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Anti-Palestinianism is alive and well in the New York Times.

The newspaper ran an article the other day about the arrival in Congress of two critics of Israel, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar — “From Celebrated to Vilified, House’s Muslim Women Absorb Blows on Israel” — that while halfway fair to the women left the impression that they are unhinged. Writer Sheryl Gay Stolberg said the two have “uncompromising views on Israel,” but Omar is for a two-state solution, and Tlaib is for equal rights for all, which seems to amount to “bigotry” in the eyes of the Times.

Here is the framing:

[W]hile Democratic leaders publicly defend them, some Democratic colleagues are clearly uneasy. Representative Ted Deutch, Democrat of Florida and a founder of a bipartisan task force to combat anti-Semitism, said some of the lawmakers’ comments “fall into longstanding anti-Semitic tropes.” When Ms. Omar was named to the House Foreign Affairs Committee, its chairman, Representative Eliot Engel of New York, told her privately that he would not allow some of her “particularly hurtful” remarks to be “swept under the rug,” Mr. Engel said.

Both women are under fire for comments they have made on Twitter, and in Ms. Tlaib’s case, for her association with Palestinian rights activists who have used social media either to express or share extreme views, such as equating Zionism with Nazism. Both declined to be interviewed

Stolberg threw in a little Hezbollah and deployed Jewish phobia as a cudgel — “a position some fear would erode Israel as a Jewish homeland” — and gave herself away when she described the new Basic Law that defines Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people as merely a “2018 law” and added:

The law is controversial in Israel as well.

Is it really? It was put forward by the “leftwing” Zionist camp several years ago and the tougher version went through 62-55 with a large majority of the Jewish legislators. It represents the will of that society and the real spirit of Zionism in 2019, witness the fact that Labor Zionists have all but disappeared and Netanyahu’s chief opposition runs ads declaring himself the author of the last Gaza massacre.

Not surprisingly, the article concludes by giving Rep. Eliot Engel the last word, as though he is a sober judge.

Democratic critics of Ms. Tlaib and Ms. Omar held out hope that time in Congress could temper their views. “You hope that when people are elected to Congress, they continue to grow,” Mr. Engel said, “and I hope that will be the case here.

Engel is no sage, he’s at the very least an adversary to Omar and Tlaib. Last year he told a private gathering of the rightwing Israel lobby group, AIPAC, that the Congresswomen “need to be educated” about Israel, which can do no wrong.

“The Arabs tried to push the Jews into the sea. It didn’t work. Each time that is what happened. It was the Israelis who said yes and the Palestinians who said no.”

Engel concluded his remarks on that occasion, “Am Yisrael Chai,” Hebrew for, the people of Israel live! He has said: “Israel is a passion of mine. There’s nothing more I feel I can do than to make sure the United States and Israel stand strongly together.”

As for Palestinian rights? The settlements are “quote-unquote settlements,” and “there’s no way that Israel is returning to the 1967 lines… We are going to continue to resist every move the Palestinians may do to declare a state in the United Nations.”

The new chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee is also a favorite of the Zionist Organization of America, which denies the existence of Palestine, and issues Islamophobic testimonials to Engel: he “fully understands the truth of the Arab-Islamic war against Israel and the West.”

No wonder Tlaib and Omar declined to be interviewed by the Times.

The Times also ran an attack by columnist David Leonhardt on the star of the new Democratic class, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, because the Queens/Bronx representative who is transforming the parameters of the discourse before our eyes has consulted by telephone with Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the Labour Party in the UK “about building a new trans-Atlantic political alliance.”

Leonhardt’s article was a litany of the usual innuendo against Corbyn for being an anti-Semite. The amount of namecalling from start to finish was astonishing.

Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of Britain’s Labour Party, has a long history of playing footsie with bigotry — specifically with anti-Semitism… In Corbyn’s case, anti-Semites are clearly comfortable working with him. He has been slow to apologize for cozying up to them and has done so only after intense criticism. His approach has had some similarities to the wink-wink relationship that some Republican politicians in the United States have with white nationalists… Any American politician who wants to praise parts of the Corbyn agenda has a duty to reject his comfort with bigotry…

It seems strange to have to make this point during a week when this country is rightly denouncing Ralph Northam’s history of bigotry.

It’s pretty clear that Corbyn’s biggest crime is the same thing Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib are guilty of: they’re too outspoken for Palestinian rights. So Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been warned, she better be careful about criticizing Israel.

Palestinians don’t exist in Leonhardt’s framing of the discourse. He gives himself away when he brings in a sage to explain things, much as Stolberg quoted Eliot Engel.

