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I cannot look at pictures such as the one shown in this article and not feel disgust and anger.
Who are these sadistic people who know exactly what they are doing and cynically manipulate the story so they they appear to be the victims?
How can people like Hillary Clinton who knows what is helping to perpetrate the lies just to further her own ambitions for fame and power?
The weight of seeing the evil in people's hearts is overwhelming.
The military makes decision in absence of the political leadership?
That's a military coup in my book.
Who are these people and why aren't they under arrest?
You wouldn't imagine any of these tunnels were made in collaboration with Israeli black marketers eager to make a few shekels for themselves and not having to share it with the government.
Is the Torah a moral guide or a land deed?
It seems it can't be both.
I wish he would have asked these kids raised in Israeli schools and following Israeli media what the "final solution" to the Palestinian problem should be.
How is this any different than a lynch mob during Jim Crow or any other morbid spectacle from history?
For all the vaunted Jewish cultural emphasis on education these kids and Israeli culture they were raised in seems to have learned nothing.
History repeats itself
first as tragedy, then as farce.
When it comes to former First Lady Hillary Clinton I quote former First Lady Nancy Reagan:
"Just say no!"
I was born in 1956.
The conflict with Israel has gone on my entire life.
It's worked it's way up to the top of the list.
What issue is now so important that I should leave it?
The Israeli government presents itself as the Jewish homeland and representative of Judaism. Many people actually believe it.
As an American who protested the war in Iraq I don't believe I personally have "blood on my hands" for the fiasco of our our invasion. I do not back our bloody meddling in Latin America or the rest of the world.
But I certainly understand when I have been confronted by foreigners who accuse Americans of "having blood on their hands" that I share a certain inferred guilt in their minds.
It is not their bigotry that leads them to draw such a broad generality. It is the bigotry of some many Americans beginning with our leadership that promotes such conclusions.
And so it is for Israel and Judaism.
In the Holy Land:
The big print giveth
and the small print take-ith away
It is not the United States of America but specific people. The people who fund the lobbying groups, the think tanks fund the political parties and campaigns, underwrite the activists, fund the websites and promote their pseudo journalism.
The lies being spun in Washington and in the media are not the workings of a free and open press or of a vibrant democracy. It is the manipulations of a very few people with a specific agenda.
The most egregious should be held responsible for crimes against humanity though perhaps little framework exists to prosecute them.
Let me add to the list of ironies:
He's giving this speech supporting Israel here in the safety of the United States.
This boy is detained for 26 days.
But tourists are free to land and then pull up a lawn chair to watch the spectacle of the Israeli military rolling through Gaza.
How many missiles from Jersey would warrant the annihilation of the entire population Joan? 10, 20?
Does she want all of them killed or should any be saved?
To people like Joan Rivers we are all Palestinians.
You don't need any more proof than this that we don't live in a functioning democracy.
Apparently her patients don't think much of her:
link to vitals.com
It used to be expected that more educated people were held to a higher standard.
We apparently have become a more egalitarian state where there is no distinction between someone with a doctorate in medicine and a semiliterate bigot who spills his hateful bile from the door of his trailer home.
I guess those stereotypes just don't work anymore:
I haven't seen anything on the conflict on "Mother Jones" either
I believe the most accurate translation is "Cast Lead II"
Tell me again why I should accept the state of Israel?
Whenever I read Chomsky he refers to the United States as though it is a huge monolith as he does here.
American policy to Israel and the Palestinians are dictated by specific people it's not Americans views or even AIPAC that controls to message and the policy.
It is a few extremely wealthy and influential people like Paul Singer, Sheldon Adelson and Hiam Saban. These people fund the think tanks, the lobbying groups and finance the candidates. Chomsky never names them.
He was elected to seven terms then suddenly they found out he was a Jew?
I would think the appropriate distance to give the affair the proper antiseptic effect was negotiated in advance.
I would think the appropriate distance to give the affair the proper antiseptic environment.
They certainly wouldn't want to get one another's germs.
Seems there already is a two state solution,
Israel in the "Occupied Territories"
I've heard Lanny Davis' "Hondurans for Hillary" has been a tremendous success among the wealthy quarters of Honduran society, among the poor not so much.
You haven't heard about it much in the media because after the coup that Hillary's buddy Lanny was spokesman for, there hasn't been much of a media. They're either dead or in hiding.
