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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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  • Mass Dems move to kill anti-settlement resolution, amid fears of BDS and 'exodus from party'
    • open up

      Israel's occupation of Palestine?
      too complex for one to decide?
      on whose side?
      the Palestinian's or the Israeli's?
      cause ain't nothing complicated about slavery

  • I am not a jew
  • 'I came to explore the wreck of Zionism': A report from the 2017 JVP meeting
    • Fadi Quaran - In "The future we want together there will be dignity, control of one's destiny and being able to achieve one's dreams."

      Yes, in Palestine and everywhere else in the world

  • To oppose Trump, Jews must join the fight against fascism and Zionism
    • Yes, successfully opposing Trump calls for a united front against fascism and Zionism, but beyond that it demands a vision of what sort of world, were it up to us (the 99%, that is) to decide. And that moment will arrive but only if we remain united, initially in pursuit of a few universal goals such as workplace and retirement security, medicare for all, protecting mother earth, along with demilitarization. And as we gain momentum in our quest, behold, that just and peaceful world coming towards us.

  • Challenging an ideology means rupturing with community and family
    • no matter one's tribe

      one has to decide
      on whose side
      the slave's
      or the slave owner's

      such that
      re: palestine/israel
      if one is for the slave
      to be true to one's convictions
      one must side with the palestinian
      after all
      it's her/his land that's being colonized
      colonization being a form of enslavement

      understanding, of course
      that until the last chain is broken
      none of us will be free

  • Stephen Cohen calls out liberal media for demonizing Russia, slurring Tillerson and stigmatizing all dissent
    • I am as disgusted about democrats joining in on today's anti-Russia hysteria as I was during the anti-Communist crusades of the WW II era, whereby overwhelmingly democratic Congresses (except for 1946-8, when the Republicans held majorities in both the House & Senate) established and supported the infamous HUAC (House Un-American Activities Committee) in its witch hunting crusades against Communists and so-called fellow travelers. What we're seeing now is a defeated democratic presidential candidate who happens to be a war hawk joining forces with like-minded hawks from the two major parties in a last ditch effort to prevent President-elect Donald Trump from pursuing a serious effort at detente with Russia, thereby giving peace a chance.

      Yes, I know, Trump is awful on domestic issues, but on the issue of detente with Russia, how can a leftist not support him?

  • Obama would have overwhelming support from US public to allow UN establishment of Palestinian state
    • Since Congress will do nothing to alter the status quo re Palestine/Israel unless pushed hard by the public, the Brooking poll suggests that we're approaching a critical mass of people sympathetic to the Palestinian cause. What this means is that, along with BDS, an all out & sustained mobilization aimed at pressuring members of Congress (& the President) to rethink their policies vis-a-vis the Middle East just might bear fruit. For maximum effectiveness the mobilization should begin asap so as to ensure that soon-to-be President Donald Trump can't relegate Palestine/Israel to the back-burner.

  • Zionists embrace of Trump and Bannon is no surprise
    • Good point!

    • On January's inauguration day massive rallies throughout the land would be a shot fired across the bow of the ship of state, warning its commander-in-chief Donald Trump to cease and desist from turning our great nation into a blight upon the earth. Or else!

  • In standing up for Bannon, Dershowitz is true to his Orthodox Brooklyn roots
  • We are in an era of conservative counter-revolution
    • Yes, the counter-revolution is intensifying, but aren't the conservatives always in a counter-revolutionary mode? Except, that is, for the three decades following WW II when labor unions had a say and our government wasn't entirely corporate owned? As for the Arab Spring, in Egypt, Tunisia and Syria, whether or not these were brought about by CIA covert actions (as per Guatamala and Iran in the early fifties and dozens of nations since), most certainly the extinguishing of those bright shining examples of the human potential was carried out, compliments of western intelligence services, Actually, I can't think of a single counter-revolution over the past century that wasn't made in the U.S.A. &/or some other western nation(s).

      Some will say that the masses are too easily fooled by counter-revolutionaries, with Donald Trump's recent election but the latest example. Which begs the question counter to what revolution. Surely there wasn't one in the U.S.A. prior to last week's election, because the regime of Barack Obama, along with that of every president (perhaps with the exception of FDR) who preceded him - at least during my lifetime -at their core have been counter- , not revolutionary. Differences between these regimes have been only in degree and intensity of the elite 0.1% assaults upon the 99% of us commoners. As for the two candidates in last week's election, the contest between twiddle-de-dee and twiddle-de-dum, since both are counter-revolutionaries, when its counter vs counter - Revolution? No chance!

      So do we give up, throw in the white towel? Certainly not when perpetual war + global warming = doomsday, and by the end of this or the next century. But revolution? Exactly How? To be decided by the people united in pursuit of peace on earth and goodwill to all living beings. There is no other way.

