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The bombings that shook the Boston Marathon yesterday created waves of grief and sympathy around the globe. The race in itself is noted for drawing in thousands of runners from different backgrounds, nationalities, and religions; exemplifying the beauty of diversity in the United States. Investigations into the perpetrators and their motives are still ongoing.

Yesterday’s events in Boston demonstrated the depravity that humankind is capable of, but in numerous ways showcased our ability to drive out the hate with love, and darkness with light. This was immediately clear through runners crossing the finish line and continuing their run to the nearest hospital to donate blood to victims, and through prayers of support on personal Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Unfortunately, despite such instances, hatred is something we cannot escape, particularly when it is utilized in a reactionary form. I was sick to my stomach when I saw conservative commentator Erik Rush’s tweet stating:


Despite no nexus between the explosions and a Muslim or Arab, Rush immediately rushed to that conclusion.

On a different spectrum, my Twitter feed was also filled with a different reaction: “Please don’t be Muslim.”

Three innocent people were killed, among them an eight year old boy, and 130 were injured. Guilt, confusion, and anxiety seems to characterize many Muslim and Arab responses following any such event. In addition to grieving and empathizing with their fellow citizens, there is also concern of what is to come next, regardless of what an investigation may turn up.

Meanwhile, other news stories yesterday included the death of thirty people across Iraq in the deadliest day in the country in over a month.

The takeaway: We see and hear of victims of terrorism in Syria, Libya, Iraq, Palestine, Pakistan, and Afghanistan every day. The death of an innocent, no matter where, is nothing short of horrifying. Queen Noor said it best,

“As believers we all have an opportunity and moral obligation to recognize our spiritual common ground; to rise above our differences; to combat prejudice and intolerance.”

Terrorism has no religion, and neither does grief. My thoughts are with the families who have lost loved ones and all those who have been injured or affected by acts of terror around the world, from Boston to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Palestine, Syria, and Iraq.

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  1. AlGhorear
    April 16, 2013, 2:33 pm

    When I read the tweets by Erik Rush, I thought he was being sarcastic. Just imagine if he said the same thing about Christianity or Judaism.

    I didn’t hear about the bombings across Iraq, but I did hear about the U.S. bomb that hit a wedding party yesterday, killing 30 and wounding many more.

    Link to Daily Mail

    RAWA 120 People Killed or Wounded in US Bomb Attack on Afghan Wedding

  2. a blah chick
    April 16, 2013, 3:21 pm

    The sad thing is that even had the bombings in Boston not taken place the tragedies in Iraq would have still been ignored.

  3. Henry Norr
    April 16, 2013, 3:44 pm

    As Dave Zirin pointed out on Democracy Now this morning, we should also add Mogadishu (Somalia) to the list of places we grieve for. See, for example, “Dozens killed in attacks in Somali capital”

  4. American
    April 16, 2013, 4:27 pm

    The world everywhere is going deeper into the abyss……led in large part I’am afraid by the USA.
    We’re enterng the tit for tat phase now l think, be it domestic or international…oppose me and I’ll ruin you, ignore me and I’ll bomb you, pull a knife on us, we’ll pull a 100 drones on you, defy me and I ‘ll kill you…no more live and let live.

    • Sumud
      April 17, 2013, 8:20 am

      It’s a tragedy America, to say the least. Most offensive to me – a non-American even – it that Obama has crowned himself an elected monarch and granted himself the right kill any American without a shred of judicial oversight or due process.

      Can you believe that? It’s incredible – too horrible.

      • American
        April 18, 2013, 12:06 pm

        @ Sumud

        Years ago I wouldn’t have believed the US could go this way. But paying attention over the last decade now I see exactly how we have become what we are. ..we are so f ‘ing corrupt we are a festering corpse that just hasn’t been buried yet.
        There are two pictures that stick my mind as symbols of the US now–one after the NO’s hurricane of a dead man on the street, with two National Guard soliders lounging nearby smoking, they hadn’t even bothered to cover his body. And the other one during the last Presidential election, of Sheldon Adelson on his garish casino throne , symbol of the new king makers of US government.

