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  • Countdown to the next round in Gaza
    • Are you insinuating that the fish are antisemitic, amigo?

    • More good news about Gaza, from Maan:

      ".... Gaza fishermen reap rewards as restrictions eased

      29/08/2014

      GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Palestinian fishermen in Gaza say they are already seeing the benefits of an extended fishing zone, with thousands of kilograms of fresh produce caught only days after Tuesday's ceasefire agreement.

      Fishermen say they have brought home a varied catch of sardines, squid, shrimps, crabs and lax to Gaza's markets since Tuesday, with some varieties of fish unavailable for years due to Israeli restrictions."

    • It's working wonderfully for Hizbullah. Israel has just about given up on trying anything militarily and is now working diligently at trying to put out Hizbullah's lights by way of the International Tribunal for Lebanon, illegally constituted under the UN's Chapter 7, that's trying desperately to frame 5 Hizbullah members for the 2005 murder of Hariri, to suck the whole of the UN into the Israel-Hizbullah conflict. Now in its 9th or 10th year at an accumulated operating cost of $500 million paid 50-50 by Lebanon and the UN, the court is still pissing in the wind. But militarily, Israeli doesn't even dream of hitting Hizbullah because of what Hizbullah has in arms and fighting manpower at the ready.

    • just, like you, I'm all for BDS but it's not going to be enough. At the rate it's picking up steam, it would still take a couple of decades to bear fruit but by that time, there wouldn't be anything left to save. Nothing can take the place of an armed struggle, especially for Israel; it's cranking out new markets and new products faster than BDS is snuffing out some of them.

    • Gaza's resistance should be re-arming and recruiting at a very rapid pace while the politicians from both sides are having tea together and talking about nothing. The political leader of one of the fighting factions that held a celebratory march today in Gaza said his group began rearming from the minute the cease-fire went into effect. Si vis pacem, para bellum.

  • The Palestinian message to Israel: Deal with us justly. Or disappear
    • Ivri, Israel is still around after all these wars and stronger than ever, but it's still as insecure as it has ever been and this will never change. Which of the two do you think feels more secure in his home, the Zionist squatter in Hebron that has about 15,000 soldiers looking out for him or the honest one living in Crown Heights?

      Things have changed in Crown Heights since back then and in other Orthodox neighbourhoods too:

    • The man wasn't a saint, just, he was as manipulative as his replacement but with charisma; he pledged the store for Oslo, which proved to be a total loss. Edward Said didn't like the smell of it at the time and he wasn't at all wrong. Arafat got back at him by banning his work.

    • What do you have against penguins, Citizen?

    • Gracie, Siegman isn't quite clear about Hamas' election victory in January 2006. It wasn't only in Gaza, it won a total of 74 seats to Fatah's 45, about 30 of them from the West Bank.

    • amigo, it became evident during the war's progress and Israel's inability to break the will of the people and the resistance of Gaza that the unified resistance forces had been thoroughly coached by the Israel-savvy Hizbullah. I read somewhere that one of its most important lessons was to ensure that collaborators and spies were either stopped in their tracks or fed disinformation to be relayed to Israel. Israel's failure to take out the tunnels, the launching sites and the missiles is attributed in good part to the resistance having controlled the flow of that vital collaborator information. Had Israel been courageous to enter Gaza with its land force, there would have been disastrous results for it. Instead, it chose to stay within 300 meters of the border and to cowardly carpet-bomb the rest. It had been just as cowardly during Cast Lead.

    • Maximus. in Silverstein's article, blame is somewhat pinned on Meshaal for Israel having pinpointed Dief's whereabouts after he phoned him from Qatar to discuss something in the ongoing ceasefire negotiations at the time. Seems that Israel was able to trace the call and knew exactly where to aim its bunker busters. Silverstein's snitches in the Israeli government are usually reliable.

      Kay, Meshaal wasn't saved by the antidote through any Clinton initiative, Jordan had threatened to put on trial the 2 Mossad hit-men it had nabbed and to execute them which would have been a disastrous PR move for Israel. Israel was so spooked by that prospect that it also agreed to free the jailed octogenarian, Cheikh Ahmad Yassin, the half-blind and paraplegic founder of Hamas. Israel subsequently killed him and 5 innocent bystanders with an Apache missile one Friday after he was being wheeled back from Friday prayers.

    • Yesterday after their victorious assault on the Syrian air base at Raqa, IS executed 200 Syrian soldiers it had captured. It can't be bothered with prisoners unless they have a ransom value.

      A few days, the publisher of the paper for which Foley had worked declared that IS had asked the US for a huge ransom for Foley, which the US in addition to have refused to pay, went on to drone-attack IS positions near Irbil and this is what provoked the beheading.

      On the other hand, Syrian Minister Bouthaina Chaaban said that the staged killing was bogus as the Syrian regime had information that Foley had been killed by his captors over a year ago.

      When surrounded by liars, which one do you believe?

    • Good descriptive photos, Pixel, thanks.

    • Sycamores, I don't think the cease-fire had anything to do with the terrorists taking over the border area. The US has decided to join the fight on IS in Syria and final details are being worked out with the Syrians that are adamant that the US must not pull any hanky-panky on the regime under the guise of hitting the terrorists. Syria demanded that every operation over Syria by the Americans has to be cooridinated in advance with the regime as otherwise, American planes will be fired on.

      This wouldn't be the first time that the long term enemies that are the US and Syria decided to unite temporarily to resolve a common problem. In joined the Coalition of the Willing in Iraq I and got several hundred millions in debts to the US written off for it in addition to getting US permission to occupy Lebanon for 10 years. Syria's participation in the Iraq war on the American side was limited to some of the logistics, just like Egypt's role as the US wanted them on board only to show that Arabs approved of American intentions.

      After Syria and the US get rid of IS, if they succeed of course, they'd go back to being bitter enemies.

    • Sycamores, most probably not a threat at all if you go by the area's news reports since several months that describe the close cooperation between Israel and the Syrian rebels and how Israel has been treating their wounds in Israeli hospitals, re-training them and re-equipping them and dispatching them back into Syria.

      Al-Nusra terrorists are offshoots of al-Qaeda, which essentially are the IS people in Syria and Iraq today. So Nusra and IS are the same now since most Nusra fighters have sworn allegiance to the IS cause. Furthermore, about a month or so back, IS declared that Israel is not in its plans as it has no intentions of going anywhere near it. So Nusra and IS are basically pals of Israel. Unless of course, IS decides to suddenly decide to change course and turn on Israel in the same way it double-crossed the US by going after Irbil. These people are unpredictable and their friends today could find themselves declared as the enemy on a whim.

    • Hoooray!!!. CNN just discovered that IS this morning had captured 42 peacekeepers (from Fiji) on the Golan. CNN is lucky to have Ben Wedeman on staff; he just reached the Golan.

    • She must have used the term "Russia lied" 6 times within a 2 minute-span. Real pressure-selling ongoing trying to paint Russia as the aggressor. Makes you wonder if it's the US that learned the art from the Israelis or if it's the other way around. I guess the purpose is to keep repeating it over and over and over until the people sort of absorb the lie by osmosis.

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    • Kay, Meshaal in permanent residence in Qatar is not exactly Mr. Creativity. Nobody heard from him during the full duration of the onslaught on Gaza and now that Israel has been sort of put in its place, for now at least, Meshaal is all over the TV screens making eloquent speeches about the grand victory. Jazeera and Mayadeen and a few other pro-Palestinian TV stations gave him and his press conference a 1-hour platform to relate and re-relate how the Gazans bravely withstood the war but in a nutshell, really said nothing and sounded more like he was talking just for the sake of talking. Palestinians deserve new young, and real leaders. The whole lot of Palestinian leaders have worked hard all these years, achieved nothing, and deserve to retire, take it easy and give others the opportunity to drive the bus.

    • Doesn't have to be so drastic, amigo, they can simply act on the late Helen Thomas suggestion to move back to where they came from. Brooklyn would be enriched by the influx of settler-returnees.

