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Avigail Abarbanel
July 2, 2015, 2:07 pm

Yep, you can call it that Eljay…

July 2, 2015, 2:07 pm

Well glory be! I finally agree with you, hophmi!

Professor Salaita’s occupying of the Edward W. Said chair of American Studies won’t kill or oppress anyone, unlike the Occupation that you support unreservedly!

It’s UIUC’s tremendous loss, but he’ll be back in the US one day. AUB is a prestigious institution, and his students, and his colleagues are lucky to have him!

July 2, 2015, 2:04 pm

the source of all evil lies

Haaretz and +972 both have articles which call into question the absurdity of the contradictory claims contained in Netanyahu’s letter, i.e. claiming both that “There is no blockade of Gaza.” while seizing the ships and passengers for “attempting to violate the blockade”.

* Netanyahu to Gaza flotilla: Did you mean to sail to Syria?
link to 972mag.com
*The Orwellian logic of Israel’s blockade of Gaza
It goes like this: There is no such blockade, and if you violate it, you will be arrested.
link to haaretz.com

Henry Norr
July 2, 2015, 1:42 pm

>>a 48-year project of colonization

Huh? How about a 133-year (since 1882) project of colonization?

July 2, 2015, 1:39 pm

|| Avigail Abarbanel: … On my Israeli birth certificate my nationality is ‘Jewish’ … A Palestinian citizen of Israel has ‘Arab’ for nationality … There is no such thing as an Israeli nationality. … ||

Thanks, Avigail. That further confirms the fact that Israel is fundamentally a supremacist “Jewish State”.

Avigail Abarbanel
July 2, 2015, 1:38 pm

Hi Echinococcus, I can assure you as a former sufferer of trauma and a psychotherapist that it is far from imaginary! Trauma affects the brain in individuals and in groups has a huge impact on group beliefs and behaviour. It is looked at in neuroscience, psychology, psychotherapy and sociology and social psychology. Far from imaginary it is very very real. Lots of literature out there. Unless you suffered from it, it’s hard to understand, I know. But the information is all there. I am not making anything up… Also, I always qualify what I say about Jewish trauma, Israel and all that with a clear distinction between an explanation and an excuse. It’s at the start of Hazel’s article and the interview itself and in a great deal of what I write and certainly when I speak in public about this topic…

Avigail Abarbanel
July 2, 2015, 1:34 pm

Thanks Rosross, I explain it all the time because I am aware of this problem. It’s actually in the first few lines of Hazel’s article and definitely in the interview itself… :)

Avigail Abarbanel
July 2, 2015, 1:32 pm

Hi Eljay, thanks for your comment and in principle you should be correct. However, not in the universe in which Israel exists.

On my Israeli birth certificate my nationality is ‘Jewish’ and my religion (that I personally don’t have) is listed as ‘Jewish’. A Palestinian citizen of Israel has ‘Arab’ for nationality on their birth certificate…

It is Israel that associates Israel with all Jews everywhere because Israel was intended as a safe haven for all Jews. This is its purpose for existing…

There is no such thing as an Israeli nationality. Recently a couple of scholars in Israel petitioned the courts to get their nationality changed on their birth certificate to ‘Israeli’ and the Israeli courts rejected it. Not a lot of people are aware of this so I thought I’d repeat this again…

July 2, 2015, 1:09 pm

Never O/T:

“Dan Cohen ‏
Large Israeli occupation presence in Shuafat for commemoration of 1 year since murder of Mohammed Abu Khdeir”

go to his twitter feed and see some great photos and videos!

link to twitter.com

Of note and from Rebecca Pierce via the link: “The only Israeli Knesset member to attend Mohammed Abu Khdeir memorial is Osama Saadi from the Joint List”

July 2, 2015, 1:02 pm

Shame, shame, shame:

“A leading Mennonite group has delayed a decision on divesting from companies with business tied to Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories.

The Mennonite Church USA was set to vote this week on whether they should sell off stock in companies “known to be profiting from the occupation” and from “destruction of life and property” in the territories.

A church spokeswoman said delegates at a national meeting in Kansas City, Missouri, voted 418-336 to table the resolution until their next assembly two years from now. Twenty-eight delegates abstained. …”

link to haaretz.com

I guess nobody taught the 418 + 28 that “justice delayed is justice denied”!

lonely rico
July 2, 2015, 1:00 pm

the seven Noahide Laws

From Wikipedia –

The seven Noahide laws … a binding set of laws for the “children of Noah” – that is, all of humanity … as traditionally enumerated are:
1. Do not deny God.
2. Do not blaspheme God.
3. Do not murder.
4. Do not engage in incest, adultery, pederasty or bestiality, as well as homosexual relations.
5. Do not steal.
6. Do not eat of a live animal.
7. Establish courts/legal system to ensure law and obedience.

I guess the rules do not apply to states,
such as Israel,
which would be guilty of breaking 3 and 5 –


repetitively and enthusiastically.

July 2, 2015, 12:55 pm

|| David Doppler: … What galls me is the impudence with which Netanyahu and his supporters disregard any and all effort at balance, external truth, universal values … ||

Balance, truth and values don’t matter when you have “dialog”, “nuances”, “narratives” and the Holocaust on your side of the argument…I mean “conversation”.

|| … and the impunity with which their dishonesty is treated by our media and major social institutions generally. ||

It’s that bootlicking that really gets me. No-one cares to suck Putin’s or Assad’s ass (sorry for mixing metaphors), but far too many people are far too ready to do far too much for a supremacist “Jewish State” that has been committing (war) crimes with impunity for almost 70 years and shows no signs of slowing down.

July 2, 2015, 12:52 pm

I didn’t get a response to my similar comment.

July 2, 2015, 12:49 pm

Yeah sure, Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai.

“Hamas provided ISIS with weapons to carry out Sinai attacks, Israeli general says
Netanyahu offers condolences over the attacks: ‘Our hearts are with the Egyptian people.’

