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Katie Miranda is an illustrator, jewelry designer, calligrapher, and cartoonist living in Portland, OR. Her Arabic calligraphy jewelry and apparel are favorites of people in the Palestine solidarity community. Katie runs Palbox: a quarterly subscription box containing Palestinian goods benefiting the Northern California branch of the International Solidarity Movement. Connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

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  1. LeaNder on May 2, 2014, 9:54 am

    Great Katie. Love it! It shows the futility of the hawk’s project. At least that’s the first thing that comes to mind.

    • Krauss on May 2, 2014, 10:54 am

      Yeah, she does awesome comics, this was one hilarious, in part because it is not so surreal as it may seem at first glance!

  2. Zach S on May 2, 2014, 10:17 am

    Shouldn’t that be both Abbas and Meshaal on the other side of the negotiating table?

    • annie on May 2, 2014, 10:25 am

      haniyeh is the last elected PM of the palestinian people.

      • Krauss on May 2, 2014, 10:55 am

        If he held an election tomorrow he’d lose by a landslide. The polls are pretty clear about that.

        The truth is that there is no leader who can claim the mandate of the people right now, which Israel exploits, of course.

      • annie on May 3, 2014, 1:27 pm

        haniyeh would lose by a landslide? against whom? meshaal? are they in competition? abbas? dahlan? marwan barghouti is still in jail. or do you just think palestinians are primarily anti hamas. i’d be very curious to read your sources. can you share some links please.

  3. annie on May 2, 2014, 10:19 am

    a walled corridor allowing for pumping infrastructure as the wall crosses the litani and the deal finalizing 10 years after the infrastructure is built and functioning?

    sounds like a plan!

  4. DaveS on May 2, 2014, 10:47 am

    As usual, Katie Miranda is brilliant! Coincidentally, that synagogue was the subject of my exceedingly brief career as a Huffington Post columnist.

    • LeaNder on May 2, 2014, 11:39 am

      David, I often encounter these coincidence here and that may well be why I have not moved on, at least with one exception into the larger the larger field of American mentality and ultimately the discovery of the discourse around “the race card”.

      thanks for linking.

      • Hostage on May 3, 2014, 2:29 am

        Coincidentally, that synagogue was the subject of my exceedingly brief career as a Huffington Post columnist.

        There’s a similar situation with a Jewish cemetery in the Republic of Cape Verde (where 90 percent of the population is Roman Catholic). The Muslim King of neighboring Morroco stepped in and funded the bulk of the restoration and historical preservation work. See Jewish burial site restored off African coast with help from Morocco’s king: While the Jewish-Moroccan community has long since disappeared from Cape Verde, the Moroccan government continues to be a ‘major benefactor’ of heritage preservation efforts on the island

        @ Leander comments were closed on the other thread, So I’m replying to you here: I forget who put this slightly shorter, somewhat like nationalism is the pride of fools.

        If you mean the saying that I think you do, then everyone seems to have forgotten who originally said it. Avi Shlaim and a host of others credit Ernest Renan for pointing out that “A nation is a group of people united by a mistaken view about the past and a hatred of their neighbours.” They usually, but not always cite his essay “What is a Nation?” (Qu’est-ce qu’une nation?). The trouble is, that particular quote doesn’t actually appear in that text.

        Others, including Wikipedia, claim that Renan didn’t say it. They mistakenly attribute it to Karl Wolfgang Deutsch, “Nationalism and its alternatives”, Knopf/Random House, 1969. But he explicitly noted that he was talking about a common European adage that was already well-known: “A nation” so goes a rueful European saying, “is a group of persons united by a common error about their ancestry, and a common dislike of their neighbors.” See Page xviii.

      • LeaNder on May 3, 2014, 12:11 pm

        Hostage, you don’t have any idea how many associations this triggers. From synagogue to graveyard. But since I babbled enough yesterday, I spare you a journey into the mental meanderings or complex universes of the elder among us. ;)

        It would be really easy to combine these mental meanderings with coincidences, the topic David started. In this special instance that I discovered here that a special bookish love of mine in the field of literature actually agreed with me*, after all these years. Questions about my personal obsessions with quotes more generally, considering most of what we know is somewhat related to reading, where do they start and where do they end? Questions that seem to encounter strong resistance. From there my journey would visit copyright and different profs and finally my more mystic soul and “Holy sands”, Worms, a town I once decided was a good place to sent a paper from.

