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Say it ain’t so, ambassador. But here is her friend Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s promotion of the Nov. 17 event, which goes on from 7 pm till 10 pm (talk about never ending), with a $35 admission price for adults:

GENOCIDE AND THE JEWS: A NEVER-ENDING PROBLEM

ELIE WIESEL • Nobel Peace Laureate

PROF. NOAH FELDMAN • Harvard Law School

RABBI SHMULEY BOTEACH • “America’s Rabbi”

With an Introduction by

SAMANTHA POWER • U.S Ambassador to the U.N

The premise of this event falls into the category of the statement, The world will always hate Jews. It is paranoid/self-involved, and distracts from other, urgent considerations. I wonder why Feldman tumbled for it, maybe academic funding is in play?  Because he knows Shmuley going back to Oxford?

Elie Wiesel has come out forcefully for Jewish settlement of East Jerusalem. Those settlements are absolutely against US policy. Why is Power sharing a stage with him right now? Doesn’t that send a signal of policy-nullification, yet again?

And I thought that Power– who has shown such courage and leadership during the Ebola crisis– might be distancing herself from her former political cicerone Boteach because he has become such a bizarre character: He has equated Hamas and ISIS in sensational ways, is funded by rightwing warlord Sheldon Adelson who has called for a nuclear strike on Iran that Boteach defended, has gotten into arguments with the New York Times about graphic images in a beheading ad, published a book on lust (and tweeted a lot of Charlize Theron pictures), and hectored Naomi Wolf in an unseemly manner for using the term “genocide” to describe the Gaza slaughter of last summer.

Speaking of the Gaza onslaught, in which 2100 Palestinians were killed, and 73 Israelis: at the time, Power deplored the killing of civilians on both sides, but put particular blame on Hamas and extolled Israel’s “right to defend itself.” Nothing about Palestinians’ right to defend themselves.

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Thanks to Max Blumenthal.

 

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  1. Eva Smagacz on November 3, 2014, 10:54 am

    This paranoia based on nothing else but a self serving brain-washing would be laughable, if real people lives were not destroyed by it.

    Just like I would like empty a cold bucket of water over politicians proclaiming that they defend democracy by sending troops to foreign countries to destroy existing power structures, I so would like to do that to Jewish people ( and a sizeable number of non-Jewish people! ) who believe that Jews, their culture and religion is being deliberately decimated to the point of non-existence even as we speak.

  2. Horizontal on November 3, 2014, 10:58 am

    “Say it ain’t so?” What else, exactly, could we expect from such a tool?

    Here’s a snip from here linked address:

    The four Palestinian boys playing on the beach in Gaza City were like boys everywhere, restless for play. Their deaths are heartbreaking, and the loss their family members and neighbors must feel today must be searing. And the Israeli authorities have opened an investigation into their deaths.

    That pretty much is as close as we get to blaming anything on Israel. The deaths aren’t outrageous, irresponsible or criminal; merely heartbreaking. But it’s OK, Israel is launching another of their meaningless backside-covering shams while we keep shipping them more hardware to ensure that more hearts will be broken.

    Distancing herself? No, this is exactly the kind of crowd that I would expect our UN Ambassador to hang with.

    Bought and sold, my friend. Bought & sold.

  3. Maximus Decimus Meridius on November 3, 2014, 11:08 am

    ”Power– who has shown such courage and leadership during the Ebola crisis”

    I don’t see how she showed courage. Political courage? No. ”Tackling ebola’ has been one of Obama’s talking points for the past few weeks. Physical courage? Not that either. Ebola is actually not that easy to contract, and I’m sure she knew how to keep her distance from any victims.

    In any case, this little episode proves two things:

    1. This desire for ‘eternal victimhood’ is surely a sign of some sort of collective disorder. Jews in the ‘diaspora’ are on the whole extremely succesful and well integrated. In Israel, they have nuclear weapons, a huge army, and the world’s only superpower to protect them. Yet they’re still victims of ‘genocide’? What level of pathological narcissism does it take to believe that?

    2. The appropriately named Ms. Power is one of the most despicable people on the world stage today. She is the living, breathing definition of hypocrisy.

    • Mooser on November 3, 2014, 11:41 am

      “Yet they’re still victims of ‘genocide’?”

      Oh, it’s just a provocative title, to spur ticket sales. The event is about the walk-away and out-marriage rate.

      • just on November 3, 2014, 11:46 am

        “self- genociding”???

        didn’t Naftali coin that?

    • amigo on November 3, 2014, 12:01 pm

      “The appropriately named Ms. Power is one of the most despicable people on the world stage today. She is the living, breathing definition of hypocrisy. ” MDM

      Hear, hear and amen to that.

