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August 27, 2015, 3:16 pm

“JERUSALEM (AP) — Ultra-nationalist Israelis took over a four-story building in the heart of an Arab neighborhood in east Jerusalem on Thursday, raising fears of fresh violence in the tense area.

A small group of activists from the Ateret Cohanim settler organization moved into the rundown white stone building. It was the latest in a wave of settler advances since nationalist Jews began buying up properties in densely populated Palestinian areas two decades ago.

The building is located in Silwan, a rundown neighborhood that is home to several hundred Jewish residents and some 50,000 Palestinians. Israeli soldiers were guarding the latest wave of settlers.

“I have 11 people inside the house, where should I go?” said Jawaf Abu Sneineh, the only Palestinian resident who has still refused to vacate the building. He said he already paid the year’s rent.

Abu Sneineh said his children were afraid of the Jewish settlers suddenly living above them. …”

link to news.yahoo.com

“Israeli soldiers were guarding the latest wave of settlers.”

They always do. Nir Barkat and the IOF are laughing.

August 27, 2015, 3:15 pm

Dan Crowther

All kinds of xenophobia, hatred against groups of others and the gruesome mistreatment of others individually and in groups were common and accepted until recently. Sometimes more or less rational disputes were at the bottom of such abhorrent human behaviour, at other times it was just irrational, and often a mix of both rational and irrational elements were involved. That’s human history, not just European or jewish history.

What’s not new is the racism of the zionist movement, it’s just copied from wide-spread European racism in the era of colonialism and imperialism of the late 19th century. What’s new is the huge amount of power the zionist jewish movement got. I think it happened before in judaism, that quite large streams of the faith followed guys who claimed redemption came now, but never before judaism or a redemption stream of the faith got so much power and got so mainstream as it is with zionism now.

August 27, 2015, 3:07 pm

@tree: “…the criticism should not be of an essentializing nature.”

For those who, like me, did not know what “esstentializing” means:

Essentializing means attributing natural, essential characteristics to members of specific culturally defined (gender, age, ethnic, “racial”, socioeconomic, linguistic…) groups.

When we essentialize others, we assume that individual differences can be explained by inherent, biological, “natural” characteristics shared by members of a group. Essentializing results in thinking, speaking and acting in ways that promote stereotypical and inaccurate interpretations of individual differences.

For example, feminists note that people essentialize women when they assume that girls and women are naturally emotional (versus rational), nurturant, docile, weak, vain, dependent (and so on).

Essentialist thinking is often anchored in dualistic (two-category, either this – or that) modes of thought. Classic and contemporary social theorists identify and challenge essentialist and dualistic ways of thinking about the social world (human/non-human; human/animal; human/machine; civilized/barbaric; masculine/feminine; intelligent/not intelligent; rich/poor; white/non-white; anglo/non-anglo; individual/group; psychological/cultural; leader/follower). link to unm.edu

August 27, 2015, 3:00 pm

Lysias, it’s only a few weeks since the Israelis themselves held an exercise to supposedly test what would happen if a mininuke went off. It’s one of those incidents where the news flits across one or two bulletins, then completely disappears, and can’t be found again!

August 27, 2015, 2:54 pm

@ Bornajoo

” These zionists, the whole spectrum, from liberal to psycho nutjob all think they sound reasonable. Levy ripped this fool to shreds and exposes just how delusional and racist (and scary) they all really are. The only difference between Netanyahu and Herzog is presentation. Herzog is good at pretending he’s not the same as Netanyahu

….Levy really is someone special and extremely brave, but I honestly do fear for him. I’m sure there are many from the psycho nutjob end of the Zionist spectrum that would like to do him harm. I hope he stays safe and continues to shine a light in that very dark place ”

“Thank you Matthew Taylor”

Ditto from me , please ! I would love to shout it from the rooftops. !

August 27, 2015, 2:44 pm

If the gear of Israel’s nuclear submarines was made in Germany, that means there was an opportunity to install in that gear bugs that might make it possible to render the nuclear weapons inoperative.

August 27, 2015, 2:39 pm

Hersh was no fan of JFK. His whole book The Dark Side of Camelot reads like a long justification by sources in CIA and the Secret Service of the assassination of JFK because of his sexual and other misdeeds.

August 27, 2015, 2:04 pm

RE: “Regarding Dimona, I’ve read previously that a fake control room was set up prior to inspections and the real control room walled off with new brickwork.” ~ Lazarus

SEE: “How Israel Out-Foxed US Presidents”, By Morgan Strong (A Special Report), ConsortiumNews.com, 5/31/10

[EXCERPT] ● Secret Nukes and JFK
. . . Even as it backed down in the Sinai [following its invasion in 1956], Israel was involved in another monumental deception, a plan for building its own nuclear arsenal.
In 1956, Israel had concluded an agreement with France to build a nuclear reactor in the Negev desert. Israel also signed a secret agreement with France to build an adjacent plutonium reprocessing plant.
Israel began constructing its nuclear plant in 1958. However, French President Charles de Gaulle was worried about nuclear weapons destabilizing the Middle East and insisted that Israel not develop a nuclear bomb from the plutonium processing plant. Prime Minister Ben-Gurion assured de Gaulle that the processing plant was for peaceful purposes only.

After John F. Kennedy became President, he also wrote to Ben-Gurion explicitly calling on Israel not to join the nuclear-weapons club, drawing another pledge from Ben-Gurion that Israel had no such intention.
Nevertheless, Kennedy continued to press, forcing the Israelis to let U.S. scientists inspect the nuclear reactor at Dimona. But the Israelis first built a fake control room while bricking up and otherwise disguising parts of the building that housed the plutonium processing plant.
In return for allowing inspectors into Dimona, Ben-Gurion also demanded that the United States sell Hawk surface-to-air missiles to the Israeli military. Kennedy agreed to the sale as a show of good faith.
Subsequently, however, the CIA got wind of the Dimona deception and leaked to the press that Israel was secretly building a nuclear bomb.
After Kennedy’s assassination, President Lyndon Johnson also grew concerned over Israel’s acquiring nuclear weapons. He asked then-Prime Minister Levi Eshkol to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
Eshkol assured Johnson that Israel was studying the matter and would sign the treaty in due course. However, Israel has never signed the treaty
and never has admitted that it developed nuclear weapons. [For details, See “Israel and The Bomb” by Avner Cohen.] . . .

ENTIRE REPORT – link to consortiumnews.com

P.S. ALSO SEE: “How Israel Hid Its Secret Nuclear Weapons Program”, By Avner Cohen and William Burr, Politico.com, April 15, 2015
An exclusive look inside newly declassified documents shows how Israel blocked U.S. efforts to uncover its secret nuclear reactor.
LINK – link to politico.com

August 27, 2015, 2:00 pm

The false narrative is deeply embedded and very obviously false. To defeat the proposition that “Israel declared statehood then the surrounding Arab States attacked” it should only be necessary to quote the Declaration of the Arab League:

(b) Peace and order have been completely upset in Palestine, and, in consequence of Jewish aggression, approximately over a quarter of a million of the Arab population have been compelled to leave their homes and emigrate to neighbouring Arab countries. The prevailing events in Palestine exposed the concealed aggressive intentions of the Zionists and their imperialistic motives, as clearly shown in their acts committed upon those peaceful Arabs and villagers of Deer Yasheen, Tiberias, and other places, as well as by their encroachment upon the building and bodies of the inviolable consular codes, manifested by their attack upon the Consulate in Jerusalem.
link to en.wikisource.org

….which clearly demonstrates that the ethnic cleansing of 250,000 Palestinians and the massacres at Deir Yassin and Tiberius had already taken place when the League intervened. Ignoring this incontrovertible evidence can only be the result of a willful, orchestrated attempt to conceal the true nature of Zionist intent.

