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Gov. Cuomo annexes Jerusalem to Israel — and ‘NYT’ echoes him

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Cuomo in occupied Jerusalem, from his Facebook page

Cuomo in occupied Jerusalem, near Church of Holy Sepulchre, from his Facebook page

Governor Cuomo declared Jerusalem to be part of Israel on his recent trip. Caption for the above photo:

The Delegation visited the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. — in Jerusalem, Israel.

He’s actually in occupied East Jerusalem. But The Times, in reporting on Cuomo’s trip to Israel, also refers to Jerusalem as a city in Israel, in reporting that Cuomo visited the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

On a visit to Israel over two days this week…

“Mr. Cuomo’s whirlwind tour of Israel…

“Mr. Cuomo’s time on the ground in Israel — about 29 hours — was not much longer than the time he spent flying here and back…”

Daniel Seidemann says:

A trip like Cuomo’s that signals Jerusalem is exclusively Israel may be good for NY poliitcs, but bad for Israel & Jlem

The Governor of course had nothing bad to say about the practice of colonizing Jerusalem and moving in Jewish settlers. He’s running for reelection, after all.

Here’s a photo of the colonization process, from today:

Settler confronts Palestinian in occupied East Jerusalem

Settler confronts Palestinian in occupied East Jerusalem

Rachel Michele Green states as a caption to that photo: 

 This morning, Israeli settlers attacked Palestinians in occupied Jerusalem while chanting ‘death to Arabs’

The governor struck a belligerent tone throughout his trip. From the Times:

“This is a country at war, and they want friends, and they want friends who are standing up loudly, so sometimes in a situation like this, there’s nothing that you can do that’s enough, and that’s why we literally got on a plane and came and wanted to show up.”…
“[Hamas is] against Israel because Israel is a democracy,” the governor said. “The United States is a democracy. And those that oppose democracy oppose Israel here in the Middle East, and they oppose us.”

And the governor duly fell for the tunnel propaganda, near the Gaza border:

Cuomo in tunnel, from his Facebook page

Cuomo in tunnel, from his Facebook page

Not a word on this trip about Palestine, of course. Rachel Michele Green again:

When you illegally occupy, expand your settlements illegally, deny an entire population of basic human rights, you’re an asshole. Simple.

 

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  1. just
    just
    August 17, 2014, 12:43 pm

    Cuomo and DeBlasio should both be tossed asap.

    NY is made of better stuff and people– so is the entire US. We need to end this dangerous “alliance” and toss out those in government that refuse to do it.

    ““[Hamas is] against Israel because Israel is a democracy,” the governor said. “The United States is a democracy. And those that oppose democracy oppose Israel here in the Middle East, and they oppose us.””

    So all of a sudden it’s “us” or them? How dare he? Another filthy liar. Rachel Green is correct, and she is showing restraint.

    • Penfold
      Penfold
      August 18, 2014, 10:42 pm

      I am amazed he has reached the point he has especially since he clearly does not know the difference between a Democracy and a Republic.

  2. travellerh
    travellerh
    August 17, 2014, 12:44 pm

    What *is* the status of Jerusalem? What are the different opinions and who are they held by? And is East Jerusalem a different city altogether or part of Jerusalem but with a different legal status?

    • lonely rico
      lonely rico
      August 17, 2014, 11:01 pm

      @ travellerh

      What *is* the status of Jerusalem? What are the different opinions and who are they held by? And is East Jerusalem a different city altogether or part of Jerusalem but with a different legal status?

      For info on this and many other I/P issues, have a look at talknic’s site – http://talknic.wordpress.com/myths-mis-conceptions-propaganda/

    • JeffB
      JeffB
      August 18, 2014, 9:04 am

      @travellerh

      Jerusalem under the 1948 partition plan was supposed to be an international city jointly governed. During the ’47-9 war the Jordanians wen’t aggressively for Jerusalem and were able to capture most of it. So the bulk of Jerusalem lies to the east the green line. The Jews were entirely expelled from the eastern section during the 47-9 war so the city was fully Jordanian. In 1967 Israel captured all of the West Bank including Jerusalem. In 1980 Israel declared an area containing all of the Jerusalem proper plus some suburban areas “greater Jerusalem” and formally annexed it.