      • lysias
        April 19, 2013, 10:45 am

        Katrina was America’s Chernobyl.

  5. seafoid
    April 16, 2013, 4:27 pm

    Hypocrisy is the greatest luxury. The muslim hating industry is probably at least 5% of US gdp. The enemy is never the Afghan or the Iraqi or the marathon runner but the sick system that keeps wars going.

  6. Justpassingby
    April 16, 2013, 4:49 pm

    Same with the school shooting some months ago, obama shed a tear for the kids (rightfully of course), problem is that under the same period obama authorized drone strikes in Pakistan killing pakistani kids but showed no remorse.

    Glenn Greenwald wrote about it here:

    Or why dont take Obama’s support for the terror-rebels in Syria. Apparently only when “we” get attacked its wrong according to Obama.

  7. Annie Robbins
    April 16, 2013, 4:54 pm

    bloody monday:

    At least 75 Iraqis were killed and 356 more were wounded in a series of attacks across the country.
    In Baghdad, the bombings left 30 dead and 92 wounded.

    In Kirkuk, at least nine people were killed and 79 more were wounded in a string of six car bombings.


    Explosions in Tuz Khormato left six dead and 67 wounded.


    In Mosul, gunmen killed a civilian. Two people were wounded in roadside bombings. Gunmen killed a married couple. Security forces killed a bomber. A soldier was killed in a clash.
    In Falluja, a suicide car bomber killed two policemen and wounded six more at a checkpoint. A civilian was shot dead. A sticky bomb killed two civilians.

    A car bomb in Mussayab killed four people and wounded 13 more.

    Four people were killed and three more were wounded in a Tikrit

    In Nasariya, a car bomb killed two people and wounded 14 more.

    A policeman was killed in Buhriz when a sticky bomb exploded.

    Near Ramadi, a bomb targeting a Sunni cleric and leader of anti-government protests killed two bodyguards and wounded at least one more. His cousin was killed


    A policeman was shot dead in Tarmiya.

    A bomb in Khalis killed one child and wounded eight more.

    more iraqi deaths at the link

    • American
      April 16, 2013, 9:31 pm

      None of those people count because they aren’t American…and Americans don’t count when they’re killed by Israel.

      Yea….we are really sick.

    • RoHa
      April 16, 2013, 11:58 pm

      Poo. Who cares? They’re just Arabs, not real people.

  8. MHughes976
    April 16, 2013, 5:08 pm

    This does seem to be some sort of vicious anniversary present to the western world as the Iraq imbroglio comes to be 10 years old, don’t you think?

  9. Stateless American
    April 16, 2013, 5:28 pm

    There were no car bombings in Iraq before the US invaded in 2003. And Americans think that can never happen here…

  10. just
    April 16, 2013, 6:51 pm

    Since the terrible tragedy yesterday in Boston, the MSM has covered nothing else. I had to turn it off. I am so grateful for the regular folks, the runners, the medics, the docs and nurses, the firefighters and police who saved lives. I have heard about the poor child who perished over and over and over again. What about all the other children all over the world who perish from bombs, drones, and other horrific weapons? Nothing– silence.

    It’s like the rest of the world does not exist. People all over the world suffer this tragedy daily– and worse. I really feel that we in America and Israel believe ourselves and our lives more exceptional and valuable than others.

    We are exploiting this tragedy.

    (You should see some of the vitriolic and hateful comments I have read today with regard to the tragic loss of life after the enormous earthquake in Iran.)

    Thank you for this post.

  11. DICKERSON3870
    April 16, 2013, 6:55 pm

    RE: “Everybody do the National Security Ankle Grab! Let’s bring more Saudis in without screening them! C’mon!” / “Yes, the’re evil. Let’s kill them all.” / Despite no nexus between the explosions and a Muslim or Arab, Rush immediately rushed to that conclusion.

