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Last week, all 100 US senators signed a letter to the UN Secretary General, demanding ‘equal treatment’ for Israel.  

The letter, sponsored by Florida Republican Marco Rubio and Delaware Democrat Christopher Coons, was an ostensible display of bipartisan unanimity about UN ‘anti-Israel bias’.

While bias should definitely be examined, the blind cannot lead the blind. This letter is an exhibition of bipartisan bias – on behalf of Israel.

The text of the letter, which in itself only fills one and a half pages, ostensibly seeks ‘balance’:  

“Through words and actions, we urge you to ensure that Israel is treated neither better nor worse than any other U.N. member in good standing.”

 This is a paraphrase of a clause in the anti-Semitism definition of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) recently adopted also by UK:

“Applying double standards by requiring of it a behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation.”

This formulation can be very problematic, if those assessing the issue of Israel’s ‘behavior’ don’t think that you can or should be even-handed with Israel. Last year, the bill’s sponsor Marco Rubio said in response to Trump’s suggestion that he would be ‘even-handed’ on Israel-Palestine:

“Because — and I don’t know if Donald realizes this. I’m sure it’s not his intent perhaps. But the position you’ve taken is an anti-Israel position. And here’s why. Because you cannot be an honest broker in a dispute between two sides in which one of the sides is constantly acting in bad faith”.

Here’s more from Rubio about being ‘even-handed’ with Israel:

“And so the next president of the United States needs to be someone like me who will stand firmly on the side of Israel. I’m not — I’m not going to sit here and say, “Oh, I’m not on either side.” I will be on a side.”


“I will be on Israel’s side every single day because they are the only pro-American, free enterprise democracy in the entire Middle East.”

So now, the letter commended US UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, for recently stating that “it is the U.N.’s anti-Israel bias that is long overdue for change.” Indeed, the same ‘unbiased’ Haley, who called herself the “new sheriff in town”, who boasted about blocking a Palestinian from a UN post simply because he is Palestinian, and about pressuring to block a recent report about Israeli Apartheid, ostensibly even taking credit for the resignation of the ‘biased’ Under-Secretary General in that context. This ‘unbiased Sheriff’ wear high heels – so that when Haley sees “something wrong, we’re going to kick ’em every single time”, as she told the cheering crowd at the Israel lobby conference, AIPAC, in March

So now the scene is set for the four points that the signatories urge the UN to improve, in pursuing “a comprehensive effort to improve the U.N.’s treatment of Israel”.

Let’s take one at a time:

1)     “The U.N. funds and maintains a number of standing committees, which far too often serve no purpose other than to attack Israel and inspire the anti-Israel boycott, sanctions, and divestment (BDS) movement.  These committees must be eliminated or reformed.”

Which committees? How often? How do they ‘inspire’ the BDS? This whole point is just devoid of actual content, it’s a mere smearing. The BDS campaign is based on international law. You can agree or disagree with its methods, but it is. So it’s rather natural, that a body based upon international law, such as the UN, would refer to the very same issues and have them reflected in its resolutions. Israel has systematically defied UN resolutions that take it to task for its violations against Palestinians. Does pursuit of the justice embodied in these resolutions then mean ‘attacking Israel’? The BDS does not need these committees to ‘inspire’ it – Palestinian reality under Israeli oppression is ‘inspiring’ enough in itself. Let us not forget what David Ben-Gurion said:

“When we say that the Arabs are the aggressors and we defend ourselves —- that is only half the truth. As regards our security and life we defend ourselves. . . . But the fighting is only one aspect of the conflict, which is in its essence a political one. And politically we are the aggressors and they defend themselves.” 

But indeed, it is easy to forget that with the letter’s formulation, in which Israel is once again being ‘attacked’.

Points 2 and 3 hardly deserve much focus, in their being so vague and general:
2)  “While the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) does some important work on Holocaust education, its member states continue to advance measures that target Israel and deny the Jewish and Christian connections to Jerusalem.  UNESCO member states must be made to realize that these actions only undermine the credibility of the organization.”  
3) “The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) downplays its role in perpetuating troubling anti-Israel bias and activities.  UNRWA must pursue reforms or risk significant consequences.”
No proof or elaboration is provided. On the UNESCO accusation, let it but be noted that UNESCO’s recent resolution on Jerusalem affirmed “the importance of the Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls for the three monotheistic religions”.

