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March 22, 2018, 10:13 pm

Dear Mummy D,

you may enjoy this Berber boy with his biro and rubber band fret brase Mahegah berber thing you could just rock along Mummy our wee little babies are going to conquer this world…


March 22, 2018, 10:12 pm

Bennett embodies the blind arrogance of Zionism. He also reiterates Theodor Herzl’s stated purpose for a Jewish state, to provide a safe haven from assimilation, i.e. to preserve the Jews’ alleged God-given superiority over the rest of humanity.

Nathan Rothschild, recently looking back at the Balfour letter to his uncle Walter, stated that Israel was funded solely for “that sacred goal, the return of Israel to its ancestral homeland” (8:50 in video).

March 22, 2018, 9:53 pm

I join in your applause. (Sound of two hands clapping.) This is a GREAT story!

Annie Robbins
March 22, 2018, 9:41 pm

It’s a tragedy that she will spend the next decade or so in an Israeli jail.

that’s not a prediction.

i recommend: Three reasons why Israel backed down, and Ahed Tamimi will walk free https://medium.com/@fadiquran/three-reasons-why-israel-backed-down-and-ahed-tamimi-will-walk-free-3e741c0c747a

March 22, 2018, 9:39 pm

“the Eda Haredit’s strict anti-modern lifestyle prohibits them from using the internet.”

Is use of the internet forbidden in the Torah or in the Talmud?

March 22, 2018, 9:34 pm

And the chief rabbi, yonah?
And nutty stating black migrants are worse that Sinai terrorists.

Clean your own filthy house before you comment on others.

March 22, 2018, 9:28 pm

hey Mummy Dianab,

maybe I will sleep tonight instead of lament only because of you, it is I who should be thankful,

wallahibarakficum, what is wrong with me you make me cry Mummy D.

March 22, 2018, 9:26 pm

” saying that there is no “moral equivalence between settlement building, what I call ‘building in our communities in our homeland,’ and Palestinian incitement. It is not the same thing.””

First time I agreed with that little rat bennett. What he calls building is a flat out war crime punishable by death when other countries have done it. T

he incitement is a call to arms by the victims trying to rebuff an evil oppressor and criminal state.

No comparison at all.

Lauder…. Hope the criminals in Israel keep kicking him. He’s facilitated massive crimes against humanity and deserves to be in front of the ICC. A nasty racist pos through and through. He’s being treated like any useful idiot is treated by a criminal gang. So very well desrved and assuming he isn’t totally senile he may have some inkling of the evil he supported and nurtured.

Friedman? No self respecting dog, male or female would have him. Another thug with the morals of a racist criminal.

Meanwhile the sales of Depends has gone up as they iof wet their pants over the thought of being slapped by a Palestinian teenager.

March 22, 2018, 8:54 pm

“catalan turned out to be monumentally wrong while i maintained there would be hell to pay if israel kept her imprisoned for very long.” Annie

I guess I did make the wrong prediction. Perhaps BDS is a much more powerful tool than I imagined and it will force Israel to make big concessions.

March 22, 2018, 8:05 pm

RE: Bennett can help himself to a piping hot mug of better-get-used-to-it… American Jews across the political spectrum understand the urgency of a two-state solution ~ Dylan Williams

MY COMMENT: I agree that the situation is extremely urgent, but I can assure you that Bennett and his ilk (like David Friedman) will be so ladida, so ladida.
They’ll be so ladida, so ladida.
And the G.O.I. will be making all the promises that
No one never keeps
To the sound of hilltop youth complaining
We got nowhere left to go


March 22, 2018, 7:31 pm

“The Badatz Eidah Hachareidis kosher symbol is considered very reliable.”

Thanks, “Yitzchak”, good to know. Some others may be, unfortunately, less than as very reliable.

March 22, 2018, 7:27 pm

Terrific story, and a wonderful thing that these people are standing by the old rabbinic religion instead of caving in to the new Zionist (revisioinist) religion. Maybe these peopleare related to (or the same as) the Neturei Karta ( http://www.nkusa.org/ ) folks.

March 22, 2018, 7:19 pm

@Gamal: Many many thanks to you for your kind, warm comment, which has greatly touched me. I live in the hope that Palestine will soon be a country where all of its residents — from the River to the Sea — can live in peace, harmony and justice. A country where there will be one set of laws for all, where there will be no “separation wall”, and where the ancient admonition expressed by Rabbi Hillel — “Do Not Do Unto Thy Neighbor That Which Is Distasteful To You” — prevails.

March 22, 2018, 7:18 pm

Speaking of being pro- Israel and pro- war and annihilation ll over MENA ta~da!

“Trump’s national security adviser HR McMaster resigns
Trump announces McMaster’s departure on Twitter
Former UN ambassador John Bolton named as replacement…”


Between Haley and The Mustache… woe is unto us in the whole wide world! As if things could not get worse.

(I am going to find a bucket now…)

March 22, 2018, 7:13 pm

“That’s rather a long way, so I’m not sure that I see clearly.”