August 27, 2015, 1:58 pm

P.P.S. AND SEE: “Operation Samson; Israel’s Deployment of Nuclear Missiles on Subs from Germany”, by Der Speigel, 6/04/12

[EXCERPTS] The pride of the Israeli navy is rocking gently in the swells of the Mediterranean, with the silhouette of the Carmel mountain range reflected on the water’s surface. To reach the Tekumah, you have to walk across a wooden jetty at the pier in the port of Haifa, and then climb into a tunnel shaft leading to the submarine’s interior. The navy officer in charge of visitors, a brawny man in his 40s with his eyes hidden behind a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses, bounces down the steps. When he reaches the lower deck, he turns around and says: “Welcome on board the Tekumah. Welcome to my toy.”
He pushes back a bolt and opens the refrigerator, revealing zucchini, a pallet of yoghurt cups and a two-liter bottle of low-calorie cola. The Tekumah has just returned from a secret mission in the early morning hours.
The navy officer, whose name the military censorship office wants to keep secret, leads the visitors past a pair of bunks and along a steel frame. The air smells stale, not unlike the air in the living room of an apartment occupied solely by men. At the middle of the ship, the corridor widens and merges into a command center, with work stations grouped around a periscope. The officer stands still and points to a row of monitors, with signs bearing the names of German electronics giant Siemens and Atlas, a Bremen-based electronics company, screwed to the wall next to them.
The “Combat Information Center,” as the Israelis call the command center, is the heart of the submarine, the place where all information comes together and all the operations are led. The ship is controlled from two leather chairs. It looks as if it could be in the cockpit of a small aircraft. A display lit up in red shows that the vessel’s keel is currently located 7.15 meters (23.45 feet) below sea level.
“This was all built in Germany, according to Israeli specifications,” the navy officer says,”and so were the weapons systems.” The Tekumah, 57 meters long and 7 meters wide, is a showpiece of precision engineering, painted in blue and made in Germany. To be more precise, it is a piece of precision engineering made in Germany that is suitable for equipping with nuclear weapons.
• No Room for Doubt
Deep in their interiors, on decks 2 and 3, the submarines contain a secret that even in Israel is only known to a few insiders: nuclear warheads, small enough to be mounted on a cruise missile, but explosive enough to execute a nuclear strike that would cause devastating results. This secret is considered one of the best kept in modern military history. Anyone who speaks openly about it in Israel runs the risk of being sentenced to a lengthy prison term.
Research SPIEGEL has conducted in Germany, Israel and the United States, among current and past government ministers, military officials, defense engineers and intelligence agents, no longer leaves any room for doubt: With the help of German maritime technology, Israel has managed to create for itself a floating nuclear weapon arsenal: submarines equipped with nuclear capability. . .

ENTIRE ARTICLE – link to spiegel.de

James Canning
August 27, 2015, 1:54 pm

The sacking of Bruce Shipman by Yale University was pathetic.

August 27, 2015, 1:54 pm

P.S. ALSO FROM WIKIPEDIA [Samson Option, as of 5/25/12]:

[EXCERPTS] The Samson Option is a term used to describe Israel’s alleged deterrence strategy of massive retaliation with nuclear weapons as a “last resort” against nations whose military attacks threaten its existence, and possibly against other targets as well.[1] . . .
. . . Some have written about the “Samson Option” as a retaliation strategy. In 2002, the Los Angeles Times published an opinion piece by Louisiana State University professor David Perlmutter which has been seen as justifying a Samson Option approach.[19] He wrote:
“Israel has been building nuclear weapons for 30 years. The Jews understand what passive and powerless acceptance of doom has meant for them in the past, and they have ensured against it. Masada was not an example to follow—it hurt the Romans not a whit, but Samson in Gaza? What would serve the Jew-hating world better in repayment for thousands of years of massacres but a Nuclear Winter. . .[20]

. . . In 2003, Martin van Creveld [professor of military history at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem – J.L.D.] thought that the Al-Aqsa Intifada then in progress threatened Israel’s existence.[21] Van Creveld was quoted in David Hirst’s “The Gun and the Olive Branch” (2003) as saying:

“We possess several hundred atomic warheads and rockets and can launch them at targets in all directions, perhaps even at Rome. Most European capitals are targets for our air force. . . Our armed forces, however, are not the thirtieth strongest in the world, but rather the second or third. We have the capability to take the world down with us. And I can assure you that that will happen before Israel goes under.”[22]

Ron Rosenbaum writes in his 2012 book How the End Begins: The Road to a Nuclear World War III that in the “aftermath of a second Holocaust” Israel’s surviving Dophin-class nuclear missile submarines would retaliate not only against Israel’s attackers, but “bring down the pillars of the world (attack Moscow and European capitals for instance)” as well as the “holy places of Islam.” He writes that “abandonment of proportionality is the essence” of the Samson Option.[23] . . .

SOURCE – link to en.wikipedia.org

Dan Crowther
August 27, 2015, 1:39 pm

I want to ask a question here: does anyone here, after watching the “Iran debate” and “The Lobby’s” antics ever question the shibboleth that all of European “antisemitism” was irrational and based solely on a racist hatred? Cuz you can read a million and one French, German, English, Spanish, Russian (and others) writers describing THE EXACT SAME shit happening in their countries at different times and obviously in different places.

Its a question Phil should answer. We’re watching a worldwide conspiracy and shakedown right before our eyes, and no one here denies it. I’m wondering if people think this is the ONLY time the stereotype or the accusation is true.

August 27, 2015, 1:36 pm

RoHa I loved William! I grew up reading so many….you brought back sweet memories.

August 27, 2015, 1:29 pm

RE: This is arguably an issue where the national interest of the U.S. coincides with Israel’s. Say what you will but they have been a responsible nuclear power for many decades. Nobody is concerned about nuclear proliferation from Israel to rogue groups or nations.” ~ Krauss

MY COMMENT: What about Israel’s having used its nukes against the U.S. for purposes of extortion back in 1973? *

* FROM WIKIPEDIA (Nuclear weapons and Israel):

. . . On October 8, 1973, just after the start of the Yom Kippur War, Golda Meir and her closest aides decided to put eight nuclear armed F-4s at Tel Nof Airbase on 24-hour alert and as many nuclear missile launchers at Sedot Mikha Airbase operational as possible. Seymour Hersh adds that the initial target list that night “included the Egyptian and Syrian military headquarters near Cairo and Damascus”.[192] This nuclear alert was meant not only as a means of precaution, but to push the Soviets to restrain the Arab offensive and to convince the US to begin sending supplies. One later report said that a Soviet intelligence officer did warn the Egyptian chief of staff, and colleagues of US National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger said that the threat of a nuclear exchange caused him to urge for a massive Israeli resupply.[193] Hersh points out that before Israel obtained its own satellite capability, it engaged in espionage against the United States to obtain nuclear targeting information on Soviet targets.[194] . . .

August 27, 2015, 1:27 pm

From Vice News, photos by Ezz Zanoun

“In Photos: Life in Gaza a Year After the Ceasefire”

link to news.vice.com

The “ceasefire” that Israel has violated over and over again.

August 27, 2015, 1:05 pm

Indeed Just. Barenboim collaborated , (probably the word Israel applied ) with the late Edward Said in forming the , “East -West Divan Orchestra ” which sought to make a space for Arabs and Israelis to share their experiences .Barrenboim was often critical of Israeli policies towards the Palestinians and this adolescent stunt by them is pay back time.

Israel , knows no end to it,s stupidity and lets hope they keep this up.

For a people with so many Nobel Laureates , it sure makes me wonder if it is possible to be brilliant and totally dumb at the same time.Of course I am referring only to Jews of the zionist hue.

Btw , I signed that petition which had reached 551,000 and climbing.