When confronted about these instances, [Corbyn] has repeatedly claimed to have been unaware of his friends’ hatred. “Corbyn has an odd knack for stumbling into the arms of the Hebraically disinclined,” my colleague Bret Stephens has written…

Is Bret Stephens any kind of solon? Stephens wrote repeatedly that Obama “betrayed” Israel, said that Benjamin Netanyahu dwarfed Obama as a politician and man, and has gone in for Islamophobia, asserting that anti-Semitism is a “disease of the Arab mind.

Palestinians count for very little at all in Stephens’s estimation of culture and politics. Last spring he blamed caged Gazans for the Israeli massacre of hundreds of unarmed protesters at the fence:

Why is nothing expected of Palestinians, and everything forgiven, while everything is expected of Israelis, and nothing forgiven?… No decent Palestinian society can emerge from the culture of victimhood, violence and fatalism symbolized by these protests.

Later he called Gaza a “military quagmire.” As if the Israelis are suffering in Gaza when more than 29,000 Palestinians have been injured, many of them maimed.

Why do Americans take such a racist view of Palestinian rights without even realizing it? Why do Americans dismiss their insistence on equality or freedom of movement, or their desire to recover stolen property, as the impulses of violent savages not fellow human beings? The answer is in the framing of these articles in our most important newspaper, and its portrayal of anti-Palestinian ideologues as guides.

Thanks to Donald Johnson for links and cogitation. And to Yakov Hirsch.

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  1. JLewisDickerson
    JLewisDickerson
    February 8, 2019, 1:54 pm

    RE: “Why do Americans take such a racist view of Palestinian rights without even realizing it? Why do Americans dismiss their insistence on equality or freedom of movement, or their desire to recover stolen property, as the impulses of violent savages not fellow human beings?” ~ Weiss

    SEE: “The ‘Progressive Except Palestine Problem’” | By Marjorie Cohn | ConsortiumNews.com | February 6, 2019
    The Jewish community has a special responsibility to fight Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian lands, says Marjorie Cohn.
    ■ LINK – https://consortiumnews.com/2019/02/06/the-progressive-except-palestine-problem/

  2. Boomer
    Boomer
    February 8, 2019, 3:14 pm

    re: “Why do Americans take such a racist view of Palestinian rights without even realizing it?”

    You ask a good question. I like to think that most Americans would not, if they were better informed. The Zionist position has largely been presented as normative in American MSM for as long as I can remember, albeit with brief windows that show a different perspective, such as during “grass-mowing” episodes in Gaza. During one such episode Scott Pelley, who was at that time the anchor of CBS evening news, mentioned that most residents of Gaza were refugees from what is now Israel, or descended from them. Such a comment is so rare on MSM that it caught my attention.

    For some reason, your question reminds me of a time with Sharon was PM, and ridiculed Palestinians for wanting to return home, “like salmon, to die.” Why do Jews around the world have a right under Israeli law to “return” to a place where they never lived, while Palestinians who actually did so are ridiculed in this way, I wondered. I didn’t hear anyone in the MSM asking this question.

    I didn’t find the Sharon quotation I recall with a quick web search, but I did find some interesting comments that may be relevant to your question:

    https://mic.com/articles/42337/10-quotes-to-remember-while-palestinians-commemorate-al-nakba#.AdjJcTaZo

    • Citizen
      Citizen
      February 9, 2019, 2:58 am

      Most Americans, most especially since conscription was replaced by a volunteer army, seem in my experience to have very little interest in what their country does around the world with its military and foreign aid. Basically, if the shit is hitting the fan over there, but not here, they don’t care. The mainstream news media–those half a dozen megacorporations that spew out 90% of “all da news fit for youse,” can and do sometimes incite more interest that catches the eye after a work day around supper time, but they choose to never dwell on the Israel-Palestine conflict or our government’s deep entanglement with, and heavy funding of Israel. Recent example, the scary, totally factual Al Jazzera documentary on the Israel Lobby doesn’t get mentioned, but every night we hear about Russian interference in our domestic & foreign policy despite the lack of actual evidence.

      • Elizabeth Block
        Elizabeth Block
        February 9, 2019, 9:46 am

        I don’t think this dates only from the end of the draft. How many Americans have a passport? How many think travelling to, or knowing anything about, other countries is worthwhile?
        I think of a story of a young man who went into a bar in, I think, Kentucky, and to prove he was old enough to drink produced his U.S. passport. “WHAT’S THAT?” asked the barman. (He left and went somewhere else to have a beer.)

        Then there’s the story, perhaps apocryphal, of the local legislator who explained his refusal to vote for funds for foreign-language instruction in his local schools by saying, “If English was good enough for Jesus Christ it should be good enough for everybody.”

        And of a bumper sticker, which I copied on a button:
        I LOVE MY COUNTRY
        BUT I THINK WE SHOULD START SEEING OTHER PEOPLE

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        February 10, 2019, 1:19 am

        “If English was good enough for Jesus Christ it should be good enough for everybody.”

