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You have to have a little fun with the Wikileaks emails from Clinton campaign chair John Podesta, and here’s a moment of joy. Lanny Davis invites John Podesta and his wife to his and his wife’s power seder, February 26, 2015, “Save the date,” five weeks ahead of time. Note all the cues to Podesta that this is an ecumenical seder, including the nods to Gerald Ford and Jack Kemp.

Carolyn and I would be honored if you and both could attend our Passover Seder on Friday, April 3, at 7 pm, at our home in Potomac Maryland. We are proud that our Seders are less traditional. While they tell the story of the Exodus in the Seder book called the “Haggadah,” it is mostly in English and we also dedicate our Seders each year to an individual or an historic event that offers a profound message for our Seder gathering. In years past, for example, we have dedicated our Seder that year to Pee Wee Reese, who should the moral courage during the Cincinnati Reds-Brooklyn Dodgers game to walk across the field to put his arm around Jackie Robinson; to the cause of Palestinian-Israeli peace and a two-state solution; to Malala Yousafzai for her courage and inspiration for young women around the globe; and, on the year of his death, to Gerald Ford for his integrity and dignity when he served as president through difficult times and crises for our country. We have also been honored in years past with special guests and friends, such as former congressman, Secretary, and legendary quarterback Jack Kemp; former Ambassador to Sweden under President Clinton, Tom Siebert; and Dr. Ziad Asali, the head of the Washington D.C.-based American Task Force on Palestine. We would be so happy if you both could join us this year. We expect about 10-12 guests in total. Our tradition has been to invite Jews and non-Jews to share this experience of our Seder, which so many people have remarked upon as memorable. Please let me know as soon as possible.

Pee Wee Reese, shortstop famous for breaking down resistance to Jackie Robinson

Pee Wee Reese, shortstop famous for breaking down resistance to Jackie Robinson

Davis is hardly alone. Seders are now cross-cultural gatherings at the White House and other establishment watering holes. And any secular Jew can tell you that there are plenty of non-Jews at east coast seders. Many of these seders are led by intermarried couples (which I am guessing Lanny and Carolyn Atwell-Davis are).

Though Davis’s dedication to Palestinian-Israeli peace is not very convincing. Just the previous summer to this seder, he was a Washington megaphone for the Israeli massacre in Gaza, with the usual talking points about the most moral army in the world. “What army sends texts and phone calls to warn civilians of its intentions to attack and implores them to leave before the attack?” And BTW, the American Task Force on Palestine is a famously conservative Palestinian organization.

 

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  1. Ossinev
    Ossinev
    November 6, 2016, 2:45 pm

    “What army sends texts and phone calls to warn civilians of its intentions to attack and implores them to leave before the attack?”

    As the late great Irish comedian use to say ” It`s the way I tell them”.

    So the most moral etc tells the civilians to leave and gives them x minutes.
    WTF do they go to that is safe – Gaza is a large prison with a huge population. Do they all run and hide in the cells next door ?Do they run to the security strip area along the border fence – no don`t think so as they will be used as live target practice by the 18 year old fledgling IDFFascists ( remotely or better still if they can summon up the courage to actually go to the fence ). Do they go to the beach – hey what a good idea they can play football there. Oh no wait a minute more great live target practice for Israeli gunshipmorons.

    They people who swallow this “warning ” crap as justification for mass slaughter of innocent civiians are simply braindead Fascist Ziogoons and are truly worthy of comparison with their 1930`s predecessors.

  2. Keith
    Keith
    November 6, 2016, 3:49 pm

    One can only wonder to what extent attending a seder by a power Jew is seen as obligatory in order to succeed in Washington.

    • hophmi
      hophmi
      November 7, 2016, 1:49 pm

      One can only wonder how Keith manages to get so many overtly antisemitic comments through on Mondoweiss.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        November 7, 2016, 3:39 pm

        “One can only wonder how Keith manages to get so many overtly antisemitic comments through on Mondoweiss.”

        “Hophmi” that little compliment to the attraction of Jewish holidays ain’t nothin’ Look it this one:

        the ways of the wise and wooly elders of zyion remain mysterious and cloaked in subterfuge until the time is ripe to strike at the heart of democracy which has been so destructive to the ancient protocols being enacted as prophetized (sic) by the dark lord on high.”

