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In this speech on the Jewish new year directed at English-speaking Jews, Benjamin Netanyahu completely erases the difference between Jews and Israel. He begins by saying that the Jewish people always unite when they face challenges, like the ones “our country” experienced when “three of our teenagers” were kidnapped and murdered and rockets were fired at us and we lost many of our “bravest young men.” He does not mention the word “Israel” till the 60th word or so. So these are events that happened to Jews, not to a country in the Middle East.

My friends, As Jews celebrate the New Year around the world, we can take pride in all that unites us. The Jewish people indeed always unite when faced with great challenges, and the past year was no exception.

Over the past few months, three of our teenagers were kidnapped and brutally murdered, thousands of rockets were fired at our country and too many of our bravest young men and their families made the most painful of sacrifices in Operation Protective Edge.

There’s a reason Netanyahu says we’re a united community. Israel needs English-speaking Jews to maintain its international support. We built Israel together, he says, and are all committed to it:

Throughout all [the challenges], we witnessed tremendous support for Israel from Jewish communities everywhere…. As we celebrate Rosh Hashanah with our families and our friends, we should also celebrate the strength we derive from our commitment to one other…. The Jewish people are again sovereign and free in our own homeland. Together we’ve built a vibrant democracy, a robust economy, a global technological powerhouse.

As Scott Roth always says, this conflation of Israel and Jewry is anti-Semitic. If Israel is the Jewish people, then Jews can justly be blamed for what Israel does. But that’s wrong: the Jewish community is actually diverse, and includes anti-Zionists, who don’t believe in a Jewish nation occupying Palestinian lands.

In Netanyahu’s view, this dependence of Israel on Jews around the world is balanced by another dependence: we Diaspora Jews need Israel:

And at the same time, we in Israel know that it has been a difficult period for many of your Jewish communities. You face increasingly virulent and even violent anti-Semitism.

So on behalf of the people of Israel, I thank you for supporting our just campaign to defend ourselves; to provide the sustained peace and security that all Israelis deserve. And I assure you that we in Israel will continue to stand by your side as you confront hatred and intolerance. Jews everywhere must be able to live proudly and without fear.

Another contradiction. He says that Israel will benefit the “entire planet,” but at the same time he leaves out that portion of the entire planet that Israel lives in:

In the New Year, Israel will remain a beacon of freedom and human rights in an intolerant area; Israel will continue to be a source of innovation to the benefit of the entire planet

And just in case you’ve heard young Jews saying that they want no part of an Israel that just killed 2100 Palestinians for the same conflict-management purposes that it killed 1400 five years ago, to Netanyahu these young Jews don’t exist:

Israel will remain a source of pride and strength for Jews, no matter where they live and I have no doubt that the future of the Jewish people is one of hope and promise.

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  1. seafoid
    seafoid on September 26, 2014, 12:06 pm

    You face increasingly virulent and even violent anti-Semitism BECAUSE
    Israel will remain a source of danger for Jews, no matter where they live

    The Jewish people indeed always unite when faced with great challenges, and the past year was no exception.

    Who named Netanyahu king of the Jews ?

    • eljay
      eljay on September 26, 2014, 6:42 pm

      >> seafoid: Who named Netanyahu king of the Jews ?

      JeffB did.

    • MRW
      MRW on September 27, 2014, 6:38 am

      Yeah, I was just going to say that he’s comes off as a pope, with an out-of-touch idea of his own importance. He’s passing himself off as King of the Jews, isn’t he? And making it foundational that all Jews hence forth shall be blamed for the sins of Israel, whether they participate in its policies or not, because Israel–now his world empire–is the virtual nation of all Jews on the planet.

      As long as the host country keeps coughing up. . . .

    • Kathleen
      Kathleen on September 27, 2014, 10:04 am

      He has the ring…surprised he did not show it again

      • seafoid
        seafoid on September 28, 2014, 10:19 am

        The Milikovsky ring that links him to a field in Poland and a bowl of borscht over 400 years old

  2. pabelmont
    pabelmont on September 26, 2014, 12:17 pm

    Phil, I agree that Israel is not the country of all Jews, no matter how often its leaders, its people, and others may say so.

    But whether all Jews are proper “targets” of non-Jewish wrath at Israel is another question. (Hint: Think “collateral damage”, because this is or should be war.)