        I quite agree. Perhaps, one day, Americans will take the trouble to learn the language.

  3. ErikEast
    ErikEast
    February 8, 2019, 3:37 pm

    The American establishment, like their British counterparts, are getting increasingly tetchy about the possibility of a pro-human rights, democratic socialist in No.10 Downing Street. Not to mention a Prine Minister not afraid to criticise Israeli human rights abuses.

  4. Bumblebye
    Bumblebye
    February 8, 2019, 4:07 pm

    Watch this please.
    Hear the people.
    See the children.

    • Misterioso
      Misterioso
      February 9, 2019, 10:28 am

      @Bumblebye

      Thank you!!!

      • lonely rico
        lonely rico
        February 9, 2019, 2:36 pm

        This horrifying documentary should be required viewing for Zionists of every stripe.
        Israel de-legitimizes itself at every possible opportunity, has done so continuously for the last 7+ decades.
        A cruel & disgusting country.

    • Misterioso
      Misterioso
      February 9, 2019, 11:54 am

      Yet another example of those valiant “Israeli” soldiers protecting the Zionist edifice from bloodthirsty Palestinian CHILDREN:

      https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/maureen-clare-murphy/israel-kills-two-children-gaza-protests

      “Israel kills two children in Gaza protests”
      By Maureen Clare Murphy, Electronic Intifada, Feb. 9/19

      EXCERPT:
      “Israeli occupation forces killed two protesters in Gaza on Friday, both of them children, according to Al Mezan, a human rights group in the territory.

      “The deaths bring to three the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces during the week. Abdallah Faisal Tawalbeh, 21, was shot dead by soldiers in the northern West Bank on Monday.

      “Also on Friday, Yasir Hamid Ishtayeh, from the West Bank city of Nablus, was reported to have died in Israeli prison, two days after the death of Faris Baroud in his 28th year of imprisonment.

      “On Friday, Hasan Iyad Abd al-Fattah Shalabi, 14, died after he was shot in the chest while 60 meters from the boundary fence with Israel in Khan Younis, southern Gaza.

      “Hamza Muhammad Rushdi Ishtaiwi, 17, was fatally shot in the neck when he was 50 meters from the fence east of Gaza City.”

    • annie
      annie
      February 9, 2019, 3:35 pm

      i spread this around on twitter the other day when i read it won the audience award at the goya. the early press actually linked to a different video with the same name that’s going to be at sundance — as well as naming 2 other directors from that other video, so that was confusing.

      the end of this is horrifying, the little boy. some of the best film making ever. to be there at that moment, to capture the horror of what it’s done to this boy — no words can convey.

      • Bumblebye
        Bumblebye
        February 9, 2019, 6:45 pm

        The sheer horror of the mother who had to watch the murder of her wheelchair bound daughter.

        The eyes of that catatonic two year old baby.

        Israeli barbarity. Israeli terrorists in uniform, state sanctioned.

  5. JaapBo
    JaapBo
    February 9, 2019, 6:28 am

    In the piece the NYT also framed anti-Zionism as motivated by anti-Semitism by defining it as “hostility toward Israel as a Jewish state”.

    In general anti-Zionists are hostile towards Zionism, which they perceive as (inherently) discriminatory, and towards Israel as a Zionist state, but not towards Israel as a Jewish state. Anti-Zionists reject what they perceive as the apartheid-reality in occupied Palestine and Israel’s 65+ discriminatory laws, like the “Law of Return” that allows Jews to “return” after 2000 years, but does not allow Palestinian refugees to return after 70 years, just because they are not Jewish.

    Equating anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism is a Zionist strategy to stifle the debate about Palestinian human rights. The NYT should not misdefine anti-Zionism.

  6. Kay24
    Kay24
    February 9, 2019, 6:54 am

    Crooked Bibi’s plea to postpone his indictment decision is REJECTED:

    “Israel’s attorney general rejected a request from Benjamin Netanyahu to delay his decision on whether to indict the prime minister on corruption charges until after national elections.”

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-02-01/israel-rejects-netanyahu-plea-to-delay-indictment-decision

    For all that he has put the Palestinians through, he deserves this aggravation.

  7. gamal
    gamal
    February 9, 2019, 7:25 am

    “Why do Americans take such a racist view of Palestinian rights without even realizing it?”

    Because nothing is more racist than the War on Terror, perhaps

    “The most important example of how racism and ignorance define public opinion about terrorism involves the first alleged al Qaeda leader captured after 9/11, Abu Zubaydah. One of the forty men still imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay Detention Center, Zubaydah was tortured extensively based on numerous claims from top U.S. leaders that he was a leading al Qaeda operative. Those claims have since been revealed to be completely false. Today, everyone agrees that Zubaydah was never associated with al Qaeda in any way”

    https://digwithin.net/2019/01/20/racist-war-on-terror/

  8. hophmi
    hophmi
    February 9, 2019, 8:17 am

    Phil Weiss will always stand up for antisemitism. Even when it’s painfully clear, as it is in Corbyn’s case. His site is a home for recalcitrant bigots and that’s no surprise either.

