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JLewisDickerson
August 3, 2015, 3:07 pm

P.S. ALSO SEE: “Israel’s Defense Chief OK’s Hundreds of Israeli Deaths”, By Ira Chernus, CommonDreams.org, 11/11/11

[EXCERPTS] “If we take out the Iranian nuke facilities, sure, they’ll strike back at us,” Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said yesterday. “But if every American stays in their home when the Iranian rockets start falling, well, it will be uncomfortable. It won’t be a picnic. But we won’t have 220,000 Americans killed. Not even 22,000. So let’s stop the fear-mongering. We’ve got vital interests to protect.” . . ,

No, of course Panetta didn’t say that. It would be unimaginable. But Israel’s Defense Minister Ehud Barak did say much the same thing in a radio interview just the other day.

. . . An essential motive of Zionism from its beginning was a fierce desire to end the centuries of Jewish weakness, to show the world that Jews would no longer be pushed around, that they’d fight back and prove themselves tougher than their enemies. There was more to Zionism than that. But the “pride through strength” piece came to dominate the whole project. Hence the massive Israeli military machine with its nuclear arsenal.
But you can’t prove that you’re stronger than your enemies unless you’ve also got enemies — or at least believe you’ve got enemies — to fight against. So there has to be a myth of Israel’s insecurity, fueled by an image of vicious anti-semites lurking somewhere out there, for Zionism to work. Since the 1979 Iranian revolution, Iran has gradually risen to the top of Israel oh-so-necessary enemies list. Iranophobia is rampant in Israel, as one Israeli scholar writes, because “Israel needs an existential threat.”
Anyone who has grown up in Israel, or in the U.S. Jewish community (as I did), and paid attention knows all this. . .

ENTIRE COMMENTARY – link to commondreams.org

Bumblebye
August 3, 2015, 3:05 pm

Tony, if you’re still about, I discovered yesterday that Virgin Media blocks your site from tender eyes (while it doesn’t block many harsher ones) with its “WebSafe” guardian. Bit of a pain! Did you know? Your content doesn”t seem to breach whatever their code is.

JLewisDickerson
August 3, 2015, 3:04 pm

RE: “Some might say that Israel’s stated fears are manipulative, disingenuous, or delusional. But this is the definition of the Israel lobby. American Jews must set aside their own views and stand for Israel when it counts.” ~ Weiss

SEE: “Three Myths of Israel’s Insecurity And Why They Must Be Debunked”, By Ira Chernus, TomDispatch.com, 4/17/2011

[EXCERPTS] Here are the Three Sacred Commandments for Americans who shape the public conversation on Israel:

1. For politicians, especially at the federal level: As soon as you say the word “Israel,” you must also say the word “security” and promise that the United States will always, always, always be committed to Israel’s security. If you occasionally label an action by the Israeli government “unhelpful,” you must immediately reaffirm the eternal U.S. commitment to Israel’s security.

2. For TV talking heads and op-ed pundits: If you criticize any policies or actions of the Israeli government, you must immediately add that Israel does, of course, have very real and serious security needs that have to be addressed.

3. For journalists covering the Israel-Palestine conflict for major American news outlets: You must live in Jewish Jerusalem or in Tel Aviv and take only occasional day trips into the Occupied Territories. So your reporting must inevitably be slanted toward the perspective of the Jews you live among. And you must indicate in every report that Jewish Israeli life is dominated by anxiety about security.

U.S. opinion-shapers have obeyed the Three Commandments scrupulously for decades. As a result, they’ve created an indelible image of Israel as a deeply insecure nation. That image is a major, if often overlooked, factor that has shaped and continues to shape Washington’s policies in the Middle East and especially the longstanding American tilt toward Israel. . .

. . . Ironically, that myth gets plenty of criticism and questioning in the Israeli press from writers like (to cite just some recent examples) Merav Michaeli and Doron Rosenblum in the liberal newspaper Haaretz, and even Alon Ben-Meir in the more conservative Jerusalem Post. In the United States, though, the myth of insecurity is the taken-for-granted lens through which the public views everything about the Israel-Palestine conflict. Like the air we breathe, it’s a view so pervasive that we hardly notice it.

Nor do we notice how reflexively most Americans accept the claim of self-defense as justification for everything Israel does, no matter how outrageous. That reflex goes far to explain why, in the latest Gallup poll matchup (“Do you sympathize more with Israel or the Palestinians?”), Israel won by a nearly 4 to 1 margin. And the pro-Israeli sentiment just keeps growing.

Our politicians, pundits, and correspondents breathe the same air in the same unthinking fashion, and so they hesitate to put much pressure on Israel to change its ways. As it happens, without such pressure, no Israeli government is likely to make the compromises needed for a just and lasting peace in the region. . .

. . . If American attitudes and so policies are ever to change, one necessary (though not in itself sufficient) step is to confront and debunk the myth of Israel’s insecurity.

● Three Myths in One

Israel actually promotes three separate myths of insecurity, although its PR machine weaves them into a single tightly knit fabric. To grasp the reality behind it, the three strands have to be teased apart and examined separately.

Myth Number 1: Israel’s existence is threatened by the ever-present possibility of military attack. In fact, there’s no chance that any of Israel’s neighbors will start a war to wipe out Israel. . .

. . . Myth Number 2: The personal safety of every Jewish Israeli is threatened daily by the possibility of violent attack. In fact, according to Israeli government statistics, since the beginning of 2009 only one Israeli civilian (and two non-Israelis) have been killed by politically motivated attacks inside the green line (Israel’s pre-1967 border). Israelis who live inside that line go about their daily lives virtually free from such worry. . .

. . . Myth Number 3: Israel’s existence is threatened by worldwide efforts to delegitimize the Jewish state. . .

ENTIRE COMMENTARY – link to tomdispatch.com

zaid
August 3, 2015, 3:01 pm

And Netanyahu also mistranslated (actually fabricated) in the congress a story about a tweet of the Ayatollah Khamenei about annihilating israel , but the real tweet is different.

Netanuaho words:

link to youtube.com

Actual tweet:

link to twitter.com

just
August 3, 2015, 2:57 pm

I think you mean Vietnam in the update, Phil.

Bornajoo
August 3, 2015, 2:57 pm

I can’t really add anything else to the great comments already made. Ditto to all!

Many, many thanks Tom Suarez for this superb article and for everything that you do

ritzl
August 3, 2015, 2:57 pm

Yeah, DGF. That’s the problem. The contention is about two things that can “never’ happen. Two existential threats. Yet one of them MUST happen as they are comprehensive and mutually-exclusive descriptors of a binary condition . Therefore BOTH can not NOT happen.

So I go with water as the greater (than politics) existential threat to Israel as the driver. IOW they have to have the water and can deal with the politics later, but they can’t fiddle with the politics if it risks losing the water.

Reasonable people can disagree, of course. :)

Great discussion.

JLewisDickerson
August 3, 2015, 2:54 pm

RE: oh wait, police departments are run by the Israelis too. ~ Marnie
AND RE: “amigo, i think you’re exaggerating.” ~ Annie

MY REPLY: Exaggerating, or perhaps just being polemical.

“Sheriff Ortiz goes to Israel”, by Eva Ruth Moravec, mysanantonio.com, 07/07/11

[EXCERPTS] . . . For one week last month, Bexar County Sheriff Amadeo Ortiz swapped his cowboy hat for a yarmulke as he visited Israel on an organized trip with other law enforcement leaders.
“I’ve always had an interest in Israel,” he said in an interview Tuesday. “It was a great conference.”
Ortiz joined 16 other sheriffs, police chiefs and organization heads, including Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland, on a week-long trip, courtesy of the Jewish Institute for National Security’s Law Enforcement Exchange Program.
The group toured a hospital’s trauma unit, Israeli Arab villages, sites of terrorist attacks, border crossings, police offices and the country’s security fence. Based on the itinerary, most of the sites and speeches focused on terrorism and security.
Ortiz said he was impressed by Israel Defense Force soldiers, who he said are trained as soldiers and as police officers.
“If we ever deploy troops along the Texas border, they should have training in being a soldier and in law enforcement,” he said…
…The junket was Ortiz’s second organized trip to Israel: last year, Bexar County footed the bill to send him to an international conference on homeland security, he said…

SOURCE – link to blog.mysanantonio.com

“Israel trip an eye-opening experience for Jefferson chief”, By Adina Solomon, onlineathens.com, 07/18/11

This summer, Jefferson Police Chief Joe Wirthman went on a two-week trip 6,000 miles away, traveling across Israel with a delegation of state law enforcement officers as part of the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange.
“It was an awesome trip,” he said. “A trip of a lifetime.”
GILEE, which partners with Georgia State University, sends a different group of Georgia officers every summer to work with Israeli law enforcement and border control.
Commerce Police Chief John Gaissert and University of Georgia Police Chief Jimmy Williamson also have gone in past years.