    • Israel's joy 60-year joy ride is rapidly coming to an end, but reading the Western press today, you'd never know it. Even at this minute while the UNSC is in session and being covered by CNN about the ongoing turmoil between Russia and the Ukraine, not a word is being mentioned about the 42 UN peacekeepers that have been taken prisoner by Nusra/IS on the Golan Heights at the Quneitra crossing between the Syrian held area and the occupied by Israel Golan. An Israeli soldier was injured in the crossfire and taken to a Haifa hospital by helicopter and the terrorists are now in full control of the border area. So you could say that IS is now at Israel's doorstep.

    • Where is the Palestinian Mahatma?

      If you go by Shimon Peres, that man of peace would be Mahmoud Abbas, especially as far as Israel's peace is concerned. He's been guaranteeing it for them for a very long time. Sooner or later he will have to go and Israel will surely miss him. Their loss would be the Palestinians' gain. Jeff Halper above is reading him and his actual vocation right.

  • Ceasefire deal after weeks of fighting in Gaza promises easing of blockade
    • amigo, at the Hamas press conference to announce the agreement and the cease-fire, the spokesman began by saying that 2 Israeli soldiers had just been killed, minutes before the cease-fire was to take effect.

    • Sorry seafoid, the i is right next to the o on the keyboard and with no edit button, I come out with a boner.

    • seafood, this is an even bigger and humiliating defeat than in 2006. Netanyahu's stated objectives that changed as the war progressed over time:

      1. Stop the missiles: He failed
      2. Destroy the tunnels: He failed.
      3: Disarm Hamas: He failed.

      That's 3 strikes.

    • 4 million Israelis in bomb shelters is no joke. Missiles on TA and B-G aren't either. The Sayyid must be grinning from ear to ear now and thinking to himself "I told you so". A couple of weeks into the war, people asked if Hizbullah was going to jump in to help Gaza. He smiled and said "No, Gaza doesn't need any help as it's doing fine without anyone's help and it will definitely win this war."

      As usual, he was right.

    • ... and especially Erekat that hasn't negotiated a single thing since 20 years.

    • Now after this victory, what the Palestinian really need are new leaders. It's time to replace the old guard at both Fatah and Hamas. Abbas, Ashraoui, Haniya, Meshaal, all of them must make room for young blood.

    • RoHa will have to be a bit tolerant of our English until we get back the edit function.

    • Citizen, you can assume that as soon as the agreement was reached, the resistance in Gaza going the Hizbullah rule book they have been operating under, to produce more and more efficient missiles for the next war. By the time Israel decides to pull one of its tricks, Gaza will be ready for it. Israel is now sandwiched between Hizbullah and Hamas. The one it has to really worry about now is the PA that appears will be given control of Rafah and other crossings from the Palestinian side.

    • "... news outlets reporting that the agreement includes an easing of the blockade and halting of attacks by both sides..." (Alex)

      Not really, Israel had been offering these bogus carrots via various "Egyptian Proposals" since the war started and Gaza was categorically refusing them insisting on a TOTAL LIFTING of the land, sea and air blockade.

      It stands to reason that Gaza's declaration of victory is not due to some "easing" but to having succeeded in getting the siege lifted. What remains to be ironed out are the technical details behind the gradual lifting that is to take place over time to allow for a bit of face-saving for Israel after its crushing defeat.

      The real encouraging news coming out of Gaza's leadership is that despite having succeeded in getting the siege lifted (over time) and the fishing limit extended to 6 nautical miles, They are still very intent on going ahead with the ICC charges against Israel for war crimes. Most Palestinians echoed these intentions, except for President Abbas. I suspect that in the final agreement, Gaza will abandon its ICC quest in exchange for a quicker Israeli lifting of the siege. Its a given that Israel will be releasing hundreds of prisoners in exchange of the corpses of the 2 dead soldiers.

  • 58 Seconds
    • You're right, Annie, each photograph is exceptional and artsy, but the really natural one of Gaza is "Lady of Gaza", Basel ELMaqosui / Photographer – (Palestine), it's of the woman on top of the heap of rubble sifting through her belongings.

    • " In all cases the delay given to the civilian Gaza population is very short. The shortest one was 58 sec. »

      In many cases, no notice at all was given.

      (just noticed that copy/paste from a linked article works)

  • Our new look
    • Danaa, I share your frustration about the limiting of back and forth discussions. I think comments are welcomed here mostly in response to the newsy articles themselves rather than to other comments put forward by commenters. There's actually nothing wrong with that aspiration as it would make for interesting dialogue except for the fact that authors of articles here seldom get into direct discussions with commenters; one of the very few pleasant exceptions is David Samel that graciously responds directly to many comments to his pieces, another is Annie. To comment on an opinion article and not get a response, as with Prof Ellis, is like talking to oneself or to a wall.

      About the time delay to see your post published, after having waited over 30 hours to have my comments published on the new-look Mondo, I was beginning to feel that I had overstayed my welcome here. I'm hoping it's just a temporary glitch in the new system.

    • A refreshing new look, congratulations. With the disappearance of "100 most recent comments" and the current posts along with the long gone green highlighted posts, how to spot the unread posts?

  • 'NYT' journey to Israel/Palestine to be led by Israeli 'expert' who called on countrymen to 'kill and kill' Palestinians
    • I've been disgusted with the name of Arnon Soffer since his 2004 interview with Blum. One has to realize that his depraved mentality is representative of the mentality of most Israelis. The poll conducted of Israelis in July of this year shows that 95 percent of Jewish Israelis support the Gaza war; sick minds think alike:

      "... The results are staggering. An average of 95 percent of Israeli respondents say they think the operation is "completely" or "moderately" justified. About 80 percent say it is "completely" justified. For some perspective, about 72 percent of Americans supported the 2003 Iraq invasion when it was launched.

      Israeli discontent "spiked" — to about 7 percent — just before and at the launch of the ground invasion, on July 16–17. After the ground invasion was underway, on July 23rd, Israelis supported the war by a 97 to 2 margin."

      link to vox.com

  • Hillary Clinton just lost the White House in Gaza -- same way she lost it in Iraq the last time
    • Militarization in Egypt and Syria wasn't only for Israel's sake, it also served to keep the natives at bay. The UAE and Saudia spend a hundred billions on arms when they don't have an enemy in the world; why then, they surely have no intention of using them to attack Israel or each other.

    • seafoid, notice how Saudia and the rest of the Gulfies along with Israel are keeping silent about the IS problem. They are probably hoping that IS would take out Syria and Iran before the US catches up with it and unplugs its motor. A good many of Iraq's former Baathist military officers that had been fired by Paul Bremer have now joined the ranks of IS and are giving it a semblance of a structured military fighting force. What else did the US do wrong in Iraq? Let me count the ways...

    • Pixel, about the 2 for 1, I don't think so. The US has just realized that its creation has become a runaway train and has a hand outstretched to both Iran and Syria for their help in trying to stop it. Foley was IS' signal to the US that it doesn't have any friends and that it doesn't want any either.

    • just, the free pass issued in favour of Israel is not sole doing of the US, Arab leaders too play a major role in it and you have to wonder which of the two the US is trying hardest to please. From the way most leaders act and react, you'd think that it's the Palestinians that are the irritant. The distinction between the warm sympathy felt for the Palestinians by the Arab people in general and what their leaders feel is fuzzy but to blame mostly if not only the US is not accurate.

    • "ISIS was nowhere 2 years ago."

      It's the new OBL. An American election season always need one.

  • A visit to the East Jerusalem hospital treating children injured by Israeli strikes on Gaza
    • "“Flechette shells, fuel-air bombs (which explode twice, including after impact), dime shells, and flechette shells saturated with uranium were fired at Gaza Strip,”

      Gaza is the field testing grounds for US and Israeli arms industries, especially the drones. Elbit Systems in its marketing campaigns goes as far as claiming that its drones are "field-tested".

