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‘They said we drink the blood of children’—Netanyahu goes off the deep end after FIFA campaign

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Following a collapsed effort to sanction Israel at the international soccer association, FIFA, on Friday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has taken his most aggressive—and outlandish—tone yet against critics by accusing them of being from the same ilk of those who use anti-Semitic tropes.

“They said that we drink the blood of little children,” and “They said that we are the poisoners of the wells of humanity,” Netanyahu claimed of his adversaries in the soccer campaign. Speaking to Knesset today Netanyahu reiterated that his country’s “actions are being twisted,” telling his parliament those who speak against Israel are initiating “false libels.”

A steadfast and somewhat boastful Netanyahu then added the international community is practicing a double standard, where Israel is judged more harshly than “dictatorships” and “less challenged democracies” that “could learn something from the standards we uphold.”

Yesterday Netanyahu’s comments had even more bite. This is where he compared his opponents with charges of blood libel, and labels of his country as “the focus of all evil in the world.” The remarks, though not stated outright, were directed at Palestinian officials for their attempts to oust Israel from FIFA on Friday, a move he said was part of “a long campaign” that his country must prepare to squash. “We will not allow ourselves to be ousted from important sports organizations nor from those which are not important,” Netanyahu said.

On Friday Palestinian Football Association head Jabril Rajoub folded his effort to suspend Israel from the soccer league, hours before a vote by the organization was scheduled. Rajoub was thought to have failed to gain enough support from member delegates needed to vote out Israel. When he mounted the campaign, Rajoub cited Israel’s soccer clubs located in settlements in the West Bank, and detention and delay of Palestinian players when traveling internationally for competitions.

Netanyahu intimated that these criticisms were a cloaked call to “blacken” the name of Israel.

Addressing Palestinian complaints over settlements and civilian casualties during the summer war in Gaza, Netanyahu launched into loaded defamations:

“We are in the midst of a great struggle being waged against the State of Israel, an international campaign to blacken its name. It is not connected to our actions; it is connected to our very existence. It does not matter what we do; it matters what we symbolize and what we are. Now, this is a phenomenon that we have known in the history of our people – what hasn’t been said about the Jewish People? They said that we are the focus of all evil in the world. They said that we are the poisoners of the wells of humanity. They said that we drink the blood of little children. All of these things are being said about us today as well. It was not true then and it is not true today. This does not have a shred of truth.”

Switching gears to settlements and Operation Protective Edge, Netanyahu then dismissed these issues as the basis for criticism. “We have done nothing wrong and we have not erred,” he affirmed, with a detailed accounting of why Syria and Boko Haram are more deserving of condemnation:

“I think that one must ask how can it be that Israel is accused over homes in Gilo [a settlement in South Jerusalem], or over this or that action that we take to defend ourselves from terrorists, but that when a hundred times more victims – a hundred times more, not twice or ten or 50 times as many, but a hundred times – more people are being slaughtered in Syria, just in Syria – there are no protests, no condemnations, no 80% of decisions by UN human rights committees, against Syria. It is we who are accused, IDF soldiers who are accused of killing children. I saw the IDF delegation to Nepal which rescued Nepalese children and brought babies into the world. I did not see a delegation from Boko Haram. I did not see delegations from Iran there. I did not see delegations from Al Qaida and I did not see delegations from Syria. There is no justification for the campaign of delegitimization being waged against the State of Israel, in which they are trying to suspend us from international organizations. The last thing we need to do is to bow our heads and ask where we went wrong, where we erred. We have done nothing wrong and we have not erred. We are not a perfect country; we do not pretend to be such, but they are setting standards for us that are both twisted and higher than those for any other country, any other democracy. There is no democracy that is more challenged than the State of Israel, which respects human rights, which respects pluralism, which respects humanity even in the most difficult war situations, even when thousands of missiles are being fired at our cities. Therefore, here we are not dealing in justifications, here we are telling the truth.”

With the new Netanyahu government filling out its cabinet only last week, Israel is just wetting its feet for what will come in Netanyahu’s fourth term leading the country. Questions are still open on how the new right-wing heads of major sections of government, and activism in the high court, will change the reputation of the state. Although if Netanyahu’s shrill remarks to advisers and Knesset over the past few days serve as foreshadowing, the future Israel will be a prickly one. There will be major lobbying campaigns against its critics and boycotters, with the prime minister throwing in his weight too.

Allison Deger

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  1. annie on June 1, 2015, 4:40 pm

    i’d just like to say, categorically, i reject the notion israelis are drinking the blood of children. and i definitely think israel should get kicked out of fifa.

    can i get a second? (joke)

    • oldgeezer on June 1, 2015, 7:03 pm

      We are unanimous in that (bbc, are you being served)

      • amigo on June 1, 2015, 7:21 pm

        “We are unanimous in that (bbc, are you being served ” OG

        You can think that. I couldn,t possibly comment on it. FU, (Francis Urquhart) “House of cards”

    • on June 2, 2015, 9:49 am

      Stealing human organs? A documented fact.

      Drinking the blood of kids? Nah.

      • Mooser on June 2, 2015, 11:58 am

        “Drinking the blood of kids? Nah.”

        Why would anybody, especially a mohel, so familiar with Jewish law, even taste a drop of human blood? After all, humans are carnivores, and are not kosher.

        Maybe they should get a job on a cattle ranch, instead.

      • RoHa on June 2, 2015, 7:56 pm

        But if the Israelis are not going to drink it, why do they shed so much of it?

    • Froggy on June 2, 2015, 12:05 pm

      I’m with you there… (Quote from Father Ted, Irish sitcom written for British broadcaster Channel 4)

    • Boo on June 2, 2015, 8:49 pm

      My suggestion, which obviously comes a little too late, is that even in jest this is a good topic to avoid. Plays right into the hands of MondoWeiss haters, who hardly need us to provide them even a ridiculous reason to blast this site.

  2. Kris on June 1, 2015, 4:52 pm

    Netanyahu is nuts. Bringing up drinking the blood of children only calls to mind Jewish babies becoming infected with herpes during circumcision thanks to a “ritual” that is even more bizarre than circumcision itself.
    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/07/29/why-ultra-orthodox-jewish-babies-keep-getting-herpes.html http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/jewish-baby-contracted-herpes-bris-article-1.2055911

    • annie on June 1, 2015, 5:07 pm

      oh i didn’t even think of that. and here i was just advocating they use this line on their new ramped up anti – campus/student activism campaign http://mondoweiss.net/2015/06/gathering-alongside-sheldon/comment-page-1#comment-771449

    • amigo on June 1, 2015, 5:14 pm

      Me thinks he dost protest too much.

      What was that about God first making mad , those whom he would destroy. Me thinks he has completed part 1 , so when does he carry out part 2.

    • Stephen Shenfield on June 1, 2015, 7:47 pm

      Kris: Yes, and one conjecture about the origin of this belief is that it was a misperception spread by Gentile maidservants shocked at witnessing circumcisions. However, the idea of ingesting children’s blood seemed much less outlandish in the Middle Ages than it does to us today because children’s blood was widely regarded as a tonic that rejuvenated the elderly and cured their ills. There were merchants who kidnapped children to drain their blood and sold the dried product to rich old people. The only libelous elements of the “blood libel” were the idea that the merchants and consumers of children’s blood were exclusively Jews and the idea that Jews used it for ritual purposes.

      • CigarGod on June 2, 2015, 10:16 am

        Holy crap!
        I have read about…and spoken to people who have had injections of lamb placenta product…to combat illness and fend off aging. I can imagine there are some who may practice this therapy with young human parts.

      • David Doppler on June 2, 2015, 10:51 am

        Very interesting bit of medical history there, Stephen. Do you suppose the wide-spread “therapy” of blood-letting had a hidden economic motive as a means to procure blood for this “medicinal” purpose?

        And see this article in the NYTimes last year about new research into the rejuvenating qualities of young blood – transfused, or mixed by parabiosis, not eaten. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/05/science/young-blood-may-hold-key-to-reversing-aging.html?_r=0

        Imagine a series of posters with pictures of the Prime Minister with his most shocking quotes. E.g., picture him in fierce lecturing mode, superimposed on a photo of that broken young soccer player on a Gazan beach, saying, “holding Israel accountable for this boy’s death is the same as accusing all Jews of drinking children’s blood.” Same with photos of the scars from gunshot wounds on the young soccer stars’ feet: “holding the IDF accountable for crippling these Palestinian soccer players is . . . .

