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According to Twitter, wishing Jewish anti-Zionists had died in Auschwitz is not a breach of rules whereas comparing the siege of Gaza to the Warsaw Ghetto is.

On November 17th I was informed by Twitter that my account was suspended permanently. No reason was given. However Jack Mendel @mendelpol who describes himself as a web editor and ‘so-called journalist’ at the Jewish News was soon boasting that he had made a complaint.

This is not the first time that Twitter has targeted my account. In February, at the height of the campaign to free Ahed Tamimi, 17, from Israeli jail, Twitter locked my account. My offence? As part of my profile I had a photo of Israeli soldiers violently attacking Ahed and other Palestinian children. ‘Remove’ they demanded.

Showing the truth of what Israel’s Occupation means was too much for these defenders of free speech.

On 29th August my account was locked for having offended a Zionist poster. For the past two years a link to my blog has been blocked as ‘spam’ by Twitter. However, I have managed to get around this.

In September fellow blogger, Richard Silverstein was suspended for having described Ari Fuld as the armed settler thug he was before he was killed by Palestinians. This was apparently ‘promoting violence’ and violated their ‘equalities’ policy.

So it wasn’t a great surprise when my account was suspended again. Jack Mendel took exception to tweets I had posted which compared the siege of Gaza to Resistance in the Warsaw Ghetto, and cited Jewish leader Marek Edelman.

Edelman’s Open Letter of 2002 to the Palestinian resistance was full of ‘comparisons between the Palestinians’ fight and that of the ghetto residents.’ Edelman addressed “the commanders of the Palestinians armed organizations and the partisan organizations, and the soldiers of the armed Palestinian organizations.”

For this Marek Edelman became a non-person in the eyes of the Israeli government. When Marek Edelman died in 2009 he was given a state funeral by the Polish state.  Not even the lowliest clerk from the Israeli Embassy attended. Anti-Zionist resistance to the Nazis was an embarrassment to the myth of Zionist heroism.

Mendel took exception to my ‘despicable remarks… comparing Israel’s recent actions in Gaza, after a barrage of 400+ rockets, to Nazi Germany’s invasion of Poland in WW2.’

Mendel was being mendacious. Hamas’s ‘barrage’ of rockets (in reality oversized fireworks) took place after the murder of 7 Palestinian in a botched Israeli raid on Gaza.  Far from Israel ‘reacting’ to the Hamas rockets, as is the normal BBC news story, what happened was that Hamas reacted to Israel’s armed aggression.

I observed humorously that the same had been said when Nazi Germany invaded Poland: ‘Let’s go back 80 years ‘today Nazi Germany came under repeated attack by Poland as its troops attempted to keep the peace.’

As students of history will know Nazi Germany dressed up its invasion of Poland as self defense. It even dressed up some of its own soldiers in Polish uniforms to maintain the pretense. World opinion saw through these lies. Unfortunately all too many people, including apologists like Mendel, continue to see Israel’s occupation and attacks on Gaza as a ‘retaliation’.

This despicable reversal of the actual situation is how Israel justifies its half-a-century occupation of Gaza and its genocidal blockade. In suspending me Twitter is a party to these lies. (On the earlier occasion, my account was locked for one week as a punishment. On this occasion, Twitter has said that my account will not be restored.)

I also responded to another Mendel tweet justifying the murder of over 200 unarmed protesters in Gaza by comparing ‘the decade long starvation siege’ of Gaza to the starvation of the Warsaw Ghetto. Of course they are not identical.

The Zionists carefully count the calories of food allowed in to ensure that Gaza’s population is kept on the brink of starvation. That is why it attacks Gaza’s fishermen. The Nazis too counted the calories of food allowed in to the Warsaw Ghetto. The difference is that the Nazis deliberately ensured that the number of calories was below that needed to survive, as a result of which some 80,000 Jews died, whereas the number of Gazans who have died from the Israeli blockade, the weak, the sick, the old, is probably in the hundreds. However the actions of Israel are certainly comparable to that of Nazi Germany.

Mendel’s alleged that my tweet was ‘filled with anti-Semitic tropes.’ and that being Jewish isn’t a free pass to say things which are anti-Semitic. I agree.

Take one such individual, George Yousef. In April 2016 he sent me a tweet ‘shame your family survived world can do without cunts line (sic) you.’ It was a clear reference to the Nazi concentration camps.

