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Calling Israel a ‘modern day miracle’ and ‘vibrant bloom in desert,’ Clinton says BDS is anti-Semitic

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Hillary Clinton has put out another letter condemning the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS) as a form of anti-semitism, on the eve of a Methodist General Conference that will consider measures to divest from three companies that do business in the occupied West Bank, Motorola, Hewlett Packard and Caterpillar.

Clinton excerpts:

The Jewish state is a modern day miracle—a vibrant bloom in the middle of a desert—and we must nurture and protect it.

I believe that BDS seeks to punish Israel…

Fighting for Israel isn’t just about policy; it is a personal commitment to the friendship between our peoples and our vision for peace and security. Particularly at a time when anti-Semitism is on the rise across the world, we need to repudiate forceful efforts to malign and undermine Israel and the Jewish people. Anti-Semitism has no place in any civilized society—not in America, not in Europe, not anywhere. We must never tire in defending Israel’s legitimacy, expanding security and economic ties, and taking our alliance to the next level.

The letter is addressed to David Stern, chair of the Israel Action Network, and Susan Stern vice chair of the Jewish Federations of North America. Again: reflect that the measures at hand are to divest from companies serving an illegal occupation that has gone on for nearly 50 years. Not sure what this has to do with the desert blooming.

Clinton has repeatedly affirmed her opposition to BDS on the campaign trail, lately in a speech to AIPAC that also characterized BDS as a form of anti-Semitism. (Our view is that this is absurd and wrong.) Last summer she promised megadonor Haim Saban that she would work with Republicans to fight BDS. Obviously, donors play an important role on this question. Hillary Clinton needs Jewish pro-Israel money.

The statement was promptly hailed by the Jewish Federations.

Here’s the full text, from the Religion News Service.

Dear David and Susie:

Thank you for your letter, and for your organizations’ continued leadership in confronting so many of the important issues and challenges our world faces.

More than three decades ago, my husband, Bill, and I took our first trip to Israel, walked the ancient streets of Jerusalem’s Old City, and fell in love with the country and its people. Israel became a special place for us, and I am lucky to have had many opportunities to return and to make many dear friends there over the years.

As Senator and Secretary of State, I saw how crucial it is for America to defend Israel at every turn. I have opposed dozens of anti-Israel resolutions at the UN, the Human Rights Council, and other international organizations. I condemned the biased Goldstone Report, making it clear that Israel must be allowed to defend itself like any other country. And I made sure the United States blocked Palestinian attempts at the UN to unilaterally declare statehood. Time after time, no matter the venue, I have made it clear that America will always stand up for Israel. If I am fortunate enough to be elected president, the United States will reaffirm we have a strong and enduring national interest in Israel’s security.

It is because of my longstanding commitment to the Israeli people and to the security of Israel that I am writing to express my opposition to the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanction movement, or “BDS,” the global effort to isolate the State of Israel by ending commercial and academic exchanges. I know you agree that we need to make countering BDS a priority, and that we need to work together—across party lines and with a diverse array of voices—to reverse this trend with information and advocacy, and fight back against further attempts to isolate and delegitimize Israel. It would be a serious mistake for the United States to abandon our responsibilities, or cede the mantle of leadership for global peace and security to anyone else. The Jewish state is a modern day miracle—a vibrant bloom in the middle of a desert—and we must nurture and protect it.

I believe that BDS seeks to punish Israel and dictate how the Israelis and Palestinians should resolve the core issues of their conflict. This is not the path to peace. I remain convinced that Israel’s long-term security and future as a Jewish state depends on having two states for two peoples. But that can only be achieved through direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians; it cannot be imposed from the outside or by unilateral actions. As Secretary of State, I convened the last round of direct talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders; I know how hard this will be, but it is an effort to which I would be committed as president.

Israel is a vibrant democracy in a region dominated by autocracy, and it faces existential threats to its survival. Fighting for Israel isn’t just about policy; it is a personal commitment to the friendship between our peoples and our vision for peace and security. Particularly at a time when anti-Semitism is on the rise across the world, we need to repudiate forceful efforts to malign and undermine Israel and the Jewish people. Anti-Semitism has no place in any civilized society—not in America, not in Europe, not anywhere. We must never tire in defending Israel’s legitimacy, expanding security and economic ties, and taking our alliance to the next level.

