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On Sunday at the Celebrate Israel parade, many New York Democrats affirmed their love for Israel, from Mayor Bill de Blasio to Governor Andrew Cuomo to City Council Speaker Corey Johnson. But I saw a lot of asphalt when I watched the parade on livestream. And there are growing signs lately that the US-Israel relationship is becoming a divisive issue in political campaigns, and not just at the margins.

Bill de Blasio at Celebrate Israel parade in NY, June 2, 2018. Israeli consul general Dani Dayan is at de Blasio’s left.

First, there is the attention given to Leslie Cockburn, the Democratic nominee for Congress in a Virginia swing district whose chances of winning shot up last week after the Republican incumbent announced his retirement. Immediately, a simmering controversy over Cockburn’s criticism of Israel — a “virulent anti-Semite,”  Republicans claim— boiled over into national headlines.

Cockburn is a journalist with an impressive track record on the left, and The New York Times headlined its story, sensationally, “Democratic Candidate Who Criticized Israel Faces Charges of Anti-Semitism.” Cockburn is plainly not anti-Semitic, but the Times says she has “strident” views on Israel, expressed in a book she wrote 27 years ago; and has met with 40 Jews at a rabbi’s house in the district to try and defuse the story.

“None of us think she’s anti-Semitic,” said Sherry Kraft, one of the organizers of the meeting. “… There’s a lot of negativity toward Israel from the political left right now and people who call themselves progressive. And some of that anti-Israel sentiment crosses into anti-Semitism, but not in her case.”..

Ms. Cockburn told the group on Monday that she was being critical of government policy from a fact-based perspective, not out of animus toward Jews…

“Yes, the U.S. should support Israel, and yes, the U.S. should be supporting, to some degree, the Palestinian Authority,” Ms. Cockburn said. “We have a disaster area in Gaza, and the U.S. should get involved in trying to sort that out. I think there’s a real role that we should have.”

Cockburn also said she was seeking J Street’s endorsement. And she’s been citing an Israeli’s defense of her book, on twitter. The Times of Israel helped her out: “Virginia Jewish Democrats appear to agree that the book is problematic, but not anti-Semitic.”

Leslie Cockburn is not an outlier. Cynthia Nixon, the actress/activist challenging Cuomo for the Democratic nomination to be governor, came out for boycott of an Israeli settlement. Alan Dershowitz has naturally called her a bigot.

Scott Wallace is a candidate for Congress from a very Democratic and Jewish district in Pennsylvania (suburban Bucks County plus some of Montgomery) who through his family foundation has supported groups that back Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), including Jewish Voice for Peace. The Republicans are trying to make hay over Wallace’s friends. Like Cockburn, Wallace has said that he’s a J Street Democrat. He opposes BDS and “strongly supports the state of Israel.” All the same, Wallace’s foreign policy page is progressive: He doesn’t mention Israel but says that the U.S. has to address the “root causes” of conflicts.

These Democrats all know that the base is getting very angry at Israel over the Gaza massacre. As Sherry Kraft, an organizer of Cockburn’s Jewish meetup, said: there’s “a lot of negativity toward Israel” in the progressive base. At the same time, party leaders are seeking to assure the establishment wing of the party that the candidate doesn’t dislike Israel too much. There’s surely a lot of money at stake.

One Democratic candidate is dispensing with the niceties. In South Carolina’s 7th, Mal Hyman, a college professor, is a candidate for the Democratic primary election for Congress next week. He was the Democratic nominee two years ago. Hyman is Jewish and has done human rights work in the occupied territories. He has been bracingly honest about the Gaza atrocities. Look at this tweet:

There is only one way to describe IDF’s actions: a massacre. Since U.S. government is one of the biggest supporters of Israel, the onus is on us to send the message that these kinds of massacres goes against every human rights principle.

After Yaser Murtaja’s killing in Gaza, Hyman wrote:

The U.S. is the only country blocking Israel from having any accountability at the U.N. We should join the rest of the world in calling for a good-faith negotiation.

As EI pointed out, “This sort of principled language on behalf of Palestinians is rare in American politics and may point to changes taking place in the Democratic Party over the Israeli subjugation of Palestinians.

David Friedman, Trump’s ambassador to Israel, last week seized on this trend, telling the Times of Israel that a lot of Democrats are turning against Israel.

