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Kay24
January 25, 2015, 5:37 am

Taxi, it may even be a once in a lifetime event, and they may be regretting it already, but it sure was an eye opener for us. We may never see anything closely resembling this criticism ever again.

Walid
January 25, 2015, 5:32 am

“The expression the “67 borders” is a nonsense, they’re Armistice Demarcation Lines.” (talknic)

You’re right of course, talknic, but if the Palestinians themselves won’t make a fuss about this issue, why should we? The PA has thrown in the towel about anything predating 67 and including pre-48 and has just about written-off any substantial RoR and as of late, Hamas is singing the same tune. Are we to object when the Palestinians are not? Now the Palestinians are talking about conceding another major point concerning the swaps across the 67 lines whatever we may decide to call them.

Taxi
January 25, 2015, 5:20 am

One wonders if it was a spontaneous eruption of criticism of israel, or whether the host and guest were briefed by the producer during the commercial break to go in that direction .

Walid
January 25, 2015, 5:16 am

Many countries still have them. The US took them out of active service in 1996 and retrofitted them into becoming pilotless practice drones to be shot at. The Turkish F4 that was shot down by Syria over a year ago was believed to be one such pilotless drone. An article on the F4 says, “Since 1991, 254 Phantoms have served as unpiloted flying targets for missile and gun tests conducted near Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida and Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico. The use of F-4 drones (designated QF-4s) is expected to continue until 2014.”

Where Have All the Phantoms Gone?

link to airspacemag.com

talknic
January 25, 2015, 5:03 am

@ German Lefty
“Actually, Charlie Hebdo’s cartoons speak out against hatred and bigotry”

Is that what the Mohammad cartoons were doing?

talknic
January 25, 2015, 4:58 am

@ Walid “since the PA and the Arab League and in an indirect way Hamas too, have all accepted the 67 borders as the borders of Israel, West Jerusalem could be considered as part of Israel. “

Tho they might have been willing to concede that territory for peace with Israel, until there is a written agreement, it isn’t!

The expression the “67 borders” is a nonsense, they’re Armistice Demarcation Lines. Israel’s borders are are the same as they were in 1948. There has never been any change by any legal means to the borders the Israeli Government proclaimed on May 15th 1948 in order to be recognized link to trumanlibrary.org . No treaty, no agreement, no legal annexation via an agreement. NOTHING!

Israel’s 31st Aug 1949 claim to the territories it had acquired by war by 1949 link to unispal.un.org was rebuffed by the Commission, citing the Armistice Agreements
link to domino.un.org

The Israelis insist there be a negotiated settlement, otherwise Israel is obliged to act according to the law, withdraw from all non-Israeli territories and pay rightful compensations.

However, even in a negotiated settlement or an agreement the Palestinians are not legally obliged to forgo any of their legal rights to anything and Israel has no legal right to demand the Palestinians forgo any of their legal rights.

Brewer
January 25, 2015, 3:01 am

If the above post by Mayhem is not satire, it presents a superb example of the psychopathology of bigotry in general and, in particular, the self-absorption of those who believe their their Jewishness is primary, their membership of the human race, secondary.
Please tell me its satire.

Walid
January 25, 2015, 2:07 am

Soap was my favourite, used to wait all week for it; no other comedy program has made me laugh as much since then.

oldgeezer
January 25, 2015, 2:00 am

@AppolloSpeaks
“Given the moral, intellectual and spiritual superiority of Israel ”

Your comments are as fictional as your chosen moniker.

There is little to distinquish between JSIL and ISIL. Both kill and dispossess innocents in order to steal territory in which to establish their messianic states. Both are corrupt and murderous. Both place no value on life or human values. In both cases the end justifies the means. Both totally disregard human rights and international law. Both employ terrorist tactics.

Both are contemptible.

Annie Robbins
January 25, 2015, 1:55 am

she was the speaker of the house. this is the equivalent of John Boehner or Eric Cantor leading a delegation to israel without asking the president’s permission. happens all the time. in fact aipac arranges these trips regularly. romney went there without asking Obama’s permission too. it doesn’t violate protocol for members of congress to visit other countries without asking permission of the israel lobby.

nice try, no cigar.

Bandolero
January 25, 2015, 1:50 am

oldgeezer

Not madness. A crime. A crime against humanity on a very large scale.

That, what I described politically as sheer madness, is more serious than a “crime against humanity” on a very large scale.

Following the Nuremberg principles, these are serial crimes against peace. The crime against peace, namely planning and waging aggressive war, was the most serious charge of the Nuremberg trials.

On the issue of aggressive war, the Nuremberg Tribunal declared:

“The charges in the indictment that the defendants planned and waged aggressive war are charges of the utmost gravity. War is essentially an evil thing. Its consequences are not confined to the belligerent states alone, but affect the whole world. To initiate a war of aggression, therefore, is not only an international crime; it is the supreme international crime, differing only from other crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole.”

And the tribunal had good reason for this, just as good as the reasons that the US, the Israel lobby and their allies had for successfully lobbying for the exclusion of the supreme international crime of waging a war of aggression from being prosecutable under ICC regulations. They know they serially commit this supreme crime which “contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole.”

