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  • Turning Lebanon into Gaza -- Israel's hole card against Iran deal?
    • Misterioso, Chebaa Farms and Kfarshouba Heights (and not Kfarshouba Village) in 1967 at the time of the Golan grab and northern half of Ghajar in 2006 that UNSC 1701 called for its return to Lebanon; the southern (Syrian) half had been under Israeli occupation since 1967. But as with other UNSC resolutions, Israel gave it the finger and continues holding on to it. Israel is on record for having contravened territorially UNSC 1701 over 7000 times since 2006 but as far as Israel is concerned, those violations are of no consequence, as the only one that count are the rearming of the Lebanese south by Hizbullah.

    • Not just the Chebaa Hamlets totaling about 9 square miles with wall-to-wall water at the foot of Jabal al-Sheikh (Hermon), but also the barren Kfarshouba Heights that afford a 20 km view into both Lebanon and Israel and 1/2 of the village of Ghajjar that control The Wazzani Springs that are been siphoned to Israel settlements.

    • "Parsi and Pillar are spot on! " (Landie C)

      Not really and the title of this article of turning Lebanon into Gaza is absurd. With over 100,000 Lebanese rockets and missiles aimed at Israel, a resistance comprised of professionally trained fighters that some estimate at over 100,000 fighters and Nasrallah's standing promise that if Israel attempts a blockade of Lebanon's coast, Israeli shipping in and out of Israel would be stopped by Hizbullah's cruise missiles. Turning Lebanon into Gaza and talk of cutting the grass there is dramatic but idiotic.

    • I'm not a fan of Assad. Nasrallah's warning is actually a warning of what would be next in store for Lebanon if ISIS succeeds in toppling Assad. If it were to happen, it would be only a matter of time before ISIS puts all of its forces and effort to overrun Lebanon, which would be a relatively easy task. This is the main reason why Hizbullah is in Syria, it's not to protect Assad as much as it's to protect Lebanon against an impending ISIS invasion of Lebanon. Israel's backing of ISIS is playing with fire; it's only a matter of time before it turns on Israel itself. It has already started to turn on Saudia with last week's bombing there.

    • Not much more than saber-rattling intended to slow down whatever is being agreed to with the Iranians; the dumb and dumber Netanyahu-Ya'alon duo surely remember Nasrallah's promise about the next war seeing Hizbullah forces inside Israel. Not a smart way to kick-start the summer tourist season. Nobody in Lebanon is losing any sleep over Israel's war chatter.

  • West Bank Palestinians stuck in three-hour traffic jam due to Israeli settler bike race
    • Dutch students finally get to learn about Israel's early terrorist roots; a high school textbook is telling it as it is and is ruffling some Zionist feathers in the process. Shouldn't be long now before Anne Frank gets brought into the picture, Europe is starting to react from the overdose. From The JTA:

      "Israeli embassy slams ‘outrageous’ Dutch textbook

      May 26, 2015 2:06pm

      THE HAGUE, Netherlands (JTA) — Israel’s embassy in Holland condemned the appearance of anti-Israel statements in a textbook on history for high school students.

      The embassy’s statement on Tuesday about the book “Geschiedeniswerkplaats,” or “History Workplace,” by the Noordhoff Uitgevers followed complaints by members of the country’s Jewish community.

      About the establishment of the State of Israel, the book states that David Ben Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister, declared statehood after “Jewish militias carried out murders in Arab villages, and hundreds of thousands of Palestinians fled and settled in refugee camp across the border.”

      The book fails to mention Arab atrocities against pre-state Israel’s Jewish population or the invasion of several Arab armies into Israeli territory after its declaration of independence with the stated intention of destroying it.

      “We are acting on the subject in several areas,” the embassy said. “We are looking into the outrageous statements to identify any factual inaccuracies and the possibility of incitement.”

      “History Workplace” is on the Dutch education ministry’s list of textbooks for some of the country’s high schools, namely the ones offering the preparatory middle-level vocational education track.

      The book also states that former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin is now known as a peacemaker, “which is noteworthy considering that much of his life he was known as a terrorist and extremist.”

      The book also shows a picture of a Palestinian boy hurling a stone at an Israeli tank. “Small opposition against the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories in 2000,” the caption reads. “Nine days after this picture was taken, this 13-year-old was shot dead while participating in a similar action.”

      Neither Noordhoff Uitgevers nor the Dutch education ministry were immediately available to comment on the book."

      link to jta.org

  • JVP to Obama: 'Shared values' means opposing Israel's systematic discrimination against non-Jews
    • From Chicago Tribune in 1998:

      "
      Israelis Stealing Lebanon Topsoil

      November 10, 1998|By From Tribune News Services.

      JERUSALEM, ISRAEL — After initial denials, Israel confirmed Monday that Israelis have been stealing topsoil from southern Lebanon.

      A Foreign Ministry statement did not make clear whether those involved are Israeli soldiers. South Lebanon is off-limits to Israeli civilians, and the ministry said the army, as well as police, were investigating.

      Ministry spokesman Aviv Shiron said a first investigation showed that soil was taken from an area near the border for private purposes. Shiron said the ministry has not contacted the Lebanese government and wouldn't do so until it has completed its inquiry.

      Last month, Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri wrote to the United Nations and the Arab League, asking them to prevent Israel from taking the topsoil."

      link to articles.chicagotribune.com

    • "... God gave it to them, hadn’t you heard?" (Boomer)

      What God did not give to them, they simply stole; they're a nation of thieves. When they invaded Lebanon in 1982, they stole a Boeing 707 flight simulator belonging to Middle East Airlines in Beirut, dismantled it, and set it back up in Tel Aviv and used it to train/test their commercial pilots. These shameless thieves went as far as stealing topsoil from Lebanon's very fertile south and had it trucked across the border to Israeli farms in the 90s. And all those pipelines they used to siphon fresh water across the border to Israeli settlements during the occupation. Thieves, thieves, thieves.

  • Sam Harris and the dangers of false atheism
    • "I mean what's it all about?" (gamal)

      The sudden fall to ISIS of Mosul, Ramadi and Palmyra where you had ISIS simply waltz into these major areas without a shot being fired should tell you what this is about. Some major strings are being pulled by a master puppeteer.

    • "72 Virgins in waiting of Islamic men." (ziusudra)

      If you want to get into serious controversial discussions about actual anomalies, you'd raise the issues of mut'a, misyar and urfi variations of marriages. Who said Moslems don't know how to have fun? 1400 years ago, they reputedly used the services of a good Jewish lawyer (Moe) that taught them the art of negotiating with God; his sharp counseling got them to reduce God's commandment of 50 prayers per day to only 5. Too bad they didn't use Moe's good services more often.

  • Edward R. Matthews
    • "in particular it used unwitting U.S. and Canadian citizens as its test subjects.." (lysias)

      Very shameful, the testing of the drug was LSD as a truth serum that could be used in the Cold War interrogations. the American subjects on which the testing took place were inmates at penitentiaries, those in Montreal were mentally retarded patients of the Allan Memorial Institute that was the psychiatry ward of the prestigious Royal Victoria Hospital. One can imagine the horror that mentally sick patients went through during the testing. .

