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  • Israel viciously bombs Gaza, that's the only truth (9)
    • If true, and I would not put it past the human animals, this is so inhumane, and it also is a possibility that, like many have said before Israel might be taking this opportunity to try out their deadly weapons, on helpless civilians. They play dirty, don't they?

      Didn't that monster Hitler do some experimentation on civilians too?

  • In Photos: Worldwide protest against Israeli attack on Gaza (Update) (43)
    • Arab leaders are warning of draft resolution if there is no cease-fire, which us will veto naturally

      Wow, the Arab world is threatening to use a wet noodle. The US and Israel must be shaking in their boots.

      What's wrong with the Arabs? As there ever been a lower point in history of the Arab world?

  • Jewish activists light children's dolls on fire at Yad Vashem to protest Gaza attack (8)
    • Brilliant act of conscience by Jews Against Genocide and great reporting by the indomitable Neta Golan. She conducted the ISM training I attended in Beit Sahour, all while carrying her new baby around with her in a sling. I'll never forget her definition of a closed military zone. It's "wherever you happen to be".

  • In Photos: Worldwide protest against Israeli attack on Gaza (Update) (43)
    • No, Kay, I hadn't seen that one but I'm a big fan of Galloway. He has a bi-weekly program on al-Mayadeen TV. Here is a short clip of him teaching some Arabs a thing on two about what they are doing wrong; the students ask their question in Arabic and he answers in English.:

    • How dare you.

      How dare you you psychopathic racist supremacist and cheer leader for bass murder?

      If there were no rockets, there would be no need for PR.

      Wrong. Israel need PR 24/7. Apartheid, occupation, land theft and constant murde are a tough sell.

    • Embarrassing and annoying as hell that more Americans are not protesting in the streets.

      I think it's noteworthy that I haven't seen any reports of pro Israeli demonstration either, like those that took place in NY during Cast Lead.

  • Urgent call from Gaza civil society: Act now! (7)
    • So sad. It keeps getting worse, and the world does nothing. These are zionist human animals at their worst, with no remorse, compassion, and flexing their muscles at civilians, who have no weapons, no shelter, no iron dome, and no where to run to, unlike Israelis (who seem pampered in comparison).
      Maybe the US is not condemning the deaths of civilians, because we are guilty of the same in Afghanistan and Iraq, maybe they want Hamas wiped out, and if brown skinned babies are dying,.…meh. By our indifference we are only convincing those who blame us for always supporting and mollycoddling Israel, that they are right.
      Our actions speak louder than words. Our congress shows nothing but love for Israel.

  • In Photos: Worldwide protest against Israeli attack on Gaza (Update) (43)
    • With most people now recognising that a two-state solution is impossible this question - heard many many times before - is becoming increasingly ridiculous.

      Israel had 47 years to end the occupation and they refused. Now the hasbara crowd are trying to turn a single state with equal rights for all into a Thought Crime.

      Too little too late buster.

    • Agreed Walid ,

      The Arabs have been shameful, pathetic, gutless. Not a peep put of Egypt.

      Those liberals in Cairo must be delighted how they weed used to turn Egypt into a slave state which makes the Mubarak era look like the good old days.

  • Urgent call from Gaza civil society: Act now! (7)
    • Yes indeed. We have to free them from Israeli occupation, so that they can regain their sanity, and do the right thing. Until then the Palestinians will never get the support they urgently need.

  • In Photos: Worldwide protest against Israeli attack on Gaza (Update) (43)
    • can you please provide the definition of occupation?

      Read the non inadmissibility clause in the preamble of UNSC242 Pajero.

    • Watch Israelis top warmonger Naftali Bennett try to gain sympathy in the US, by showing the shrapnel that keeps Israelis in fear. No mention of the weapons the Palestinians are terrified about and the brutal massacre going on. Watch video and read Haaretz article. He admits Israel is alone, but will win (as though winning against unarmed civilians is such an achievement!)

      link to youtube.com

      link to haaretz.com

    • Thanks, Annie, for adding us to the world-wide chorus of Free Palestine!--esp. late at night your time. Thanks for all your great work!

  • Urgent call from Gaza civil society: Act now! (7)
  • In Photos: Worldwide protest against Israeli attack on Gaza (Update) (43)
    • excellent Nancy, will add! of course we need NYC

    • Pretexts, unlike reasons, are never justifiable.

    • Walid, I don't know if you saw this before, but George Galloway, MP in Britain,
      put this up on his Facebook. They seem to be AWOL at this moment.
      I think he asks good questions:

      "Will anyone, Arab or Muslim Leader stand up and lift even a finger to help the Palestinian
      people in this massacre? May God damn you. Where is Erdogan? The would be Ottoman Protector?
      Where? Where is Waleed Bin Talal Bin Abdel Azeez Al Saud? Co-owner of Fox and Sky "News"?
      Where are the Kings and Emirs of the Arab world?. So ready to pay for the murder of Arabs?
      Where is the King Abdullah, "Custodian of the Two Mosques"? Where is General Sisi "the New Nasser"?

      I address the Arab and Muslim leaders sincerely with this question. Have you no sense of shame?
      Judge yourselves before you are judged…"

  • Urgent call from Gaza civil society: Act now! (7)
    • President Abbas, Arab leaders, Israelis and Americans are scrambling to find a formula to bring about a cease-fire, even if it means that Gazans get nothing out of it. Hamas and other resistance groups are against it and with reason because whatever the deal, the Gazans would get shafted another time and all those people would have died for nothing..

      Number of dead 168, of injured 1140.

      Gory video of the aftermath of Israel's massacre of last night; very gory:

  • Israel viciously bombs Gaza, that's the only truth (9)
    • Thanks for this piece, Ali. The world needs more voices like yours.

    • I agree with you there about the US political class. Israel has done the same thing. Hitting a "militant" with a missile and then firing another one with flechette weapons to keep anyone from approaching the wreckage. Israel's twist is to then accuse the Palestinians of faking injuries and death if Israel gets caught in the act. The US usually just pretends it was a dreadful mistake and passes money around.

