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Video of Israeli marchers chanting “Death to the Arabs”.

From day one, Israeli ‘intelligence agencies’ assumed the kidnapped boys were not alive and yet kept it from families and media.  Instead the kidnapping was used to manipulate Israelis into believing the army was searching, while in fact raiding hundreds of homes, arresting thousands of people, wreaking violent havoc on Palestinian cities and villages. This month of militant fury was manipulated to implement dormant military plans, and to end with the missing kids tragically found dead, leading to a massively covered nationalist funeral, and a call for national mourning.

The national mourning was woven with immediate calls for settlement expansion, cynically turning blood into cement along with a free-for-all nationalist call for revenge.

This morning Mohamed Abu Khdeir, 16, was murdered in the north Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat, a community that has been in upheaval since. While my heart is with all families who have lost loved ones, we must understand: This wave of violence is not spontaneous, it is deliberately orchestrated.

In the name of nationalist Judaism, mobs of young Israelis are marching Jerusalem streets chanting ‘death to Arabs’, ‘may your village burn’. Lynchings and hate crimes are now added to the list of actions the Israeli police turn a blind eye to.

Without realizing it, we have condemned Jerusalem to become a fake Jewish Disneyland for tourists on the backs of those who have stewarded the city for centuries.  Jewish communities around the world still define themselves as Jewish through a loyalty to Zionist values. They are not comprehending what Zionism means when it is followed through and finally manifested at its full potential.  We are watching now as it unfolds. Nationalist racism is very familiar to us, indeed we studied it well in our high schools. So well we are emulating it. So let me tell you as a proud Jewish person: Zionism = Racism.

I’m intimately familiar with racist hatred, violence, and “just following orders.”  But from the Border Police to the soldiers to the ever growing state sanctioned Judeo-fascist youth movements calling for the removal of alAqsa to make room for the 3rd temple… – this fury is unfamiliar to me.

I admit it, I am scared.

First for the Palestinian communities of Jerusalem that already have a weight of the occupation I can’t comprehend on their shoulders, and next  for the well-being of everyone living in this city who has to pay a price for the virus the Zionist movement brought with it from Europe – racism.

Mainstream friends still argue that “we (Israelis) have a right to maintain our culture in our city”, advocating for segregation and racism with a strait face. The Jewish Zionist world gives racism the Kosher stamp of approval.  The world still gives Zionism its stamp of approval. Does this discussion become my opinion against his? Or can we agree, racism is not okay already?!

With help from Christian, Muslim, Jewish, and luminous pagan voices for peace, justice and compassion- I do hope the world continues to boycott, sanction and divest from Israeli violence,  forcing us all to eventually transcend into becoming the democratic cosmopolitan land we all deserve to live in. Indeed a long term plan based on guiding values of equality, justice and democracy is where we should all be focusing our energies.

But in the mean time… Israel today is neither democratic nor Jewish.  At the risk of sounding messianic (desperate times…) I ask the communities who mention Jerusalem in their prayers every Friday, Saturday and Sunday to please send a clear message- The world does not tolerate Zionist racism anymore, Jerusalem must be freed! #help!

Micha Kurz

Micha Kurz was born and raised in Israeli Jerusalem, after his military service he was one of the co-founders of Breaking the Silence and has since worked with numerous human rights organizations including ICAHD and Ta'ayush. He co-founded and works at Grassroots AlQuds, a platform for community based mobilization and advocacy, developed to map, network and amplify Palestinian community and activist voices in Al-Quds and around the world. He works for an open cosmotropilis Jerusalem, free of racist systemic oppression. He wouldn’t be caught dead in a uniform ever again, unless it was a rainbow one.

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  1. just on July 2, 2014, 10:12 am

    I think you meant “wreaking” in the second sentence.

    (running back to read the article!)

    Phenomenal article! Bookmarked, and will send it around. Many thanks Micha.

    • bintbiba on July 2, 2014, 6:06 pm

      You have touched me deeply, Micha! I also was born but partly raised in Jerusalem.
      You have written an awe inspiring article from the heart and soul of a true human
      being. Thank you.

  2. just on July 2, 2014, 10:34 am

    This article is so moving and packed with truth:

    “The national mourning was woven with immediate calls for settlement expansion, cynically turning blood into cement along with a free-for-all nationalist call for revenge.

    Brilliantly written.

    “In the name of nationalist Judaism, mobs of young Israelis are marching Jerusalem streets chanting ‘death to Arabs’, ‘may your village burn’. Lynchings and hate crimes are now added to the list of actions the Israeli police turn a blind eye to.”

    I am scared as well.

