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I was born in 1948 – the same year as Israel! I live in an absolutely beautiful part of England, on the south coast. I have three children and 5½ grandchildren. I am very blessed and I know it. For my generation, adults did not reveal the horror of the war and concentration camps so I was unaware of either, till I was 16. To explain just how ignorant we were, my maths teacher, at my Catholic convent, was, I much later realised, a survivor from a concentration camp. His name was Sidney Inman, the same initials as ‘School Infirmary’ on a handkerchief we found and presented to him, which prompted him to show us his number tattoo on the inside of his forearm and still, we did not realise or understand the significance of it. After I’d left school, when I was 17, someone gave me a book about the Holocaust. It was 50 years ago – all I remember was being utterly, totally shocked that anyone could do such things to another person . . . the bit I cannot forget is a lampshade made from human skin! It made me feel sick with guilt even though I didn’t exist when it happened. I couldn’t understand such a level of inhumanity then and I can’t understand it in Palestine today, either. I am 'alongside' Mondoweiss to bring it to an end x

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  • Video: Israeli soldiers violently attack unarmed Palestinian man
    • What a disgraceful exhibition of the Israeli Army @ work - they shame themselves utterly!

  • Untold Stories: First-ever US Nakba Museum opens in Washington DC
    • Completely agree with both of you, John Douglas & Just! Positive thinking is what's needed - can we have one in UK too?

  • UN report catalogs Israeli attacks on Palestinian children, but leaves Israel off child rights abusers 'list of shame'
    • It's sickening, isn't it? The dishonour and disrespect they bring on themselves for conniving with Israel's abuse is gut-wrenching!

  • 48 Years Ago: Commemorating the ’67 War
    • Iris, how can I thank you for this profoundly beautiful, truthful account of your life and love? It cuts to the chase and explains what we all need to understand – history is common for all mankind, especially of the Abrahamic faiths – it is only human pride and avarice that causes a problem. You, Faisal and your families are shining examples of how we should all be with each other. I thank you for this. I bless you for it.

      And thank you just too – you are always so measured and positive in your comments. Bless you too!

  • Israel will imprison soldier, 19, for publicly criticizing the occupation
    • This video is truly, truly, truly shocking. The body language of both Shachar Berrin and Dani Dayan (despite the difference of what comes out of their mouths) is the same ... MASSIVE GUILT - as is also Dina Zachov's (if I got his name right?). How can any country live with itself when it is making all of its subjects feel this guilt for what is being done it it's name? This video should be shown in every house in Israel - particularly those whose occupants sit in the Knesset - Mr Netanyahu, are you watching? - and around the world. This is SO dreadful - that a political belief/abomination is making its citizens, both those in support and those who object, feel such anguish about what is happening in their name. This is truly the face of wickedness, most assuredly. Messrs Berrin & Zachov should be applauded for their courage! Mr Berrin is a hero and being made a prisoner for his truthfulness, shames the Israeli cause one thousand times more. Mr Berrin - I salute you!

  • The grotesque injustice of Obama's speech at the Washington synagogue
    • @Brown-Eyed Girl

      Well said! Perfect! When I think back to the promise of Mr Obama, like you, I am thinking - not, "Yes we can" but, "No we can't". What a pity! He held so much promise and none of it (almost) has been redeemed. I'm not American and the idea that "sucking up" to wealthy Jewish donors is the route to the Presidency of the US is ... appalling!! Aren't you "The land of the free and the home of the brave" :) ?

  • Israeli activists meet with FIFA head Sepp Blatter to tell him: Israeli Football Association deserves a 'red card'
    • Oooh, you are a 'card' ('scuse the pun!) but I LOVE IT - out of the mouth of a comedian like out of the mouths of babes ...... x

  • Besieged in Gaza from birth to death
    • Kris: I do not live in America so I cannot say you are correct or not, in what you say! I believe you have misinterpreted the point I was trying to make. I was talking about the day-to-day living control Israel has over the Palestinians. You, are being more than a little mischievous, I think ;)