  • Waging resource warfare on Palestine
    • Another Palestinian version of the challenge:

      Saturday, 23 August 2014
      “What does cold water have to do with us? It’s for some disease,” says a Palestinian who chose to douse himself with sand to raise awareness of human suffering in the ongoing Gaza conflict, instead of taking part in the ALS Ice Bucket challenge, a viral campaign that aims to spread awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
      “But we have Gaza’s children. And that is not what they feel,” the man says.
      “They be sitting in their homes, and suddenly it collapses... like this,” he adds, dumping a bucket of sand over his head.

      link to english.alarabiya.net

    • Kay, I'm glad you asked about the water, here's Palestine's participation in the ice bucket challenge among that of others; you can't say Palestinians aren't good sports:

  • 'NYT' op-ed calls on Jews to abandon liberal Zionism and push for equal rights
    • yonah, Christians didn't distort the OT, they constructed their narrative around the prophecies of Isaiah 53 beginning with the resurrection-ending that was actually a beginning and filled in the blanks backwards towards the nativity. Islam wasn't much different since it picked and chose from both. The OT was itself a re-treading of Assyrian mythology assimilated during the captivity. Just ask ziusudra.

    • "John Dominic Crossan writes that Jesus probably only visited Jerusalem once ..."

      Crossan appears to know the Bible even less than Yonah Fredman. The dictate in these days, had Jewish men visit Jerusalem on 3 festivals during the year, Passover, Pentecost and Tabernacles; (Ex 23:14-17; 34:22-23; Deut 16:16), but by the first century around the time of Jesus, the rule was relaxed to one compulsory Passover visit because of the lengthy travelling time. So by the time Jesus reached the age of 33, you can assume that he, as a good Jew, had visited it quite often,

      In the New Testament's Luke, it's recorded that Jesus at age 12 on his return from the annual Passover trip to Jerusalem, a 3 day trip, he disappeared from his parents' view (women and children travelled separately from the men and probably how Jesus was lost)and was eventually found at the temple discussing religion with the elders.

    • Sorry, just.

    • " But don’t worry, Sean there will a lot of people excepted from the chosen before it’s over."

      Don't give Sean any false hope, Mooser, JW's would tell you that according to the NT, only 144,000 will be chosen.

      Revelation 7:4 ...'And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.'

      Revelation 14:1 ...'And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with The 144000him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads.' ..

    • " He is free. but i don’t see where he has the credibility to reform judaism. "

      Are you hinting that Phil may be a crypto-Catholic? You never know with all the pillow talk.

    • " because that’s where jews went on passover. "

      Not at all; Jesus went to Jerusalem and entered it on the back of a donkey's colt (among people rejoicing his entry on what became the event of Palm Sunday, shouting "Hosanna") in fulfillment of the prophecy in Zechariah 9:9 that in 520 BC said:

      "... “Rejoice greatly, O people of Zion! Shout in triumph, O people of Jerusalem! Look, your king is coming to you. He is righteous and victorious, yet he is humble, riding on a donkey – even on a donkey’s colt.”

      The arrival, stay, crucifixion, death and resurrection of Jesus went as prophesied in the Old Testament. Looks like you're not very familiar with the Old Testament, Yonah.

  • Democratic Party leader echoes Netanyahu's new theme: Hamas equals ISIS
    • Keith, IS is starting to step beyond the bounds of its initial mandate and by doing so probably hastening its own demise. It was set up and mandated to be a destructive element to fragment the area to enable its reshaping (new ME and all that jazz) by the world's master builders to their aspirations of having Iraq split into 3, Syria into 2, Lebanon into 3 and so on. But somehow along the way, IS tasted the power in its hands, like it and has started doing some rebuilding of its own, and this isn't going down very well with its masters. Doing a number on the Syrians and the Iraqi Shia was OK and even a few massacres of the Yazidis were tolerated but when it reached within striking distance Iraqi Kurdistan's capital, Irbil, and the vast American oil interests, the US yanked the rope, which cost Foley his life.

    • just, about yesterday's foe becoming today's friend in Syria, in a post on the Ari Shavit thread, voltairenet journalist/publisher Thierry Meyssan summed up the players in Syria:

      "... that there was no difference on the ground between the Free Syrian Army, Al-Nosra Front, the Islamic Emirate etc ... All these organizations are composed of the same individuals who continuously change flag. When they pose as the Free Syrian Army, they fly the flag of French colonization and speak only of overthrowing the "dog Bashar." When they say they belong to Al-Nosra Front, they carry the flag of al Qaeda and declare their intention to spread Islam in the world. Finally when they say they are the Islamic Emirate, they brandish the flag of the Caliphate and announce that they will clean the area of all infidels. But whatever the label, they proceed to the same abuses: rape, torture, beheadings, crucifixions."

      In a nutshell, Meyssan is saying they are all the same you-know-what but assume different roles at different times to fit the occasion. Not long ago, on July 28th, Congress approved President Obama's request for a "second" $500 million to provide arms, including TOW anti-tank missiles for the Syrian insurgency that was calling itself the FSA at the time. Getting back to Meyssan, since he is saying that the FSA, the Nusra, and IS are all cousins and helping one is helping all, you can guess where a good part of the American taxpayer's money ended up. It isn't any wonder that IS is so adequately equipped. FSA are the characters that John McCain met with along with the man that eventually became the Caliph of IS.

      From Circa Canada:

      "Obama asks Congress for $500 million to arm Syrian rebels
      WORLD NEWS - JULY 28, 2014 11:00AM

      As the situation in Syria deteriorates and peace talks have made little progress, the U.S. has increased armaments sent to rebels.
      Copyright 2014 Reuters
      1
      Pres. Obama on June 26 asked Congress for $500 million to arm and train Syrian rebels that have passed security screenings as part of an ongoing covert U.S. intelligence initiative in Syria. The request is bundled into a $65.8 billion foreign operations proposal.
      2
      "This is a very critical moment for the Free Syrian Army. We are fighting on two fronts, and the situation is growing more urgent every day."
      HUSSAM AL-MARIE, REBEL SPOKESMAN
      Arms and ammunition to a few vetted rebel groups have accelerated at the border of Syria and Turkey, a July 27 Washington Post report says. The arms to the rebels are separate from President Obama's $500 million proposal to train and equip the rebels.
      3
      The U.S. Congress approved supplying arms to Syrian rebels that do not belong to Islamist brigades, in late January. The U.S. had halted shipments after Islamic militants seized rebel bases and supply warehouses. Funding--approved through Sept. 2014--will go through Jordan and includes light arms. "
      COPYRIGHT 2014 REUTERS

      link to cir.ca

    • Rusty, MB is also Wahhabist, but of a milder version. They too want the world to return to the ways of 1400 years ago, but they want to do it gradually in small steps. On the other hand, the Salafists are more hardcore Wahhabist and they want to return to same place in time only they want it yesterday. IS is also Wahhabist but of the ultra kind that has no reservation of how gory they may have to act to get there but they are willing to wait a bit if big money is involved. Report came out this week that IS has made hundreds of millions in the last few years from ransoming many kidnapped Europeans but that it was being kept secret by the Europeans. Story leaked yesterday by Foley's paper about the 100 million euro IS had asked the US government to pay to spare Foley and when the US answered them with a drone strike in Iraq and a failed rescue mission in Syria, that's when they killed Foley. Same offer was made for the second journalist being held and the US was warned by IS that it won't wait long for the answer. Lebanon also has its hands full with IS that captured 30 Lebanese soldiers and policemen a few weeks back and are offering to release one hostage for every 10 terrorists that Lebanon frees from its jail. Last night, one terrorist was freed.

    • bop, ironic how yesterday the US asked for help to economically chocke IS. These characters are now selling oil to the (NATO-member)Turkey at something like $20/barrel that is channeling it to Europe. They are also picking up $1/barrel transit fees on the Kurdish oil that flows in the pipeline running through its controlled territory on its way to the terminal at Ceyhan, Turkey where it's loaded on ships destined for Israel and the US. And funny that there is no complaint about the oil price slashing from Saudia or the UAE and Kuwait. There's something very weird going on. Also weird how the US okayed deliveries of sophisticated arms ($500 million) to the rebel faction in Syria that is allied to IS in the same way the Iraqi army left all of its weapons in Mosul before fleeing. Twilight Zone stuff.

    • "Dorian Israel"

      Super-great imagery to describe Israel, seafoid, your best to date.

    • "“Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu making a connection between Hamas and the Islamic State is a ..."

