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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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  • Norman Finkelstein on Sanders, the first intifada, BDS, and ten years of unemployment
    • "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
      Palestine
      yes
      Israel
      no

  • 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
      education
      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?

  • Sanders's leftwing base made him take on Netanyahu
    • @Kay24
      for purposes of clarification -

      mobilization on the left = unity among the various liberation movements in pursuit of liberty, justice & equality

      mobilization on the right = the joining together of hate-peddling organizations and followers who seek a fascist world

      as for the election itself, it is relevant only to the extent that it contributes towards advancing the core values and goals of the left

      which means that despite whatever progressive positions she holds on domestic issues, on account of her position on P-I as well as her track record as a war-maker, Hillary Clinton is
      neither on the left nor progressive.

      Bernie Sanders, however, should be accepted as a man of the left, not only for his positions om domestic issues, but for his recent shift to the left on I-P and other matters of war & peace. Yes, he needs to move further in this direction, but here the left can be of assistance.

      So long as Sanders stays on course us leftists have an opportunity to advance our causes, not only by supporting him in the collective struggle, but by alerting him to whatever influences blur his vision.

      But if for whatever reason Sanders decides to separate himself from the movement, the left shouldn't hesitate to say something like "so long it's been good to know you" and be ready to carry on without him - towards that just and peaceful world that we all seek.

    • The significance of this election is that it's mobilizing both right and the left, with rightists responding to appeals to their racist, xenophobic and violent tendencies, whereas leftists are drawn to visions of a just and peaceful world. Should the right prevail in November's election and the mobilization of the left collapse, goodbye life on earth (what with perpetual war + global warming = doomsday). But regardless of the outcome in November, the left must remain mobilized, being that it is the only force that can save planet earth.

  • 'Anti-Zionism = anti-semitism' is a formal logical fallacy
    • To be true to oneself the moral person must always side with the slave, never with the slave owner, even (better, especially) when the slave owner not only happens to be of the same religious persuasion as oneself, but insists, as is the case in Israel today, that s/he speaks for everyone of said persuasion. Except Israel has been built by way of the colonization by Jewish settlers of an indigenous people's (the Palestinians') homeland, with the subsequent "cleansing" of Palestinians so as to establish settler hegemony over the now stolen land. Settler colonization being a form of enslavement, no matter one's closeness to the settlers (familial, ethnic, religious or otherwise), once again, to be true to oneself as a moral person one can only side with the slave.

  • Sanders' unprecedented call for 'justice and peace' marks decline of lobby's power
    • although not receiving as much attention from the media, on the issue of the ongoing war(s) in Syria, the differences between Linton and Saunders were just as stark as their differences on Palestine/Israel, especially when Clinton said she supports a no fly zone in Syria and Sanders was against it. Additionally, both her war hawk nature and her duplicity came through in her comments on her role in the U.S./NATO war on that country. Whereas in prior debates she didn't hesitate to take credit for bringing on that war, at the Thurs. debate she ended up backing off a bit by saying it was President Obama who made the call. Perhaps her pollsters told her that the public is now disillusioned with the war in Syria war, and to put at least some of the blame on Obama.

  • Sanders slams Clinton for ignoring Palestinian needs and thinking Netanyahu is 'right all the time'
    • @echinococcus
      I agree, up to Thurs. night's debate he was in the Zionist camp, but his words suggest to me that on P/I he's separating himself from the rest of the candidates. What's so surprising about someone who early in his life demonstrated a fervent commitment to the struggle against racism here in America suddenly waking up to the reality of racist Israel? Will he persevere in this is another question, but if he does he just might awaken the electorate to the fact that on this issue they've been had.

    • If Sander's is a man of his words, certainly his track record as a politician suggests that he is, then his call for our government to be even-handed on Palestine/Israel should not be dismissed as a desperate gambit to keep his presidential campaign alive. Israel-firsters, of course. will say that his take on P-I shows that he's out of touch with Jewish-Americans, if not the general public, and that his statement last night is gonna cost him the election (not that they ever believed he had a chance). Perhaps, but assuming he continues to play the same tune re: P/I, don't be surprised if his message begins to resonate with the public. Yes, I know,
      for decades now the media has poured out so much pro-Israel propaganda that no way will his message get through, but then there's this intrinsic sense of fairness that can be demonstrated in children as young as one year. Difficult to grasp this, considering how as we age so many of us lose interest in matters that pertain to fair play and equality, with some of us even expressing bias against certain other(s). But then along comes something like a civil rights movement, somehow rekindling that childhood sense of fairness. Here questions arise as to whether the movement for justice in Palestine can capture the imagination of the American people, whether a presidential election is the appropriate vehicle for carrying this movement forward, and whether Bernie Sanders is the right person to be in the driver's seat. Give it a try, Bernie, there's a presidency to be gained, a world to be saved - by changing it!

  • Israeli journalist Derfner succinctly analyzes the anti-Semitism vs. anti-Zionism debate
    • Besides, what generates anti-Semitism today is Israel's occupation of Palestine, along with the U.S. multiple wars on Islamic nations that won't kow-tow to U.S. dictates. If only the above violations of international law were abandoned, anti-Semitism would be reduced to a size that could be flushed down a toilet. And what need (er, excuse) then for a safe haven for "endangered" world Jewry?

  • Israel demands correction from Sanders: it killed only 532 Palestinian children in summer 2014
    • Since "only" 532 Palestinian children were killed in the "haircut" that the IDF gave to Gaza almost three years ago, Sanders should apologize. After all during the past year or so didn't Israel lose a child or two somewhere to Palestinian "terrorists?" 532 to 1 or 2, isn't this an acceptable kill ratio, considering the Zionist settler's exceptional value and worthiness compared to those good for nothing Palestinians?

  • Shocker: 'NYT' forum on anti-Zionism tilts toward equating Zionism with racism
    • Zionism = racism against Palestinians
      anti-Zionism = anti-racism against Palestinians

      & since Judaism does not = Zionism
      anti-Zionism does not equal anti-Semitism

  • Zionism is finally in the news, as officials seek to conflate anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism
    • cause and effect -

      Zionism and Nazism
      same hatred
      different targets
      as believers run amok
      violence
      unleashed

      Gaza and the Warsaw Ghetto
      same place
      different times
      while the world stands by
      genocide
      live

  • Why is AIPAC legitimating Donald Trump's bigotry?
    • Faced with a growing BDS movement AIPAC & other Israel-first organizations may see fascism as the surest way to save Israel from the challlenge posed by anti-Zionism. So what if a charasmatic American leader has emerged, who, like certain fascist leaders of yesteryear, revs up his followers by asking them to pledge allegiance to him with their right arm extended. Also never mind that he further imitates those same leaders by designating certain groups (Muslims & Mexican undocumented 'border-crossers') as enemies of state, something that should scare the hell out of a predominately Jewish organization, given the last century's Holocaust. Toss-in a promise to 'make America great again', to be merciless in pursuit of a world in which those who resist a hegemonic USA are destroyed, while at the same time sparing Social Security and Medicare the ravages of austerity and, voila, you have an updated version of the mix of racist, xenophobic & war hawking rhetoric (along with a bone or two of populist social policies to chew on) that brought Hitler and Mussolini to power. Remember, too, that their rise to power coincided with an emergent Left, and with that period's .01% being under attack. And now we are witnessing the same phenomena in Turkey (among other places), with racism, xenophobia and warmongering wiping out an emergent Left, at the same time attacking what had been a promising, albeit fragile democracy.

      Undoubtedly AIPAC leaders know the dangers from flirting with fascism, but for them, since Israel comes first, it's a risk worth taking.