    I believe that BDS (sanctions, boycotts, trade embargoes, cultural and academic embargoes, travel embargoes, diplomatic embargoes, etc.) should be directed at Israel generally, because Israel is a democracy and its voters (after they “hurt” enough) might direct the Israeli government to do stuff — stuff such as removing the settlers, demolishing the settlements and wall, lifting the blockade of Gaza, etc. Even making a “just and lasting peace” with the Palestinian people.

    And I intend that Israelis, broadly, should “hurt”. How else turn things around? But this means that lefties (if any are left in Israel) and Israeli-Palestinians — and any non-Zionist Israelis — would also “hurt”. Even though not themselves complicit. “Collateral damage.”

    And so, since broadly speaking, American Jews have supported Israel in every way including in its crimes, war-crimes, crimes against humanity, etc., and ditto, ditto European Jews, and since Israel keeps claiming to be the country of ALL Jews, and the non-Israeli Jews fail in significant numbers (or significant NOISE) to deny this, well, then we are — as a group — as complicit in Israel’s crimes as Israeli citizens are complicit, again, as a group.

    There are many exceptions, of course, but, in each case, as a group, the support for Israel’s crimes, and the failures to speak out against them — and the failure to distance ourselves from Israel — make us, again, as a group, complicit.

    I am not calling for collective punishment of all Jews nor yet of all Israeli citizens. But I am calling for BDS treatment (non-violent, and thus not collective punishment, although necessarily collective “something”) for all Israeli citizens, businesses, institutions, etc. And to be consistent, I should be calling for collective “something” for all Jews, at least until such a day come that Jewish protest against Israel (as it seems to do, but narrowly, at Mondoweiss) becomes so broad that all the world will see it and know, for sure, that Israel-the-middle-eastern-state and Israel-the-Jewish-people are not one.

    What do you think? Especially with the (as NYT claims) upsurge of antisemitism in Europe?

    • DaBakr
      DaBakr on September 26, 2014, 2:06 pm

      in all honesty-no matter how well reasoned you frame this argument I would say at least 90% (even more) will see your plan as nothing more then soft-pedaled anti-semitism/Jew hatred or at least falling under the desire to see Israelis and Jews ‘brought to their knees’ whereas no other nations or peoples are currently subject to such objectives. Try imagining a plan whereby a Muslim nation was subjected to all forms of non-violent protest to force them to liberalize their laws that restrict freedom for women or sexuality. The backlash would be enormous. So-while again-the left may mean well – overcoming the huge % of western, asian and latin supporters of Israel will not be easily accomplished without all sorts of unintended ‘collateral damage’

      • tree
        tree on September 26, 2014, 3:01 pm

        …at least falling under the desire to see Israelis and Jews ‘brought to their knees’ whereas no other nations or peoples are currently subject to such objectives.

        Amazing how you can completely ignore how Israel has used used the Gaza blockade and the continual theft of land and the impoverishment of the West Bank to bring Palestinians to their knees. The Israeli government has been doing sanctions against the Palestinian people for decades.

        And of course the US sanctioned Iraq, and there are US neocons (and Israel) pushing for the sanctioning of Iran. Cuba has been embargoed for over half a century. And of course their were sanctions against South Africa, and other nations as well. But the only instance you see is a proposed sanctioning of Israel, which must, in your mind, be anti-semitic, because “no other nations or peoples” have been sanctioned because of their government’s actions. You simply reveal your racism with such a statement. You focus only on Israel. What has happened, and continues to happen to others, even at the hands of others, doesn’t even make a dent in your consciousness.

      • tree
        tree on September 26, 2014, 3:04 pm

        Crap. Still no edit function. Pardon the spelling, typing errors. Also last sentence was meant to read:

        What has happened, and continues to happen to others, even at the hands of Israel, doesn’t even make a dent in your consciousness.

      • Walker
        Walker on September 26, 2014, 5:01 pm

        Try imagining a plan whereby a Muslim nation was subjected to all forms of non-violent protest to force them to liberalize their laws that restrict freedom for women or sexuality. The backlash would be enormous –

        We don’t need to “try to imagine”. The US sponsored a sanctions regimen on Iraq that killed hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians, and there was very little protest.

        at least 90% (even more) will see your plan as nothing more then soft-pedaled anti-semitism/Jew hatred . . . overcoming the huge % of western, asian and latin supporters of Israel will not be easily accomplished

        Israel is one of the least liked and admired countries on the planet. . I’m sorry to break this to you, but it’s time you knew. It’s possible for Israel to change this. A first step might be for supporters to stop posting ridiculously unconvincing hasbara.