August 27, 2015, 1:00 pm

RE: “Nobody is concerned about nuclear proliferation from Israel to rogue groups or nations.” ~ Krauss

SEE – “Revealed: how Israel offered to sell South Africa nuclear weapons”, by Chris McGreal in Washington, theguardian.com, 5/23/10
Exclusive: Secret apartheid-era papers give first official evidence of Israeli nuclear weapons

[EXCERPTS] Secret South African documents reveal that Israel offered to sell nuclear warheads to the apartheid regime, providing the first official documentary evidence of the state’s possession of nuclear weapons.
The “top secret” minutes of meetings between senior officials from the two countries in 1975 show that South Africa’s defence minister, PW Botha, asked for the warheads and Shimon Peres, then Israel’s defence minister and now its president, responded by offering them “in three sizes”.
The two men also signed a broad-ranging agreement governing military ties between the two countries that included a clause declaring that “the very existence of this agreement” was to remain secret. . .
. . . The Israeli authorities tried to stop South Africa’s post-apartheid government declassifying the documents at Polakow-Suransky’s request and the revelations will be an embarrassment, particularly as this week’s nuclear non-proliferation talks in New York focus on the Middle East.
They will also undermine Israel’s attempts to suggest that, if it has nuclear weapons, it is a “responsible” power that would not misuse them, whereas countries such as Iran cannot be trusted.
A spokeswoman for Peres today said the report was baseless and there were “never any negotiations” between the two countries. She did not comment on the authenticity of the documents. . .
. . . The documents show both sides met on 31 March 1975. Polakow-Suransky writes in his book published in the US this week, “The Unspoken Alliance: Israel’s secret alliance with apartheid South Africa”. At the talks Israeli officials “formally offered to sell South Africa some of the nuclear-capable Jericho missiles in its arsenal”.
Among those attending the meeting was the South African military chief of staff, Lieutenant General RF Armstrong. He immediately drew up a memo in which he laid out the benefits of South Africa obtaining the Jericho missiles but only if they were fitted with nuclear weapons.
The memo, marked “top secret” and dated the same day as the meeting with the Israelis, has previously been revealed but its context was not fully understood because it was not known to be directly linked to the Israeli offer on the same day and that it was the basis for a direct request to Israel. In it, Armstrong writes: “In considering the merits of a weapon system such as the one being offered, certain assumptions have been made: a) That the missiles will be armed with nuclear warheads manufactured in RSA (Republic of South Africa) or acquired elsewhere.”
But South Africa was years from being able to build atomic weapons. A little more than two months later, on 4 June, Peres and Botha met in Zurich. By then the Jericho project had the codename Chalet.
The top secret minutes of the meeting record that: “Minister Botha expressed interest in a limited number of units of Chalet subject to the correct payload being available.” The document then records: “Minister Peres said the correct payload was available in three sizes. Minister Botha expressed his appreciation and said that he would ask for advice.” The “three sizes” are believed to refer to the conventional, chemical and nuclear weapons.
The use of a euphemism, the “correct payload”, reflects Israeli sensitivity over the nuclear issue and would not have been used had it been referring to conventional weapons. It can also only have meant nuclear warheads as Armstrong’s memorandum makes clear South Africa was interested in the Jericho missiles solely as a means of delivering nuclear weapons.

In addition, the only payload the South Africans would have needed to obtain from Israel was nuclear. The South Africans were capable of putting together other warheads.
Botha did not go ahead with the deal in part because of the cost. In addition, any deal would have to have had final approval by Israel’s prime minister and it is uncertain it would have been forthcoming.
South Africa eventually built its own nuclear bombs, albeit possibly with Israeli assistance. But the collaboration on military technology only grew over the following years. South Africa also provided much of the yellowcake uranium that Israel required to develop its weapons.
The documents confirm accounts by a former South African naval commander, Dieter Gerhardt – jailed in 1983 for spying for the Soviet Union. After his release with the collapse of apartheid, Gerhardt said there was an agreement between Israel and South Africa called Chalet which involved an offer by the Jewish state to arm eight Jericho missiles with “special warheads”. Gerhardt said these were atomic bombs. But until now there has been no documentary evidence of the offer. . .

ENTIRE ARTICLE – link to theguardian.com

August 27, 2015, 12:50 pm

That’s true, RHE.

For some soulful music and profound thoughts/writing, here’s Haidar Eid:

“Gaza Blues: Hymns of love, death and resistance

Here, at the mercy of time,
on these foothills at sunset
near ripped-up orchards stripped of their shadows,
we do what prisoners do,
we do what the unemployed do:
we cultivate hope.
— Mahmoud Darwish

Pain can, surprisingly, bring out the best in people.

When Israel committed one of its ugliest crimes in the Shujaiya neighborhood of Gaza City in July 2014 — the massacre of dozens of people — I became a different person.

I felt a cocktail of mixed emotions: helplessness, horror, pain, loneliness, alienation, melancholy and resilience.

Being an activist at that moment didn’t help me stop a US-made Israeli F16 from targeting Khuzaa, or another US-made weaponized vehicle from shelling the houses of Beit Hanoun. I felt like the long and dark nights were in cahoots with apartheid Israel — they were both against me.

Local radio stations were constantly reporting breaking news, their reporters at the scenes of different massacres. My heart and mind struggled to absorb all the news at once. But this was news mixed with flesh and blood — that of my friends, my nieces, my nephews, my students, my colleagues, my own flesh and blood.

So I started singing.

“Take out the only weapon you have on this dark night and fight back while tears are rolling down your cheeks! You know that they are cheering on the other side of the barbed wires! They are having barbecues and drinking beer when a bomb falls on our children’s heads!”

“Shujaiya! Shujaiya! Shujaiya!”

“Khuzaa! Khuzaa! Khuzaa!”

Soaked with tears

In my hand was my weapon — a tiny mobile phone close to my mouth, my beard soaked with tears. Then the first child — a song — was born, a child baptized in blood. Hence the title, “Love in the Time of Genocide,” which I gave to the late Egyptian poet Abdel Rahim Mansour’s lyrics, written to commemorate the Denshawai massacre in Egypt committed by British soldiers in 1906 (listen). …”

Much more @ link to electronicintifada.net

August 27, 2015, 12:46 pm

Great article Phillip, It’s obvious that Zionism a a soul sickness at the core of modern Judaism. I read about Deir Yassin in ’67. I found a book called “O Jerusalem” that included an account by the Red Cross. It was a shock. Then later I read a biography of Menachem Begin that said he was the leader of a joint Irgun/Stern Gang group that committed the atrocity. It was portrayed as being outside of Hagganah control. We now know that to be false. Lots of winks and nods from Ben-Gurion and the lot. They knew they were committing war crimes so they were covering. All this came as a shock to the system and I’m not Jewish. Now I am a total cynic regarding Israel. The sooner it flops the better. The ancient Israelis were no better at keeping things together. All flops… bests

August 27, 2015, 12:45 pm

These zionists, the whole spectrum, from liberal to psycho nutjob all think they sound reasonable. Levy ripped this fool to shreds and exposes just how delusional and racist (and scary) they all really are. The only difference between Netanyahu and Herzog is presentation. Herzog is good at pretending he’s not the same as Netanyahu

Levy really is someone special and extremely brave, but I honestly do fear for him. I’m sure there are many from the psycho nutjob end of the Zionist spectrum that would like to do him harm. I hope he stays safe and continues to shine a light in that very dark place

Thank you Matthew Taylor

August 27, 2015, 12:32 pm


Three days ago he (Obama) called his opponents on the Iran Deal “the crazies.”

As I commented here before I do strongly think that saying Obama called his opponents of the Iran deal “the crazies” is a mischaracterisation of what he actually said.

Bush Sr.’s CIA Briefer Ray McGovern was very clear that the term the crazies is widely known inside US power structures as a reference to the neocons trying to lead the US in endless international confrontations and serial wars of aggression.

AMY GOODMAN:Now one of the things we are talking about a lot and seeing a lot is that the same people that were there during the Reagan-Bush years and even before, the Wolfowitzes the Rumsfelds, Cheneys were there then. What was George Bush’s view of these people then?

RAY MCGOVERN: Well, you know it’s really interesting. When we saw these people coming back in town, all of us said who were around in those days said, oh my god, ‘the crazies’ are back — ‘the crazies’ — that’s how we referred to these people.

AMY GOODMAN: Did George Bush refer to them that way?

RAY MCGOVERN: That’s the way everyone referred to them.

AMY GOODMAN: Including George Bush?

RAY MCGOVERN: Well, when Wolfowitz prepared that defense posture statement in 1991, where he elucidated the strategic vision that has now been implemented, Jim Baker, Secretary of State, Brent Scowcroft, security advisor to George Bush, and George Bush said hey, that thing goes right into the circular file. Suppress that thing, get rid of it. Somebody had the presence of mind to leak it and so that was suppressed. But now to see that arise out of the ashes and be implemented. while we start a war against Iraq, I wonder what Bush the first is really thinking. Because these were the same guys that all of us referred to as ‘the crazies’.


link to democracynow.org

In April 2015 Ray McGovern used the term “the crazies” again over there at Consoritum News:

Would the neocons – widely known as “the crazies” at least among the remaining sane people of Washington – have been crazy enough to opt for war to re-arrange the Middle East if the Soviet Union had not fallen apart in 1991?