    • seafoid on July 2, 2014, 11:56 am

      http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/1.602661/1.602661

      “Tens of thousands of Israelis are calling for attacks on Palestinians in a new Facebook group formed in the aftermath of the abduction and murder of three Israeli youths in the West Bank last month.
      The responses, consisting of racist comments and demands for revenge, urge people to take violent action against Arabs.
      By Wednesday evening, over 35,000 people had joined a Facebook group named “The people of Israel demand revenge,” which was set up after the bodies of teens were found Monday. Many of the group’s members are teenagers, and also include soldiers, who posted photographs of signs with messages demanding revenge and calling to exact a price for the teens’ murders, alongside the insignia and berets of Israeli army units.
      The group’s managers, who are not identified by name, encourage surfers to send photos of themselves to the group’s page. “Take your own photo with the inscription ‘the nation of Israel demands revenge,’” one of the managers’ posts said. “It can be on a piece of paper, on cellphone, on the body or anything else (it’s more important to send photos of yourselves). Soldiers, you send us [photos] too. Put the photos on our wall, or attach them to this post, or send us the photo in a personal message and we’ll put them all together into one album. Share!!!”
      One photograph that was posted to the page is of two teenage girls smiling, embracing each other and holding a piece of paper saying, “Hating Arabs is not racism, it’s values.” Another post shows an armed soldier with “Revenge!” inscribed on his chest. Yet another post is of a video clip in which a male urges the “slaughter” of Arab MK Haneen Zoabi and swears at her virulently. “I don’t care if I sound racist … [If] they kidnapped you, let’s see what we’d get in return. Half a portion of masbaha with zaatar,” he wrote.”

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBIvPkdIOT8

      As long as in the heart, within,
      נֶפֶשׁ יְהוּדִי הוֹמִיָּה Nefesh yehudi homiyah, A Jewish soul still yearns,
      וּלְפַאֲתֵי מִזְרָח, קָדִימָה, Ul(e)fa’atei mizrach kadimah, And onward, towards the ends of the east,
      עַיִן לְצִיּוֹן צוֹפִיָּה, ‘Ayin letziyon tzofiyah; An eye still gazes toward Zion;

      עוֹד לֹא אָבְדָה תִּקְוָתֵנוּ, ‘Od lo avdah tikvateinu, Our hope is not yet lost,
      הַתִּקְוָה בַּת שְׁנוֹת אַלְפַּיִם Hatikvah bat sh(e)not ’alpayim, The hope of two thousand years,
      לִהְיוֹת עַם חָפְשִׁי בְּאַרְצֵנוּ, Lihyot ‘am chofshi b(e)’artzeinu, To be a free people in our land,
      אֶרֶץ צִיּוֹן וִירוּשָׁלַיִם. ’Eretz-Tziyon viy(e)rushalayim. The land of Zion and Jerusalem.

    • Basilio on July 2, 2014, 10:14 pm

      You can bet that if the Palestinians were properly armed, Israelis wouldn’t dare fight them. If they simply used fists and didn’t have the backing of an army with guns, they would lose. They act as if they are strong and tough, but they’re Zionist fascists drunk with some crazy, outdated nationalist dream while Europe and the US are afraid to say anything.

  3. Kay24 on July 2, 2014, 10:41 am

    A very insightful article. I can imagine the tension and fear civilians must feel. This tit for tat that has resulted in young lives being brutally taken away, is simply awful.
    The US leaders, and other world leaders, who have faithfully toed the zionist line, and dutifully condemned these killings, obviously forgot to do so with such gusto when the poor Palestinian kids were gunned down a few weeks ago. Until these enablers start calling a spade a spade, and criticizing the zionists criminals in Israel, there is NO hope for peace, and no sign of the violence ending. It is time Israel was shown collective punishment from the rest of the world, by boycotts, divestments and sanctions. Patting it on it’s head and making soothing sounds is only encouraging it’s crimes.

    • joecommon on July 2, 2014, 11:30 am

      tit for tat? Here is the worst part. That TFT has become the weapon of choice for monsters like netty. In fact, this weapon is netty’s favorite weapon to the extent that HE PRECIPITATES THESE EVENTS. In effect, creating them. because he needs them to rationalize his theft of property and racist ways. Until monsters like him are outlawed, we’re toast.

      • Kay24 on July 2, 2014, 12:01 pm

        I agree. It was as though he was waiting for an excuse to seize the opportunity and send his ruthless troops to attack homes, and most notably, arrest many including suspected Hamas members (getting rid of them perhaps). Either he reacts violently like this, or he “retaliates” by stealing more land. In fact there was such a suggestion by some Israeli zionist leaders, I guess time will tell if Nutty Ben will follow through.

  4. lysias on July 2, 2014, 10:44 am

    While my heart is with all families who have lost loved ones, we must understand: This wave of violence is not spontaneous, it is deliberately orchestrated.

    In the name of nationalist Judaism, mobs of young Israelis are marching Jerusalem streets chanting ‘death to Arabs’, ‘may your village burn’. Lynchings and hate crimes are now added to the list of actions the Israeli police turn a blind eye to.

    I think it is obvious to what historical event this is uncannily similar, but, since I have been criticized for making the comparison explicitly, I will refrain from doing so here.

    • Kay24 on July 2, 2014, 10:48 am

      You do not have to say it. I think most of us here can see the comparison, and I agree it is eerily similar, in more ways than one. Sad.