        Another would be him testifying to Congress in 2002: “I guarantee you that, if you invade Iraq, it will have long-term positive reverberations throughout the Middle East.”

        Another would be him in front of his cabinet: “my greatest fear is that Iran will get its deal with the West and abide by every term.”

        Another would be him in tyrant tirade: “If FIFA banishes Israeli football, it will be destroyed.”

      • Mooser on June 2, 2015, 11:52 am

        “I have read about…and spoken to people who have had injections of lamb placenta product…to combat illness and fend off aging.”

        Yes, and I’ve noticed it makes them very affectionate, they tend to run around bleating “I love ewe” at everyone.

        Got to wonder if that whole sheep-injection thing didn’t originate in the saying “mutton passing as lamb”.

      • Mooser on June 2, 2015, 12:02 pm

        “research into the rejuvenating qualities of young blood”

        It’s worked for me since 1957!! .

      • RoHa on June 2, 2015, 8:05 pm

        “research into the rejuvenating qualities of young blood”

        I find that, when that young blood is flowing in the veins and arteries of an agreeable young woman, it certainly has a rejuvenating effect on the spirit. The effect on the flesh is, alas, not always as impressive.

    • CigarGod on June 2, 2015, 2:12 am

      The possible origin of the drinking blood thing?
      Perhaps bibi should try to outlaw the practice. It would be good for him to fight on a real front.

  3. Veti on June 1, 2015, 4:58 pm

    Netanyahu is a true zionist. Divert, Deny, Attack. When someone is so far into their denial it becomes cognitive dissonance. If Netanyahu thinks him and his IOF have done nothing wrong, then they need to forced immediately into surrendering the land back to Palestinian control. No more Israel borders, no more siege of Gaza. No more 25ft apartheid wall. No more controlling water and electricity for the Palestinians. No more restricting of movements for the natives of this land. Netanyahu you can stay in your denial as the more you do the more people in the world wake up to the human rights violations you commit daily. No more drunk settlers beating up kids and running them over with their cars. No more. No more. NO MORE> Free Palestine from the iron boot of racist fascists of Israel.

  4. Cliff on June 1, 2015, 5:04 pm

    Zionist Jews LOVE antisemitism.

    They need antisemitism. Without antisemitism, they don’t know themselves and don’t know how to frame their worldview.

    • Froggy on June 2, 2015, 1:34 pm

      Cliff : “Without antisemitism, they don’t know themselves and don’t know how to frame their worldview.”

      Move the slider to 43.28 and watch to 45.18.

      First a rabbi in Kiev, and the a Jewish American woman say the same thing. The Jewish woman admits that she has no religion, so the ADL is the institution that supports her worldview as well as her Jewish identity.

      Later on in the film, at Babi Yar several of these same ADL people say that they love America, but that their love for Israel is greater.

      The problem comes when gentile citizens hear statements like this and think that all or a majority of Jews think like this, that they don’t love America first. Some, like these people, don’t, by their own admission. The question I have is why do people who think like this stay in the US instead of emigrating to Israel?

      • RoHa on June 2, 2015, 7:54 pm

        “The Jewish woman admits that she has no religion, so the ADL is the institution that supports her worldview as well as her Jewish identity. ”

        But why does she bother having a “Jewish identity”? Can’t she just relax, stop worrying about “identity”, and be happy.

      • Froggy on June 2, 2015, 9:21 pm

        Roha : “But why does she bother having a “Jewish identity”? Can’t she just relax, stop worrying about “identity”, and be happy.”

        RoHa, I don’t understand people like this woman. But then I’m not Jewish, so maybe I’m missing something.

        Could it be that she suffers from guilt over her abandoning the religion and religious customs of her parents, grandparents, and ancestoral line? I admit, I don’t know.

        This woman has an identity. She’s American, an American whose ancestors were Jews.

        Cute video, BTW.

  5. eljay on June 1, 2015, 5:24 pm

    Following a collapsed effort to sanction Israel at the international soccer association, FIFA, on Friday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has taken his most aggressive—and outlandish—tone yet against critics by accusing them of being from the same ilk of those who use anti-Semitic tropes.

    BeeBee the black rapist with half a dozen women chained in his basement:
    – denies the allegations of illegal gambling and tax evasion that have not been made against him; and
    – suggests that the only reason people accuse him of doing bad things is because he’s black and they are racist.

    Anything and everything to avoid justice and accountability for past and on-going (war) crimes.

  6. JWalters on June 1, 2015, 5:32 pm

    Improved Netanyahu speech –

    “Three score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Bigotry, and dedicated to the proposition that all Jews are superior to all non-Jews.

    “Now we are in the midst of a great struggle, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.”

    Seems to me more accurate, and makes his allusion clearer.

  7. Sulphurdunn on June 1, 2015, 5:40 pm

    Has he started pounding the lectern yet?

  8. Bornajoo on June 1, 2015, 6:46 pm

    “They need antisemitism. Without antisemitism, they don’t know themselves and don’t know how to frame their worldview”

    Fully agree. And all possible types of anti semitism; real, perceived and made up.

    • amigo on June 1, 2015, 7:08 pm

      Greetings from Hibernia.

      “Fully agree. And all possible types of anti semitism; real, perceived and made up.” Bornajoo.

      The trouble is , when antisemitism has been eradicated they will still have Pogroms and blood libels and good old Jew hatred. Should be good for another 1 million illegal squatters.

    • bintbiba on June 1, 2015, 7:31 pm

      Bornajoo,

      “” Fully agree. And all possible types of anti semitism; real, perceived and made up.” – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/06/children-netanyahu-campaign/comment-page-1#comment-771475

      How will they cope when there is no more anti semitism …no more excuses, no more justifications, no more reasons to do what they do best !

      • echinococcus on June 1, 2015, 9:10 pm

        How will they cope when there is no more anti semitism

        They’ll invent it, obviously. Hold on… they already did!

  9. oldgeezer on June 1, 2015, 7:08 pm

    The man is truly a psycho. As if Israel is being subjected to something worse than either Syria or Boko. As if the world is not capable of dealing with a multitude of issues at the same time.

    As if Israel wasn’t a rogue state which commits human rights abuses on a massive scale each and every day. As if it doesn’t continue to commit war crimes and illegal actions every day.

    As if there was any parrallel between the old fictional libels and Israel’s current crimes. One is fictional and the other kills real Palestinians.

    I am still trying to figure out why they aren’t a perfect country, in his mind, if he can claim that they’ve never erred.

    • Atlantaiconoclast on June 1, 2015, 8:55 pm

      Actually, SYRIA deserves a pass to some degree, certainly more than Israel gets, because unlike Israel, it faces a genocidal extremist enemy in ISIS, AL NUSRA, and even the FSA ISNT made up of choir boys. Plus, Netanyahu has allowed ISRAEL to serve as the air force for ISIS.

      • oldgeezer on June 2, 2015, 12:55 am

        No Syria deserves a partial pass for other reasons. I say partial as Syria is a serious situation which the world needs to help bring to a peaceful end if it can. One death is one death too many regardless of which side it is on.

        Syria is a nation of roughly 23 million people. (1)
        Gaza is a enclave or open air prison of roughly 1.8 million people. If you prefer enclave that’s fine but it’s an enclave from which there is no escape. (2)

        For ease of the mathematics we will pretend that the population of Gaza is 2.3 million people giving a ratio of 1 to 10, Gaza versus Syria.

        In seven weeks, ignoring both the Gazan and Israeli counts we come up with roughly 2100 dead from Operation protective edge. Roughly 300 per week. On an annualized basis that is approx 15,600 per year.

        If we were to adjust that annualized figure to account for the disparity in population base then the death toll would rise to 156,000 per year.

        The overall death toll in Syria is approximately 200,000 depending on the source used (3)

        In Syria the death toll has occured over a period of roughly three years while in Israel it was over a period of three weeks.