“There’s no question Republicans support Israel more than Democrats… What the Democrats are not doing is looking at themselves critically and acknowledging the fact that they have not been able to create support within their constituency for Israel at the same levels that the Republicans have… [T]here is a large Democratic constituency right now that is not pro-Israel. They have to acknowledge it, and they have to fix it, or try to fix it.”

Friedman’s comments drove mainstream Democrats haywire. NY Congressman Eliot Engel issued a statement denouncing Friedman.

“It’s outrageous that any American diplomat would wade into partisan politics as Ambassador Friedman has done. I’d invite him to the Foreign Affairs Committee to see the lawmakers working hard to ensure support for Israel remains bipartisan. Diplomacy and partisan politics are incompatible. If Mr. Friedman doesn’t understand that, he should come home.”

Progressive Illinois Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky also issued a statement saying Friedman is “unfit to serve.” Though she also balanced criticisms of Israel.

I concede to no one in my support for Israel as a democratic, Jewish state.  That does not mean that I support every policy of the Netanyahu government, particularly when those policies conflict with democratic values.

Schakowsky has J Street’s support. J Street now is the address of the Israel lobby inside the Democratic Party, and it is plainly fearful of the effect of Friedman’s comments in empowering the two groups that want to fight publicly over Israel, the right and the left. Friedman, it says, has “contradicted longstanding bipartisan US policy and broken the promises he made to Senators — much to the delight of those who oppose a two-state solution.”

Two other Democratic Jewish leaders expressing fear of the left’s spoiling the party are former White House aides Aaron David Miller and Steven Simon, in the Washington Post:”Partisanship is compromising our special relationship with Israel.” The end of Democratic unanimity on the issue threatens the “special relationship.”

For decades, the United States’ relationship with Israel has been sustained by a bipartisan consensus in Washington. Both Republicans and Democrats have had their own close relations with the Jewish state, and both have agreed that supporting it has been a vital national interest.

Yet today we see that U.S. support for Israel is becoming an increasingly partisan issue, willfully exploited by politicians both here and in Jerusalem. This growing trend is undermining the consensus that has long made the U.S.-Israeli bond so special. If this bipartisanship is compromised, it’s only a matter of time until the special relationship will be as well…

The two blame Trump but also progressives, as “the Democratic party tilts to the left.” Gallup reports a 38-point gap between Republicans and Democrats in sympathy for Israel versus the Palestinians. But deserting Israel is un-American, Miller and Simon say. Because Israel is mom and apple pie:

A shared view of Israel made us prouder of ourselves and ready to hold ourselves to a higher standard. Support for Israel, in short, was American. Democratic supporters of Israel today long for a return to this moment

They are worried that if Israel is politicized, the Sixth Fleet might not show up when Israel needs it.

a United States divided regarding Israel might forgo intervention on its behalf in a crisis…

The authors never mention the Gaza massacre of over 100 unarmed protesters. But it’s hard to pull off, “A shared view of Israel made us prouder of ourselves,” when many young people are obviously horrified by Israel’s actions and want their political representatives to say so.

Miller and Simon’s desired uniformity is the credo of the Israel lobby. Don’t quarrel over Israel lest it give politicians an opening, and there’s daylight between the US government and the Israeli government. Shalom Lipner, an adviser to seven Israeli prime ministers, seizes on the article to warn Israel supporters not to give an inch in their public statements:

Lip service to bipartisanship outweighed by cost of Israel becoming a wedge issue. Real friends of the rel’nship shouldn’t couch their support in relative terms to anyone else.

Right now Israel supporters are trying to straddle a growing divide. J Street has tried to resolve the tensions. It’s been critical of Israeli settlements; and its director Jeremy Ben-Ami lately issued this excellent statement about Israeli plans to ethnically cleanse a Palestinian village.

But J Street insists that support for Israel is still a core Democratic Party position. Here’s Aaron Davis, the national political director for J Street, writing in the Forward:

The large majority of Jewish voters have long been, and continue to be, left of center. American Jews are one of the most reliable Democratic voting blocs and they overwhelmingly turn out to vote and raise money for Democrats…

Jewish voters support Israel, and they want their elected representatives to support it too. But they also fear for Israel’s future and worry about the direction in which it is heading. Many feel deep concern about the actions of Israel’s current government, and about the converging agendas and ideologies of President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu.

