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Here is a sad story about the way the Philadelphia Jewish community is using its energy and resources: battling any criticism of Israel in the local press.

Last Thursday, Philly.com, the website for two Philadelphia newspapers, published an op-ed piece by Susan Abulhawa, the Palestinian novelist, protesting the fact that the Philadelphia Orchestra was planning a trip to Israel with patrons to celebrate the country’s 70th anniversary, even as Israel has been slaughtering unarmed protesters in Gaza.

Abulhawa said that more than 100 musicians and activists along with 35 social justice organizations had sent a letter to the orchestra urging it to cancel the trip, but the orchestra’s co-presidents, Ryan Fleur and Matthew Loden, dismissed the appeal in a short letter.

One of the things mentioned in our letters was a scheduled dinner with [Culture Minister] Miri Regev, a politician who once referred to African asylum-seekers as “a cancer” and later apologized to cancer patients for the association.  She said, “Heaven forbid … I did not compare them [Africans] to human beings.”

The itinerary (open to orchestra members and patrons joining the trip) boasts multiple visits with military personnel, including a “VIP visit to an IDF [military] base.” This is the same military that has killed 40 Palestinians and wounded 5,000 more in the span of just four weeks….

Fleur and Loden claim neutrality, invoking lofty verbiage like “cultural diplomacy,” “brotherly and sisterly love,” and “peace and tolerance.”

When Abulhawa’s op-ed appeared, the Israel lobby in Philadelphia flew into action. “The Jewish Federation, our JCRC [Jewish Community Relations Council], the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the Philadelphia Orchestra immediately began communicating on a strategy for a strong and best possible response,” Naomi Adler, the CEO of the Jewish Federations, wrote in a letter to the Board of Rabbis in Philadelphia.

Please bear in mind that the Jewish Federations is a sponsor of the orchestra’s trip, and that its ceo, Adler, is close to David Cohen, a donor to many institutions and a top exec at the largest cable company in the world, Comcast, which owns MSNBC; and that David Cohen and his wife Rhonda have run fundraisers for the Jewish Federations, and Cohen is a former vice chair of the Federations.

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Adler characterized Abulhawa’s piece as a “very disturbing and upsetting op-ed from an anti-Israel activist” and said her groups had sought an assurance from the Philadelphia Inquirer that it would not publish Abulhawa’s piece in print. They failed in that effort; the op-ed was printed in the paper last Sunday.

But “we were able to reach a compromise with the Opinion editor,” Adler said. A rebuttal piece was published alongside Abulhawa, by Nancy Baron-Baer, the regional director of the Anti-Defamation League. So, a lot of executives were involved in this pushback! Baron-Baer said the trip was allowing the orchestra to engage with the “complex realities” of Israel. Not demonize Israel:

Let us be clear: Anyone has a right to criticize the State of Israel for its policies, just as it is fair to criticize the policies of the United States, France, or India. However, we strongly disagree with these activists’ demonization of all things Israel, and their spurious, one-sided presentation of a complicated situation.  An honest accounting reveals that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is extremely complex, challenging, and heartbreaking on all sides. To claim that Israel is the sole cause of the conflict belies this fact, and to advocate for an international boycott of the Jewish state actively undermines any productive efforts to end the conflict.

Baron-Baer also claimed that in an April 6 protest of the orchestra at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts — Sidney Kimmel is also a big supporter of the Jewish Federations — pro-Palestinian groups had voiced hate speech and bigotry. “People at the protest reported to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) that they heard phrases that the ADL would clearly classify as anti-Semitic.”

Abulhawa says there was no such thing.

Most of our speakers on April 6th were African Americans, including Rev Graylan Hagler, Dr Tony Montiero, Pam Africa, and more. Not to mention the fact that many of us were physically and verbally attacked on that day and every other day we’ve gone out to protest.  One man walked through the line of protesters spitting on at least three people.  Another man, former Israeli soldier, aggressively ripped a poster from my hands.  Three different women tried to wrestle the microphone from our speakers, and one of them was so aggressive that a police officer threatened to arrest her if she didn’t leave.

Since that first op-ed countering Abulhawa, philly.com has run two more pieces attacking the protesters. First, there was this very high-minded article by Ryan Fleur of the Philadelphia Orchestra Association saying the trip was supported by the “private sector” in Philadelphia and that it was going to serve the peace process.

The U.S. State Department, with which the orchestra works closely, has told us our appearances help bring people together on the path to a long-term peace process… we hope to help heal by sharing our musical gifts with a part of the world that has known too much conflict.

