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Never let a serious crisis go to waste. This is the first thought that crossed my mind when I read Israel National News headline: ‘We’re taking advantage of the US elections to build’:

We’re taking advantage of the upcoming government change in the US to push projects forward that had been stalled, said the Head of the Municipal Council for Planning and Building, Vice-Mayor Meir Turgeman.

Another source added that “The Prime Minister’s silence on this matter is a green light as far as we’re concerned.”

Israel will use every opportunity to expand the breadth of their illegal colonies on Palestinian land, and the US election season is no exception. Jerusalem Online picked up the story too reporting “Jerusalem construction accelerated due to US elections“. The articles claim officials from the Jerusalem Municipality told Channel 2 News that plans to build 57 new housing units over the green line in the occupied East Jerusalem colony of Ramot had been fast-tracked because of U.S. election season and “the accelerated process is not a coincidence”.

Last year when the national planning committee (VATMAL) approved a huge expansion of Ramot (1,638 housing units on 10 acres) environmentalists slammed the plan saying it would threaten the environment.  Even Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barak said it would “bring serious harm to the city.” And this May the Municipality’s chief engineer, Shlomo Eshkol, decried the program for not “following the guidelines of the city’s urban renewal plan“.

Screenshot of Beit Iksa and Ramot on Google Maps

Screenshot of Beit Iksa and Ramot on Google Maps

Ramot illegally buttresses the continually shrinking besieged Palestinian village of Beit Iksa. Readers may recall we’ve written about Beit Iksa before, when Israel seized 100 more acres of their village land to extend the wall, effectively annexing around 12,000 dunams of Beit Iksa’s coveted agricultural land with olive orchards and grape vineyards.

Beit Iksa is now completely surrounded on all sides by the illegal wall and the majority of Beit Iksa’s land has been cut off from the village, including 371 acres where illegal colonies have already been built.

In 2014 the Israeli military announced they would confiscate another 3,167 acres from Beit Iksa. Village leader Saada al-Khatib said it would turn the village into “a 2,500-dunum prison“. That’s because Israel has blocked the old road which used to connected Beit Iksa to Jerusalem and now military rules allow only the villagers to enter and exit through a checkpoint on the only remaining road accessing the village.

And when the military forces arrived at Beit Iksa to deliver the confiscation orders they gave them “until Dec. 31, 2017 to remain on their land”. The soldiers showed the villagers maps of the new areas to be confiscated and said it would be used for “military purposes”.

The orders were signed by the Israeli military commander in the West Bank. Israeli officials denied this happened the very next day, and then promptly announced plans to build 200 more units to Ramot (eventually increased to include 600 new units) — thus providing U.S. State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki the opportunity to slam Israel’s “unfortunate” illegal settlement expansion plans twice in 10 days. The U.S. had just previously lambasted Israel for announcing plans to add hundreds of new housing units in Ramat Shlomo — right next to Ramot.

This is the area Israel plans to expand under cover of U.S. elections. Which U.S. politicians will dare to criticize Israel during an election campaign?

Last fall the Jerusalem Post reported Netanyahu hoped to pass illegal settlement expansion in East Jerusalem “under the radar” as the world focused on terror attacks in Paris. Never let a serious crisis go to waste.

Annie Robbins

Annie Robbins is Editor at Large for Mondoweiss, a human rights activist and a ceramic artist. She lives in the SF bay area. Follow her on Twitter @anniefofani

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  1. Kay24 on July 27, 2016, 4:30 pm

    Typical devious zionist tactics. Every time there is some disaster, or something serious going on in the US, these scumbags will bomb civilians, or steal from the helpless. They are criminals pretending to be a democracy.

    • inbound39 on July 27, 2016, 11:31 pm

      Yes Kay24, it’s the reason Americas status and integrity is so low. As Rumsfeld would have said….”This is a known known”.

  2. amigo on July 27, 2016, 6:19 pm

    Annie , I hate to be picky but shouldn,t the headline have the word , “illegal ” in there, somewhere.

    Btw , Israeli apologist , Christiane Amanpour has an interview with war criminal Barak on CNN.I am not sure if this is only on CNN Europe or is also on CNN USA.

    Barak is quite scathing of Israel,s policies and says Israel is heading to a 1SS . Towards the end of the interview , Amanpour does her pro Israel part and slips in the 2000 negotiations and Barak picks up the ball and blames Arafat for the failure of the negotiations .Who can forget operation , “Went further than any bla bla bla”.

    • amigo on July 27, 2016, 6:28 pm

      Annie , you will find that interview at the link provided . I am not sure if it is shown on USA CNN.

    • annie on July 27, 2016, 7:14 pm

      “somewhere”? other than the 6 times i mentioned “illegal” in the article you mean? actually, i don’t think you hate being picky because you’ve made these comments/complaints many many times before.

      clearly, if i thought it “should” be in the title it would be in the title.

      sorry you didn’t find anything noteworthy in the article besides the title, which you found lacking.

      thanks for the link.