  • What brought you to be critical of Israel?
    • What brought me to be critical of Israel?

      the same thing that brought 8 yr old me to be critical of racism in Nazi Germany

      the same thing that brought teenager me to be critical of racism in America

      the same thing that led me to be critical of racism anywhere & everywhere

      the same thing that has led me to always side with the slave/oppressed/occupied, but never to side with the slave-owner/oppressor/occupier

      no matter (better, especially) when the owner/oppressor/occupier happens to be a co-national/co-religionist/co-whatever

      isn't this the mandate of everyone of the humanist persuasion?

      knowing as we do that none of us will be free until the last chain is broken

      and that only the slave can free us all

  • Netanyahu slams Abbas in wake of killing of American tourist
    • Jewish Israelis

      grab your 2nd passport
      and pack your bags
      leave your fears at the airport
      between the mediterranean
      and the the jordan
      palestine for palestinians
      from now on

  • Palestinian citizens of Israel respond to poll showing Jewish support for expelling Arabs from country
    • Where will Palestinians be expelled to? Surely not to neighboring Arab nations,already the unhappy recipients of ethnic cleansings dating back to 1947, and definitely not to the West, considering the enmity building there towards all things Arab &/or Islamic. Which leaves internal displacement with the establishment of concentration camps (the Israeli equivalent of America's Indian reservations) as the most likely outcome for the indigenous people of occupied Palestine. Will Israel get away with it? Well, at most western leaders will utter a few tut-tuts and assorted naughty- naughties, while the UNSC passes a few resolutions prohibiting the expulsion, all of which are vetoed by Israel's grand protector, the USA. So what it'll come down to is whether or not the people of the Arab/Islamic world will allow their governments to stand by and do nothing?

  • Bernie Sanders's God is a lot like John Brown's
    • Do unto others as you would have them do unto you sure seems like a sound basis for one's religious belief. What concerns me is that when it comes to Palestine/Israel Bernie Sanders reveals that he's not a true believer, because if he were, he'd be opposing not only Israel's occupation of Palestine, but its barbaric treatment of the indigenous people of that land, the Palestinians. Doesn't Sanders realize that unless he applies his credo universally, it becomes as meaningless as a person who claims he's a vegetarian except for when he eats beef. Come on Bernie, apply your belief universally or get out of the race. And since authenticity seems to be the single character trait in this presidential election that voters are fixing upon, not only is your supporting justice for the Palestinian people the right thing to do, it'll win you the election.

  • 2017 is a crucial year for the Palestine Question
    • A few remembrances from a visit to occupied Palestine near the beginning of the First Intifada -

      taking a taxi from outside the Damascus Gate to Ramallah. The old taxi reminded me of the vintage cars I'd seen a decade earlier in Havana during a visit there. One of my fellow passengers kept his head behind a newspaper for most of the ride, except for periodically peering out to glance at me. I wondered whether I was under surveillance.

      Upon arriving at Ramallah, initially receiving a cold reception from a street vender; until, that is, I asked him if he knew a certain physician whose name I'd been given as someone to visit. Instantly he turned friendlier, at least trusting enough to direct me to said physician's house.

      At a Ramallah hospital, going to meet a physician who a friend of the hotel manager where I was staying had suggested I visit. Upon informing him of this his response - something like "Why the hell did so & so do that. I've just been released from three months in prison, and now he sends me a known activist? Just what I need to get myself back in prison." Still, albeit not too happily, he answered my questions as to the medical problems his hospital was facing consequent to the Intifada.

      Another day & another vintage taxi ride, this time to Jerusalem. Noticing, upon entering the city, from his perch on the 2nd story of a building opposite the entrance, a rifle toting IDF soldier with his mounted weapon pointing in our direction. Walking down the streets radiating outwards from the Church of the Nativity one couldn't help notice the Israeli settlements built on hills overlooking the Palestinian city.

      Ordered by an Israeli policeman on a street near the Damascus Gate to get out of their car,the sight of three young Palestinian men lined up against a wall as she checked there identification papers. "Just like Africaaners asking an African for his papers," I thought. "How humiliating that has to be."

      The three co-passengers in the Israeli taxi (a relatively new Bentley this time)) that took us from Bethlehem back to the Damascus Gate. They got in the taxi a few minutes after me and, ? coincidentally. just happened to work with the Palestinian physician whose home I had been in the day before.

      Upon returning home from Gaza one afternoon I was confronted by the serious risks accepted by participants in the Intifada. Arriving again by vintage taxi outside the Damascus Gate, I noticed there seemed to have been some sort of commotion. I asked a bystander what had happened. Turned out that a Palestinian protester had been shot dead by Israeli cops.

      Changing the scene to the Dome of the Rock which I entered one Friday afternoon after performing the rituals of washing my feet and putting on fresh slippers. Palestinian entrance being restricted during Islam's holy day of the week, at that moment my guide & I were the only persons inside the Dome.It being a hot summer day, I was suffering somewhat from heat exhaustion (dizzy and weak). My guide took my hand and led me to what appeared to a section inside the building that was covered by a canvas. "Put your hands through this." Following his instructions I reached through an opening in the canvas to where my hand felt like it was in some sort of indentation in a very hard rock. "You have your hand in the footstep of Mohammed" said the guide* Immediately it felt like an electric current had passed through my hand, whereupon my head cleared and I became, if anything, hyper alert. I attributed this turnabout to the emotional shock that the words "hands in the footstep of Mohammed" had delivered me. A couple years later I told this story to a Sufi. Asked him what he thought the above experience was about, "a signal from Mohammed, perhaps?" "No, from god, he replied," claiming that the same thing had happened to him. Being an atheist and rarely delving into mysticism, I still believe that my sudden recovery from heat exhaustion was some sort of neuropsychological reaction.

      Lastly, another unusual occurrence upon departing from Palestine. Just before leaving the hotel its mgr. gave me if a dinner plate for me to deliver to a relative of his back home. While waiting in the airport lobby for boarding, a young Israeli approached and asked me if I had been asked to carry any dinner plates back home. I said yes and gave it to him. He said wait here. Shortly thereafter he returned, thanked me and gave me back the plate. What's this about, I wandered. Later, I read that such plates were sometimes used to conceal explosives.

      Enough to turn anyone paranoid, don;t you think?

      *later he recanted and said that scholars doubted this was historically correct

  • Romney echoes neocons: Trump will lead U.S. 'into the abyss'
    • So the neocons won't support Trump because he's pro-torture and doesn't support an interventionist policy guided by principles of democracy and human rights. Yeah, like they're really upset by Israel's crimes against humanity, its apartheid system of government in occupied Palestine, or the U.S.-backed Saudi war on the people of Yemen. Yet the neocons hardly mention Israel? What, are they getting cold feet about openly supporting the Zionist criminal enterprise? Sorry, neocons, no use pretending you're only interested in what's good for America. Much too late for that. After all you're widely known as hard core Israel-firsters. As Israel goes down, so will you - glub, glub, glub, glub!

  • Why I support a one state solution and still consider myself a Zionist
    • The proper name for an endeavor by which one people occupy a native people's homeland, rename it & cleanse it of its natives is settler colonialism, not self-determination. Self-determination is what Palestinians have been struggling for - that along with freedom and independence - ever since their homeland was taken over by European Jews. It's nice that the author visualizes Jewish self-determination co-existing in partnership with Palestinian self-determination, but he should realize by now that such an arrangement has to be up to the native (ie Palestinian) people. Anything less will amount to handing colonialism a lifeline.

  • As Trump takes on the neocons, Kristol likens him to Hitler
  • Why does the U.S. continue to betray a courageous, dynamic Muslim leader in the Maldives?
    • Something's missing from this article. What is there about the islands that makes them of special interest to the U.S? Does our government plan to exploit the presence of the Maldives' militant Islamic groups so as to cajole reluctant S. Pacific and Asian nations into granting it additional U.S. military bases?

  • Jeffrey Goldberg compares Iranian Jews to 'petting zoo' animals
    • Isn't it about time that the Atlantic let go of Jeffrey Goldberg, the ex-IDF (or is he still in the IDF reserves) soldier whose every article is predicated on his belief that both the U.S. and Israel are as Beacons on the Hill, with Israel, of course, by far the shiniest of the two. As for the people in these two countries, their lives, their well-being, so long as they don't oppose U.S./Israel hegemony, he couldn't care less what happens to them.

  • Palestine and the anxiety of existence
    • So far the Zionists have been committing what's been referred to as slow genocide. Lately, though, they seem to have become somewhat bolder and are accelerating the pace. Could there been a secret "Final Solution" conference, such as the Nazis had at Wannsee on January 20,1942? If so, weighing international opinion, as they always do, perhaps Israel's criminal leaders figure that, given the rampant Islamophobia now enveloping the West, they could get away with full throttle genocide. If they opt for a final solution, will history show them to have been right?