    • Thanks for this, Dan. I simply CANNOT understand why the world stands silently by, watching and allowing Israel to dictate how Palestinians live their lives in every aspect? Where else on this earth is this happening - that one country is in almost total control of another (for no reason other than the first country's economic gain) without a mandate or agreement from the rest of us, to do so? What is the UN for, please?! How can world governments be taken seriously? One day, hopefully sooner rather than later, those in power will wake up, address this preposterous injustice and sort it out! May I wish Sulaiman, Leila and their joint families happiness and all the best for the little boy, when he arrives, in the meantime - stay safe, God bless x

  • Understanding the 'S' in BDS: It's time to demand sanctions on Israel
    • It is very hard for ordinary, logical and right-minded people everywhere, to understand just why Israel commands such ‘moral-blindness’ from the UN, the US, the UK et al? Is it because these ‘U’s:
      (a) can’t face the consequences of their complicity in wrongdoing
      (b) have something to gain
      (c) are not competent/aka stupid
      (d) lack the courage to do the right thing, or:
      all of the above?
      Sanctions expressed the universal view to South Africa (& got the result) and they will again, to Israel. Let’s apply them – hard!
      (Sorry - didn't set it out properly & can't edit or delete the first one - oops!)

    • It is very hard for ordinary, logical and right-minded people to understand just why Israel commands such ‘moral-blindness’ from the UN, the US, the UK et al? Is it because these ‘U’s: (a) can’t face the consequences of their complicity in wrongdoing (b) have something to gain (c) are not competent/aka stupid/lack courage to do the right thing or all of the above?
      Sanctions expressed the universal view to South Africa and they will again, to Israel. Let’s apply them – hard!

  • Why Ship to Gaza is sailing again
    • I think this is wonderful! Anyone doing anything to help other people have a better life (and doesn't hurt others in the doing) is always good, isn't it? I hope they will succeed and be safe in the succeeding. God bless them x

  • International calls rise for FIFA to suspend Israel
    • Well said, Just! Once there is one sports sanction - more will follow, as it did in South Africa. This one MUST get the ball rolling (pardon the pun!) :)

  • Siege on Gaza prevents children from receiving needed medical formula
    • Dan, there is a wonderful charity in the UK: childrenofpeace.org.uk which does wonderful things, specifically for children in the Middle East. It might be worth your while to contact them to see if they can help sponsor this very special need for very special children. They are lovely and responsive to individual needs and they are celebrating their 10th anniversary this year! I support them and I recommend them to you all x I can't find contact details for Brilliant Future Association and I don't do Facebook or twitter to tell them myself :(

    • Thanks for the bank details for BFS and letting us know about yet another sad state of affairs for the Palestinians. I wish you could somehow make this more widely known ... and hope you've had a Happy Birthday - you've earned one x

  • 'So wait, the Nakba is…?': Listening to Israelis discuss the Nakba
    • Shocking, isn't it?!

    • One of my father’s favourite sayings was: “Better to be thought a fool than open your mouth and prove it”!
      The ignorance (possibly feigned as an easier option than addressing their uncomfortable consciences, maybe?) of most of the interviewees was literally staggering – considering the history for ALL in the region since 1948. Only two of them, the man in the green shirt and the long haired, bearded man, addressed both what ‘nakba’ is and potential solutions with care, honesty and thought.
      The most encouraging part of this video, in the main, is the younger the interviewees were – the more open they seemed to see the wrong and be prepared and open to start addressing the needs of the refugees who have left. This can only be good for the future. Thank you for making this video and I shall certainly look forward to reading the book.

  • 'For Palestinians, history is never behind us': Family memories on Nakba Day
    • This is a wonderful, heart-breaking article about the dispossessed of Palestine and the suffering they have and continue to endure. I’m reading the comments, which I cannot fully understand because I am not well enough informed but there is a totally stark illustration of the real truth – just look at the map drawn up in 1948 by the UN, for the two states of Palestine and Israel. Then look at the map for 2015, and the wall and the illegal settlements, as well. If I was Israeli – I would be feeling sick with guilt for being a thief ☹ and no excuse can cover that, can it?