      • talknic
        talknic
        November 7, 2016, 5:12 pm

        @ hophmi November 7, 2016, 1:49 pm

        “One can only wonder how Keith manages to get so many overtly antisemitic comments through on Mondoweiss.”

        Pls explain exactly how Keith’s comment is Antisemitic. Thx. I’ll wait ………….

        Meanwhile one can only wonder why hophmi and Co choose to post constant streams of unsubstantiated drivel on behalf of a state in clear breach of the law

      • Keith
        Keith
        November 7, 2016, 5:54 pm

        HOPHMI- “One can only wonder how Keith manages to get so many overtly antisemitic comments through on Mondoweiss.”

        Methinks Hophmi doth protest too much. Surely a backhanded confirmation of my comment’s relevance.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        November 7, 2016, 7:13 pm

        “so many overtly antisemitic comments through on Mondoweiss.”

        “Hophmi” try dealing with reality. The technique of using Judaism as a shield for Zionism’s actions has only resulted in Judaism being opened up (and unfortunately, rightfully so) to the crudest kind of political speech.
        Pretending it might be otherwise is one of the cruelest hoaxes the Zionists have played on the Jewish people.

      • Keith
        Keith
        November 8, 2016, 10:45 am

        HOPHMI- “One can only wonder how Keith manages to get so many overtly antisemitic comments through on Mondoweiss.”

        Uh oh, something just occurred to me. Hophmi, have you reported my comment to the ADL? Is my innocuous little comment going to be cited as evidence of a disturbing rise in anti-Semitism? Sorry Phil! Sorry Adam! Who knew it would come to this?

  3. jon s
    jon s
    November 6, 2016, 4:25 pm

    Mondoweiss devotes space to a rather trivial email from last year, but not to the mass rally in Tel Aviv last night.:
    http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.751192

    • Mooser
      Mooser
      November 6, 2016, 5:33 pm

      “Mondoweiss devotes space to a rather trivial email from last year, but not to the mass rally in Tel Aviv last night.”

      So what? Your point being? The price of cottage cheese is too high?

    • echinococcus
      echinococcus
      November 6, 2016, 5:48 pm

      Whassamatter, John S, Zionist stuff no longer being reported in Zionist organs?
      Your link was to one, already.
      Not newsworthy at all for the resistance.

    • eljay
      eljay
      November 6, 2016, 6:34 pm

      || jon s: … the mass rally in Tel Aviv last night … ||

      A rally at which less-radical Zio-supremacists spoke out against more-radical Zio-supremacists but no-one spoke out against the immorality and injustice of Israel’s…
      – existence as an oppressive and religion-supremacist state;
      – on-going occupation and colonization of Palestine; and
      – on-going (war) crimes.

      • echinococcus
        echinococcus
        November 6, 2016, 10:49 pm

        Eljay,

        All right, let’s see which parallel universe it exists as anything else than a racial (or, for the total boobies, religion-)supremacist state. Address, please?

      • eljay
        eljay
        November 7, 2016, 8:13 am

        || echinococcus: … Eljay,

        All right, let’s see which parallel universe it exists as anything else than a racial (or, for the total boobies, religion-)supremacist state. Address, please? ||

        It’s your inquiry – look up the address yourself.

      • echinococcus
        echinococcus
        November 7, 2016, 12:01 pm

        Eljay,

        Pretending to be deaf won’t cut it.
        Where are the data to suggest that the Zionist entity can be anything else than a racial-supremacist state, under any conditions?

        (I’ll discount the nonsense of considering “religious” discrimination that started by total atheists)

      • eljay
        eljay
        November 7, 2016, 2:31 pm

        || echinococcus: Eljay, Pretending to be deaf won’t cut it. … ||

        Okay, so stop pretending.

        || … Where are the data to suggest that the Zionist entity can be anything else than a racial-supremacist state, under any conditions? … ||

        I don’t know – where are they? I’ve certainly never claimed that such data exist. I have only expressed my hope / desire / belief that Israel should exist as something other than a religion-supremacist state.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        November 8, 2016, 11:43 am

        “Pretending to be deaf won’t cut it.”

        Oh, don’t fret about “Jon s” auditory facilities. If there’s one thing “Jon s” is attuned to, it’s the clarion call of the good ‘ol USA! And one doesn’t need sensitive hearing to know when the shots are too near.