I therefore made a complaint about this and other abusive tweets from this individual. As I had never contacted him before this was a case not only of hate speech or hateful conduct but targeted abuse.

It was, you might think, an open and shut case. Not so. On 20th April 2016 Twitter informed me that Yousef’s account was ‘not in violation of the Twitter Rules (https://twitter.com/rules) on abusive behavior.’ The only possible explanation for this decision is that Yousef is a Zionist and I am not. I was told that if I felt threatened or in danger I could always contact the local Police!

This isn’t the only example of such abuse. One Mark Haringman, going by the name of Newsdude took to accusing me of a variety of offenses: being a thief, liar, fraudster, anti-Semite, ex-Labour member, child abuser, a crocodile and worst of all, being a socialist!

When I made a formal complaint, Twitter informed me, on 14th May 2018 that ‘We have reviewed your report carefully and found that there was no violation of the Twitter Rules against abusive behavior’.

On 19th October @maxpaws accused me of being a ‘racist anti-Semite’ but a complaint I made was also rejected.

It is clear that there is a pattern of rejecting complaints against abusive Zionists. Twitter rules seem to amount to this: If you say something that Zionists object to you will be found guilty of ‘hateful conduct’ or ‘abuse’ but if you are a Zionist you have carte-blanche to abuse your opponents. You can even express the desire that it would have been better if they had been murdered in the gas chambers, which is a common form of Zionist abuse of their Jewish opponents. It also gives us an insight into the Zionist mind.

Twitter offers a platform for the most powerful and hateful individual of all, Donald Trump. No doubt it thinks this is good for business. The idea that Twitter is seriously concerned about racism or hateful behaviour is for the birds. What Twitter does is to use the language of anti-racism and equalities in order to exercise political censorship.

As Arthur J Balfour, Britain’s Foreign Secretary, explained nearly a century ago “Zionism, be it right or wrong, good or bad, is… of far profounder import than the desires and prejudices of the 700,000 Arabs who now inhabit that ancient land.” Zionism is the agreed-upon policy of Western governments and that is what Twitter is really concerned to defend.

Equality policies, which were meant to deal with prejudice and racism, have been co-opted and adopted by supporters of imperialism and racism. When you describe language as ‘hateful’ then you are depoliticising racism, sexism and homophobia. We have the right to hate racism, sexism and bigotry. But if you are concerned with ‘hateful’ language then opposition to capitalism and the 1% can easily be subsumed under ‘hate speech’.

Above all we should recognise that Twitter, like Facebook, is not an impartial platform. It is very much part of Western capitalism and imperialism. It defends the values of oppression and imperialism and it does so in the depoliticised language of equalities. In essence this is an outgrowth of identity politics whereby any identity, even those of Zionists and capitalists is protected because there is no means of differentiating between identities of oppression and the oppressed.

tony greenstein
About Tony Greenstein

Tony Greenstein is a longstanding Jewish anti-Zionist and an anti-fascist activist from Brighton. In 1982 he was a co-founder of Britain’s Palestine Solidarity Campaign. Tony was suspended from the Labour Party a year ago as a result of the Anti-Semitism witch-hunt. Tony is the author of The Fight Against Fascism in Brighton and the South Coast. He has written extensively on Palestine and Zionism for, amongst others, the Guardian’s Comment is Free, the Journal of Holy Land and Palestine Studies, Tribune and the Weekly Worker. Tony was the child of an Orthodox Jewish Rabbi and when young a member of the religious Zionist Bnei Akiva, now part of the Greater Israel movement.

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  1. Spring Renouncer
    Spring Renouncer
    November 23, 2018, 12:15 pm

    Twitter’s behavior is hypocritical and totally partial to the imperialists. It’s awful that a lying complaint by Mendel can get you suspended, but real hate speech is tolerated.

