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Katie Miranda is an illustrator, jewelry designer, calligrapher, and cartoonist living in Portland, OR. Her Arabic calligraphy jewelry and apparel are favorites of people in the Palestine solidarity community. Katie runs Palbox: a quarterly subscription box containing Palestinian goods benefiting the Northern California branch of the International Solidarity Movement. Connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

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  1. just
    November 27, 2014, 8:09 am

    Brilliant as usual, Katie. Those links are a treasure trove.

    I’ve made and kept a commitment to speak about Palestinians and Israel’s latest outrages (they come fast and furious, as you know!) every single day to at least one person.

    Today is the perfect day to celebrate/remember indigenous people and make sure that they and their stories are seared into our conscience. In order to do that, some will have to locate that conscience. Today, in the aftermath of the grand jury debacle in Ferguson, it should be ‘easier’ to have these vital conversations. And even if you have smartphone/tablet addicts in the crowd who aren’t ‘listening’, you can always turn them on to Mondoweiss and its many contributors!

    I hope that you have a good day.

    • Katie Miranda
      November 28, 2014, 7:57 pm

      thanks Just :}

    • ritzl
      November 29, 2014, 2:52 am

      And the conversation initiates itself in the strangest ways. Yesterday my brother said, in good, light-hearted faith, “Let’s watch a zombie movie. How about World War Z?”

      I said I couldn’t watch it. My brother, being my brother, couldn’t let it go. “Why?” So after an hour of not letting it drop, I had to explain. In front of everyone (all family). Modest, but enough, discussion ensued for me to point out who the zombies symbolized, what the wall meant, how pervasive the symbolism (if it’s even that) is, why “zombies” are always portrayed as killable less desirables, etc. etc.

      I didn’t convince anyone, but seeds were planted. Perchance to be ignored, but perchance not, pending how open-minded everyone is.


      Thanks, Katie.

      • just
        November 29, 2014, 9:53 am

        Those seeds are the beginning…now they need a bit of water and sunlight.

  2. seafoid
    November 27, 2014, 8:23 am

    With drought in California, the Olglala aquifer slowly running down, fertiliser runoff messing up the Gulf of Mexico and the Arctic Vortex to come this winter the sense of thanksgiving seems to have been wasted very quickly since the late 1600s. It was a fine prize but it’s looking very beaten now.

    • just
      November 27, 2014, 8:49 am

      I had a conversation with someone last evening who vehemently denied climate change, and assigned any and all responsibility to God.

      Another one that believes in Inhofe:

      “Inhofe, former chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, does not believe that human activities cause climate change,[33] despite consensus of scientific opinion that Earth’s climate is being affected by human activities.[34] In The Republican War on Science, Chris Mooney stated that Inhofe “politicizes and misuses the science of climate change”.[35]

      Inhofe often repeats his claim that human influenced climate change is a hoax and impossible because “God’s still up there” and it is “outrageous” and arrogant for people to believe human beings are “able to change what He is doing in the climate.”[36]”


      They are tough nuts to crack.

      • Horizontal
        November 27, 2014, 9:13 am

        I’ve said this elsewhere: Simpletons like Inhofe and Cruz don’t just wander in off the street; they are elected by hundreds of thousands of American voters who apparently share their particular brand of cranial numbness. And you can be sure that they also for the most part buy into a large amount of Zionist BS, loaded as it is with Islamophobia, fear of the other, and “Let’s Build a Landing Strip for Jesus” messaging. That’s too tempting a package of goodies to pass up.

        Add in a little greed and a hatred of science, and you’ve got one of our major parties pretty much nailed.

        But today is Thanksgiving, and instead of focusing on the turkeys, let’s remember what we’re thankful for: among other things, Mondoweiss, and its messages of hope hidden among the outrages and calamities. It’s a fun, sane and enlightening place to be, with so many contributors who not only make me think, but feel. So thank you every one.

        And Katie, thank you posting your historical awakening. You remind me that change is always possible at any step along the way and that life itself is a journey to be enjoyed. The links are great.

      • Krauss
        November 27, 2014, 9:39 am

        Horizontal, Inhofe is a simpleton, Cruz isn’t a simpleton; he is an extremist. Although an intelligent one. Which makes him much more dangerous than Inhofe.

      • seafoid
        November 27, 2014, 10:37 am

        It’s the economy. stupid Imhofe

        Climate change made its first appearance before Wall St in Quarter 1 2014, when US GDP dipped by an annualized 3% due to one of the country’s worst winters on record. It was the first dip since Q1 2011 and was not related to the usual lags to the domestic economy.

      • Horizontal
        November 27, 2014, 2:12 pm

        Krauss ~

        I’ve seen calculation & craftiness out of Cruz. Still waiting on evidence of the intelligence part.

        Point taken, but at the end of the day, still two peas in pretty much the same lousy pod, IMO.

      • Horizontal
        November 27, 2014, 2:13 pm

        seafoid ~

        Guess God controls the economy, too.