  • The Missouri History Museum's Palestine Exception: A case study on how the St. Louis Jewish establishment exercises power & privilege
    • If but a small consolation, a last-minute cancelation just happened a couple of days back to the bad guys. For its annual international gathering of NGOs to be held by the World Village Festival in Helsinki on May 23rd and 24th, a top event for Finland, the organizers banned the Jewish National Fund from attending due to “the existence of question marks on the legitimacy of JNF's activities.”

      Israel’s ambassador to Finland, Dan Ashbel, contacted the Finnish Foreign Ministry officials to express anger over the decision, but the ministry responded that “it is a private event that the Finnish Foreign Ministry has no impact on.” The Finnish branch of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions hailed the decision, describing it as a victory for the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.

  • Netanyahu: Jerusalem was always the capital 'of the Jewish people alone'
    • Zaid, the language spoken at Maaloula is NOT the language spoken by Jesus; but this is a well-kept secret to keep the tourists coming. The language of Jesus wasn't even the Syriac, as pretended by the Lebanese Maronites, but that too is a bogus marketing ploy. Jesus spoke a form of Aramaic that has since become extinct. Jesus wouldn't have understood what the people of Maaloula are saying.

    • Timeline-wise, it's obvious that the Arab/Moslems are the ones that held on to Jerusalem the longest. Religiously though, the Moslem claim is just as authentic as the Judaic one.

  • 'NYT' public editor faults paper for failing to quote Jews who support BDS
    • "... the demonstrators used the singular and familiar form toi rather than vous which one would use when addressing a collective. "

      Grenouille, the singular "juif" is the melodramatic one-on-one imperative lacking only the exclamation mark. The impersonal collective would have been "juifs"

  • 'NYT' plays shameless propagandist for Israel's threats to kill Lebanese civilians
    • "Is it time for Israel to try out their latest manufactured weapons again? " (Kay)

      Hizbullah also has a wide range of new weapons that it's anxious to try out. Other than high-pitched rhetoric between both sides, don't expect anything much to happen.

    • Oldgeezer, there is nothing in international law that Israel can do about the Litani since it originates in Lebanon, travels southward inside Lebanon then veers off westward and empties into the Med about 10 miles from the Israeli border. It's of little use to anybody these days because it's almost thoroughly polluted. The diversion you read about concerned another river, the Hasbani, which originates in Lebanon but runs south through Israel and this one is covered by international laws.

  • Putting Israel's cynical humanitarian work in Nepal in the proper context
    • Yes, Labwani is a real sweetheart and he would thank Israel. He wants Israel to impose a no-fly zone all over Syria which would entail the killing of fellow Syrians. He would also give up the Golan to Israel and find some compensation package or other for the 400,000 Golan refugees now living all over Syria. It's isn't any wonder that Zio-creeps think he's a great guy. That a-hole will never set foot in Syria again. Mandela never negotiated with anyone to kill his own people.

  • Settlers Supporting Settlers: Towards an explanation of the US/Israel relationship
    • "Well Cartier may have named it but the Vikings long beat him to discovering it. " (oldgeezer)

      In between the Vikings and Cartier, Giovanni Caboto, the Genovese (John Cabot) on a commission from Henry VII of England landed at Cape Bonavista, Newfoundland in 1497, a full 37 years before Cartier landed in Newfoundland himself before touching down in PEI then at Tadoussac. Cartier's naming of Canada was his deformation of the Iroquois word for the land "Kanata" that he heard pronounced as 'Ghanadah", the longhouse.

    • "Though why they would want to beats me." (Roha)

      Most probably because of the common roots between the people of Great Britain with those of "Little Britain". Speaking of colonizers, it was a Breton from Saint-Malo, Jacques Cartier that discovered and named Canada in 1534. I'm wondering why our crêpe hasn't already chimed-in on this subject.

  • 'This is where we are, and we are not leaving here' — Notes from BirthWrong
    • Anyway, last summer 93% of the 57 residents of "Kill the Jews" in Spain voted to change the name of their hamlet to Castrillo Mota de Judios, or "the hill of the Jews". Jackdaw's Guardian article on the hamlet of "Kill the Jews" touched only lightly on the subject of Spain's patron saint, San Tiago de Matamoros, the killer of Moors. There are hundreds of statues all over Spain of San Tiago showing him chopping off the heads of Moorish Moslems, with the most prominent at the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, Christendom's third holiest site. Closer to the US, there's the Mexican border city of Matamoros (killer of Moors) across the Rio Grande from Brownsville, Texas.

      More thrills for Jackdaw from France where a single farm and 3 homes that form a hamlet 100 km south of Paris is still refusing to change its name from "Mort aux Juifs", or "death to the Jews' a name it has held for 700 years in spite of pressure by various Jewish groups.

      link to washingtonpost.com

      Elsewhere in France, there's a 60,000-people township 4 km south of Paris called "Villejuif", which means "Jew-Town" that has nothing to do with Jews since hardly any Jews live there. The name is believed to be a corruption of a Gallo-Roman name, Ville Juvius, meaning the villa of Juvius. Nobody is offended by the name.

  • Ilan Pappe on the western awakening and what it means for Israel/Palestine
    • That was J-C; he used it twice, once in referring to Elijah that performed a miracle on the Syrian at Sidon and another time in talking about himself.

  • Front-page attack in New York Times says BDS movement is driven by minorities' 'hostility toward Jews'
    • The federal NDP as well as Trudeau's Liberals are backing Harper on C-51 and both federal leaders are trying to capitalize on the provincial PC loss but Albertans are giving both the cold shoulder. Harper will probably remain the leader after this October's federal elections.

    • Just, CUPE BTW is the Canadian Postal Union Employees, the first North-American union to get on the BDS bus. These 51,000 guys are not averse to shutting down the Canadian postal system if the government starts leaning on them. Can't say the same of the 200,000 Canadian United Church members that currently boycott settlement products. The new C-51 law will surely be challenged.

  • Netanyahu appoints Ayelet Shaked—who called for genocide of Palestinians—as Justice Minister in new government
    • "Those words you quoted were JeffB’s (quoted in my post), not mine! "

      Ooooops; sorry.

    • " Zionism was a tiny minority view even among Jews in 1915, there is no reason to believe if I lived then I would have been a Zionist. " (Kris)

      Hi, Kris, 1915 was a very bad year for Jews as colonialism and Palestinian Arabs were the last thing on the mind of Jews in Palestine. It was the year that the Ottomans brought all kinds of diseases to the area and the other half of the Jews that hadn't been wiped by the famine brought on by the Ottomans was slated for deportation to Syria and Jordan to rid the area of its Jews and Christians; it was actually the Germans that put in a good word for the Jews that prevented their deportation. I don't have numbers for Palestine but a couple of days back, Beirut commemorated the centenary of the Ottoman-forced famine on the Lebanese that wiped out 200,000 and forced a good part of the remaining population to emigrate to the Americas.

      Last year, Haaretz had a good article on what happened in 1915 to the Jews of Palestine and especially those of Jerusalem:

      link to haaretz.com

    • "Since Israeli society is not that extreme..." (Shhavit)

      Funny.