  • 'A revolt against the future': Quick reflections on the November 2016 Election
    • The antiwar left should immediately press president-elect Trump to make good on his expressed wish that America team up with Russia to defeat the Islamic State. By cooperating in this effort the two countries would be positioned to work together towards ending the Syrian War, something that would have been impossible had warhawk Clinton been elected. And what more ego-satisfying way for Trump to launch his presidency than by meeting with Vladimir Putin to discuss ending a war that just happened to have been promoted by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Yes, he'd catch hell from the neo-cons/libs for dealing with someone they've been demonizing, but what the heck, most of them backed Clinton anyway. Moreover, should he and his co-peacemaker Vladimir Putin succeed in ending the war in Syria, who's to say that they couldn't do the same vis-a-vis the Israeli occupation of Palestine. After all, our president is more autonomous in foreign policy as compared to domestic policy, so when left activists challenge him on Syria, he has the authority to act. Whether or not he does follow through on his expressed willingness to meet with Putin will inform us on his willingness (or ability) to make good on his stated opposition to regime change and unnecessary wars, positions that the antiwar Left also supports.

      Following the same rationale, the Left should press the President-elect to make good on his campaign vow to leave Medicare and Social Security untouched, since here too we can support him, and he may need our support.

  • 'Ruling class' must regard Trump's rise as response to 'ill conceived wars' -- Matthews
    • Neocon support for Hillary Clinton, despite her espousing domestic policies (raising minimum wage, free or at least cheaper higher education, Social Security & Medicare) that they abhor, shows that Empire, not domestic issues is their paramount concern. Seems that the Neocon looks upon opposing global hegemony as the cardinal sin, whereas , opposition to free market dogma is a lesser and pardonable sin. Perhaps their tolerance for Hillary's domestic positions (better, poses) is because they realize that even if she initially makes good on these, before long an expanding empire will drain the economy, such that, she'll be telling us something like, "Sorry folks, but after we pay for the weapons and for our troops there just won't be any money left to provide for the common good."

  • 'Atlantic' editor says that Israel's 1948 expulsion of Palestinians was not 'a tragedy'
    • What might have saved lives was for there to have been no Transfer Agreement between Zionist organizations and Nazi Germany. This agreement was instrumental in breaking the anti-Nazi boycott of 1933, a boycott that was viewed by the German government as a threat to its fragile economy.

    • How will the movement for justice in Palestine react to Nakba denier and Israel firster turned dual loyalist Jeffrey Goldberg's acknowledgement that the American Jewish community and the Israeli Jewish community are now "two ships passing in the night?" At a time when BDS is steadily gaining ground, one can anticipate little or no reaction, other than inviting disillusioned (with Israel) American Jews to join said movement.

  • The dark side of Jewish consciousness: manufactured anti-Semitism
    • Israel's occupation of Palestine and brutal treatment of Palestinians - crimes committed on behalf of all Jews, or so Israel's leaders tell us - is what's behind any rise in antisemitism. Indeed, once there's justice for the Palestinian people, look for expressions of antisemitism to fall precipitously.

  • Jeffrey Goldberg, anti-Zionist
    • At a time when Zionism is becoming a bad word what does Goldberg's switching from Zionist to anti-Zionist imply, other than he's a glory-seeking opportunist? No matter, though, should his turnabout on Palestine help deliver justice to the Palestinian people. But credit those of us - the Palestinian people first and foremost - who all along have participated in this struggle. They (We) are the ones whose steadfastness is just now beginning to pay off . Without this mass movement, there wouldn't be a bandwagon for opportunists such as Goldberg to climb aboard.

  • Jeffrey Goldberg is Jewish
    • Since Zionism does not = Judaism, anti-Zionism is not anti-Jewish. That's not to say that an anti-Zionist can't also be anti-Jewish, but that anti-Zionism itself has to do with opposition to the Jewish colonization of Palestine, not to a bias against Jews. No more, that is, than opposition to formerly apartheid South Africa was a marker (which it wasn't) for anti-white sentiment.