      • Citizen
        November 27, 2014, 3:13 pm

        I guess Cruz even ignores “the butterfly affect/effect” because he calculates to present only what might give him more power now? He thinks, I imagine, he needs to work with what he’s got.

      • just
        November 28, 2014, 8:27 pm

        “I’ve said this elsewhere: Simpletons like Inhofe and Cruz don’t just wander in off the street; they are elected by hundreds of thousands of American voters who apparently share their particular brand of cranial numbness ”

        You know what, Horizontal? I was thinking about your comment off and on since you posted it, and money aside, etc., I started to think about hiring practices of professionals today. You have to submit everything online, the HR crew look for keywords and if you ain’t got ’em, you are deleted. No face time, no nothing. You have to tailor your application and resume to them, in order to ‘sell’ yourself. When you get to age/gender/race~ well, then………..

        I think it’s the very same for pols/media/’leaders’. They know what to say/how to say it. It’s why Luntz has a job and lucre~ he sells them the keywords. Then there’s the ‘networking’~ it’s so much pimping.

        I find it depressing.

      • RoHa
        December 1, 2014, 3:00 am

        It is a shame that this issue has become a political shibboleth.

        The empirical data shows that the main predictions (and many of the minor, informal predictions) of the original hypothesis about man-made CO2 are being falsified*, and those scientists who committed themselves to the idea are working to save as much of the hypothesis as they can.

        But the political bandwagon rolls on, propped up by the tools of hasbara – suppression of dissent, smearing of opponents, refusal to acknowledge the facts, as well as appeals to a bogus consensus (not that consensus us relevant to science), shifting goal posts, and general rejection of scientific method.

        Bizarrely, although the issue was politicised by right-wingers (Thatcher for the World, Gore** for the US) and Enron, it has been adopted by the left in many of the countries which actually have a left, and by environmental parties generally.

        And yet the policies based on this dud science are almost uniformly bad for the poor and detrimental to the environment. They do, however, channel huge quantities of public funds into the hands of the rich elite.

        I fear that the few, poor, tattered scraps of the left that remain to us have done themselves no service by supporting this idea.

        (*I can list them, if you like.)
        (**Democrats are to the right of British Conservatives.)

    • Mooser
      November 27, 2014, 12:46 pm

      “With drought in California, the Olglala aquifer slowly running down, fertiliser runoff messing up the Gulf of Mexico and the Arctic Vortex to come this winter”

      Whoa! I thought you were doing a “Up on Cripple Creek” parody for a second there.

      • Giles
        November 28, 2014, 4:48 pm

        The genius of the culture created by the Zionists that those of us who do not support what Israel is doing cannot express this to our Jewish friends. You will immediately be seen as a Jew hater and the friendship will be over.

        While I am a far left guy — well beyond the acceptable limit — I do have several right wing friends with whom I can argue and we still are friends.

        This is just not possible with Jews under the sway of Zionism.

      • seafoid
        November 28, 2014, 4:53 pm

        you can still be friends, Giles.

        Just throw word grenades like “Gaza” into the conversation
        and watch the reaction. Priceless

      • ritzl
        November 29, 2014, 3:04 am

        Yeah seafoid and Giles, being friends is a two way thing. To me it’s hard to count people who don’t reciprocate respect as friends.

        I once met/briefly worked with a Texas oil billionaire (company invented styrofoam cups). His counsel was that if, in the end, you can count your friends on one hand you are a very, very, very lucky person. It was a profound and affecting interaction, insight, and life-lesson.

      • just
        November 29, 2014, 7:57 am

        ritzl~ my very best friend (and the best human I ever knew) taught me that years ago…

        it’s true.

      • Giles
        November 30, 2014, 5:52 pm

        I would never call a billionaire friend.

  3. JeffB
    November 27, 2014, 10:13 am

    Yes Katie absolutely once one abandons fear mongering and hatred people can get along. The Jewish and Palestinian communities got along terrifically in LA when I lived there because they both recognized each other’s legitimate claim to live in Los Angeles and sought ways to build a better life for all people of Los Angeles.

    Palestinians don’t go around blowing up pizzerias on South Robertson and Jews don’t go around bombing the crap out of Brookhurst Street. And frankly the populations are so intermixed I had a tough time even coming up with the last sentence to even find two streets.

    • eljay
      November 29, 2014, 8:16 am

      >> JeffBeee: The Jewish and Palestinian communities got along terrifically in LA when I lived there because they both recognized each other’s legitimate claim to live in Los Angeles and sought ways to build a better life for all people of Los Angeles.

      I agree: It’s an absolute shame that for over 60 years the supremacist “Jewish State” of Israel has been occupying and colonizing Jerusalem rather than letting the citizens of that Free City build a better life for themselves.

    • Mooser
      November 29, 2014, 4:54 pm

      “The Jewish and Palestinian communities”

      Are, in the US, informal social and familial associations. You are not looking at segregated groups, they are all US citizens, a relationship with the government and fellow citizens which is the same as anybody else.