    • the stone as an act of rejection

      and since stones are most everywhere

      no wonder zionists forever drive themselves mad

  • Most US Jewish students don't see Israel as 'civilized' or a 'democracy,' Luntz tells secret anti-BDS conference
    • doomsday averted

      a way way back when Jewish Zionists took over Palestine
      &, based on bronze age myths & on the Holocaust
      claimed it for themselves;
      no reason why not, they insisted
      since for a people without a land
      nothing could be more right than a land without a people (& never mind that Palestinians have comprised the majority of Palestine's population for most of the past 2 millennia)
      besides we speak not just for ourselves but for Jews everywhere
      so you owe us, lantsmen
      your money
      your influence
      your unquestioning support
      which the Zionists {Jewish nationalists} got,
      at least initially and for several decades thereafter,
      except, that is, for a few holdouts who refused to forsake the time
      honored Jewish tradition of always being on the side of the oppressed, never on the side of the oppressor,
      and as the oppression of Palestinians by Zionists intensified,
      more and more people, Jews included, took note of the crimes against Palestinians that were being committed in the name of world Jewry.
      but refusing to be complicit in these crimes, increasing numbers of Jews took to voicing the words "Not in Our Name."
      soon this message represented the sentiment of a majority of Jews, especially, but not limited to its youth,
      after which, Israel's days were numbered, as this turnabout coincided with a mass uprising (the ultimate Intifada) of the Palestinian people.
      and that's how the long sought justice for Palestine was attained. Once this happened it didn't take long for justice and peace to envelop the world

  • Videos: Proof of Sanders's lifelong anti-racist activism breaks on eve of Nevada Caucus
    • Publicly engaging in an anti-racist rally when he was 20 years old? That's mighty significant! Did any of the other candidates (either party) ever stand up in public against racial discrimination?

  • 'New Yorker' glosses my reality (when it renders 'Death to Arabs' chant as 'I hate all Arabs')
    • Expect Israel to set up one of its Palestinian ghettos as a model integrated community, much like Theresienstadt, the Nazi concentration camp that the Nazis presented to outsiders (and on film) as a model Jewish settlement. Undoubtedly David Remnick would publish an article about it in the New Yorker under the title "Israel, a model integrated Society."

  • Resisting anti-Semitism does not contradict resisting the Israeli state
    • since Jewish Zionists crimes against the Palestinian people is what incites antisemitism worldwide, it follows that Jewish Zionists (and their non-Jewish supporters) are the real antisemites. Indeed, were there justice for Palestine, antisemitism would be reduced to a size that could be flushed down a toilet.

  • 'Other ways of being Jewish are available' -- a poetic response to expressions of hatred on Facebook
    • back to the basics

      as the reality of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict becomes ever more clear

      the split between racist and humanist Jews can only widen

      racist Jew on the side of the Jewish settlers

      humanist Jew on the side of the Palestinians

      which side is to prevail depending upon whether the love that underlies humanism

      can overcome the hatred so intrinsic to racism

  • The irreconcilable differences of liberal Zionism
  • Sanders should declare a foreign policy of working with Iran in a 'post-hegemonic' world -- Pampinella
  • Bernie Sanders' spirituality is resonating with young religious 'None's
    • Organizations such as Jewish Voice for Peace and Jews Say No should challenge Sanders on his stance vis a vis Justice for Palestine, same as they took on the NYT on its coverage of the same issue. Best they do this creatively too, as the response to their faux NYT has been simply amazing.

    • Well said, Phil. Another criticism from the left is that Sanders isn't a real socialist, that he's leading his followers towards just another populist dead-end, etc etc. Except a movement for Medicare for all, free college tuition, busting-up big banks, making corporations and billionaires pay their fair share of taxes, getting serious about global warming, just might puts a stopper on what's been a forty year slide towards neolib-style fascism. Add to this Sanders track record of having voted against the Iraq War (yeh, I know, he later supported annual Iraq War appropriations, as well as voting to attack Libya), along with his speaking out repeatedly against our getting into these permanent wars, and, well, doesn't this represent the beginnings of a significant leftward shift? True, Sanders hasn't budged significantly on Palestine/Israel, but based upon how responsive he was a few months ago when confronted by members of Black Lives Matter, who's to say that us anti-Zionists can't convince him to lean towards justice for Palestine. Assuming, of course, that he's serious about the presidency.

      But why not just wait for the Sanders bubble to burst (as per the Jesse Jackson campaigns of the eighties), whereupon a bonafide leftist resistance will emerge and lead us to that just and peaceful world that so many of us crave? Because once moving forward our sustaining progress will be easier, and because time's running out, what with perpetual war + global warming = doomsday.

  • 'I cannot support Israel as long as Netanyahu is in office'-- many American Jews are saying
    • Elderly Jewish Zionists aren't going to change. At best most are dual-loyalists. With millennials and subsequent generations, Zionism's hold on America becomes progressively weaker. It is up to our youth, then, to educate Americans on the racist nature of Israel and for an end to the special relationship. Members of anti-Zionist/pro-Palestinian organizations such as Jewish Voices for Peace know this. Their membership is growing. Their effort merits the support of anti-Zionists of all religious persuasions.

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  • Cultural Zionism good, political Zionism bad
    • Once a native people have taken back their homeland, is there even one instance where the former colonizers and newly liberated natives live together in one harmonious society based on equality with liberty and justice for all? More often than not what happens is the former settlers, rather than accept being "downgraded" to no more than one among equals, opt to return to their (or their forebears land of origin. Since over half of Jewish Israelis carry two passports, once Palestine is liberated what'll probably happen is that a goodly number of them will bid adieu to Palestine and move to wherever their second Passport takes them. And based on recent experiences elsewhere in which the natives fought and won back their homelands (Vietnam Algeria, Mozambique), expect most of the Zionist colonizers to pack up and leave ASAP.

  • Did Obama blunder in Haiti because he has to pay so much attention to Israel?
    • The U.S. has been interfering in the internal affairs of Haiti for at least two centuries now. Initially said interference had to do with slaveowner fear that a successful revolution in Haiti might inspire African slaves in America to seek their own freedom. More recently what drives U.S. interventions is the fear of the emergence of the "good example", a nation that takes a path that's outside of what's "permissible" (ie independent of the neoliberal hegemon). That's why the U.S. made sure that Jean-Bertrand Aristide was toppled (twice) in the nineties, and why puppet governments have been the norm ever since. Has to do with the revolutionary spirit of the Haitian people. After more than two centuries of collective struggle, Haitians sense almost instinctively when it's time to and how to rise up and take back their nation. They epitomize the maxim that a people united can never be defeated*. So saying that President Obama's inattentiveness to Haiti is the cause of the rebellion now sweeping this island nation is like saying the Iraq War was a consequence of George W. Bush's stupidity, since both the rebellion and the war are consistent with the U.S. drive for world domination, something that, to date, has been more or less independent of who happens to be in the White House and what sort of blunders he supposedly made.

      *some will insist that the failure of Haiti's ongoing struggle disproves this maxim. But said failure is attributable to outside (U.S. or U.S.-led) interventions, and I have no doubt that the Haitian spirit will eventually prevail.

  • Jewish organizations look to co-opt 'intersectionality' in the fight against BDS
    • By equating BDS with antisemitism Zionist organizations expect to deter anti-racist movements from making alliances with BDS activists? Except it's not Jews per se but Zionist Jews (specifically) and the Zionist entity (Israel) which occupies the homeland (Palestine) of the Palestinian people that BDS is opposing. And even though Israeli leaders claim that they speak for all Jews, the presence of Jews in BDS, either directly or via membership in BDS allied Jewish organizations such as JVP &JSP, exposes this claim to be false. Another Zionist falsehood is their accusation that pro-Palestinian/anti-Zionist Jews are self-haters. The mistake here is that of equating Zionism (Jewish nationalism) with being Jewish. Nothing could be farther from the truth, at least for Jews like myself who express our faith through always siding with the oppressed, never with the oppressor, even (better, especially) when the oppressor happens to be a co-religionist, as in the Israeli occupation of Palestine. As for BDS's alleged antisemitism, the movement's leaders have repeatedly disavowed antisemitism. Once again, what they oppose, same as a growing number of Jews, is the Israeli settler colonization of another people's homeland. Simple as that!