        And since I love paradoxes I also made sure I will leave no physical space on earth.

        * Well yes Jewish, agreeing with me versus a peculiar and on the face of it absolutely irrational German scientific consent, repeat after me, at the time. But yes his British counterpart on the specific topic and context where I encountered both of them is not Jewish, so maybe I shouldn’t mentioned it. ;) Although in the specific context it may well have mattered. They are both highly influential in triggering my interest in the material context of literature which means history, including by the way: the history of law.

    • Walid on May 2, 2014, 1:39 pm

      Great article, David.

      For those that don’t know the story, the synagogue’s roof was shelled in 1982 by the Israeli navy to convince the remaining recalcitrant Jews to pack up and leave in the same convincing way the Jewish market in Baghdad was bombed around 1952 by the Mossad to convince Iraqi Jews that had been refusing to leave to pack up and to get on a “Ezra and Nehemiah” flight to Israel.

    • Katie Miranda on May 2, 2014, 2:11 pm

      Thanks for sharing the article, David. I enjoyed it.

    • American on May 3, 2014, 2:18 pm

      Well Samuel’s article illustrates the vast difference in the attitude of ‘tribe professionals’ and most other people who want to preserve all culture’s or cultural history and historic landmarks, and those who only want to preserve their own and destroy others…..and I am thinking of the paving over of Palestine Muslim graves in Israel.

      This also reminds me of another of my favorite gripes about the tribe professionals—the so called—”US Commission for Preservation of American Heritage Abroad”…..except it has nothing to do with American heritage at all.
      Its a US federal ‘agency’, taxpayer funded, for Jewish cemeteries and memorials abroad. Not US Jewish Americans as in Jewish graves for US military killed in WWI or II. Nope, just Jewish heritage period, no association with anything American at all. We pay all the cost associated with this agency for Jewish heritage although they do raise some private funds and funds from other governments for their Jewish heritage projects.

      What really irks is this…..the American Battle Monuments Commission, which keeps up cemeteries of fallen US soldiers abroad got their budget cut by $1.687,000 for 2014….that $1,687,000 was taken out of ‘upkeep’ for the graveyards. At the Pearl Harbor 70 year commemoration budgets cuts prevented the USAF from using US aircraft to do the fly over salute…..a WWII era vintage plane was volunteered to do the fly over salute or there would have been none.…/FgY%202014…‎

      The misleadingly named US Commission for Preservation of ‘American’ Heritage got an increase in their operating expenses for 2014…..we are paying $690,000 in salaries, travels and expenses for them this year.

      So while we fund this Jewish US ‘federal agency’ for their heritage in Europe with our money , they destroy the heritage of Palestines –also with our money.

  5. hophmi on May 2, 2014, 10:53 am

    As usual, Katie is being silly. The US government cannot end funding for universities with SJP chapters, and Israel has no designs on Lebanon, like Syria does. How about you draw something about Syria, Katie? Or don’t you care about places where people are actually dying?

    • Katie Miranda on May 2, 2014, 4:44 pm

      Hi Hophmi, thanks for reminding all of us that cartoons are supposed to be silly.

      The reason I don’t draw cartoons about Syria is because I have never been there and have a very limited understanding of the political situation. When drawing cartoons for Mondoweiss I pull humor from my lib Zionist family background, 3 years spent doing human rights work in Palestine, and 6 months living in Israel.

    • Woody Tanaka on May 2, 2014, 5:12 pm

      “Or don’t you care about places where people are actually dying?”

      Palestinians die every single day because of the occupation. Oh, that’s right, they’re not Jews, so you don’t give a damn about them.

    • Keith on May 2, 2014, 5:53 pm

      HOPHMI- “…Israel has no designs on Lebanon….”

      Are you suggesting that Israel has abandoned plans to expand Eretz Yishrael if and when the opportunity presents itself? Israel has long had plans to absorb parts or all of Lebanon at least as far as the Litani river. Until possible, it has contented itself with fabricating excuses to attack Lebanon, destroy infrastructure, and smash a potential competitor. How many thousands of Lebanese did Israel kill in the 1982 assault? Eventually, Hezbollah was created to force an Israeli withdrawal from southern Lebanon. I have difficulty believing that you are not aware of this and am forced, once again, to conclude that you lack any semblance of intellectual integrity.