Now, the last point, most elaborate and grave, as it were:

4)     “Most troubling is the U.N. Human Rights Council (UNHRC).  Charged with shining a light on gross human rights violations, the UNHRC—whose membership currently includes some of the world’s worst human rights violators—instead devotes time to unwarranted attacks against Israel.  UNHRC even maintains a permanent item on its agenda—“Agenda Item VII”—to assess Israel even as numerous other countries, including some represented on the Council, commit egregious human rights abuses against their citizens on a daily basis.  Speaking recently at the UNHRC in Geneva, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs Erin Barclay criticized the UNHRC’s anti-Israel focus as “unfair and unbalanced,” noting that the body’s “obsession with Israel…is the largest threat to the Council’s credibility” and “limits the good we can accomplish by making a mockery of this Council.”

The letter text immediately continues on this point, saying that

“the UNHRC should be the premier international body addressing the many pressing human rights challenges of our time in countries such as Russia, China, North Korea, Syria, Cuba, Venezuela, and South Sudan.”

The Brookings Institution, in its recent assessment of the UNHRC, concluded that

“since the United Nations Human Rights Council was created in 2006, it has made significant strides toward improving the enjoyment and protection of human rights for all individuals around the world”.

The Brookings report also notes that

“while Israel/Palestine continues to dominate country-specific human rights issues at the Human Rights Council, recently – especially since 2011 – states have begun to more seriously address human rights situations in other countries and regions. For instance, in the early years of the Council, commissions of inquiry disproportionately dealt with the human rights situation in Israel/Palestine, but in the last four years new COIs have been established for a wide range of countries, including the People’s Democratic Republic of Korea, Eritrea and Sri Lanka.” 

Brookings adds elsewhere, that

“more recently the Council has dramatically increased its scrutiny of such flagrant cases as Libya, Syria, Eritrea, North Korea, Sri Lanka, Iran, Central African Republic and South Sudan.” 

In particular, the UNHRC has produced numerous resolutions on the human rights situation in Syria from 2012, right after the conflict there began in 2011, allocating nearly 35 million dollars in total for that purpose. 

So yes, the HRC does have an item 7:

“Human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories.”

The US officially, “strongly and unequivocally opposes the existence” of that item.  One may argue the merit of this item as a separate item, and one may seek its removal as a separate item, as the letter does. One may seek a more comprehensive coverage of more and other issues, but the HRC seems to be moving in this direction.

So the last point of the letter is a moot point, but it makes an argument that is on top of the first three points, which as formulated, seem to be merely vacuous political, and biased, rhetoric.

And this cannot be regarded as other than a political act. The letter’s first point seems to reveal its real agenda – fighting BDS – a nonviolent means of protest, which falls under 1st Amendment protected speech.

And who signed on to this?

Everyone. All 100 Senators. Including Bernie Sanders. Recently Al-Jazeera interviewed him on that, and he said “Look, I didn’t write that letter, I signed on to the letter. It’s not a letter that I would have written”.

What does that mean exactly? You sign a letter, you stand by it, right?

On BDS, Sanders ends his run saying “no, I’m not a supporter of that”. On the question of a one-state solution he rejects it as “the end of the State of Israel” saying that he supports Israel’s “right to exist”.  

Ron Kampeas, publishing his analysis of Sanders’ interview at The Jewish Telegraphic Agency, obviously thinks this is a “big deal” in a positive sense: 

“[T]he tense tone of the Al Jazeera interview and Sanders’ refusal to accept anti-Israel pieties commonplace among progressives here and overseas suggests the resistance among Democrats to more radical expressions of Israel criticism. Democratic lawmakers, for instance, continue to join Republicans in overwhelmingly approving anti-BDS legislation on the state and federal levels.”

So, this is the real story. Under the guise of supposed insidious bias against Israel, those who are biased for Israel are running a campaign to tarnish the UN for supposedly promoting BDS and the “destruction of Israel”.