Every time I see a picture of Ted Cruz
I see the image of an earnest young
Bringing this fight to the university campuses of America is going to be a longterm loss for Zionism.
The idealism of youth is going to be exposed upfront to AIPAC's hardball tactics and be repulsed. It won't bode well for the future of AIPAC supported candidates.
Among liberals I perceive that Zionist Democrats will be seen in the future as the Dixiecrats were in the past.
When the question is framed in "Jews" as opposed to "Some Jews" or "Many Jews" how are you expected to get a response that doesn't stereotype?
When the LA Times runs a article about Jews being genetically predisposed to being smarter on the front page as they did a few years ago (without any scientific proof) and the piece becomes one of the most shared stories, is it fair to respond that some Jews believe this stuff?
When the question is "Do Jews think they are superior?" Certainly some do, but the question offers no quantification. If it as if all Jews shared the same negative characteristics you would have a clear basis for measuring antisemitism.
The nature of the questions promotes stereotypes.
If only Hillary Clinton could get the same deserved approbation as Condolezza Rice the prospects for the next election might give us more to cheer about.
Watching her protege Victoria Nuland handing out neocon cookies in Ukraine is enough to convince me that Hillary would find a place for like thinking and morally compromised Condi in her administration.
I imagine there will come a day where like Schwerner and Goodman every one will identify with Phil Weiss and claim to have supported him all along.
Schwerner and Goodman were on the right side of history. Not everyone was.
Now it seems everyone like Tal Fortgang rode on the bus with Rosa Parks. They were sitting right up in front with her.
Starbucks invests in Soda Stream and I'm out.
If you believe Bush and Blair there were merely 100,000 killed not the million other sources describe.
If you believe Bush and Blair ...
Who would do that at this point in history?
"I see a need to transform that Jewish presence, to embrace Palestinian human rights the same way we support civil rights here."
Perceiving Jews as uniformly supporting civil rights here ignores the fact that there were many Jews on the other side of the civil rights issue. There were Jewish storeowners in the South who supported, participated and profited from Jim Crow too.
Can Terry Gross's support of Zionism be framed in the context of egotism?
Her brand of Jewish identity is based on an ethnocentricity that doesn't allow her to question or criticize Israel. Gross's view shaped by an arrogant view of Jewish superiority and privilege.
If Palestinians have been so committed to killing all the Jews and running them out of Palestine that would have been accomplished any time over the last 1,000 years.
Zionism would have been ended at the shoreline and David Ben-Gurion would have been just another statistic when he stepped of the boat in 1906.
Muslim history in intertwined with Jewish history throughout the region.
I am always reminded of the observation a Iraq veteran friend made when viewing pictures of the missiles recovered from Sderot.
If they had been the sophisticated weapons often described there wouldn't be the big pieces left as they would have been blasted to pieces during the explosion at impact. The fact that such large pieces are recovered makes the case that there may have been no warhead in the first place. That observation is confirmed by the photographs of the damage done which is usually a hole in the roof of a building. If there were a warhead there would be no building. The rusting remains of the missiles suggest they were fashioned out of plumbing pipe not something manufactured at an armaments factory..
These are not offensive military weapons like the IDF routinely use. They are primitive weapons that are symbolic acts of defiance.
What imminent threat to Israel or Jewish people did Pollard expose?
How can this administration entertain releasing Pollard who personally benefited from his actions and still pursue Edward Snowden who received no money and acted out of his sense of conscience for the principles codified in the Constitution?
When will the day come when your AIPAC membership will be equated having belonged to the German American Bund?
Who else feeds at this trough or the others like it?
Politicians, reporters, Christian Zionist leaders, talk show hosts and business leaders.
By illiterate you mean that Christians were primitive, irrational and therefore wrong and readily dismissed. It is not the accused but the accuser who is to blame.
Conversely people who are literate and follow an ancient myth of creation are always moral, never subject to the excesses of religious zealotry as we can clearly infer from the current state of relations between the most moral army in the world and the illiterate, irrational Palestinians.
Except the Palestinian literacy rate is about equal to Israel.
Would Ariel Sharon, Benjamin Netanyahu or an IDF soldier who patrols the West Bank by virtue of their literacy have been humane people had they lived in medieval times or would they have pushed the envelop of behavior to indulge in their own power and lust even if it crossed the moral boundaries of behavior?
