Most Recent 100 Mondoweiss Comments

  • 'NYT' op-ed calls on Jews to abandon liberal Zionism and push for equal rights (42)
    • seanmcbride- question. in the new testament. why does jesus go to jerusalem. why didn't he stay home? answer: because that's where jews went on passover. question: where do christians come off pretending that going up to jerusalem was not valued by jesus. answer: because once jesus was dead, the gig was up and judaism was recalibrated. the new calibration: whatever paul and the nicene creed crowd could come up with. this way: we are the truth and the old testament is darkness.

    • phil wants to be free to say, "talmud is bullshit," and also to reform Judaism to exclude any semblance of continuity vis a vis the central part the land plays in the tradition. of course he is free to do so. It's his blog and this is america. He is free. but i don't see where he has the credibility to reform judaism.

      of course we all know there are rabbis who said that shrimp is kosher or kosher is treif or something like that. or as woody allen's rebbe puts it.

      chasid: rebbe, why is pork forbidden?
      rebbe: It is? uh-oh.

  • Democratic Party leader echoes Netanyahu's new theme: Hamas equals ISIS (105)
    • Keith, IS is starting to step beyond the bounds of its initial mandate and by doing so probably hastening its own demise. It was set up and mandated to be a destructive element to fragment the area to enable its reshaping (new ME and all that jazz) by the world's master builders to their aspirations of having Iraq split into 3, Syria into 2, Lebanon into 3 and so on. But somehow along the way, IS tasted the power in its hands, like it and has started doing some rebuilding of its own, and this isn't going down very well with its masters. Doing a number on the Syrians and the Iraqi Shia was OK and even a few massacres of the Yazidis were tolerated but when it reached within striking distance Iraqi Kurdistan's capital, Irbil, and the vast American oil interests, the US yanked the rope, which cost Foley his life.

  • 'Common Dreams' website traps Hasbara troll spewing anti-Semitism (106)
    • "I’ve found very little in the way of compelling debunking of any of their work in recent years."

      Why bother? It's been done, and MEMRI isn't about to change anything. Everybody knows they are full of crap.

    • I want to remind everybody of one of the inexorable laws of physics: 'if there is one genuine anti-Semite in the world it justifies everything Israel does!!'

  • Jodi Rudoren loves a winner (27)
    • "No amount of clever words or moral posturing can justify the actual facts on the ground."

      I know that, but then again, I haven't been a military officer, so I may be backwards on morality. Anyway, what I'd like to know is why he feels compelled to make with the clever words or moral posturing? So that he always has a way back, when Zionism meets his high moral standards?
      Or is opposed by somebody who has less moral legitimacy! Certainly, if that happens, wouldn't it be right to defend Zionism from its moral inferiors?

  • A visit to the East Jerusalem hospital treating children injured by Israeli strikes on Gaza (17)
    • "Makes my heart and head hurt."

      Whenever that happens to me I just head on over to Jerome's place (where he does his best!) and comfort myself with our "legitimate moral basis"

  • Mr. Netanyahu, what is your endgame? (24)
    • "Good thing that you two are not in charge"

      I think the fact that they have to come to Mondoweiss to be 'keyboard commandos" and play "keyboard prime minister" shows you how far they are from being in charge.
      They come here when not even the Zionists sites will have them. They'd rather try to shock us with their vicarious brutality than be told how stupid they are by other Zionists.

  • 'NYT' op-ed calls on Jews to abandon liberal Zionism and push for equal rights (42)
  • Jodi Rudoren loves a winner (27)
    • Progress towards ending the depredations of Zionism (Israeli-Palestine "Conflict" my left foot, if you'll excuse the language) will be very slow while we insist there's a "legitimate moral basis" to Zionism.
      But, of course, anything else will mean admitting we made one hell of a mistake. And aren't all that smart when you dangle a carrot in front of our faces. Why, we would have to admit we are just like anybody else.

    • “If Jewish gangsters did it, it’s okay, but for anyone else, it’s a war-crime”…

      A href="http://www.jeromeslater.com/2014/03/reflections-on-john-judiss-genesis-and.html">He did his best. And I bet he did.

      Like I said, we don't do failure, especially not moral failure, that's for other people. Oh we might make a mistake, but moral failure? Not possible.

  • Mr. Netanyahu, what is your endgame? (24)
    • RE: "Tell us Israel, the greater Jewish good – defined – as what? . . . Since dissident Jews don’t have the power, at least lay out a minimum vision – of a somewhat sustainable, somewhat just and, alas, somewhat ethical view of the future of Israel and the Jewish people. All I hear is ending the terror. . . There must be something beyond the terror you partake in and provoke." ~ Marc Ellis

      A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S MUSICAL INTERLUDE, proudly brought to you by the purveyors of new Über-Xtreme Ziocaine® Ultra CR (Controlled Release) Transdermal Patch: Let The Good Times Roll!

      I remember when I was a very little girl, our house caught on fire.
      I'll never forget the look on my father's face as he gathered me up
      In his arms and raced through the burning building out to the pavement.
      I stood there shivering in my pajamas and watched the whole world go up in flames.
      And when it was all over I said to myself,
      "Is that all there is to a fire?"

