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Nine years ago when Jimmy Carter said that Israel was imposing apartheid on Palestine, he was angrily grilled by Wolf Blitzer and Terry Gross on their influential TV/radio shows. The next thing Carter was wandering the moors like King Lear, and exiled from the Democratic Party.

Conditions haven’t changed much in apartheid Palestine since then, but a big change happened in Israel last week, the reelection of Benjamin Netanyahu, and suddenly the apartheid label is no longer verboten in our mainstream media. I saw the word apartheid on the front page of the International New York Times the other day on my plane coming home: it was printed in the reefer (bottom left hand corner promotion) of Yousef Munayyer’s op-ed piece saying Netanyahu’s victory is good for Palestine. In the piece, Munayyer stated bluntly that Israel is an apartheid state:

the political dynamics in Israel and internationally mean that another term with Mr. Netanyahu at the helm could actually hasten the end of Israel’s apartheid policies. The biggest losers in this election were those who made the argument that change could come from within Israel. It can’t and it won’t.

And yesterday on CNN, Rula Jebreal from Jerusalem told Michael Smerconish that Israel/Palestine is one state, and an apartheid state at that.

It’s already de facto a one state with separate sets of rights…  So we have an apartheid state on one hand [in Jerusalem and the West Bank] and I would say an ethnocracy rather than a democracy [in Israel].

Smerconish didn’t push back, though Aaron David Miller was visibly upset and tried to argue that you could have the two state solution again with a click of your fingers.

And look at this. James Besser was the longtime DC correspondent for Jewish newspapers. Now retired, he declares in Haaretz that Israel has chosen the path of apartheid.

In my quarter century as Washington correspondent for Jewish newspapers, I frequently defended Israel against charges that it had created an apartheid system in the West Bank. But this week’s election, with Benjamin Netanyahu poised to serve another term with an even more hardline coalition, means that apartheid is the path Israeli voters have chosen. The inevitable results will include even greater international isolation for the Jewish state, a boost to efforts to apply boycotts and sanctions, diminished support from American Jews and endlessly intensifying cycles of violence…

Because apartheid is apartheid, and that’s exactly what Israeli voters chose this week as a course for their nation.

This is a trend, folks. It is becoming fashionable to state the truth about the place in mainstream media, calling a spade a spade; and that is a very good thing indeed.

Thanks to Max Blumenthal: Jim Besser, the unofficial dean of Washington Jewish press corps, declares: “Israel chooses the path to apartheid”

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  1. Citizen
    Citizen
    March 22, 2015, 11:30 am

    It’s fun watching the cable tv news/infotainment channels waltz around Bibi’s racist statement about Arab Israeli voters voting “in droves,” and Bibi’s denial of Palestinian statehood, coupled with his change of tune once he was elected, not to mention Bibi-GOP attack on Obama’s attempt to diplomatically reach a deal with Iran–while all along Israel has nukes not subject to any monitoring at all. Mostly, the media narrative is it’s just a kurtuffle between two personalities–and, they say Obama is respecting Iran, the arch enemy, while dissing Bibi, who holds American values in his heart. LOL

    • Kay24
      Kay24
      March 22, 2015, 12:50 pm

      The irony of this is, now all Bibi’s devoted American minions are blaming Obama for everything that happened, and it seems they have got convenient amnesia, as to what Bibi did, and said.
      They call it a misunderstanding. What a load of bull. If you want to know what the twilight zone is, simply listen to their stupid explanations and blaming Obama. It seems they are living in another world.

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/22/netanyahu-obama-fight_n_6918666.html

      • Krauss
        Krauss
        March 22, 2015, 11:57 pm

        Kay, I wonder if the Obama administration will even send a rep to AIPAC next year. I’m guessing they’ll shift to J Street only.

        This could be a trend. GOP to AIPAC and dems to J Street. Of course, over the long term, liberals should go to neither because neither wants a democracy for Palestinians.

        Further, I think Bibi’s re-election will have little to no repercussions on actual policy. The UN actions the Obama admin are contemplating are chump change.

        The big shift is in our culture. You can no longer seriously claim that Israel wants 2SS.
        Israel is not a partner for peace.

        After 40 years of propaganda, the tables have turned on that phrase.

      • Kay24
        Kay24
        March 24, 2015, 12:44 am

        I wish it did not take that long for the US to realize that Bibi/Israel does not give a damn about peace. If we all knew, why not them?

    • TwoRedDogs
      TwoRedDogs
      March 23, 2015, 12:12 am

      Citizen, what’s more fun is to watch CSPAN where during hearings elected members from both parties recite verbatim Netanyahu’s talking points, and people like Dempsey have to play verbal gymnastics to point out how Iran is helpful against ISIS in Iraq, without looking like he is telling them they are wrong.

      Only one single representative had the courage to defend Obama against treasonous members. You can’t find it on any news report.

      “When it was time for Connolly’s five minutes, the congressman began by lashing out at Ros-Lehtinen and Chabot.

      “I cannot let that go by. A foreign leader has insulted the head of state of the United States government. It’s not a temper tantrum, and it didn’t start with President Obama; it started with Bibi Netanyahu,” Connolly said.

      “You can decide for yourself whether it was appropriate for him to speak to a joint session, but the process is beyond dispute. It was an insult to this government. Friends don’t act that way.”