Jews during the medieval period held a special and powerful position relative to the illiterate Christian serfs. They answered to the sovereign who granted special laws exempting them from local courts. Is it possible that some indulged in behavior that reflected on the entire Jewish community?
Whether Toaff backtracked on some of his assertions. There is still the fact that there was a trade in Europeans to Byzantium and Baghdad including eunuchs which is cited in other sources for example:
Byzantium: The Surprising Life of a Medieval Empire Judith Herrin
Herrin doesn't state that Jews were the merchants involved but cites the cities where the trade took place corresponds to centers of Jewish settlements (i.e. Verdun).
Other sources, even Wikipedia cite Jews as being involved in the medieval slave trade.
What specific assertions are you disputing or saying Toaff backtracked?
At what point does the nexus of Zionism and Jewish Tribalism meet?
If doing business through AIPAC is predicated on your affinity and affiliation to Zionism when does it become discriminatory?
One could assume that the intent is not to just foster business with Israel but also among fellow AIPAC members.
Certainly nonJews join can AIPAC to cash in on business connections. It would seem as logical as a Black person joining the KKK for the same reason.
“Contrary to assertions from some parties, SJP leaders have not been banned permanently from participation,[lots of things are temporary, life for example.]
“Further, reports that expulsion procedures have been initiated against students affiliated with SJP are false.” [We discussed this in private are waiting for some extraneous excuse so as to mask our true motivation.]
The issue here is not one of free speech or the exchange of disparate ideas. [Speaks for itself.]
Ironically while California suffers through a potential 500 year drought (is that a biblical drought?) Jerry Brown helps out his billionaire patrons, the Resnicks:
link to alternet.org
link to calitics.com
Just to toss this in:
I read in a biography of George C. Marshall years ago that in 1944, Claude Pepper had introduced a bill to Congress to recognize a Jewish State in Palestine. Marshall interceded to block it as it would be detrimental to the war effort.
That predates Truman and frames the Zionist efforts a little differently.
I hope this report is made available to Sean Penn, Neil Young and Justin Timberlake.
If you recall they tried to paint Hugo Chavez as an antiSemite linking him with an attack on Hebraica Jewish compound and harassment of the Jewish community.
Chavez was openly critical of Israel.
It was never mentioned that the chief rabbi of Ashkenazi community, Pynchas Brener was in the Presidential Palace in support of the 2002 coup. Brener kept his job and retired to Miami in 2011.
Penn's support of Chavez while half of the Venezuelan Jewish community left for Miami would say little of Penn's embrace of Zionism or even his attenuated Jewish roots.
I've worked with people I had little respect for out of necessity.
I respect what Sean Penn has done for the Haitian people. I respect that he went to Iraq to try to avoid the war.
I would prefer that he also show the same commitment to the Palestinians.
If he doesn't and does not speak against them he will still have my respect.
If he brings his focus and commitment to their suffering as he has to Haiti, Sheldon Adelson will rue the day he meets him.
You pick your battles. Penn is not endorsing the occupation or Netanyahu (at least the article doesn't make that clear. I am not aware of him taking a stand either pro Israel or against Palestinians. He is being honored for working to release a single individual.
Sean Penn still has my respect for what he has done in Haiti. Not a short PR trip like Israel did sending doctors to get photographed and then sent home. He has been there selflessly trying to help a desperate and oppressed people.
Now should Gilbert Bigio the Haitian billionaire show up to sing his praises all bets are off.
I've been to two meetings where the council-general of Israel attended. The fawning attitude of the local mayor and assorted politicos was remarkable.
The Council-General announced that the then newly elected mayor of Los Angeles would be visiting Israel as would other local officials.
I would like to see all of these people who accept trips to Israel be confronted with the invitation to see the other side of the wall.
Is the Torah a moral guide as to how we should treat one another
or is it simply a land deed?
There was a quote I read attributed to George C. Marshall and I paraphrase:
"Recognizing a Jewish State in Palestine will light a fire the world will not be able to extinguish."
Marshall was Secretary of State and said he would not vote for Truman, his boss.
If the Old Testament isn't a history
And it doesn't seem to be a very good moral guide on how to live with one another
How can it still be a land deed?
Even Apartheid South Africa was not afforded the status of being a European state.
With all the fund raising and advocacy work Neil Young has done it seems inconceivable that his motivation for playing in Israel is strictly for money.