The object of the program is to learn how Israeli police deal with terrorism every day…
…After his trip, Wirthman is trying to think one step ahead with the Jefferson Police Department, preparing for the type of threatening situations Israel faces 24 hours a day, he said.
“Hopefully it’ll never happen, but in this world, ‘never’ isn’t a word,” Wirthman said. “We’re not invincible here.”
He’s also witnessed how people live their daily lives with the constant menace of terrorism, he said.
Wirthman met one man who sends each of his children on a different bus to school. In case one of the buses is bombed, only one of his three children will be harmed.
“I don’t know if I could raise my family under those conditions,” said Wirthman, who has three kids of his own.
And nobody in Israel grumbles about it, he said. Instead, they have a strong national pride many Americans had only after 9/11, he said…”

ENTIRE ARTICLE – link to onlineathens.com

justicewillprevail
August 3, 2015, 2:49 pm

There is something deeply depraved, perverse and numbly inhuman about these people who think it is a sport to smash musical instruments, shoot footballers in the legs, harass writers, academics and set out to humiliate just about anyone who demonstrates an ability to rise above the station these callous, cruel sadists have allotted to them. Years of indoctrination have told them that Palestinians do not exist, they are sub-human, they have no culture and it is the Israeli’s right to treat them like dogs. So when a gentle, inoffensive musician artist or anybody who has achieved something presents themselves to their prison guards the lip-curling contempt is obvious – they are not allowed to be independent, thinking, creative human beings with a real culture. This contradicts everything the guards have absorbed, and to believe otherwise threatens their whole narrow-minded,rigid cult beliefs, so what better response than to smash the evidence in front of them and restore their crackpot worldview and impose their perceived right to abuse ‘inferior’ people. It is despicable, cowardly, bullying behaviour which betrays their inadequacy and inability to see others outside the tribe as equal human beings with something to offer. It makes me ill.

But I take my hat off to people like Tom who persist in the face of this systematic cruelty and vindictiveness, and especially to Palestinians who demonstrate a dignity and ability to rise above this abuse, demonstrating a humanity entirely absent, or bred out of, their guards.

CigarGod
August 3, 2015, 2:46 pm

I had a couple teachers who planted that seed, Michelle. Disciples of Timothy Leary and gang. Some seeds take a long time to germinate and bear fruit.
Yes, books were my doorway…

“If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro’ narrow chinks of his cavern.”

― William Blake

just
August 3, 2015, 2:44 pm

I’ve been following all of the news I can over the weekend, and I still managed to miss this evil:

“Israeli soldiers attack Hebron youth, force to drink gasoline IMEMC/Agencies 3 Aug — Palestinian security sources from Hebron’s Old City, today, said that Israeli soldiers have brutally attacked a Palestinian youth and then forced him to drink gasoline. Sources said, according to the PNN, that soldiers handcuffed Majdi Al-Muhtaseb (21), kidnapped and dragged him to Al-Turba neighborhood, in Tel Rumeida, threw him to the ground and started beating and kicking him for no reason whatsoever. According to Majdi’s family, the soldiers asked him if he wanted water, and, when he said yes, one of them pretended to be helping him to drink water. When he realized that it was gasoline and not water, the soldier forced him to drink out of it. Issam Al-Muhtaseb, father of the youth, said that Israeli forces have detained his son and destroyed his own ID card.” – See more at: link to mondoweiss.net

Of course it’s reminiscent of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, but it also reminds me of this:

“Israeli soldier gives 74-year-old Palestinian woman water then shoots her in the head”

link to middleeastmonitor.com

All I can say is that there are many thousands of Israeli terrorists.

Some wear uniforms. Some do not.

All are granted impunity.

JLewisDickerson
August 3, 2015, 2:43 pm

RE: Politico says that Chuck Schumer is now leaning against the deal, and that an “avalanche” of public pressure against the deal has reverberated through Congress. I bet that pressure is orchestrated. As Politico suggests, this issue is all about Israel, and donors. ~ Weiss

MY COMMENT: Donors? Naw! No way.*

* FROM THE CENTER FOR RESPONSIVE POLITICS (opensecrets.org) AS OF 8/03/15:

● Pro-Israel: Money to Congress
• SUMMARY
• All cycles

Dems: $71,700,750
Repubs: $43,054,007
Other: $1,552,596
All Candidates: Total to All Candidates: $116,307,353
Incumbents Only: Total to Members: $93,416,000

House
Party / # of Members / Avg. Contribution / Total
Democrats 1,554 $16,821 $28,077,908
Republicans 1,083 $14,814 $17,055,956
Independents 2 $836 $11,700
TOTAL 2,639 $17,107 $45,145,564
The US House of Representatives has 435 members and 5 non-voting delegates.
Totals may exceed 440 due to mid-term replacements.

Senate
Party / # of Members / Avg. Contribution / Total
Democrats 388 $75,287 $30,202,925
Republicans 310 $51,035 $16,639,371
Independents 5 $93,965 $1,366,890
TOTAL 703 $68,576 $48,209,186
The US Senate has 100 members.
Totals may exceed 100 due to mid-term replacements.

The numbers on this page are based on contributions from PACs and individuals giving $200 or more.

All donations took place during the -1-All election cycle and were released by the Federal Election Commission on Sunday, August 18, 2013.

SOURCE – link to opensecrets.org

michelle
August 3, 2015, 2:30 pm

.
hello straightline CigarGod & just
may each day be more Blessed than the last
for all that we know and all that we want to know
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the quotes are from his books
people like Dick Gregory formed my
thoughts by sharing his view(s)
.
a well stocked library is ‘everything’ in a box
one might think of the library as one of the first designs of the computer
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the best ‘teachers’ teach us to see what is there and what isn’t there
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G-d Bless
.

JLewisDickerson
August 3, 2015, 2:29 pm

RE: “AIPAC taking all but 3 freshmen Congresspeople to Israel in effort to sabotage Iran deal”

MY COMMENT: Not going on that trip could be very costly!

FROM THE CENTER FOR RESPONSIVE POLITICS (opensecrets.org) AS OF 8/03/15:

● Pro-Israel: Money to Congress
• SUMMARY
• All cycles

Dems: $71,700,750
Repubs: $43,054,007
Other: $1,552,596
All Candidates: Total to All Candidates: $116,307,353
Incumbents Only: Total to Members: $93,416,000

House
Party / # of Members / Avg. Contribution / Total
Democrats 1,554 $16,821 $28,077,908
Republicans 1,083 $14,814 $17,055,956
Independents 2 $836 $11,700
TOTAL 2,639 $17,107 $45,145,564
The US House of Representatives has 435 members and 5 non-voting delegates.
Totals may exceed 440 due to mid-term replacements.

Senate
Party / # of Members / Avg. Contribution / Total
Democrats 388 $75,287 $30,202,925
Republicans 310 $51,035 $16,639,371
Independents 5 $93,965 $1,366,890
TOTAL 703 $68,576 $48,209,186
The US Senate has 100 members.
Totals may exceed 100 due to mid-term replacements.

The numbers on this page are based on contributions from PACs and individuals giving $200 or more.

All donations took place during the -1-All election cycle and were released by the Federal Election Commission on Sunday, August 18, 2013.

