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a nominal Israel supporter until the '67 War when anti-Arab racism became so blatant that there was this Eureka moment that went something like "Damn, what a fool I've been". Ever since I've been a staunch pro-Palestinian anti-Zionist.

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  • Rightwing American Zionists fight over whether Palestinians should get a state
    • I remember well those post-1967 war days, the racist jokes about arab inferiority and jewish supremacy, an attitude which continues to this day. indeed, it was this surge of racism that led me to recognize the inherently racist nature of the zionist entity israel and open my eyes to the plight of the palestinian people.

  • Egypt's continuing revolution makes a mockery of Huntington's 'clash of civilizations'
    • from Wael Eskander's "There's Still Hope for the Egyptian Revolution", Counterpunch, July l, 2013

      .........."Direct action is becoming widely accepted and adopted as a means of change. The constant rhetoric that problems should be addressed by political parties and legal means is being challenged. This may mean than until a system can be set up which change can be effected through elections and organizations, people will give legitimacy to street politics and actions. The people may be cheering for the army today, but it doesn't necessarily mean that they will be cheated out of their rights. The hope is that some of those who took to the streets adopt positions that are value-driven rather than loyalty driven. Their is hope that they will continue their path and see things for what they are and be fooled less by politicians and propaganda. There is hope that the revolution that was founded on human dignity started calling for bread, freedom and social justice will continue until those promises are delivered. There is hope that even if we go through another tunnel, there will be light. There is hope." -

      and beyond hope there is the demonstrated creative potential of a revolutionary people. But how to sustain the revolution, because after those magical eighteen days in Tahrir square two years ago, the fire, while it didn't go out, seemed to sputter. How to keep it simmering, at least, so as to prevent the "counters" from regrouping and taking over? Obviously there can't be permanent mass street mobilizations, not if there's to be a viable economy. Here, perhaps, the internet will be useful? Meanwhile, power to the people - today, tomorrow, always.

    • "Washington would rather see a failed, starving Egypt rife with sectarian strife, than a successful Egypt outside of empire".

      as per Tunisia and Libya today with Afghanistan and Iraq headed the same way, not to mention what happened only a few decades ago when liberation movements in Central America temporarily achieved a measure of independence from their neighboring goliath.

  • Attack in Tel Aviv: 'Jewish girls do not go out with Blacks!'
    • are you saying that natural selection is behind jewish nationalism with its racist tendencies? if so please explain how this works, and how it is that so many of us have turned out to be egalitarian rather than racist?

    • behavior that's not unexpected in an apartheid society.

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  • 'Courage is Contagious': Glenn Greenwald electrifies Chicago crowd speaking on Snowden, journalism and the NSA
    • wow, what a dazzling orator she is!

    • What does that say about America, when the actions of people such as Snowden and Greenwald are deemed to be equivalent to that of Willy Brandt, who, after self-exile from Nazi Germany to Norway (later Sweden) continued to struggle against Nazi tyranny? That America is close to becoming a Nazi state? That we're already there?

    • As Greenwald states, actions such as Snowden's and his can change the world, which, of course, is why the government is working feverishly to discredit them, lest their heroism becomes infectious. but will widespread awareness that ours is a surveillance state, that 1984 is upon us, that there's no such thing as privacy, suffice to wake up the public? Yes, provided its response is that of mass outrage.

  • Chomsky is to Jews what Clarence Thomas is to blacks-- representing a fringe, says WNYC's Lehrer
    • on human rights clarence thomas is for setting the clock back, whereas, nome chomsky is and has always been a staunch advocate for advancing these same rights.

    • another zionist attacking the messenger rather than challenge his/her views on the zionist entity. so what else is new?

  • Israeli Prime Minister directly involved in efforts against BDS movement
    • after seemingly pounding our heads against a brick wall for so long, it's natural to get discouraged, but the seriousness with which the Zionist elite look upon BDS must mean something. Not so long ago said elite ignored us anti-zionists, apparently figuring that giving us publicity would cause more harm to Israel than taking us on. so cheer up, anti-Zionists, who are we to think that Israel firsters don't know what they're doing & why? now is the time for us to find out whether an irresistible force can move what's touted to be an immovable object.

  • Snowden is a hero in NY hall, but AP exec won't touch him with a bargepole
  • In '90, the Jewish establishment refused to embrace Mandela-- and failed to represent the community
    • for a long time now the jewish establishment hasn't represented the interests of the community, only the interests of themselves and their zionist project.

    • hmm, so 60 years after their Transfer agreement with Nazi Germany, Zionist organizations were involved in a similar agreement with apartheid South Africa. A specific pattern's emerging here; namely, Zionism organizations tend to be on the side of the colonial regime. Birds of a feather........

  • The Secretary of Pandering arrives in Israel, again
  • The Young and Palestinian
    • beautiful, inspiring and powerful. may the liberation of Palestine occur this very day, Palestinians leading, the rest of the world joining in.

  • 'J Street' says Jewish state 'hangs in balance' of failed negotiations
    • excellent suggestion, especially because it's practical and doable.