Then Philly.com ran a column by Stu Bykofsky, saying that Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign is anti-semitic.

There are some Israeli practices that many American Jews don’t like, and some that Israelis don’t like. By holding Israel, the only majority Jewish state, to a standard it imposes on no other nation, BDS invites suspicion it is animated by anti-Semitism.

Bykofsky also said that Palestinians inside Israel have full rights (which is simply not the case), and that there are some separate roads for Palestinians and Jews in the West Bank “to thwart attacks.”

Naomi Adler indicated in her letter to the rabbis last week that she’s not done. She’s sending in a letter to the editor of the newspaper. So is Dan Segal, chair of the Jewish Community Relations Council.

In addition to all of this advocacy, we had already planned a BDS training session for members of the media for Thursday, May 3rd, and in response to this situation, we will insist that reporters and staff at the Inquirer be in attendance. We will also plan on requesting an Inquirer editorial board meeting sometime in the future.

As you know, we have dealt with anti-Israel media coverage in the past and certainly will continue to do so in the future. The Jewish Federation will always be prepared and ready to join with our partner organizations to stand in support of Israel and Jewish communities across the world.

But who is listening. It’s clear that many readers of the Philadelphia papers are appalled by Israel’s actions and want to see Americans taking action.

But Naomi Adler surely has a lot of clout in Philadelphia. Her org is supported by Sidney Kimmel. And her friend David Cohen– who says, “Israel needs financial support from the United States” — was once the political guru of former mayor and governor Ed Rendell, a regular on MSNBC and defender of Israel. Cohen and Jonathan Lavine are co-chairs of a big charity based in Boston. Lavine joined the board of the Democratic Party’s thinktank after it hosted Benjamin Netanyahu in 2015, just weeks after Netanyahu had tried to submarine the Iran deal.

And the Israel tour by the Philadelphia Orchestra, which includes a lot of restaurants and sightseeing, is aimed at engaging “new members of the Philadelphia community” associated with the Jewish Federations.

These donors are the new Jewish establishment: civic leaders in liberal states who are also big supporters of the Democratic Party, and Israel.

Just imagine if one drop of this clout was spent urging Israel not to shoot unarmed protesters!

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  1. Boris
    Boris
    May 4, 2018, 11:56 am

    I have googled images for Naomi Adler . Everywhere she looks OK.

    Did you deliberately changed the skin color on her picture included in this piece?

    • eljay
      eljay
      May 4, 2018, 12:24 pm

      || Boris: I have googled images for Naomi Adler . Everywhere she looks OK.

      Did you deliberately changed the skin color on her picture included in this piece? ||

      Seriously? It took me literally just a few seconds to find the very photo included in this piece:
      Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia

      You Zionists will look for any excuse to cry “Anti-Semitism!”

    • Maghlawatan
      Maghlawatan
      May 4, 2018, 12:37 pm

      It is probably the picture of dorian Gray syndrome by proxy. Every time she lies for Israel a picture of her darkens. Hooves will shortly be visible.

    • Mooser
      Mooser
      May 4, 2018, 12:55 pm

      “Boris” what color skin are we Jews supposed to have?
      And why that particular shade?

      • eljay
        eljay
        May 4, 2018, 2:47 pm

        || Mooser: “Boris” what color skin are we Jews supposed to have? … ||

        Does the colour depend on whether one eats…
        – “white bread and mayonnaise”; vs.
        – “pastrami on rye, mit a pickle and chicken soup”; vs.
        – Israeli hummus and “Jewish State” cherry tomatoes?

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        May 4, 2018, 3:09 pm

        “Does the colour depend on whether one eats…”

        We can be saturnine, but not olive?

      • gamal
        gamal
        May 4, 2018, 3:36 pm

        “what color skin are we Jews supposed to have”

        “supposed” check your privilege it’s “allowed” to have, not the same colour as Kanye West, thats out of style now Megan Markle? is about what you need to aim for, I am available should any blondes wish to dip their brush in more muted hues…i will not shirk my responsibilities.

      • eljay
        eljay
        May 4, 2018, 4:07 pm

        || Mooser: “Does the colour depend on whether one eats…”

        We can be saturnine, but not olive? ||

        I have no idea. I think Boris is in charge of that sort of thing…or is it JeffB? catalan? Jackdaw?

        Aw, hell, I’m sure yonah knows.

      • Boris
        Boris
        May 4, 2018, 4:21 pm

        I dunno.

        She looks like a corpse.

        Not a very good picture.

        Or may be it is her Halloween mask.

        Boo!

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        May 4, 2018, 4:36 pm

        “I dunno.”