        “Jon s” isn’t worried, he can get out by simply singing a Springsteen song: “I was born, in the USA!!”.

    • amigo
      amigo
      November 6, 2016, 6:57 pm

      Is this the fake peace get together you are referring to.If you attended then Gideon levy wrote a very apt article in Haaretz with you in mind..You must have missed that , eh Jon S.

      “Opinion Real Leftists Won’t Go to the Ceremony for Yitzhak Rabin

      The Labor Party is putting together the event, but that party is in cahoots with Benjamin Netanyahu and the right-wing parties that don’t care about the occupation.
      Gideon Levy Nov 03, 2016 1:59 AM

      We have to recognize it: Israel has no opposition, no alternative, no left and no peace camp. Except for the Joint List of Arab parties, Meretz and a few courageous NGOs, everyone is on the right. Everyone is Benjamin Netanyahu, everyone is Avigdor Lieberman, everyone is Naftali Bennett, everyone is a settler, everyone is Amona. And the Labor Party is part of this too.

      That’s why there’s no significance to the ceremony Labor is organizing. The party that remained silent during the lynching of Breaking the Silence and Hagai El-Ad isn’t a freedom fighter or democracy supporter. A party that’s trying to crawl into the government is part of the government. Most of the people who show up on Saturday will certainly have a firm opinion about the government. What does that have to do with Zionist Union, of which Labor is the main partner?

      We must not go to a ceremony that peddles the false picture that there’s a significant anti-occupation camp in Israel. When almost every day the army and Border Police execute desperate young men and women carrying scissors and knives, this square remains empty. When every night the Shin Bet security service and army abduct dozens of Palestinians from their beds, this square remains silent.

      When hundreds of prisoners sit in Israeli prisons without trial, this square is silent. When Israel holds dozens of bodies of Palestinians and does not return them to their families, this square is empty. And now people are coming to the square”Haaaretz GL

      read more: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.750690

    • annie
      annie
      November 6, 2016, 7:42 pm

      “Tonight we go out to war for democracy,” Herzog said. “Tonight we go out to war for the state.

      jon, let me know when the battles begin. will try to cover it.

      • jon s
        jon s
        November 7, 2016, 2:48 am

        Annie, the battle for democracy is ongoing.
        Here and in the USA and all over the world.

      • annie
        annie
        November 7, 2016, 10:59 am

        which is why politicians mouthing platitudes at a political rally in tel aviv amounts to precisely nothing.

      • eljay
        eljay
        November 7, 2016, 8:16 am

        || jon s: … the battle for democracy is ongoing. Here and in the USA and all over the world. ||

        Dunno about the rest of the world, but in Israel the battle is for:
        – Jewish supremacism in as much as possible of Palestine; and
        – absolution of all obligations and (war) crimes.

      • oldgeezer
        oldgeezer
        November 7, 2016, 11:01 am

        @jon s

        A state which commits ethnic cleansing thereby depriving the lands inhabitants of citizenship and a right to vote cannot reasonably be called a democracy. One vote for some of the people.

        A state which holds millions of people under indefinite occupation, depriving them of their badic human rights and further only willing to offer them a future where they may have some limited rights but less than all others is not reason called a democracy.

        It is at best a tyranny. In this case a zionist tyranny. Israel is a shame upon the world.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        November 7, 2016, 11:08 am

        It’s very hard for “Jon s” to understand our refusal to acknowledge his superiority. But he is so tolerant of us poor benighted creatures.

        He knows that someday we will realize just how anti-semitic and un-American it is to contradict “Jon s”

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        November 8, 2016, 11:38 am

        “It is at best a tyranny. In this case a zionist tyranny. Israel is a shame upon the world.”

        “CigarGod” excuse me, but that is a really harsh judgement. I try to avoid judgments like that, and instead look for all the humor in the situation.

    • talknic
      talknic
      November 6, 2016, 11:41 pm

      Jon s devotes space and time to do a spot of derailing.