      • amigo on July 27, 2016, 9:43 pm

        ” i don’t think you hate being picky because you’ve made these comments/complaints many many times before ” Annie.

        Annie , “many many times before ” . — You must be confusing me with someone else.I rarely, if ever complain about your ,s or any other of the contributors articles. I save my disagreements for those who deserve it and that is most definitely not you .

        As to reading the article , I read part of it and reacted the same as one does when trying to read Kate,s thread , which is overload on Israeli crimes and hypocracy. I went back and read the whole article and thanks for sharing.It is important even if not a surprise.

        Be well.

      • annie on July 27, 2016, 10:16 pm

        i agree it’s not a surprise they are taking advantage of the election season to push this stuff through, but i was surprised they said it on the radio and printed it.

        excuse me for sounding cranky, sometimes these articles don’t just flow out. long story and why i have not been writing much lately. didn’t mean to take it out on you. apologies.

      • amigo on July 28, 2016, 5:41 pm

        Thanks Annie.

      • Talkback on July 29, 2016, 12:24 pm

        Annie, I agree with amigo. It should be “illegal settlements” in the title. The article is excellent as usual.

  3. Blownaway on July 27, 2016, 8:18 pm

    Does an election really matter ? What has happened to them before ? Condemnation? Concern? Or better yet deeply concerned? Are the Israelis so sensitive to toothless criticism from the US? Give me a break they do what they want when they want and there’s no one to stop them

    • inbound39 on July 27, 2016, 11:36 pm

      Deplorable,unhelpful,contrary to the peace process…blah blah blah…..the day America physically does something and backs its own policy the World will faint in shock.But we do have potentially SuperHilary coming soon to an AIPAC meeting near you.

    • johneill on July 28, 2016, 3:16 am

      It’s easier to manage the image of alliance if there’s less friction, so Israeli pols are sensitive only insofar as they think anyone else is paying attention.
      This election cycle is a great distraction from so many things, it’s a wonder anything other than conventions are covered in msm. (When’s the last time settlement construction made the news?)

  4. gamal on July 28, 2016, 3:35 am

    bayt iksa have their very own prophet nabi leimun, proof is in this excellent volume

    Corpus Inscriptionum Arabicarum Palaestinae (CIAP) Volume Two: B-C
    By Moše Šārôn

  5. Kay24 on July 28, 2016, 7:13 am

    The ugly truth is, the criminals keep resorting to stealing Palestinian lands and viciously keep demolishing Palestinian homes , and their supporters here in the US keep ignoring the crimes.
    No one should be surprised that there are rockets being sent in protest, and that the victims will keep protesting as violently as they possibly can. If I were a Palestinian I would not be able to take years of suffering and being robbed of my lands, olive trees, and water, and want to retaliate in some form or the other.

    “B’Tselem: Israel demolished more Palestinian homes in past 6 months than in all of 2015

    • Boomer on July 28, 2016, 7:24 am

      Kay24, I was about to post a link to the same report, when I saw that you had done so. It is certainly relevant to this thread, and worth reading in its entirely. People should click thru. It’s not just Jerusalem doing this. It’s not just Israel either. It’s the United States, or rather our elites who are in control.

      For convenience, here’s the link again:

      • Kay24 on July 28, 2016, 7:31 am

        It is most relevant to this article. It is really disappointing that the US has been aiding and abetting the criminals who are not only controlling the message in this country, but who have pulled the wool over the eyes of the American people to keep supporting a military occupation and the building of illegal settlements by pretending to be a victim. American leaders keep pretending they know nothing about what is really happening, and the their claim to help people in dire straits around the world stops when it comes to the Palestinians.


      • inbound39 on July 29, 2016, 7:59 am

        Furthermore Hilary Clinton has been financed and continues to be financed by the Pro Israeli Lobby. Guys like Haim Saban and Sheldon Adelson who also finances Netanyahu.

  6. Boomer on July 28, 2016, 7:26 am

    Sad news, but a good report Annie. I expect the State Department spokesman will express “concern.” Not that anyone will be watching.

  7. Kay24 on July 28, 2016, 7:35 am

    I am answering my own question above:

    “Hillary Clinton campaign pin written in Hebrew was spotted on the lapel of former president of the United States Bill Clinton during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia Wednesday evening.

    The pin, according to online publication Tablet Magazine, was presumably a gift from either one of two representatives from the National Jewish Democratic Council who were in attendance at the DNC.” Jerusalem Post

    Wow, what a declaration of devotion shown by Clinton, and perhaps a sign of how things would be when his wife is President. Scary.

    • eljay on July 28, 2016, 7:41 am

      Did the message on the pin read  Property of the “Jewish State” of Israel  ?