Hamas helped the ISIS-affiliated group in Sinai to carry out the latest attacks against Egyptian troops and supplied them with weapons and other support, an Israeli general told Al-Jazeera on Thursday. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered condolences over the attacks that claimed the lives of dozens of people.

Israel has “clear information that Hamas is supporting the Wilayat Sinai, which belongs to Daesh,” Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, the coordinator of government activities in the territories, claimed, referring to the Islamic State group in one of its acronyms.

He added that Hamas provided the Islamist group weapons and logistical support, and even smuggled wounded militants for treatment in the Gaza Strip. “I am confident in this [information] and I have proof,” he said. …”

link to haaretz.com

What a crock! Save your savage crocodile tears, Netanyahu.

July 2, 2015, 12:47 pm

Occupying a chair in the Middle East named for an American intellectual who became most known for political activism is exactly where Steven Salaita belongs.

John O
July 2, 2015, 12:47 pm

“We are you and you are us” … and I am the Walrus.

July 2, 2015, 12:41 pm

By the way, to break a blockade is illegal under international law.

Are you saying that it was illegal for the U.S., before it entered either of the two world wars, to send shipping to Britain (and France and Russia)?

July 2, 2015, 12:40 pm

“Bullet-riddled cars and lush gardens: Iran’s memorial to its ‘nuclear martyrs’

As international nuclear negotiations stutter on, this macabre museum pays tribute to the scientists the state claims were murdered by Israeli spies

On a terraced hillside in north Tehran, four white canvas marquees contain a disturbing sight: ordinary-looking cars damaged by bombs or riddled with bullets. Each is a macabre memorial to the scientists who died in them – victims of the shadowy war on Iran’s nuclear programme. …

…Fathers and excited children peer at tanks, fighter jets, and even missiles – relics of the bloody eight-year war launched by Saddam Hussein in 1980, a year after the Iranian revolution. But the exhibits of the unconventional, clandestine conflict over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear programme are portrayed as part of a wider – and continuing – struggle between implacable enemies.

Ranged along a walkway, four green Peugeot-type saloons have been preserved under a sort of bloodstained shroud, carefully gashed to reveal pockmarked bodywork and a black-and-white photograph of a man inside. Each is flanked by a tear-shaped metal plaque with details of the victim. Red tulips, symbols of love and mourning, are strewn over the vehicles.

Like other Iranian memorials, this one tends to the grandiloquent, a sign praising the “great historic confrontation of faith and heresy, and the historical movement emanating from the will and determination against the cruelty of global arrogance headed by the US and Zionism”. The scientists were all killed by agents of Israel’s intelligence agency, the Mossad, it states.

“I feel very sad,” said Fateme, a young Azeri woman sitting on a bench in front of the cars. “These were fathers who went to work and never came home. I saw a programme on TV about them. And actually I went to one of their funerals. It says they were killed by the Zionist regime, but I don’t know.”

The last to die was Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, a chemist and a director of the Natanz uranium enrichment plant. He was killed in January 2012 when two men on a motorbike attached magnetic bombs to his car. Just a day earlier, the then Israeli army chief of staff, Lt Gen Benny Gantz, said that “2012 would be a critical year for Iran”, in part because of “things that happen to it unnaturally”.

The first to die was Massoud Ali-Mohammadi, killed by a booby-trapped motorbike parked outside his Tehran home in January 2010. Majid Shahriari was killed and another nuclear scientist injured in a similar attack that November.

Darioush Rezaeinejad, a student, was shot dead while driving home with his wife after picking up their daughter from kindergarten in July 2011. Iran tried and hanged an Iranian man who was said to have confessed to assassinating Ali-Mohammadi on behalf of the Mossad.

All four names appear in the museum’s hologram display titled Victims of Terror, mostly listing those who were targeted before and after the 1979 revolution, many by armed opposition groups supported by Iraq.

“We went through eight years of the imposed war with 188,000 martyrs,” said Seyed Salman Sober, a guide employed by Tehran municipality. “But we are displaying the names of the martyred scientists along with the martyrs of the revolution and the war to show that we still have enemies. The way they killed them in front of their houses on their way to work shows that they were not safe – even in their own country.”

Fateme, like millions of her compatriots, is hoping to see a nuclear agreement emerge from the Vienna talks, despite the legacy of deep mistrust of the US. But she has begun to worry that it may not happen after this week’s warning by Barack Obama not to try to change the framework agreement reached in Lausanne in April. “Really we are suffering,” she said. Her husband lost his job in a cotton factory as the rial plummeted against the dollar two years ago. …”

link to theguardian.com

July 2, 2015, 12:38 pm

@ Palikari “By the way, to break a blockade is illegal under international law.”

Cite the law

“You could have just sailed to Ashdod and all supplies would have been transferred to Gaza via Kerem Shalom crossing”

You’re missing the point or brain cells..

“If you were truly concerned about human rights, you would not be sailing in support of a terrorist regime which summarily executes citizens and uses children as human shields”

They weren’t sailing in support of Israel.

July 2, 2015, 12:35 pm

It’s rope-a-dope, Every time Netanyahu overreacts, he further discredits himself.

July 2, 2015, 12:29 pm

Thank you, Ryvka. You make an excellent case for BDS and more.

“Last summer, I marched in the streets of London along with tens of thousands of others in a collective expression of grief and anger as Israeli bombs rained on Gaza from air and sea. Each morning I woke up devastated to hear the updated death counts: hundreds and then thousands of Palestinians killed in their homes, streets, hospitals and schools. No time to flee and nowhere safe to go. Our outrage was focused at the callous Israeli regime, but also at the UK government for its failure to condemn the bombings.” – See more at: link to mondoweiss.net

As you know, the UK government was not alone in “its failure to condemn the bombings”, Ryvka. The US and many other countries were voicing support for Israel’s assault and massacre, shouting the “right” to self- defense~ but only for Israel! So yes, the action has to be from the grassroots~ AGAIN. We have to force the change in the murderous status quo of Israeli apartheid, Occupation, intermittent massacres, and terror. These terrible things and concomitant Israeli impunity would not exist without the support of Western governments.

July 2, 2015, 12:27 pm

It’s too damn little and it’s too damn late. Go BDS!