  • 'Forward' reports what 'NYT' covers up: Jews for BDS
    • I've spent the afternoon, a beautiful sunny one (by the way), sitting in a cinema in Chichester, West Sussex, UK watching a delightful film "Dancing in Jaffa", about the efforts of the Palestinian-Irish gentleman, Pierre Dulaine, world champion ballroom dancer, teaching (as he described them) Palestinian-Israeli and Israeli-Jewish - think I've got that round the right way! - children from five different Primary? schools in Jaffa to do wonderful dancing! He invited/cajoled the boys and girls from both communities to dance with each other and produced magical results - not just as dancers, but he transformed the way they perceived/respected each other and - more importantly - how they developed friendship and trust with each other. This is a BIG, BIG, BIG lesson the grown-ups would benefit from learning, too,(the parents in the audience of their performance at the end seemed to have made learned from their children's example!) isn't it? Jews being part of BDS is a good step in this direction and I applaud and admire it - the more the better for all in the Holy Land!

  • Families in Khuza’a forced to live in shipping containers as politics prevent Gaza reconstruction
    • This makes me feel .... sick! Is this Dalia's family - they have the same name? Dan, can you not get this on something mainstream? What sort of a world are we living in?

  • Front-page attack in New York Times says BDS movement is driven by minorities' 'hostility toward Jews'
    • @JeffB
      Oh, and I forgot to say, JeffB: the Israel security issue, you defend - the Wall, the occupations, the checkpoints, the total control of water, gas, revenue et cetera, et cetera, et cetera? That is nothing more than the paranoia of theft :(

    • @JeffB
      I’ve read what you say in reply to my comment and I am utterly amazed by you! All I can say to you in reply, is ‘take your blinkers off’. Whatever excuses/justifications/misrepresentations you come up with, the bottom line is the Government and the military of the State of Israel is, and has been since 1967, breaking countless International Laws on a daily basis. No other country is occupying, and mistreating the occupied, as Israel is doing. There is no excuse whatever for this.
      Do you ever stop to consider the feelings of non-Zionist Jews about what is being done by Israel and the way it reflects on them? Painful as it is for supporters of the actions of Israel, both inside Israel and outside, sooner or later there will be a day of reckoning. The tide is turning in world opinion. Politicians everywhere want to be re-elected and they follow (albeit slowly) the will of the people. Now we have instant and constant communication – the days of hiding what is being done or attempting to justify it are numbered.
      If Israel wants normalisation and security – the answer is in front of them … a child could work it out. The BDS movement is no more than what was applied to South Africa between 1960 and 1990 and resulted eventually, in the fall of Apartheid and the release and election of Mandela. Though currently the ‘standard Israel is being held to’ by the US, the UK and the UN (because the UN is manipulated by the permanent members) is woefully LOWER than any other country would be allowed, this will not continue for much longer, as it wasn't in South Africa. A day dawned when the South African Government found it was standing alone - no one was on its side, listening to its justifications anymore - nightmare! but it concentrated the mind of the SA government, didn't it?
      If you and your cronies think you can buck history and keep this up for ever – you are in for a rude awakening! Israel’s best interests are served by Israel learning to live in peace with its neighbours, without stealing land from, or abusing, its neighbours. The rest of us can see this – it amazes me that you can’t!
      As for your ranting – I suggest a lie down in a darkened room with a wet flannel till you feel a bit more normal ☺

    • Criticising and trying to change behaviour is not the same as hating the doer of the deeds, is it? Think of a parent correcting a child. It is surely time for defenders of Zionism to have a good hard look at Israel’s behaviour and address that behaviour rather than whether they are hated or not. The two things are not and never have been synonymous. It is ducking the issue, lazy and dishonest to keep saying: “everyone who criticises Israel is an anti-semite/jew-hater”. Better to ask yourselves what are the boycotters trying to achieve? Address the possibility many of them are trying as much to save Israel from itself, as well as make life fair for the Palestinians, and create proper safe, secure living for all in the region. Why are the boycotters doing this? Because they want this injustice to stop and in the main, they care about both sides!

  • Jordan Valley villagers call for international intervention as Israel conducts massive military training
    • Since last summer, I have been reading blogs on WordPress from Dalia. She is a young Palestinian girl - she speaks and writes English beautifully - though it is obviously not her first language. What she has said about life in Palestine is both tragic and inspirational because she is so positive and sees the beauty around her even when things are so hard for her, her family, her friends and just life in general - and she’s not given up hope and she isn’t embittered by what life has thrown at her.