        By any mathematical analysis the DEATH RATE was much higher in Gaza.

        Additionally…..

        The majority of deaths in Syria has been amongst the combatants of both sides. In Syria we have what is essentially a civil war between two well equipped opponents. (4)

        In Gaza we have a first world regular army force conducting a lawn mowing exercise, according to their own words, against a largely civilian population.

        The majority of deaths are women and children (uninvolved men do count too in my book).

        In the case of Syria combat is the primary cause of death. In Gaza slaughter of innocents is the primary cause of death. I may be cold hearted but I can’t work up the same sympathy for those who volunteer for combat and die as a result although even then I would prefer no loss of life.

        In conclusion, no Syria is not a worse situation. Gaza beats it hands down on the numbers. Particularly as the murderous rogue state of Israel talks about the need to go back in, the need to attack Iran and the need to hit Lebanon yet again while also crying in their sleeves about how the laws of warfare restrict them too much.

        Thank you Wolf Blass (and a shout out to Charles Smith and Eve)

        As a parting ps. No you don’t get to blame Hamas for using human shields. They are fighting from their home for their home. The use of human shields rests on Israel who had a policy of doing so, including children, until the high court ruled against it. While denying that such a policy now exists, the practice has been proven to continue. Coward and scum who are held unaccountable by the isreali terrorist force and it’s terrorist loving citizens.

        1.
        https://www.google.com/search?q=syria+population&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8
        2.
        https://www.google.com/search?q=gaza+population&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8

        3.
        https://www.google.com/search?q=death+toll+in+syria+by+year&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8

        4.
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casualties_of_the_Syrian_Civil_War#Combatant_deaths

      • oldgeezer on June 2, 2015, 12:57 am

        ps… I would like to give a shoutout to the child killers of the itf for being so efficient. You rock dudes. No one kills kids like you do

      • oldgeezer on June 2, 2015, 8:09 am

        Thanks CG…. I noticed I said the deaths happened in Syria over three years versus 3 weeks in Gaza when I should have said 7 weeks. While an error it doesn’t alter the fact that the disparity was enormous.

      • Donald on June 2, 2015, 9:10 am

        Old geezer–I agree with your math (I didn’t check the specifics but I did a similar calculation myself last year) but wouldn’t say the Syrian government deserves any kind of pass. But it is true that when the numbers are examined it makes a mockery of Israel’s claim that it fights humanely–there is a lower percentage of women and children dead in Syria, for example. But the brutality on both sides is on a much larger scale in Syria. I would say though that if the Israelis had a genuine fear of being conquered by any group of Palestinians, let alone a group like Isis, it is hard to imagine what they would do in response. The same is true of the U.S. Any genuine existential threat and we would reach for the nukes.

      • oldgeezer on June 2, 2015, 9:23 am

        @Donald

        I don’t really disagree with your no pass position. I started that way to focus on the numbers rather than fight whether it should get a pass or is currently getting one

    • CigarGod on June 2, 2015, 2:21 am

      Right on, OG.
      Love your numbers perspective on Syria/Gaza.
      That type of argument seems so much more effective, to me…than trying to engage the enemy in the emotional style they prefer.

  10. Kay24 on June 1, 2015, 7:11 pm

    “They said that we drink the blood of little children,” and “They said that we are the poisoners of the wells of humanity,” Netanyahu claimed of his adversaries in the soccer campaign”.

    Aw what a drama queen….I don’t know about blood, but they certainly drink the syphoned and stolen water, from the Palestinians. In fact they sell them back to the rightful owners.

    • NorthCascadian on June 1, 2015, 10:02 pm

      I could not help but remember Rachael Corrie talking about the wells of Rafah..”.According to the municipal water office the wells destroyed last week provided half of Rafah’s water supply. Many of the communities have requested internationals to be present at night to attempt to shield houses from further demolition. After about ten p.m. it is very difficult to move at night because the Israeli army treats anyone in the streets as resistance and shoots at them. So clearly we are too few.” http://rachelcorriefoundation.org/rachel/emails
      On still another front Alison Weir is under attack…. https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=830567883658841&id=369339636448337

      • Kay24 on June 1, 2015, 10:12 pm

        It is sad that the Palestinians have to go through so much pain and suffering. Homes being demolished, lands stolen, water stolen, olive trees destroyed and stolen, and shot for moving around your own streets. This is bloody hell on earth, and the zionists act like the demons.

      • echinococcus on June 1, 2015, 11:52 pm

        Yes, JVP, already a shaky member of Palestinian solidarity, with sometimes better ties to Zionists than to some of the most serious, business-meaning opponents of it, continues to sling mud at every “antisemite” windmill. It thinks the Palestinians’ suffering is there for a tribally segregated group to use it as a pretext for their “antisemitism” hunt. Its leadership looks like intending to control all of Palestinian solidarity.

  11. a blah chick on June 1, 2015, 7:13 pm

    At the rate they’re going this government will out-crazy the previous one in just a few months. Just like we all predicted.

    Butcher Bibi and his madmen are BDS’s biggest recruiters.

  12. Citizen on June 1, 2015, 7:19 pm

    Wow, this is the guy Obama just gave another $1.9 billion worth of bombs to; and Bibi also pressed him to raise the annual direct aid dole from $3.2 billion (plus interest) to $4.5 billion for ten years more (plus interest); as well Obama go nearly another half billion this year in more Iron Dome & related stuff–not to mention doubling the squadron of F-35s…. ugh!

    Under the original annual dole attendant the Egyptian-Israeli peace agreement, Israel got X amount & Egypt got a fraction of that, the two sums combining equaling, what? 20% of total US foreign aid per annum? I wonder if Egypt will push for the same formula applied to the new $4.5 billion to be given to Israel? Likely, and Obama will give it because it secures Israel border with Egypt for another ten years.

  13. DaBakr on June 1, 2015, 8:47 pm

    it is easy enough to go online and find dozens of recent translations of Imams saying exactly what bb claims they say. It might be a stretch to link the FIFA ploy to the ‘protocols’ thing but even Rajoub was caught-by a surreptitious author- and who thought he was speaking to a fellow sympathizer-spouted vile lies and curses against Jews (not Israelis). Of course-when exposed he claimed it was taken out of context.
    Anyway-everybody here can have their conspiracy theory about so-called Israeli pressure to stymie the vote (of course we pressured the UN to cancel it-hardly a secret) but bb can’t have his own ‘conspiracy’ theory about things w/o being called ‘insane’

    • talknic on June 1, 2015, 10:20 pm

      @ DaBakr June 1, 2015, 8:47 pm

      “it is easy enough to go online and find dozens of recent translations of Imam…”

      They’d be non-Israeli apologist and non-Israeli propaganda sites right? I’d be really interested to read one

      • DaBakr on June 2, 2015, 9:33 pm

        @tk

        your claiming that memri takes broadcast TV from Turkey, Egypt and other Arab or the Persian Islamic republic and does what? Doctors them? Even when the format is a talkshow with a host and the conversation with the guest is flowing and completely flowing with no interruptions? Even with a basic rudimentary knowledge of Arabic it is your position that these vile and/or ignorant broadcasts and videos are simply ‘not worth anything’ because they represent a pro-Israeli site yet you expect your political opponents to take your endless links to pro-Palestinian based information at face value?

        If thats your take then you live in a black and white world and ‘discussion’ is not your intent as your mind seems completely rigid and made up. Now, is that surprising?

        In your kind of intellect-the only credible criticism of the American far-left fringe would be articles promoted by the far-left fringe. Right. Check.

    • Kris on June 1, 2015, 10:25 pm

      DaBakr: “It is easy enough to go online and find dozens of recent translations of Imams saying exactly what bb claims they say.”

      Please provide a few credible links.

      Thanks.

    • Kris on June 1, 2015, 10:58 pm

      Sorry, DaBakr–what was I thinking!!!? I know that you Zionists don’t provide links to your info, just as you consistently refuse to define terms such as “antisemitism.”

      Anyway, it doesn’t matter if any Imams say that Jews drink the blood of children, as Nuttyyanhu claims. We already know, from the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, that this practice is common in NYC:

      “The baby was rushed to the hospital 12 days after undergoing the ancient ritual, known as metzitzah b’peh, which involves cleaning the circumcision wound by oral suction.

