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I am 63 years old and I believe that all men/women are of equal value. In 1967 was I a fervent supporter of Israel. Read Leon Uris's book Exodus and believed all the propaganda. I had been appalled in my teenage years to read learn of the atrocities against the Jews in the Holocaust. I could not understand how one human being could such things to another. Over the years I have become more and more disenchanted with Israel over their tyranny over the Palestinians.

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  • The problem with Miko Peled's 'Holocaust: yes or no'
  • 'I'd rather die than live as a servile slave,' Omar Barghouti told his daughter
    • Being Irish, a member of a people who endured a long experience of oppression, I can understand what Barghouti means, when he speaks of intellectuals living in New York. The BDS movement received very harsh criticism from Norman Finkelstein over the right to return. He called the movement a "cult". So, it should be no surprise that he is annoyed about that.

      Also, you are fundamentally wrong when you say "moral obligations don't exist ". How otherwise could human beings have consciences? Do you think that our conscience only troubles us if we break a law? This is obviously not true. Even little children, who are not aware of laws, can be troubled by their conscience. Any parent will be aware of this fact.

      I think that, if you support rights of the oppressed with the expectation of receiving appreciation, you shouldn't bother. Justice is it's own reward.

  • Map map on the wall, who's most existing of them all?
    • I don't understand why you talk about rights as clearly you Zionists don't give a tinker's curse about the rights of others. The Zionist takeover of Palestine was a criminal enterprise from the start. This is clear from the writings of Zionist leaders from the start. All that bullshit about "a
      Land without a people for a people without land" was bullshit.

      However, the genie is out of the bottle and there is no putting him back in. More and more American Jews are becoming wise to the reality of the situation and it is only a matter of time before the majority of Americans realise that they have been lied to for so long. Then, the game will be up.

  • I want the world to know
    • There are very few if any " monsters" or "angels", we are, all of us, human beings. If we, our children and grandchildren, are to have a future on this beautiful blue planet we must begin to see all other human beings, who are destined to share it with us, as other ourselves.

  • There is no such thing as 'Progressive Except Palestine'
  • France's burkini ban is a dangerous, Islamophobic assault on feminist values
    • Ismail, I think that you should reconsider the sort of language that you use in your comment. To describe the nuns in your link as "lunatic Catholics" and their religion as "squalid" is gratuitously
      offensive. Perhaps, you might consider expressing your self in a kinder manner in future. At the end of day, each person is deserving of dignity and respect.

  • 'NYT' reports differing perspectives when there is no doubt that one is false
    • In any self-respecting state, governed by the rule of law, where serious crimes, such those brought to light by BTS, were alleged a full independent public inquiry would be held. The mere fact that the legislature in Israel does not call for such an inquiry is indicative of corruption at the heart of the state.

  • Roundtable on the Palestinian solidarity movement and Alison Weir
    • I am a member of JVP. I am not Jewish. I was brought up a Catholic in Ireland but I am now not a follower of any religion but rather a respecter of all.

      When I read in the last few months about the JVP attack on Alison Weir, I was horrified and very disappointed. The case presented against her just does not stand up to scrutiny. I was horrified because smearing truth-telling about what Jews have done in Palestine in a major part of the pro-Israel strategy. It is the action of people who have no conscience or integrity.

      The racism of the Israeli state has huge majority support in Israel itself. Jewish organisations throughout the US, Europe, Canada , Australia etc mostly support Israel irrespective of what forms of extreme repression they use against Palestinians. They are therefor complicit in the litany of daily crimes committed by Israeli forces and settlers.

      What I have just said would be considered anti-Semitism by many people in the US and the West generally. In France and Canada criticism of Israel crimes is itself a crime. The truth is turned on its head, lies are truth and truth is lies.

      When I was 16 years old, I clearly remember hearing on the radio of the Israeli victory in the 6 Day War. I was thrilled and I cycled to the shop to get the newspaper to read all about it. I was a fervent supporter of Israel because I thought justice was on the side of the Jews. I had read a lot about the Holocaust and enormous suffering they had endured. As I followed the progress of the conflict over the years, I became convinced that the Israelis had nothing but contempt for the Palestinians and for Arabs in general. The 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon was the turning point for me. I had realised by then that they were not interested in justice and peace but in dominating the area. It has got worse and worse since then as it became clear that the Israel were not interested in withdrawing from the occupied territories and reaching a settlement with the Palestinians. What appalled me even more was to realise that US was not acting as an honest broker but as Israel's lawyer. I could not understand how the Jews, who were 2% of the US population, could exert such power over US foreign policy and over the media. The people of the US were not being told the truth about what was going on in Israel.