Likely people close to him promoters, agents, friends have pulled hard on him for a favor.
Now he is put in a position of turning his back on his principles to do a favor for a friend.
How would burning my music effect Neil Young? He's already made his money off of me. Whether I burn it in the street or just don't play it anymore doesn't make a difference to him. My neighbors however will think I'm a bit touched if I burn a bunch of plastic in front of the house.
If he plays there I won't be buying anymore of his music nor would I consider going to his concerts unless it were to stand outside and protest.
It will sure make listening to what I have difficult.
I wonder what Crosby, Stills and Nash have to say on BDS?
Makes me recall reading Theodore White's autobiography where he talks about the first time he at pork at a function where it would have been awkward to turn down his guest's offering. He then at pork the rest of his life.
Turning down a person's offering of food probably set a icy tone for the conversation. He probably didn't have to call him a "bazaar" to his face and I'm sure his rejection of his food was only one of his signals to convey his contempt.
What is more important, keeping kosher or world peace?
I think we have Mr. Hoenlein's answer.
The Grimm reaper of Zion.
Davie Zirin wrote in "The Nation" that this team under this name was started in 1920.
The homeland of the Palestinians in 1920 very much looked like what they have depicted on their jerseys. They certainly have a historical right to portray it as much as a Sicilian a depiction of the island of their ancestry.
link to thenation.com
I appreciated the irony of the link to the Jabotinsky International Center's , Fight Hatred site.
Do you have a link to where we can buy a jersey?
I thought it was the prospect of liberal, third party candidate Henry Wallace who was vying for the New York Jewish vote that Zionist leaders said they would endorse if Truman didn't fall in line.
The greatest opposition Israel and a Jewish state that I am aware of was Secretary of State George C. Marshall, who's "Marshall Plan" for the Middle East was a one state democracy.
If Alterman refuses with only a dismissive comment to have an open discussion with someone he has relentlessly attacked, how can "The Nation" continue to keep him?
I wasn't alive when the ethnic cleansing of Native Americans occurred. It was wrong then. I had no say in the matter.
The ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians is happening today.
How does a wrong that happened before I was born either justify it happening today or make me responsible for it's consequences?
If I don't say it is wrong today what are the consequences tomorrow?
If Palestine is a fiction and that somehow delegitimizes the rights of the "Palestinians" what does that say about the Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, the African states that were arbitrarily divided up by the Europeans, the United States and the rest of the Americas?
It seems the criteria for delegitimizing the Palestinians could be used to delegitimizing most any nation or people. It's a hollow argument that I would have thought disregarded long ago.
The area was under Ottoman rule and included a varied community of Muslims, Christians and Jews. It would seem Zionism shaped the identity of the remainder of the people when the Jews living there were swept up in the colonial endeavor.
I take it you were schooled in the South.
Slavery is an economic institution to control the cost of labor.
Howard Zinn noted in his "People's History" that the difference in wages between free Southern labor and slaves was minimal.
In the "Untold History of Labor" the case is made that the civil war was sparked by the immigrants after the European revolutions of 1848. Who saw slavery as an obstacle to a living wage. The Irish may not have seen slavery as their fight but the Germans in Wisconsin did and signed up in large numbers.
Today slavery is off shored to Pakistan, Bangladesh and Indonesia. We just don't call it slavery. Just like we didn't call the massacre of the Native Americans a genocide.
I get it.
Since so many people no longer believe in God there seems no point in blaming the church for antiSemitism, so let's blame the secularists.
Perhaps a bit off topic but I like the concept.
I sure would like to see Dick Cheney, George W. Bush and Henry Kissinger on such a show.
Can you imagine the Presidential debates with candidates hooked up to lie detectors?
I might start watching television again
Sheldon Adelson thinking he can be hip and cool selling brand Israel.
Reminds me of
Richard Nixon flashing a peace sign as he gets on the helicopter after resigning in disgrace.
You can't mention Haiti and Israel without mentioning Gilbert Bigio the Haitian billionaire who hosted the Israeli medical team.
Aside from making an enormous fortune in Haiti, Bigio flies an enormous Israel flag over that nation. As the title of the piece asks does Gilbert Bigio make Israel look good?
link to warincontext.org
I'm surprised this same appeal isn't made to help out poor Black, hispanic and white women here in America who have to make a difficult decision for economic reasons.
Actually no, I'm not.