      Is that all there is?
      Is that all there is?
      If that's all there is my friends
      Then let's keep dancing
      Let's break out the booze and have a ball
      If that's all there is

      And when I was 12 years old, my daddy took me to a circus.
      "The Greatest Show On Earth."
      There were clowns and elephants and dancing bears.
      And a beautiful lady in pink tights flew high above our heads.
      And as I sat there watching, I had the feeling that something was missing.
      I don't know what, but when it was over,
      I said to myself,
      "Is that all there is to a circus?"

      Is that all there is?
      Is that all there is?
      If that's all there is my friends
      Then let's keep dancing
      Let's break out the booze and have a ball
      If that's all there is . . .

      . . . I know what you must be saying to yourselves.
      "If that's the way she feels about it why doesn't she just end it all?"
      Oh, no, not me.
      I'm in no hurry for that final disappointment.
      'Cause I know just as well as I'm standing here talking to you,
      That when that final moment comes and I'm breathing my last breath
      I'll be saying to myself-

      Is that all there is?
      Is that all there is?
      If that's all there is my friends
      Then let's keep dancing
      Let's break out the booze and have a ball
      If that's all there is

      Peggy Lee -- Is That All There Is? 1969 [VIDEO, 04:38] - link to youtube.com

      P.S. The Ziocaine concept was first used on Mondoweiss by “Mooser”

  • A visit to the East Jerusalem hospital treating children injured by Israeli strikes on Gaza (17)
    • "GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Bomb disposal experts in Gaza on Friday said that Israel had dropped the equivalent of six nuclear bombs on the tiny coastal enclave over the course of it's six-week assault, including many that the police say are internationally banned.

      The explosives' engineering police of the Gaza Ministry of Interior said in a statement that Israel had dropped 20,000 tons of explosives on the 139 square mile (360 sq km) territory.

      "Flechette shells, fuel-air bombs (which explode twice, including after impact), dime shells, and flechette shells saturated with uranium were fired at Gaza Strip," the statement added, stressing that the weapons "affect the environment, soil, and water and will affect the next generations by spreading diseases especially cancer."

      The statement said that areas near the border like Khuzaa, eastern Rafah, Shujaiyya, eastern al-Mughazi, al-Bureij and Juhr al-Dik were hit with "the lion's share of Israeli shells and missiles."

      The statement said that of the total number of explosive, 8,000 were dropped from warplanes, "killing entire families and crossing them out of the Palestinian civil register."

      Drones, Apache, F15, F16 and "vertical" warplanes were used during the offensive, firing MK82, MK83 and MK84 shells.

      The statement added that the Israeli artillery deployed in eastern Gaza City had fired high-explosive shells at homes and civilian property causing massive damage, especially in Rafah, Khan Younis, Shujaiyya and Beit Hanoun.

      More than 60,000 artillery shells of different sizes were fired at Gaza.

      During the assault, Gaza police bomb disposal experts said that engaged in 1731 different missions including treating explosive devices, suspicious devices. and vehicles, among other tasks."

      link to maannews.net

  • 'NYT' op-ed calls on Jews to abandon liberal Zionism and push for equal rights (42)
  • Jodi Rudoren loves a winner (27)
    • Ah, remember this from Tunnel Vision Jodi:

      "NYT’s Jerusalem bureau chief: ‘I come knowledgeable about the Jewish American or Jewish Israeli side of this beat’"

      and

      "while death and destruction is far more severe in Gaza than in Israel, it seems like Israelis are almost more traumatized. The Gazans have a deep culture of resistance and aspiration to martyrdom, they’re used to it from Cast Lead and other conflicts, and they have such limited lives than in many ways they have less to lose. Both sides seem intensely proud of their military “achievements” — Israel killing Jabari and taking out so many Fajr 5s, Hamas reaching TA and Jeru. And I’ve been surprised that when I talk to people who just lost a relative, or who are gathering belongings from a bombed-out house, they seem a bit ho-hum."

      More rudeness here:

      link to mondoweiss.net

  • 'Ads Against Apartheid' is going national (10)
    • It is a shame that a little kid lost his life in Israel, but the outrage about a child's life being lost, by Bibi and his butchers, sounds hollow and hypocritical. Strange how they act like only their lives matter.

      Now let's look at the stats on the other side, according to Democracy Now:
      "As the Israeli offensive in Gaza resumes, we look at the impact the military campaign has had on the children of Gaza. More than 467 Palestinian children have died since July. That is more than the combined number of child fatalities in the two previous conflicts in Gaza. According to the World Health Organization, more than 3,000 children have been injured, of which an estimated 1,000 will suffer from a lifelong disability. The United Nations estimates at least 373,000 children require direct and specialized psychosocial support. And, based on the total number of adults killed, there may be up to 1,500 children orphaned. Gazan children’s right to an education has also been severely compromised with at least 25 schools reportedly damaged so severely that they can no longer be used. We speak to Pernille Ironside, chief of UNICEF’s Gaza field office.

      "There isn’t a single family in Gaza who hasn’t experienced personally death, injury, the loss of their home, extensive damage, displacement," Ironside says. "The psychological toll that has on a people, it just cannot be overestimated, and especially on children."

      Someone please send Bibi a memo reminding him how many children were blown up by his brutal military, and still are as of today.

  • In Photos: Thousands pack Rafah streets for funeral of top Hamas commanders (73)
    • In a Yahoo interview Meshaal says it was Hamas members who acted without his knowledge, but he felt it was fine for them to do this anyway.