    • Mooser
      Mooser
      February 9, 2019, 1:45 pm

      “His site is a home for recalcitrant bigots”

      “Recalcitrant”? Try another word.

    • Citizen
      Citizen
      February 10, 2019, 8:28 am

      So, hophmi, you think anybody, such as PW and Jeremey Corbyn, who stand up for basic civil and human rights for the Palestinian people is a recalcitrant bigot?

    • annie
      annie
      February 10, 2019, 12:43 pm

      hops, what’s painfully clear is that you are a recalcitrant bigoted propagandist.

    • hai_bar
      hai_bar
      February 11, 2019, 6:45 am

      @hophmi:
      My late grandmother – who with her family were forced out of Sabbarin, Haifa in 1948 – used to tell me when we watch news about Palestine, she used to say “those [Israelis] keep repeating a lie as much necessary until they themselves sincerely believe it”. I think my late grandmother did not realize (she had no access to Internet and the outside world) that Israelis/Zionists managed to upgrade their ways, they now repeat lies in an obscene way that some non-Zionist mind will fall in this trap, sometimes. Keep doing what you do best.

  9. Ossinev
    Ossinev
    February 9, 2019, 9:23 am

    @hophmi
    “Even when it’s painfully clear, as it is in Corbyn’s case”

    Clear repeat clear repeat clear repeat clear repeat clear examples please of Jeremy Corbyns alleged “Anti – Semitism”. And just to help out no I don`t mean the “he once appeared on a panel with” examples.

    • RoHa
      RoHa
      February 10, 2019, 12:59 am

      Hophmi regards anti-Semitism as the most serious sin of all, he is obsessed with finding it everywhere.

      • oldgeezer
        oldgeezer
        February 10, 2019, 10:33 am

        @RoHa

        It’s just so predictable it’s funny. A/S is not funny but he can be

      • gamal
        gamal
        February 10, 2019, 10:53 am

        Apparently the JVL documentary film “Witchhunt” was shown today live on yt, some people say they can still see it but its all beyond me, but here is a link, Alexis Sayle is of the opinion that the anti-semitism scandal is “Anti-racists being called racists by racists” according to commentators who enjoy the irony

        Witchhunt

        https://witchhuntfilm.org/

      • annie
        annie
        February 10, 2019, 12:38 pm

        it’s was right on the website you linked to gamal. thanks, can’t wait to watch it:

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        February 10, 2019, 1:05 pm

        “Hophmi regards anti-Semitism as the most serious sin of all, he is obsessed with finding it everywhere.”

        Yes, I often think of him as our very own Jacques Fournier.

      • gamal
        gamal
        February 10, 2019, 1:09 pm

        “the website you linked to”

        thank you my powers are waning.

  10. tamarque
    tamarque
    February 9, 2019, 9:25 am

    The question is almost silly. The US totally based on its creation of the concepts of race and racism is incapable of seeing any humans as legitimate unless they are white and europeanized. Only white, european Israelis are seen as Jews. Most Americans haven’t a clue about real history of Israel and the fact that it is white european Jews who invaded and claimed control, much as the US is blatantly doing in Venezuela today (not to mention the other 60+ countries having suffered the same treatment). Palestinians are people of color in American eyes and that is the bottom line.

    Right of Return? European Jews have that right but Palestinians do not even tho the first had no historical claim and the second do.
    Reclamation of lost territory and possessions? Jews have that right but Palestinians do not.
    The nature of racism is such that the blatant contradictions are not even seen by Americans.

    The NYTimes is a major propaganda organ of the oligarchs so no surprise it promotes their ideology and policies via their writers.

  11. Misterioso
    Misterioso
    February 9, 2019, 9:43 am

    @hophmi

    Sigh. More bilge.

    For you much needed edification. Not that you want to know the truth.

    https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20190208-israel-lobby-fakes-campus-anti-semitism-say-us-journalists/

    “Israel lobby fakes campus anti-Semitism say US journalists” Middle East Monitor, Feb. 8/19

    “Details of how pro-Israeli lobby groups have fabricated accusations of anti-Semitism on US college campuses in order to incite official crackdowns against Palestine solidarity activism were revealed earlier in the week during a political talk show hosted by prominent American journalist Chris Hedges. The author and a visiting Princeton university lecturer discussed the Israeli lobby with co-founder of the Electronic Intifada, Ali Abunimah and journalist Max Blumenthal, on his talk show ‘On Contact.’