    • "And the morality of war knows that it is not possible to refrain from hurting enemy civilians. It does not condemn the British air force, which bombed and totally destroyed the German city of Dresden, or the US planes that destroyed the cities of Poland and wrecked half of Budapest, places whose wretched residents had never done a thing to America.

      ... The morals of war do not require that Russia be brought to trial, though it bombs and destroys towns and neighborhoods in Chechnya. It does not denounce the UN Peacekeeping Forces for killing hundreds of civilians in Angola, nor the NATO forces who bombed Milosevic’s Belgrade, a city with a million civilians, elderly, babies, women, and children. The morals of war accept as correct in principle, not only politically, what America has done in Afghanistan, including the massive bombing of populated places, including the creation of a refugee stream of hundreds of thousands of people who escaped the horrors of war, for thousands of whom there is no home to return to. " (Ayelet Shaked)

      Certainly not in any way as a justification for her calls for the mass extermination of the Palestinian people, Shaked nonetheless asks very interesting questions about why the Americans, the British, the Russians and so on have not been dragged to court for their massive war time crimes. I'm assuming she purposely left out the fire and nuclear bombings of Japanese cities out of her shopping list because she felt that the Japanese had "asked for it" and implying that the Palestinians are in the same evil boat. Were Hiroshima and Nagasaki really necessary? She's pretending that Israel is no worse but the majority of Israelis share her perverted mentality, and that's what's spooky about her.

    • Good-looking girl; a shame she is so vicious.

  • MSM's platform for Pamela Geller is equivalent to normalizing David Duke and Nazis
    • Traintosiberia, Geller's fanning of Islamophobia is nothing new, the Zionists have been at it for a long time but rather than getting directly implicated, they had been paying Arabs to do it for them and paying them handsomely. Brigitte Gabriel from Lebanon, Wafa Sultan from Syria, Walid Shoebat from Palestine, and Ayan Hirsi Ali from Somalia are active soldiers for Zionism. Geller is a relatively new addition to the team that now includes many Congressional reps. Geller is simply cashing in.

  • 'NY Review of Books' says Tony Judt didn't really mean it when he called for the end of a Jewish state
    • "But the MSM has tried to feed us a story about an indigenous, secular, feminist revolution long past the point when it was obvious that the Gay Girl in Damascus was a figment of Western imagination. " (Rusty Pipes)

      MSM wasn't behind the Gay Girl scam, it was just a tool used by the West, just like the bogus chemical gas attacks to upset the Syrian apple cart. Same goes for the congressional Syria Accountabilty Act you mentioned that was intended to put an end to Syria's overholding of its American lease on Lebanon given to it in recognition of its token participation in Desert Storm a decade or so earlier. The Accountability Act morphed into UNSC Res 1559, which kicked into force and probably what provoked the assassination of Hariri that became the main driving force for kicking Syria out of Lebanon in 2005 and laying the groundwork for what eventually a few years later became the "Arab Spring". The following year, after the failed July war by Israel to "redraw the borders of the Middle East", the 1559 matured into UNSC Res 1701. It all goes back to the seemingly toothless Syria Accountability and Restoration of Lebanon Sovereignty Act which turned out to be not so toothless.

  • Gaza rules: Kill 2 Palestinian women on cellphones in an orchard so Israeli soldiers face zero risk
    • "The siege of Beirut changed all that, even among some Zionists. They’ve been fretting about the ‘soul of Israel’ ever since. " (MDM)

      To the point of having made 2 movies about their escapade in Lebanon glorifying their sick mentality and sick actions.

    • It seems that the "big battle" hasn't actually started. Nasrallah in his Tuesday evening speech declared that the Lebanese Army is unable to prevent the terrorists from overrunning Lebanon's eastern border so Hizbullah has taken it upon itself to do so and will be the one to decide when the big battle will start, not ISIS and not its Nusra, Qaeda, Israel associates. His speech in most part berated Saudi Arabia for its continued destruction of Yemen despite having declared that the bombings are over and to describe the US' long term project of fracturing Middle East countries by starting civil wars everywhere that would go on for many decades. Nasrallah referred to the recent Congressional decision to begin directly arming the Sunni and Kurdish factions of Iraq while continuing to stall supplying the promised arms to the Iraqi Shia-led government, which he said is a recipe for an Iraqi civil war.

    • More for Israel/ISIS fans about the big battle between ISIS/Nusra and Hizbullah/Syrian Army. The awaited big battle started today in Qalamoun, Syria today. 12 terrorists killed but also a senior Hizbullah commander.

    • "Underlying the testimonies, though, are two new doctrines of war that the Israeli military has adopted at the highest level in order to combat violent Palestinian resistance: 1, zero risk to Israeli troops, 2, destruction of entire neighborhoods as a form of deterrence and collective punishment.”

      Easy doctrines to follow, Marnie, especially when they can do it for free. Israel doesn't pay a penny for all the munitions it dumps on the Palestinians nor does it pay a penny for any fuel used to dump it by any of its military vehicles and warplanes; the US taxpayers do. It's a nation of freeloaders.

    • "And that’s why when, faced with a courageous, committed fighting force in Hizballah, the IDF ran away. Twice.” (Marnie)

      It's about to happen again probably in the coming few days. Now that the snow has melted, the big battle is about to start on Syria's Qalamoun border with Lebanon between Israel's pals ISIS/Nusra and the Syrian Army/Hizbullah as well as the Lebanese Army since Qalamoun is ISIS/Nusra's portal into Lebanon and Israel as usual will surely become involved by providing them with air and other support. One could guess what would follow; Nasrallah's Tuesday evening televised message will surely discuss Qalamoun and the need for Israel to keep it in its pants.

  • Seven-year-old boy is arrested in East Jerusalem, interrogated for hours, released at 3 AM
    • Just, can't help thinking that Carter & Friends' aborted Gaza visit was instigated by Abbas. There's somewhat of a make-believe scenarion in Carter's discussions with Abbas about the need of Palestinian elections; Abbas has been overholding his office since 6 years and doesn't appear anxious to leave. Hamas complains a lot about this but they too don't appear in any particular hurry to have elections.

  • One month under ISIS: Starvation, typhoid and the burning of musical instruments in Yarmouk
    • "What exactly is “a Syrian-based NGO “? (Rusty Pipes)

      From the language it uses, this one sure sounds a lot like a US-sponsored Assad-hating outfit; it appears to loath more the Syrian army on the outside perimeter of the camp that it stupidly refers to as the "forces loyal to Assad" than the musical instruments-burning ISIS on the inside. Bashar Jaafari is the Permanent Representative to the UN HQ and not an "envoy" and there is no "Palestinian city of Hebron " but a city named "al-Khalil".

  • 'BirthWrong' in the Cradle of Jewish Culture: Jews gather in southern Spain for tour that aims to repudiate Zionism
    • "... And how much land does Judaism have? A few acres, here and there! (Mooser)

      Sounds a lot like Voltaire's snide economic evaluation of Canada when he referred to it as "quelques arpents de neige."