      • seafoid on July 2, 2014, 11:40 am

        Israel is running a process that intensifies with every year it goes deeper into the occupation. It’s not something that the authorities could control even if they were interested in doing so.

    • Mooser on July 2, 2014, 2:06 pm

      “In the name of nationalist Judaism, mobs of young Israelis are marching Jerusalem streets chanting ‘death to Arabs’, ‘may your village burn’. Lynchings and hate crimes are now added to the list of actions the Israeli police turn a blind eye to.”

      Quel surprize! I mean, who could have predicted it?

    • Sumud on July 2, 2014, 10:26 pm

      lysias ~ don’t be intimidated, the comparison is valid and those who claim otherwise are in denial or a ‘gatekeeper’, or aspects of both.

      South African apartheid and slavery in the US wanted their ‘other’ around for cheap or free labour.

      Nazism wanted and Zionism wants to eliminate the ‘other’ altogether. It’s not a coincidence that there are rallies with crowds chanting “death to arabs”. The nazis tried to get rid of the jews with the Transfer Agreement but got more aggressive later, zionists tried with 66 years of Nakba, most dramatically in 1947/8/9 and 1967.

      The trajectory is the same. The only question at this point is how far zionism will be allowed to progress before all nations stand up and say no.

      For the gatekeepers the IDF would have to shove Palestinians into cattle cars and transport them to Treblinka before they’d ever admit the similarities. They are determined NOT to see them.

      With all due respect I say to them “fuck you”. They betray all those who perished at the hands of the nazis.

      • Feathers on July 3, 2014, 11:38 am

        “fuck you??”

        “fuck” getting history wrong, then basing present policies on that wrong history = “fuck you?”
        Perhaps that explains why US & Israeli policy is so fucked up.

        NO, Kristallnacht is NOT the appropriate analogy if it is examined with intellectual integrity rather than hasbara-incited emotionality.

        For one thing, while these comments state that Netanyahu provoked the violence —

        joecommon says:
        July 2, 2014 at 11:30 am
        tit for tat? Here is the worst part. That TFT has become the weapon of choice for monsters like netty. In fact, this weapon is netty’s favorite weapon to the extent that HE PRECIPITATES THESE EVENTS. In effect, creating them. because he needs them to rationalize his theft of property and racist ways. Until monsters like him are outlawed, we’re toast.

        AND

        Kay24 says:
        July 2, 2014 at 12:01 pm
        I agree. It was as though he was waiting for an excuse to seize the opportunity and send his ruthless troops to attack homes, and most notably, arrest many including suspected Hamas members (getting rid of them perhaps). Either he reacts violently like this, or he “retaliates” by stealing more land. In fact there was such a suggestion by some Israeli zionist leaders, I guess time will tell if Nutty Ben will follow through.

        Hitler did NOT make a speech to enflame violence in retaliation for the death of vom Rath; Netanyahu did.

        Grynszypan admitted to French police that he killed the German diplomat. He was never tried and punished. Nobody has admitted their responsibility for killing the Israelis, but Palestinians have been extrajudicially punished.

        The German government did NOT launch fighter-plane attacks on Jewish enclaves; Israel launched attacks on Gaza. http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/7/1/israel-palestinegaza.html

        Do you really want to force a comparison of all of the factors in these situations?

      • lysias on July 3, 2014, 2:45 pm

        Hitler did NOT make a speech to enflame violence in retaliation for the death of vom Rath; Netanyahu did.

        Actually, Hitler bowed out of making the speech before the Old Fighters (Alte Kämpfer) in the Bürgerbräukeller in Munich on Nov. 8, 1938, the anniversary of the Beerhall Putsch of 1923, the way he normally did on that anniversary. Hitler departed early from that meeting, and it was Goebbels who substituted for making the main speech at the meeting, and apparently it was a really inflammatory one, broadcast by the radio all over Germany. I would love to hear a recording of that speech, or at least to find a transcript to read. So far I have not succeeded. But the fact is, there was an inflammatory speech delivered, and I suspect Hitler’s departure was just an act, to avoid direct blame for what was about to happen (although some writers blame Goebbels alone).

      • Feathers on July 3, 2014, 12:43 pm

        “Nazism wanted and Zionism wants to eliminate the ‘other’ altogether. It’s not a coincidence that there are rallies with crowds chanting “death to arabs”. The nazis tried to get rid of the jews with the Transfer Agreement but got more aggressive later, zionists tried with 66 years of Nakba, most dramatically in 1947/8/9 and 1967.”

        Wait a minute —
        1. Rabbi Stephen Wise recorded in his autobiography that “within a fortnight of der Fuhrer’s appointment, Louis Brandeis said to Wise: “All Jews must leave Germany. … I urge that no Jew shall remain in Germany.” (See Challenging Years, p. 242)

        2. Wasn’t it zionists who negotiated the Transfer Agreement?

        To sustain the parallel you insist upon, one would have to have Palestinians insisting on their removal from West Bank and Gaza, Jaffa and the Jezreal, etc., and that before the Balfour agreement in 1917.

