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  1. RoHa
    November 25, 2016, 12:47 am

    But only Americans keep Thanksgiving.

    • Theo
      November 25, 2016, 11:48 am

      Still, it is funny!!!

    • Mooser
      November 25, 2016, 1:59 pm

      We skipped it. Usually we can disappear to the ocean,use the dog as an excuse, but this year, we just skipped.

  2. rosross
    November 25, 2016, 11:35 am

    Only Americans and Canadians do Thanksgiving. It is meaningless in the rest of the world, including Palestine although no doubt the many American/Israeli illegal settlers would be celebrating, as did the early colonists in the Americas.

    As a celebration, Thanksgiving has a lot of potential, because giving thanks for what we have is important and doing it in a collective sense, brings everyone together, but for most Western countries Christmas serves that purpose, and many cultures have versions of the same sort of thing.

    • rosross
      November 25, 2016, 1:08 pm

      Correction – Puerto Rica and Liberia also celebrate Thanksgiving and Norfolk Island, off the Australian coast, gives it a nod because of American whalers in centuries past.

    • Antidote
      November 25, 2016, 3:23 pm

      nonsense, T G is also celebrated in, for instance, the Bahamas. You know where Columbus started it all

      • RoHa
        November 25, 2016, 8:55 pm

        Bahamas! It’s an international festival!

    • echinococcus
      November 25, 2016, 5:11 pm

      no doubt the many American/Israeli illegal settlers would be celebrating, as did the early colonists in the Americas.

      Don’t tell me. People who have a cow when you say Easter for Passover and start screaming antisemitism when anyone well-meaningly wishes them a merry Christmas… celebrate a typical English Protestant holiday. That’s some Jewish fervor. Just as bad as celebrating Tammuz with the Phoenician heathens.

  3. bugmenot
    November 25, 2016, 7:59 pm

    Actually, Thanksgiving is a much older European tradition, and did not first originate when the Pilgrims had managed to cross the Atlantic, and survive their first winter.

    “Erntedankfest”, (literally, “Harvest-thanks(giving) -celebration (or festiva)l”), as it is known in German, is commemorated in many churches on the first Sunday in October. It was a very widespread European custom, which the pilgrims took with them. Subsequently, in America, it has been greatly embellished upon, and developed it’s own unique (esp. culinary) customs and traditions.

    It’s also stil practiced in England: In Britain it’s called Harvest Day, although it’s a lot less of a big deal. While we usually take a few non-perishables down to our local church and enter our autumn vegetables in competitions, Thanksgiving in North America is a much more plentiful and extravagant affair.

    • echinococcus
      November 25, 2016, 9:58 pm

      You’re absolutely correct.
      This religious holiday, celebrated by reams of otherwise Christmas-allergic Jews, is not only English, but general-European Protestant.

    • DaBakr
      November 27, 2016, 1:43 am


      your absolutely incorrect. just because there are other harvest festivals dating back in time celebrated by other peoples does not mean the wampanoag peoples did not share a harvest with the mayflower pilgrims which was then subsequently recorded by more then a few chroniclers .

  4. lonely rico
    lonely rico
    November 26, 2016, 10:20 am

    > rosross
    Only Americans and Canadians do Thanksgiving.

    Canadian Thanksgiving is earlier than in the USA, this year on Oct 10.
    By November 24 there’s not much left to be thankful for except the frozen grapes/apples and snow-covered fields.

  5. Maghlawatan
    November 27, 2016, 3:57 pm

    Amazing new TV show in Israel where a programme looks at other Israelis who are not Jewish
    “Hamu’s new show on Educational TV, “Between the Lines,” originates from much more comfortable surroundings. On the show he leads an open discussion with Israeli teenagers about a range of subjects in the Muslim world. One program dealt with the Arab Spring, another with Israeli Arabs. Others covered the Golden Age of Andalusia, and the Jews of Iraq. Despite the absence of the adrenaline rush that comes with reporting from hot zones, Hamu sees a connection between the two. “I think this show is pretty avant garde,” says Hamu”

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