These voters understand that some criticism of Israeli government policies, and support for proactive US diplomacy to help resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, does not make a candidate anti-Israel.

Maybe. But part of the shift that’s upon us involves the fact that Jews are by and large members of the Democratic establishment. While the progressive base of the party is far more diverse.

Lately Tamika Mallory of the Women’s March came back from Palestine and denounced human rights atrocities. The Republican Jewish Coalition promptly sought to politicize her comments: 

Women’s March Co-Founder Condemns Founding of Israel as ‘Human Rights Crime’

^^^ Democrats support these people ^^^

Or listen to Anne-Marie Slaughter, the ceo of the New America Foundation, reflecting in a startled way about the changes afoot in the party at a very-establishment panel in Cambridge last month:

Who wants us out of state building? Who wants us out of the Middle East? It’s not just the people you might expect. It is at least in my organization which is 46 percent under 30 and extremely diverse– it is the young people of color who in part inherit a sort of postcolonial view that America in these places has done nothing but bad. They look at the Middle East and they see an analogy between American power oppressing people there and American power oppressing people here.

Slaughter says the party needs to pivot, so as to bring “a very, very different group of Americans along.” Yes, whether it’s people of color or angry young Jews– Democrats are going to have to talk about Gaza.

Thanks to Tova Perlmutter.

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  1. John O on June 5, 2018, 12:08 pm

    Interesting adjective, “strident”. Is it ever used to describe men?

    • Mooser on June 5, 2018, 5:57 pm

      I thought “Strident” is a chewing-gum which claims to make your voice louder. But maybe it’s not.

      • Bumblebye on June 5, 2018, 9:10 pm

        Nah, it’s the stuff that stops grandpa’s false teeth flying out when he sneezes!

    • RoHa on June 5, 2018, 6:58 pm

      I don’t know whether it is ever used to describe men. It is a fact of biology that women’s voices are more likely to include the combinations of frequencies that “strident” connotes, but I think it is perfectly possible that a man’s voice could also be strident. Especially if his underpants were too tight.

      Margaret Thatcher took voice lessons to eliminate her natural stridency (before the lessons her voice could strip paint) with the result that she sounded as if she were commiserating about the death of your dog.

    • annie on June 5, 2018, 10:16 pm

      john, yes. try googling “trump strident” and lots of articles pop up. here’s one from 9 hours ago

      “He has been more strident than usual lately about “record setting economic numbers” and the strong job market. “

      here’s another referencing john brennan:

      Former CIA Director John Brennan defended his strident criticism of President Trump

      and putin is frequently strident too ;)

      Russian President Vladimir Putin’s strident defense of a Syrian regime

      • RoHa on June 6, 2018, 12:47 am

        Plenty of examples there, Annie.

    • JohnSmith on June 6, 2018, 8:31 am

      People are obviously confusing “strident” and “shrill.” “Strident” refers to both men and women–perhaps even more to men. It is a class-based term. Horse-mad upper-crust English people at “point to points” use “strident” voices. Twits like Bertie Wooster use “strident” voices. Villainous bullies like Flashman in “Tom Brown’s School Days” and the later George MacDonald Fraser novels use “strident” voices. County ladies at fox hunts use “strident” voices as they shout across the fields while on horseback and then use that voice in every other aspect of their lives. Strident basically means loud, pushy, and arrogant in tone of voice. English officers in “Injah” and Mandate Palestine used “strident” voices. “Strident” is the voice of the male colonialist officer. See also, “braying.”

      • Mooser on June 6, 2018, 1:03 pm

        “Twits like Bertie Wooster use “strident” voices.”

        I take your point, but leave Bertram Wilberforce Wooster out of it. He was never, ever “strident”. In fact, his distinct lack of stridency often landed him neck-deep in the
        mulligatawny. He was not capable of serving up a firm nolle prosequi , especially when faced by a strong women’s whim. The man was hopelessly preux, and much too easily non-pluused in spite of his ancestors having done their bit at the Battle of Hastings.

      • RoHa on June 7, 2018, 1:34 am

        Strident means “loud and harsh” and “presenting a point of view, especially a controversial one, in an excessively forceful way.”