  • In Photos: Worldwide protest against Israeli attack on Gaza (Update) (43)
  • Florida Congresswoman sides with Israeli police over her own brutalized teenage constituent (4)
    • This is not surprising, yet when you read this article it is shocking that these prostitutes (definition: a person who willingly uses his or her talent or ability in a base and unworthy way, usually for money.) for Israel, who we vote for, cannot stand up for one of their own constituents. Ros-Letinen may take those junket trips to keep Israel feel her love, but she does her own nation a disservice, by working hard more for her first love, Israel, than the US. If you look at the list of AIPAC contributions, those who get more, prostitute for Israel more faithfully.
      link to maplight.org
      Shame on Castor for being indifferent to the needs of one of her constituents. I agree that if this was a Jewish American kid, and this happened in a Muslim country, she would be howling for justice, like all the others, including the media.

  • In Photos: Worldwide protest against Israeli attack on Gaza (Update) (43)
  • Jewish activists light children's dolls on fire at Yad Vashem to protest Gaza attack (8)
  • Gaza war spreads as rockets are launched into Israel from southern Lebanon (6)
    • I saw (on Israeli TV) the crater left in the asphalt of one the rockets out of Lebanon. Not bigger than a basketball.

      Here's a new one: a missile flew into the cuckoo's nest from Syria. Actual launch area in Syria still undetermined.

  • In Photos: Worldwide protest against Israeli attack on Gaza (Update) (43)
  • Florida Congresswoman sides with Israeli police over her own brutalized teenage constituent (4)
    • There is something wrong with the system of electing representatives. The people elected become professional politicians, who subordinate everything else, including morality, to their being re-elected.

      We need to adopt the ancient Athenian system of choosing representatives by lot, like for our juries. The fact that the system lasted for centuries in Athens shows that it nee not result in immediate disaster.

      And the Athenian system favored the rich about as little as any political system has. They had to pay what amounted to a very heavy property tax (liturgies). Power was in the hands of average citizens.

  • In Photos: Worldwide protest against Israeli attack on Gaza (Update) (43)
  • Israel viciously bombs Gaza, that's the only truth (9)
    • The US are the biggest hypocrites when committing war crimes themselves, in Afghanistan they drone strike the target then follow up with what they call a double tap, bombing the rescuers. The US political class are not the "exceptional" people as they boast, but the most contemptible.

  • In Photos: Worldwide protest against Israeli attack on Gaza (Update) (43)
    • The importance of Netanyahu's full comments is lost in the flood of dire war news. The comments demonstrate, for all the world to hear, that the Kerry peace talks were a sham that only perpetuated further theft of Palestinian land.

      I don't agree with Ramzi's attitude toward the rockets. I agree with Amnesty International, which is asking the UN to "urgently mandate an independent international investigation into Israeli airstrikes on Gaza as well as Palestine’s indiscriminate shelling of Israel, and hold accountable those responsible for war crimes." The rockets have almost no military value and provide an unfortunate pretext for the IAF to butcher and slaughter the people of Gaza. I don't deny that the Palestinians have every right to defend themselves, but the rockets are a PR dream for the hasbarists.

  • Florida Congresswoman sides with Israeli police over her own brutalized teenage constituent (4)
    • I assume Ms Castor is afraid to say anything against Israel in case she upsets her irrational, poorly informed and prejudiced Jewish constituents who will then not give her financial support for the next election. This is the problem that the Jews have created all over the USA. What can we do about it ? This affects every politician in the USA including my own representative Cohen here in Memphis.

  • Israel's message to the Palestinians: Submit, leave or die (122)
    • LADIES and GENTLEMEN PREEEEEESENTING the all lying, all bullsh*tting, ziocrap artist,the amazing mondonut!

      Able to deny facts in a single bound and who, after being shown on numerous occasions Abbas's generous offer for peace at the UN, chooses like a good little propaganda mongering apologist for Israeli belligerence, to continue to falsely accuse, which is of course against the basic tenets of Judaism.

      One might be forgiven Ladies and Gentlemen for wondering why ANYONE in their right mind would break the basic 'tenets of Judaism' on behalf of the 'Jewish' state? But Israel's apologistas do it all the time. They lie, falsely accuse and attempt to justify the coveting of other folk's property and the slaughter to get it!

      "they have zero obligation to seek a peaceful solution, and they have not. They have zero obligation to compromise, they have not. They have zero obligation to seek anything other than the defeat of the Israelis, and they have not"

      because we believe in peace and because of our conviction in international legitimacy, and because we had the courage to make difficult decisions for our people, and in the absence of absolute justice, we decided to adopt the path of relative justice - justice that is possible and could correct part of the grave historical injustice committed against our people. Thus, we agreed to establish the State of Palestine on only 22% of the territory of historical Palestine - on all the Palestinian Territory occupied by Israel in 1967.

      We, by taking that historic step, which was welcomed by the States of the world, made a major concession in order to achieve a historic compromise that would allow peace to be made in the land of peace. link to pages.citebite.com

  • In Photos: Worldwide protest against Israeli attack on Gaza (Update) (43)
    • Annie.to add to above,you might log into irish times website and down load photos from there.I am using my mobile phone and am not as proficient as using my laptop.

  • Gaza war spreads as rockets are launched into Israel from southern Lebanon (6)
  • 'American Jewish voices are most critical in the world' (to end idea that Jewish lives matter more) (42)
    • Yonah, I have no megaphone. I am just another commenter on a website, just as you are.

      If I understand you, you think that "end the idea that Jewish lives matter more" was rhetoric, despite the fact that our MSM and certainly all the Israeli apologists they interview clearly act as if Jewish lives matter much much more. From the rest of your comment to me, I take it that you don't really want to end that idea, as you embrace it yourself, although to a lesser degree than many. Fine, you aren't for equality and don't want to be rushed into caring about ending violence when its not Israeli Jews being killed , injured and/or having their homes destroyed.