Israel’s “right to exist”, that is, as an Apartheid State, is being preserved by the condemnatory voice of all 100 senators.

And 100 Senators can’t all be wrong, right?

Jonathan Ofir

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  1. Kay24 on May 5, 2017, 4:09 pm

    The almighty shekel, the Israeli lobbies, and the spineless American politicians.

    American leaders are complicit in Israel’s crimes of the occupation, land grabs, and apartheid policies. Bernie Sanders is very, very disappointing. What is his excuse?

    • Citizen on May 5, 2017, 5:46 pm

      He likes to live comfortably?

      • echinococcus on May 7, 2017, 11:24 am

        Not only that. He’s been a fanatic Zionist from the start, only not of the Likud flavor. So there’s a sincere genocidal conviction there, alongside the populist opportunism of promising income redistribution financed by war of aggression, in the best “Democrat” tradition. The way you do it is you loudly hawk the former while playing deaf-and-dumb about the latter, and hope that whenever you’re forced to break the silence it will soon be forgotten. Some special savior of the people, our “Labour” Bernie.

    • Blownaway on May 6, 2017, 3:24 pm

      Yes but there is no longer a bang for the buck. They huff and puff and nothing happens. The US had long ago sacrificed its honor and prestige at the altar of AIPAC

    • bettyberenson on May 6, 2017, 6:57 pm

      Wow, it is good to know that the shekel is “almighty.” So, I heard it from an anti-Israel ideologue.
      The apartheid lie is for uninformed, want to be prejudiced against Israel jerks. Israel is a diverse country, in which all its citizens have equal access to everything the society has to offer. Unfortunately, that includes neighbors who knife, blow up, and ram with cars, babies and their families in their homes and in the streets. But you have no compassion for Israelis.

      • eljay on May 6, 2017, 10:00 pm

        || bettyberenson: … The apartheid lie is for uninformed, want to be prejudiced against Israel jerks. … ||

        We can agree that colonialist, (war) criminal and religion-supremacist is much more accurate.

        || … But you have no compassion for Israelis. ||

        Says the “Jewish State” supremacist. That’s funny! :-)

      • bettyberenson on May 7, 2017, 9:54 am

        The Jews are the indigenous people in the Land of Israel. You cannot colonize your own country.
        You cannot stand a tiny Jewish state, too bad for you, because Israel is here to stay. Get over your prejudices.

        From the river to the sea, Israel for eternity.

      • amigo on May 7, 2017, 11:04 am

        ” But you have no compassion for Israelis.” BB

        Could you please clarify if you mean all Israelis or just Jewish Israelis.

        If you are so concerned about “Israelis” being stabbed or rammed with cars , then you should take your concerns to the GOI and convince them to end the occupation and the theft of Palestinian land and the shooting of peaceful protesters and the arrest and torture of children and the dumping of skunk juice on Palestinian homes , etc etc etc etc etc .

        Expecting compassion for the majority of Israel,s voters who put in power an ever right leaning gov is naive at best .

        But your a zionist so for you , there is only one victim .Poor downtrodden and put upon little Israel.

        My heart bleeds for you.

      • echinococcus on May 7, 2017, 11:11 am

        For discussion in another thread –that about understanding the enemy:

        Betty Berenson is a perfect illustration of the huge damage done by one’s own propaganda: it makes total blabbering idiots out of your own people if you expose them to your own propaganda. Within a couple generations, you get from the extremely sharp Zionist international criminals to the lolling and drooling total blobs who really believe the flat-earther nonsense they’ve been fed from birth, those who now are manning the internet Zio-propaganda stations here.

        Never mind cutesy old-time names like ha-Sebara, Zio propaganda may become the worst own goal of the Zionists. It should be encouraged to produce more Betty Berensons.

      • Talkback on May 7, 2017, 11:44 am

        bettyberenson: “The apartheid lie is for uninformed, want to be prejudiced against Israel jerks. Israel is a diverse country, in which all its citizens have equal access to everything the society has to offer.”