Please know that I am grateful for your work, and that I stand ready to be your partner as we engage all people of good faith—regardless of their political persuasion or their views on policy specifics—in explaining why the BDS campaign is counterproductive to the pursuit of peace and harmful to Israelis and Palestinians alike.

With best wishes, I am

Sincerely yours,

Hillary Rodham Clinton

 

 

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  1. JWalters
    JWalters
    May 10, 2016, 1:06 am

    Hillary’s statements are so yesterday, so outrageously ignorant and one-sided they can ONLY be due to the millions of dollars she gets from her “Israel right or wrong” donors who spout that fairytale. She conclusively proves her corruption in this case. She is obviously counting on the corrupted media to keep this reality hidden. This is ONE of the things that will make it extremely difficult for informed progressives to vote for her and the corrupt gang she represents.

    • Emory Riddle
      Emory Riddle
      May 10, 2016, 3:08 pm

      Yes.

      Hillary’s statement was the sort of nonsense that used to go unchallenged. It is as if she has been sleeping this millennium.

      She keeps this crap up and she will lose to Trump. Hell, at this point, I would far prefer Trump over Hillary — and I am a lifelong Dem.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        May 10, 2016, 3:45 pm

        ” Trump over Hillary…”

        There’s always the possibility that a Trump Pres. will be as strenuously opposed by Repubs as Dems, leading to a benign paralysis.

      • Kathleen
        Kathleen
        May 10, 2016, 9:58 pm

        With Hillary you get a tried and true war hawk. Responsible in many ways for the deaths and injuries of millions. Millions of refugees.

        From Trump so far we get dangerous language. From Hillary a proven and deadly war hawk record. Not she cares.

      • echinococcus
        echinococcus
        May 10, 2016, 11:55 pm

        Not it’s only talk right now, and we know it’s a comedy, but the few halfway consistent statements by Trump have been way more respectful of international law than any Dim position since 1945. Due to populist isolationism no doubt but better that than any Dim without exception

  2. Dan From Away
    Dan From Away
    May 10, 2016, 1:37 am

    Q: What is Clinton’s working definition of antisemitism?

    View antisemtic posters, including those from the website of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies here:

    http://www.palestineposterproject.org/special-collection/antisemitismjudaeophobianazi-propagandaanti-jewish-racism

    View Zionist boycotts and BDS-related posters here:

    http://www.palestineposterproject.org/special-collection/bdsboycotts

    • YoniFalic
      YoniFalic
      May 11, 2016, 9:48 am

      I clicked on the first link.

      http://www.palestineposterproject.org/special-collection/antisemitismjudaeophobianazi-propagandaanti-jewish-racism

      I scrolled down to the posters.

      The poster in the 4th row 2nd column caught my eye.

      http://www.palestineposterproject.org/poster/the-racial-composition-of-jews

      Here is the publication data.

      Year:
      1935
      Publisher:
      Nazi Germany/Third Reich
      Publisher for National Literature (Nazi Germany)

      The claim in the poster is actually false. After going the genetic anthropological data, I am convinced (like Eran Elhaik) that the Zionistically inclined researchers are misrepresenting their data in order to support Zionist beliefs.

      European Jewish communities were wholly of European convert ancestry as Jabotinsky, who was scornful of non-Europeans occasionally argued.

      Yet the claims in the poster actually correspond fairly well to the nonsense that comes from racist Zionist pseudo-scientists like Ariella Oppenheim and Harry Ostrer.

      The overlap of Nazi claims with Zionist beliefs is probably worth a short book.

      • Tigger
        Tigger
        May 11, 2016, 6:02 pm

        You need to catch up – there have already been at least two books on this topic. Lenni Brenner’s “Zionism in the Age of the Dictators” is perhaps the best-known.

      • YoniFalic
        YoniFalic
        May 11, 2016, 8:52 pm

        I was thinking more of intellectual history with side-by-side textual comparison. The German Nazis took a tremendous amount of ideas from Max Nordau, who was one of the most important Zionist leaders (and on fairly cordial terms with Thomas Dixon).

  3. Citizen
    Citizen
    May 10, 2016, 2:29 am

    Ugh.