      Lie. That's not what he said at all. He said that acted alone and understood the frustration and anger that drove the suspects to do what they did.

      You really are pathetic Jon66.

      But, the response here is always to assume Hamas is telling the truth.

      No it's not. The response is to see where the evidence takes us and whether the kidnapping was consistent with Hamas strategy.

    • In a Yahoo interview Meshaal says it was Hamas members who acted without his knowledge, but he felt it was fine for them to do this anyway.

      link to news.yahoo.com

      I don't disagree that there have been lies told by Israel and Hamas both. But, the response here is always to assume Hamas is telling the truth. The hatred here for Israel is so great that it blinds some ( maybe not you) to the truth.

  • Democratic Party leader echoes Netanyahu's new theme: Hamas equals ISIS (105)
    • WALID- “Also weird how the US okayed deliveries of sophisticated arms ($500 million) to the rebel faction in Syria that is allied to IS in the same way the Iraqi army left all of its weapons in Mosul before fleeing.”

      Not weird at all. How else are they going to supply their asset without being too obvious to ignore? ISIS fits rather well into empire’s plans for the Middle East, just as the Ukrainian neo-Nazis are useful in isolating Russia from Europe.

  • Coming Soon: A new Mondoweiss (8)
  • 'NYT' op-ed calls on Jews to abandon liberal Zionism and push for equal rights (42)
    • So NYT publishes another liberal-Zionists-are-moved piece. Well, that convinces me.

      Most convincing is: second paragraph opening with the "Never do liberal Zionists feel more torn than when Israel is at war,” wrote Jonathan Freedland, The Guardian’s opinion editor and a leading British liberal Zionist statement (the lib-Zio real tornment is having to shoot & cry at the same time, of course). Actually, Freedland is a warmonger for Israel as we learned already in 2008/2009. But, luckily for all of us: he is a liberal warmonger. This time, the Guardian -- Freedland at the wheel -- re-published Elie Wiesel's racist bigoted intolerant ad that even the London Murdoch Times had refused.

  • Democratic Party leader echoes Netanyahu's new theme: Hamas equals ISIS (105)
    • Netanyahu has some chutzpah comparing Hamas to ISIS. Many are convinced that ISIS is a creation of US intelligence and other Middle East allies. It is no secret that the US supported al Qaeda fighters in Libya and Syria, and ISIS provides a means to completely splinter the Middle East, reinforce the “clash of civilizations” meme, and to provide an excuse for ongoing US military involvement in the Middle East. A couple of quotes from many that I have read:

      “In fact, as Infowars.com has noted for months, ISIS, formerly al-Qaeda in Iraq, is a force designed by the CIA and trained by the U.S. military. It has received assistance and funds from Saudi Arabia, the Gulf emirates, and Turkey. Its mission is a continuation of the “Clean Break” plan to destroy the Middle East and further balkanize the region.” (Kurt Nimmo)
      link to globalresearch.ca

      “What is notable, however, are the circumstances surrounding the initiation of the bombing and what may have prompted American military action now, after allowing ISIS (entirely funded, directed, created, and armed by the West – notably the United States) to seize vast swaths of territory across Iraq.

      Why bomb Iraq now you might ask? And why bomb the area surrounding Erbil?

      The answers to this question lie in the simple fact that the area surrounding Erbil – the Kurdish region of Iraq – is a “hub for US oil companies.” (Brandon Turbeville)
      link to globalresearch.ca

  • In Photos: Thousands pack Rafah streets for funeral of top Hamas commanders (73)
  • Coming Soon: A new Mondoweiss (8)
    • I'm anxious and glad to see the "We Jews" approach dropped! Great! Of course that will not be without some rockiness -- that's what it is about. And since I read this site some 6 years already, waiting and asking for this change, my patience has proven.

  • In Photos: Thousands pack Rafah streets for funeral of top Hamas commanders (73)
    • I was thinking not only of James Foley’s fate, but also of what happened to Daniel Pearl, another Jewish-American reporter , chasing a story in an area saturated with jihadis.

      Jihadis that funnily enough have no interest in targeting Israel.

      I realize that Hamas probably regard Blumenthal as a “useful idiot”

      Whereas we consider you simply an idiot.

      but the message may not reach every operative on the street, especially now that they are in a panic, shooting suspected “spies” in the street.

      As opposed to in Israel, where anyone who is left wing or anti war is being lynched you mean?

  • Mr. Netanyahu, what is your endgame? (24)
    • I think that is part of it but my suspicion would be that since casualty rates for Israeli troops actually coming face to face with Hamas are going to be unacceptably high he will simply park outside us artillery/ships/aircraft to kill and destroy as many and as much as he can until the USA can no longer justify his actions to themselves and he has to stop.

  • In Photos: Thousands pack Rafah streets for funeral of top Hamas commanders (73)
    • Got up, drove home, called my family. Bastards didn’t get me.

      Wow you're so brave.

      After a few seconds I heard some booms, looked up and saw the contrails of the interception

      Actually, it probably wasn't an interception at all, but the Iron Dome missile detonating by itself and spraying the area with shrapnel.

      Also a rocket hit a synagogue in Ashdod, injuries and damage there, too.

      That clearly means there were bombs hidden there.