Clear? So clear! You’re like a hawk looking through a Hubble rubbed with Rain-X.

March 22, 2018, 7:06 pm

My final comment, especially to @Keith: My letter to Kamala Harris was initially emailed to Senator Harris via her website, and I received a cordial, well-written response from her office. It was only after I sent the letter to Senator Harris that I then posted it on Facebook. For Keith to suggest that perhaps Senator Harris never actually received the letter is preposterous. I would not have thought it necessary to spell out such a detail.

Yonah Fredman
March 22, 2018, 7:06 pm

Stephen- don’t you think someone whose toxicity towards Jews was so loud and outrageous, doesn’t he have a duty of being just as loud with his repentance?

March 22, 2018, 5:56 pm

“goons in the picture”

Yes I expect she will be the first President of the Whole World

Annie Robbins
March 22, 2018, 5:41 pm

i agree emory. i said when she was arrested i thought she would be released relatively shortly and not spend decades behind bars because of international pressure. (catalan was claiming she’d be ‘locked up til she was 30 to send a message’, and “she will spend the next decade or so in an Israeli jail”). there were several conversations about it which i explained to the kid here:


catalan turned out to be monumentally wrong while i maintained there would be hell to pay if israel kept her imprisoned for very long. in the context of a decade, 8 months is…

March 22, 2018, 5:13 pm

“Impressed” doesn’t even start expressing it. Such leadership characteristics haven’t been on display for many years, imho –anywhere in the world. Unfortunately, those who now are well-known among past leaders (no names offered because you’ll have to take your pick according to your politics) usually were supported by an effective resistance organization, able to hit with sustained popular mobilization. One can only hope that the effect doesn’t all get lost in the near future.

March 22, 2018, 4:48 pm


Bingo indeed. No matter if an unlikely sincere waking up, or an empty rhetorical device, this is absolutely huge coming from the very horse’s mouth. Could it be that it announces a milligram of improvement in the PLO negotiating position?

Huge, but still likely to end up being like the regularly “huge” nothings purported to announce an imminent total intra-Jewish revolution on MW.

March 22, 2018, 4:42 pm

“as a rhetorical device”

I thought it a wonderful and inspiring letter, your final paragraph really touched me i have relatives who farm near Palestine producing abundant crops out of our sandy soil roasting corn over open fires in the fields and eating guava and melons on the outskirts of my village is the most soothing thing i know, anyway your final paragraph made me cry.

gracie fr
March 22, 2018, 4:27 pm

A report published by Israeli human rights group B’Tselem on Tuesday argues that … so-called improvements related to the trial of minors has improved very little. The juvenile military court system, which uses the tactic of denying bail to pressure over 70 percent of juvenile defendants and their families into accepting plea bargains, has a startling conviction rate that exceeds 95 percent.
The military juvenile courts do not come close to conforming to international standards and conventions signed and implemented by Israel, according to the B’Tselem report. And Israel’s treatment of Palestinian minors contrasts starkly with the treatment Israeli children receive in Israel’s separate, civilian juvenile justice system.
One of the most disturbing differences between the Israeli civilian and military juvenile justice systems is that in the Israeli system[tried in Israel under Israeli and not military law], arrest and pre-conviction detention is supposed to be a last resort; other options are to be exhausted before resorting to imprisonment. In the military system, to which Palestinian children are subjected, pre-conviction detention (denying bail) is the rule; there are virtually no alternatives to detention, and exceptions are extremely rare.
What this means is that Palestinian minor defendants are faced with the following choice: fight the charges and remain in prison for the duration of their trial or sign a plea deal and get a reduced sentence. Considering the time spent in prison awaiting trial, however, even defendants likely to be acquitted still might spend more time behind bars than if they had just signed a plea deal.
The biggest problem is that no so called changes have affected the way Palestinian juveniles are arrested, interrogated, and remanded to custody without bail. As long as the system is designed to churn out confessions [and permanently mark the child as an offender] that lead to plea deals — and the protections for those earlier stages of custody remain unimplemented — thus reforms to the trial system inside the new juvenile courts will remain virtually moot. Palestinian children rarely stand trial and the merits and circumstances of their confessions are never critically reviewed by a judge.


The Israeli military hoped that the arrest of Ahed would deter the youth of Nabi Saleh (Ahed’s village) and Palestinians across the region from protesting. What happened was the opposite: The youth were inspired by Ahed’s agency, and protests in Nabi Saleh and elsewhere became larger and more intense.


March 22, 2018, 4:21 pm

I think that Keith is right to suggest that it would be naive for anyone to have expected KH, or anyone successful in Democratic politics, not to have done a bit of allegiance-pledging to Z. However, I also think that an Open Letter, a critique presented in letter form, is and is understood to be addressed to everyone, not solely to the named addressee. As an expression of disappointment that someone seemingly so humane should really support such cruelty it makes a valid point. If there was little chance that KH would attend to these words there may still be hope that some others may be influenced by them. That they come from someone whose family includes Jewish victims of violence makes them more pointed.