      “The unidentified boy has recovered, but two of the other infected infants since 2000 died, and at least two suffered brain damage.

      “The oral suction ritual is practiced by a small number of ultra-Orthodox Jews. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that it is performed 3,600 times a year in New York city.” http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/jewish-baby-contracted-herpes-bris-article-1.2055911

      Here’s hoping that I can manage to stop falling for your tedious “look over there!” tactic.

      • DaBakr on June 2, 2015, 9:44 pm

        @KS

        most of you mw (not all) commentators use endless amounts of ‘links’ simply to keep arguing and never (ever0 conceding a point. Talk about fanaticism-I just was glancing through an old 2012 MW thread parsing the sentence in Ben Gurions hand written letter in hebrew. LOL. I never saw such copius amounts of posting-i mean like 100s of 1000s of words-simply to not concede a simple truth and basically meaningless truth in the scope of things. And that is why I don’t engage in the bogus ‘link-dump wars’. Also-MW commenters simply regurgiatate inaccurate info spread by anti-Zionists years previous and then link to your own sources as if they are now-through the passage of time and multi-linking are legitimate. Memri is a pretty simple premise:

        either watch the videos and cross reference the

        ir (often Arab)translations and believe what your eyes and ears hear and see -or-make an accusation of some grand and insidious conspiracy. I mean really-its pretty obvious why ant-Zionists who are sometimes rightly and sometimes wrongly accused of Jew-hating also hate Memri. But in actuality-it doesn’t really take a political position.

        And please -don’t “fall” for anything I or anybody else says. Try and have an open mind and not see the world in bl;ack and white. Or do-like many here are comfortable with doing

      • echinococcus on June 3, 2015, 3:11 am

        MEMRI, eh? Oh, not a propaganda site at all, Simply an organization headed by a highish Mossad officer, that posts texts that it selected and translated itself from the publications of peoples that are to be vilified. Translations and selections, of which a good number have already been discredited for their bias. Besides, any translator knows that there is no such thing as a really neutral translation. So MEMRI is out. Give us the entire article in its original Arabic, if necessary, and we’ll judge.

        By the way, you still didn’t provide a single link to any text. Strange.

      • Froggy on June 3, 2015, 9:51 am

        echinococcus : Wrt MEMRI….

        Is this the MEMRI whose original mission statement read: “In its research, the institute puts emphasis on the continuing relevance of Zionism to the Jewish people and to the state of Israel.”

        ~LOL~

      • echinococcus on June 5, 2015, 12:47 pm

        Froggy,

        Why, would you have a Mossad officer (officially) who is against Zionism?

    • Marnie on June 2, 2015, 12:19 am

      DaBakr June 1, 2015, 8:47 pm “it is easy enough to go online and find dozens of recent translations of Imams saying exactly what bb claims they say”.

      Why didn’t you? Why do trolls expect everyone to their work for them? ;-)

      “We are in the midst of a great struggle being waged against the State of Israel, an international campaign to blacken its name.” Wow, this almost sounds like the classic Jewish conspiracy theory with the “international” flavor and all by ‘Yahooo (n’yuck, n’yuck, n’yuck). Damn right Zionists need antisemitism, so much so they manufacture it by the truckloads at their new facility in Ma’ale Adumim, but will attempt the sleight of hand by stamping the boxes Made in Palestine, to slip under the radar. Thank God for the internet, satellites, independent news sources, MW, Electronic Intifada, Tikun Olam, Ma’an, etc., to expose the dirty deeds of the ziostate, which by its very existence blackens the name “Israel”.

      • DaBakr on June 2, 2015, 9:56 pm

        @mn

        I don’t consider it my job to divest you of your own mediocre intellect and skills at determining your political positions. In this case I refer to Memri and there is no need to ‘link’ as most commenters here have pre-conceived notions that memri is some kind of Zionist hoax. In fact-it takes no political position and simply translates the videos it finds throughout the worlds and specifically the Arabic and Persian media. Watch the videos and either belive them or pretend they are a massive ‘mossad operation’. you can certainly do that in your own if you choose to.
        Its not like dozens of commenters here havn’t trashed memri in the past. But then on mw-almost anything that portrays Israel in a positive light or portrays its foes as being filled with ignorance and spouting hatred is guaranteed to be written off as simply ‘hasbara’. And anything ‘hasbara’ must therefore be a complete lie. It idiotic but thats how many here see it.

        I stand by my original point that it is very easy to find an Arab, Iranian or Turkish Imam or politician spouting exactly the kind of vile lies that Netanyahu said they do. Or tie it in to some archaic ultra-orthodox tradition ( thats been twisted into being something it is not in the first place-as archaic and bad as it is*) practiced by a tiny handful of fanatical believers -mostly in Brooklyn from what I understand.

        * it would be the equivilent of teaching students the world over that Catholicism promotes child rape because of the perverse priests that need[ed] to be weeded out.

      • Froggy on June 3, 2015, 7:26 am

        DaBakr : Many of your rabbis are no better.

        Does the name Ovadia Yosef mean anything to you?

        Ovadia Yosef:

        “Goyim were born only to serve us. Without that, they have no place in the world – only to serve the People of Israel.”

        “In Israel, death has no dominion over them… With gentiles, it will be like any person – they need to die, but [God] will give them longevity. Why? Imagine that one’s donkey would die, they’d lose their money.

        “This is his servant… That’s why he gets a long life, to work well for this Jew.”

        “Why are gentiles needed? They will work, they will plow, they will reap. We will sit like an effendi and eat… That is why gentiles were created.”

        And this:

        ‘The spiritual leader of Israel’s ultra-orthodox Shas party, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, has provoked outrage with a sermon calling for the annihilation of Arabs.

        “It is forbidden to be merciful to them. You must send missiles to them and annihilate them. They are evil and damnable,” he was quoted as saying in a sermon delivered on Monday to mark the Jewish festival of Passover.’

        http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/1270038.stm

        Do the names Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira and Rabbi Yosef Elitzur mean anything to you? Here are some quotes from and about a religious book called ‘The Kings Torah’:

        ‘The marble-patterned, hardcover book embossed with gold Hebrew letters looks like any other religious commentary you’d find in an Orthodox Judaica bookstore – but reads like a rabbinic instruction manual outlining acceptable scenarios for killing non-Jewish babies, children and adults.

        The prohibition ‘Thou Shalt Not Murder’ applies only “to a Jew who kills a Jew,” write Rabbis Yitzhak Shapira and Yosef Elitzur of the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar. Non-Jews are “uncompassionate by nature” and attacks on them “curb their evil inclination,” while babies and children of Israel’s enemies may be killed since “it is clear that they will grow to harm us.”‘

        ——–

        ‘Prominent religious figures wrote letters of endorsement that preface the book. Rabbi Yaakov Yosef, son of former Sephardic Chief Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, blessed the authors and wrote that many “disciples of Torah are unfamiliar with these laws.” The elder Yosef has not commented on his son’s statement.

        Dov Lior, chief rabbi of Kiryat Arba and a respected figure among many mainstream religious Zionists, noted that the book is “very relevant especially in this time.”

        Rabbi Zalman Nechemia Goldberg, one of the country’s most respected rabbinic commentators, initially endorsed the book, but rescinded his approval a month after its release, saying that the book includes statements that “have no place in human intelligence.”

        ——–

        Previously, Israel has arrested settler rabbis who publish commentaries supporting the killing of non-Jews. In addition to Ginsburgh, the Od Yosef Chai yeshiva head, in 1994, the government jailed Rabbi Ido Elba of Hebron for writing a 26-page article proclaiming it a “mitzva to kill every non-Jew from the nation that is fighting the Jew, even women and children.”‘

        http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/2.209/the-king-s-torah-a-rabbinic-text-or-a-call-to-terror-1.261930

        ‘”It is permissable to kill the Righteous among Nations even if they are not responsible for the threatening situation. If we kill a Gentile who has sinned or has violated one of the seven commandments – because we care about the commandments – there is nothing wrong with the murder [either].”‘

        http://azvsas.blogspot.fr/2009/11/even-non-jewish-children-must-be-killed.html

        And more at:

        http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3925115,00.html

        British Blogger Tony Greenstein comments:

        ‘Yes it is almost becoming a regular feature. Another Rabbi says killing non-Jews is fine, even if they are innocent. But wasn’t that the Nazi idea in respect of Jews? They are all worthless, they will all grow up to be evil etc? Below is an article from Haaretz on this delightful character Rabbi Yitzhak Shapiro.