  • 'Little Jewboy' moment highlights coming divorce between US Jews and Israel
    • Undoubtedly for some if not most who oppose the Zionist regime the reason for their doing so has to do with our common humanity, but for others there's enough antisemitism building up in them that they're committing antisemitic acts (including violence), such that police have been assigned to guard synagogues in France, Spain & other European nations. Israeli leaders, of course, are ecstatic over this. For some time now they've been appealing to French Jews to "come home." They must figure that six hundred thousand French Jews (a significant percentage of whom are "chosen" (ie Ashkanazi) might stave off the much feared but inevitable demographic turnabout (whereby Palestinians outnumber Jews) for a year or so. Such indifference to actual Jewish suffering has a long history, with the infamous statement by David Ben Gurion at a meeting of "left" Zionists telling it as it was and still is - "If I knew it would be possible to save all the children in Germany by bringing them over to England and only half of them by transporting them to Eratz Israel, then I opt for the second alternative."

    • At a time when Zionist Israel's violence against Palestinians is stoking Antisemitism throughout the world, Jews who speak out against Israel are self-haters? Pure nonsense, since it is the Israeli perpetrators of said violence (along with their Jewish supporters elsewhere) who are the self-haters. After all it is their actions that endanger world Jewry, not the words or deeds of Jews who oppose them and Israel. Indeed, always being on the side of the oppressed, even (better, especially) when the oppressor happens to be Jewish, for many of us, goes to the essence of what it is to be a Jew.

  • As the calendar turns to 2016, there is not much hope for the future in Gaza
    • once again -

      Gaza and the Warsaw Ghetto
      same place
      different times
      while the world stands by
      genocide
      live

      Zionism and Nazism
      same deadly hatred
      different target
      while the world stands by
      madness
      in control

  • Small victories
    • By example your effort in Seattle shows what steadfastness, being well prepared and remaining cool under fire can accomplish. Congratulations.

  • Sick of Zionism’s stranglehold on Jewish culture? There is an alternative.
  • Goodbye to all that (my Jewish-WASP shtik)
    • Seems to me that Phil adheres to Mahatma Gandhi's adage about being that which you wish to see in the world. And if I'm reading him correctly that world would be one of liberty, justice and equality, with everyone considered to be of equal importance in the total scheme of things as well as the day to day.

  • Israeli ambassador flings Nazi label at Israeli leaders, after latest authoritarian step
  • Infected by atrocity
    • corr.
      .....between those who side with the slave/oppressed/occupied.....

    • "On the one hand the problem is that, as in all religions and nationalities, Jewish life and Judaism is divided between those who want justice and those who celebrate atrocities,"

      The closely related divide in America (and much of the western world) is between those who want justice and equality for all and those who want the status quo or worse. In other words, between those who side with the slave/oppressed/occupier and those who side with the slave-owner/oppressor/occupier.

  • Video: O little invasion of Bethlehem
    • cause and effect

      Zionism and Nazism
      same deadly hate
      different targets
      while the world stands by
      madness
      run amok

      Gaza and the Warsaw Ghetto
      same place
      different times
      while the world stands by
      genocide
      live

    • Putting all Palestinians in occupied Palestine into high rise prisons in Gaza would fit the definition of genocide, as defined by the 1948 Convention on the Definition and Prevention of the Crime of Genocide, Article II of the Convention defines genocide as:

      ...any of the following acts committed with the intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:
      (a) Killing members of the group;
      (b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
      (c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
      (d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
      (e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.

      Surely Israel's Incarcerating the Palestinians of Occupied Palestine in high rise buildings would meet the requirements of (c) and Israel's ongoing violence against Palestinians fits those of both (a) and (b).

    • Nothing this side of extermination is going to deter Palestinian resistance. Bethlehem during the first Intifada was nothing like this. I was there at the time and was horrified to find IDF marksmen glaring down at me from their perch on the 2nd floor of a building overlooking the main entrance to the city. Almost peaceful, one might say, in comparison to what's taking place there today. Seems that the more desperate the occupiers become, the more vicious their behavior towards Palestinians. What's holding them back from their "final solution" is uncertainty as to whether or not they'd get away with it. If they were sure they could, I doubt they'd hesitate.

  • Jewish settlers carry out another 'price tag' attack on sleeping Palestinian family
    • Those that Naftali Bennett calls "terror suspects" are merely the fringe that turns Israel into an ever more extremist entity, while, at the same time, allowing Israelis to congratulate themselves for not being like "those terrorists". It's a way they can have their cake (albeit poisoned) and eat it too.

  • Jewish Voice for Peace members say they seek 'transformation' not 'destruction' in Israel/Palestine
    • The U.S. government labels as terrorist anyone who supports terrorist organizations such as ISIS, so why shouldn't anyone supporting the terrorist state Israel also be labeled a terrorist?

  • Palestinians took over in the afternoon, at the Haaretz NIF conference
    • re: Shavit's"...In exchange for {Israel's} keeping us Jewish, American Jews must support Israel in the U.S." -

      What keeps us Jewish is always being on the side of the slave, never on the side of the slave-owner

      Since Israel occupies the Palestinian homeland (occupying another people's homeland being a form of enslavement), our opposition to Israel/support of justice for Palestine is consistent with what makes us Jewish.

  • Terrorism is an understandable response to west's wars in Middle East, realist and left writers say
    • If our nation had boots on the ground our government wouldn't get away with its perpetual wars, since when it comes to souring the public on U.S. military adventures there's nothing so effective as the sight of loved ones coming home in body bags. But how do we turn the public against wars in which there are no (or very few) body bags? Seems to me that the most direct way is for us peacemakers to make the connection between Islamic terrorist paybacks, such as what took place recently in Paris, Beirut & S.B., and the terrorist actions of the U.S. war-making apparatus. Yes, warmongers will say that such comparisons justify Islamic terrorism, but their accusations can be countered by our pointing out that, assuming our goal is to put an end to terrorism (rather than merely seeking retaliation and vengeance), this can be accomplished only by an understanding of what drives Islamic terrorists to violence. But it's not as if they haven't gone public with their explanations - The U.S.-led West's interventions in Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Yemen & Libya, along with the Zionist occupation of Palestine. So if our government is serious about ending Islamic terrorism, it'll (1) call off what the Arab/Islamic world perceives to be terrorism, Western style; namely, the above military interventions, and (2) end its unconditional support of the Zionist occupiers. Right now mass mobilization and action is the only possible way to force our government even to consider such a striking turnabout in its ME policies. Surely a monumental task, but one that we must undertake, if life on earth is to survive.

  • Trump at the rightwing Jewish conference
    • Three decades ago I received a death threat after speaking out publicly against the Israeli occupation of Palestine. More recently on the same subject The Guardian newspaper has placed my comments on pre-moderation. Ah yes, intimidation and censorship. Proof, that is. that the more things change, the more they stay the same.

  • The way for Americans to take on the Islamic state is to end support for Jewish nationalism
    • Ending support for Jewish nationalism (Zionism) translates into putting an end to the U.S.-Israel special relationship, whereupon there'll be this mass exodus of Israelis to Western countries, such that Israel will be so weakened it'll be forced to negotiate with a popularly elected Palestinian leadership. A just and peaceful settlement is sure to follow. And the key to cutting off American support for Israel is educating the public to the fact that said support is the main reason "they" (the Arab/Islamic world) hate us. Yes, our military involvements elsewhere in the region (Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen) has something to do with said hatred, but even those actions can be attributed (at least in part) to our government's blindness about Israel and its aggressive behavior towards its neighbors. What's needed, then, is an ongoing campaign to sever the US-Israel special relationship, a movement whose slogan might be something like, "Defeat IS/ End US support for Israel."

  • Seachange in public opinion: 'I am tired of Israel using US-made rockets to bomb Palestinians so that ultra-conservatives can steal their land'
    • Once again,

      One is either on the side of the slave or the slave-owner

      Palestinians are slaves by dint of their homeland, Palestine, being occupied by European Jews

      Occupying another people's land is to enslave them

      And since none of us will be free until the last chain is broken

      on whose side am I, are you, are we?

  • Only way to save Israel is for US to get out of peace process -- Friedman of Peace Now
    • "The only thing that can save Israel is the U.S. getting out of the peace process"?

      three thoughts:

      1) Why save Israel (the state, not its people)?