Yonah Fredman
March 22, 2018, 4:06 pm

Too bad mw can’t afford an editor. Maybe you meant moral panic, rather than moral manic. Certainly you meant tenets rather than tenants.

Malcom x was murdered because of the (true) gossip that he spread about the womanizing of “the honorable”elijah muhammad. Farrakhan, faithful disciple, called for malcolm’s death.

I always assumed that Andy young got a green light from Carter to talk to the plo, but once it came to light, young had to be fired. That’s how the state dept. works. Break the rules and get caught, lose your job.

Jesse jackson’s 1984 campaign never got off the ground. It’s difficult to tell what role farrakhan’s threat to kill the reporter who reported “hymietown” played in that campaign. Death threats against reporters is low. (Understatement).

Jesse Jackson’s defeat by dukakis in the NY state primary was pivotal to his loss of the nomination in 88. It was not farrakhan who was key to his defeat, nor koch. It was jackson’s stance on israel. ( ted Kennedy’s defeat of Carter in the 1980 NY state primary was also due to Jewish voters and their support for israel.)

Blaine Coleman
March 22, 2018, 3:46 pm

Ahed Tamimi won’t be silenced, unlike most U.S. campuses. Even in an occupation courtroom, surrounded by armed police, she speaks more loudly and freely than most U.S. academics, who have imprisoned their minds and locked their jaws. Ahed’s mistreatment has also occasioned another call for boycott against Israel, this time in the Ann Arbor City Council: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcOZITYaNTo

And that boycott call was on TV:

March 22, 2018, 3:07 pm

Although I can’t confirm it from other sources, I was told by a Palestinian activist in Hebron that Ahed was not in solitary but with her mother and other people. That at least was true after her first court hearing.

March 22, 2018, 2:42 pm

” it should be that accusations of antisemitism can be weaponized to de-legitimize those on the left”

I am sure that I am not the only one out there be it left right centre or all three mixed up but I used to inwardly groan when I heard or read the expression “anti – Semitism” in the context of criticism of Israel.

Nowadays I just yawn. It is so predictable , so pathetic and so so boring.

March 22, 2018, 2:33 pm

Ali Abunimah: ‘No way to conceal that Zionism is straight up racism and apartheid when head of World Jewish Congress Ron Lauder writes that equal democratic and civil rights for all is an “unacceptable” outcome.’

That sums it up. So inserting Chomsky’s “but allow very lively debate” is disingenuous: there is no lively debate on the central issue — Zionism is racism. That’s a debate that’s never happening of course because to be superior isn’t to be racist.

March 22, 2018, 2:32 pm

God works in mysterious ways. If Israel had followed the path of justice it wouldn’t be in the toilet.

March 22, 2018, 2:17 pm

” an intimate framework of proceedings ”

You couldn`t make these people up. Oh though wait a minute they are made up.

March 22, 2018, 2:11 pm

To reach thousands, put the presentation on youtube.

Stephen Shenfield
March 22, 2018, 2:04 pm

Farrakhan had a series of meetings with rabbis of the anti-Zionist Neturei Karta, as a result of which Farrakhan acknowledged that his earlier anti-Semitic position was mistaken and began to distinguish between Jews and Zionists.

March 22, 2018, 2:03 pm

The supportive friend tries to help the addict. The addict – wallowing in his addiction – screams in hate at the grotesque face he sees before him.

The way things are going, Israeli Zionists – driven mad by their unrestrained ability to do evil – will be the death of the “Jewish State” project.

Annie Robbins
March 22, 2018, 1:56 pm

thank you Eric Morgenson, very interesting. especially regarding history i have heard about but am not that familiar with — what happened w/jesse jackson and andrew young. i have some other ideas especially wrt that link to the commentary article. but first, a couple questions.

Supporters of Jesse Jackson believed that the Jewish criticisms of Jesse Jackson were far too harsh. Jackson himself argued this shortly after making the comments, saying that Jewish groups did not take the threats against him by the Jewish Defense League and radical groups. [1]

do you mean jackson said ‘Jewish groups did not take the threats against him by the Jewish Defense League and radical groups’ seriously?

When African American leaders including Jackson openly voiced their support for the Palestinians, or even the idea that Palestinians exist and should have the right to meet with the United States diplomatically.

When African American leaders including Jackson openly voiced their support for the Palestinians, or even the idea that Palestinians exist and should have the right to meet with the United States diplomatically, what happened? it “show how much the Jewish community was changing? ” or it demonstrated “clearly defined limits” to jewish liberalism?

i just wanted a little more clarity. because friedman’s article opened by distancing american jews (or american jewish groups) from Young’s toppling and implied his resignation was strictly a state dept affair basically divorced from jewish involvement. as i mentioned, i don’t know the history there but i find that almost unfathomable. wouldn’t it be more accurate to assume young was swiftly taken out, or any black leader rigorously opposed by signaling any alignment or sympathy towards palestinians, at least in part by pressure from within the jewish community?