  • New statement calls on the movement to focus on Palestine, not divisive internal conflicts
  • Open letter to Jacob Zuma: Choose Leigh-Anne Naidoo's bravery over Amb. Sisa Ngombane's racism
  • No responsibility. No morality. No comment. No boycott.
    • Although Zionists see the worldwide boycott of settlements as the equivalent of the Nazi boycott of Jewish businesses in the thirties, today's boycott is more analogous to the 1933 Jewish-led worldwide boycott of Nazi Germany, one that might have succeeded had Zionist organizations not negotiated The Transfer Agreement with the Nazis for the transfer of 50,000 Jews and $100 million of their assets to Palestine in exchange for ending the boycott. Further similarity between the '33 and today's boycott is that the ultimate goal of both was/is to prevent a genocide - of Jews in '33, of Palestinians today. Considering the fact that but for the Transfer Agreement Nazi Germany might have died in its infancy, one has to wonder, what the fate of the Palestinian people will be, should BDS be crushed on account of Zionist opposition? Zionists sure appear to be equal opportunity genociders, either as enablers as they were in '33, or as the real McCoy, as they are (incrementally, at least) in Palestine today.
      Oh that BDS succeeds!

  • 'There is no stronger disorganizing force in American Jewish life than Israel'
    • Halevi says that there's virtually no debate in Israel about the Palestinians. If so might this be because not many Israelis are willing to pay the price - ostracization, verbal or even physical abuse - that dissenters in jingoistic societies face should they be brave enough to speak out? And even if they do speak out, will they heard, what with the media in such societies closed to dissenters. In Nazi Germany, for example, how many people stood up to defend the victims of antisemitic thuggery. Same goes for white dissenters in the days of apartheid South Africa, for anti-racist as well as antiwar activists right now in America, although here, so far at least, the suppression isn't as pronounced as in the above-mentioned societies. What's the antidote to such massive suppression? Certainly not unity in pursuit of jingoistic goals but mass rebellions to transform run amok militaristic societies, particularly ones such as Israel and the U.S. with their pretensions of being exceptional, and indispensable . For American Jews what this implies is not falling for the Israel uber justice racist line, but instead standing up for justice and equality, here in America as well as everywhere else, Palestine/Israel included.

  • In full page NYT ad, liberal Zionist group calls for ethnic segregation to retain Jewish majority within Israel
    • Hmm, Zionists publicly calling for Israel to be forever majority Jewish, "better" yet, purely Jewish? Shades of the demand by some racists that upon birth so-called anchor babies not automatically be granted U.S. citizenship, lest America turn into a melanin rich majority/white minority nation. Too late, of course, unless Trump wins in November and calls for a constitutional amendment that makes such babies non-citizens. He'll have to move quickly, though, since the percentage of whites is steadily dropping. But without a white majority what'll America be like? Same as Palestine/Israel without a Jewish majority. More just, peaceful and loving.

  • In Brookings poll, most Dems say $38 billion aid package to Israel is 'way too much' while the GOP is split
    • The Green Party's Jill Stein and the Republican Party's Gary Johnson haven't been invited to participate in the forthcoming debates. One reason for shutting them out may be that both nominees might speak out forcefully against this 38 billion aid package, which, given the above poll results, very well might peal off voters from both the major party nominees, but more so from the Democratic standard bearer. If polls suggest this is happening, Trump might change his mind & oppose the aid, but on this issue the public might not let him get away with it. Clinton, however, is so tangled up with the Israel Lobby that even if she came to her senses vis-a-vis Palestine-Israel, no way would the public believe her.

  • Commemorating the Shatila massacre, 34 years ago today
    • As someone who was a volunteer with the Palestine Red Crescent Society during the 1982 U.S.-backed Israeli siege of West Beirut, this time of the year always carries me back to those tumultuous days. The booming sound of missiles being fired from offshore Israeli warships, along with the mind-numbing experience of a of car bomb exploding outside one's residence are moments that simply won't let go. Same goes for the sight of a 11 story apartment bldg that had been flattened by a new type of ordnance (the vacuum or thermobaric bomb) that Israel was testing for its efficacy. Very effective, indeed, at least for wiping out civilians, as attested to by Yusuf, a Palestinian who lived in one of the apartments that had been destroyed, the only survivor out of an extended family of 11. Lying in his hospital bed, "No one's left", was what he told me.

      But beyond and above all the nightmares of war what sticks with me the most was/is - the unshakable spirit of the Palestinian people. Another and younger Yusuf exemplifies this spirit. Having suffered extensive first and second degree burns from an Israeli bomb, he was bedridden in an AUB dormitory that had been temporarily converted into a burn unit. He was febrile and somewhat confused, but shortly after several visitors (myself included) entered his room, he somehow willed himself to stand up. The nurse (a Dutch volunteer), fearing for his safety, asked him to return to his bed.

      "What are you doing?", the nurse asked.

      "Got to get up and help my people", his reply.

      Finally the nurse coaxed him to return to his bed.

      Could this be real? A young man who probably wasn't long for this world, his last thoughts being of his people.? Yet it is this spirit that explains why the Palestinians will never give up their quest to regain their homeland.