      I don't care whether you sign the petition or not. And its not "mine". Why ask me what the petition says again when you could read it from Efrati's post, or read it blockquoted within my comment above which elicited your response?

      I simply wanted to know what idea you found so objectionable within it and within what Efrati said. Now I know.

      You have a nastiness of your own but so what. You can't recognize your own nastiness. So what. You don't like me. It really doesn't matter to me one way or the other. I respond to what you say, as I am allowed to do on a public forum. Thanks for responding to my question. I'd appreciate you responding to my other questions above but don't expect you to. Your choice.

  • Florida Congresswoman sides with Israeli police over her own brutalized teenage constituent (4)
    • "The silence we’re witnessing from Castor and the rest of Congress gives the impression that they care more about Israeli police officers than an American teen"

      of course. sadly, this is no surprise. Israelis always come first in this country; Americans, particularly those of Arab or Muslim origin, come second.

  • In Photos: Worldwide protest against Israeli attack on Gaza (Update) (43)
    • The "SPINELESS" Obama & his Israel/AIPAC servants team...NOT a pipsqueeq out of them. Obama is set to go on a 2 week vacation...to Martha's Vineyards...AND the atrocities...the savagery...that Israel and its IDF killers are commiting on the helpless civilian population in Gaza still continues...day after day, night after night.

      Those "free" American made weapons are doing their horror & death results on so many infants, children, men, women and much more ...

      Yes...All those US made weapons are given to the terrorist state of Israel ... it all comes out the broke American taxpayer's pockets...year after year!

      One wonders what does AIPAC/Israel have on Obama? Is it some personal blackmail perhaps ... is it the midy-ear elections? Who is really running the US government foreign policy?

      What a national SHAME?

    • Got to be realistic here. People in the world has been watching almost daily horrific extent of violence coming from countries in the region, mainly Iraq and Syria. That`s, in stark different from the past, is the psychological backdrop today. I think Hamas did not incorporated that well in its calculations, which very much relies has always very much relied on the publicity factor

  • Jewish activists light children's dolls on fire at Yad Vashem to protest Gaza attack (8)
  • In Photos: Worldwide protest against Israeli attack on Gaza (Update) (43)
  • Jewish activists light children's dolls on fire at Yad Vashem to protest Gaza attack (8)
  • Israel's message to the Palestinians: Submit, leave or die (122)
    • ""So you would only be satisfied with a one station solution that eliminates Israel and makes the Jewish people a minority subject to the whims of their enemies?"

      It hit me only after I left here last night, but where I come from, that is called BLACKMAIL!

      So there it is, the naked soul of the Zionist, one who tries to blackmail other Jews!

  • Video: While the world watches Gaza, protests rage across the West Bank (3)
    • Bravo to the brave kids that have been going out to demonstrate against the IDF in various towns and checkpoints on the West Bank. Similar activities are happening in a few towns inside Israel.

  • In Photos: Worldwide protest against Israeli attack on Gaza (Update) (43)
    • Sea of Beautiful People ! Not reported on MSM
      This will have no impact on US/Israel, EU .
      Israel says it has right to defend its, occupation, siege and apartheid. (protect israelis )
      US says it supports israel's right to defend it self and israel's right to continue occupation and oppression .

      Arab leaders are warning of draft resolution if there is no cease-fire, which us will veto naturally

      This is going to change a little but it may add fuel to BDS .
      This only shows how popular has israel's occupation become.

  • The players may change, but the game remains the same: The use of racism to justify the massacre of innocent civilians in Gaza (33)
    • first, this sort of reasoning does not apply in a context where the people you call "belligerents" are in fact occupied and oppressed by the other group. Yes, I know Gaza technically is not occupied, but no one serious historian or analyst (as opposed to propagandists for the Israeli government) disputes that Gaza is so under Israeli control that it is effectively occupied.

      Second, I notice the mention of "proportionality" in your comment. Apart from Israelis occupied and oppression of Gazans, by what stretch of the imagination is the aerial bombardment of Gaza proportional?

  • Gaza war spreads as rockets are launched into Israel from southern Lebanon (6)
    • Not to worry. Israel will get away with this latest turkey shoot, as it has done always. Dick and Jane are duped, their reps in Congress and WH are bribed. Shelly Adelson and Soros and Hagee know what's happening. Dick n Jane don't. They are wondering what all the fuss is about the World Cup today, and cooking burgers in the back yard, waiting for US football season to start.

  • In Photos: Worldwide protest against Israeli attack on Gaza (Update) (43)
  • Jewish activists light children's dolls on fire at Yad Vashem to protest Gaza attack (8)
    • Nobody influential is paying attention. Anne Frank has no competition. Bernays/Goebbels rule. Patty Cake Rachel Corrie is nothing. 99.9% of all Americans never heard of her. Sheldon Adelson is doing fine, and so is Schumer.

  • Urgent call from Gaza civil society: Act now! (7)
    • In America, Sheldon Adelson's donation dollars means more than this plea from Palestinian civic society. On the other side, Schumer says we must protect Israel from Palestinian terror rockets. Nevertheless, at least this time around, a tiny bit of facts are getting out about this latest turkey shoot paid for by Dick n Jane DumbGoy.

  • 'American Jewish voices are most critical in the world' (to end idea that Jewish lives matter more) (42)
    • tree- before i get to any petition, I will first react to the article posted on mondoweiss and the issues that it conjures.

      it starts with a headline that includes: "to end the idea that jewish lives matter more". and that was what i was reacting to, even before i reached efrati's name and content.