    • "I strongly recommend that you prolong your journey from Spain to Morocco which is a place where you will find lots of Jewish sites" (anne-marie)

      Anne-marie, I don't think that this is what Jewdas is about. The article started out about an idea that popped up during drinking session, went on to say that the group decided the group could get drunk together elsewhere like in Spain and ended with the term "a hangover". The tunnel tours probably covered the free hours until the bars would open. I'm sure Max thoroughly enjoyed the historical sites but I'm not so sure about the rest of the group. I could be wrong but this is the impression I got from this piece.

    • Kris, you can expect a tsunami of applicants lining up at Spanish Consulates to apply with most being probably as authentically of Spanish roots as those pretended Jews that came out of the USSR that transitted to Israel for 20 minutes before moving on to the US, Canada and Europe.

    • Yonah, stop whining, I also think that the Spain destination is somewhat of a perversion in light of a new Spanish law allowing a current 3.5 million Jewish descendants of expelled Jews living all over the world to apply for Spanish citizenship pursuant to a law to come into effect this month in Spain. Expelled Arabs are not being given the same consideration. From the JPost last month:

      "Spain close to granting citizenship to relatives of Jews expelled in 1492

      The law would potentially allow 3.5 million Sephardic Jews around the world to apply for Spanish nationality.

      The Spanish government is on the cusp of passing a law that would grant citizenship to the descendents of Jews expelled from Spain in 1492.

      On Wednesday evening, the Spanish parliament approved the law and it will go for a second vote in the Spanish senate, the parliament's upper chamber, according to a report by the Financial Times. If passed, the law would come into effect in May and the application process would begin at the end of 2015.

      Around 300,000 Jews lived in Spain before the Catholic monarchs Isabella and Ferdinand, ordered Jews and Muslims to either convert to the Catholic faith or leave the country as a way to establish a purely Roman Catholic monarch.

      The government of Spain officially estimated that around 90,000 people will apply for citizenship, which would also grant them a passport allowing free access to live, work and travel throughout the European Union. The government said that it does not expect most applicants to move to Spain, but rather to stay in their current countries and use the Spanish passports as a secondary one.

      Spanish law does not normally allow dual citizenship except for people from neighboring Andorra or Portugal or former colonies such as the Philippines, Equatorial Guinea or Latin American countries.

      The law, which was first unveiled in February 2014, would potentially allow an estimated 3.5 million Sephardic Jews whose ancestors settled in countries such as Israel, France, the United States, Turkey, Mexico, Argentina and Chile to apply for Spanish nationality. The term Sephardic refers to the Hebrew word for Spain.

      Gabriel Elorriaga, a senior official in Spain's ruling Popular party, called the bill "...a way to close the circle of reconciliation between Spain and the Jewish community."

      “The idea is very clear: We want to reach out to those who were expelled from Spain and who have kept some form of connection with the country through all these years.”

      According to a draft of the law, the application process would come in two steps.

      First, applicants would need to prove their Spanish Jewish background through a certificate from the federation of the Jewish community in Spain or from the head of the Jewish community in which they reside, through their language or ancestry. It is not required for applicants to be Jewish currently.

      If a direct family link cannot be found, then authorities may accept applicants with a knowledge of Ladino (the traditional Jewish language of Jews in Spain which mixes Spanish and Hebrew), a Spanish Sephardic last name or an observance of Jewish customs.

      Next, they will have to show that they still have a special connection to Spain, as well as a basic handling of the Spanish (or Ladino) language, as well as a test of basic knowledge about the country.

      Currently, there are no plans to extend the same citizenship opportunity to descendents of Muslims expelled from Spain.

      Reuters contributed to this report."

      link to jpost.com

  • Israeli army can't stop patting itself on the back for helping Nepal victims
    • I suppose I shouldn’t be too surprised that noone here has a good word to say." (jon s)

      The intention is not honourable, therefore no brownie points should be expected"

      "... But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth" (J-C)

  • 'Baltimore Is Here': Ethiopian Israelis protest police brutality in Jerusalem
    • "Scholar Hanan Chehata describes Israel as the “promised land for Jews… as long as they’re not black.” (Ben Norton)

      Solomon was black and so was one of his 1000 wives, the Ethiopian Queen of Sheba, from whch the Ethiopian Jews are the descendants and are probably more Jewish than most European Jews.

  • Two videos to challenge my liberal Zionist friends
    • "... American schools. As far as I can tell, they don’t teach anything. -
      ... a major item in the minimally furnished American mind, " (RoHa)

      You must have privilege of the parliamentary kind, RoHa, I usually don't get away unscathed saying much much less than that, what's your secret weapon?

  • Night of horror at Ben Gurion airport for two French music students
    • "they should have concocted a story as so many activists do."

      DavidDaoud, the airport goons in Israel know very well where travelers are headed before asking their questions since they receive the passenger manifest before the planes actually take off for Israel. The no-fly advance-notice list policy currently in effect in the US and about to be put into effect by Canada is an Israeli concept; the basic difference is that the US prevents passengers from getting on planes headed for the US or Canada and Israel blocks them at the TA airport and sends them back to where they came from. It's obvious the 2 kids were targetted for expulsion before the first question was asked of them. The multiple questioning sessions and stalling were part of goons' theatrics.

    • "I don’t know about Saudi Arabia or Iraq." (DavidDaoud)

      For the northeastern part of Iraq which has become the autonomous Kurdistan al-Iraq, Israelis have been very welcome since the first Gulf War. For over 10 years, about 500 Israeli companies were involved in rebuilding the region's infrastructures including the airport. As to all other Arab countries, Jews including Israeli ones using non-Israeli passports have been welcomed everywhere. After the 2006 war, Liza Goldman entering Lebanon on her Canadian passport filed a report for Israel's Channel 10 News from downtown Beirut and the Israeli authorities were more upset about it than the Lebanese ones. Till today, 4 Beirut TV stations provide a weekly digest of Israel's news taken from Israeli stations with a fifth one running almost daily clips of what's happening in Israeli filed by a reporter based in Haifa.

      A few years back, an Israeli motel owner in north Israel and a bon-vivant was caught in Lebanon that had been entering almost every weekend to party in Beirut using his German passport. After 24 hours, he was put on a plane to Germany to be flown to Israel from there without any fuss.

      As to Saudi Arabia, Israeli leaders were invited twice to inter-faith seminars sponsored by the Saudi royals and Israel's FM has been welcomed more than once to the UAE and to Oman. A Saudi prince recently declared that they were more afraid of the Iranians than of the Israelis.

      The ones all paranoid about Arabs-Jews contacts are the Israelis and Jews like brown_cond.

  • Haneen Zoabi's power and vision (and answers to Theodore)
    • Thanks for the answer, David; makes it clearer now.

    • "And Jews practice their religion in the Islamic Republic of Iran, in accordance with the teaching of the Quran " (David Gerald Fincham)

      Would you please explain; the confusing part is in reference to "in accordance with the teachings of the Quran".

    • More on the theft of Paletinian patrimony, Israel isn't the only one at it. Now we learn that the Americans and Ieaqis are also in on it.

