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House overwhelmingly passes bill opposing BDS, but the Israel boycott fight is just beginning

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On Tuesday night, the House easily passed a resolution that condemns the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. The vote was 398-17 with sixteen Democrats and one Republican opposing the measure.

H.Res. 246 was introduced by Rep. Brad Schneider in March and ultimately ended up with 349 cosponsors before it passed; 175 Republicans and 174 Democrats. Unlike other anti-BDS measures, H.Res. 246 doesn’t penalize individuals or companies that boycott Israel and many of its supporters insisted that it did nothing to restrict free speech or anyone’s First Amendment rights. As a result, the bill was able to generate an impressive level of liberal support. It was backed by groups like J Street, Ameinu, the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), Partners for Progressive Israel (PPI) and Reconstructing Judaism. One of its cosponsors was Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA), a progressive and fierce critic of the GOP foreign policy agenda. Even Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) broke with the other three members of the popular, anti-Trump “Squad” to vote in favor of the resolution.

H.Res. 246’s critics pointed to the fact that the resolution effectively tags BDS supporters as anti-Semites. Its text claims that the movement sometimes targets Jews who support Israel, denies Jewish people the right of self-determination, and all but calls BDS co-founder Omar Barghouti a Jew hater. “It doesn’t explicitly call boycotts of Israel/settlements ‘anti-Semitic’ but..there is no way you could read this [resolution and] not conclude that the intent is to label boycotts/boycotters of Israel anti-Semites,” tweeted Foundation for Middle East Peace President Lara Friedman earlier this month.

Additionally, many worried that the passage of H.Res. 246 would merely pave the way for anti-BDS legislation that is much more severe. Before the vote, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) rose in opposition to the measure. “Our right to free speech is being threatened with this resolution,” she said. “It sets a dangerous precedent because it attempts to delegitimize a certain people’s political speech and send a message that our government can and will take action against speech it doesn’t like.”

On July 16, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) introduced her own boycott resolution. H.Res.496 affirms that Americans have the right to boycott foreign countries in pursuit of civil and human rights. Its text identifies a number of historical examples, including the boycotts against Nazi Germany and apartheid South Africa. Although Omar’s legislation doesn’t mention Israel or Palestine, the fact it was developed amidst a debate on an anti-BDS bill makes its intention clear.

“We are introducing a resolution … to really speak about the American values that support and believe in our ability to exercise our first amendment rights in regard to boycotting,” she told the website Al-Monitor shortly before introducing the resolution. “And it is an opportunity for us to explain why it is we support a nonviolent movement, which is the BDS movement.”

Omar’s bill only has six cosponsors so far, but one of them is Georgia Representative and civil rights legend John Lewis. Lewis also cosponsored and voted for H.Res. 246. This means that he’s now on record backing an anti-BDS bill that will presumably be used to target its supporters and also on record backing a bill that protects one’s right to boycott any country.

Lewis certainly hasn’t been the only lawmaker making seemingly contradictory legislative decisions this month. In fact, Rep. Pressley voted for H.Res. 246 and became a cosponsor of Omar’s bill in the same evening. Another fascinating example of congressional incongruity is Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA). H.Res.326 was a symbolic piece of legislation introduced by Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) declaring that the United States is committed to pushing a two-state solution. It has 157 cosponsors, but none of them are Republicans. In an effort to gain more support, Rep. Bass added a substitution  to the bill that cut out all the mentions of the occupation or settlements that were in the original text.

“When you want to get as many people on board as possible, you have to negotiate,” said a Lowenthal staffer after the changes were made.

Days after substituting the new text, Bass became the twenty-first cosponsor of H.R.2407, a historic piece of legislation introduced in April by Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN). H.R.2407 would amend the Foreign Assistance Act (commonly known as the Leahy Law) to block funding for the military detention of children in any country, including Israel. When H.Res. 246 hit the floor Bass voted “present.” When asked about the vote by Jewish Insider, Bass said, “I’m not going to talk about it.”

Despite Bass’s modification of the text to remove references to the occupation, H.Res.326 still has no GOP cosponsors, which is a great encapsulation of how these issues will presumably play out for Democrats. If they vote against anti-BDS legislation, Republicans (and some Dems) are liable to denounce them as anti-Semites. If they vote for it, they’re on the record agreeing that the boycott is antisemitic and that fact can now be wielded against them when more aggressive anti-BDS legislation is pushed.

In fact, Republicans began brandishing H.Res. 246 like a cudgel as soon as the legislation was introduced. In March, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) tweeted, “House Dems offer resolution rebuking #BDS but won’t pass bill protecting states & local govts who decide not to contract with firms that boycott #Israel. They hide behind 1st amend concerns yet promote boycotts of advertisers on conservative media.” A month before Rubio’s tweet the Senate passed his Combating BDS Act, a piece of legislation that provides legal cover for anti-BDS laws at the state level. The bill hasn’t hit the House floor yet and Rubio claims it’s being blocked by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to appease “a radical, anti-Semitic minority in the Democratic Party.”