    MY COMMENT: Although it is certainly possible that this is the work of Islamic terrorists, I can’t help but see certain similarities to the Centennial Olympic Park bombing during the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.
    Also, this bombing occurred on April 15th, the last day for filing tax returns in the US. This is a date that has become very significant for right-wing extremist groups in this country (but it does not seem particularly significant for Islamic terrorists). Consequently, I am reminded somewhat of the February 2010 incident where a single engine plane was crashed into an Austin, Texas office park that housed FBI and IRS offices killing two people in addition to the pilot.
    Of course, anything is possible, but it is sad that American’s can’t even wait a few hours so as to collect some information (and give it a little thought) before they begin wildly speculating about the perpetrators. It is even sadder (and not entirely coincidental) that the mainstream/corporate media encourages and disseminates this nearly instantaneous speculation based upon so precious few facts. But, I guess it “pays the bills”, especially the lavish, inflated salaries of their upper management, and their multi-million dollar celebrity ‘news presenters’*.

    * SEE: “The Day That TV News Died”, By Chris Hedges, Truthdig, 3/24/13
    LINK –

    • DICKERSON3870
      April 17, 2013, 5:33 am


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    • DICKERSON3870
      April 17, 2013, 4:09 pm

      P.P.S. ALSO RE: “Everybody do the National Security Ankle Grab! Let’s bring more Saudis in without screening them! C’mon!” / “Yes, the’re evil. Let’s kill them all.” / Despite no nexus between the explosions and a Muslim or Arab, Rush immediately rushed to that conclusion.

      SEE: “How the Power of Myth Keeps Us Mired in War”, by Ira Chernus,, 01/20/11

      [EXCERPT] . . . White Americans, going back to early colonial times, generally assigned the role of ‘bad guys’ to ‘savages’ lurking in the wilderness beyond the borders of our civilized land. Whether they were redskins, commies, terrorists, or the Taliban, the plot has always remained the same.
      Call it the myth of national security — or, more accurately, national insecurity, since it always tells us who and what to fear.
      It’s been a mighty (and mighty effective) myth. . .

      SOURCE –

  12. piotr
    April 16, 2013, 7:13 pm

    From the latest news, the bombs in Boston were improvised, obviously deadly but made from widely available materials. So it could be done by “anyone”. A friend commented that Boston has a huge population of grad students and postdocs who are often frustrated and may go “postal”. Of course, in any particular year there seems to be about one story of a lethal grad student in entire USA, so this theory is somewhat far fetched. But the general outline, that this is an action of one or few disturbed (and alas, intelligent) individual rather than a trend is highly plausible.

    Iraq is a different story. In the aftermath of the last war the society is deeply damaged, they do not have post-traumatic stress, the trauma is ongoing. This can go on for decades. For example, Colombia remains a divided violent society 60 years after La Violencia.

  13. Daniel Rich
    April 16, 2013, 7:44 pm

    Q: Investigations into the perpetrators and their motives are still ongoing.

    R: So, when you shoot a president you’re a ‘lone gunman,’ but when bombs explode it instantly becomes the work of more than 1 person?

  14. kalithea
    April 16, 2013, 8:31 pm

    No one listens to wisdom anymore, but this is a good time to underscore it again, regardless! ‘An eye for an eye will make us all blind’ Mahatma Gandhi

    Check out the photo in the following article reporting on a tragedy that happened just last weekend that few paid attention to.: “11 Afghan Children Among Dead in Latest US/NATO Bombing”

    Be honest, how many here heard about this tragedy and stopped to think about this recurring injustice? I don’t have to worry that the majority who post here are informed and compassionate, but it may be that you didn’t hear about this because the biased media conveniently ignore these tragedies caused by our side. So you are not to blame, but imagine the millions of Americans who are ignorant about this and could care less.