SOURCE – link to opensecrets.org

Bornajoo
August 3, 2015, 2:29 pm

Isaac Herzog said:

“We must tell the truth. This is Jewish terror, racist terror. Full of hate. These are terrorists,” said opposition leader Isaac Herzog from the Zionist Camp. “We can’t loose this battle. We can’t allow the hate to go wild. We can’t let extremist groups to hide under a cloak of social, or political movements. To enjoy state funds and the blessing of leaders and rabbis and teachers, whether directly or in directly,”

This is the guy who complained that Netanyahu didn’t hit Gaza hard enough. I don’t believe one syllable let alone one full word that comes out of this two faced liar’s mouth. He’s the same as the rest of them but he’s just better at pretending he isn’t.

What a terrible, awful tragedy. How can this poor family endure this.

just
August 3, 2015, 2:29 pm

“Rarely has the moral failing of liberal Zionism been demonstrated so starkly.”

You nailed it. I’ll not forget it.

Thanks, Adam.

I can guess what Rabbi Brant Rosen would do. This is what he did before the latest Israeli terror attacks:

“The American Friends Service Committee’s morning remembrance on Montrose Beach consisted of placing black pinwheels in the sand. Each pinwheel symbolizes a child killed, and is labeled with their name and age. One pinwheel was included to remember the one Israeli child that was killed last summer, and pinwheels represent children and innocence. Attendees placed pinwheels in the sand in a formation that wrote out “GAZA” and heard a poem read by Rabbi Brant Rosen. Following the poem, a litany for Gaza was read. AFSC was inspired to use the pinwheels by Gazan artist Mohammad Hassona.” – See more at: link to mondoweiss.net

“For Tisha B’Av: A Lamentation for Gaza”

link to rabbibrant.com

Pretext
August 3, 2015, 2:27 pm

I think it would have been good to bring up why moving West Bank settlers wouldn’t be like moving Gaza settlers. I suppose it’s a moot point though. Letting go of the West Bank was never on the table in the first place.

Steve Grover
August 3, 2015, 2:26 pm

Diasp0ra:
“Do you ever think about the millions in refugee camps living in squalor so that you can enjoy your day at a beach in Netanya? Or does it never cross your mind?”
Not for a second! They live in squalor because Arafat walked away from the deal and the 2 intifadas ensued so there is no sympathy for the squalor.
From the moment I first heard about the BDS movement, I have been taking my family to Israel for our summer vacation. We haven’t missed a year comming here since 2006. I even pay extra to fly here on El Al.

Mooser
August 3, 2015, 2:25 pm

Hophmi, do you play the banjo? You should take it up, you are very good at flailing.

just
August 3, 2015, 2:24 pm

Wow~ thanks very much for sharing all of that, Eileen!

I appreciate Mr. Falk’s article, but remain more than a little bit ambivalent on Pollard’s release because of what you write: “Pollard’s spying resulted in the loss of lives of U.S. intelligence agents.”

I do agree with Falk’s statements here:

“In my view, Vanunu belongs on the same honor roll as Edward Snowden and Daniel Ellsberg who revealed state secrets that served the cause of national wellbeing and were also of benefit to humanity as a whole. Ellsberg has called Vanunu “the preeminent hero of the nuclear era.”

just
August 3, 2015, 2:04 pm

Beautifully expressed, Michelle.

Especially this~

“and people can be reminded that without Palestine we are incomplete”

So true.

just
August 3, 2015, 2:00 pm

Thanks, Ben.

“The looming August battle for the Iran nuclear deal

Struggle to save Vienna agreement from a congressional mauling pits the Obama administration against the Republicans, the Israeli government and a billionaire

On Monday, almost every freshman member of the US Congress will jet off on an all-expenses paid trip to Israel for a week of briefings and lobbying intended to ensure they vote against the Iran nuclear deal agreed on 14 July.

The junket is an annual affair organised by Aipac, the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee, and very few freshman turn it down. More than sixty out of a total of 70 are expected to go this year, flying business class and staying at five star hotels. Aipac’s aim is that at least 80% of any Congress has been on one of its trips to Israel at least once. It is an unparalleled example, among the world’s democracies, of one country’s influence on the political system of another. Aipac did not respond to a request for comment.”

– See more at: link to mondoweiss.net

Funny thing is that it doesn’t matter if they (Repubs & Dems) bump into one another~ they’re all strolling for shekels. Do Americans think this is ok? Why isn’t AIPAC made to register under FARA?

As for KSA:

“Saudi king cuts short stay in south of France after beach closure controversy

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman left the south of France for Morocco on Sunday, cutting short a planned three-week stay after a petition from some 150,000 residents over the closure of a public beach outside his villa.

A Saudi source said the king had arrived in Morocco, saying this was part of his holiday programme and had nothing to do with the media coverage that his visit had attracted.

Philippe Castanet, a local French government official, said the beach had been reopened. He added that about half of the king’s 1,000-person entourage had left along with him. He did not specify a reason for the departures nor if the monarch planned to return to France.

The planned three-week visit by the new king and his inner circle at the family’s seafront villa in Vallauris, where US actress Rita Hayworth celebrated her wedding to Prince Aly Khan of Pakistan in 1949, was expected to be a boon for the local economy.

But the closure of the public beach for privacy and security reasons stirred up a local storm. The king’s installation of an elevator from the beach to the villa, approved for temporary use by the local government, also provoked anger among some residents who objected to allowing him this privilege.

Castanet said the elevator would be removed in the coming weeks…”

link to theguardian.com

Such problems!

Meanwhile, KSA is still bombing Yemen to smithereens. Wonder if Hadi went to France with the royals…

Marnie
August 3, 2015, 1:56 pm

This freshman class, with the exception of 3 persons, is a disgrace to the people they were meant to serve. They have no business calling themselves Americans….

michelle
August 3, 2015, 1:51 pm

.
seems like there might be some talent(s) in this world that would stand in for Palestine
and play for Palestine until Palestine is free to play for itself
that way Palestine can be represented in some small way at these venues
and people can be reminded that without Palestine we are incomplete
.
G-d Bless
.

Mooser
August 3, 2015, 1:49 pm

See, there is such a thing as bride that is too beautiful.

Annie Robbins
August 3, 2015, 1:45 pm

oh wait, police departments are run by the Israelis too.

amigo, i think you’re exaggerating.

Maximus Decimus Meridius
August 3, 2015, 1:42 pm

Oh, the Gulfies are still there (Kerry is in Doha right now) but they are not daft enough to shout their opposition from the rooftops. Far better to say nothing, and work quietly at opposing the deal behind closed doors. Not that they have any chance of doing so, given that the UN and EU have both approved it unanimously, but a lot more dignified than Bibi’s ‘toys from pram’ routine.

Marnie
August 3, 2015, 1:40 pm

@Amigo “We are the ones who should fear the possibility that Israel will attack Iran and leave the ensuing mess for the rest of us to clean up.”

The US does not serve American citizens or American interests any more. It only acts in the best interests of Israel. Everyone can see that, even plenty of American citizens are leveling the same complaints and accusations all over the web, but until they take it to the streets……..oh wait, police departments are run by the Israelis too.

RoHa
August 3, 2015, 1:39 pm

“We tend to forget that we’re all animals basically.

Empathy is learned – not in-born to the human condition.”

Many animals show concern for the well-being of others. They seem to have built-in tendencies to do this.
Why do you suppose that empathy is not one of the built-in tendencies of human animals?

eileenfleming
August 3, 2015, 1:29 pm

Pollard’s spying resulted in the loss of lives of U.S. intelligence agents.

Snowden made some of the most important revelations in modern history about the covert operations conducted by USA intelligence agencies. Because he was charged under the Espionage Act of 1917, Snowden might not even be able to defend his case if he returned to the USA.

Before Mossad clubbed, drugged, gagged, bound and transported Vanunu from Rome to Israel by boat [in 1986] Nuclear Physicist Frank Barnaby, interviewed him for three days and testified at Vanunu’s closed-door trial:

“I found Vanunu very straightforward about his motives for violating Israel’s secrecy laws he explained to me that he believed that both the Israeli and the world public had the right to know about the information he passed on. He seemed to me to be acting ideologically.

