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Tom Suarez

Tom Suarez is the author most recently of State of Terror. Ordering and reviews can be found at state-of-terror.net

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  • Feel-good co-existence story on NPR fails to point out that one side lives under occupation
    • Philip, thanks for this --- very sorry to learn that NPR has not improved. I consider it to be worse than than the "commercial" media (well, NPR is of course also commercial) in that it purports to be enlightened ... and so much of its audience believe they are getting honest reporting. What a disgrace.

  • Banksy's hotel isn't gentrification, it is an invitation for people to come see the occupation for what it is
    • I have a less generous "take" on the W-O Hotel----my thanks to Rory Evans for this piece challenging my (perhaps knee-jerk) opinion on it.
      But more importantly...
      In my opinion we need to stop playing into Israel's hands by saying that the "occupation" is fifty years old, and the siege of Gaza is ten years old. The Israeli occupation of land far beyond its legal limits began in mid-1948 (even if one accepts Res 181 as legal), and the siege of Gaza by the end of 1948 (indeed many Palestinians made refugees in Gaza were slaughtered in the attempt to break the siege and reach the somewhat less horrific conditions in the West Bank).
      If we were actually able to go back to the so-called 1967 borders, it would be a rude morning after. The core problem would be unchanged.

  • 'BDS is a terrorist movement' - exposing David Collier
  • Character assassination as a tool to silence a Palestinian activist
    • Brava, and thank you, Malaka.
      Here in the UK we are in the terrifying situation in which (most visibly) two organisations, the self-proclaimed International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance and equally self-proclaimed Campaign Against Anti-Semitism, exploit and betray their professed missions, instead wielding the smear of anti-Semitism on behalf of a foreign pariah state --- and with the collusion of our own government. Many of us, myself included, are waking up to find speaking engagements or other events cancelled in deference to that foreign pariah state, and even a women's day event by the human rights organisation CADFA, scheduled for tomorrow, has twice within the past three days had their public community centre booking revoked because of a ... "complaint". Hopefully it will proceed at the third venue, a church, without further sabotage.
      It is long past time to stand up to this and challenge it, as Malaka has so eloquently done.

  • Open letter from Palestinian students in Gaza: 'we call on you to get involved in Israeli Apartheid Week'
    • Now a total of three universities here in the UK have caved to intimidation and cancelled the week's activities.

  • The Palestine Philharmonie -- an orchestra is born in Bethlehem
  • Fordham bans Students for Justice in Palestine
  • Antisemitism and its useful idiots
    • Hello Sibiriak,
      Thanks for the comment regarding my reference to the Trump Administration and anti-Semitism. Rather than go into anti-Semitism among some Trump advisors (about which we could discuss and agree or disagree), I will point out that this is actually irrelevant to the issue at hand. All that matters for the argument I presented is that prominent Zionists BELIEVE the Trump Administration to be anti-Semitic, and that they believe this to be a good thing. THAT is the issue. Whether you or I or anyone else consider any individual in the Administration to be anti-Semitic does not change this.

  • Terrorism: How the Israeli state was won
    • I would like to thank everyone who added their thoughts to this article, and offer a short general final comment.

      First, to include myself in the voices of those who took offense at the bait-&-switch of the terms “Zionists” and “Jews”, exemplified by Bar Kochbar’s “...but I am the only non Jew-hater here...”. I could have done no better to vindicate one of my book’s principal points: that Zionism’s holding Jewry hostage is anti-Semitic.

      Another oft-discussed point was the lack, or alleged lack, of any previous political entity in Palestine, as a justification for the behavior of the Israeli state. I have never understood this frequently cited argument. Above all, it is irrelevant---whatever label you wish to give it, people lived there. Even if the alleged lack of any autonomous ruling structure were true, So what? Does this rob the lands inhabitants of their individual sovereign rights? People lived there, end-of-story. Moreover, it is not true, and imposes the modern notion of nation-state, a development of the last milli-second of human existence---a litmus test never applied elsewhere.