        ROFL. Except those Israel keeps expelled to maintain Jewish dominance. That segregation is Apartheid. And the fact that 93% land is not accessible to Nonjews is, too, amongst discriminations simply based on the fact that the discriminated are not Jews.

        bettyberenson: “Unfortunately, that includes neighbors who knife, blow up, and ram with cars, babies and their families in their homes and in the streets. But you have no compassion for Israelis.”

        And this his how small compared to what Jews have done to Nonjews since the late 30s?

        bettyberenson: “The Jews are the indigenous people in the Land of Israel. You cannot colonize your own country.”

        ROFL. Not the Jewssh foreigners who settled In Palestine from all over the world under the protection of a colonial power and later under the protection of an Israeli occupier.

        bettyberenson: “From the river to the sea, Israel for eternity.”

        Just another crazy Zionist nutcase … Explains the Apartheid and Settler colonialism denial.

      • Mooser on May 7, 2017, 11:55 am

        “But you have no compassion for Israelis.”

        ROTFLMSJAO! “Betty”, dear, if Zionism needs “compassion” to complete a colonial settler project, it is in sad shape, and bound to fail.

        Try more passion. We need thousands more Zionists.

        Okay, first you are begging for “compassion” and two comments later you are threatening us with Israel (“because Israel is here to stay. Get over your prejudices.”)

        So which is it? Yeah, you Zionists have it all together.

      • Marnie on May 7, 2017, 12:08 pm

        “Unfortunately, that includes neighbors who knife, blow up, and ram with cars, babies and their families in their homes and in the streets. But you have no compassion for Israelis. ”

        Those neighbors are being squeezed in every direction by the welfare queens of the ME, the colonialist thieves and criminals living on Palestinian land and putting their families, including their master race babies in danger. That’s called child abuse in the real world. I have no compassion for israeli colonialist provocateurs or the governments that fund them. Get the fuck out of Palestine.

      • eljay on May 7, 2017, 12:45 pm

        || bettyberenson: The Jews are the indigenous people in the Land of Israel. … ||

        And the Narnians are the indigenous people in the Land of Narnia. Neither fantasy has anything to do with geographic Palestine.

        || … You cannot stand a tiny Jewish state … ||

        That’s like saying “you cannot stand a little bit of rape”. Apparently you’re OK with a little bit of rape. Shame on you.

        || … Israel is here to stay. … From the river to the sea, Israel for eternity. ||

        Dunno about eternity, but word is you’re good for another ~930 years.

      • MHughes976 on May 7, 2017, 1:47 pm

        We’ve talked about this before, but I’d like to see the definition of indigenous people, have the definite article – can there be only one indigenous people in any place? – explained and find out whether anyone has articulated a theory of why being indigenous in the required sense confers rights, especially exclusive rights.
        Given the emphasis which the defenders of Israel place on the idea of ‘the indigenous people’ in a land which is uniquely ‘theirs’ I don’t see how a comparison with apartheid can be avoided. The whole idea is to maintain the special status of the people claiming to be indigenous. An obvious implication for the others is that the place is not theirs. The result must be a system whereby the ‘peoples’ must be kept distinct and develop separately.

      • John O on May 7, 2017, 1:56 pm

        “Israel is a diverse country, in which all its citizens have equal access to everything the society has to offer.”

        Would you care to comment on why the native tongue of 20% of Israel’s population is about to be “demoted”? (A move all too reminiscent of Fascist dictator Franco’s “demotion” of Catalan in Spain.)

      • Froggy on May 7, 2017, 3:14 pm

        bettyberenson :: But you have no compassion for Israelis.

        I have as much ‘compassion’ for the Israelis as I do for the Germans who occupied our country between 1940 and 1944.

        Occupiers get what they deserve.

      • Kaisa of Finland on May 7, 2017, 3:22 pm


        “Israel is a diverse country, in which all its citizens have equal access to everything the society has to offer..”

        Hahah..You must be joking.. Or then you have lived(?) in another Israel, I did.. But the problem is not only between those who are citizens of the State itself, but those who’s land the Israelis keep stealing on the other side of the wall.. Where ever they got the idea, they’d have any right to do so..

        As we say in Finnish: Those who are greedy, have a “shitty ending”..