      2) There is only a fake peace process.

      3) Once America's unconditional support for Israel ends - "look, there goes the so-called Jewish & democratic state."

  • 'The Palestinian body finally achieves the approving gaze of the settler'
    • The sight of settlers so casually observing (one settler even photographing) the dead body of the Palestinian teenager Farouq Abdul Qader Sedr contrasts sharply with the scene that would have taken place, had it been an Israeli instead of a Palestinian who'd been killed. Then a photograph, had one been taken, would have revealed visibly anguished Israelis mourning the loss of one of their own. Such indifference to the murder of an oppressed other is characteristic of societies in which a self-designated "superior" people takes control of, demonizes and dehumanizes what they consider to be an "inferior" people. Invariably this occurs in colonial situations, whereby an outside power (European in most cases) invades and conquers an indigenous people, as took place in what became known as the Americas, and has been going on for over a century in Palestine. Here the colonizers happen to be European Jews, with the Palestinians its indigenous people. Resistance by the indigenous people is the inevitable consequence of settler colonization, with liberation its ultimate outcome.

  • 'Most-read' article at Washington Post calls Israel 'savage, unrepairable society'
    • Israel and Nazi Germany

      same supremacist credo
      same intolerance of dissent
      different dehumanized others
      while the world stands by
      genocide
      live

  • Two establishment Jews (Harvard and Microsoft) endorse boycott of Israel and 'single state' in Washington Post
    • In addition to expressing their love for Israel by coming out publicly for BDS, the two professors might consider challenging the WH and Congress to terminate their support for the Zionist state - military, economic and diplomatic - thereby proving that they too love Israel.

  • Chaos in Jerusalem is a warning of things to come
    • History repeating itself?

      Kristallnacht: Nov. 9-10, 1938- Mobs of German non-Jews and Nazi Stormtroopers go on a mad spree in the cities of Germany and Austria, attacking and killing hundreds of Jews, burning their businesses and synagogues

      Bloody October 2015 - Mobs of Jews patrol Jerusalem and Israeli cities calling out "Death to Arabs" and killing upwards of 40 Palestinians.

      the big lie of the 1930's - Chancellor Adolf Hitler blames Jews for Germany's defeat in WW I

      today's big lie - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blames a long dead Grand Mufti of Jerusalem for the Holocaust

  • Latest Palestinian teens shot dead are 16, 17, and 18
    • from the Ghetto in America to Jerusalem in Palestine

      the occupier brutalizes the occupied

      and he mows them down

      lordy

      mows them down

      so keep fightin back

      righteous ones

      ain't got nothin to lose

      nothin at all

      by standing up tall

  • Most of the mourning I've done as a Zionist turned anti-Zionist has been alone
    • Liz Rose,

      your turning from Zionist to anti-Zionist

      calls for rejoicing, not mourning

      what's more

      the whole world rejoices with you

      count on it

  • Just what Palestine needs: more religion-addled American Jews with big guns and selfie sticks
  • Jerusalem at a breaking point
    • is this the Zionist equivalent of Kristallnacht?

      those two horrific days in November'38 when mobs of SA paramilitary forces and civilians roamed the streets in search of Jews

      what's now considered to have been the beginning of Nazi Germany's Final Solution

      only this time it's mobs of Jewish soldiers and civilians out in the streets searching for Palestinians

      the beginning of Zionist Israel's Final Solution? -

      a turnabout of sorts

      whereby participating in the colonization of a native people's land somehow transmogrifies the former victim into the victimizer

  • 'Third intifada was launched,' Palestinian law student posted before carrying out fatal attack in Jerusalem
  • How can a 'New York Times' reader possibly know what is truly happening in Israel/Palestine?
    • Gaza and the Warsaw Ghetto
      same place
      different time
      while the world stands by
      genocide
      live

      Zionism and Naziism
      same deadly hatred
      different target
      while the world stands by
      genocide
      live

  • Israeli embassy's attack on Rosengarten just made her stronger
    • an accurate Israel-Nazi Germany comparison -

      Gaza and the Warsaw Ghetto

      same place
      different time
      while the world stands by
      genocide
      live

  • Remi Kanazi will be a poet for as long as the western media is on coffee break
    • solidarity

      since none of us will be free

      until that last chain is broken

      doesn't it all boil down to

      each of us having to decide

      on which side

      slave

      or slave-owner

      oppressed

      or oppressor

      occupied

      or occupier

      and that only the slave/oppressed/occupied within each of us

      (the there but for go I)

      can free us all?

  • Department of Projectile Vomiting
    • With AIPAC et al discrediting themselves on account of their Israel-firstness being exposed, there's more space not only for us to further reduce their influence, but to advance the cause of justice for Palestine. Simply stated, as they go down, we go up. Assuming, of course, that we take advantage of this opening.

    • For his contributions to improve government policy, social welfare, or political understanding, the American Enterprise Institute is honoring the still at large war criminal Benjamin Netanyahu? Who will the AEI honor next, the also still at large war criminal George W Bush, for having eliminated Iraq's nonexistent WMD and {not} bringing democracy to that nation? And just think, he accomplished all this at the bargain price of 5000+ American lives, not to mention the half-million Iraqi lives wasted.

  • Everyone's kicking AIPAC now that it's down
    • On account of its blatant Israel-firstness AIPAC et al are suffering a loss of credibility. Deservedly so, considering their role in much of the violence and turmoil that afflict the Middle East., But what this take-down of AIPAC means vis-a-vis the attainment of justice for Palestine depends upon how effectively those of us in this struggle take advantage of the space that the decline of Israel-firsters affords us. Space in the marketplace of information, that is, with which we can reach the public re: the righteousness of the struggle of the Palestinian people for freedom and independence. Simply put, as AIPAC et al go down, we go up.

  • Bernie Sanders is 'radical' on economic policy but a pussycat for Israel
    • Once again, Bernie Sanders must be challenged by anti-Zionist activists on the issue of Israel/Palestine, if for no other reason than to make I/P a campaign issue. Somehow we have to convince the public that peace in the Middle East begins with justice for Palestine, that without said peace we face a continuation of all the multiple permanent wars in the region, wars that are so costly they'll leave little to nothing for President Sander's to fulfill his promises re: economic justice. Our challenging Sanders will enable us not only to raise the I/P issue, but to motivate the public into joining us activists in pressuring Sanders to get with it.

    • Bernie Sanders has to be challenged at his rallies by a delegation of pro-Palestinian/anti-Zionist activists demanding that he reconsider his position on the I-P conflict, as well as his embrace of Wahhabi Saudi Arabia as the foremost U.S. ally in the Middle East. Will this tactic move Sanders, as it did when Black Lives Matter confronted him? Probably not, but until representatives from, say, Jewish Voices for Peace challenge him at his rallies, how will we know for sure?

  • 'NYT' and 'NYRB' publish important pieces on Jewish terrorism
  • Long Island synagogue marks High Holidays with thanks to Israeli soldiers in Gaza war
    • Froggy,

      Yes, of course, praying for a foreign army. Need some help on that one. A relationship between two nations (er, one nation and an entity) that's analogous to the U.S.-Israel axis? Any thoughts? I did consider substituting the Vatican for any German religious body but not sure a Long Island synagogue-Vatican comparison is appropriate.

    • piotr,

      so in your opinion it all boils down to the Zionist side being the good side, the Palestinian side, the bad side? Nice that it's that simple. But you omitted one important person, Grand Mufti Amin al-Husayni of Jerusalem. Don't you remember, he met with Adolf Hitler? Did you leave him out because you thought we might counter with the names of Zionist officials who collaborated with the Nazis? Rudolf Kastner, for one, the representative in Hungary of the Jewish Agency who cut a deal with the Nazis that allowed over a thousand wealthy Zionist Jews (including he and his family, of course) to depart for Palestine; the quid pro quo being Kastner's giving the Nazis a list of names and addresses of Jews to be deported. Consequently nearly 450,000 Jews were deported. With Zionist "friends" such as Kastner, it's not surprising that so few Jews escaped the gas chambers.

    • I don't know if any German religious body ever gave thanks to Hitler's Waffen-SS troops for having quashed the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, but if such an occurrence did take place, it would be the WW II equivalent of the Long Island Synagogue's marking the High Holidays with thanks to the Israeli soldiers in the Gaza war.