    Here’s the staggering hypocrisy: The U.S. is supporting an opposition in Syria that is in turn backed by AQ and has killed scores of civilians in Syria AND Iraq!

    Now, we don’t know who’s responsible for this tragedy in Boston. It could be ANYONE, domestic or other, and everyone is suspect and all sides are guilty because they are in effect on the same side; they all side with REVENGE. There are no white hats and black hats in this! And when it comes to responsibility WE are all responsible if we fail to mourn all the victims of violence on all sides which pay for a misguided, ignorant, vengeful and ABOVE ALL; SELFISH American foreign policy.

    Failing to mourn the “others” victims is dehumanizing the other. My heart too goes out to ALL the victims: last weekend in Afghanistan, this week in Iraq and now in Boston. This world is on the wrong track led by the U.S.

    We need to do everything we can to condemn the growing Islamophobe prejudice against Muslims. This endless cycle of violence is destroying us all.

  15. RJL
    April 16, 2013, 10:07 pm

    Annie, I empathize with your grief and shock at all this bloody, and purposeless, carnage. But, Jews in France, not just in Israel, have been murdered, in the name of what? Religious fanaticism didn’t begin with the Islamist world; it got a good start with hundreds of years in Christian Europe, and the crusaders unleashed endless bloodshed on Jews and Moslems; for what purpose?
    But, today it’s the Islamists, not ordinary Moslems, who are responsible. Ordinary Moslems-and yes, as pro-Israel as I am, I too have met, and know, such people who are G-d fearing and sincere. But few of their leaders speak out against the extremists, and the far leftists liberals for strange reasons give credence to these fanatics, and blame the Jews, rather than the extremists, for the terror acts they commit. Even if there had long been a state of Palestine living alongside Israel in relative peace, all the other occurrences would be happening, as the Islamist agenda goes way above and beyond the “heretical” zionist Israel. When is your site going to publicize the carnage in Syria, Iraq, parts of Africa-don’t forget Nigeria-which have zilcho to do with Israel or the Palestinians? If the guilty behind the Boston bombings are home grown extremists-April 15 is tax return day-I think we’ll all be surprised. Of course, by now, other really anti-semitic sites are busy blaming the Jews and Israel, not necessarily in that order, for any violence that occurs anywhere in the world. Amazing how the Mossad and Worldwide Jewish Conspiracy never seem to fatigue!

    • talknic
      April 17, 2013, 3:46 am

      @RJL “Amazing how the Mossad and Worldwide Jewish Conspiracy never seem to fatigue!”

      Amazing that Israel is still colonizing non-Israeli territory 65 years after acquiring, completely gratis, more than half of the territory of 1948 Palestine. (the minuscule amount of ‘real estate’ owned by Jews and Jewish institutions pre declaration was not ‘territory’)

      • K Renner
        April 17, 2013, 8:09 am

        Amazing how he consistently uses the outdated “Moslem” as though it’s some sly little insinuation.

      • miriam6
        April 18, 2013, 3:43 pm


        a Childs’ rhyme worth remembering- suitable for your abilities and applicable here:

        Sticks and stones

        may break my bones

        But WORDS will never hurt me.

        Also, why not try dealing with the ARGUMENT ITSELF rather than taking it upon yourself to ( thought) police what you regard as other peoples’ politically incorrect use of Muslim/Moslem ( which means the same thing anyway)?

      • Shingo
        April 19, 2013, 2:57 am

        Sticks and stones

        may break my bones

        But WORDS will never hurt me.

        I nearly spat by glass of wine onto my monitor when I read that. Mainly because the Israeli mantra has always been that sticks and stones break bones, but saying nasty things about Israel is even worse.

        Just read any of RJL’s posts. In his view, sayign nasty things about Israelis is worse than the treatment Israelis dish out to Palestinians.