      I’ve given a donation for Sara but Dalia is struggling with the lukewarm response she is getting, so I thought you might like to sponsor her sister, Sara, to save her sight from further damage.

      If you want to help Sara and or can think of ways to spread this around so more people can help, can you activate your brains? One of the saddest, most disheartening things for the Palestinians must be the lack of interest and support they receive from the rest of us. Many people giving a little will be better that a few giving a lot, won’t it?

      https://daliaalnjjar.wordpress.com/2015/05/01/youth-initiative-in-gaza/
      https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/magnifying-sara-s-hope

      There seem to be many of us on this website who are sympathetic to and frustrated for the Palestinians. This is a small way we can help one family. I hope none of you will be offended by this posting x

  • The Second Coming of Holocaust remembrance
    • The only ones trivializing the Holocaust and belittling its importance as a warning sign to Humanity are the Zionists who have abused their neighbours, the Palestinians, since Israel’s birth and even more so since 1967. They have dishonoured their families who died in the camps and made a mockery of the rest of the world’s attempts to repair the damage of the Holocaust. The hypocrisy of this is truly sickening – Israel is revisiting those sins now as the perpetrator – not the victim.

  • Hurt by the Israel lobby, Obama kisses it goodbye
    • Lovely Keith - couldn't have put it better myself ;)

    • Hophmi: you clearly don't appreciate irony! Maybe if you can look at this from an outsider's perspective, you will understand the point! Israel has created a problem for itself, hasn't it? It fails to understand the consequences of its actions or take responsibility for them!

    • As everyone seems to want the Iranians not to have a nuke (excellent idea!), why hasn't Mr Netanyahu offered/been made to give his nukes back ... thus creating a level playing field & removing any need for Iran to have them. Seems to me there is a lot of hypocrisy in all of this. I don't know when Israel got the nukes but it is an open secret around the world they have them. The most belligerent, by far, nation in the ME is Israel and always has been! Did NO politicians understand the consequences of unbalancing the status quo when the U.S. handed the nukes over?

    • You're so right Pabelmont! Unless a U.S. president looks to the security and interests of everyone in the ME - this stalemate of illegitimacy will run and run with all the spill-out it is causing. If Obama is not able to lead with this, let others at UN begin the process and keep his veto in his pocket! The two year time line is more than fair and let sanctions begin as soon as there is any further infringement of international law. Grrrr

    • Well said, Just! Spot on!

  • Yarmouk camp reaches out to the international community for help against IS invasion
    • Does it matter? All religions forbid killing of people. End of. No justification no matter what religion. It's blasphemy of God.

    • This is further proof of the terrible blunder of 1947 when the Palestinians rights were so cruelly removed and they became dispossessed of everything. The rest of us should feel utter shame for that act and what has happened since to these poor people. Come on UN - get something doing to put this right - all of it! NOW! Show us what you're made off any why you are supposed to exist! What on earth have the Palestinians done to deserve this further atrocity?

  • When occupation becomes apartheid
    • Excellent article - can you send it to all the British political leaders too? We're having a general election over here and I think they all need a reminder about their responsibilities too, whoever wins on May 7th

  • Netanyahu to stage hunger strike against world peace
    • I'm laughing so much I'm crying!! Still, looks like he'd benefit from a bit of weight loss! Maybe they'll have to feed him his juices by a fixed tube so his lips will be sealed for a while too ;) ;) Why does the image of a petulant fat baby not getting its way come to mind when I look at that lovely photo, I wonder? (Is this a belated April Fool's day)!

  • Pitzer SJP to display mock Apartheid Wall despite administration attempts to censor free speech
    • Brilliant idea!!

    • Spot on pabelmont! Great to see young students @ Pitzer setting an example to the older generations. Makes you think ... 2004 advisory opinion and STILL nothing has happened to remove it & we've seen much, much more it it appear! Shame on us all!