        As the site of the Lubavitch sect, to which he belongs, explains, Shapira isn’t alone. He is endorsed by all the main settler Rabbis and non-settler ones like Ovadia Yosef too.

        The headline in Haaretz is misleading because he wasn’t saying that you can kill those who threaten Israel but that all non-Jews in the area can be taken to be the enemies of the Jewish state and are therefore deserving of death.

        The Rabbi Manis Friedman cited below is also, as we have already shown, another who believes in the genocide of the Palestinians (because that is what we are really talking about).

        Such lovely people these Orthodox Israeli Rabbis. The Bible is their Mein Kampf.’

        Tony Greenstein

        There seem to be dozens of these extremist rabbis.

        I first learned of these extremist rabbis on the BBC, and on British newsites, the Telegraph and Guardian being just two of them, after which I went over to the Jewish and Israeli news sites to see what they had to say.

        You look foolish criticising other extremists whilst pretending your own extremists don’t exist.

      • Marnie on June 3, 2015, 12:12 am

        No worries DB! From what I’ve observed, the troll goes into personal attack mode when they have nothing else.

      • oldgeezer on June 3, 2015, 12:27 am

        @Dabakr

        In otherwords you can’t. All you could do was try to use a cheap slur as an escape route.

        Before you accuse others of having a limited intelect you might want to try to get yours up to that level.

        You have stated nothing of substance in your posts of the last 24 hours. Just cheap shots and insults displaying total lack of any content whatsoever.

      • eljay on June 3, 2015, 7:57 am

        || DaBakr: … almost anything that portrays Israel in a positive light … is guaranteed to be written off as simply ‘hasbara’. … ||

        Yeah, it’s sad when people write off as propaganda the things that portray the serial rapist in a positive light. To hell with the battered and abused women chained in his basement: We should disregard his past and on-going crimes and instead celebrate the fact that he coaches the community hockey team and helps old ladies cross the street.

        Zio-supremacists are a bad joke.

      • italian ex-pat on June 3, 2015, 10:58 am

        @ DaBakr

        Hold it just a moment. As a (lapsed) Catholic, I object to your conflating the “archaic” ultra-orthodox practice of rabbis sucking the blood from a freshly circumcised baby to the sexual child abuse perpetrated by some Catholic priests. The latter is a crime ( which by the way is not strictly confined to perverted priests but seems to be equally widespread in the world of sports coaches and school teachers). While the Church may be guilty of often covering up such abuses, that’s far from ‘promoting’ them, as you suggest in your twisted comparison.

        Whereas the ultra-orthodox practice of sucking circumcision blood, in spite of all its negative health effects, is not at all considered a crime, in fact, from what I’ve heard, it is the baby’s parents themselves who insist on it – a little different than rape, wouldn’t you say? And while it may only be practiced by a “tiny” community of fanatics in Brooklyn, as you claim, I wonder how “archaic” it is among the settlers in the West Bank, who are, for the most part, transplanted ultra-orthodox fanatics from Brooklyn.

      • Sami on June 3, 2015, 11:32 am

        Google “Sheikh Khaled Al-Mughrabi”.

        P.S. I am Canadian but was born in Lebanon. Arabic is my first language. The Youtube translation is pretty accurate. I support Palestine but my people (Maronites) are being hounded out of lands they lived long before the Muslim invasion.

    • oldgeezer on June 2, 2015, 1:20 am

      “but bb can’t have his own ‘conspiracy’ theory about things w/o being called ‘insane’ – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/06/children-netanyahu-campaign#comment-147263

      No he can’t. He is a nutter psycho.

      When Joe or Josephine average have a belief in a conspiracy theory it’s one thing to smile and nod politely in order to be kind but when the pm of a rogue state who has nuclear weapons under his finger believes in and propounds conspiracy theories it’s an an entirely different level.

      Netanyahu is not Hitler but he too was a leader with power at his finger tips and who believed in conspiracies. The world has been taught the danger of having such psychos at the wheel. Never again is meaningless if you didn’ t learn anything and you’re really just a stupid racist if you don’t believe a Jewish person couldn’t be as evil

      • Cummings99 on June 2, 2015, 10:17 am

        Well said and the U.S. hawks are following N lead, which proves Rene Girard theory on acquisitive mimesis”correct. In “RENE GIRARD’S THEORY OF VIOLENCE, RELIGION AND THE SCAPEGOAT, ” by Jeramy Townsley:

        “Girard’s radical theory of violence led him to develop a theory of “acquisitive mimesis” and “rivalry,” from which originates all violence (Girard 1965), and the surrogate victim, from which originates ritual as the ameliorative factor for violence. He proposes that much of human behavior is based on “mimesis,” an all-encompassing expression of imitation, but focuses on acquisition and appropriation as the object of mimesis, contrary to most of the extant literature on imitative behavior (Girard 1979, 9). ”

        Interestingly, “Girard describes a situation where two individuals desire the same object; as they both attempt to obtain this object, their behavior becomes conflictual, since there is only one object, but two people. “Violence is generated by this process; or rather, violence is the process itself when two or more partners try to prevent one another from appropriating the object they all desire through physical or other means” (Girard 1979, 9). ”

        There we have the root of the problem that has been the cause of evil from the beginning of time, so we have learned nothing. The cause of national and collective neurosis and ultimately perpetual violence that stems from this illusion–wants and desires–coveteousness, which is mimetic, contagious and must lead to murder of a scapegoat, according to Rene. The grave danger is this murder is addictive, therefore the cycle once it begins will repeat itself because it serves as community purification –and that is the danger of having nuclear weapons in the hands of highly charged and neurotic leaders who sees real evil and threats out there and under every rock, when the evil is one’s own projection reflecting back on upon the source.

      • Mooser on June 2, 2015, 10:49 am

        I’m re-reading Shirer’s “Rise and Fall of the Third Reich” which contains many paragraphs of Hitler’s speeches and Nazi communications. I may have to renege on my promise to never compare Zionists to Nazis.

      • Froggy on June 2, 2015, 1:47 pm

        oldgeezer : “Never again….”

        We learnt ‘ Never again’ in our history classes when they covered the holocaust / shoa.

        Most of us took it to mean that this shouldn’t ever happen to any people, no matter who they are. That would include the people of Gaza.

      • DaBakr on June 2, 2015, 10:07 pm

        @og

        bb is hardly insane because he said ‘they accuse us of drinking children’s blood’. he is simply stating a fact. period. that is what the headline is insinuating.

        *kind of like the NYP stating ‘PW has gone off the deep end accusing Adelson of wanting to nuke the Iranians out of existence” [i’m sure pw would love the attention from the NYP however]

      • oldgeezer on June 2, 2015, 11:53 pm

        @Dabakr

        A single item wasn’t used as a basis for my comment and your single reference doesn’t refute it.

        His words and actions speak for themselves. He is a danger to the middle east if not humanity. Let’s hope the rest of the rabid racists that comprise Israel can keep him in check or we won’t even have the opportunity to disagree. Whatever sanity or moral values have long ago left the building.

      • Kay24 on June 3, 2015, 6:53 am

        Most of the time these nutters have to pretend their naive people are under constant dangers from all around, to keep their powers and violence going. They want their people to feel they are the only ones who can keep them safe, or protect them from imaginary attacks. The Bush administration did the same thing, to the point of having color coded warnings on a daily basis.
        After that, they have that license to kill.

    • Kay24 on June 2, 2015, 6:53 am

      Obviously you have forgotten Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, a “fine” Rabbi who called for genocide of the Palestinians and other lovely sentiments.

      When it comes to criticism, I think we have the right to criticize those we send the most aid to, and who we arm with the latest weapons, and question whether our taxes are worth it.
      Are you equating some nutty Imam to the PM of a so called “democratic” nation, who should know better?