Annie Robbins
January 25, 2015, 1:44 am

the most admirable nation in the Middle East

link to haaretz.com

BBC poll: Israel among world’s least popular nations

The annual BBC World Service poll finds …only countries less popular than Israel are North Korea, Pakistan and Iran.

its existence would seem to be a historical necessity. No?

no.

Walid
January 25, 2015, 1:16 am

Rusty Pipes, Palestinians have been going through a succession of catastrophes since 1948, having to move from one refugee camp to another and more often than not, through making wrong calls and backing the wrong horse, and Yarmouk is no exception. It wasn’t without cause that Khaled Meshaal had to pack up and leave Damascus after all these years as he too played the Qatar horse in the Syrian conflict. Now he’s having to relocate again from Doha to either Iran or Turkey. Palestinians are allowing armed fundy rebels to stay in the camps and when the going starts getting rough, they want them to leave. Another Yarmouk in the making is the Ain el Helweh camp in Lebanon situated on the outskirts of the city of Saida. It’s a camp of 150,000 refugees, armed to the teeth, a no-man’s land for the Lebanese authorities and currently a nesting place for both al-Qaeda and Nusra/ISIS untouchables and sooner or later to be turned into another Nahr al-Bared theatre. To suffer will be the tens of thousands of innocent Palestinians that want nothing other than to be left alone in their squalid camp. All this to say where Yarmouk came from that’s bearing the brunt of both the Nusra/ISIS fighters and the regime’s army. It’s sad what the camp’s remaining 18,000 are going through, but most of those are probably armed insurgents. Even sadder is the plight of the other 140,000 refugees that fled the camp to other locations, for some their 4th or 5th relocation.

Kay24
January 25, 2015, 12:54 am

OMgosh, must watch video indeed. Hell must have frozen over. This is major criticism from Faux News, and this is what we should be seeing from other networks as well. This is how it must be covered. They said that Ron Dermer from Israel, was in the WH for 2 hours and did not utter a word about negotiations going between Congress and Israel, for Netanyahu’s visit. What the Hell? These are snakes we are talking about. This is unprecedented ugly moves by Congress, and obviously instigated by Nuttyahoo and Dermer. I wish Americans would open their eyes to the way they keep controlling our leaders and the country, and how much disrespectful they are to the Presidency, our White House, and how much power they seem to wield over our entire system.
Thank you Taxi, that was one of the most interesting videos.

Taxi
January 25, 2015, 12:38 am

Oh man – must watch video! Even Fox News is outraged at Boehner and Netanyahu’s plan to undermine Obama:

link to vox.com

Walid
January 25, 2015, 12:22 am

“I suspect. For the general U.S. audience, Palestinians are not on the radar screen. ”

You can say the same thing about the general Arab audience, Boomer, there each one is too preoccupied with his own pains and aches to give a second thought to what the Palestinians are suffering. It isn’t any wonder that Israek sees that it’s got a free hand to do as it wills on the hapless Palestinians.

ApolloSpeaks
January 25, 2015, 12:17 am

How could the most admirable nation in the Middle East, a model of freedom, progress, justice and peace to the region, be a historical error? Given the moral, intellectual and spiritual superiority of Israel over its primitive, dysfunctional, strife torn neighbors its existence would seem to be a historical necessity. No?

Pretext
January 25, 2015, 12:11 am

For what it’s worth, the traditional idiom is “Heads I win, tails you lose.”

Kay24
January 24, 2015, 11:23 pm

Samah, I have always been impressed by the attitude of the Palestinians. They are indeed a very resilient people, who have withstood the occupation, blockades, precision bombs, theft of lands, control of water, destruction of their lands and olive trees, and the on going human rights abuses, so bravely, and seem to be still standing as strong as they ever were. This must make the zionist criminals frustrated, because they have tried every ugly damn thing in their book, to make life as miserable as possible, to get rid of the Palestinians.

“Palestinians’ rights are not important to Israel, whose hands are around their necks, squeezing until the wind is ultimately gone. Daily torture, constant home raids and kidnappings, humiliation in barbed wire checkpoints are all procedures put in place by Israel for Palestinians, whether they’re on their way to the nearest market or simply attempting to travel their country, but are restricted by “The Wall.”

If you change the players, one would think this is during the time of the nazis.

ApolloSpeaks
January 24, 2015, 10:39 pm

WHERE WAS THE OUTRAGE ON THE LEFT WHEN IN 2007

then Speaker Nancy Pelosi (over the objections of the Bush administration) violated protocol and led a congressional delegation to Damascus to reignite peace talks between Syria and Israel, as if she were the Secretary of State? As I recall Harry Reid the Dems (and probably Barack Obama) backed what she did.

Kay24
January 24, 2015, 10:01 pm

Well, at least this time Diane Feinstein is supporting the President and not Bibi/Israel:

“Feinstein tells Haaretz: PM speech ‘inappropriate,’ Iran sanctions ‘dangerous’
The growing backlash against Netanyahu’s planned speech in Congress is diluting Democratic support for the Kirk-Menendez sanctions bill.

Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California says that inviting Prime Minister Netanyahu to address Congress during an Israeli election period is “highly inappropriate” and that imposing new sanctions on Iran at this time is “reckless and dangerous.” Haaretz

Americans should note if their Congress people are supporting an alien leader who wants war (at our expense), or their own President, who wants to avoid yet another bloody war.

RoHa
January 24, 2015, 9:44 pm

I’m not entirely convinced of MacIntyre’s thesis, either, but I have to confess that I haven’t given him the attention he deserves.

Daniel Rich
January 24, 2015, 9:26 pm

@ CloakAndDagger,

Q: This ain’t going away, no siree!

R: It looks like the entire tribe has pulled rank and closed the gates to true justice, so I’m convinced this will [unfortunately] blow over.

Many people are [somehow] convinced that most pedophiles tend to be ‘blue collar’ lowlifes. As this case proves, it runs mostly all he way to the top and that’s what makes it so scary, because, where [or to whom] are the victims to turn to?.

just
January 24, 2015, 9:14 pm

It’s a great idea, and would go a long way toward providing much- needed education to the American people.

just
January 24, 2015, 9:12 pm

Seems that these events and people remain indelibly printed in his mind and in the minds of those he became reacquainted with. Those smiling and eager children running up the hill were precious~ with their peace sign held high.

Thank goodness for his archive and for his powerful testimony~ it’s captured forever.

Kay24
January 24, 2015, 8:44 pm

Despite the controversy, the outrage, the loud criticism, it seems Israel’s Chickenshit PM, is hell bent on still coming over to soil the halls of Congress, at the expense of the President, and spew verbal zionist garbage, and politicize every issue he can, so that he can help the shameful Congress insult the President, and derail negotiations with Iran. We were conned into starting a war with Iraq, for no good reason, by those who serve Israel while wearing the face of an American, and since that may not work now, it seems the despicable war monger, is using our politicians who have no principles, paid for and bought by Israel’s lobbies, to push for another war, for which our kids and our resources will be used up once again. If anyone thinks Chickenshit would put IDF troops on the ground in Iran, you got to be totally naive – we have yet to see ONE Israeli life put at risk for any war, that Israel instigates, provokes, or falsify intelligence for. Benjamin Netanyahu is an arrogant, piece of excreta, and it is sicking to see this nation that extracts all it can from us, once again, calling the shots, because those we vote for are in those huge zionist pockets.

Philemon
January 24, 2015, 8:39 pm

Sean: “Mark Kirk Is AIPAC’s Million Dollar Baby” (MJ Rosenberg) link to huffingtonpost.com

Well, that’s nice, but why? I doubt it’s his constituents urging him to take the AIPAC money and run. Constituents are practical, of course, but they might wonder about strings attached to that money which could run counter to their interests.

What do you want to bet he’s AIPAC’s baby because they (the good people at AIPAC, that is) have the negatives?

a blah chick
January 24, 2015, 8:34 pm

“There are 40-50 guys on one floor. No running water, no toilet. A terrible stench of sweat and feces. You don’t sleep for a week out of sheer pressure. The smell of death is everywhere,” Ami says. “Still, there’s a lot of excitement. Non-stop laughter. You don’t feel afraid. People functioned amazingly.””

Anybody else detect a note of “whistling past the graveyard,” in that excerpt? And what does it say about men who can engage in “non-stop laughter” while smelling death and feces?

Sick.

MRW
January 24, 2015, 8:29 pm

Read this from Mondoweiss in 2010:
The Lost Lesson of the Civil Rights Movement

Why has everyone forgotten the prodigious contribution of Ella Baker? Because she was a woman. She is the civil rights titan.

Charles Payne wrote, I’ve Got the Light of Freedom in 1997 (?). His book contains transcriptions of taped recordings from the Civil Rights Era participants. It’s the testament for me.

just
January 24, 2015, 8:06 pm

I just realized that the article that I linked to is behind the premium wall, so I will post this insane part as well. Try not to cry or gag :

“After the dramatic beginning of their involvement in the war, the reservists in question spent another five days in the Strip. They searched for tunnels and also advanced from house to house, capturing those targets with gunfire before entering them.

“Most of the inhabitants had already fled, but there was one case when we fired a missile into a house and then heard the crying of a baby,” Ami relates. “That was a total shock, especially to the fathers among us. We stopped shooting and called on the residents with a loudspeaker to come out. We were afraid that the house was booby-trapped. We chose a few guys to go in, guys we could trust to go in gently, without shooting, unless they ran into a terrorist. They expected to find the body of a child, or of one of the parents, but they had managed to escape.”

After a house is seized under such circumstances, the soldiers generally rest in it – though they do not manage to sleep.

“There are 40-50 guys on one floor. No running water, no toilet. A terrible stench of sweat and feces. You don’t sleep for a week out of sheer pressure. The smell of death is everywhere,” Ami says. “Still, there’s a lot of excitement. Non-stop laughter. You don’t feel afraid. People functioned amazingly.””

link to haaretz.com

Boomer
January 24, 2015, 7:52 pm

I tried searching for “Palestinian” on Google News today. The results were even worse than I expected. One decent op-ed at HuffPo; a couple of negative op-eds in rightwing sources, the rest all from foreign sources, or sources aimed at Jewish audiences. Results might differ on other days, or with a slightly different search word, but not much, I suspect. For the general U.S. audience, Palestinians are not on the radar screen.