In the end, Democrats chose to throw Palestinians under the bus on Lowenthal’s two-state solution bill in the curious belief that Republicans were operating in good faith, and it backfired. Rising to oppose the measure, Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) said he didn’t believe H.Res.326 was necessary because there was already a bill that highlighted the need for a two-state solution, but went much further. That bill was H.Res. 246, the anti-boycott resolution that passed last night.

Despite the fact that the resolution was identified by AIPAC as a “top priority,” many Democrats seemed to view H.Res. 246 as a compromise, somewhere between supporting BDS and criminalizing it. For many in the Democratic Party, such a sentiment certainly transcends this one particular resolution. There are a number of rabidly pro-Israel Democrats in Congress and a very small number of progressives that seem genuinely committed to furthering the cause of Palestinian self-determination. However, the vast majority of Democrats seem to land somewhere in the middle. They’re prepared to defend the First Amendment rights of BDS supporters, but not willing to endorse BDS as a tactic. They’re prepared to criticize Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu publicly, but don’t generally have any ideas on how to pressure Israel’s government on any issue. When asked about the occupation or new settlements they might acknowledge them as problems, but their solution tends to be the same formulaic, two-state rhetoric that has been regurgitated for decades now.

This outlook has been on display throughout the Democratic presidential campaigns. When the New York Times asked a number of the candidates whether Israel meets the international standards of human rights, virtually none of them seemed willing to even criticize the country. Amidst the predictable mantras of a two-state solution, the only two exceptions were South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT). Buttigieg told the Times that he believed “Israel’s human rights record is problematic and moving in the wrong direction under the current right-wing government” and Sanders said he had “great concerns about the role that Netanyahu is playing in Israel and the relationship with the Palestinians.”

Notably, Buttigieg and Sanders have both indicated that they’d be willing to cut off any funds to Israel which would potentially be used to annex the West Bank. However, neither candidate has provided further details on how they’d control the use of Israel’s military aid. Ironically, Buttigieg is considered by some to be the most pro-Israel candidate in the race. Sanders certainly has a better track record on Palestine than his competition, but it remains to be seen how many potential punches he decides to pull. Last week The Intercept reported that Rep. Betty McCollum sent Sanders a letter on June 4 asking him to introduce a Senate version of her aforementioned child detention bill. He still hasn’t responded and he didn’t respond to The Intercept’s requests for comment.

Shortly after the New York Times questionnaire ran, the progressive Jewish group IfNotNow began confronting Democratic candidates on the campaign trail and asking them whether they’d pressure the Israeli government to end the occupation. Nearly every candidate they’ve talked to has said that the occupation must end (a position that Ariel Sharon voiced in 2003), but they’ve provided no details on how they’d go about making this happen. Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke talked about both sides coming together for four minutes but didn’t mention the occupation once, which was the basis of the question he was asked.

These views have perhaps never been more disconnected from reality. The President goes on racist Twitter tirades about how a group of first-term Congresswomen are anti-Semites who should apologize to Israel while his administration backs Netanyahu’s expansionist plans for a “Greater Israel.” BDS is consistently identified as a barrier to peace, but what peace have these nebulous positions produced over the preceding decades?

According to Palestine Legal, states and local legislatures have introduced 100 measures targeting boycotts and other advocacy for Palestinian rights since 2014 and 27 states have now adopted anti-BDS laws. That’s the political backdrop to the anti-boycott resolution the House passed. The other backdrop is what’s happening on the ground in Palestine. On Monday hundreds of Israeli troops began destroying Palestinian homes in an east Jerusalem neighborhood that were deemed too close to the separation wall. “We heard very loud bangs coming from a building right next door to where we are now. It was from a large mechanical digger that was ripping off part of the roof of a building that was home up until this morning to two families,” Al Jazeera‘s Rob Matheson reported. “The father of one of the families has been sitting on a chair in the street watching his home being torn apart.”

The same week that this occurred, the United States Congress overwhelmingly voted for a resolution that condemns nonviolent protesters who target Israel for human rights abuses.

Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted about the resolution this morning: “I would like to commend the US House of Representatives for overwhelmingly approving, by a great bipartisan majority, Democrats and Republicans alike, a decision against boycotts against Israel.”

The Prime Minister also posted a video in which he made further comments. “This attests to the support for Israel in the U.S.” he says. “This support is bipartisan and is important to us. I welcome this decision. It is right, it is correct, and it is very helpful.”

Michael Arria

Michael Arria is the U.S. correspondent for Mondoweiss.

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  1. Kay24 on July 24, 2019, 2:55 pm

    It is ALL about the Benjamins, that is Netanyahu and Dollars.

    No US Congress will ever pass a bill supporting BDS. Good try by those cared enough to do so.

    • Jackdaw on July 25, 2019, 10:32 am

      Pastor Hagee’s Christian evangelical ministry, C.U.F.I., is a powerful lobby for Israel.

      And no, for the millions of members of Pastor Hagee’s ministry, it’s not about ‘the Benjamins’.

      • Talkback on July 25, 2019, 10:49 am

        It isn’t. For him it is about the conversion of or genocide against Jews. Do you support him or that he supports Israel to see it destroyed?