  4. a blah chick
    a blah chick
    May 10, 2016, 8:49 am

    Hillary Clinton: “We need to make countering BDS a priority”

    Please make it stop.

    • Boo
      Boo
      May 10, 2016, 10:29 am

      We need to make countering HRC a priority. There’s still time and opportunity.

  5. Kay24
    Kay24
    May 10, 2016, 9:18 am

    Well, no surprise here. This is typical Hillary Clinton whose hunger for Presidency in the US , will make sleep with the Devil. We do not have to wonder where she will stand on the occupied Palestinian issue. Her loyalties are with the world condemned occupier.

    This hard hearted woman has decided it is far better to add insult to injury and not join that village to raise free children. Instead she has chosen to tighten their shackles and join their captors. Nice going Hillary. I guess she is unable to comprehend the suffering of the Palestinians and their kids, when she looks at her own grandchildren.

    This is simple. If she does not like BDS she MUST talk to her leaders in Tel Aviv and convince them to end the occupation, and stop the building of illegal settlements, to avoid BDS.
    It sounds like AIPAC writes her speeches and comments on this. She is not worthy of my vote.

  6. Donald
    Donald
    May 10, 2016, 9:27 am

    Phil, it’s not just absurd and wrong– it’s racist. A blanket accusation of racism against BDS is nakedly racist. This has to be said over and over again until people get the point. Currently we have the Orwellian situation where an utterly cynical liberal politician panders to bigots by making a racist charge of antisemitism and we allow them to frame the issue, where BDS advocates have to defend themselves. .

    • Boo
      Boo
      May 10, 2016, 10:37 am

      Black Lives Matter and other black-justice groups are very clear that the anti-BDS movement is racist at its core. This realization is giving rise to increased intersectionality among these groups and pro-Palestine organizations.

      This is one big reason why we’re seeing a shift away from the larger American black community’s nominal support for Israel (based historically on the black church’s long-standing embrace of the Exodus story), and a shift toward active support of justice for Palestinians.

      Israel’s racist attitude toward the Mizrahim and the Beta Israel only heightens the distaste American blacks are starting to feel for Israel.

  7. ritzl
    ritzl
    May 10, 2016, 10:59 am

    Psychopath.

    • Sibiriak
      Sibiriak
      May 10, 2016, 4:38 pm

      Devout Christian Zionist.

      • ritzl
        ritzl
        May 10, 2016, 5:37 pm

        Hey Sibiriak, I still owe you a response. Sorry for the delay. Tough questions.

    • silamcuz
      silamcuz
      May 10, 2016, 8:04 pm

      Stop labelling people with terms you have no idea what their meanings are.

  8. ckg
    ckg
    May 10, 2016, 11:02 am

    No doubt her remarks will embolden Netanyahu, whose government is now silencing Omar Barghouti by preventing him from traveling outside of Israel.

  9. ritzl
    ritzl
    May 10, 2016, 11:06 am

    Clinton doesn’t care how many corpses she has to walk over to become the first female US President.

    The bitter irony is that if she DID care, even the tiniest little but, she would be a shoo-in.

  10. rolf
    rolf
    May 10, 2016, 11:09 am

    OMG. Who wants a hillarious Hilly for president nonetheless!
    A leader with such perverse/low standards for ethics?!
    A thug & moron that cheapens ethics of human worth down to
    “modern day miracle”
    &
    “vibrant bloom in desert”

    how in hell is it miraculous to build atop blood!?
    how in the world is blood blooming?!
    what is positive energy if the vibration is death & Total Destruction?!

    as if:
    1. human worth / dignity is materialism not respect/love/humanity

    2. “Jews are Special” or “Chosen” or worthier than other races
    see Mondoweiss article 2016-02 http://goo.gl/Gw5VOq
    “Jews aren’t special” acc. to israeli musician/conductor Jonathan Ofir Mondoweiss
    – “special” as ethnicity is the dangerous definition of RACISM!
    Yet even “secular” & “liberal” Jews believe it. There is NO pure ethnically homogeneity or ludicrous genetic blessing by divine decree but there is proselytization!