  • 'New Yorker' says anti-Zionism is 'firmly rooted' in British left, and it's anti-Semitic
    • Lane envisions Labor MPs as being opposed to Jeremy Corbyn's leftist proposals. Initially maybe, but watch them move to the left as the popular support that gave Corbyn his victory puts pressure on Labor MPs to rally behind their new leader. And despite Lane's belief that proposals for public ownership of railroads and dismantling Britain's Trident missiles belong to a prior era, opinion polls indicate that such proposals still resonate with the public. Having participated a half-century ago in one of Britain's Aldermaston Marches, I can attest to the strength and fervor of the antinuclear movement there, today just as much as yesterday, based on the Scottish National Party's call for ridding itself of the Trident.

  • Iran Deal's liberation: Judaism is not Zionism
    • Today Judaism and Zionism are no longer united in the American Jewish mind. Well enough, but it's just as important that non-Jewish Americans also recognize that this is so. As for the the Iran deal being liberatory for Jews, this may be true in the sense that false beliefs are as shackles on the mind, but for the Jew (all peoples, actually), the attainment of justice for the Palestinian people will be the ultimate moment of truth. So while it's quite natural that we acknowledge to ourselves the importance of this victory over Zionism, not to forget that this much anticipated victory lies just ahead. Onward together!

  • Video: Israel's celebrated Labour Party 'is the mother and father of racism', says member of Knesset
    • Israel is a settler colonial entity

      without exception settler colonial entities are racist

      therefore all of its institutions are racist

      the labor party is an Israeli institution

      no surprise that it is & has always been racist

  • 'NYT' openly counts Jewish politicians, and Obama and Clinton both reach out to Netanyahu
    • As if he's having misgivings about his role in securing the nuclear accord, President Obama has vowed to preserve Israel's qualitative military edge?

      Oh no you don't, Mr. President.

      Why not?

      Because the peace movement that helped you convince forty-two Senators to support the accord won't let you get away with giving Israel the tools & wherewithal to go it alone against Iran.

      How will we accomplish this?

      Easily!

  • Don't trade a war on Palestinians for a war on Iran -- Berman
    • How to prevent Israel from once again attacking Gaza?

      We pressure Congress to end the special relationship.

      Once isolated Israel won't dare attack any nation.

      What about AIPAC and the rest of the Israel-firsters?

      We treat them like the losers that they are.

      gaza

  • 'NYT' misrepresents Iran's prediction about 'Zionist regime' to mean 'Israel'
    • Timeline for Dissolution of Zionist Regime

      2015 - Iran nuclear accord

      2016 - anti-Zionist movement pressures political candidates on special relationship, thereby influencing November election

      2017 - New President feels pressure from anti-Z'ers

      2018 - BDS seriously impacts Israeli economy

      2019 - exodus of Jewish-Israelis accelerates

      2020 - Israeli government agrees to no pre-conditions peace conference with Palestinians

      2021 - Dissolution of Zionist regime

  • AIPAC is going out with a whimper not a bang
    • Former AIPAC boss Dine:
      "We have to heal the wounds inflicted by the clashes over the Iran deal as soon as possible.The future of the U.S., the Middle East and Israel depend on it."

      Doesn't this tell us that the Israel Lobby is on the ropes. Our task? To keep pummeling away until they go down for the count*. And just because AIPAC was able to recover from the 1982 AWACS debacle doesn't mean they can recover from this one. For one, there was no organized Jewish anti-Zionist movement then, there is now. Secondly, no BDS. Thirdly, we can do this!

      *please forgive the sports metaphor

    • Furthermore, given this victory over Israel-firsters along with their prominence in the neocon cabal, what will the imminent dissolution of Israel (the entity, not its people), portend for the global so-called order?

    • One crucial victory for us peacemakers over the Israel Lobby, but continued progress depends upon our ability to keep Israel-firsters on the defensive.

  • Why do Jewish legislators carry more weight on Iran Deal?
    • They may carry more weight because AIPAC and other Israel-firster organizations/individuals are trying to pin the label "anti-Semite" on members of Congress who support the nuclear accord (for Jewish members the pejorative used is "self-hating Jew" Despite these attacks by Israel-firsters, most Jews in Congress have come out in favor of the accord. And based on opinion polls, the position of Jewish legislators on this issue closely mirrors that of Jewish-Americans. What will the general public make of all this michigas? Will they think "Best we stay out because it's strictly a Jewish affair", or, recognizing that what's at stake here, war or peace, effects every American, will it pay close attention to what's being said and decide for themselves, on which side, that of the Israel-firsters or that of those who put America's interests before that of any other country. As for the accusation that Jews who support this nuclear accord are self-haters, contrariwise, considering the fact that it is Israel's mistreatment of Palestinians that is responsible for most of today's antisemitism (google spikes in antisemitism after Israeli attacks on Gaza), it is Israel (claiming, as it does, that it speaks and acts on behalf of world Jewry) and its supporters who are the real anti-Semites, for it is their violent deeds that incite this backlash. After all, isn't it antisemitic to commit acts of violence that themselves lead to antisemitic responses? That's not to excuse such responses, but to attack another people when it's almost certain that there'll be a price to pay? Let Israel cease and desist in its aggression against the people of Palestine and antisemitism would be reduced to a size that could be flushed down the toilet. The nuclear accord represents a step in this direction, since it will give peace a chance.

  • The Israel lobby is alive and well-- and split
    • @Stephen Shenfield

      Not ward off accusations of antisemitism, but render them resistant to such taunts. Has to do with the spirit and power of solidarity.

    • the struggle is for the minds of all Americans, not Jewish-Americans only. Too many Americans avoid entering the fray because of fear that they'll be labeled antisemitic. And this is where Jewish-Americans can best serve the cause of justice for Palestine - by expressing such a profound and unwavering commitment to justice for Palestine that those Americans, who, up to now, have been holding back for fear of being called antisemitic, will feel free to step forward, each saying something like "label me antisemitic if you choose, but clearly I'm not, being that, in this struggle on behalf of human rights, I'm part of a diverse coalition that has many Jews in its ranks?"

  • Debacle for the Israel lobby: Booker jilts Boteach, and Netanyahu sinks AIPAC
    • Now that the myth about the invincibility of the Israel lobby has been shattered, how long before the special relationship between Israel and the U.S. is no more? A year? Five years? And with the U.S. no longer Israel's guardian angel, will Jewish Israelis begin to doubt Israel's long term viability? How widespread does such doubt have to be before those Israelis who have dual citizenship play it safe and take off for some other land? No problem, though, because there'll be plenty of Palestinians eager and ready to exercise their right of return, thereby taking the place of Israelis who opt to live elsewhere. Gradually, then, the peaceful dissolution of Israel. In its place, Palestine rising, the homeland of people of various religions and ethnicities, living together peacefully based on equality and justice for all.

  • Obama and the Zionists
    • Michel Siegal of the Jewish Federations told President Barack Obama that "Jews get unsettled and anxious whenever there's "daylight" between the American government and Israel? Some Jews, perhaps, but fewer and fewer now, based on recent polls as well as on the rapid growth of anti- Zionist organizations such as Jewish Voices for Peace. Surely President Obama knows this, what with Jewish supporters of the Iran nuclear agreement going all out to bring their position on said accord before Congress and the White House. Perhaps he was too polite to remind his Israel-firster visitors that, despite their claim, they don't speak for all Jews. Too bad there was no one in the oval office to speak for the growing number of us Jews who are grateful for all this "daylight" and eagerly look forward to the day when the special relationship between the the U.S. and Israel will be a thing of the past.

  • Jewish community is Humpty Dumpty-- it won't come back together again, and shouldn't
  • 'NYT' and Chris Matthews are frank about Jewish role in Iran Deal debate
    • No matter their religion, color, ethnicity or sexual orientation, our elected representatives in Congress must concern themselves with the merit of this nuclear agreement vis-a-vis its importance to the U.S. of A.. Those whose primary concern is heeding Prime Minister Netanyhahu's call for the accord to be rejected are Israel-firsters. As such they should be impeached by their fellow congresspersons/senators &/or primaried out of office, whichever comes first.