      It's actually good that he is. Few people here have been interested in serious discussions about a serious problem that has been growing by the day. Now that Netanyahu has linked this ultra fundamentalist group to Hamas, people here are suddenly interested. This group of bad guys now fully controls an area in Syria and Iraq larger than the UK that includes a 6 million people; it also has hundreds of Europeans in its ranks that are ready to go back to their countries to start terrorist activities there. 911 was child's play compared to what these guys are up to.

    • DAISH as the Arabs persist in calling it, ISIS or ISIL as others do in English are all wrong. The ones who have it right are the French that are calling it EI, which is "Etat Islamique" as this is how this organization has been calling itself from 2 months ago. In English, this would make it simply IS or Islamic State. Since it has becoming evident that the US, which is just about the only power capable of snuffing it out, is refusing to go past the petting stage with it, it's safe to assume that it will be around for another 20 years or so, so people might just as well start calling it by its proper name, the Islamic State. The US wouldn't have even given it a second glance if it hadn't decided to go after the Kurdish oil.

      BTW, the change in name came about when this band of irreligious pirates decided to go global as its former name of Iraq and al-Sham was too limiting geographically; it does not believe in borders, border posts or in passports. It seeks to create one big happy medieval Islamic state that stretches from the Iberian peninsula, across North Africa and the ME all the way to the Indus, just like in the old glory days of the Muslim conquest.

    • Churches not destroyed but indirectly hit by shrapnel in neighbourhood shelling. Holy Family Catholic parish center and the Saint Porphyrius Greek Orthodox Church that suffered damage to its cemetery. Both churches had sheltered refugees. Now less than 1500 Christians still remaining in Gaza.

    • Never heard of Hamas offering Christians of Gaza to convert to Islam or lose their heads. Until a few weeks back, they had a church but Israel too care of that.

      Video released by ISIS this week showing the mass conversions to Islam by the Yazidis that are accused of being devil-worshippers by the Wahhabis; then again, the Wahhabis think everybody else is:

      link to youtube.com

  • In Gaza havens are far, heavens are closer
    • They love the job, MHughes, and to rub AIPAC the wrong way is automatic loss at the next elections. The mindset is to hold on to the job, which implies kissing Zionist asses since the election or reelection money they badly need comes from them. It's blackmail.

    • "How the US congress sleep at night, we will never know."

      Kay, it's the money and the system that allows it; when the US will have electoral laws that put the brakes on funding and spending, your Congress would stop being beholden to the bad guys. Even the most honest of Congressmen are being tempted to become corrupted by the funds they need to get into and to stay in Congress. They don't become slaves to the Zionists as much as to the money that the Zionists throw at them. Love of Zionists has nothing to do with it.

  • Despite ravages of war, Gaza supports armed resistance to lift the siege
    • "Netanyahu speaking on the TV screen that for every one Hamas strike he will strike sevenfold. " (aiman)

      He talks like the Bible. Wiki gives a bit of insight on the mysteries of numbers:

      "... The number seven was the general symbol for all association with God, and was the favorite religious number of Judaism, typifying the covenant of holiness and sanctification, and also all that was holy and sanctifying in purpose. The candlestick had seven lamps, and the acts of atonement and purification were accompanied by a sevenfold sprinkling. The establishment of the Sabbath, the Sabbatical year, and the year of jubilee was based on the number seven, as were the periods of purification and of mourning. The number 7 is the Divine number of completion."

      The word “sevenfold” like the number 7 represents FULL, COMPLETE, PERFECT.

      So when the Bible (and Netanyahu) talks about “sevenfold payback”, it is referring to a FULL, COMPLETE AND PERFECT PAYBACK/COMPENSATION. It's mentioned 6 times in the Bible so now with Netanyahu, it becomes 7 and back to the magic number.

      Netanyahu is the new Moussa.

  • Ari Shavit calls out every brutality, except the ones Israel is complicit in
    • I don't know what to say anymore, just, I'm just as confused about what's going on as the rest of the world. You have to wonder at the speed by which the US this spring dispatched a navy carrier to stop a Libyan rebels' ship carrying hijacked Libyan oil and forced it back to Libya because the US will not allow terrorists to sell oil on the market. Yet, the US in addition to doing absolutely nothing about IS selling hijacked Syrian oil to the Turks for redirection to Europe or letting IS benefit from royalties paid by the Kurds to allow oil to flow through the pipeline in the area it controls towards Turkey, it remained silent on the first 2 ships filled with oil from the Kurdish-IS pipeline, the first ship going to Israel and the second going to the US.

      Maybe its best to not ask too many question and to just go on simply bashing Zionists here, which is a much easier task.

    • Thierry Meyssan also disputes Snowden having said that but goes on to describe in chapter and verse the involvement of the US government headed by Senator McCain about the bogus "Arab Springs" everywhere including his contact with the future Caliph that was already on a US wanted list and with whom McCain was photographed in Syria.

      From link to voltairenet.org

      ... However, since October 4, 2011, Ibrahim al-Badri (also known as Abu Du’a) was on the list of the five terrorists most wanted by the United States (Rewards for Justice). A premium of up to $ 10 million was offered to anyone who would assist in his capture. [9] The next day, October 5, 2011, Ibrahim al-Badri was included in the list of the Sanctions Committee of the UN as a member of Al Qaeda. [10]

      In addition, a month before receiving Senator McCain, Ibrahim al-Badri, known under his nom de guerre as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, created the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ÉIIL) – all the while still belonging to the staff of the very "moderate" Free Syrian Army. He claimed as his own the attack on the Taj and Abu Ghraib prisons in Iraq, from which he helped between 500 and 1,000 jihadists escape who then joined his organization. This attack was coordinated with other almost simultaneous operations in eight other countries. Each time, the escapees joined the jihadist organizations fighting in Syria. This case is so strange that Interpol issued a note and requested the assistance of the 190 member countries. [11]

      For my part, I have always said that there was no difference on the ground between the Free Syrian Army, Al-Nosra Front, the Islamic Emirate etc ... All these organizations are composed of the same individuals who continuously change flag. When they pose as the Free Syrian Army, they fly the flag of French colonization and speak only of overthrowing the "dog Bashar." When they say they belong to Al-Nosra Front, they carry the flag of al Qaeda and declare their intention to spread Islam in the world. Finally when they say they are the Islamic Emirate, they brandish the flag of the Caliphate and announce that they will clean the area of all infidels. But whatever the label, they proceed to the same abuses: rape, torture, beheadings, crucifixions.

      Yet neither Senator McCain nor his companions of the Syrian Emergency Task Force provided the information in their possession on Ibrahim al-Badri to the State Department, nor have they asked for the reward. Nor have they informed the anti-terrorism Committee of the UN.

      In no country in the world, regardless of their political system, would one accept that the opposition leader be in direct contact, and publicly friendly, with a very dangerous wanted terrorist.

      Who Then is Senator McCain?

      But John McCain is not just the leader of the political opposition to President Obama, he is also one of his senior officials!

      He is in fact President of the International Republican Institute (IRI), the republican branch of NED / CIA [12], since January 1993. This so-called "NGO" was officially established by President Ronald Reagan to extend certain activities of the CIA, in connection with the British, Canadian and Australian secret services. Contrary to its claims, it is indeed an inter-governmental agency. Its budget is approved by Congress in a budget line dependent of the Secretary of State..."

    • "Such a hornet’s nest would protect not only Israel ... "

      lysias, about a month back, ISIS released the map showing all the countries it intended to conquer and this map included Turkey, Albania, Spain and Portugal. When questioned about details of the future empire, ISIS said that Israel was off-limits for ISIS and it had no intention of conquering it. Makes you wonder why, especially that it holds one of Islam's holy shrines, Aqsa, which are slated for demolition by ISIS including the Kaaba in Mecca.

    • About the American journalist, Foley, decapitated by ISIS, Obama is about to come on live TV to ask people to stop circulating the youtube of the decapitation. ISIS is holding a second journalist and threatening to also decapitate him if Obama does not order a halt to the bombing of ISIS positions.