    • joemowrey on November 5, 2014, 4:06 pm

      “Ms. Power is one of the most despicable people on the world stage today. She is the living, breathing definition of hypocrisy.”

      So true, Maximus. Which begs the question, why does someone like Phil Weiss feel he has to suck up to her with stuff like he says in this article?

      To repeat what I always say, Phil has done amazing work with this site, but he has what at times can only be called a mind-boggling penchant for fawning over people in power. No pun intended. Reference his remarks about Brooks in an article yesterday, his comments half-praising Judi Rudoren and other pro-Zionist propagandists at the NYT.

      Can’t live with him, can’t live without him. It’s the inconsistency I find distasteful.

      But keep up the good work anyway, Phil. Just try to use better judgement in your choice of individuals to laud. Powers is truly a sociopath and a monstrous war criminal. Please take her off your list of people whom you think show courage and leadership. Yuck!

      • Abierno on November 6, 2014, 6:16 pm

        One needs to anticipate what will happen when she attempts to return to her secure,
        tenured niche at Harvard. More probably than not, there not only be student demonstrations but given her hypocrisy, cowboy diplomacy and support for last summer’s massacre in Gaza
        (Israeli’s have the right to use every weapon at their disposal against these caged people), she
        has lost the respect of the majority of the faculty. I would predict that rather than take the heat she relocates to a Kagan directed think tank, where she can continue unimpeded with her hyprocrisy.

  4. just on November 3, 2014, 11:17 am

    Can someone please tell me where Jews are being ‘genocided’?

    What a waste of $35. I hope that they provide beaucoup barf bags in order to cope with the hysterical hypocrisy.

    • Talkback on November 3, 2014, 11:40 am

      Can someone please tell me where Jews are being ‘genocided’?

      Some of them suffer from a zionist version of encephalitis – a slow brain dead – which makes them feel being genocided 24/7. Others work in the shoa business.

  5. HarryLaw on November 3, 2014, 11:24 am

    Max Blumenthal tells us all we need to know about Samantha Power here..Inside a conference hall in June 2013, Power stood before 40 of the most influential members of America’s Jewish establishment and openly cried. Having just been nominated by Obama to serve as the US Ambassador to the UN, the far-right Zionist Organization of America had attacked her for her supposed compassion for Palestinians living under Israeli occupation. With her ambitions on the line, Power was determined to mollify the fanatics.

    Power “suddenly became deeply emotional and struggled to complete her presentation as she expressed how deeply such accusations had affected her,” recalled Shmuley Boteach, the right-wing celebrity rabbi she had courted as her consigliere. “Tears streamed down her cheeks and I think it fair to say that there was no one in the room who wasn’t deeply moved by this incredible display of pain and emotion.” http://www.alternet.org/world/samantha-power-obamas-atrocity-enabler?paging=off&current_page=1#bookmark

    • just on November 3, 2014, 11:29 am

      I read that article yesterday.

      It is, as usual for Max B., great.

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius on November 3, 2014, 11:32 am

      On his Twitter page, Max Blumenthal linked to an FB page about this event. Many of the comments are criticising Power for being ‘anti-Israel’. Yes, you read that correctly. No matter how many tears she sheds, and no matter how many photo ops with Elie Wiesel she does, poor Sam will still be paying for her ‘injudicious’ remarks of a few years ago. For these Zionist fanatics, no amount of prostration is ever enough.

      Not that I feel sorry for her, of course. In fact, I quite enjoy watching her squirm. But still, it goes to show that if you’ve ever got so much as the tiniest of black marks against your record, you will never be fully accepted by Zionists. Nothing less than 1OO% submission is enough, and sometimes even that is not enough.

      • Kay24 on November 3, 2014, 12:50 pm

        That is “whipping” someone into obedience and given them a taste of how things will be if ever they do not toe that zio line.

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius on November 3, 2014, 1:18 pm

        Yes, a bit like the public humiliation of Gary Oldman, or the hounding of Chuck Hagel.

        If you’ve shown even the slightest sign of not being more Zionist than Netanyahu, you will pay for the rest of your career, in the most public manner possible. Pour encourager les autres.

      • a blah chick on November 3, 2014, 1:19 pm

        “Many of the comments are criticising Power for being ‘anti-Israel’.”

        I read some of those, they were pretty hilarious. You would think she was caught french kissing Hanayeh given the level of vituperation.

        And that is what is so crazy and frustrating, no matter how much this woman kisses their backsides its never enough. But she’s too power hungry to see it.

      • on November 3, 2014, 3:43 pm

        It’s all very Big Brother.

        No matter how much you love Big Brother (or Zionism) in the end, no matter how much you apologize for past comments, no matter how much you do in his (or their service), in the end you will be shot in the back of the head (literally in 1984, figuratively in our world).