March 22, 2018, 1:53 pm

BTW, the letters to the editor the Times ran are all by Jewish Zionists, and a couple are sharply critical of Lauder.

Yes. I noticed that too. It reminds me of this Chomsky quote:

The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum – even encourage the more critical and dissident views. That gives people the sense that there’s free thinking going on, while all the time the presuppositions of the system are being reinforced by the limits put on the range of the debate.

But you already know that. The spectrum of “acceptable opinion” in the NYT runs from liberal Zionism to right wing Zionism.

March 22, 2018, 1:42 pm

|| just: Check this out:

“East Jerusalem Palestinians Are Presented With an Ultimatum by the Israeli Police: Risk Your Life or Go to Jail

… On Monday morning, 24 hours after the terror attack in which Adiel Kolman was murdered in the Old City of Jerusalem, the police arrested eight Palestinian residents. Among them were a boy of 15 and a woman of 67. The suspicion: violation of the clause “not preventing a crime.” … ||

So…when a supremacist Jewish colonist commits crimes against a Palestinian and other supremacist Jewish colonists and the IDF stand around and watch / let it happen, who will get arrested? Will it be:
a) the colonist;
b) the bystanders;
c) the soldiers;
d) all of the above; or
e) the Palestinian victim?

The most likely answer is e).

March 22, 2018, 1:11 pm

Check this out:

“East Jerusalem Palestinians Are Presented With an Ultimatum by the Israeli Police: Risk Your Life or Go to Jail

The arrests and interrogation signify that the Jerusalem police expect Palestinian passers-by to understand what’s happening before their eyes and act within seconds or else be brought to trial

On Monday morning, 24 hours after the terror attack in which Adiel Kolman was murdered in the Old City of Jerusalem, the police arrested eight Palestinian residents. Among them were a boy of 15 and a woman of 67. The suspicion: violation of the clause “not preventing a crime.”

The arrests were carried out after film footage of the attack showed the suspects not doing anything. But the time between the event’s beginning and the police’s arrival and shooting of the terrorist was 34 seconds.

The arrests and interrogation signify that the Jerusalem police expect Palestinian passers-by to understand what is happening before their eyes and to act within seconds, while endangering their lives, otherwise they will be brought to trial. Experience shows how dangerous it is for a Palestinian to come close to a terror attack site, and how hasty the police are to open fire. Demanding that Palestinians to come close to an attack site is immoral and cruel …”

more @ https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/editorial/israeli-police-to-e-j-lem-palestinians-risk-your-life-or-go-to-jail-1.5934075

March 22, 2018, 12:58 pm


They are figuring “it out” and increasingly so. It’s only a matter of time.

March 22, 2018, 12:51 pm

Love Gaby to death! She’s one tough little woman, certainly having to be as a human rights attorney in an unabashedly racist state like Israel. I still remember meeting Gaby in Israeli prison in 2010 when she told us, in no uncertain terms, to refuse to accept fault for crimes fabricated by Israel in order to be set free earlier. She told us to be strong against the pressure the government was putting on us, and we were. It turned out to be best advice we received while ‘guests’ of the Jewish state.

March 22, 2018, 12:42 pm

More likely, Israel, having once again having been caught with its hands in the cookie jar, has backed down under international pressure. This has been the case many times in the past, usually with regard to indiscriminate house demolitions. Things will, indeed, have changed if the criminal Israelis don’t impose punishment on the Palestinians in some other way for having lost this particular battle. That, too, has been their M.O. in the past. The Tamimi’s, for their part, will likely be targeted even more in the future by the world’s most moral army.

Yitzchak Goodman
March 22, 2018, 12:28 pm

The Badatz Eidah Hachareidis kosher symbol is considered very reliable. You can see it on all the famous Osem products: Bisslis, Bambas, the Chicken Soup base in the yellow plastic bottles, etc.

March 22, 2018, 12:25 pm

Yes, it was, thanks, Phil. I hope Ahed Tamimi knows about this, as she sits in her solitary cell today.

March 22, 2018, 11:52 am

…and the Zionists wonder why the latest generation of American Jews don’t want anything to do with Israel…

You would think they could figure it out….

March 22, 2018, 11:47 am

As a Dutch reader of the NYTimes I fully support this call. Reporting on Israel/Palestine by the Times is sub standard and I often get the feeling that this is done on purpose. Facts that are widely available are not being reported. Opinion pieces are one sided in the extreme. That must be known to the editorial staff. So please inform your readers about the policy that is behind this. Why are you distorting reality? Is it money? Is it ideology?

March 22, 2018, 11:39 am


In Haaretz yesterday by Dr. Erekat:

“Were We Palestinians Wrong to Endorse a Non-violent Struggle?