  • Jodi Rudoren loves a winner (27)
    • It fits in with the fairy tale nature of Israel's "everybody and his dog was persecuting us for 2000™ years so we deserve our turn to give us our 'dignity'", and "this is the way everybody else did it in the 19th century so anybody complaining about it must just be anti-semitic."

      Not to mention the conviction Zionists all seem to have that if Palestinians had equal rights, Israeli Jews would be treated as badly or worse as they treat Palestinians now, so Israel is justified in its abuse.

      It's a very strange mindset with a certain amount of self-fulfilling prophecy built in, a completely warped view of history, and some clear moral insanity. "If Jewish gangsters did it, it's okay, but for anyone else, it's a war-crime"...

  • In Photos: Thousands pack Rafah streets for funeral of top Hamas commanders (73)
  • Jodi Rudoren loves a winner (27)
  • 'NYT' op-ed calls on Jews to abandon liberal Zionism and push for equal rights (42)
    • AIPAC not as a representitive of American Jewry

      Finkelstein is right. AIPAC however is representative or Jewish Republicans which is about 15% of the Jewish population. This isn't an elite group. Jews are disproportionately liberal while roughly 20% of the population is liberal roughly 50% of Jews are. Finkelstein tends to like to ignore the other 50% entirely as if they didn't exist and tends to exaggerate how liberal the 1/2 that are liberals are. J-Street does a pretty good job of representing the broadly where that leftmost 50% are on the issues.

      The Palestine cause is very popular on college campuses. By far, it is the most popular political cause in American universities.

      Baloney. Cost of college / college loans and the jobs situation score way higher than anything else higher than just about everything else combined. Then come gay rights / same sex marriage, marijuana legalization, environmental issues (drilling, fracking, global warming)... I'd be shocked if Palestine made the top 20 in surveys of college campus voters. I've never seen it make a top 10 list in any poll.

      But let's flip the question around to something that actually matters to politicians:
      What percentage of Jewish Liberals offended by Israel would be willing to vote for, campaign for or donate to an anti-Israel Republican? I would bet the number is 0%.

      OTOH Jewish moderates have a long track record of doing the opposite.

  • Coming Soon: A new Mondoweiss (8)
    • I've been following Mondoweiss since the beginning. To celebrate your newest upcoming iteration, I plan on making a donation. You cannot be thanked enough, though.

  • Mr. Netanyahu, what is your endgame? (24)
    • There is no endgame, Butcher Bibi thought that the Palestinians would have surrendered by now. They didn't and now he can do nothing more than keep the killing machine going.

      I have no idea how this is going to play out.

  • Jodi Rudoren loves a winner (27)
    • JOEMOWREY- “This woman is a brazen propagandist….”

      You got that right. In today’s Seattle Times, under a headline which reads “Israel’s targeted bombings limit civilian casualties in Gaza,” Rudoren writes: “Hamas has repeatedly broken temporary truces in this summer’s Gaza Strip battles, vowing to fire rockets into Israel until its demands are met.”

      The reality is that Israel looks for pretexts to commit mass murder and destroy the infrastructure, and frequently manufactures pretexts if none are available. A quote and link to Global Research:

      “Former Israeli Attorney General Michael Ben Yair today admitted that the Israelis staged the alleged Hamas breach on Tuesday in order to assassinate Al Qassam leader Mohammed Deif.” (Gaza Ministry of Health)
      link to globalresearch.ca

      Uri Avnery makes the same essential point:

      “At about 16.00 hours, three rockets were fired at Beersheba and fell into open spaces. No warning sirens. Curiously enough, Hamas denied having launched them, and no other Palestinian organization took responsibility. This was strange. After every previous launching from Gaza, some Palestinian organization has always proudly claimed credit.”

      First it became known that an hour before the rockets came in, the Israeli population near Gaza was warned by the army to prepare their shelters and “safe spaces”.

      Then it appeared that the first Gaza building hit belonged to the family of a Hamas military commander. Three people were killed, among them a baby and his mother.
      For the Israeli Security Service, he is a prize for which it is well worth breaking the ceasefire and reigniting the war.” (Uri Avnery)
      link to counterpunch.org

  • 'Ads Against Apartheid' is going national (10)
    • Me too. Proximate to either the BQE (Brooklyn Queens Expressway) or the George Washington Bridge would be ideal.

      I hope pictures from around the country start flying in thick and fast, so we can bump them along social media. This could be a US solidarity game changer.

  • 'Common Dreams' website traps Hasbara troll spewing anti-Semitism (106)
    • "Indeed the vast majority of Palestinian supporters bend over backwards to ensure that there is no hint of anti-Semitism in their work or discussions." This is true. At any BDS protest, you'll see and hear people making concessions to their critics, saying that criticizing Israel is not "anti-semitic", as if they have to prove something to Zionists. The anti-apartheid movement didn't worry about "anti-whiteism", but the Palestine solidarity movement is far too concerned with "anti-semitism".

  • 'Ads Against Apartheid' is going national (10)
    • It's called throwing good money after bad. I recall during their rampage in 'o2 or '03 on the West Bank the first things they destroyed were the building projects financed by foreign organizations.

      It will be hard but Israel needs to be forced to pay for the reconstruction out of their own pockets. You knocked it down, you pay for it.

  • Jodi Rudoren loves a winner (27)
  • Coming Soon: A new Mondoweiss (8)
    • Can't begin to tell you just how informative and instructive this site has been in developing my understanding of the I/P conflict. A true cornerstone for the Palestinian Solidarity movement and a credit to the alternative media platforms, which an ever increasing number of us are now turning to.

