?

      As for the mistranslations, do you think they fundamentally change the picture? OK, it's not fair to claim that a member of "Save Jewish Jerusalem" stated that Arabs will have no autonomy or rights when he didn't mention rights. However, the group's platform states that 200,000 Arabs will be stripped of their Israeli Resident Cards... does that not amount to a denial of rights? Just asking.

  • To the Holocaust survivor I interviewed, in regards to Palestine
    • While xanadou is clearly wrong to doubt the authenticity Anne Frank's diary, the conclusions they draw are not of an outrageous enough nature to warrant censorship. In the ensuing reply jon s sets the record straight, and the exchange may be useful for some readers.

      As for your question, not all comments Mondoweiss publishes are anti-Zionist. Some are, some others are pro-Zionist, still some others have nothing to do with Zionism.

  • 'NY Times' publishes op-ed writer's blatant falsehood about Palestinians without blinking an eye
    • The Hasbara Buster to the rescue: see here.

    • Excellent article, David.

      Blood libels such as Gladstone's used to be peddled by Zionists far more frequently than they are nowadays. The reason is the Internet. When Google searches were not available, we had to rely on the writer's word, and Zionists freely distorted the truth, knowing that anti-Zionists who dared confront them would have a very hard time finding a venue to publish their rebuttals.

      The web changed all that. Not only are we able to catch the liars with a click of the mouse; we also learn truths that had been carefully hidden from the larger public, such as the marketplace bombings perpetrated by Jews in Mandate Palestine. Yes -- that's how ungratefully we anti-Zionists use the Internet that an Israeli Jew created in Haifa.

  • BDS has arrived
  • No Escaping the 'Cohen': Nick Cohen is becoming a Jew (again)
    • If Cohen lived in Israel he would have fingers pointed at him all the time for not being Jewish, since, no matter his innermost feelings, his mother wasn't. Then perhaps he would realize what Judaism actually is, and that, unfortunately, he hasn't made it into the tribe.

  • Trump's Jewish mirror
    • For Reform Jews to staunchly support Israel is an instance of the Stockholm syndrome. Reform Judaism is despised in Israel, its conversions are not recognized, and their few synagogues (such as the one in Ra'anana) have been time and again defaced by Orthodox Jews. Only last February, the Chief Rabbinate accused Reform Jews of "uprooting Judaism."

      That a group so targeted with hate should adore its haters is simply mind boggling.

  • Barriers to love in Israel and Palestine
    • A small caveat. Interreligious marriage can be performed in Israel, since certain religions admit it. Thus, the tolerant Catholic Church marries a Catholic with whomever they choose, provided that the couple is heterosexual; the non-Catholic partner is not required to relinquish their religion. The less tolerant Islamic faith allows intermarriage only between a Muslim man and a Jewish or Christian woman. And the most intolerant religon of all three, Orthodox Judaism, refuses to perform any marriage between people of different faiths.

  • Israel arrests human rights campaigner Ezra Nawi and puts gag order on case as part of growing 'witch hunt' against activists
    • @Jon66

      I guess what struck me about the quote was the structure of the prohibition. It did not limit ownership to citizens, but rather prohibited “Jews”. Maybe the use of “Jews” was a substitute for any foreigner.

      There's absolutely no prohibition on the sale of land to Jews. The PA has a prohibition on the sale of land to Israel or its agents, which makes an enormous amount of sense. Of course, on a practical level there will be a lot of Jewish American billionaires who will try to buy land to turn it over to Israeli settlers. Such a sale is forbidden not because they're Jewish, but because they intend to use the land to further Israel's colonizing enterprise.

      On the other hand, if a Jewish person who intends to live in the PA-controlled territory as a Palestinian citizen (such as Uri Davis) wants to buy land, they can do so.

  • Suddenly, comparing Jewish state to ISIS is OK
    • The Russian empire, while instigating pogroms, prosecuted their perpetrators after the fact, sentencing them to short prison terms. Israel does the same: it incites against the Arabs and provides the settlers with all the means to commit acts of terror against them, only reacting when the violence is too gruesome, and then handing the perpetrators light sentences.

    • From the Irish in the British Isles to the Basques in Spain on to the Tamils in Sri Lanka, peoples subjected to national oppression have frequently resorted to terrorism. Israel is unique in that it is members of the oppressor people who are committing acts of terror against the ethnicity they subjugate.