      • oldgeezer on June 3, 2015, 12:19 am

        I doubt Dabakr has forgotten. He just likes to make wild claims he can’t substantiate. He is willing to write long rants attempting to justify his claims but the reality is he clearly can’t.

      • Kay24 on June 3, 2015, 6:56 am

        Well, he must be winning the hasbara award for not giving up. I doubt any MDW commenter here has changed his/her mind after reading DBKR’s comments. He keeps digging himself into a hole and still does not give up.

  14. James North on June 1, 2015, 10:17 pm

    Contrast Allison Deger’s excellent summary of Netanyahu’s wild accusations with the New York Times version, much of which reads like his chief PR agent scripted it. You simply have to read Mondoweiss to find out the truth in Israel/Palestine.

    • MRW on June 1, 2015, 11:30 pm

      I agree. Allison has become a good writer. But then, she’s had some great stuff to report on. :-)

  15. Donald on June 1, 2015, 10:47 pm

    In the past several years every time I’ve seen someone claim the UN human rights council ignores virtually everything except Israel and pays no attention to Syria, say, I always go visit their front page website. I’ve probably done this about ten times. In my recollection, there’s been something about Syria every single time. Today, there is also something about Gaza. Usually when I’ve checked there was nothing on the front page about Israel, but today there is. And a lot of things about other bad actors.

    The idea that the UN has ignored Syria is idiotic. It’s a flat lie. Now they haven’t been able to do anything about it, but they have certainly condemned what is going on there.

    Link to UN Human Rights

    And here’s a link to some of what the UN has said about Syria. I suppose calling Netanyahu a liar is like calling the sky blue on a clear day, but anyone who bothers to read the NYT will have seen numerous stories over the past few years about UN reports on Syria. Netanyahu and other liars I’ve seen online simply say this because in their minds it has to be true that the UN never criticizes anyone but Israel. They repeat it so often it becomes a fact in their own heads, so maybe they aren’t consciously lying but believe their own bull crap.

    link

  16. for-peace on June 1, 2015, 10:50 pm

    It is surprising to see Israeli officials so frequently comparing themselves to Boko Haram and and Al Qaeda, only to conclude “we are better”.

    • oldgeezer on June 2, 2015, 12:28 am

      Well when you are a nation that lives in the bottom of the gutter of humanity you know you won’t compare well if you reach for the top. Yes it’s surprising that they don’t realize that people will understand why that has to be the comparison that they make.

    • Kay24 on June 2, 2015, 10:28 am

      Yes isn’t it? The Rats of Hasba consistently do this. “Look over there, we are better” refrain has been used ad nauseam to deflect from their endless crimes against humanity. As if the only “democracy” in the ME is the least of the scoundrels. :))

    • eljay on June 2, 2015, 10:47 am

      || for-peace: It is surprising to see Israeli officials so frequently comparing themselves to Boko Haram and and Al Qaeda, only to conclude “we are better”. ||

      It’s part of the Zio-supremacist schizophrenia:
      – Israel is a “moral beacon” and a “light unto the nations” / Israel isn’t as bad as Saudi Arabia, Mali and African “hell-holes”.

      – Israel is a “Western-style democracy” / Israel is a religion-supremacist “Jewish State”.

      – Israel is a strong country and the only truly safe place in the world for Jews / Israel is perpetually on the verge of being wiped off the map and pushed into the sea.

      – Israel must not be singled out for special treatment / Israel must be singled out for special treatment.

  17. MRW on June 1, 2015, 11:29 pm

    His hair is purple.

    • eljay on June 2, 2015, 10:57 am

      || MRW: His hair is purple. ||

      Purple hair is on his pate
      See him smile, spewing Zio hate
      Righteous bastard, and it’s no surprise:
      “‘scuse us, whilst we colonize.”

      (with apologies to J. Hendrix)

      • Froggy on June 2, 2015, 12:55 pm

        eljay : Pure deid brilliant!

      • eljay on June 2, 2015, 2:14 pm

        || Froggy: Pure deid brilliant! ||

        Thanks. :-)

  18. JLewisDickerson on June 2, 2015, 5:31 am

    RE: “With the new Netanyahu government filling out its cabinet only last week, Israel is just wetting its feet for what will come in Netanyahu’s fourth term leading the country.” ~ Deger

    SEE: “Who Will Save Israel”, by Uri Avnery, zope.gush-shalom.org, 23 May 2015

    [EXCERPTS] . . . PERHAPS WORSE is Netanyahu’s decision to retain for himself the Ministry of Communication.
    This ministry has always been disdained as a low-level office, reserved for political lightweights. Netanyahu’s dogged insistence on retaining it for himself is ominous.
    The communication Ministry controls all TV stations, and indirectly newspapers and other media. Since all Israeli media are in very bad shape financially, this control may become deadly.
    Netanyahu’s patron – some say owner – Sheldon Adelson, the would-be dictator of the US Republican party, already publishes a give-away newspaper in Israel, which has only one sole aim: to support Netanyahu personally against all enemies, including his competitors in his own Likud party. The paper – “Israel Hayom” (Israel Today) – is already Israel’s widest-circulation newspaper, with the American casino king pouring into it untold millions.
    Netanyahu is determined to break all opposition in the electronic and written media. Opposition commentators are well advised to look for jobs elsewhere . . .
    . . . One cannot avoid an odious analogy. One of the key terms in the Nazi lexicon was the atrocious German word Gleichschaltung – meaning connecting all media to the same energy source. All newspapers and radio stations (TV did not yet exist) were staffed with Nazis. Every morning, a Propaganda Ministry official by the name of Dr. Dietrich convened the editors and told them what tomorrow’s headlines, editorials etc. were to be.
    Netanyahu has already dismissed the chief of the TV department. We don’t yet know the name of our own Dr. Dietrich. . .

    ENTIRE COMMENTARY – http://zope.gush-shalom.org/home/en/channels/avnery/1432296815/

  19. a blah chick on June 2, 2015, 6:43 am

    Well shut my mouth and call me Clyde, in all the tumult over Israel/Palestine FIFA did find time to suspend a country…Indonesia.

    Yep, Indonesia got suspended for, get this, government interference in the football program.

    What was that about Israel being singled out?

  20. Kay24 on June 2, 2015, 7:15 am

    OT but here is proof Menendez is a big hypocrite:

    He objects to Malaysia being part of trade pact citing human trafficking (Tier 3)

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/01/menendez-trade-slavery_n_7487312.html

    yet supports, and is sickeningly devoted to, Israel, who is in Tier one in human trafficking:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_trafficking_in_Israel

    Can it be because Malaysia is a Muslim nation?

    • oldgeezer on June 2, 2015, 8:18 am

      Actually Tier 1 is much better than Tier 3. The US, Canada and UK are Tier 1 as well. Tier one means the government acknowledges it and is actively trying to stop it.

      • Kay24 on June 2, 2015, 10:25 am

        Okay, I stand corrected on that OG.

  21. eusebio on June 2, 2015, 8:46 am

    Mr Prime Minister Netanyah takes of peace and stability in Palestine and Israel with advances freedoms and human rights

  22. Cummings99 on June 2, 2015, 9:19 am

    Delusional!

    ““To understand things we must have been once in them and then have come out of them; so that first there must be captivity and then deliverance, illusion followed by disillusion, enthusiasm by disappointment. He who is still under the spell, and he who has never felt the spell, are equally incompetent. We only know well what we have first believed, then judged. To understand we must be free, yet not have been always free. The same truth holds, whether it is a question of love, of art, of religion, or of patriotism. Sympathy is a first condition of criticism; reason and justice presuppose, at their origin, emotion–“Henri-Frédéric Amiel

  23. Kris on June 2, 2015, 11:36 am

    Netanyahu: “They said that we are the poisoners of the wells of humanity.”

    Um, Israeli Jews ARE the “poisoners of the wells of humanity.”