  • Why I single out Israel
    • Does either major party presidential candidates realize that the first one to come out against this 38 billion giveaway to Israel wins in November? Especially so if she or he links her/his opposition to said giveaway to the redirection of the 38 billion dollars to life enhancing pursuits such as tuition free higher education. Come on candidates, there's a presidency to be won; besides, you have nothing to lose except the hold that Israel-firsters have on you, and good riddance!

  • Stand with Standing Rock, and say no to Dakota Access Pipeline
    • The Palestinian Youth Movement's expression of solidarity with Native Americans in their struggle against the Dakota Access Pipeline is inspirational in that it speaks to a basic truth, that until the last chain is broken none of us will be free, yet once that last chain be broken, ah then, free at last.

  • 'Peace Now' chief slams AIPAC for misrepresenting Jews -- but Peace Now is on AIPAC exec committee
    • Severing the U.S-Israel special relationship is a vital task for American anti-Zionists. Weakening AIPAC can help bring this about because fear of being labeled an anti-Semite for criticizing Israel has silenced too many supporters of Palestinian liberation. Once they realize that they're not alone in criticizing Israel, they'll consider coming out of the closet and joining the pro-Palestinian movement in pressuring Washington to end its special relationship with Israel. And as I've stated several times before on MW, once that relationship is severed, Israel's days will be numbered. As for JVP's anti-Zionism being controversial, not only does it favor ending our government's unconditional support for Israel, it's a staunch supporter of BDS. Seems to me that those two efforts alone signify a measure of commitment to Palestinian liberation.

    • Americans for Peace Now can help bring justice to Palestine more effectively by renouncing its membership in AIPAC and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, instead allying itself with anti-Zionist organizations such as JVP and US Campaign to End the Occupation. Surely it must see the contradiction between its membership in AIPAC and both its opposition to the occupation and its attempts to deny that AIPAC speaks for all Jews. Switch sides, Peace Now, thereby diminishing AIPAC, at the same time advancing the cause of justice for Palestine.

  • It's war between Netanyahu and the generals (and the PM may just have lost the corporal)
    • At a time when the international Palestine liberation movement is gaining momentum, up steps Israel-firster Jeffrey Goldberg, in his role as the great distractor, trying to divert our attention towards rumblings of a split inside Israeli Jewish society. Just the moment to send in Bill Clinton, he says, and never mind that Clinton failed miserably at Camp David when he was president. Perhaps Goldberg thinks that anti-Zionists, led by him into believing that Israel's about to come apart, will call off BDS; instead waiting for the white Messiah BC to work his magic? No way! BDS is but the opening salvo in the worldwide effort to isolate the Zionist settler state Israel. Its advocates won't be distracted by petty spats within the Zionist hierarchy.

  • Many leftwing Israelis are leaving the country -- 'Forward' breaks an important story
    • Here in the U.S. of A. the potentially most effective way for the pro-Palestinian/anti-Zionist movement to help transform the Middle East is by educating the public to the fact that our government's unconditional support for Israel is the main reason They* hate us. That's not to say that the multiple other wars (Afghanistan, Iraq ,Yemen, Somalia) that America has been waging in the Middle East don't contribute to said hatred, but that. at least partly, our government engages in these wars under the misguided belief that by doing so it is protecting Israel. In the short term, perhaps, but what a steep price - in material as well as human lives - the public is and will continue to pay.

      How to turn the public on Palestine and the Middle East? By emphasizing the connection between U.S. support for Israel and the anger and hatred that renders the region's youth susceptible to appeals from Jihadists that young people join them in defeating the invaders and other infidels; by reminding the public that Osama bin Laden made it quite clear that U.S. support for Israel was a key reason for 9/11, and by hammering away at the fact that the Iraq War that took more than 5000 American lives (not to mention several hundred thousand Iraqis'), was undertaken with Israel edging America on; same goes for the Syrian war.

      Underlying the effort to sever the U.S-Israel special relationship is the belief that without this support Israel's days (not its people's) will be numbered.

      *They = the Arab/Islamic world

  • Daniel Berrigan's 1973 prophecy: Israel is becoming 'the tomb of the Jewish soul'
    • If Daniel Berrigan had been chosen to be Pope, would he have accepted that honor? If not, why not, and if so, what conditions, if any, would he have attached to his acceptance?