      Ancient or Biblical history is invoked as relevant to the right-or-wrong of today. I would argue that this, too, is entirely irrelevant, and the danger of discussing it in context of the “conflict” is to suggest that it matters. Let’s say that the region, contrary to the historical evidence, was once a vast “Hebrew Kingdom” that endured for a substantial length of time; does that require the “re-establishment” of it now, and at the exclusion of those not of the same “group”? Are we to enforce this upheaval throughout the world? Why only in Palestine? And who is this “group” that claims this alleged ancient mantle? By virtue of practicing the same religion (indeed many/most don’t)? Because of alleged blood descent (Ashkenazy Jews? Really? for those who claim this, if it mattered...) No matter the rationale, we are asked to enter an alternate realm in which the norms of the rest of the world do not apply, and we are asked not to question the patently absurd. Questions of ancient history are fascinating, but have no bearing on today’s “conflict”.

      My thanks again for the lively---and, for me, very helpful---comments.

    • Hello A.T.,
      Thank you for the comment. Just to clarify: While I do hope you will read the book, I am not Israeli, and the "National Archives" referred to are British. So there is no connection to the recent SC vote. The book is, however, directly relevant to the ongoing "conflict", despite ending at the Suez Crisis.

    • Hello Sisyphus,
      Thanks --- I have tried to cite the source material as specifically as possible. Due to the nature of the source documents, it is rarely as easy as a citation in published material, since they are generally collected documents not numbered or in any clear order. But if you can get to the National Archives, the folder citations are clear.

    • Hello again Jackdaw,
      I am not sure how to respond to your comments, as they are a mixture of non-linear reasoning, non-sequiturs, and (as far as I can see) fabricated accusations, but in any event this will be my last attempt to sort out your postings. I will be brief.
      I have tried in vain to understand what you think I am lying about. To take the example of Jabotinsky’s Jewish Legion, not only did I never deny this, but indeed I told you how I’d researched it and the Mule Corps in the source documents at the National Archives. This was contentious at the time, just as the later Brigade was in the early 1940s. It was all for the same reasons. I really don’t understand your point.
      I will also comment about the preposterousness of your starting premise, your mindset, your presumptions. You state that “as early as 1940, Chaim Weizman[n] publicly called for a Palestinian Jewish Legion, one that could field 50,000 fighting men,” and refer to this as a “generous offer” that HMG refused. You seem to take as a given that, in the midst of the most difficult days in the battle against the Axis, the UK was, on behalf of the Zionists, to treat Jews as distinct from all other people and create a special segregated force. And that the Brits were ungrateful to decline this generous offer — rather than wonder why Weizmann’s fifty thousand didn’t just join the Allies as equals, along with everyone else. I confess I am truly dumbfounded.
      As for David Collier, I was right in front of him, about eight feet away, when the alleged “assault” (!) occurred. It was comical.
      It was either him or another in his circle that not too long ago stalked a young woman because she was leafleting “pro-Palestinian” flyers, and when she turned to confront him and yelled at him to go away, he alleged assault and brought her to court. Unfortunately for him, a surveillance video turned up.
      As I said, I will not reply to anything further on your thread.

    • A reply to Jackdaw's position on the Jewish Brigade, the charge of "lies", and his invoking the Daily Mail headline that I am an "anti-Semitic hate speaker":

      Hello Jackdaw,

      First, please identify what "lies" you are talking about (?)

      I am well aware of the Zion Mule Corps, and Jabotinsky's Jewish legion, etc --- indeed there is a fair amount about this in the National Archives --- perhaps you might make a trip to Kew, as it is quite interesting material. I do not understand its relevancy to the Jewish Brigade issue, other than that it was an earlier attempt at a similar project, with a variant outcome.

      I find it remarkable that you are not ashamed to invoke the Ben-Gurion et al "pride" excuse for rallying Jews not to serve unless as a segregated force. Really! So, let me understand: We have the most terrible scourge humanity has ever faced, with Jews among those at the top of its target list; but the Zionist leadership, instead of proactively assisting the Allied struggle, holds the war effort hostage to their settler scheme because of "pride" (while it steals Allied arms and further aggravates the war effort with its continued violence in Palestine).