      So think about it, JeffyPop, in the US, we Jews are completely unprotected. At the mercy of everybody else!

  4. Walid
    November 27, 2014, 1:12 pm

    Putting the Palestinians aside for a super-brief moment during for this year’s colonialist celebration, Katie also raised the important issue of injustices committed against the Amerindians. If Americans can’t be bothered what their ancestors did, how are they to care about the Palestinians?

    • Horizontal
      November 27, 2014, 2:16 pm

      Great point.

      Remember, Black Friday isn’t Columbus Day as one might expect, but the biggest retail day in America. As a nation, we’ve got a lot of growing up to do.

      • Citizen
        November 27, 2014, 3:17 pm

        Imagine all the Americans who cannot even afford to take advantage of the deep discounts on Black Friday… it will be interesting to see the numbers come in, calculating what’s left in the average purse or on the credit card based on holiday sales. You can believe The Fed will be looking.

      • Mooser
        November 29, 2014, 4:59 pm

        “Imagine all the Americans who cannot even afford to take advantage of the deep discounts on Black Friday”

        We just bought a new micro-wave, our second in 25 years. And I had just gotten the damn control panel figured out, too.

    • Walker
      November 28, 2014, 12:25 pm

      The Israeli argument that they’re only doing what we did is an uncomfortable one. We can’t be too complacent.

      • seafoid
        November 28, 2014, 4:57 pm

        It also implies that if the Palestinians have the power they can do it. And that is not “good for the Jews”.

      • MHughes976
        November 28, 2014, 6:27 pm

        There have been all sorts of aggressions over time – perhaps Gildas’ title ‘De Excidio Britanniae’, concerning late-antiquity events here, could be translated ‘The British Nakba’.
        It’s one thing to say that there have been many Nakbas – but has there been even one that was justified?
        One important step in making good some of the injustice of the American Nakba has been acceptance of Indigenes as full citizens. If that happened in all the territories under Israeli sovereign power the step forward would be a great one.

    • Giles
      November 28, 2014, 4:50 pm

      “If Americans can’t be bothered what their ancestors did, how are they to care about the Palestinians “?

      Maybe because we can affect the present and the future with our actions and stop ongoing injustices but cannot take a time machine back to the 1600s, 1700s, and 1800s?

  5. pabelmont
    November 27, 2014, 4:03 pm

    As to Inhofe, what about “God helps those who helps themselves” ?

    Whatever caused GW/CC (I believe it is mankind), the real questions are [1] is it a clear and very present danger (my answer: yes) and [2] can mankind do anything at this increasingly late date to slow it, limit it, make it less catastrophic (my ans: I don’t know). If we refuse, as we’ve done so far, to “help ourselves”, then GW will play itself out, whatever God intends.

    Tough way to solve the I/P problem. BTW, what do the Zionists say about GW/CC? It promises to outdo the holocaust by quite a bit.

  6. Citizen
    November 27, 2014, 5:38 pm

    Thanksgiving, the perfect day to chat about buying an extra home in the Hamptons, not the one in the USA, but a second Hamptons located in Israel:

    • just
      November 27, 2014, 7:16 pm



      “Illicit money from Jews abroad threatens Israel, government warns
      Money-laundering expert: Illicit money from foreign Jews has spiked Israeli housing prices in recent years.

      The Israeli government has concluded that allowing money to come into the country from Jews who are residents of foreign countries but didn’t pay taxes there is detrimental to Israel’s reputation and economy, said Paul Landes, head of the Israel Money Laundering and Terror Financing Prohibition Authority.

      “There are still some in Israel who see in a positive light money-laundering and illicit fund transfers by foreign residents,” said Landes, speaking at Tuesday’s Sderot Conference for Society at Sapir College.

      The fact that Israel has become a tax shelter for Jews from around the world has become a source of irritation to Western nations, he added.

      Landes presented figures showing a significant uptick in the amount of illicit money entering Israel’s real estate market over the past several years. This has played a significant role in the country’s skyrocketing housing prices, according to the data. TheMarker reported on these figures in depth in Friday’s Hebrew edition.

      For their part, Landes stressed, Western nations are no longer willing to put up with Israel serving as a shelter for money being brought over illicitly by Jews who are foreign citizens.

      “When we’re considered a tax shelter, they start making accusations. The United States, France, Germany and Austria aren’t willing to put up with Israeli-enabled tax evasion any more. Israel has changed its approach when it comes to tax collection and has concluded that taking in money from foreign Jews who didn’t pay taxes in their home countries is causing major damage to Israel’s image and economy,” Landes said at the conference.

      “In the face of the tough stance taken by American banks and the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, Israeli banks are making sure their customers paid their [foreign] taxes so that they [the banks] won’t be charged major fines by the U.S. authorities, as recently happened with Bank Leumi, which was charged a 1-billion-shekel fine,” he added.”