Europe told us only after we Palestinians endorsed non-violence and the 1967 borders would they act on our behalf. We did. Now they refuse to act, because of pressure from a rogue state – America

This is actually happening. European countries, members of the European Union, itself birthed out of the ashes of the last century’s unprecedented atrocities, are currently putting pressure on Palestine not to demand its rights at the United Nations Human Rights Council.

This Friday, four resolutions on Palestine will be voted on, and some European countries are concerned about the political implications of any calls to hold Israel accountable for its systematic violations of international law.

The very international legal standards Palestine clings to – self-determination, non-acquisition of territory through force, and equality – are the bedrock of the European project. …

A few decades ago, the PLO would get messages from the some of those same countries saying that only after Palestinians endorse non-violence will they be able to use their power to end the occupation and fulfill the rights of the Palestinian people. It was one of the main reasons for us to fully endorse the 1967 borders, UN resolutions, international law, and the role of international organizations in the peace process.

Yet, almost three decades later, many people believe that taking those choices was wrong. …

much more @ https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-should-we-palestinians-have-endorsed-a-non-violent-struggle-1.5932730

March 22, 2018, 11:37 am

ANNIE- ” i wish many more of our readers would write hard hitting open letters to these pandering politicians like alice did.”

Apparently I have misunderstood the situation. The article says that this appeared on Facebook, not that hardcopy was actually sent to Harris. Is this correct? Alice posted an open letter on her Facebook page? Has Harris “friended” Alice? Prior to Mondoweiss, who actually even read this letter? Who is the intended audience? And since Alice acknowledges that the letter was written as a rhetorical device (she doesn’t mean what she says), what is the purpose? To influence Harris which she implies she knows she cannot do? Or to influence a Facebook audience, and in what manner? Hardly irrelevant questions, nor insulting to ask them.

No, I’m not going to pursue this. You obviously know Alice and have warm feelings for her. I am somewhat surprised that Alice has taken such umbrage over my use of the term “drinking the Kool-Aid” when she was the one who first used it. In fact, her comments to and about me are little more than personal insults. DIANAB- “What puzzles me more, though, is your screaming hostility, which started when you accused ME of drinking Kool-Aid.” Whoa! I begin my comment asking the question “Now who is drinking the Kool-Aid?” The rest of my comment concerned the Democratic Party and Tom Hayden’s experience with the California Democratic Party, surely relevant in evaluating Senator Kamala Harris’ actions in regards to Israel. “Screaming hostility?” Jeez, was I insufficiently deferential? Perhaps even uppity? Perhaps this is yet another example of how JVP deals with those they feel are out of line. If that’s the case, then I am in good company.

Elizabeth Block
March 22, 2018, 11:14 am

“The Way to the Spring” is superb. And it shows something most people don’t realize, which is that Israel hates nonviolence. Violence they are fine with. Nonviolence shows them as they are –
thugs – and they respond harshly and something lethally.

March 22, 2018, 11:03 am

This video provides a close up view of how completely f***ed up Jewish citizens of the entity known as “Israel” are. Especially youth, who come across as racists and fascists reminiscent of Nazi Germany.


“Everyday Israelis Express Support for Genocide to Abby Martin”

March 22, 2018, 10:48 am

Israel’s international image is already in the toilet and rapidly deteriorating in America.

March 22, 2018, 10:48 am

For whom the bell tolls…….Zionism, it tolls for thee.

March 22, 2018, 10:46 am

Code Pink is currently making preparations for a speaking tour of the U.S. by Ahed Tamimi following her release.

March 22, 2018, 10:13 am

And mine – will spread the word

March 22, 2018, 10:12 am

Night raids and skunk water: The “Jewish State” treats these Jews like Palestinians!

… Meanwhile, Mintzberg says he and others in the community identify as being Palestinian. “I live on this land, so what else would I be except Palestinian?” he said.

Mintzberg explained that while the group’s strict anti-Zionist views are derived from a religious origin, these values also merge with their sense of morality.

The group’s members feel a strong connection to the Palestinian struggle, he said, “We are clearly bound to each other. We share the same history and the same struggle.” …

And this, it would seem, is why.

I applaud the member of Mea Shearim for choosing to be Jews rather than Zionists and for standing with and as Palestinians against Zionism’s colonialist and religion-supremacist project.

March 22, 2018, 10:12 am

They fined her $1500 too. They fined her mother too: $1700. Both got the same amount of jail time to serve. A slap or a photo/video clip. I guess the only safe thing to do is just stand there?

March 22, 2018, 10:07 am

“… as horrifying as the Jewish Holocaust was, the Armenian one was even worse…”

‘For a fortnight, refugees from the oncoming Turks had been pouring in to the city to swell the already large Greek and Armenian populations. They had thought the Greek army would turn and defend Smyrna. But the Greek army had fled. Now they were caught in a trap. The holocaust began.’

A Coffin for Dimitrios, Eric Ambler, 1937, an author highly recommended by Graham Greene — as he should, seeing how he grabbed book’s main device for The Third Man.

First reference to a holocaust?