      BY DEFINITION, segregated armies are inefficient. Should Catholics have insisted on a Catholic Brigade for "pride", otherwise refuse to serve? A Homosexual Brigade? A Communist Brigade? Otherwise refuse to help the war effort? Please, this "pride" line is an embarrassment. Zionists exploited the war for their political goals, holding the war effort for ransom. Both of the British military's predictions about the Brigade came true: [1] that it was a ploy to claim de facto acknowledgement of Jewish "nationality" (and thus sovereignty in Palestine), and [2] that the professional military training better prepared Zionist militias to seize Palestine by force.

      Now, as for the Daily Mail article:
      I gave a talk at SOAS in London, similar to that in this article. The talk was attended by a handful of saboteurs whose ringleader was one David Collier. They disrupted the talk, and when security tried to intervene, Collier yelled ASSAULT! (though no one had touched him) and successfully intimidated the guards, who then refused to do anything, the meeting thus grinding to a halt as Collier & crew effectively took it over. They and the Orwellian-named "Campaign Against Anti-Semitism” fed their story to the Daily Mail, the most infamous of the UK tabloids, without any attempt to contact me.

      Sorry, it is Collier and the CAA that are anti-Semitic.

    • Hello Jackdaw,
      no, sorry, you are absolutely wrong. The Jewish Agency systematically refused any assistance to the war effort, indeed hampered it for the various reasons I cite and document in the book.
      The Jewish Brigade was concocted to help the Zionists' claim to statehood, NOT to help the war effort. It was, as military officials testified, a ploy to claim Zionist "nationality" retroactively, and to have the Allies train a professional army to return to Palestine better prepared to secure their aims by force. The Zionist insistence on a segregated army [1] robbed the Allies of these soldiers' help until the war was almost over, and [2] made training them inefficient when in the summer of 1944 Churchill, under intense pressure from the US, caved.
      Answer this, please: Jews had always served in the Allied Forces along with everyone else... Why did the Zionists suddenly demand they serve as a segregated force, or not at all?
      You quote the zealously pro-Zionist Manchester Guardian. Here is an extract from my book:
      The NY Times as well argued that the Brigade was a ploy to claim
      statehood, and criticised US politicians who pressured Britain to
      accept it. Sixty-two US rabbis signed a press statement condemning
      the idea of a segregated Brigade, saying it would “add to the unhappy plight of our stricken people”. Writing eloquently against the Brigade, Morris Cohen, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at City College, described as anti-Semitic the “contention that the Jews are a foreign national group everywhere except in Palestine”, and warned that “the complete moral bankruptcy of racialist nationalism [referring to Zionism] has been made obvious by Nazi Germany”.

    • Hello Bar Kochbar,
      By stating that the Palestinians rejected the Peel Commission's partition, you imply that the Zionists accepted it. Forget for the moment that the Peel Commission had no more moral or legal right deciding Palestine's future than I have deciding your future, the Zionist absolutely rejected the Peel Commission's proposal because it did not give them all of Palestine. To anyone who states otherwise, asked them what it means to "accept" the proposal. It was all smoke and mirrors: some "agreed" to the plan, without agreeing to the borders. They agreed only to the population transfer. In truth, did any Zionist leaders agree to the Peel Commission plan? Absolutely not.

    • (Apologies, my previous comment should have been addressed to Mooser, not Sibiriak)

    • Hello Sibiriak,
      I am not sure your point. No one, neither I nor anyone in these postings ever suggested that there was not horrific anti-Semitism in Europe and Russia. There is a rather stark non-sequitur here...
      The Palestinians were not responsible for European anti-Semitism. Many Jews had gone to the Middle East to get away from such persecution. But Zionists [1] exploited this anti-Semitism, and [2] did not go to Palestine as equals, but a usurpers.

    • Thank you Yonah & Dan, for bringing this question to my attention. I was aware of the language aspect of Nathan's complaint, but had discerned that the "pogrom" quote had to do with the actions against Palestinians. I will review this and if I can not substantiate this will add it to errata and corrections for a possible future edition. In the larger picture, of course, the violence against non-Jews is well documented, so the correction would be simply to qualify this as Zionist vs anti-Zionist violence. I also was aware that Nathan was disputed, but, then, everyone contesting Zionism was contested.