      • Mooser
        November 27, 2014, 7:25 pm

        “The fact that Israel has become a tax shelter for Jews from around the world has become a source of irritation to Western nations, he added.”

        Oh, f–king great. Perfect! They don’t miss a friggin trick, do they, those Zionists?

      • just
        November 27, 2014, 8:06 pm

        No, they don’t.

        Meanwhile, the Holy Land Five are in jail for providing help to Palestinians :

        “Dear family and friends, peace and blessings upon you.

        On 11/24/2008 a Texas Jury found me and my comrades in the HLF case guilty on all counts. We were immediately locked up in Federal custody. Here are my “Sarcastically Serious” thoughts on our sixth anniversary.

        All being said, no way that I deserve the cruel and unusual punishment of dying or, worse, losing my mind in prison. I’m far too good for this because actually I’m a nice guy who is loved by all and hated by none, was it not- of course -for my regrettable crime of feeding and clothing and loving some Palestinian children- displaced, starved, and sickly. But how could I have realized at the time that some of these seemingly harmless creatures were in reality terrorists-to-be who would later use their delicate body parts to attack Israeli Air- to- School laser guided missiles?”

        – See more at:

      • Walid
        November 28, 2014, 2:19 am

        Just and Mooser, part of the sweep upsetting those people that had been stashing their tax-evaded dollars in Israel is the coming into effect of the FACTA laws that allow the IRS to go after ex-pats. It’s not just the ex-pats that are now within the long reach of the IRS but also foreign banks that don’t go along with US requirements. For example in “banking-secret” Lebanon, you can no longer open a bank account without signing a waver to the bank allowing it to divulge information to the US government and you must declare if you have close relatives living in the US. It’s not just Lebanon, 77,000 banks in 70 countries have agreed to snitch on their clients to the US. I’m guessing that as usual, Israel will probably be the one and only state exempted from this FACTA law for a few years to give the poor little Israel a chance to prepare itself for it. Maybe this is why the Haaretz article on money-laundering did not mention a word about it.

        A bit more on the FACTA from a tax services website:

        “Year 2014 | Last Best Chance To File Your US Expat Taxes

        For most expats, filing 3 years is enough
        Find The IRS Before They Find You. This is the last US tax filing season for American expats to become current with the IRS before new laws come into play that will reveal your identity, location and foreign accounts to the US government.

        Now is the last best chance for Americans living abroad to become current with your US tax filing. With new US FATCA laws (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act) coming online, your local foreign bank will now be required to disclose your personal details to the US government. As if this was not enough …
        in addition, the foreign government under which Americans reside overseas will be doing the same thing – collecting what was once private financial data from their country’s banks to be handed over to the US government so that the IRS can locate you and your assets. These FATCA reporting laws and accompanying enforcement take effect in June, 2014.

        FATCA – One Hundred Ninety Five Countries – One IRS

        With the unfolding of these new mandates, there are only two possible paths that remain for US expats – either to file your US taxes and accompanying forms that disclose your foreign assets to become current with the IRS or the United States will do it for you. How does the US this? The IRS will complete an assessment of what they believe you should owe (and their assessments are typically astronomically high) and present you with the bill. Whether you choose to file of your own volition or wait to hear from the IRS, the difference in outcomes can be staggering.

        Amen and Hallelujah – IRS Creates A Sure and Safe Path Forward For US Expats

        Alongside the enactment of and enforcement of their new FATCA laws, the IRS has set about creating a fair way for Americans who are not tax compliant to come quietly through the side-door all the way back into the fold. They’re giving you one last chance to find them before they find you -and as of June, 2014 it is a foregone conclusion. You will be found.

        As an overture to American expats, IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman, himself, has declared that, “We are announcing a series of common-sense steps to help U.S. citizens abroad get current with their tax obligations … The IRS is aware that some US taxpayers living abroad have failed to timely file U.S. federal income tax returns or Reports of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBARs). Some of these taxpayers have recently become aware of their filing obligations and now seek to come into compliance with the law.”

        The IRS’s statement by Commissioner Shulman acknowledges that those Americans who were non-compliant because they were simply not aware of their US tax obligations, and who owe little or no back taxes, will not be subjected to undue scrutiny or ruinous FBAR (Foreign Bank Account Reporting) penalties.

        Under Commissioner Shulman, the IRS has declared filing three years back taxes is adequate for most US expat tax filers who are delinquent and there shall be no penalties for late FBARs from those who were unaware of the requirement to file.

        FATCA & The IRS – It Comes To Those Who Wait

        Becoming current with your US tax filings almost always benefits the individual, whereas conversely, a person who is discovered by the IRS first is always in a worse financial position. First, one must deal with the initial assessment that one has been presented with. Then, there is the matter of filing all of the back returns that the IRS wants you to file – as far back as ten years. The opportunity to claim the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion (which typically makes the first $95 thousand you earn tax free) may be forfeited. There are fines, penalties, fees and interest that will have accrued over a span of years. It can quickly add up to sums that are incomprehensible. Liens on personal assets, seizing of accounts and garnishment of wages are all punitive measures the IRS can and will bring to bear.