“Israel’s political leaders have, he said, consistently lied about Israel’s nuclear-weapons programme and he found this unacceptable in a democracy. The knowledge that Vanunu had about Israel’s nuclear weapons, about the operations at Dimona, and about security at Dimona could not be of any use to anyone today. He left Dimona in October 1985.”

In 2005, I was just an American writer in Jerusalem when I met Vanunu and became a reporter because he told me:

“Did you know President Kennedy tried to stop Israel from building atomic weapons? In 1963, he forced Prime Minister Ben Guirion to admit the Dimona was not a textile plant, as the sign outside proclaimed, but a nuclear plant. The Prime Minister said, ‘The nuclear reactor is only for peace.’

“Kennedy insisted on an open internal inspection. He wrote letters demanding that Ben-Gurion open up the Dimona for inspection.

“When Johnson became president, he made an agreement with Israel that two senators would come every year to inspect. Before the senators would visit, the Israelis would build a wall to block the underground elevators and stairways. From 1963 to ’69, the senators came, but they never knew about the wall that hid the rest of the Dimona from them.

“Nixon stopped the inspections and agreed to ignore the situation. As a result, Israel increased production. In 1986, there were over two hundred bombs. Today, they may have enough plutonium for ten bombs a year.”

Eileen Fleming, Senior Non-Arab Correspondent for USA’s TADN
link to thearabdailynews.com

Philip Weiss
August 3, 2015, 1:26 pm

Thanks Ben, incredible. And yes: where’s that Saudi opposition. It vanished between Vienna Riyadh and DC

just
August 3, 2015, 1:24 pm

I didn’t read it exclusively that way, David. Maybe I am only wishing…

From wiki:

“In general terms, the Order provides a means by which to disrupt the financial support network for terrorists and terrorist organizations by authorizing the U.S. Treasury, in consultation with other U.S. government agencies, to designate and block the assets of foreign individuals and entities that commit, or pose a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism. The Order authorizes the U.S. Treasury to block the assets of individuals and entities that provide support, services, or assistance to, or otherwise associate with, terrorists and terrorist organizations designated under the Order, as well as their subsidiaries, front organizations, agents, and associates. In addition, it invokes a law that allows the President to bar transactions involving donations, food, clothing, and medicine and other articles “intended to be used to relieve human suffering,” when the President finds donations would “seriously impair his ability to deal with any national emergency,” are coerced or would endanger U.S. armed forces.”

link to en.wikipedia.org

Heck, they can finally use the Leahy Law, too:

“The Leahy Law or Leahy amendment is a U.S. human rights law that prohibits the U.S. Department of State and Department of Defense from providing military assistance to foreign military units that violate human rights with impunity.[1]”

link to en.wikipedia.org

How did Sami Al-Arian and the Holy Land 5 get WRONGLY imprisoned? Does the US simply need to designate this group as Israeli Terrorist Squatters and then it can invoke existing legislation?

Bornajoo posted a very relevant article this morning:

“This just came in on Haaretz. …

By Amos Harel and Chaim Levinson
Published 10:07 03.08.15
Investigators into Friday’s murder-by-arson of a Palestinian infant increasingly believe in the likelihood that the extreme rightist operatives responsible for the attack are affiliated with the same ideological group that has torched mosques, churches and Palestinian homes over the past year.”

– See more at: link to mondoweiss.net

Kay24
August 3, 2015, 1:09 pm

Israel has broken the Palestinian territories, stolen lands, controlled the water, destroy thousands of olive trees belonging to poor farmers, occupied, massacred, arrested, and it’s deadly weapons have left families without homes, family members dead, babies killed, and
entire families wiped out. There are many talented young kids over there with no hopes of every getting out of this hell caused by the zionists. The zionists meanwhile are enjoying their lives at the expense of the Palestinians, their children able to educate themselves, and go anywhere in the world, to succeed in whatever they desire to do. Those who decided to put this unwanted people in these territories are obliged to make this right – but we know they never will.

It seems the beasts on the other side of the wall have no compassion enough to hear the music on the other side, it does not soothe them.

just
August 3, 2015, 1:05 pm

Sincere thanks, Annie.

Beyond the fact that I am speechless with admiration for your responses, there is really nothing more to add.

Pippilin
August 3, 2015, 1:02 pm

Does any one remember when the US accused communist China and Russia of historical revisionism? Guess who is doing the revising now– and it’s OK !!!!!!

RockyMissouri
August 3, 2015, 12:59 pm

My heart is with them..

Kay24
August 3, 2015, 12:55 pm

Good comment. I hope you are right, and that the other nations are more vested in this, which will the the reason why it will be difficult for the zionists to push this through despite the millions invested. I am sure the zionists will dare not try to interfere in the politics of some other nations like China or Russia. As usual they are trying their shenanigans only in the nation they think they can control through their little spies and manipulators, that are Israelis at heart pretending to be Americans.

just
August 3, 2015, 12:55 pm

Good job, amigo.

It’s a ‘funny’ loyalty oath that is required to serve in the IOF.

just
August 3, 2015, 12:53 pm

Thanks, Kris. ;((( They do it because they can, but it says SO much about them~ none of it good. It’s so clearly not a “few bad apples”.

I guess it’s the reason that Hazel Kahan’s article ‘A traumatized society is dangerous’ got 458 comments in an effort to answer:

“Why do the Israelis do what they do? Why do they keep on doing it? Can’t they see what damage they are doing to themselves, to the Palestinians, to us all?” – See more at: link to mondoweiss.net

Similarly, Avigail’s article “It’s time for American Jews to recognize they have been duped” got 451 comments in an effort to understand the unthinkable.

In her article she wrote:

“I left to save my life and my sanity. Israeli society has always been sick because you can’t build something healthy on a criminal foundation, where so much abuse has been, and still is being inflicted on others. Not everyone in Israel is a psychopath. Ordinary people don’t do so well when they live a lie and cover up evil deeds.” – See more at: link to mondoweiss.net

So we have some inkling and quite a bit of insight into why. Nevertheless, ‘normal’ and compassionate humans recoil at the evil.

Rafi
August 3, 2015, 12:51 pm

When polls agreed with the deal it meant you didnt have the right to croak it.

Now when polls are against it, its all propoganda and people dont care anyway. Classic Whiteworld.

Annie Robbins
August 3, 2015, 12:51 pm

you were left nearly speechless.

only in our wildest dreams.

Annie Robbins
August 3, 2015, 12:48 pm

half of the people killed by US police are white.

oh my. considering how many more white people there are in this country compared to blacks that percentage, if true which is doubtful, indicates a huge imbalance.

Cliff
August 3, 2015, 12:47 pm

Palestinians are part of Jewish identity within the Zionist context.

So Jews like Rachel who willfully ignores Palestinians in any of her analyses is just a fanatic.

They’re pathological in their bias.

Cliff
August 3, 2015, 12:43 pm

Racism and identity politics.

We tend to forget that we’re all animals basically.

Empathy is learned – not in-born to the human condition.

Annie Robbins
August 3, 2015, 12:43 pm

one more thing don, for your edification. note the authors usage of the term “aberration” in the article above. and this:

Usually, considered in geometrical terms, the center of a circle or the midpoint of a line is the relative standard against which to measure the extremes. However, when the center itself is extreme and extremist, as in present-day Israel, such geometrical logic no longer works. More specifically, the exception is no longer an outlier in relation to the general rule; rather, the general rule itself is exceptional and deranged.

when considering this paragraph note the author did not claim this “geometrical logic” not working was exclusive to israel or jews. nor did the author claim is wasn’t. the reason likely being because it’s besides the point made in the article. also note the term “usually”. usual only means “what is usual” it does not mean in all other circumstances.

Cliff
August 3, 2015, 12:41 pm

People willing to be bought off.

Maximus Decimus Meridius
August 3, 2015, 12:41 pm

This is great. It just draws attention to the fact that just about the ONLY opposition to this deal (discounting a few corrupt oil sheikhdoms) comes from mad Bibi. It will make it even more obvious that those who oppose the agreement do so not out of loyalty to their own country, but to Israel.