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius on November 3, 2014, 5:09 pm

        ”You would think she was caught french kissing Hanayeh given the level of vituperation.”

        LOL!

        Like I say, I do get a bit of schadenfreude out of all this. No matter how much she degrades herself in the service of Zion, it will never be enough. I for one am happy to watch her grovel. If it wasn’t her, some other tool would take her place. Plenty more where she came from.

      • Horizontal on November 4, 2014, 2:45 pm

        She’s no different than any other of the soulless herd animals who make climbing a ladder of power their personal goal in life. She says what she has to say, betray what she said yesterday to appease whoever is going to advance her career tomorrow, and do whatever she has to do to ensure her own narrow idea of success.

        Washington, DC is full of people like Samantha Powers, and from such hollow vessels foul things inevitably flow.

  6. Mooser on November 3, 2014, 11:36 am

    It’s not “genocide”, Schumley, it’s just a beard trim.

  7. LanceThruster on November 3, 2014, 11:42 am

    “America’s Rabbi” is more PT Barnum than anything else.

  8. just on November 3, 2014, 11:56 am

    Doesn’t Wiesel ever tire of peddling the ‘Holocaust Industry’??? (h/t NGF)

    for shame.

  9. eljay on November 3, 2014, 11:57 am

    Say it ain’t so, ambassador. But here is her friend Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s promotion of the Nov. 17 event, which goes on from 7 pm till 10 pm (talk about never ending) and a $35 admission price for adults:

    GENOCIDE AND THE JEWS: A NEVER-ENDING PROBLEM

    I wonder when they’ll hold this event:

    PALESTINE AND THE JEWS: DOING UNTO OTHERS AS WE WOULD NOT HAVE THEM DO UNTO US
    “Over 60 Years of Jewish Supremacism In a Supremacist “Jewish State”…aaaaaand Loving It!”

  10. amigo on November 3, 2014, 11:58 am

    “The premise of this event falls into the category of the statement, The world will always hate Jews.”

    So let,s keep on giving them all the reasons they need to keep hating us.Wouldn,t want them to stop hating us .Then we would be minus our Raison Detre.

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius on November 3, 2014, 12:20 pm

      But don’t you know?

      Nothing Jews ever do could possibly cause people to dislike them even a little tiny bit. No, it’s always ‘eternal antisemitism’, which of course has no reason or cause. People just hate them for illogical and unfathomable reasons. If people dislike Arabs, or Muslims, or Palestinians, then there’s a good reason. But Jews and Israelis? Never.

      • amigo on November 3, 2014, 1:29 pm

        ” If people dislike Arabs, or Muslims, or Palestinians, then there’s a good reason. But Jews and Israelis? Never” MDM

        You forgot us Christians, (especially the Irish). We too have earned our reputation as anti semites.Some would say we started the whole process.

      • bilal a on November 3, 2014, 9:01 pm

        Can we not love the ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ Jewish religionists and the blumenthal-Greenwald univeralist challengers of power, while despising the casino pimp Adelsons and their AJC establishment?

        What is the vocabulary for this ?

        Contra-‘Zemitism’ ? (if we dfeine ‘Zemitism as Zionist supremacism unjoined to any moral framweork , the religion of the latter , quite distinct from true Judaism )

      • just on November 4, 2014, 7:14 am

        why, yes we can, bilal a!

  11. Kay24 on November 3, 2014, 12:04 pm

    I guess this is yet another ploy at keeping the H card going to keep being the eternal victim, so that criticism of a brutal occupation, land grabs will stop, and weapons and aid will keep flowing. If people realize that the victim is now the bully, the support and aid will stop. But I guess our American leaders, and officials like Powers, have to keep this charade going.
    Why isn’t someone asking why US tax payers must keep this mindless support for this wealthy nations going, after all they have a huge share of billionaires and millionaires in their nation, and diaspora, is one of the biggest weapons manufacturers, brags about having the best tech and pharma firms in their nation, and what not. They don’t need to keep sponging off us.

    Time to look at the latest and true victims of genocide, some because of US and Israeli involvement, and time for Schumley to stop crying wolf.

  12. JLewisDickerson on November 3, 2014, 12:40 pm

    RE: “GENOCIDE AND THE JEWS: A NEVER-ENDING PROBLEM” ~ name of event

    TRANSLATION: ONLY THE “JEWISH STATE OF ISRAEL” CAN SAVE THE JEWS! ! !

  13. HarryLaw on November 3, 2014, 12:47 pm

    Its a pity the organizers could not find a place on the panel for poor Bernard Henry Levy, just expelled from Tunisia 24 hours after his arrival, after a storm of protests. http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=68744 Best news I’ve had in years.