These awful things I write are not my thoughts
They are the thoughts of other people
Not people I know or have spoken to
Not people I can quote or attribute
They just appear in my head
I take no responsibility for them
I just write them down.
I wouldn't think George Bush could sell anything but with Bibi continually giving him "sales support" it might work.
That's a fist choking the life out of a dove.
It sets the tone for the meeting.
It occurs to me that Israel represents a toy for wealthy people to play with, a kind of "Ant Farm" for the rich.
There is no real purpose for Israel to exist, it doesn't make Jews or the world a safer place, especially with their meddling. It exists only for their amusement and a testament to their power.
And just as a child plays with his toys, invariably they go to war, not because the need to but because it's fun.
The Black Caucus could be considered indifferent.
I don't think the Black Community or the Black Caucus sees the plight of Palestinians as central to their focus.
Is Corrie Booker a racist for being so one sided?
Do politicians triangulate the political terrain?
What did Harry Truman say about there being no Arab lobby?
Martin Indyk lacked the poise to have a discussion with Norman Finkelstein on "Democracy Now!" how can he be expected to negotiate with the Palestinians?
link to democracynow.org
If you were Herod it was an huge benefit.
The Romans put a Jewish brutal cliche in power who bought their religious legitimacy by building an enormous edifice.
If you could management to stay in Herod's favor life was wonderful.
Everyone else, not so much.
Wasn't it the Romans who put Herod, builder of the Great Temple into power?
No Roman occupation, no Herod, no Great Temple.
Any no troublemaker named Jesus who wanted to tear it down.
Why not renounce the Great Temple instead of reclaiming it?
Zionism is now a victim of the "mainstream media?"
I had no idea.
When did this come about?
Who are these villains who did this?
"Crisis Consultant to the Stars"
The stars are in heaven, not so much Lanny Davis' clients.
His work as a mouthpiece for coup in Honduras is unforgettable and unforgivable.
Then he was spokesperson for the government in the Ivory Coast.
Wherever Lanny Davis goes he as Hugo Chavez said of George Bush, leaves the smell of sulphur.
How is this any different than the LA Times doing a piece as they did a couple of years ago about how Jews are genetically predisposed to be more intelligent?
In Israel you can openly celebrate Jewish wealth and power. In the US it has to be couched in pseudo science.
I didn't see Gilbert Bigio on the Forbes List
Perhaps the wealthiest man in Haiti doesn't like attention:
link to open.salon.com
Reminds me of the two weeks or so the Israeli government sent a medical team to Haiti for earthquake relief. It made the American media, heartwarming tales of humanity staged on billionaire Gilbert Bigio's property.
Then they went home.
We "Frisbeetarians" don't subscribe to the Ten Commandments.
What would you do with us?
Feed us to the lions?
Here's Jane Harman at AIPAC talking about promoting sectarian division in Iran:
link to youtube.com
Here's Democracy Now! on the Guardian and BBC piece on James Steele in Iraq:
If the inmates are fighting amongst themselves they won't be fighting you.
As an atheist in America I'm feeling less secure
But I think I've found a cure
I need to rob some people of their land
Perhaps I'll take Afghanistan
This may upset the people who's land I take
Because they might not go along with the my plans I make
So their will I'll need to break
Which is why I'll need the bomb.
I don't think "The Passion" qualifies as Hollywood film. Gibson funded it himself and picked up all the profits when Hollywood backed away and attacked it, creating a huge buzz for the movie in the process.
Are you suggesting that Hollywood is controlled not by Jews but rather by Jewish men
Who have issues with their wives and mothers?
Ironically, the movie "Ted" begins with Patrick Stewart narrating that Christmas time is the traditional time of year for beating up Jewish kids.
A gratuitous swipe at Christmas and nonJews and playing to the Hollywood stereotypes bullies and their victims.
Had the roles been reversed if it had been Jewish kids victimizing whites or another minority that script would have undergone a rewrite.
I wonder if he'll do his next documentary on his treatment in America.
Are Israeli-Americans who change their names frequently (like their Australian counterparts) detained or do they get ushered past the waiting line?
Reminds me of that Phil Ochs song,
Love Me, I'm a Liberal
You and I know that if there was ever a popular referendum on continuing aid and support for Israel it would fail.
Israel's support will never see the light of day of a popular vote or a national poll.
It is no more the will of the people that commands monetary support of Israel than there would be to reinvade Iraq. Probably less.