      I envy white americans and their post tribalism. i'm with huckleberry hound and richard kimble breaking down barriers to a free and equal america and this envy undercuts any claim to zionism that i profess. despite my citizenship i do not consider myself israeli, in the sense that i believe that israel will still take me in even if i denounce my israeli citizenship and i am not so sure that america would forgive my denunciation of an american citizenship, so i go with the super power of my birth and the 300 million (and richard kimble and bobby kennedy and doctor king and yogi bear and martin o'hara and billy pilgrim and huckleberry hound) and the future of the post tribals.

      i prefer not to be at war and so my advice about the warmakers and to the warmakers is the advice of an observer. i am watching a chess game and i am analyzing the value of the rook versus the knight versus the bishop. the human beings closest to me by virtue of blood live in israel and are of a different frame of mind than me and i try to understand their frame of mind.

      there is too much racism in israel. those who had hoped that the jewish zionists could be at constant war with the arabs and keep their souls and minds and hearts above hatred were wrong. it doesn't work that way. it is not only the constant war, but the original project that focused on our needs, our need for a state (right or wrong, that was the perception) and once the goal became attracting enough people and moneys to an idea of establishing a state, there was only one place that could be sold. and establishing a state in a place where there were others with other concerns other than our concerns, there was a clash and a preference for my needs over the other guy's needs. so there is and was always an element of my needs come first involved in the zionism, even buber's zionism, but especially ben gurion's zionism.

      And to me, I relate to the Jewish neediness of the period in question to be a very human need and the search for land as a very human search and the bible aside, and whatever history aside, that's where it starts, as a neediness of human beings for a place.

      Now the bible is a fine book, but not if you take it literally and the progress of zionism over the years has been a regression away from the human need for a home and towards "the Jews deserve the land that belongs to them" and since the world is much more hospitable to Jews in 2014 than it was in 1881 or in 1941, I understand the evolution of "this land is ours" as the philosophy that explains Israel of 2014 better than the "we need a land" philosophy of 1933. and the closer one gets to the "we own this land" the closer one gets to racism and I see that.

      There used to be those who believed in two states from the point of view of the rejection of the zero sum game and the two states were the way to reach yes-yes, rather than me or you. today we feel the two state solution is distant (dead is the terminology that seems preferred on mw), therefore yes-yes, is distant and in its stead zero sum, back to square one.

      Those who feel that syria's civil war and egypt's travails mean nothing and that Israel rejecting one man one vote is pure racism are not realists to any degree. For some reason the Arab world is quite backward politically. And if it is israel and the US retarding them, then maybe that's the reason rather than something deeply wrong in their culture, okay. I don't know. but for israeli jews to fear a one state solution is not insanity, it is clarity. it is not racism it is clarity.

      The other month Phil quoted Rothkopf debating with Oren about Israel and something Rothkopf said struck me as true, that Israel needs to be born again as a country with a purpose and that purpose must be the success of their nonJewish (Arab) neighbors. And that seems to me to be a worthy goal of turning Israel away from self absorption, and security nation and start up nation, into help the Arabs nation. But I am dubious that it can be done and my laziness in this regard is a type of defeatism. (Stalin would have me shot.)

      Signing a petition? Not really. That's a type of showmanship. If it makes you feel better, go right ahead. If it makes you superior to me, go ahead. I am lazy in regard to the long range goal, the rothkopf goal and I am guilty of that. In regard to the war going on right now, I am within my rights to react as slowly as I wish.

      Netanyahu wishes to crush Hamas and that's why he arrested all those people in the aftermath of the kidnapping. and that's what is the immediate cause of this unequal exchange of fire. I am not a student of the laws of war and I do not expect Israeli warmaking to really adhere to the law. I suppose adhering to the laws of warmaking would make this a better world and since Bibi is prime minister and not avraham burg, they need me to sign a petition saying, "Bibi, attack all you want, but follow the laws of war."

      Okay, maybe. I hear you. Is that what your petition says. How many rooks is your petition worth?

      You and your megaphone are so sure of yourself. You're one nasty preacher, tree. I don't like nasty people and I don't like preachers and I don't know you except as a nasty preacher.

  • In Photos: Worldwide protest against Israeli attack on Gaza (Update) (43)
    • Well, I'm late to the party. It was two days ago. link to onthemedia.org

    • One important thing has come out of this Gaza aggression is that Netanyahu has claimed the latest Gaza conflict proved that Israel could never allow an independent Palestine in the occupied West Bank, insisting it would simply become “another 20 Gazas.”
      “I think the Israeli people understand now what I always say: that there cannot be a situation, under any agreement, in which we relinquish security control of the territory west of the River Jordan,” Netanyahu declared.link link to news.antiwar.com So there we have it from the horses mouth, occupation is to be never ending, this is the Jabotinski end game "The land of Israel" including the West Bank is the sovereign territory of the Israeli state and it is not possible for two separate sovereign states to exist in the "Land of Israel" when we [Zionists] claim sovereignty over the whole. Fortunately Abbas has lost a negotiating partner [he admitted this a couple of days ago,] how is it now possible for anybody,with a straight face, the quartet, the UN, the US to call for negotiations between the two sides when the Israelis reject the very notion of a two sovereign state solution. Ramzi Jabar [in the comment above] supports the resistance [including rocket fire from Gaza]
      I don't agree with him, all peaceful means have not yet been tried, for instance Abbas refuses to formally sign up to the ICC and thereby gain standing, it is only when and if the ICC [for political reasons] reject an investigation into [well documented] Israeli war crimes that I would support Ramzi.