      In 1934, Palestinian poet, Ibrahim Toquan wrote the poem "Mawtini", and music written by Muhamad Fuleifil which became the de facto national anthem of Palestine that remained in effect until 1967 when the PLO formally adopted a new anthem "Fida'i" that sings about PLO fedayeen and Mowtani was sort of shelved.

      IN 2004 on a specific order from the American Coalition Provisional Chief, Paul Bremmer, Iraq adopted "Mowtini" as the national anthem of Iraq, clearly a theft of Palistinian cultural heritage as the words had been written for Palestine:

      First Verse
      Mawṭinī mawṭinī
      Al-jalālu wa-l-jamālu wa-s-sanā'u wa-l-bahā'u
      Fī rubāk fī rubāk
      Wa-l-ḥayātu wa-n-najātu wal-hanā'u wa-r-rajā'u
      Fī hawāk fī hawāk
      Hal arāk hal arāk
      Sālimān munaʿamān wa ġānimān mukarramān
      Sālimān munaʿamān wa ġānimān mukarramān
      Hal arāk fī ʿulāk
      Tabluġu s-simāk tabluġu s-simāk
      Mawṭinī mawṭinī

      My homeland, my homeland
      Glory and beauty, sublimity and splendor
      Are in your hills, are in your hills
      Life and deliverance, pleasure and hope
      Are in your air, are in your air
      Will I see you? Will I see you?
      Safely comforted and victoriously honored
      Safely comforted and victoriously honored
      Will I see you in your eminence?
      Reaching to the stars, reaching to the stars
      My homeland, my homeland

      Second Verse

      Mawṭinī mawṭinī
      Aš-šabābu lan yakilla hammahu an yastaqilla
      aw yabīd, aw yabid
      Nastaqī mina r-radá wa lan nakūna li-l-ʿidā'
      kālʿabīd, kālʿabīd
      Lā nurīd lā nurīd
      Ḏullanā al-mu'abbada wa ʿayšanā al-munakkada
      Ḏullanā al-mu'abbada wa ʿayšanā al-munakkada
      Lā nurīd bal nuʿīd
      Majdanā t-talīd majdanā t-talīd
      Mawṭinī mawṭinī

      My homeland, my homeland
      The youth will not tire, 'till your independence
      Or they die, Or they die
      We will drink from death, and will not be to our enemies
      Like slaves, like slaves
      We do not want, we do not want
      An eternal humiliation, nor a miserable life
      An eternal humiliation, nor a miserable life
      We do not want, but we will bring back
      Our storied glory, Our storied glory
      My homeland, my homeland

      Third verse
      Mawṭinī mawṭinī
      Al-ḥusāmu wa-l-yarāʿu lā l-kalām wa-n-nizāʿu
      Ramzunā ramzunā
      Majdunā wa ʿahdunā wa wājibun ilá l-wafā'
      Yahuzzunā yahuzzunā
      ʿIzzunā ʿizzunā
      Ġāyâtun tušarrifu wa rāyâtun turafrifu
      Ġāyâtun tušarrifu wa rāyâtun turafrifu
      Yā hanāk fī ʿulāk
      Qāhirān ʿidāk qāhirān ʿidāk
      Mawṭinī mawṭinī

      My homeland, my homeland
      The sword and the pen, not the talk nor the quarrel
      Are our symbols, Are our symbols
      Our glory and our covenant, and a faithful duty
      Moves us, moves us
      Our glory, Our glory
      Is an honorable cause, and a waving flag
      Is an honorable cause, and a waving flag
      O, behold you, in your eminence
      Victorious over your enemies, victorious over your enemies
      My homeland, my homeland.

      Now to add insult to the American/Iraqi theft controversy, a Lebanese pop singer, Elisa, has included it in her latest release.

    • Texas A &M setting up shop in Nazareth has absolutely nothing to do with Palestians. It's actually a Christian Zionists enterprise involving the Israeli Minister of Education, the master Israeli terrorist Peres, Rick Perry and John Hagee and other illustrious people but no Palestinians whatever; they weren't even consulted about the project. It's a gimmick to take over the broke Palestinian Nazareth Academic Institute that Israel is refusing to fund and to bring in more holly-rollers from the US EI had a piece up on it back in 2013:

      link to electronicintifada.net

      There is always something devious in the works when Israel pretends to help the Palestinian population.

  • One rocket from Gaza outweighs 6 Israeli incursions and 67 attacks
    • "@Mayhem: “Israel is not conducting raids into enemy territory for the fun of it.”

      Of course it's not and its soldiers were reportedly crying while they were shooting Palestinians but they have somehow stopped crying. Howard Schwebber in Huffington Post had more to say about this last year in the wake of the burning of the Palestinian lad:

      "They cry when they shoot us. Now we must find a way to make them stop shooting

      It was one of the most affecting comments I heard during a stint as a human rights observer during the First Intifada in 1988. Those days seem so innocent now. Sure, people were getting shot and whole towns were being starved into submission and beatings were the currency of communication. But there were no suicide bombers, no rocket attacks, no tunnels. Only teenagers with rocks and IDF soldiers with orders from Yitzhak Rabin to "break their bones." I was collecting evidence in a proper, lawyerly way. I reviewed documents, examined medical reports, interviewed eyewitnesses, leadership figures, doctors, lawyers, victims... and a few perpetrators. The scary ones hoped for nothing but the chance to kill. But the others, the vast majority of normal Palestinians wanting to live and raise their children in something like a normal world, they clung to hope that ultimately the Israelis would listen, would care. "They cry when they shoot."

      They're not crying anymore. When did they stop? It's hard to say, exactly, but today every Israeli eye is dry. Israelis are gathering on hilltops to cheer the bombs falling on cities. Their rabbis are issuing religious judgments explaining why the mass killing of civilians -- "crushing deterrent steps to exterminate the enemy" up to and including "the destruction of Gaza" -- is entirely appropriate under Jewish law. An Israeli university professor took to the airwaves recently to propose that raping Palestinian women was the best strategy for deterring future attacks."

      "... Ignorant street thugs, settler rabbis, and academic monsters. Are they merely an aberration or is this the new face of Israeli culture? Look to the Bible. The founders of the State of Israel were not theocratic biblicists, they were secular and socialistically inclined Enlightenment liberal nationalists. You can argue that is an inherently unstable constellation of ideas, but it has nothing to do with the blood-soaked hatreds of the ancient world. For that you have to go to the texts. If you ask a modern Jew which book of the Bible is the source of our religion, more than any other it will be Deuteronomy. And Deuteronomy is explicit in its instructions for how the Israelites should deal with the occupants of the Promised Land: "leave nothing alive that breathes" ("col n'shama lo techayeh" -- Deuteronomy 20, look it up). "

      "... Even when they kill children they don't cry now. I don't think they cry at all. I don't think they are fully human, let alone "Jewish" in any sense of the word that I understand. They are Hebrews. Primitive tribal warriors engaged in a death struggle with other primitive tribes for control over the same wadis that primitive tribes have been killing each other over since the first humans made the first tools and then discovered that they could be driven into the skulls of their enemies with wonderful effect. Their "rabbis" are priests of local gods serving the primitive tribes of the valleys and the hills. Their leaders do not promise that they will join the nations of the civilized world as fellows: They promise victory over the tribe in the next wadi when we have killed everything that breathes. There is no reason to cry, here, because there is nothing left to be lost. On either side. Nothing left at all."