July 2, 2015, 12:22 pm

I’m so tired of entertainment folks allowing themselves to be pimped so easily. She’s worth I think 3 billion dollars so isn’t hurting for chump change. I thought she had more integrity than that and certainly would check anything thoroughly before appearing to endorse products.

July 2, 2015, 12:22 pm

The only thing this post proves is that Jewish Apartheid has a lot more supporters in America than white Apartheid ever had at the elite levels.

Will it be enough to stave off BDS?

July 2, 2015, 12:09 pm

Israel can never win when it employs hatred and violence to solve its problems.

David Doppler
July 2, 2015, 12:08 pm

It’s an interesting mis-match between Obama and Netanyahu. For years, I thought of Obama as a Judo Master, only willing to touch an opponent in defensive mode, using an attacker’s momentum to throw him for a fall. Recently, however, the most powerful man in the world is jabbing, jabbing, little punches, each designed to say, “did that sting? watch out, I’ll throw another one soon that is 2% harder.”

Meanwhile, for Netanyahu, every single disagreement or personal slight is the Nazi brownshirts taking over again, cause for soaring rhetoric invoking the Torah and the Holocaust, with him in the role of David, the existence of the state of Israel and the Jewish people hanging by a single thread in existential balance. The Judo Master turned jabber vs the 800 pound drama queen.

What galls me is the impudence with which Netanyahu and his supporters disregard any and all effort at balance, external truth, universal values, and the impunity with which their dishonesty is treated by our media and major social institutions generally. Chutzpah isn’t a virtue, in the end. Pretending that it is, while innocent children are oppressed, is soul-destroying.

Enough, already! Squash Netanyahu politically like the giant ugly bug he is. Let’s move on to realistic solutions.

July 2, 2015, 12:07 pm

O/T, great news via Glenn Greenwald:

Steven Salaita
I’m thrilled to announce that I will serve as the Edward W. Said Chair of American Studies at #AUB for the 2015-16 academic year.

“AUB” is American University of Beirut.

Let me join my congratulations to Steven with Glenn Greenwald’s.

July 2, 2015, 12:06 pm

So many honorable human beings on the flotilla..!! Doing something courageous for others…and placing themselves in danger, because doing nothing, is unconscionable …

They are AWESOME, and I am humbled.

July 2, 2015, 12:00 pm

Leviev is also a major contributor to the Chabad Lubavitch which, following the Gaza massacre of 2014, distributed pamphlets to the people of Gaza explaining that “those who don’t keep the seven Noahide Laws have no right to exist in this world.”

Along with a lot of other Judeo-supremacist language, the pamphlet threatened all of the people of Gaza with death unless they expel Hamas.

This group should not be dismissed or downplayed as it so often is. It has a number of other multi-billionaire patrons and demonstrates serious leverage with Western politicians. The beliefs and behaviors of the Chabad stand in stark contrast to the polished, secular images of its mega-wealthy backers.

July 2, 2015, 12:00 pm

Ramadan mubarak, Karam Saleem.

It’s painful yet very important to see this photo essay, and I am grateful that you shared it with us. The obvious contrast and dissonance between the armed IOF and the Occupied pilgrims is made evident by your photos.

Thank goodness for ISM, PMRS, the Palestinian Red Crescent Society, other activists and humanitarians, and you.

The Occupation & ongoing Nakba is an indelible stain on the human race and a crime against humanity.

July 2, 2015, 11:59 am

– “Zionism started once by idealistic Communists and Atheists as a liberation movement. ”

Please tell me what was so ‘idealistic’ about an ideology that, from the beginning, has had at its core the ethnic cleansing of a native population??

July 2, 2015, 11:49 am

American brown nosers at work. Cruz is shameless, and he knows he needs the blessing of the zionists to further his political ambitions. They all are.

July 2, 2015, 11:47 am

The beebs must be using the same language for his talking points.

July 2, 2015, 11:46 am

I think they do not give a damn about us. They simply want to sponge off us, and use us for their own devious reasons. We will be able to see their true colors if we stand up to them and refuse to be used like a host for parasites. Then it will turn UGLY. We are simply the means to keep their occupation going, illegal settlements, crimes against humanity, more weapons and ammunition, and use our nation to develop their businesses. Really, with so many billionaires and millionaires who are devoted zionists, they do not need our aid anymore, still they go on stretching out their greedy hands for more, and form lobbies here to do their dirty work.

July 2, 2015, 11:42 am

Israel and the United States “are family,” we share values and freedom

Oren keeps saying much the same thing in his new book.

July 2, 2015, 11:41 am

The Americans are a bunch of suckers who keep believing our BS.

Oren’s new book confirms repeatedly that the worst thing to be in the eyes of Israelis is a Freier (sucker). So they really must despise us.

July 2, 2015, 11:39 am

+1, Shmuel!

“The Orwellian logic of Israel’s blockade of Gaza

It goes like this: There is no such blockade, and if you violate it, you will be arrested.

The first rule of the Gaza blockade is – you do not speak about the Gaza blockade.

The second rule of the Gaza blockade is – you do not speak about the Gaza blockade.

The third rule of the Gaza blockade is – you do not violate the Gaza blockade.

Earlier this week, Israeli soldiers intercepted a flotilla that tried to break Israel’s eight-year blockade of the Gaza Strip, taking over the Swedish ship Marianne and causing two other boats to reverse course. The operation was quick and no one was injured. The ship was redirected to the Port of Ashdod, and the activists on it were arrested for violating the maritime blockade keeping ships from entering or leaving Gaza.

A day before they were arrested, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent a public letter to the activists onboard the Marianne: “Welcome to Israel! It appears you have made a wrong turn. Perhaps you wished to sail somewhere not too far from here: Syria, where the Assad regime is massacring its people on a daily basis, with the support of the Iranian regime.”

“There is no blockade of Gaza,” the letter continues, before detailing all the merchandise that Israel allows to enter the Gaza Strip.