  • Urgent call from Gaza civil society: Act now! (7)
    • Very important statement.
      What is disturbing is not what we hear from "the usual gang of idiots" on Capitol Hill, e.g. Sen Graham, Senator Menendez, Sen. Schumer... but the silence of, and indeed, the actual complicity of our supposed "friends". I propose that it is those in congress that have in the past proven to have some sort of conscience that we direct our energy in challenging and confronting. Take Barbara Lee... many words of "concern" in the past about the situation in Palestine/Israel (though none of late, to my knowledge), but she has pledged to support "robust military aid" to Israel without end, without conditions, making Israel's criminal attacks against civilians possible. Frankly, i have little hope that such politicians will ever change, as they are in the end wedded to the institutions (i.e. Democratic Party) that forbid real solidarity with the Palestinian people (we will probably have to end the career of the politicians), but we will not change the situation on the ground until we mobilize to carry out this call, to end US support for this criminal regime. First step, support this petition to Barbara Lee. Let's create some discomfort. link to tinyurl.com

  • In Photos: Worldwide protest against Israeli attack on Gaza (Update) (43)
    • Embarrassing and annoying as hell that more Americans are not protesting in the streets. US main media avoiding the Gaza turkey shoot with free US weapons. Imagine a reverse scenario. It would be on US TV night and day, 24/7, and Jews would be at the forefront of the protests. Hard to believe the US is 98% non-Jewish since its main media and government parrot Israeli hasbara constantly. Even CSPAN WJ had a bland goy on this morning, repeating that the Pal rockets are the trigger for what's going on and the key is the two sides don't trust each other, and US just tries to help these two distrusting groups but their disagreement goes back centuries to biblical days.

  • Jewish activists light children's dolls on fire at Yad Vashem to protest Gaza attack (8)
    • It is strange that when Natali Cohen Vaxberg preformed her enlightening piece at the same place she needed a body guard, and was instantly vilified by various mainstream media outlets. The extremists on the other hand, committed this atrocious symbolic act unimpeded, and have not yet been reported on by any major paper.

    • Thank you for bringing the news of the event to us. With a lot of gratitude to these activist , we thank them for the devotion to the cause that defines us as human.

  • In Photos: Worldwide protest against Israeli attack on Gaza (Update) (43)
  • 'American Jewish voices are most critical in the world' (to end idea that Jewish lives matter more) (42)
    • Yonah, You told EVERYONE what you wrote, not just Donald. This is a public forum and everyone can read what you wrote, including your dig at everyone here for not following the proper yonah rules and acknowledging that your sacred utterances must remain unsullied by any criticism. You don't want what you consider a "nasty" response but don't mind making them yourself, albeit in a passive aggressive way in this instance.

      I don't see as how you have a pass to make nasty remarks and then have no one call you out on your own nastiness. Heaven forbid someone who is offended by "rhetoric" calling for human equality and an end to violence when hundreds of people are dying gets criticized for being offended. I grieve for your pain. What is the world coming to?

  • In Photos: Worldwide protest against Israeli attack on Gaza (Update) (43)
    • ramzi, i whole heartedly agree. thank you for the wonderful comment.

    • @Ramzi Jaber,

      but first a moment of silence to all the brave Palestinians who lost their lives

      Yes.

      All I see is Israel saying they are going for broke to get the Palestinians to leave the land and then they can take it all. I see nothing else. Only this time they don't care what the world thinks. They think they can rationalize afterwards, and we will eventually forgive them. I think the consequences over time are going to be different this time.

  • The players may change, but the game remains the same: The use of racism to justify the massacre of innocent civilians in Gaza (33)
    • @ biorabbi
      "Is it racism to listen to the actual words of Hamas spokesperson regarding Palestinians in targeted homes to stay inside, ignoring Israeli warnings?"

      (Excuse me folks, apt description deserved at this juncture...)
      What a vile filthy lying sick sack of stinking fetid ziopoop you show yourself to be! The the Jake Tapper interview eventually leads to this ..

      First, the ministry calling all our people not to deal or pay attention to the psychological warfare carried out by the occupation through rumors that broadcast across his media and delivering publications and communications on the phones of citizens, and the lack of response for each of these means, which aims to weaken the domestic front in light of great steadfastness of our people to face the aggression. link to moi.gov.ps

      You're a little weasel worded failure pal! Keep up th' good work!

  • In Photos: Worldwide protest against Israeli attack on Gaza (Update) (43)
  • Video: While the world watches Gaza, protests rage across the West Bank (3)
    • Not much on the US mainstream TV news today. Who's going to win the world cup today, the Nazis or the Ex-Pat Nazis? Looks like Germany has about a two-thirds odds to win, eh? That old time hard-working organizational team work thing, once again… Who'd like to see a world cup game between Germany and Israel? The new German and the new Jew, fancy footwork?

  • Jewish activists light children's dolls on fire at Yad Vashem to protest Gaza attack (8)
  • In Photos: Worldwide protest against Israeli attack on Gaza (Update) (43)
    • Phil, just heard your comments on NPR. Nice measured job. Loved the tag line about how the narrative has changed from 1967, how now the narrative is occupation, and the tease of You know what journalists do when they encounter a new narrative. Good tone.

    • To the people of Palestine;

      I am truly so very sorry you, your families, your neighbors, and your country suffer so as a brutal slaughter is waged across your land. I have tried to remain informed and active politically so that I could do whatever I can to help prevent my country from inflicting further such tragedies on others. As you might imagine, sometimes I too feel very helpless in this regard. You all have done much to remind me that sometimes courage can be as simple a thing as to just keep moving forward. And for that, you have my sincere respect, admiration, and gratitude.

      ~ LanceThruster

    • In one of the massacres of last night an F16 dropped one bomb on the house of the family al-Batch. The total family of 18, aged from the father that is 50 to the youngest aged 2, totally wiped out with most reduced to small pieces of skin. The blast was so powerful that it almost destroyed the totality of all surrounding buildings of the neighbours causing serious injuries to 45 neighbours, some of which are surely to die from their injuries.

  • The players may change, but the game remains the same: The use of racism to justify the massacre of innocent civilians in Gaza (33)
    • Naftush "To get it, take a look at real international law. "

      OK. The Palestinians are permitted to operate under the exact same rules are Israel. Some proportional collateral damage by both sides is permissible. The IDF Memorial site confirms the fact that far more Israeli military are victims than Israeli civilians. One only has to look at the casualty figures for civilians to see which is disproportionate.

