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‘Washington Post’ publishes Elliott Abrams’ diatribe against Palestinians without rejoinder

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After it ran the op-ed article by Steven Levitsky and Glen Weyl calling for a boycott of Israel, the Washington Post published a piece titled, “If you love Israel, don’t boycott it,” by Elliott Abrams, which blamed the Palestinians for the conflict: “The fundamental problem is the widespread Palestinian rejection not of Israeli settlements but of the existence of the state of Israel.” Mr. Maher Massis, PhD, director of advocacy at the Coalition of Palestinian American Organizations, then submitted the following letter to the Post on October 28. The newspaper has not published the letter, though it has published six letters on the original article in its print editions. “It is not hard to miss that not one Palestinian voice was published, either in print or online,” says Dorgham Abusalim, who passed along Massis’s letter. “Palestine is part and parcel of this conversation, and I remain baffled at how many mainstream outlets dismiss Palestinian views.” –Editor.

A foolish pseudo-intellectual cherry-picks history?

We read with interest “We are lifelong Zionists. Here’s why we’ve chosen to boycott Israel,” published on October 23 by Steven Levitsky and Glen Weyl, and the ensuing reaction by Elliot Abrams.

It is typical of Abrams to quickly dismiss the argument of Levitsky and Weyl, or any argument that proposes a reasonable and fair conversation about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for that matter. The problem at hand is not about what the “lifelong Zionists” expressed — they are indeed entitled to their own opinion. Rather, it is Abrams’ failure to bring forward a moral case against the conscientious decisions of well-informed Jews, and numerous others, around the globe. It is then unsurprising that Abrams’ placated such turpitude with a deliberate effort to shift the blame, and place it squarely on Palestine, using a diatribe of recycled talking points that bear no credibility or a sophisticated understanding of Palestinian history.

Abrams conveniently neglects basic facts. For instance, the role of Jewish militias Lehi and Irgun who wrecked havoc and terror against Palestinians and carried out the Deir Yassin Massacre in 1948. Incidentally, records reveal that these terrorist groups committed hundreds of attacks throughout Mandatory Palestine against Palestinians in an effort to forcefully displace them. Many members later became part of modern Israel’s military and political elite. Another fact: Palestine’s fair share of difficult compromises such as the historic recognition of Israel in 1988. And, last but not least, the continued Israeli occupation across the land, including Gaza, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem.

It is foolishly ironic that Abrams demands candid conversation while he is involved in biased congressional hearings that incite against Palestine, without the slightest hint of willingness to accommodate the Palestinian perspective. Needless to say, he too must candidly come to terms with himself and to know whether he stands on the right side of history. After all, his track record does not exactly lend authoritative credibility to his views.


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  1. amigo on November 4, 2015, 2:40 pm

    “In 1935, anti-semitic laws in Nazi Germany were introduced known as the Nuremberg Laws, the laws forbid non-Aryans and political opponents of the Nazis from the civil-service and any sexual relations and marriage between people classified as “Aryan” and “non-Aryan” (Jews, Gypsies, blacks) was prohibited as Rassenschande or “race defilement”.[22] The Nuremberg Laws were based on notions of racial purity and sought to preserve the Aryan race, who were at the top of the Nazi racial hierarchy and were said to be the ubermenschen “herrenvolk” (master race),[23] and to teach the German nation to view the Jews as subhumans.[24]”.

    All the zionist propagandists are coming out of the woodwork and shilling for the Apartheid regime in the so called Greater Israel.It is hard not to recognise that much of what they are doing , mirrors the behaviour and reasoning of the Nazi propagandists.

    IE, “The Nuremberg Laws were based on notions of racial purity and sought to preserve the Aryan race”.

    Sound familiar.

    • on November 4, 2015, 3:08 pm

      Very much so, in fact there have been numerious analysis linking Israel with Nazi Germany albeit within a small non mainstream circle of journalists and academics. Great to see the idea catching up in the mainstream circles too.

      • echinococcus on November 4, 2015, 8:45 pm

        What’s your problem? Twin ideologies, from the same source; same methods. What’s there to avoid mentioning that twins are related?

  2. pabelmont on November 4, 2015, 2:45 pm

    Abrams is on a roll, has been since 1967. It is foolish to expect him to change course. Just as it is foolish to expect the winners of Israel’s recent elections to change their course. they’re all on a roll! Such fun! Winners all!

    Their project is working just fine, no problems: They’ve got akll of Palestine, One-State, Greater Israel, Now and Forever, Undivided (like Jerusalem!), ruled by apartheid, and — gott sei dank — most of the world calls apartheid by some anodyne name (“apartheid” is such an unpleasant word, don’t you think, my dear?).

    Abrams has been saying stuff like this for years. No surprise there. One wonders why WaPo published the pro-BDS essay. That is indeed a wonder. But Abrams is part of the USA’s Zionist wall-paper.