    3. all Gentiles, even muslim/arab/middle eastern, are incapable of making desert bloom,
    a. were they as materialistically ambitious/greedy/egomaniacs
    b. were they given as much resources/reparations money/aid/support/infrastructure/machinery/materials/weapons etc.
    for to claim others are lazy/dumb is supremacist, period, and despicable and utterly hypocritical, condescending, racist (see israeli jew Natali Cohen Vaxberg https://youtu.be/flfUvPyLVZI)
    actually it is outright anti-semitic, anti-Judaism, which believes saving 1 life (not just Jewish) is saving the Universe (see David Norris https://youtu.be/n7sSQFpyJu8)

    the above logic, white, western, zionist, is not just colonialist/imperialistic/supremacist, but terrifyingly Terroristic!
    as dangerously politically correct but morally incorrect and totally unethical, unjustifiable,
    as Hillary’s counterpart Secretary of State Mme Albright’s
    ”We think it was worth it” (to kill 500,000 Iraqi kids!!! AFTER the war in 1991) (at 7:36min into 13min video report into http://youtu.be/ey9tExYbjm8)

  11. eljay
    eljay
    May 10, 2016, 11:11 am

    Clinton is a hateful and immoral hypocrite – a Zio-supremacist, through and through.

    • silamcuz
      silamcuz
      May 10, 2016, 8:17 pm

      I disagree, she is not hateful nor is she a Zionist. She is a politician playing the game as it has been laid out for her. As the saying goes, “don’t hate the player” .

      Zionism is deeply tied to Americanism or nationalistic white supremacism so it makes sense for any politician working within the American political system to harbor bias towards Israel, else they wouldn’t be there in the first place.

      • eljay
        eljay
        May 10, 2016, 8:40 pm

        || eljay: I disagree, she is not hateful nor is she a Zionist. ||

        She knowingly, willingly, strongly and proudly favours injustice and immorality over justice, accountability and equality. To my mind, that makes her hateful.

        She knowingly, willingly, strongly and proudly defends Jewish supremacism in/and a religion-supremacist “Jewish State” in as much as possible of Palestine. To my mind, that makes her a Zio-supremacist.

        You are certainly free to disagree. :-)

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        May 10, 2016, 8:44 pm

        “Zionism is deeply tied to Americanism or nationalistic white supremacism”

        Ah-ha! Now I see! It was the “Americanism or nationalistic white supremacism” which forced Jews to be Zionist!
        Of course, Zionists are the victims of “white supremacism”! It was a reaction to Jewish persecution in America, which refused (outright!) to consider Jews any more than ‘persons’. We weren’t “Jews” any more, just ‘persons’.

        We must give “white supremacism” no quarter, but we must be very, very nice to Zionism. It’s not their fault. “White supremacists” made them do it.
        And that’s why we can’t criticize Hilary Clinton for a bias toward Israel.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        May 10, 2016, 9:02 pm

        Oh wait a minute “silmacuz” that’s right, you sorted it all out for us:

        “Racist white folks threatening Palestinians are white activists problem to solve. Zionist Jews supporting the occupation of Palestine are Jewish activists problem to solve. Why intrude into the internal spaces reserved for Palestinians (their extermination? That’s the “internal spaces”?Ed.) when the problems are so far away in your own backyards? How about just listening to Palestinians, which can be easily done from a safe distance?” – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/profile/silamcuz/?keyword=white#sthash.7s0I1VLB.dpuf

        And it always adds up to leave Israel aloone. There’s always some reason why this is never the right time, and of course, we are never the right people.

      • silamcuz
        silamcuz
        May 11, 2016, 4:04 am

        “Racist white folks threatening Palestinians are white activists problem to solve. Zionist Jews supporting the occupation of Palestine are Jewish activists problem to solve. Why intrude into the internal spaces reserved for Palestinians (their extermination? That’s the “internal spaces”?Ed.) when the problems are so far away in your own backyards? How about just listening to Palestinians, which can be easily done from a safe distance?” – See more at: link to mondoweiss.net

        And it always adds up to leave Israel aloone. There’s always some reason why this is never the right time, and of course, we are never the right people.

        First of all, the above is a malicious conflation. The context in which the quoted text in your comment was written has absolutely little do with the subject of our current conservation. (Leave Israel aloone? Is this how you talk in the real world?)