      The Palestinians have never taken any Israeli territory or created any illegal facts on the ground in any Israeli territory. They have taken nothing of Israel's. They have not invaded or illegally annexed or illegally settled in any Israeli territory. They have not illegally sold any land in illegally acquired, illegally annexed or non-annexed territory to illegal settlers.

      Israel has for 66 years been creating illegal facts on the ground in territories which on May 22nd 1948 the Israeli Government claimed, were "outside the State of Israel" ... "in Palestine", long before Hamas existed.

      Israel has since illegally acquired non-Israeli territory by war. Illegally annexed. Illegally settled. Illegally sold land in illegally acquired territory to illegal settlers. Illegally transported Palestinian civilians including children out of Israeli Occupied Territories and imprisoned then in Israeli territory. Illegally prevented Palestinians from fleeing the war zone by having all crossings closed incl by agreement as the Occupying Power, those with Egypt

      Israel has ignore the hundreds of opportunities it has been offered to adhere to the law and is in breach of those hundreds of UNSC resolutions reaffirming and emphasizing International Law and the UN Charter, both of which ARE binding!

      Israel is NOT permitted to attack Palestinian homes, towns, villages unless THEY ARE DEFENDED! Laws of War, Art. 25. "The attack or bombardment, by whatever means, of towns, villages, dwellings, or buildings which are undefended is prohibited." The Palestinians have no defense capability against Israeli war ships, Israeli fighter bombers, Israeli missiles, helicopter gun ships, drones...

      " the affected population’s lawful armed forces may respond proportionately to the effort needed to terminate the unlawful hostile activity. "

      I see... So, until Israel gets out of ALL non-Israeli territory, takes ALL its illegal settlers, compensates for 66 years of illegal facts on the ground OR accepts Palestine's generous offers of non-Israeli territory for peace, the Palestinians may respond proportionately to the effort needed to terminate the unlawful hostile activity, even if it results in collateral!

  • In Photos: Worldwide protest against Israeli attack on Gaza (Update) (43)
    • The Arab regimes are hiding, which in turn show the ties between Israel, Arab regimes and Israel. Shameful!

    • I am horribly conscious of the depressing slightness of what I can do by way of words only here in the heedless West. I am not very hopeful of positive change among the Arab regimes, though I am merely an outsider. As to Theodore Wright's 'arc of the moral universe' it suggests a smooth, stately line, like a rainbow. But is it like that? To me the line of moral history has all sorts of sudden and disturbing diversions and switchbacks.

    • Thanks, Annie. I want to add one more to your list: Hebron (Al-Khalil), West Bank:

  • Urgent call from Gaza civil society: Act now! (7)
  • In Photos: Worldwide protest against Israeli attack on Gaza (Update) (43)
    • Thanks, Annie.

      I don't know if I should be embarrassed or angry at the Arab non-showing in all these demonstrations. I heard one Gazan militant on TV saying that they didn't need the Arabs' arms, their fighters or their money. They just want the Arabs to stand with them in the same way the Americans, the French, The Brits, the Germans and every other country having come out in support of Israel in the shit they are doing. It's embarrassing and hurtful that Israeli ambassadors are sitting in Amman and Cairo while the slaughter is ongoing without being expelled..

  • 'American Jewish voices are most critical in the world' (to end idea that Jewish lives matter more) (42)
    • tree- I told Donald that I plan to reread Eran Efrati and try to react to it in a dispassionate and cool headed manner in a half day or so. Thank you for adding some nastiness to the mix, there was not sufficient nastiness around until now and you have greatly added to the mix. At some point, probably before they close comments, I will try to respond dispassionately to Mister efrati's words. Until then, have a nice day.

  • In Photos: Worldwide protest against Israeli attack on Gaza (Update) (43)
    • Wow, I think that crowd in Stockholm was the biggest.

      Also it is very telling that more people were injured at the Tel Aviv demonstrations last night than as a result of Hamas rockets.

    • Thanks Annie for putting that together...very heartening to see people from as far flung as Japan protesting this...

      I just watched "CBS Sunday Morning" and had to finally turn it off in disgust. Bob Schieffer wash practically gushing over Iron Dome and Israeli cell phone alerts. He let Netanyahu and Dermer get away with the hasbara without challenging it. And then a discussion panel full of shills including Jane Harman(!) Why is she still given any credibility on this issue?

    • Thank you Annie for posting these heart warming pictures. It is good to know that people do care for the Palestinian people. Unfortunately, due to media coverage, you do not know if there are other Americans like us, who are disgusted by Israel and its brutality against unarmed people. It is when I see pictures like this, I know at least the rest of the world know that Israelis are war criminals, and that their hasbara and false propaganda is not working in other parts of the world. A picture tells a thousand words, and we have seen it all.

      I saw a poster saying "YOU DON'T NEED TO BE A MUSLIM TO STAND UP FOR GAZA - YOU JUST NEED TO BE HUMAN".
      So true.

  • Israel viciously bombs Gaza, that's the only truth (9)
    • They do have their share of drama kings too. Oren their ex ambassador, who is known for lying, made it a point to mention rockets went over his house a couple of times (who can disprove that), and the exaggeration is obvious by others too.
      They must keep the charade going, to justify the massacre of civilians, to the rest of the world. One family had to have their children treated for "shock" because a rocket exploded nearby…now under different circumstances, this would evoke sympathy, but seeing the brutality of the Israeli troop, the bombing of civilian structures, and the pictures of babies, children, and civilians KILLED unmercifully, it pales into insignificance. The UN says 77 percent killed are civilians, but that does not seem to disturb the US, it still insists that Israel has rights in defending itself. This is not "defense" this is all out massacre on the Palestinian people.

  • Gaza war spreads as rockets are launched into Israel from southern Lebanon (6)
    • The IDF is assuring us that the rockets aimed at Tel Aviv were 'intercepted'. Of course, we only have their word to go on for that. Isn't it funny how, when Israel needs rockets to land in Israel for 'playing the victim' purposes, none of them seem to be 'intercepted', yet when one threatens to hit a major city, and thus damage the Israeli image of invincibility, suddenly the Paper Dome is 100% effective?