      “At some point, does the partisan rhetoric ever stop? Where are your loyalties with respect to the prerogatives of this government and our country? And the shameless way Mr. Netanyahu has conducted himself deserves reproach. And I think the president has shown restraint,” the Virginia Dem continued.

      “And I say this as somebody who has a 35-year record of unwavering support for Israel. I’m not a critic of the Israeli government, but I am a critic of how this prime minister has treated my president, everyone’s president. And I cannot sit here and listen to the waving away of bad behavior that is an insult to my country. We have one president. Whether you like him or not, whether you want to take political issue with him or not, fair enough. That’s fair game,” he said.

      “But when a foreign leader insults him, that should not be fair game, and that should never be apologized away, because it damages relationships long-term. It puts a divide where there was never a divide in public opinion and my country, and I worry about that long- term. I hope you do too.””

      http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2015/03/19/rep-connolly-questions-loyalties-of-gop-slams-shameless-netanyahu-for-insult-to-obama/

  2. pabelmont
    pabelmont
    March 22, 2015, 11:39 am

    Jim Besser in Ha’Aretz says that it was until now possible to view the occupation as an accidental empire, but no more. Well, many of us never did take that view, to us it was no accident, not in 1947, not in 1948, and not now. Perhaps the militarists who performed the exile of the 750,000 in 1947-8 did so w/o approval from “the people”, and now the Israeli-Jewish vote responsive to BB’s “never, never a 2SS” shows that, indeed, apartheid has immense approval. Whatever. Nice to see him, or anyone in any sort of seat of power or influence, say so.

    At long last. Besser and others are answering that question many remember from the Army-McCarthy hearings, “Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?”

    • JWalters
      JWalters
      March 22, 2015, 7:50 pm

      There’s a lot of face-saving going on as people declare themselves to be shocked! shocked! that slaughter and ethnic cleansing were happening.

  3. just
    just
    March 22, 2015, 12:11 pm

    Great summary, Phil. I am glad that you made it home safe and sound.

    I had read all of the pieces that you cite~ eagerly consuming the first of MSM awakening. They’ve been coming fast and furious. Better late than never…

    Apartheid is now au courant, but those of us that have been watching for a long time knew that what Jimmy Carter said years ago was the truth. I think that Gideon Levy is right, we have Netanyahu to thank.

    “….But no to a state. Never.

    If an honest leader like Netanyahu had arisen years ago, we Israelis would have known, the Palestinians would have known, and so would the whole world: it will not be. Then it would have been possible to deal with other solutions, instead of wasting time cheating, time in which hatred only grew and blood spilled for nothing. We could have begun long ago to think of alternatives to the two-state solution – and there’s only one: one state. And we could have begun debating what regime it would have – and there are only two: democracy or apartheid. Instead, we were misled.

    Now Benjamin Netanyahu has come and put an end to all this. We must be grateful to him for this. History will remember that he was the first Israeli prime minister to speak the truth.””

    http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.648122?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

    I think we also have to give enormous credit to the Israeli electorate…the 95% from last summer.

    “…..Netanyahu deserves the Israeli people and they deserve him. The results are indicative of the direction the country is headed: A significant proportion of Israelis has finally grown detached from reality. This is the result of years’ worth of brainwashing and incitement. These Israelis voted for the man who will lead the United States to adopt harsh measures against Israel, for the man whom the world long ago grew sick of. They voted for the man who admitted to having duped half the world during his Bar-Ilan speech; now he has torn off his mask and disavowed those words once and for all. Israel said “yes” to the man who said “no” to a Palestinian state. Dear Likud voters, what the hell do you say “yes” to? Another 50 years of occupation and ostracism? Do you really believe in that?

    On Tuesday the foundations were laid for the apartheid state that is to come. If Netanyahu succeeds in forming the next government in his spirit and image, then the two-state solution will finally be buried and the struggle over the character of a binational state will begin. If Netanyahu is the next prime minister, then Israel has not only divorced the peace process, but also the world. Piss off, dear world, we’re on our own. Please don’t interfere, we’re asleep, the people are with Netanyahu. The Palestinians can warm the benches at the International Criminal Court at The Hague, the Israel boycotters can swing into high gear and Gaza can wait for the next cruel attack by the Israeli army.”

    http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.647555

  4. amigo
    amigo
    March 22, 2015, 12:17 pm

    Some change in terminology required.

    “Israel , the only apartheid and Jewish nation in the ME.”.

    Should it be saved.Should the world waste time , trying to reform this pariah state.Should we expend the effort putting manners as well as borders on this rogue entity.

    Or should we just let it destroy itself while it,s educated Jewish citizens desert it .Better to wait for it to become a “land without people for a people without a land.

    • Kay24
      Kay24
      March 24, 2015, 1:04 pm

      Why should the US (and the rest of the world) keep putting up with this shet? Why should we be bailing Israel out of situations THEY put themselves in to? They have defied the world by continuing this violent occupation, and gone against the US by building more and more illegal settlements, and we have to keep covering their large behind, pamper and arm them, for years?
      Why should we help this rogue state? After this last insult and reports of the world’s notorious spies, spying on the US/Iran for devious reasons, why should we not hold them responsible for trying to sabotage US policies? Those who keep sucking up to Netanyahu, seem to forget that he has been responsible for many crimes, and yet it is appalling how they blame Obama even for this – something initiated by Netanyahu, who was playing his dirty games once again.