      • Kay24 on July 28, 2016, 10:43 am

        The unspoken message does state that, among many other indications. I did not think that it was appropriate to wear it for such an AMERICAN event, which is always full of patriotism, and shows of putting America ABOVE all others. To me it was as weird as wearing a pin with Japanese lettering to such an event. Perhaps it was a not so subtle message to the zionist occupiers, that says whatever you do, as long as you occupy and steal lands, the Clintons will support you.

      • echinococcus on July 28, 2016, 11:48 am


        Of course it’s the most appropriate thing to wear for a US president.
        Being the supreme figurehead of the country, the president represents its owners.

        Shocking the “patriotic” simple folk, who still believe the US is independent from the Zionists, is a small price to pay when an unreadable sign in a fake newfangled language in magician’s letters will ensure Adelson and Saban’s and 400 other moneybags’ peace of mind. The suckers won’t wake up anyway.

        Those who still remain in one of the two parties and any lesser-evil people largely deserve this, anyway.

      • jon s on July 31, 2016, 6:31 am

        The pin is in Hebrew, certainly not a “fake newfangled language”.
        A rather old language, actually…

      • echinococcus on July 31, 2016, 9:29 am

        John S a teacher? Of history? Knowledgeable in Hebrew?

        Now he’s showing a degree of ignorance inexcusable even for the crassest acephal. He pretends to be confusing biblical Hebrew (and the different stages of ancient Hebrew, that was a living language until around 300-200 BC or thereabouts) and Hebrew as a dead language for the following 20 or so centuries, with, on the other side, the newly constructed conlang-origin creole.

        It’s not even a matter of discussion anywhere that the newfangled atrocity is a conlang (constructed language, in the technical term) , deliberately engineered for a social experiment, as were Volapük, Esperanto etc. It was designed to be imposed along with Zionism on the Jews (without any common cultural or ethnic element at all if not religious/ritual) who were to be recruited for the invasion and murder of Palestine, just like John S.

        The aim was to make people forget their own native languages within a generation, and by gum the criminal plan worked. Until then, Hebrew had been used like Latin, and was nobody’s mother tongue. It had been a liturgical dead language, and more limitedly a lingua franca in encounters between religious Jews of different ethnicity and language, when one of the parties was bad at Latin or German. Nowhere near Latin in the 20 centuries of enormously widespread lay use, though (but still a dead language without mother-tongue speakers except among Hungarian nobility etc.)

        Chief engineer was Eliezer Perlman from Vitebsk. He designed the conlang at the drawing board, of course using dead-language Hebrew as was used by the Ostjiddisch, and use of this majority substratum, ie Slavo-Germanic structures to make learning easier for the mass, a pronunciation that was the rendering of a “Mediterranean” pronunciation as imagined during a nightmare by a Russian, etc. The rest can be found in analyses and descriptions by specialists. In order to continue and increase the isolation and estrangement necessary to any extreme-nationalist movement, he kept the Aramaic square writing system of Ancient Hebrew and Yiddish.

        Perlman’s children, born in the 1880es, were the first to be imposed this hybrid monster as a mother tongue, instead of natural Yiddish. The son became a competent journalist, somewhat knowledgeable in linguistics. He advocated the use of the Latin alphabet to make the conlang Newspeak language more accessible and had a romanized Modern Hebrew press.

        You don’t have to take my commie heathen word for it, though, John S. Any number of Palestine-born or otherwise Modern Hebrew first-language people, infinitely more knowledgeable, like, say, Shmuel or Yoni Falic, will confirm this to you, the American. If you want to be a teacher, shouldn’t you inform yourself of things as elementary as this? You wouldn’t be cunning enough to pretend you didn’t know for propaganda purposes, would you?

      • jon s on July 31, 2016, 11:49 pm

        How can anyone take seriously a commenter who can’t even get my name straight, and keeps adding an “h”? Or maybe echinococcus thinks he’s being funny, in a childish way. Hilarious.

        Hebrew had ceased to be an everyday spoken language between the 3rd and 5th centuries CE. Echinococcus is off by only about 500 years, no big deal.
        Hebrew was never “dead”. Had it really been dead , it could not have been revived. It was in use in the liturgy, in Rabbinic writings, in poetry and in commerce (between Jews).
        The revival of Hebrew language as an everyday spoken language and the development of Hebrew culture is one of Zionism’s proudest achievments. in which Eliezer Ben Yehuda (formerly Perlman) played a significant role.
        Here’s a list of constructed languages. Hebrew is not included;

      • echinococcus on August 1, 2016, 12:21 am

        Why does John S (I’ll add the h because I just want to) insist on exhibiting his crass ignorance by repeating exactly what I said, which he doesn’t even seem to understand, and think that it is a refutation?

        He just confirms what I wrote, ie that classical Hebrew was no one’s mother tongue (= dead language) for a very long time, was used as liturgical language and a lingua franca (but on a much smaller scale than Latin, also a much-used dead language; also his dates are absurdly low, like 500 years, but that is explained by his using Wikipedia –a notorious Zionist propaganda site, but that is not essential to the discussion.)