      I've also read that even when rockets appear to be 'intercepted', what actually happens is that the explosives fall intact to the ground, where they can still cause damage. It's hard to get reliable info on the 'Iron Dome'. Official Israeli and US sources are obviously suspect, but so are more critical pieces from 'analysts' working for rival merchants of death. Maybe someone here is a bit more clued-in on the real efficacy, or lack thereof, of the 'Iron Dome'.

  • 'American Jewish voices are most critical in the world' (to end idea that Jewish lives matter more) (42)
  • In Photos: Worldwide protest against Israeli attack on Gaza (Update) (43)
    • Thank you for this Annie.

      Five comments on the situation but first a moment of silence to all the brave Palestinians who lost their lives and properties under the onslaught of the zionist criminal genocide.

      Our hearts are crushed. Our souls are shattered. Our actions are helpless. But our pride in your resistance is unshakable. And our dream of Palestine rising shall be realized.

      Now on to my five points:

      1- The MOST IMPORTANT REVEALING LESSON: zios never want to leave one inch of Palestine (we now have prove-positive)

      These depressing events reveal a lesson that is not a military one, it's what nutnyahoo said in hebrew just the other day.

      Read it at link to timesofisrael.com.

      2- It's the occupation, stupid!

      Regardless to the argument, the point, or the case of the zionists or their (very last few remaining) friends in the US and Australia, our answer must always be IT'S THE OCCUPATION, STUPID!

      When they talk about the three teens that were abducted and killed. Regardless to their ages, whether they were settlers, whether they were soldiers, etc. etc. All of this does not matter. Engaging in any of these points misses the mark and dilutes our argument. Our answer is IT'S THE OCCUPATION, STUPID! If there were no occupation, this would not happen. Address the root cause, not the symptoms.

      When nutnyahoo or others try to convince the western powers that their attack on Gaza is justified and provoked, and would they allow Paris, London, Moscow, Berlin, DC be under rocket fire. Again, engaging in any of these points misses the mark and dilutes our argument. Our answer is IT'S THE OCCUPATION, STUPID! If there were no occupation, this would not happen. Paris, London, Moscow, Berlin, DC are not occupying Palestine. Address the root cause, not the symptoms.

      3- Hamas made great progress in its rockets

      While the huge qualitative and quantitative advantages of the zionist military against Hamas are a given (for now), we all stand proud of what Hamas has achieved in missile weaponry. They have done under occupation much better than any other Arab country has achieved. They did not let occupation stop them from improvising and constantly improving the rockets without having the scientists, the labs, the space, the billions from the US to do the required research and testing to improve our rockets. What an achievement. With such rudimentary rockets and no guidance systems and radars and lasers and satellites, and drones, Hamas forced the zionist entity and the colonialists to run in the streets, to be fearful, and to learn what being scared means.

      So yes the zionists interception and preparedness resulted in very little injuries and damage, and no death. But the zionists know that we can disrupt their lives and we can ruin their economy. We can force them to see us. We are here. And we are not going anywhere.

      4- Arab dictators and rulers, count your days

      All events have consequences. All actions and inactions have consequences. These awful and distressful photos of dead Palestinians are moving the Arab world. Maybe it's not visible now but us Arabs we are a patient breed and the time will come (soon) where there will be changes in Jordan, Saudi, Kuwait, Emirates, other. Just look at who controls huge chunks of Syria and Iraq, and they are targeting Jordan next. These current events in Gaza will accelerate the toppling of the traitor king.

      5- Youths of the world are learning more and taking the Palestinian side, the just side

      What is happening now with the zionist genocide and crimes against humanity in Gaza is in fact moving the world's youth. These youths are immune to the zionist blackmail and their shameful use of the Holocaust for political and ideological reasons with the goal of stealing Palestine. Scanning the Internet on the topic of Palestine, one can clearly see a fundamental and radical shift towards Palestine, to our cause.

      The arc of history always bends towards justice, and our cause is just.

  • Israel viciously bombs Gaza, that's the only truth (9)
    • What did Pete "slow" Lerner (sorry seafoid, I'm stealing that) have to say about the FAILED commando raid last night? I first read this on twitter last night and Silverstein this morning. Apparently our brave heroes came ashore to blow a missile launcher and met with stiff resistance. They had to call up some airstrikes and STILL they had to withdraw.

      Tell me, lads, what was it like to have to fight someone who was armed with something more than a chair or a cell phone?

    • Israeli propaganda at work. Busy justifying retaliatory slaughter!

      Fake rocket strikes, fake damage. They're PATHETIC!!!!!

      link to wp.me

      There's nothing too low for the Zionist Movement's state!

  • Gaza war spreads as rockets are launched into Israel from southern Lebanon (6)
    • The headline....

      Is alarmist and utterly wrong.

      I'm in south Lebanon and there is NOTHING war-like going on; all I can hear around here are birds singing in the pine trees. Yeah sure a couple of rockets yesterday were launched from Tyre, a couple more the day before - that's about it and this does not make for a spreading of war. (I'm about twenty-two miles NE of Tyre btw). I wouldn't call it a "war" unless the hizb is involved and they're not involved in either rocket launch.

      When the hizb decides it's time to open a war front here in the south, believe me, EVERYONE will know about it. And it wouldn't be referred to as the war has "spread" to Lebanon, but it will be referred to as the launch of the War of Liberation.

      Sorry, Alison, I like much of your writing, but I really don't see the point of this article in the slightest.

  • Israel viciously bombs Gaza, that's the only truth (9)
  • Video: While the world watches Gaza, protests rage across the West Bank (3)
  • Gaza war spreads as rockets are launched into Israel from southern Lebanon (6)
  • Gaza under attack again (85)
    • As long as you're blaming the victims your sorry rings hollow and is mere posturing. You're saying it to soothe your conscience.