  5. ramzijaber
    ramzijaber
    March 22, 2015, 12:18 pm

    Glad zionist apartheid in Palestine is finally getting discussed openly in MSM. Really amazing that it took many, many years. This was so obvious:

    1) before 1967 in how zionists were treating Palestinian Israelis, formally calling them 2nd class citizens; and

    2) right after 1967 when all residents of the last part of Palestine to be colonized by the zionists were classified as Nazis classified Jews – with different color license plates, different roads, different travel documents, different laws, different rights, etc. etc. etc.

    All of this was obvious for those who wanted to see. But zionists blinded the west and kidnapped the west’s brains and hearts.

  6. Marshall
    Marshall
    March 22, 2015, 12:19 pm

    The Lear analogy is a good one for the establishment’s view of Carter, but let’s not forget: Carter was and is not a senile old man who’s lived beyond his usefulness. He’s a prescient and morally clear-eyed leader who was where the rest of us should have been decades ago.

    • just
      just
      March 22, 2015, 12:53 pm

      He’s one of the best and most intelligent humans ever to inhabit and exit the office of US President.

      James Earl “Jimmy” Carter, Jr., Nobel laureate, recipient UN Human Rights Prize, tireless worker (with his wife) for human rights and the improvement of living standards around the globe.

      • MLE
        MLE
        March 22, 2015, 12:57 pm

        I had an American history professor who said in a hundred years were going to look back and say Carter was right. Also were going to rename all the Reagan places after Carter instead

  7. Felipe
    Felipe
    March 22, 2015, 12:26 pm

    About damn time.

    In all honesty the verbal and intellectual gymnastics still deployed by Liberal Zionists and Israel Lobby affiliated organizations to try to soften/whitewash Israel’s real nature as revealed by Netanyahu himself are frankly embarrassing and downright pathetic. Media gatekeepers such as Wolf Blitzer, Tom Friedman, Bill Maher and the others will likely go into overdrive in the next couple of days and weeks in order to do as much damage control as they possibly can to avoid carefully constructed narratives from being essentially debunked before the larger American public.

    Hopefully, their Israel-first zeal will become more and more blatant and more and more Americans with common sense will begin questioning why these people are going to extraordinary lengths to defend essentially indefensible behaviors on the part of Israeli political elites vis-a-vis professed American values and, more importantly, shifting American interests in the region.

  8. Kay24
    Kay24
    March 22, 2015, 12:33 pm

    What took so long for the media to address the issue, and name Israel’s shame? There is no other word to describe it, and it is so obvious. Even internal polls within Israel show it’s people prefer apartheid policies…..they voted that way too…..you have to be intellectually challenged to not recognize it, and Israel now stinks as an apartheid nation.

  9. ramzijaber
    ramzijaber
    March 22, 2015, 12:50 pm

    After reading a range of articles today, several key words kept playing in my head:

    apartheid. zionism. racism. colonialism. oppression. discrimination. arrogance.

    Then I felt disgust. Yes, disgust. Today is the first time I feel that zionism is disgusting, that zionist apartheid is disgusting, that the leaders of zionist apartheid are disgusting.

    So why did I feel this disgust out of a sudden?

    There was this story of 7 poor children who died in a fire in Brooklyn. A terribly sad story in of itself, just to learn of anyone dying in a house fire let alone 7 children. Then came the added information that these 7 children were Jewish. So far OK, although I bet if they were protestants or catholics or atheists, the news would have not mentioned their religion. But what really got the icing on the cake is when the news said that these 7 children will be buried in Al-Quds in occupied Palestine.

    So here is where disgusting zionist apartheid comes into play. Why would these 7 children be buried in occupied Palestine? Were they born in Palestine? Do their parents live in occupied Palestine? So imagine a Palestinian born in Palestine with children born in Palestine but currently living in USA, would she be allowed to bury her children in Palestine if they were to die today? Would she herself be allowed to be buried in Palestine when she dies? Of course not. The zionist apartheid regime would never allow that.

    This is what disgusting zionist apartheid is.

    I also read today that zionist pols in occupied Palestine are attacking Obama for what he said in the HuffPost interview yesterday. They are blaming him for the misunderstanding situation on what nutnyahoo said regarding the 2SS. Saying that nutnyahoo didn’t really change his mind. And that the whole heat is fabricated by Obama to cover up for the surrender to Iran. They go even further and say, based on what Obama said in the HuffPost interview, why would the zionist regime even think of peace talks if USA does not support the zionist position. In other words, if you don’t agree with our zionist apartheid position, then go to hell. That’s South Africa Afrikaners exactly.

    This is what disgusting zionist apartheid is.

    The arrogance of apartheid…………. totally disgusting.

    • just
      just
      March 22, 2015, 1:03 pm

      “the news said that these 7 children will be buried in Al-Quds in occupied Palestine.”