      • Cliff
        April 19, 2013, 5:22 am

        LOL Shingo

        Ya ‘miriam’

        Hamas charter > indiscriminate Israel bombing, Jewish terrorism during and after the Mandate era, land stealing, water theft, forced labor camps right after the 48′ war, etc. etc.

        Israel and it’s supporters have never had to contend with widespread Palestinian violence that was in any way comparable to Israeli violence and terrorism

        so you focus on words, gotcha-memes, things that are normal in tribal conflicts (Native Americans scalping or fighting til their last = Isralization/Zionification of that history would be ‘oh yea, they have a culture of death’ and ‘the Pilgrims made Ohio bloom’).

        your total lack of self-awareness is funny and sad

      • K Renner
        April 19, 2013, 9:07 am

        What argument? His accusing people here of believing in conspiracy theories so he can go “See! I told you you were all anti semites!”

        RJL doesn’t argue, he blusters.

        And talking about thought police, god forbid you say one thing about a jew and then you get people jumping on the “anti Semitism” bandwagon.

      • miriam6
        April 19, 2013, 1:31 pm

        Cliffy , you have got the wrong end of the stick as per usual.

        K Renner was the one focusing on WORDS , your so-called “gotcha-memes”– all created by you and K Renner.

        Not me.

        You and Shingo are being DELIBERATELY obtuse.

        My comment related to the use by RJL of the word “moslem” rather than the word “Muslim” which was then criticized by K Renner .

        The point of my comment and the quoted rhyme was to suggest that RJLs’ use of a supposedly politically incorrect word was probably the least of the Palestinians peoples’ problems.

        As usual you distort what was said into some other topic.

        Classic anti-Zionist trolling tactic I guess.

      • Obsidian
        April 19, 2013, 7:16 am

        Amazing that the 500,000 Jewish refugees from Arab countries, post 1948, have been welcomed into their host countries.

      • K Renner
        April 19, 2013, 9:04 am

        Amazing how quickly they left. I guess they must not have loved the countries of their birth.

        You’d think that if they were so cut up about being deported in response to the mass expulsion of Palestinians, that they would try to stay in their homes and fight for them, as the Palestinians did, and do.

      • talknic
        April 19, 2013, 9:17 am

        Obsidian “Amazing that the 500,000 Jewish refugees from Arab countries, post 1948, have been welcomed into their host countries”

        What’s amazing about it? Palestinians have also been welcomed into their host countries.

        There are some who have forgone their legal rights as refugees and taken up citizenship in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Australia, the USA, the UK.

        Then there’s a few million who’d rather be Palestinian citizens or Israeli if their home was in what became Israel. Problem is, the Occupying Power over non-Israeli territories in Palestine isn’t adhering to the law.

        The surrounding Arab states meanwhile have under great difficulty:

        Fought the legal battle throughout the LON period and under the UN charter.

        Fought wars to protect what remained of Palestine after Israel was declared.

        They have hosted at enormous expense Palestine refugees for 65 years.

        To infer that the Arabs have not cared for the Palestinians is nonsense.

      • eljay
        April 19, 2013, 9:27 am

        >> Amazing that the 500,000 Jewish refugees from Arab countries, post 1948, have been welcomed into their host countries.

        Meanwhile, Palestinian refugees simply wish to return to the lands from which they were ethnically cleansed by Zio-supremacist terrorists, and upon which an oppressive, colonialist, expansionst and supremacist “Jewish State” was then constructed.

      • Shingo
        April 20, 2013, 10:06 am

        Amazing that the 500,000 Jewish refugees from Arab countries, post 1948, have been welcomed into their host countries.

        Why is it amazing? Israel needed cheap labor, and they even participated n false flag attacks to incite their flight from some of those Arab countries to begin with.

      • miriam6
        April 20, 2013, 3:15 pm

        K Renner , the Mizrahim were beaten and robbed of their homes in Arab countries.

        1) Expulsion by any other name is just as illegal.