  • Day before deadline, Iran negotiations coming 'down to the wire' and Netanyahu still hopes to play spoiler
    • viz. Mr Zeid: What comes to mind is ... 'They're coming to take me away ha ha" etc. Haven't seen his outburst reported in the British media anywhere obvious (we tend to be sympathetic and tactfully silent about this sort of thing {mental instability} in the UK) but I'm sorry for the affront to your President! I like the 'Hammer House of Horrors' image you have created for Mr N, though!

    • Who has created the existential danger for Israel, Mr Netanyanu? Please adjust your mirror so you get a full-on image of ..... yourself!!

    • No, you are not deluded! You seem to have a better grasp of reality than most who claim to be representatives of electorates - and I'm not just talking about the US or Israel! Thank you for telling the truth.

    • I think you confuse Shia and Sunni connections for support of Israel's politics, Scandipope, though I concede you appear to be hoping Israel might prosper from this. It would be best for there to be no nuclear weapons in the ME region but since Israel already has it, the balance will be better served if it was not the only state in the region in that position ... but if Israel INSISTS it must have it, Israel must accept the inevitable consequences and stop protesting that another state might have a nuclear possibility in the future. That thought should have occurred to the 'powers that be' many, many years ago, shouldn't it? They are the authors of this and should address it sensibly - and realistically! Of course there is a fairly simple solution to this conundrum - Israel admits it has had the bomb all along and agrees to give it up. Happy days!!

    • There are a lot of rather bonkers people attached to UKIP in the UK! Mr Zeid is just one and would not have been taken seriously though, luckily, he has seen the errors of his ways (without a shove from the electorate) and gone off somewhere to mutter to himself, hopefully quietly!

    • Oh well said, Just - you've said all I'd want to say though I think the list of people this message could be addressed to goes beyond Mr Obama, don't you?

    • Yes, Amigo! This is one of the most sickening aspects of the international 'outrage' over Iran's nuclear enterprise. Back whenever israel was given the nuclear bomb, did no one consider the consequences for all the other countries nearby? Is this not also probably why Israel mistreats the Palestinians? It has impunity because it has the bomb! For the past 68 years Israel has been given special treatment by the West and we see the results daily. If there is to be no nuclear for Iran, there must be no nuclear for Israel. This could and should change the dynamic of israel's behaviour for the improvement of all, not least itself.

  • Philosophy prof who likened Palestinians to 'rabid pit bull' ignites protest on CT campus
    • Guytano - maybe you need to go to hospital, too?

    • Indeed, Mary - he should! How utterly shocking that someone with views like this is in the teaching profession anywhere - he should be hospitalised and receiving medical and psychological treatment. Well done the young students for taking a stand! There is hope for the future when that happens - the young must show the way ;)

  • American Voices: What lies ahead for the rocky US/Israel relationship?
  • [1]-[2]-[6]-[20]: A regional strategy for sustainable peace for Israel/Palestine
    • If only, if only Mr Obama would stop the US veto (and Mr Cameron the UK one!) - what a message that would send! They might also withhold arms supplies - just to make sure the message is not missed ;) Then both should step back and leave negotiations to other more worthy parties who might be able to achieve what has seemed impossible for so long!

    • At last, an accurate recognition of the reality of the mindset of every party in the region and a realistic template for a just and fair settlement! Neither the United States nor the United Kingdom should play a part in proceedings because both these countries have blighted the region’s history. Other neutral counties, under the auspices of the United Nations, should help and host negotiations between the parties concerned. It must be hoped that everyone involved will keep their religious beliefs out of the picture because it is blasphemous and unhelpful to conflate human desires with the Almighty and would only hinder progress towards peace.

  • In Israel, the mask is finally off
    • Yes - it would!

      Oh! And I forgot to include on the list of crimes:
      1. building humongous walls on occupied land to keep the people of Palestine out of Israel
      2. stopping Palestinian women from getting to Palestinian hospitals at night so they can have their babies safely
      3. having a good road in the occupied lands for Israelis to use, but banning Palestinians from using same road and no road for Palestinians
      4. forcing Palestinians to spend hours daily, waiting to go through a checkpoint in their own country, to get to work
      Who does that to others but tries to say they are a civilised country? Who is going to believe any of that is excusable in the name of security?