Never mind the fact that the deal cannot be ‘sabotaged’. It has been unanimously approved by the EU AND the UN. It’s a done deal. Nobody cares what a few bought and paid for Yankee politicians think.

hophmi
August 3, 2015, 12:39 pm

“It is disingenuous to be outraged at a boycott of Israeli academia and raise no concern for Palestinian academic freedom.”

It is disingenuous to suggest that violating the academic freedom of both Israelis and those of your colleagues who work with Israeli academic institutions is justified because of the state of Palestinian academic freedom, or that Israeli academics do not care about the academic freedom of their Palestinian colleagues.

It is utterly, and completely, disingenuous and shameful for academics in North America to launch such campaigns, when they themselves teach at institutions that have failed to take positions against the involvement of the United States and Canada in wars abroad, and in the case of the United States, against violations of the rights of minority groups, immigrants, and international laws of wars. Such boycotts come from a place of privilege by academics who enjoy the benefit of living in a country protected by two oceans, and a country that has occupied and annexed the territory of a neighboring state, Mexico, and stolen the land that they live on from the indigenous population that lived there.

Has Howard Davidson taken the position that in order to avoid boycott, the University of Manitoba must advocate returning the province of Manitoba to the First Nations people?

Mooser
August 3, 2015, 12:34 pm

“I am dumbfounded at the lack of boycott action after this baby was incinerated.”

Yes, you were left nearly speechless.

Mooser
August 3, 2015, 12:30 pm

“You have to read the article in order to find out that the man is an ultra-Orthodox Jew. When I saw the headline, my first assumption was that the man is a Palestinian.”

Really, does it make any difference? Aren’t you against stabbing, no matter who does it?

just
August 3, 2015, 12:30 pm

Great idea, CigarGod! It’s such a stellar graphic!

(not in the star of David kind of way, either. although Sainatee uses that to great effect, too!)

Mooser
August 3, 2015, 12:28 pm

Then again, maybe the Left in Germany has become ambidextrous.

John O
August 3, 2015, 12:21 pm

Great article.

By chance, today I was doing a little freelance work for my former employer (The Open University, from which I retired 18 months ago), proofreading material for a module on music and politics. It covered issues like Wagner’s anti-semitism, the Nazis’ promotion of Bruckner – which did the reputation of that fine composer no end of damage, as well as the protest songs of Guthrie, Seeger and Dylan, and the alleged anti-semitism of John Adams’ opera “The Death of Klinghoffer”.

And, sadly, the musician prisoners who played in the concentration camps, whose plight increasingly reflects that of Gaza’s musicians.

Annie Robbins
August 3, 2015, 12:17 pm

do you ever scan or read newspapers, Annie?

on occasion since it’s part of my job. here’s some evidence, a thousand articles or so. the vast majority have embeds and blockquotes: link to mondoweiss.net

that link only reflects the articles i’ve read that i’ve written about. i also send a lot of tips to phil. and, oddly enough, i don’t happen to write articles about every circumstance i read about. but what about you don, any evidence you’ve ever scanned or read the news? other than your analysis, if one could call it that.

the author states that these acts of violence could not have occurred without a “climate of hatred”. This is obviously not true. Human violence can occur any time and in any place

nowhere did the author claim all acts of human violence stem from hatred. i’d suggest, when scanning or reading the news, to pay particular attention to the headline (for context link to merriam-webster.com ). the headline of this article The extremism of the center in Israel informs us right off the bat the context is — where? note the headline does not make reference to all human violence?

let’s move on. note the first sentence

“This Thursday was a day of terror in Israel.”

the words “terror in israel” also informs us of context. note is doesn’t say ‘terror in the world’ or “Human violence” occurring “any time and in any place”.

Let me give you another example. imagine 2 houses side by side. in one the father beats the wife repeatedly throughout the day and night. their son, a 12 year old boy plunges a knife into the father as he is sleeping. one could argue he was raised in a “climate of hatred” and that this act of human violence was incited by his father. in the other house the parents bring home a new baby. one day the 3 year old toddler, expressing signs of jealously, in a fit of rage slaps the baby.

you see? both acts of human violence but only one a result of a “climate of hatred”.

now, you come along and claim what? do you say – i stated the boy would not have plunged the knife into his father without a “climate of hatred” and this is obviously not true because the toddler who slapped his baby brother next door exhibited signs of human violence which can occur any time and in any place?

you see, i am not arguing, nor is the author, that human violence cannot occur any time and in any place and is always as a result of a climate of hatred. in fact, THAT is entirely irrelevant to the topic (re topic — see headline, think context).

Can you or the author, as I originally asked…please explain the “climate of hatred” which has lead to Basque terrorism? Or is a “climate of hatred” only necessary for Jews to commit violent acts?

the author never claimed (nor addressed) the concept that committing violent acts was limited to jews. bringing up another incidence of terror is whataboutery. it’s like saying ‘but what about the violence in syria’. the author is under no obligation to address basque separatists or their violence in the context of jewish or israeli terrorism or whether there is a ‘climate of hatred’ in spain. because the author never made the argument all acts of violence were incited by a climate of hatred.

one last note.

the author states that these acts of violence could not have occurred without a “climate of hatred”.

re “these”. note you did not write the author states that all acts of violence could not have occurred without a “climate of hatred”.

if he had said that we would not be having this conversation. make sure you open that link to webster’s dictionary up there.

;)

Krauss
August 3, 2015, 12:13 pm

The key to the sanctions was and is European compliance. Most European nations are not going to play fiddle to AIPAC. I’m sure we’ll get a bunch of Zionists in the American MSM trashtalking Europe(as usual) for not following Israel’s interests slavishly, but that doesn’t matter much in the end.

Also, India and China are certainly not in the mood for breaking up the deal.

AIPAC may win this fight but it will be a phyrric victory. Lots of cash and political capital spent but this is no longer a U.S. hegemonic world.

Something which Obama has stated multiple times; the P5+1 members aside from America won’t go along with killing the bill. That’s why you are seeing so confident Iranian pols who are pushing for investment. They are aiming primarily for European, Indian and Chinese companies at this stage because those are bankable.

AIPAC will only succeed in embarrassing the reputation of America further, at great political cost and expense. The deal stays, with or without America. Nobody is going to bomb Iran.

This is the end game, whatever Congress votes for or not.

amigo
August 3, 2015, 12:04 pm

“Please provide all social media and password information. – See more at: link to mondoweiss.net” CG

That was required before receiving the app.

diasp0ra
August 3, 2015, 11:59 am

Do you ever think about the millions in refugee camps living in squalor so that you can enjoy your day at a beach in Netanya? Or does it never cross your mind?

Mooser
August 3, 2015, 11:56 am

“Not true. Actually, half of the people killed by US police are white.”

Holy Shit?!?! You are a “Lefty”? Hoo-boy!

Ge, I have an idea! Why don’t we compare the circumstances under which black people and white people are shot by police? Shall we?

We are going to call a shoot-out with robbers or a drug bust gone bad the same as a person being shot inside their vehicle at a traffic stop? Or an unarmed person stopped on the street ending up shot? Get real.

Let me tell you “German Lefty” after a lifetime of experience, the entire difference between black and white “crime rates” is this: As a ‘white’ person, I, you, whoever, can get away with a ton of shit a ‘black’ person never could because our civil rights are generally respected. I don’t get stopped, I don’t get searched, I don’t get questioned the way black people do. Jesus, I hate to talk in these terms, but it’s a simple reality of American life.

funsdead
August 3, 2015, 11:51 am

this is heart wrenching.

where are the Israeli/jewish heros to help as was done during ww2 for them?

when will we publish the diary of (fill in blank) _________

who in their wildest dreams thought this would be going on for decades?

growing up the discussions was, “there is no way the world will let this go on”

how can someone not be a citizen of the place of birth?

what goes up comes down, who will be waiting?

Mooser
August 3, 2015, 11:43 am

“My suggestion is that the Mondoweiss staff and anti-Zionist Jewish commenters make a collective aliyah to Israel, run the website from there, with a Hebrew edition, and also try to make a big impact in the main-stream media in Israel.”