    • Kay24 on November 3, 2014, 12:55 pm

      Here in a few sentences is exactly who Levy is, and where his loyalties are:

      “For instance, Beau and Toscer noted that most of the reviews published in France for Who Killed Daniel Pearl? didn’t mention strong denials about the book given by experts and Pearl’s own family including wife Marianne Pearl who called Lévy “a man whose intelligence is destroyed by his own ego”.[34]

      Gilad Atzmon has called him “ultra Zionist, pseudo philosopher,”[35] who lacks the elementary capacity of a philosopher, “(…) the capacity to aim at the essence of things, while celebrating the love of wisdom (philo-sophos).”[36]

      In 2009 he came in support of Roman Polanski who was arrested in Switzerland for having unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977.[37] In 2011, he commented in support of his friend of twenty years Dominique Strauss-Kahn when he was arrested on sexual allegations, referring to the allegations as, “absurd.”[38]
      Wikepedia

      This “ultra zionist” deserves it.

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius on November 3, 2014, 1:31 pm

        BHL on the IDF, after a visit to Tel Aviv:

        “I have never seen such a democratic army, which asks itself so many moral questions. There is something unusually vital about Israeli democracy.”

        Maybe if he’d bothered to visit Gaza or Lebanon he might have had a slightly less rosy view of the IDF. Surely to judge the ‘morality’ of an army, you speak to its victims, not its PR people? For a ‘philosopher’, BHL seems extraordinarily simple-minded.

      • eljay on November 3, 2014, 2:49 pm

        >> Maximus Decimus Meridius: BHL on the IDF, after a visit to Tel Aviv: “I have never seen such a democratic army, which asks itself so many moral questions. There is something unusually vital about Israeli democracy.”

        Asking moral questions is easy. Making just and moral choices is not easy, which is why Israel:
        – continues to exist as a supremacist “Jewish State”;
        – remains engaged in a 60+ years, ON-GOING and offensive (i.e., not defensive) campaign of aggression, oppression, theft, colonization, destruction, torture and murder;
        – refuses to honour its obligations under international law;
        – refuses to accept responsibility and accountability for its past and ON-GOING (war) crimes; and
        – refuses to enter into sincere negotiations for a just and mutually-beneficial peace.

        The rapist frequently asks himself whether it is moral for him to abduct, imprison and rape women, and each time his answer is “Hell, yes!”

      • eljay on November 3, 2014, 2:50 pm

        And that is because in the mind of the rapist – and in the mind of the Zio-supremacist – “morality = goal + methods”.

      • Bumblebye on November 3, 2014, 3:36 pm

        Heard BHL being interviewed on bbc world service yesterday. He was complaining about a crowd shouting that zionists weren’t welcome. He seemed to struggle for a response, before coming up with feeling a hint of the “perfume” of anti-semitism!

      • just on November 3, 2014, 3:50 pm

        and yet he apparently relishes the stench of Islamophobic/anti- Palestinian skunk water.

        I’ll just repeat for the slow/dim witted. Anti- Zionism is NOT antisemitic.

      • Walid on November 4, 2014, 12:57 pm

        “For a ‘philosopher’, BHL seems extraordinarily simple-minded.”

        You probably haven’t heard about the pseudo-philosopher having been lampooned by France’s weekly satirical “Le Canard enchaîné” in 2010. The Canard’s fiction-writer made up a story about a series of lectures supposedly given by a specialist on Kant’s sexual life in Paraguay. Bernard-Henri Lévy picked up the philosophical discussion from ther Canard article on his blog unaware it was fiction and and exposed himself as a faux-philosophe by quoting and criticizing the fictitious Kant specialist and became the laughing stock of France for a while.

        The guy is a clown but a very dangerous one because he convinced Sarkozy to undertake the Libyan adventure to oust Gadaffi.

        http://www.lemonde.fr/livres/article/2010/02/09/bhl-pris-au-piege-d-un-canular-litteraire-qu-il-salue_1303383_3260.html

  14. James Canning on November 3, 2014, 1:01 pm

    “Never-ending GENOCIDE” of the Jews? Rubbish. Utter nonsense. And, of course, an excuse for inciting further stupidity by Israel in occupied Palestine.

    • Mooser on November 4, 2014, 1:34 pm

      I’ve got to wonder what is the name of the typeface “Genocide and the Jews” is printed in?

      • Horizontal on November 4, 2014, 3:10 pm

        The font used is close to Masterplan and Plane Crash, although not a direct match.

        Eroded Fonts for Free

        There’s a million of ’em. They appear to be in the family of Eroded, Scratched or Dirty.

        How fitting.