The question is not an idle one. Despite the debacle in Iraq and elsewhere, the neocon “crazies” still exercise huge influence in Establishment Washington. Thus, the question now becomes whether, with Russia far more stable and much stronger, the “crazies” are prepared to risk military escalation with Russia over Ukraine, what retired U.S. diplomat William R. Polk deemed a potentially dangerous nuclear confrontation, a “Cuban Missile Crisis in reverse.”

link to consortiumnews.com

As a BBC journalist claimed in 2004 Colin Powell is also said to have referred to the neocons as the crazies. And Bill Kristol, editor of the neocon flagship The Weekly Standard, immediately after Obama’s comment confirmed he felt he was among the people meant with the term the crazies. So, to me it’s quite clear that the crazies is a term refering to the adherents of the neocon ideology. I think the term “the extremists” would fit better, because the main problem with the neocons is their Likudist extremism, but the term to use to make many people understand that the neocons are meant is “the crazies.”

And then look what Obama really said:

“We were doing a little reminiscing and then figuring out how we’re going to deal with the crazies in terms of managing some problems. And then we talked about riding off into the sunset together.”

He said he and Harry Reid are going to deal with the crazies, ie the neocons, in terms of managing some problems. Some problems is not only a single problem, but a plural. So, what’ Obama really said, was he’s going to take on the Neocons on a whole series of issues, and Harry Reid helps him doing that.

And, of course, it’s not that hard to figure put, what these international problems are, where Obama is at loggerheads with the neocons. At the forefront of these problems are: Peace in Palestine, the relationship with Iran, and the wars in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Ukraine and Yemen.

And herein lies what’s really behind the Iran deal. It’s a mischaracterization to say that it is in the cards that Iran and the U.S. can become friends. It’s not, both Obama and Khemenei have been clear on that. However, what is in the cards is a working relationship with Iran based on mutual interests. And here Iran is almost everywhere on Obama’s side, ie in Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen, while the neocons are on the opposite side. So, what is in the cards is that Obama and his huys in the US will work together on all the wars in Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen, working to get an outcome liked by Obama and Iran, and disliked by the neocons. That is a huge, very huge perspective.

And there is even more US-Iranian collaboration based on mutual interests in the cards, for example bringing down the world heroin production and stamping out the ideological roots of global Wahhabi terrorism, so there is ample space for further US-Iranian cooperation based on mutual interests. And, of course, at the center of all this US-Iranian cooperation may well be the shared interest to put the neocon extremism back in the box, what is precisely why Netanyahu goes all out against the effort by Obama to bring back in Iran.

August 27, 2015, 12:27 pm

Nice to know What’s good for Israel is the chief concern of in-fighting; who cares about US best interests, or the World’s? Nobody with influence. As a non-Jewish American, I am very depressed & frustrated about this. You’d think by how this is playing out that Jews comprised 98% of USA, not 2%. Campaign finance system needs a revolution.

August 27, 2015, 11:41 am

I’ve been following this “no-holds-barred intramural war” closely. I quoted part of Levy’s response from this morning and wrote that:

“Happily, Herzog is also exposing his own face~ it’s really no better than Netanyahu’s. Which just goes to show that there is no such thing as a leftist or liberal Zionist.” – See more at: link to mondoweiss.net

I credit Gideon Levy with bringing this and many other truths to the fore. Apparently Rambo Herzog is content to let it all hang out. It’s a good thing, imho. If Rambo is “center left” and the leader of the “opposition”, Israel is in deep doo- doo and destined to fall further into a mire of its own design.

I’ve always maintained that “liberal Zionist/Zionism” is an oxymoron.

August 27, 2015, 11:37 am

“OK, Mondoweis. Time’s up. Enough comments to make up your mind. What is it for MW?” (EGuard)

Actually I think that’s a question that quite a few people here would like some clarification about

I don’t want to put anyone on the spot but I suppose the question is; now that jvp, eto, Barghouti, abunimah, Blumenthal et al have come out very firmly against any further association with Alison Weir and IAK, is it now inevitable that Mondoweiss will have to adopt the same position?

August 27, 2015, 11:33 am

Lehman College is a part of the City University of New York. (I believe it’s the current name of the Bronx campus of Hunter College, which my family used to live near to.) As such, it may well be subject to grandstanding by politicians.

However, Robyn Spencer is black, so it might be difficult for politicians and/or administrators to go after her.

August 27, 2015, 11:33 am

Nice to see the fat in the fire like that. All praise for Gideon Levy. How can any American, of any religion or ideology (other than some flavor of racial superiority), not join Levy in plumping for a just democracy. (I think Levy should describe “just” as “religiously neutral” — I don’t like the idea of ANY religious fundamentalist in power anywhere in the world, and “democracy” w/o safeguards can quickly become the prisoner of religious fundamentalists.

August 27, 2015, 11:30 am

Thanks Avalon.

I’d forgotten all about this piece. As its author, I too would like to know where the “thousands of hits in the last few days” are coming from.

August 27, 2015, 11:29 am

I have not read this MW article yet, but already agree with it’s banner. Just want to get this out there: A Palestinian Novel Par Excellence: link to counterpunch.org

August 27, 2015, 11:29 am

South Africa may have been a de facto ally of the West during the Cold War, but I wonder if it’s accurate to say that it was the West’s closest ally on the African continent during the Cold War. Remember that the U.S. had listening stations in places like Morocco and Ethiopia.

August 27, 2015, 11:24 am

Is it really so inconceivable that Israel might supply a mininuke to the jihadist groups in Syria, the Al Nusra front and ISIS, that Israel has secretly (although it’s a pretty open secret) been providing support to?

August 27, 2015, 11:18 am

I’ve read suggestions that one or more micronukes were used on 9/11. I lack the expertise to be able to judge whether these suggestions are reasonable or not.

Lillian Rosengarten
August 27, 2015, 11:12 am

This is just so horrible it is intolerable. I was in Shifa Hospital they have rebuilt it several times after bombings.This brutal Zionist regime must be stopped. How much longer can the US and EU stand and watch while taking part as complicit to an occupation and crimes against humanity.

August 27, 2015, 11:12 am

This leaped out at me:

“Many activists in the #BlackLivesMatter movement have been making connections with the Palestinian resistance,” said Robyn Spencer, an assistant professor of history at Lehman College who spoke about the issue at a JVP event last year.

For an assistant professor to speak out like this, even if just stating a fact, is extremely courageous. Let us pray that Zionist Jews don’t destroy this brave woman’s academic career.

August 27, 2015, 11:10 am

You are both very welcome. I’m hoping that millions sign the petition.

They are at 555,000+ now.

Annie Robbins
August 27, 2015, 11:07 am

hi avalon. welcome and thanks for commenting. i was just curious how you ran across this post from last march. i ask because in the last couple days it’s gotten thousands of hits and i wonder where they are coming from. thanks!

Annie Robbins
August 27, 2015, 11:04 am

eguard, there are 2 pages of comments for this post. scroll to the base for access to the first page. in the comments i have explained (a few times as i recall) these 3 articles were published because they were the (only) 3 submissions sent to mondoweiss. the gupta link was already posted i think more than once in comments.

August 27, 2015, 11:04 am

Museum of tolerance? It is surely a museum, right?, and all that is a bit queer is the meaning of “tolerance”. From context, it appears that In Israeli Hebrew, it clearly means “Israeli Jews triumphed, Israeli Jews destroyed.” Or as they’d probably say, “Jews triumphed, Jews destroyed” which is how, in Israeli Hebrew (a modern language, cheerfully developing new meanings for old words every day!) they say “Israeli Jews triumphed, Israeli Jews destroyed.”

This is abysmal abuse.

I’d like every Jew who hears of this abuse to declare himself or herself: Either “I am a Jew and I deplore the triumph, the destruction done by Israeli Jews” or “I am a Jew and I approve the message of so-called tolerance.”

August 27, 2015, 11:02 am

It is truly disgusting for hateful and immoral Zio-supremacists to build a museum of “tolerance” – in occupied territory, no less – even as they and their oppressive, colonialist, expansionist and religion-supremacist state continue with their decades-long campaign of intolerant Jewish supremacism and related (war) crimes.

August 27, 2015, 10:49 am

Thanks for the summary and insights.

