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The bloodbath at a West Jerusalem synagogue yesterday, in which four rabbis were killed, was the big story on the network news last night and the cables too. And Palestinians didn’t fare well in the coverage.

On CNN, Israeli ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer equated Palestinian militants to Nazis; and Wolf Blitzer nodded but had no rejoinder. Dermer belittled the idea that Palestinians have any grievances under Israeli rule before noting, “The Nazis had a lot of grievances too.” But: “Nothing justifies Nazism. And nothing justifies terrorism.”

Blitzer knows the history of the conflict; Zionist forces used terror during the Mandate period to force the British to leave and later to ethnically cleanse tens of thousands of Palestinians from Jaffa and other towns and cities. Zionist militias blew up the King David Hotel in 1946, killing 91, and knocked off European diplomats Lord Moyne and Folke Bernadotte. Blitzer might have mentioned these facts, but he was playing Charlie McCarthy.

Dermer also implied that the Palestinians were targeting the United States. Hamas is the Palestinian version of ISIS, he said, and the US is in the same war that Israel is in. The theme was echoed by former Israeli ambassador Dore Gold, on Erin Burnett’s CNN show, when he stated that the murders were the same as the ISIS beheadings of Americans in the Syrian desert.

Senator Ted Cruz is on message. He issued a statement saying that the Palestinians are targeting the U.S.

All our friends in Israel have our sympathies in the aftermath of this atrocity, but they need more than that. They need an unequivocal statement of solidarity, a recognition that America is not a disinterested bystander in this battle.  Our citizens are dying too, targeted by these same vicious murderers, and our good friend and ally should have not only our prayers but also our unequivocal support as the Israeli people continue the fight against the terrorists who have declared war on both our nations.

Jake Tapper put a stamp of approval on this argument when he stated that more American citizens have been killed by Palestinian terrorists in the last year than by ISIS. Dore Gold issued the same scary pronouncement on CNN.

Much was made on television news of the fact that folks in Gaza celebrated the murders. In a substantial editorial titled, “Horror in Israel,” The New York Times laments the fact that Palestinians are not jumping to condemn the murders:

The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, had to be pushed by Secretary of State John Kerry into speaking out…. That was apparently the first time he had denounced Palestinian attacks in recent days…

As a political leader, Mr. Abbas has a duty to make the moral case that such brutality and inhumanity can only bring shame upon the Palestinian people.

“The Times says that approval of such tactics brings shame to the Palestinians,” Donald Johnson writes. “Fine, except I can’t remember them ever saying anything remotely comparable to the Israelis. The Times is in their comfort zone now, where a Palestinian atrocity and the support it gets from the population gets their full-throated condemnation.”

I don’t think any of these news outlets have noted the fact that Israelis celebrated an Israeli border officer who is accused of shooting and killing an unarmed Palestinian teen earlier this year:

During the court proceedings friends of the accused officer gathered outside the court house, sang supportive songs and called out to him with declaration that he was a “hero.”

And speaking of double standards for Palestinians at the Times, FAIR has an excellent piece of media criticism focusing on a Times headline, “Palestinian Shot by Israeli Troops at Gaza Border.” The Palestinian in question was ten years old. FAIR wonders

why the Times would leave this key fact out. Space, maybe? But “Gazan Boy Shot by Israeli Troops at Border” would have fit just as easily.

Or “Child Shot by Israeli Troops at Gaza Border,” for that matter, since the shooting victim’s likely nationality would be clear from context; there aren’t too many Israeli children near the border with Gaza. In any case, the victim’s age  is arguably a more important fact than his ethnicity.

So–did the editors leave out of the headline the fact that it was a child who had been shot because they didn’t want readers to get too upset about Israel doing the shooting?

Update. The hits keep coming. I am informed that Carol Costello said on CNN today that Americans can relate to Israel because we’re dealing with ISIS.

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  1. just on November 19, 2014, 9:50 am

    It’s JSIL that every American needs to be fearful of. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: our relationship with Israel puts our national security at risk.