      • Kay24 on May 3, 2014, 7:07 am

        The apologists/hasbarats are either naive, or operate pretending they know nothing.
        It seems the crimes and intentions of Israel do no sink into their minds.
        They seem to be programmed to be in constant denial, and have convenient lapses in memory when it comes to Israel’s crimes.

      • hophmi on May 3, 2014, 7:09 pm

        “Israel has long had plans to absorb parts or all of Lebanon at least as far as the Litani river.”

        Which is why it withdrew from Lebanon in 2000.

        “The reason I don’t draw cartoons about Syria is because I have never been there and have a very limited understanding of the political situation. ”

        I’m sure you’re capable of learning about it.

        “When drawing cartoons for Mondoweiss I pull humor from my lib Zionist family background”

        Your lib Zionist background taught you that what liberal Zionists want is for the US to dump on anything Palestinian?

      • Keith on May 4, 2014, 6:31 pm

        HOPHMI- “Which is why it withdrew from Lebanon in 2000.”

        As I indicated in my comment, Israel withdrew as a consequence of Hezbollah. Perhaps you thought that the IDF storm troopers merely tired of the killing of civilians? Israel has a long history of violent actions in Lebanon in an ongoing attempt to extend the borders of Israel, and to establish a pro-Israel Christian state in the South of Lebanon. Also, destroying Lebanon’s infrastructure is good for Israeli business by eliminating the competition. Having been stopped by Hezbollah, Israel is seeking to weaken and destroy Hezbollah, including destroying Syria thereby isolating Hezbollah. For you to claim that Israel “has no designs on Lebanon” is pure propaganda, typical for you.

        In regards to your scurrilous ad hominem attack on me on the “When the Holocaust shows up” thread, I put together a response but, alas, the comments seem to have been cut off. Lucky you. It would appear that libelous labeling is your forte, the ability to assemble facts to support reasoned argument beyond your humble ability. But then again, when the facts are so much against your position, what other recourse is there for a Zionist apologist?

      • Hostage on May 4, 2014, 6:45 pm

        Which is why it withdrew from Lebanon in 2000.

        It withdrew because popular support for the war at home evaporated in the face of effective, armed resistance from Hezbollah and violating 20 years worth of UN resolutions wasn’t getting it anywhere.

    • Shingo on May 2, 2014, 6:05 pm

      As usual, Katie is being silly.

      Netenyahu and Kerry are silly a great deal of the time.

      Bibbi with his cute cartoons at the UN. Kerry with his claim that invading other countries of phoney pretexts is 19th century behavior. It doesn’t get any sillier.

      How about you draw something about Syria, Katie?

      If all else fails, there’s always good old fashioned whattaboutism right Hop?

    • Citizen on May 2, 2014, 7:33 pm

      @ hophmi
      Remind us if we Americans give the Syria regime $8.5 million per day, and that we underwrite that regime’s debt, and have an enmeshed military and security network with that regime, who constantly steals our patented products and sells them as its own, not to mention constantly spying on us, and stealing our state secrets. Or don’t you care about places where this is so, and how we ruin our reputation in the world at the UN by constantly vetoing any attempt to make Syria responsible for its own conduct? And, did we green light bombing Syria’s nascent attempt at making the bomb, or did we allow Syria to make the bomb, not join the NPT, etc? Do we have a stockpile of our military arms and supplies sitting in Syria, with a free ticket to take them for the Syrian regime? Are we still suffering from the Arab oil boycott because we supported Syria back in the day? Is Syria our wonderful ally even though we have no mutual security treaty with it? That’s Syrian lobby is really powerful, eh?

      • Kay24 on May 3, 2014, 7:11 am

        That sounds bad. Now on top of that imagine Syria spying on us, bombing a research ship killing 34 crew members, wounded 171 crew members, over international waters , selling our weapons to China, and interfering in our Presidential elections….sounds disgusting.

      • hophmi on May 3, 2014, 7:13 pm

        “Remind us if we Americans give the Syria regime ”

        The old dead-people-don’t-matter-unless-Americans-give-money excuse.

        Actually, America gives quite a lot of money to put the refugees of the Syria government’s atrocities up in refugee camps. As of January 2014, the US had donated $1.7 billion to the Syrian humanitarian cause.

      • Eva Smagacz on May 4, 2014, 1:50 pm

        “The old dead-people-don’t-matter-unless-Americans-give-money excuse”.

        You are just apologising for an Israel like a pro.
        From Jews sans Frontieres:

        The case for Israel is made of four propositions that should always be presented in the correct escalating order.