      • eljay
        eljay on September 26, 2014, 8:28 pm

        >> DaBakreee: … the desire to see Israelis and Jews ‘brought to their knees’ …

        You know there’s a problem with your colonialist and supremacist ideology when justice, accountability and equality are considered destructive.

        >> … whereas no other nations or peoples are currently subject to such objectives.

        Except for Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, Syria, Iran, Russia, et cetera.

    • ziusudra
      ziusudra on September 27, 2014, 10:03 am

      Greetings Pabelmont,
      ….All Jews Support Israel; collective punishment…..

      So what? That’s not a reason to condemn them.
      All Germans supported Adolf, before he started the camps.
      All Americans supported Vietnam at the beginning.
      All Americans supported the Indian Wars & Slavery.
      It all means nothing because people don’t collectively stand
      up for moral issues against their governments. Governments
      have never tolerated any interference! Yestweryear all Germans
      & Japanese were all evil. Today all Israelis and World Jewry are
      evil. BS! My dear US Government is committing one atrocity after
      another & nobody is counting. Zionism will implode in due time
      with or w/o the moral support of World Jewry, Mosel tov.
      ziusudra

  3. seanmcbride
    seanmcbride on September 26, 2014, 12:42 pm

    This point can’t be stressed too much:

    As Scott Roth always says, this conflation of Israel and Jewry is anti-Semitic. If Israel is the Jewish people, then Jews can justly be blamed for what Israel does.

    I don’t understand why more Jewish leaders in the Diaspora aren’t protesting against the merging of the Israeli government and Zionism with Judaism and “the Jewish people” — all of them. That this is a dangerous trap to fall in should be obvious.

    If I were head of the JPPI (not likely to happen :)), I would be developing an information program to emphasize to the world that Jews comprise a highly diverse community with many internal debates, arguments and contradictions. “The Jews” do NOT own the beliefs and policies of whatever regime is currently in power in Israel and should not be held responsible for them.

    By insisting that the Israeli government and Zionism are synonymous with Judaism and all Jews, many Jewish leaders are laying the groundwork for a potential major explosion of antisemitism worldwide. Why are they doing this?

    • Horizontal
      Horizontal on September 26, 2014, 8:56 pm

      “By insisting that the Israeli government and Zionism are synonymous with Judaism and all Jews, many Jewish leaders are laying the groundwork for a potential major explosion of antisemitism worldwide. Why are they doing this?”

      I’d say the reason is twofold: The breadcrumbs of this action will never trail back to Israel; as we’ve seen, Israel is never responsible for anything negative that happens, and, two: any rise in antisemitism only helps defenders of Israel deflect from root causes like settlement-building and instead focus on how much they are hated for “simply being Jews,” which feeds nicely into pre-existing narratives, kind of an Israeli version of, “They hate us because of our freedoms,” which serves nicely to end any kind of rational debate on the subject.

      • ziusudra
        ziusudra on September 27, 2014, 10:16 am

        Greetings Horizontal,
        ……Israel is responsible…….
        ……Israelis are responisble……
        Governments are responisble.
        Governmental policies are responisble.
        The Governments of the State of Israel
        have been responsible of foreign policy
        since 48 & the mindset of Hertzl’s Zionism.
        The hegemonial aspirations of the near & far east
        of the US have been in place since Pres. Johnson
        regardless which party is in office. It ain’t no matter
        whether Hillary the Hag or Sara the Vamp, Sicko
        McCain or Mormon Mitt gets in.
        ziusudra

    • Mooser
      Mooser on October 8, 2014, 4:28 pm

      ” I would be developing an information program to emphasize to the world that Jews comprise a highly diverse community with many internal debates, arguments and contradictions.”

      That’s actually nice way of putting it.
      I would have said that the Jewish world is so diverse, that the same lines of victimization, oppression and manipulation run through it as run through the rest of the world.