      link to huffingtonpost.com

  • AIPAC-backed legislation targeting BDS movement advances in Congress
    • Shmuel, to add more of the same to your tangentially related anecdote and gamal's, by Iraqi Arab Jew Ella Shohat:

      "... As an Arab Jew, I am often obliged to explain the "mysteries" of this oxymoronic entity. That we have spoken Arabic, not Yiddish; that for millennia our cultural creativity, secular and religious, had been largely articulated in Arabic (Maimonides being one of the few intellectuals to "make it" into the consciousness of the West); and that even the most religious of our communities in the Middle East and North Africa never expressed themselves in Yiddish-accented Hebrew prayers, nor did they practice liturgical-gestural norms and sartorial codes favoring the dark colors of centuries-ago Poland. Middle Eastern women similarly never wore wigs; their hair covers, if worn, consisted of different variations on regional clothing (and in the wake of British and French imperialism, many wore Western-style clothes). If you go to our synagogues, even in New York, Montreal, Paris or London, you'll be amazed to hear the winding quarter tones of our music which the uninitiated might imagine to be coming from a mosque."

      And most remarkably from Shohat on the treatment of oriental Jews on arrival in Israel:

      "... What for Ashkenazi immigrants from Russian and Poland was a social aliya (literally "ascent") was for Oriental Sephardic Jews a yerida ("descent"). "

      link to bintjbeil.com

    • "... I also am not sure what a “young and Rubicam owned” organization is. " (DaBakr)

      Y & R is a huge NYC PR/advertising agency with a worldwide staff of about 6000. Burson-Marsteller that does the "Arab Youth Poll" is wholly owned by Y & R.

      A poll wasn't necessary to establish that Arab youths don't fret that much about Israel, which by extension implies that they don't give a hoot about boycotting Israel. Polling Arab youths on that issue is flogging a dead horse as there are no meaningful boycotts of Israel in Arab countries as much as there are in Europe and the US. I'm guessing the results of this poll were aimed at non-Arabs.

    • "... another poll conducted by an Arab research firm ..."

      A Young & Rubicam-owned survey organization is not very Arab. Your survey is bogus, DaBakr; half the countries surveyed are in a state of turmoil with Israel being far from their priorities and the other half are beholden in one way or another to Saudi Arabia, which should tell you how the wind is blowing in these countries and the whole excercise goes around in circles to establish that Arab youth in general are not into boycotting Israel, since it's a foregone conclusion that there are no ongoing boycotts in Arab countries other than those against Israel. Syria was omitted from the survey because of its civil war but not Bahrain where 80% of the population is against the ruling class, which should give you an idea of which group of youths was interviewed in that country as well as in others.

    • Looks like a race between Canada and the US on which of the 2 will pass its anti-BDS legislation first. Canada is set for the 3rd and final reading of the law so it looks like it is about to be beat the US.

      ABC was just asking what has become of this US law a couple of days back. She has her answer here.

  • Marking Memorial Day in Tel Aviv with Kahanists and Combatants for Peace
    • It was absurd for al-Helou, Anati and the other 23 Palestinians, (that were rushed back to their side of the fence after the event) to have attended that gathering, especially that al-Helou's grandfather had to flee Gaza in 48 and 11 of his relatives were recently killed in Gaza by Israel. Ayman Odeh should have been there to light one of the candles.

  • Organizations across Canada oppose government effort to criminalize criticism of Israel
    • Same as with Gaza, the air, sea and land blockade while the country gets bombed by its neighbour and civilians are getting killed is now happening in Yemen and nobody is giving a damn. Just like Gaza.

      Trudeau is a false alarm and shame is not in the vocabulary of seasoned politicians.

    • "Trudeau tweeted: The BDS movement, like Israeli Apartheid Week, has no place on Canadian campuses. -"

      In this weekend's poll, Trudeau is dropping like a stone even in his home province of Quebec and among Francophones. Mulcair of the NDP is ahead of him there.

    • Trudeau is kissing up to the wrong people and they'll still prefer Harper over him. He sure isn't like his father.

    • I wouldn't be surprised to learn that Israel could have had a hand at drafting this law, same with the American one.

    • "The gov already has the powers it needs and can invoke them when needed." (oldgeezer)

      The Emergencies Act (the former War Measures Act but with a leash on it) is for an actual terrorist situation. The new C-51 law up for third reading, with which the Liberals and the BQ agree is to give powers to the government to snoop on people in anticipation of a possible terrorist act, to get into a no-fly list, to monitor the internet chatter such as on Mondo and to put people on a black list. It's a Canadian version of the Patriot Act of the US that's full of sweeping measures and power in the hands of government.

    • Super paranoid southern neighbours after 9/11 and a religious Prime Minister close to Israel and the US that's driving the bus but the passengers haven't really changed.

    • Donna, for the names of 100 organizations and individuals:

      link to eff.org

    • Lysias, check out the wording, or rather the word acrobatics in the MOU signed in January (linked in above article) and you'd see how criticising Israel is made to dovetail into a security issue that could affect the country. Canada has signed past MOUs with Israel on moonless nights without much fanfare to not rile the natives; I'm thinking of the one of about 4 years back that duplicated the MOU with the US about allowing Israeli security people to monitor and train immigration officials in profiling of travelers at US/Canadian international airports.

    • Oldgeezer, last week's poll had Harper back on top. Unless Trudeau can pull a rabbit out of the hat as his father did in on the eve of the elections of 1968, there's a good chance that Harper will beat him.

      A couple of days back, 60 business leaders wrote an open letter critical of Bill C-51.

      From the National Post:

      "How C-51 will undermine Canada’s business climate: An open letter from 60 Canadian business leaders

      CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

      ... Many have spoken of the impact that Bill C-51 will have on Canadians in their everyday lives, so let us speak to the business impacts. We work with international clients, and we fear that this proposed legislation will undermine international trust in Canada’s technology sector, thereby stifling the kinds of business our respective technology companies can generate when that level of trust is high.

      We believe that, despite the rising tide of the knowledge economy, this legislation threatens to undermine Canada’s reputation and change our business climate for the worse:

      First, we must not allow censorship to become commonplace. Bill C-51 provides too much leeway for the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service (CSIS) to take unjustified actions against our businesses, including the takedown of websites. As it stands, C-51 criminalizes language in excessively broad terms that may place the authors of innocent tweets and the operators of online platforms such as Facebook, and Twitter, along with Canada’s Hootsuite and Slack, at risk of criminal sanction for activities carried out on their sites. The Bill further empowers CSIS to take unspecified and open-ended ‘measures’, which may include the overt takedown of multi-use websites or other communications networks with or without any judicial supervision.

      We understand that harmful activity can occur online, however Canadian law already prohibits hate speech and promotion of criminal offences. This legislation proposes unnecessary and excessive speech prohibitions which, as Professors Forcese and Roach have pointed out, “contains no defences for legitimate expression of political or religious thought.” Taking down websites without these safeguards can unduly impact our ability to do business and commerce.