    • @ American

      Yes, they are traitors and at every opportunity should be branded as such. As for skittishness about doing so, for the reason you mention, our calling I-F'ers out for the traitors they are will make it easier for people (of all religions, races & classes) to join in, with the intent of reaching the tipping point within a year or two. Considering how many Americans are on the fence on P/I, that seems a reasonable goal. And even if that's all we accomplish, it will lead to pressure on our government to sever the damn special relationship, without which the zionist entity (not its people) will be past tense, oh happy day. What's more, for two reasons an anti-Jewish pogrom won't happen, the first being that the many Americans of the Jewish persuasion involved in the "brand them for the traitors they are" campaign will discredit said accusation; and the second is that these traitors come in so many varieties - Jewish, Christian, Black, White, Atherist, name it, such that it'll be impossible to put the blame on Jews only.

    • The general public couldn't care less about what sort of solution to the Palestine/Israel conflict, so long as it doesn't seriously inconvenience them. Same can be said about approaches to global warming, universal health care and improving conditions in our prisons. What the public increasingly worries about, however, is these endless wars, a fear that warmaker-in-chief President Obama plays upon on the rare occasions in which he attempts to dim rather than enhance the chorus for war. Which is why it's difficult for me to understand why the justice for Palestine movement doesn't zero in on the matter of U.S. support for Israel (along with the role that Israel Firsters play in securing the so-called special relationship) being the main reason "they" (the Arab/Islamic world) hates us, and how said support for Israel endangers not only American troops in the Middle East and Central Asia, but the rest of us here in the homeland. Yes, MW covers this topic, but, seems to me, without sufficiently hammering away at Israel Firster complicity in the threat that this intransigent U.S.-Israel axis poses to our nation and the world. Letting Israel-Firsters off the hook is like putting our own necks in the noose.

  • If non-white majority in US is 'good news,' why is Bill Clinton warning about 'Palestinians having more babies'?
    • "if a non-white majority in America is good news why is Bill Clinton warning about 'Palestinians having more babies'"?

      Because he's unprincipled, that's why.

  • Update: Assaf in victory: 'Today I represent Palestine and I'm fighting for a cause'
  • 'Peace Now' characterizes Israeli non-Jews as outside of 'mainstream' public opinion
    • So there's a poll that suggests that that the Zionist colonizers are ready for a two state settlement with the voluntary return of at least portion of the land they stole from its indigenous people, the Palestinians? Voluntarily return colonized land to its rightful owners? A nice thought but is there any precedent for such magnanimous behavior on the part of the colonizer? Did the British, for example, voluntarily return any of the land they stole from the indigenous people of their colonies; or there successors in this crime, the americans, did they return any of those stolen lands? And the French with their many colonies, were any voluntarily returned to the natives; or the Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch and German colonies, now which of these were voluntarily returned to their respective indigenous peoples? Not a one, right? Yet some Zionists believe that Jewish settlers are nearing the moment when they'll agree to return a piece of their stolen land to its rightful owners? And never mind the more than sixty years during which these Zionists, so insatiable is their appetite, have been steadily chewing away and digesting more & more of the Palestinian homeland. But if not voluntarily returning it, what? Forced to do so, by a combination of resistance from within the stolen land in the form of something resembling Intifada I, plus external pressure from BDS along with widespread and intensifying popular resentment towards an entity whose brutal colonial practices pose a threat not only to the Palestinian people but to all living beings.

  • Daily News and Foxman smear Alice Walker: 'infected by anti-Semitism,' all but 'a lunatic shouting anti-Semitic canards'
    • as for Martin Luther King, his "Injustice anywhere threatens justice everywhere" tells us where he'd stand on P/I.

    • so now the ADL head honcho speaks for those who participated in the Civil Rights movement. Did the freedom fighters from that era give him permission to speak for them? If not, look for freedom fighters still alive to set him straight on Palestine/Israel. Who better that them to recognize apartheid when they see it.

  • Samantha Power's character reference likens Palestinians to Nazis, deserving defeat
    • ms. powers has it upside down, since it's the jewish settlers* who are the nazis deserving of defeat, the palestinians their victims.

      *every jewish Israeli except for those who are in the struggle for justice in palestine

  • State officials in California sign letter denouncing BDS movement on college campuses
    • bds contributes to an antagonistic environment for students who support Israel?

      but during the Vietnam war didn't the antiwar movement contribute to an antagonist environment for students who supported that war?

      and didn't the anti-South African apartheid movement unnerve students who approved apartheid in that nation?

      and didn't the anti-Iraq war movement contribute to an antagonist environment for students who favored that war?

      and don't pro-choice actions on college campuses discombobulate pro-life students?

      so why is it that these politicians get upset if some students happen to be discomfited by campus movements for justice in palestine, but properly mind their own business when it comes to campus mobilizations against injustices elsewhere?

      what's so special about Israel that it's held to be immune to criticism for its crimes against humanity?

      says who?

  • Taking on Bill Clinton and the 'bigshots', Chris Matthews says American people are opposed to Syrian intervention
    • and Ronald the gipper made war on Grenada only two days after the 1983 Beirut barracks bombing that killed 241 American servicemen. The invasion quickly became the front page story with the barracks bombing an afterthought, and not a word in msm about the warnings that the intelligence services received on the perils of u.s. troops serving as sitting ducks in a hostile war zone.