        As the examples show, it is by no means just a characteristic of the British Upper Classes. It is used for non-human sounds as well as voices.

        A major contributor to harshness in sound is discordant high-pitched overtones, which is why “strident” is often associated with “shrill”.

        But, most importantly, Bertie Wooster was a gentle soul, and never strident. Not even when trying to persuade Jeeves of the acceptability of an unsuitable tie.

      • Mooser on June 7, 2018, 6:04 pm

        “As the examples show, it is by no means just a characteristic of the British Upper Classes.”

        Those well-trained in the Upper Received Pronunciation would never indulge in it.

  2. Donald on June 5, 2018, 3:06 pm

    I am a bit less optimistic. The following article doesn’t mention the Israel Palestine issue, but it does talk about where the Democrats are in general and on economics they are still mostly the same old neoliberal party they have been since the Clinton era. They are pseudo “ woke” on some issues, but not Palestine, or not yet.

  3. Citizen on June 5, 2018, 3:40 pm

    RE: “Slaughter says the party needs to pivot, so as to bring “a very, very different group of Americans along.” Yes, whether it’s people of color or angry young Jews– Democrats are going to have to talk about Gaza.”

    Not to mention young white Gentile progressive Americans–or too, even young white Evangelicals are turning against rubber-stamping Israel–they too are not happy with Jerusalem embassy switch and Gaza Massacre.

  4. Citizen on June 5, 2018, 3:56 pm
  5. Tom Suarez on June 5, 2018, 4:20 pm

    Phil, thanks.
    The NYT story you cite also contains this rather bizarre statement:
    In Britain, the once center-left Labour Party has become so infused with anti-Zionist sentiment that Jews recently took to the streets of London to protest a drift in the party toward anti-Semitism.
    Wow, so we went from “anti-Zionist sentiment” to the non-sequitur “anti-Semitism” as though there were some connection that was so self-evident that no explanation was necessary. And this “infusion” and “drift” are so insidious that “Jews are taking to the streets”!
    Well actually, the venerable NYT selected one rally, when there were TWO that day… another rally that supported Corbyn and opposed the faux anti-Semitism witch hunt was as large, and it was (since I suspect the NYT would think it matters) heavily Jewish, including Jewish Voice for Labour and individual Israeli Jews, including Amira Hass.
    And, by the way, the single largest symbol at the rally the NYT cites was not about anti-Semitism — it was an Israeli flag.

  6. Maghlawatan on June 5, 2018, 4:44 pm

    The Dems are a coalition of minorities until they figure out a way to win back Trump’s blue collar support in places like Ohio and Wisconsin. Long term the white vote is going to decline and the Latino vote to increase.
    Latinos and African americans have SFA interest in Jewish nihilism.
    Sorry, Yossi.

  7. Maghlawatan on June 5, 2018, 9:24 pm

    “Democratic leaders grow fearful that Israel will divide “the party”

    If the voters develop their thinking on a subject to drive positive change what is the problem? Didn’t it happen on Civil Rights?
    The problem is the “donors”.
    The people and the donors are no longer aligned.

    This was when Tammany Hall died. When the light came in through a tiny crack.
    This is Dorian Israel’s terrible secret. The mirror.

    So I think the headline should read

    “Democratic leaders grow fearful that Israel will divide the money, leading to light entering the Augean stables.”

    • on June 6, 2018, 9:16 am

      “Democratic leaders grow fearful that Israel will divide “the party”

      Should read

      ““Democratic leaders grow fearful that support for universal human rights will divide the party”

      • Maghlawatan on June 6, 2018, 3:44 pm

        Should read “Democratic leaders grow fearful that voters will question elite support for gonorrhea”

  8. Maghlawatan on June 5, 2018, 9:45 pm

    Israel has no friends

    “The Israeli embassy is sad to announce the suspension of the match between the Israel and Argentina national teams scheduled for Saturday June 9, as a warm-up for the Russia World Cup,” the statement reads. 

    “The friendship between Argentina and Israel, which will soon celebrate its 70th anniversary, is not about a football match. The democratic country and plural state (composed of Jews, Muslims and Christians), will always eagerly await the chance to receive one of the stars of Argentine sport.”