    As for the Palestinians “celebrating”, did anyone mention the Israelis having parties on hilltops as they watched and celebrated the bombs over Gaza???

    Huge props for being able to endure the caca that was spewing forth from the MSM. I could not. It was an endless loop of Israelis and Isr supporters and their compliant slaves. No Palestinians, no East Jerusalemites, no mention of the provocations and incitement that that was engineered by the GoI.

    Shameful, but entirely expected.

    • Horizontal on November 19, 2014, 10:59 am

      Completely agree, just.

      This reminds me of trying to listen to NPR after 9/11. What struck me was how small and narrow their Rolodex of opinionated guests really was. I knew from listening to Democracy Now and journalists like Robert Fisk that there were other voices out there saying different things, but I never got to hear them aside from on the usual alternative sources.

      Same goes for now. Everyone’s tugging the rope in the same direction.

      As you said, shameful, but entirely expected.

      The question I can’t seem to answer is, “What do we do about it?”

      • just on November 19, 2014, 12:56 pm

        I just turn it off, but it’s no solution. I haven’t the foggiest. ;( I’ve written in, they don’t seem to want to hear it. When our voices grow into a chorus, or learn to screech like some others, perhaps we’ll have a change. So I’ll just continue to do what I can and thank goodness for places like MW that expose them for what they are.

        Here’s a link to a really good article about widespread propaganda:

        “CNN Can’t Be Bothered To Find Some Palestinians”

      • Horizontal on November 19, 2014, 10:25 pm

        Well, let’s at least keep that question on our minds. Perhaps the answer will reveal itself, or maybe the process itself is the key. Humans have a great ability to hope, and out of that capacity can flourish the unexpected.

      • CigarGod on November 20, 2014, 9:54 am

        I used…and continue to use it as a tool to finely tune my bs detector. They are a great example to point to of the same techniques used by fox, cnn, msnbc, etc. It is difficult to get my fellow liberals to see the same control techniques in npr…because they see few other alternatives. They don’t like leaving the comfort of their warm indoctrination…any more than conservatives, do.

    • RoHa on November 21, 2014, 12:02 am

      “As for the Palestinians “celebrating”, did anyone mention the Israelis having parties on hilltops as they watched and celebrated the bombs over Gaza???”

      The last time it was mentioned, some people – can’t imagine who they were – took offense.

      • just on November 21, 2014, 11:05 am

        A good read from Rania Khalek in its entirety, imho. but as to “celebrations”:

        “US media erase Israeli state and settler violence

        …These same media outlets are gleefully painting Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip as heartless monsters based on a marginal celebration that took place in Gaza City.

        “Residents of the Gaza Strip paraded in the streets singing victory songs, giving out candy, waving flags,” declared The New York Times, eliciting images of widespread jubilation.

        An earlier New York Times piece claimed that in Gaza City, “praise for God and the attackers poured from mosque loudspeakers.” That paragraph appears to have been quietly scrubbed without explanation, but not before Zionist ideologues had a chance to exploit it.

        Speaking from Gaza where he is currently stationed, journalist and Mondoweiss contributor Dan Cohen told The Electronic Intifada that there was indeed a celebratory rally organized by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine in Gaza City but the celebrations were far from widespread.

        “A small minority celebrated. That’s what being besieged and bombed does to people,” said Cohen, adding that it was hardly representative of the sentiment in Gaza, where residents are desperately preoccupied with escaping what he calls the “catastrophic” deterioration of conditions in the rubble-cluttered enclave.

        Cohen also rejected The New York Times’ claim that celebratory praise for the synagogue attack rang out from mosque loudspeakers. There were a couple of cars driving around with megaphones that could be heard expressing joy for the attack, said Cohen, but that’s all. Gaza resident Mohammed Suliman and journalist Jehad Saftawi, who were with Cohen when we spoke, concurred.