    • What's this? We had a tradition whereby the people decide whether to go to war or not? Beg to differ, Mr. Mathews, but we Americans have never had a say except through our representatives in Congress, but not even that since WW II, being that the Vietnam War, the various Central American wars of the eighties, the Iraq/Afghanistan/Pakistan/Somalia/Yemen Wars have all been fought, not only without popular consent, but despite its opposition. So it should come as no surprise that without even informing us of its intentions, let alone our consent, our government now practices Orwellian type surveillance on us on a daily basis. Seems that democracy is being whittled away here in America, and unless we rise up en masse, it can't last much longer.

  • In '68, Italo Calvino said the only solution in Palestine is 'the revolutionary road'
    • "The real resistance is not only a struggle against a foreign invader, it has to be a struggle for a strong renewal within the society of one's own country" - Italo Calvino

      Every country, that is.

  • Rob't Kraft accuses Putin 8 years later-- why now?
    • that such a trivial occurrence actually gets such coverage demonstrates how eager msm is to cover anything that might possibly be used to turn the public against our government's designated enemies - any nation that refuses to bow down before empire usa.

    • anyone who is Jewish except Jewish anti-Zionists, who, after all, can't be Jewish because if we were we'd be saying Israel right or wrong. Which means that prior to ww II there were far fewer than sixteen million of us, because most of us didn't want to have anything to do with the Zionist project.

  • Fmr French foreign minister reportedly says Israel seeks to 'destroy' Syria (and any other neighbor it can't get along with)
    • Compared to Israel's plans to destroy any nations it doesn't get along with, how mild the delegitimization of the Zionist entity.

  • Hiding in plain sight
    • "If we hadn't done it, there'd be a million more Arabs and there would be no Israel" -Brig. Gen. Yitzhok Pundok. Yeah, and how many wars would have been averted?

  • Exile and the prophetic: Atoning for the sins of empire
    • with the delegitimization of israel, as surely will happen, what will become of jewish life?

      same as for everyone else, jews will by busy adjusting to a changing world, one in which there are no privileged people, only equals among equals.

  • Chris Matthews takes populist stance against another Establishment war on an Islamic country
    • Will the Obama administration have Colin Powell go before the Security Council to present the evidence that Syria has used poison gas against its own people? Powell could display photos of a few hospitalized children and say "these pictures prove the case against Assad", same way Bush the younger got him to hoodwink the Council with the photo of a trailer that he claimed Saddam Hussein's government had turned into a chemical weapons factory. Lying America into war, a reliable staple of bipartisanship.

  • US and Israel are accused of manipulating Hague to acquit accused Serb and Croat leaders
  • Will Rush Holt-- who questioned Israel's policy of 'total devastation' in Gaza-- stand by Palestine in NJ Senate race?
    • Not only should Rush Hold stick to his justice for Palestine line, he should make it the centerpiece of his foreign policy platform. Yes, this will draw in pro-Israel support for his opponents, but he can turn this to his advantage by hammering away at their Israel-Firstness, providing us with a test as to just how deep America's so-called love for Israel really is.

  • Snowden/Greenwald show: left and right must overcome cultural differences for work ahead
    • Phil, do you owe your engagement in P/I more to the groups you named than to your personal experiences and observations in the Middle East as well in the struggle for justice here at home?

  • Orthodox community may lose social services from Jewish organizations over anti-Zionist rally
    • So according to mainstream Zionism, N.Y's Hasidic community is made up of self-hating Jews? Look in the mirror, Zionists, and meet the real self-haters.

  • Exile and the Prophetic: ‘Hannah Arendt’ and the future of conscious pariahs
    • where do conscious pariahs from all backgrounds stand in between? with all those who seek a just and peaceful world.

  • The kids are back, and it's not alright
    • These kids are of the same generation as my great-grandchildren. Not only do they face no anti-Semitism, but I hardly experienced any during and since my childhood*. Same goes for my siblings, cousins and Jewish friends.

      *two incidents

  • 'Washington Post' columnist doesn't rule out 'mass roundups of ethnic or religious groups' in U.S.
    • Terrorism will be a distant memory if only our government would end its special relationship with Israel, close its umpty-ump military bases throughout the world and get serious about justice/peace in the Middle East and Central Asia. Right now it's difficult to escape the conclusion that our government, the better to clamp down on dissent here at home, purposely stokes the animosity of the Arab/Islamic world, with the inevitable blowback from this deemed by our government to be an "acceptable" price to pay. The net result? Our nation's turn towards fascism.

  • Cory Booker's connection to Zionism steeped in religious fundamentalism and ties to the Jewish community
    • so will the n.j. senate race come down to who's the most pro-Israel of them all? But how will this sell in Newark? Sure would like to see one candidate take on Booker for his Israel-Firstness.

  • The MSM tries to distinguish between Manning and Snowden. Don't let them
    • not to mention the Palmer raids, post ww i

    • There's no daylight between Snowden and Manning. They're both great humanitarians who believe that the truth can set us free, that it's our country to applaud when it's right, but our country to challenge when it's wrong.