        Massad emphasizes “the fact that Arab Jews were not expelled from any Arab country.”
        True, no Arab country explicitly issued a decree along the lines of “All Jews are herewith banned, never to return, upon penalty of death.”

        Since the Israeli government never issued a formal declaration of expulsion, does that mean the Palestinians were never expelled?

        Expulsion can occur under coercive circumstances. Governments can “encourage” people to leave by freezing their bank accounts, forbidding them from most forms of employment, banning them from education institutions, etc. Expulsion from society precedes expulsion beyond the state’s geographic borders. In the course of my research on Arab Jewish identity, moreover, I did meet Egyptian Jews who were, even according to Massad’s definition, expelled. They were told they had 24 hours to leave the country and leave they did. So yes, Arab Jews were expelled.

        Not only were they expelled, but their expulsion was recognized by Palestinian leadership. While Massad broadcasts the PLO’s past proposal for Arab countries to welcome home their Arab Jews, he neglects to mention that at least one PLO member dared to criticize Arab states for uprooting their Jewish communities. In May 1975 in An-Nahar, for example, PLO member Sabri Jiryis lambasted Arab countries for expelling the Jews “in a most ugly fashion, and after confiscating their possessions or taking control thereof at the lowest price.” Foretelling the current campaign, Jiryis added that “clearly, Israel will raise the question in all serious negotiations that may in time be conducted over the rights of the Palestinians.”

        2) Lynching is not “harassment.”

        Massad lightly acknowledges that in some Arab countries, Jews ”suffered from harassment by the authorities or even from segments of society at large.” He does not discuss the forms of discrimination that were systemic and enshrined in legal systems, in places like Yemen; and he fails to mention the many instances in which Jews were attacked and killed for being Jewish. Furthermore, he is unable to concede that violence against Jews, which waxed and waned over the centuries, was never fully absent and predated the establishment of Israel.

        The 1800s witnessed a multitude of attacks against Jews in Aleppo, Damascus, Beirut, Dayr al-Qamar, Jaffa, Jerusalem, Cairo, Mansura, Alexandria, Port Said, and Damanhur. The 1900s were even more frightful, the most notable massacre occurring in 1941 in Baghdad: 175 Jews killed and nearly 1000 injured. These attacks were historically traumatizing events for communities that had considered themselves (and had been considered) integral to the fabric of Arab society. In Egypt, the ostensible focus of Massad’s case, Jews were harassed, attacked without recourse to justice and were even made to disappear, as archives from the International Committee of the Red Cross indicate.

        3) States are responsible for protecting their citizens.

        Nowhere does Massad seriously raise the question of responsibility of Arab states for protecting their citizens. Yes, he brings up Nassar and faults him for not doing enough, but excuses him on the grounds that “this is not the same as expelling a population or deporting it.” Yet by the time Nasser assumed power, most of the Yemeni and Iraqi Jews, and many Moroccan, Syrian and Egyptian Jews, had already left/been forced to leave (depending on whom you ask). Massad avoids accounting for the failure of Arab governments to protect their populations—whether dhimmis or citizens—even though the Arab League had forewarned the United Nations that they would not be held responsible for protecting Arab Jews following the creation of Israel.

        4) Most Egyptian Jews were stateless as a result of Egyptian law.

        Massad claims that “a substantial percentage of the Jews in Egypt were not legally Egyptian, as they did not carry Egyptian nationality and many did not even speak Arabic and carried European passports (Italian, Russian, British and French), a fact that intensified the perception in some popular quarters that they were not loyal to the country. This of course was not the case with the old Egyptian Arab Jewish community (especially the Qarra’in Jews) whose lives were eclipsed by the large and powerful Ashkenazi and Sephardi families who arrived in Egypt in the 19th and early 20th century.”