    • ckg on November 4, 2015, 6:02 pm

      His “dear” wife supports extermination of Palestinians, including children. Nothing is too “unpleasant” for her.

      • RoHa on November 5, 2015, 12:30 am

        Off topic, but I thought you would like to see this further demonstration of the tight grasp the US State Department has of the details of world affairs.

      • quercus on November 5, 2015, 7:54 am

        “supported” should be the tense. Isn’t she dead now?

      • ckg on November 5, 2015, 10:28 am

        @quercus. Ah, yes. She is.

      • ckg on November 5, 2015, 5:45 pm

        Thanks, RoHa. Ms. Trudeau appears to be a quick learner in the art of diplomatic obfuscation. Mr. Kirby has taught her well.

  3. Atlantaiconoclast on November 4, 2015, 2:55 pm

    those eyebrows! yikes!

    • Egbert on November 4, 2015, 5:07 pm

      And the dead eyes. If he were a movie character, he would be a shoe-in as a hitman for The Mob.

  4. a blah chick on November 4, 2015, 3:34 pm

    Didn’t Abrams try to cover up the Mozote massacre?

    “One Abrams specialty was massacre denial. During a Nightline appearance in 1985, he was asked about reports that the US-funded Salvadoran military had slaughtered civilians at two sites the previous summer. Abrams maintained that no such events had occurred. And had the US Embassy and the State Department conducted an investigation? “My memory,” he said, “is that we did, but I don’t want to swear to it, because I’d have to go back and look at the cables.” But there had been no State Department inquiry; Abrams, in his lawyerly fashion, was being disingenuous. Three years earlier, when two American journalists reported that an elite, US-trained military unit had massacred hundreds of villagers in El Mozote, Abrams told Congress that the story was commie propaganda, as he fought for more US aid to El Salvador’s military. The massacre, as has since been confirmed, was real. And in 1993 after a UN truth commission, which examined 22,000 atrocities that occurred during the twelve-year civil war in El Salvador, attributed 85 percent of the abuses to the Reagan-assisted right-wing military and its death-squad allies, Abrams declared, “The Administration’s record on El Salvador is one of fabulous achievement.” Tell that to the survivors of El Mozote.” (David Corn in Mother Jones Dec 6. 2012)

    He and the Israeli government deserve one another.

  5. Dagon on November 4, 2015, 3:40 pm

    Such eye brows, such,crooked mouth.

  6. CigarGod on November 4, 2015, 5:51 pm

    This guy is a highly paid consultant, right?
    Sounds more like a televangelist.

  7. JWalters on November 4, 2015, 8:42 pm

    This is standard operating procedure for the Israeli team. Truth and justice are their enemies. Because they are either religious fanatics or war profiteers, or both.

  8. JLewisDickerson on November 4, 2015, 9:30 pm

    RE: “The fundamental problem is the widespread Palestinian rejection not of Israeli settlements but of the existence of the state of Israel.” ~ Abrams

    MY COMMENT: I never give any credence to anything Elliott Abrams says. Most of the time he is just propagating disinformation in furtherance of his über-devious Machiavellianism.”
    When Elliott Abrams wrote several years ago that more settlement construction in “Judea and Samaria” did not create insurmountable barriers to peace* (using the most stunningly bizarre “logic” since Joan Peter’s From Time Immemorial), I suddenly realized that the settlements in the West Bank had already made the two-state solution virtually impossible.

    *FROM ELLIOTT ABRAMS, The Washington (Neocon) Post, 04/08/09:

    [EXCERPT] . . . Is current and recent settlement construction creating insurmountable barriers to peace? A simple test shows that it is not. Ten years ago, in the Camp David talks, Prime Minister Ehud Barak offered Yasser Arafat approximately 94 percent of the West Bank, with a land swap to make up half of the percent Israel would keep. According to news reports, just three months ago, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert offered 93 percent, with a one-to-one land swap. In the end, under the January 2009 offer, Palestinians would have received an area equal to 98 to 98.5 percent of the West Bank (depending on which press report you read), while 10 years ago they were offered 97 percent. Ten years of settlement activity would have resulted in a larger area for the Palestinian state. . .