Annie Robbins
January 24, 2015, 7:47 pm

it was really amazing how he went back and met those people years later. in so many cases he remembered who he photographed and where he was. when he went back to khan younis..to the hill and replicated the boys running as they had then, it made me cry. it was so beautiful.

Rusty Pipes
January 24, 2015, 7:41 pm

Just to keep perspective, these two former staffers are Israel Lobby hacks: “Here is a rightwing publication saying that former White House officials, including two who worked under Obama, say that the president is not tough enough on Iran.” Unsurprisingly, one of them is Dennis Ross. The other, Ray Takeyh, has close connections to organizations like JINSA and WINEP and holds revisionist opinions about Iran, such as:

‘Takeyh has also argued that the 1953 coup against Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mossaddeq, widely attributed by historians and even former CIA operatives as having been a joint operation by American and British intelligence agencies, was largely the work of Iranian clergy.

“The clergy itself played a major role in toppling Mosaddeq,” Takeyh said in a Foreign Affairs article from 2014. “It would help greatly if the United States no longer felt the need to keep implicitly apologizing for its role in Mosaddeq’s ouster.”‘

If these are the kind of former staffers criticizing him, Obama has little to worry about from his main base.

Bumblebye
January 24, 2015, 7:29 pm

Not my fault – the article triggered the tune! Tis a bit earworm-y though.
Press tv isn’t the most reliable, and there were no links…..

Mooser
January 24, 2015, 7:14 pm

Are there, at the present time, any impediments on the citizenship of those in France who call themselves Jewish? Are they even known to the government as such? Or are they citizens of France?

just
January 24, 2015, 7:13 pm

Weird, alright.

(Space for a base?)

Mooser
January 24, 2015, 7:09 pm

Naturally, there is some overlap between the two, if, say, a test administered in the country’s language must be passed for citizenship.

Bornajoo
January 24, 2015, 7:03 pm

@Bumblebye
This is too far fetched, even for me! But who really knows what the bigger game really is?

(can’t get the Soap theme out of my head since yesterday. Your fault!)

Mooser
January 24, 2015, 6:59 pm

Not a whole lot of Yiegels fans at Mondo? One of my favorite bands.

Bumblebye
January 24, 2015, 6:58 pm

Could there be a JISIL in the offing? This is weird:
link to presstv.com

Mooser
January 24, 2015, 6:52 pm

” but can’t say I recall the anti-gwb-head-honky videos.”

That’s it “Dabakr”, you just go ahead and keep pretending your credibility isn’t shot to pieces, and you are entitled to more than bored tolerance, and a sensible desire not to engage you?

Shingo
January 24, 2015, 6:50 pm

Thanks for your reply, Aiman, I was never much of a fan of either the “rebels” or of the regime.

Sure but Assad is the least worst choice if one has to chose. Even after the initial crackdown, Assad agreed to introduce reforms but by then the opposition movement had been hijacked by the usual suspects a la Lybia.

Bornajoo
January 24, 2015, 6:48 pm

In the context of the I/P issue I do want to see Netanyahu and his extremist nutters re-elected. I think it would be a disaster if Livni/Herzog win. They are the masters of deceit and disguise and their tactics could see any recent gains rolled back

Regarding israel being attacked by the Levantines, this in my opinion, is just as unlikely as a US/Iran war. Such an attack would force the USA to act to protect israel. I cannot envisage any situation where the USA would just sit back and watch israel be attacked if there was a genuine chance that Israel could lose in any significant way.

However I do believe that a short and powerful show of power and aggression by the Levantines could provide a much needed reality check to the Zionist bullies

David Doppler
January 24, 2015, 6:44 pm

I don’t look forward to a divorce, which would be catastrophic for Israel. An arms-length alliance based on mutual respect among nations. I draw a distinction between Likud-Neocon and Israel, generally, which could evolve away from Likud’s aggressive-destructive interference in its neighbors’ affairs.

Abierno
January 24, 2015, 6:44 pm

@Jlewisdickerson: You are absolutely correct about the corruption surrounding this pipeline.
I am sure that you also have archived articles about Stav Shiffer, the youngest member of the Knesset and her attacks on how state funds are really allocated, discovering “interesting” non transparent allotments of money. According to Haaretz, her recent diatribe in the Knesset has gone viral. From watching the video, she appears to be a charismatic and effective speaker. Time interviewed her earlier this year but there has been little information in more readily accessed Israeli media. She was just elected in the second position on the Labor candidate list which was a surprise to many. I would suspect that her focus on corruption in government and the needs of Israeli citizens, as well as her ability to connect with the Israeli public and their concerns has got to place pressure on Netanyahu. She has no hesitation in addressing “hot” topics and has more than once been removed from finance committee meetings.

Hopefully, in some post you can post some of the articles in your archive on this remarkable young Israeli politician.

Mooser
January 24, 2015, 6:44 pm

What a system they’ve got in Israel!
They Zionise the profits, and Judaise the costs.