        Well, I’ve got to get some information. I can’t sit here all day dithering between the rice powder and burnt cork. At least give me a Pantone number.

      • echinococcus
        echinococcus
        May 4, 2018, 6:33 pm

        Boris,

        But of course she IS a corpse.
        She still plays in “The Return of the Zombies”.

      • eljay
        eljay
        May 4, 2018, 6:39 pm

        || Boris: I dunno.

        She looks like a corpse.

        Not a very good picture. … ||

        But it’s not anti-Semitism’s fault. Not this time.

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        May 4, 2018, 9:25 pm

        “i will not shirk my responsibilities.”

        And I am rather creakily available to contribute a lighter shade of pale for those who wish it. Between us, gamal, we should be able to get it right.

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        May 5, 2018, 2:17 am

        “But it’s not anti-Semitism’s fault. Not this time.”

        Don’t be silly, Eljay. It’s always anti-Semitism’s fault. Every time.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        May 5, 2018, 12:42 pm

        “And I am rather creakily available…”

        “RoHa” you might want to become more lissome before attempting the light fundango and turning cartwheels cross the floor.

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        May 6, 2018, 12:55 am

        So far no-one has come to me seeking enlightenment, Mooser, so I might not need to uncreakify myself.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        May 6, 2018, 1:12 pm

        “So far no-one has come to me seeking enlightenment”

        Well, then, let the miller tell his tale.

    • oldgeezer
      oldgeezer
      May 4, 2018, 3:31 pm

      @boris

      What is the OK skin colour for racist zionists? We know it’s not black for sure.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        May 4, 2018, 4:05 pm

        “What is the OK skin colour for racist zionists?”

        And why did “Boris” think either lightening or darkening (he hasn’t said which) her skin-tone would influence Mondo readership against her?

        (Maybe I just have a cruddy screen, but when Ms. Adler’s picture is close to the Mondoweiss- Howdy black band at the top of the page, she darkens. Move her to where she surrounded by the white background, she lightens. So does Ms.Abulhawa. There’s probably a name for that color-bleeding in a screen.)

      • gamal
        gamal
        May 4, 2018, 4:43 pm

        “but when Ms. Adler’s picture”

        “Move her to where she surrounded by the white background”

        “So does Ms.Abulhawa”

        Is your wife ok with what you do with your cursor, what an understanding woman,

        “There’s probably a name for that”

        There certainly is.

      • oldgeezer
        oldgeezer
        May 5, 2018, 10:32 am

        @Mooser

        And you can get that effect on a lcd depending on the angle of the screen to your eyes!

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        May 5, 2018, 11:49 am

        “There certainly is.”

        There is. I looked it up, and it’s called “color-bleeding”.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        May 5, 2018, 12:21 pm

        “And you can get that effect on a lcd depending on the angle of the screen to your eyes!”

        So does the type of lighting. “Boris” is attempting to ‘gaslight’ us.

    • CigarGod
      CigarGod
      May 4, 2018, 8:45 pm

      Boris,
      She’s undergoing skin color change so she can write a best-seller on the Israeli black immigrant problem.

    • Emory Riddle
      Emory Riddle
      May 5, 2018, 8:21 am

      She is ugly inside, not outside.

    • Misterioso
      Misterioso
      May 5, 2018, 10:11 am

      @Boris

      A true Zionist, obsessed with skin colour.

      • Brewer
        Brewer
        May 6, 2018, 6:04 am

        I would suggest that any re-coloration is down to her publicist who probably advised her to lose the coke-bottle glasses for the shoot. Despite the khaki wash, the publicity shot is more glamorous than the somewhat homely reality :

    • wondering jew
      wondering jew
      May 5, 2018, 12:13 pm

      A yehudi from the Soviet Union contemplating a visit back to the motherland and various fears.

      “As they say, “they don’t punch you in your American passport, but in your Jewish face.”

      Ignoring the idea/reality of the Jewish facial type is for purists, who get upset when you refer to ashkenazi Jews and pretend a monolithic community.

      This is not the place for a deep conversation regarding Jewish physical types, but that does not mean there is nothing to discuss. Culinary habits and facial types are really separate issues, although I can see the confusion.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        May 5, 2018, 12:37 pm

        “This is not the place for a deep conversation regarding Jewish physical types”

        Why shouldn’t I be proud I have the visage of a Hittite Prince and a Body by Adonis?

        And uh, gee, I hate to mention it, but isn’t the “Jewish physical type” a change we make to ourselves?