After the Israel Navy took over the Marianne, Netanyahu reiterated his point in a statement that claimed, once again, that there is no blockade of Gaza – but that Israel’s maritime blockade (or “preventing entry by the sea,” as he put it) is in accordance with international law. …”

link to haaretz.com

July 2, 2015, 11:35 am

from the book of Matthew:

24“Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25“And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock.

26“Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27“The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.”

July 2, 2015, 11:28 am

Bibicus Rex and his coterie of hypocrite donkey-fellators who wouldn’t be caught dead wearing shit-eating grins while standing next to some other supremacist and colonialist leader.

July 2, 2015, 11:28 am

Pitiful, really.

We’re not “family”! Although to witness the actions of most of the 535 members of Congress, some Americans may indeed feel that enforced sense of family~ the ‘married to the mob’ variety! After all, it’s requisite for aspiring and sitting Congresspeople to pay homage and pledge fealty to Israel and Netanyahu.

“WATCH: Cruz rips Obama on Cuba; calls new embassy a ‘slap in the face to Israel’

..Texas Sen. Ted Cruz calls it a “slap in the face of a close ally” that the U.S. would place an embassy in Havana before putting one in Jerusalem. The U.S. Embassy for Israel is in Tel Aviv because of sensitivities in the Middle East about moving it to Jerusalem. Cruz is the son of a Cuban immigrant father.”

link to haaretz.com


“WATCH: New ad urges Schumer ‘to stand firm’ against Iran for Israel’s sake

…Titled “Anytime, Anywhere,” the video will air this week on New York City cable news programs and appear on social media platforms in a “targeted, six-figure digital buy,” the group said in a press release sent out Tuesday. Board members of the groups are William Kristol, the editor of the Weekly Standard, and Gary Bauer, a former Republican presidential candidate. Conservative columnist Noah Pollak is the group’s executive director.”

link to haaretz.com

July 2, 2015, 11:27 am

““It’s our celebration too.” Israel and the United States “are family,” we share values and freedom and have a common enemy: the terrorist state of Iran”.

Translation: Remember we control American and you know it. Our values and freedom are only for ourselves. No freedom for those we occupy, and those who we steal lands from, and if we say Iran is the enemy, you guys in America must accept it without question, and bomb them for us.
Also you are not supposed to mention that we terrorize our neighbors, and qualify for that title of “terrorists”. Americans are also not supposed to realize that the last time Iran attacked it’s neighbors was over 200 years ago (while we celebrate one year of our massacre in Gaza this summer). The Americans are a bunch of suckers who keep believing our BS.

Annie Robbins
July 2, 2015, 11:21 am

lol, i know there’s some natural progression in all these photo ops. it reads like a train of thought., a funny one. speaking of “Israel and the United States “are family,” we share values and freedom and have a common enemy: the terrorist state of Iran” , i was watching a video with netanyahu and the FM of italy the other day. it was a formal ‘welcoming’ type event each behind a podium. after a little meet and greet he says (paraphrasing) israel and italy are friends and we’re alike and recognize the greatest threat to mankind, the terrorist state of iran.’

maybe he squeezes ‘the terrorist state of iran’ into every single speech he gives. someday, they should place the quote on his gravestone.

July 2, 2015, 11:19 am

It is unfortunate that so many Americans are unaware about the background of the products they wear/use, or maybe they do not care. Oprah who has been an advocate for many charitable and good causes, cannot ignore the fact that the expensive stones she wears has an ugly and sad story behind it, and that helpless human beings suffer because of their expensive tastes.
What Israel has done, and will keep doing, has made me turn away from, and avoid buying, products made in Israel.

July 2, 2015, 11:17 am

+1 , Just
+1 annie
+1 Mooser

Triple ditto !!

July 2, 2015, 11:15 am

You seem to support the notion that to hate Israel is to hate America.

July 2, 2015, 11:10 am

A super article by Stuart Littlewood includes this important information:

“Legal or not?

Israel’s naval blockade is illegal and so was Israel’s interception of the Mavi Marmara and other Gaza-bound vessels in international waters in May 2010. So said the United Nations fact-finding mission set up by the Human Rights Council.

The Mission’s team, chaired by Karl T. Hudson-Phillips, QC, a retired Judge of the International Criminal Court, reported they were “satisfied that the blockade was inflicting disproportionate damage upon the civilian population in the Gaza Strip and that as such the interception could not be justified and therefore has to be considered illegal…

“The Mission considers that one of the principal motives behind the imposition of the blockade was a desire to punish the people of the Gaza Strip for having elected Hamas. The combination of this motive and the effect of the restrictions on the Gaza Strip leave no doubt that Israel’s actions and policies amount to collective punishment as defined by international law… No case can be made for the legality of the interception and the Mission therefore finds that the interception was illegal.”

That wasn’t all. The naval blockade was implemented in support of the overall closure regime. “As such it was part of a single disproportionate measure of armed conflict and as such cannot itself be found proportionate. Furthermore, the closure regime is considered by the Mission to constitute collective punishment of the people living in the Gaza Strip and thus to be illegal and contrary to Article 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention.”

Intercepting the Mavi Marmara on the high seas was “clearly unlawful” and could not be justified even under Article 51 of the Charter of the United Nations [the right of self-defence].

The Centre for Constitutional Rights also concluded that the Israeli blockade was illegal under international law. “Due both to the legal nature of Israel’s relationship to Gaza – that of occupier – and the impact of the blockade on the civilian population, amounting to ‘collective punishment’, the blockade cannot be reconciled with the principles of international law, including international humanitarian law. It is recalled that the international community, speaking through both the United Nations and individual States, has repeatedly and emphatically called for an end to the blockade of the Gaza Strip.