      Meanwhile anyone who believes this piece of bullsh*t has any credence either has rocks in their head, hasn’t thought about it or doesn’t want to think about it … “What army sends texts and phone calls to warn civilians of its intentions to attack and implores them to leave before the attack? “

      Only the Occupying Power had the authority to close all of Gaza’s crossings including, under the Peace Treaty and 2005 agreement, those with Egypt

      Geneva Convention 1V…Section II..Occupied territories..Art49…The Occupying Power shall not detain protected persons in an area particularly exposed to the dangers of war unless the security of the population or imperative military reasons so demand.

      trrsts “Hey why are you leaving?”

      ctzns “Th’ most moral army in the world just warned us they’re going to attack and implored us to leave!”

      trrsts “They’re so caring. Can we come too?”

      ctzns “No. It’s only for civilians.”

      trrsts “Oh. OK, seems fair. We ‘ll pretend we don’t know. The IDF are so caring and clever!”

      ctzns “… and kind! They warned us!”

      trrsts “Of course, caring, clever and kind They warned you they were gonna destroy our homes”

      ctzns “… and considerate! They allow us to flee!”

      trrsts “Yes so moral, caring, clever, kind and considerate. BTW where will you flee to?”

      ctzns “Oh, some other part of the war zone. I’m not quite sure. As far as the weakest can run in a few minutes … gotta go. Bye!”

      trrst1 “Ok. We’ll just stay here and wait to be slaughtered.”

      ctzn Oh, BTW if you meet any of the most moral, caring, clever, kind and considerate army in the world, please thank them for us”

      trrsts “Ok mother. We will. Enjoy. Bye.”

      … later …
      trrst2 “Hey. Why did you lie to mother about staying here waiting to be slaughtered?”

      trrst1 “I didn’t lie. The most moral, caring, clever, kind and considerate army in the world warned civilians before destroying their homes. One good turn always deserves another. Anyway it says here Laws of War, Art. 25. The attack or bombardment, by whatever means, of towns, villages, dwellings, or buildings which are undefended is prohibited.”

      trrst2 “So we stay and defend so they can bomb our homes. Ok, I can live with that.”

      trrst1 “You might not you know.”

      trrst2 “Oh well, there are knowns and unknowns we don’t know and … … “

      trrst1 “Whatever is Rumsfeld doing these days?”

      trrst2 “Still deceiving himself I guess.”

      trrst 1 ” Say, do we have anything capable of taking down a fighter bomber or a warship at sea?”

      trrst2 “Nope!”

      trrst1 “I might have known.”

      trrst2 “There are knowns and unknowns we don’t know … what do you think we should do?”

      trrsts “RUUUUUUN!!!!!”

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        November 7, 2016, 8:01 pm

        Talknic, some of those Laws of War (as given on the website) are unacceptable. They have commas in the wrong places. I notice that you automatically corrected the one you quoted.

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        November 7, 2016, 8:15 pm

        And I’m sure variations of that dialogue are repeated fairly often in Gaza.

    • hophmi
      hophmi
      November 7, 2016, 1:50 pm

      That’s because Mondoweiss doesn’t care about peace, Jon S.

      • eljay
        eljay
        November 7, 2016, 2:41 pm

        || hophmi: That’s because Mondoweiss doesn’t care about peace, Jon S. ||

        There’s no reason anyone other than a Zio-supremacist should care about a “peace” that:
        – allows Israel to remain a religion-supremacist state;
        – allows Israel to keep most of what it has stolen;
        – absolves Israel of its past and on-going (war) crimes; and
        – absolves Israel of its obligations under international law.

        The universal and consistent application of justice, accountability and equality – that is something worth caring about, advocating and defending.

  4. kalithea
    kalithea
    November 6, 2016, 10:29 pm

    Okay, Americans are about to vote for a hawkish neolib woman who’s going to impose a no-fly zone in Syria that’ll trigger war with Russia and perhaps the worse tragedy of this Century and that hypocrite Lanny Davis’s seders are consequential on the eve of the impending disaster Americans are going to rain down on everyone?

    Hillary or Trump; Trump or Hillary – either we get deep transformation through a World War or through a citizens’ revolution – choose your poison. Americans, and especially stupid Democrats and establishment Republicans with her are going to regret choosing the devil they know.

  5. hophmi
    hophmi
    November 7, 2016, 1:53 pm

    “And BTW, the American Task Force on Palestine is a famously conservative Palestinian organization. ”

    No it isn’t. It’s the successor organization to the American Committee on Jerusalem, which was led by Rashid Khalidi. Are you going to tell me that he’s conservative too?

    Be honest. You can’t deal with Jews and Palestinians working together unless it’s on your parochial terms.

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