      Thank you for giving voice to what I also felt and still feel, Ramzi. You put it all very well. I was saddened to hear of the horrible demise of these children, but aghast that what you wrote so eloquently is also happening:

      “So here is where disgusting zionist apartheid comes into play. Why would these 7 children be buried in occupied Palestine? Were they born in Palestine? Do their parents live in occupied Palestine? So imagine a Palestinian born in Palestine with children born in Palestine but currently living in USA, would she be allowed to bury her children in Palestine if they were to die today? Would she herself be allowed to be buried in Palestine when she dies? Of course not. The zionist apartheid regime would never allow that.

      This is what disgusting zionist apartheid is.”

      Neither would America, as it has been, help any Palestinian do that.

      Hell, they don’t even intervene when Israelis/IOF incarcerate or attack or kill an American citizen (Rachel Corrie, Furkan Doğan ~ RIP).

      Your contributions are very much appreciated, Ramzi Jaber.

    • Stephen Shenfield
      Stephen Shenfield
      March 22, 2015, 2:15 pm

      Ramzi: Is this really the first time you have felt disgust at Zionism? What did you feel before? After all, there has been so much to feel disgusted at in Zionism, and for such a long time already.

    • JeffB
      JeffB
      March 22, 2015, 4:56 pm

      @Ramzi Jaber

      They were an Israeli family that lived in the USA for the last 2 years. All those dead children whose political ideology upset you so were born in Israel. They were Israelis not Americans. And of course the news would have mentioned their religion, they died because their family was engaged in a dangerous Jewish religious practice without proper safety equipment. Judaism and bad fire safety are what got them killed.

      http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/23/nyregion/funerals-for-7-victims-of-brooklyn-fire.html

      But I’d like you to think about your own comment. You constructed a complete fabrication so as to offer you an excuse to create an imaginary wrong. This one is rather clear cut. How many other times does that happen?

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        March 23, 2015, 4:26 pm

        “And of course the news would have mentioned their religion, they died because their family was engaged in a dangerous Jewish religious practice without proper safety equipment. Judaism and bad fire safety are what got them killed”

        And I remember, still, to this day, how thrilled and how grown up I felt when my Dad allowed, for the first time, to light Hannukah candles.
        But we were Reform, and the intersection of Judaism and fire safety and electricity wasn’t as big a problem, I guess. But still,

        engaged in a dangerous Jewish religious practice without proper safety equipment” is just a mite tendentious there, JeffyB. The “dangerous practices” were part of trying to avoid “Jewish religious practice”. But hey, what the hey.

      • Kris
        Kris
        March 23, 2015, 5:49 pm

        @JeffB: “…they died because their family was engaged in a dangerous Jewish religious practice without proper safety equipment. Judaism and bad fire safety are what got them killed. ”

        Since you are Jewish, maybe you could explain why, if your beliefs say that you shouldn’t use a fire to heat your food on the sabbath, you would use an electric appliance to heat your food and think you were following God’s will? There was no electricity in biblical times, and fire was proscribed, apparently, on the sabbath, so maybe the idea was that on the sabbath, you should be inconvenienced a little, and not have warm food to eat? Or that, like God, you should rest on the sabbath, and that would mean not cooking food, or even heating it up? Or do observant Jews think God is so clueless that you can trick him by finding ways around the rules because he forgot to say that you can’t use fire OR electricity on the sabbath?

        Trying to trick God seems risky to me.

        This poor family; so sad and tragic, so heartbreaking. I can’t even grasp the idea of this immense loss.

      • annie
        annie
        March 24, 2015, 1:14 am

        They were an Israeli family that lived in the USA for the last 2 years. – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/03/apartheid-longer-verboten/comment-page-1#comment-756475…..You constructed a complete fabrication so as to offer you an excuse to create an imaginary wrong. This one is rather clear cut. How many other times does that happen?

        actually, ramzi may have been incorrect about the birthplace of the children but he didn’t use that as any kind of “excuse” to construct an imaginary wrong. here’s the analogy he used:

        So imagine a Palestinian born in Palestine with children born in Palestine but currently living in USA, would she be allowed to bury her children in Palestine if they were to die today? Would she herself be allowed to be buried in Palestine when she dies? Of course not. The zionist apartheid regime would never allow that.

        This is what disgusting zionist apartheid is.

        exactly the same situation you are describing:

        All those dead children whose political ideology upset you so were born in Israel

        it’s doubtful any of those children (other than perhaps the oldest teen) even had political ideologies. but aside from that, what you are revealing is the same situation in ramzi’s analogy.

        kris, jeff has answered you (hours ago actually) but i am trying to train him to post under the comment so i’m waiting for someone else to come along and release his comment. let’s see how long that takes. it’s way down at the bottom of the thread so you’ll have to scroll unless he has some brilliant revelation and figures out how to land his responses somewhere underneath yours – closer.

        (hint for slow learners: scroll up to the closest “reply” related to your response)

      • JeffB
        JeffB
        March 24, 2015, 7:12 am

        @Annie & Ramzi

        it’s doubtful any of those children (other than perhaps the oldest teen) even had political ideologies. but aside from that, what you are revealing is the same situation in ramzi’s analogy.

        Good point the analogy works even better with the fact those kids were Israeli.

        There was other context as well, “Why would these 7 children be buried in occupied Palestine? Were they born in Palestine? Do their parents live in occupied Palestine?” Where of course the answers “yes” & “yes” wasn’t what was implied from the structure and context of those questions.