“Herzog says he leads a large ‘camp’ of liberal Zionists”

The Hebrew adjective Buji Herzog uses repeatedly to magnify his camp is עצום, which translates as “mighty”. It sounds as hollow in Hebrew as it does in English.
It is a measure of Gideon Levy’s increasing stature that the leader of Israel’s mighty opposition picks an ongoing, losing scrap with him to try to build up his own standing.

August 27, 2015, 10:49 am

Thanks very much for your clarifying comment, diasp0ra.

August 27, 2015, 10:44 am

Greetings Boomer,
Too many have, are & will be discharged from thier positions &/or carrees for voicing their opinions. Only Jews &/or Zionists can publish & use free speech, even condemn & accuse anyone of their own volition of what they deem to be Anti this or that.
Everyone who is salaried is threatened to shu up yo’ mouf’ or walk!
We remember Sen. McCarty: You, Sir are a communist! You Sir are a Homosexuell! During his heyday, nobody could call him the lush that he was!
We remember J. Edgar H. : Nobody spoke of his warming his tuckus sporting Panties after 5!
PS I must chuckle when all the high Echelon zionists in Tel Aviv allow Sheldon to rampage on of his verbal muck of Palestinians, but only after he laid down de Shekels would they suffer such rubbish! Hell, you gotta serve somebody!

August 27, 2015, 10:40 am

“A few ancient tombstones are relegated into the lower part, covered by grass and trash. It’s not easy to estimate how many gravestones were located there but, according to an investigation by the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, at least 1,500 tombs were removed by bulldozers and the human remains just thrown away. …

… Actually the name ‘Mamilla’ originates from that: in ancient Arabic it means ‘water of God’ or ‘benefit from God’. Do you see? They are not just uprooting the gravestone, but also the history of Jerusalem”.”

Absolute and obscene desecration sponsored by the GoI. Where is the outrage? Why hasn’t UNESCO intervened? It it because a nightclub and a museum of tolerance (laughing myself silly at the chutzpah and irony of it!) are more important than the true history of Jerusalem and the gravesites of revered ancestors? I’m sickened that the US consulate is also occupying this hallowed ground.

BDS must apply to Israel and not just the illegal settlements. It’s past time for formal sanctions from governments all over the world, starting with the US.

Thanks for this very dismaying article, Pablo Castellani and Chiara Cruciati.

August 27, 2015, 10:40 am

Billions of US taxpayer’s dollars and latest weaponry are not handed out to those countries. Nor are they provided unconditional support at the Security Council and other International forums to enable them to defy UN Resolutions and International Law with impunity.

August 27, 2015, 10:39 am

Wonderful logic. Wonderfully written.
You don’t leave the apologists any wiggle room at all.
Someone should be carving this into stone tablets.

August 27, 2015, 10:35 am

While Abbas’ movements are deplorable, as usual, it’s dangerous to show Abd Rabbo as the underdog victim when he has done exactly the same to so many people under him.

Abd Rabbo is another of the corrupt cream of the PLO, his center, the PPC is a normalizing hub of sell outs. The proposals for the 2 state coming from that center are abysmal and have no support among Palestinians. Like the rest of the PLO, for Abd Rabbo it’s better to reign in hell than to serve in paradise. Even if he had power in a disjointed federation of bantustans, it’s better in his eyes than having nothing in his current position.

He is incredibly unpopular, and a huge opportunist, he created a split in the DFLP -FIDA- so he could be its leader (of course he claims ideological differences). He resigned from his own party after he was outvoted in it, he ran for elections to parliament in 2006 and didn’t get enough votes to qualify, he lost big time.

His only claim to power was that he was really close to Arafat. Abd Rabbo now senses a shift in public opinion regarding Abbas, and is sucking up to Marwan Barghouthi by trying to make himself seem like the supporter of resistance and criticizing Abbas’ lack of resistance, even though in the second Intifada he criticized all forms of resistance. Because that was what was popular back then to get ahead (again, massive opportunist).

I don’t want this post to seem like I have a personal beef with the guy, I don’t. But I think it’s important for people who might read this and are uninformed about internal Palestinian politics not to hold up Abd Rabbo as a poor victim of Abbas corruption, when he is as much an agent of it as any other PLO crony.

August 27, 2015, 10:24 am

RoHa : “French Jews only have the same rights as other Frenchmen. They should have more, extra-special, rights just for them. Denying them additional rights is ant-Semitic.

Funny thing, RoHa. There are no ‘groups’ in France… just French men, women, and children. We’re homogenized. I don’t mean homogeneous, mind you, but homogenised… as in milk. ;)

August 27, 2015, 10:23 am

It is pure vile antisemitism to erect barrier to the goods and the produces from OT . It is pure and vile antisemitism not to erect barriers to the flow of the goods and produces to and from Iran ,Iraq,Libya,and Syria.

But here the problem emerges . Antisemitism can’t be used as legal basis of punishment . So sanction and threat develop around redefinition of Antisemitic activities of any possibility of business with
Iran and turned it into law through US.
Boycott through BDS become a victim of charges of antisemitism through criminalization of antisemitism,at least in France and Canada.
Wiping off Israel and Yellow Ribbon accusation have their strength in evoking the Antisemtism and holocaust . Death to Israel is somekind of Nazi chant not heard in Germany but always meant according to pro sanction anti Iranian Zionist. No one again wants another Reich!
BDS is portrayed as existential threat to follow similar chain of threats from Saddam,Ghaddafi,to Iran. Only the latest. War,existence,sanction,Antisemtism and right to defend itself get pounded and mixed into amorous ideas of granny concept whose underlying support is unflinching loyalty to the Zionism and continuous unravelling of logic or reason in the service of the Zionism.
So they try more economic sanction using all angles and every corner in the globe.

August 27, 2015, 10:23 am

My Father was born in Jerusalem. He is Christian by religion. Hence we are classified as Palestinians of 48. Our family left to Lebanon in 48. He had Jewish and Muslim friends and naturally Christian friends as well in the Jaffa of ’47/48. I asked him, Before you left Jaffa what did you think was the future of the country. He told me that at the time most of the community thought in false hope that a new country was going to emerge in Palestine with all 3 three religions represented in government. A false dream it turned out to be. Would he be placed in the 6th category? For sure he would be, and Proud of it. It is Our country. The Country for all 3

August 27, 2015, 10:16 am

My father was born in Jerusalem. He is Christian by religion. Hence we are classified as Palestinians of 48. Our family left to Lebanon in 48. He had Jewish and Muslim friends and naturally Christian friends as well in the Jaffa of ’47/48. I asked him, Before you left Jaffa what did you think was the future of the country. He told me that at the time most of the community thought in false hope that a new country was going to emerge in Palestine with all 3 three religions represented in government. A false dream it turned out to be. Would he be placed in the 6th category? For sure he would be, and Proud of it. Lia open your eyes Israel is the apartheid state. Palestinians and Palestine are Not!! Regards to a fellow human being, no need to see your passport 😉😉😉

August 27, 2015, 10:13 am

Thanks for the appropriate wording.

August 27, 2015, 10:10 am


Some theories labeled “antisemitic” were obviously, revoltingly wrong when they came out –but right now they are being enacted in full pomp and with the backing of the Zionist machine and of a majority of the people who profess to be congenitally Jewish.

This is why so-called conspiracy theories cannot ever be dismissed out of hand by just attaching discredited labels to them. Some are or may be perfectly valid.

August 27, 2015, 9:24 am

“Israel Changes Criteria: Most Eritrean or Sudanese Can Be Detained at Holot

Former criteria stipulated that any Sudanese citizen that entered Israel before December 2011 (in place of May 2011 before that) could be detained; and likewise for Eritreans who crossed the border before July 2011 (formerly May 2009).

The Population, Immigration and Border Authority has altered its criteria and will now be able to summon any Eritrean or Sudanese citizen to the Holot detention facility, Haaretz has learned Thursday, regardless of how much time they’ve been in Israel. The decision comes after a court ruling freed over 1,000 asylum seekers who spent more than a year at the detention facility.

Until now, the authority determined that only asylum seekers who have been in Israel for long periods of time could be taken to the facility. However, beginning at the end of the month, the government will be able to limit the freedom and movement of any Eritrean or Sudanese citizen, excluding asylum seekers who have already spent over a year at Holot. …”

read more: link to haaretz.com

The Occupation/Prison/Apartheid state.