      In 1990 the US Senate passed a resolution acknowledging Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The Bush-41 administration disagreed strongly and said that US policy was opposed to Israel’s annexation. The Clinton administration took the position that with the annexation Jerusalem ceased to be occupied territory and instead was disputed territory. In 1995 congress passed into law the Jerusalem embassy act which recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel along with requirements that Dept of State take actions including moving the embassy. The Jerusalem embassy act allows the president to suspend those actions every 6 months renewably if the international situation of the USA would be damaged and so far every president: Clinton, Bush-43 and Obama has used those 6 month extensions.

      The United Nations considers claims against territory through war to be inadmissible. However Israel has also shifted the population distribution so that if there were a referendum in Jerusalem today as to whether it should join Israel or divide, joining Israel would easily and overwhelmingly pass. The United Nations is very iffy on the issue of self determination but it is hard to imagine in practice the UN trying to keep a city in a country whose government they hate and want no part of rather than having them join with a bordering country whose government they would respect and obey. So in practice, though not on paper, this issue is dead even for the UN. Most of the world talks as if Israel has not changed the facts on the ground and the situation were the same as it was in 1967 where the eastern city was Palestinian Jordanian.

      Palestinians who live in Jerusalem are entitled to apply for Israeli citizenship and it is easily granted to those who do apply. Something like 95% won’t accept Israeli citizenship and consider their city occupied. This BTW proves very effectively that anti-Israeli one stater people aren’t really opposed to civil rights since Israel in the case of Jerusalem is doing exactly what they advocate offering full citizenship and yet…

      • Atlantaiconoclast
        Atlantaiconoclast
        August 18, 2014, 9:57 am

        Funny how you say that the status of Jerusalem should be left up to a referendum however when it comes to Crimea you and others condemn Russia. And two can play at that game. If the citizens of Jerusalem can choose to join Israel, then why can’t the Palestinian citizens of East Jerusalem choose to become part of Palestine? A one state solution is the only way to keep Jerusalem united. Those East Jerusalem Gentiles would be willing to accept full citizenship in one state if they could obtain some real political power. As long as the Gentiles are such a minority within historic Palestine, they will want for political power.

  3. ckg
    ckg
    August 17, 2014, 1:06 pm

    I noticed via NewsDiffs that the NYT article was edited to be more sympathetic to both Cuomo and Israel:
    The orginal published copy read (emphasis mine)

    Asked why he thought Israel had drawn such withering international criticism over its conflict with Hamas, he largely pleaded ignorance. “I don’t know,” he said. “I think there’s an attitude that Israel is the more powerful. Maybe it’s we root for the underdog.”

    While the final copy reads

    Asked why he thought Israel had drawn such withering international criticism over its conflict with Hamasa military operation that it has characterized as a matter of self-defense, he largely pleaded ignorance. “I don’t know,” he said. “I think there’s an attitude that Israel is the more powerful. Maybe it’s we root for the underdog.”

    • ckg
      ckg
      August 18, 2014, 10:40 am

      Apparently this wasn’t the first time the NYT softened an article on Cuomo’s trip. Margaret Sullivan discussed the other time.

  4. adele
    adele
    August 17, 2014, 1:24 pm

    I try very hard to understand the mentality of people like Cuomo who sell themselves (cheaply) in order to satisfy their ambitions.

    But what I want to know is: when an individual has sold his/her intellect and integrity, what remains? I honestly would like to know how they can betray on such a massive scale those who suffer and then turn around and justify it. One doesn’t need a religion or a codified moral doctrine to know that that is wrong…..our inner voice will tell us.

  5. Blownaway
    Blownaway
    August 17, 2014, 2:24 pm

    This might help cement his place inNY but as Romney saw (not learned) it won’t help on the national stage. Hillary might have learned a thing or two after her Goldberg interview. I didn’t see a single positive comment in many of the iterations of the interview. The Internet is equalizing the dialogue and the NYT is becoming increasingly irrelevant (much like the US in the world) in exchange for subservience to israel

    • MHughes976
      MHughes976
      August 17, 2014, 3:36 pm

      I’ve just looked at the Real Clear Politics presidential polls, giving Clinton a massive lead over all comers. She does look very like the future – also very like the past as far as the ME is concerned.