    “Discussing the Al Jazeera documentary on the workings of the Israeli lobby, the journalists described what they said was a ‘false crises’ created by a network of pro-Israeli lobby groups working with Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs and Israeli embassies ‘to lay a factual basis to make federal civil rights complaints or lawsuits that can then be used to force university administrations to muzzle students and teachers.’

    “A number of cases were cited to highlight the Israeli embassies’ efforts to aggressively target American pro-Palestinian student activists including the infamous case of Julia Reifkind. The Israeli embassy officer spied on student supporters of Palestinian rights while engaging in deception by suggesting that pro-Palestinian student activists were behind an anti-Semitic incident on campus.

    “In January 2015, painted swastikas were found on a Jewish frat house. Reifkind attempted to falsely implicate Palestine solidarity activists with the anti-Sematic incident despite telling journalists at the time, in the leaked Al Jazeera footage, that the racist graffiti had almost certainly not been done by pro-BDS students, but was likely the work of white supremacists from off campus.

    “On the show Blumenthal and Abunimah discuss the background to the film and how and why Qatar caved in to Israel lobby pressure not to air the documentary. They explain that the Saudi-led blockade against Qatar had pushed Doha into a corner. It was suggested that the motive for spiking the documentary was a desperate attempt to curry favour with the US and senior figures within the pro-Israeli lobby.

    “The three men discussed reasons for why the details uncovered in the documentary had not become a national scandal and picked up by the mainstream media. Abunimah said that the story has been starved of oxygen by mainstream media: ‘Imagine that, all other things being equal, this had been an undercover documentary revealing supposed Russian interference or Iranian interference or Canadian interference in US politics, and powerful groups had gone to work to suppress its broadcast, and then it leaked out, just that element – the suppression and the leak – should be front page news.’

    “Blumenthal said that the film reveals ‘a foreign government running a malign campaign against American citizens who are particularly progressive in order to prevent them from carrying out legal political activities in the United States.’

    “It exposes ‘military psychological warfare tactics being used against Americans by a foreign power,’ Blumenthal adds.

    “They discussed the tactics the Israel embassy had deployed in targeting progress African-American organisations like Black Lives Matter. The anti-racism group’s growing popularity in the US and its vocal support for the Palestinian cause is viewed with trepidation by the pro-Israeli lobby that see it as a major strategic threat to Israel.

    “A key strategy of the pro-Israeli lobby, they said, was to have groups that support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign listed as hate groups. ‘The goal was to discredit the message by discrediting the messenger,’ Abunimah said, adding ‘you can’t sell apartheid, ethnic cleansing and racial segregation.’

    “The pro-Israeli lobby is denounced as ‘completely morally bankrupt’ and ‘desperate’ for the appearance that it has grassroots support. Blumenthal cited cases from the documentary to expose the ‘astroturfed’ protest as an indication of their desperation to appear legitimate.

    “The show also discusses how the base of the Democratic Party – particularly supporters of Senator Bernie Sanders – is continuing to embrace the struggle for Palestinian rights. Israel is losing the support of progressives in the US, they said, explaining that the American political base still supporting Israel is almost exclusively right-wing, Republican, pro-Trump and fundamentalist evangelical Christians.”

  12. Misterioso
    Misterioso
    February 9, 2019, 10:18 am

    @hophmi
    It’s only gonna’ get worse for you and your ilk. The ugly truth is becoming a torrent.

    Meanwhile, a mere glimpse at what rampaging racist/fascistic Zionists are up to:

    NGO: “Palestinians face ‘new and imminent eviction threats in the Old City.”
    MEMO 4 Feb — “Palestinians are facing ‘new and imminent eviction threats’ in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem, Israeli NGO Ir Amim warned yesterday. The organisation highlighted ‘three concurrent cases’ which together ‘give strong evidence of rapidly escalating new facts on the ground – promoted by settlers with the benefit of legal and political support from the state – to further entrench Israeli control in and around the Old City.’ One example cited by Ir Amim is the pending eviction of the seven-member Abu Asab family, who have until 12 February before they will be displaced in the Muslim Quarter, following a settler-initiated court process. Just 100 metres away, Ir Amim added, ‘the Ghaith-Sub Laban family is under renewed threat of eviction.’ Last week, ‘more than two years after the Supreme Court decision, the family received notice that the settler-managed Gengel Trust has filed a new eviction demand in the Magistrate Court based on the claim of home abandonment’….
    https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20190204-ngo-palestinians-face-new-and-imminent-eviction-threats-in-the-old-city/