        Another important consideration is the amount of time and emotional energy one must spend to bring your affairs before the IRS into compliance. It can take years. Beyond all of that is the possibility that one can have their passport revoked or its renewal denied. That puts one in a nearly impossible position – and one that is not easily rectified until one’s taxes are addressed. Further elements that can come into play that could derail your life as usual is inheritance you may receive, eligibility for social security, or the unwinding of fiscal matters in a divorce. There is no statute of limitations either. In the States, the statute is 10 years. As soon as you leave the States, though, the clock stops and patiently awaits your return.”

        More at :

      • just
        November 28, 2014, 6:50 am

        wow, Walid. Tick tock…

      • Bumblebye
        November 28, 2014, 9:17 am

        Mayor of London Boris Johnson has been caught up in this. He was born in the US and lived there until age 5. Now the IRS is chasing him for tax it claims is due on a property sale (iirc), transacted entirely in the UK.

      • Walid
        November 28, 2014, 10:15 am

        Mooser, the tax deductible story made it into the Jewish Forward earlier this month and last month in the HuffPo:

        Should U.S. Block Charity Aid to Israeli Settlers?
        Dovish Groups Say Focus on Israel Occupation Policy

        By Nathan Guttman
        Published November 04, 2014, issue of November 07, 2014.

        When Marc Ginsberg heard recently that the settler group Ateret Cohanim had taken possession of two properties in East Jerusalem and evicted its Palestinian tenants, the former Clinton administration official saw it as one more sign of a crucial flaw in… U.S. tax policy.

        As it turns out, American donors receive tax breaks to fund these Israeli settlers.

        In the view of Ginsberg — a self-described Zionist who served as America’s first-ever Jewish ambassador to an Arab country — Ateret Cohanim’s action was another sign that the U.S. government should take action to stop this flow of funds.

        First, he said, the Treasury Department should go after funding of actions prohibited under Israeli law, such as funding of illegal outposts in the West Bank. Then the department should deal with donations to groups like Ateret Cohanim. “I would welcome the Treasury Department also examining closely funding of activities that contravene U.S. policies,” he said.

        But Ginsberg’s call to block tax-exempt donations to Israeli Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank has received a lukewarm response, even from dovish Jewish groups.

        In an October 15 piece in The Huffington Post, Ginsberg argued that the Obama administration could block many such donations by simply enforcing existing IRS regulations.

        In his piece, Ginsberg, who was an aide to Senator Edward Kennedy and a Middle East policy adviser to President Carter, urged the administration to “give a green light to its agency officials to begin turning the screws to these American subsidizers of Israel’s illegal settlement operations.”

        But J Street, the dovish lobbying group, was noncommittal when asked to comment on Ginsberg’s proposal.
        The group supports “a thorough review of what concrete steps” the administration can take “to give meaning to its opposition to Israeli actions that undercut the prospects for a two-state solution,” said Jessica Rosenblum, the director of communications. But J Street does not currently advocate for yanking tax exemptions for groups that back West Bank settlements as part of its agenda, she said.

        breaks from the United States for Israeli settlement activity is not new, but in the past it was raised mostly by activists on the left margins, at times in connection with calls to boycott Israel or to cut foreign aid. Ginsberg, who served as President Clinton’s envoy to Morocco from 1994 to 1998, described himself as “as Zionist as they come.” He hails from the liberal mainstream and strongly opposes the campaign to boycott, divest from and sanction Israel, or BDS, as the movement is known.

        … “I’m sure that given the environment, people will say, ‘Hold it, we can’t support this; it’s just one step down a slippery slope,’” Ginsberg told the Forward. But in his Huffington Post piece he noted that Israel itself ended a decade ago tax breaks devoted exclusively to settlement building. “So, here we have American nonprofits funding what Israeli law prevents Israel’s government from doing itself!!!” he wrote.

        Ginsberg cited in particular charities that raise money for paramilitary purposes, land purchases and the promotion of political causes as groups in violation of IRS regulations. Those regulations, which exempt charities from taxation and grant tax deductions to those who donate to them, define charities as groups devoted to “relief of the poor and distressed or underprivileged; advancement of religion; advancement of education or science; erection or maintenance of public…works; the lessening of the burdens of government [or] promotion of social welfare.”

        IRS rules also state that such groups are eligible for tax exempt charitable status “only if all members of the community are eligible for direct benefits.” Many of the charities Ginsberg targets restrict the benefits they offer to Israeli Jews.

        In his Huffington Post piece Ginsberg cited one group called Amitz Rescue and Security, which he noted, “has raised money through two Brooklyn nonprofits” to train and equip guard units for settlements. “Its website encourages donors to ‘send a tax-deductible check’ for night-vision binoculars, bulletproof vehicles and guard dogs,” he wrote

        The IRS did not respond to a request for comment on its enforcement of charities law.