        We rock
        They suck
        You suck
        Everything sucks

        That’s it. Now you know everything that it took me a lifetime to learn. The rest is details; filling in the dotted lines.

        You begin by saying how great Israel is. Israel want peace; Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East; the desert blooms; kibutz; Israelis invented antibiotics, the wheel, the E minor scale; thanks to the occupation Palestinians no longer live in caves; Israel liberates Arab women; Israel has the most moral army in the world, etc.

        This will win over 50% of your listeners immediately. Don’t worry about the factual content. This is about brand identity, not writing a PhD. Do you really think BP is ‘beyond petroleum’?

        Then you go into the second point: They suck. Here you talk about the legal system of Saudi Arabia, gay rights in Iran, slave trade in the Sudan, Mohammad Atta, the burqa, Palestinians dancing after 9/11, Arafat’s facial hair, etc.

        There is only one additional principle you need to understand here. It will separate you from the amateurs. You need to know your audience. If you’ve got a crowd already disposed to racist logic, go for it with everything you have. But if you get a liberal crowd, you need to sugar coat the racism a bit. Focus on women rights, human rights, religious tolerance, “clash of civilizations”, terrorism, they teach their children to hate, etc. Deep down your audience WANTS to enjoy racism and feel superior. They just need the proper encouragement so they can keep their sophisticated self-image. Give them what they crave and they’ll adore you! But be careful not to ‘mix n match,’ because it will cost you credibility.

        When you’re done, there will always be dead-enders insisting that abuse of gays in Iran does not justify ethnic cleansing in Palestine. Take a deep breath, and pull the doomsday weapon: You suck!

        You’re a Jew-hater, Arab-lover, anti-Semite, you’re a pinko, a commie, a dreamer, a naive, a self-hater, you have issues, your mother worked for the Nazis, Prince Bandar buys you cookies, you forgot you were responsible for the holocaust, etc. The more the merrier. By the time you end this barrage, only a handful would be left standing. For mopping them up, you use the ultimate postmodern wisdom: Everything sucks.

        War, genocide, racism, oppression are everywhere. From the Roma in Italy to the Native-Americans in the U.S., the weak are victimized. Why pick on Israel? It’s the way of the world. Look! Right is only in question between equals in power; the strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must. Ethics, schmethics. Life is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. Eat, drink! Carpe diem! The Palestinians would throw us into the sea if they could. Ha ha!

        Trust me, that’s as far as words can go. If you followed this method faithfully, you’ve done your work. You should leave the few who are still unconvinced to the forces of order.

        You are now ready to
        apologize for Israel like a pro.

      • Hostage on May 4, 2014, 6:40 pm

        “Remind us if we Americans give the Syria regime ”

        The old dead-people-don’t-matter-unless-Americans-give-money excuse.

        No we’ve already had sanctions in place against Syria and Iran for decades. This is the old reward Israeli criminality, while applying punitive sanctions against other abusive or unpopular regimes.

    • talknic on May 3, 2014, 2:45 am

      @ hophmi ” don’t you care about places where people are actually dying?”

      Dead Palestinians aren’t really dead? AMAZING!! That ol’ ziocaine sure has a kick

      • hophmi on May 3, 2014, 7:22 pm

        150,000 Syrians have died in the last three years. How many Palestinians have died during that time. Thanks. I rest my case.

      • Hostage on May 4, 2014, 6:35 pm

        Thanks. I rest my case.

        Thanks for giving it a much needed rest. Nothing you said about crimes in Syria serves to prove that the IDF is not guilty of killing and wounding people in Palestine and citing murders elsewhere doesn’t lessen the gravity of murder in Palestine. You Zionists keep citing cases elsewhere in which sanctions, including referrals and investigations by international criminal tribunals, are the norm.

    • Hostage on May 3, 2014, 3:13 am

      Or don’t you care about places where people are actually dying?

      Of course. During the past 9 months of “peace talks”, 61 Palestinians died due to the actions of the Israeli armed forces and more than 1100 were injured by Israeli military and security officials.

      If anything like that had happened in a neighborhood in the USA, we’d literally be “up in arms”. At the very least, we would be demanding a spot on the “list of places where people are actually dying” and saying that something needed to be done about it.

      • hophmi on May 3, 2014, 7:24 pm

        “Of course. During the past 9 months of “peace talks”, 61 Palestinians died due to the actions of the Israeli armed forces and more than 1100 were injured by Israeli military and security officials. link to”

        How many Syrians died during that time? (Hint: It’s probably well over 100 times that number.)