        I should also say though I’m not sure he’s right that a body of a Palestinian with a valid passport wouldn’t be be buried not only in “occupied Palestine” but also Israel. I don’t see any reason that Israel would be opposed to the revenue it would get indirectly from a burial in “occupied Palestine” so the whole thing doesn’t make sense. Definitely an Israeli-Arab would be entitled to a free burial for sure so not just can, but can and Israel would pick up the check. In Israel proper there are Muslim cemeteries under the control of municipalities that encourage burials. And then of course there is a plethora of private organizations.

      • ramzijaber
        ramzijaber
        March 28, 2015, 8:35 am

        @JeffB

        I am hesitant to open this can but you accused me of being a liar who fabricated an imaginary scenario. I feel I must respond to this accusation.

        So here we go, opening the can: When the story first broke out of Palestine, based on which I wrote my post above, the initial reports did not mention where these poor children were born. As the birthplace of these children later got reported, I am here and now clearly and equivocally answering the questions that I posed in my post: these children were born in Palestine.

        Also as pointed out eloquently by Annie, this fact only REEMPHASIZES and REINFORCES my point that the zionist apartheid regime is disgusting. My statement remains direct and relevant: Palestinian refugees who are born in Palestine will not be allowed by the zionist apartheid regime to be buried in Palestine upon their death. In the few cases that I know of, most requests were refused by the colonial military occupation power and the one that was accepted took time to process the “paper work”. In contrast, these children in Brooklyn were buried in Palestine in very short order. That is disgusting apartheid glaring right at you.

        You know nothing about me. To accuse me of lying, fabrications, and imaginations as a way to hide or wash your zionist guilt of your apartheid crimes will just not work. Thinly concealing your arrogant and condescending posts as logical hypotheses and obvious facts only reveals more about you and your true intentions. So don’t call me a liar.

        And let me remind you in case you forgot the main premise of my post: zionist apartheid is disgusting. zionism is racism. zionism is criminal. These are clear, certain, corroborated FACTS.

  10. JLewisDickerson
    JLewisDickerson
    March 22, 2015, 4:34 pm

    RE: “Nine years ago when Jimmy Carter said that Israel was imposing apartheid on Palestine, he was angrily grilled by Wolf Blitzer and Terry Gross on their influential TV/radio shows. The next thing Carter was wandering the moors like King Lear, and exiled from the Democratic Party.” ~ Weiss

    MY COMMENT: Shortly after Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid was published, Carter spoke at Brandeis and joked that it was a good thing he still had Secret Service protection!

    FROM WIKIPEDIA (Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid):

    [EXCERPT]
    Critical reaction and commentary

    Main article: Commentary on Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid

    Critical response to Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid has been mixed. According to Julie Bosman, criticism of the book “has escalated to a full-scale furor,” much of which has focused on Carter’s use of the word “apartheid” in the subtitle.[8] Some critics, including several leaders of the Democratic Party and of American Jewish organizations, have interpreted the subtitle as an allegation of Israeli apartheid, which they believe to be inflammatory and unsubstantiated.[9][10][11] Tony Karon, Senior Editor at TIME.com and a former anti-Apartheid activist for the ANC, said: ” Jimmy Carter had to write this book precisely because Palestinian life and history is not accorded equal value in American discourse, far from it. And his use of the word apartheid is not only morally valid; it is essential, because it shakes the moral stupor that allows many liberals to rationalize away the daily, grinding horror being inflicted on Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza”.[12] Former President Bill Clinton wrote a brief letter to the chairman of the American Jewish Committee, thanking him for articles criticizing the book and citing his agreement with Dennis Ross’s attempts to “straighten … out” Carter’s claims and conclusions about Clinton’s own summer 2000 Camp David peace proposal.[13][14]
    Fewer critics have been willing to assert that Carter crossed the line into anti-Semitism. Abraham Foxman, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League, initially accused Carter of “engaging in anti-Semitism” in the book; Foxman told James Traub later that he would not call the former president himself an “anti-Semite” or a “bigot”.[15][16] Ethan Bronner also asserted that Carter’s “overstatement” in the book “hardly adds up to anti-Semitism.”[17]
    Some journalists and academics have praised Carter for what they believe to be speaking honestly about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in a media environment described as hostile to opponents of Israel’s policies.[18][19] Some left-leaning Israeli politicians such as Yossi Beilin and Shulamit Aloni argued that Carter’s critique of Israeli policy in the Palestinian territories reflects that of many Israelis themselves.[20][21] Norman Finkelstein defends Carter’s analysis in Palestine Peace Not Apartheid: “After four decades of Israeli occupation, the infrastructure and superstructure of apartheid have been put in place. Outside the never-never land of mainstream American Jewry and U.S. media[,] this reality is barely disputed.”[22] . . .

    SOURCE – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palestine:_Peace_Not_Apartheid

    • JLewisDickerson
      JLewisDickerson
      March 22, 2015, 4:58 pm

      RE: “Former President Bill Clinton wrote a brief letter to the chairman of the American Jewish Committee, thanking him for articles criticizing the book [i.e., Carter’s book Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid] . . .” ~ from the Wikipedia excerpt above

      MY COMMENT: It should come as no surprise that Bill Clinton defended Israeli apartheid. While he was a student at Georgetown University, he sent a postcard* to his grandmother (whom he addressed as “Mammaw”) in a nursing home in Hope, Arkansas. To say the least, it was a ‘racially insensitive’ postcard (showing a barefoot black male “polishing” a watermelon).