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        May 5, 2018, 12:56 pm

        Oh, skip the “Adonis” part, I just Googled the statue. Big difference in “physical types”.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        May 7, 2018, 11:44 am

        “Culinary habits and facial types are really separate issues…”

        You think so? So go suck a lemon.

    • Marnie
      Marnie
      May 7, 2018, 9:09 am

      Wow. The joke about Sarah Sanders’ perfect smokey eye must keep you awake at night. Poor baby!

    • santasa
      santasa
      May 7, 2018, 12:55 pm

      Of course – and not simply “on her picture” for the occasion, but, through utilization of ancient Persian magic of particle manipulation, we changed her skin color physically back in the very moment picture was taken, and I mean only in that moment and for the moment, after which she retained her original skin tone completely unaware of this Ira…. Aryan magic and its properties – imagine that, and try to wrap your Zio-Likud-mind around it ?!

  2. Maghlawatan
    Maghlawatan
    May 4, 2018, 12:34 pm

    “and to advocate for an international boycott of the Jewish state actively undermines any productive efforts to end the conflict.”

    So what are those productive efforts now the 2SS is dead?
    Gaza doesn’t have 10 years either.

    • JWalters
      JWalters
      May 4, 2018, 7:41 pm

      She means “end the conflict” by completing the ethnic cleansing.

  3. John O
    John O
    May 4, 2018, 12:47 pm

    ‘ … there are some separate roads for Palestinians and Jews in the West Bank “to thwart attacks.”’

    How stupid is that? Telling the “terrorists” which roads to attack and which to defend.

    • lyn117
      lyn117
      May 4, 2018, 4:27 pm

      The settlers are illegal. If they weren’t there, that would thwart attacks much more effectively, and legally.

      • gamal
        gamal
        May 4, 2018, 5:32 pm

        ” If they weren’t there”

        you know Ms.117 when you try to teach people “self defence”, cavity seizing, Dimak , joint locks, strikes, blood and air denial etc the ultimate self defence is….Not Being There…..you will need voodoo doll counter measures but still not being there is supreme amongst many techniques…

      • echinococcus
        echinococcus
        May 4, 2018, 7:00 pm

        Lyn117,

        That applies to all Zionist movement invaders since 1897. They all are equally illegal there, without a clear approval from a majority of the Palestinian people consulted properly and without duress.

  4. Maghlawatan
    Maghlawatan
    May 4, 2018, 2:42 pm

    It’s very sad that Philly Jews are reduced to shilling for Israel. The community is surely better than that. Israel should be left to fend for itself. Ultimately that is what sovereignty is about. Israelis don’t care about American Jews anyway.

    • DaBakr
      DaBakr
      May 4, 2018, 3:56 pm

      @m
      You don’t know what your writing about. Tel Aviv is a sister city with Philadelphia as a matter of decree and public monuments. Just because you don’t understand the love between Philadelphia’s Jewish community and israel doesn’t mean anything. They are much better then you automatically imagine in your biased mind. That you are “sad”? Grab a Kleenex.

      • chocopie
        chocopie
        May 4, 2018, 6:08 pm

        “Sister city” LOL. A small group of Zionists made that happen and nobody else gives a hoot. The “love between Philadelphia’s Jewish community and Israel” is all about a small group of obsessed Zionists who happen to live in Philadelphia and has nothing to do with Philadelphia or the “Jewish community” (whatever that means these days–I assume it doesn’t include Jews who are college students).

      • eljay
        eljay
        May 4, 2018, 6:51 pm

        || @aar: … Tel Aviv is a sister city with Philadelphia as a matter of decree and public monuments. Just because you don’t understand the love between Philadelphia’s Jewish community and israel doesn’t mean anything. … ||

        Yup, it means nothing at all that many (most?) of the Philadelphians who have chosen to embrace the religion-based identity of Jewish love both the deliberately and unapologetically oppressive, colonialist, (war) criminal and religion-supremacist “Jewish State” of Israel and its internationally-recognized, Partition-borders capital city of Tel Aviv.

      • Emory Riddle
        Emory Riddle
        May 5, 2018, 8:22 am

        Too bad they don’t love American values like free speech.

      • Misterioso
        Misterioso
        May 5, 2018, 10:49 am

        @DaBakr

        “Just because you don’t understand the love between Philadelphia’s Jewish community and israel doesn’t mean anything.”

        Let’s not forget that during WWII there was much “love” between many Americans and the Nazis.

    • May 4, 2018, 6:07 pm

      ‘It’s very sad that Philly Jews are reduced to shilling for Israel. The community is surely better than that.’

      That’s simply not true, Maghlawatan, and I don’t know on what basis you’d say that.