  • Novel featuring Palestinian-Jewish romance threatens 'Jewish identity,' Israeli gov't rules
    • @Mayhem

      This kind of thing occurs in countries all over the world and whenever it does it barely raises a whimper

      While book banning does occur, it doesn´t occur in any democratic, developed country that a book is banned because it promotes the mixing of ethnicities. The news here is that one of the most economically advanced states in the world adheres to Middle-Age standards when it comes to education.

      Also, this is hardly an isolated fact, but part of a process ignited in 2011 by Tzipi Hotovely, who hosted a hearing in the Knesset on how to educate Jews so that they won't intermarry; Bentzi Gopstein (of "Christians are vampires" fame) was one of the speakers invited. The conclusions of that hearing are now being implemented. I can't imagine such an atrociously racist meeting taking place in any other parliament in the democratic world, but if I'm wrong feel free to illuminate me, by all means.

    • In 2011 Tzipi Hotovely, a rising star among Likud lawmakers, hosted a hearing in the Knesset on the subject of how to educate Jews so that they won't marry Arabs. Bentzi Gopstein, an avowed racist who has called Christians "vampires," was invited to speak at that hearing.

      So I guess this book ban should come as no surprise. Of course, under the advice of their PR people the Israeli government is careful not to officially adopt the anti-miscegenation and exclusivist policies they encourage or advocate through other means. But when you scratch under the veneer you find unadulterated racism.

  • Israel's ambassador taunts the White House (again) with holiday gift of settlement goods
    • Says Dermer:

      In a Middle East where women are treated as chattel, gays are hanged, minorities are decimated and Christians are decapitated, Israel is proud to have female fighter pilots, Arab Supreme Court Justices, gay pride parades and a thriving Christian community

      Where to begin. In that woman- and dhimmi-hating Middle East, a Jewish woman was appointed as an Arab country's ambassador to the US, while never, ever, will a Muslim be appointed as the Israeli ambassador in Washington so long as Israel is a Jewish state.

      To speak of Arab High Court justices is an overstatement, as there has been just one (compared to 3,000 Jews who lived openly as Jews and untouched in Berlin during the Holocaust, to speak of other exceptions that prove rules). The fact that not every last Arab is discriminated against in Israel doesn't mean Israel doesn't promote hate against Arabs, just like the fact that not every last Jew was killed by the Nazis doesn't mean that the Nazis didn't hate Jews.

      As for gay pride parades, they do indeed take place in Israel -- but it is the only country where people get stabbed and killed (by religious Jewish, not Muslim, fanatics) in such parades. Also, Israel is the only democracy where an interior minister, Eli Yishai, stated a few years back that gays are sick people whom he wished a speedy recovery.

      As for the Christian community, they thrive because of their hard work, not because they're in any way loved by Israeli Jews. In fact spitting on Christian clergy is something of a local sport in Jerusalem, as is breaking their crosses or shattering their cars' windows.

      In other words, Dermer repeats long-debunked lies and false analogies. If the world is incurably antisemitic as he maintains, one wonders why he even bothers to write such screeds.

  • Video of brutal and wrongful arrest
    • Well, great to see that the quality of Pallywood productions has improved to the point that they now dupe the Israeli police. Fortunately MEMRI, CAMERA and Daniel Pipes are still there to take apart Palestinian lies.

  • The 'Pallywood' smear: Viral images of Palestinian boy's brutalization brings backlash
  • Videos: 'Vanity Fair' story about anti-Semitic pogrom in Paris is falling apart
    • @Laurent Weppe

      Since the two synagogues are only 600 meters away from one another, these two incidents tend to be conflated with one another, but they were distinct events: one was a street brawl, the other a bona-fide antisemitic attack

      There is no conflation. The horrifying international headlines, such as "In riot outside synagogue, French Jews were left to protect themselves," all refer to the alleged attack on worshippers gathered at the Rue des Roquettes synagogue, which happened to be false. The Rue des Tournelles attack was barely mentioned in the news, and there is scarce information about what really happened there, although carification will be welcome.

      The point here is that while antisemitic incidents do take place in France on an individual scale, the image of defenseless French Jews attacked by mobs for being Jewish is a complete fabrication.