      • Mooser on May 7, 2017, 3:58 pm

        “The Jews are the indigenous people in the Land of Israel.”

        Wow, Israel before the exile of the Jews must have been a fantastically diverse place! A regular United Nations of Jews.

      • RoHa on May 7, 2017, 7:21 pm

        “The Jews are the indigenous people in the Land of Israel. ”

        Not according to Jewish myth-history. Jews are supposed to be descendants of Abraham and his gang. But the story says that A was an Iraqi who migrated to Palestine and bought land from the people who were already living there.

        “From the river to the sea, Israel for eternity.”

        That wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command was probably shared by a fair number of people in the Kingdom of Jerusalem, but all their pomp of yesterday is one with Nineveh and Tyre. The chief lesson of history is that proclaming a thousand year Reich is pure hubris.

      • eljay on May 7, 2017, 7:39 pm

        || RoHa: … That wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command was probably shared by a fair number of people in the Kingdom of Jerusalem, but all their pomp of yesterday is one with Nineveh and Tyre. The chief lesson of history is that proclaming a thousand year Reich is pure hubris. ||

        The only Thousand Year truth is the wrinkled lip and sneer of Elvis.

        Thank ya, thank ya very much. ~:-\

      • echinococcus on May 7, 2017, 7:49 pm

        But, John-O, that’s nuffink! They already demoted and killed the mother tongue of all the illegal immigrants they invited to Palestine, i.e. Yiddih and Spanish and German and Russian and what-will-you, before they started on Arabic. In fact, they even invented a goddam gibberish of their own so as to kill people’s mother tongues!
        I suppose that this attack on Arabic has as much rage against one of the invaders’ own native languages as it reflects mean, stupid, zionist spite against the owners of the country.

      • RoHa on May 7, 2017, 10:37 pm

        MHughes, for our first definition of “indigenous”, I wanted to go back to the Dreamtime, when the Ungambikula carved people out of the lumps they found near the waterholes. The people who are descended from those carved out near waterhole X can be regarded as indigenous to the area around X. But this fails to take the Wandjina, Baiame, and the Rainbow Snake into account.

        I would suggest, then, that “indigenous” be used to refer to the first group of people to regularly use a particular tract of land for their sustenance and residence. (I’m trying to accommodate hunter-gatherers and wide-ranging nomads.) It seems perfectly possible to have several different indigenous groups in a particular area.

        But when we start thinking about the descendants of those people, there is another problem which Mooser has raised previously. This is the fact that a lot of people are inclined to spread it around. Some of the descendants of the indigenous people will also have non-indigenous ancestors. Travellers, international traders, passing sailors, invaders, and immigrants are all likely to mix things up a bit.

        The modern population of the Levant undoubtedly bears genes from Egyptians, Romans, Greeks, Crusaders, Australian and Turkish soldiers, French administrators, and a wide variety of other odds and sods. Probably more from the odds than the sods.

        How diluted can the indigenous be before we cease to count them as indigenous?

        As far as rights to the land are concerned, it looks as though we are invoking group rights, which both of us regard as (to use a philosophical technical term) pretty dodgy.

        I think we can agree that established residents shall not by main force be put forth, but I see no reason why that restriction should apply only to indigenes.

      • MHughes976 on May 8, 2017, 10:48 am

        Yes, if ‘being indigenous in place P’ means belonging to a group descended to a significant degree from those carved out by the Ungambikula near the main source of water at that place then it does seem that many groups could be indigenous at P for many reasons – if there has been any significant interbreeding with those carved out at Lakes Q and R or if the Ungambikula have done their carving work at Lake P itself on more than one occasion, producing people in different styles.
        And being indigenous to place P does not preclude being indigenous to places Q and R as well, again possibly through interbreeding or if the water source is mighty enough to be the principal supply of many regions which are geographically distinct.
        And the same potential for many indigenous peoples in one place and for many places where one people is indigenous would exist if we substituted other group- forming procedures, such being assembled by one leader or adopting one religion.