        … A New York Times investigative report from 2010 found that more than $200 million in tax-exempt money was directed over the past decade to West Bank settlements. Most charities fit the criteria set by the IRS, but millions of dollars were funneled to other causes…

        Read more:

      • Mooser
        November 28, 2014, 12:26 pm

        Thanks for all the info on this, Walid. Gee, a separate banking system which allows Jews to evade taxes others pay. Real good. Do they work out of the Protocols over there?

      • Mooser
        November 29, 2014, 5:11 pm

        “Compromise”, that was the word I couldn’t think of. As in, ‘Zionism almost seems eager to compromise its supporters and contributors.’

  7. just
    November 27, 2014, 8:23 pm

    “When I was a little kid, I was unaware that I am the bastard child of colonisation, born into a reality in which I’ll spend my entire life combating the way the world views me based on propaganda like national sports mascots and tales of the first thanksgiving.

    As an adult, Thanksgiving is just more colonialist propaganda masquerading as history – and a day that represents hundreds of years of genocide, persecution and oppression of our people.


    I now see the historical subtext behind the holiday, and the way some Indigenous folks, including my family, have appropriated the day as a time to celebrate our life. On Thanksgiving, we aren’t celebrating the Mayflower landing in the New World or the systematic genocide that decimated Native populations. We’re enjoying a meal no different than any other meal in our house, but with a little extra food on the table that day. Lakota people don’t need a national holiday to come together as family to eat and give thanks.

    But I have a lot of respect for the Indigenous folks who refuse to observe the “holiday” in any way, shape or form.

    Because there are more than 560 federally-recognized tribes (and many more unrecognized) in the US alone, I can’t speak for all Indigenous people – their views on Thanksgiving are as varied as their cultures, languages, and traditions.

    My family getting together to eat and celebrate our lives on a day that represents the genocide of our ancestors and culture is, in its own way, a “fuck you” to colonialisation. America’s colonial project failed. We’re still here, and we’re keeping our ceremonies and traditions alive. We’re still speaking our languages. We’re living our culture. I’m alive and I know what it means to be Lakota. For that, I give thanks every day.”

    The rest @

    • Walid
      November 28, 2014, 1:25 am

      Sad story for America’s great first people; what was done to them by America’s first settlers was compounded with what Hollywood did to them in the movies. It’s regrettable that Katie touched lightly on the subject and just enough to use it to highlight the plight of the Palestinians and turn it into a “Palestinians are Indians” slogan, which isn’t much different from the “Palestinians are Afro-Americans” one being discussed here . I’m happy to have Katie (which BTW I think is great) on our team, but for that one occasion I would have been happier to see her on the team of the Amerindians. As a 12-year old, my very first borrowed library book was the simplified story of the great Oglala Lakota-Sioux, Tashunkewitko, better known as Crazy Horse (1845-1877).

      An interesting read on the short life of Crazy Horse by Dr. Charles Alexander Eastman that quotes him:

      “A very great vision is needed and the man who has it must follow it as the eagle seeks the deepest blue of the sky. I was hostile to the white man…we preferred hunting to a life of idleness on our reservations. At times we did not get enough to eat and we were not allowed to hunt. All we wanted was peace and to be left alone. Soldiers came and destroyed our villages. Then Long Hair (Custer) came…They say we massacred him, but he would have done the same to us. Our first impulse was to escape but we were so hemmed in we had to fight.”

      For a very interesting short bio on Crazy Horse by Eastman, who wrote about many other great Native Americans:

      • seafoid
        November 28, 2014, 1:43 am


        Bernard Sumner of the band New Order was interviewed recently

        “Yeah. Punk rewrote the rules, but the big change for me was watching spaghetti western films. Before that, we’d had all these corny John Wayne films where the Indians were bad and the cowboys were good. Suddenly you had these weird, spectacularly shot Italian western films where everyone was bad. No one was the good guy. They all had these emotionally stirring Ennio Morricone soundtracks and that flicked a switch in me.”

        This is also very interesting

      • Walid
        November 28, 2014, 3:30 am

        Seafoid, it wasn’t only a name chosen for a band, it reflects part of the reality of their past, some of it good and some of it not so good due mostly to the reservations system they were forced to live under in North America. It’s a shame how Hollywood spoiled their image; it did the same with the African-Americans and in the last decades with the Arabs.

    • seafoid
      November 28, 2014, 1:36 am


      I was reading about Ron Kennedy of Gatlinburg TN, a native artist who was told by one of his teachers when he tried to counter the official narrative about the treatment of the native people – “If it’s not in the history books, it’s not true” .

      • just
        November 28, 2014, 6:54 am

        hahaha~ there’s plenty that was/is left out of US history and World history books in the United States!

        iirc, it was in an interview with Miko Peled that Katie did in her summit that he said that his son’s history book wrt Israel was purely biblical…nothing more.