        While fringe celebrations among Palestinians have been widely reported, the more commonplace right-wing Israeli demonstrations agitating for greater violence and “death to Arabs” have been conspicuously absent from establishment media coverage, even though mainstream reporters are clearly aware of these rallies.

        This follows a longstanding pattern that was most apparent during Israel’s recent assault on Gaza, which killed nearly 2,200 Palestinians, most of them civilians, including more than five hundred children.

        As Israel mercilessly targeted civilians in the densely populated coastal enclave, western media outlets published scandalous justifications for the mounting atrocities, frequently blaming Palestinians for their own slaughter.

        Under this convoluted paradigm, racist Israeli mobs joyfully singing “In Gaza there’s no studying, No children are left there” were virtually ignored in the mainstream press, as was the rampant genocidal incitement in Israeli social media and from high-level Israeli lawmakers.

        Amid a rising tide of Israeli fascism, the mainstream media narrative of an Israel under constant and unrelenting attack from wildly violent and murder-celebrating Palestinians is more than just dishonest. It is dangerous propaganda that shields Israel’s unchecked extremism from scrutiny, guaranteeing and inciting further atrocities against the defenseless and disenfranchised Palestinian population, some of whom will respond with violence. “…

      • MHughes976 on November 21, 2014, 12:20 pm

        Today is, I think, the 40th anniversary of the terrible Birmingham pub bomb, probably the most serious IRA attack. Innocents were targeted and profound hostility against English people – me included, I took it personally – was expressed.
        We were not regaled with pictures of celebrations in the pubs of Ireland but there must have been some, with varying degrees of discretion. In the United States too there used to be pub collections for the IRA, I believe, and I’m sure the collectors would have expected their takings to increase after the strength and resolve of the organisation had been demonstrated. There was often some gloating and menacing propaganda, a form of celebration at our expense, after their onslaughts. Acts of political violence and hostility are always celebrated by those who think them an inevitable part of a just war or just conflict: to some extent you could say that no one would do these things without knowledge that some others would praise them.
        I didn’t and don’t support the aims or methods of the IRA but I think I was aware that seeing red on becoming aware of their celebrations was putting emotion in place of reason and that the fact that they chose to exult and triumph over me in this way (to use the language of Ps.94 and of Rabbis for Human Rights) was not proof that they were in the wrong and I in the right.

  2. Ira Glunts on November 19, 2014, 10:04 am

    Here is a Facebook page supporting and celebrating the Border Policeman who was arrested on suspicion of killing a Palestinian youth in Beitunia last May. It has over 25K likes. Right clicking the page in a Google browser and choosing “Translate” will give a awkward but usable translation.

  3. scott9854958 on November 19, 2014, 10:14 am

    Hmmmm, I wonder if the Times, under any circumstance, would say Baruch Goldstein’s actions in that mosque “can only bring shame upon the Israeli people.” It seems collective responsibility only applies to Arabs. Really inappropriate language from the Times.

  4. Horizontal on November 19, 2014, 10:51 am

    The Israeli right wing, the mainstream media, callow politicians, and various other operatives on both sides of the Atlantic are a mold into which events are poured, whether those events conform to that mold or not.

    Everyone who posts here on Mondoweiss, given a pencil, an blank piece of paper, and the scenario of a bloodbath in a synagogue could have written today’s stories a month ago and pretty much nailed each one, the permissible omissions and reactions being that familiar, as well as notorious.

    When policy is a hammer, every Palestinian starts looking more and more like a nail.

    I’m trying to think of any other topic of comparable scope and duration that is so misrepresented and receives so much one-sided coverage as the I/P issues does. I’m having a tough time doing it. Global warming? Gay rights? Starvation in Africa? Sex abuse in the clergy? Fracking? Health care? The war on terror? Maybe that last one’s the only real contender, touching on the I/P issue as it does, or is at least is made to look that way by the same actors listed above.