  15. lysias on November 3, 2014, 2:08 pm

    Wiesel, who took so long to recognize the reality of the genocides of the Armenians and the Gypsies.

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius on November 3, 2014, 2:16 pm

      Now that Israel and Turkey are no longer best buddies – even if they are still closer than many of us would like – it’s safe to concern troll over the Armenian genocide. See also: Jeffrey Goldberg. They’ve also become quite exercised over the ‘plight’ of Turkish Kurds, even though Israel was very close to the Turkish military government when it waged a brutal war against the Kurds.

      Should relations with Turkey pick up again, the Armenians and Kurds will be forgotten as soon as they were remembered.

  16. Steve Macklevore on November 3, 2014, 2:38 pm

    Can anyone think of a worse sell-out than Samantha Power?

    I just hope those tears she shed in front of the 40 frighteningly powerful Zionist Jews were tears of self loathing and shame. She’s an intelligent woman, and in her more honest moments knows just how far she’s strayed from her conscience and ideals.

    • lysias on November 3, 2014, 2:56 pm

      And she’s Irish, so I’m sure she understands the plight of the Palestinians.

      Unfortunately, she married the ultimate insider, Cass “cognitive infiltration” Sunstein, the former head of the Office of Information and Reuglatory Affairs, the most powerful office in the executive branch that you never heard of.`

      • Horizontal on November 5, 2014, 10:46 am

        They must have some interesting conversations around the breakfast table, don’t you think? Like, “Did I grovel enough at my presser, dear?”

    • just on November 3, 2014, 4:17 pm

      Sammy is only the latest one in a long line of creeps that served as UN ambassador.

      You have to be able to be free from humanitarianism in order to wield that veto.

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius on November 3, 2014, 5:07 pm

      She’s not really a sell-out, because she never really had anything to sell out. The book which made her name was carefully calculated to flatter the Washington elites, while ostensibly being a critique of US policy. As has often been mentioned, for Power, the worst sin ever committed by the US was the sin of omission – of ‘not doing enough’ to prevent genocide. So her book focussed on ‘safe’ genocides – Bosnia, Armenia, Rwanda, while mentioning nothing of those genocides where the US and/or its allies were actually involved, such as Palestine or Indonesia. It was an exercise in hand wringing, while still proclaiming America’s role as the saviour of the world. As I said, so very calculated.

      Power was dead set on power from the very start. She just cloaked it in fake ‘humanitarianism.’ She still does.

      • Donald on November 3, 2014, 10:21 pm

        “She’s not really a sell-out, because she never really had anything to sell out….”

        I started to quote your whole post–I agree with all of it. Even here, people talk about Power like she had ideals to start with. It’s nonsense. She’s a careerist and the contents of her genocide book prove this for exactly the reasons you state.

    • Horizontal on November 4, 2014, 3:25 pm

      Sold her soul for a paycheck. It’s an old, old story.

      But, hey, those Georgetown Brownstones ain’t cheap.

      From the authoratative Wikipedia:

      According to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, “after joining the Obama team in 2009 as member of the National Security Council — a post she left in February — she assuaged many concerns [about her commitment to Israel], first by joining Susan Rice in taking the lead against the singling out of Israel at the United Nations.

      It was Power’s call, ultimately, to keep the United States out of Durban II, a 2009 reprise of the 2001 conference on racism in South Africa that devolved into a festival of Israel bashing.” Power’s best known book, A Problem from Hell, does not discuss Israel.

      Yeah, they got to her. And she allowed herself to get got.

  17. just on November 3, 2014, 3:09 pm

    @ Cooper Union!

    Abe Lincoln is spinning in his grave.

  18. seafoid on November 3, 2014, 5:03 pm

    “Never ending genocide”. Maybe this conference is about intermarriage!

  19. jd65 on November 3, 2014, 5:11 pm

    Calling this event and the folks putting it on “paranoid” due to the theme of the event lets them off the hook. It’s not paranoia. It’s marketing. They know the theme of the event is bullshit. They cynically use this crap to market Israel. It’s just one of their many methods of branding (likely the oldest one…). Nothing new here. You wanna call me paranoid for thinking this, that’s fine. I’ve got 15 years of seeing this shit in action; almost daily it seems. And that’s, of course, nothing compared to the Palestinians who’ve lost their lives/livelihoods to this grotesque, exclusionist marketing monstrosity for over 70 years now. And for what? What a disgusting sham…

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius on November 3, 2014, 6:00 pm

      I agree completely that it’s marketing of the most cynical kind.

      However, don’t you think there’s something deeper going on? None of these people – correct me if I’m wrong – is Israeli. They all live on the other side of the world. So just what is it that motivates them to dream up all these absurd persecution scenarios in the service of a minor Levantine state all of them choose NOT to live in?