      • Eva Smagacz on May 4, 2014, 2:00 pm

        World according to hopmi:

        “Because Syrians are dying you must not pay attention to Palestinians.
        If Syrians were not dying, you must not pay attention to Palestinians because…. because….. Igbos are killed in Nigeria, women get raped in Africa and journalists are jailed in Turkey…. .
        In fact, please pay attention anywhere but don’t pay attention to Palestinians.

      • Hostage on May 4, 2014, 5:44 pm

        How many Syrians died during that time? (Hint: It’s probably well over 100 times that number.)

        Hophmi, no matter how many times you are called out for trolling the comment section and engaging in asinine whataboutery, you can always be counted on to respond by trying to deflect the conversation away from the need to sanction the Zionist state with even more asinine whataboutery.

        Here’s a hint for you and your pals: The USA and UN already have a formal sanctions regime in place to punish the Assad regime. The UNHRC has asked the Security Council to hand over its fact finding mission reports on both the situations in Syria and Palestine to the ICC. For all I know, the UN was chewing bubble gum, and walking at the same time, when it approved the UN war crimes inquiries of Dafur/Sudan, the tribunal to investigate the assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, and the recommendation of a war crimes inquiry in Sri Lanka.

        In any event, nobody questions the fact that the US has listed Syria as a state sponsor of terror for decades and the fact that there have been sanctions in that regard all along. What we do have a right to question is why there have been repeated reports, including Israel’s own Karp Commission Report on Investigations of Suspicions Against Israelis in
        Judea and Samaria, saying that serious cases of crimes against Palestinians are routinely closed out without any investigation or action?

        Here is an extract from a fact on Syrian sanction from 2012:

        Syria Sanctions Fact Sheet Existing Sanctions and Future Steps the Administration Should Take
        Why has the United States imposed sanctions on Syria?

        Syria has been subject to U.S. sanctions for several decades. The U.S. restrictive measures respond to a series of activities by the Syrian government that concern U.S. national security interests. The most notable of these concerns is Syria’s apparent support for terrorists groups, such as Hezbollah and Hamas. Other activities, including the Syrian government’s occupation of Lebanon, its intent to pursue weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) and missile programs, allegations of their involvement in the assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, and undermining of U.S. and international efforts with respect to the stabilization and reconstruction of Iraq, have resulted in additional sanctions.

        More recently, the Syrian government, under President Bashar al-Assad has waged – and continues – a violent campaign against unarmed civilian demonstrators in Syria. The crackdown has left over 9000 dead and elicited strong condemnations from the United States, the European Union, the Arab League, and the vast majority of the U.N. General Assembly. The United States and the European Union have imposed sanctions in response to the crackdown.

      • Hostage on May 4, 2014, 6:23 pm

        @ hophmi replying to you here because comments were closed on the other threads.

        I pointed out that Israeli lawmakers on the Constitution, Law, and Justice Committee who oppose equal rights for non-Jews had won the debate for the past 65 years regarding the question of whether or not racial equality was incompatible with Judaism. As a consequence, they have managed to keep the state from adopting a written constitution or entrenching equal rights in the state’s Basic laws.

        You responded by saying “Let me know when such a debate takes place in an Arab parliament.” So I pointed out that the Palestinians and Tunisians were much smarter than the Israeli lawmakers, because they had already debated and adopted Constitutions and Basic Laws that explicitly guaranteed equal rights under the law, without distinctions based upon race, sex, color, religion, political views or disability.

        You tried to suggest that those explicit constitutional guarantees are somehow incompatible with the provisions regarding Islam, respect for the sanctity of all other divine religions, and the application of Shari’a as a principal, but not exclusive, source of legislation. In fact, the Palestinian Basic Law required the government to subscribe to all the UN Human Rights Conventions as soon as possible.

        So, once again let me point out that Israeli lawmakers seem pretty slow and dimwitted by comparison, if they can’t figure out how to mention Judaism, the principles of halakhah, respect for other divine religions, and guarantees of equal rights under the law, without distinction based upon race, sex, color, religion, political views or disability in their own Basic Laws – and that your response helped prove my point.

    • eljay on May 3, 2014, 8:22 am

      >> As usual, Katie is being silly.