    A less egregious but similar thing happened to me a few months ago. Thomas Friedman had written an icky column in the New York Times blaming the Gazan victims of Israeli terror for their own suffering, conflating their protests with combat, and – above all – centering the narrative around Israelis: how they feel, what’s good for them etc., while ignoring Palestinian interests. When I commented on the article, pointing out the racism and imperialism so blatantly wielded there, I was pleasantly surprised that my comment was chosen as a “NYT Pick”. No other Times-selected comment made this obvious point, so I was happy that mine was picked and would be seen. When I went back to the comments section a few hours later my comment was gone from the “NYT Picks”, relegated to obscurity. The Picks had been censored: only “centrist”, right wing or one or two of the lamest, most wishy-washy left wing views were allowed. The curated comments stood in stark contrast to the Readers’ Picks (which are based on “likes”) and the comments in general, which were mostly critical of Friedman.

    I guess an ardent Zionist with too much time on his or her hands must have complained that my comment was selected, or else a NYT editor or minder flagged it as too truthful, and so it was removed. The censorship strategies of the NYT and Twitter seem similar…

  2. Boomer
    Boomer
    November 23, 2018, 1:51 pm

    Thanks for your efforts, and your report on how you were squashed. You are not the first, and won’t be the last, I’m sure. Resistance, it seems, is futile.

    • nelle
      nelle
      November 25, 2018, 5:36 am

      From 1979 onward for at very least two decades I reported on Israel’s occupation of Palestine. I also spoke publicly about it. I got hate mail; windshields of cars in the parking lot outside of one venue where I spoke were smashed. The comments about Zionism, imperialism, etc., are completely on-target. Israel is the US’s most favored ally, with enough money annually to solve the problems of infrastructure at home. Resistance is never futile. It is always and absolutely necessary. Not to resist is to give up. We cannot do that.

  3. catalan
    catalan
    November 23, 2018, 2:15 pm

    Twitter pretty much allows anyone except outright and persistent calls for murder. [..] They did close Yoni Falic because he explicitly called for the murder of Jews. I would say pretty much all of the regular comment section of Mondo would be allowed on Twitter [..]. There have to be some standards on Twitter and Facebook otherwise there would be calls for murder not only of Jews but other minorities.

    • Spring Renouncer
      Spring Renouncer
      November 23, 2018, 2:34 pm

      @Catalan Hey troll. The content of this article – the fact that Tony was suspended simply for comparing Jewish and Palestinian experiences of oppression and that others who called for the outright murder of his family were not suspended – undermines your comment.

      • catalan
        catalan
        November 23, 2018, 2:57 pm

        “The content of this article – the fact that Tony was suspended simply for comparing Jewish and Palestinian experiences” sr
        So perhaps the Jews control Twitter and they were scared of Tony. [..]

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        November 23, 2018, 7:28 pm

        ” and they were scared of Tony. [..]”

        I hope “[…]” means what I hope it does.

    • Spring Renouncer
      Spring Renouncer
      November 23, 2018, 3:08 pm

      Catalan and other trolls on the Mondoweiss comments section post in bad faith. They don’t present a coherent argument or interesting counter-opinion, but just seek to derail and defame with yucky personal attacks and misrepresentation. Being that this isn’t a platform like Twitter that projects itself as a place to air all and any opinions, I don’t see why they are allowed to continue trolling. Honestly [since every comment is already moderated] you might as well go all the way and censor insensitive bad-faith content, which would be welcomed and appropriate on The Algemeiner or Breitbart.

      While Mondoweiss need not be authoritarian in moderating its comments – argument can be productive – trolls seem to have taken over the comments section like never before recently (the past few months). It is not inconceivable that this is a coordinated effort to cripple resistance. Provocateurs and infiltrators abound in the history of struggle. Freedom has surpassed its utility here. This should be a safe-space for supporters of Palestinians, not for their enemies.

      • annie
        annie
        November 23, 2018, 3:42 pm

        spring, i agree

      • Keith
        Keith
        November 23, 2018, 7:07 pm

        SPRING RENOUNCER- “…trolls seem to have taken over the comments section like never before recently (the past few months).”

        Something we agree upon. Unfortunately, this is a difficult problem to deal with. Much as I welcome a full discussion from different perspectives, the harsh reality is that due to huge differences in financial power, the Zionists can bury the comments section under a mountain of Zionist propaganda in the guise of comments. Tough to deal with, but deal with it Mondoweiss must.

      • Spring Renouncer
        Spring Renouncer
        November 23, 2018, 8:36 pm

        Thanks @annie ! From his comments it seems that Catalan is creepily obsessed with you :/

        @Keith Yeah, considering the disclosures about the funding of the Canary Mission it makes sense that there would be copious funding available for anti-Palestinian online trolling. Some trolls are genuine extremists convinced by decades of propaganda. Regardless of motivations, though, trolling is a serious problem.