  5. David Doppler on July 2, 2014, 10:44 am

    Maureen Dowd has a piece up today at the NYTimes today talking about how her head is exploding over Dick Cheney’s rising from the deathlike to attack Obama for failing to clean up his mess. She needs to connect the dots between Cheney’s rantings and Netanyahu’s policies. They are cut from the same cloth.

    • joecommon on July 2, 2014, 11:27 am

      yep. they are 2 peas in the pod. twins. semi human monsters. we need to outlaw these “types” from holding any sort of public office. Otherwise, these social predators will destroy “civil”ization.

    • Mooser on July 2, 2014, 2:09 pm

      Wow, has Maureen Dowd found a way to scrub the Internet of her old columns?
      Or has she just forgotten them?

  6. justicewillprevail on July 2, 2014, 10:45 am

    Yes, the fascist demagoguery of Yahoo and his war buddies is repulsive. Whipping up racist hysteria, promoting revenge attacks, scapegoating an entire population and promoting even more colonisation/apartheid is beyond irresponsible. As is exploiting the gruesome and tragic deaths of three teenagers for his own political expediency. Keeping the news of their deaths from the families and the public as part of his military and political strategy is as cruel and vindictive as any of the numerous Israeli crimes against people in this region, and he should be arraigned for his devious, inhuman attempts to foment more violence, hatred and deaths.

    • joecommon on July 2, 2014, 11:25 am

      benny netanyahu is an irresponsible monster. He plays to mad persons and sounds more like momar gadafi every year. He is a tyrant who will continue to stay in power like a mad dictator, watch.

  7. seafoid on July 2, 2014, 11:02 am

    Super content-rich article. Israel as a society is in serious trouble, its Government unleashing forces it may not be able to control down the line. The Zionist spin machine jumped into action following the death of Mohamed Abu Khdeir. No honesty , no decency. Israeli Jews are easy prey for propagandists, with their language nobody else speaks and their IDF feeder education system.

  8. joecommon on July 2, 2014, 11:19 am

    i have seen this coming a long time. This is easy to anticipate. The reason is because
    1. there are people in this world who cannot get along with differences.
    2. people generally tend to specialize in themselves and amalgamate to likeness groups.
    3. There is no social institution for doing otherwise to cause people to mix.
    4. many people feel uncomfortable with the hand they are dealt and the pain and stress of life has them wanting to end it, so they find a way to go for broke.
    5. there are elected persons who are cowards and whore themselves out to power who have no problem feeding on others and sacrificing them.

    Put this all together and then there comes a time when the powderkeg goes off. That time is approching fast because the fuse is the right wing crazies (see 1.) who have no tolerance and there are enough of these type of crazies for (4.) suicide by madness.

    When the world finally comes to understand the dynamics and reality of power relationships, and writes laws against the precipitation of them, and guarantees that people can eat and sleep, only then will we have a place that people will want to live with.

  9. seafoid on July 2, 2014, 11:19 am

    And Israeli Judaism is in total denial

    http://www.haaretz.com/blogs/the-lighthouse/.premium-1.602466

    “Perhaps the wisest thing I’ve ever heard about tragedy was something Fred Rogers quoted from his mother. He said that his mother would comfort him during challenging times with a pithy thought. “Look for the helpers,” he said. So simple and so sublime. For every wicked person in the world wreaking havoc and destroying lives, there are many more good people in the world who are helping others and fixing the things that were broken by the evil people.
    Our minds focus on the outliers and the ones who make the most noise. But for every person doing the wrong thing, there are more people doing the right thing. We should not allow the pain to dominate us so completely that we forget that there is enough light in the world to outweigh the darkness. Most of all, we can all be one of the helpers. Say something nice. Do something kind. Find empathy. Spread love.
    Children need to be reminded of this even more than adults. If they know that something sad has happened because of bad people, remind your children to look for the helpers. The emotions of a child are likely to be their primary concern. Most kids aren’t as worried about theology as adults. Adults have tougher questions and life experiences that demand a response. ”

    It’s nice to be important but it’s more important to be nice.
    And whatever you do don’t question the system.

    • joecommon on July 2, 2014, 11:23 am

      that only works when GOOD people have power. Generally, it is ALWAYS the bad evil intended cowardly whorish abusive persons that seek power. Good people do NOT gravitate to positions of power. Keeping such evilish persons out of power MUST BE WRITTEN TO LAW AND ENFORCED, otherwise, we are toast.

      • lysias on July 2, 2014, 11:59 am

        That’s a strong argument for rule by monarchs and aristocracy. At least, then, it is heredity that determines who rules, and the luck of the draw that determines how good or bad they are.

        Although myself, I favor making maximal use of the ancient Athenian system of choosing officials and representatives by lot, and minimal use of elections and appointment. There too, with appointment by lot, chance determines who rules, but at the same time no particular class is favored. Rather, every segment of the population is proportionally represented in the government.

      • Mooser on July 2, 2014, 2:10 pm

        “Rather, every segment of the population is proportionally represented in the government.”

        How many government posts were allotted to the slaves?