      We can all play the "if X didn't do X then X" game, however the underlying issue is undeniably Israel's occupation of Palestine and in particular the creation of a concentration camp by Israel in Gaza in gross violation of it's obligations under the Geneva Convention.

  • Israel viciously bombs Gaza, that's the only truth (9)
    • Last count 166 Palestinians, over 900 injured. The massacre sadly continues.

      26 of those Palestinians killed are below the age 16 years.

      UN: 77 percent of those killed are CIVILIANS.

      If that is not a brutal slaughter of innocents, then I don't know what it.
      Israel is ruthlessly choosing who Hamas members are, and wiping out entire families.

      If Hamas sent a bomb into the home of an IDF member (they can be seen as terrorists too, even though they wear the uniform of their country), would Israelis world wide be okay with it? Why are the lives of Palestinian babies , women, and even men,
      not valued by the US, UK, Canada, and other nations? Why are they not condemning the excessive killing of civilians by Israel? Does Israel control how these nations react to their war crimes? I think yes.

      Watch the repeat of Fareed Zakaria GPS. Brett Stephens the shameless apologist for Israel, is advocating that Israel takes over Gaza, again, which we all know that means massacres on the ground. It simply is appalling that these Israeli lovers are so indifferent to the loss of Palestinian lives, as long as Israel prevails, even though the international community condemns it's war crimes in doing so.
      Brett Stephen was totally debated down, by the rest of the panel, including Richard Haas, which was a nice surprise.

  • Gaza under attack again (85)
    • From Richard Silverstein: In First Gaza Ground Battle, Israeli Commandos Repelled
      The commando unit is the same one of the Mavi Marmara infamy:

      "by RICHARD SILVERSTEIN on JULY 13, 2014
      in MIDEAST PEACE

      In what was the first ground engagement between the IDF and Hamas forces during Operation Protective Edge earlier today, Shayetet 13 naval commandos landed on a northern Gaza beach, where their target was a rocket launcher firing long-range missiles toward Israel. According to a well-placed Israeli source, the commandos were ambushed and repelled by Hamas fighters. There was a huge firefight involving heavy weapons and the special forces were forced to withdraw with four wounded. None were killed on the Israeli side. The IDF says it killed three Hamas fighters, though this is unconfirmed on the Palestinian side.

      According to my source, the battle did not go well for the Israeli forces who had hoped for stealth to reach and neutralize their target. With the ambush they lost the element of surprise and were forced to call in F-16s and helicopter gunships to hold off the attacking Palestinians. Certainly such air support wasn’t anticipated unless the operation ran into trouble, which it clearly did..."

      For the rest on Israel's inglorious episode:

      link to richardsilverstein.com

  • Joining Graham, Schumer calls for end of Palestinian unification for sake of Israel's 'survival' (46)
    • America is also occupied in a different way. As long as we allow lobbies representing alien nations, involved in our political system, we will never be free.
      Add to that the biased main stream media, the owners of many being Jewish, and today, it is almost impossible to get the truth out of Israel's attack on Gaza on television. CNN's Blitzer was almost like an Israeli spokesperson for their troops, and was giving his spin on how clinical and careful their ground attack would be.
      Ben Wiedeman was honest in his reporting, and it seemed Israeli ex lying diplomat, Oren, looked uncomfortable, when Ben reported that structures not connected to Hamas was also bombed. We will never hear the truth and we will never be free of this parasitic curse.

  • Gaza under attack again (85)
    • Annie

      With all due respect but now I began to wonder Annie what your views are,
      Fatah and Israel started a war against Hamas in Gaza some years ago and you are repeating that Fatah represented by Abbas isnt working with Israel?

      Again with all due respect, but if we here cannot even accept the truth then, there is no way there will be peace.
      I already gave you a link yesterday about how Abbas slam/criticize Hamas not to mention the lack of any move by Abbas at all.

      I find it very tragic that Modoweiss authors trying to defend this disgraceful man that havent done anything to protect palestinian lives/statehood.
      Do you really deny that this man is working with israel? do you really deny this man is corrupt?

    • Well, they bad guys were beaten back so yeah.

    • thank you annie.

      blaming Fatah and Abbas is nuts.

    • Consult your doctor….time to change your meds.

  • Latest from Gaza: Israel targets houses, mosques, disabled center and essential infrastructure, 14 more Palestinians killed (6)
    • Thank goodness for RT. Their reporter had a HRW rep on who said WAR CRIMES more than once. They showed the number of Palestinian children murdered by Israel since 2000 in bold, big numbers. The "human shield" claim that Israel uses for its deliberate murdering of Palestinians is finally being shredded. Dense population, deliberate and targeted violence from the air, sea and land by Israel is exposed.

      (I wish Ben Wedeman was given more air time, and that Wolf would go back to the JP 'bunker'!)

  • Gaza under attack again (85)
    • Death toll stands at 160+.
      Number of injured over 900

      It was nauseating to watch Blitzer give a very clinical report about the Israeli ground attack on Northern Gaza, downplaying the attack, saying they will do the minimum (whatever that means) and only want to attack Hamas positions (look how that has gone so far, more civilians killed than Hamas).

      It seems Ben Wiedeman is missing today. I hope he has not been taken away from his reporting in Gaza. Last time he spoke it was with Oren, and Oren looked uncomfortable with Ben reporting that Mosques and hospitals have been bombed, and I felt perhaps those who control CNN might be asked to take Ben Wiedeman out of Gaza, because he was reporting in a very honest way, giving us details about the horrendous bombing, and gruesome deaths. Zionist do not like the truth, they hide it.

      Victor Blackwell and his female partner have shown their usual pro zionist stance
      on their program today. It has been all from the Israeli side, all about their plan to so "carefully" attack Hamas, and Israel's favorite reporter Blitzer is carefully spewing the propaganda, as if wanting the viewers to even support this well intended massacre in Gaza.

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