        First, the figures:
        As a result of Egypt’s 1929 Nationality Law, more than 90% of Egyptian Jews were denied citizenship, regardless of how many generations they had lived in Egypt. In the 1940s, roughly one quarter of Jews held foreign passports, less than one quarter held Egyptian citizenship and the remainder were stateless. Given Massad’s passion for the plight of the Palestinians, many of whom are stateless themselves, his insistence on citizenship as the key marker of legitimacy for Egyptian Jewish identity is ironic.

        5) Arab Jews are entitled to compensation from their respective states.
        Massad predictably asserts that “it is the Palestinians who are owed compensation for their stolen property by all the Jewish colonial settlers who have been living on it for some six decades, including Arab Jews.” They are. But why should this negate the proposition that Iraqi Jews, whose assets were frozen by the Iraqi government, be owed compensation from the Iraqi government or an international fund? According to Massad’s logic, it is because Iraqi Jews were never expelled, and because “the Zionists” sufficiently agitated Iraqi Jews’ position in society to cause them to leave. Even if they left “by choice,” however, most Iraqi and other Arab Jews were unable to legally exit their country with little more with than a suitcase per person and petty cash. Once gone, Arab countries did in fact settle Palestinians and their own citizens in ‘abandoned’ Jewish property. Jobbar, Damascus, and Aleppo are but a few examples.

        Compensation is as old an issue as the refugee problem, dating back to negotiations between David Ben Gurion and Nuri Al Said. Decades later, compensation was discussed in the Camp David negotiations. Historical references to compensation propose Israel (or an international fund) paying for Palestinian losses, and Arab states (or an international fund) paying for Arab Jewish loses. Instead, Massad remains fixated on a zero-sum scenario of legitimacy, where only one group is entitled to receive compensation.

        In sum, Massad’s article does a disservice to both Palestinians and Arab Jews by dismissing the role of the state in fomenting violence, and by legitimizing a state’s use of violence against non-citizens within its borders. More nuance would not only have been more historically accurate and intellectually honest, but would have better served the interests of Palestinians and Arab Jews alike.
        K Renner, your comment is revolting.

        It relies on a nasty anti-Jewish slur, that Jews have no real attachment to land, to their countries of birth.

        That Jews are cowardly.

        And anyway, what the hell does it have to do with YOU

        Is it really true that ALL Palestinians fought bravely for their homes in 1948?
        If some didn’t, does that change their status as refugees.

        There are Iraqis Jews who would like to return to visit at least their former home.

        But its too dangerous

        Guess why ?

        The lawlessness and chaos left behind By YOUR COUNTRIES INVASION of IRAQ.

        Lots of folks in numerous other countries have been left destitute and homeless refugees by YOUR countries’ actions.

        Are you going to accuse THEM of cowardice?
        Where are your crocodile tears for them?

    • Daniel Rich
      April 17, 2013, 4:58 am

      [ RJL,

      Q: When is your site going to publicize the carnage in Syria, Iraq, parts of Africa-don’t forget Nigeria-which have zilcho to do with Israel or the Palestinians?

      R: You kinda answered your own question: when the governing body decides to start a web site dealing with the carnage in Syria, Iraq, parts of Africa-don’t forget Nigeria [which have zilcho to do with Israel or the Palestinians] and not the IP conflict.

    • Citizen
      April 17, 2013, 5:33 am

      When some Jewish school children and their rabbi were murdered in France last year, the whole national French community offered solace to its Jewish members.

    • Shingo
      April 17, 2013, 5:47 am

      But few of their leaders speak out against the extremists, and the far leftists liberals for strange reasons give credence to these fanatics, and blame the Jews, rather than the extremists, for the terror acts they commit.

      Actually, a great many leaders speak out against extremists and terror. It’s interesting that you mention Syria. Only recently, a religious leader in Syria, who spoke out against Islamic terrorism, was assassinated by the AQ affiliates, and the US didn’t even care to comment.

      The US is supporting the Jihadists. In fact, it as just revealed that the US offered to “stop the civil war” if Syria agreed to cut ties with Iran. And yes, Israel also has its hands all over that mess.