“The flotilla did not seek to travel to Israel, let alone ‘attack’ Israel. Furthermore, the flotilla did not constitute an act which required an ‘urgent’ response, such that Israel had to launch a middle-of-the-night armed boarding… Israel could also have diplomatically engaged Turkey, arranged for a third party to verify there were no weapons onboard and then peacefully guided the vessel to Gaza.”…

…Craig Murray was Head of the Maritime Section of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office …“Israel has declared a blockade on Gaza and justified previous fatal attacks on neutral civilian vessels on the High Seas in terms of enforcing that embargo, under the legal cover given by the San Remo Manual of International Law Applicable to Armed Conflicts at Sea. There are however fundamental flaws in this line of argument. It falls completely on one fact alone. San Remo only applies to blockade in times of armed conflict. Israel is not currently engaged in an armed conflict, and presumably does not wish to be. San Remo does not confer any right to impose a permanent blockade outwith times of armed conflict, and in fact specifically excludes as illegal a general blockade on an entire population.”

Sporadic attacks from Gaza did not come close to reaching the bar of armed conflict that would trigger the right to impose a naval blockade, he said. When the UK suffered continued terrorist attack from the IRA (Irish Republican Army), sustaining many more deaths than anything Israel has suffered in recent years from Gaza, it would have been ridiculous to argue that the UK had a right to mount a general naval blockade of the Republic of Ireland.

The EU Commission declared that “all those wishing to deliver goods to Gaza should do so through established channels”. The “established channel” for delivering goods to Gaza is of course the time-honoured route by sea, which is protected by maritime and international law. Flotilla organizers have offered their cargoes for inspection and verification by a trusted third party to allay Israel’s fears about weapon supplies. They should not have to deal direct with the belligerent regime that’s cruelly turning the screws on civilians with an illegal blockade. Anyone suggesting they must hand over their cargo to the aggressor seeks to legitimize the blockade, which we all know to be illegal and a crime against humanity.

Quite simply, an attack on civilian ships carrying humanitarian assistance to Gaza cannot be justified by the existence of a blockade that violates international law. So Israel doesn’t have a leg to stand on. Nor does the cowardly British Government. Nor do the 80 percent of Conservative MPs and MEPs who, for whatever dark reasons, love and adore the abhorrent Israeli regime and the war criminals who run it. Therefore “all good men and true” should rally to support those brave humanitarian voyagers and ensure their governments back their play in future.”

I heartily recommend the entire article here @ link to intifada-palestine.com

Ban Ki- moon needs to exit.

July 2, 2015, 11:00 am

siege, noun: “a military operation in which enemy forces surround a town or building, cutting off essential supplies, with the aim of compelling the surrender of those inside.”

Vera Gottlieb
July 2, 2015, 10:51 am

How about treating the israelis this way. Give them a taste of their own medicine. I used to feel shame, now I feel nothing but contempt.

Vera Gottlieb
July 2, 2015, 10:48 am

The word petulant comes to mind.

July 2, 2015, 10:42 am

The usual suspects:

“Influential Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) has being doing a delicate balancing act when it comes to the nuclear talks with Iran — giving President Barack Obama room to negotiate but also joining Republicans in pushing for a Congressional “backstop.”

With the talks now extended at least a week, a right-wing political advocacy group is trying to tip the balance. On Tuesday, the Emergency Committee for Israel released a 30-second video ad calling on New Yorkers to demand Schumer “stand firm” when it comes to the Iran deal — especially on the hotly contested issue of nuclear inspections.

Titled “Anytime, Anywhere,” the video will air this week on New York City cable news programs and appear on social media platforms in a “targeted, six-figure digital buy,” the group said in a press release sent out Tuesday. Board members of the groups are William Kristol, the editor of the Weekly Standard, and Gary Bauer, a former Republican presidential candidate. Conservative columnist Noah Pollak is the group’s executive director.

The video features clips of Schumer saying publicly, “You must have inspections unannounced, anywhere,” and “[Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatolla Ali] Khamenei said on the military sites there will be no inspections, and we can do whatever we want. Unacceptable!” (In the first clip, the Jewish senator is wearing a kippah and standing in front of an “Agudath Israel of America” banner.)…”

video and more @ link to haaretz.com

“Anytime, Anywhere”~ really???

Sounds like this:

““Whichever way we want it, whenever we want.”

This phrase, the motto of Sayeret Golani which existed before the occupation, encapsulates Israeli domination of everyday Palestinian life, especially in the Gaza Strip. Obscured by the common terminology of “conflict,” Israel’s restrictions and control – by means of siege, severe limits on freedom of movement, and regular bombing campaigns – are reflected crystal clear by this statement.”

– See more at: link to mondoweiss.net

Never mind that Iran is a sovereign nation and that Israel has never signed the NPT, been inspected, etc. ad nauseam.

Vera Gottlieb
July 2, 2015, 10:42 am

If the ship was in international waters when it was intercepted, then israel is committing piracy.

a blah chick
July 2, 2015, 10:38 am

|| If you were truly concerned about human rights, you would not be sailing in support of a terrorist regime which summarily executes citizens and uses children as human shields. ||

Don’t worry – they weren’t sailing in support of Israel.


a blah chick
July 2, 2015, 10:34 am

“…the communications director at OWN, Chelsea Hettrick, told an Adalah-NY representative that Winfrey was reviewing the letter, and that her team would respond soon. They didn’t. Hettrick has since failed to reply to further calls and emails from Adalah-NY.”

If Winfrey thinks she got into hot water pissing off the beef industry just let her be perceived as supporting BDS. OMG Stand With Us and AIPAC will marshal all their forces to take her down a peg. And if you think that there aren’t plenty of people around who resent a mega rich, influential black woman then I’ve got some swamp land outside Detroit to sell ya.

Anyway I suspect that Winfrey and her people will try to ignore the letter, hoping it will go away. I hope it doesn’t and she is forced to “come out” and take a stand, one way or the other, on one of the biggest human rights issue of the day. It’s not like her paycheck depends upon it.

July 2, 2015, 10:31 am


Ayn Rand on the Palestinians:

She was an atheist. But atheism doesn’t operate in a vacuum despite the New Atheist self-assurances; the transcendence of Rand was cultish and her ideology is an open sore. Like all reactionaries she shared more with her presumed Communist enemies than she realised and as you indicated. She was perhaps the most amoral “intellectual” in modern human history.