    Argentina forward Gonzalo Higuain also backed the news, claiming that the well-being of the players must be the first priority. 

    “I think that in the end the right thing was done,” he told ESPN. “It’s now behind us, obviously our health and common sense comes first. We think the right thing to do was not to go.”

    Argentina’s next match is now slated to be their opener of World Cup Group D play against Iceland on June 16. 


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    A sports boycott looks possible now

  9. Maghlawatan on June 5, 2018, 10:35 pm

    Imagine a focused group of say 7 million people using projection to influence DC and bend Congress to its will. Focused on a single issue. Washington State builds a network of lobbyists and lobbies relentlessly for pork barrel projects for the State. It becomes more efficient than anyone bar the NRA. It infiltrates the upper echelons of the 2 parties. The Governor is invited to speak to Congress and gets 14 standard ovations. Lobbyists successfully lobby for war against British Columbia. This has been going on for 50 years. Even when budgets are being cut Washington state gets its entitlements. It runs a system of fear, bullying senators and journalists.
    Does it last? Of course it doesn’t.  Mean reversion is a bitch.

  10. echinococcus on June 5, 2018, 11:52 pm

    Cockburn also said she was seeking J Street’s endorsement. And she’s been citing an Israeli’s defense of her book, on twitter. The Times of Israel helped her out […]

    And that Zio is what you are proposing as an instance of “division” in the Democrat War Party, along with a bunch of officially “Labour”-supported Zionists like Schakovsky et al.?

    The only “division” here is among Demolicans and Repucrats, and that doesn’t mean jackshit about continued imperial support to Zionism.


    • on June 6, 2018, 9:54 am

      Sadly true.

      Desperation makes you see things that may not be there. I was this way when Bernie Sanders started making noise. I so wanted to believe in him but he is not even close to what I would consider as fair – often citing Hamas to explain the murder of innocents by the IDF while ignoring context and history.

      It will be interesting to see how progressives like Cynthia Nixon, Alison Hartson, Maria Estrada and other vocal pro Palestinian candidates fair against Zionist pressure.

  11. chris_k on June 6, 2018, 12:39 am

    The party split over segregation from 1948-1960. The price the party paid was that the South went from Dem-majority to GOP-majority.

    Considering the price paid, maybe the party should let the ‘segregation with feigned compassion and nuance’ wing take over again to win elections, or would that be wrong? Young people aren’t as susceptible to hasbara as their elders staring at the idiot box, and lots of small donations are the best form of fundraising, even after the Adelson United ruling.

  12. RoHa on June 6, 2018, 1:18 am

    “…Celebrate Israel parade in NY…”

    I find the idea of having a parade in the USA to “celebrate” another country bizarre. Even more bizarre that US politicians take part in that parade.

    Are there “Celebrate Canada”, “Celebrate France” (without whom the USA would not exist), “Celebrate Monaco”, or other such parades?

    • on June 6, 2018, 9:35 am

      Everytime an American eats poutine they are celebrating Canada – the parade happens in their mouth.

      • eljay on June 6, 2018, 9:40 am

        || LHunter: Everytime an American eats poutine they are celebrating Canada – the parade happens in their mouth. ||

        Thank you for that lovely sentiment. It brought a tear to my Canadian eye…  :-)

      • Mooser on June 6, 2018, 12:39 pm

        “Thank you for that lovely sentiment. It brought a tear to my Canadian eye”

        Oy, Canada!

      • Mooser on June 6, 2018, 4:24 pm
      • eljay on June 6, 2018, 7:11 pm

        || Mooser: Wait a minute, “eljay”! “Didn’t you guys burn down the White House?” ||

        It was…truly fantastic. The most beautiful burn…the greatest burning that history has ever seen, trust me.

    • niass2 on June 6, 2018, 10:07 pm

      yes there are.

  13. chris o on June 6, 2018, 2:07 am

    It was frustrating to read even the supposedly fair but obviously pro-Israel David Aaron Miller just threw up his hands like, “it’s becoming partisan” as if it is some mystery. What is missing here is any mention of Netanyahu and Obama. I went to the Washington Post piece. It does not mention Netanyahu (ironically there is a photo of Netanyahu with Trump) but he is not mentioned in the article.