      “Seems,” madam? Nay, it is. I know not “seems.”
      ‘Tis not alone my inky cloak, good mother,
      Nor customary suits of solemn black,
      Nor windy suspiration of forced breath,
      No, nor the fruitful river in the eye,
      Nor the dejected ‘havior of the visage…

      They are what they are.

      • Maghlawatan
        Maghlawatan
        May 5, 2018, 5:49 am

        Broadside

        Israelis are brainwashed.
        David Shulman describes the result:

        http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2014/nov/20/gaza-murderous-melodrama/

        “One has to bear in mind that Israelis live in a largely mythic world, a somewhat modified and vastly simplified version of the Iliad. In this starkly polarized vision of reality, in which Israelis are by definition innocent victims of dark, irrational forces operating against them, heroic death in war always makes sense, and violent coercion is the option both of necessity and of choice. ”

        American Jews are not educated in the same way as Israeli Jews.
        But please go ahead if you think they are.

      • echinococcus
        echinococcus
        May 5, 2018, 11:16 am

        American Jews are not educated in the same way as Israeli Jews

        As a matter of fact, they are. Mostly. Those who cling to the identity grow up in the Zio bubble, go to brainwash camps and on top of all that they experience US education (hellbent on eliminating critical thinking, justifying aggression and conquest –no resemblance to civilized countries) and US life at large, awash in Zionist propaganda.
        Where do you think Zionist entity soldiers and “settlers” are recruited from?

      • annie
        annie
        May 5, 2018, 11:59 am

        “As a matter of fact”? unless you have some statistics confirming most jewish-american kids don’t go to public schools it’s probably safe to assume they are educated as other american kids are, with different standards than israeli kids.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        May 5, 2018, 12:46 pm

        some statistics confirming most jewish-american kids don’t go to public schools…”

        And they should be post-2008 statistics, too. Things may have changed.

      • Maghlawatan
        Maghlawatan
        May 5, 2018, 1:07 pm

        Echi,

        The chasm between US and Israeli education worried senior bots such as Ronald Lauder and the Birthright program was born. Sex and hasbara and even then the conversion rate is poor.

        There will always be US weirdos who need to find themselves in the settlements but statistically they are not significant . Most settlers are lower middle class Israelis. The most indoctrinated soldiers are religious Israelis.

        It obviously helps that Israel is poorer than the US .

    • echinococcus
      echinococcus
      May 4, 2018, 6:50 pm

      Maghlawatan

      Philly Jews are reduced to shilling for Israel. The community is surely better than that

      Yeah, they can slaughter a whole elephant in front of your eyes and you’ll still insist that they couldn’t hurt a fly, as underscored by Broadside

      If they were “better than” what they are actually doing, we’d have one more Maghla-style problem with logic.

      • Maghlawatan
        Maghlawatan
        May 4, 2018, 10:45 pm

        Zionism appropriated the leadership of many Jewish communities in the US in the 60s or whenever and claims to speak for those communities. Zionism is very wealthy which helps, of course.

        However ordinary Jewish kids in places like Philly are brought up differently. They aren’t nihilists and their parents typically don’t want to raise fanatics. The values of the Zionist elite of Philly are not the values of ordinary Philly Jews.

        What is happening now is what Hannah Arendt predicted. The 2 centres of Jewish life are slowly moving apart.

        If Zionism were stable maybe it would be possible to herd ordinary US Jews into supporting it indefinitely. But Zionism is out of control. And herding the people is much harder than buying off politicians once the system starts to break down. Tom Cotton can be bought indefinitely. But once zionism loses the people it is over.

        The core concept is “Jews wouldn’t do that”. Ordinary US Jews wouldn’t. Their “leaders” would. But that is different.

        http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/video/2011/jul/12/phone-hacking-nick-davies-select-committee

      • Misterioso
        Misterioso
        May 5, 2018, 10:52 am

        @Maghlawatan

        “Israelis are brainwashed.”

        I used to think they were “brainwashed,” but not any more. They know the ugly, monstrous truth, but choose to ignore it.

  5. JLewisDickerson
    JLewisDickerson
    May 4, 2018, 3:55 pm

    RE: Bykofsky also said that . . . there are some separate roads for Palestinians and Jews in the West Bank “to thwart attacks.” ~ Weiss

    SEE: “US Funds Apartheid Roads on West Bank” ~ by Mel Frykberg, Inter Press Service, 5/24/10

    [EXCERPT] RAMALLAH – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is helping Israel to construct an apartheid road infrastructure in the occupied Palestinian West Bank by financing nearly a quarter of the segregated road system primarily for the benefit of Israeli settlers.