    • Hello Jaypali, thank you for the posting. I have no information regarding the origin of the (false) rumor that Palestinians were being massacred, that allegedly precipitated the infamous Hebron massacre. While it would indeed be interesting to know what did cause that deadly rumor, my guess is that it was all too easy for such a rumor to arise spontaneously, without any conspiracy.

  • Resolution for 2017: Stop substituting 'the occupation' for 'Zionism'
    • Hello Sibiriak, I never said, or meant to suggest, that there is no occupation. Rather, the occupation is a symptom, not the disease itself. Get rid of the “occupation”, and it will be a rude morning after when you realize that the problem itself has not changed.
      Also, I do not agree at all about the geographic parameters of the occupation being somehow universally (or even casually) agreed upon. Quite the contrary, the “bar” has continually been shifted, with no valid resolution to the intermediate thefts.
      As one example, Israel was never given the land between the Partition and the Armistice Line — it is as much stolen land as the West Bank etc. Israel’s only vague legal claim to unoccupied land is within the Res 181 confines (though it was an illegal Resolution), and then only if it stops blocking the return of the Palestinians within those parameters. There are many aspects of the “occupation” that are a matter of common — but false — presumption, always, to Israel’s favor: Jaffa, as one example.
      Finally, that Israel hates reference to the “occupation” is in no way inconsistent with this. The occupation is a means to an end. But to regard the occupation as the actual core problem, is a grave mistake.

    • Thank you, Nada Elia ! The term "occupation" (whichever of its myriad possible definitions, geographic and otherwise) has always worked to Israel's favor, obscuring the actual issue.

  • After wins abroad, BDS conference in West Bank sees local traction
    • Mr. Schipper,
      Imagine you were in a historically economically self-sufficient society, that was then commandeered by invaders who destroyed your economy and imposed a totalitarian regime that kept you a forced market to their goods and sabotaged attempts at economic improvement.
      And then someone on the outside came along and said in response that there are worse-off people in the world...
      Saying that there are worse-off people is an insult. All that matters is that the occupying power should be thrown out and the people left to the dignity of their own lives.

  • Palestinians grapple with knife attacks as violence enters fifth month
    • Hello El Cazador,
      While I understand (and agree with) the intent of your posting, your history is a bit convoluted. Important to be accurate so you're not shot down by the Dark Side on details.

  • Over 60 Massachusetts organizations protest ‘anti BDS’ legislation
    • My guess is that the pro-Israeli forces that are pushing legislators to outlaw BDS will soon wish they had never raised the issue. They can not possibly expect that any but the most fickle of those working for justice in Palestine will suddenly say, "oh, gee, okay, I'll stop". Rather, the inescapable result of outlawing BDS will be to give far greater public visibility to the question of WHY so many people support boycott. And getting the public to ask “why boycott?” is boycott's most powerful aspect. But perhaps the barometer to watch is France, where such laws are not only a reality, but enforced.

  • BDS Victory: Ahava moving factory out of occupied West Bank
    • No, this is NOT a victory for boycott --- not yet

      The location of the factory is important, yes, but it is a secondary issue---the principle crime is the theft of Palestine's minerals, and that seems to be unaddressed. I am afraid that we are being hoodwinked in our enthusiasm to see victories.

      If in fact Ahava will simply truck Palestinian minerals over the Armistice Line for processing, then nothing of substance has changed. If this is the case (and it certainly appears to be) it is important that Ahava's shenanigans be exposed and we NOT pretend victory.

  • As Tel Aviv prepares to welcome Beyoncé, here's a review of Israel's atrocious record towards black people
    • Hi, no, I am certainly not mixing up East & West Jerusalem. I am surprised this is such a misunderstanding. Although East Jerusalem is by international law in Palestine, Israel built its Wall to the east of East Jerusalem in order to "annex" it. East Jerusalem is on the ISRAELI side of the Wall. If you're in East Jerusalem, you are in (international law aside) Israel. There is no barrier of any sort between you and (the rest of) Israel.
      You go from the West Bank (Ramallah, Abu Dis, Bethlehem, etc) through the Wall's checkpoints to go to East Jerusalem.