      Second, we believe that Bill C-51 will effectively grant the Communications Security Establishment (CSE), which is empowered to assist CSIS, an implicit offensive mandate to act within Canada. There is little sober second thought in the new open-ended world of covert action that C-51 creates for CSE. New CSE digital disruption activities can include measures such as the false attribution of disreputable content to individuals, and even planting of malware on individual computing devices.

      We are already concerned about the negative impact the activities of CSE and CSIS, including reports of spying on our trading partners, have had on Canada’s reputation. The impact of these new rules could collapse the necessary distance between investigative and executional powers. This distance should be increased, not done away with.

      Furthermore, Bill C-51 leads to expanded powers to detain or revoke travel for people on the Specified Persons list. We need to rethink the fundamental problems with the “false positives” on this list, and instead address this flawed process. Travel to and from Canada is a necessity for international trade.

      Most importantly, we ask for data security. We know that many of our clients, including our government, will only host services in Canada because of the invasive privacy issues in the U.S. The U.S. tech industry has already lost billions in revenue because of this, and we don’t want it to happen here.

      link to news.nationalpost.com

    • Security concerns would probably overrule the Charter. The War Measures Act overruling rights and freedoms was invoked 3 times in Canada's history, during the the 2 World Wars and in October 1970 for 6 months when the country was threatened by terrorists. The act while in effect suspended all civil liberties including habeas corpus. In 1970, about 500 people were arrested and held without charges being brought against them and it degenerated into an abusive free-for-all for all police forces to arrest people across the country even in those areas where there was a zero chance of terrorism. In 1988, the "Emergencies Act" ws enacted that repealed the War Measures Act and it contained a provision that any temporary laws made under the Act are subject to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

    • The Canadian Union of Postal Employees (CUPW), the first North-American union (51,000 employees) to boycott Israel since 2008 is one of those that would be immediately touched by the new law. Another very active boycotter of Israeli-settler products is the United Church of Canada, Canada's largest Protestant Church with 2 million adherents. There are 9 Canadian university student unions that are also into BDS. The new law would silence them all.

      The opposing Liberal Party as well as the Bloc Québécois support Harper's Conservative Party law, so there is no stopping it.

  • Jews of France: should they stay or should they go?
    • Nouvelle cuisine, guaranteed to keep you hungry.

    • Special security arrangements for French Jews are costing the French Government about
      365 million euros per year. They are at risk everytime Israel kills Palestinians. The root of their problem is Israel itself.

    • "... and the cooking is weird. " (RoHa)

      The only thing weird about it is how they put porc products in everything they cook, including the bread. It's OK unless you have a hang-up about porc in your food.

    • "not sure why diaspora jews should suffer because of israeli policy " (mcohen)

      It's because Israeli Jews keep bragging that they speak for ALL Jews, so you have Israel to thank for this erroneous and unjust interpretation by others. Netanyahu telling French and other Jews their actual home is Israel is not helping either. French Jews will always be happier in France, unless of course they are of the ultra-religious that perhaps would be happier in Israel for obvious reasons. I suspect those thousands of Jews leaving France for Israel are mostly comprised of the very religious.

    • "... so it is doubtful that the expression is originally Jiddish : (Elizabeth)

      The Grand Rabin of France refers to it simply as "heureux comme un juif en France" . He repeated it in a CNN interview during the Charlie-Hebdo jamboree in Paris. The word "God" was totally absent, so we have to assume that his version is the correct one. He said it in the context of Jews having always been happiest in France and that he wished for those happy days to return.

      The flourishing of Jews you mentioned happened only for the elitist Sephardic ones that were already emancipated to a certain degree. They dressed as elegantly as the Europeans, occupied high positions, did not have beards and blended easily into French and other Western European societies. The other ones, the Ashkenazi, had it very rough for a long while after the emancipation, even the Sephardic Jews did not want to associate with them or attend their synagogues and those that married into Ashkenazi became outcasts; the emancipation was meant to bring the overtaxed Ashkenazi out of the cellar.

    • It was a scene taken from "Casablanca". Just imagine Netanyahu in a SS uniform:

    • The good rabbi left out the parts about Dimona, Suez in 56, the blackmailing of the SNCF by French and American Jews, the JDL in France

  • 'NYT' runs piece of unadulterated propaganda for Israeli army
    • "... Since Australia is arguably the staunchest ally of the US " (RoHa)

      How many other countries claim that same privilege? Canada comes to mind and so does the UK, France and Australia. The only one with the same claim but that sure doesn't act the role is Israel. At times it appears as the US' worst enemy.

  • The moral hypocrisy of American Muslims for Palestine on the Armenian Genocide
    • Today is the centennial of the Armenian genocide. Fresh development involves Germany yesterday admitting complicity with the Ottomans in the genocide that the Turks continue denying. It seems that now the Armenians are looking for reparations in addition to an apology. Further to the German President's declaration, the Bundestag is today debating the issue.

      From Deutsche Welle :

      "German President Gauck labels Ottoman massacre of Armenians 'genocide'

      German President Joachim Gauck has described the 1915 slaughter of Armenians by Ottoman Turks as "genocide." The comments, which are likely to infuriate Ankara, come as Berlin prepares to reclassify the killings.

      German President Joachim Gauck made his speech at a nondenominational religious service at Berlin Cathedral on Thursday, the eve of the 100th anniversary of the bloodshed that is estimated to have led to the deaths of as many as 1.5 million Armenians.

      In the highly anticipated speech, Gauck spoke of a "genocidal dynamic to which the Armenian people fell victim," and of "systematic acts of murder."

      The president went on to use the word "genocide" directly in a passage referring to the possible complicity of Germany, a World War One ally of the Ottoman Empire, in the events a century ago. German troops were alleged to have been involved in planning and even implementing deportations.

      "In this case, we Germans collectively still have to come to terms with the past, namely when it comes to shared responsibility and perhaps even complicity in the genocide of the Armenians."

      Turkey has fiercely lobbied to stop countries recognizing the 1915 massacres as genocide. It recalled its ambassador to the Vatican earlier this month after Pope Francis used the term. On Thursday, it recalled its ambassador in Vienna over a condemnation of the killings as genocide by Austrian lawmakers.

      Indirect wording in declaration

      In referring directly to genocide, Gauck went further than a German coalition statement that is set to be put before lawmakers for approval on Friday. That statement uses a more indirect formulation, denoting the Armenian deaths as: "exemplary of the mass-extermination, ethnic cleansing, deportations and, yes, the genocides during the 20th century."

      German government officials said there had been an exchange of views between the president's office and the government.

      Armenians have said their ancestors were killed in a concerted campaign of genocide that was ordered by the Ottoman leadership that ruled Turkey at the time, in an effort to drive the ethnic group of eastern Turkey. The issue still divides the Turkish and Armenian governments.

      Turkey claims the 1.5 million figure is inflated and that those who died were killed as a result of war and unrest rather than a policy of genocide. It has also contended that hundreds of thousands were killed on both sides.

      Genocide was defined by the UN in 1948 as "acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group."