    • Mooser
      Mooser on October 8, 2014, 5:02 pm

      ” He begins by saying that the Jewish people always unite when they face challenges”

      Naturally, he didn’t bother to provide any examples.

  4. Dan Crowther
    Dan Crowther on September 26, 2014, 12:51 pm

    “As Scott Roth always says, this conflation of Israel and Jewry is anti-Semitic. If Israel is the Jewish people, then Jews can justly be blamed for what Israel does. But that’s wrong: the Jewish community is actually diverse, and includes anti-Zionists, who don’t believe in a Jewish nation occupying Palestinian lands.”

    That’s not wrong at all, in fact, that’s how morality works in a group setting. You’ve got it completely wrong, Phil. The rank and file in ANY group bear responsibility for the groups actions. Also, you’re sort of poking holes in your rationale for MW – if Jews the world over aren’t partly responsible for Israel’s behavior, how could they possibly be important to the solution? how can they be so “important” yet blameless? Just doesn’t make sense.

    I guess being jewish really does mean never having to say sorry.

    • pabelmont
      pabelmont on September 26, 2014, 1:01 pm

      Dan, you seem to agree with what I said at my comment (12:17, above). And you are much briefer!

      But your last line troubles me. The tone of your comment (and mine) is that being Jewish does make us all complicit (“The rank and file in ANY group bear responsibility for the groups actions”) and while it also requires us to speak out, and to say “sorry”, it more importantly requires us to ACT (make trouble for Israel, for USA, for Jewish orgs, for those blasted big-money-boys who support Israel).

      • Dan Crowther
        Dan Crowther on September 26, 2014, 1:47 pm

        cheap and distasteful throw away line at the end, peter. that’s my bad. apologies to phil as well.

        I was just trying to bust his stones, cuz he uses “we” all the time, when he waxes sympathetic on the origins of zionism in europe. he associates with the suffering and a lot of mythology, but objects to any thought of “we” when violence and so on is carried out in the name of the group. Mine is a simple point: violent israeli zionism is only a click or two on the clock from where Phil is in his views. If you believe in the “we” yourself, you can only oppose those who are violent in the “defense” of the “we” so much.

        The other point is: too many “identity warriors”, in the face of their group doing horrible shit, take up a line of: “that’s not my (insert said identity marker here), those aren’t my (insert identity marker here) values. In other words: I’m not responsible for this. Associate with the good or what makes you feel good and take no responsibility for the bad. I’ve never been a fan of this thinking.

      • can of worms
        can of worms on September 27, 2014, 2:36 am

        And * it * doesn’t * even * matter * if * you * happen * to * be * Jewish * or * not.

        To be divested of responsibility for Israel, or for what *your government* does , to quote Netanyahu, “in behalf of the people of Israel”, you MUST, at the very least, embrace the higher principle of equal individual rights, as well as compensation for state crimes. Nothing aon earth can have moral priority this principle.

        It’s so simple. Israel cannot be a Jewish State without ethnic laws, ethnic residential segregation, ethnic land and water rights, ethnic human rights, separate schools, ethnic privilege, ethnic institutions, ethnic cleansing (including murder and genocide), ethnic right of return, ethnic draft, and, overall, an ethnic voting majority.

      • Dan Crowther
        Dan Crowther on September 28, 2014, 1:41 pm

        Can of worms reminds me of an important point, in extension to the one I made earlier. It works for the crime’s of one’s state government as well. In other words, Americans, regardless of their makeup, are also not blameless. There are of course many other countries where this also holds true; but especially for Americans, many of whom, when faced with the horrors of American policy, say stupid things like: we meant well but failed, mistakes were made or our soliders were in a terrible place and became savages because of it OR they don’t even see or acknowledge the horrors.

        A large portion of the Americans here at MW who obsess over the israel lobby and public zionists I feel fall into the category of folks who don’t see or acknowledge the other horrors the US plans and supports, and how the Israel project, as American planning goes, isn’t all that different from it’s projects in the rest of the world. For many of these people, the American state has been hijacked and good people in government are forced to tow a line they deep down inside oppose. This view in my opinion is unfair to American jews and it really lets the government and other Americans off the hook

      • Keith
        Keith on September 28, 2014, 6:32 pm

        DAN CROWTHER- “A large portion of the Americans here at MW who obsess over the israel lobby and public zionists I feel fall into the category of folks who don’t see or acknowledge the other horrors the US plans and supports….”