    “Jerusalem archbishop: ‘Everything Palestinian is targeted by Israel’s occupation’
    MEMO 2 Feb — The Palestinian Archbishop of Jerusalem’s Greek Orthodox Church, Atallah Hanna, said yesterday that ‘everything Palestinian in Jerusalem is targeted by the Israeli occupation.’ During a meeting with a delegation from Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders, MSF), Hanna explained the dangers threatening Palestinians’ existence and identity in the Holy City, Al-Wattan Voice reported. ‘Everything is in danger in Jerusalem,’ Hanna said, adding: ‘The Islamic and Christian holy sites and endowments are targeted in order to change our city, hide its identity and marginalize our Arabic and Palestinian existence.’ Hanna added that ‘recently, the Israeli occupation cancelled a planned celebration on the 50th anniversary of establishing Al-Maqased Hospital,’ noting that the Israeli occupation had cancelled many other Palestinian events planned to take place in Jerusalem….
    https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20190202-jerusalem-archbishop-everything-palestinian-is-targeted-by-israels-occupation/

    “Israel surfaces plan to seize land in southeastern Jerusalem”
    IMEMC/Agencies 6 Feb — “Head of the committee for the defense of East Jerusalem land, Bassam Bahr, says there is an Israeli plan to seize more than a thousand dunams of agricultural land, including olive trees and houses belonging to Palestinian citizens, in Khallet Abed, southeastern Jerusalem. Bahr referred to the Jerusalem Municipality’s announcement of the settlement plan for the construction of a settlement road from Al-Quds University in the town of Abu Dis, in East Jerusalem, to the settlement of Ma’aleh Adumim, thus seizing the lands of Khallet Abed, owned by the residents of the area. He pointed out, according to the PNN, that the aim of the plan is to link settlements via a road network such as Kedar and Ma’aleh Adumim.”
    http://imemc.org/article/israel-surfaces-plan-to-seize-land-southeastern-jerusalem/

    “Israel plan to settle 1m new Jewish settlers in West Bank”
    MEMO 4 Feb — “Israeli Tourism Minister Yariv Levin has revealed that the goal of the upcoming Israeli government is to settle an additional one million Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank, Quds Press reported yesterday. The Arabic site said Israeli news website 0404 revealed that Levin made his remarks during a meeting with the Chairman of Samaria Regional Council Yossi Dagan in the occupied West Bank. ‘We agreed on reinforcing settlement, accelerating building and creating a situation where settlement does not grow, but develop very fast in order not to meet the needs of the settlers, but to meet the developing settlement,’ Levin said. He added: ‘Our goal is to settle one million more settlers in Judea and Samaria [the occupied West Bank] and this must be achieved in a very short time….’
    https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20190204-israel-plan-to-settle-1m-new-jewish-settlers-in-west-bank/

    “Israeli forces open fire at Palestinian fishermen, farmers, in Gaza”
    GAZA CITY (Ma‘an) 8 Feb — “Israeli naval forces opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats off the coast of Rafah City in the southern besieged Gaza Strip, on Friday. Witnesses told a Ma‘an reporter that Israeli war boats opened fire targeting Palestinian fishermen off the coast of western Rafah City, forcing the fishermen to head back to shore in fear for their lives.
    Meanwhile, Israeli soldiers deployed in military watchtowers in the al-Fukhari area in Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip, opened fire towards Palestinian farmers in nearby agricultural lands. No injuries were reported.
    http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=782479

    “Gaza patients’ painful journey to cancer treatment”
    “World Health Org. 4 Feb – After being diagnosed with cancer, patients in Gaza may often have to wait for months before being able to receive treatment. Getting a permit to access the health care needed outside can be a stressful and unpredictable process, and many apply multiple times before being able to exit. Even then, some patients are never able to secure the permits they need to access care. The ability of Gaza’s hospitals to provide adequate diagnosis and treatment to cancer patients is severely limited due to chronic shortages of medicines and lack of medical equipment. Nuclear medicine scanning needed for staging cancers, radiotherapy equipment and some specialized surgeries are unavailable….
    http://www.emro.who.int/pse/palestine-news/gaza-patients-painful-journey-to-cancer-treatment.html

    “Israeli settlers open fire at Palestinians in al-Mughayyir”
    RAMALLAH (Ma‘an) 0 Feb — “Israeli settlers opened fire at Palestinians in the al-Mughayyir village, in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah and al-Bireh, late Friday. Locals reported that they were able to prevent Israeli settlers from raiding the village; however, Israeli settlers opened fire at them. No injuries were reported. Israeli settlers had shot and killed a Palestinian father from the village two weeks ago in a similar attack. Residents of al-Mughayyir organize weekly protests in rejection of Israel’s confiscation of the village’s lands and against continuous attacks by Israeli settlers against villagers and locals..”
    http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=782490

    Gee, I wonder why the world is becoming increasingly disgusted with and enraged at “Israel.”

  13. wondering jew
    wondering jew
    February 9, 2019, 11:56 pm

    It’s pretty clear that Corbyn’s biggest crime is the same thing Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib are guilty of: they’re too outspoken for Palestinian rights. So Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been warned, she better be careful about criticizing Israel.