        Calling “revival” the construction of a conlang doesn’t change either the structure of the invented language or the malignant nature of the hypernationalist social engineering.

        The poor thing really wants to make it clear to all that he is reduced to call Wikipedia instead of professionally recognized criteria to determine what a conlang is.

        Anyway, now you know the essential criterion of seriousness: spelling the name of John S the way His Squatter Majesty wants.

      • RoHa on August 1, 2016, 12:29 am

        If use in liturgy, etc, mean that Hebrew was not dead, then Latin is not dead, either, Sanskrit is alive and kicking, and Manx has not yet drawn its last breath.

        And why be proud of rebuilding and reviving Hebrew? The world already has too many languages. What’s the point of adding another?

        Also, that list of conlangs is incomplete. It does not include Tutonish, for starters.

      • Mooser on August 1, 2016, 11:30 am

        “How can anyone take seriously a commenter who can’t even get my name straight, and keeps adding an “h”?”

        Kick him in the head, “Jon s”! Hit ’em with a chair!

        How the hell can anybody take a murderous settler seriously? –

      • jon s on August 1, 2016, 1:09 pm

        OK, echinococcus is going to add an h to my name because he wants to. It will be fascinating to watch him grow up.

        Anyway, if Wiki is “Zionist”, I don’t see Hebrew here, either:

        There are Jews who are proud of their heritage and traditions, and the Hebrew language is part of that heritage. The revival of Hebrew, as an everyday, spoken language, together with the flowering of a Hebrew culture, is one of Zionism’s finest achievements.

      • Mooser on August 1, 2016, 1:22 pm

        “The revival of Hebrew, as an everyday, spoken language, together with the flowering of a Hebrew culture, is one of Zionism’s finest achievements.”

        ROTFLMSJAO!!! Oh, you bet, “Jon s”! The entire world will want to know and use the language of the Zionist genocide and ethnic cleansing.
        Everybody will be just dying to speak it.
        Besides, how else will the world communicate with 200 million Jews?

        Naturally, “Jon s” you could easily change my mind about this. All you have to do is shoot me, hit me with a chair and kick me to death. Oh, the wonderful Hebrew shouts and songs used during that episode. Just like the “L’Chaim” scene from “Fiddler”

        Oh yeah, everybody will want to brush up their Hebrew.

      • echinococcus on August 1, 2016, 2:36 pm

        Hilarouser and hilariouser. This John, when challenged because he goes to some questionable pop cyclopedia to look for lists instead of reading and understanding, goes to a second pop cyclopedia.

        I mean, being totally ignorant about language is understandable –it’s not interesting for everybody, but the guy insists in showing off his ignorance at any price. Not only that, but he seems to have learned enough (constructed) Modern Hebrew to indoctrinate some poor kids in genocide justification, without ever having a look at the history of it or even getting curious at the differences between his so often mentioned mumbojumbo book and the creole he is speaking.

      • Mooser on August 1, 2016, 2:42 pm

        “There are Jews who are proud of their heritage and traditions”

        Like Zionism?

      • Mooser on August 1, 2016, 3:42 pm

        “but the guy insists in showing off his ignorance at any price”

        He’s exhibiting every sign of ‘Zionist social panic’. (Another phase of the Ziocaine Syndrome?)

        You see, “Jon s” takes it for granted that his Zionism will give him social ascendancy, in any US-based situation. When he doesn’t get it, he panics, and says all sorts of inappropriate things to try and re-establish it.

        Because “Jon s”, the poor schmuk, genuinely believes he’s a superior kind of person. And thinks that’s a requisite part of being Jewish!

      • echinococcus on August 1, 2016, 5:49 pm

        … the poor schmuk, genuinely believes he’s a superior kind of person.

        You mean, in response to our recent remarks that, being anatomically human, Zionists shouldn’t be called names (except for their behavior), he doubles down and insists on being non-human?

        And thinks that’s a requisite part of being Jewish!

        That’s what I feared. No one can ever say that I’m partial to anyone pretending to a “Jewish” identity over any other group, but here one has to draw a line: such a nasty degree of Jew-hatred as exhibited by this John S is rare indeed. One should perhaps try to get preventative counseling before it’s too late and he starts acting.

      • echinococcus on August 1, 2016, 6:08 pm


        Funny you should mention Tutonish. I was thinking of doing that the other day. Yiddish speakers would understand everything:

        “vio fadr hu bi in hevn; holirn bi dauo nam; dauo reik kom; dauo vil bi dun an erd, as it bi in hevn; ”
        No, no, won’t do –sacrilegious to the 2%. Anyway, I’m too lazy to choose another text sample.
        This conlang coined by an American-born Norwegian manages to imitate Yiddish syntax better than any pastiche.

        Of particular interest to you (of course you know it but it deserves special mention for Annie’s benefit), the inventor, Molee, was a sworn enemy of all capital letters.

      • RoHa on August 1, 2016, 8:42 pm

        “There are Jews who are proud of their heritage and traditions”

        Those with no achievements of their own to be proud of?