    • Kay, the collaboration appeared somewhat obvious with Mosul, Iraq's second largest city. ISIS waltzed-in with the army having first abandoned it, their weapons, tanks and other vehicles and even their uniforms. At the time, there had been reports of advance Turkish and Israeli intelligence scouting teams having arrived at the city to coordinate logistics when ISIS would arrive and to reach them where and how to occupy strategic positions in the city. It's evident the soldiers abandoned everything either they had been ordered to or were paid for it. Since then, hundreds of policemen have been rounded up and summarily executed. Similar executions are happening on an almost daily basis and shown on ME newscasts:

    • 3 headless corpses discovered in the Sinai today; looks like the bad guys are getting closer to Israel. With the decapitated American journalist yesterday, ISIS is starting to turn on its creators and masters. British PM starting to be very worried.

    • Kay, it would depend on how much faith you put in Snowden's releases. He dropped this one about the self-proclaimed Caliph of the terrorist empire not long ago and some rumours are also going around that the Caliph is actually a Jew, but I'm not putting too much in that one. From Global Research: link to globalresearch.ca

      "ISIS Leader Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi Trained by Israeli Mossad, NSA Documents Reveal

      By Gulf Daily News
      Global Research, July 16, 2014

      The former employee at US National Security Agency (NSA), Edward Snowden, has revealed that the British and American intelligence and the Mossad worked together to create the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

      Snowden said intelligence services of three countries created a terrorist organisation that is able to attract all extremists of the world to one place, using a strategy called “the hornet’s nest”.

      NSA documents refer to recent implementation of the hornet’s nest to protect the Zionist entity by creating religious and Islamic slogans.

      According to documents released by Snowden, “The only solution for the protection of the Jewish state “is to create an enemy near its borders”.

      Leaks revealed that ISIS leader and cleric Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi took intensive military training for a whole year in the hands of Mossad, besides courses in theology and the art of speech."

    • Already used them in Baghdad and Shia areas under a different handle. Same for Syria and Lebanon.

    • "but they also ignore the fact that the US and of course Israel have their dirty fingers in many of the violence,..."

      Bad news for Israel about its pals from ISIS this afternoon, 2 members in Anbar Province while strapping-on suicide vests accidently detonated one of them and several members of ISIS were killed.

  • 'Lesson: The Jews will defend themselves even if it means killing children'
    • "You can’t have Jews pining for Israel over millennia and then going there,..."

      lysias, it's more a question of having Jews pining for Israel for that long and then actually ending up NOT going there. I remember reading eons ago how Ben Gurion on one of his recruitment drives told American Jews that it was the duty of every family to send at least one member of the family to live in Israel. I guess that's when the cheque "in lieu" came into play and has been in play since then.

      Excerpt from a JPOST narrative"

      "... “The first Prime Minister of Israel David Ben-Gurion once spoke to a group in Sde Boker, and I was with them. He told us a story and said: ‘You need to become like a Catholic family’. Back then I did not know what a Catholic family was, and I asked what that was all about. Ben-Gurion responded: ‘in a Catholic family they always want one child, a boy, who will become a priest or a girl who will become a nun’. And I guess I still did not get it. Then he explained: “Every Jewish family in America should feel obligated that at least one of their children comes to live in Eretz Israel”. This is because one person moving to Israel would be followed by families visiting them."

      link to blogs.jpost.com

    • "... what would happen the day after a rocket explodes into Israels only International airport?"

      Qassam Brigade just gave notice to all international air transporters that effective 6 am tomorrow morning, BG Airport will be open season for their missiles. There has been a report going around all day that Israel's offshore gas platform had been targeted.

  • Air strikes and rocket fire resume as Gaza negotiations collapse
    • Another tearjerker from the snake oil salesman:

    • "It’s finished, Israel telling the Palestinians what to do."

      It also means that Abbas was unable to deliver. Last night Livni was prancing up and down insisting that Israel would negotiate on Gaza with no one other than Abbas. Looks like Israel had been betting on the wrong horse all along.

  • Ceasefire comes to a close -- Mohammed Assaf's 'Raise Your Head High'
    • There are a few minor but insignificant errors in the translation that don't change the overall meaning of the song such as "our unity is in our dignity", that should have been "our dignity is in our unity" and other minor glitches.

    • From a great site that does full translations; it also has the phonetic script at the end of the link for those that would want to sing along with Assaf:

      link to singingpalestine.com

      Ya halali Ya mali – Oh Dear, Oh Dear - مالي يا حاللي يا
      Lyrics and Music: Folk song
      Translation, phonetic script: Transnet, [email protected]
      To understand better the meaning of this poetic and colorful song, here you are
      an « interpretation-explanation » of the lyrics, more than a real translation.
      Lyrics: Arabic - phonetic script - translation
      Intro:
      غىً ع انثداوٌة رّدوا حالنً ٌا مانً
      Ghani A'lbadawi, roudou hhalali ia mali
      Sing Al- Badawieh and repeat after me Oh Dear, Oh Dear
      Chorus:
      ٌا حالنً ٌا مانً
      Ya hhalali ya mali
      Oh Dear, Oh Dear
      ٌا حالنً ٌا مانً
      Ya hhalali ya mali
      Oh Dear, Oh Dear
      Part 1(a):
      ٌا حادي ٌا حادٌىا جر األوف تىادٌىا
      Ia hhadi ia hhadinaf jour il ouf biwadina
      The one who is coming towards us, brought the OUF (name of a rhythm) into our valley
      روة صىجك جحٍٍىا وغمحها تحشفً انعٍان
      Ranit sawtak tehhinè naghmitha btishfi lha'ian
      Your voice (the voice of the guest) makes us alive, it rhythms cure the patient
      Chorus

      Part 1(b):
      نهساٌر مفحىح انثاب وتانثٍث انحمىا األحثاب
      Lèl zair maftouhh èlbab ou bil bèit iltamou l èhhbab
      The door is open for the guest, all beloved gathered there
      وانثه تمهثاجى طاغً
      Ou ilboun ibmihibajou taghi
      The pitcher of coffee is ready

      واالٌد جهس انفىجان
      Ou il id tèhèz ilfinjan
      And the hand shaking the coffee cup
      (Which means no more coffee)
      Chorus
      Part 2 (a):
      وأهال تانهً زارووا
      Ou ahhlan bili zarouna
      Most welcome for those who has visited us
      أهال تانهً زارووا
      Ahhlan bili zarouna
      Most welcome for those who has visited us
      وجٍحىوا وشرفحىوا
      Ou jitouna ou sharaftouna
      It was our honor to meet you
      اأهال تانهً زارووا
      Ahhlan bili zarona
      Most welcome for those who has visited us
      هً وىرجىا ساحة اندار
      Hai nouwartou sahhat ouldar
      You lightened our yard
      أهال تانهً زارووا
      Ahhlan bili zarona
      Most welcome for those who has visited us
      تهانطهة فرححىوا
      Bhaltalih farahhtouna
      You made us happy when you showed up
      أهال تانهً زارووا
      Ahlan bili zarona
      Most welcome for those who has visited us

      Part 3:
      تٍىت انجىد مراتظ خٍم
      Biout iljoud imrabout khèil
      Houses of generous is the shelter of horse riders

      ونهضٍفان وهار ونٍم
      Ou ldèifainhar ou lèil
      For guests day and night
      وٌحكىا وجىادي انهٍم
      Ou ihhkou itnadi lhèil
      Talking and drinking coffee
      جعسو عانقاصً وانداوً
      Tè'zim ‘alqasi ou ildani
      Inviting friends and strangers
      Chorus
      Part 2 (b):
      وهاي دار انعس واحىا رجانها
      Ou hai dar il'èz ou ihhna rjalha
      We are the men of this richly house
      وهاي دار انعس واحىا رجانها
      Ou hai dar il'èz ou ihhna rjalha
      We are the men of this richly house
      دار انشهامة وانكرو وسالنها
      Dar il shahèmih ou ilkaram ou slalha
      House of chivalry and generosity
      وهاي دار انعس واحىا رجانها
      Ou hai dar il'èz ou ihhna rjalha
      We are the men of this richly house
      تىجه انعدا ما تحىحىً أتظانها
      (Bi) wij il'ada ma btinhhani abtalha
      Its heroes never bend to their enemies
      وهاي دار انعس واحىا رجانها
      Ou hai dar il'èz ou ihhna rjalha
      We are the men of this richly house