    USAID’s figures state that the agency has financed 235 km of roads in the West Bank in the past decade, and is preparing to add another 120 km by the end of this year, reported Nazareth-based journalist Jonathan Cook in the United Arab Emirates paper ‘The National’*.

    According to an April report released by the Applied Research Institute of Jerusalem (ARIJ), USAID has helped build 114 km of segregated roads in the Palestinian territory despite assurances from Washington six years ago that it would not assist in the construction after the Palestinian Authority (PA) protested.

    Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem reports that 170 km of roads in the West Bank are either off-limits to Palestinians or highly restricted.

    After the Oslo Peace Accord in 1994, Israel requested the international community to finance 500 km of roads for the Palestinians, later termed ‘fabric of life’ roads, including upgrading agricultural tracks and constructing many underpasses and bridges, at a cost of 200 million US dollars, reported Cook.

    However, donor countries rejected this request due to PA’s protests that the entrenched apartheid-system infrastructure would strengthen the settlements and make their presence a permanent fixture while justifying more expropriation of Palestinian land.

    But it would appear that the PA has been railroaded, at the behest of Israel, into accepting USAID in a take it or leave it scenario. . .

    CONTINUED AT – http://www.ipsnews.net/2010/05/mideast-us-funds-apartheid-roads-on-west-bank/

    * SEE: “US funds ‘apartheid’ road network in Israel” | By Jonathan Cook | TheNational.ae | May 15, 2010
    LINK – http://www.thenational.ae/news/world/middle-east/us-funds-apartheid-road-network-in-israel

    P.S. ALSO SEE: “Palestinian Roads: Cementing Statehood, or Israeli Annexation?”
    By Nadia Hijab and Jesse Rosenfeld | The Nation | April 30, 2010
    New evidence indicates that the PA’s ambitious road-building program–heavily funded by the United States and Europe–is being used by Israel to facilitate settlement expansion.
    LINK – https://www.thenation.com/article/palestinian-roads-cementing-statehood-or-israeli-annexation/

  6. chocopie
    chocopie
    May 4, 2018, 6:17 pm

    Just a few separate roads, nothing to get upset about. Oh yeah, and separate “neighborhoods,” schools, hospitals, utilities, court systems, laws…

  7. Keith
    Keith
    May 4, 2018, 6:46 pm

    PHIL- “These donors are the new Jewish establishment: civic leaders in liberal states who are also big supporters of the Democratic Party, and Israel.”

    At this stage of the game, the Democratic Party is a Zionist Party, to the right of J Street on foreign policy.

  8. JohnSmith
    JohnSmith
    May 4, 2018, 6:59 pm

    “The U.S. State Department, with which the orchestra works closely, has told us our appearances help bring people together on the path to a long-term peace process…” Yes, when an orchestra used as a tool for a master-race ideology goes to the main locus that celebrates that master-race ideology and goes to fine restaurants and approved tourist spots and ignores the victims of that master-race ideology, that really, really just brings people together!

    Personally, I plan on having a fact-finding mission to NYC to study the effects of poverty by visiting places like Tavern On the Green or the Russian Tea Room and never so much as speaking to or seeing anyone working in the kitchen, let alone people living on welfare checks in the projects. I think I would enjoy eating caviar at Petrossian. Maybe the Philadelphia Orchestra could perform for me there. We could eat canapes and think or not think about the existence of the poor and victims of racial supremacist ideologies!

    “By holding Israel, the only majority Jewish state, to a standard it imposes on no other nation, BDS invites suspicion it is animated by anti-Semitism.” Yes, by only being concerned about Israel, the only country BDS is concerned about, BDS undermines the fact that it is only concerned about Israel. Huh??? Why should BDS, pursuing justice in Israel, have to be concerned about anything at all that goes on in any other country? We’re all familiar with this ridiculous anti-BDS argument in some form or another, but that statement really does represent a sort of sublime perfection in its stupidity. “Wahhh, wahhh, if you’re not fighting evil in North Korea you’re anti-Semites!”

    And I think that by pursing justice in Israel, BDS is at the same time actually holding other places to that standard as well–like the United States, which was supposedly founded on religious tolerance and the equality of man. People who fought anti-back racism in the United States during the Civil Rights Movement should definitely join with BDS, since the principles are the same.

  9. JWalters
    JWalters
    May 4, 2018, 7:20 pm

    It’s great to see this awakening to the reality of Israel at the local level in Philly. As the truth about Israel becomes known at the grassroots in cities all across America, the “donors” will not be able to suppress it.