        “The revival of Hebrew, as an everyday, spoken language, together with the flowering of a Hebrew culture, is one of Zionism’s finest achievements. ”

        I don’t see anything fine about cutting people off from the world by inflicting Hebrew on them, but I suppose that is the sort of thing that Zionist like.

      • RoHa on August 1, 2016, 8:59 pm

        I hadn’t thought about Tutonish for more than fifty years, but when I looked at the list I recalled seeing Molee’s book in the Adelaide Public Library in 1962. I was amused to see a language which I could read without study, even in my then untutored* state.

        I thought it an interesting conceit, but pointless. A constructed language should be for everyone, so that we could use it to talk to Russians, Chinese, Brazilians, and even (in extremis) the French. Molee, if I recall correctly, did not think such were worth talking to, but I mostly disagree.

        I had quite forgotten his disdain for capital letters.

        (*Comparatively. By the time I was sixteen, my sarcastic teachers and my autodidactic habits had furnished my mind with considerably more education than most people get nowadays. Not a lot about gender sensitivity, though.)

      • echinococcus on August 2, 2016, 2:16 am


        The assumption that constructed languages are there to ease communication doesn’t always fit the facts. Not infrequently –but then, spectacularly in the case of Hebrew– the aim (conscious or not, certainly intended in the case of Hebrew) seems to be that of isolating and alienating the speaker group from the rest of humanity. Have a look at the different passionate “communities” of speakers.

        No, if you want to promote a common language, you simply manage an empire with plenty of gunboats and bombers and such.
        Like Nabuchadnezzar and Alexander and Caesar and Louis XIV and Nelson and FDR… it’s incredibly more effective than inventing grammar rules by candlelight.

      • wondering jew on August 2, 2016, 6:31 am

        I suppose for people who have zero interest in the existing religions on the planet earth at present, an interest in Hebrew, spoken or written, would be limited to linguists and fans of Modern Israel.

        The revival of Hebrew preceded Zionism by some 30 years, it prepared the way for Zionism, maybe, in that it hearkened back to earlier times and contained more than a morsel of rejection of the spoken language of Yiddish, so maybe the Haskalah and its revival of Hebrew also deserves the disdain that usually is reserved for Zionism, but I think not.

        Mythically, biblically, the tower of babel is the origin story of the variety of languages in the world. The moral of the story is actually against the proliferation of languages. If only humankind were devoted to worthwhile efforts, then their purposes would be good and everyone speaking the same language would help their goals achieve accomplishment. It is a story of the proliferation of differences and languages as a type of exile from an eden of human unity.

        Nonetheless I do not regret the rebirth of Hebrew, certainly not because of an idealization of international languages and a rejection of small group languages. This is certainly affected by my affection for the Hebrew Bible. And it is certainly affected by my affection for the survival of the Jewish people (with uniqueness) despite the 20th century.

      • RoHa on August 2, 2016, 8:34 pm

        Hebrew certainly seems to do the alienating and isolating job.

        Imperialism is definitely successful at spreading a common language. Latin, English, written Chinese, and Arabic are all fine examples. And even I will agree that imperialism is marginally more fun than grammar rules by candlelight. (And precious little is.)

        But I do not have imperial resources to hand, so I have to take the latter option. I am very interested in religion, so I am constructing a language with Pali and Welsh vocabulary hammered into English grammar. Once complete, I will claim to have revived the Old Pali of the Suttas. I will have to cook up an alphabet for it, as well. Old Pali was written in whatever alphabet was handy at the time, but I want something distinct and unreadable.

      • echinococcus on August 3, 2016, 12:48 am

        As long as one ingredient is Welsh, you can’t go wrong.

      • Mikhael on August 3, 2016, 12:51 pm

        echinococcus August 1, 2016, 12:21 am
        He just confirms what I wrote, ie that classical Hebrew was no one’s mother tongue (= dead language)

        echinococcus (f/k/a “puppies”) doesn’t know the difference between a language and a vernacular. Hebrew mayhave been moribund as a vernacular, but it was never completely “dead.”

        Besides the fact that literate Jews (ajnd most Jews were literate in Hebrew) from different parts of the Diaspora were able to use it as a lingua franca for spoken communication over the centuries, new Hebrew literature continued to be created for over 2,000 years. The modern spoken revival led by Eliezer Ben-Yehuda of Jerusalem, which was connected with the modern political Zionist movement (one must distinguish between modern political Zionism, the successful national movement that resulted in the renewed independence of Jews in their homeland from the simple Zionism that is inextricably emdedded within religious Judaism) was predated by the Haskalah, which saw a flowering of Hebrew literature and journalism in Europe.

      • echinococcus on August 3, 2016, 4:15 pm


        Thank you for confirming what I wrote. Just like John S, you perfectly described what is called a dead language. By definition. I imagine you just didn’t read what RoHa and I already wrote of the lingua franca aspect etc. I’ll be exceptionally patient and repeat.