  • Approaching 60, Norman Finkelstein reflects
    • "to build a movement for change you have to be where the people are."

      well, Palestinian civil society is with BDS?

    • "not a constituency for one state."

      No there isn't but there's a constituency for ending the special relationship, for seeing to it that the tale no longer wags the dog. May not be visible now, but just tap the resentment elicited by repeated scenes of an Israel-firster Congress genuflecting before the settler-entity's prime minister and watch where Israel's alleged popularity goes.

  • An Israeli veteran comes forward to decry 'how shitty we are' to Palestinians
    • what sort of world, were not so many people's identity tied to my country, right or wrong, rather than if my country's wrong, my job to make it right?

  • End your illusion: Israeli government will never implement a two-state solution, top official says
    • Why so much pessimism on mw? Not so long ago hardly anyone foresaw the demise of the Soviet Union, and then, presto, well wadayaknow - and that was without prior "warnings", such as an Intifada*. As for the appearance of a modern day Saladin, there's no shortage of leaders in Palestine, only for whatever reason the threshold of their activation hasn't arrived. What's holding it back? Who knows, but where there's so many small "fires" almost any time these could coalesce into a major conflagration. And when that happens, the Arab/Islamic world, prepped as it's been by the recent Arab Uprisings, won't stand by as it has in the past, nor will the international community, what with the gathering strength of BDS. Whether the American people will tune in and press our government to end the special relationship, that'll depend on us (the justice for Palestine movement). I for one believe we'll be ready.

      *although at the time the rest of Eastern Europe was rising up.

  • CNN asks: Should soccer boycott Israel's European Championship tournament?
    • Makes one wonder what sort of world today, had there been an international boycott of the Berlin 1936 Olympics, and had Zionist leaders not scuttled the economic boycott of Nazi Germany with their infamous Transfer Agreement?

    • The international boycott of the South Africa's national rugby team hastened the demise of apartheid in that nation*. So did the expulsion of Israel from the International Olympic Committee in 1970, along with the U.N.'s compiling and publishing a registry of sports contacts with Israel which listed the players as well as teams doing business with apartheid S.A. There's every reason to believe that similar measures would be just as effective against apartheid Israel.

      *Sporting boycott of South Africa during the Apartheid era (Wikipedia)

  • Understanding the Holocaust, and the Nakba, in the Jewish narrative
    • What if Jewish were made aware of the fact that not only they, but perpetrators of other genocides used these same five rationalizations to justify committing genocide upon whomever their particular victims, be it Native Americans, Africans, Armenians, or some other people? Such knowledge might facilitate a bit of self-reflection on their part as to whether they've allowed themselves to be supporters of Nazi-like crimes against humanity. Who knows for sure, but in many Jews this new found awareness might help bring about an epiphany of sorts - something like "Damn, all along I've let myself be fooled" Happened to me during the '67 Israeli/Arab War, when Jewish-Zionist racism against all things Arab knew no bounds.

  • 'Any Revolution Needs an Anthem': Lessons from the downfall of the original Apartheid
    • oops, "we shall overcome" was the anthem/slogan of the u.s. anti-apartheid (better known as the civil rights) movement

    • slogans, too, have been important in liberation struggles. here are a few* -

      give me liberty or give me death - American war of independence

      liberte, egalite, fraternite - French revolution

      peace, land, bread - Russian revolution

      forward ever, backward never - Grenadian revolution

      hey, hey LBJ, how many kids have you killed today - anti-Vietnam War movement

      power to the people - anti-apartheid struggle in the usa (black panther slogan)

      *also see "Songs in the anti-apartheid and reconciliation movements in South Africa" by Nora Makky, Senior Thesis, Ohio State Univ. 2007 (available online)

  • Bennett slams European labelling measure, saying occupation demonstrates 'true coexistence between people'
    • So all it takes to dissuade slaves from seeking their freedom is a few more sheckels? Didn't work in other European colonies, so what makes Mr. Fascism think it'll work in Palestine?

  • Obama will never pressure Israel to end occupation, because his only goal is No war with Iran
    • President Obama may have no intentions of pressuring Israel but a third Intifada together with the gathering momentum of BDS could force his hand, especially if, as it now appears, the movement catches on internationally. As for the much vaunted Israel Lobby, its Israel-firstness leaves its members vulnerable to challenges to their patriotic bona fides. Put it all together and what have we got? Justice for Palestine, that's what!

  • Campaign against military aid gains traction in Helena, MT: 'Israel's enemies are now ours'
    • Israel's enemies are our enemies? But doesn't this assume Israel is our friend? Despite its 1967 attack on the USS Liberty that killed 34 Americans, despite it and its Israel-firster friends having dragged us into the Iraq War, despite it being the reason that the Arab/Islamic world hates us, and despite it being so desperate now to get us into another war, this time against Iran? Yes, that's right, with friends like that who needs enemies?