      Onwards and upwards Mondoweiss.

      Free Palestine.

  • Mr. Netanyahu, what is your endgame? (24)
  • Jodi Rudoren loves a winner (27)
    • MOOSER- “And even if there was a “morally legitimate basis” (and that and $5 will get you a fancy latte at any Starbucks) it sure didn’t seem to have any effect on how it was actually done.”

      That is exactly correct. No amount of clever words or moral posturing can justify the actual facts on the ground. All movements proclaim high ideals and moral grounding, however, all need to be judged on their actions, their self-serving PR of little import except as a measure of group hypocrisy. Anyone familiar with “Zionism in the Age of Dictators” or the current Zionist support for Ukrainian neo-Nazis or Israel’s ongoing war against the Palestinians, etc., knows all they need to know about Zionism’s moral basis.

  • 'We made a mistake. There is a sickness inside our community' -- Jacob Ari Labendz in the synagogue (16)
    • The Christian fundy I know the best personally, a very nice woman in her daily life, just answers my attempts to give her some facts about Israeli policy and conduct with, "Oh, there's always a few rotten apples in any barrel." She said she would send America's sons, including her own, to die for Israel. If you don't support the Jews, she says, you won't go to heaven. God said so.

  • 'NYT' op-ed calls on Jews to abandon liberal Zionism and push for equal rights (42)
    • When I started to read Mondoweiss more than 12 months ago it was difficult to express my sympathies for the Palestinians cause without being called a nut or an anti-Semite i.e. "The love that dare not speak its name". But huge changes have taken place in the past year. So many readers are now expressing all my feelings and conclusions. It is very heartening and encouraging to feel vindicated after so many years of suppression and obfuscation. Thank you Mondoweiss for leading the pack in this critical area. This piece by Lerman is stunning, because as Phil says, we are close to witnessing "Palestinians getting to make their political case in the elite media".

  • Jodi Rudoren loves a winner (27)
    • I don't know if the world can/will wait-- least of all, the Palestinian people.

      (is there a specialty in that field as there is in plastic surgery?)

      Zionism started out a mess and is now FUBAR.

  • 'We made a mistake. There is a sickness inside our community' -- Jacob Ari Labendz in the synagogue (16)
  • Coming Soon: A new Mondoweiss (8)
    • Please don't neglect mobile.

      My specific concern: The "Featured" articles appear on top, some times for the entire first page, and I have to work pretty hard to find out if there are new posts on the site when using my cell phone.

      Thanks for all the great work you do!

  • 'NYT' op-ed calls on Jews to abandon liberal Zionism and push for equal rights (42)
  • Mr. Netanyahu, what is your endgame? (24)
    • the title is a joke, right?

      Bibi plans to keep escalating - ISIS is a Mossad creation from what I've read - another bogeyman to provide the sales slogans for more wars

      Bibi plans to keep attacking Gaza until they people are pushed out - to Jordan and Sinai

      Bibi plans to influence the outcome of the Syria war, control over Lebanon, tighter rein over Egypt, to expand its cooperation with Saudi Arabia for the war on Iran both want so badly for the U.S. to fight for them

      Bibi plans further annexation of East Jerusalem

      Bibi is the Monster's charioteer

  • Jodi Rudoren loves a winner (27)
  • Coming Soon: A new Mondoweiss (8)
  • 'We made a mistake. There is a sickness inside our community' -- Jacob Ari Labendz in the synagogue (16)
  • Watch: Huge pro-BDS Palestinian flag unfurled on Manhattan Bridge (6)
  • Jodi Rudoren loves a winner (27)
    • "If it was morally legitimate one would have expected Israel..."

      The funny part is, the arguments for Zionism's "moral legitimacy" can be demolished by the way Zionism treats the Jews to start with, before we even get to the Palestinians. Zionism's moral (not to mention religious) legitimacy was in shreds before it even got to Palestine.

      But what I can't figure out is why, why the great need to always stick in the proviso that the Zionists fell from some moral peak they once surmounted? What is that all about? Why is it necessary?

  • 'We made a mistake. There is a sickness inside our community' -- Jacob Ari Labendz in the synagogue (16)
    • I normally do not respond to comments on my articles, but I will make an exception here out of respect for my parents.

      My parents made me the man I am today. Even if they do not agree with all of my politics, they have supported and nurtured me.

      If you liked anything of what I wrote, it is to their credit as much as it is to my own. You owe them thanks, rather than derision.

  • 'Common Dreams' website traps Hasbara troll spewing anti-Semitism (106)
  • 'We made a mistake. There is a sickness inside our community' -- Jacob Ari Labendz in the synagogue (16)
    • "Jacob Ari Labendz had a couple of oddball parents."

      Who taught their son to stand up and say what he thinks, instead of sniping on the internet at Mondoweiss? Yeah, real oddballs.
      I bet your parents were perfect, Jackdaw. Perfect Zionists.

  • A visit to the East Jerusalem hospital treating children injured by Israeli strikes on Gaza (17)
  • 'We made a mistake. There is a sickness inside our community' -- Jacob Ari Labendz in the synagogue (16)
    • "That someone has to go to a synagogue and state the bleeding obvious"

      Now, now, Seafoid, Israel is a democracy! And what democracy which has any self-respect would take orders from a religion?