JWalters
January 24, 2015, 6:36 pm

David Doppler, excellent post. You can extend the time frame this has been going on back to pre-1948.
link to t.co

just
January 24, 2015, 6:24 pm

I did the same before posting that… I watched a segment on RT live and was floored. I thought they were pulling my leg~ not at all.

Terrible.

CigarGod
January 24, 2015, 6:17 pm

Rob Lowe?
Hey…isn’t he on Epstein’s passenger manifest with The Hersh and Bubba…and those other under-age con -i-sewers?

Walid
January 24, 2015, 6:12 pm

The more there are criticisms and complaints about this movie, the more people will rush to see it. Those Arab-Americans making a stink about the movie are only fueling it more and more.

JLewisDickerson
January 24, 2015, 6:10 pm

RE: “Brooks, who has said he’s ‘gooey-eyed’ over Israel and whose son now serves in the Israeli military, also said ‘Bibi’s a better speaker’ than Obama.” ~ Weiss

MY COMMENT: There you go again! Confronting us with the inanities of David Brooks! And on a weekend, for Christ’s sake!
Not to mention that obnoxious photo of Bill Kristol that triggered my gag reflex!
Golly Pete!
For the love of Mike!

GLENN GREENWALD (9 JAN 2015):

[EXCERPT] . . . The New York Times‘ David Brooks today claims that anti-Christian bias is so widespread in America – which has never elected a non-Christian president – that “the University of Illinois fired a professor who taught the Roman Catholic view on homosexuality.” He forgot to mention that the very same university just terminated its tenure contract with Professor Steven Salaita over tweets he posted during the Israeli attack on Gaza that the university judged to be excessively vituperative of Jewish leaders, and that the journalist Chris Hedges was just disinvited to speak at the University of Pennsylvania for the Thought Crime of drawing similarities between Israel and ISIS. . .

SOURCE – link to firstlook.org

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JWalters
January 24, 2015, 6:09 pm

Cloak, I share your optimism. The ONLY reason Netanyahu will be addressing Congress is because his financial backers have bought the tickets for the entire audience.

Naturally, there will be a lot of standing ovations.

Boomer
January 24, 2015, 6:07 pm

@ just “Earlier this week, the new chief of the US Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), Andrew Lack, told the New York Times that RT poses a significant challenge for his organization, putting it on the same list as ISIS and Boko Haram terror groups.” [no reply button]

That’s amazing. Given that hardly any Americans read RT, it shows much our rulers depend on controlling the narrative, and that they know how reality often diverges from their version. Otherwise, they wouldn’t feel threatened by RT. Of course, Al Jazeera is much the same, but has been defanged somewhat, and generally impeded . . . as if Americans were going to watch it anyway.

I found it so amazing, that I went to NYT to verify the RT version and sure enough:
link to nytimes.com

Curious to know more about him, I looked for a bio:
link to bloomberg.com Bloomberg, Sony, CBS, NBC, et al. Yep, he knows something about putting out the right narrative.

Pixel
January 24, 2015, 6:06 pm

Let me clarify that, when I say treason, I’m not speaking specifically about this invitation.

It’s much bigger than the “Miss Manners Book of Political Etiquette”.

Walid
January 24, 2015, 6:05 pm

Both a happy and a sad piece by Samah that made me look up her blog. There I found an ending to her story of her latest trip to her Palestine with her picture as if standing on top of the world and her promise to return soon:

“Ma’a Salama, Goodbye – View of our village Beit Hanina behind our home in East Jerusalem right as the skies begin to dim to night. Unfortunately, tonight is my last night in this breathtaking country — my home. And as much as it hurts me to say goodbye, I’ve promised myself it’s only for now, which makes it a bit easier to leave this place.

One month is not enough time to capture Palestine’s beauty, and one thing is for sure — I will never again let 13 years pass before my next visit. Inshallah I will be back within the year to continue rediscovering my roots and take you all through my journey once again.

Although I will be settled back into the U.S. by Monday night, I will continue to post photos from my trip afterward as there are hundreds I have yet to share. Within the next few days I also plan on writing up a reflection of my trip — how the country’s changed since my last visit, people/places/events I’ve witnessed, what I’ve learned and what my vacation has confirmed for me.

I wanted to thank everyone who has reblogged, liked, or shared my work so far in any way, as well as followed me on my trip! Al-hamdullah I’ve gotten a lot of feedback and support, which I greatly appreciate from the bottom of my heart. I look forward to continuing this blog…peace! :)”

link to rediscoveringroots.tumblr.com

just
January 24, 2015, 5:59 pm

“American Sniper continues to draw record-breaking audiences as it barrels into its second weekend in wide release, but a group representing Arab-Americans says the rate of anti-Arab and anti-Muslim threats resulting from the Oscar-nominated war film has already tripled.

…..But its all-American depiction on screen has drawn heavy criticism from combat veterans and viewers alike – and especially about viewers themselves, many of whom have emerged from theatres desperate to communicate a kind of murderous desire.

A quick search on Twitter leads down a rabbit hole of anger.