That is the weirdest comment ever.

Yeah, and they better make the Mondo offices out of asbestos.

Mooser
August 3, 2015, 11:39 am

“I said they should withdraw from territory captured in 1967.”

Well, can’t argue with that. They certainly should. It could happen.

Mooser
August 3, 2015, 11:30 am

“Quit simply, it is Lee Smith who is making (introducing) the Israel=money and Israel=Jews steps, and from there unescapable “concludes” that Kerry is anti-Semitic. All this in the opening paragraph.”

Who wants to bet me if Lee Smith is one of Hophmi’s favorite writers?

Mooser
August 3, 2015, 11:20 am

” Only a person desperately searching for a dark fog could accept this.”

Oh, you know old “Irvi”. He’s always looking for night and fog.

turveyd
August 3, 2015, 11:19 am

I think you’re right. Very like the well-planned attack on the King David Hotel…..

amigo
August 3, 2015, 11:13 am

“I.e., it doesn’t matter if you support the deal, you have to give voice to Israel’s fears – See more at: link to mondoweiss.net

It would be like a defence attorney asking the jury to consider a pedophile,s fears about going to prison because he might be harmed or raped.

Israel,s fears have long since lost credibility , given Nietanyahu,s propensity for claiming that Iran will have a bomb in 6 months.

We are the ones who should fear the possibility that Israel will attack Iran and leave the ensuing mess for the rest of us to clean up.

italian ex-pat
August 3, 2015, 11:13 am

Annie

‘What’s taking them so long?”

I have a strong suspicion that “they” have already been quietly wisked away and are on a plane
on the way to . . NY? Possibly with the help of the government.

Mooser
August 3, 2015, 11:12 am

When the Southern US had Jim Crow laws, many, many people, from bus drivers to movie-theater managers, were empowered to enforce those laws.

Mooser
August 3, 2015, 11:09 am

“Until, of course, things don’t go your way and you beat feet back to the US, having destroyed Israel.”

Just like you run away from every challenge here. So tell us “Jon s”, what is ‘everything you stand for’?

I know, “Jon s”, you don’t want to set the world on fire, you just want to start a flame in their huts.

CigarGod
August 3, 2015, 10:55 am

Please provide all social media and password information.

David Gerald Fincham
August 3, 2015, 10:54 am

If only…

Executive Order 13224 applies to persons responsible for terrorism directed against the United States. I doubt a case against Netanyahu for terrorism against the US could be made.

Kris
August 3, 2015, 10:54 am

Thank you very much, this article is outstanding.

And horrifying. The routine, everyday, shocking cruelty of ordinary Israeli Jews. Why? The fascist indoctrination of almost every Jewish youth in the IDF, the racist theology of the rabbis, and the incitement by Jewish leaders?

It is so hard to understand, and my mind keeps trying to discover a context that will help. The world has seen this kind of brutality before. Germany, El Salvador, Chile–

Chile. I remember Victor Jara. link to theguardian.com

Thank God that so far the IDF doesn’t seem to be targeting the hands of Palestinian musicians, the way they destroy the legs of young Palestinian soccer players. link to ibtimes.co.uk

David Gerald Fincham
August 3, 2015, 10:51 am

ritzl: “Any equitable, long-term solution to this problem will have to go through a universal-suffrage, one-state phase first.”

There is less chance of this than a two-state first stage. The reason is that Israel will not give citizenship to non-Jewish West Bank residents, because this would result in Israel ceasing to be a Jewish state. Nor would those West Bank residents be willing to give up their Palestinian citizenship for Israeli citizenship. Nor would the State of Palestine be willing to be absorbed into the State of Israel.

The continued occupation and colonization by Israel of land outside its borders has already been determined to violate international law. If the Security Council would accept its duty to enforce the law, the occupation would end and there would be two independent states.

CigarGod
August 3, 2015, 10:50 am

Shahd,
The photo is amazing.
Thanks for the well written report.

turveyd
August 3, 2015, 10:49 am

I don’t think Israelis discriminate between Arabs and Moslems….just saying.

Kay24
August 3, 2015, 10:49 am

It is unbelievable that an alien nation can interfere and have control over much of what goes on in regard to our policies. We have so many friends and allies in the world, but not one of them has inserted itself into our political system to this extent. Democrats who should be supporting a Democratic President has shown shameless loyalty to the PM of a rogue nation, that has lied to us, disrespected our President, and has openly tried to sabotage Obama’s efforts to avoid a war. There is no way to justify this, this is an effort by zionists to oppose ANY deal, and push for war, and they are making those we vote for, oppose US policies and make it hard for a US President, to do what is best for not only the region, but the rest of the world. How easy it seems for zionists to do so.

What of our politicians like Schumer and Wassermann Schultz, who have shown reluctance so far to support a no-war situation?

“Schumer is one of about 15 Democratic senators who will decide the fate of President Barack Obama’s Iran nuclear deal in Congress. The president can afford to lose no more than a dozen Democrats on the Senate floor, and as the next Democratic leader, Schumer may be the most critical of them all.”

link to politico.com

The article shows that Israeli firsters like Dov Hikind, a state assemblyman in NY, are doing the dirty work for the zionists. I wish they would go and live in Israel.
We should not even be debating whether or not these Americans will show loyalty to a liar, and troublemaker, like Netanyahu, over their own President.

amigo
August 3, 2015, 10:48 am

IDF application form.

Note to applicants–you must tell the truth when applying for acceptance in “The most moral Army” on Earth.Remember , we do not lie.

Q1. Are you a committed Zionist

Q2. Are you or have you ever been married to an Arab.(Male or Female).

Q3.Are any of your close relatives married to an Arab.(Male or Female).

If the answer to Q2 /Q3 is yes , then please discontinue the application.

Q4. Do you have friends who have Arab friends ,(Male or Female).

Q5. Have you ever slept with an Arab, (male or Female).

Q6. Do you have Arab friends , (Male or Female).

Q7.Have you ever gone to the aid of an Arab or helped them in any way that might be construed as you viewing them as humans.

Q8. Do you shop in Arab stores or any type of Arab business.

Q9. Are you willing to shoot an Arab , keeping in mind the Golden IDF rule of “Shoot first and ask questions later.

Q10. Would you use kid gloves when arresting an Arab minor.

Q11. Would you show respect for an elderly Arab.

Q12. Would you swerve to avoid knocking down an Arab knowing you might endanger or cause damage to military property.

Q13. Would you be willing to arrest our setter comrades or in anyway interfere when they are attacking Palestinian Farmers or cutting down Olive trees.

Q14. Would you be willing to mete out on the spot punishment to Arabs who talk back to IDF personnel or in anyway disrespect their betters.

Q15. Are you squeamish about seeing Palestinian blood .

Q16. Have you ever killed an Arab and if so , describe your feelings in less than three words.

Q17. Do you subscribe to the idea of a 2SS and if not are you committed to the goal of “The Greater Israel”.

Q18. How do you feel about International Law .

Q19. How do you feel about BDS and those who are involved.

Q20. Are there any limits to what you are willing to do to ensure anti semites do not win.

unverified__5ilf90kd
August 3, 2015, 10:46 am

Robert writes “So perhaps the children of Gaza are antisemitic. If so, we have given them a great many reasons to be so.

There is no “perhaps” about it. There are oceans of horrible Jews in Israel. But of course not all Jews are horrible. The word antisemitism has been ruined by the horrible Jews, some of them even in the USA and elsewhere. They have used the word antisemite without thought and reason, in order to intimidate and silence good people who criticized them. So if the kids in Palestine call them Jews they are correct and justified in doing so as far as I am concerned. The word antisemite means nothing in the current Israel and Palestine, given the current behavior of the Israeli government. Spitting hairs about who is an antisemite is total joke when an IDF Colonel jumps out of his truck and shoots a Palestinian stone-thrower in the back. If this Colonel called me an antisemite I would be proud.

Don
August 3, 2015, 10:40 am

Not self evident at all. My point is very simple…the author states that these acts of violence could not have occurred without a “climate of hatred”. This is obviously not true. Human violence can occur any time and in any place…do you ever scan or read newspapers, Annie?