    • Thank you for the excellent piece.
      I am however confused by the reference to being "trapped behind Israel’s separation walls in occupied East Jerusalem..."
      East Jerusalem is on the Israeli side of the Wall, not on the West Bank side of the Wall. Palestinians in East Jerusalem do not get a permit to enter Israel; they are already "in" Israel.

  • Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the ghost of U.N. past
    • Indeed ... except that foreign countries do not further limit our options by kidnapping or assassinating prospective candidates who will not "cooperate" with them.

    • James, I agree that's what Ban Ki-moon evidently presumes. The question, then, is Why? The Armistice explicitly stated that Israel was NOT being given the extra land it had seized between the Partition and the cease-fire line. But just as every case before and after, it simply refused to budge. One can understand the US mass media audience believing otherwise, but not the Secretary General of the United Nations.

  • Adelson newspaper suggests Swedish foreign minister deserves assassination for questioning Israeli policy
    • Bernadotte secured the release of some 30,000 Jews from German death camps, and this was one of the reasons he was selected for the task of mending the disaster of Res 181's aftermath: the UN naively thought that because of his history, he would command respect from the Zionists. With Ben-Gurion at the helm, Bernadotte's murder scene was left unsecured, and the suspects were pardoned even as they refused to renounce terror (some had joined the government). It was left to Sweden to investigate the assassination.

  • Palestinians in Hebron demand Israel return bodies of family members killed by the IDF
    • There has long been suspicion that Israel's historic refusal to return the bodies of slain Palestinians is tied to organ harvesting. That suspicion remains justified as long as it behaves thus.

  • Trump's claim of 9/11 celebration in New Jersey is based on arrest of 5 'laughing' Israelis
    • Philip, thank you for bringing this out. That's what Trump's claim immediately sounded like, and so I was dumbfounded that the media were not even mentioning the possible ... "confusion".

  • 'Netanyahu destroyed hope' -- Erekat
    • While I realize that it may have been the politically necessary thing to say, it's ridiculous to suggest that Netanyahu destroyed the two-state solution. The two-state solution was D.O.A.

      If it ever was a "solution" at all (and I think it never was), Ben-Gurion destroyed it in 1948.

  • Over 2,000 take to the streets of London as part of 'International Wave of Solidarity for Palestine'
    • The attendance was significantly impaired by big problems in mass transit affecting that area with little or no viable alternative. I tried to get to the demo and after being held at a tube stop for a half hour, all trains that way were cancelled. No alternate route was running either. Eventually I gave up and went home.

  • Did the BBC cover up the anti-Semitism of Gaza's children?
  • Night of horror at Ben Gurion airport for two French music students
    • Those of us here at the Conservatory who have had the honor of working with Philomene and Bastien all devastated by what has happened. The incident is of course hardly unusual, but this instance was particularly upsetting.

      As regards the comment "why go there when you can go so many other places", hopefully this statement was intended to be ironic, but to be sure, they were not going to Israel. They were going to Palestine, where they were welcomed. A foreign military blocked them.

  • The moral hypocrisy of American Muslims for Palestine on the Armenian Genocide
    • A M for P has betrayed not just the Armenians, but the Palestinians as well. A more "balanced" approach? Where have I heard that before? Would A M for P like a more "balanced" approach to 1948? To Cast Lead? Protective Edge?

  • On Netanyahu's apology to Palestinian citizens of Israel
    • Why does no one raise the Achilles heel of East Jerusalem, which Netanyahu considers to be a part of Israel like any other, but in which non-Jews are NOT citizens and can NOT vote?
      (Not to mention the 4 millions Palestinians of whom he is effectively the unelected despot...).

  • The legacy of Joan Peters and 'From Time Immemorial'
    • Thank you, David Samel, for this excellent piece on the Joan Peters phenomenon, which still informs much discourse [sic] in the US.