“Great fucking movie and now I really want to kill some fucking ragheads,” read one tweet, in a set of screenshots that quickly went viral after being collated by journalist Rania Khalek for the online publication Electronic Intifada. “American sniper makes me wanna
go shoot some fuckin Arabs,” read another.

One tweet read: “Nice to see a movie where the Arabs are portrayed for who they really are – vermin scum intent on destroying us.” While the word “vermin” is not uncommon in threads about the film, that tweet was tagged not only #AmericanSniper but, mystifyingly, #DeBlasio as well.

Even the actor James Woods got in on the action, tweeting: “Every time an American Armed Forces sniper pulls a trigger, those who would kill or maim an American warrior are no longer a threat.””

link to theguardian.com

This is gross and dangerous.

Blownaway
January 24, 2015, 5:57 pm

I sure hope so. Even faux news was outraged by Netanyahu/Boehner shenanigans. Netanyahu is doubling down looking to add that crazy Caroline Glick to his ticket…your right this might be fun to watch the implosion

Annie Robbins
January 24, 2015, 5:56 pm

i liked Jean Reno in the professional

Pixel
January 24, 2015, 5:56 pm

@Taxi

“at the 11th hour declines Boehner’s ‘invite’…”

Never gonna happen.

His ego won’t allow him to back down on this.

It’s too big.

lysias
January 24, 2015, 5:49 pm

I thoroughly sympathized with the Russian sniper Vassily Zaitsev (Jude Law) in Enemy at the Gates. Of course, he was only killing enemy soldiers.

Pixel
January 24, 2015, 5:46 pm

Anything that ups the crazy.

NOW, we just have to get them elected.

Pixel
January 24, 2015, 5:45 pm

The ONLY good thing about Iraq is that NO one is going to fall for that cr@p, again.

just
January 24, 2015, 5:42 pm

“Hatnuah party leader and former foreign minister, Tzipi Livni, and former finance minister, Yair Lapid, have accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of harming Israel’s ties with the United States, and its security, to promote his political agenda.

“IDF soldiers are being dragged to The Hague for war crimes that they didn’t commit. The only barrier preventing this is the U.S., which is helping Israel block this attack. This is why our ties with the U.S. are vital for Israel’s security,” Livni said.”

link to haaretz.com

I sincerely hope that you are correct, Tzipi Cast Lead, “Operation Wrath of God”.

Sincerely.

Pixel
January 24, 2015, 5:41 pm

We’re assuming those 50 people would be clueless about Kerry’s “message behind the message”. They all talk in code.

In this regard, I hardly think world leaders are stupid. They’ve long had Israel’s number and Bibi is despised universally.

justicewillprevail
January 24, 2015, 5:35 pm

Thankyou, Samah. No human being should be treated as Palestinians are by Israel. The enforced humiliation and indignity should be abhorred by every country around the world, who should reject any relations with Israel until it grants the same human rights to everybody under its control.
Your spirit and defiance is heartwarming and reminds me of the civil rights struggle, I hope this is an inspiration for you:

[youtube link to youtube.com

Pixel
January 24, 2015, 5:32 pm

Can anyone be trusted who, within the span of a year, morphs from a Shar Pei into a muppet ?

Pixel
January 24, 2015, 5:27 pm

@David Doppler

I agree with C&D.

As it relates only to Palestine and Israel, yes, there will be deaths but far fewer than if things drag out indefinitely as they have for decades.

As far as a nuclear conflagration, the ONLY country I worry about pushing that button is Israel.
And there, in the middle of it, will be Netanyahu laughing as maniacally as Nero who, in popular legend, watched as Rome savagely burned – the result of his own handiwork.

dudu440
January 24, 2015, 5:22 pm

Is there any chance this exhibit could go on the road after New York? I sounds like it deserves to be seen by more of us in the hinterlands. UNRWA could organize the tour in cooperation with various others of us in the movements of solidarity.

oldgeezer
January 24, 2015, 5:19 pm

Salughter and oppress innocent civilians for fun and profit.

A sociopath or psychopath thinks like that.

just
January 24, 2015, 5:10 pm

Speaking of RT, have you seen this?

“Earlier this week, the new chief of the US Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), Andrew Lack, told the New York Times that RT poses a significant challenge for his organization, putting it on the same list as ISIS and Boko Haram terror groups.

BBG is a bipartisan US federal agency, which is responsible for supervising all American government-sponsored international media – from Voice of America to Radio Free Europe.”

link to rt.com

Pixel
January 24, 2015, 5:04 pm

“TREASON”

Words matter.

It’s time that we stop dancing around this term, like pixies gaily twisting ribbons around a May pole.

This is OUR county and we’d better damn well stand up for it, not in tentative whispers but LOUD, PROUD, and OFTEN.

From my personal conversations over the past few days with staffers who take messages for Congress people, apparently, they’re getting used to hearing the term from the public.

It’s powerful,
it’s an important part of the narrative,
and it’s TRUE.

just
January 24, 2015, 4:56 pm

“Soldiers traumatized by Gaza war forced to cope on their own
Only after they came home from last summer’s operation in Gaza did reservists in an infantry battalion realize they were suffering psychological problems. But the army did little to answer their pleas for help.