      As usual, hophmeee is being a hateful and immoral Zio-supremacist, deflecting attention away from the matter at hand and pretending that (war) crimes committed by other people and other states somehow justify or excuse the past and on-going (war) crimes committed by Zio-supremacists and their supremacist “Jewish State”.

  6. Justpassingby on May 2, 2014, 11:04 am

    Great Miranda, you should create a book with all these great comic strips!

  7. Citizen on May 2, 2014, 11:07 am

    US has allocated 28%-32% US taxpayer dollars to the PA’s budget this year–to beef up Palestinian security forces–over 40% of all Palestinian public workers work for security sector. If you think about it, that’s a lot! The purpose of the Palestinian cops is to be agents for Israel’s security. See Katie’s last cartoon block above.

    It’s a horrible joke. Further funny that Kerry is now getting lambasted for being anti-Semitic for dropping the “apartheid” word. Further funny that Israel isn’t just loping for being an apartheid state, it already is one, at least as far as it’s governing control of the OT (while is Israel behind the green line, it’s more like Jim Crow now). And the last laugh is on the US taxpayers, and the sinking reputation of the USA in the world due to its total capitulation to big zionist donors amid the less than 2% Jewish population in the USA. How far down in this “special relationship” onion do we want to peel? It hurts my eyes, makes me tear….

  8. a blah chick on May 2, 2014, 11:14 am

    That smirk on Mr. Sara’s face in the last panel is absolutely priceless.

  9. mondonut on May 2, 2014, 11:22 am

    The answer to the last panel is “The State you supposedly desire”

    • talknic on May 2, 2014, 12:31 pm

      @ mondonut “The answer to the last panel is “The State you supposedly desire”

      Stick to propaganda mantras… The US could have dropped the US UNSC veto decades ago and Israel would have scurried back to Israel with its vile illegal settlers

      • mondonut on May 2, 2014, 12:33 pm


        But it has not. And what does that have to do with the post above or the cartoon?

      • talknic on May 2, 2014, 8:05 pm

        “what does that have to do with the post above or the cartoon”

        R U really that thick?

    • Woody Tanaka on May 2, 2014, 12:52 pm

      Except that Tel Aviv and their puppets in Washington have been promising that to the Palestinians for decades, but the devils’ boot prints still poison and pollute the land beyond the green line.

  10. Citizen on May 2, 2014, 11:39 am

    So, a relevant question is, who has a more servile mainstream press, the US or Russia?

    • brenda on May 2, 2014, 3:25 pm

      I can’t comment on Russia, but it’s hard to imagine anything more servile than the US press. Probably the Russian press has at least a basic understanding of Russian interests and writes to that.

      • Citizen on May 2, 2014, 4:21 pm

        @ brenda
        LOL. So seemingly the US mainstream press works for a foreign government in regards to any foreign policy touching on Israel in any shape or form, while the Russian mainstream press, while no pursuer of total truth, at least works for what it deems Russian collective interests?

      • brenda on May 3, 2014, 9:36 am

        very nicely put, Citizen. You have a way with words.

      • Citizen on May 3, 2014, 7:49 pm

        @ brenda
        Thanks. I always like your comments.

      • American on May 3, 2014, 12:21 pm

        Ditto citizen

        The major US msm and press are the Israeli story and interest, not American.
        Dont think any half way observant person would deny that.

        Why the Washington Post won’t fire Jennifer Rubin
        The paper’s ombudsman admits Jennifer Rubin would be fired if she promoted anti-Israeli rather than anti-Arab bile

        Glenn Greenwald

        ”Several weeks ago, I wrote about a truly twisted, deranged rant by neocon royal family member Rachel Abrams. Abrams — wife of Iran-contra convict and Bush 43 official Eliot Abrams, step-daughter of Norm Podhoretz, half-sister of John Podhoretz, and a Board Member of Bill Kristol’s Emergency Committee for Israel (ECI) — unleashed a torrent of anti-Palestinian hatred upon the release of Gilad Shalit that could be produced only by the most rotted of souls:

        Then round up [Gilad Shalit’s] captors, the slaughtering, death-worshiping, innocent-butchering, child-sacrificing savages who dip their hands in blood and use women—those who aren’t strapping bombs to their own devils’ spawn and sending them out to meet their seventy-two virgins by taking the lives of the school-bus-riding, heart-drawing, Transformer-doodling, homework-losing children of Others—and their offspring—those who haven’t already been pimped out by their mothers to the murder god—as shields, hiding behind their burkas and cradles like the unmanned animals they are, and throw them not into your prisons, where they can bide until they’re traded by the thousands for another child of Israel, but into the sea, to float there, food for sharks, stargazers, and whatever other oceanic carnivores God has put there for the purpose.