Emory Riddle
March 22, 2018, 8:19 am

Is Lasky not just part of the sausage making?

Emory Riddle
March 22, 2018, 8:18 am

Of course Israel backed down.

Had they had their way and this incident been out of sight of the international community, do you doubt they would have done far worse to Ahed Tamini?

But no worries. They will certainly try to do more to AT and her family when the spotlight moves off of this incident.

March 22, 2018, 8:03 am

I read and participated* in that article. I remember being totally gobsmacked the first time I read his comment. Truly monumental arrogance.

A large part of his claims are contradicted by himself at a later point showing how disingenuous he is being.

*I usually post as anonymous but I’m only one of many doing so.

March 22, 2018, 7:51 am

|| Maghlawatan: The injustice of having to pay a fine to the people who are stealing your land.
This is Judaism? ||

It’s “moral beacon”* and “light unto the nations”* Zionism.
(*Not as bad as Saudi Arabia, Mali, African “hellholes”, etc.)

March 22, 2018, 6:51 am

From the NYT report on the case:
” Ahed’s mother, Nariman Tamimi, who was charged with incitement for showing the altercation live on Facebook, was sentenced to eight months in prison, a suspended sentence and a fine of about $1,700″

Just register that. A mother films her tiny young daughter trying to force out heavily armed foreign soldiers who have illegally invaded their property and she is charged with “incitement”for streaming it on Facebook (FFS !).

BBC,CNN,Al Jazeera etc you have been warned ! Filming and reporting the truth in Zioland is “incitement” and could lead to charges/prison or if Bennett/Shaked etc had their way a death penalty.

And you TV sports crews who will making your way to the Land of Creation for the Giro D`Italia be very very careful what and who you film.

What a pathetic bunch of unhinged losers these Zios have become.

March 22, 2018, 5:12 am

Both sides had to compromise imo. The Zios couldn’t get the sentence they wanted.
Tamimi gets out in July and supporters will pay the fine. Israeli justice is a joke anyway so a confession doesn’t mean anything.

Women spend their whole lives being conditioned not to make a fuss but when the men are impotent sometimes they have no choice. Ahed Tamimi reminds me of Sophie Scholl who the Nazis murdered because she told the truth..

March 22, 2018, 5:08 am

The notion that a Gazan ‘never faced wars and killing’ boggles the mind. I visited the original website where these comments were posted and found another long one from Amir explaining to Ahmed that actually, however awful life in Gaza might be, it’s all the fault of Gaza and Hamas, and that one day, when he has gathered more life experience, Ahmed will think to himself, ‘Amir was right’. If someone thinks like this AFTER gathering supposed ‘life experience’, what does that say about their level of (un)consciousness?

March 22, 2018, 5:05 am

The injustice of having to pay a fine to the people who are stealing your land.
This is Judaism?

March 22, 2018, 4:42 am

This is an interesing 2013 article from Amira Hass.

“Steadfastness ‏(Sumud‏) and resistance against the physical, and even more so the systemic, institutionalized violence, is the core sentence in the inner syntax of Palestinians in this land. This is reflected every day, every hour, every moment, without pause. Unfortunately, this is true not only in the West Bank ‏(including East Jerusalem‏) and Gaza, but also within Israel’s recognized borders, although the violence and the resistance to it are expressed differently. But on both sides of the Green Line, the levels of distress, suffocation, bitterness, anxiety and wrath are continually on the rise, as is the astonishment at Israelis’ blindness in believing that their violence can remain in control forever.
Often hurling stones is borne of boredom, excessive hormones, mimicry, boastfulness and competition. But in the inner syntax of the relationship between the occupier and the occupied, stone-throwing is the adjective attached to the subject of “We’ve had enough of you, occupiers.”
After all, teenagers could find other ways to give vent to their hormones without risking arrests, fines, injuries and death.
Even if it is a right and duty, various forms of steadfastness and resisting the foreign regime, as well as its rules and limitations, should be taught and developed. Limitations could include the distinction between civilians and those who carry arms, between children and those in uniform, as well as the failures and narrowness of using weapons. ”

Israel severely penalises resistance and the rhetoric of the fruitcake wing of Israeli society when Tamimi was arrested assumed a continuation of this policy.

But 2 things have been happening under the surface :

– The Embassy decision was supposed to be a rubberstamping of the status quo forever and it was rejected across the OECD with the exception of Fox News
– The leakage of US Jewish support has become existential with the reverberations reaching as far as the upper echelons of Zionist power , namely the AIPAC conf.

Israel suddenly has less leverage.
and Israel has no way forward.

March 22, 2018, 3:49 am

I thought they were all jailers. My mistake. Lasky is very impressive. So is Sfard.

The tragedy of Israel is that there are so few of them. Israel’s future is grim. Hillel would say I told you so, Israel. So would Jeremiah and Moses. No golden calves.

J. K. Galbraith : “The conventional wisdom”gives way not so much to new ideas as to “the massive onslaught of circumstances with which it cannot contend”.