        A vernacular, as a proper term, describes a particular spoken language, defined as recognizable exactly by precise locality and social class. Observe that if for some 2,000+ years, Hebrew was nobody’s vernacular, that is the obvious result of the fact that it was no one’s native language.
        A dead language is one that has no native speakers –like Hebrew. And the Hebrew spoken as a mother tongue by its first native speakers, the Perlman children (dad self-reinvented as “Son of Judah”, son humorously and unpatriotically self-reinvented “Son of my dad”), was a constructed language remodeled to fit the Slavic and German substratum of the Zionist social-experimenter criminals. All as you two ignoramuses confirmed.

        One cannot avoid noticing that the homeland(TM) of the inventor was Vitebsk, an Oblast of Bielorussia. Not Palestine.

      • Mooser on August 3, 2016, 7:14 pm

        “Mikhael”, you expressed it very well.
        After all, you can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometime, you might find, you get what you need.

      • Mikhael on August 5, 2016, 4:45 am

        echinococcus August 3, 2016, 4:15 pm

        …you perfectly described what is called a dead language.

        No. If I described a language like Anglo-Saxon, which not only has not had any native speakers for many centuries but has no continuing literary corpus, without generations of children who learn to read it at age 5 and grow into adults capable of creating new works in it, then I would have perfectly described a dead language.

        A dead language is one that has no native speakers –like Hebrew.

        Hebrew may have been dormant as a vernacular, but it never died completely. That”s why it is such an unqualified success today, with nearly 7 million native speakers.

        And the Hebrew spoken as a mother tongue by its first native speakers, the Perlman children (dad self-reinvented as “Son of Judah”,

        Ashkenazim in Europe had been using patrynomics for centuries before Central and Easetrn European governments imposed surnames on them in the 18th and 19th centuries. The “Perlman” name, like most Germanic and Slavic surnames that Ashkenazim were compelled to adopt, was in use by Eliezer Ben Yehuda’s (whose father was named יהודה-לייב) family for far less time than the traditional Jewish patrynomic naming conventions. You don’t get to foist a surname on a family that rejected it over a century ago after it was imposed by a defunct foreign government a century or so before that.

        son humorously and unpatriotically self-reinvented “Son of my dad”)

        Itamar Ben-Avi’s chosen surname was an acronym of “Eliezer Ben-Yehuda” (אבי) which can also mean “my father” (not “my dad”). Unlike his father, he was never known as “Perlman,” the name that Czarist authorities compelled one of his ancestors to adopt a century prior to his birth. He was unpatriotic enough to advocate that Hebrew be written in a Latin-based alphabet, however.

        was a constructed language

        Modern Hebrew does not come close to the definition of a constructed language. It is a vibrant language that is not only a lineal descendant of the Hebrew of the Miqra and the Mishna, but of medieval and early modern rabbinic and literary Hebrew.

        Other national and ethnic groups have been inspired by the success of the modern Hebrew spoken revival and are attempting to do the same thing, with mixed results. One language thought to be be dead over the past century is the Algonquian dialect of Mohegan, whose last native speaker died in the early 1900s. As the Mohegan people (unlike the Jewish people) never had a tradition of teaching their sacred and secular literature in their own language, the prospects of a spoken revival seems daunting, as the language has to be reconstructed from scattered recordings and lexicons compiled by long-dead ethnographers. So their language was far more moribund than Hebrew ever was. Nevertheless, soon there may be a new generation of Mohegans who can speak it with native fluency. They will not be speaking a conlang either, but their own heritage language, just as Hebrew is the heritage language of the Jewish People. One can only wish that the efforts of the Mohegans and other groups with endangered languages will emulate the Hebrew cultural revival and meet with success.

        remodeled to fit the Slavic and German substratum

        Of course, modern Hebrew was enthusiastically adopted by all segments of the Yishuv, Mizrahim, Sefaradim and Ashkenazim and shows language contact influence from the different cultures that these groups lived among in the Diaspora as well as in Eres Yisra’el. One of the main proponents and disseminators of spoken modern Hebrew was Yosef Meyouhas, a Sefaradi from the Old Yishuv of Jerusalem who was from a family that could trace continuous residence there since the 1600s (and a 2nd cousin of my late grandmother). Modern Hebrew was never solely a product of the Ashkenazi milieu that Ben Yehuda was born into.

        and of the Zionist social-experimenter criminals heroes

        The forecast for this “social expirement” is that the nearly 7 million native Hebrew-speakers will double within the next few decades. If you’re still alive, I look forward to seeing you stamp your little feet and pound your little fists in dismay as you denounce a language that you’ll never have the pleasure of reading, speaking or understanding.

        One cannot avoid noticing that the homeland(TM) of the inventor was Vitebsk, an Oblast of Bielorussia. . Not Palestine.