The landing of a mortar shell was the company’s welcome to the Gaza Strip. The soldiers entered the battle zone on foot, after an air force raid. The mortar struck a few meters from them immediately after they crossed the fence into Gaza.

“That was the first shock,” says Ami (all soldiers’ names have been changed), an officer in the auxiliary weapons company (pluga misaya’at) of an infantry battalion. “We suddenly found ourselves under fire, when we’d been certain that not even a cat was left there.”
……..
Ami is a veteran in the unit; he’s been doing reserve service in it for more than 20 years. “I did my regular duty during all those beautiful years of the Lebanon war [during the 1980s], but this is not the same thing,” he explains.”

link to haaretz.com

wth? “all those beautiful years of the Lebanon war” ??? who thinks like that???

Walid
January 24, 2015, 4:46 pm

Thanks for your reply, Aiman, I was never much of a fan of either the “rebels” or of the regime.

Whizdom
January 24, 2015, 4:46 pm

Michael Oren is to Hillary Clinton as Ron Dermer is to Netanyahu

Taxi
January 24, 2015, 4:45 pm

You can stop the train wreck, Michael Oren, but the train has already run over the President.

Significant irreparable damage has already been done to our stature – to our standing as Empire.

Therefore we now have to force daylight between us.

tree
January 24, 2015, 4:43 pm

I’m sure PTSD is real, but, for the life of me, I can’t help but object when US GI PTSD is the main focus, as if it were the worst consequence of the Iraq war, and not the millions of dead, wounded, orphaned, homeless, imprisoned, and oppressed Iraqis.

Exactly. Sad to say but for too many Americans some people’s lives (i.e. American soldiers) are considered so much more important than others (Iraqis, Afghanis, Vietnamese, etc.)

And then to compound the moral vacuity, we justify killing those others by celebrating their murders as something heroic, ala “American Sniper”. Every last one of those killed must have been a “bad person” and therefore deserving of death.

Or else their death was the fault of others of their kind, even though it was our soldiers’ actions that were the proximate cause of their deaths. Much like jons and others who won’t accept that the IDF was and is responsible for thousands of Palestinians’ deaths. It must be the fault of Hamas, or Fatah, or anyone else but the army that actually killed them.

Taxi
January 24, 2015, 4:40 pm

Michael Oren calls on Netanyahu to cancel Congress speech: ‘Cynical political move':

link to npr.org

Taxi
January 24, 2015, 4:35 pm

Say, is it considered illegal online gambling to bet money on how many standing ovations the nut will get from the nutters?

Pixel
January 24, 2015, 4:35 pm

@ C&D

“Stock up on popcorn as 2015 promises to be a blockbuster”.

Ha! GREAT line!
__________

“Bibi”

In the US, no self-respecting male over the age of 6 would allow anyone to call him by a silly nickname. It’s baby talk used only by a bubby as she pinches your cheeks decade after decade as you stand there, mortified.

It’s use is disrespectful, disempowering, and ridiculous. Who can take anyone seriously that goes by a baby name?

However, I may be totally wrong, given that so many other world leaders are as commonly referred to by their nicknames, by each other and the global community .

Xi Jinping: PingPing
Barak Obama: BaBa
David Cameron: RonRon
Angela Merkel: Gigi
Queen Elizabeth: QQ
Vladamir Putin: PuttPutt
Andrei Kobyakov: KoKo
François Hollande: DeeDee
Enrique Peña Nieto: NiNi
Daniel Ortega: GaGa
Stephen Harper: HaHa
.

Yup, I’ve got to be wrong on that one.

Taxi
January 24, 2015, 4:30 pm

Netanyahu Speech To Congress Is High-Risk, High-Reward, Analysts Say:

link to npr.org

German Lefty
January 24, 2015, 4:23 pm

I am currently watching the documentary. It mainly deals with Israel-related anti-Semitism. At 33:00 a young Swede of Arab descent is interviewed.
Reporter: “Why would you throw eggs at Jews?”
Young man: “We want to retaliate for everything that happens in Palestine, all the murders.”
Reporter: “But we are Swedish Jews. We have nothing to do with Israel.”
Young man: “How do we know that? When we see a Jew, we think of Israel and everything that happens there.”
Reporter: “Is that what causes the problems?”
Young man: “Yes.”
Reporter: “Does the Israeli-Palestinian conflict cause your reaction to the Jews?”
Young man: “It is the only reason for Jew-hatred. It’s the only thing that you think of. […] I want to do something for Palestine, but I can’t help anyone there.”

just
January 24, 2015, 4:16 pm

Brilliant/very likely.

;-) indeed. Thanks, Eva.

Eva Smagacz
January 24, 2015, 4:10 pm

There are official channels, where politicians say what is expected of them, and there are back channels, where the clearer intentions about outcomes are revealed.

If Kerry called 50 foreign leaders telling them that the Palestinians joining ICC is undesirable, and against USA wishes, because this would potentially lead to prosecution of Israelis responsible for Gaza massacres , I am not sure if I would ( if I were a foreign head of state) take this as an encouragement to do something against it…… ;-)

Taxi
January 24, 2015, 4:09 pm

And will his donkey-felators in congress get a stirring down south to hear him speaking in French?