    • K Renner
      April 17, 2013, 8:08 am

      Completely reprehensible. You use the deaths of people to do your little soapbox of “poor victim Israel” and those “evil Islamists”, 9/10 of whom are no worse than the Christian political parties in Europe.

      Islamism, while not too great, is not the catalyst for “Islamic” terrorism, although Israeli supporters would like to paint it as such.

    • Joe Ed
      April 17, 2013, 8:31 am

      The carnage in Iraq and Syria have zilcho to do with Israel?

      Actually, it has much to do with Israel

    • Donald
      April 17, 2013, 9:44 am

      “When is your site going to publicize the carnage in Syria, Iraq, parts of Africa-don’t forget Nigeria-which have zilcho to do with Israel or the Palestinians? ”

      The site does occasionally comment about Syria and Iraq. It’s not a site about every conflict in the world that involves Muslims. Why should it be?

      When are you going to condemn Israeli crimes against Palestinians instead of making excuses for them? This site, after all, is mainly about that subject and you’re here for some reason.

  16. Blank State
    April 16, 2013, 10:32 pm

    Well, prior to our criminal intervention in Iraq’s affairs, the Iraqi people were not plagued by the daily bombings and carnage that they must now suffer. We have killed over a million of them, non-combatant Iraqi citizens, since 1991. And really, we might as well count those dying now through sectarian violence, seeing as how our criminal intervention set the stage for the turmoil, suffering, and carnage that is now commonplace in Iraq. And those that will die as the result of DU contamination and severe damage to thier environment? Shouldn’t we count them too?

    Is it any wonder there are those that hate us enough to drive them to commit acts of terrorism against us?? This Boston event may be domestically plotted, or maybe not. But should it really suprise us if it is an act of terrorism committed by an Islamic radical, or radicals, incensed by our crimes, policies, and international meddling?The simple truth is that our leaders are subjecting us to the inevitable and dangerous anger of those victimized by our policies in the middle east. We are our own worst enemy. We might as well get used to being targeted, because it is the logical result of our own actions.

    • American
      April 18, 2013, 6:21 pm

      @ Blank State
      From the news…not that I think it may have anything to do with the bombing but the pentagon budgets cuts were cutting out several NG crisis units..that evidently got reinstated after the bombing…….

      ‘Meanwhile, the defense officials said the Pentagon recently saved funding
      for two National Guard crisis units — one of which responded to Monday’s
      bombings at the Boston Marathon — that had been scheduled to be dismantled.
      “They are important, and we have put the funding in both those,” Mr. Hagel
      testified. “And I think the Congress was informed of that the last few days,
      and we put the money back in.”
      As recently as March 29, the 24th Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support
      Team at Fort Hamilton, N.Y., and the 48th Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil
      Support Team at Clearwater, Fla., had been slated to be shuttered by June

      But while they are cutting 6% of the civilian employees and shutting down major NG disaster response units they are …..

      “”The pentagon has announced that it intends to spend $400 million funding
      the Iron Dome system for Israel in the next two fiscal years, a dramatic
      increase from the $70 million given to them in 2012, though less than he
      $680 million from 2013. $1.5 Billion in US Aid for this scheme so far.”

  17. Taxi
    April 17, 2013, 2:21 am

    ” Having experienced the shock and grief of the Boston bombings, cannot we in the US empathize more with Iraqi victims and Syrian victims? “, Juan Cole.

    • Sumud
      April 17, 2013, 8:27 am

      Oh dear, he forgot: the Afghani victims, and the Pakistani victims, and the Yemeni victims, and the Somali victims, and now the Mali victims also. Not to mention the number of Palestinians who have been killed by freebie US weapons in Palestine…

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    • Eva Smagacz
      April 18, 2013, 2:51 pm

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      • Light
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      • Sumud
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      • Bumblebye
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