      • Kay24 on July 25, 2019, 11:26 am

        I refer to the Congress specifically.

      • Jackdaw on July 25, 2019, 1:35 pm

        @just talk

        Typically weak diversion.

        Whether Pastor Hagee wants to kill me or convert me isn’t the issue.
        The issue is ‘Benjamins’, money that these evangelicals know they won’t be taking with them on the Rapture.

        So weak.

      • Talkback on July 25, 2019, 5:12 pm

        Jackdaw “@just talk”

        @Infantile Zionist

        Jackdaw: “Typically weak diversion.”

        Typically weak accusation,.

        Jackdaw: “Whether Pastor Hagee wants to kill me or convert me isn’t the issue.”

        Well, it’s not an issue for me either. But he doesn’t want to kill you. He expects you to be converted or killed. That’s why he and his followers support Israel and to push it into wars.

        Jackdaw: “The issue is ‘Benjamins’, money that these evangelicals know they won’t be taking with them on the Rapture.”

        Oh, he gives it freely to Israel to speed up the process.

        Jackdaw: “So weak.”

        Well. what did you expect? Being zionist is completely unnatural and exhausting for any human being. Just take some rest. Btw. there are some incredible rehabiiltiion programs out there. Anonymous Zonists for example. You could join them, it’s never to late … to repent and choose Jesus Christ. ROFL.

      • Mooser on July 26, 2019, 11:57 am

        “The issue is ‘Benjamins’, money that these evangelicals know they won’t be taking with them on the Rapture.”

        And who better to leave all that money with, to look after it while they’re gone?

  2. JustJessetr on July 24, 2019, 3:46 pm

    ““I oppose criminalizing the BDS-movement and have stayed off bills that do so or impose any penalty. The First Amendment is a key foundation of our country that we must protect. Nothing in the Schneider resolution that I cosponsored infringes on any American’s First Amendment right to protest the U.S. or any foreign country, and I advocated with other progressives to have that clarifying language included. I have supported numerous pieces of legislation that prevented any U.S. funds from being used towards the unlawful detention of Palestinian children and have stood up for the human rights of Palestinian children—but like Senators Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and other progressive leaders, I do not believe BDS will help achieve either a two state solution or the recognition of rights for Palestinians. We should continue to work to find constructive ways to achieve peace and a resolution to the conflict.” — Rohit Khanna.

    Amen! And with Corbyn finally admitting that Labor has a real problem with anti-semitism, things are looking up for common sense.

    • Talkback on July 24, 2019, 8:55 pm

      Say JustJessetr: What do you think is the real “real problem” right now? Antisemitism or how Israel is treating Palestinian’s? Does antiemitism come even close?

      Of course you don’t need to answer, if you are not allowed to be honest.

      • SwedishMarkus on July 26, 2019, 5:59 pm

        It is, in fact, possible to care about two problems at once.

        It’s easy for those of us who aren’t Jewish to say that antisemitism isn’t a real problem, because we’re not the ones who have to deal with it.

        Out of sight, out of mind, right? (Well, at least if you’re an antisemite.)

        I, for one, am not willing to tolerate antisemitism simply because it is allegedly not “the real problem right now” (to those of us who aren’t Jewish, that is).

      • echinococcus on July 26, 2019, 7:40 pm

        “It’s easy for those of us who aren’t Jewish to say that antisemitism isn’t a real problem…”

        From one who is “Jewish” according to the moronic biological, matrilineal definition, with a verrry Jewish name, to the “those of us” you mention: better busy yourselves with something you know about. If you’re talking about discrimination against “Jews”, however badly defined, only because they happen to have been born that way, it’s no different than discrimination against those born Czechoslovak or Seventh-Day-Adventist or Eskimo. So it is called racism in civilized parlance. No need for a real race for there to be racism.

        If it’s not against the accident of having been born “Jewish” but the opposition is due to some other, acquired characteristic, then you have to tell us why they shouldn’t be opposed. The discrimination there may well have a solid reason.

        So let’s see what exactly it is you’re calling “Antisemitism”. The way you wrote it, it’s totally meaningless.

      • Keith on July 26, 2019, 8:38 pm

        SWEDISHMARKUS- “It’s easy for those of us who aren’t Jewish to say that antisemitism isn’t a real problem, because we’re not the ones who have to deal with it.”

        Do you have any hard statistical data to back up your ongoing assertions concerning anti-Semitism? Got a quote for you:

        “It is a fact that American anti-Semitism currently (circa 1995) is at a historic low by most essential yardsticks. Hostility towards Jews, as measured in opinion polls, has dropped to what some social scientists consider a virtual zero point….Government action against Jews, the staple of European anti-Semitism for centuries, is almost inconceivable in this country….By contrast, the percentage of Jews who tell pollsters that anti-Semitism is a “serious problem” in America nearly doubled during the course of the 1980s, from 45 percent in 1983 to almost 85 percent in 1990.” (P6, “Jewish Power: Inside the American Jewish Establishment,” J.J. Goldberg)

      • eljay on July 26, 2019, 9:22 pm

        || SwedishMarkus: … It’s easy for those of us who aren’t Jewish to say that antisemitism isn’t a real problem … I, for one, am not willing to tolerate antisemitism simply because it is allegedly not “the real problem right now” (to those of us who aren’t Jewish, that is). ||

        It’s easy for those of us who aren’t indigenous geographic Palestinians to say that Zionism isn’t a real problem. No-one should tolerate anti-Semitism or Zionism. I don’t. The problem with Zionists – hypocrites that they are – is that they won’t tolerate the former but they’re quite happy to advocate, support, justify and defend the latter.