  • Hannah Arendt and the Hungarian Jews
    • Zionist Jews never miss a chance to diss those they call assimilated Jews. What bothers them is the Jew who not only doesn't fall for the everyone else hates us myth, but easily blends in and identifies with (even marries) the non-Jew. What a coincidence, too, that the Nazis, initially at least, considered the assimilated Jew to be particularly threatening to so-called Aryan purity and culture - "How dare they break out of isolation and penetrate our ubermensch society." Not that there isn't an element of separatism in other religions/ethnicities (Mormons, Amish, for example), wherein traditionalists look askance, although with less vitriol (at least publicly) at members who assimilate into the society at large. The commonality here seems to be a sense of somewhere, sometime, somehow having been under siege. Paradoxically, the Nazis insisted that Germany itself was under siege, not from without but from "enemies within", especially the Jew. How to reconcile these seemingly irreconcilables? Self-hatred, perhaps? Or is it simply one more manifestation of cognitive dissonance?

    • also in the 2nd link, a report from the Shoah Resource Center, its concluding remark - "The sorrowful impotence of the boycott movement in contrast to the practicality of Zionist formula" - discounts the possibility that the movement's impact might have been much more significant, had not Zionist leadership opposed it and supported the Transfer Agreement instead.

  • Kerry tells the lobby: I'm your boy, but you're radicalizing the world
    • as far as the powers that be are concerned -

      Beware any civil or human rights movement. You know what comes next; calls for liberty, equality and fraternity, followed by the guillotine, so hurry up with the concentration camps, cause already it may be too late.

    • Between the lines of the Secretary of State's speech is his fear that a Third Intifada would catch on not only in the Middle East but throughout the world, posing, thereby, an extraordinarily serious threat to Empire. That the powers that be, through Kerry, are sounding this alarm should shake the cobwebs from the apathetic and discouraged among us. They (ie the enemy) sense that for them time may be running out. If that's the case, hey out there, is everyone ready?

  • Exile and the Prophetic: Barghouti's warning - the alternative to two states is 'persistent conflict' without any middle ground
    • With the Third Intifada in its early stage, look for the leadership to be decentralized and to emerge from the grassroots, as per the first Intifada, because such a leadership is more suitable for the long haul, less likely to be immobilized by the IDF's picking off a few top leaders. The more it resembles Tahrir Square's and the Occupy Movement's leaderless, yet everyone a leader , the closer it'll be to the people. And considering the fact that only 2 years ago the self-immolation of a poor Tunisian street vendor struck a fault line that was felt throughout the Arab/Islamic world & beyond, and that aftershocks are still occurring, imagine the potential, right now, of a third uprising on the balance of power throughout the world. Power to the people? Let us hope so.

  • Kerry’s plan: Palestinians to be cast as fall guys - again
    • The U.S. got away with genocide so why can't Israel? Because it's a century and a half later now, and the world won't allow it. And yes, no viable alternatives until the U.S. stops supporting Israel. Which brings up the single most important task facing those of us who actively support justice for Palestine, that of putting an end to the U.S.-Israel special relationship (SR), definitely doable if only we would go after the most prominent Israel firsters, (particularly those in Congress), such that, SR + BDS = delegitimization of the Zionist entity.

  • Why John Kerry is wasting everyone’s time
    • I wander how Chief Sitting Bull would have responded had some U.S. government appointed "peacemaker" told him that "yes, both you and General George Custer need to compromise?

  • Exile and the prophetic: Hannah Arendt's Jewish politics
    • The lessons of the Native American, African, Armenian, Cambodian and Jewish holocausts? That racism in whatever form must be challenged and defeated, that to remain silent is to be an accomplice to such crimes against humanity, and that attaining a just and peaceful world will be the only guarantee against another holocaust.

  • Fifty years apart, Arendt and Butler represent the flowering of the Jewish prophetic in our time
    • like the collapse of the Soviet Union, Israel's collapse will be sudden. Palestinian unity & BDS, especially the cultural boycott, gonna be crucial.

  • In confab over 'Jewish democracy,' Goldberg says the U.S. has plenty of 'schmucks' and 'fascists' too
    • perhaps he doesn't know that the land to which he owes his allegiance, Israel, was an ally of apartheid South Africa.

    • American Jews who complain about Israel. "You're just complaining vicariously--move there."

      Nonsense, many of us are complaining because invariably we side with the oppressed, not the oppressor, and it makes no difference what the nationality or religion of the oppressor happens to be. We're not progressives except on Palestine, we're progressives on every issue. In addition, knowing that U.S. support for Israel's occupation of Palestine endangers our country further motivates us to oppose the so-called special relationship.

  • Op-Ed: Sen. Schatz, the Israel visa waiver exemption bill promotes a process similar to Hawaii's own history of colonization and exploitation
    • Kristen-Marie Puanani Young Ortiz, herself a member of a colonized people, is reacting to her visit to Ramallah the same way that most people from existing or formerly colonized lands respond when confronted by situations which reproduce their own tormented history. Almost instinctively she identifies with the indigenous, not with the colonizer, with the oppressed rather than the oppressor, the slave, not the slaveowner. Yes, sometimes this affinity breaks down, as when two oppressed groups are forced to fight over so few crumbs available, but mostly it holds. Seems that the sting of experiencing racist hatred lives on as a memory that, thankfully, never lets go.