      More than 20 countries - France and Russia among them - have so far recognized the Armenian killings as genocide.

      rc/sms (AFP, AP, dpa, Reuters)

      link to dw.de

    • It's all about kissing up to Turkey, that's terrified of eventual claims against it eventhough the Armenians have repeatedly stated that they simply wanted an apology . Last week, Pope Francis called it by its name, a genocide and yesterday, the Maronite Cardinal of Lebanon that's home to 200,000 Armenians declared that the Turks owed the Armenians an apology; schools and government offices are closed on Friday to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the genocide.. Those Palestinians and other Moslems holding back for the sake of Turkey should be ashamed of themselves.

  • Leading American rabbi issues first public criticism of apartheid conditions in Jerusalem
    • "Islamic Republic of Iran and the Fascist Jewish State of Israel…the difference?…absolutely ZERO EXCEPT the Persian have the guts to declare their true intentions…" (chuckcarlos)

      Would you please elaborate?

  • Palestinian youth loses eye after being shot by Israeli forces in East Jerusalem
    • Great news out of Egypt; BDS has finally arrived there:

      "BDS movement launched in Egypt

      Adham Youssef / April 21, 2015 / 0 Comments

      Amid popular support from political parties, student and labour movements, campaign aims to “redirect political struggle to Palestinian cause”

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      Leftist activist Haythim Mohamden speaking at BDS campaign.
      (Photo by Mahmoud Fikry)

      Activists from different political parties, student movements, syndicates, and revolutionary groups launched Monday the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign in Egypt, with over 300 people attending the launch meeting.

      The conference was initially set to be inaugurated on 8 April, to commemorate the anniversary of the Bahr El-Baqar primary school massacre, where Israeli fighters attacked the school, leaving over 40 children dead.

      The meeting, which was attended by prominent activist figures, was held at the Press Syndicate in Downtown Cairo. The campaign aims to “redirect the political struggle of the Egyptian people to focus on the Palestinian cause and the Arab-Israeli conflict”.

      Leftist activist Haytham Mohamadeen said the campaign is to diversify the methods of resisting the occupation in Palestine. “The purpose of BDS is to allow all Egyptians to participate in the movement,” he said.

      “Previously, different boycott movements tried to convince the public not to buy some products that support the occupation. However, BDS will continue to be part of the existential struggle against Israel,” Mohamadeen said, adding that the campaign will also name the companies that are profiting from Egyptians and supporting the Israeli army at the same time.

      The labour leader added that the majority of labour syndicates demand to pressure those companies to end all ties with Egypt.

      This is not the first boycott movement to begin in Egypt. Since the signing of the peace treaty in 1979, different campaigns and mass protests have demanded the end of Egyptian ties with the Israeli state. Anti-Israeli protests were common in universities and syndicates.

      Spokesperson of Al-Dostour party Khaled Daoud said in the conference that the BDS movement has achieved many successes in the West, especially in the field of academia in Europe and the United States.

      Daoud cited different examples where the movement succeeded to convince investors and businessmen to halt cooperation with Israel.

      “By forcing the boycotts and the divestments, we can force Israel to abide by International Law and the basic laws of Human Rights, in order to restore all the rights of the Palestinian people,” Daoud said.

      He also called for boycotting Israeli products and halting their exchange in local and international markets.

      The campaign’s objectives also include working to legally prosecute “war criminals” who committed violations against the Arab nations.

      However, the organisers asserted that the campaign will not be dominated by a single political ideology, and that they welcome activists and citizens from all over the country to start their BDS campaigns.

      link to dailynewsegypt.com

      Also in Ahram, photos of the first gathering of BDS Egypt:

      link to english.ahram.org.eg

  • Israeli racism takes center stage at Manhattan JCC
    • Thanks, Laurent.

    • "This kinda reminds me of France, where people tend to “forget” that virtually everyone south of the Massif Central is descended from Arabs & Berbers" (Laurent)

      That's a new one for me.

    • "There are increasingly strong ties between Israel and Gulf countries, even with the Jordanian elite and with Egyptian military." (Ivri)

      That's because they share an equal disdain of Palestinians, making them sort of birds of a feather when it comes to racism.

  • Kristol frets that he walked into Obama's 'trap,' and Rubio says he'll demand Iran recognize 'Israel's right to exist'
    • You're right, Eva, it was the Thirty and not the Hundred. Should have caught it since the Hundred had nothing to do with religion. Thanks for the correction.

      Explaining the whole mess as simply a rumble between Sunni and Shia is really oversimplication of the situation.

    • Harry, for the Saudis and Americans that are in it together in Yemen, al-Qaeda are the now the good guys. In the last 3 days, al-Qaeda has made substantial gains in Yemen. From SF Gate:

      "Yemen weapons depot falls to al Qaeda fighters

      Associated Press

      Updated 3:05 pm, Friday, April 17, 2015

      SANAA, Yemen — Al Qaeda’s Yemen branch routed government forces from a large weapons depot in the country’s east on Friday, seizing dozens of tanks, Katyusha rocket launchers and small arms, security officials said, as air strikes by a Saudi-led coalition intensified in the capital, Sanaa, and also in Yemen’s second-largest city.

      The seized depot is located in Mukalla, the capital of Hadramawt — Yemen’s largest province where al Qaeda has been consolidating its control. Only the day before, the militants captured a major airport, an oil terminal and the area’s main military base.

      The gains highlight how al Qaeda has exploited the chaos in Yemen, where Shiite rebels are battling forces loyal to exiled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi. The Saudi-led air campaign in support of Hadi, now in its fourth week, has so far failed to halt the rebels’ advance.

      Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, as the Yemeni affiliate is known, is widely seen as the global network’s most dangerous franchise and has been linked to several failed attacks on the United States. The group claimed responsibility for the attack on a French satirical magazine in Paris earlier this year.

      However, the Saudi-led air campaign has not targeted areas with an al Qaeda presence, including Hadramawt, where the militant group has long been implanted despite U.S. drone strikes and Yemeni counterterrorism operations. The coalition says the air strikes are aimed at the rebels, known as Houthis, not al Qaeda.

      On Friday evening, hundreds of al Qaeda supporters and fighters gathered at a theater in Mukalla to celebrate their victories in the Hadramawt region, singing war songs and chanting slogans.

      Pro-Hadi forces gained some ground elsewhere in Hadramawt on Friday, with fighters capturing the province’s Masila oil field, the country’s largest, commander Ahmed Bammas said by phone..

      ... Thick plumes of smoke rose high above Sanaa as weapons stores in mountains overlooking the city exploded and burned, while local residents continued to flee the violence, said the officials.

      In Taiz, the rebels clashed with army units loyal to Hadi, with tanks and heavy machine guns firing throughout the day and air strikes hitting a military base of the Houthi-allied Republican Guard, the officials said.

      ... Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi on Friday said his country had deployed naval and air forces as part of the coalition’s efforts in Yemen, saying that anything else would require him to tell the public.

      link to sfgate.com

    • Algemeiner is pretending that since it's the PA refusing to hold elections and is not allowing Palestinians any leeway, you have to conclude that their occupation is actually at the hands of their Palestinian leaders. Twisted Zionist reasoning, nothing more.

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