  • Caroline Glick melts down with European diplomats
    • Huge thanks, Annie, for this important piece.
      What was striking to me even more than Ms. Glick's pathetic theatre was Ambassador Vahr's equally pathetic logic, premises, and "narrative" (which I mean in a pejorative way). Is he really that dumb, or was his strained reasoning the inevitable result of having to reassure everyone that he really does love Israel, honest, really I do? All in all, a classic all around...

  • 'Ethnic cleansing for a better world' -- Richard Cohen says Palestinians brought the Nakba on themselves
    • Thank you, Phil. Didn't know about this guy.
      Just to point out that the 750k or 770k figures cited as Palestinians refugees is based on a technical definition that understates the reality. Only people who were thrown off their land past the Armistice Line, and whose entire villages/farms/etc lie on the Israeli side, were classified as refugees. Thousands of people we would call refugees are not in those figures. But in any even, my sincere gratitude to Mr. Cohen for blurting it all out. I much prefer his ilk to the Thomas Friedmans or Roger Cohens who are SO liberal and moral, but ... arrive ... at ... the .. same ... result ... couched ... in ... nice ... lingo.

  • Chomsky and BDS
    • Ah... Thanks.

    • Thanks --- I ,too, think the power of the Israeli lobby is over-rated. While it certainly helps, ultimately the powers actually running the US must have their own vested interests for empowering Israel, else it wouldn't be this ... weird. But all this is irrelevant to the issue of Chomsky. (Or at least I don't see the connection.)

  • 'Cycle of violence' is the new narrative (and inaccurate, but a step forward)
    • I think that toppling the myth that the "conflict" has much of anything to do with tit-for-tat violence is key...

  • Largest British union refuses to offer support for peace talks
    • Unite, of course, would fully support a peace process. It is, rather, refusing to support the "peace process". The "peace process" has not failed; it has achieved precisely what it was designed to achieve.

  • BBC to censor violinist Nigel Kennedy's statement about Israeli apartheid from TV broadcast
    • Hello Krauss, just to acknowledge your points, which are of course valid. I should have included Nigel's quote originally. Ms. Deech was quoted because she was the one quoted by the JC, which at that time was the only source for the BBC's move, though as others have pointed out, she is not presently part of the BBC.

    • eGuard, thank you for alerting me to the omission of the word "former" governor. The correction has now been made.
      - Tom S

    • Hmmm, actually it's quite clear-cut.
      Go down the list. Can I, a non-Jew, marry a Jew in Israel? No. Not a matter of opinion, not a gray area, but a categorical "no". I'd have to leave Israel to do it. Does Israel divide the population along racial lines by the creation of separate reserves and ghettos? Yes. No mystery, yes. Does Israel expropriate property belonging to a racial group? Yes. Etc., etc., down the list, no "opinion" involved.
      To address your examples, e.g., it's not that the US "cannot figure out if a coup happen in Egypt" but that the US is pulling the strings and has to spin it the right way.
      But no matter, it's irrelevant, the reality re Israel is simple fact, not judgement.

    • My sense of Barenboim is that he is vocal ... to a point. My sense is that his concern is preserving Israel, not justice for Palestine, and so he is "outspoken" only because he knowns that Israel is on a self-destruct course. I would be happily surprised if he ever invoked the "A" word.

  • BBC festival features Palestine Strings and condemnation of apartheid to jubilant applause
  • Maureen Dowd joins Joyce Carol Oates as expert on gender relations of Arabs
    • Abedin was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Both her parents were educators. They moved to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, when she was two.
      Her father was an alumnus of Aligarh Muslim University, and later received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Her mother received her Ph.D. from University of Pennsylvania also, and is currently an associate professor of sociology at Dar Al-Hekma College in Jeddah.
      Abedin returned to the United States when she was 18, and attended George Washington University.

  • Video - The Prawer Plan: What you need to know
    • Hello OlegR,
      Bedouin villages were less transitory than you seem to think. But your reasoning will boomerang on you:
      About 25% of pre-1967 Israel was not actually part of Israel in 1948 either. Wanna trade? Israel gives back the roughly 50% of what was legally Palestine and not part of Israel, and...

    • I’ve a small quibble with the video, a minor criticism offered with great respect for Adalah’s work and presented only constructively, should others agree, for future work.