  • Videos: 'Vanity Fair' story about anti-Semitic pogrom in Paris is falling apart
    • Marie Brenner wonders whether French Jews should leave their country.

      Earlier this year Israeli Prime Minister called not only upon French Jews but all European Jews to immigrate to Israel.

      Not surprising since by its own admission Israel faces a "demographic problem",

      which might be alleviated, temporarily, at least, by the the quick fix that the mass exodus of 600,000 French Jews would provide.

      Dirty tricks, such as those carried out last year in Paris by the French version of the Jewish Defense League, are tactics previously used by Zionists in their efforts to stampede Jews into emigrating to Israel (google Lavon Affair).

      Why is Vanity Fair allowing its pages to be used to propagandize for Jewish immigration to Israel?

  • President Obama wants us to argue about the special relationship
    • way way back during the presidency of Barack Obama

      when only a nuclear deal stood in the way of a war against Iran

      a deal that the Israel-firsters

      were desperately seeking to prevent

      no matter to them the possibility of WW III

      after all

      wouldn't be there children coming home in body bags

      only it turned out

      inspired as they were by peacemakers of all racial, political and religious persuasions

      that at the last moment the public woke up

      with the sanity of the people united quickly prevailing over the madness of Israel-firsters

      soon thereafter the special relationship between the U.S. and Israel ended

      that there be no war no more, nowhere, never again

      with special thanks to mondoweiss

    • petition signed

    • these Israel-firsters are scared

      and well they should be

      knowing as they must that their putting the interests of Israel before those of the U.S. is a risky business

      especially, should they succeed in turning Congress against the Iran deal

      and by so doing

      once again the public is to be confronted with the spectacle of body bags coming home from the Middle East

      each containing what remains of a life

      wasted

      in another war that could (should) have been averted

    • Zionism is a form of settler colonialism

      all forms of colonialism are racist

      Judaism is not racist

      therefore Zionism is not the same as Judaism

      what is it then?

      a 19th century racist credo that's out to hijack Judaism

    • Zionists fear that "opening up the argument will crack the American support system"

      as when Humpty Dumpty had his big fall, only in this instance it'll be -

      all the Israel lobbyists and all the dual loyalists couldn't put the special relationship together again

  • It's not bigoted to call out the Israel lobby over Iran Deal
    • body bags with the remains of Americans just might wake them up

    • Regardless of their religious or political persuasion, we should go after all these Israel-firsters. For starters they should be primaried out of office next year. As for the WH "crossing a line to sell the deal", turns out that it's these same Israel-firsters, by their raising the issue of antisemitism where there is none, who are doing the line-crossing. Win or lose in their attempt to bring on an Iran war, Israel-firsters are setting themselves up for a significant and well-deserved backlash.

  • Schumer defection raises fears about firewall on Jewish support for Iran Deal
    • Another interesting but yet to be asked polling question: "Members of Congress who put the interests of Israel before those of the U.S. are 1) Israel-firsters; 2) traitors; 3) impeachable; 4) all of the above.

  • Shocker: 'NYT' runs front page press release for AIPAC warning Obama to cool his jets
    • a new low in relations between Aipac and the White House?

      let us hope so

      better yet

      let us see to it!

  • Iran Deal Latest: AIPAC lies and, in a first, Schumer runs from the cameras
    • the Jewish Federation of L. A. opposed the nuclear deal in the name of Jewish safety worldwide.

      except making war on Iran is what will endanger Jews worldwide.

      the purpose of the nuclear deal is to prevent such a war.

      so by its opposition to said deal the Jewish Federation of L. A. puts Jews at risk worldwide.

      putting Jews at risk is an act of antisemitism.

      therefore the Jewish Federation of L.A. is antisemitic.

  • Obama ushers in the crisis of the Israel lobby
    • could it be true?

      the public waking up

      to the fact that the interests of Israel and the U.S. are not one and the same

      never have been

      and that without U.S. backing Israel won't be able get away with its crimes against humanity

      never again

  • Obama tells Americans it is 'abrogation of my constitutional duty' to defer to Israel on Iran Deal
  • Reps Deutch, Lowey, and Israel choose Netanyahu over Obama-- and who will bring down the hammer for the Iran Deal?
  • 'I love Obama' 'You're infatuated' (The argument on the left)
    • Pardoning 46 prisoners was a nice gesture, whereas, pardoning every nonviolent inmate would have been an act of liberation. Obama's 2008 campaign had populist tendencies, his two terms in office , except for an occasional bone that he throws to progressives, have been mostly status quo or worse. Given that time is running out (on account of global warming + perpetual war = doomsday), Weiss may love President Obama, but many of the rest of us are in agreement with Michael Smith - that he bamboozled the public into believing he would bring about meaningful change.

  • Sanders risks losing left over unprogressive views of Palestine -- Washington Post
    • Sanders can win the democratic nomination if he ties justice for Palestine to his economic proposals. Not only justice for Palestine but demilitarization en route to peace on earth and goodwill to all living beings.

  • Leading US Jewish group opposes Iran deal, citing 'baseless hatred' of Jerusalem temple destruction 2000 years ago
    • For purposes of countering the Israel-firsters, how about ads in favor of the nuclear deal? A crowdsourcing campaign, say, that could start right here on Mondoweiss?

    • Does the Israeli Prime Minister oppose the nuclear deal because of security concerns or out of fear that with the nuclear threat (assuming there ever was one) removed, and with Iran no longer isolated, that the latter will dominate the Middle East? Israel, meanwhile, brought down in importance to a size befitting its population of six million.

  • The deep roots of vigilante violence in Israeli society
    • Zionism is a manifestation of settler colonialism

      all such projects are inherently racist

      there being no essential difference between the 19th century settler practice of scalping native Americans and today's Zionist practice of burning to death an 18 month Palestinian toddler

      racism enables the settler to feel righteous about subjugating an indigenous people

      thus the settler can have his cake and eat it too

  • Netanyahu will lobby American Jews on deal, calling on alleged loyalty to Jewish state
    • Israeli P.M. Benjamin Netanyahu is going to call upon Jewish-Americans to "kill the deal"

      to put Israel's interests before the interests of the U.S. of A.

      even though killing the deal could set our (the U.S.) nation on a path to a war upon Iran

      the sight of grieving relatives and friends

      silently awaiting the arrival of the body bags

      within each the residue of a life

      wasted

      on another war that could have been averted

      Iran never having been a threat to America

      so beware

      you who advocate killing the deal

      no matter your religious persuasion

      don't think that you won't be held accountable!

  • Did the BBC cover up the anti-Semitism of Gaza's children?
    • Since studies have shown that antisemitism in Europe spikes every time Israel takes to the mass slaughtering of Palestinians, what, are we to believe that the victims of Israel's rampages shouldn't have negative feelings towards those who destroy their cities and kill their loved ones? As for the children in Gaza who blame their suffering on the Yahud, since Israeli leaders have proclaimed Israel to be a Jewish state, who, other than Yahud, should they say is mass murdering them? Norwegians, perhaps, or Japanese, or why not Aliens instead of Yahud? Indeed, it's surprising that Prime Minister Netanyahu hasn't already seized upon this contested section from "Children of the Gaza War" as proof that Palestinian have come around to accepting Israel's claim that it represents Jews everywhere? Maybe he eventually will, but not until the Jewish Chronicle exhausts its effort to get as much mileage as it can out of the words "the Yahud are massacring Palestinians" - as an example of the Palestinians turning their children into antisemites. Contrariwise, P.M. Netanyahu, it's Israel's brutal occupation of Palestine that's responsible for any rise in antisemitism. Indeed, were it not for this, antisemitism would quickly drop to an amount that could easily be flushed down a toilet.

  • Huckabee's 'oven' comment echoes many Netanyahu statements equating Iran to Nazis
    • In the popular uprising against making war on Iran, a strong Jewish-American presence will facilitate the participation of the 98% of the public that's non-Jewish, some of whom otherwise might hold back for fear of being tarred with the anti-Semitic "brush" by Israel-Firster Americans. Except in said uprising a significant presence of Jewish-Americans has to strengthen the resolve of all participants - "When there are so many Jews marching alongside me, what's this about any of us being anti-Semitic?"

    • Not a threat, merely a prediction.