  • Alice Walker to Alicia Keys: Boycott, because Palestinian conditions are worse than they were in US South
    • "using culture and arts to showcase Israel as a modern, welcoming place."

      same as Nazi Germany did, at least during the pre-WW II Nazi period (1933-9), for the purpose of convincing not only visitors, but Germans themselves that once again their country was safe, normal and stable. All this & more in Kristen Semmen's "Seeing Hitler's Germany: Tourism in the Third Reich", Macmillan, 2005.
      Which raises the question as to whether Israel's all out effort to promote its culture and scientific achievements (at the same time hiding its dark side as per the Third Reich) is deliberate and studied, or merely the consequences of a "natural" impulse to improve its image by showcasing its positives, hide or at least deny its negatives.

  • J Street is no longer on outs with Netanyahu
    • J street, after a brief period wandering around outside the Zionist palace, finally admitted to the royal court. As what, court jester or ordinary sycophant?

  • Young people with American accents declare they won't be ethnically cleansed from their 'native land' (Jerusalem)
    • when the going gets really tough look for these zionist crusaders to activate their u.s. passports, return to wherever they're from, all the while blaming "leftist antisemites" for their failed adventure.

  • Ben Ami on ethnocentrism, the blown Arab Peace initiative, and the 'war of races'
    • Unless Zionism is crushed its myth about the "eternal, unforgiving hostility of a Gentile world" will turn into a death wish.

  • Chas Freeman on Israel's self-inflicted existential crisis
    • Only in the Antartica would the Zionists have been able to get away with the one about a land without a people for a people without a land. Now even there it's probably too late.

    • Since Israel has been a settler colonial enterprise from its inception, no surprise that it's following the course of other European colonizations in which the settlers never attained majority status, Algeria, Vietnam, much of Africa, Asia and, increasingly, South America. Neocolonialism aside, only in lands such as the U.S. of A, Canada & Australia, where the influx of settlers (combined with their genocidal practices against the indigenous people of those lands) enabled them to attain majority status, has settler colonialism survived. Zionist Israel knows this, of course, which explains its fixation on demographics, the 20% max for non-Jew. Alas, for the Zionist entity, it got started about a century or so too late, because it's inconceivable in the 21st century that the rest of the world will allow the Palestinian people to go the way of the indigenous peoples of the Americas, Canada or Australia. Add to this the steadily increasing strength of the BDS movement and it has to be obvious to all but diehard Zionists that Israel's days are numbered.

  • Why Palestine is different
    • President Barack Obama's wreath-laying at the tomb of Theodor Hertzl one-upped President Ronald Reagan's placing a wreath at the Bitburg military cemetery which included the graves of 49 members of the Waffer-SS. After all those SS'ers were carrying out the genocidal policies of Der Fuhrer, whereas, in honoring Hertzl, the founding father of Zionism, president Obama paid tribute, not to any foot soldiers per se, but to that very individual whose racist credo led to their genocidal treatment of the Palestinian people.

    • a strong jewish state will ensure that there will never be another {jewish} holocaust? even as the existence of israel is what's dragging us towards that ultimate holocaust, doomsday? or does president obama ascribe to the end times scenario, with those jews who convert to christianity sailing off towards the pie-in-the-sky?

    • historic guilt, colonial responsibility and the U.S. "special relationship" with Israel

      how to bring about justice for Palestine?

      by ending this "special relationship"

  • SF officials describe 'apartheid' label as 'intolerance alienating the Jewish community'
    • too damn bad that some Jews feel alienated by ads calling Israel an apartheid state. sorry, but the label just happens to fit. if they're so upset they should do something about it - Israel's apartheid, that is. on the other hand the ad that suggests all Muslims are savages, hey, this is despicable stereotyping to the Nth degree and deserves condemnation.

  • Jamal al-Dura calls on Israeli government to bring him his son
    • what's next, the U.S. military claims that Ho Chi Minh loyalists staged the "napalm girl" incident in order to sour the American people on the Vietnam War?

  • Cornell SJP publishes 'Notes on Palestine/Israel' as an antidote to 'dialogue'
    • Lots to read in the SJP publications, but managed "Liberation Now: The Struggle for Justice". Informative, well-written and inspiring.

  • CBS stands by Bob Simon, blowing off CAMERA's charges of anti-Semitism
    • Opposing apartheid Israel is no more anti-Jewish than opposing the formerly apartheid South Africa was anti-White.

  • Glenn Greenwald on the Woolwich attack and blowback from the 'war on terror'
    • Likewise, two years ago General David Petreaus, Vice-President Joe Biden, among others, admitted that Israel's intransigence vis-à-vis a peace accord with the Palestinians endangered U.S. troops in Iraq/Afghanistan.

    • while perpetrators of recent terrorist attacks have said that what motivated them was the violence of western nations against Muslims, just as often they've zeroed in Israel's occupation of Palestine as a significant motivator.

  • Church of Scotland accepts controversial report on Israel/Palestine
    • "opposing the unjust policies of the state of Israel cannot be equated with anti-Semitism" - Scotland Church & Society Council report on Israel/Palestine.