      * Bill Clinton’s Racist Postcard – http://serr8d.blogspot.com/2007/10/bill-clinton-racist-postcard-buy-it-now.html

      P.S. Here is a CLOSER LOOK at the front of Bill Clinton’s ‘racially insensitive’ postcard (showing a barefoot black male “polishing” a watermelon).

    • just
      just
      March 22, 2015, 6:19 pm

      Thanks, John. It’s worth revisiting.

  11. Donald
    Donald
    March 22, 2015, 5:10 pm

    Before we give the NYT too much credit, Rudoren claimed Israelis knew Netanyahu was just pandering to his base and it was the Obama people who took him at his word. I think the reason the NYT is reporting accurately, to the extent that they are, is because the Obama Administration has lost all patience with Netanyahu. When the current American President openly criticizes Netanyahu, I think it undermines attempts at spinning what Netanyahu said, but given half a chance, many liberal Zionists will try to cover for Netanyahu in a desperate attempt to keep the fake peace process alive.

    • John O
      John O
      March 22, 2015, 5:42 pm

      “Rudoren claimed Israelis knew Netanyahu was just pandering to his base and it was the Obama people who took him at his word.”

      Not necessarily untrue. Here in the UK, with a general election soon, many politicians are pandering to their base(r instincts). Like frog-stinging scorpions, it’s what politicians do.

      By the same token, once the words are spoken, why should not others take them at face value? Netanyahu said “not on my watch” to gain votes and to retain office (which I have always thought is his abiding concern). But if, when he says that, it gives ammunition to his opponents, no one should be surprised if they fire back.

    • lysias
      lysias
      March 22, 2015, 6:12 pm

      We are being given a chance to see to what extent our media have been following the Zionist line merely because that is also U.S. government policy and to what extent it is because they are true believers in Zionism.

      • just
        just
        March 22, 2015, 6:22 pm

        +1!

        (I think we’ll see that their corporate masters have a lot to say about it.)

      • Walker
        Walker
        March 22, 2015, 7:42 pm

        I was kicked off for linking to this site.

        Many other sites are touchy about this subject.

        {Edit} – this was intended to be posted under the comment below.

  12. lysias
    lysias
    March 22, 2015, 6:19 pm

    One of the reasons I stopped posting on or even reading Daily Kos was that I became tired of the self-censorship that that site required. Talking about Israeli apartheid was grounds for banning on that site. So was linking to Mondoweiss (which the leader of the Team Shalom faction on Daily Kos constantly referred to as “Mondofront”). Expressing conspiratorial views about 9/11 was likewise grounds for banning. There were all sorts of other such rules. I just got tired of having to self-censor. I wonder how many other people have left the site for similar reasons.

    • just
      just
      March 22, 2015, 6:22 pm

      I did. Haven’t been back to see if they’ve changed, either.

      Other so- called progressive sites were nearly as bad wrt Israel and apartheid and ethnic cleansing/ongoing Nakba. Either they were PEP or cowards, or both.

    • JWalters
      JWalters
      March 22, 2015, 7:46 pm

      Thanks for at least trying to post links to Mondoweiss there. I hope all Mondoweiss readers post links on all sites possible, there are so many truthful article to share. This is a time to press forward.

  13. Bandolero
    Bandolero
    March 22, 2015, 8:31 pm

    Well, 9 years after a former US president called Israel an apartheid state a major liberal propaganda sheet in the US doesn’t exclude this anymore from the debate.

    So I’m very hopeful that the same major liberal propaganda sheet in the US will only need 9 more years to let the debate go, whether Israel is a terrorist state supporting Al Qaeda terrorists like those belonging to Nusra Front. I’m so happy.

    And, what does make me even more happy is, that after 9 more years, ie 18 years from now, the major liberal propaganda sheet in the US, NYT, may perhaps even permit discussions on more controversial topics like why Israel tried to sink the USS liberty. I’m so happy.

    And, after 9 more years, ie 27 years from now, the major liberal propaganda sheet in the US, NYT, may perhaps even permit discussions on even more controversial topics like how fine it as for Israel that JFK was killed since it meant there was no obstacle in the way anymore for the Israeli bomb. I’m so happy.

    And, after 9 more years, ie 36 years from now, the major liberal propaganda sheet in the US, NYT, may perhaps even permit discussions on even more controversial topics like what did Benjamin Netanyahu had in mind, when he said, that Israel profited from one thing, and that was the 9/11 attacks. I’m so happy.

    I can’t await the year 2051 when we all – may be – can freely discuss possible Israeli hands in major terror attacks in major liberal propaganda sheets in the US. However, I’m not optimistic and I fear the Israel lobby will find ways to silence us all before this date comes.

  14. just
    just
    March 22, 2015, 8:54 pm

    Israel continues to try and destroy any deal with Iran.

    “Israeli delegation heads to France ahead of final round of Iran nuclear talks

    The Israeli delegation’s trip is a last-ditch effort to influence the understandings taking shape between Iran and world powers; France holds toughest view on deal…..