Annie Robbins
March 22, 2018, 1:26 am

;) sorry! mostly i didn’t like the implication the tamimi’s were compromising. maybe i made it too personal. i’m impressed with her, the whole family.


March 22, 2018, 1:07 am

I have the advantage of not being French, but the disadvantage of having to look across the Pacific Ocean. That’s rather a long way, so I’m not sure that I see clearly.

March 22, 2018, 1:03 am

I wish zionism was doomed; it doesn’t appear to be. It’s like some superbug that is resistant to every antibiotic in the arsenal. It has to be isolated and starved of oxygen and sustenance until it dies.

March 22, 2018, 12:54 am


Of course having to plead guilty to anything when you have done no wrong at all is a compromise. Look it up in any dictionary. Nobody used it in any pejorative way.

And of course it’s the absolute right thing to do under the circumstances, face with armed threat and how, in the absence of any resistance organization. Your idea that “bad optics” was more of a concern than usual for the Zionists may be correct, but if they felt any special pressure they wouldn’t have so demonstratively given her as much jail time as Azaria. The message to the Palestinian population reads, imho: “Slapping an intruding invader is worse than murdering one of the lower race –and that’s absolutely official.”

Also, please note that your personal dislike shouldn’t make you misinterpret most of what I write here. You’re making it a reflex to attack some people here, while affirming part of what they say using other words.

March 22, 2018, 12:23 am

Thank you, Ahmed, for sharing your story.

Sending thoughts and prayers for you mother. May she receive the treatment she needs, and may she make an early and complete recovery.

Ronald Johnson
March 22, 2018, 12:14 am

I saw this presentation today at the Art Rage Gallery in Syracuse. My first reaction is weariness at hearing this story yet again while the story is perfectly suppressed on MSNBC, CNN, all of the mainstream, irrelevant, media.

But then, ISM introduced the film, “Radiance of Resistance”. Apparently not out yet in the US, but here is a commentary from Singapore:


I hope that we can capture “Radiance of Resistance” for the “Witness Palestine Film Festival” in Rochester this fall.

The Syracuse Peace Council does excellent work.

March 22, 2018, 12:12 am

Bring the injustice to light. It cannot and will not go on forever.

March 22, 2018, 12:09 am

Thank you for bringing this book to my attention, I shall buy it and share it.

March 22, 2018, 12:07 am

Mr. Ofir,

As always, you have eloquently shown the farcical and downright tragic, racist underbelly of Israeli society.

Annie Robbins
March 22, 2018, 12:05 am

compromise what? holding her ground and spending 10 years in prison? there was a lot of international pushback, from amnesty to sarah silverman. having her locked up was bad optics for israel. if those optics weren’t there she’d be languishing a lot longer, like Dareen Tatour. but sure play it tough, punch left, why not ech, it’s your specialty. you know the noble forthright way better than palestinians.

March 22, 2018, 12:05 am


Thank you very much for bringing this to my attention.

Annie Robbins
March 21, 2018, 11:28 pm

Kisch is bending over backwards to make it seem that Harris is amenable to rational pursuasion on this issue.

that wasn’t really my take on it. contrary to you keith, i do think people who read Mondoweiss understand the “vast majority of Democratic politicians are in the Zionist Lobby’s pockets”. but come to think of it, you didn’t really say otherwise did you? you kind of brushed right past that question and diverted to what most mondoweiss readers thought of sanders/lobby.

the nature of open letters, FB posts, as well as MW posts, is you get the opinion out there and expose. alice did that.

It seems, though, that you have chosen to pander to moneyed Zionist interests. Your support for Israel is the diametric opposite of a path to peace in the Middle East. I am so sorry that you are not the politician that I was hoping you’d be.

i thought it was gutsy and up front. not bending backwards at all. the whole “to make it seem that Harris is amenable to rational persuasion” thing is silly. as alice says, it’s a rhetorical device to feign a degree of politeness or decorum when addressing someone in public. whatever, you are punching left. ok you won all better now. and one more thing, everyone with their eyes open knows harris is being prepped to take hillary’s spot. letters like Alice’s are pushback against that, and against centrists and the establishment thinking they can dictate who our candidates are, and think we’ll roll over for them. it’s the reason hillary lost, and the reason we are being inundated with the russiagate, to coverup that real reason she lost (a pt you also made).

anyway, maybe you don’t have to have the last word here keith. i wish many more of our readers would write hard hitting open letters to these pandering politicians like alice did.

March 21, 2018, 10:58 pm

“Looking at Trump’s campaign from the outside… I didn’t see that he was defining anyone out of the country.”

As an observer of the American scene,”RoHa”, you make de Tocqueville look like the man who forgot his glasses,

March 21, 2018, 10:37 pm

On another planet again?
The Z didn’t back down. It’s the Tamimi who were made to compromise.

Nevada Ned
March 21, 2018, 10:20 pm

What Ron Lauder said is not noteworthy. Lots of other people have said the same.
What is very important is WHO Lauder is. He personifies the Israel Lobby. A lotta clout.
The campaign by the Palestinians is having an effect, even on people like Lauder.