      "Within the Jewish Community the anti-Zionist website Mondoweiss is viewed with a mixture of derision and contempt." - Jewish-American Zionist Ben Cohen

      Bravo, Church of Scotland and Mondoweiss

  • Kerry goes for the Hail Mary, but Obama is punting
    • how soon before the Zionist entity Israel (not its people) is delegitimized?

      whereupon, how rapid and massive will the exodus of Israeli Jews be?

      will the U.S. limit the number of visas available to Israeli Jews, as per its restrictions on entry permits (remember the fate of the St. Louis?) for European Jews during the time of the Third Reich?

      will the collapse of Israel and subsequent exodus of Jews put a damper on the Christian Zionists' enthusiasm for End Times* and, if so, will they blame Jews for failing them? Remember, underlying Christian Zionist's embrace of Judaism are centuries old anti-Semitic beliefs.

      *the existence of Israel is central to End Times & the return of the messiah

  • Israel cracks down on American travel to West Bank by requiring tourists to obtain military permit
    • requiring tourists who wish to visit the west bank to obtain a military permit only accentuates the impotency of the Palestine authority. Were the PA truly in charge of its territory, wouldn't it be up to them to decide who does and doesn't need an entry permit? What if the Mexican military had to issue permits to all tourists (from wherever) who wished to visit the U.S.? What would that say about American sovereignty?

  • Jewish philanthropies stay away from org dedicated to Yiddish culture because it doesn't focus on Israel or the Holocaust
    • Twenty some years ago I visited Poland as well as Israel. For me the Polish experience was much more meaningful than the Israeli. Visiting the village (shtetl) Ulinow, near Lublin, where my paternal grandfather lived, seeing its central park with its statues of Christ and John Paul II, gave me an idea of what my paternal grandparents (who I never met) were up against. Kind villagers directed me to the Jewish cemetery, replete with a hundred or so tombstones. I was unable to identify the names of relatives. I tried to imagine what it must have been like, living there well over a century ago. Somehow I felt drawn to the land. It seemed real.

      Contrariwise, in Israel I was a stranger. Yes, some things were familiar, stores, ice cream, lots of eateries for nashing, young people out having a good time, but so many of them carrying rifles, that had a chilling effect on me. Later, going by taxi to Gaza (it was possible then), seeing the crowded condition in the Jabalia & Beach refugee camps (the open sewage canals), subsequently returning to Jerusalem only to find out that I had just missed the killing of a Palestinian youth outside the Damascus Gate? Was I supposed to relate to that, to Israel, to the occupation? Why compared to Poland with its authenticity, the Zionist entity seemed contrived, artificial and terribly uninviting. For European Jews to suddenly appear*, clear out the natives and proclaim that they've arrived back home? Who are they fooling? Themselves?

      *claiming they were there two millennia ago, whereas, DNA studies show that Ashkanazis descend from the Khazars.

    • One of Zionists' fears (there are many) is that a study of Jewish life in Eastern Europe will not be all pogroms and discrimination, that Jews contributed significantly to the societies there in which they lived, Poland* especially. Zionists believe that, except for the Holocaust, they must blot out all memory of the Jewish experience in Eastern Europe, lest such knowledge distract Jews from focusing upon Israel. Part of the Zionist gospel has to do with distinguishing the Israeli Jew (strong, courageous and patriotic) from their European predecessors (the weak, and cowardly wanderer), who went into the gas chambers with barely a whimper (as if, except for the Poles, other Europeans put up significant resistance). Juxtaposed against such passivity, Zionism offers images of the Masada and the heroic "new" Jew, and never mind the Warsaw uprising because it came too late. What's the difference between Israel's new Jew and Nazi Germany's new German. The former persecutes Palestinians, the latter persecuted Jews (also Poles & Gypsies).

      *"History of the Jews in Poland", Wikipedia

  • Obama's secret wars in Muslim world make Americans vulnerable
    • how to reconcile the public's near total indifference to the U.S. military's slaughter of hundreds of thousands of Arabs/Muslims with the public outpouring of sentiment in response to the Boston Marathon bombing as well as to this week's natural catastrophe in Oklahoma? differences in msm media attention, or is it the denial inherent in my country right or wrong?

  • Biden says Jewish 'influence' behind American cultural politics is 'immense... immense'
    • What, is Biden setting up Jews for recrimination, because there's liable to be a backlash at all this fawning over the contribution of individual Jews to science and culture. He's coming mighty close to applying the label ubermensch to all Jews, something the public could take note of, any time a Jew (Bernard Madoff?) falls off the pedestal of supposed greatness. Remember, ubermensch implies that there are untermensch, so for a people to rise from having been designated untermensch by the Nazis to essentially being called ubermensch by the vice-president of the U. S. of A, only emphasizes the fact that, beware, what goes up may come down.

  • Israel blocks UNESCO fact-finding mission to investigate assaults on holy places in Jerusalem
    • the U.S. wouldn't investigate the Israeli strike on the U.S.S Liberty, so no surprise that it looks the other way when the Zionist entity blocks the UNESCO fact-finding mission from investigating assaults on Jerusalem's holy places.