      • annie
        annie
        November 23, 2018, 8:47 pm

        just a little spring, aren’t i lucky :/

      • catalan
        catalan
        November 23, 2018, 9:07 pm

        “it makes sense that there would be copious funding available for anti-Palestinian online trolling. “ spring
        I can attest that the funding is indeed very copious. I basically make six figures just from trolling and am thinking of buying another home with the profits. It’s truly a very good gig.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        November 23, 2018, 10:25 pm

        “I can attest that the funding is indeed very copious.”

        “catalan” whether there’s funding or not, fighting antisemitic tropes like ‘Jews insist on value for money’ or ‘Jews are smart’ is noble work. And that old meme about Jews being smooth-tongued and persuasive, you’ll destroy that one, too.

      • Misterioso
        Misterioso
        November 24, 2018, 10:57 am

        @Spring Renouncer, et al

        Smug, childish Catalan is oblivious to or chooses to ignore “Israel’s” descent into fascism.

        Fortunately, increasing numbers of eminent Jews around the world realize and are willing to publicly declare that the so called “Jewish state” is a monster. One prominent example is Zeev Sternhell:

        https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-israel-s-suicidal-passion-for-tribal-nationalism-1.6657209?utm_term=20181116-02%3A26&utm_campaign=Zeev+Sternhell&utm_medium=email&writerAlerts=true&utm_source=smartfocus&utm_content=www.haaretz.com%2Fopinion%2F1.6657209

        Opinion “Israel’s Suicidal Passion for Tribal Nationalism”
        “The fate of the Jews has been tied to the fate of liberal values, and yet the levels of racist tribal nationalism reached here are incomparable, even to those of the chauvinists in the West we increasingly treat as allies.” Nov 16, 2018, Haaretz – By Zeev Sternhell

        “Since the French Revolution, the fate of the Jews has been tied to the fate of liberal values. Wherever human rights and equality were preserved, life was better for the Jews. And wherever racist tribal nationalism, which began to develop in the late 19th century, arose, the danger for Jews increased. This nationalism became an inexhaustible source of vicious anti-Semitism and the greatest enemy the Jewish people had ever known. By the turn of the 20th century, the Jews understood (and they understand it today, too) that the politics of hate, hostility, fear and denial of the other advanced by the radical right poses a mortal danger.

        “It’s no coincidence that a majority of Jews in America vote Democratic and that most Jews in Europe vote for the liberal-conservative right, center and left. Bear in mind that in Israeli terms, the European conservative right is like the radical left in disguise: Who could imagine the conservatives in England, France or Germany passing laws like the nation-state law or the cultural loyalty law? Who there would call a political rival a ‘traitor’?

        “In Europe, Ayelet Shaked and Miri Regev would be considered much worse than Marine Le Pen, and they are. It’s hard to understand why we boycott the Austrian foreign minister when the aforementioned ministers serve in the Israeli cabinet and Bezalel Smotrich is the deputy speaker of the Knesset.

        “Unlike the Israelis who bask in their military power and their control of the apartheid colony they’ve set up in the territories, most of the world’s Jews understand that the politics of polarization, denying human rights and hatred for the other is a recipe for disaster. They know that it is in their supreme interest to always defend an open and pluralistic society.

        “Not by chance were the Jews an important component in Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal coalition, and not by chance were so many Jewish students part of the American civil rights movement in the sixties. When Roosevelt began changing the face of America, the French prime minister, Jewish socialist Léon Blum (called ‘the Talmudist’ by the anti-Semites), headed the liberal-socialist-communist Popular Front. He reined in the right and instituted social reforms that were very progressive for the time.

        “White European and American racism is anti-Semitic even when it is pro-Israel. There were plenty of Israel-loving anti-Semites in France during and after the Algerian war, and today they flourish under our new allies – the racists and nationalists from Eastern Europe and Trump’s Republicans. For all of them, Israel serves as ideological and moral cover in the court of world opinion.

        “They admire Israeli bullying and our cynical assertions that the Palestinians have no right to self-determination and freedom or ownership of the land they live on, because it was promised to us 3,000 years ago. Especially when this divine promise is now backed up with missiles, tanks and planes.