July 2, 2015, 10:26 am

Oren, in his new book, writes very favorably of Dermer. His book is full of compliments for an awful lot of people. Often embarrassingly sycophantic, like for Netanyahu and Peres.

July 2, 2015, 10:23 am

And Israel is a mad dog with hundreds of nuclear weapons.

July 2, 2015, 10:18 am

O Oprah~ your image and all you’ve worked for is going kaput.

Those dangling diamonds represent the blood and terror and slavery and theft of millions.

I appreciate the tone of Adalah’s letter:

“Because we greatly appreciate your commitment to racial, social and economic justice in the United States and worldwide, we are writing to alert you to an instance where your inadvertent actions threaten to undermine those principles. On the cover of the May issue of O, The Oprah Magazine you were featured wearing earrings from Leviev. We’re confident that you were not aware…

Now that you are aware of this information, we urge you to take steps to ensure that your peers and the public are not left with the understanding that you have endorsed and lent your credibility to Leviev’s companies.”

She is now aware. The lack of a forthcoming and full- throated denouncement of Leviev will not be “inadvertent”.

I have to say that I am more than a little surprised (skeptical) that Oprah was completely ignorant of Leviev’s terrible human rights record, etc. …

Thank you very much for this meticulously referenced and well- written article and call to action, Annie.

P.S. Adalah- NY’s graphic of ‘O’ is stunning!

July 2, 2015, 10:06 am

Just take a moment and look up Administrative Detention.

July 2, 2015, 10:04 am

You know the whole situation is messed up when not even complying (freezing =/= dismantling) with international law is seen as a moral high ground.

What exactly do Palestinians have left to compromise on?

What is there left at this point, other than for Abbas to don a Kippa and sing Hatikva in the street to please Israel?

July 2, 2015, 9:59 am

|| catalan: Many Jews are ashamed of their heritage. One never hears of Norwegians rejecting the Norwegian label and seeking to be just another human being. ||

Norwegian is a nationality. Israeli is a nationality. Jewish is not a nationality. One should not anti-Semitically conflate Israel with all Jews and all Jews with Israel.

July 2, 2015, 9:58 am

“There is a BLOCKADE.”
“There is no siege on the Gaza Strip.”

Try again.

July 2, 2015, 9:48 am

One good result of the Haggada is that decent kids get to question and hate religion at a relatively early age. Another, unclear if good or bad, is the alienation from fanatical grandparents.

July 2, 2015, 9:47 am

There is a BLOCKADE.

Funny, Netanyahu said there wasn’t.

July 2, 2015, 9:45 am

Just curious…
What number is that comment on your hasbara cheat sheet?

July 2, 2015, 9:42 am

Palikari: There is a BLOCKADE. How can you expect to be able to get in freely when there is a blockade? By the way, to break a blockade is illegal under international law. … ||

1. A Zio-supremacist appeals to international law. That is comedy gold! :-)

2. The doors and windows of the rapist’s house are securely locked. How can you expect to be able to get in freely to liberate the victims chained in his basement? By the way, break-and-enter is illegal!

|| … There is no siege on the Gaza Strip. You could have just sailed to Ashdod and all supplies would have been transferred to Gaza via Kerem Shalom crossing. ||

The victims are not being held against their will. Just hand the food and medical supplies over to the rapist and he will make sure everything gets transferred to them.

|| If you were truly concerned about human rights, you would not be sailing in support of a terrorist regime which summarily executes citizens and uses children as human shields. ||

Don’t worry – they weren’t sailing in support of Israel.

July 2, 2015, 9:41 am


there is nothing imaginary about mental dysfunction even if the ‘real’ causes cannot be clearly identified. There are patterns which apply to trauma and which can be identified as being at work.

I don’t think anyone was saying or suggesting this was a literal trauma suffered by each individual but an inheritance of trauma, real and imagined, handed on through religion and culture.

July 2, 2015, 9:31 am

Thank you, Leon Wieseltier, this is the most cogent analysis of Binyamin Netanyahu that I have ever read!

“……..that he (Netanyahu) will never preside over the establishment of a Palestinian state, which in my view is the very condition of the survival of a Jewish state; that he has no interest in the moral dimensions of Israel’s coexistence with Arabs and Palestinians (the Other, indeed!) and will poison Israel’s relations with its citizens and its neighbors if it suits his political purposes; that he prefers military solutions to diplomatic solutions and is utterly lacking in diplomatic imagination; that he regards Israel’s isolation not as a strategic threat but as a moral victory, as a proof of its righteousness; that he has promoted fear from an empirical response to actual dangers into a philosophy of history, and thereby diminished his country’s sense of historical possibility; that he will pander to the darkest forces of Israeli reaction, secular and religious, to advance himself.”

Under Netanyahu, Zionism has become a failed experiment.

July 2, 2015, 9:26 am

“By the way, to break a blockade is illegal under international law.”

That’s a hoot! You and your PM use words like ‘illegal’ and ‘international law’ and cite the otherwise despised by Israel ‘UN support’ when it suits you. Never mind that you and your country commit illegal acts that contravene international law and UN resolutions on a daily basis!

The blockade and siege of Gaza is real. It is designed to produce maximum suffering and privation and misery among the captive population. As for your parting paragraph that is one giant lie, you plagiarised that from Netanyahu, Lapid and Ya’alon.

You obviously have NO concern about human rights.

Why would these, or any, humanitarians want to sail to Ashdod???

July 2, 2015, 9:14 am

+1, Mooser & Annie!

(I’m not ashamed to admit that I couldn’t bring myself to listen)

July 2, 2015, 9:07 am

“But today I’m really glad I’m just another human being with no stupid labels – ”
Many Jews are ashamed of their heritage. One never hears of Norwegians rejecting the Norwegian label and seeking to be just another human being. Incidentally, this notion of “universalism” is seen much more among Jews than anyone else. I imagine other aliens in society may feel that way though.
The people that run the show are all too happy to have their label. It’s the outcasts that reject labels.

July 2, 2015, 9:06 am

There is a BLOCKADE. How can you expect to be able to get in freely when there is a blockade? By the way, to break a blockade is illegal under international law.