  • Palestinian toddler killed in settler price-tag attack
    • In other times, Israel and its supporters would have claimed that the family burned their own house down to collect insurance money. Or, that the baby was murdered in an honor killing after it was discovered that he carried homosexual genes. So I think some progress is finally being made.

  • Time Warner executive moonlights as speechwriter for Netanyahu
  • Michael Oren cannot hide his disrespect for Jewish Americans
  • 'Jewish cow' is udderly superior to all other cows in the world, Netanyahu says
  • Notes from the Munayyer-Beinart debate
    • More to the point, Beinart is wrong. The right of return was implemented as part of conflict resolution in many parts of the world, such as Bhutan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, East Timor, El Salvador, Guatemala, Cyprus, Georgia and Rwanda. Kosovo is perhaps the best-known case, and one that any intellectual should be aware of.

    • Just two small points about Beinart's arguments. While Czechoslovakia did get caught up in the splitting euphoria of the 90s, the move has since been regretted by both Czechs and Slovaks, and there is a lot of talk of reunification. I believe the same would happen with Scotland and England and Catalonia and Spain should they also part ways. It's simply not true that any two peoples are inherently unable to live together.

      As for the double standard argument, before the current thaw the issue of the American embargo of Cuba was routinely raised at the UN. All countries voted against, with only four voting for: the US itself, Palau, Micronesia and -- Israel. Surely there were worse human-rights offenders more deserving of sanctions? Why should Israel be immune to a selective approach to sanctions it itself applies?

  • Gunter Grass became 'persona non grata' for 2012 poem exposing Israeli nuclear hypocrisy
    • To dissect Netanyahu's response:

      Günter Grass’s shameful moral equivalence between Israel and Iran, a regime that denies the Holocaust and threatens to annihilate Israel

      Israel denies the Armenian genocide, so I'd say there's an equivalence there. And Iran only threatens to annihilate Israel in response to an Israeli attack. Using strong language to make your enemy think twice before attacking you is perfectly acceptable.

      For six decades, Mr. Grass hid the fact that he had been a member of the Waffen-SS

      That's called an ad-hominem attack -- instead of tackling Mr. Grass's statements, he tackles his personality.

      THAT BEING SAID, I must also add that this is not a poem, this is a pamphlet. Maybe it had to be presented as a literary work so that people around the world would pay attention to it. But poetry it is not, and I think any literary critic would concur.

  • Finkelstein on God and Dershowitz
  • When occupation becomes apartheid
    • @JeffB

      Lest you continue to shift the goalposts, let's recall that your claim was, "The people of East Jerusalem are full citizens of Israel with full voting and civil rights if they so choose." That has been proved completely false by your own sources, since at least one third of those who "choose" to become Israeli citizens have their applications denied. Also, as you yourself admit, Arabs born in East Jerusalem can't become citizens if they don't prove that Jerusalem is the center of their life. On the other hand, Jews born there are granted automatic citizenship without need to prove anything. Different rights for different groups is apartheid, plain and simple.

      Your other arguments are flawed. You don't provide the slightest evidence for your claim that Jerusalem Arabs who ask for Israeli citizenship and whose applications are deferred "are likely going to get it." Your wife's experience in the US is irrelevant because it's another country with different rules and procedures.

    • @JeffB

      1-This article talks about countries occupied by America. The regrettable expulsions you bring up didn't take place in those countries. By the way, it takes some conceit to believe we didn't know about that ethnic cleansing until you opened our eyes to it.

      2-Just because the UN was complicit in the deportation of Germans doesn't mean it should be complicit in other expulsions.

      3-Jews born in Jerusalem have the automatic right to Israeli citizenship. Arabs born in Jerusalem have the right to apply for citizenship, not the right to citizenship itself; and as you know, applications can be turned down. Different rights for different groups -- that's what Apartheid is about.

      4-Gaza is not officially part of Israel, agreed. But Ciskei, Transkei, Vendha and Bophuthatswana were not officially part of South Africa either, and even so the situation in those four "countries" was described by the international community as Apartheid. Are you sure you're familiarized with the meaning of the word?

  • Philosophy prof who likened Palestinians to 'rabid pit bull' ignites protest on CT campus
    • Says Prof. Pessin: "Gaza is in the cage because of its repeated efforts to destroy Israel and Jews."