        “The nationalists from Eastern Europe know that to win their support, Benjamin Netanyahu is ready to sell the Holocaust and distort history. When Israeli historians were outraged by the Polish document on the Holocaust, Netanyahu promised that their protest would be taken into account. These were mere words because to him, the Poles’ support for the fight against the liberal Western wing of the European Union matters more.”

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        November 24, 2018, 12:42 pm

        “As goes the Right, so goes the allrightnik.”

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        November 24, 2018, 12:56 pm

        “White European and American racism is anti-Semitic even when it is pro-Israel.” Sternhell

        Even when it is ostensibly ‘pro-Jewish’.

    • Shingo
      Shingo
      November 24, 2018, 5:02 pm

      Twitter pretty much allows anyone except outright and persistent calls for murder.

      Hardly. They pretty much shut down anyone who criticizes Israel if enough Israeli apologists complain. It certainly happened to me

      • catalan
        catalan
        November 24, 2018, 5:59 pm

        “Twitter pretty much allows anyone except outright and persistent calls for murder. Hardly. “ shingo
        And why is that in your opinion? The CEO of Twitter is worth 5 billion dollars. He is not Jewish. He is buddies with other billionaires who are not Jewish like Bezos and Hastings and Musk. What leverage is there against these ultra wealthy individuals?
        If indeed the Israeli lobby is THAT powerful that it can bully a billionaire, then why not force Congress to recognize the Golan and East Jerusalem as Israeli? Heck, why not bully Phill Weiss to close Mondoweiss? Think about it- you are saying that they have leverage over Jack Dorsey but not over Phil Weiss?!? What gives?

      • Marnie
        Marnie
        November 25, 2018, 9:50 am

        @ Shingo

        Twitter shut me down too. I won’t bother trying to get back on. It doesn’t take much to frighten them.

    • tony greenstein
      tony greenstein
      November 24, 2018, 7:15 pm

      Its interesting how these Zionist trolls never bother reading what they are responding to. Or else he is a petty liar. I called for no one’s murder. On the contrary someone called for me and my family to have gone to the gas chambers. That person was NOT suspended unlike me. Now troll, do you understand?

      • catalan
        catalan
        November 24, 2018, 8:08 pm

        “Now troll, do you understand?” Tony Greenstein
        So I just expressed the opinion that Twitter is fairly inclusive. What that has to do with Zionism or trolling is a mystery. Please see my other comment – what sort of leverage do the evil Zionists have over Jack Dorsey and the other billionaire investors in Twitter? If such leverage existed, why allow Mondoweiss to even keep going?
        Now, in the interest of responding to visciousness with kindness, how about that: go to gmail.com, set up a new email in 3 to 5 minutes. Create a new twitter account. I am sure there are enough Tony Greensteins our there that nobody would care that the old one was suspended. You can restore your followers in a few weeks or less. Zionism or no, I am a big believer in the freedom to speak out. Love.

      • annie
        annie
        November 24, 2018, 10:54 pm

        tony, my friend refaat had his previous twitter account (@ThisIsGaza) w/20k followers deactivated. His new account (@ThisGaza) now has only 534 followers since it was activated Oct 11. if any trolls try suggesting the followers one picks up after years and years of being active tries peddling some line about replenishing followers over a few nights, days, or weeks, she’s lying — because that’s what trolls do best.

  4. ejran
    ejran
    November 23, 2018, 5:24 pm

    “As students of history will know Nazi Germany dressed up its invasion of Poland as self defense.”
    This is very important. Someone should do an in-depth study (or maybe it has been done?) on the language used by aggressors throughout history. Arguments of self-defense, provoking the oppressed and then saying look, they started it, blaming civilian deaths on “human shields”, etc etc- the parallels are incredible.

  5. JohnSmith
    JohnSmith
    November 23, 2018, 10:26 pm

    In the end, this is the kind of thing that you need to sue Twitter about. I don’t know if people can bring enough attention to this so that Twitter just acts decently without a lawsuit, but it’s just insane to say that you can’t compare one group of victimized people with vicious tormentors to another group of victimized people with vicious tormentors. In the end, what Twitter is saying is that they, Twitter, believe that Zionists are racially superior. How would that hold up in court? Not very well, I should think.