        While Abrams’ post sparked widespread revulsion, it found one noted admirer: The Washington Post‘s Israel-obsessed blogger Jennifer Rubin, who re-tweeted Abrams’ promotion of her post with obvious (and admitted) agreement.

        Over the past 18 months, we’ve witnessed a series of journalists fired for far less virulent sentiments directed at Israelis and Jews (Rich Sanchez’ complaints about disproportionate Jewish media influence and Helen Thomas’ call for Jews to leave the region), and even for completely innocuous remarks whose only sin was offending neocons (Octavia Nasr’s mild eulogizing of a moderate Hezbollah cleric). Yet here we have a Post blogger who has endorsed this extreme hate-mongering, and does so with total impunity”.

      • Citizen on May 3, 2014, 7:47 pm

        @ American
        I share your deep frustration. Phil Weiss allows me to comment on his blog here, and I’ve been doing so practically since MW started. Otherwise, I have no regular outlet for what I see in the matter. I recognize in your comments a very kindred American and humanitarian spirit. Thank you for you being you.

  11. Kay24 on May 2, 2014, 1:04 pm

    Great illustration. It gives us an idea of how slanted these peace talks must have been.
    The last one showing Bibi with his sly smile. Right now Israeli minions are given the usual air time on the zionist msm of America, spouting off propaganda and lies, about just how serious Bibi is about peace, sacrificing and supporting it so much, and casting blame on the Palestinians for the failure. We are not supposed to remember that over 14,000 illegal settlement homes have been announced by Israel (frowned on by the US) the irrelevant demands, and using every excuse they can, to refuse to cooperate with the US. It is unbelievable that these apologists lie with a straight face, and get away with those lies, because our media dare not question, or contradict, those lies.
    The Palestinians are hardly interviewed or given some air time.

  12. Taxi on May 2, 2014, 2:51 pm


    I just showed and translated your cartoon to a 79 year old south Lebanon villager who speaks no English and never been on the internet; and when he saw the drawing of your “walled corridor” from Beirut to israel, he laughed so hard and wheezed and cackled and showed gums and heaved and laughed s’more and wiped a couple of haha-tears from his green eyes. Christ, his skinny frame shook so hard from mirth – I thought he was having a heart attack!

    Your brilliant work just gave a sad old man who’s seen so much war, the laugh of a lifetime.

    Merci beaucoup.

    • Katie Miranda on May 2, 2014, 4:46 pm

      That’s amazing Taxi, thanks for sharing.

    • just on May 2, 2014, 5:46 pm

      Many thanks Taxi and Katie.

      Warms the cockles of me heart to know that any sense of humor/hilarity remains among the many victims of war. Hope personified.

  13. tree on May 2, 2014, 6:38 pm

    Israel would never go for such a narrow corridor as you pictured, Katie. It would be characterized as an “Auschwitz Corridor”. It would need to be at least 20 miles wide with a “security zone” on each Lebanese side of the corridor of at least 10 miles, where no Lebanese would be allowed to set foot, for fear of endangering the Israelis who might need to set up house in the corridor to create those necessary “facts on the ground”.

    (Lebanon is on average about 35 miles wide).

    • Shingo on May 2, 2014, 7:17 pm

      Great comment Tree.

      They’d also insist on tapping all the water resources along the way and controlling all land, air and see access as well as the electromagnetic spectrum.

  14. anthonybellchambers on May 3, 2014, 3:06 am

    If Israel should try to implement its threatened annexation of the Palestinian West Bank then the EU should immediately withdraw all access to bilateral trade with the 28 Member States of the European single market.

    The state of Israel is already in long-term serious breach of the existing provisions of the EU-Israel Association Agreement.

    In March 1939, Nazi Germany annexed the Sudetenland region of Czechoslovakia in a land-grab that presaged the start of World War II in which over 60 million lives were lost – a figure that equates to the entire population of the whole United Kingdom.

    Should Israel try to implement its threat to annex the West Bank there is every likelihood of a disastrous war in the Middle East that would inevitably involve weapons of mass destruction and provide the spark that could start World War III.