      To me, it speaks of a weird form of ethno-narcissism. It’s all about them. They are the victims, always and everywhere. Nobody else’s suffering is worth a damn next to theirs, even if they are now one of the most successful groups in the US. Self-pity and narcissism, a toxic brew. I do believe that these people do genuinely believe in the narrative to some degree, even if, as you say, they are also promoting it because they know it helps to sell the wretched state of Israel to whatever idiot is buying.

      • jd65 on November 4, 2014, 1:31 am

        Ethno-narcissism for certain, MDM. And I’d offer that one of Finkelstein’s major titles sums up the problem of their marketing techniques in a rather pithy manner: “On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History.” I assume this abuse has been going on since First Zionist Congress, but most certainly since 1917.

        You say you “believe that these people do genuinely believe in the narrative to some degree…” For me, the key in that sentence is “to some degree.” I don’t believe that it’s to such a degree that these folks are being honest when they speak out on Israel’s “security issues,” or when Wiesel recently accused Hamas of “child sacrifice” and called them (and by inference all Palestinians) “barbarians” in a very public statement (marketing), or Shmuley’s equating Hamas w/ ISIS (in public advertising). Sorry. I don’t buy that these people are actually that dumb. I’m fairly certain Elie Wiesel knows how to read…

        It’s the same kind of problem I had over a decade ago when people constantly joked and wrung their hands about how “stupid” GW Bush and the rest of his administration was for their bungling of Iraq. That, too, was letting them off the hook (and laughing while doing it, ‘cuz gosh golly it’s just so darn funny how dumb they all are. by gum, hardy har har…). Cheney, Wolfowitz, Bolton, Rumsfeld, Bremer, etc… Those guys were not stupid (Well, maybe GW…). They’re arrogant, self-serving elitists who believe the U.S is entitled to run the world (PNAC, anyone?). There’s a difference. It’s, of course, possible to be both arrogant and stupid, but you can also be just one or the other. They knew what they were doing. And so do Netanyahu, Shmuley, Power, Wiesel, etc…

  20. piotr on November 3, 2014, 6:58 pm

    Samantha Power is an imperialist first, and within that category, has “human rights interests”. Empires dabble in genocide now and then, and U.S.A. is no exception, but American or American-supported slaughter did not seemed to interest her, revolt suppression in conquered Philippines, Vietnam, “collateral destruction” of Cambodia, slaughter of Communists in Indonesia, slaughter of Maya in Guatemala.

    But still, she was allegedly a scholar, although I do not want to waste coin on her book, so perhaps she tried to define when a slaughter is an atrocity, and when an atrocity is a genocide. Then one could try to define what does it mean “never ending genocide”: at least 100 thousands slaughtered each decade? 10 thousands? One thousand? One hundred? Or does it depend solely on the ethnic label of the victims?

    • Donald on November 3, 2014, 10:23 pm

      Her book is worth reading, keeping in mind what maximus said upthread, that her choice of crimes covered is that of someone aiming for a career in Washington. Still, it contains interesting material. I never bought it though–I got it from the library.

  21. just on November 3, 2014, 8:23 pm

    Power and the Prosecutor of the ICC (Bensouda preceded by Ocampo) are quite similar, you know.

    They only call out crimes on the African continent.

    • Horizontal on November 5, 2014, 10:54 am

      Just ~

      Well that’s the game plan, after all. Israel’s ills can’t be addressed until after every other ill in the world is addressed first. Otherwise, it’s “singling out” Israel for unfair treatment. At least that’s how the BS river flows.

      Power seems to have no trouble with that insane riff.

  22. ckg on November 4, 2014, 8:15 am

    From the Algemeiner:

    In a dramatic development, Israeli cabinet members are warning that US President Barack Obama threatened Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the US may opt not to oppose future hostile UN Security Council votes, unless Israel accedes to American policy demands, Israel’s NRG News reported on Sunday.

    “The prime minister told colleagues in recent days … that his office’s understanding of the issue and the government’s take on it is that the Americans will not cast a veto against a resolution that reaches the Security Council,” Ariel Kahana, diplomatic correspondent for the Makor Rishon and NRG dailies, told The Algemeiner on Monday, quoting ministerial-level sources.

    However, in stark contrast to the hostility emanating from the White House, the US delegation to the UN, led by Samantha Power, is, as far as Kahana can see, working “shoulder-to-shoulder” with Israel according to its representative, Ron Prosor.

    As well, Power met two weeks ago with Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon on his visit to the States and stressed that the US was not planning or even considering such far-reaching moves.

    I’ve always thought that if Obama decides to use the veto, Power would have to go.