      • Talkback on July 27, 2019, 4:18 am

        SwedishMarkus: “It is, in fact, possible to care about two problems at once.”

        Not for Zionists.

        SwedishMarkus: “It’s easy for those of us who aren’t Jewish to say that antisemitism isn’t a real problem, because we’re not the ones who have to deal with it. Out of sight, out of mind, right? (Well, at least if you’re an antisemite.)”

        Nobody said that antisemitism wasn’t “real” or “a problem” or “a real problem”. It’s obvious that I used the word “real” in a comperative and not in an absulute sense: There are problems, there are “real” problems and then there are “real, real problems”.

        So do you want to claim that since 1948 antisemitism is worse than what Zionism has done to the Palestinians?

        Out of sight, out of mind, right? (Well, at least if you’re a Zionist racist.)

        SwedishMarkus: “I, for one, am not willing to tolerate antisemitism simply because it is allegedly not “the real problem right now” (to those of us who aren’t Jewish, that is).”

        Are you willing to tolerate Zionist settler colonialism and Apartheid and what is has been doing to the Nonjewish citizens of Palestine pre 48 and their descendants?

    • Danaa on July 25, 2019, 12:45 am

      In other words, the white supremacist, fascist state of israel wins this round. Long live the new fascist alliance!

    • Keith on July 26, 2019, 8:32 pm

      JUSTJESSETR- “And with Corbyn finally admitting that Labor has a real problem with anti-semitism, things are looking up for common sense.”

      Forget grovelling Corbyn, do you have any hard statistical data to back up your obvious bias? Got a quote for you:

      “The degree of anti-Semitism infecting British society has been the subject of numerous polls over a sustained period of time. These surveys have uniformly, consistently, and unambiguously concluded that anti-Semitism (1) has long been a marginal phenomenon in British society, infecting under 10 percent of the population, (2) is far less salient than hostility to other British minorities, and (3) is less pronounced in the UK than almost anywhere else in Europe….
      ….
      “The three richest Brits are Jewish.[12] Jews comprise only .5 percent of the population but fully 20 percent of the 100 richest Brits.[13] Relative both to the general population and to other ethno-religious groups, British Jews are in the aggregate disproportionately wealthy, educated, and professionally successful.[14] These data track closely with the picture elsewhere. Jews comprise only 2 percent of the US population but fully 30 percent of the 100 richest Americans, while Jews enjoy the highest household income among religious groups.[15] Jews comprise less than .2 percent of the world’s population but, of the world’s 200 richest people, fully 20 percent are Jewish.[16] Jews are incomparably organized as they have created a plethora of interlocking, overlapping, and mutually reinforcing communal and defense organizations that operate in both the domestic and international arenas. In many countries, not least the US and the UK, Jews occupy strategic positions in the entertainment industry, the arts, publishing, journals of opinion, the academy, the legal profession, and government.”
      (Norman Finkelstein) http://normanfinkelstein.com/2018/08/25/finkelstein-on-corbyn-mania/

      • MHughes976 on July 27, 2019, 4:10 am

        I’m prepared to believe Corbyn’s words to the effect that there are a number of people who don’t recognise certain tropes etc. as offensive – a friend who’s a party member told me of someone who’d been reproved for saying ‘It’s nice to have a local treasurer who’s Jewish, they’re so good with money’. There’s probably a number of such people in almost any group of comparable size in the western world. A genuine problem of clumsy and inconsiderate speech perhaps, but hardly anti-Semitism by the IHRA standard – no hatred about to burst forth in physical or rhetorical manifestations.

      • JustJessetr on July 27, 2019, 9:33 am

        @ Keith. LOL. No, I’m not going to just forget it. It’s obviously YOUR interest to forget something that shatters your fantasies. Corbyn has presented as a morally blind leader of the Labour party, but he doesn’t strike me as someone who grovels. In fact, he sticks to his position to the point of ridiculousness, long after it’s outlived its usefulness. That’s not the characteristic of someone who grovels.

        The rest of what you say is just a desperate duck and dodge to avoid seeing the obvious, something which unfortunately hasn’t been obvious to corbyn up until now. That labor is infected with a large degree of anti-semitism.

        Thank God Corbyn is waking up. I just hope it isn’t too little too late.

      • Keith on July 27, 2019, 10:55 am

        JUSTJESSETR- “That labor is infected with a large degree of anti-semitism.”

        No empirical data to support your hasbara? No surprise there.