        Ben-Yehuda’s birthplace may have been there, but as a Jew, his national and ancestral homeland was in Eres Yisra’el. Of course, when he first moved there, it was not part of “Palestine” but was the Mustarrifate of Jerusalem in the Ottoman Empire. “Palestine” had only just been created by the British at the time Ben-Yehuda’s death in 1922.

      • Mooser on August 5, 2016, 10:20 am

        “No. If I…/…1922” “Mayhem”

        Jeez, no wonder they run, a real balmalocha, this Mayhem.

      • Mr.T on August 5, 2016, 10:32 am

        “and of the Zionist social-experimenter criminals heroes ”

        No, Michael, there was nothing heroic in a band of Europeans invading and stealing another people’s land. Zionism is racism and Zionists are criminals.

      • Mikhael on August 6, 2016, 10:08 am

        Mooser August 1, 2016, 1:22 pm

        Naturally, “Jon s” you could easily change my mind about this. All you have to do is shoot me, hit me with a chair and kick me to death.

        Nobody has to do that. You’ll be dead in a few decades’ time anyway with no Jewish progeny, in which time millions of Jews will be born in in Israel with NHebrew as their native tongue. Many non-Jews speak it and will continue to learn it also.

        Oh yeah, everybody will want to brush up their Hebrew.


      • Mooser on August 6, 2016, 5:33 pm

        “You’ll be dead in a few decades’ time anyway with no Jewish progeny”

        Gosh, you must be a joy to be around. Lucky nobody got killed, wasn’t it?

    • Boomer on July 28, 2016, 2:10 pm

      re “The pin, according to online publication Tablet Magazine, was presumably a gift from either one of two representatives from the National Jewish Democratic Council who were in attendance at the DNC.” Jerusalem Post”

      Good catch. Not unprecedented. I recall the picture of a smiling Mr. Obama wearing a Star of David lapel pin at some event. An appropriate sign of loyalty, and one more indication of the strange relationship between the elites of the U.S. and Israel.

      • inbound39 on July 29, 2016, 8:04 am

        And when it all flies apart and Israel runs America aground after emptying its finances Americans will ask….How did that happen? America is teetering on the edge now….the two current Presidential delegates are proof of that.

  8. Boo on July 28, 2016, 8:18 am

    The settlers probably stay up all night working each month when the moon is full too. ‘Cause that’s just how they roll.

    They’d better watch out though — some night the werewolves’ll get ’em.

  9. mcohen. on July 28, 2016, 8:47 am

    instead of quoting tumescent ellipses of the israeli kind why not post some actual proof that building is taking place………like photo,s of house construction,interviews with tradesmen,architects etc.
    a street address will go a long way to provide some proof of all this constuction tumenosity……..

    • annie on July 28, 2016, 3:19 pm

      why not post some actual proof that building is taking place………like photo

      scroll to the top for a screenshot.

    • Mooser on July 28, 2016, 5:06 pm

      A ten-dotter!

      And a devastating attack on the article’s integrity.
      It’s all Photo-Shop!

  10. mcohen. on July 28, 2016, 4:58 pm

    i scrolled and scrolled…….but finger old and worn after wandering forty years across the screen came across a tangerine dream.
    a castle built of holy words stood before me in the desert.i entered and came across a black rock that stood next to a stream.

    • Mooser on July 29, 2016, 11:52 am

      “i scrolled…/…to a stream.”

      There’s the old “mcohen”, ellipses and insinuations abounding.
      Patsh zich in tuchis und schrei “hooray”!

  11. amigo on July 28, 2016, 5:26 pm

    Once upon a time , zionists lied about the illegal settlements they constructed.Now they just go ahead and break International Law out in the open.

    Haaretz has a good article on the lies and deceipt practiced by the zionist invaders in the 70,s.

    “Secret 1970 Document Confirms First West Bank Settlements Built on a Lie

    In minutes of meeting in then-defense minister Moshe Dayan’s office, top Israeli officials discussed how to violate international law in building settlement of Kiryat Arba, next to Hebron.

    It has long been an open secret that the settlement enterprise was launched under false pretenses, involving the expropriation of Palestinian land for ostensibly military purposes when the true intent was to build civilian settlements, which is a violation of international law.

    Now a secret document from 1970 has surfaced confirming this long-held assumption. The document, a copy of which has been obtained by Haaretz, details a meeting in the office of then-defense minister Moshe Dayan at which government and military leaders spoke explicitly about how to carry out this deception in the building of Kiryat Arba, next to Hebron.”

    read more: (no pay wall with the cache link).

    • annie on July 29, 2016, 1:44 am

      that’s quite a catch amigo and the info doesn’t surprise me in the least! — but great to have the confirmation. thank you!

      • inbound39 on July 29, 2016, 8:14 am

        Yes…..if Israel can now be proven to have deliberately built settlements knowing them to be illegal then with International pressure brought to bear they cannot complain being asked to move settlers they know to be illegal. The question is when WILL International pressure in support of International Law and delivering Palestinians the right to self determination be brought to bear on Israel. Like the cessation of all aid and weaponry supplied to Israel and permission for Israeli’s to land their aircraft in Europe etc. End trade deals with Israel until it complies. Won’t happen because the politicians are owned by Zionists.