      Part 1 (c):
      كرامحىا تىحدجىا
      Karamitna b wahhditna
      Our unity is in our dignity
      أي نما مىجمع كهمحىا
      Ai lama minjma' kilmitna
      When we unit our words
      وعسوجىا تعروتحىا
      Ou 'izwitna be'ouroubitna
      Our back (our strength) is our Arabic culture
      هٍك مىصىن األوطان
      Hèik minsoun il'awtan
      That's how we protect our home land
      Chorus
      Part 2 (c):
      (Explanation of this part: In the past the Arabs especially the Bedouin used to be proud of the knights
      so they ask the knights to show their strength and talent in front of the guests)
      وعانمٍدان عانمٍدان، ٌا خٍال عانمٍان
      Ou A'lmidan, A'lmidan ia khial a'midan
      All horse riders to the battleground
      عانمٍدان عانمٍدان، ٌا خٍال عانمٍدان
      A'lmidan, A'lmidan ia khial a'midan
      All horse riders to the battleground
      سٍىفىا وخٍهىا جحدت كم انفرسان
      Sioufina ou khèlina thhadatou k l il foursan
      Our swords and horses challenged all musketeers
      عانمٍدان عانمٍدان، ٌا خٍال عانمٍدان
      A'lmidan, A'lmidan ia khial a'midan
      All horse riders to the battleground
      دٌاروا نهكرو وانشهامة عىىان
      Diarina ililkaram ou ilshahamih 'inouwan
      Our home land is an address for chivalry and generosity
      عانمٍدان عانمٍدان، ٌا خٍال عانمٍدان
      A'lmidan, A'lmidan ia khial a'midan
      All horse riders to the battleground

      وما ٌىهان عىا انضٍف وعىا انضٍف ما ٌىهان
      Ou ma binhan 'ana deif ou 'ana deif ma inhèn
      We never humiliate our guests, We never humiliate our guests
      عانمٍدان عانمٍدان، ٌا خٍال عانمٍدان
      A'lmidan, A'lmidan ia khial a'midan
      All horse riders to the battleground
      Part 4:
      عهى رجال انحمى ردوا حاالنً ٌا مانً
      a'l jal ilhima redou hhalali ia mali
      Say oh my dear to our men
      ٌا حالنً ٌا مانً
      Ya hhalali ya mali
      Oh Dear, Oh Dear
      وٌا حالنً ٌا مانً
      Ou ya hhalali ya mali
      Oh Dear, Oh Dear
      كم انحثاٌة عىدوا ٌا مرحثا تانغىانً
      Koul ilhhabaib ‘andina ia marhhaba bilghaoulali
      All beloveds in our home so you are welcome precious people
      ٌا حالنً ٌا مانً
      Ya hhalali ya mali
      Oh Dear, Oh Dear
      وٌا حالنً ٌا مانً
      Ou ya hhalali ya mali
      Oh Dear, Oh Dear
      حالنً ٌا مانً حالنً ٌا مانً
      hhalali Ya mali ،hhalali ya mali
      Oh my dear, oh my dear
      حالنً ٌا مانً حالنً ٌا مانً
      hhalali ya mali ،hhalali ya mali
      Oh my dear, oh my dear
      Chorus

  • More Orientalist insinuations in the New York Times
    • "IMO, Islam is an opportunistic re-hash of Judaism and Christianity. " (eljay)

      An fair description if you accept that Christianity was itself a re-hash of Judaism. It all goes back to the Jews by whatever name one is to call them.

    • "Judaism, into the time of the Roman Empire, remained a proselytizing religion, like its Christian and Muslim descendants."

      A branch of Islam, the Druze sect, a 9th century offshoot of the Shia does not proselytize and doesn't accept converts.

    • " Allah gave them (the Arabs) this land”

      That's a new one; first time I hear of it. If anything, I read the very opposite; in Quran 17, known as the chapter on al-Isra (Night Journey) or Bani Israel (Children of Israel), verses 101 to 104:

      17:101
      And We had certainly given Moses nine evident signs, so ask the Children of Israel [about] when he came to them and Pharaoh said to him, "Indeed I think, O Moses, that you are affected by magic."

      17:102
      [Moses] said, "You have already known that none has sent down these [signs] except the Lord of the heavens and the earth as evidence, and indeed I think, O Pharaoh, that you are destroyed."

      17:103
      So he intended to drive them from the land, but We drowned him and those with him all together.

      17:104
      And We said after Pharaoh to the Children of Israel, "Dwell in the land, and when there comes the promise of the Hereafter, We will bring you forth in [one] gathering."

      So the story goes on to say that after God gave them the land, in due time they screwed up and the property deed was taken away from them.

  • Rob Reiner wants to pick Palestinians' leaders for them
    • Raymond Deane wrote a JSF piece back in 2009 in which he took Barenboim to task for having indirectly mislabeled Palestinian kids in saying "... an hour of violin lessons in Palestine is an hour away from violence and fundamentalism" and for having bad-mouthed Hamas while the Cast Lead was raining phosphorus on Gaza in 2009. The FitzGerald guy commenting in the IT has no clue what Sharia Law is about and how many of Europe's civil codes and rights granted to women had been inspired by it.

      link to jewssansfrontieres.blogspot.com

    • Never liked either of them. Reiner's father was the real comedian.

  • Gruesome tales surface of Israeli massacres against families in Gaza's Shujaiya neighborhood
    • "When Waseem recovered, I asked him what he wanted to be when he came of age. He replied without pause that he planned to join the resistance. " (Max)

      During the 2006 war, Hizbullah had something like 3,000 pro-fighters and about 5,000 part timers and between the 2 groups, they held off an Israeli land army of 30,000.

      It was said that immediately after the war, (since Hizbullah never tells), over 100,000 young men whose homes and villages had been destroyed came forward and volunteered to sign up for training to become professional fighters. I suspect that after Israel's vicious assault on Gaza this time, an equal number of young Waseems in Gaza will also be enlisting to become future fighters. Between so many pro-fighters to the north and south of it, Israel's chances of survival will be even bleaker.

  • Video: Gaza forces young Jew to overcome 'giant hostile ferocious backlash' of her community
    • Thanks banned, interesting what happened from the CBC that has strayed way off-course from the good journalistic days of the late Barbara Frum. I hope you're not pinning all your hopes on Trudeau II, he's already showing signs, probably because of his wife, that he wouldn't be much different about Israel than Harper.

    • He who pays the piper, the networks, BBC and the CBC...

      What is so different or worse in enabling Israel from enabling Nusra in Syria and ISIS in Iraq?

      Same shit, same sponsor, different geography. Margolis shyly touched on this at the end of his piece. The American return wasn't really for the sake of the Yazidis, it was for that of the Kurds that had ISIS 40 miles from Irbil.

    • Yes superbly brilliant of Carey Wedler. Enjoyed it so much watched it twice in a row.

      BTW, there must be an interesting story behind being banned by the CBC for commenting on Israel's genocidal extremists; can you share it?

  • The catastrophe inflicted on Gaza--and the costs to Israel's standing
    • FWIW, AlGhorear is right. Coming right after Cast Lead, the man shouldn't have accepted it in the first place, so no brownie points due.

  • How to respond to thoughtful people who can't help saying 'but Hamas'
    • I'm surely writing this for nothing but I still have to do it in the hope that some of this will start rubbing off on your Zionist handicap; for the umpteenth time, the only country that mass-expelled Jews after 48 and because of 48 was Egypt. It did it a second time after the "Lavon" in 1954, a third time after "Suez" in 1956, and a fourth and final time after the "6- Day War" of 1967. All other expulsions that you keep repeating is BS.

  • Israel's foundation in a 'terroristic campaign of expulsion, ethnic cleansing and murder' is the 'deep wound in that part of the world' -- Sullivan
    • " In fact, there is a doctrine of deception within Islam called taqiyya, wherein lying to infidels has been decreed a perfectly ethical way of achieving one’s goals." (Harris)

      Peter in SF, there is no such doctrine in Islam as Harris describes it; the "taqiyya" cautionary dissimulation or "free-pass" mentioned in the Quran is permitted only in those situations to save the faithful from persecution and death, such as the eating of porc and drinking of wine. Harris took this disinformation from Islamophobic sites such as MEMRI that mangled not what was written in the Quran but what was said by one interpreter, Bukhari, in a hadith, that narrated Um Kulthum bint Uqba, a companion of the Prophet: "That she heard Allah's Apostle saying, "He who makes peace between the people by inventing good information or saying good things, is not a liar."