      • JustJessetr on July 27, 2019, 11:13 am

        @keith

        Hey, go ask Corbyn for the data. He’s the one rattling your cage. Not me.

        And while polls sound useful, what if the polls are wrong? What if Trump becomes president of the United States in 2016?

      • Sibiriak on July 27, 2019, 11:14 am

        …labor is infected with a large degree of anti-semitism.
        ————————————–

        Meaning labor is infused with a large degree of anti-Zionism.

      • Keith on July 27, 2019, 11:38 am

        JUSTJESSETR- “Hey, go ask Corbyn for the data. He’s the one rattling your cage. Not me.”

        Unable to defend your ludicrous assertion that “labor is infected with a large degree of anti-semitism,” you attempt to squirm away. And you don’t care what impact your malicious charge has upon others. Or perhaps you enjoy the feeling of power you get from being in the privileged position to make such charges with reckless abandon.

      • JustJessetr on July 27, 2019, 12:03 pm

        @ Keith,

        Mine and corbyn’s. Don’t forget that part. but I suppose you don’t believe corbyn either, now that he disagrees with you.

      • Keith on July 27, 2019, 4:15 pm

        JUSTJESSETR- “Mine and corbyn’s. Don’t forget that part.”

        Not only don’t you have any empirical support for your reckless statements, but you are bald faced lying. Please supply a quote of Corbyn saying that “labor is infected with a large degree of anti-semitism.” Of course you will try to squirm your way out rather than admitting your falsification of empirical reality which, I remind you, is that “The degree of anti-Semitism infecting British society has been the subject of numerous polls over a sustained period of time. These surveys have uniformly, consistently, and unambiguously concluded that anti-Semitism (1) has long been a marginal phenomenon in British society, infecting under 10 percent of the population, (2) is far less salient than hostility to other British minorities, and (3) is less pronounced in the UK than almost anywhere else in Europe….” (Norman Finkelstein) http://normanfinkelstein.com/2018/08/25/finkelstein-on-corbyn-mania/

      • JustJessetr on July 27, 2019, 6:32 pm

        @Keith,

        I never quoted Corbyn saying what you think I did. You’re giving yourself an embolism over nothing. What he said was,

        “To confront antisemitism in wider society, we must face up to the unsettling truth that a small number of Labour members hold antisemitic views AND A MUCH LARGER NUMBER DON’T RECOGNISE ANTISEMITIC STEREOTYPES AND CONSPIRACY THEORIES.”

        Of course that won’t satisfy you. So, bye.

      • RoHa on July 27, 2019, 8:58 pm

        “Meaning labor is infused with a large degree of anti-Zionism.”

        Strange that no one made a fuss about it until Corbyn became the leader. I would have thought Corbyn’s immediate predecessor, Ed Miliband, would have been rather keen on dealing with anti-Semitism in the party. Miliband’s parents were Jews.

      • Keith on July 28, 2019, 12:43 am

        JUSTJESSETR- “a small number of Labour members hold antisemitic views”

        Nice to see you finally admitting that your characterization of Corbyn saying that ” “labor is infected with a large degree of anti-semitism.” is pure BS. Now, perhaps, you will go even farther and admit that the number of Corbyn’s Jewish Zionist critics holding anti-Gentile views far exceeds the number of Labour members holding anti-Semitic views.

  3. amigo on July 24, 2019, 5:24 pm

    “Amen! And with Corbyn finally admitting that Labor has a real problem with anti-semitism, things are looking up for common sense.” .Just a jester.

    Try to tell the truth jj .

    He never said Labour has a real problem.
    Here is what he said.Note “a small number of “.

    In an email to party members, leader Jeremy Corbyn admitted that “anti-Jewish bigotry has reared its head in our movement” and a “small” number of members held antisemitic views.

    https://news.sky.com/story/labour-launches-website-to-educate-members-about-antisemitism-11767701

    The real problem Labour has with antisemitism is the presence of LFI traitors who take their orders from the Israeli embassy in the UK and spend their every waking hour spreading false accusations about antisemitism in the Labour Party.

    Why are zionists such unabashed liars. Comes with the job I guess.

    • JustJessetr on July 25, 2019, 7:17 am

      You’re right. He never said Labour has “a real problem”, and I didn’t say he did either. What he actually said was 100X better.

      “To confront antisemitism in wider society, we must face up to the unsettling truth that a small number of Labour members hold antisemitic views AND A MUCH LARGER NUMBER DON’T RECOGNISE ANTISEMITIC STEREOTYPES AND CONSPIRACY THEORIES.”

      Now go argue with Jeremy Corbyn about what “small” and “larger” means. You’re not worth my time.

      • amigo on July 25, 2019, 10:08 am

        Your time is paid for by your handlers at Hasbara Central.

      • Talkback on July 25, 2019, 10:29 am

        Only 100x times? You’re gonna love this, too:

        “Arguing for one state with rights for all Israelis and Palestinians is not antisemitic, […] Anti-Zionism is not in itself antisemitic […]”

      • Danaa on July 25, 2019, 12:48 pm

        There I was, thinking “anti-semitism” is kind of a canard to be hurled at anyone who disagrees with the greater israel goals and/or crtiques both israel and its outsized lobby, be it in the US or UK (h/t to the al-jazzear documentaries on the subject).