      I thought it was unfair to put the Bedouin man in the position of having to ‘justify’ his aversion to being moved to the cities. Put on the spot, it seems the interviewer wants something more than because it’s my land, my house, my home, that’s why, so the man invokes ideas of ancestral lands and customs—all valid of course—but he should not have to ‘explain’ it.

      The very posing of the question of ‘why’ they don’t want to move to the ghettos Israel has in store for them, is to frame the issue as though a reason were relevant to the issue. What would any of us say if asked why we don’t want to be ethnically cleansed?

      Am I over-thinking this?

  • Haaretz warns 'Israel is facing its moment of truth' as Europe explores sanctions against companies tied to the occupation
  • Violinist tumbles while climbing separation wall, is unable to perform historic concert
    • Regarding East Jerusalem [re mondonut]
      The Green Line—which of course was never meant to award Israel the land it seized beyond the Partition, but ended up doing so because Israel simply refused to budge—unequivocally placed East Jerusalem on the Palestinian side.

      Then Israel militarily seized it in 1967.

      Various UN Resolutions since then have reaffirmed that East Jerusalem is not in Israel and specifically restated that no amount of Israeli intringisence (facts on the ground, ethnic cleansing) will change that.

      • 1968: Res 252
      • 1969: Res 267
      • 1969: Res 271
      • 1971: Res 298
      • 1980: Res 465
      • 1980: Res 476
      • 1980: Res 478

      All these specifically reaffirm that [1] East Jerusalem is not in Israel; [2] Israel's ethnic cleansing and 'annexation' of it do nothing to change this; [3] creating 'facts on the ground' can not be used in the future to claim a fait accompli.

  • First stop for presidential contenders begins with I, but it's not Iowa
    • One of the most articulate warnings of Israel's corrupting effect on the United States remains Moshe Menuhin's classic "Decadence of Judaism in Our Time" (1965). He published a second edition in 1969 that includes a section on the 1967 war. Used copies of both editions are readily available and highly recommended.
      Moshe Menuhin (1893-1983), the father of the great violinst Yehudi, lived through the rise of Zionism and attended the nationalistic Gymnasia Herzlia in Jaffa.

  • 9-year-old dies in Gaza, without fulfilling 'human rights' dream, to see imprisoned father
    • All the "peripheral" horrors for which Israel is not seen as culpable, but which are ultimately the result of its actions...

  • The Young and Palestinian
    • Comment to Lena:
      Thank you ! for your gorgeous piece. Usually things seem so dismal, and even young people so apathetic, that one feels hopeless and pushes on only because one must... but with people like you inheriting the world, I feel a new purpose. Please write more.

      Comment to Yonah:
      Hamas was an Israeli invention, as you know, to split Fatah. Most Palestinians who voted for Hamas did so not because they wanted a socially conservative religious party, but because we (Israel & US) gave them a choice between the frying pan or the fire --- a party increasingly seen as corrupt collaborators (Fatah), or a party that was perceived as scrupulous with funds and would stand up against Israel---but had tons of other warts. Given that choice... well that's what happened.
      My point is that Hamas is a function of Israeli fascism. A liberated Palestine would have no need for Hamas as we know it, and Fatah would not be serving at the pleasure of Palestine's enemies.

  • 'Democracy Now' focuses on 'TWA 800' documentary by Borjesson and Stalcup
    • Many "9-11" Truthers are indeed nutty. The government's own conspiracy explanation is even nuttier. Then there's the rest of us, who simply want to know what happened ... whatever that is, and it is demonstrably not what we're being told.

  • 'Fuck it, I Love Israel' -- Artists 4 Israel bombards Ibiza with hasbara condoms
  • My 72 depressing hours on Obama's trail
    • Why do many of the commentators refer to "46 years"?
      The 1967 war is a diversion from the core issue. The occupation began in 1948 (really late '47), and nothing will be resolved if we pretend otherwise. The Partition Resolution was a sham (blatantly contrary to the UN Charter, and would never have survived a court review, which we blocked). The Green Line was NEVER a gift to Israel of the land between it and the Partition; it was ONLY a cease-fire line. And, finally, Israel never abided by the terms of the Partition Resolution which de facto created it, even after promising to in order to gain admittance to the UN.