You just wanted to make a show (yet again). There is no siege on the Gaza Strip. You could have just sailed to Ashdod and all supplies would have been transferred to Gaza via Kerem Shalom crossing.

If you were truly concerned about human rights, you would not be sailing in support of a terrorist regime which summarily executes citizens and uses children as human shields.

July 2, 2015, 9:05 am

Ms Abarbanel,

It might be relevant to stipulate not only that you are explaining without condoning, which is obvious, but also something that may facilitate talking to literal/somatic-minded people (like me for example) that when you say trauma you don’t mean trauma in the emergency medicine or traumatologist’s sense. You are talking about some imaginary condition, including the fact of having been impressed by some fairy tale –not necessarily having been oneself personally shot at or salvaged from the rubble. That might avoid this kind of misunderstandings.

July 2, 2015, 9:03 am

Changes in business climate, company strategy, etc. are reasons to divest, or not invest or reinvest. Those reasons don’t violate the law.
If someone walked into my office and asked me to buy stock in a company linked to a repressive regime, I’d decline.
If one of the Zio-kids here on MW came by, they wouldn’t get past reception downstairs…just because I don’t like them.

July 2, 2015, 8:55 am

Dear Avigail Abarbanel

Thanks for all of your incredible and very generous comments. I couldn’t agree more with everything you say. What you describe, especially in your replies to Yonah, mirrors my own personal experience with Judaism/Zionism which I thankfully am no longer any part of. I was born a Jew and I was raised into what I can only describe as a cult; first Judaism and then Zionism.

But today I’m really glad I’m just another human being with no stupid labels

Most of my family in israel and here in the UK are damaged and traumatized people who behave exactly in the way that you describe within a narrow, paranoid tribal belief system with zero universalist principles. It’s scary. Especially the way that the trauma is repackaged and passed down through into the younger generations. Incidentally I find the younger members to be more screwed up than the older ones (in my family anyway)

Your analysis, in my opinion, is completely spot on. Thank you for all your insight

Also many thanks for all of the other amazing comments on this terrific thread.

July 2, 2015, 8:54 am

It is to praise and admire this work of activists who struggle for freedom and rights in Palestine Good Bless to all

July 2, 2015, 8:51 am


I’m close to speechless.

A ‘mad dog’ is sufficiently dangerous that members of disparate communities routinely join forces to destroy it.

“Because all specific Israeli deterrence policies must be premised on the presumed rationality or irrationality of nuclear enemies, ascertaining precise enemy preferences should become the very first phase of strategic planning. ”

link to jpost.com

Israel isn’t rational. Mad dogs never are.

July 2, 2015, 8:51 am

I wanted to thank you for the profound ending of your piece:

“It’s a social-political process that is constantly fed, reproduced, and kept in place. As part of this process, enmity and conflict are perceived by most citizens as simply ‘out there,’ threatening them independently of Israel’s policies and deeds. When these limited capacity rockets came down on Israel last summer, people said, “they’re threatening us, they’re trying to destroy Israel.” It was almost laughable. We are living in a box that people can’t see out of — for fear. That’s the challenge and the key to this work: trying to give people a glimpse of what lies beyond their unquestioned belief that there’s no other choice, that the alternative is annihilation. Trying to convey the understanding that militarization serves something and someone which has little or even nothing to do with “our” security and existence.”

Well, more and more folks are working to end this miserable state of affairs.

It will be up to the individual and the group to find some way to heal themselves, and break loose from their fears. I think that will take Herculean effort and a genuine willingness.

The best of luck to both of you!

July 2, 2015, 8:36 am

I admire rational, commited activists everywhere. Their foundation of equality and freedom, is made of stone.
On the other hand, Israel is only commited. Their foundation of theft and paranoia, is made of sand.

July 2, 2015, 8:34 am

You’re a very brave lady, Rela, and the kind of human that Israel needs many more of.

I was on the outside looking in last summer, and what I saw and heard was horrifying to me as a human being. What I heard emanating from Israel was a complete and total lack of empathy and care for any innocent that was in Gaza coupled with incessant and frenzied urging from the representatives of the state and their allies that “Israel has the right to defend itself” while wreaking hellish devastation on the Palestinians. It was crystal clear that Israel was engaged in an offensive war that they had deliberately provoked and incited for! Sadly and horribly, 95% of the population supported the terrible slaughter. As we saw, some even picnicked to it, cheering the bombs as they fell on the trapped people of Gaza.

It wasn’t self- defense.

I really appreciate your efforts, and appreciate the difficult and frustrating position that the brave folks who support the demilitarization of Israel are in.

The only bright spot that I see is that millions all over the world witnessed last summer, and real information flew fast and furious. So, you’re not so alone anymore.

Anyway, many thanks for this interview.

July 2, 2015, 8:28 am

On a somewhat related note, here’s the rankings on a 2013 poll asking questions ranking re which country has the best over all reputation in the world: link to forbes.com

July 2, 2015, 8:22 am

I read recently that the UK is the academic region producing the most world leaders. At any rate, it’s not the USA apparently.

July 2, 2015, 8:08 am

But not just fear, everything. Anything we pretend is not there or cast into the shadow, will come back to bite us and those around us… –

I agree Avigail but I would suggest that when we pretend something is not there our motivation to do so is fear. Why would we repress anything we do not fear?

July 2, 2015, 7:56 am

|| Mayhem: BDS advocates are not going to be satisfied with anything short of Israel’s capitulation to its raison d’etre of being a Jewish state. ||

If, in addition to undoing Israel’s decades-long campaign of (war) crimes and flouting of international laws, the pursuit of justice, accountability and equality undoes Jewish supremacism in/and a supremacist “Jewish State”, that’s a good thing. No group of people is entitled to a supremacist state, and no state has a right to exist as a supremacist state.

July 2, 2015, 7:52 am

There’s already a new reality tv show being made in Cuba; it’s the old car thing, not a bad thing–much worse will follow.