Since it is not true…how can the concept be helpful? It is one thing to say that a “climate of hatred” exists in Israel (it might very well exist), and that this climate “contributes” to the likelihood of violence. But it is obviously self evident (to use your phrase) that violence is possible even in serene and benign environments. Happens all the time, actually. You are unaware of this?

As for examples of Basque terrorists being treated with impunity…THAT is entirely irrelevant to the question. Can you or the author, as I originally asked…please explain the “climate of hatred” which has lead to Basque terrorism? Or is a “climate of hatred” only necessary for Jews to commit violent acts?

Again, and finally…the author is incorrect, and in my opinion, very facile in his argument.
It is absurdly easy to bash Israel…I do it all the time. It is something else to invest the mental time and energy to actually make a unique, and insightful contribution to the problem.

CigarGod
August 3, 2015, 10:38 am

It is!
Is everyone aware that new t-shirt silk-screening methods open up a fast, cheap and personalized opportunity to get the word out?
I can save the image to a thumb drive, take it to the t-shirt shop…and 5 minutes and $15 U.S., later, Sainatee’s illustration can be on a t-shirt, polo shirt, or just about any other surface. No set-up charges.

Hey, Tom/Sainatee…can I make a shirt using the image?

just
August 3, 2015, 10:19 am

I neglected to give respect to the phenomenal cartoon by Sainatee Suárez.

It’s stupendous~ “Israel vs the Violin”!

just
August 3, 2015, 10:13 am

Brilliant and still all too relevant, Michelle.

Thank you.

David Gerald Fincham
August 3, 2015, 10:11 am

Thank you Denis.

As to your point 1, no the Arabs did not in general support the Nazi’s, except for one notorious character, Amin al-Husseini. You can read his story on Wikipedia. link to en.wikipedia.org.

The High Commissioner rigged the election for Mufti of Jerusalem, giving the post to Amin, and also created a new job for him as President of the newly formed Supreme Muslim Council. He was the most powerful Arab politician in Palestine, and when the disparate Arab groups got together in 1936 to form the Arab Higher Committee, he became its Chairman. This group lead the Arab revolt of 1936-39, and Amin fled he country fearing arrest. He did indeed collaborate with the Nazis during the second world war.

As to your point 2, at the end of the Mandate most of the Jews in Palestine were Ashkenazi. However, during the 1948-49 war and afterwards, up to a million middle eastern Jews (mizrahim?) moved to Israel: a combination of attraction to Israel and repulsion by the Arab states.

just
August 3, 2015, 10:10 am

Many thanks for bringing that here, bintbiba.

That is an entirely amazing piece from pabelmont.

CigarGod
August 3, 2015, 10:04 am

Terrific contribution, Tom.
Love the humanity.
The best footnotes I’ve ever read.

just
August 3, 2015, 10:04 am

You’ve nailed it again, Hostage.

“These, and thousands of other “Jews”, have always participated directly in the mayhem unleashed on the children of Palestine or their family members.”

It’s a critical fact that should never be forgotten, and your point that “The Jewish Chronicle itself has written articles that call attention to the “hayalim bodedim (lone soldiers) who are here [serving in the IDF] FROM ABROAD” is an important one.

Further, the children may not know it now, but there are entire organizations comprised of Jewish people and many wealthy individual Jews outside of Israel who are hell- bent on supplying the armaments, the money, and the unflagging support for those that unleash the mayhem and death “on the children of Palestine or their family members.”

They’ll know it one day, and wonder why and what they did to deserve it.

socialconscience
August 3, 2015, 9:58 am

What a beautifully written article Tom.

Your simple prose and succinct explanation of unbridled colonialist violence on part of Israel will be very useful for convincing those I meet who are agnostic on the ”hamas vs Israel war/conflict” (as the MSM protrays it)and helping them to understand the continued landslide of institutionalised Israeli oppression of the peoples of the occupied territories

tony greenstein
August 3, 2015, 9:51 am

The Jewish Chronicle under its tabloid editor Stephen Pollard (he was editor of the Daily Express owned by Britain’s biggest pornographer, Richard Desmond) has become little more than a Zionist propaganda sheet. Hence none stories like these.

If someone comes to your house, kills your relatives, demolishes the house and does it all in the name of ‘the Jewish people’ then it is expecting a lot of a child to distinguish between Zionist and being Jewish when his/her elders often fail to.

The fact is that Zionism goes out of its way to conflate being Jewish with being a Zionist. Most adults are taken in. Why should children living in the middle of the appalling catastrophe that is Gaza be expected to be politically sophisticated? As far as they are concerned it was ‘the Jews’ who did the evil. But notice that Max Blumenthall, who was based in Gaza, like Amira Hass, was not harassed or attacked because he was Jewish, unlike Arabs in the Jewish state.

Domino3034
August 3, 2015, 9:45 am

As Robert Cohen says…”the speakers, in this case the children of Gaza, have context too. And it’s just as emotional, political and historical”.
Historical because the conflict started before the Jewish State became to be called Israel. So the struggle was with the Jews or Yahud
Political because the Palestinians do not recognize the state of Israel. So they remain as yahud.
Emotional because they hear their parents call yahud as the enemy and the children experience it at first hand

just
August 3, 2015, 9:34 am

Thank you for this article, Tom. Bless you for helping to keep the essential beauty, natural talent, and steadfast dreams alive for Palestinians in Palestine.

“they smashed his violin.”

I gasped when I read that.

And then chills covered my body when I read further:

“They tied him to a wall and called in several new IDF recruits. “We caught this terrorist”, the soldiers told the new recruits. “What do we do with terrorists?” He awoke the next day in a hospital. His bass bow, broken in two, was all that was found with him.”

The Occupiers are a cruel, depraved, and chronically evil brand. This is what happens when impunity for all sorts and violence is reflexively delivered, unasked and undeserved, by the rest of the world.

There is no way that Israel is acting in ‘self- defense’~ not for seemingly forever. That’s a grotesque myth that needs to be evacuated from the mouths of people in governments and media around the world.

“What will leave our future historians confounded, however, is to understand how we explained our own role to ourselves. Why did we empower Israel so tenaciously, even as it made a mockery of everything we preached, and harmed us strategically, morally, and economically? What were we thinking?”

That question is NOW.

Future historians will be confounded, to be sure. I don’t envy them the task, but I am not willing to wait for the forensic examination. We have enough information and evidence to put an end to this man- made disaster right now.

Thanks again, Tom~ for everything. I was glad to see your comment the other day on another article. I am very grateful to read this today, and appreciate all of your references and links. I remember very well the recent terrible “Night of horror at Ben Gurion airport for two French music students” published here.

CigarGod
August 3, 2015, 9:32 am

He gets +100 from me…for the way he gets knocked to the mat, time after time, but gets up and starts pawing the air again. Poor guy…both eyes swollen shut, no teeth left in his mouth…but that EverReady battery down where his cup should be, still carries a charge.

bintbiba
August 3, 2015, 9:32 am

Apologies for not getting all quotation marks correctly positioned on Pabelmont’s piece , ‘purloined’ from his blog …
edit button disappeared before I could fix.!!!

Hostage
August 3, 2015, 9:28 am

Solid article, Robert.

@ Robert and Just. I would have simply said that “Out of the mouths of babes oft times come gems.”

The Jewish Chronicle itself has written articles that call attention to the “hayalim bodedim (lone soldiers) who are here [serving in the IDF] FROM ABROAD”. (emphasis added) link to thejc.com

So, I can’t completely agree with the approach taken in the article. For example: So, if you were a Palestinian child in Gaza is it really so unreasonable to think that “Jew” and “Israeli” were interchangeable?

It’s just a FACT of life for these kids that many of the refugees living in Gaza still belong to families or clans that are comprised, in large part, of so-called “Israeli Arabs”, who do not serve in the IDF.