  • Report from Bethlehem: Obama exploits the messenger of peace for a photo-op
    • "DICKERSON3870" commented that the “formidable police and soldiers” of the Palestinian Authority are considered by some Palestinians to be collaborators with the Israel in its occupation.

      Just to say I completely agree. The PA serves only at the pleasure of Israel and the US, and many of its soldiers were trained by the CIA. I hope I did not give any impression to the contrary.

  • What is 'the helicopter on the Saigon embassy roof moment' for US and Israel?
    • To me, the interesting aspect will be whether the "helicopter on the roof" will carry away with it the decades of misinformation and mythology which have empowered US empowerment, or whether --- as was the case with Vietnam --- the US never admits that it was the bad guy. How will "we" explain cutting (or even narrowing) the umbilical cord to our neo-colonial surrogate? Indeed if our standard line about Israel were true, we've been getting a good deal all these years, a mere some-odd billion a year for stability and a shining beacon of enlightenment furthering our own security.
      Will the "helicopter on the roof" leave behind the "elephant in the room" for all to see?

  • Google and the eternal, undivided capital of the Jewish people
    • Thanks---but as I noted on pabelmont's posting, the issue itself is irrelevant. There is no Israeli municipal or local law in East Jerusalem for international law to have to trump. Israel's presence there is illegitimate, period.

    • Hello Pabelmont, thank you for the comment.
      Actually it's not a matter of international law trumping local law. East Jerusalem does not lie in Israel, so there is no Israeli local or municipal law there to begin with---only a military occupation running the show by force. This is especially important to remember when Israel uses the "permit" issue as legal cover for ethnic cleansing in East Jerusalem. One not need even expose the scam of the permits themselves, since Israel has no jurisdiction there anyway---no more than than Saddam Hussein had in Kuwait City.

  • CUFI: Keep Israel the focus of US elections
    • In 1963, Congress briefly investigated the issue of Israeli "interests" [aka foreign agents] not registering as such, and being tax-exempt. A good summary and commentary is in Moshe Menuhin's classic "Decadence of Judaism in Our Time."

  • The (what about) China syndrome
    • Good piece, Philip!

    • Anan, well, no, the $3b figure is just the outright above-board donation. The true figure is more than twice that.
      As for the US "influencing" Israel, why do you invoke that word? No one's talking about our "influencing" Israel.

  • Backer of NY ads exposing Palestinian land-loss says response has been 'astounding' and news 'coverage is pouring in'
  • 'Do you feel more Arab or more American?': Two women's story of being detained and interrogated at Ben Gurion
    • To those (e.g., the US gov!) who try to deflate the greater issues raised with the diversion that every country has the right to its own entry policies, it must continually be stated that Israel is not just deciding who will enter Israel (and abusing them based on ethnicity) -- it is deciding who will enter other people's land as well. Israel controls all access to Palestine. An accurate analogy would be if Saddam Hussein, after claiming to have annexed Kuwait, decided who may enter Kuwait, terrorized and humiliated the "wrong" people attempting to enter (whether US citizens or other), and the US response was well, shucks, wadaya gonna do...

    • Thank you, Najwa Doughman and Sasha Al-Sarabi, for this important record of what happened to you.

  • Before '60 Minutes' piece aired, Jewish Federations called for 'flood' of 'discourse' to CBS (what's next, locusts?)
  • '60 Minutes' profiles Palestinian Christians, Michael Oren falls on his face
    • A shame 60 Minutes perpetuates the myth about the Wall having anything to do with stopping terrorism (and a few other quibbles...), but nonetheless for the US mass media to air this at all, we have to be grateful!

  • The Palestine National Orchestra: a view from the violin section
    • Just to clarify the issue raised by 'Mayhem', the PNO performed in Haifa in January 2011. I was not involved with the orchestra then.
      The PNO did not go to Israel (or even East Jerusalem, which is not in Israel) this year. None of the concert series covered in my commentary (PNO, children's, and youth orchestras) involved entering Israel.

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