  • Beyond the flag
    • and what good have national anthems done?
      have they protected anyone from drone strikes?
      have they helped bring about a just and peaceful world?
      Oh, but they lift one's spirit
      make us proud to be an American
      unleash tears
      make life worthwhile
      but at the same time
      render us oblivious to
      the body counts from these perpetual wars
      the never ending racism at home
      since once a chorus of "the land of the free and the home of the brave"
      casts its magic spell
      we're lost in blissful reverie
      a momentary high
      so utterly inappropriate
      ghastly, actually
      what is being inflicted upon us
      upon the world
      in our names
      by our government
      meanwhile, we're in this trance
      which is why quarterback Colin Kaepernick wouldn't stand up for our national anthem
      it's like at the line of scrimmage
      to wake us up
      to break the trance
      he's audibilizing a new play
      telling us that when America becomes the land that it claims to be
      with liberty, equality and justice for all
      then he'll stand up
      but until then he'll remain seated
      and so should we

  • Liel Leibovitz wants to excommunicate most American Jews, beginning with Beinart
    • The just person always side with the slave, never with the slave-owner. Re: Palestine/Israel the Palestinians are the slaves, since it's their land that's been forcefully taken from them by Jewish settlers, confiscating another people's land being an act of enslavement. It is for this reason that many of us American Jews are participating in the movement for justice in Palestine, a movement made up of people from a diversity of nationalities, religions and political persuasions. For us the fact that co-religionists claim to be colonizing Palestine on behalf of all Jews, compels us to participate in this liberation movement. The history of our people, of all people informs us that until the last chain is broken, none of us will be free.

  • Let's talk about Russian influence
    • Demonizing Russia is an easy proposition for the war hawks, what with most Americans born from 1917 to 1994 having been bombarded with anti-Russian/anti-Communist propaganda. Sure, with the breakup of the USSR there was some easing in said demonizing, but empire's propagandists had to be besides themselves with joy when they were told to get back to portraying Russia/Putin as evil and threatening, since to accomplish this all they need do is play an updated version of the same tune re: alleged Russian treachery that they deployed during the existence of the Soviet Union. Or so they may think, but will it work this time around?

  • The politics of Jewish ethnocentrism
    • ethnocentrism - having or based on the idea that your own group or culture is better or more important than others (source: Merriam-Webster's Learner Dictionary) -

      syllogism: some Jews are ethnocentric bigots. Jerry is a Jew. Therefore Jerry is a bigot.

      As for Liel Liebovitz's accusation that in exchange for financial rewards Gideon Levy peddles stories about Israel's crimes, here Liebovitz must be desperate , because his characterization of Levy as someone who'd sell out his people is awful close to the antisemite's stereotypical depiction of the perfidious Jew. Shylock comes to mind. Hmm, resorting to antisemitic stereotyping, what does this tell us about Liebovitz? Self-hating Jew, perhaps?

  • Palestinian anti-racist struggle against Zionism and Black anti-racist struggle against White supremacy are crucial to building a just world
    • Many if not most people who have felt the sting of discrimination, be it based on race, ethnicity, religion, sex, age or class, come to understand that until the last chain is broken none of us will be free. This explains how it is that there are Africans supporting Palestinian liberation., Palestinians supporting African liberation and Jews supporting both liberation movements as well as their own liberation, if by that one means freeing an individual from the moral dilemma that Zionism inflicts on its adherents. A dilemma that precludes the Zionist Jew from identifying with the plight of the Palestinian. - "But how can one identify with an inferior human being?" By discarding, if but for a moment, that facade of superiority and imagining instead what being a Palestinian in Gaza would be like., thereby allowing previously forbidden connections between two peoples to take shape. Once seriously undertaken, moral dilemma resolved. Simple as that!

  • Beinart calls anti-Zionists 'revolutionaries'
    • The characterization of BLMers and anti-Zionists as revolutionaries may bother Stephen Low, but if revolution has to do with turning a society upside down, seems to me that the characterization fits the reality of Palestine/Israel. But as Phil notes in his post, not all revolutions are bloody. After all, isn't the goal of of BDS that of a bloodless transformation of P/I? Where I disagree with Phil in his insistence that changing the American-Jewish mind is the most important step towards bringing about this bloodless revolution. This might be the case if there were no pressure of time. But with time running out the aim of anti-Zionist revolutionaries should be to turn the general public against our government's unconditional support for Israel. In this effort American Jews can be helpful in that our presence among the revolutionaries will tend to dispel the Zionist charge that anti-Zionism = anti-Semitism, thereby rendering the public more receptive to the specifics of how it is that America's unfaltering support for Israel has led to so much violence, death and destruction in the Middle East. Open-mindedness being the prerequisite to discovering the truth, once the public realizes that the truth re: P/I is the opposite of what they've been taught, the revolution will have begun.