        Anti-semitism is pretty much the same kind of smear that’s used to undermine critcs of the Russiagate Hoax, where they can be called “Putin lovers” just for the crime of speaking up against the web of unsupported accusations of Russian “interference”.

        The accusations against Corbyn and those labor members are without the slightest merit. however, the accusations against those who hurl “anti-semitic” labels are very well grounded in facts that can be easily shown to connect the dots.

      • JustJessetr on July 25, 2019, 3:25 pm

        @amigo
        “Your time is paid for by your handlers at Hasbara Central.”

        Yes, you definitely have nothing to contribute further when you resort to name-calling.

      • JustJessetr on July 25, 2019, 3:28 pm

        @Danaa,

        “The accusations against Corbyn and those labor members are without the slightest merit.”

        Is that what Corbyn told you before his public statement? Or was it afterwards?

      • JustJessetr on July 25, 2019, 3:30 pm

        “Arguing for one state with rights for all Israelis and Palestinians is not antisemitic, […] Anti-Zionism is not in itself antisemitic […]”

        I agree, mostly. Sorry, did you just prove something to me?

      • Talkback on July 25, 2019, 3:42 pm

        JustJessetr: “I agree, mostly. Sorry, did you just prove something to me?”

        It depends. What do you mean by “mostly”?

      • echinococcus on July 25, 2019, 4:53 pm

        Just Jester,

        There is no name-calling. An obvious propaganda agent as you are would be even more stupid than you seem to be not to get paid by the Zionist entity government or its US feeders (ultimately, that is, by the US taxpayer.)

      • Mooser on July 26, 2019, 12:00 pm

        “when you resort to name-calling.”

        You are right.”Hasbara” has turned into quite the pejorative, quite the slur.

    • mondgesicht on July 25, 2019, 2:59 pm

      Why are zionists such unabashed liars. ?

      It is the “quality” they practice most often in order to achieve perfection.

  4. JWalters on July 24, 2019, 6:18 pm

    The U.S. political establishment is still petrified of Israel’s powerful influence in American elections. So they meekly betray their country and disgrace themselves by subserviently bending the knee to Israel’s literally sadistic regime.
    “Sadistic display of violence”
    https://mondoweiss.net/2019/07/palestinians-nationals-hospitalized/

    Israel is the new King George, and a new revolution is needed.

    • Danaa on July 25, 2019, 12:50 am

      Indeed. Like it or not, the power of the Lobby which supports – wholeheartedly a supremacist ethnocracy based on apartheid – still rules over a country, which is petrified of that power . The US is a declining Empire and such is its weakness that its representatives do not have the ability or the strength to resist its most reactionary vassal.

      Idiots like Ro khanna who speak of some elusive “two-state’ are knowingly kow-towing to the reality that the democratic system they supposedly believe in – is in fact, no longer.

  5. Talkback on July 24, 2019, 8:23 pm

    What a bunch of dishonest scum bags.

    They accuse BDS of being against a two state solution, allthough BDS focuses on the realization of basic rights and the implementation of international law and therefore is not even taking a position regarding a two- or a one state solution.

    And Barghouti was deliberately quoted out of context, because he said that a “‘Jewish’ state cannot but contravene the basic rights of the land’s indigenous Palestinian population and perpetuate a system of racial discrimination that ought to be opposed categorically, as we would opposed a Muslim state or a Christian state or any kind of exclusionary state. Definetly, most definetly we oppose a ‘Jewish’ state in any part of Palestine. No Palestinian, rational Palestinian, not a sell-out Palestinian, will ever accept a ‘Jewish’ state in Palestine.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYvpsGd8K4Y

    So thes scumbags not only lied about the goals of BDS, but also lied about Barghouti.

    But besides that what I find most surprising is the unequivocal support for the two-state-solution and “that both the Israeli and Palestinian people should be able to live in safe and soveregin [!] states …. reaffirms its strong support for a negotiated solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict resulting in two states—a democratic Jewish State of Israel, and a viable, democratic Palestinian state—living side-by-side in peace, security, and mutual recognition.”

    Isn’t that basically a huge blow against the Greater Israel racists?

    • Danaa on July 25, 2019, 12:53 am

      Do you honestly think they – and Ro khanna – don’t know that the whole case against BDS and baghoutti is based on lies? they do – even if they manage to lie themselves into a stupor for long enough to spew a bromide of a speech.

      But truth is not what this is about at all. And the sooner people stop fighting the strawmen sprung all over the media – the better armed they will be for the real battles that are to come.

    • Jonathan Ofir on July 25, 2019, 2:26 am

      Talkback, “Isn’t that basically a huge blow against the Greater Israel racists?”

      The reason why Netanyahu us so pleased with this one is precisely because through the ‘2-state’ talk, it allows such wide bi-partisan opposition to the only movement which appears to challenge Israel’s expansionism.