        I agree that many MW commenters tend to overlook both the brutal history of the American empire and of the impact of imperial geostrategy. As for the Israel Lobby, I think that a lot of the difference between Walt and Mearsheimer aficionados and me is in regards to what is part of the Lobby versus what constitutes a domestic concentration of power, albeit an extremely biased one. I feel that much of what gets lumped into “the Lobby” would more properly be considered part of a domestic Israeli/Zionist support network. In other words, a significant part of the American power structure is staunchly pro-Israel.

        As a consequence of the Israeli Lobby/network, Israel is an anomaly. Without this powerful domestic support, Israel would be more or less a vassal state. With the Lobby/network, it is an integral part of empire able to uniquely influence US foreign policy in the Middle East. At least as significant, I think that the US Israeli network has substantial influence over other aspects of American foreign policy as well. I consider US based Zionists and their organizations to be the locus of global Zionist power, exerting considerable power within empire and also over Israel.

    • Mooser
      Mooser on October 8, 2014, 4:32 pm

      ” if Jews the world over aren’t partly responsible for Israel’s behavior, how could they possibly be important to the solution?”

      Did I ever tell you about that weird dream I had? I dreamed all American Jews got together, and prevailed upon the American Jewish religious establishment to re-consider the idea of Zionism. After interminable wrangling, a letter is drafted to give to Netanyahoo, begging him to ameliorate Israel’s intransigence.
      Netanyahoo looks at the letter, and says “I’m sorry, Israel is a democracy, and we don’t take orders from foreign religious establishments! The very idea!”

  5. seanmcbride
    seanmcbride on September 26, 2014, 1:21 pm

    If a political movement came along which insisted that all Irish or all Germans worldwide belonged to a mystical ethnic collective, and that all Irish or Germans owed absolute loyalty to the Irish or German governments — and to Irish or German ethnic nationalism — you can be sure that most Irish or German Americans would object in the strongest possible terms.

    How many ethnic groups in the world would permit themselves to be backed into a dangerous corner like this? The assumptions behind this kind of collectivist thinking are outrageous, insulting and bigoted.

    • Mooser
      Mooser on October 8, 2014, 4:40 pm

      “How many ethnic groups in the world would permit themselves to be backed into a dangerous corner like this? The assumptions behind this kind of collectivist thinking are outrageous, insulting and bigoted.”

      Well, if an ethnic group had been beset, and reduced by persecution to a desperate strait, and then is acted upon by unscrupulous people, some of them megalomaniac in outlook, they might be brought to this extremity. Another words, it could happen to anybody. In fact, it’s already happened to bunches of people.

  6. American
    American on September 26, 2014, 2:19 pm

    My homemade Netanyahu power point presentation on the Jewish -Israel Relation problem.

    Extreme Tribalism of any kind is always a problem because its too much like this this:

    http://i3.walesonline.co.uk/incoming/article4324104.ece/alternates/s615/sheep.jpg

    But tribalism sometimes has it rewards because it can bring many benefits to the tribe so many if them dont want to give up:

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/84/Poddy-lambs-at-a-sheep-station.JPG

    So when others get on the tribe’s case for anything they play the innocent little:

    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-YdPhiUjtdEI/UTCWwJZ7EdI/AAAAAAAASAU/y7fPam03WgM/s1600/6212.jpg

    And because of those corkscrews emanating from their head their vision is obscured:

    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-YdPhiUjtdEI/UTCWwJZ7EdI/AAAAAAAASAU/y7fPam03WgM/s1600/6212.jpg

    And the tribe treats the world as being a evil:

    http://andrikyrychok.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/red_wolf.jpg

    They need to change their feeding habits:

    http://www.rebellesociety.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/2wolves.jpg

  7. wondering jew
    wondering jew on September 26, 2014, 2:49 pm

    Watching Shameless the other day and the William H. Macy character walks into a pawn shop run by Orthodox jews and to curry favor he says, “F those Palestinians. it’s like they come out of the womb wearing suicide vests” and the Ortho jew says, “I’m for a two state solution”. So people always make assumptions about where Jews stand on the issue of israel.