August 27, 2015, 9:19 am

Those AIPAC funded TV ads I’m bombarded with, members of Congress opposed to the deal, Republican presidential hopefuls, & even Bibi himself keep stressing that they only object to this particular “bad deal”, & simply want us to impose harsher sanctions on Iran, enabling us to negotiate a “better deal”. Yet Huckabee said “and also to show solidarity to the Israeli people and to show their extreme disgust with any deal with Iran. ” ANY deal? Any at all?

August 27, 2015, 9:13 am

Kay , I could not find the link to the petition at that haaretz link.Do you have one.

August 27, 2015, 9:12 am

Do people seriously argue whether U.S. aggression in Vietnam, Iraq, etc. have contributed to feelings of anti-Americanism, which feelings many have acted on? No.

So, why would Israel’s aggressions have nothing to do with anti-Israeli and anti-Zionist feelings, and expression of those feelings?

Meanwhile, it’s “perfectly legitimate” for former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren to take out his resentment for the mistreatment he experienced at the hands of his Catholic schoolmates in West Orange, New Jersey, on Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank.

In the past year, I’ve decided that I’m a “Chris Rock Jew.” If you don’t get it, watch this:

August 27, 2015, 9:10 am

“planetchutzpah sans frontiere”

heh. Hypocrisy Central. It’s very like the US~ actually and unfortunately.

Barenboim won’t back down, and I don’t think that Merkel will either. Miri “Sudanese refugees in the country “were a cancer in our body.”” Regev has made another dumb move. But the biggest mistake was naming this horror “Culture Minister”. As if…

What’s so amazing to me is that Barenboim has citizenship in 4 countries and Regev chose to write this:

“Barenboim’s Visit to Iran Would Harm Israel

“Culture Minister Miri Regev said Wednesday that if Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim really plans to conduct the Berlin Philharmonic in Tehran he will undermine Israel’s efforts to block the Iranian nuclear deal and aid efforts to delegitimize Israel.”

– See more at: link to mondoweiss.net

He’s a man of the world and a polyglot. He’s not an insane and insular Israeli.

August 27, 2015, 9:09 am

How this incident would have played out if Shipman were active in Russia or China deafening Latvian or Tibertian or if he were a Syrian who just got charged with terrorism because he criticized Assad?

Someone would have picked it up for busy TV slot in evening hours.State department spokesman would then have been lobbed a question. Someone from the NED or embassy would have paid a visit. Seeing support ,Shipman would have tamely uggested to open the door for discussion and probe and woud have asked university to delink itself from the country concerned.
NYT FOX and CNN would have started referring to this from different angles of American responsibilities and woud have alluded to the climate that fosters fear,suppression,threat ,and disregard for truth ,freedom,and lack of accountability . Other players out of love for money,violence,power,new opportunities or genuine anger would have
cascaded a chain of events resulting in more rhetorics,hardening of position,and eventual mass agitation on the street .

Tunisian experience and the subsequent s spread to neighboring countries prove that firing of a figure like Shipman could have achieved same final goals that were fundamentally different from the original goals of the respective countries . The final goals were the summation of the effects of the activities of Media ,NED State dept,Defense and foreign players .
Color revolution in Serbia,Krygistan and Georgia started out f some cold,tepid not news worthy sparks .
In case of Shipman a golden opportunity to shine the light on the power of the diverse,pervasive,interconnected Jewish lobby was lost , or to be apt it was never allowed to claim any attention beyond ridicule and angry dismissal.

August 27, 2015, 8:49 am

One year later? Gaza has been in crisis since 1948.

August 27, 2015, 8:41 am

Meanwhile back on planetchutzpah sans frontiere ??.

“Germany is supporting Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim’s efforts to bring the Berlin philharmonic (Staatskapelle) to Iran for a special performance.

Responding to a query from The Jerusalem Post, the philharmonic released a statement indicating that talks are indeed continuing between cultural officials in Germany and their counterparts in Iran about a possible performance.

“German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has taken on the patronage of this concert and supports Daniel Barenboim’s commitment to make music accessible to people beyond any national, religious or ethnic boundaries,” the philharmonic said.

Culture and Sport Minister Miri Regev demanded on Wednesday that German Chancellor Angela Merkel cancel the discussions about a performance.”

link to jpost.com

I hope Merkel gives Israeli the middle finger or if she prefers perfect english , give them the two finger version.

Btw, didn,t Israel just bitch to the Spaniards about Matisyahu being banned .

August 27, 2015, 8:29 am

Danon is the true face of Israel. Nu? This is what we’ve got now that Netanyahu was reelected and is continuing with inciting his masses with his own hysteria.

Happily, Herzog is also exposing his own face~ it’s really no better than Netanyahu’s. Which just goes to show that there is no such thing as a leftist or liberal Zionist. Levy responds again:

“Levy Responds to Herzog: Proud to Be Outside of Your Camp …

I thank Isaac Herzog for his businesslike reply Tuesday (“Levy’s one state is no vision of hope”) and for the opportunity to respond to the heart of the matter.

I may be outside the camp, but I’m certainly not with Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel. We have nothing in common except the vast void between us; but to be honest, I don’t have much in common with Herzog, either. Ariel may want a single state between the river and the sea, but that state will never be democratic and egalitarian. The right wants the entire land, and at best is willing to let a nation with inferior rights live in it. The world calls that apartheid. Here in Israel we must fight this.

Herzog isn’t so far from there. If you scrape off the layers of makeup, you’ll find within him the same nationalist foundation; the belief that in this land there is one nation with inborn privileges that exceed those of the other nation living here. It’s a refined nationalism, but no democrat can accept it, and the Palestinians will certainly not accept it.

It starts with the Law of Return, which is for Jews alone; and winds through “security needs,” which are always only the security needs of the Jews, and ends with the demand that the Palestinian state be demilitarized; it all screams of privilege. Why should the Palestinian state be demilitarized? Is there such a state anywhere on Earth? It has no right to defend its citizens? Aren’t Palestinians’ lives put at risk every day by Israel? And what’s with the “Jordan Valley is the security border?”

But the nationalism and near-racism expressed by Herzog, the loyal spokesman for the center-left, is far more obvious. What is this fear-mongering about the “danger of an Arab majority” if not racism? Where else do they issue such warnings against people who have been living in a place for generations? …

… So the answer is yes – one man, one vote, for everyone except the violent racists from both peoples, who will be outlawed. There is no other kind of democracy. Every Jewish nationalist can vote, and every Palestinian nationalist can vote, with the hope that both will gradually become fewer in number.

I have no idea what Herzog and his ilk mean when they talk about a “Jewish state,” other than its Jewish majority; it doesn’t matter what kind of Jews or how they act, so long as they are Jews. Any way you slice it, you get a nationalist state. Democratic? Of course it isn’t, by definition, nor is it just. If I had to choose between a “Jewish state” on a slippery slope toward becoming an apartheid state and a just state, I prefer the latter. I seek neither a Jewish majority nor an Arab majority, but a democratic majority. It’s doubtful whether today’s Jewish state still has such a majority.

Herzog calls this “turning out the lights on the Zionist project.” But these lights were dimmed long ago, even with a Jewish majority. They were turned off when inspectors hunted down refugees in the cities of the Jewish state; they were turned off when the occupiers demolished flimsy homes leaving hundreds of people with nothing over their heads in the heat of August in the occupied Jordan Valley. What lights are left, exactly, if these are the policies – about which, incidentally, we’ve heard nary a protest from Herzog the Zionist.

“What sane Israeli would choose to live in a state with an Arab majority?” asks Herzog, ripping off the mask once and for all. Well, a fifth of Israel’s population would prefer an Arab majority; they’re sane, but Herzog forgot about them. Even as a Jew, however, if I had to choose between a Jewish majority and a democratic majority, between a majority that supports racism and a majority that supports equality, it doesn’t matter what nationality they’re from, I would not hesitate to choose. Nor would Herzog hesitate; he will always prefer the Jews, and then he’ll call that democracy.

This puts Herzog inside the camp and me outside it. I’m proud of that.”

read more: link to haaretz.com

August 27, 2015, 8:21 am

Meanwhile back on planet Chutzpah sans frontiere ,

link to jpost.com

As someone already said , you can,t dream this stuff up.