        For those who are interested, the context was about the intrusion of privileged white people into the activism space of marginalized groups, such as the Palestinians. Spaces that are designated for Palestinians and their compatriots in the diaspora to come together and discuss their liberation strategy without holding anything back, without having to worry about microaggressions, educating outsiders, and just to escape back to a world that is just for them.

        It’s like a person yearning to go back to his own home after a rough day at work. Would like random strangers coming into your home after a work asking how can they help with life while you are having a deep convo with your family about your rough day? You’d be absolutely pissed, especially if it happens each and every day. It is the same thing non-white people feel when white people force their presence in safe spaces in order to help, to reach out in solidarity. And this is not a Palestinian-activist specific phenomenon either. Many other POC groups have lamented on the same exact issue, and the source of their frustrations are always the same: good intentioned white people not knowing their place.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        May 11, 2016, 11:23 am

        “good intentioned white people not knowing their place.”

        Ouch! You are right! They ought to “learn their place”. Are they getting ‘uppity’?

        “simacuz” ever hear the old “Fishin’ Blues”?

        “Here’s a little tip I would like to relate;
        any fish bite if you got good bait”!

        Well, your bait is rotten, “silmacuz”.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        May 11, 2016, 11:32 am

        “First of all, the above is a malicious conflation.The context in which the quoted text in your comment was written has absolutely little do with the subject of our current conservation”

        Awwww, too bad you didn’t include an underscore in your user-name.

    • silamcuz
      silamcuz
      May 11, 2016, 12:14 am

      Mooser, you cannot deny that Zionism strongly mirrors white supremacism in ideology, practice and historical roots in Europe. America was founded as a white supremacist nation with almost the exact same creation myth as Israel, and many of the legal and political systems in these two countries share many similarities that promotes them to be natural allies.

      Please read the article written by the MW editors on the spirit of sumud to understand my point. Zionism is absolutely vile and criminal, and thus must be actively fought and Zionists must be brought to justice. But you can’t fight Zionism while complying with the system of white supremacy that gives Zionists their destructive powers in the first place. First it was the British, and now its America who is bankrolling Israeli crimes through monetary and political support. America isn’t being allies with Israel because it has a soft spot for Jews and their myths, but because it shares the same ideology of white European supremacism.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        May 11, 2016, 11:12 am

        “But you can’t fight Zionism…”

        Yes, that’s what you always say. Who do you think you are fooling?

  12. a blah chick
    a blah chick
    May 10, 2016, 11:12 am

    It seems to me that HRC here is demonstrating one of two things:

    1. That as Secretary of State she was too busy reading Leon Uris to pay attention to the daily briefings on the Middle East and consequently learned nothing.

    2. She did put the book down long enough to understand the true state of affairs in the Middle East but she throws her support behind Zionists because they have lots of money to fund her campaign and “foundations.” She loves pandering to them because it does not require an iota of courage, moral or political.

    She had NO integrity.

  13. just
    just
    May 10, 2016, 11:12 am

    Israel certainly is a violent ‘bloom in the desert’, and it most certainly is not a ‘miracle’.

    She is dangerous, folks.

  14. rolf
    rolf
    May 10, 2016, 11:29 am

    Clintonialism’s blood-“bloom” / false “miracle” / nihilism-“vibration”…

    Total Disproportionate Destruction of Gaza/Palestine:
    – “Palestine Remix – Drone Footage: Shujaiya” by Al Jazeera 2014-1-04 (2:28min) https://youtu.be/SfCfQCnbWa4?list=PL916FB07D3A753A37
    – “Drone footage reveals Gaza destruction” by BBC 2014-09-14 (2min) https://youtu.be/xJN9fnt0rpw?list=PL916FB07D3A753A37
    – Salon article 2016-02-28 on War Porn addiction http://goo.gl/DNCaUL

    • just
      just
      May 10, 2016, 1:38 pm

      Thanks for bringing up Gaza…

      “Ai Weiwei’s Trip to Gaza Delayed During Surprise Visit to Israel

      The Chinese dissident artist is filming a documentary on refugees throughout the world.

      … Ai arrived in Israel unannounced Sunday and was refused a permit to enter the Strip, where he had planned to film on Tuesday.

      The spokesman for the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories said the production company working with Ai had submitted its entry request on very short notice.