      • lysias on July 2, 2014, 3:58 pm

        How many government posts were allotted to the slaves?

        None, but there’s no reason at all why we should imitate them on that point.

      • amigo on July 2, 2014, 3:01 pm

        “Good people do NOT gravitate to positions of power.” joecommon.

        Yes but there are a lot more of us than them.People are inherently good and after the euphoria of being told what you want to hear wears off and those in power do not deliver—People Power will surface.

      • Mooser on July 4, 2014, 1:23 am

        “None, but there’s no reason at all why we should imitate them on that point.”

        Ah, an Athenian system without the slavery. Sure, that seems possible.

    • crone on July 2, 2014, 6:52 pm

      Seafoid, that is beautiful… your words have lifted my heart, which is so overwhelmed with all this tragedy. Thank you.

  10. seafoid on July 2, 2014, 11:44 am

    Most of the people in the video at the top of the page are wearing white shirts. Are they all Orthodox ?

  11. Ellen on July 2, 2014, 11:57 am

    This is a very thoughtful and well articulated piece. It is from the heart.

    They are not comprehending what Zionism means when it is followed though and finally manifested at its full potential. We are watching now as it unfolds.

    Many Jews (and others) recognized early on what the Zionist project would mean as it manifest itself. But they were marginalized and demonized (or even murdered) as the seduction of the colonial project wrapped in religious nationalism was too great. (Isn’t it always like that?)

    Israel was founded by the west just a single lifetime ago (60-some years), in this modern era on the displacement and destruction of a people. This process will continue and become even more horrific until the world looks away in shame. And most Jewish and Christian Zionist will distance themselves from the religious nationalist project.

    A project that depends on the ongoing support of foreign states and sympathy of a people. A project that must “project” itself as the eternal victim. When that is all lost, Zionism will wither away.

    Israel might survive, but it can only survive without Zionism.

    • seafoid on July 2, 2014, 1:01 pm

      “A project that depends on the ongoing support of foreign states and sympathy of a people. A project that must “project” itself as the eternal victim. When that is all lost, Zionism will wither away.”

      Hannah Arendt said the same, more or less

      http://mondoweiss.net/2012/01/arendt-born-in-conflict-israel-will-degenerate-into-sparta-and-american-jews-will-need-to-back-away.html

      “And even if the Jews were to win the war, its end would find the unique possibilities and the unique achievements of Zionism in Palestine destroyed. The land that would come into being would be something quite other than the dream of world Jewry, Zionist and non-Zionist. The ‘victorious’ Jews would live surrounded by an entirely hostile Arab population, secluded into ever-threatened borders, absorbed with physical self-defense to a degree that would submerge all other interests and acitvities. The growth of a Jewish culture would cease to be the concern of the whole people; social experiments would have to be discarded as impractical luxuries; political thought would center around military strategy…. And all this would be the fate of a nation that — no matter how many immigrants it could still absorb and how far it extended its boundaries (the whole of Palestine and Transjordan is the insane Revisionist demand)–would still remain a very small people greatly outnumbered by hostile neighbors.
      Under such circumstances… the Palestinian Jews would degenerate into one of those small warrior tribes about whose possibilities and importance history has amply informed us since the days of Sparta. Their relations with world Jewry would become problematical, since their defense interests might clash at any moment with those of other countries where large number of Jews lived. Palestine Jewry would eventually separate itself from the larger body of world Jewry and in its isolation develop into an entirely new people. Thus it becomes plain that at this moment and under present circumstances a Jewish state can only be erected at the price of the Jewish homeland…”

      • Mooser on July 2, 2014, 2:15 pm

        “Palestine Jewry would eventually separate itself from the larger body of world Jewry and in its isolation develop into an entirely new people”

        They have. And if the world’s Jews had to support Israel, instead of the cost being absorbed to a great extent by the US, we would have cut them off years ago, to sink in their own crap.
        In fact, I would really like it if we could stop referring to the people in Israel as Jews. I don’t see what my religion has to do with their rapacious colonialism.

      • CloakAndDagger on July 2, 2014, 7:10 pm

        @ Mooser

        Good to see you here again.

        I would really like it if we could stop referring to the people in Israel as Jews

        Yes, I agree. However, the Lobby is actively conflating Israel with jews, and all anti-Israel activity with antisemitism, and our government and media are complicit in that endeavor.

        This will end badly.

      • Mooser on July 4, 2014, 1:35 am

        “This will end badly.”

        If you want to know, I think American Jews, and a lot of the world’s Jews, will end up paying for Zionism, cleaning up after Zionism, and then working hard to make sure everybody forgets it ever happened as soon as possible. I doubt we’ll have any other way out. And we’ll more then likely have those machers telling us we are bad Jews every step of the way, while we pull their butt out of the fire they started.

      • Mooser on July 4, 2014, 2:18 am

        “Yes, I agree”

        Thank you, it is good to hear. But I’m afraid it’s a conflation we are condemned to accept, as you note.

      • Ron Edwards on July 2, 2014, 10:16 pm

        In fact, I would really like it if we could stop referring to the people in Israel as Jews.