    A nuclear war in the Middle East would have grave, global, economic and political consequences and the only way to avoid that never happens is to insist on Israel’s immediate compliance with international law, plus an IAEA inspection of its undeclared nuclear arsenal – failing which there should be a total embargo on any future bilateral trade with Europe.

  15. brenda on May 3, 2014, 9:53 am

    a great political cartoon, and makes a point but doesn’t tell the entire story. Kerry did bend over backwards to accommodate Netanyahu (for this alone he should get a medal, for services rendered over and above etc.) But he was also looking after US interests, as were every one of the presidential missions to the peace talks over the past 45 years. And as usual, the Israelis proved intransigent — they are looking after their own interests, thank you very much America for your help etc. As far as Palestine is concerned, the US is not directly looking out for Palestinian interests but Palestine will get a leg up if the US prevails — IOW, what is in US interests is also in Palestine interests. Israel is outside of both US & Palestine interests, fighting hard on the other side.

    Y-net has an incredibly revealing interview from ‘an unnamed senior American official’ (I think it might be Dan Shapiro, the US ambassador to Israel) going over what happened during the talks. Abbas is given a good hearing, Israel comes up short. How I wish we could get this kind of press in the US. Y-net is Yedioth Ahronoth, Israel’s most-read newspaper, totally mainstream. This isn’t a ‘left-wing’ piece from Ha’aretz,7340,L-4515821,00.html

    • Citizen on May 3, 2014, 8:17 pm

      @ brenda
      Thanks for the link. Good to know Obama, Kerry know those ever-expanding illegal Israeli settlements are the most to blame for the collapse of the peace process. An idiot could see it. Why did it take our top US leaders so long to see it? The pizza pie cutter & eater analogy has been around for a decade.

      The thing is, nobody in US leadership position will float the idea of cutting off aid to Israel until they become more accountable. All we get is the ambitious maverick Rand Paul putting out a bill to cut off aid to Palestine, which is really funny since that would cut off aid to the PA police who work to secure Israel. Even the Nazis needed a kapo network.

      I don’t really think American political leadership is as naive as it appears; what they are wise in is the American political finance campaign system.

      And nobody’s as wise there as AIPAC.

      SCOTUS is a joke.

      • brenda on May 4, 2014, 2:13 pm

        “The thing is, nobody in US leadership position will float the idea of cutting off aid to Israel until they become more accountable”

        Citizen, this very point came up a lot in Matthew Taylor’s piece on the y-net interview. American brought this up to me shortly after I began commenting at Mondoweiss. But the way I see it, there is a huge divide between Congress and the executive branch — and it is Congress which votes ‘the aid” (more accurately described as “a shakedown”) The President can only do what he can do within his own part of government, we are a democracy not a dictatorship, Israel has found our weak spot and is milking it for all it’s worth (which is quite a lot).

        The y-net interview dealt simply with the negotiations sponsored by the President as part of his foreign policy. It would have been ludicrous for the American presidential mission to have started complaining about Congress to an Israeli newspaper. There’s nothing Obama can do about that, but he can put pressure on the Israelis during the peace talks and afterwards, which is what he did. I’m pretty sure this interview came from Obama through his man in Israel, Dan Shapiro the US ambassador. Ben Caspit is one of my fave Israeli journos at al-Monitor — a couple of weeks ago when Kerry citing ‘reality check’ left Martin Indyk to carry on in his place, Caspit mentioned that Indyk was being closely advised by Dan Shapiro.

        also not to forget, yes what the American officials told y-net was naïve or worse to a Mondoweiss readership — but it was directed to an Israeli readership. These guys are not as stupid as what they sound sometime. They knew the effect they wanted to produce.

        I haven’t been following Rand Paul much but I did send his father several drafts of money when he ran for the Republican nomination in 2012. Always liked Ron Paul, he and Nader were not that far apart on most things…

      • annie on May 5, 2014, 10:32 am

        dan shapiro, interesting…hmm

  16. Citizen on May 3, 2014, 2:43 pm

    America, awake!
    At the moment, Bibi is voicing his amazement at selfies and how the modern generation is so into internet photos of their own selves living daily.

  17. Citizen on May 3, 2014, 5:56 pm

    Rand Paul’s Last Ditch effort to woo the Jews won’t work:

    He didn’t realize if you cut off US aid to the Palestinians you cut off aid to Israel’s hired security help: the Palestinian security sector, which is where 40% of Public sector Palestinian jobs are, and one third of the total budget of Palestine:

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