    In fairness the Inquirer should also hold a Zionism training session in which the full history of the establishment of Israel is covered in detail, especially including the Nakba, then until now. It would include who financed the Nakba, the secret political maneuverings, and the terrorism employed.

    “My great, great, great, … [20 centuries] …, great, great grandfather lived in this area, so that house you’re living in is mine, so get out now or you’re dead.” – Zionist Philosophy For Dummies.

    • May 4, 2018, 11:12 pm

      ‘“My great, great, great, … [20 centuries] …, great, great grandfather lived in this area…’

      But not even that’s true. The original lie.

      • MHughes976
        MHughes976
        May 5, 2018, 12:42 pm

        Well, I wouldn’t be surprised if at least one of my great to the power n grandparents lived in Jerusalem 2000 years ago, another in Tunis/Carthage, another in Toledo, another in Stockholm, then a small, cold collection of wooden huts. The biological specifics of the claims made to Israelite descent are very hard to grasp.

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        May 6, 2018, 12:57 am

        Well, MHughes, that would, it seems, make you indigenous to all those places, and you could claim them all as your homelands.

  10. JWalters
    JWalters
    May 4, 2018, 7:31 pm

    Naomi Adler finds the situation “complicated” because of the conflict in her mind between the obvious facts and her deep brainwashing as a child. I recommend she seek therapy with Avigail Abarbanel, a female Jewish therapist born and raised in Israel who has delved deeply into her personal connections with Israel. She has written with compassion and understanding that
    “It’s time for American Jews to recognize they have been duped”
    http://mondoweiss.net/2015/07/american-recognize-duped

    • catalan
      catalan
      May 4, 2018, 8:26 pm

      “Naomi Adler finds the situation “complicated” because of the conflict in her mind between the obvious facts and her deep brainwashing as a child.” Jwaters
      I suffer from similar frustrations: the obvious fact is that I am going to die some day and the world will continue its merry ways without me and in two generations nobody will remember me. And the “brainwashing” that there is some meaning to this life of suffering and longing. Perhaps I need therapy too.

      • JWalters
        JWalters
        May 5, 2018, 12:34 am

        It seems to me the best antidote to meaninglessness is love. Perhaps try to have more love experiences per week. Also, look into the idea that your consciousness does not die when your body dies, but instead eventually returns in another body.

      • MHughes976
        MHughes976
        May 5, 2018, 3:50 am

        At least you face your – our – existential frustrations, Catalan, and state how they arise. I had a look at Baron-Baer’s remarks but could not see where this famous complexity arises for her. It seems that not everything is Israel’s fault but she doesn’t make any attempt to apportion blame or to say what each side has done wrong, which would be necessary for a reasonable decision on whether cultural exchange is likely to help. And what cultural exchange between Philadelphians and Palestinians might even cross her mind? She doesn’t seem able, amid her slightly ritualised invocations of complexity and cultural exchange, to fit these concepts to the facts of the matter.

      • catalan
        catalan
        May 5, 2018, 9:38 am

        “It seems to me the best antidote to meaninglessness is love. “
        I feel plenty of love. But I don’t think that consciousness comes back like in reincarnation. We die and disolve and can get cremated or buried. Nothing we do or say has any significance. There is no fairness or morality because we humans are part of nature. Or rather, there is morality, but it is a fairy tale that we tell ourselves to justify why we are right and everyone else is wrong. Nature is immoral, i.e. – beautiful kids die of cancer and assholes become president. At any rate, our whole species has been around for very little and will most likely disappear soon enough. No meaning. When I was younger, I wondered, how come I was not born in London or Canada or Switzerland. What did I do to be born in an awful place? Well, now I know – life is not fair.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        May 5, 2018, 11:41 am

        ” Well, now I know – life is not fair.” “catalan”

        Wow, that’s tough. I’ll say a brocha for you.

      • catalan
        catalan
        May 5, 2018, 12:29 pm

        “Wow, that’s tough. I’ll say a brocha for you”.
        No need. Now I am a 1 percenter which is also not fair or moral but I will take it.

      • annie
        annie
        May 5, 2018, 4:54 pm

        and we all care what your income is. funny tho, any anonymous person on the internet can claim anything about themselves, so what difference does it make?

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        May 5, 2018, 6:06 pm

        “No need. Now I am a 1 percenter”

        Yeah, you’re a professional glysterer, and in demand everywhere.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        May 5, 2018, 6:35 pm

        “any anonymous person on the internet can claim anything about themselves, so what difference does it make?”