    Consider their ongoing campaign to debase international laws that were adopted after the Holocaust to protect civilians, as described in this article: “When law is the target: Israel’s campaign will whitewash war crimes everywhere,” here:
    https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/articles/debate/18415-when-law-is-the-target-israels-campaign-will-whitewash-war-crimes-everywhere

    From the article:

    “Shortly after the UN Human Rights Council’s ‘Goldstone report’ was published in September 2009, detailing Israeli war crimes in the Gaza Strip, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu instructed relevant government bodies to embark on a “worldwide campaign to amend the international laws of war to adapt them to the spread of global terrorism.”

    “The context was the prospect of Israeli officials facing “war crimes trials abroad.” Backing Netanyahu’s initiative, then-Defense Minister Ehud Barak said a change in the international laws of war was “in the interest of anyone fighting terrorism”, and would give the army “freedom of action.”

    “As Amnesty International said concerning ‘Operation Cast Lead’, “the Israeli army’s definitions of legitimate targets and proportionality are not consistent with the requirements of international humanitarian law.” Israel’s solution is to try and change those requirements.

    “In her 2011 speech, Arbour ((former Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda)) noted that while “critics allege that international law fails to take into account many issues pertinent to today’s conflicts”, in fact, “many of these issues are expressly addressed – just not in the way critics would like.” Thus the calls for revisions, she concluded, “stem more from the desire of certain states to legitimise their recent violations of humanitarian law than from any real concern with bringing the law up to date.” …

    “After ‘Operation Cast Lead’, Daniel Reisner, former head of the international law division (ILD) in the Military Advocate General’s Office, was frank about how he hoped things would progress.

    “If you do something for long enough, the world will accept it. The whole of international law is now based on the notion that an act that is forbidden today becomes permissible if executed by enough countries….International law progresses through violations.”

    • RoHa on June 2, 2015, 8:21 pm

      They are the poisoners of the wells of humanity in another sense as well.

      By their division of humanity into “nations” and “peoples’, by their self-segregation and the apartheid they impose on the Palestinians, by their insistence that they are victims of an irrational universal hatred, and especially by their denial of the humanity of Arabs, they not only destroy their own humanity, they also encourage these foul ideas in others.

  24. Kris on June 2, 2015, 12:57 pm

    OTOH, maybe Netanyahu is using “drink the blood of children” figuratively, and is referring to incidents such as this one: http://www.cnn.com/2015/06/01/opinions/abukhdeir-palestinian-beating-case/index.html “Time to end Israel’s impunity.” From the article:

    (CNN)Last summer, while visiting our family in Shuafat, a neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem, my son Tariq was chased, zip-tied, and beaten unconscious by Israeli police officers as he watched a protest. The protest was in response to the kidnapping and killing of his 16-year-old friend and cousin, Muhammad Abu Khdeir, by Israeli settlers the day before.

    As the policemen lifted my unconscious son’s body away to prison, two officers continued to kick his limp body and face. In prison, he had to wait six hours before receiving medical attention. And we had to wait several months for him to be cleared of wrongdoing in the case. When I first saw Tariq after the beating, I did not recognize him; his face was badly bruised and his eyes were nearly swollen shut. I thought he was dead. I wanted to get closer to him, to see if he was breathing, to let him know I was there. But the hospital officials barred me from entering his room.

    I wish I could say what happened to Tariq is extremely unusual, but it’s not. Every year, somewhere between 500 and 700 Palestinian children are typically prosecuted in Israeli military courts, according to Defense for Children International Palestine. Human rights groups have documented abuse of these children and, in some cases, torture at the hands of Israeli soldiers, interrogators and policemen.

    Most likely you have never heard these stories. So why are you hearing about my son?

    There are two main reasons. One is that Tariq is an American citizen, which has put our case in the international spotlight. The other is that his beating was caught on camera and posted online for the world to see.

  25. larick on June 2, 2015, 2:23 pm

    In the 2014 “Protective Edge” operation, Israel killed over 500 children and wounded 3,106 children. Citing the absurdities of medieval calumnies against the Jewish People while simultaneously committing war crimes is a way of firming up the cult-like pro-Israel base while further “delegitimizing” Israel in the eyes of the world.

  26. ET on June 2, 2015, 5:50 pm

    Netanyahu claim that Crimes Against Humanity is “doing nothing wrong” is the abyss of diseased spirituality.

    Laws of Nations & Humanity of UN Charter & Laws of Armed Conflict, of but not limited, to the following Mandate the Liberation of UNGA State of Palestine from State of Israel War Criminal occupation:

    1 CONTEXT: Palestinian National Resistance is NOT a State of Israel secessionist insurgency
    1.1 State of Israel domestic laws have ZERO jurisdiction in the territory of all other nation-states, including territory of UNGA 181 State of Palestine
    1.2 State of Israel is engaged in War Criminal Enterprise

    2. UN Charter Chapter I
    2.1 Article 2: UNGA 181 State of Palestine sovereignty of territory defined in UNGA 181 Part II Boundaries A., Arab State
    2.1.1 I-973 (IV) Geneva Convention Article 49 transfer of Israeli citizenry into UNGA 181 Palestine are War Crimes
    2.2 Article 2: UNGA 273 State of Israel “unreservedly agreed” to International Law Context stipulated of UNGA 181 & UNGA 194
    2.2.1 State of Israel sovereignty of territory is limited to, as defined in, UNGA 118 Part II Boundaries B., Jewish State
    2.2.2 UNSC 242 “inadmissibility of acquisition of territory by war

    3 UN Charter Chapter IV
    3.1 A/RES/67/19: Article 10; Whereof, UNGA 181 State of Palestine is UN Observer State
    3.1.1 Article 78: A/RES/67/19 Genie cannot be put back in the bottle

    4 UN Charter Chapter VII
    4.1 UNSC 72: Article 39 Threat to 1949 Armistice .
    4.2 UNSC 242: Article 39 Israeli Breach of 1942 Armistice
    4.3 UNSC 1397: Article 39 Settlements equal aggression

    5 UN Charter Chapter XII.
    5.1 A/RES/67/19: Article 78
    5.2 UNGA 181: Article 80 Terms of UN Trusteeship

    6 UN Charter Chapter XVI
    6.1 Article 103: UN Charter obligations supersede bi-lateral obligations

    7 LOAC Principles of Nuremberg, Principle VI., qualifies State of Israel leadership as (c) Crimes Against Humanity of political persecution to dispossess Palestinians from their UNGA 181 State of Palestine National Rights in connexion with
    7.1 (a) Crimes Against Peace of UNSC 242 non-compliance
    7.2 OR (b) War Crimes
    7.2.1 of I-973 (IV) Geneva Convention Article 49 transfer of Israeli Citizenry into occupied UNGA 181 Palestine West Bank
    7.2.2 of Genocide Convention purposes siege at Gaza to bring about conditions to destroy the people in part
    7.3 State of Israel is engaged in War Criminal Enterprise

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=791697980920005&set=a.515760255180447.1073741837.100002394314450&type=3&theater

  27. Boo on June 2, 2015, 8:54 pm

    Bibi’s comparison with Boko Haram and Syria is disingenuous in the extreme. Neither one of those situations is the least bit apt — because none of the parties would have the audacity to misbehave as Israel routinely does, yet trumpet to all the world that they represent the pre-eminent (if not the only) democracy in the Middle East. He is shameless.

  28. a blah chick on June 2, 2015, 9:59 pm

    People, people! Did anyone else see the latest FIFA outrage?

    Indonesia has been suspended!

    Yes, Indonesia has been suspended from world competition and will not be allowed to qualify for the next World Cup. This injustice cannot be allowed to stand! Are there not other countries with worse corruption and human rights abuses? Yet Indonesia is being held to a higher standard than everyone else.

    Why is Indonesia being singled out?

    • DoubleStandard on June 3, 2015, 5:06 am

      Indonesia is in explicit violation of FIFA regulations. There was no political campaign to suspend it.

      Are you just being deliberately obtuse? It’s difficult to tell given how natural it can be with this site’s readers.

      • a blah chick on June 3, 2015, 9:46 am

        “Indonesia is in explicit violation of FIFA regulations. There was no political campaign to suspend it.”