    Netanyahu’s brazen insults and demeaning behavior toward Barack Obama, well-chronicled here, is a very large factor in the chasm of a partisan divide that opened recently.

  14. JWalters on June 6, 2018, 6:10 am

    “a lot of negativity toward Israel” is a way to avoid saying “people are waking up to the scam”. And as J. Haldeman noted, once the toothpaste is out of the tube it’s hard to get it back in.

    “Support for Israel, in short, was American”, as long as the cover story held.

    “Democrats are going to have to talk about Gaza.” The information is starting to overflow the old containers of permitted speech. The toothpaste is getting out of the tube. The reins of control are coming apart.

    • Maghlawatan on June 6, 2018, 10:01 am

      Israel’s reps are paranoid and cruel bastards. Lieberman, Bennett, Netanyahu, Danon. They are so easy to hate . Israel is the bad guys. Jabotinsky wanted this. It is counterproductive.

      • Misterioso on June 6, 2018, 10:47 am

        For the record: israel-news/.premium-knesset- council-bans-bill-to-define- israel-as-state-for-all- citizens-1.6145333

        Haaretz – June 4, 2018

        “Knesset Council Bans Bill to Define Israel as State for All Its Citizens”

        “In unusual move, ​the ​bill ​was ​disqualified before being discussed on Knesset floor because it ‘seeks to deny Israel’s existence as the state of the Jewish people​.​’​ Knesset legal adviser Eyal Yinon noted that the bill ‘includes several articles that are meant to alter the character of the State of Israel from the nation-state of the Jewish people to a state in which there is equal status from the point of view of nationality for Jews and Arabs.’

        By Jonathan Lis

        “A bill submitted by three Joint List MKs calling for Israel to be defined as a state of all its citizens was disqualified by the Knesset presidium on Monday before it even reached the Knesset floor for deliberation.

        “Seven MKs supported the decision to ban debate on the Basic Law: ‘A Country of All Its Citizens,’ submitted by MKs Jamal Zahalka, Haneen Zoabi and Joumah Azbarga; two MKs opposed it (Esawi Freige from Meretz and Ahmad Tibi from Joint List); and MK Bezalel Smotrich from Habayit Hayehudi abstained.

        “This is the first time proposed legislation has been disqualified before being discussed in the plenum during the past two Knesset terms.”

        “Knesset legal adviser Eyal Yinon clarified in a statement that, ‘both in the theoretical plane and in the specific one, it is hard to not see such a proposal as one that seeks to deny Israel’s existence as the state of the Jewish people, and therefore, and in accordance with Article 75(e) of the regulations, the Knesset presidium is qualified to prevent its submission.’”

        The bill, Yinon noted, “includes several articles that are meant to alter the character of the State of Israel from the nation-state of the Jewish people to a state in which there is equal status from the point of view of nationality for Jews and Arabs.”

      • eljay on June 6, 2018, 11:46 am

        || Misterioso: … “Knesset Council Bans Bill to Define Israel as State for All Its Citizens” … ||

        Israel: Jewish supremacism in/and a religion-supremacist “Jewish State”.

      • Maghlawatan on June 6, 2018, 12:55 pm

        “Jewish State ” as in” look at the state of those Jews.”
        Israel is A Jewish State rather than THE Jewish state. You can be Jewish without being a vicious ass hole.

  15. captADKer on June 6, 2018, 12:30 pm

    [Women’s March Co-Founder Condemns Founding of Israel as ‘Human Rights Crime’]

    [Women’s March leader dropped from Australia event over remarks on Israel]

    and more about all those “empty patches of asphalt” that only the myopic blinded anti semite can see

    • annie on June 6, 2018, 1:05 pm

      the founding of israel was a human rights crime… called the nakba. the australian group were cowards, they didn’t want ‘controversy’ imploding their peace conference!

      no difference than the genocide of native americans and the slavery of african americans accompanying the founding of the US were human rights crimes. how this is even controversial is mind boggling.

      • hophmi on June 6, 2018, 2:57 pm

        If that is a human rights crime, expelling Jews from Jerusalem neighborhoods in 1948 was also a human rights crime. So was killing Jews at Hadassah hospital. So was killing Jews in Hebron in 1929. So was killing Jews at Kfar Etzion in 1948. So was killing Jews in the suicide bombings of the 1990’s and 2000’s. So was flying burning kites in Israeli farmlands in the past few weeks. So was lobbing rockets into Israeli population centers. Among many other human rights atrocities committed by Palestinians.