    There’s a quote, perhaps apocryphal, attributed to Franklin Roosevelt regarding Samoza, the long-enduring, American-supported brutal dictator of Nicaragua. To his Secretary of Sates’ remark that Somoza was a bastard, Roosevelt supposedly replied, “Yes, but he’s our bastard.”

    Similarly, Israel is our bastard, and is supported in full knowledge of of all its gross atrocities and petty violations in the same way that America supported Samoza for all those years, in complete contradiction to our nation’s higher ideals. But there really isn’t the disconnect that there seems to be.

    Elites, no matter where they reside, don’t do disconnect very well.

    My apologies to the Palestinian people, who deserve being better served by their fellow man.

    • just on November 19, 2014, 11:03 am

      what a great comment, Horizontal! thank you.

      you know, in the photo up top it looks like those miserable schmucks are conspiring on how to “spin this” to their advantage…and how many news outlets are spinning for them. that’s what keeps them up at night, not how many lives that they’ve destroyed, but how many more can they get away with!

      so far, the sky’s the limit, it seems.

      • Walid on November 19, 2014, 1:21 pm

        Just, you evidently noticed that the ghouls are all spinning the same yarn. This is because Israel is always ready to spring into action with a centralized planning room that has all its agents speaking with one voice to get the desired impact. In this case, the Nazis were bad and now Hamas is the Nazis. The Israeli hasbara that kicks into action is very efficient and more often than not, it has an advance notice of something nefarious that Israel is about to commit so it has a good head start. With Cast Lead, a special PR department was formed 6 months before the start of Cast Lead that hit the ground running when Cast Lead actually began; Dan Gillerman ran that special Cast Leads unit.

        You’ve been monitoring the Zio press and the pro-Zio press, so you’ve been getting the unified message issued by hasbara central. The real news in this incident is to what degree it’s a non-news item in the Palestinian press and to what level it’s itself broadcasting the hasbara central message.

        For the Palestinian official non-reaction to the incident, you have to get it from al-Akbar; the PA mouthpiece, Maan, had nothing on it today:

        “Palestinian Authority media: Israel’s lackey in times of crisis

        By: Orouba Othman

        Published Wednesday, November 19, 2014

        When young Palestinian Yousef al-Ramouni was lynched by Israeli settlers, the Palestinian Authority remained silent. However, it rushed to condemn the [resistance] operation in Jerusalem yesterday. The Palestinian news agency, WAFA, and Palestine TV followed suit in their coverage of events.

        Gaza – As usual, the Palestinian Authority (PA) was not perturbed by the lynching of Ramouni in Jerusalem at the hands of [Israeli] settlers [on Sunday]. However, a flood of reactions were expressed over the five Zionists killed in the attack by martyrs Ghassan and Uday Abu Jamal in a synagogue in occupied Jerusalem on Monday.

        These sentiments were taken up by the PA’s media, as the official news agency WAFA repudiated the martyrs and only gave them a cursory mention. “Five Israelis were killed in a stabbing in Jerusalem and the assailants are dead,” it reported.

        The martyrs were further marginalized when WAFA declared itself a “peace-dove,” implying that it could moralize on what is right and what is wrong. “The Presidency condemned the killing of civilians regardless of the party committing the attacks,” it continued. “It also condemned the killing of Israeli civilians in the West Jerusalem synagogue attack.”

        WAFA presented pre-packaged Zionist talking points to legitimize the killing of Palestinians after the “aggression” by the two martyrs against “innocent worshippers, armed only with their Torahs,” terms used in line with the agency’s editorial policy.

        On the other hand, WAFA mentioned the reasons behind the attack to be on the safe side. “[The Presidency] called for the immediate cessation of the storming of the al-Aqsa Mosque compound by extremist Jewish settler groups as well as an end to provocations of settlers and incitement of some Israeli ministers,” it said.

        A striking gesture, however, was in WAFA’s adoption of the Zionist division of Jerusalem into East and West. It made up a new justification to condemn the operation, saying it took place in “West Jerusalem,” which is on the Israeli side and hence prohibited to Palestinians.