      Israel does not want Iran to have a nuclear bomb which is reasonable in some ways (because most people don’t want ANYONE to have a nuclear bomb) but Israel has not addressed the question of why Iran wants/needs a bomb – might just be because Israel has THE bomb and Iran (& the rest of the ME) isn’t very happy about the aggression Israel shows to its neighbours. I’m British – I’d feel likewise if France was doing what Israel is doing and I’d want THE bomb for my own safety.

      The time has come for Israel to take a long, hard, honest and concentrated look at itself and address what it wants for the future of its people. My advice – bin the bullies and learn to share!

    • I am neither Jewish nor a Zionist (liberal or otherwise). I am not an Arab, a Palestinian nor a Muslim. I have I no personal interest in that part of the world known as the Holy Land but like most of the world, I am interested in just, peaceful co-existence between neighbouring countries.

      Try as I might, I simply cannot understand how or why any Jewish person, whatever their political beliefs, country of residence or personal wishes can silently let the politicians of Israel, for as long as I can remember (and I am the same age as Israel),
      1. occupy land that is not Israel
      2. build settlements on that land
      3. deprive the rightful, lawful owners of every form of freedom and economic independence
      and when those neighbours, the Palestinians – so provoked by the actions of the Government and Defence Force of Israel - resist in the only way they have (pathetic random rockets), Israel summons the mighty force of their ferocious army and commits further wrongs by
      1. slaughtering thousands of children and women and men
      2. flattening their homes, their schools, their hospitals – indeed whole towns
      and still there is no apparent shame, horror or unease it is being done in the Jewish name. Indeed, we see more and more Jewish people willing to personally break international law by settling in a land that is not part of Israel.

      Israel was born out of international guilt for the immense wrongs done to the Jews more than 70 years ago. All Jews are aware of the sufferings their parents, grandparents, great-grandparents and siblings experienced. I have to say that watching this tragedy unfold, I feel shocked and disgusted at what I am witnessing. I feel frustrated because any criticism of the actions of Israel from outside is met with accusations of anti-Semitism when I know I would complain just as strongly whoever was doing this to another race. Israel is destroying itself from within literally and by reputation. I was 12 when the film ‘Exodus’ came out – Israel was given to my generation as Camelot! Tragedy! Idealism now reduced to ashes!

      The time has come for true Jews throughout the world to stand up for their race, their religion and their homeland. Mr Netayahu, from his own lips, has now declared what has been the intention of his brand of Zionism in the Holy Land all along. If there really are any Liberal people in the Zionist movement, the time has come to do more than speak out because that clearly is achieving nothing. Put your money where your mouth is! Join the Arab List – stand together with the good Arabs to make a just peace for the benefit of both countries – for there surely are two countries and the rest of the world wants there to be two. Then we will see there is some moral honesty in Israel and not just forms of rhetoric from both sides of Zionism.

      Israel will never, never be safe until it learns to live with and respect its history and its neighbour’s. So the one-state aspiration is now an impossibility. It might once have been achievable by a different course of action, but Israel’s decades of abuse has destroyed world trust and that dream. As Gaza must be repaired – so Israel must repair its reputation on the international stage and with itself.

  • Joint List to lead mass march on Jerusalem, as Netanyahu forms a gov't
  • Netanyahu's victory ‐ what is the cost?
    • When I first heard Mr Netanyahu's appalling statements about 'not on my watch’. I thought they were the words of a desperate man, thinking all was lost for him so he might as well declare himself truthfully at last (a truth that has been obvious to most of us for years and years). When I heard late into the night that against all predictions, he would have the greatest number of seats in the Knesset, I was near to tears of despair!
      If ever there was a stronger impetus for the UN, the U.S., the UK and the EU to stop dithering about recognising THE STATE OF PALESTINE (1967 borders) and do it - I don't know when it could have been? Mr Netanyahu and his voters have admitted they are not interested in fairness and justice Now the world must declare loudly that it is very much interested and the world will have its way!

  • Netanyahu's victory marks the end of the two-state solution
    • Your last sentence, Kay: What a tombstone for a nation! Sadly, you are correct!

    • You are correct! For all the deaths - there is no solution ultimately, for Zionists but to have to live with the nightmare they have created for themselves. UNLESS, at this very late hour - they accept they cannot have it all but must learn to live with their neighbours in peace and harmony

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