    • just on November 4, 2014, 8:31 am

      Those 500 new Jewish only houses in East Jerusalem must surely make the administration “happy”… and Jerusalem is burning.

      “JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israeli plans for roughly 500 new settler homes in occupied East Jerusalem are a “slap in the face” of the United States and the international community, a top Palestinian official said.

      Israel approved construction of the homes on Monday as chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat met US Secretary of State John Kerry in the United States, according to settlements watchdog Peace Now.”

      http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=737441

      where is the magical straw that will break this camel’s back?

      • Horizontal on November 4, 2014, 3:28 pm

        That’s just it — it’s magic. We need something a bit more corporeal.

    • lysias on November 4, 2014, 10:20 am

      And the Financial Times on Saturday Nov. 1 in its weekend edition had an editorial calling on the U.S. to no longer protect Israel at the UN with its veto.

      • ckg on November 4, 2014, 11:45 am

        Kudos to the FT. Such a contrast with the WSJ editorial board.

      • lysias on November 4, 2014, 12:14 pm

        I switched from reading the WSJ to the FT when it became clear that the WSJ had been lying about the Iraq war (which the FT opposed).

      • James Canning on November 4, 2014, 3:31 pm

        WSJ has good reporting but seriously flawed editorial stance on matters pertaining to Israel.

    • ckg on November 4, 2014, 11:35 am

      Edit: I’ve always thought that if Obama decides to NOT use the veto, Power would have to go. You know what I meant.

      • Horizontal on November 4, 2014, 3:32 pm

        Is there even a slight chance that Obama wouldn’t use the veto? Is that even a possibility? I frankly can’t see it, although I’d love to be wrong.

        Bolton, Power. How embarrassing having the US on the world stage represented by those two, spewing the same lame horsesh!t year after year, administration after administration. They must think we’re either cowards or nuts, or both.

      • Citizen on November 5, 2014, 9:23 am

        @ Horizontal
        I think they know most Americans have no interest in foreign policy, most especially now that there’s no military draft. And the main media is now a propaganda arm of the government regarding foreign policy. Bolton’s trotted out almost daily as a foreign policy guru on cable news/infortainment shows.

      • James Canning on November 5, 2014, 2:59 pm

        Most US newspapers try to frame the debate to skew American foreign policy in favour of Israel.

      • Horizontal on November 5, 2014, 11:06 am

        Agreed.

        Well the midterms are over, the senate is lost, so what is keeping Obama from giving Israel the boot? I don’t think there’s anything congress could do if the executive decided to sit on the UN veto, which would really be something to see, if today’s TASS news story is accurate:

        Palestine to Apply for Full-Fledged UN Membership Next Year.

        The vote on the resolution on the time framework for ending the Israeli occupation should be held in November.

        A href=”http://en.itar-tass.com/world/758060″>TASS News Agency

        UNITED NATIONS, November 5. /TASS/. Palestine plans to submit an application in 2015 to obtain a status of a full-fledged UN member and expects that by late November the UN Security Council will vote on the resolution on the time framework for ending the Israeli occupation, the Palestinian UN envoy said on Wednesday.

        “The vote on the resolution should be held this month. We hope to get the broadest support. Of course, we want the resolution to be adopted, but if someone uses their veto right, they will disturb the UN Security Council from meeting its commitments and opening the way towards reaching peace,” Riyad Mansour told TASS.

      • Horizontal on November 5, 2014, 11:12 am

        Sorry, bad link. Here it is:

        TASS News Agency

    • HarryLaw on November 5, 2014, 8:23 am

      There is also speculation in Jerusalem that the administration, unwilling to use its veto (which would be needed if nine Security Council members vote in favor), will propose to the Palestinians an alternative version of the draft resolution — one that would condemn Israeli settlement activity as illegal under international law. In the past, the US blocked such resolutions, but in the current climate it might well support one. Rumor has it that Washington and Ramallah are already in close contact regarding the wording of such a draft resolution. Hope the Palestinians don’t fall for this bunkum there is already a UNSC resolution in force for this….
      UNSC-465: the two key provisions:
      5. Determines that all measures taken by Israel to change the physical character, demographic composition, institutional structure or status of the Palestinian and other Arab territories occupied since 1967, including Jerusalem, or any part thereof, have no legal validity and that Israel’s policy and practices of settling parts of its population and new immigrants in those territories constitute a flagrant violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War and also constitute a serious obstruction to achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East;
      6. Strongly deplores the continuation and persistence of Israel in pursuing those policies and practices and calls upon the Government and people of Israel to rescind those measures, to dismantle the existing settlements and in particular to cease, on an urgent basis, the establishment, construction and planning of settlements in the Arab territories occupied since 1967, including Jerusalem; More on this at Peter Belmont’s blog here. http://123pab.com/blog/2011/04/What-UNSC-465-and-ICJ-7-2004-actually-say.php

      • James Canning on November 5, 2014, 3:01 pm

        International community needs to remind Israel, time and time again, that growing illegal colonies of Jews in occupied Palestine will not change the borders of Palestine.