    Netanyahu was addressing Israel supporters. Netanyahu feels all Jews should support israel (he probably feels that they should all support Likud), so he speaks as if the “should” is a fact.

    The net effect contributes to the p.r. emphasis of Netanyahu’s career and the fact that his career is now based upon the lack of an alternative, rather than “he’s our man” those who support him say, “no one to replace him”

  8. ckg
    ckg on September 26, 2014, 3:07 pm

    PM Netanyahu laments, “Over the past few months, three of our teenagers were kidnapped and brutally murdered”.

    He is certainly aware there was a fourth who was kidnapped and brutully murdered. But that boy’s name was ‘Mohammed’. The government of Israel, for some reason, never seems to count boys if their name is ‘Mohammed’.

  9. Rusty Pipes
    Rusty Pipes on September 26, 2014, 4:50 pm

    “Israel will continue to be a source of innovation to the benefit of the entire planet,” says the thief who stole American intellectual property — a nuclear trigger. So, if acknowledged at all, Bibi’s theft gets treated like a fraternity prank — boys will be boys — and he treats Americans like patsies.

  10. JLewisDickerson
    JLewisDickerson on September 26, 2014, 7:33 pm

    RE: “Netanyahu erases the boundary between world Jewry and Israel in celebration of ‘our country’ [i.e., Israel] ”

    MY COMMENT: I can still mentally picture myself having stopped by my mother’s house, and as I enter the den Netanyahu is speaking at the UN General Assembly for the first time since his election win in 2009. This was being carried on Fox News with more obsequious/sycophantic fanfare than they would likely have had for a U.S. President, even a right-wing Republican.
    Just as I realized the exact nature of what was on and began to listen attentively (unpleasant as that is for me in the case of Netanyahu), I thought I heard Netanyahu say something that I interpreted as his claiming to speak not only for Israelis, but for all Jews wherever they might live*.
    Perhaps I should not have been so surprised, but I was nevertheless stunned and began doubting he had said what I thought I had heard. I knew that Netanyahu’s limitless grandiosity included his considering himself to essentially be ‘King of (All) the Jews’ (i.e. Guardian and Savior of All Jews Everywhere), but I didn’t think he had quite enough chutzpah to make a grand proclamation to that effect here in the U.S. in a speech widely broadcasted across this blessed “homeland”** of ours.

    P.S. When I found a transcript, I confirmed that he said essentially what I thought, but he did it in a way seemingly designed so that the claim to speak for all Jews would be missed by most people since instead of saying “all Jews” he says “my people”. Unless you pay very close attention so that you can interpret “my people” in the context he uses it, the significance is lost on most people. My suspicion is that the objective was for Jews to understand the significance of what he was saying while it escaped notice by most others. It would not surprise me if articles in the Israeli (Hebrew language) press used Hebrew in place of “my people” that meant something closer to “all the Jews”. Aren’t I cynical?!?!
    As an aside, I wonder whether cynicism is more of a cause or a symptom of Weltschmerz. Can it perhaps at times be both with the intriguing potential consequence that (assuming the mind doesn’t have entirely effective feedback inhibition) it sometimes causes the ‘mind blowing’ brain equivalent of James Brown (the singer) feeling really, really good***. Can you dig it? It sounds awfully good to me, but then I’m a glutton for punishment!

    ** Why “Homeland”?, by Thom Hartman [VIDEO, 09:18]
    Published on Sep 24, 2014
    Thom Hartmann explains the origins of the term “homeland” and why he doesn’t like it being used to describe the United States.
    LINK [VIDEO, 09:18] – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCSwNW-axM0

    *** James Brown: I Feel Good [VIDEO, 02:45] – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5TqIdff_DQ

    • just
      just on September 26, 2014, 7:44 pm

      You poor, poor dear. You had to listen to Netanyahu? On Fox?

      The combo can do serious damage to all living creatures. Thanks for linking to Thom’s latest smart commentary. It is “creepy to use the term ‘homeland’.

      ;)

      • can of worms
        can of worms on September 27, 2014, 4:16 am

        The term (was it dual citizen Michael Chertoff’s?) tries to bury the realities of the surveillance state, and its militarized, privatized police, by smuggling in the nationalistic lingo of “Homeland”.

        The term “Homeland” is a tool for undermining either democracy, or sovereignty.