      I have now started reading Alison Weir's book and I can see that some US Jews may be embarrassed by revelations contained therein about the use and abuse of power. The point has been made that some Jews in the diaspora, who support the cause of the Palestinians, may have a residual attachment to the state of Israel and that, whilst they want to end the occupation, they want to protect Israel. I am beginning to think that this may be true for JVP.

      However, my interest is for peace and justice for the Palestinians and for me that means some sort of settlement for the rights of all the people ethnically cleansed from Palestine. Either a right of return or some other form of settlement that they agree to.

  • Obama tells Americans it is 'abrogation of my constitutional duty' to defer to Israel on Iran Deal
  • 'I love Obama' 'You're infatuated' (The argument on the left)
    • Michael Smith has my vote. Obama has no integrity or depth of principle. It seems to me that he is totally in the pocket of the 1 percent. During his period in office, the rights of working people have got worse not better.

      One thing he has done though is highlight the declining semblance of democracy in the United States. His pursuit of whistle-blowers, such as Edward Snowden and Julian Assange, does not sit well with a free, transparent society, which is necessary for a true democracy.

  • New leftwing anti-semitism is when Jews feel 'attacked' over Israel's conduct
    • If as the Italian study showed " that so many Jews now define their identity as, Support for Israel " and criticism of Jews is anti-Semitism, perhaps anti-Semitism is justified in certain cases.

      Israel is a racist state that would, if it could get away with it, drive all the indigenous people, the Palestinians, out of Eretz Israel. It, therefore, must be opposed by all right-thinking people and it doesn't matter what Jews suffered in the past. Nothing justifies what they did and are still doing.

      I once was a fervent supporter of Israel. I am not Jewish. I thought that justice was on their side. How wrong I was !

  • 'It is time to make it costly for Palestinians,' Ross warns in NYT; and readers reject his argument
    • I hate to use of such derogatory words as "scumbag" to describe a person, as all human beings are worthy of respect but I relent in the case of Dershowitz. He is the epitome of that word.

  • Why Israel's Jewish nationality bill is a big deal
    • "Every country in the word has similar principles about a national homeland" Is that so ? Please tell me whose homeland is Australia, perhaps the Aborigine's ? A state is the homeland of it's citizens.

  • Israeli police ransack homes of 40 Palestinians during al-Shaludi home demolition
    • It is hard for me to understand the level of contempt with which the Israelis Jews view the Palestinians. I cannot understand this degree of hatred for other human beings. Why do they feel no compassion towards other people ?

      I remember reading about how the Jewish Germans were treated by their compatriots in the period leading up to WW11 and I remember having this same feeling of dismay at how ordinary people could come to hate so much people, who in most ways, other than religion, were just like them.

      This is what appals me most, how ordinary people can be indoctrinated so much as to hate others who are essentially their brothers and sisters. It's a sad reflection on the evolution of human consciousness and bodes ill for the future of mankind on planet earth.

    • Just:, I would like to make a small point. You refer to "uniformed human animals" but I feel that that is an insult to the animal kingdom. These were definitely human beings. We need to accept that we, humans, are capable of appalling actions against our fellow men and women most of which animals would not do.

  • Tablet types Rev. Shipman as elite, anti-semitic WASP
    • Shipman says that he is a Presbyterian and Oppenheimer says "But of course you speak for the Church of the Queen, and English imperialism, and all of these things, right? "

      But Presbyterianism was not the Church of the Queen. Presbyterians were dissenters from the established church which was the Church of England i.e. Anglicans, and were subject to the Penal Laws in Ireland as were the Catholics. That is one reason that so many of them emigrated to the US. Presbyterians were mostly Scots/Irish.

      It seems to me that there are as much racists amongst Jews today as there are anti-semites amongst Christians and Muslims.

      What Shipman said "that Israeli actions in Gaza were helping to foster anti-Semitism in Europe" is obviously true.

  • The Palestinian message to Israel: Deal with us justly. Or disappear
    • I am an example of what has happened to Israel since 1967 for many, many people throughout the world.

      When I was 16 yrs I was fascinated by Israel and was thrilled to hear on the radio news that Israel had defeated the Arabs. I was a fervent supporter of Israel, having read Leon Uris's Exodus and other propaganda and I had enormous sympathy for the Jews and all they had suffered in the Holocaust. However, over the years I was horrified at the treatment that they meted out to the Palestinians and obvious contempt in which they held them. I have been very interested in the subject since then and have read many of the historians who wrote about what really happened in 1947/48 and earlier.