  • A visit to the East Jerusalem hospital treating children injured by Israeli strikes on Gaza (17)
    • OMG. I think I put that in far, far away from my consciousness...

      It's impossible to fully comprehend the many and enormous crimes that have gone unpunished.

  • 'Ads Against Apartheid' is going national (10)
    • Gaza will have to be rebuilt and nobody is going to put money in if the siege is still being run.

      Poor Israel is going to have look at Gaza differently.

      link to irishtimes.com
      "Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened to escalate the fight against Hamas, vowing the group would “pay a heavy price” after a four-year-old Israeli boy was killed by a mortar attack from Gaza, the first Israeli child to die in the six-week conflict."

  • 'Common Dreams' website traps Hasbara troll spewing anti-Semitism (106)
    • thanks Annie,

      your article shows the true insidious side of government funded hasbara.

      one of the posters participating on our forums at that time was using an ip address out of the Israeli PM’s office.

      it doesn't surprise me, there is no other site, that i know of, with such a large traffic of visiters, that can suss out a hasbarist as fast as Mondoweiss, covert or otherwise.

  • Waging resource warfare on Palestine (9)
    • I just read the Guardian article, and once again cannot fathom how a people can be so evil, so cruel, and can inflict such pain, death, and suffering, on a people they wield power over. This is inhumane, and to make women and children suffer so much shows a sadistic mind set. Some lessons the nazis taught them.

  • Jodi Rudoren loves a winner (27)
    • "If it was morally legitimate one would have expected Israel to cauterize open wounds"

      Seafoid, if you've got 'moral legitimacy' just a quick half-apology should be all that's necessary, and don't forget all the praise due for making that half-apology.
      But an accounting, restitution reparations? Israel can't afford that, never could. Maybe that's why they need so much moral legitimacy.

  • A visit to the East Jerusalem hospital treating children injured by Israeli strikes on Gaza (17)
  • 'NYT' op-ed calls on Jews to abandon liberal Zionism and push for equal rights (42)
    • Note the difference in these NY Times headlines to help us understand who are the evil doers.

      Israeli Strike Hits Family of Hamas Leader

      Gazans Suspected of Aiding Israel Are Killed

  • Waging resource warfare on Palestine (9)
    • "And international community was observing quietly."

      Worse than that, the US was arming them, gave them more ammunition, and gave them that green light. We should be ashamed at the part our nation has played in this massacre and attempt to bomb Gaza to the stone age. Israel is an evil nation.

  • A visit to the East Jerusalem hospital treating children injured by Israeli strikes on Gaza (17)
    • I wondered that too, Annie.

      How can there be a limit on giving care to the grievously wounded? It's really a further sign of depravity. What can one expect from the same odious people who massacred their families and wounded them-- internally and externally....

      "A fortunate minority of injured children are able to seek treatment abroad or in Jerusalem. At the end of July, however, fewer than a dozen of the nearly 3,000 children physically injured had been allowed into East Jerusalem for treatment.
      ........
      Those receiving treatment outside of Gaza are not unique because of the severity of their wounds and trauma, but because they were allowed out. An eight-year-long Israeli imposed blockade of the Gaza Strip traps the majority of civilians inside, with travel permits almost impossible to obtain.

      “The situation in Gaza hospitals is very bad now,” said Samah. “In Shifa, Shaima shared a single hospital bed with four children. They don’t have enough resources, there isn't medicine.”

      Dr. Ashraf al-Qudra, spokesperson for the Ministry of Health in Gaza, confirmed the extent of the crisis gripping health facilities in Gaza: “[patients from] Beit Hanoun Hospital, Shuhada Al-Aqsa Hospital, Mohammad Al-Dura for Children Hospital and Al-Wafa Hospitals were transferred to the rest of the hospitals in the Strip, which caused overcrowding in light of the large number of injured persons. Some patients and injured persons were placed on the floor. This is unhealthy, I know, but this is a crisis and we need to provide medical services.” "

      link to dci-palestine.org

      Are we supposed to think that Israel is somehow benevolent by allowing a handful of people through?

  • 'NYT' op-ed calls on Jews to abandon liberal Zionism and push for equal rights (42)
    • In print, in the MSM, in the NYT!

      Yes, but it's in the international NYT, the ones that Americans don't read. So the significance is significant, but still subdued.

      Nevertheless, these days most people read the NYT online anyway.

  • 'Ads Against Apartheid' is going national (10)
  • Coming Soon: A new Mondoweiss (8)
  • Jodi Rudoren loves a winner (27)
    • "was never any morally legitimate basis for Zionism"

      Oh, you're a clever one, Jerome. I have no freaking idea if there is or isn't any "morally legitimate basis for Zionism" I didn't have any "implied conclusion", you just stuck that in as a derailer.
      And even if there was a "morally legitimate basis" (and that and $5 will get you a fancy latte at any Starbucks) it sure didn't seem to have any effect on how it was actually done.

      "Not easy; I’ve done my best here: "
      And I'm sure you always will. Our "morally legitimate basis" trumps Palestinian lives is going to be a hard sell

  • Mr. Netanyahu, what is your endgame? (24)
  • 'We made a mistake. There is a sickness inside our community' -- Jacob Ari Labendz in the synagogue (16)
    • "To drive all the Jews in Israel over the cliff of fascism ?"