July 2, 2015, 7:44 am

Back in November of 2012 the NYT had a mild OP-Ed about the permanent militarization of the USA. I bet Bernie Sanders could add lots more meat to it; of course Ron Paul has long done so.

July 2, 2015, 7:39 am

I also put plus for Mooser’s comments. :)

July 2, 2015, 7:33 am

|| michelle: … what you say is true
are you planning on starting a BDS on behalf of the Native Americans
is there a web site
what is your group calling itself … ||

Good questions!

July 2, 2015, 7:31 am

Everything she says about the militarization of Israeli society and economy is also applicable to USA, except there’s no conscription. 9/11, of course, provided “the new Pearl Harbor” aka “the new Reichstag fire.” As the former POTUS gate keeper and IDF support service man Rahm Immanuel told us, “Never lose the opportunity to take advantage of an opportunity.”

July 2, 2015, 7:31 am

|| gosmoboleet @ July 1, 2015, 9:27 am ||

Yet another Zio-supremacist defends Israel using the “as long as murderers exist, it’s OK to be a serial rapist” argument.

July 2, 2015, 7:25 am

Avigail, it is clear to most, I am sure that you are explaining and not excusing, but also important to clarify that distinction.

I find on contentious issues that conflating the two is common. No doubt this happens more often when emotional responses are involved and many people do feel strongly emotional in regard to issues of injustice and particularly to gross injustice.

July 2, 2015, 7:22 am


Zionism is an offshoot of Judaism and therefore inherited both the sense of being exceptional, other, superior, different etc., and the sense of being threatened by all non-Jews and the belief in trauma and victimhood, entrenched in the religion for millennia.

Zionism may be a secular offshoot of Judaism, but it was sourced in the belief that Jews were a group, people, nation, pick a word, which should be together, i.e. colonists in Palestine in essence.

So, while Zionists were not traumatised by the experiences with the Nazis, they had inherited the psychological trauma dysfunction of Judaism, passed down culturally even if not religiously and, given what recent research is showing, cellularly.

However, while Jews were beginning to boycott Nazi Germany, the Zionists were more than happy to work with the Nazis to further their plans for Palestine.

Jewish belief as I understand it, and please correct me anyone who thinks I am wrong, has taught that the true ‘place’ for all Jews was Palestine (or any of the religious names attributed to Palestine, like Judea etc.,) although given the opposition of orthodox Jews to the creation of a literal State of Israel, one presumes this was only ever meant as metaphor.

Non-practising Jews as Zionists, literalised Judaism and worked for a Jewish State, one presumes, to display to others, the exceptionality of followers of Judaism.

There were other potential sites for this ‘State,’ including Australia and South America, but the Zionists were pretty much fixed on Palestine. My understanding is that the Zionists talked to the Nazis about their plans for Palestine and received a ‘warm’ reception because the Nazis were keen to get rid of as many Jews as possible.

Quote: The Haavara Agreement – see transcript of Circular 54/1933 of the Reich Ministry of Finance, August 28, 1933 below – was an official contract between the Third Reich authority and Zionist Authority benefiting the interests of both parties. Haavara was intended to promote both the emigration of German Jews and the export of German products to Palestine.

In 1935 the steamer “Tel Aviv” made its maiden voyage from Nazi Germany to Haifa with Hebrew letters on its bow and a Nazi flag fluttering from its mast. The Captain of the Zionist-owned ship was a member of the Nazi Party. A passenger described the spectacle as a “metaphysical absurdity.”

As a result of the Agreement, German exports arrived in Palestine at bargain prices with the help of Jewish capital and Jewish commerical assistance. It boosted the Nazi economy at a time when Jews worldwide were boycotting German goods. Goods worth a total of 139.5 million Reichsmark were transferred by 1939. The Agreement also made it possible to settle a large number of German Jews in Palestine. The outbreak of war in September 1939 ended the transfer practice.

link to unacuba.org

Avigail Abarbanel
July 2, 2015, 7:15 am

Hi Talknic, maybe you think I’m giving them an excuse, which of course I do not! An explanation is not an excuse.

The behaviour of these organisations and their decisions are rooted in the psychology of trauma. Anyone who can think so callously about others, as these organisations thought and think about the indigenous people of Palestine acts according to the belief system and principles that are rooted in trauma, or otherwise in psychopathy. In both cases there is no empathy or concern about the effect that the actions have on the other.

In individuals and groups trauma compromises and interferes with the capacity for empathy and empathy is what mitigates what we might want to do to others when we feel under threat or when we’re angry…
Like I said, no excuses and please don’t read my words that way.

a blah chick
July 2, 2015, 7:03 am

So, let me get this straight: Israel wants the activists to sign documents stating that they were trying to enter Israel illegally so that means Gaza is a part of Israel but Israel does not recognize it as a part of Israel and there is no siege in Gaza but they stopped the ships because there is a siege….

It seems to me that a halfway decent journalism student could shatter these rationales in a 5 minute interview, why can’t our overpaid lug heads in the media do it?

July 2, 2015, 6:17 am

Balanced of course by Palo-supremacists who have absolutely no interest in peace until their version of j-a-&-e is satisfied, let Palestinian and Israeli blood flow where it may.

July 2, 2015, 6:12 am

The author protests the “scripting” of her appeals yet scripts herself into a telling contradiction. The “open season” on Palestinians and leftists (“murderous,” “ruthless”), she writes, coincided with “a local protest, initiated by two neighboring towns [one Palestinian-Israeli and one Jewish-Israeli]. Together, we protested against both Israel’s military violence against Palestinians under occupation and Jewish Israeli civilian violence against Palestinian citizens of Israel.” The contradiction is easily resolved: the “open season” remark is wildly and tendentiously overstated. As for the rest, the incredible notion that the violence emanating from Gaza cannot be checked until it crosses an undefined damage threshold. Etc., but my lunch break is over.

July 2, 2015, 6:07 am

More Alice In Wondeland hasbara logic from the aptly named “Mayhem”.

July 2, 2015, 6:02 am

” If Israel were to adhere to the law it would hold at least a modicum of high moral ground. -”

Not that, but at least closer to the top of the moral pit it is in.