Why should I have to pay for it?
Let the people who support the lobbying efforts, the coercion and corruption of the political system in regards to Israel/Palestine. Rather saddle the entire nation with the burden of unwinding the misdeeds of a few, let those specifically responsible for it and who benefitted from it shoulder the burden.
Our legal system doesn't allow these people to be brought to court for their actions, though clearly they break the spirit of any sense of justice.
Hopefully in some point in the future our times will be viewed as a dark age of justice.
At least she wasn't tased as John Kerry stood by and did nothing
They aren't removing warheads, they never had them.
Many of them are simply pipes with fins and a point welded to them filled with a crude propellant and fired across the border as an act of defiance.
If the roles were reversed, Sundance would have a film about them and applaud their ingenuity.
Looking at some of the "missile" parts I was struck by how crude most of them are. The impact often shows no explosion because they lack a warhead. Their targets are frequently Israeli towns only a couple of miles away from the border.
How many millions are being spent to protect Israelis from what more often than not something little more than the rockets hobbyists fire anywhere else in the world?
There are limitations as to what you can do or say and Michael Moore knows them.
Explain to me what was the purpose of editing the film in the first place?
If you try to hide something it is usually because there is something to hide.
It seems there is no other film of this guard post than from the camera they bought at Radio Shack in 1978. How convenient.
It doesn't seem like a very good spot to put a surveillance camera.
May the spirit of Mario Savio live on at Berkeley and throughout the country:
“There's a time when the
operation of the machine becomes
so odious—makes you so sick at
heart—that you can't take part.
You can't even passively take
part. And you've got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon
the wheels, upon the levers, upon
all the apparatus, and you've
got to make it stop. And you've
got to indicate to the people who
run it, to the people who own it, that unless you're free, the
machine will be prevented from
working at all”
Perhaps when the dust settles the final revision will show though he didn't have a weapon he seemed to be reaching in his waistband for what looked like a weapon.
A usual excuse given to gun down "urban youth" in America.
For now they have actually revised upward saying the gun was not plastic but metal:
link to theblaze.com
The lawsuit is:
“a disturbing echo of incitement, intimidation, harassment and violence carried out under" the Governorship of Ronald Reagan and by J. Edgar Hoover against... students and scholars on the Berkeley campus ... during the turbulent years leading up to and including the Vietnam War.
Where are all the settlers coming from to fill these new settlements?
Is there that great a waiting list?
After Maher lost his TV show for saying the 9/11 terrorists were not cowards, I heard him being interviewed by I believe Terri Gross waving the flag about his patriotism and claiming to be half Jewish on his Mother's side.
I take it he said the right things to get his show back.
When Bill Clinton was special envoy to Haiti he made sure Jean Bertrand-Aristide and the Lavas Party stayed off the ballot ensuring the ruling elite got their President.
Clinton talks a good game. He's a cynical hireling of the elite.
He had eight years to come up with a peace in the Middle East. He came up short.
Shouldn't the IDF be able to prove their actions were just by providing film of what happened?
What secret negotiations did the Nazi government attempt that we don't know about?
The war objective of the Allies was unconditional surrender, which we negotiated with the Japanese to keep the emperor in power. But what of the Germans? Where there no overtures offered for an negotiated peace? There was Rudolph Hess who's mission was covered in secrecy until the day he died.
It would seem implausible that there weren't others.
There are Ben Hecht's allegations in "Perfidy." It would seem that plausible that other negotiations were initiated to end the war.
The Allies negotiated to feed the Greeks during the German occupation and the Allies negotiated an air drop of food to the Netherlands to feed the population at the close of the war.
Certainly Hitler remaining in power would be unacceptable, but unconditional surrender offered no alternative to end a massively destructive war and Holocaust.
The Battle for Jerusalem began in November of 1917. General Allenby entered Jerusalem the next month.
The British didn't have anything to give away until they occupied it themselves.
I find the concept of "the decline of the Ottoman Empire" intriguing. By what definition had it declined and what are the implications of this decline?
Is decline defined as no longer able to field an army to defend itself from the predations of the British Empire? Is declined defined by the discovery of oil in the Middle East?
Did this decline create a dilemma that necessitated the occupation of Palestine to secure the Suez Canal which had been built 50 years before the Balfour Declaration?