      • Blownaway
        Blownaway
        August 17, 2014, 11:34 pm

        It’s easy to say that now. There have been no primaries. If she’s going to run to the right of Obama, she’s in for a rude awakening. Obama has all but lost his base because of his Bush III policy. If they see Hillary as Bush IV I’m not sure even women will vote for her . Elizabeth Warren is too scattered to be any great hope and too weak.

      • JeffB
        JeffB
        August 18, 2014, 9:09 am

        @Blownaway

        Obama’s approval among liberals is 84/10 by pew and 90-94% by gallop. Obama has not lost his base at all.

  6. just
    just
    August 17, 2014, 3:31 pm

    O/T but from the NYT today:

    “RAMAT GAN, Israel — Aside from the six-figure price tag, what was striking was just how easy it was for Ophira Dorin to buy a kidney.

    A broker who trades in human organs might seem a difficult thing to find. But Ms. Dorin’s mother began making inquiries around the hospital where she worked, and in short order the family came up with three names: Avigad Sandler, a former insurance agent long suspected of trafficking; Boris Volfman, a young Ukrainian émigré and Sandler protégé; and Yaacov Dayan, a wily businessman with interests in real estate and marketing.

    The men were, The New York Times learned during an investigation of the global organ trade, among the central operators in Israel’s irrepressible underground kidney market. For years, they have pocketed enormous sums for arranging overseas transplants for patients who are paired with foreign donors, court filings and government documents show.

    The brokers maintain they operate legally and do not directly help clients buy organs. Dodging international condemnation and tightening enforcement, they have nimbly shifted operations across the globe when any one destination closes its doors.”

    read all about it here:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/17/world/middleeast/transplant-brokers-in-israel-lure-desperate-kidney-patients-to-costa-rica.html?_r=1

  7. Kate
    Kate
    August 17, 2014, 3:35 pm

    The photo tweeted by Rachel Michele Green can be found on this very interesting page, which has many such photos. No dates, though. One, that of a female settler trying to pull off a Palestinian woman’s hijab, I recognize from a long time ago – 2002, perhaps.

    Jewish settlers – the armed vanguard of Judaism
    http://www.radioislam.org/photos/jew_settlers/jew_settlers.htm

    I see this particular photo tweeted by Green used on a page from The Independent from 2010, on a Silwanic page from 2011 – so it is at least that old.

    Many of the settlers look like some of the white ‘supremacists’ from the US — amazing how un-supreme these types look. Losers and — I won’t use the word I was thinking.

    Does everyone know how to use Google Search to find particular photos?

    • just
      just
      August 17, 2014, 3:43 pm

      “Does everyone know how to use Google Search to find particular photos?”

      No– it would be great to know though!

      • Kate
        Kate
        August 17, 2014, 4:47 pm

        OK just, here’s how to do it. Let’s assume you’ve already put a copy of the photo you’re looking for in your own photo library (it appears you can also drag a copy of the photo from the site where you found it, but I haven’t been doing that).

        Go to google.com. Click on Images up at the top. You will get a search box with a camera icon to the right. Click on the icon, and you will get a choice of uploading an image or dragging an image to the search box. If you choose the first option, browse your library to find the image and click on it. You will get a page with a guess as to the subject of the image, and a number of URLs for that subject (not photo). Go a little farther down the page and Google gives you ‘visually similar’ images – I haven’t found this to be particularly useful
        Past this, there are the URLs of pages that include matching images. This is very useful. One page included for the tweeted image is a Silwanic page entitled ‘Settler threatens resident with gun in Ras al-Amoud’ from Tuesday, November 15, 2011. The photo is stamped with the Silwanic address, but this still doesn’t prove this is where the photo originally came from, or that this is the original date. It seems likely that the Independent article with this photo is earlier – unfortunately I don’t have an Independent subscription so I can’t look at it (these newspaper subscriptions are killing me).
        http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/israeli-police-accused-of-targeting-jerusalems-arab-residents-2071293.html

        So all we know for sure about this particular photo right now is that it is not from August 2014.

        I find this Google app very useful because many people post images from long ago and claim they’re recent, or take images from Syria and claim they’re Palestinian, etc. Often the people who post the images have no idea themselves what the provenance of the photos is – they may not intend to deceive. We need to be careful, though, since wrong ID’s of photos can work against our credibility.