    There is little question that the Netanyahu tactic vis a vis opponents is full court press and Israel views Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib as opponents, and there is nothing inaccurate about this perception.

    In regards to Mister Corbyn:

    but before i get to mister corbyn let me talk about two other figures: Gideon Levy and Christopher Hitchens, zichrono livracha.
    Gideon Levy writes about the total divorce between zionism and liberalism. (it’s leftism or zionism, you can’t have both) https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-it-s-leftism-or-zionism-you-can-t-have-both-1.6914579 Levy identifies zionism with the occupation, that is the de facto annexation of the west bank and the refusal to give the inhabitants citizenship. He sees the path of Israel as one directional, towards acceptance of the status quo and opposition to Israel as the only hope for a future other than oppression. (I cling to the vision of Amos Oz which did not agree with this, but Oz is dead and Levy very much alive and so reading Levy yesterday was disheartening.)
    Christopher Hitchen was an antiZionist. Interesting in his autobiography is his first encounter with Saul Bellow, a meeting made possible by Martin Amis, and Hitchens’s argument with Bellow regarding Edward Said which ruined that first meeting. Of course Hitchens was intelligent which Jeremy Corbyn is not. Corbyn strikes me as someone who (sung to the tune of “Sound of Music”‘s “Climb Every Mountain,”) “signs every petition, goes to every march, nods at all the cant he can…” and somehow he has risen to the top of the organization on the basis of his loyalty, without a shred of nuance or cleverness. thus he is always nodding: a mural with antisemitic caricatures: nod, nod. oh, i didn’t see anything wrong. why of course not, jeremy, it takes brains to look at a mural and do something other than nod, nod. laying wreaths at the graves of “feedom fighters” nod, nod, never anything to disagree with, just do your loyal duty to nod, nod for the freedom, however the battle is fought. sign every petition, share every platform with anybody.
    the piece de resistance was his: true brits have irony, but these immigrant dual loyalty jews don’t share the values of the mother land. right next door to the nod, nod, is the “our island has been a good host to you foreigners and you never adapted. ” totally tone deaf and the tone deafness of his defenders echoes deafness with deafness.
    hitchens might have had a bon mot to skewer corbyn with, but instead we must be fed from the provender of bret stephens. but corbyn is dull and distasteful and fer sure he is being attacked for being anti israel rather than for being dull and insensitive, but he is dull and insensitive and one longs for the wit of a christopher hitchens rather than this dullard, nod, nod, go to every march ideologue.
    as regards to AOC, her star will shine, and we shall see how she adjusts to her fame and she is not nearly as stupid as corbyn, but we’ll see how she navigates the rapids. of course the tone deaf only see how great she is. to me, a phone call to corbyn is just a phone call and not a big deal. but corbyn is a dullard and it won’t pay in the long run to be associated with that dullard.

    • annie
      annie
      February 10, 2019, 2:43 am

      such an elaborate ad hominem. corbyn is neither stupid nor dull. next

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        February 10, 2019, 12:39 pm

        “such an elaborate ad hominem”

        Yes, an 18-clicker. Funny, isn’t it how closely “WJ” hews to the line taken by the white Right? Is he looking for “essential separateness”?

    • amigo
      amigo
      February 10, 2019, 3:29 pm

      “but corbyn is a dullard and it won’t pay in the long run to be associated with that dullard.” WJ aka Yonah Fredman

      “Dullards, unless their brains are stunted, may develop surprising
      intellectual keenness.” Norval A Hawkins.

      Lets face it , if Jeremy Corbyn (God bless his soul) was pro Israel or anti Human Rights and euality , our resident zionist Dullard ,(just do a brief perusal of his archives but drink lashings of coffee first or do it close to your bedtime)”)would be espousing Jeremy as a brilliant intellectual of great moral standing and bravery.

      God what a tedious bore you are.ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        February 10, 2019, 8:24 pm

        “God what a tedious bore you are”

        Yes, “one longs for the wit of a christopher hitchens.”

        If “Yonah” were a magazine, he would be a merger of “Commentary” and “Dissent!”

      • amigo
        amigo
        February 10, 2019, 9:01 pm

        “If “Yonah” were a magazine, he would be a merger of “Commentary” and “Dissent!”,”Mooser.

        Yonah runs a one person debate panel in his basement ,surrounded by mirrors.Saves having an audience and having to share his Chicken and rye bread with a bunch of dullards.

      • oldgeezer
        oldgeezer
        February 10, 2019, 10:46 pm

        @amigo

        Spot on.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        February 11, 2019, 3:24 pm

        “WJ’s” comments are very informative. There is a dearth of white Republicans commenting at Mondo on the Zionism and Jewish issues.
        But if we want to know what they are thinking on these issues, all we have to do is read “WJ”!