  • The 'New York Times' is dead set on marginalizing Jewish anti-Zionism
    • The NYT won't cover Jewish anti=Zionism because its editors realize that once the general public learns how many Jews reject Benjamin Netanyahu's claim that he speaks for all Jews, the fear of being being called an anti-Semite or a self-hating Jew for supporting justice for Palestine will vanish - "How can I be an anti-Semite (or self--hating Jew) when so many Jews are with me in this movement for justice?" Next those who previously held back from criticizing Israel (closet anti-Zionists) for fear of being labeled anti-Semitic will be asking what Israel's role in other Middle East conflicts has been, and how much their prior silence on these issues contributed to so much death and destruction? As this begins to take place throughout our land, Israel's (not its people's) days will be numbered. Empire too will be in serious trouble - for having provided Israel with unconditional support for more than half a century. The public will want to know how this relationship came about, who & what's to blame, and there'll be demands that those responsible be put on trial. Fear of such an outcome is what keeps the NYT from reporting on the rapidly growing Jewish pro-Palestinian/anti-Israel/anti-Zionist movement. Strange their fear, because the longer the Times' editors/publishers persevere in ignoring said movement, the worse the outcome for them. But it's not too late, if only they open up and spill the beans - about, Zionism, Israel and our nation's role in the conflagrations afflicting the Middle East, not to mention the whopper the NYT's propagates about Israel's leaders speaking for all Jews.

  • Jews need to study the Torah in order to criticize Israel, Beinart says
    • What's this about reading the torah so as to root our children so deeply in our own Jewish identity that when we support justice for Palestine we cannot be excommunicated? Sounds like Peter Beinart is trying to shrink the ranks of pro-Palestinian/anti-Zionist Jews, because for many if not most Jews, nothing could be more onerous than having to discipline oneself so as to take in the gibberish of unknown authors from a bronze age culture. Get serious, Peter, cause it ain't gonna happen. Excommunication or not, Jewish supporters of the Palestinian cause will not be deterred. Nor were white anti-apartheid members of the African National Congress deterred by the enmity directed at them by other whites.

  • Jewish entitlement, and Jewish populism
    • Isn't it more accurate to say the Jewish elite's tradition of being wary of populists, rather than, as Phil puts its, the "Jewish tradition of being wary of populists", After all even during the days of Europe's shtetls, how many Jews were in positions of power, compared to those working in the fields or scraping out a living in small towns? True, until recently most Jews, non-elite as well as elite, have sided with Zionist Israel. That's still the case but the rapid growth of anti-Zionist organizations such as Jewish Voices for Peace suggests that show-down time may not be far off. What's more the Jewish elite's fear of populism is shared by the non-Jewish elite's fear of same, perhaps not on the issue if P/I but on other issues (income disparity, racism, cost of education and health care, global warming, etc etc) where the 99% (especially its youth and minorities) is challenging the 1%.

  • Israel-splaining
    • As BDS tightens the screws on Israel no surprise that the racist state responds by resorting to the old saw that the best defense is a good offense. Unfortunately for Israel the offense it chooses is that of saying we're not the racists, you BDS'ers are; racist antisemites, that is, for falsely labeling us colonizers and practitioners of apartheid, Unfortunately here, because the evidence supporting the charge that Israelis are colonizing Palestine and enforcing apartheid on its people, the Palestinians, is overwhelming. Which puts Israel in the awkward position of having to recite the specific accusations that BDS is making in order to deny them. But in doing this Israel will be making the case for its opponents. Sooner rather than later Israel will find that its strategy has stoked public interest in what's really happening re: Palestine/Israel. And once this happens, game over, farewell, goodbye, so long, apartheid state.

  • 'NY Jewish Week' speaks bluntly of 'Israel firsters' in US politics
    • As America and its allies face the blowback from the wars that Israel-firsters have promoted in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere, it should be clear by now that these I-F'ers are at least partly responsible for the mass murders in Orlando, Paris, Brussels and Ankara. For had they put the interests of America, not to mention the rest of the world, before the interests of the settler-state Israel, there'd have been no Afghanistan war, no Iraq war, no Libya war, no Syria war. And without said wars, no blowback! Just think of it, history shaped by a tiny nation of six million people (80% Jews), along with its mostly Jewish I-F'er U.S. supporters. Antisemitism? Only if nothing is done about this.

  • Shift: Two NY Jewish leaders describe checkpoints, innocent Palestinians killed, and 'good Jews' who denounce Israel
    • "We raise good Jews " - young Jews who care about people who suffer.

      They may aim to raise young Jews to be progressive on everything except Palestine (PEP), but what's happening is that their children are learning that regardless of the nationality, ethnicity or religion of the colonizer, colonization = racism. Knowledge that can transform them into being progressive on everything including Palestine (PIP). And once this awakening occurs, considering the weight of hypocrisy that's being exposed, there's no turning back.