    The Iranian foreign minister and U.S. secretary of state are expected to attend the last round of negotiations, and the other foreign ministers may attend as well.

    Despite progress made, gaps remain between the two sides’ positions and it remains unclear whether a framework agreement will be possible by the end of the month.

    French officials say that the March 31 deadline is an unofficial date that was raised by the Americans due to political pressure from Congress, which is threatening to impose additional sanctions against Iran. They said they told the Americans that, as far as they are concerned, the end of June is the decisive timeframe.”

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.648252

    March 31st is the day that Boehner leads the GOP delegation to kiss Netanyahu’s ring. There’s no difference between the odious and apartheid- embracing Israeli government and the Republicans…

    • just
      just
      March 23, 2015, 8:19 am

      “Israel may be losing U.S. President Barack Obama as an ally, but the Jewish State is turning out to have a friend in Speaker of the House John Boehner. This strikes me as no small thing. The friendship is underscored by the announcement that Boehner, who is the third-highest-ranking elected official in America, will be visiting Jerusalem at the end of this month. It seems that if the White House wants to play hardball on Israel, the Congress is prepared to bat against him.

      It is a remarkable situation. Boehner’s office — and Israeli sources — are noting the trip was being planned before Israel’s election and, even, before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to the Joint Meeting of Congress. The Ohio Republican, who was last in Israel before Obama was president, said via his spokesman that he “looks forward to visiting the country, discussing our shared priorities for peace and security in the region, and further strengthening the bond between the United States and Israel.”

      Such bland talk is going to do little to disguise the drama. The last time an American speaker went overseas on a mission that was cross-wise with the president was Nancy Pelosi’s sit-down with Syrian President Bashar Assad in 2007. The Wall Street Journal greeted the meeting by publishing an op-ed piece by one of President Ronald Reagan’s former assistant secretaries of state, Robert Turner, in which he suggested that Pelosi may have committed a felony under the Logan Act and could in theory be prosecuted in a criminal court.

      ……In constitutional terms, it is not so scandalous for an American president to advance a new foreign policy strategy. Nixon made his trip to Communist China. Reagan moved from détente to a strategy of rollback against the Soviet Union. It is hard, though, to recall any demarche that has been pursued by so pointedly cutting out the Congress — particularly a Congress that has made plain its objections. No wonder the highest-ranking official in Congress is making a visit to Israel.

      For Boehner, the visit also sends a political signal at home. We are but a year and a half from the next U.S. presidential election. Boehner arose from Ohio, without which it is hard to win the presidency of the United States. He is political master who comprehends the chance for the GOP to make headway with the Jewish community, which has traditionally voted Democratic. No less a publication than the New York Times Magazine is running a story under the headline “Do the Democrats and Israel Have a Future Together?”

      One cautionary note is that Congress can be a heartbreaker. It collapsed during the Vietnam War, turning against an ally in the thick of a fight into which it had taken the country by an overwhelming vote. Kerry himself knows all about that betrayal, as he was part of organizing it. But the need for caution detracts little from the significance of Boehner’s visit. It is a moment to remember the adage that the president proposes but the Congress disposes.”

      More of Lipsky here:

      http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.648346?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

      Utterly shameless, borderline treasonous, and definitely treacherous GOP, and Lipsky likes it.

      • lysias
        lysias
        March 23, 2015, 12:08 pm

        Only a dyed-in-the-wool neoconservative would describe Congress’s abandonment of the Vietnam War in terms of a “betrayal” of the puppets the U.S. had put in power in South Vietnam. No doubt those puppets had indeed been betrayed, but that was in the course of achieving the greater good of ending the murderous war that we had imposed on Vietnam.

        Lipsky is of course thinking of the possibility of the U.S. “betraying” Israel. But, if we did, that would again be for the sake of accomplishing a greater good.

      • just
        just
        March 23, 2015, 12:20 pm

        Well said, lysias.

        (Lipsky’s ‘dig’ at Kerry was monstrous, imho)

  15. TwoRedDogs
    TwoRedDogs
    March 23, 2015, 12:00 am

    The following is just an FYI post, in case no one reported on it.

    Last night Ynetnews had a very interesting article titled “Secret history: How the Mossad became entangled in a political assassination” by Ronen Bergman and Shlomo Nakdimon.

    You can still google the heading, but now you get an error if you try to get the article. But you can still read it in scribd.

    The article was about Mossad’s entanglement in an assassination in Paris of a Moroccan politician on orders by the King of Morocco. I didn’t think it was highly unusual activity, I’m sure CIA has done similar things. But more interesting for me, were 2 passages:

    “The intelligence relationship with Morocco began in 1960, when Hassanwas still crown prince. A year later, after he was crowned, Israel asked Hassan to allow Morocco’s Jews to emigrate. Muhammad Oufkir, who wasin charge of the secret services in Morocco, finalized the deal with Mossad agents: $250 for every Jew who would emigrate. Funds for 80,000 Jews were transferred in bags of a quarter of a million dollars to a secret account.”

    And the following segment is about how Moroccans passed to their Israeli allies, the information from an Arab Summit held in Casablanca.