      "All" the Jews, Seafoid? "All the Jews in Israel"? Nah, not all of them, not by a long shot. Some will make short work of getting out and some will take it in the shorts.
      Zionism has always worked to the advantage of certain Jews, and not others.

  • 'Common Dreams' website traps Hasbara troll spewing anti-Semitism (106)
    • Steve Macklevore @ August 21, 2014 at 4:32 pm:

      In over three decades of pro Palestinian activism, I’ve never heard a anti-semitic comment. Indeed the vast majority of Palestinian supporters bend over backwards to ensure that there is no hint of anti-Semitism in their work or discussions.

      Never heard? Or gone out of your way to ensure you haven't? Give a watch. You only need to watch from about 0:55 for about 1 minute, especially the 10 secs or so starting at 1:26.

      I know MEMRI has an agenda, and does not represent the entire Muslim world, etc. I also know they've been criticized for mistranslation & selective editing -- back in 2004. I've found very little in the way of compelling debunking of any of their work in recent years.

      That public meeting -- in Sydney, Australia -- looks to me to be an actual thing in the world. How can such things not inform your view of the world?

  • Jodi Rudoren loves a winner (27)
  • Mr. Netanyahu, what is your endgame? (24)
    • Ivri

      i agree

      but only the eu can solve the problem in gaza
      not america north and south,not asia,and not the middle eastern countries like guitar that changes its tune with each new player

      eu supervised demilitarization of gaza and then a seaport linked to europe
      not cyprus turkey but maybe italy or greece.
      those european countries that have centuries old links to jewish history must be part of the equation.
      gas resources could help fund the reconstruction in 2 stages
      demilitarization and then reconstruction with seaport linked to europe.

  • Jodi Rudoren loves a winner (27)
    • What great points you make! Thanks Jim.

    • If it was morally legitimate one would have expected Israel to cauterize open wounds - compensate the refugees, tie up the legal work, at least leave them with something instead of hanging in the wind. But Zionism could never do decency which is why the question remains open and 1948 is never finished. Gaza is another flare up of 1948.

      And Israel now is hardly going to make it. The notion that European Jews suffering from "anti-Semitism" will shut up shop and move to the Jewish moral latrine on the Med to feel safe is laughable.

    • I'm keeping this article so I can refer to it the next time someone writes a piece here at Mondoweiss and suggests Rudoren "deserves credit" (or some such nonsense) when she accidentally lets some small item of truth about Israel slip through. This woman is a brazen propagandist, not to mention a disgusting human being. She should be put on trial for incitement against Palestinians.

  • 'NYT' op-ed calls on Jews to abandon liberal Zionism and push for equal rights (42)
    • RE: "Liberal Zionists must now face the reality that the dissenters have recognized for years: A de facto single state already exists; in it, rights for Jews are guaranteed while rights for Palestinians are curtailed." ~ Antony Lerman

      MY COMMENT: I hate to find fault with Lerman's excellent op-ed, but (rightly or wrongly) I can't agree that "rights for Jews are guaranteed" in the de facto single state that already exists between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean. I do more or less agree that Israeli "Jews" (as currently defined by Israel's Nuremberg-type laws) have certain rights that generally are not curtailed (as they are de jure and and even a bit more de facto to varying degrees for "non-Jewish" Israelis). Unfortunately, Israel failed to take advantage of its best opportunity to "guarantee" these rights when it pretty much blew off the commitment made in its declaration of independence to formulate and adopt a formal constitution no later than 1 October 1948.
      Although some constitutional provisions are contained in Basic Laws passed by Israel's Knesset, there is no clear rule determining the precedence of Basic Rules over regular legislation, and in many cases this issue is left to the interpretation of the judicial system.
      Consequently, at this point, it is far too much of a stretch to say that "rights for Jews [or anyone else] are guaranteed" in the de facto single state. Considerably to the contrary, the current government of Israel is committed to having the Knesset pass a Basic Law subverting Israel's democratic identity to its identity as the state of the Jewish people.

  • 'We made a mistake. There is a sickness inside our community' -- Jacob Ari Labendz in the synagogue (16)
    • They have hollowed out Judaism. It's a shell now.

      Cordyceps is worth watching if you haven't seen it
      link to youtube.com

      But Cordyceps serves a natural function. What is the purpose of Zionism? To drive all the Jews in Israel over the cliff of fascism ? For what ?

      That someone has to go to a synagogue and state the bleeding obvious- Israel has lost it. Is it not understandable? Does it have to be spelt out ? Do people still believe the tikkun olam self-medication ? The world is going to have to repair Judaism. (Yes Mooser, not everyone) And it's going to hurt

  • A visit to the East Jerusalem hospital treating children injured by Israeli strikes on Gaza (17)
    • if you're interested, why not just google it? the name of the hospital is St. Joseph and it's in sheikh jarrah. if it's in the news it should pop up.

      i'm curious how the ICRC chooses which children to bring. of the 3000 injured children, 1/2 of them orphaned, they have chosen 25.

      grabbing at anyone who held him with his left hand as his right is broken. Ahmad also wears bandages over his head. His skull, nose and roof of his mouth were fractured and each day the boy who isn’t old enough to walk has his bandages changed. He also lost his left eye during the bombing that injured him.

      i think everyone should read this. this and a list of every injury from every child who has been mutilated by this sadistic israeli system.