      The 2-state talk of ‘negotiations’ conveniently frames the balance of powers as equal, the colonization as a ‘conflict’, and in so doing, allows the Israeli bullying to be veiled and basically go unchecked, as it further expands and ss more Palestinian homes are wrecked.

      The ‘2-state’ idea has arguably been Israel’s strongest ideological asset for taking over Palestine. No wonder Ben Gurion was such a proponent of ‘partition’ already in 1937 – he saw how it would make our “power grow”, and facilitate the takeover of “the entire country”.

  6. rws450 on July 25, 2019, 12:30 am

    The author is incorrect when he claims that Sanders and Buttigieg were the only ones to question or criticize Israeli human rights standards. Tulsi Gabbard said “There are challenges which need to be addressed”.

    Please correct the error or add an appropriate note at the bottom.

    • Danaa on July 25, 2019, 12:43 pm

      However, please note that Tulsi gabbard voted for this resolution. What she said about “challenges” is probably as pale a tea as one can have.

  7. Danaa on July 25, 2019, 1:05 am

    And so the real battle begins – not for the soul of israel (that battle has long been lost), but for what’s left of the will, the spirit and the values of what was supposed to be America.

    This vote is but a symptom of a country on the brink of losing its power. Caving in to the barbarians (which is what israel represents – a barbaric state, on its way to becoming a full-blown racist theocracy) is what Rome had to do as well. Only the timing is shrunk between the beginning of the decline and the end point.

    Our Congress is deeply and terminally compromised by lobbies that are feasting at the carcas of a dying hegemon. They – almost all of them are infected by the flesh-eating bacteria that thrive in swamps of a spirit that has now lost any claim to greatness.

    Israel, that nasty little land full of thieves, murderers (all who served in the military are just about that), crude reactionaries and brutish racists, has been for a while reaching over to bring this country down to its own abysmal level. Creature of the deep swamps Israeli gestalt may be but the humans embedded within that sad decrepid collective still crave company and still need protection.

    The end game has officially begun when Trump was elected, no matter what the 2016 was about or who one has or hasn’t supported. The man who would make MAGA is destined to be the harbinger of the end of the American century.

    The Jewish century ended of course in 2000, when the second intifada broke out. Some just failed to get the notice it seems so they still pretend the force is with them.

    • Mooser on July 25, 2019, 6:35 pm

      “The Jewish century ended of course in 2000…”

      Sometimes I think it might be a bit later, with the 2008 Recession. The battle of wills wasn’t as worth fighting.

    • JustJessetr on July 25, 2019, 7:30 pm

      The Israel Lobby is easily smacked down when it is in the interest of the US to do so. The NRA is unstoppable, and has stripped away long ago what you fear we have lost.

  8. Jonathan Ofir on July 25, 2019, 2:27 am

    Talkback, “Isn’t that basically a huge blow against the Greater Israel racists?”

    The reason why Netanyahu us so pleased with this one is precisely because through the ‘2-state’ talk, it allows such wide bi-partisan opposition to the only movement which appears to challenge Israel’s expansionism.

    The 2-state talk of ‘negotiations’ conveniently frames the balance of powers as equal, the colonization as a ‘conflict’, and in so doing, allows the Israeli bullying to be veiled and basically go unchecked, as it further expands and as more Palestinian homes are wrecked.

    The ‘2-state’ idea has arguably been Israel’s strongest ideological asset for taking over Palestine. No wonder Ben Gurion was such a proponent of ‘partition’ already in 1937 – he saw how it would make our “power grow”, and facilitate the takeover of “the entire country”.

  9. Jackdaw on July 25, 2019, 10:21 am

    The United States government has been pro-Zionist from day one.

    https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/u-s-congress-endores-the-balfour-declaration

    As far as the United States interpretation of “national home”, a U.S. intelligence recommendations drafted for President Wilson at the 1919 Paris Peace Conference reported that: “It will be the policy of the League of Nations to recognize Palestine as a Jewish State as soon as it is a Jewish state in fact.” See, J.C. Hurewitz (ed.),The Middle East and North Africa in World Politics: A Documentary Record, Vol.2, British-French Supremacy, 1914-1945 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1979, p. 132-36.

    So to be clear, Congressional Rep. Omar wants to strangle the same child the United States Congress helped birth.

    Interesting.

    • Talkback on July 25, 2019, 10:46 am

      It is actually quite interesting that Wilson who encouraged the right to self determination would endorse a policy that allthough his own appointed King-Crane-Comission “opposed the establishment of a Jewish state in Palestine because it conflicted with the Balfour Declaration in respect of the civil and religious rights of non-Jewish communities in Palestine.”

      It found that “Zionists looked forward to a practically complete dispossession of the present non-Jewish inhabitants of Palestine, by various forms of purchase”. And that nearly 90% of the Palestinian population was emphatically against the entire Zionist program.”

      Which means that the United states knew from day one that it was a crime against the native population. But what do you expect from a country that was build on a genocidal policy and ideology, too.

      • Jackdaw on July 25, 2019, 1:52 pm

        @walk back

        I know you love to tirelessly go over the same ground, but I won’t.