      Ai, a high-profile artist and human rights activist, posted an Instagram photo of his entry permit for Israel upon arriving at Ben-Gurion International Airport.

      On Monday he visited refugee camps in the West Bank and began conducting interviews for his documentary. His first meeting was with the head of the Joint Arab List, MK Ayman Odeh, whom he met at a Jerusalem hotel. The Israeli legislator said Ai had asked to meet with him to discuss the Palestinian refugee issue.

      “What interests him about this issue are the Syrian refugees, but we spoke about the Nakba and its significance,” Odeh said, referring to the more than 700,000 Arabs who fled or were expelled from their homes during the 1947-49 Israeli War of Independence.

      “I told him this was a great historic wound because anyone who wants to build joint citizenship has to recognize a historic injustice and work to correct it, not by committing an injustice against others.”

      Odeh said he told Ai “about the abandoned Palestinian villages, whose residents are referred to as uprooted or present absentees, i.e., that they remained in their homeland but not in their own villages.

      “I said the State of Israel had built 700 new communities since its founding, all of them for Jews and not a single one for Arabs. So I told him that it wouldn’t hurt anyone if the residents went back to their homes, and this would correct a historic injustice and strengthen joint citizenship.”

      Odeh said Ai asked if there was still an option for coexistence between Jews and Arabs.

      “I told him of course there was …. We spoke about how Yitzhak Rabin had ordered the breaking of arms and legs [during the first intifada] and only a few years later he stood on the [White House] lawn with Yasser Arafat and signed the Oslo Accords,” Odeh said.

      “So there’s no reason to despair. Change can come through cooperation between Jews and Arabs on behalf of democracy and equality, and that path will triumph.”

      Odeh said he was doing what he could to help get Ai into Gaza.

      “They aren’t letting him in on grounds that it could endanger his life, but that’s ridiculous because Gaza residents would be happy to tell him about their situation,” Odeh said.

      “From the Gazans’ perspective he’s an asset …. I think there’s no doubt that in Israel they don’t want these stories getting out to the world, especially when the person conveying them is such a familiar and influential personality.”

      Earlier this year, an exhibition by Ai and Israeli photographer Miki Kratsman featuring photos of refugee camps throughout the world was canceled. The Tel Aviv Museum cited a scheduling problem but Kratsman said the event was canceled for political reasons.

      Ai, a human rights activist who served a prison sentence in China and was forbidden to leave the country for several years, has been busy in recent months documenting Syrian refugees arriving on the Greek islands. …”

      read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/culture/leisure/.premium-1.718966?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

      Israel wants to silence Omar Barghouti and restrain him.

      Israel jails Palestinian astrophysicist Imad Barghouthi~ again.

      – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2016/05/imprisoned-palestinian-astrophysicist/#sthash.M4sEpGeS.dpuf

      Israel denies entry to Gaza to Ai Weiwei.

      I’m sure that Clinton approves.

      • just
        just
        May 10, 2016, 2:10 pm

        Good update on Ai Weiwei’s visit:

        “After Denied Entry to Gaza, Ai Weiwei Films in Israel and the West Bank”

        https://news.artnet.com/people/ai-weiwei-denied-entry-to-gaza-493307

      • ritzl
        ritzl
        May 10, 2016, 5:42 pm

        Thanks, just.

        He’s a major player in rights advocacy.

        He posted his permit on instagram, eh? How cool-savvy is that?

      • just
        just
        May 10, 2016, 6:35 pm

        It’s very cool, ritzl… thanks.

        In the other article , I was so pleased to read that not only did Israel move fast to reverse on Gaza, but also:

        “…Ai has started the visit with interviews in Israel, and met with Member of the Knesset Ayman Odeh, of the Joint List, and Hagai El-ad, executive director of B’Tselem, the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, to talk about the state of both the Palestinian refugees as well as refugees worldwide. Following the interviews, he headed to the West Bank, and filmed at refugee camps around Bethlehem….”

        link to news.artnet.com

        B’Tselem is obviously so very important, and I have lots of respect for Hagai El-ad. I hope that Ai does not give Hebron a miss… perhaps he can meet Anat Cohen (or at least watch her loathsome behavior)

  15. Vera Gottlieb
    Vera Gottlieb
    May 10, 2016, 11:29 am

    What a boot licker!