  • Israel is at war over nature of a Jewish state, and NYT spins it as 'changing of the guard'
    • Netanyahu is but the latest Israeli PM to advance the myth about one nation between the river and the sea. Indeed, it should be evident by now that what's holding Israel back from completing its ethnic cleansing of Palestine isn't the particular makeup of its government, but concern for the effect that such a crime would have upon its special relationship with America. In other words the players may change, but the name of the game, colonialism, stays the same. And so it has been since Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492. Until, that is, the natives rise up and liberate themselves from their colonizers.

  • Why Miko Peled's story resonates for Palestinians
    • Given the well known corrupting influence of power, rather than chastising American Blacks for some of its leaders perhaps having failed the test of virtue (ie power), seems to me that the fundamental progressive challenge remains how to deliver power to the people such that it's so fairly distributed that no one's virtue is tested.

    • If one truly ascribes to the principle of always siding with the oppressed, never with the oppressor, ultimately PEP becomes untenable.

  • Zionism threatens to bring anti-semitism full-circle
    • 2 important points in this article

      1) Since Israel is a major cause of hatred towards Jews around the world, they should be wary of considering it to be their 'insurance policy' (ie safe haven) when the going gets tough.

      2) If all Jews become identified by an inevitable connection to Israel then Israel becomes their greatest peril."

      Specifically, said peril is that of Israel tightly packed with 16 million Jews, most of whom will have fled there consequent to Israel's having incited virulent worldwide antisemitism with its Palestinian genocide, a crime against humanity that Israel will say was done in the name of all Jews. Won't matter whether this claim is true or not, since Jews who opposed Israel's crimes as well as those who supported them will be forced - so intense will be the hatred - to run for their lives.

      But in a world bent on revenge, how safe will the so-called safe haven be?

  • 'Either Assad or we'll burn the country' - An excerpt from 'Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War' (Update)
    • could it be any more obvious obvious?

      for sure
      no denying it
      the tens, hundreds of thousands
      even millions
      killed, maimed, displaced
      in exchange for ridding Iraqis of demon
      saddam hussein
      syria of demon bashar assad
      "yes, it was worth it"
      says u.s diplomat madeleine albright
      speaking not for the Iraqi or the syrian people
      but for empire usa

  • Once, most Jews viewed Israel as the anti-semite's best friend
    • Once most Jews Viewed Israel as the antisemite's best friend?

      Soundly based, too, considering the fact that the Jewish-settler colonization of Palestine accounts for most of today's antsemitism

      This is so not only because history has discredited settler colonialism, but because Palestine today is a living example of the horrors that settler conquest bestows upon native peoples.

      Perhaps Israel is no worse in this regard than the many settler colonizations that took place over the past 5 centuries. Israel's "misfortune" is that its crimes are played out before billions of people, compliments of modern communication technology. Who knows what the world would look like today had the Conquistadores been faced with such instant revelations?

      Yet Israel & its supporters, rather than asking themselves "what are we doing wrong that the world's turned against us", cling to the illusion that "they hate us because we're Jewish." Yeh, and the worldwide opposition to settler colonialism in South Africa was attributable to hatred of Whites and not to the recognition by most people that colonialism = racism, and therefore must go?

      What is there about settler colonialism that riles people up? Well, it being a form of enslavement, its existence forces us to decide, on which side, the slave (ie. the Palestinian) or the slave-owner (ie. the Jewish settler). Most of us, of course, side with the slave. Why? Perhaps has something to do with the "there but for go I", or, perhaps the realization (conscious or otherwise) that none of us will be free until the last chain is broken.

      And this, not antisemitism, is why the world's against the settler state Israel. Simple and as basic as that. Nothing to do with antisemitism, which, unfortunately is something that Israel and its supporters won't dare consider. They take that up and the walls come tumbling down.

      That's not to say that there aren't at least a few anti-Semites who'll try to jump aboard justice for Palestine movements such as BDS. Except that a few rotten apples do not a mass movement spoil, especially when its members know that opposing one form of racism (settler racism) with another (antisemitism) is a recipe for disaster.

      Indeed, with the dissolution of the state of Israel (not its people), the amount of antisemitism in the world would be reduced to a size that could easily be flushed down a toilet.

  • US Jews adopted 'deferential' relationship to Israel, and tabooed dissent so as to preserve US gov't support
    • Nothing will do more to lessen whatever antisemitism still exists in America than a widening of the deep and growing fissure within the Jewish community on Israel-Palestine. By shattering the belief that there's unity among Jews on this issue, the general public will feel less inclined to keep silent out of concern that criticizing Israel might be looked upon as an act of antisemitism - "How can I be an anti-Semite when so many Jews are saying the same thing?" Indeed, the "liberating" effect of anti-Zionist Jews (and newly formed anti--Zionist organizations such as Jewish Voices for Peace)) on the public's willingness to speak out on I-P may be the most important aspect of the split within the Jewish community. And the reason this development will reduce antisemitism is that the awakening of the public on the I-P issue has the potential of ending America's unconditional support for the colonial settler state Israel, and without said support, Israel will have to get serious about justice for Palestine. Now once Palestine is free, antisemitism will be reduced to a size that can be flushed down a toilet, and then no more energy need be wasted on such nonsense as establishing a safe haven for Jews - because the earth will have become that safe haven, not only for Jews but for all people everywhere.