      • just
        just
        August 17, 2014, 5:08 pm

        Thanks so much, Kate. It’s been an stumbling block for me for a long time now…

      • ckg
        ckg
        August 17, 2014, 5:10 pm

        I found the Independent article too using Google image search, but the photo is blanked out–I can see the article text fine without a subscription.

        In Google image search it is possible to use the ‘Search Tools’ drop down menu to restrict the time range. In doing so I see only four occurrences of the photo are presented from 2010 or earlier and the Independent is the earliest by a day.

      • Kate
        Kate
        August 17, 2014, 9:51 pm

        Thank you ckg! I hadn’t noticed the ‘search tools’ menu – stupid of me. When I tried it for this photo, starting at 2009, I got the same results you did. The Independent and Al-Quds seem to be using the photo when referring to the same incident – the shooting of Ahmed Farouk Aqraaan (or Ahmad Qarae’en as The Independent has it – Arabic is أحمد قراعين ) in Silwan. Odd that you can read the Independent article. When I try I get a few seconds to look at it and then it’s dimmed and I get a message ‘Start you full access today….’

      • ckg
        ckg
        August 17, 2014, 5:47 pm

        And you have a good point about credibility, Kate. At the very beginning of the most recent Gaza assault there some images posted on FB and Twitter that were actually from the 2008-2009 and 2012 assaults, and the hasbarists dutifully squawked. Before long, however, the 2014 assault had itself produced many images of horror and the earlier images seemed to recede.

      • Sycamores
        Sycamores
        August 18, 2014, 8:25 am

        unfortunately I don’t have an Independent subscription so I can’t look at it

        i read the Independent article. if you use a free VPN tunnel to set up/used a ip address from a different country that might help to overcome some restrictions.

      • ckg
        ckg
        August 18, 2014, 9:23 am

        Kate–
        Annie posted on Mondoweiss a link to the Independent photo on Sept 8 2010.

  8. James Canning
    James Canning
    August 17, 2014, 5:15 pm

    Cuomo surely knows that East Jerusalem in not part of Israel, as a matter of law. Ditto The New York Times.

    • Atlantaiconoclast
      Atlantaiconoclast
      August 17, 2014, 11:14 pm

      I’m not so sure that that is correct. I was in a PhD program in political science and the level of ignorance about Israel/Palestine was shocking. And there is every reason to remain ignorant about this issue, because few are willing to risk their careers by opposing Israel. for questioning Israel raises the specter of charges of anti Semitism. A real roadblock to our movement is the fear of being called anti Semitic.

  9. a blah chick
    a blah chick
    August 17, 2014, 6:10 pm

    “[Hamas is] against Israel because Israel is a democracy,”

    This is just talk for the fundraising. He cannot be this stupid.

    • RoHa
      RoHa
      August 18, 2014, 3:47 am

      It is dangerous to underestimate the stupidity of politicians.

      You are right, of course, in treating what he says as being totally divorced from what, if anything, he believes about the issues. With very, very, few exceptions, politicians’ words derive from the belief that those words will help them to get elected.

  10. Kay24
    Kay24
    August 17, 2014, 6:19 pm

    It makes you wonder if Cuomo has ambitions for higher office, and this kissing up to Israel, is part of his grand scheme. They scratch his sorry behind, and he kisses their ample one. These American politicians are cheap and totally embarrassing themselves and their constituents.

  11. Inanna
    Inanna
    August 18, 2014, 1:37 am

    Obviously the Benjamins have clouded Cuomo’s cognitive abilities and his mastery of geography and history is thus hindered. However, I want to thank you Phil for referring to the ‘foundational’ problem facing Israel in this piece: http://mondoweiss.net/2014/08/foundation-terroristic-expulsion.html. Comments are closed but since I’ve criticised you several times for buying into the hasbara of a non-violent Israeli past, I should give you kudos when you overcome that thinking! Cuomo and his ilk will be the last to get a clue, but they’ve already sold their souls.

  12. Atlantaiconoclast
    Atlantaiconoclast
    August 18, 2014, 9:45 am

    Funny how you say that the status of Jerusalem should be left up to a referendum however when it comes to Crimea you and others condemn Russia.

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