    SOURCE –

    P.S. Elliott Abrams has totally convinced me [by the sheer power of his (il)logic and his very impressive math skills] to wholeheartedly support the Israeli settlement project in the West Bank.
    As I understand it, the ‘Abrams Principle’ stands for the proposition that more Israeli settlement activity in the West Bank will result in a larger area for the Palestinian state. That’s why I say: “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead” with the settlement actvity; so as to result in the largest Palestinian state possible (from the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River), no matter what that state is called. Fiat justitia! ( “Let Justice Be Done!” )

    P.P.S. According to a recent EU Briefing Paper (EU Trade with Israeli Settlements, Version 2: Published August 2012), “[t]he total area controlled by settlements is around 43 per cent of the West Bank.” The Briefing Paper further explains that “[w]hile fenced or patrolled areas of settlements cover three per cent of the West Bank, 43 per cent of the West Bank is off-limits for Palestinian use because of its allocation to the settlements’ local and regional councils, according to UN OCHA OPT (January 2012) factsheet ‘The Humanitarian Impact of Israeli Settlement Policies’ .”
    SOURCE [EU Trade with Israeli Settlements (PDF)] –

  9. Trygve on November 4, 2015, 11:34 pm
    • inbound39 on November 5, 2015, 4:00 am

      No surprises in what she wrote. I would expect nothing less from her. She has sold Americans out to Zionism and put Israel first before America. It would be interesting if all the candidates this election declared fealty to Israel. I wonder what would happen if voters refused to vote because there was no one representing American Interests first. America this election has an opportunity to take ownership back of its government by not voting for those supporting Zionist Israel. Will they though?

      • CigarGod on November 5, 2015, 7:54 am

        Feedback from Wyoming:
        Eyes, ears are shut.
        Mouth wide open in parrot pose.

    • eljay on November 5, 2015, 9:14 am

      Mrs. Clinton: … Israel is more than a country — it’s a dream nurtured for generations and made real by men and women who refused to bow to the toughest odds. …

      Yup, those men and women were going to…
      – steal, occupy and colonize as much as possible of Palestine;
      – drive out, torture and kill as many non-Jews as necessary; and
      – establish a religion-supremacist Jewish state,
      …and they weren’t going to let anyone or anything – not even stupid stuff like international law, human rights, justice, accountability and equality – stop ’em!

      Captain Israel swells with pride as Hillary kneels before him…

    • ckg on November 5, 2015, 9:31 am

      Hillary Clinton: I also will combat growing efforts to isolate Israel internationally and to undermine its future as a Jewish state, including the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. I’ve spoken out against BDS in the United States and at the U.N., and will continue to do so.

    • Kay24 on November 5, 2015, 11:32 am

      The kissing up that keeps going on by the Presidential candidates is shameful.

      They are all eager to plant their lips on Bibi’s posterior. Hillary is no different.

      Israel before America.

  10. WH on November 5, 2015, 1:56 am

    An evil-looking man.

  11. Ossinev on November 5, 2015, 6:49 am

    Latest news following the departure of Regurgitev is that a creature called Ran Baratz has been appointed as the new Nitay spokesman. Will certainly be fluent in Hasbara but have not read or seen anything to indicate that he is up to Regurgitev`s standard in English.

    He apparently is a settler , recently accused Obama of being an anti – semite , stated that John Kerry`s mental capacity does not exceed that of a 12 year old and most recently described Israel`s President Rivlin as “an insignificant figure”.

    Either Nitay couldn`t find a reasonably presentable chump willing to do the job or he has deliberately appointed this dickhead in a continuation of his middle finger approach to relations with the Obama administration and the West in general.

    Can`t find out anything about his origins ie where he or his family emigrated from / whether Baratz is his original name but as with Regurgitev,Rosenfeld and Lerner he looks decidedly Aryan.

    Time will tell but looking forward to seeing Baratz going into Hasbara battle.

  12. afmeyers on November 5, 2015, 12:14 pm

    And let’s not forget that Abrams was a leading architects of the Reagan Administration’s slaughter of Central Americans trying to liberate themselves from centuries of oppression during the 1980s. This guy is one of fascism’s best friends….

  13. Kathleen on November 5, 2015, 8:32 pm

    Interesting articles about Elliot Abrams: Court files…

    #The Man Who Broke the Middle East – Elliott Abrams ……/the-man-who-broke-the-middle-east-10814...

    #Chapter 25 United States v. Elliott Abrams…/

    #The Rehabilitation of Elliott Abrams | The Nation
    “ Here’s what you won’t learn: in the Reagan State Department, Abrams (who also teaches foreign policy at Georgetown) repeatedly and purposely misled Congress about the government’s involvement with the death-squad-riddled Salvadoran military, the Nicaraguan Contra counter-revolutionaries and other Central American mass murderers. He whitewashed their massacres as well as the abuses of the Argentinean junta (who were kidnapping babies at the time and selling them) and the genocidal Guatemalan regime of Gen. Efrían Ríos Montt (currently on trial for crimes against humanity). Abrams did all this while casting aspersions on the motives of journalists and human rights workers who sought to tell the truth about these crimes. As a result of these offenses, among others, Abrams was forced to plead guilty to unlawfully withholding material information from Congress and to apologize to the Senate Intelligence Committee. He was also disbarred in the District of Columbia. ”

    #Elliott Abrams – Slate…/elliott_abrams.html

    #Elliott Abrams’s Truth Problem – The Daily Beast…/elliott-abrams-s-truth-problem..

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