        I completely agree and I never do it. Even more never now that you’ve put it out there, and I hope others consider the point.

      • Mooser on July 4, 2014, 1:43 am

        “I completely agree and I never do it.”

        Thanks, but I really doubt the entire world will be as considerate. After all, the Zionists have every intention of making sure the world sees Jews as dangerous, aggressive, brutal people who are incapable of living with others on terms of equality. They have a great, great interest in promoting the idea that the actions of Israel represent the desires and receive the approval of all Jews.
        Nothing would please them better them fomenting antisemitism, which might send Jews subject to persecution fleeing to Israel, where they would be at the Zionists mercy. As a matter of fact, haven’t they pulled that trick already, with Jews from the surrounding countries. Oh what a welcome those folks found among their fellow-Jews in Zion!

    • Mooser on July 4, 2014, 1:26 am

      “They are not comprehending what Zionism means when it is followed though and finally manifested at its full potential. We are watching now as it unfolds. “

      Yup, Zionism has been one long “But I didn’t know the gun was loaded” schtik

  12. seafoid on July 2, 2014, 12:16 pm

    The Galut brigades are also busy

    http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/jewish-world-news/.premium-1.602649
    “When the news of the Israeli teens’ fate was reported, on Monday evening, Rome’s 15,000-strong Jewish community held a memorial prayer service in the old Ghetto. After the service, a number of the participants marched toward the Palestinian representative office in the city, across the Tiber River from the Ghetto.

    The incident apparently began broke when a group of street sellers on the Ponte Fabricio bridge shouted pro-Palestinian slogans at the Jewish procession, and in return were assaulted by marchers. Seven of the merchants, six men and one woman, were hospitalized after telling police officers that members of the Jewish group attacked them. Two sustained serious injuries. The victims declined to file a criminal complaint, but the Rome police are investigating the incident and are searching for the perpetrators.

    Both incidents were indeed reported with extreme caution by the Italian media, with most avoiding identifying those responsible as Jews.

    Some Jewish community figures fear the assaults could be the work of self-appointed Ghetto patrols: “The merciful understatement of the newspapers – ‘pro-Israel youths beat …’ – [actually] alludes to a trend of squads that need to be
    stopped immediately,” tweeted Gad Lerner, a popular Italian-Israeli TV anchor often critical of pro-Israel hardliners.”

    • just on July 2, 2014, 12:38 pm

      Whoa! This is frightening indeed.

      I wonder at this:

      “The victims declined to file a criminal complaint, but the Rome police are investigating the incident and are searching for the perpetrators. ”

      Why not file a complaint– fear of worse reprisal? Good for the police to be searching, though.

      • lysias on July 2, 2014, 12:57 pm

        A Jewish boy was apparently arrested: Il Tempo: Intifada a Roma: botte tra ebrei e palestinesi :

        I due gruppi sono venuti a contatto e il bilancio è stato di un ferito e un fermato. La polizia ha disperso i due gruppi, ma un giovane pro-palestina è rimasto isolato dal gruppo quando è stato preso a schiaffi e pugni da altri ragazzi. Portato al Fatebenefratelli ha riportato alcune contusioni. Fermato dalla polizia e portato in commissariato, invece, uno dei ragazzi ebrei.

  13. Citizen on July 2, 2014, 12:47 pm

    Aint’t it comforting to be the chosen people, financed by mostly goy US taxpayers?

    • Mooser on July 2, 2014, 2:18 pm

      “Aint’t it comforting to be the chosen people, financed by mostly goy US taxpayers?”

      Well, if Zionism had to depend exclusively on the support of Jews, it would have folded a long time ago. Or been excommunicated. But hey, if Gentiles like it so much, and are willing to pay for it, why shouldn’t we?

      Besides, I have no doubt that after the Zionist project has failed and been cleaned up, the Gentiles will do their best to help us forget about it.

      • Ellen on July 4, 2014, 5:38 am

        Mooser, you know that once Zionism withers and leaves that ugly stench behind with everyone asking who did that! Phew !

        It is the goys fault. They made them do it. Do the Zio thing, that is.

  14. seafoid on July 2, 2014, 12:58 pm

    I’d love to hear what Peter Beinart has to say about the latest manifestation of Israeli tolerance.

    http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/9b9d6114-36ce-11e1-9ca3-00144feabdc0.html
    “We talk briefly about the work of playwright Ronald Harwood, who is a cousin of Sher’s. Born 15 years earlier than Sher, Harwood lived through the second world war and was acutely aware of the irony of growing up Jewish in South Africa, a country that persecuted a different group of people.
    “I feel exactly that same thing,” says Sher. “In my case it is combined with a sense of some anger and shame that not all the Jews of South Africa made the obvious comparison. A fantastic, heroic list did: Albie Sachs, Helen Suzman, Joe Slovo. But they were brave people to stand up against the system. My family were completely the opposite: life was good for them now and they were not going to rock the boat. And once I became politicised about South Africa, I was really shocked that we could have done that in just the space of one generation … Shocking. But human”

  15. Kay24 on July 2, 2014, 1:23 pm

    Here is an update of US officials condemning the murder of this poor Palestinian boy:
    From Haaretz
    6:50 P.M. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry joins the condemnation of the Palestinian youth’s death. “There are no words to convey adequately our condolences to the Palestinian people,” he said.