      This changed my attitude entirely and now I have come to believe that Israel has no legitimacy whatsoever. I have also witnessed the increasing racism of Israel over the years and "McCarthyism" of the Jewish lobby in the US, without which Israel would have been forced to compromise in a just settlement with the Palestinians. I know some people will say that to refer to the Lobby as the "Jewish Lobby" is anti-Semitic but I feel that the Jewish Diaspora have a lot to answer for in relation to Israeli crimes in Palestine and elsewhere.

      Israel has succeeded in going from a position where it was well regarded in many parts of the world to being widely despised today.

  • 40 Holocaust survivors condemn 'massacre' of Palestinians, call for BDS against Israel
    • These people are so twisted. I am not Jewish but I have often heard of what is called a "blood libel". I think it often refers to absurd charges that Jews would steal Christian babies for child sacrifice. Well, it seems to me that what these Israelis and pro-Israel people have been saying for decades about Palestinians forcing Israel kill their children is a form of blood libel against the Palestinians.

      It is, of course, anti-Semitism to say it about the Jews but who cares about the Palestinians.
      I think Israel is like a psychopathic serial killer, certainly that guy, Arnon Soffer is.

  • Tough Hillary Clinton says 'dreadful' pictures of dead women and children make it hard to get at truth-- Hamas is to blame
    • It seems that all these politicians are soul-less, devoid of any self-respect, dignity or integrity. When Greenberg says " Nevertheless there are hundreds of children—". She replies "Absolutely, and it’s dreadful". Does anyone believe her ?

      I read a quote recently which fits here “False face must hide what the false heart doth know….To show an unfelt sorrow is an office
      which the false man does easy”

      – William Shakespeare, Macbeth, 1.7.83; 2.3.136-37

      They are sad shadows of human beings !

  • (Updated) In Photos: Worldwide protest against Israeli attack on Gaza
    • Ramzi,
      I don't agree with Hamas firing rockets. This gives the US and the West generally an excuse to support Israel brutal regime. Likewise, suicide bombings in the past were counterproductive and allowed the West to characterise the Palestinians as terrorists and as innately violent. The only hope for justice in Palestine is mass non-violent resistance. I don't believe the West could continue to support Israel with such a strategy.

  • Which crowded cities can you fire into?
    • I believe that most families in Israel have members in the armed forces, does that make their houses legitimate targets ? Israeli forces don't only wear uniforms. They wear helmets, body armour and are armed to the teeth with all latest hi-tech hardware. In fact, I understand that they have a great business in selling all this "field-tested" gear all around the world.

      If the IOF, which I prefer to the absurd IDF, were in anyway a "moral" army they would leave all their heavy weapons at home and fight Hamas on equal terms. Maybe, then we could believe what a gallant crowd they really are !

  • Israeli forces kill 3 during Gaza solidarity march in West Bank village of Beit Ummar (Updated)
    • I object to people calling members of the "other" side "human animals". The implication being that they are not fully human but animal instead. Weather they are Jews or Palestinians, I think that this is wrong. The fact is that human beings are capable of a whole spectrum of behaviour from atrocious evil to selfless kindness. Why not leave the animals out it !

  • Israel's actions 'unjustified' in eyes of women, non-whites, Dems, indy's, and those under 50 -- Gallup
    • It seems a sad reflection on US education, the higher the level of education people have more likely they are support what effectively are war crimes.

  • Massacre in Gaza: At least 60 killed in Shuja'iyeh, over 60,000 in UN shelters
    • I have been reading a series of novels on Genghis Khan back in the 12th century. It doesn't seem that we have made much progress since then, in respect of warfare. With the Israelis massacres are the order of the day. They seem to see Palestinians as non-people and most people, in my experience, are not too interested one way or the other.

      In the modern world, with all it's distractions, what happens to the Palestinians doesn't seem to be too important. It's a sad reflection on the state of humanity !

  • 'Washington Post' exhibits naked double standard in Israeli, Palestinian deaths (and injuries)
  • Gaza under attack again
    • I cannot understand how civilised and supposedly "normal" people could carry out atrocities like we have seen over the past few days in Gaza. The people who are ordering these attacks, those who carry them out and those who support them in Israel are all guilty of crimes against humanity. Foreign leaders such as Obama, Cameron etc all share in blame.

      The firing of rockets by militants into Israel are militarily completely ineffective. I can understand how Palestinians, having suffered so much oppression, humiliation, death and destruction at the hands of the Israelis, might resort to violence. The have every right to defend their homes and property.

      However, it saddens me greatly that they do not stick exclusively to non-violence. Their understandable violence has been used by the Zionist propaganda machine to paint all Palestinians as terrorists when the only real terrorists in Israel/Palestine are the government and armed forces of the Zionists. I cannot understand how little compassion or fellow feeling the people of Israel seem to have. How can they watch innocents being killed daily in their name without crying out for justice !

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