  • BDS or emigration: pick one
    • Once significant numbers of settlers decide to emigrate, will the outward flow turn into a stampede? That's what happened 40 years ago in Mozambique, after Africans there won their independence from Portugal, as within 2 years only a few thousand whites remained out of a pre-independence population of 450,000 mostly Portuguese settlers (Wikipedia). To date this hasn't happened in South Africa, although since 1995 when the African National Congress took power, approximately 800, 000 out of 5,200,000 whites have emigrated. It should be noted that in Mozambique the settlers were more or less kicked out, whereas in South Africa they have been encouraged to stay; suggesting, perhaps, that how fast Jewish settlers take off for other parts may depend upon how welcomed they'll be in liberated Palestine.

  • Beinart's Jewish double-bind: Support oppression or you're out of the family
    • Don't put personal morality above loyalty to family is what police association officials preach to the cop who decides to publicly disclose a fellow officer's criminal transgressions, thereby deviating from the so-called blue code of silence. And this is the mentality that Peter Beinart hopes to foster in the Jewish community? Never mind the mass murdering of Palestinians being perpetrated by Jewish settlers in Palestine, cause it's tribal loyalty that counts? And what is Beinart's perversion of personal responsibility to be called, the "Jew code of silence?"

  • Norman Finkelstein on Sanders, the first intifada, BDS, and ten years of unemployment
    • As for Israel's using BDS so as to enhance its mantra of victimhood, despite this deceit, judging by the growth in the number of individuals and organizations committing to its goals, BDS continues to expand, not to mention the increasing public awareness that the underlying cause of the Israel-Palestine conflict is Jewish settler colonialism. Slowly, yet inexorably, we shall overcome.

    • "Palestinians are a defeated people." - Norman Finkelstein

      Except Haitians too seemed to be a defeated people in 1967 when I visited them, but by the mid-eighties they had awakened to the drumbeat of a liberation movement led by Jean-Bertrand Aristide, who not long thereafter in a landslide election became their president.

      Similarly Algerians appeared to be a defeated people after "The Battle of Algiers" but a few years later they rose up and tossed out the French occupiers.

      Same goes for Palestinians. Sure, a "snapshot" taken of them right now might reveal what looks like a defeated people,
      but continuous filming could just as well reveal a revolution in the making. Suggesting that seems to be, appears to be and looks like are not equivalents of actually are.

      What does the "snapshot" miss? Only the ongoing history of people engaged in continuous liberation struggles, Haitians for over two centuries, Algerians for eight years and Palestinians for about a century.

      Come on Norman, you may feel defeated and are giving up on the struggle, but the Palestinians, although undoubtedly discouraged, rest assured that when the right moment arrives, they'll be ready.

  • Chabon calls occupation 'the most grievous injustice I have ever seen in my life' and says he is 'culpable'
    • ah, the epiphany

      where suddenly
      with such clarity
      stupid me
      why didn't I see this before

  • When 'Broad City' Went On Birthright, and taught us all a lesson about American Jews and Israel
    • birthright

      food and sustenance
      a roof over one's head
      health care
      the company of family and friends
      not being a displaced person

  • Donna Edwards's campaign unsettles the Israel lobby inside the Democratic Party
  • Another interview on Israeli TV
    • Why is the narrator astonished at the connection made in the U.S. between blacks/other minorities and Palestinians?

      Especially since the victim of racist prejudice almost reflexively tends to identify/connect with other victims of racism

      Has he personally never felt the sting of racist insults?

      Yet many people who have never been on the receiving end of racism are able to connect with victims of racism by saying to themselves, "there but for go I."

      Could it be that he has experienced racism but his capacity to identify/connect with others afflicted by this type of hatred was blunted by life in an apartheid society? After all, even in apartheid South Africa, there were a few Africans who sided with their "masters."

      Then, of course, there's always the possibility that personal gain overwhelms one's better instincts.

  • Tidbits from Reader Survey: Please Add Your Ideas To The Mix
    • 'The World The Settlers Made'

      couldn't be clearer

      "Palestinians are nothing" - Jewish settler

      therefore it's ok to wipe them out

      besides, "they're bad, we're good" - another Jewish settler

      so what's the fuss all about?

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