August 27, 2015, 8:19 am

Is Bruce Shipman’s statement like African-Americans’ use of the N word? Okay for them to use the term but not for White people? I was stunned at the Shipman firing. Would he have kept his job if the dean, Richard Levin, had been a Christian?

August 27, 2015, 7:45 am

It seems Israelis are realizing that the US is not as supportive of it as it thinks. They have to blame Netty for this, he forced many Americans to make a choice, and he does not like the results. I am not sure how this Iran vote in congress will turn out, but nutty Netty has made things worse. He deserves any backlash that is coming.

The Illusion of Unconditional American Support

Netanyahu believed that he could turn his back on liberal values of Democratic America and still win its automatic support; his dramatic defeat over the Iran deal is a wake-up call.
read more: link to haaretz.com

August 27, 2015, 7:43 am

You are probably technically correct (22 out of 435 Representatives and 11 out of 100 Senators). Surely the disproportionate representation in the Senate is significant though. This is the senior chamber, with sole power to approve foreign treaties and confirm cabinet and judicial nominations, and investigate impeachment. The six year term of senators gives long-term influence, and surely a much higher profile than is afforded to Representatives. Apparently 18 Presidents have previously served as Representatives against 16 who served in the Senate, but recent history favours the influence of the Senate, in the cases of Obama, Nixon, Johnson, Kennedy, Truman, and not the House, in the cases of Ford and before that James Garfield. (Carter, Reagan, Clinton, and Bush II gained profile as State Governors). Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon all advanced from Representatives to Senators before coming President. So we could say Jews are more than 5 times over-represented in the senior house – not of course that anyone is counting (except link to jewishvirtuallibrary.org)

August 27, 2015, 7:36 am

Those who can, please sign this petition to help achieve their goal.

Petition to End Gaza Blockade Signed by Over 500,000 in One Day

Online petition, launched by online activist group Avaaz and backed by some 30 other groups, calls on world leaders to pressure Israel into lifting restrictions on building materials.
read more: link to haaretz.com

August 27, 2015, 7:33 am

If there is no such thing as “Jewish Terror” than would someone please explain to me whom are the
Lehi….aka: Stern Gang
the Jewish Defense League
the Irgun
Brit Hakanaim
the Gush Emunim Underground
Kach and Kahane Chai
The South Hebron Hilltop Youth

Yes, clearly, there is no Jewish Terrorism.

I’ll just leave this right here:

New York, Dec. 2, 1948


Among the most disturbing political phenomena of our times is the emergence in the newly created state of Israel of the “”Freedom Party”” (Tnuat Haherut), a political party closely akin in its organization, methods, political philosophy and social appeal to the Nazi and Fascist parties. It was formed out of the membership and following of the former Irgun Zvai Leumi, a terrorist, right-wing, chauvinist organization in Palestine.

The current visit of Menachem Begin, leader of this party, to the United States is obviously calculated to give the impression of American support for his party in the coming Israeli elections, and to cement political ties with conservative Zionist elements in the United States. Several Americans of national repute have lent their names to welcome his visit. It is inconceivable that those who oppose fascism throughout the world, if correctly informed as to Mr. Begin’s political record and perspectives, could add their names and support to the movement he represents.

Before irreparable damage is done by way of financial contributions, public manifestations in Begin’’s behalf, and the creation in Palestine of the impression that a large segment of America supports Fascist elements in Israel, the American public must be informed as to the record and objectives of Mr. Begin and his movement.

The public avowals of Begin’’s party are no guide whatever to its actual character. Today they speak of freedom, democracy and anti-imperialism, whereas until recently they openly preached the doctrine of the Fascist state. It is in its actions that the terrorist party betrays its real character; from its past actions we can judge what it may be expected to do in the future.

Attack on Arab Village

A shocking example was their behavior in the Arab village of Deir Yassin. This village, off the main roads and surrounded by Jewish lands, had taken no part in the war, and had even fought off Arab bands who wanted to use the village as their base. On April 9 (THE NEW YORK TIMES), terrorist bands attacked this peaceful village, which was not a military objective in the fighting, killed most of its inhabitants —— 240 men, women, and children —— and kept a few of them alive to parade as captives through the streets of Jerusalem. Most of the Jewish community was horrified at the deed, and the Jewish Agency sent a telegram of apology to King Abdullah of Trans-Jordan. But the terrorists, far from being ashamed of their act, were proud of this massacre, publicized it widely, and invited all the foreign correspondents present in the country to view the heaped corpses and the general havoc at Deir Yassin.

The Deir Yassin incident exemplifies the character and actions of the Freedom Party.

Within the Jewish community they have preached an admixture of ultra-nationalism, religious mysticism, and racial superiority. Like other Fascist parties they have been used to break strikes, and have themselves pressed for the destruction of free trade unions. In their stead they have proposed corporate unions on the Italian Fascist model.

During the last years of sporadic anti-British violence, the IZL and Stern groups inaugurated a reign of terror in the Palestine Jewish community. Teachers were beaten up for speaking against them, adults were shot for not letting their children join them. By gangster methods, beatings, window-smashing, and wide-spread robberies, the terrorists intimidated the population and exacted a heavy tribute.

The people of the Freedom Party have had no part in the constructive achievements in Palestine. They have reclaimed no land, built no settlements, and only detracted from the Jewish defense activity. Their much-publicized immigration endeavors were minute, and devoted mainly to bringing in Fascist compatriots.

Discrepancies Seen

The discrepancies between the bold claims now being made by Begin and his party, and their record of past performance in Palestine bear the imprint of no ordinary political party. This is the unmistakable stamp of a Fascist party for whom terrorism (against Jews, Arabs, and British alike), and misrepresentation are means, and a “”Leader State”” is the goal.

In the light of the foregoing considerations, it is imperative that the truth about Mr. Begin and his movement be made known in this country. It is all the more tragic that the top leadership of American Zionism has refused to campaign against Begin’’s efforts, or even to expose to its own constituents the dangers to Israel from support to Begin.

The undersigned therefore take this means of publicly presenting a few salient facts concerning Begin and his party; and of urging all concerned not to support this latest manifestation of fascism.


Isidore Abramowitz
Hannah Arendt
Abraham Brick
Rabbi Jessurun Cardozo
Albert Einstein
Herman Eisen, M.D.
Hayim Fineman
M. Gallen, M.D.
H.H. Harris
Zelig S. Harris
Sidney Hook
Fred Karush
Bruria Kaufman
Irma L. Lindheim
Nachman Maisel
Symour Melman
Myer D. Mendelson, M.D.
Harry M. Orlinsky
Samuel Pitlick
Fritz Rohrlich
Louis P. Rocke
Ruth Sager
Itzhak Sankowsky
I.J. Schoenberg
Samuel Shuman
M. Znger
Irma Wolpe
Stefan Wolpe

August 27, 2015, 7:26 am

Regev speaks a lingo more like Afrikaans than strine

August 27, 2015, 7:23 am

I’m doing some research. Perhaps hophmi et al can point me to photos of something comparable suffered by Israelis at the hands of the Palestinians

August 27, 2015, 6:31 am

O.G., more on Baird’s supposed “activities” please?

gracie fr
August 27, 2015, 6:19 am

Merci eGard/Frogy

Not everyone with media access has been mum!

link to agencemediapalestine.fr

August 27, 2015, 6:19 am

I am an elderly Canadian who has lived in Morocco for six years and three months. Muslim country of course. I’ve loved every minute of the time I’ve spent here.

From 2001-3 I lived and worked in Nablus, Palestine. I can’t go back because I’ve been banned by Israel.

Marion, thank you for writing this article. It leaves me feeling saddened and confused; I do wish Canadians in general could come to know Palestinians as I do.

David James Vickery
(Taroudant, Morocco)

August 27, 2015, 6:12 am

tree — well we definitely also agree that bigotry. true bigotry against a group is defined not by a particular criticism or even general critique of a particular time and place but through essentializing.

It also happens to be an especially useful way to detect anti-semitism through all the BS (imo coming from all sides).

gracie fr
August 27, 2015, 6:09 am


I think you definitely hit on something in mentioning “Timing”. The Sephen Salaita thing had begun in July 2014, and almost immediately took on a strident “Us versus Them ” anti-Semitic tone. Although it dropped off the general public’s radar screen those following the story were vindicated this August when Salaita won his suite in Federal Court.