        Ho boy, the campaign against Israel was because of their violations of FIFA rules. I know you want to think that it was all some dark anti-Jewish plot but it wasn’t. Israel has violated FIFA rules in that they actively interfere with Palestinian football, arrest players, injure and occasionally kill players, do not allow them freedom to travel to meets in or out of the Occupied Territories. And let’s not even start talking about the rampant racism in Israeli football.

        All this amounts to heavy handed government interference in the Palestinian football program. That is what got Indonesia suspended. If Indonesia can get suspended for government interference why can’t Israel? Because Israel has more influential and richer friends, and they got nukes.

        I’d post the relevant sites but I’m too obtuse for that.

  29. AnotherProudZionist on June 3, 2015, 8:56 am

    Netanyahu is off the deep end? Or are the people who want to kick Israel out of FIFA off the deep end? Is the author of this article so ignorant that she doesn’t know about the continuous outrageous Muslim libels against Israel and against Jews. I suggest she educate herself at memri.org and Palestinian Media Watch. For a summary of a tiny fraction of outrageous Muslim propaganda against the Jews and Israel I recommend http://www.mypracticalphilosophy.com/shelp/muscreateparanoia.htm .

    • Mooser on June 3, 2015, 11:37 am

      “Another Proud Zionist” if you want your comment to be doubly effective, you should refer people to the laws and the severe penalties for talking bad about Jews.

      Jews, of course, never, ever say anything bad about anybody else, as your generous comment shows.

    • amigo on June 3, 2015, 12:00 pm

      ” I suggest she educate herself at memri.org and Palestinian Media Watch” apz

      Har , har har har.

      You forgot CAMERA and Joan Peters and Pamela (Arab hater )Geller.

      Btw , this is a serious site and is for adults only. Go play somewhere else .

  30. Mooser on June 3, 2015, 12:19 pm

    I too, was aghast and indignant about the blood-drinking libel, but veracity forces me to recount an incident which happened yesterday. I got a minor, minor cut(sharp-edged wire-tie cut-off) on the back of my thumb, and immediately, instinctively, brought the bleeding cut to my mouth. Oh well, breeding tells, donnit?

    • piotr on June 4, 2015, 4:08 pm

      Dear Mooser, drinking blood of geezers was never subject of a libel, it just raises the question about the taste. Just imagine this picture with roles reversed:
      https://horroraddicts.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/368011_large.jpg

      I must also admit that I have heard about the “blood libel”, but it was about the use of Christian blood (not necessarily babies) in baking matzos. The origin of that folk legend could stem from the fact that it is very difficult to understand why regular matzos are not good for Passover — I must admit I do not understand it myself.

      Additionally, nobody in the region would drink something that was neither boiled nor fermented, while blood was used in a number of dishes:

      [After you have killed the pig] cook the lungs, skin, various parings and veins with onions, greens and salt until you get a fine broth. Remove cooked solids and cut finely, and use the strained broth to cook buckwheat groats or barley. Groat may be soft, but not mushy.

      Add to the chopped meat and pour the liquid so much blood that the entire mass was not dry, but somewhat thick. Mix all perfectly, add salt to taste, pepper, English herb and marjoram. Stuff loosely in a clean intestines, bind in small section, or fasten with little sticks and simmer slowly for an hour” (F. Gensówna,” Little Housewife – kitchen, pantry, medications and friendly advise)

      • Froggy on June 4, 2015, 5:42 pm

        Mooser : That’s not unlike haggis – which uses a sheep, of course – but is the same basic idea, without the blood, of course.

        F. Gensówna’s recipe is standard poor people food all over Europe. When well-made, with the proper herbs and seasoning, this sort of thing can be very tasty. Though I wouldn’t serve this to a Jew.

        In Glasgow they make Kosher haggis, especially in January for the Burns’ Suppers.

        Jews in kilts:
        http://www.brosh.co.uk/lchaims/BurnsSupper.htm

      • RoHa on June 4, 2015, 7:44 pm

        “cook the lungs, skin, various parings and veins …”

        This is why eljay and I post about, and rejoice over, the latest culinary advances.

      • eljay on June 4, 2015, 8:28 pm

        || RoHa: “cook the lungs, skin, various parings and veins …”

        This is why eljay and I post about, and rejoice over, the latest culinary advances. ||

        Many of these advances make me glad that I’m vegetarian. :-)

      • Mooser on June 5, 2015, 4:41 pm

        Wait a minute, are we talking about anthropology or my auto-anthropophagy?

      • piotr on June 6, 2015, 3:03 pm

        , the latest culinary advances.

        I got that from the web, but the quoted cookbook is from 1922. Related historical references exists from ancient Greece. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_soup

      • RoHa on June 6, 2015, 7:57 pm

        And we are fortunate to have got beyond the horror of 1922.
        Here is where eljay and I present progress to rejoice about.

        http://mondoweiss.net/2015/06/arabs-hate-jews#comment-771898

  31. Mayhem on June 3, 2015, 8:55 pm

    All this donkey talk aside the Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has described Jordanian and Palestinian Arabs as “one people living in two states,” during a meeting with the head of the Jordan Football Association on Tuesday.

    Abbas met JFA head Prince Ali Ibn al-Hussein in Amman, to discuss last week’s FIFA congress vote in which the Palestinian Football Association (PFA) dropped a motion to expel Israel.

    The Jordanians are reportedly angry that the PA did not vote for their preferred candidate for FIFA President, and there are calls in Jordan to strip PFA head and senior PA leader Jibril Rajoub of his Jordanian citizenship.

    Let’s agree with Abbas. Time for the Palestinians to be given their state. Time to move their offices to Jordan to be with the rest of the Palestinians.

    • annie on June 3, 2015, 9:29 pm

      really? so if netanyahu says jews are all one people it’s time for american jews to move to israel? to be with the rest of the jews?

      sheesh!

      • echinococcus on June 4, 2015, 2:28 am

        Netanyahoo did say it. So yes, it should be about time.

    • talknic on June 4, 2015, 10:47 am

      @ Mayhem. ” Time for the Palestinians to be given their state. Time to move their offices to Jordan to be with the rest of the Palestinians. “

      Strange. When Jordan gained independence only the people living within its borders had automatic right to permanent Jordanian citizenship (same as those folk who lived in the area that became Israel had an automatic right to Israeli citizenship, those outside did not). Those Palestinians who did not live within the territory that became Jordan did not have any automatic right to Jordanian citizenship, nor did the non-Jewish Israelis dispossessed by Israel.

      Jordan only has Jordanian citizenship. Apart from Syrian refugees in Jordan, non-Jordanians in Jordan are mostly refugees from non-Jordanian territory, including dispossessed non-Jewish Israelis. (ibid)

      @ Mayhem June 4, 2015, 7:10 am

      “there is no parallel between the situation of the Jews and the Palestinians in that the Jews have established their state with UN recognition”

      Strange, the UN doesn’t recognize states. It votes to accept already recognized independent states AFTER they have been recommended by the UNSC AFTER they have been recognized by the majority of the International Comity of Nations (individually, not by vote at the UN) AFTER they have proclaimed independent statehood per the requirements of the Montevideo Convention on the Rights and Duties of States.

      “the Palestinians have not”

      Catch up. They have observer state status at the UN

      “Jews don’t have to migrate from the United States because that isn’t necessary for achieving any unfulfilled purpose.”

      Except to become Israelis in order to maintain Jewish majority in what is very likely an already Arab DNA majority state

      ” Jordan presents itself potentially as the nation state of the Palestinians. It should be considered as a prime candidate to become the basis for a Palestinian state”

      Why ? The Palestinians have had their own state since at least 1922, with Israeli/Jewish forces in occupation of what remained of Palestine after Israel proclaimed its borders 00:01 May 15th 1948 (ME time)

      Oh BTW Thanks for affording the opportunity to show folk just how idiotic Israel’s apologist propagandameisters are.

      Keep up the good work and please come back … often

  32. Mayhem on June 4, 2015, 7:10 am

    @Annie, there is no parallel between the situation of the Jews and the Palestinians in that the Jews have established their state with UN recognition, the Palestinians have not. Jews don’t have to migrate from the United States because that isn’t necessary for achieving any unfulfilled purpose. Jordan presents itself potentially as the nation state of the Palestinians. It should be considered as a prime candidate to become the basis for a Palestinian state.

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