        “American Homeland” and “US Homeland Security” register as creepy because they play on a duality. Either there are two kinds of *Americans* (those for whom the U.S. is, or is not, their natural “Home'”), or there are two kinds of *Lands” (one land is ostensibly the place of self-rule, and the other is for the ownership and control of remote resources and subject peoples.)

      • annie
        annie on September 27, 2014, 10:39 am

        i don’t like the term himeland. it was not in the american lexicon of terms we used in association with america when i was growing up.

  11. talknic
    talknic on September 26, 2014, 8:21 pm

    Netanyahu’s meaningless drivel is completely irrelevant to the legal status of Israeli sovereignty and the illegality of that state’s actions in territories that 66 years ago the Israeli government claimed were “outside the State of Israel” … “in Palestine”, one of many Israeli Government statements on which the UNSC has based hundreds of resolutions affording Israel the opportunity to adhere to the binding laws, conventions and UN Charter chapters those resolutions re-affirm and emphasize.

  12. bilal a
    bilal a on September 26, 2014, 8:42 pm
  13. NickJOCW
    NickJOCW on September 26, 2014, 10:20 pm

    Racism of any kind can be measured not only by the incidence of verbal or physical acts but more broadly by the level of outrage such acts or utterances provoke in a community, which in the case of European antisemitism may well be edging a notch or so towards indifference. Yes, government leaders and others express ritual outrage but that has somewhat the cleansing effect of absolution; a nod of the head in approval of what is said but little emotional response. I think Israel’s actions do contribute to the diminution of outrage, a process which may be more significant than the acts or utterances themselves.

    • Kathleen
      Kathleen on September 27, 2014, 10:15 am

      From what I am reading and hearing anti Jewish and anti Muslim hate crimes have gone up equally as people like Geller and others have stoked the fires of racism.

    • Marnie
      Marnie on September 28, 2014, 8:54 am

      Yet it’s not the israeli way to accept any responsibility for anything but only to blame, stoke the flames of hatred, ratchet up violence and deal a quick hand of the fun family-oriented game, beloved by zionists everywhere – My Favorite Victim!

  14. Kathleen
    Kathleen on September 27, 2014, 10:13 am

    Yikes always surprised when I agree with radical right winger Netanyahu about anything. “Jews everywhere must be able to live proudly and without fear” So why does he keep making it more and more impossible for those living in Israel within the internationally recognized borders. Why does he continue to support the confiscation of internationally recognized Palestinian land?

    “this conflation of Israel is anti semitic” Anti all non Jews.
    Netanyahu “our teenagers, our country” we we we. Always separating Jews from others instead of attempting to unite all of us upon inclusive, universal humanitarian standards.

  15. Boomer
    Boomer on September 27, 2014, 10:25 am

    It seems that there has been a lot of boundary erasing going on, for a long time. Members of Congress, the Executive Branch, and the U.S. MSM routinely ignore or erase the boundary between Israel and the U.S. Israel routinely erases the boundary between Israel and Palestine. Elites routinely ignore and erase the boundary between truth and fiction, right and wrong.

  16. Vera Gottlieb
    Vera Gottlieb on September 28, 2014, 10:21 am

    And enough of Netan-yahoo too!

  17. JohnB
    JohnB on September 30, 2014, 4:39 pm

    Ummmmmmm . . . Jews?

    Mirriam-Websters definitition:

    Sem·ite\ˈse-ˌmīt, especially British ˈsē-ˌmīt\
    noun
    : a member of a group of people originally of southwestern Asia that includes Jews and Arabs
    Full Definition
    1 a : a member of any of a number of peoples of ancient southwestern Asia including the Akkadians, Phoenicians, Hebrews, and Arabs
    b : a descendant of these peoples
    2 : a member of a modern people speaking a Semitic language
    Origin: French sémite, from Sem Shem, from Late Latin, from Greek Sēm, from Hebrew Shēm.
    First use: 1848

    • Mooser
      Mooser on October 8, 2014, 4:55 pm

      Ah, there it is, that makes it all so clear! Semites, are, of course, the offspring of “Shem”! I think he was a brother of Noah?
      Anyway, it’s easy to see just how relevant the appellation “Semite” is. If it wasn’t for “anti-Semite” I wouldn’t have any use for it.

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