      You are compounding Harris' error by using it yourself in your closing example and inadvertently tarnishing Islam in the process.

  • Film and Media scholars & makers condemn Gaza assault, endorse BDS
    • "As usual the US media is quiet about these atrocities by Israel."

      Can you have anything more atrocious than Israeli drone manufacturer marketing its killer drones as being "field tested". This same atrocious company has been awarded a contract by the US of several hundred million dollars to build a separation wall to keep Mexicans out. No doubt after having also experience with the separation wall on the WB. Story about this company in Australia and what BDS activists did to it, from Hatham Sabbah with photos and video: link to sabbah.biz

      "... Australia: Pro-Palestinian protesters raids Israeli drone factory

      August 15, 2014 by Haitham Sabbah

      Protesters occupy the roof of a Port Melbourne factory belonging to Elbit Systems, which is a subsidiary of an Israeli company that manufactures air and land drones.

      The protesters occupied the roof of the Port Melbourne building before being removed about 10am. Three men and three women from the Melbourne Palestine Action Group occupied the roof of Elbit Systems of Australia for five hours before being removed by police about 10am.

      Police arrested the six people and expect to charge them on summons with trespass.

      The protesters group stormed the factory to protest against the Australian government’s support for Israeli’s war in Gaza. They raided the manufacturing compound which, they said, supplies arms and drones for Israel.

      Named the Melbourne Palestine Action Coalition (MPAC), it consists of activists from Whistleblowers Australian Citizens Alliance (WACA) and renegade activists.

      The activists blasted Elbit Systems as one of the world’s leading manufacturers of unmanned aerial drones used by the “Israel Defense Forces” (IDF) in their ongoing offensive in Gaza.

      Elbit is Israel’s largest military company which sells its drones around the world as ‘field tested’.

      Drones are used to kill innocent civilians in Gaza.

      With front gate locked up, the activists scaled the wall of the company, then dropped a nine meter banner, reading ‘Elbit Drones Kill Kids In Gaza #BDS‘..."

  • 15 airplanes to fly over NY and NJ beaches with Israeli flags and We Love Israel banner
    • Hearing is still OK, just, it was only for a few hours on summer Saturdays but no need of sunscreen as now at the other end of the world because of polluted beaches and my dislike of pools, I'm hardly in the sun and my only depletion problem is with vitamin D.

    • I'm sure it is, just, at the time it was mislabeled as an all-gay community, so my beach time was spent between the shorter drive to the modest Riis for the thrill of hearing the F4s land and take off and Jones where I got severely burned very time.

    • "I won’t have to see them on Fire Island"

      In my younger days, I was told to avoid the place.

  • Expelled, ghettoized and killed by Israel: The story of my cousin in Gaza
    • "This inhumane siege, the longest in history, has to end now and we are ready to pay the price to regain our dignity."

      In spite of the pressure being put on the Gazans by Abbas, Egypt and other Arab leaders to quit the fight, I'm rooting with Ghada for the Gazans to hold on until the siege is totally lifted. Almost every Gazan and especially families of people killed are asking that the leaders of Gaza don't quit the fight. To quit now would mean that 2000 died, 10,000 were injured and a hundred thousand would have been made homeless for nothing.

      The 8-year siege is the longest in Gaza's history but not overall longest in world history. It's surpassed by the Ottomans' 21-year siege of Candia (now called Heraklion) in Crete by the Ottomans, the Ottomans' 12-year siege of Philadelphia (now called Alasehir) Turkey), the 10-year siege of Ishiyama Honganji Monastery in Osaka, Japan. Gaza's siege duration is currently sharing 4th place with the Ottomans' 8-year sieges of Thessalonika, Macedonia, the Roman one of Drepana, Carthage, and the one of Solovetsky Monastery in Russia.

  • Hamas equals ISIS in 'grisly creeds and grisly deeds,' Netanyahu tells a nodding Cuomo
    • It wasn't only 5 agents but rather 120 Israeli agents that were rounded up and quietly deported. Although it was never proven that Israel had something to do with it, it was proven that it had advance knowledge that it was about to happen. From BBC News October 2002:

      "... The American intelligence agency, the CIA, could have prevented the 11 September attacks if it were not for systematic failures, according to the German newspaper Die Zeit.

      Just a month before the deadly attacks, the paper said, Mossad handed over to the Americans a detailed report naming several suspects they believe were preparing an attack on the United States

      The paper has uncovered details of a major Israeli spy ring involving some a 120 agents for the intelligence service Mossad operating across America and some masquerading as arts students.

      The ring was reportedly hard on the heels of at least four members of the hijack gang, including its leader Mohammed Atta.

      But the Israeli agents were detected by their American counterparts and thrown out of the country, it says...."

  • The Walzer Problem
    • Bumblebye, there are 2 types of human shields but jon s and the gang can't make the distinction. There are those shields used by the IDF whereby they will send in a Palestinian kid into a home to see if someone starts firing back and there are those others in which the IDF straps a Palestinian kid on the hood of the Humvee to prevent Palestinians from throwing stones at them in fear of hitting their compatriot and so on,

      There's the other kind where people voluntarily put themselves in the line of fire in the hope of stopping the shooting such as the ones discussed here that sat on their rooftops to prevent the Israelis from bombing them, or in other situations when foreign activists would stand with Palestinians to get the Israelis to soften the blows. Nothing dishonorable about these kinds of human shields. remember the Chinese youth that stood in the path of the oncoming tank and caused it to stop in Tiananmen Square? That was an honorable human shield.

    • MEMRI? The same MEMRI of "Farfur" fame? You have to be more serious, jon s. and you have to begin by putting into context what is being said in Arabic, which MEMRI never does. People, for lack of anything to defend themselves against F16s and Apaches, are being told to squat on their rooftops in the hope they'd be seen by pilots of good conscience that wouldn't bomb them; it worked in the past and it was hoped it would work again. Sadly, it did not because this time around Israeli pilots have become more bloodthirsty and they made a bee-line to the roofs with people on them. In fact, this tactic proved counterproductive and caused the deaths of many people trying to stand in the way of their homes being destroyed.

      What would you have had these people do to avoid seeing their homes pulverized, jon?

  • Israel's latest plan - Abbas to oversee a national security state in Gaza
    • Thanks for the insight, Harry. This ICC legal stuff is out of my league so I'm just watching from a distance and hoping Palestinians could get the justice due to them. The only clear thing so far is how much Abbas is against going anywhere near the ICC. It must be the top priority on his job description.

    • On July 25th, Palestinian Justice Minister Salim Sakka and Gaza Attorney General Ismail Jaber filed a complaint against Israel for war crimes with the ICC. Last week, the Palestinian Authority asked the ICC to nullify the complaint. From Voltairenet.org:

      "... The Palestinian Authority requested International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor Ms Fatou Bensouda to nullify the complaint filed on July 25, 2014 by Palestinian Justice Minister Salim Sakka and Gaza Attorney General Ismail Jaber against the war crimes committed by the Israeli army in the Gaza Strip.

      Interim President Mahmoud Abbas argued that the complaint was likely to backfire against the Palestinian resistance (which is legally false) and that the Palestinian Authority favored a different strategy: joining the Court (which it never followed up on).

      The complaint was endorsed by 130 law professors from around the world. In accusing Israel of colonialism, it automatically triggered a series of precautionary measures and prohibited foreign companies from trading with Israeli entities established in the occupied territories. So that even if the complaint were not to be considered in a long time, it would nevertheless have generated immediate effects..."

      But Minister Sakka said a couple of days later on Aug 9th that only he could annul the complaint and he is refusing to do so. The complaint against Israel is still on.

    • On a side note, the 2010 photo above was the one that also included King Abdullah II and Mubarak that was shamelessly doctored by Mubarak to show him leading the pack with the others following behind him to bolster his image with the Egyptian public. It was published in the pro-Mubarak "Al-Ahram":

      link to cironline.org

    • "In Cairo, all roads lead through Mahmoud Abbas it seems. Comeback it is. To what end?"