    • Should Israel and its U.S. Israel-Firster supporters succeed in bringing on a U.S.-backed war against Iran, once the body bags start coming home, anti-Semites will experience no difficulty in convincing an understandably angry public that's out looking for scapegoats that Jews are to blame for this latest ill-begotten war. Not a difficult sell, either, considering the fact that Israel claims that it speaks for all Jews.

      The potential for a repeat of that horrific past?

      Damn right!

      Unless?

      Jewish-Americans rise up en mass and declare "Never Again" and "Not In Our Name."

    • In a world where the truth is the opposite of what the public is being force-fed, Prime Minister Netanyahu's "I will never allow my people to live in the shadow of annihilation" easily translates into "I'll do anything to prevent Iran from acquiring the bomb, even if that means taking down the entire world."

  • It's time for American Jews to recognize they have been duped
    • Regardless of one's race, ethnicity or religion one is either on the side of the slave or the slave-owner.

      Since Israel occupies Palestine (the Palestinian's homeland), and since occupying another people's land is an act of enslavement), it follows that in the case of Israel/Palestine, it's the Palestinians who are the slaves and the Jewish Israelis and their supporters (no matter where they reside nor whether themselves Jewish) who are the slave-owners.

      and since none of us will be free until the last chain is broken ........

  • Crisis for the lobby: Clinton bucks Saban, AIPAC doesn't know what to say
    • All Americans (especially those of the Jewish persuasion*) best think twice before opposing this Iran deal. That's because if its opponents manage to scuttle it, an Iran War will be almost inevitable. Now such a war will translate into lots and lots of casualties, most of whom will be young, poor men and women from inner city, small town and rural America, with very few (if any) from the ranks of the warmongers. And as these casualties mount, there's going to be this enormous outcry - "Who's responsible for what's happened to my son {daughter, father, mother}?" So if an Iran war breaks out, as the casualties mount, watch-out, warmongers, seems that people get angry when a loved one is lost in a war that should never have been fought.

      *If, that is, Israel and mainstream Jewish organizations here in America are in the forefront of the campaign against the nuclear deal

  • Abe Foxman says goodbye to an America of secret Jew haters
    • Most of the antisemitic attacks upon French Jews correlate with Israeli aggression against Palestinians, and the perpetrators are mostly of North African descent. This is especially evident in France where antisemitic acts spike each time the Zionist settler state launches an attack upon Gaza. Indeed the linkage between Israel's onslaughts and antisemitic acts is so tight and well known that whenever there is a large scale Israeli aggression, French authorities provide police protection to synagogues and other Jewish institutions. In Spain too, where to date antisemitic acts have been nonviolent, synagogues also receive police. protection, more so on Jewish holy days. How to explain this resurgence of antisemitism in Europe? Yes, in part, it's a consequence of Israel's occupation of Palestine and subjugation of its people, the Palestinians. But doesn't it also have something to do with the claim by Israel's leaders that they speak and act, not only for Israeli Jews but for Jews everywhere, a lie that only too often gets reinforced by statements from Jewish leaders in the U.S. & elsewhere? If so, isn't it imperative that Jews who oppose Israel's occupation of Palestine speak out and let the world hear the words "Not In Our Name". The task for Jewish-Americans rises beyond those words, it's to convince our government to end its unconditional support of Israel, without which Israel would have to behave like a law-abiding nation, whereupon, antisemitism would be reduced to a level that could be flushed down a toilet.
      .

  • Time for a Jewish reformation?
    • Just as "Christians attempting to atone for crimes committed against Jews are, by this very fact, blocked from confronting crimes committed by Jews", so too, Jews who accept Zionists' claim that they speak and act on behalf of all Jews are blocked from confronting crimes perpetrated by Zionists upon the Palestinian people. Practically speaking the question isn't whether it's time for a Jewish reformation, it's how to remove said blockage, thereby opening the way for Jews to confront Jewish crimes. In this effort, educating Jews as to the crimes that Israeli Jews and their U.S. supporters (both Jewish and Christian) are carrying out against Palestinians, while vital, by itself may not be enough. Jews also must be made aware of the consequences of their continued support of the Israeli occupation of Palestine; specifically, the flareup (ie. blowback) of antisemitism now afflicting Europe. That's because whether or not antisemitism in Europe deepens and spreads (including to the U.S.) may very well depend upon how effective and intense Jewish opposition to Jewish Israeli crimes. Currently, while Jewish opposition to Israel is growing, it's hasn't seriously dented the widespread acceptance in America that Zionist Israel speaks for all Jews. Unfortunately the danger to Jews posed by Israel's crimes against the Palestinian (& other) people is far greater than what's being acknowledged. The reason the full extent of this threat isn't getting out is that Israel and its supporters know that if the U.S. public (Jews especially) ever learn the truth - that it's Israel's U.S.-backed actions, rather than Arab/Islamic responses to those actions) that drive the region's cycles of violence - then watch-out, U.S. politicians and other so-called leaders.

      Yet to the extent that Jews are front & center in the movement to reshape U.S. policy vis-a-vis Israel/Palestine, a catastrophe can be averted. Otherwise, unfortunately, there's that horrific precedent to think about.

  • New online digital mapping tool shows inside story of Israeli assault on Gaza
    • Had you been in Gaza last summer you wouldn't be saying that. You also might change your tune if you knew the international legal definition of genocide. From the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide it's as follows ....

      Article II describes the two elements of the crime of genocide.
      1) the mental element, meaning the "intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic,
      racial or religious group, as such", and
      2) the physical element which includes 5 acts described in sections a,b,c,d & e. A crime must include both elements to be called genocide

      Article III describes 5 punishable forms of the crime of genocide: genocide, conspiracy, incitement, attempt and complicity

      Article II: In the present Convention genocide means any of the following acts committed with the intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group, as such:
      a) killing members of the group;
      b) causing serious bodily or mental harm to the group;
      c) deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
      d) imposing methods intended to prevent births within the group;
      e) forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.

      Deliberately inflicting conditions of life calculated to destroy a group includes the deliberate deprivation of resources needed for the groups physical survival, such as clean water, food, shelter or medical services. Deprivation of the means to sustain life can be imposed through confiscation of harvests, blockade of foodstuffs, detention in camps, forcible relocation or expulsion int deserts.

      So if what Israel's doing to Gaza fits the definition, let the punishment fit the crime, the punishment fit the crime, the punishment fit the crime!!!!!

    • Gaza and the Warsaw Ghetto

      same place
      different time
      while the world stands by
      genocide
      live

  • In Gaza, the ultimate humiliation
    • Gaza and the Warsaw Ghetto

      same place
      different times
      while the world stands by
      genocide
      live

  • Oren's criticism of US Jews earns his book five thumbs down: 'slinky,' 'self-aggrandizing,' 'twists reality'
    • One is either on the side of the slave (oppressed) or the slaveowner (oppressor). This holds no matter one's nationality, ethnicity, religion, race or gender.

      In Palestine/Israel the Palestinians are the slaves, since it is their homeland that is being occupied (occupying another people's land is a form of enslavement), which means Jewish Israelis (being that they are the occupiers) are ipso facto the slaveowners.

  • 'Six Jews sitting in the White House discussing the Palestinian state'
    • U.S. and other non-Israeli Jews should be grateful to Israel for what? For taking over Palestine and subjugating its people, while, at the same time, claiming that it's acting on behalf of Jews everywhere, and never mind that said claims give rise to outbursts of violent antisemitism such as what recently took place in France. Israel then exploits the antisemitism engendered by its maltreatment of Palestinians by citing such incidents as justification for the existence of a Jewish homeland and by imploring members of the so-called Jewish diaspora to "come home." But with a homeland like Israel fewer and fewer Jewish-Americans (this one included) express any interest in migrating there, let alone being grateful for its existence.

  • Oren pushed Random House to hurry his book so American Jews will 'intercede' to stop Iran deal and save millions of Jews
    • Michael Oren claims to be on a mission to save millions of Jews from a nuclear armed Iran, and never mind that Iran's leadership has denied any intention of building nuclear weapons. Israel, on the other hand, actually has nuclear weapons, and has threatened to deploy them. So who's going to same millions of Iranians from being wiped out should the colonial state use its nukes? Or don't Iranian lives matter?

  • 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.

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