      • RoHa on May 8, 2017, 9:24 pm

        All of which muddies the concept of indigeneity even more. If we add this confusion to the questionable issues of group rights and whether indigenes should have any, we have a fine tangle that only professional philosophers and jurists can sort out and re-entangle. Since I am no longer paid for the work (though even before I retired I was hardly paid at all, so nugatory was the remuneration), I will leave that to others.

      • Kay24 on May 8, 2017, 9:49 pm

        The shekel is almighty for the US Congress, or else they will not be selling their souls to the devil.

        Did it every occur to you that neighbors are retaliating in every way they can, for being under brutal occupation, and that their lands are being stolen every day for illegal settlements, condemned by the rest of the world? What do you expect? You want roses and candy thrown over the wall that cuts through their farms? Get real. You want to violence stopped, end the occupation and land grabs. It is time the Israelis stopped believing that the entire neighborhood is out to get them, and accept the fact that when their government stops the occupation and land grabs their lives will be safer. Have YOU no compassion for the Palestinians the real victims? They are being killed by the thousands by Israel every time it decides to “mow the lawn”.

  2. Keith on May 5, 2017, 5:52 pm

    In view of the topic of this thread, I think it highly apropos that I link to a brief video of Bernie Sanders defending his signature on the letter to the UN criticizing the UN for anti-Israel bias. – See more at:

    • JosephA on May 5, 2017, 8:59 pm

      Bernie seems very strained. I just lost quite a bit of respect for him after watching that video, thanks for sharing. How can any rational person not accept a state with equal rights for all citizens? We aren’t talking about communism here, just equal %#***%# rights!

      But he is correct in stating that the true cause of the problem is limitless military aid from the U.S. as well as our not being even-handed. I am glad he at least spoke some truth to reality.

      • CigarGod on May 6, 2017, 9:18 am

        You don’t think a guy will go to a different shop to buy a gun if the first shop won’t sell one to him?

        You think a country is founded by a bunch of guys with guns, who hold a meeting and say: “Okay, we’ve got the guns we need, now we need to come up with an ideology.”

    • James on May 6, 2017, 1:45 am

      keith, is there a reason you have linked to a video that requires one sign into fb? fb is already insidious enough as it is.. i refuse to go there, but i would enjoy seeing the video.. thanks..

      • Keith on May 6, 2017, 10:13 am

        JAMES- “keith, is there a reason you have linked to a video that requires one sign into fb?”

        The video provides three choices: Log In or Sign Up (highlighted) and Not Now at the bottom. Like you, I do not have a facebook account and wouldn’t consider opening one to watch this video. Follow the link and click “Not Now” at the bottom.

    • James on May 6, 2017, 12:39 pm

      your 918am post – thanks keith!

  3. Boomer on May 6, 2017, 7:32 am

    Thanks for the analysis and comment. For those who want to get down in the weeds regarding Trump’s policy on Israel, NYT has some detail:

  4. talknic on May 6, 2017, 8:48 am

    What a bunch of grinning idiots.

    If the power company issues a bill and you break the contract by not paying it, there’s only one initial bill, the reminders aren’t new bills. Is the power company biased against you because it reminds you of your obligations?

    Israel has 67 years of reminders to adhere to the binding laws and UN Charter reaffirmed and emphasized in those hundreds of reminders.

    It has never had a UNSC Chapt VII resolution calling for action against its crimes as outlined in Chapter VI reminder resolutions

    It has NEVER has a UN/UNSC resolution passed against it for its disgusting treatment of non-Jews within its own territories.

    The UN has been incredibly lenient on the Jewish State. So lenient it’s criminal.

  5. talknic on May 6, 2017, 9:06 am

    Equal treatment for Israel?

    OK. Iraq was booted out of Kuwait

    Boot Israel out of all non-Israeli territories it has invaded since 1948.