  23. just on November 5, 2014, 10:35 am

    maybe it’s just me, but that new picture of Power and Wiesel made me laugh.

    “Retail Space Available”, indeedy!

    • Mooser on November 5, 2014, 10:54 am

      Well, I guess that’s another comment I won’t have to peck out! I arrived here, and you already got it, “just”!. Yes, Retail Space indeed.

      • just on November 5, 2014, 6:34 pm

        heh!

        it cracked me up.

  24. Boomer on November 5, 2014, 3:23 pm

    “GENOCIDE AND THE JEWS: A NEVER-ENDING PROBLEM” — This sounds more like a religious myth than an empirical statement. A “myth” being a cherished narrative, a repeated story, that makes sense of the world for a given culture. Usually such a myth provides a model of salvation, but this one seems to offer no such hope, no solution.

    Some others here have observed that it sounds like paranoia. An individual who suffers from paranoia may be treated by a therapist (though such individuals rarely see the need for or seek therapy, and rarely are cured, except to the extent that drugs may alleviate hallucinations), but how does one treat a culture with a problematic myth?

    • Boomer on November 5, 2014, 4:21 pm

      PS: I don’t know the answer to my own question, “how does one treat a culture with a problematic myth,” but Richard Silverstein seems to have concluded that shock treatment is needed:

      “Israel needs a shock to the system. Not just a tiny shock, but a near-death experience to realize the severity of the situation. Indeed, it may already be too late for those who profess to endorse a two-state solution. If it is, then let’s go forward into the future with a vision of a different state that fully endorses democracy and renounces sectarianism, religious fanaticism, and mindless hatred. Let’s offer that shock, test the limits, and break them in pursuit of something better, new, and different.”

      from: http://www.richardsilverstein.com/2014/11/05/if-israel-outlaws-palestinian-political-voices-declare-one-state/

      • Mooser on November 5, 2014, 7:01 pm

        Indeed, it may already be too late for those who profess to endorse a two-state solution. If it is, then let’s go forward into the future with a vision of a different state that fully endorses democracy and renounces sectarianism, religious fanaticism, and mindless hatred.”

        Israel 2.0 beta!

    • annie on November 5, 2014, 6:36 pm

      how does one treat a culture with a problematic myth?

      you don’t, treat the way the culture views the myth~ to it’s advantage.

      Usually such a myth provides a model of salvation, but this one seems to offer no such hope, no solution.

      think creatively, like a puzzle. salvation is “deliverance from sin and its consequences” “preservation or deliverance from harm, ruin, or loss.”

      once you find a way to figure out how “A NEVER-ENDING PROBLEM” can deliver jews from “sin and its consequences” or preservation and deliverance from harm, ruin, or loss, then you can see the hope and the solution in perpetuating the idea of perpetual victimhood.

      just kidding! not.

  25. Boomer on November 6, 2014, 8:07 am

    If I understand you correctly, you are suggesting that the myth is functional, not problematic, for the Group. Perhaps that is true, from the perspective of the Group. It is only problematic from the perspective of the Palestinian victims, or of those U.S. taxpayer-citizens who object to supporting the continued victimization of the Palestinians. Personally, unlike Richard Silverstein, I don’t care much about Israel per se. As an American, I do object to the way that the U.S. has in the past supported the dispossession and oppression of the Palestinians, and how it continues to do so.

    • Boomer on November 6, 2014, 10:43 am

      PS: Annie, I meant for my comment at 8:07 am to reply to your comment, but I evidently misplaced my response. Sorry for the confusion.

  26. Wisdo on November 7, 2014, 9:09 am

    How embarassing for Jewish New Yorkers.

    Zionists presume without any apparent self consciousness that they speak for all jews everywhere and that their assertions are axiomatically correct and those opposed to them are jew haters.

    This however marks a new low in ethno-solipsism. They seem to believe that every single person in the entire world is out to get them. man women or child, no goy can resist the urge to hate them some jews.

    Such projection!

    I can understand the origin of Weisel’s antipathy toward humanity at large, but Boteach’s profound hatred of all things bipedal and non Jewish seems like its based on some cultish groupthink. What a freak!

    Samantha power is a good little soldier who does what she’s told. Another in a long line of faithful ambassadors to the UN, who represents the moral fibre and clarity of thought the expected of such public servants. You know, like John Bolton.

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