An encouraging sign!

March 21, 2018, 10:19 pm

@Keith — Yeah, Keith, I really AM puzzled at your mention of the Democratic party, particularly in view of the fact that the U.S. political imperative for ALL politicians of any stripe is to shout support for Israel from the rafters. I read Black Agenda Report and I like what I read there. But what you’re quoting from them is not news. I’m a socialist, and I don’t like or trust most U.S. politicians.

What puzzles me more, though, is your screaming hostility, which started when you accused ME of drinking Kool-Aid. And your hostility was magnified in your most recent comment. My advice to you, young man, is to go and have a drink or two, after which you might try to adopt a more balanced and non-confrontational posture when discussing political matters; an attitudinal shift will greatly enhance your credibility.

March 21, 2018, 9:50 pm

The Guardian:

Tamimi’s lawyer, Gaby Lasky, said the sentence would include four months already served and a fine of 5,000 shekels (£1,017).


March 21, 2018, 9:48 pm


100% with your comments.


I am sure you can hear the zionist whine when, and if, a criminal iof medic is targetted just as I can. In their inverse universe universe human rights exist to protect their racism.

March 21, 2018, 9:21 pm

Thanks for this vivid and moving account of that presentation.

March 21, 2018, 9:20 pm

Thanks again for your deep historical knowledge.

March 21, 2018, 9:19 pm

Thank you for your highly informed, courageous, and blunt assessment of the situation. That is the kind of statement that inspires others.

March 21, 2018, 9:05 pm

DIANAB- “Keith, I am puzzled by your reference to the Democratic party, as I never mentioned political parties.”

Since Kamala Harris is a member of the Democratic Party which nominates candidates and provides support, and which has turned into a Zionist oriented organization, my reference to the Democratic Party should have been quite clear based upon my comments. But then again, you aren’t really “puzzled” are you? This is yet another “rhetorical” performance on your part. I referenced the Democratic Party of which Senator Harris is a member because I thought it relevant to the issue of the likelihood of Facebook entreaties having much, if any, effect on Harris. The Tom Hayden article I linked suggests not. On the other hand, this Mondoweiss article has gained you some nice comments. Congratulations! Another quote and link for you and the other readers to ponder. This one from Margaret Kimberley on the Black Agenda Report of July, 2017.

“According to recent press reports, California’s newly elected senator Kamala Harris has begun her turn on the rich people’s casting couch . Harris won’t have to run for Senate re-election until 2022, so the quick once over from the high and mighty means only one thing. America’s oligarchs in the Democratic Party are considering her for the job at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in 2020.

Former Hillary Clinton donors have lined up to vet Harris. Names of the usual suspects like George Soros are popping up as past Harris fund raisers. Their goal is to make sure that voters’ will have limited choices and won’t dare to think beyond the names that are handed to them for consideration.” (Margaret Kinberley) https://blackagendareport.com/kamal_harris_new_obama

March 21, 2018, 8:08 pm

Annie!!! SO good to hear from you! Thanks for your message and for your very kind words. I will be contacting you privately by email. Ciao for now!

March 21, 2018, 8:07 pm

Keith, I am puzzled by your reference to the Democratic party, as I never mentioned political parties. Truth to tell, ALL U.S. politicians — Democrat and Republican — are obliged to assume a public stance with respect to support of Israel, or they will typically have no career in politics in this country. It’s an unfortunate reality, to say the least, but it’s a reality. Many of us are working very hard to change that reality.

March 21, 2018, 8:03 pm

Misterioso, thanks for underscoring the importance of “Before Their Diaspora”, which is an amazingly beautiful book. Walid Khalidi is certainly a gift to us all.

March 21, 2018, 7:59 pm

Keith, please see my comment to Peter Unterweger, in which I reference “rhetorical devices”.

March 21, 2018, 7:57 pm

Thank you, Peter Unterweger! And thank you, especially, for understanding that my letter to Senator Harris was written as a rhetorical device, i.e., that I don’t necessarily believe that Harris believes in her heart of hearts what she is saying about Israel. It seems that @Keith doesn’t understand rhetoric, among other things.

March 21, 2018, 7:39 pm

Echi, right now it’s a slow motion, piecemeal, genocide. What I have been expecting since 1967 is the Israelis to say “Bugger this messing about. Let’s just go all-in and exterminate or expel the lot of them in one big pogrom. “

March 21, 2018, 7:27 pm

Looking at Trump’s campaign from the outside (with the usual horrified disbelief that non-Americans feel towards US elections) I didn’t see that he was defining anyone out of the country.
He did seem to be telling Americans that being white and heterosexual was normal and natural and nothing to be ashamed of at all. Even if they were male. He seemed to suggest that such people should not be screwed over by the money shufflers or discriminated against by society. But I didn’t (from this side of the world) get the impression he was excluding any Americans.