    “At this tense and dangerous moment all parties must do everything to protect the innocent,” he added. (Barak Ravid)

    6:45 P.M. Susan Rice, President Barack Obama’s national security adviser, issued a harsh condemnation of the murder of the Palestinian teenager in Jerusalem. In a series of tweets made from her own Twitter account, Rice offered the U.S. government’s condolences to the boy’s family and to the Palestinian people. The statement was unusual as this was the first reaction by the U.S. government that was done on a very high level, and personally by rice.

    Rice tweeted: “Perpetrators must be brought to justice. U.S. paying close attention to investigation. We call on all parties to avoid an atmosphere of revenge and retribution.” (Barak Ravid)

    6:00 P.M. The U.S. Department of State issues a security message in the wake of protests in Jerusalem, warning U.S. citizens “to be aware of your surroundings at all times, monitor the media, and avoid demonstrations and other crowds as they can turn violent without warning.” (Haaretz)

    Over to your Beebs, and those who thirsted for Palestinian blood.
    Now what do you say about these killers? Hmmm?

    • a blah chick on July 2, 2014, 3:16 pm

      They had to issue these statements because this lynching coming so soon after the other three would have been too blatant an oversight. Now, will the family get a visit? Probably not.

      Also everyone is all lets be calm and patient and not jump to conclusions.

      Witnesses got the license plate number so why no arrest?

      • just on July 2, 2014, 3:39 pm

        “Speaking to a Ma’an reporter, Muhammad’s father Hussein Abu Khdeir said the family notified police about the incident immediately after it happened but are still waiting for a response.

        “We notified the police of the incident when it happened, but until now they haven’t moved a muscle or arrested the kidnappers, despite their clear appearance in the surveillance cameras,” he said.

        “If things were different and an Arab kidnapped an Israeli, it would have been uncovered in moments.””

        http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=709574

  16. Mooser on July 2, 2014, 2:21 pm

    “– this fury is unfamiliar to me.”

    Too bad. Why didn’t you study the way your country was made? And you are scared? Ah, isn’t that awful. A lot of people are scared. Join the club.

  17. Fatina on July 2, 2014, 7:02 pm

    I am a family member of Mohamed Abu Khdeir that was killed. I am learning that the Israelis are not releasing his body until the parents sign a statement that their son was killed due to a fight between him and the Jewish settlers and that it was NOT due to hate crime nor was his death due to revenge. This is the justice system we are dealing with in ISRAEL! Where is the justice?!?!

    • Bumblebye on July 2, 2014, 8:58 pm

      I presume you are hearing this through the wider family. Sadly in Israel there is nothing one could call ‘justice’. There is injustice for your family and so many others simply for not being the preferred ethnic religious background, and impunity for others because they *are* the preferred ethnic religious background. I listened to Mickey Rosenfeld, the police spokesman, blatantly trying to imply it might be some kind of ‘honor’ crime – and with such shame, because he is so obviously from an English background himself.
      I sincerely hope his parents won’t sign this statement as it would be a betrayal of their son in death to do so. His burial can wait a little longer so they aren’t forced to live with that shame as well as the awful grief themselves. It seems the world (by which I mean its elected and appointed officials) is watching the way this crime is pursued somewhat closer than they have many others – possibly as a result of the gross failure despite the evidence after the Nakba day murders.

      • DaBakr on July 2, 2014, 9:48 pm

        how do you know that “sadly in Israel there is nothing one cold call ‘justice’.” Surely such a strong-minded statement should be backed up by at the least several stays in Israel more then the typical 7-10 tourist rush.
        I could sight cases of ‘justice’ meted ou all day long that you have no clue about. Many of them are Palestinians and/or Arabs winning their cases in Israeli/Zionist courtrooms. Some of them have -omg!-Muslim judges no less.
        Palestinians may very well suffer from some injustice at hands of israeli but your comment is nothing more then useless hyperbole. be more specific

      • Sumud on July 2, 2014, 10:47 pm

        The 99.74% conviction rate of Palestinians in Israel’s military courts in the occupied West Bank is a fairly strong indicator of a lack of justice, along with the fact that their illegal settler jewish neighbours are given the vote in Israel elections and a completely different legal system applies.

      • Woody Tanaka on July 2, 2014, 10:48 pm

        “how do you know that “sadly in Israel there is nothing one cold call ‘justice’.””

        Because the Zionists have been oppressing another people based on nothing more than the fact that they’re non-Jews for more than three generations.

      • Mooser on July 4, 2014, 1:53 am

        “how do you know that “sadly in Israel there is nothing one cold call ‘justice’.”

        DaBakr, you really ought to, if it is possible for you, try and get it through your head that the people here are neither stupid, nor uninformed. We know all about Israel’s racist laws and Israel’s Zio-supremacist legal system.