Taxi
January 24, 2015, 4:08 pm

And will Netanyahu open his speech with: ‘Je suis Charlieyahoo’?

Taxi
January 24, 2015, 3:57 pm

Every islamophobic cliche in the universe will be uttered by netanyahu on the 3rd March.

He will mix isis and alqaida and hamas and hizbollah and iran all into one explosive cocktail and serve it to the American masses.

Will they drink this hootch of hate?

Pixel
January 24, 2015, 3:54 pm

“Gooey-eyed”: A serious condition related to blindness.

Cause: Over exposure to Zionism
Prognosis : Terminal, if left untreated
Treatment: The soothing balm of MW.
MW: Apply liberally and often.

The only known cure for this condition is an identity transplant.

German Lefty
January 24, 2015, 3:54 pm

Rob Lowe mocks Obama for meeting cereal-eating YouTube star and not Netanyahu
Actor takes to Twitter to take sides in diplomatic snafu raging between White House and Republican-controlled Congress, Israeli prime minister.
link to haaretz.com

Controversial JPost columnist Caroline Glick considered for spot on Likud slate
Glick has called for Israel’s annexation of the West Bank, called Netanyahu ‘immoral, irresponsible and stupid’ in response to Gilad Shalit deal.
link to haaretz.com

Swedish reporter assaulted after wearing kippah to test attitudes toward Jews
link to haaretz.com
The article links to this interesting documentary: link to youtube.com
It’s in Swedish, but when you are logged in, you can read Google-translated English subtitles.

just
January 24, 2015, 3:50 pm

Yes, she does. There is a lengthy update on her @ the link, which also reveals this:

“9:50 P.M. Lieberman seeks to ban Arab parties from running in elections

Yisrael Beiteinu said it would seek to ban the unified Arab list from running in the coming elections.

“The unification proves to everyone that apparently there is no difference between Khenin and Haneen, and that Dov Khenin is exactly like [Balad MK] Haneen Zoabi, who wants only to support terror organizations and cooperate with Israel’s enemies,” the party said in a statement.

The statement added that such a list “was not worthy of serving in the Knesset of Israel.”

The united Arab list said in response that the “so-called appeal” to ban the list from the elections is “another populist step by corrupt, racist Lieberman.” (Jack Khoury, Jonathan Lis)”

link to haaretz.com

Shamocracy. Apartheid much?

MHughes976
January 24, 2015, 3:43 pm

I went to a very ‘traditional’ – traditions being well-regarded on this thread! – Church of England school and I am a committed member of the CofE to this day in my oldish age. My mother, on being widowed, even went so far as to marry the school Chaplain. It was extremely valuable that we had a non-CofE presence among us both as students and teachers. I learned a lot from a Catholic in my class – though I’m still very Protestant and in this context am very disturbed by the Pope’s self-serving and indefensible pronouncements. We had to the best of my memory a Quaker teacher who made an amiable impression – more importantly we had a few atheists who were distinctly outspoken.
It is vital if there is to be rational discussion that we recognise that our religions are the least rationally defensible element commonly in our public thoughts, though it seems (to me, if not to Professor Dawkins) that human nature cannot resist religion altogether. Since religion must always be in danger of falling into irrationality it must be subject to at least as much critique as anything else we think and therefore it cannot be totally protected from mockery, ie from exposure of its absurdities if it becomes absurd.
Note that everyone thinks that everyone else’s views on religious matters (to include atheism), even if nominally the same as their own, include absurd elements. This connects with the extreme difficulty of explaining which forms of religion are authentic and the frustration that people feel on being told that their religion demands something that they find completely alien or spurns something that they love (Judaism/Zionism/Islam/Islamism/Anglicanism/Evangelicalism etc. etc.).

Giles
January 24, 2015, 3:42 pm

Ms. Glick wears her hatefulness on her face.

David Doppler
January 24, 2015, 3:38 pm

I disagree, C&D. Likud-Neocon KoolAid can kill a lot of people, already has, but could escalate dramatically, which is their goal.

Better for elections to halt trajectories. Better than assassinations. Better than more catastrophic wars.

Pixel
January 24, 2015, 3:32 pm

Thank-you, Jonathan.

I hate your title; I love your title.

just
January 24, 2015, 3:32 pm

Hizbullah does have the smarts and the patience for something like that.

Qualities that Netanyahu (Israel) does not possess.

Thanks, Taxi.

Pixel
January 24, 2015, 3:31 pm

Samah,

It’s not fast enough and it’s not soon enough but, ike the wind, you WILL be free!

I’m ABSOLUTELY stunned by how much has changed in the US and globally in the past 10 years.
In truth, much has changed while so much has stayed the same. Yet, if the past 10 years are any measure, great and good changes are afoot.

Having your identity reaffirmed is a gentle, warm breeze in the winds of change,

We are with you.

Taxi
January 24, 2015, 3:19 pm

If there’s going to be bombs and timing involved, I see hizb bombs completely destroying a military target in the Golan timed just for the israeli election. Their response to Quneitra.

If this were to happen, the idf will take a hit, and Netanyahu will take a hit.

Two vultures, one stone.