    “”This information was of great importance: It offered a glimpse into the mindset of Israel’s biggest enemies. At the same meeting, it later emerged, commanders of the Arab armies reported that their forces were not prepared for a new war against Israel. This information was one of the elements that led to the surprise attack in June 1967 – and theoverwhelming Israeli victory in the Six-Day War.”

    The first segment proves how Israeli government was actively trying to get Jews to immigrate, even from relatively friendly muslim countries, to populate the land. This sort of puts a dent into the Jewish refugees narrative.

    The 2nd segment proves Israel knew the Arabs weren’t about to attack in 1967. So the preemptive story doesn’t hold water.

  16. just
    just
    March 23, 2015, 11:33 am

    “If Benjamin Netanyahu gets away with what many see as his flip-flopping on his support for the two-state solution (or lack thereof), he “should go on the road as Netanyahoudini,” said comedian John Oliver this week on his HBO show, “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.”

    Comparing the Likud leader who appears set to begin his fourth term as prime minister of Israel to legendary illusionist Harry Houdini, famed for escaping his bonds, Oliver said about Netanyahu: “If he somehow escapes this, he should go on the road as Netanyahoudini: Words cannot hold him.”

    Oliver also said Netanyahu was like a guy trying too hard to say whatever his date wants to hear.

    “He just demonstrated the verbal gymnastics of a guy being too honest on his first date,” said Oliver. “‘I don’t want kids. Wait, hold on, do you want kids? I love kids! And in the right circumstances I could absolutely see myself having them. I never said I don’t want kids.'””

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/israel-election-2015/1.648417?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

    Here’s the link to the video, since the link in Haaretz did not work for me: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idgy89IF4-k

  17. just
    just
    March 23, 2015, 12:25 pm

    “An Israeli expat and an outspoken critic of Israeli policy defiantly defended a conference questioning Israel’s right to exist that he helped organize in Southampton University in Britain.

    “People feel uncomfortable to have a real dialogue, and the conference came out of this feeling,” Professor Oren Ben-Dor told TheMarker Sunday. “This is exactly the reason to participate and not call on cancelling.”

    Called “International Law and the State of Israel: Legitimacy, Responsibility and Exceptionalism,” the conference “aims to explore the relatedness of the suffering and injustice in Palestine to the foundation and protection of a state of such nature,” its organizers say on the conference website.

    When asked if he were aware of the fact that the conference is liable to stir anger among many in Israel, Ben Dor responded, “I invite everyone to register and join the conference. If there is anger, it is a symptom because of which we need to participate in the conference. It is open to all positions. We invite everybody to come and listen and influence and be influenced.

    Ben Dor, who teaches law and philosophy in Southampton University and has termed Israel an apartheid state in the past, said it was irrelevant whether the conference brought into question Israel’s legitimacy. “The question is tied to the conference’s content and not the question of its existence.””

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/world/.premium-1.648431?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

  18. ckg
    ckg
    March 23, 2015, 2:45 pm

    Here is another example. In the NYT aponline section today there is an analysis piece AP Analysis: Is Israel Democratic? Not So Clear that concludes with this paragraph:

    Another four years of a Netanyahu government can be expected to add many thousands more settlers, complicating the prospects of a future pullout even more. That is causing a growing clamor among liberal Zionists who are the core of the Israeli opposition. It is difficult to tell what they fear more: the perpetuation of a situation that they increasingly compare to apartheid — or the emergence of a future, single, binational entity that in a trick of history would supplant the Jewish state.

    This is especially signficant because it is not an opinion piece. And because it is an AP story, it will undoubtedly be published in a large number of news sites.

  19. JeffB
    JeffB
    March 23, 2015, 10:24 pm

    @Kris

    Trying to trick God seems risky to me.

    Conservative Protestants believe in bible is either inerrant (without error) or infallible (incapable of error). Jews believe the Torah is perfect. Which changes the hermeneutic considerably. Jews can make negative inferences. So for example if something is repeated 3x Jews are free to make an inference as to why it wasn’t repeated only 2x or not 4x while Protestants can’t really distinguish between 3x repeated and said once.

    So in particular if God lays down a rule Jews are obligated to follow it exactly. They aren’t obligated to extend it. There is no Paul so they aren’t free to try and discern some deeper meaning and ignore the law as it stands. Lighting a fire or extinguishing a fire is prohibited. Cooking is prohibited. A hot plate that’s already on is not lighting nor extinguishing and keeping something warm is not cooking it. The rule is followed. If God wanted a broader or a less broad rule that would have been what’s in Torah.

    Also there are specific allowances for comfort and safety. So for example the fire alarm they should have had would be a clear cut sabbath violation given the mechanism except it falls under the safety exemption.

    Since you are Jewish, maybe you could explain why, if your beliefs say that you shouldn’t use a fire to heat your food

    It says you can’t cook not that you can’t heat to keep warm.

    on the sabbath, you would use an electric appliance to heat your food and think you were following God’s will?

    BTW I’m an atheist and not shomer shabbas but following God’s will is doing what God says not what I think he should have said.

    There was no electricity in biblical times,

    I think you mean there weren’t electric gadgets. And that’s true. One of the things one has to do in any legal system is reinterpret laws as new technologies emerge. How to the rules regarding fire with respect to electric gadgets has literally tens of thousands of good quality debates about it.

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