  • Exile and the Prophetic: My Father’s death
  • New York City Council official urges Brooklyn College to hire 'professor from Israel'
    • "We believe in the principle of academic freedom. We also believe in not supporting schools whose programs we, and our constituents find to be odious and wrong."

      what ever happened to the spirit of "I disapprove of what you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it?"

    • "a visiting professor from Israel who reflects a more sympathetic view to the continued peace and prosperous existence of the region's only democracy."

      peaceful, as in perpetual war against the Palestinian nation?

      apartheid = democracy?

      what's next, fascism = justice?

  • Lapid says 'Israelis want peace and security and Palestinians want peace and justice'
    • Abbas, "one of the founding fathers of the victimizing concept of the Palestinians." What, do Israelis have a copyright on claiming to be victims, and could there be a better example of the pot calling the kettle black?

  • Exile and the prophetic: The Jewish Identity Network
    • the jewish establishment consists of aipac and all the major jewish organizations that support Israel's occupation of Palestine.

      using empire violence has to do with israel's hitching its wagon to empire-usa for the purpose of holding on to its stolen lands and for controlling the middle east.

      the jewish establishment's striking a pose of innocence and redemption has to do with its playing the holocaust card whenever it's racist practices are exposed.

    • for all but people of conscience aren't empire, colonialism, capitalism & whiteness the outer layers of identity?

      not so for the exploited? then how to explain the rise to power of the Palestine authority, a phenomenon of collaboration with the colonizer that's only too common among colonized people?

      why believe that empire, colonialism, capitalism and whiteness are only the outer layers of human identity?

      because if these were at the core of identity, how to explain the emergence in every society of people of conscience, sometimes many, sometimes few, depending, it seems, upon existing conditions and social climate? and don't such fluctuations in the numbers of people of conscience suggest that beneath the outer layers of human identity, there's an inner identity (conscience) that's waiting to be expressed?

      if so, rather than getting tied up with probing the outer layers of identity in this or that group, wouldn't the cause of building a better world be best served by our finding ways to expand the numbers and reach of people of conscience?

      without accomplishing this can we attain the goals we seek?

  • Exile and the prophetic: No dissenter is an island
    • trying to decipher "If every identity crisis is tempted to align itself with unjust power, including the universalist left, where are identity resources to break this headlong fall into power's original sin".

      first of all, what universalist left? if there were (or ever has been) such a left, wouldn't it always (without exception) have sided with the oppressed, never with the oppressor? Example, por favor (aside from jc)? based on an ideal, seems to me this would be a well rooted identity.

      and what was power's original sin? was it the initial oppression of one or more individuals by some more powerful individual(s)?

  • Islamophobia is as widespread and acceptable as anti-Semitism used to be
    • How convenient, too, that at a time when there are so many reasons for the public to question our political/economic system (perpetual wars, a precarious economy, global warming, etc. etc.), lo & behold, a new scapegoat appears on the scene to take the pressure off the system. So much easier to blame someone other -yesterday the Jew, today the Muslim, tomorrow who knows who or what - rather than trying to figure out what's wrong with and what to do about the damn system. Scapegoating, the oppressive system's safety valve.

  • Exile and the Prophetic: Joseph Massad strikes again
    • the concluding paragraphs of Joseph Massad's "The Last of the Semites" -

      Israel's claim that its critics must be anti-Semitic pre-supposes that its critics believe its claim that it represents "The Jewish People". But it is Israel's claim that it represents and speaks for all Jews that are the most anti-Semitic claim of all.

      Today Israel and the Western powers want to elevate anti-Semitism to an international principle around which they seek to establish full consensus. They insist that for there to be peace in the Middle East, Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims must become, like the West, anti-Semitic by espousing Zionism and recognizing Israel's anti-Semitic claims. Except for dictatorial Arab regimes and the Palestinian Authority and its cronies, on this the 65th anniversary of the anti-Semitic conquest of Palestine by the Zionists, known to Palestinians as the Nakba, the Palestinians and the few surviving anti-Zionist Jews continue to refuse to heed this international call and incitement to anti-Semitism. They affirm that they are, as the last of the Semites, the heirs of the pre-WWII Jewish and Palestinian struggles against anti-Semitism and its Zionist colonial manifestations. It is this resistance that stands in the way of a complete victory for European anti-Semitism in the Middle East and the world at large.

  • Turkish PM raises Mavi Marmara at White House press conf, calls grow for Obama to investigate killing of Furkan Doğan
    • As far as the U.S. is concerned Americans aren't worth much if they happen to be in a country that's either hostile to or independent of the U.S, unless, that is, they're there for the purpose of subverting the government of such a country. Contrast, for example, the uproar from our State Department when Brian Gross (an American who received a 15 year prison sentence for crimes against the state) with the Department's almost complete disinterest in Israel's murder of Furkan Dogan. Had he been assassinated by soldiers in, say, Russia, there'd have been calls from Congress for the severance of diplomatic relations with that nation, but since the Zionist entity is purportedly America's best friend, barely a whisper of regret. Same story when American internationalists were killed in Nicaragua during the eighties by U.S. supported Contras in Nicaragua - "Hey, they knew what they were getting into", or words to that effect. I wonder if our government is thinking, "If only we could get rid of dissidents as easily here in America".

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