      • echinococcus on July 29, 2016, 12:09 pm


        When “International pressure in support of International Law and delivering Palestinians the right to self determination [is] brought to bear on Israel”, by rights the first order of the day is a plebiscite on the 1947 Partition Proposal with the participation of all the Palestinian people, including all the diaspora and the oppressed minority within or the enslaved populations under the control of the Zionist entity.

      • inbound39 on July 30, 2016, 10:47 pm

        Echinococcus I love your thinking plus the introduction of a very apt and beautiful word in the english language…Plebiscite….let freedom ring! The Partition Plan contains the only legally recognised borders of Israel. To this day Israel as a state is Internationally recognised on those borders so it stands to reason that as a starting point Israel should be rolled back with no conditions discussed to those borders. After all… can be proven now simply that Israel has taken territory illegally….therefore it has a responsibility to comply….if it is a legitimate state that is.

  12. DaBakr on July 28, 2016, 10:08 pm

    i didn’t think the 600 units in the overall existing settlement expansion plan that are exclusively for arab housing would make it in an ‘incisive’ mw ‘report’ . of course it is unclear wether housing planned for palestinians would be as ‘illegal’ as homes for jews.

    • Talkback on July 30, 2016, 2:54 am

      I know that humanitarian law is to difficult for someone like you, because it requires to think humane (see Marten’s Clause) and apply universal moral. And since you don’t even consider Palestinian’s to have a right to self determination in their own territory and don’t recognize that it is even occupied by Israel, there’s no hope that you will ever develope the necessary moral preconditions to understand it.

    • John O on July 30, 2016, 12:40 pm

      So, you’re in favour of segregated housing.

      • Talkback on July 31, 2016, 4:13 am

        DaBakr thinks that its noble to mention that Israel builds “Arabs” a new ghetto.

    • inbound39 on July 30, 2016, 10:49 pm

      Da Bakr….Israel is free to build on any land within its borders…problem is it keeps building on other peoples land not sovereign to it.

  13. annie on July 29, 2016, 12:12 pm

    here’s something published by the state department 2 days ago i just noticed. >>>>>

    evidently, the state department is deeply concerned over the settlements and strongly opposes settlement activity. to which i say, so what? words won’t harm them. the state department has already expressed concern over and over for years — to the extent that it means nothing.

    haaretz wrote about it, so did times of israel. but i doubt and US msm will pick it up

    • RoHa on July 29, 2016, 7:21 pm

      But it’s very, very, deep concern, Annie. Keeps them awake at night.

    • Talkback on July 30, 2016, 3:18 am

      I’m quite surprised how well informed he is about the demolition stats which were published by B’Tselem on Monday.

  14. iResistDe4iAm on July 30, 2016, 12:09 pm

    More Jewish human shields being deliberately and strategically placed in illegal settlements on stolen land deep inside occupied enemy territories (former and potential future war zones).

    According to Ed Koch, the Jewish settlers will “provide a defense bulwark” against “the Islamist armies” of five nations…

    “You ask Israel to cease building settlements on the West Bank, which are intended not only to house Israelis, but to provide a defense bulwark when the Islamist armies of the surrounding states, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria – Assad or his opponents – and Iraq, again try militarily to crush Israel” ~ Ed Koch, 2013

    • inbound39 on July 30, 2016, 1:04 pm

      If settlers are a defence bulwark as stated then Palestinians can consider settlers as military personnel and therefore legitimate targets under the Geneva Convention. This is possibly the first time I have seen an Israeli openly state settlers are fulfilling a military roll.

    • oldgeezer on July 30, 2016, 4:22 pm


      Israeli politicians have openly stated the same. Sorry… no link at hand right now. Also some settler leaders.

      In addition the GoI supplied (at least some) settlements with assault rifles, grenades and training.

      I would personally view these settlements as housing militias but I don’t think it can go so far as counting unarmed civilians as military. In other words the settlements are a likely a legitimate target for advancing forces if the equation of military risks/benefits outweighs the potential cost in civilian lives.

      At the very least it is clear that both the GoI and idf are openly using human shields.

      • Mooser on July 30, 2016, 7:17 pm

        ” it can go so far as counting unarmed civilians as military”

        Settlers are by no means unarmed. By no means. And they are a co-coordinated part of a military-governmental colonization effort. And how many are either serving now, or in reserve IDF forces?

        They are not, “unarmed civilians”. And even if they are unarmed, they are criminals.

      • inbound39 on July 30, 2016, 10:54 pm

        Can’t possibly argue with that Mooser…Geneva Convention states clearly that the only people legally allowed to remain on Occupied territory is military personnel. Given Israel insists they build and stay there it means ulteriorly by action that the people are there as military personnel thus making them legitimate targets by resistance forces.

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