  16. Stephen Shenfield
    Stephen Shenfield
    May 10, 2016, 11:47 am

    The Zionists’ largely bogus claim that they “made the desert bloom” reflects a view with a long and distinguished pedigree. It implies that the right of indigenous people to their homelands is invalidated if they do not reach certain “civilized” standards in exploiting the land and its natural resources. The Palestinians had supposedly neglected Palestine and that gave the Zionists (or presumably any other bunch of colonists) the right to take it away from them. Norman Finkelstein showed how the Nazis used the same rationale to justify their conquests in Eastern Europe. The same reasoning was used by European colonists in Australia and the Americas to invalidate the rights of indigenous people.

    • a blah chick
      a blah chick
      May 10, 2016, 11:57 am

      The whole “draining the swamps” and “blooming deserts” also hides the enormous ecological damage the Zionist project created.

  17. Ossinev
    Ossinev
    May 10, 2016, 12:13 pm

    “The Jewish state is a modern day miracle—a vibrant bloom in the middle of a desert—and we must nurture and protect it.”

    Brilliant synopsis by a towering intellect and a beacon of morality. So basically her theory is that you nick the desert nick the water drive out the native population plant some cherry tomatoes which you invented in preparation for the day , water them with the stolen water and Bob`s your uncle you are a modern day miracle in a blooming desert

    And this loathsome racist cretin purports to be a “Democrat”. At least Trump provides a little bit of weird humour. The arslikhan HC is simply vomit inducing.

  18. Pixel
    Pixel
    May 10, 2016, 1:17 pm

    I love it.

    In fact, I can’t get enough.

    The more blatant and outrageous the pronouncements the more this kind of thing serves to infuriate and alienate young people.

    I say, bring it on!

  19. afmeyers
    afmeyers
    May 10, 2016, 1:30 pm

    It’s easy to “make the desert bloom” with someone else’s water…

    • eljay
      eljay
      May 10, 2016, 2:41 pm

      || afmeyers: It’s easy to “make the desert bloom” with someone else’s water… ||

      Yup. It’s amazing what…
      – someone else’s water; plus
      – someone else’s land; plus
      – unwavering political, military, economic and financial support from, among others, a world superpower,
      …can do for a country.

      What’s also amazing is how thoroughly Zio-supremacists are able to wipe that reality from their minds (and push it into the sea).

  20. annie
    annie
    May 10, 2016, 1:45 pm

    this is why i can’t vote for her. the DNC needs to learn a lesson — that supporting israel unabashedly drives dems away.

    • Kay24
      Kay24
      May 10, 2016, 2:12 pm

      Well said Annie, I agree that it is time the Democrats realized that this unwavering support and devotion to Israel is NOT what many of their supporters want for this country, and that it is time to change this sick relationship we have with Israel. I cannot vote for Clinton either, and I have lost respect and regard for her, because of all the groveling and boot licking she does, all to get favors to help her win. She is a shameless human being.

    • Steve Grover
      Steve Grover
      May 10, 2016, 3:02 pm

      Annie sez:
      “this is why i can’t vote for her. the DNC needs to learn a lesson — that supporting israel unabashedly drives dems away.”

      They drive the Israel haters away from the dems. I guess the numbers are so few that the dems are willing to say good riddance.

      • Froggy
        Froggy
        May 11, 2016, 5:17 pm

        “They drive the Israel haters away from the dems. I guess the numbers are so few that the dems are willing to say good riddance.”

        That mode of thinking didn’t work so well for the Conservatives in the recent London election.

        Zac Goldsmith went along with his party’s half-baked accusations of anti-Semitism aimed to discredit Sadiq Khan and the Labour party with the result that the voters turned against the Cons and they lost the election big time.

  21. Kay24
    Kay24
    May 10, 2016, 2:31 pm

    “Press TV has conducted an interview with Paul Larudee, a former US government advisor from Berkeley, about Democratic hopeful for 2016 US presidential election Hillary Clinton’s criticism of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.”