        Palestine Television, on the other hand, is still in a stupor. Despite the tensions in Jerusalem, it preferred to showcase the heroics of PA President Mahmoud Abbas. A few hours after the resistance operation, it broadcast a live program on the president’s “quixotic” victories against the enemy, alluding to the future of the “two-state solution.” Meanwhile, Jerusalem simmers with anger.

        Amid this exasperating coverage of the Jerusalem events, it seems most Palestinian media organizations are nothing but an additional obstacle to Jerusalem’s liberation.

        Local media flocked to transform the images of the two martyrs into lucrative commercial material, rebroadcasting pictures of their undressed bodies used in Israeli media. Local station Dunia al-Watan provided a free service to the Zionist enemy by promoting degrading nude images of the martyrs. Several social media users were infuriated by the transmission of such images, and digitally covered bodies of the two martyrs with the Palestinian flag.

        The most flagrant offense was by one of the most popular local newspapers, named after al-Quds [Jerusalem]. It allowed Israeli narratives to infiltrate its front page, publishing a malignant “plea” by a Zionist called Moshe Simkhovitch.

        “I address you hoping you would put a limit to the intensity of conflict in Jerusalem and allow wise Palestinians and Israelis a chance to say their word. I warn you from falling into the trap of the conspiracy against you,” he wrote.

        Amid this exasperating coverage of the Jerusalem events, it seems most Palestinian media organizations are nothing but an additional obstacle to Jerusalem’s liberation.”


      • just on November 19, 2014, 5:26 pm

        I’m nearly speechless, Walid. Thank you.

      • Horizontal on November 19, 2014, 10:20 pm

        Yes, thanks for your highly detailed post. I thought things were bad. Now I’m sure they’re more bad.

  5. seafoid on November 19, 2014, 11:52 am

    “On CNN, Israeli ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer equated Palestinian militants to Nazis; and Wolf Blitzer nodded but had no rejoinder – ”

    The bots would never try that in Europe. It would be laughed off stage.
    If the 2 cousins yesterday were Nazis so was Samson.

    • Horizontal on November 19, 2014, 10:07 pm

      I guess Charles Manson is a Nazi, too, then. Asinine, even by cable news and a guy from Israel standards.

      Here’s my Wolf Blitzer impression: “Say, you mentioned Nazis. Didn’t the Nazis use their military to take over other people’s land because they felt entitled to it? Mr. Ambassador? Hello? Mr. Ambassador?

  6. seafoid on November 19, 2014, 11:54 am

    “Jake Tapper put a stamp of approval on this argument when he stated that more American citizens have been killed by Palestinian terrorists in the last year than by ISIS. Dore Gold issued the same scary pronouncement on CNN. ”

    More Americans have been killed by peanuts than by ISIS
    Ebola has killed more Americans than ISIS
    Their own spouses have killed more Americans than ISIS
    and what is the point

    • lysias on November 19, 2014, 12:00 pm

      Jake Tapper put a stamp of approval on this argument when he stated that more American citizens have been killed by Palestinian terrorists in the last year than by ISIS. Dore Gold issued the same scary pronouncement on CNN.

      I think he could only reach that count by including the Americans in the IDF who were killed in the recent Gaza hostilities. To say that they were killed by Palestinian terrorists is really deceptive.

      • seafoid on November 19, 2014, 1:08 pm

        Did they include the american idf grunt who took his own life after what he went through for bibi ?

      • Horizontal on November 19, 2014, 10:10 pm

        I think he could only reach that count by including the Americans in the IDF who were killed in the recent Gaza hostilities.

        How is someone defending their land that another country invades even classed as a terrorist? Because their uniforms don’t all match? We’re now classifying terrorism based on laundry?

  7. lysias on November 19, 2014, 11:55 am

    Hamas? The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine has claimed responsibility for yesterday’s attack.