    With a lawsuit you’d be looking at a punishing expense–at least $10,000.00, and probably more like $20,000.00-$30,000.00, or more, depending on how brutal and vicious Twitter wants to be in proclaiming their belief in the racial superiority of Zionists.

    Any of this crap obviously has a massive chilling affect on free speech, which is of course the intention of the Russian-troll-style Zionist pressure groups.

  6. RoHa
    RoHa
    November 23, 2018, 11:39 pm

    Note for the editor:

    “Nazi Germany dressed up its invasion of Poland as self defense. It even dressed up some of its own soldiers in German uniforms to maintain the pretense.”

    That should be “in Polish uniforms”.

    • tony greenstein
      tony greenstein
      November 24, 2018, 10:25 am

      Yes ur of course right. It should be Polish uniforms like. Please share this widely on social media especially Twitter. Use the hash tag #racistTwitter

    • Mooser
      Mooser
      November 24, 2018, 11:51 am

      “That should be “in Polish uniforms”.

      The infamous “canned goods” at the radio station?

  7. CigarGod
    CigarGod
    November 24, 2018, 10:03 am

    “Compare” and “Equate.”
    When the majority of the planet thinks those two words share the same Webster definition; can we really expect the teenage/20 something Twitter mods…based out of call centers in India…to arbitrate honestly?

    Further, the zionist writers…some of whom do know the definitions…don’t care. Playing to the rabid mob is simply their business model.

    • RoHa
      RoHa
      November 24, 2018, 7:31 pm

      The majority of the planet does not know either word. And if the Twitter mods were based in call centres in India rather than somewhere out of them, they would probably know the OED definitions of the words.

      (As far as I can tell, India has more English speakers than any other country. We should probably make Indian English the standard.)

  8. Eva Smagacz
    Eva Smagacz
    November 24, 2018, 11:04 am

    Catalan, you said:

    “They did [Twitter] close Yoni Falic because he explicitly called for the murder of Jews.”

    I don’t recognise Yoni Falic from that description, especially as he is Israeli and served in Israeli army. Are you sure that he did not ask, instead, for equal treatment of Jews and Palestinians? 178/193

    • annie
      annie
      November 24, 2018, 12:40 pm

      here’s how feeding trolls contributes to the dismantling of online discourse. troll drops inflammatory unsubstantiated one liner. troll gets called out (in 14 comments). the next day, in a separate subthread a few comments down in the same article someone queries that initial inflammatory unsubstantiated one liner, essentially (whether one realizes it or not) inviting the troll to post additional inflammatory unsubstantiated one liners. rinse and repeat.

      (and i’ve fed them one too many times)

      • Spring Renouncer
        Spring Renouncer
        November 24, 2018, 8:20 pm

        You’re right! I shouldn’t have but it’s hard to resist sometimes…

      • pgtl10
        pgtl10
        November 25, 2018, 12:25 am

        I’ve seen it on Quora. Place is nothing but Zionist trolls.

      • Citizen
        Citizen
        November 25, 2018, 4:46 am

        @ pgl10, , Zionist trolls are very apparent on Quora.

  9. bcg
    bcg
    November 24, 2018, 12:09 pm

    How to recognize a troll: When you look at the comments of most people at Mondoweiss you can tell what they want; some people want the Occupation to end, some want two states, some want one state with equal rights, some people want Israel to kick out all the Palestinians – it’s usually obvious.

    When you can’t even figure out what someone really wants, that’s a troll.

  10. Citizen
    Citizen
    November 24, 2018, 12:48 pm

    I had my twitter account suspended because I commented/questioned on a thread repeatedly and jocularly dissing Ivanka Trump as a “Shiksa,” what if she were a “Jewess”?

  11. maddave
    maddave
    November 24, 2018, 2:48 pm

    For well in excess of one thousand years, Jews were subjects of persecution and pogroms all across Europe. They were abused and unwelcome.
    The Holocaust was Hitler’s Final Solution to what he saw as Germany’s Jewish problem.
    In turn the partitioning of Palestine was the rest of Europe’s Final Solution to their Jewish problem. “Ship ‘em all off to Palestine and forget about them! Let the Arabs sort it out. “ The rest is tragic history.
    Surely the world’s Jews deserve a “safe place”, but did they need to destroy the Palestinian’s’ pre-existing “sage place” to achieve it? Was co-existence such an anethema?
    IMHO: In 1948. the International Zionists who had been been supporting active Terrorism in Palestine for decades saw the involuntary partitioning by Imperialistic foreign powers as a license to increase their scope of anti-Palestinian terrorism and initiate ethnic cleansing throughout the land.
    Granted, this is a simplification, but the tragic consequences have been the destruction of thePalestinian state and the resurgence of anti-sematism worldwide. Que lastima!