‘If they [the Jews] all gather in Israel it will save us the trouble of going after them worldwide’ and ‘They [Jews] are a cancer which is liable to spread at any moment.’
I don't see any concerted worldwide effort to get rid of Jews. Since so many of them live in the United States and Europe it would be a difficult undertaking for a Muslim extremist to presume he could carry out or even imagine.
Where will this "cancer" of Jews spread that they aren't or at least weren't before 1948?
It all seems like it is scripted to play to the paranoia of the Pam Gellar crowd.
The story doesn't hold up.
Did the victims parents call the police? Did they call the Spielbergs?
Young Steven pulled a prank that an enabling Mother rationalized as some retaliating against anti-Semitism.
"What if the choice was either commit minor vandalism with the extra-chunky or succumb to a life of anti-Semitic persecution?"
It makes for a nice story that Spielberg peanut buttered some bully's window and the bully stopped bullying him.
So apparently the bully was so intimidated by the act of peanut buttering windows in the middle of the night that he never bothered Spielberg again. It hardly seems that the "bully" was much of a threat to begin with.
It is also plausible that young Steven was the bully and his mother makes excuses for his behavior.
If I really felt threatened by someone I wouldn't do something so bold and provocative as peanut butter their windows.
He had no fear of getting caught? He had no concern about what kind of retaliation he might expect if he was? At the very least it shows poor judgement.
Spielberg is a good story teller but this goes beyond the bounds of credulity. Spielberg's entire story is suspect.
The sound of the soldiers marching to the scene gave event a certain Orwellian character. I would imagine these soldiers were not very far from the confrontation but they apparently formed up and marched to the sound of a shouting Palestinian in order to provide the desired intimidation.
Most Americans would have scampered like mice.
Indeed these Arabs are a foreign culture.
In the heady days after September 11, and before the invasion of Iraq. Darryl Issa spoke at a World Affairs Council meeting about his vision to remake the Middle East. Issa spoke of a "Marshall Plan" to modernize and rebuild the Middle East.
In the Q&A that followed I stated that Marshall did have a plan for the Middle East which involved a one state solution to the Israeli/Palestinian issue. I went further to state that without addressing the legitimate issues of the Palestinians especially UN 194 which the Palestinians cannot be required to relinquish how can his vision of a Marshall Plan succeed?
Issa looked at me as though he wished I were dead and said he disagreed. Afterwards I went to shake his hand and thank him for coming but he refused to make eye contact with me. Late a Pro-Israel college professor resigned from the local World Affairs Council board because I was not rebuked for asking the question.
Reminds me of an old Tom Tomorrow cartoon where the Republican candidate was someone simply wearing a Ronald Reagan mask.
All Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage, Mark Levine and the rest need is one angry sound bite and they will play it more than Jeremiah Wright and Howard Dean combined.
Obama's weakness is that he cannot seem overly aggressive or he will evoke a scary angry black man image to marginal white voters. How many suburban whites are going to vote for Jeremiah Wright?
Mitt took a page from Ronald Reagan and even sounded like him.
White voters like angry passionate white guys. Malcolm X not so much.
"Drinking the Kool-Aid" implies one is doing something unknowingly.
Debbie Wasserman-Schultz deserves more credit than that. She knows what she is doing.
She believes the public has "drank the Kool-Aid" and indeed they have.
She believes her position is to do the bidding of her backers and that the public will support it no matter how extreme. War in Iraq - done. War in Iran - we'll get it.
It's like the transformation of American society after September 11 and the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq. Everyone was wearing camo and "Blackwater" apparel.
Kissinger wrote in his first book that nations become soft without war. Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq and Lebanon are as much about creating a militarized society as foreign adventure. Societies follow the herd mentality.
Once it is put in motion no one can question a War President or Prime Minister.
Talk about symbols evoking an irrational reaction
I'd like to see someone try and burn an American flag again.
Just so we can have a reality check.
How about uttering the words in a favorable tone, Sharia Law, Obama Care, Socialism, and so many others.
Steve Klein, the consultant on the film does business with someone he met for an hour and apparently the only things he knows about him is that he is not Israeli and not Jewish.
Where did they meet, the restroom on the interstate?
Certainly the film's intent was to provoke a backlash and Klein points the finger at the Coptic Christians who would only bear the brunt of the retaliation in Egypt. Steve isn't telling the truth.
Palestinians are Jews who loved their country more than their religion.
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