However in late summer 2014, the principled donors, faculty, along with “concerned” members of the student body at Yale must have recognized a golden opportunity, an “Ah-Hah/Gotch’ya” moment to rid university of an unsavory “truth teller” much in the way Chancellor Phyllis Wise of the University of Illinois at Urbana had done. It was an East coast establishment opportunity to follow Illinois’s lead in a parallel ploy of gag order proportions and outrageous vengeful accusations and it worked…….for a year.

August 27, 2015, 5:57 am

My second point, which I am curious what you think about is that power/no power is also insufficient as a moral or even rational indicator of which group is fair game for critique.

I agree. I meant to make that clear in my comment at August 26, 2015 5:07pm:

“I happen to disagree to some extent with the “ancient prohibition”, as Phil terms it. I think criticism should not depend on whether someone is a member of a group with power or not, with the important caveat that the power situation should be considered when criticizing, and that the criticism should not be of an essentializing nature.” See more at: link to mondoweiss.net

As an example of criticism of those from a group with little power, I would say that it is fair criticism to speak of the PA leadership as ineffectual and corrupt but it would also be apropos to note that the occupation severely stifles open and transparent governing by Palestinians, and my other caveat would be that such criticism of the PA should not be used to essentialize Palestinians as being intrinsically incapable of governing themselves. I would apply a similar rationale to all groups, regardless of the power situation. I hope that makes my point clearer.

My point is that I think Phil, who I guess I should add I like a lot as a person, and whose larger project I support, seems to be creating a Jewish shaped exemption from what would be his normal position on who gets to say what.

I don’t see it as a “Jewish shaped” exemption. He’s saying that, in the US, Jews as a group have power, so the “ancient prohibition” doesn’t apply to them at this point. I’m guessing that he thinks it still applies to those groups who don’t have that kind of power. Therefore it isn’t a “Jewish” exemption, its just a power exemption in his mind. But I’m not even sure that he agrees with the prohibition- only that he understands where it is coming from. I guess we’ll have to wait and see if he chimes in to clarify.

August 27, 2015, 5:35 am

MW can start with publishing the motivation for picking these three pieces. Were these the best available? Or was Jennifer Hitchcock’s added to indirectly discredit the JVP position (it really looks that way, but why state so this indirect way?)

Hithcock’s reasoning is laughable: She is careful to usually say “Zionists” instead of “Jews” See: If I replace “Zionists” with “Jews”, her piece is anti-Semitic. Proof!

And: … so it seems that there is something to the claims against her, despite the vocal protests. What is this? US Campaign said it, so it’s true? Conclusion by decibels? Why does Hitchcock not build a reasoning herself? Not a single one in her whole piece.

Next: For example, her 2009 article Well, this is the only example provided that keeps being mentioned. Because it’s the “best” (I’d say: only) example? It is from 2009, and the jury is still out on whether it is anti-Semitic. But just mentioning it is enough as proof, for Hitchcock.

Hitchcock then states: This [2009] article is just one example of many that point to a larger pattern in Weir’s work. Quite simple: no you have not shown a ‘pattern’, and no there there is no pattern.

Also: Not all of her work and associations suggest antisemitism. Wow, let’s thank Hitchcock for this respite! A kind person, to include this statement (after all her factfree smearing). By the way, did she write “suggest”? Does she admit the ‘anti-Semitic’ issues are suggestions only? Then I ask: who does the suggesting, and who is taking the bite?

Hitchcock does exactly what is the problem with this McCarthy attack: no facts, smearing & reasoning only. What a level.

Instead, I suggest reading Amith Gupta link to louisproyect.org (it was available before this MW post. Why not included here?).

August 27, 2015, 5:22 am

Annie has revealed that LBJ was attached to Israel because he and Golda Meir were the same person.

August 27, 2015, 5:20 am

Coincidentally indeed, Citizen.

No connection between the events.

No, siree!

Perish the thought!

August 27, 2015, 5:16 am

Which irresponsible nuclear power has allowed proliferation of nukes to rogue groups or nations?

August 27, 2015, 5:07 am

“The Pilgrims and Puritans in Britain were undergoing severe persecution by the English in the 17th century. ”

I thought that they claimed persecution because they were not allowed to impose their miserable beliefs on everyone else.

August 27, 2015, 5:01 am

Absolutely it really is Continued trauma and yes.we will be heard, that’s if Israel.doesnt implode in on itself. There is no way they can continue this behaviour for another 67 years, with all.the technology they have designed they will eventually be victims of their own sucess.

August 27, 2015, 4:51 am

Yes, nicely written and an elegant argument.

The old chestnut that posits the view that Israel sees everything through the prism of the Holocaust might have some validity… but it’s getting to be a pretty wizened old chestnut.

And in any case, particularly in relation to the Palestinian people, the dream-coat of colours that bounces through the prism depends upon which side of the wall you happen to be standing.

August 27, 2015, 4:50 am

Killing thousands?? Are you serious?? Just in Nabka and last year’s siege alone Israel.managed to displace hundreds of thousands and kill thousands literally. Many of them children, just last year they killed 551 children in the space.of 51 days!! Please if your gonna quote the statistics get it right!! Based on the above.facts alone I think yes, the Palestinians have shown great restraint over the past 67 years!!

August 27, 2015, 4:45 am

I think MHughes has, elsewhere, already said this, but I cannot help but compare Israel with the appallingly spoiled Violet Elizabeth Bott, and her standard threat.

“I’ll thcream and thcream and thcream until I’m thick. And I can.”

August 27, 2015, 4:25 am

OK, Keith. I’ll rephrase it.

French Jews do have a few extra-special rights, but still not enough.

August 27, 2015, 4:17 am

No, but you have to remember that during the Cold War, Apartheid South Africa was staunchly anti-communist and the de facto closest ally to the U.S. on the African continent, even if the offical tone/rhetoric was more neutral.

That’s why I spoke about the national interest. During the Cold War, SA was not a rogue nation from that perspective and a de facto ally. Of course it was a rogue nation in moral terms, but so is Israel today, so is Egypy, Saudi Arabia and lots of other countries with close ties to America.

Doesn’t prevent them from getting preferential treatment from America as long as they play along. (Naturally Israel is a special case due to the lobby, but even without it, it’d be hard to see a situation where it and the U.S. were antagonistic. Israel would also be forced to be much more diplomatic to cover the loss of political capital so you wouldn’t see the same behaviour as today).

My point stands.

August 27, 2015, 4:17 am

Thanks, Mooser. Always good to get the details right.

John O
August 27, 2015, 3:44 am

The great Daniel Barenboim, whose West-Eastern Divan Orchestra (which consists largely of Israeli and Palestinian musicians) is a living rebuke to Regev and her ilk.

August 27, 2015, 2:39 am

To those that are interested, Veterans Today has published much information on tactical, micro-nuclear weapons that have been used; about 50, yes fifty, so far. The latest micro-nuke exploded in Tianjin, China. Previously a micro-nuke in Yemen in May 2015 and a micro-nuke in Syria in March 2013.
These are fusion type devices, therefore little radiation, which most radiation dissipates after ~ 72 hours. The micro-nukes weigh around 50 lbs and are therefore easily transportable.
Regarding Dimona, I’ve read previously that a fake control room was set up prior to inspections and the real control room walled off with new brickwork.
Regards, Lazarus

August 27, 2015, 2:36 am

That “some Jews say the same thing” means zilch. Do some Zionists say the same?
Otherwise non-news, unlikely to be of importance.
When Zionists say the the same thing as the Rev. Shipman did last year, though, it’s not because they agree with him but because of their sick-to-the bone Zionist understanding of “antisemitism” which doesn’t check with the Rev.’s.

August 27, 2015, 2:34 am


It’s hard to say. Look at what happened to Weir recently.

August 27, 2015, 2:32 am

They could at least post a book review as we have been discussing in the comments section for a while. Phil has been on Weir’s panel in DC in the past where he did a fine job.

It would be strange if MW took a position against Weir, considering tha MW basically repeats Weir’s thesis about the power of lobbying, not to mention that Marc Ellis has written things more offensive on MW than Weir and that MW even helped sell Shlomo Sand’s book that promoted a version of the Khazar theory, which I find more “controversial” than anything Weir has theorized about.

August 27, 2015, 1:55 am

Fair comment – but then you have to ask, why was he invited to perform in the first place? Does anyone have information on that?