      • annie on June 6, 2018, 4:12 pm

        hophmi, the arab legion maintained they arrived at Kfar Etzion after men from neighboring villages sought revenge for the massacres of palestinian civilians from villages, like dir yassen, that had already taken place. i was wondering, what are the chances that some of the hundreds of thousands of palestinians people who had already been expelled or were in the process of fleeing, and had already witnessed all this blood and gore (maybe even the murder of their own mothers, brothers, wives and children), were in the area that day and took part in a massacre of (they say 15 total) surrendering haganah soldiers and jewish civilians? i wonder if any of those haganah soldiers had themselves taken part in the slaughter of palestinians, or those mens relatives?

        either way, yes, massacring surrendering civilians and soldiers is a human rights crime, even in revenge. but it sort of pales in comparison to the thousands slaughtered and expelled from their homes and villages for no justifiable reason, at all. this was going on for months and months before may 13th 1948.

        and your first point, didn’t israel agree to the 1949 armistice agreement and then promptly break that agreement? and those flying kites, not so sure it violates any human rights i am aware of, certainly not like slaughtering young medics. oh wait, those were accidents right?

      • eljay on June 6, 2018, 3:13 pm

        || hophmi: If that is a human rights crime, expelling Jews from Jerusalem neighborhoods in 1948 was also a human rights crime. So was killing Jews at Hadassah hospital. So was killing Jews in Hebron in 1929. So was killing Jews at Kfar Etzion in 1948. So was killing Jews in the suicide bombings of the 1990’s and 2000’s. So was flying burning kites in Israeli farmlands in the past few weeks. So was lobbing rockets into Israeli population centers. Among many other human rights atrocities committed by Palestinians. ||

        I agree with you 100% that ALL criminals should be brought to justice and held accountable for their past – and on-going – (war) crimes.

      • Mooser on June 6, 2018, 4:46 pm

        “If that is a human rights crime, expelling…”

        Sorry “Hophmi”, according to (“Zionist, observant Jew, Israeli since 1977, married + 4, author/translator/editor”, a much better authority than “Hophmi”) “Naftush”, well attacks like that are just one of those things.

        “States do not and need not wait for existential peril before using armed force. See under “Pearl Harbor,” for an example.” “Naftush” June 6, 1:36pm

      • captADKer on June 6, 2018, 11:01 pm

        how’s ur life on the reservation going?

      • Donald on June 7, 2018, 7:30 am

        It’s ludicrous mentioning the kites in the same list with the actual atrocities committed against Jewish civilians. You do this because it fits the current propaganda need to justify the murder of Palestinian protestors. There isn’t any, so hasbarists pretend the kites are like terrorist attacks on civilians. And you do it with a straight face.

        And anyway, the Zionist side is the aggressor— your list of atrocities is more than matched by atrocities against Palestinians, who are at best seen as embarrassing obstacles to the goal of successful land theft.

    • Mooser on June 6, 2018, 1:28 pm

      “[Women’s March leader dropped from Australia event over remarks on Israel]”

      The new Women’s March leader announced that the old leader will be replaced by “a lovely empty patch of asphalt”

      • captADKer on June 6, 2018, 11:14 pm

        good to know.
        carry on! losers losing has never been as entertaining.

  16. LeeMort1 on June 6, 2018, 1:46 pm

    It may be the Democratic Party will lose some Jewish supporters over the Israel-Palestine issue. That’s what happened in 1948 when some Southern Democrats bolted after Harry Truman put the Democratic Party on record in favor of civil rights. The trend continued, but who would have wanted Strom Thurmond and his ilk to stay in the party.

  17. inbound39 on June 6, 2018, 9:14 pm

    It is interesting that Democrats are running around extremely stridently and in vocal panic about Israel dividing their party. They are silent when it comes to the Special Relationship with Israel and the meddling of the Israel Lobby in American Government and even in The Lobby picking Israel Supportive Presidential Candidates. And they are silent when all of the above has led to the total collapse of American Status and credibility globally. There are none so blind as they that cannot see.

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