    • a blah chick on November 19, 2014, 4:07 pm

      lysias, don’t confuse them with the facts.

    • zaid on November 20, 2014, 12:59 am

      no one claimed responsibility for the attack
      even the israelis are calling it ” lone wolf attack”

  8. eljay on November 19, 2014, 12:11 pm

    >> Jake Tapper put a stamp of approval on this argument when he stated that more American citizens have been killed by Palestinian terrorists in the last year than by ISIS.

    I’d like to know how many Palestinians have been killed by American terrorists in the IDF. I’m willing to bet the number is greater than the number of Palestinians killed by ISIS. I look forward to the findings of Mr. Tapper’s investigation.

    >> Much was made on television news of the fact that folks in Gaza celebrated the murders.

    And rightly so: No-one should celebrate murder. But…where are the “context”, “balance” and “nuances”? Why isn’t television news making much of the fact that:
    – the folks in Israel celebrate the murders of Palestinians; and
    – Israel has been stealing, occupying and colonizing Palestinian land and oppressing, torturing and killing Palestinians for over 60 years?

  9. seafoid on November 19, 2014, 12:19 pm

    Hasbara is still 105% bullshit.

  10. seafoid on November 19, 2014, 1:02 pm

    Blumenthal becomes Amalek crossed with Hitler in Israel because he destroys the narrative of Israeli victimhood that pervades all the hasbara that comes out of stories like this. Blood libel, damaging peace, can’t give the Palestinians rights, jewish fingernails, never mind Gaza etc

  11. gracie fr on November 19, 2014, 2:05 pm

    A Palestinian pathologist said the report published by the Israeli police speculating that the Palestinian bus driver, Hasan Yousef Rammouni, hanged himself to death is inconsistent with autopsy findings that indicate he was murdered, and did not commit suicide.

    • a blah chick on November 19, 2014, 5:43 pm

      Did you hear about the body of a 35 year old West Bank man found in a cemetery in Kafr Saba? They (the police) say that one is a suicide too.

      • Walid on November 19, 2014, 11:26 pm

        abc, these types of suicides also happen in the US; a few years back, a Palestinian-American fundraiser specializing in gathering used clothing, toys and books for Palestinian children in Texas committed suicide according to the police. He was found at the bottom of Lake Lady Bird in Austin with his feet and hands tied with duct tape.

      • gracie fr on November 20, 2014, 4:24 pm

        The body, which was sent to Jerusalem for an autopsy, was that of a West Bank man who had no permit to enter Israel, according to a police statement cited by Israel’s public radio.

        yes, this is definitely suspicious. Apparently the “authorities” are more concerned at his illegality than the fact hat he is dead…

  12. a blah chick on November 19, 2014, 4:19 pm

    “As a political leader, Mr. Abbas has a duty to make the moral case that such brutality and inhumanity can only bring shame upon the Palestinian people.”

    Reading this I had a mental image of the entire editorial board, sitting on a veranda, sipping cold drinks in their white colonial suits, and shaking their heads over the latest slave revolt by the “uncivilized” darkies.

  13. Kay24 on November 19, 2014, 5:07 pm

    It looks like Israel’s and AIPAC’s favorite journalist, Wolf Blitzer is doing their propaganda work too. He is asking the question if Americans will be targeted like this, and will be interviewing a US military officer on this soon. That Wolf, he love to do Israel’s dirty work, and help them as any Israel firster would.

    • Horizontal on November 19, 2014, 10:16 pm

      Stopped watching CNN after Turner sold it. Since then, it’s trying hard to be another Fox News. Imagine what a crappy mission statement that is: Let’s imitate Fox News.

      The mind reels.

      Nothing but pro-Israeli porno catering to people of a certain mindset.

    • Walid on November 19, 2014, 11:29 pm

      “That Wolf, he love to do Israel’s dirty work, and help them as any Israel firster would. ”

      He will surely get a street or a library named after him in Israel.