  8. Citizen
    November 27, 2014, 8:29 pm More on real estate agents luring rich American Jews to buy expensive second homes in Israel

  9. 666
    November 28, 2014, 2:16 am

    “white man,s numbers add up to nothing”

    neil young

  10. just
    November 28, 2014, 1:39 pm

    Oh, look. Netanyahu and Ya’alon agree of next IOF chief of staff– Major General Gadi Eisenkot.

    Who is this war criminal?

    “The Dahiya doctrine is a military strategy put forth by the Israeli general Gadi Eizenkot that pertains to asymmetric warfare in an urban setting, in which the army deliberately targets civilians and civilian infrastructure, as a means of inducing suffering for the civilian population, thereby establishing deterrence. The doctrine is named after a southern suburb in Beirut with large apartment buildings which were flattened by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) during the 2006 Lebanon War.[1][2] Israel has been accused of implementing the strategy in Gaza during the 2008–09 and 2014 conflicts.[3]”


    • eljay
      November 28, 2014, 1:43 pm

      >> just: Oh, look. Netanyahu and Ya’alon agree of next IOF chief of staff– Major General Gadi Eisenkot. … Who is this war criminal?
      >> “The Dahiya doctrine is a military strategy put forth by the Israeli general Gadi Eizenkot that pertains to asymmetric warfare in an urban setting, in which the army deliberately targets civilians and civilian infrastructure, as a means of inducing suffering for the civilian population … ”

      Well, the Palestinians aren’t going to drive themselves out of Palestine, so *somebody’s* gotta do it!

  11. W.Jones
    November 28, 2014, 5:10 pm

    Kate, is that actually how you began to open up on IP?
    Because a Native American told you about Palestinians at Thanksgiving?

    • Katie Miranda
      November 28, 2014, 7:56 pm

      W.Jones: yes, it was one of the very first times I was forced to confront the issue. I didn’t want to hear it back then but the same guy in the cartoon kept pushing the issue and eventually bought me the book Arabs and Israel for Beginners back in 2001. Reading that book was another turning point.

      • W.Jones
        November 28, 2014, 8:22 pm

        2001 was not very long ago.

        Arabs and Israel looks like an interesting book. In chapter 11, it says that the Monophysites (that’s Egypt’s Coptic Christians) saw Christ as having a “wholly divine” nature, but that the Orthodox bishops (almost all Palestinian Christians today) said Christ has two separate natures (perfect God and perfect man).

        The book makes a misreading here. The Copts say that Christ has a divine and human nature, and the Orthodox (almost all Palestinian Christians) say that Christ had a divine nature and a human nature. I believe that this is basically a semantic argument and not an actual difference in their beliefs. These two branches of Christianity often have positive dialogues about this topic today.

      • W.Jones
        November 28, 2014, 8:23 pm

        The Orthodox argue that they do not see Christ as having two “separate” natures, although the book claims to the contrary.

      • Mooser
        November 29, 2014, 6:40 pm

        ” I believe that this is basically a semantic argument and not an actual difference in their beliefs”

        You are probably right. You know what they say, two Jews, three opinions.-

  12. JLewisDickerson
    November 29, 2014, 2:52 am

    RE: “Thanksgiving: The perfect holiday to ruin with politics”

    FROM the CD A Crooked Road (2010) by Darryl Scott:


    It’s the day before Thanksgiving I’m not feeling much of thanks
    Just a low-grade desperation leaves me reeling in the ranks
    Just when I think I’m getting somewhere it’s somewhere further to fall
    It’s the day before Thanksgiving that is all

    I don’t believe the pilgrims sat with Indians for a feast
    A self-proclaimed holy savior doesn’t break bread with his beast
    But then again he had a musket and the Indian had a knife
    And the musket man could make him eat for life

    I don’t believe this country’s manifestering destiny
    Someone just cooked it up and it is fed to you and me
    They tell us who to love in war and never ask for help
    And they cannot stand us thinking for ourselves . . .

    . . . So it’s turkey breast and stuffing with gravy on the top
    Mashed potatoes, peas and dinner rolls, you use them like a mop
    Got my position at the table, got a child to say my grace
    And a wife and boss that keeps me in my place

    It’s the day before Thanksgiving I’m not feeling much of thanks
    Just a low-grade desperation leaves me reeling in the ranks
    Just when I think I’m getting somewhere it’s somewhere further to fall
    It’s the day before Thanksgiving that is all

    Darrell Scott, The Day Before Thanksgiving [VIDEO, 04:17] –

  13. just
    November 29, 2014, 2:08 pm

    this is a must read, imho:

    “Sayed Kashua presents: The Palestinian version of Thanksgiving

    In the new narrative, there would be a ‘Shukran Feast’ and the natives would hand over the land of Palestine with love, and teach the new immigrants what hummus is.

    I don’t know whether it’s because of the proposed Jewish nation-state law or because of the Thanksgiving holiday, but for a few days I haven’t been able to get the word “anchor” out of my head.