    Iraq was sanctioned based on bullsh*t about weapons of mass destruction

    Sanction Israel it HAS nukes and refuses to sign the NPT

    Sanctions on Nth Korea for its nuclear activities

    Sanction Israel for its nuclear activities

    Germany has paid billions and billions of dollars compensation to Israel. Israel didn’t even exist until 1948. Germany took no Israeli territories or Israeli lives or Israeli properties

    Israel should be paying billions of dollars for Palestinian territories it has acquired by war and the thousands of dispossessed and slaughtered Palestinians

    Israel can’t afford to be treated equally

    • talknic on May 6, 2017, 10:09 am

      Ooops left a bit off:

      Germany has paid billions and billions of dollars compensation to Israel. Israel didn’t even exist until 1948. Germany took no Israeli territories or Israeli lives or Israeli properties. UNRWA cared for Jewish refugees from 1949 – 1952/3 when Israel took over the responsibility. Have any of the German reparations to Israel go to UNRWA? Was Israel paying UNRWA for the care it gave Jewish refugees? Where has the money gone? Why are Holocaust survivors in Israel living in poverty?

      • Misterioso on May 6, 2017, 12:55 pm


        Re: “Holocaust survivors”,7340,L-3388445,00.html

        “Shoah survivors forced back to Germany due to Israel’s lack of restitution laws”
        Ines Ehrlich -Published: 04.16.07, 11:32 / Israel News

        “Documentary shows Israel the worst place for Holocaust survivors to live throughout Western world. Hundreds protest outside Knesset, demand government help survivors with financial difficulties

        “Holocaust survivors have left Israel to live out the rest of their days in Germany due to the better conditions they receive there, according to a documentary program broadcast Tuesday night by Israel’s Channel 2 television.

        “The documentary, Musar Shilumin (The Morals of Restitution) opened with an elderly woman speaking from her comfortable home in Berlin to two of Israel’s best known docu-activists – Orly Vilnai Federbush and Guy Meroz. The woman’s fluent Hebrew was spoken with an unmistakable German accent.

        “Minister Isaac Herzog says thousands of survivors live in deplorable conditions: ‘Too many organizations thought the responsibility should fall on a different organization’

        “This Holocaust survivor had left Israel to return to Germany to receive the free medication and monthly allowance provided to survivors by the German government.

        “Contrary to Israel, the German government has stipulated that Holocaust survivors in need of housing and medicine are entitled to receive them free of charge. When asked what she thought of the Israeli government’s attitude towards Holocaust survivors, she said: ‘I would not want what I think to appear in print.’”

    • Paranam Kid on May 6, 2017, 10:17 am

      Excellent comment, you hit the nail on the head. I would add to that:
      Nazi Germany & former imperial Japan were bombed into submission, getting the Dresden/Hiroshima/Nagasaki treatment. And what has israel received to date?

    • Misterioso on May 6, 2017, 12:51 pm

      Well and truly stated!!

      • Paranam Kid on May 7, 2017, 8:23 am

        Your quote from Ynetnews about Holocaust survivors living in deplorable conditions in israel is not surprising: Norman Finkelstein in his “Holocaust Industry” clearly shows how war reparations paid by Germany (government & companies) was a big extortion racket with only a small proportion of the proceeds going to the Holocaust victims.

  6. Elizabeth Block on May 6, 2017, 10:14 am

    “I’m not singling Israel out. You’re singling it out as the only country that you can’t criticize.”

    –James Zogby (of the Arab American Institute and the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, which brushed off Palestinian Christians)

  7. Paranam Kid on May 6, 2017, 10:15 am

    Jonathan, a well written article, as usual :-)) Keep up the good work !!!

  8. Zara on May 6, 2017, 11:22 am

    100 treasonous whores revealing their true allegiance. I’m shocked!

  9. James Canning on May 6, 2017, 12:56 pm

    So, do 100 US Senators think Israel should be encouraged to attempt to keep most of the occupied West Bank?

    • Paranam Kid on May 7, 2017, 8:26 am

      @James Canning
      israel does not need encouragement for that from the “100 treasonous whores” as Zara above calls them. israel has had the nod & wink from Trump to keep going with the settlements (though slowly-slowly) & to annex the West Bank.

  10. Boomer on May 7, 2017, 10:14 am

    It is a common–and accurate–observation that liberals and conservatives live in different worlds. Research suggests that some of this difference is attributable to innate differences. Of course experience matters too: nature and nurture both contribute to differences. Clearly, when all 100 senators agree, something unusual is going on.