      It's been what the whole thing has been about starting with the murder of the 3 teens that culminated in an all out assault on Gaza to put Abbas at the head of Gaza too. The West Bankers have already been turned into Finns, as Israelis would say, now the intent is to do likewise with Gaza. But Hamas is not playing along.

  • Brothers herding sheep on village lands are struck by Israeli explosive-- one dies
    • These are ridiculous names for a towns in France, Spain or Mexico. Some historic things are not worth saving simply because they are historic. What about streets and plazas named after terrorists?

    • I've been listening to CNN all day having a fit over the Ukraine 2000 dead especially that it included 20 children with side reports about the rescue of the 40,000 Yazidis currently starving on a Sinjar mountaintop to escape the ISIS headhunters sworn to eradicate all of them. The few Yazidis that are being rescued are being dumped in camps in the Syrian desert.

      No mention of the 2000 dead Palestinians and the 10,000 injured ones or the hundred thousand made homeless by Israel's bombing.
      The Iraqi Yazidi MP, Vian Dakhil, whose plea I posted a few days ago was aboard the rescue helicopter that crashed and killed the pilot a couple of days back when it was overloaded with refugees. She was seriously injured along with most that were aboard. Here she is again explaining the plight of the Yazidis and what Isis is doing to Yazidi women being taken captive to Iraqi parliamentarians a couple of days before the crash:

    • "What a damn disgrace!"

      It has something to do with paving the way for next Democrat candidate. To act otherwise would probably sink their future chances of winning.

    • It's more about "killer of the Moors" to describe their hero fighting the Saracens reputed to have killed 60,000 of them in one battle. I think you don't have any flack about the name because people don't call themselves by that name.

    • Kay, I'm not superstitious but for those that are, you could say that it isn't just a khamsa in Israeli evil eyes but 5000 khamsas. 5000 future freedom fighters; they can't kill all of them.

    • In other interesting non-Israel news for those that don't believe that Israel is the navel of the universe, this week the Simon Wiesenthal Centre petitioned the village of Courtemaux 117 km south of Paris to change the name of one its districts that's comprised of a farm and a couple of homes from "Mort aux juifs" which means "Death to the Jews". The village council refused on the grounds that the area has had that name since the Middle Ages and did not have grounds to do so since there are no incidences of racism there. There was attempt to change the name in 1992 by French activists that also failed.

      Earlier this year, a vote by 26 out of 56 voters in a small village in northern Spain voluntarily opted to change the name of their village " Castrillo Matajudios ", which means "Castrillo kills the Jews" that's also dated back to the Middle Ages to " Mota de Judios" that means "hill of the Jews".

      link to lemonde.fr

    • "Seems like they are getting rid of many men as possible. "

      They'll never win at the numbers game no matter how vicious they become. During 30 days, they killed 2000 Gazans but during the same period, 5000 Gazans were born.

  • The West Bank insurrection
    • PA police is now showing some kindness to West Bankers after it has helped Israel round up all the who's who of Hamas on the WB. When they'll start turning their weapons on the Israeli forces to protect Palestinians, you can start believing in the change you are seeing. From where I'm standing, this is just a whitewashing PR gimmick.

  • The Greenhouse propaganda—How Gazan history is being rewritten to dehumanize Palestinians
    • I don't remember the settlers destroying any greenhouses. At the time it was reported that they had dismantled many to be taken away and used in their new settlements and what wasn't destroyed, they wanted to sell and that's when the 12 or 14 million cash was raised by NYC Jews to buy the remaining greenhouses for the Palestinians. Departing settlers received on average $200,000 per family plus other incentives to help them relocate elsewhere mostly on the West Bank.

    • In addition to the brackish water and whatever little is still available of it from Israel's bombing of the wells, there's also the problem of over nitrification from the excessive use of fertilizers. Not to forget Israel bombing of Gaza's sewage treatment plants and the farmland with radioactive munitions that also work their way into the water and the food.

      A doom and gloom report by UNICEF in 2009.
      link to unicef.org

    • This relating of the story left out the part about the water having been turned off by Israel. Also my recollection was that after the crops were spoiled on the unrefrigerated trucks being held in the sun at the closed crossing, that's when the disappointed Palestinians starting tearing apart the tents and looting the plastic and the plumbing and not before as mentioned above.

  • 'One nation, one state, one leader' -- frightening slogan at Tel Aviv protest
    • On racism being discussed here, who would have thought Zionists also applied it to their sheep. It seems there are Jewish sheep and there are Arab sheep and the two must not inter-marry. From an excerpt by Edward Said in the LRB:

      "... A disciplinary communications apparatus exists in the West both for overlooking most of the basic things that might present Israel in a bad light, and for punishing those why try to tell the truth. How many people know the kind of thing suggested by the following incident – namely, the maintenance in Israel of a rigid distinction between privileged Jew and underprivileged Palestinian? The example is recent, and its very triviality indicates the by now unconscious adherence to racial classification which pervades official Israeli policy and discourse. I have this instance from Professor Israel Shahak, Chairman of the Israeli League of Human Rights, who transcribed it from the Israeli journal Kol Ha’ir. The journal reports, with some effect of irony:

      "The society of sheep raisers in Israel [an entirely Jewish body from which Arabs are totally excluded] has agreed with the Ministry of Agriculture that a special sheepfold will be built in order to check the various immunisations on sheep. Which sheep? Jewish sheep in Israel, writes Baruch Bar Shalev, secretary of the sheep raiser’s society in a circular letter to all sheep raisers. In the letter they are asked to pay, towards the cost of the sheepfold, twenty shekels for Jewish sheep. This demand was also received by Semadar Kramer of the secretariat of ‘Never Shalom’ near Latron.

      Semadar Kramer sent the society of sheep raisers only half of the sum requested for building the Jewish sheepfold because ‘Never Shalom’ is a Jewish-Arab village, and therefore its sheep are also Jewish-Arab. They also claim that they have no certain knowledge about mixed marriages among the sheep, and that lately some difficulties about the conversion to Judaism were encountered in their sheepfold.

      This, one might think, is either insanity or some comic fantasy produced in the imagination of a Swift or Kafka. Jewish sheep? The conversion of Arab sheep to Judaism? Surely these things cannot be real. Such distinctions, however, are part of the system of possessive exclusivism which has been imposed upon reality by central forces in Israeli society. The system is rarely discussed at all in the West, certainly not with anything resembling the intensity with which Palestinian terrorism is discussed. When an attempt is made to speak critically of Israel, the result is frightening – if the attempt succeeds in getting any diffusion at all. One small index is the fact that the Anti-Defamation League in America and the America-Israel Public Affairs Committee have each published books identifying Israel’s ‘enemies’ and implying tactics for police or vigilante action. In addition, there is the deep media compliance I have referred to – so that effective, and especially narrative, renderings of the Palestine-Israel contest are either attacked with near-unanimous force or ignored. The fortunes of Le Carré’s novel 'The Little Drummer Girl' and Costa-Gavras’s film 'Hanna K' illustrate these alternatives.

      link to lrb.co.uk

  • 'We are all Palestinian'
    • We keep reading how young American Jews are not enthusiastically getting on the Zionist bus as their elders did, which is reason to be hopeful. But this London story is saying the very opposite, are things that different in the UK or are we misreading what's happening in the US?

    • Anthony, they can't be that stupid to go on with the cleansing of another 4 or 5 million Palestinians. Their last stop appears to be finishing emptying Jerusalem of most of its Arabs and to keep holding on to a good part of the Jordan Valley and the Golan. Ideological charters come and go and get changed along the way without much fanfare; look at the PLO's and Hamas' that neither has prevented them from cozying-up to the Zionists or at least trying to in the case of Hamas with its proposed multi-year hudna .

    • "... Washington that requires the ethnic cleansing of both Gaza and the West Bank in order to achieve the aim of Netanyahu’s Likud Party’s charter for a ‘Greater Israel’."

      I don't think it's about ethnic cleansing as its mission on the WB is practically complete and as to Gaza, it has no interest in it other that to put it into the good hands of Abbas to turn it into what some in Israel refer to as "Finns". To do that, Hamas has to be taken out of the picture and then it would become clear sailing for Israel.

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