        King-Crane Commission was a Christian missionary tour of the Holy Land headed by Charles Crane, a virulent Jew hater and soon to be Nazi sympathizer.

        http://www.amazon.com/Arabists-The-Romance-American-Elite/dp/0028740238

        The Commission’s on site Technical Assistant William Yale, a genuine Middle East authority, wrote a ‘minority report’ that advocated for a Jewish State. See, http://dcollections.oberlin.edu/cdm/compoundobject/collection/kingcrane/id/2621/rec/20

        For the Christian missionary bias of the King-Crane Commission, See Knee, S., below.

        King-Crane Report was a pro-Christian document.”See, Knee, Stuart (April 1977) The King-Crane Commission of 1919: The Articulation of Political Anti-Zionism. American Jewish Archives, p 49-52.

        This is so tiresome.

      • Talkback on July 25, 2019, 4:15 pm

        Jackdaw: “@walk back”

        @Infantile Zionist.

        Jackdaw: “King-Crane Commission was a Christian missionary tour of the Holy Land headed by Charles Crane, a virulent Jew hater and soon to be Nazi sympathizer.”

        Well, Balfour was an antisemite,Yitzhak Shamir’s Lehi terrorist gang sought an alliance with Nazi Germany and Jabotinsky and his brown shirts loved fascism and you don’t have a problem with that. But what does this have to do with the results of this commission?

        Jackdaw: “The Commission’s on site Technical Assistant William Yale, a genuine Middle East authority, wrote a ‘minority report’ that advocated for a Jewish State. See, http://dcollections.oberlin.edu/cdm/compoundobject/collection/kingcrane/id/2621/rec/20

        What makes him a genuine Midle East authority? That he advocated for a Jews-only-state?

        This is also interesting quote. Crane:
        “Not only you as president but the American people as a whole should realize that if the American government decided to support the establishment of a Jewish state in Palestine, they are committing the American people to the use of force in that area, since only by force can a Jewish state in Palestine be established or maintained.”

        Prophetic words. Seemed to be more of a Middle East authority than Yale.

        Jackdaw? “For the Christian missionary bias of the King-Crane Commission, See Knee, S., below.

        King-Crane Report was a pro-Christian document.”See, Knee, Stuart (April 1977) The King-Crane Commission of 1919: The Articulation of Political Anti-Zionism. American Jewish Archives, p 49-52.”

        And your point is? What’s wroing with being pro-Christian? You love Hague, don’t you?
        But what does this have to do with the findings of the comission? So far your are just drowning in ad hominem fallacies.

        Jackdaw: “This is tiresome”.

        Encaphalitis Zionica is not soemthing you should mess with. Try to use your brain even less, if that’s possible.

      • Mooser on July 26, 2019, 12:13 pm

        “Encaphalitis Zionica is not soemthing you should mess with.”

        It’s the penultimate stage of the Ziocaine Syndrome.

    • eljay on July 25, 2019, 11:36 am

      || Jackdaw: The United States government has been pro-Zionist from day one. … ||

      Yeah, that is pretty shameful.

      • Jackdaw on July 25, 2019, 1:57 pm

        @eljay

        Not only the United States.
        The League of Nations was pro-Zionist.

        The League was pro-Arab as well to the extent that they mandated the creation of the Arab states of Iraq, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon.

        Goosey gander, eljay. Goosey gander.

      • eljay on July 25, 2019, 2:12 pm

        || Jackdaw: @eljay
        Not only the United States.
        The League of Nations was pro-Zionist. … ||

        That’s even more shameful.

        || … The League was pro-Arab as well to the extent that they mandated the creation of the Arab states of Iraq, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon. … ||

        Did the League mandate these states to be supremacist states like Israel? If ‘yes’, further shame on the league. If ‘no’, add another fail to your ever-expanding list.

        || … Goosey gander, eljay. Goosey gander. ||

        Immoral Zionist Jackdaw. Immoral Zionist.

      • Talkback on July 25, 2019, 3:51 pm

        Jackdaw: “The League of Nations was pro-Zionist.”

        All 42 founding states? That’s an impressive number. How many non-colonial powers and post-colonial states were amongst them? You know, those who were not victims of colonialism.

        Jackdaw: “The League was pro-Arab as well to the extent that they mandated the creation of the Arab states of Iraq, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon.”

        They did not “mandate the creation” of states. The states came into existence with adoption of the mandate ex tunc,. And that includes the state of Palestine.

      • Jackdaw on July 25, 2019, 5:52 pm

        @eljay

        What a shame you were born in an Age when there is injustice and inequality.

      • Talkback on July 26, 2019, 2:47 am

        Jackdaw: “What a shame you were born in an Age when there is injustice and inequality.”

        It is even more shameful that Zionist Jews chose to contribute to injustice and ineaquality even after 1945 and in the age of decolonization.

      • eljay on July 26, 2019, 8:05 am

        || Jackdaw: @eljay

        What a shame you were born in an Age when there is injustice and inequality. ||

        What’s truly a shame is that far too many people still exist in the world who take pride and pleasure in advocating and/or doing evil.

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