    What’s more, what they agree on seems to me (and to many others here, I’m sure), to be a statement contrary to fact. It’s akin to stating the earth is flat, or (more to the point) the victim of a crime is guilty of it. There is an Alice-in-Wonderland quality. I, at least, find it hard to know where to begin when trying to counter it.

    Actually, it is pointless to try to counter it, if one is discussing a topic with someone (like the senators), who actively perpetrates it. Either they are “true believers,” or they know it is wrong but assert it anyway, for one reason or another. The only audience for which discussion and facts may change their viewpoint are sincere, naive dupes of the factual inversion.

    This inversion of reality seems to be common in Zionist arguments. It isn’t unique to them (Karl Rove and Donald Trump come to mind) but rarely have I seen it practiced so consistently and successfully over many years. Its successful deployment over time requires some social power, and reinforces the power of those who wield it.

    I describe it as an “inversion of reality,” but I wonder, is there a term in rhetoric or politics for such a technique? I didn’t study debate or logic in school. Perhaps someone who did will know the answer. The term “Big Lie” comes to mind, but it is so much associated with Hitler and Goebbels that some other, more general term is needed.

  11. Ossinev on May 7, 2017, 11:46 am

    Great to have fresh hasbarites or newly recycled reprogrammed hasbarites on the forum.
    “From the river to the sea, Palestine will never be” as per one of your previous posts.
    Wonderful that you are so firmly against a Palestinian state.

    “Israel is a diverse country, in which all its citizens have equal access to everything the society has to offer”

    Let me think yes I`ve got it hurray you are in favour of a single non -apartheid state in which all of its citizens will have equal access etc. No I`ve got it all wrong? As an inveterate Anti – Semite and Anti – Zionist I am twisting what you say ? I`m taking your words out of context ?
    So tell us BB in this single river to the sea state what “equal ” status do you envisage for the indigenous Arab people because to grown ups in the 21st century anything other than full equal status = APARTHEID.

    Please Please do let us have your thoughts on this issue

  12. Marnie on May 7, 2017, 12:11 pm

    These 100 traitors only have eyes for booboo, and have the red knees to prove it.

  13. Ismail on May 7, 2017, 10:27 pm

    That photo at the head of Jonathan’s excellent article is really quite disgusting. The grinning baboon Rubio looking right at the camera instead of the person he’s raising a glass with. At least the Butcher of Gaza has the savvy to avoid revealing so openly what a callow self-promoter he is.

    But let’s face it – who would trust two guys who raise a toast with bottles of water? Back in Brooklyn, we’d kick the lightweight posers to the curb and find a coupla people who know what bourbon looks like.

  14. Brewer on May 8, 2017, 2:29 am

    Not a nano meter between Bernie and Trump on this issue. Both dangled the carrot of a fair deal for Palestine. Both reneged.
    Back to the barricades I’m sorry to say.

  15. JLewisDickerson on May 8, 2017, 4:52 am

    RE: “100 senators throw their bodies down to end UN ‘bias’ against Israel”

    PUT ANOTHER WAY: 100 senators prostrate themselves before the altar of AIPAC!

    ■ pros·trate
    1. lay oneself flat on the ground face downward, especially in reverence or submission.
    “she prostrated herself on the bare floor of the church”
    synonyms: throw oneself flat/down, lie down, stretch oneself out; throw oneself (at someone’s feet)
    “he prostrated himself on the altar mat”

    P.S. Prostration –

    P.P.S. LYRICS:

    You may be a preacher with your spiritual pride
    You may be a city councilman taking bribes on the side
    You may be working in a barbershop, you may know how to cut hair
    You may be somebody’s mistress, may be somebody’s heir.

    But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes
    You’re gonna have to serve somebody,
    Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
    But you’re gonna have to serve somebody . . .

    • Mooser on May 8, 2017, 10:48 am

      I’m getting prostrate problems as I get older.
      Once I lie down, it’s hard to get up again.

  16. YoniFalic on May 8, 2017, 11:12 pm

    Hasn’t Mark Twain already said it all?

    Fleas can be taught nearly anything that a Congressman can.

    Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.

    It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress.

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