    The following is a rough transcription of the interview.

    http://presstv.ir/Detail/2016/05/10/464938/US-Hillary-Clinton-Israel-Lobby-Larudee

  22. just
    just
    May 10, 2016, 6:10 pm

    Clinton picks Israel, Saban, et al…

    Trump picks himself, Adelson, et al… and

    “Trump Selects a White Nationalist Leader as a Delegate in California

    … Johnson leads the American Freedom Party, a group that “exists to represent the political interests of White Americans” and aims to preserve “the customs and heritage of the European American people.” The AFP has never elected a candidate of its own and possesses at most a few thousand members, but it is “arguably the most important white nationalist group in the country,” according to Mark Potok, a senior fellow for the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which tracks hate groups. …”

    much more @ http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/05/donald-trump-white-nationalist-afp-delegate-california

  23. traintosiberia
    traintosiberia
    May 10, 2016, 9:27 pm

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/08/magazine/the-aspiring-novelist-who-became-obamas-foreign-policy-guru.html?_r=2

    A man who once demanded (. http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/05/2016-new-york-times-magazine-david-samuels-ben-rhodes-iran-nuclear-deal-213880 )a bombing campaign against Iran for nonexistent nuclear danger from Iran ,sees the easing of tension between Iran and US as the clearest most treacherous example of a disengagement from Middle East by the lying Obama administration.

    Now Hilary echoes same rash dangerous unhealthy comments against the those who seeks peace diplomacy,trade,and prosperity in the Midfle East To her working with enemy is disengagement ,to her it is isolationism.

  24. KM363
    KM363
    May 10, 2016, 10:29 pm

    I find myself in the odd position of seeming to defend the loathsome lying Hillary. I don’t mean to defend her, for her views and record are indefensible; but do wish to point out that in the three documents in question, she never actually says or even implies that BDS is anti-Semitic. She certainly insinuates it, which is all that she needs to do from her perspective, since her goal is to pander to the Zionists – and effective Zio-pandering surely requires prominent use of the ‘anti-Semitism’ meme.

    If you read what she says closely, however, it’s as though she’s making sure she does not directly SAY that BDS is ‘anti-Semitic’, Oh yeah it’s ‘harmful’ and ‘seeks to punish Israel’ and ‘dictate’ a resolution and it ‘undermine[s] Israel and the Jewish people’. That last phrase is pretty close. But notice how she frames it:

    Particularly at a time when anti-Semitism is on the rise across the world, we need to repudiate forceful efforts to malign and undermine Israel and the Jewish people. Anti-Semitism has no place in any civilized society….”

    Those exact words, by the way, are also found in the letter to Saban.

    In the most natural reading, the first sentence states no more than that BDS efforts are happening during a time when anti-Semitism is rising. It neither states nor implies that BDS itself is necessarily part of that (alleged) rise.

    So what’s the point? I suppose it’s that the carefulness of her language reveals her conscience — and the depths of her malicious hypocrisy. She knows very well that BDS is NOT driven by racist hatred of Jews. But she is more than happy to insinuate it and thereby please her Zionist champions.

  25. JLewisDickerson
    JLewisDickerson
    May 13, 2016, 12:45 am

    RE: “Calling Israel a ‘modern day miracle’ and ‘vibrant bloom in desert,’ Clinton says BDS is anti-Semitic”

    ALSO: Hillary Clinton believes she is “above the law” – at least, the Freedom of Information law (FOIA). It is obvious that the reason she wanted her emails on her own server when she was Secretary of State, was to keep them from being susceptible to FOIA requests made to the State Department (as required by law).

    Fmr. DOJ FOIA Director on Clinton Aide’s Missing Emails: ‘It Stinks to High Heavens’ – http://lawnewz.com/high-profile/fmr-doj-foia-director-say-its-suspicious-that-clinton-aide-paglianos-emails-are-missing/

    State Dept. Acknowledges It Has Zero Bryan Pagliano Emails From Clinton’s Tenure (May 9, 2016) ~ Published on May 9, 2016

    • JLewisDickerson
      JLewisDickerson
      May 13, 2016, 1:06 am

      P.S. ■ Fact Check: Hillary Clinton still spinning emails

      Published on May 11, 2016
      CNN’s Jake Tapper takes a look at Hillary Clinton and a comment she made recently about her email practices.

  26. thestick
    thestick
    May 20, 2016, 4:58 pm

    Ironically, most of that ‘vibrant bloom in desert’ area is actually an arid desert!

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