      Maybe he needs to be shown the videos of Israeli skunk trucks sadistically spraying putrid liquid on houses and schools while not being under any destruction attempt at all from the people living and studying in those buildings.

  • 'NYT' reports 'surge of hostile sentiment against Jews' nationwide -- on what basis?
    • NOT ANTISEMITIC AT ALL!!!

      In the 2005 Senate hearings on the nomination of John Roberts to the Supreme Court, Senator Dianne Feinstein asked the nominee whether he would put his Roman Catholic beliefs aside as Chief Justice, like John Kennedy had done as President.

      During the same hearings, Senator Arlen Specter asked Roberts if his faith would affect his opinions on the bench.

      Neither Senator was called a bigot for asking those questions, and not one commentator described the hearings as an instance of pure and raw anti-Catholicism.

      In the case of the UCLA Jewish student, and in a University where BDS is an issue, it was thoroughly appropriate to ask her if her affiliations with Jewish groups would influence her decisions on the judicial board. Too bad the scared students who asked the question rushed to apologize before informing themselves about the standard practices in hearings across the United States.

  • Palestinian flag is an 'enemy' flag-- Netanyahu's latest crackdown
    • Not sure what exactly your point is, dimadok, but Allison is providing an example of Israeli racism, i.e. a policy that punishes Arabs, but not Jews, for stone throwing and acts of terrorism. The house of an Israeli Arab who runs over someone with a truck will be demolished. That of an Israeli Jew who douses gasoline on a teenager and sets him alight will not. That is Apartheid, plain and simple, independently of what goes on in Lebanon.

  • Ads Against Apartheid comes to Chicago's south side
    • The Zionist ad takes advantage of Western racism against Arabs (they all have thick eyebrows and hooked noses, they act like a swarm, they have no independent thinking, they don't give a damn for their own kids...). Otherwise, the very idea that you must give up your home just because other people who speak the same language as you also have homes would be scorned by the media as the idiocy it is.

  • Palestinian-American teen denied access to Israel’s airport
    • @Mikhael

      False analogy. You're a citizen of Israel and you have duties toward that state. If you dodge the draft or evade taxes you're breaking the law and can be denied an exit visa because of those offenses.

      Dina Shehadeh, on the other hand, is not an Israeli citizen, does not live in Israel or the West Bank and hasn't committed any punishable offense. You retort that Israel has the legal right to stop her from boarding a plane all the same. That is true, but it's not the issue. The issue is whether such right is being applied arbitrarily and whether racism plays a role in applying it. All indications suggest it does.

      I don't recall Israelis adopting such a legalistic approach when an Israeli tennis player was denied entry into Dubai a few years back. On the contrary, they went ballistic -- even when the United Arab Emirates had the legal right to deny her the visa.

  • 'Lesson: The Jews will defend themselves even if it means killing children'
    • Lozowick is not an intellectual in the highest level. (Tip: guys who flaunt their PhD's in your face usually aren't.) I recall debating him and he didn't know the difference between colonies of exploitation and colonies of settlement -- a striking unawareness coming from a historian. He also wasn't aware that the UNSC had declared Israel's settlements legally invalid.

      Also, Lozowick is a dishonest person. Back in 2002, when Israel conducted Operation Defensive shield, he maintained that Israel is especially moral because it launched a ground offensive instead of bombing Jenin from the air. But in 2008, when Israel bombed Gaza using planes and missiles, Lozowick changed his tune and found nothing wrong with such an aerial attack.

      In sum, and despite his abilities as a fluent and articulate writer, I don't think we need to take him (or Asa Kasher, or any of the other "historians," "philosophers" and "intellectuals" who seek to justify Israel via plausible deniability) particularly seriously.

  • Elie Wiesel plays the Holocaust trump card in Gaza
    • For long years, IDF graduation ceremonies took place in Masada, where, as the narrative has it, 900 Jews committed suicide (including the killing of their own children) rather than being captured by the Romans. That doesn't strike me as a rejection of child sacrifice.

      Also, during Israel's war of independence the Jews used children as young as 10 for military purposes; and they stored weapons in synagogues and nurseries.

      But then, a well-known Zionist argument consists of 2 steps:

      1) Claim that Israel meets extraordinarily high moral standards, far superior to those of any other country.

      2) When someone provides counterexamples, ask him why he expects Israel to meet higher standards than other countries.

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