  • Mr. Netanyahu, what is your endgame? (24)
  • 'NYT' op-ed calls on Jews to abandon liberal Zionism and push for equal rights (42)
    • "... liberal Zionism not only lacks agency; worse, it provides cover for the supremacist Zionism dominant in Israel today."

      Liberal Zionism always provided cover for supremacist Zionism.

  • 'We made a mistake. There is a sickness inside our community' -- Jacob Ari Labendz in the synagogue (16)
    • .
      what a tangled web
      this injust Israel has imprisoned much of the Jewish population
      .
      deaf ears;
      i was talking to a 'practicing' Christian
      (G-d will let us know who we are who we were and who we will be)
      and i brought up the oppression the Palestines have been living with
      she pretty much shrugged it off Israels homeland G-ds Will and so on
      so i asked how can it be done in the Name of G-d and include lying
      cheating stealing oppression and murder .... no answer
      i went on to ask her what would she do if her family her children her
      grandchildren were subject to the same treatment/oppression she in
      an 'apples and oranges' tone said she wouldn't put up with it
      still i went on i could tell she still hadn't fully related to the issue
      i asked her this .... what about all the Christian Palestines .... she
      seemed floored the concept of Christian Palestines was new to her
      i left it at that hoping that through me G-d had oiled her wheels
      .
      all and every should be respected and treated justly
      all life is of G-d
      .
      G-d Bless
      .

  • Mr. Netanyahu, what is your endgame? (24)
    • What`s the endgame? – that`s a good question. Of course sometimes you just struggle to overcome current problems with the hope that in the end things will somehow sort themselves out in ways that are unforeseeable now since circumstances can change and the outcomes of consecutive move scan create new realities. Yet, there is a possible direction. Remember how the West-Bank looked just a decade and a half ago – exactly as Gaza now. And how were the relations between Jews and Arabs in Israel 6 decades ago – hugely explosive. So Gaza is the third leg in a process of normalization – the Palestinians internalizing that trying to undo Israel is too costly and accepting the Jewish entity and finding ways to coexist with it, no matter how non-ideal, is the only reasonable to go. The details can be worked out with time (no need for in-rush futile “peace agreements”) but it is the recognition of facts that matter most. As is already happening with Israel with Arab countries sin the region – Jordan, Egypt and Saudi-Arabia (and Gulf allies) – which informally create forms of cooperation with Israel while those that consistently refused as Syria, Iraq and Libya are falling apart (as Hamas may now be too).

  • Jodi Rudoren loves a winner (27)
  • 'Ads Against Apartheid' is going national (10)
    • Definitely get,s a donation from me.

      What better way to get people talking about the massacres and land theft.

      There will be quite a few peed off zionists traveling to/from work.Or just going about their daily business and wondering if they should speak up in favour of Israel.
      What with all those anti semites all over the place reading these Jew hatred lies and Arab propaganda.

      Great stuff.

  • 'We made a mistake. There is a sickness inside our community' -- Jacob Ari Labendz in the synagogue (16)
    • "Jacob Ari Labendz had a couple of oddball parents. Is it any wonder that he has a beef with Israel?" Can you please back up that allegation, Jackdaw?

      Jacob Ari Labendz gives me hope-- he's no kid, either.

      (Oh, and Jackdaw-- Nusrat wasn't an Israeli! You know the country that did "turn into a p.o.c.")

  • Mr. Netanyahu, what is your endgame? (24)
    • What will actually happen is that the Israeli Jewish poor will be shafted.
      The song is always the same. Beitar Jerusalem fans think the elites are on their side but it's all time dependent, suckers.

  • Jodi Rudoren loves a winner (27)
    • You've read about Hearst, right? :) Anything about the Spanish-American war, of course, that's just the modern era. I think some of their journalists were even worse in the 1700s.

      We'd all do better to read the NYT as the old Soviets used to read Pravda and Izvestia. Once properly read, the story is again clearish. Hmmm, maybe vodka would help too. :)

    • It's Time To Stop 'Managing' the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and Just End It

      link to prospect.org

    • Professor Slater, the key thing here is not that Jodi Rudoren and Binyamin Netanyahu are acting like Nazis, or almost Nazis, or something like Nazis, or whatever.

      The key thing is that they are acting like Zionists--even those Zionists you finally approve of who accomplished the Nakba. In other words, Jewish opinions and rights are of value; Palestinian opinions and rights are not consulted. And my right to your land is greater than your right to your land.

      Netanyahu is like Livni is like Olmert is like Barak is like Sharon is like Peres is like Rabin is like Meir is like Eshkol is like Sharrett, yea, unto the eighteenth generation, and the sainted Ben Gurion: they all believe their ethnonationalism gives them the right to expel Palestinians from their land.

      Enough with the Nazis already, and enough with the good cop/bad cop distraction of Netanyahu's presumed falling off from the virtue of, say, the virtuous Butcher of Lydda, Yitzhak Rabin. It's more than enough to say "Netanyahu is as bad as Ben Gurion!" That's slur enough, and it's also completely accurate.

      There is no "moral collapse" of Israel. In this, I agree completely with its current leadership.

  • Waging resource warfare on Palestine (9)
    • Wonderful! He is a sport indeed, and best of all he conveys with humor, the plight they are in regarding the control of water of their occupier.
      I hope this video is seen all over the world.

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