        Yes, but it sure highlights “catalan” as a person who, for some reason, does not know that.

        But it won’t make any difference at all if he doesn’t send any money to Israel. And he doesn’t.

      • catalan
        catalan
        May 5, 2018, 7:47 pm

        “But it won’t make any difference at all if he doesn’t send any money to Israel. And he doesn’t.” Mooser
        It is true. I feel like I have earned what I have. If any generosity is in order, I would help people who are homeless, blind, or something like that. Nationality has very little to do with my ideas of who to give. If an Arab is blind or homeless I would love to help them. I don’t believe in heaven though.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        May 5, 2018, 8:26 pm

        ” I feel like I have earned what I have.”

        I don’t think there’s anybody who would say you don’t deserve every bit of it.

      • gamal
        gamal
        May 6, 2018, 12:09 am

        “If any generosity is in order”

        In the Bhadrakalipa sutra Buddha enumerates 6 parameters of which generosity is number one, better get cracking, some of us are already on 3, winning at enlightenment is so self affirming.

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        May 6, 2018, 12:52 am

        “I’ll say a brocha for you.”

        I thought a brocha was a type of bun.

      • JWalters
        JWalters
        May 6, 2018, 1:34 am

        catalan, it’s true that scientists have not proven the existence of a spirit dimension, but in fact they have not disproven it either. And there’s a lot of anecdotal evidence of phenomena beyond our current scientific picture.

      • JWalters
        JWalters
        May 6, 2018, 6:45 pm

        RoHa, thanks for the laugh.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        May 7, 2018, 11:48 am

        “…have not proven the existence of a spirit dimension”

        Well, there was some confusion about the spirit dimension for a while, but now everything comes in a liter or half-liter.

  11. JohnSmith
    JohnSmith
    May 5, 2018, 12:48 am

    Not to pile on Naomi Adler’s poor stylistic choices, but here is Henri Cartier-Bresson’s famous photograph of some nice young ladies in Mexico. The Victoria & Albert identifies the title of their 1964 print of the 1934 photograph as “Mexico City. Prostituées. Calle Cuauhtemoctzin. 1934.”

    https://actuphoto.com/files/news_36759_0.jpg
    https://actuphoto.com/36759-exposition-henri-cartier-bresson-photographe-.html

    • CigarGod
      CigarGod
      May 5, 2018, 11:42 am

      Henri: “The world is coming apart at the seams and Ansel is taking pictures of rocks.”

      Ansel: “The goverment outlaws commercial photography in national parks, and Henri is taking pictures of hookers.”

      If I can get David Keyes to say it, it will be true.

  12. pabelmont
    pabelmont
    May 5, 2018, 11:56 am

    Please bear in mind that the Jewish Federations is a sponsor of the orchestra’s trip, and that its CEO, Adler, is close to David Cohen, a donor to many institutions and a top exec at the largest cable company in the world, Comcast, which owns MSNBC; and that David Cohen and his wife Rhonda have run fundraisers for the Jewish Federations, and Cohen is a former vice chair of the Federations

    I’ve always wondered how much of the money spent on political manipulation by major corporations is — in fact — spent not (only) to further their own bottom lines but (also) to favor Israel. This David Cohen may well be spending Comcast’s $$ to further Israeli interests. How could we know? And how could he not? Imagine his lobbyist saying, “We’ve given you a lot of money, so go easy on Comcast, and — please also remember — Comcast loves Israel.”

  13. Sulphurdunn
    Sulphurdunn
    May 5, 2018, 3:45 pm

    “The U.S. State Department, with which the orchestra works closely, has told us our appearances help bring people together on the path to a long-term peace process…”

    A long term peace process seems to be the problem, not the solution.

  14. just
    just
    May 5, 2018, 5:26 pm

    O/T

    “Trump Aides Hired Israeli Spy Firm to Get Dirt on Obama’s Iran Deal Negotiators, Report Says

    The aides contacted Israeli investigators just days after Trump’s May 2016 visit to Israel, where he promised Netanyahu Iran would never possess nuclear weapons, The Observer report …”

    https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/trump-aides-hired-israeli-firm-to-get-dirt-on-iran-deal-negotiators-1.6055405

    ~~~~~~
    “Revealed: Trump team hired spy firm for ‘dirty ops’ on Iran arms deal

    Israeli agency told to find incriminating material on Obama diplomats who negotiated deal with Tehran …”

    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/may/05/trump-team-hired-spy-firm-dirty-ops-iran-nuclear-deal#comment-115491788

    Logan Act anyone??? Israelgate exposed.

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