    The holiday season has kicked off here, and when it comes to Thanksgiving – besides the fact that there even is such a holiday, and that you consume turkey on it – I didn’t know the first thing about it until I watched a play in my younger son’s preschool.
    Together with the other pilgrims, my son sailed in a paper boat amid stormy seas until they cast anchor in the new land.

    …….The teacher read out a text about the tremendous difficulties the pilgrims encountered – about the exhaustion, hunger and disease – and the little pilgrims started to spin around, one after the other, falling gently onto the soil of the promised land. Then little children with feathers on their heads – Native Americans, they were called – arrived and helped the pilgrims get up, recover and stand on their feet. The natives showed the pilgrims how to work the new earth, what to do with corn and what pumpkin is, how to hunt and which animals they could eat.

    I was naively waiting for a Nakba in the next act, and I was very proud that my son was one of the pioneers. But instead of perpetrating genocide, the pilgrims held a large meal from the harvest of the land, and invited the natives to eat with them in a great celebration as a token of gratitude.

    It was a particularly moving play. For some reason, I thought that maybe one day the Jews’ preschools would also organize a festival like this – but with a secular rather than a religious character. A national holiday in which we would invent a new and more compelling story than the myth that exists in the Israeli education system.

    In the new narrative, the natives would hand over the land of Palestine with love, teach the olim (new immigrants) what hummus is and how to boil coffee in a finjan, and then, when they see that the new immigrants are able to survive on their own, they evacuate their towns and villages and turn over their fields and groves to the people of the First Wave of Immigration. We’ll call it the Shukran Feast, we’ll eat pita and lamb, and we’ll anchor its celebration in the National Parks Law.

    How I love that phrase, “to anchor” something in law: After all, that’s happening in practice, so let’s anchor it in the law. Jews don’t want Arabs living in their moshav communities and cities – that’s what’s happening in practice, so why not anchor it in the law? In any case, we are not allowing them to have an independent culture, economic clout, a language, an ability to leave the ghettos – so why should we feel bad about it? And why should they feel bad about it?

    We’ll legalize it. We’ll “anchor” the Arab citizens. We know and they know that they don’t belong, that this country isn’t theirs and never will be, that it’s just absurd that no law exists to regularize things. And then people are surprised that confusion arises when there’s no explicit legislation dealing with this extremely important matter of inequality.

    The Arabs are a bit thick, so let’s explain to them v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y why they are in no position to demand equality, and why they are not really citizens. Let’s tell them clearly and forcefully: “It’s because you’re not Jews.”

    Okay, Arabs are born a bit obtuse, but when Jews get confused it’s just awful. What luck that the Nakba Law exists, otherwise it would be possible to let the Tel Aviv Cinematheque screen anti-Semitic sci-fi films shamelessly.

    But it’s out of the question to keep working on each law separately; it’s wearisome, it’s tedious. There’s always some breach in democracy that has to be dealt with. On one occasion it’s an Arab who thinks he can live wherever he wants – one law. After that, Arabs get it into their heads that they can marry whomever they want – another law.

    How can you go on like this? Even the self-evident Law of Return had to be enacted. Lucky thing there are young, energetic MKs who grew up with high-tech, apps and shortcuts, who came up with a genius idea that, with a click of the mouse, one can calculate the boundaries of racial doctrine.

    This nation-state bill is a brilliant piece of legislation that’s also intended to shut up those who claim that without two states there will be a Palestinian majority between the sea and the river. A Palestinian majority?!? This is the Jewish nation-state, only a Jewish one.

    Who knows when the new nation-state doctrine will also make it possible to prevent people from voting and deprive people of citizenship in the name of preserving the state’s proper character, and when freedom of expression will threaten the state’s Jewish character (see under: Limor Livnat, Sheldon Adelson, Channel 1 and the ratings charts)? For sure, it’s only a matter of time before things will be regularized and anchored in law.

    Arabic will not be an official language, but what about Hebrew? Will an Arab who writes in Hebrew be considered to be violating the Jewish nation-state law? What will the Arabs do? How will they be able to file complaints when they have no language under the law? Will they go to court and complain in sign language?

    After all, we already know that the word “democracy” doesn’t appear in the Hebrew Bible, so all that remains is for them to pray that the Jewish sages addressed civil, human and national minority rights somewhere in their writings. Isn’t this what our sages meant when they talked about prohibiting la’ag larash, mockery of the downtrodden?

    When clashes break out, we’ll call them riots, film them and broadcast footage only from the police’s point of view. We’ll thrust it onto their education, their culture, the horrible Arabic language they speak. Afterward, we’ll talk about nationalist motives, but very quickly we’ll say it all comes from religious motives.

    We will thank the Lord that Jewishness can be both a religion and a nationality, under the law. We will quote the nation-state legislation and understand how essential it is in view of the painful sights we are witnessing. We will justify it with all our heart, and those who oppose it will appear on the rostrum of Knesset Yisrael and on kosher screens to admit that they were wrong, and they’ll apologize and bow down to the King of Israel.”

    I only edited this by a sentence ~ it’s behind the other wall.

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