        And all your arguments basically boil down (and God, what an odor …) ‘but nice Jews wouldn’t do that.’
        You guys wore that one out, jeez, easily ten years ago. Get a new schtik

      • annie on July 4, 2014, 2:09 am

        Many of them are Palestinians and/or Arabs winning their cases in Israeli/Zionist courtrooms.

        i almost choked. you know there is a 99.74% conviction rate for palestinians don’t you? and what percentage of palestinians have “cases” in civil “Israeli/Zionist courtrooms” vs military “Israeli/Zionist” courtrooms?

    • Sumud on July 2, 2014, 10:39 pm

      My condolences to you and your family Fatina.

    • Woody Tanaka on July 2, 2014, 10:49 pm

      I am sorry for your loss. There is no justice. Zionists are a people entirely devoid of any sense of justice or honor.

      • Mooser on July 4, 2014, 1:59 am

        “Zionists are a people entirely devoid of any sense of justice or honor.”

        Oy Gevalt, Woody, that’s the kind of statement which will have them coming here and whining. I’m not sure I can stand any more of that.

    • Taxi on July 2, 2014, 11:40 pm

      Condolences to Fatina and her good family.

      Don’t expect any justice from the ugly criminal zionists. The sadistic settler gestapo kidnapped Mohammad while alive, and now the freaking Apartheid israeli state is holding his remains hostage. Your family should find a way to lodge this grievance with the international courts (any advice from our Hostage?).

      My second advice: answer every injustice with more sumud. Sumud is the weapon that zionists fear the most. In other words, israel is terrified of courageous people.

    • just on July 3, 2014, 7:06 am

      I am so sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences to you and your family.

    • ritzl on July 3, 2014, 1:25 pm

      I’m so sorry for your loss, Fatina.

  18. Basilio on July 2, 2014, 10:22 pm

    Isn’t the roots of Zionism a nationalist that came out of Germany and Austria? A type of nationalism connected to the idea of blood and race? Israel has long promoted home demolitions even when someone had nothing to do with violence because they wanted the land. It seizes land. Of course, so many of the youths are going to turn out that way. It feels falsely empowering to be able to conquer and enslave others. The Germans were seduced by the power of the Panzer divisions and conquering nations, as well, and talking about how people could look at the German people. What’s the difference, I ask you? The Germans thought they knew who they were through the nationalism Hitler espoused. This echos in Israel.

    • Feathers on July 3, 2014, 12:23 pm

      Accuracy is important

      A. Present day zionism emerged from Russia in the 1880s — see, for example, Jacob Pinsker, The Haskalah Movement, http://www.gutenberg.org/files/15921/15921-h/15921-h.htm

      referencing Smolenskin, 1869 (nb. before German unification) —

      “That the salvation of the Jews lies in their distinctiveness, and that renationalization will prove the only solution of the Jewish problem, is the central thought of Smolenskin’s journalistic efforts. Jews are disliked, he maintains, not because of their religious persuasion, nor for their reputed wealth, but because they are weak and defenceless. What they need is strength and courage, but these they will never regain save in a land of their own. Twelve years before the tornado of persecution {263} broke out in Russia he had predicted it, and even welcomed it as a means of arousing the Jews to their duties as a people and their place as a nation, and that his conclusion was correct, the awakening which followed proved unmistakably.

      For Smolenskin Jews never ceased to be a nation, and to him the Jew who sought refuge in assimilation was nothing less than a traitor. He was thus the forerunner of Pinsker, and of Herzl a decade later. Indeed, in the resurrection of the national hope he was the first to remove the shroud. According to him, “the eternal people” have every characteristic that goes to make a nation. Their common country is still Palestine, loved by them with all the fervor of patriotism; their common language had never ceased to be Hebrew; their common religion consists in the basic principles of Judaism, in which they all agree.”

      Smolenskin, and Pinsker predated Herzl in their advocacy for a Jewish homeland.

      It’s important to get the facts & history right, because blaming all manner of disruption on German/Nazism/Hitler, or to any of the other of the enemies du jour that cultures create, without sound evidence and rock-solid logic, is, first of all, simplistic and all too frequently a practice that merely parrots propaganda.

      More importantly, simplistifying history fails to properly diagnose the events and the full panoply of their causal agencies, thus allowing morbid tendencies to continue to function, masking and perpetuating the problem rather than remedying it.

  19. piotr on July 3, 2014, 1:37 pm

    Is “Judaism” in “total denial”?

    http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/jewish-world-news/.premium-1.602675

    (On unrelated topic, someone questioned if a 21 year old women can be called a “youth”, a word that to me suggested a person short of 40 years, but the “leader of National Zionist Youth Movement” in the linked article seems quite a bit older than that; but compared with his peers http://failedmessiah.typepad.com/failed_messiahcom/2014/06/zionist-orthodox-former-idf-chief-rabbi-encourages-collective-punishment-against-palestinians-123.html he may be a spring chicken.)

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