  14. American on November 19, 2014, 8:29 pm

    Such propaganda.
    Israel has killed more Americans than Palestines or ISIS.
    And that’s not even counting dual citizen Jews or US Palestines visiting Palestine.

  15. Binyamin in Orangeburg on November 19, 2014, 8:47 pm

    The Time’s editorial also contains this gem: The rabbi murders were “celebrated by many in Gaza and the West Bank.”

    What is the evidence for that claim?

    The photo published by the Times of the Gaza “celebrants” contains not more than a dozen youths.

    • Horizontal on November 19, 2014, 10:19 pm

      A dozen . . . many; why split hairs? Let’s run with it!

      Yellow journalism didn’t die with Hearst.

      • Walid on November 19, 2014, 11:16 pm

        Horizon, it was actually more than a dozen people. I saw several news clips of different groupies doing the idiotic “sweets-passing” routine and Hamas officials lauding what happened while denying any involvement in it. The ridiculous sweets routine signifying happiness with an event is the most some poor and uneducated Palestinians can do as their participation in the resistance. What is odd, is that the PFLP, now somewhat “low-level” resistance group famous for 60s and 70s plane and bus hijackings rushed to claim credit for the killing while family members are saying it and even Israeli authorities are hinting that the 2 cousins did not have any political affiliation.

  16. OlegR on November 20, 2014, 3:16 am

    Not every religious Jews in the proper attire is called a rabbi.
    Get your facts straight before run with a story.
    Oh who am i kidding…

    • Mooser on November 21, 2014, 11:08 am

      “Not every religious Jews in the proper attire is called a rabbi.”

      Right you are “OlegR” In fact Israeli soldiers often wear their proper attire into battle. Isn’t that wonderful! All over the world, the “proper attire” will be a harbinger of peace!

      BTW, as far as the “proper attire” goes, I guess we’ve got another Mr. Blackwell here.
      So the things a certain portion of Jews in Russia wore in the 19th Century is the “proper attire”.

      Gosh, maybe Israel should have squads of young people patrolling for “proper attire” and moral standards, and the hair!! The hair has to be right! They could call them “Purity Squads”!

  17. seafoid on November 20, 2014, 8:45 am

    Gideon Levy in fine form

    “A few hours after the attack in Jerusalem, journalist Emily Amrousi said at a conference in Eilat that the life of a single Jewish child was more important to her than the lives of thousands of Palestinian children. The audience’s response was clearly favorable; I think there was even some applause.
    But this is a society that sanctifies its dead to the point of death-worship, that wears thin the stories of the victims’ lives and deaths, whether it be in a synagogue attack or a Nepal avalanche. It’s a society preoccupied with endless commemorations in the land of monuments, services and anniversary ceremonies; a society that demands shock and condemnation after every attack, when it blames the entire world.
    Precisely from such a society is one permitted to demand some attention to the Palestinian blood that is also spilled in vain; some understanding of the other side’s pain, or even a measure of empathy, which in Israel is considered treason. ”

    The Hebrew bubble is SO divorced from the rest of humanity in 2014

    • just on November 21, 2014, 9:37 am

      Levy is a treasure~ I hope that he is well- guarded…there’s even more nutsos running around today than yesterday.

      thanks, seafoid.

  18. CigarGod on November 20, 2014, 10:21 am

    Symptoms. Just another red, angry weeping eruption on the body of the Holy land. All attention and resources rush with sirens and red lights to the latest outbreak, boil, blemish…while the body snatchers/looters justify making another grab…a finger, a toe, an arm.

    • Mooser on November 21, 2014, 11:11 am

      Cigar God, I too found the abandonment of the Gaza story, and the shift to the person-by-person, block-by-block colonizing in Jerusaem, with its “religious” (raooolfff!) aspect a dizzying change of perspective. Hey, but you know how it is, wave the bloody tallit and the media is all over it.
      Rabbis, in “proper attire” and full beards! I mean, talk about “telegenic”!

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