    • Keith
      Keith
      November 24, 2018, 7:12 pm

      MADDAVE- “For well in excess of one thousand years, Jews were subjects of persecution and pogroms all across Europe. They were abused and unwelcome.”

      This is myth-history. Compared to the Gentile peasants, they were relatively secure and well off. Notice I said “relatively.” What you are spewing forth is the Zionist meme of eternal victimhood aggressively promoted after the six day war.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        November 25, 2018, 12:32 pm

        ” They were abused and unwelcome.”

        Things are tough all over.
        Maybe I can ask a question which has bothered me for a long time; why should Jews be treated any better than, say Africans?

      • tony greenstein
        tony greenstein
        November 26, 2018, 12:56 am

        yes it was what Salo Baron, the greatest Jewish historian of the 20th century called the ‘lachrymose version of Jewish history’ which he wrote up in the Social and Religious History of the Jews. In other words Jewish history as eternal suffering is not real history, it is Zionist myth. Jews were both oppressors and oppressed.

    • Rashers2
      Rashers2
      November 26, 2018, 2:56 am

      @RoHa: “As far as I can tell, India has more English speakers than any other country. We should probably make Indian English the standard.” PLEASE not – the world will be availing of offers; or, worse, simply availing offers. Indian English has some positive attributes to commend itself (mainly, that millions speak it); but not as many positive attributes as English English.

      • echinococcus
        echinococcus
        November 26, 2018, 6:25 am

        This use of “availing”* (which I had to hit various dictionaries to halfway understand) may be a “positive attribute” of Indian English but won’t help make it a general standard.

        When you say ” Indian English has some positive attributes to commend itself (mainly, that millions speak it); but not as many positive attributes as English English” I suppose you mean that one of them is more incomprehensible than the other when spoken.

        * https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/availing

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        November 26, 2018, 4:41 pm

        You don’t want to avail the offer of Indian English? Then maybe we could use Singapore English, lah.

      • Rashers2
        Rashers2
        November 29, 2018, 6:20 am

        @echinococcus, I wasn’t in the least thinking about issues of auditory comprehension when I responded to @RoHa’s comment on Indian English. Over the past 12 years, I’ve become quite attuned to hearing Indian English spoken as I live in a country where the lingua franca is English and approximately 50% of the population hails from the Indian Sub-continent and, of that huge segment, more are from South India than from anywhere else on the Sub-continent. My partner is Keralan. For the record, the ubiquitous Indian English usage of avail in local media and in general conversation annoys me more than most usages which differentiate Indian from the other disparate evolutions of the English language. The frequently heard and read “availing” in the context of commercial offers and other unmissable opportunities grates owing to the omission of the reflexive pronoun. In what, as an Englishman who speaks in RP , I self-mockingly described as “English English”, one avails oneself of offers, facilities or opportunities. Ironically, I find several “Indianisms” have burrowed their way into my everyday speech and, occasionally, I can see a slight bemusement in the eyes of my colleagues when these travel with me back to the UK.

  12. SoniaKatiMota
    SoniaKatiMota
    November 25, 2018, 6:51 pm

    Hi Tony,

    Besides replying to twitter support, have you filed a personal complain about your suspension to them?
    Here’s the link:
    File an appeal and we may be able to unsuspend your account. If you are unable to unsuspend your own account using the instructions above and you think that we made a mistake suspending or locking your account, you can appeal. First, log in to the account that is suspended. Then, open a new browser tab and file an appeal. https://help.twitter.com/en/managing-your-account/suspended-twitter-accounts

  13. SoniaKatiMota
    SoniaKatiMota
    November 25, 2018, 10:04 pm

    I left these comments on twitter:

    Dear @TwitterSupport pls reconsider reinstating @TonyGreenstein on the basis that he did not violate twitter rules?
    Why silence those with opposing viewpoints?
    @Twitter has always been known to be a great a platform to find open debate & the freedom to discuss uncomfortable facts.
    https://twitter.com/SoniaKatiMota/status/1066885351355138049

    Dear @TwitterSupport,
    Siding with the #Palestinian struggle for equal rights is not #antisemitic, opposition to Zionism on these grounds is a moral stance,is neither antisemitic nor #racist.
    @Twitter #HumanRights #CivilRights
    #قروب_فلسطيني
    #GroupPalestine
    https://twitter.com/SoniaKatiMota/status/1066885351355138049

    By silencing those with opposing viewpoints,@twitterSupport is doing a great disservice to its most valued asset, being known to give all people,i.e. mainstream media, politicians, activists etc, a platform to connect & share common interests,allowing everyone equally to be heard.
    https://twitter.com/SoniaKatiMota/status/1066888769167593475

  14. Jackdaw
    Jackdaw
    November 26, 2018, 1:40 am

    Tony,

    I’ve seen pics of Ahed Tammimi violently attacking Israeli soldiers, but never have I seen pics of Israeli soldiers attacking Ahed.

    Please post the pics Facebook finds offensive.

    • Citizen
      Citizen
      November 26, 2018, 5:13 am

      What were the IDF soldiers doing in Ahed’s yard? Why did they shoot her teen cousin very recently at the time she slapped the IDF soldier?

    • Eva Smagacz
      Eva Smagacz
      November 26, 2018, 10:31 am

      Jackdow, you said:
      “ I have seen pics of Ahed Tammimi violently attacking Israeli soldiers”

      You have seen picks of unarmed teenager slapping armed to the teeth Israeli occupation forces soldiers after they entered her family yard in the territory outside of boarders of Israel, where said soldiers maintain apartheid via brutal military presence.

      This requires GUTS:
      https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=TVDwtgtT1Nk

      179/194

      • Jackdaw
        Jackdaw
        November 26, 2018, 4:36 pm

        @Eva

        I just want to see Tony’s pics of Israeli soldiers violently attacking Ahed.

        I’m not asking too much. Tony said he posted these pics on Twitter.

  15. Ossinev
    Ossinev
    November 26, 2018, 7:06 am

    @Jackdaw
    “I’ve seen pics of Ahed Tammimi violently attacking Israeli soldiers”

    “violently attacking” ??!! Ha Ha . Ha Ha Ha Hagh Ha Haaagh. Ha Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaagh.

  16. Citizen
    Citizen
    November 26, 2018, 9:05 am

    Twitter Banned Me For Literally No Reason, But In The End They’ll Lose http://thefederalist.com/2018/11/26/twitter-banned-literally-no-reason-end-theyll-lose/#.W_v9a77OhLQ.twitter

  17. JustJessetr
    JustJessetr
    November 26, 2018, 12:59 pm

    That’s too bad, Tony. But it’s a free platform you use at your own peril according to the dictates of the people running the company.

    Don’t like Twitter? Don’t use it. I don’t.

    • Mooser
      Mooser
      November 26, 2018, 3:01 pm

      “Don’t like Twitter? Don’t use it. I don’t.”

      Why would you need Twitter, when you’ve got Mondo?

  18. catalan
    catalan
    November 26, 2018, 8:40 pm

    This is from today:
    “Twitter is stepping up its marketing game in Israel with a customer event being held Monday in Tel Aviv with attendance by hundreds of local entrepreneurs and executives”
    It seems that in the interest of consistency, Twitter needs to be boycotted by BDS. Perhaps Tony should look at the cancellation as an actual contribution to the struggle.

    • echinococcus
      echinococcus
      November 27, 2018, 10:18 am

      in the interest of consistency, Twitter needs to be boycotted by BDS

      Catalan, too, got something right.
      In fact, why anyone purporting to fight imperialism would have a FaCIAbook or Twit or similar account is a complete mystery to me.
      Why those who did/still do don’t boycott them is as much of a mystery.
      There are still plenty of alternatives, on the Internet, too.

    • JustJessetr
      JustJessetr
      November 28, 2018, 9:48 pm

      BDS boycotting Twitter would have as much effect on helping Palestinians as boycotting Israel does. Which is to say, absolute zero.

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