Conversely, tens of thousands of gun-toting HOSTILE FOREIGN JEWS have ALWAYS been part of the illegal settlement enterprise and/or members of the brotherhood of Hagana/IDF “lone soldiers”. It isn’t anti-Semetic when the Jewish or Israeli press brags about them and calls them “Jews”, e.g.:
* “2 American Jews among IDF dead in Gaza combat” – link to timesofisrael.com
* “The American Settler You Don’t Know” – link to haaretz.com
*”Mickey” Marcus, a US citizen and US Army Officer, was appointed the first General of the Israeli Army in 1947 under the assumed name “Michael Stone”. – link to jewishvirtuallibrary.org
*Michael Oren served as an officer in the Israel Defense Forces, in the paratroopers in the Lebanon War, and as an IDF spokesman during the Second Lebanon War and the Gaza operation in January 2009. But he didn’t renounce his US citizenship, until the day he subsequently accepted the position to serve as Israel’s Ambassador to the USA. – link to israelemb.org
*Jefferey Goldberg served as a prison guard in an infamous IDF concentration camp in the Negev during the 1st Intifada. link to jeffreygoldberg.net

These, and thousands of other “Jews”, have always participated directly in the mayhem unleashed on the children of Palestine or their family members.

traintosiberia
August 3, 2015, 9:19 am

“You allude in this article to both Jews and Arabs supporting the British effort. But I thought the Nazis were supported by the Arabs — that whole Desert Fox thing, which might have influenced the viewpoint of Truman in 1948 deciding whether to go with the Jews or the Arabs in the Palestine deal. Did WWII play no role in the debacle that took place in Palestine in 1948?

– See more at: link to mondoweiss.net

There is no evidence of Nazi supporting the Arab. Kaiser was interested for trade .
Mufti met Hitler long after his effort to get British understand the threat to indigenous Palestinian had failed and he became a target for assassination.
Hitler helped the Zionist both ideologically and materially.

CigarGod
August 3, 2015, 9:17 am

Michelle!
Way to bring back the memories.

bintbiba
August 3, 2015, 9:13 am

I looked in on P A Belmont’s blog …last blog was in June 2015…
He wrote a poem recalling a poem by Mahmoud Darwish… Jan. 15.

With pabelmont’s permission , I hope ( excerpt from his blog)

Here is a fragment of Darwish’s poem, in English translation:

“Dig up your dead
Take their bones with you and leave our land
Live where you wish but do not live among us
It is time for you to get out and die where you wish but do not die among us.

Get out of our land our continent, our sea our wheat, our salt, our sore our everything, and get out of the memory of memories.”

‘Because of the fuss in Israel (and the USA), and out of my feelings about the Israel/Palestine conflict, I wrote the following poem (slightly edited here). It happens to suggest, falsely, of course, that Darwish was plagiarizing Israelis. In a way, it suggests, perhaps, that I was plagiarizing Darwish, although my intent was merely to blast Zionist blindness.

If you read it, I imagine you will get the idea.

By the way, so far as I know, the Zionists of 1947-48 used no trucks when they expelled 85% of the Arab inhabitants of what then became Israel, the same being 50% of the Palestinian Arab population as a whole. The Palestinian exiles had to walk or die. The trucks arose in my poetic fantasy.
A Confession of Plagiarism

Israelis, O Israelis! How fearful my poem makes you.
Why does this cry from the heart so grip your souls?
This is no treaty, no negotiation.
No policy is this, no proposal, not even so much as a dream.
This, my poem, is no more than a cry from the heart.
Israelis, O Israelis.

Israelis, O Israelis, do not be confused. My poem is just
A cry from the heart. No great thing.
But, and this I must confess:
My poem reeks of plagiarism.

”Live where you wish, but do not live among us,” I wrote.
This was plagiarism.
In 1948, you put Palestinians on trucks,
Israelis, O Israelis, and took us across your borders, saying,
”Live where you wish, but do not live among us.”
I have plagiarized the message of your trucks.

”Die where you wish, but do not die among us,” I wrote.
But this too was plagiarism.
For 40 years you have closed your borders to us,
Israelis, O Israelis, saying
”Die where you wish, but do not die among us.”
Israelis, O Israelis, I have plagiarized the message of your laws, your borders, your guns.

”Get out of the memory of memories,” I wrote.
But this, too, was plagiarism.
I echoed that first, great, Zionist poem,
”A land without a people for a people without a land.”
I echoed Golda’s magnificent sonnet,
”The Palestinians? There are no Palestinians!”
I echoed your resplendent covenant,
Stately and majestic
And all in blank verse writ:
”There is no-one on the other side with whom to negotiate.”
”Get out of the memory of memories,” I wrote,
But I have merely plagiarized the message of your wilful blindness.
We Palestinians left the memory of your memories
Before you ever met us,
Before you forgot us,
Before you will ever admit that we exist.

Hear Israelis, O Israelis, the Palestinian people are One!
We exist! Hear us, see us, feel us, taste us.
Remove us from the oblivion to which you have consigned us.
Remove yourselves from the obliviousness
Into which you have been content to settle.
Answer our call.

Israelis, O Israelis, you have read my poem
And too casually assumed,
Too easily considered,
Too naturally supposed,
That the cry you heard was Palestinian.

But tell me, Israelis, O Israelis,
Really,
How can you tell
That this was not an Israeli cry,
My poem a translation from the Hebrew?

I have re-read my poem, Israelis, O ever-fearful Israelis,
And I will tell you.
In all honesty,
Even I,
I myself,
Cannot tell.”

just
August 3, 2015, 9:00 am

Ditto, bintbiba!

(Actually, hophmi might get a -100 …)

GeorgeMKeynes
August 3, 2015, 8:54 am

I believe the mistranslation was to avoid any suggestion that the BBC saw the problem as one associated with Jews and nothing to do with the children’s language or perception. The children of Gaza are largely the product of the displacement of Arabs by Jews in the process of establishing the State of Israel. The people who prevent them from leaving their prison are Jews, the people who harass them daily and occasionally conduct a full-scale ‘war’ on them are Jews. Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings… They say it how it is. It is we who want to conceal the truth for our own comfort.

just
August 3, 2015, 8:52 am

“Calm-assertive vs. spittle-sprayed rants.”

Accurately said, ritzl! Such a welcome change.

Solid facts vs delusional fantasy and outright hypocrisy.

diasp0ra
August 3, 2015, 8:51 am

I must admit I am disappointed to read this shallow point of view that sounds nice on the outside but ignores centuries of institutional violence and racism. I’d expect this stuff from over-sheltered liberals and not from a self proclaimed “lefty”.

What you’re basically doing is taking the “colorblind” approach, which is actually in itself a form of racism. The hashtag blacklivesmatter came up only because those were the lives that were being DISPROPORTIONATELY and WIDELY extinguished for things white lives are not. In your very post you say how the numbers are almost equal, but given the proportions of each group in society that should be shocking proof that black people are targeted much more often than white people. Racism is institutional, it’s not just someone calling the other a bad slur. The US was founded on institutional racism and ethnic cleansing, it is no better in its inception than Israel was/is.

Now when you go out and yell alllivesmatter over blacklivesmatter you’re basically ascribing the same problems, experiences, and degree of injustice equally. It’s as if a Jewish Israeli is talking about how the “conflict” really harms us all. On the surface this is true, but you KNOW that there is no justified comparison between an Israeli Jew living in Tel Aviv and a Palestinian in Gaza. It sounds nice and equal on the surface, but it is actually stepping on the true victim and putting them on the same foot as their oppressor. It’s flowery liberal BS that has 0 analytical depth or critical thought.

Also it’s really interesting that the alllivesmatter movement only came out of the woodworks when blacklivesmatter started to trend. It’s really interesting that nobody was saying anything about police brutality except as a rebuttal to try and shut black people up about coming forward with their SPECIFIC experiences that nobody else has gone through. Where were all these people when black people were targeted before the hashtag? Are they not a part of the alllivesmatter?

Historical context is everything. What you’re doing is basically removing that from the equation, going “Oh I don’t see color” like so many unaware people do, instantly equalizing the oppressed with the oppressor and deleting the history of subordination and superiority, making them seem equal and at the same time de facto implying that their situation is their own doing because hey, racism isn’t a thing anymore, because I don’t see color.