    • oldgeezer
      oldgeezer
      February 10, 2019, 11:10 pm

      @wj

      “the piece de resistance was his: true brits have irony, but these immigrant dual loyalty jews don’t share the values of the mother land. right next door to the nod, nod, is the “our island has been a good host to you foreigners and you never adapted. ”

      A completely dishonest description, or interpretation of what he said, why he said it.

      No problem buddy. I expect nothing more than that from you.

      And you say he lacks nuance. LOL… you philosopher wannabe. (“without a shred of nuance or cleverness”)/

      I don’t think an assesment by the likes of you will shake Jeremy. You aren’t half the intellect or person. You do supremacy and hypocrisy quite well.

      I really loved your fake quote, “our island has been a good host to you foreigners and you never adapted”

      Really? Fake quotes? Really yonah? I have incredibly low expectations of you to begin with but you have to dig the hole even deeper. No matter how low I set the bar you manage to exceed my expectations.

    • oldgeezer
      oldgeezer
      February 10, 2019, 11:16 pm

      @wj

      This one probably won’t make it through but it’s worth a shot.

      yf, while try to pontificate about the situation….

      There are Palestinian children being murdered by a first world modern highly mechanized terrorist group called the ridiculously referred to as the idf when there is nothing defensive about their operations.

      There are Palestinian children being murdered on a very regular basis.

      And women,

      And medical staff

      And journalists

      Not accidently.

      Not collateral damage,

      Targetted.

      Selected for life long disabilities or death. Maybe the latter and the life long disabilities are due to poor marksmanship.

      If you have a shred of humanity you have to stand against that. I don’t expect you ever will.

  14. Kay24
    Kay24
    February 10, 2019, 5:11 am

    There are no proper words to describe the disgusting, arrogant actions, of these zionists, and just how evil they can be, as they try to steal lands and annihilate the indigenous people of Palestine. Now they are getting bolder, and desperate. Jared Trump must be helping his buddy hit the final nail in their coffin. The Palestinians are slowly but surely strangled in the most inhumane ways, by those who claim to be the only democracy in the ME, and claim they are God’s chosen. Bin Salman the murderer is more interested in getting rid of journalists and covering his behind, and the US keeps enabling these scumbags by sending billions in aid, and weapons. The rest of the world wrings it’s hands and does nothing. The zionists will always be disliked, mistrusted, and considered responsible for the ultimate plight of the Palestinian people. Still, they will continue to whine that the entire world hates them, and is out to get them.
    They are pretty good at playing the victim.

    Israeli Ministers Sign Petition to Settle 2 Million Israelis in Palestinian West Bank

    https://www.juancole.com/2019/02/israeli-ministers-petition.html

  15. Ossinev
    Ossinev
    February 10, 2019, 7:19 am

    @WJ
    “It’s pretty clear that Corbyn’s biggest crime is the same thing Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib are guilty of: they’re too outspoken for Palestinian rights”

    A good start but then you appeared to hit the bottle ?

    Once you have sobered up given your in depth knowledge of JC up can you please help Hophmi to find those clear repeat clear examples of Corbyn Anti – Semitism which I asked for.

  16. Ossinev
    Ossinev
    February 10, 2019, 9:27 am

    @kay24

    “Israeli Ministers Sign Petition to Settle 2 Million Israelis in Palestinian West Bank”

    Presupposes large scale open ethnic cleansing as opposed to the ongoing itsy bitsy teenie weenie ethnic cleansing being orchestrated by these Quazi- Nazis. The only problem that these morons have but that they blithely and arrogantly ignore is that the ethnic cleansing will have to be facilitated internally ergo mass forced SS standard round ups / large concentration camps. In the Internet Age they can`t round up all the natives ,squeeze them into livestock trains and shunt them into Lebanon,Jordan or Syria. All the F16`s,Merkava tanks and nuclear submarines in the world can`t help with that conundrum. And think of the cost of the operation ! – will their US poodle pay for it?

    Plus and it is a big plus if the aforesaid morons do manage to achieve their re-settlement plan the glaring anomoly of still having the Al Asqa compound smack bang in the middle of their new upgraded ZioParadise will become ever more irritaing and remain to be resolved with the third holiest place in Islam needing to be destroyed toute de suite and the third, fourth, fifth whatever Temple built in its place. And those 1.8 billion Muslims all over the world , not just in adjacent countries , will show their displeasure big big time.

    Tick tick

  17. gamal
    gamal
    February 10, 2019, 9:33 am

    “Hophmi to find those clear repeat clear examples of Corbyn Anti – Semitism which I asked for”

    He’s probably seen The Colour Purple?

    Isn’t it strange that ‘anti-semitism’ is what someone says or reads or thinks etc how about anyone show me the policies, the state structures, the ideological elements that limit or impact the lives of the Jews in our midst….any social indicators of oppression?

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