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We are in the middle of a political upheaval on Israel/Palestine in the United States, and Americans who are concerned with Palestinian human rights live for these moments. They are the moments of potential change: When more tarnish is added to Israel’s image, and Americans get a clearer picture of what the Jewish state actually means for non-Jews under its sovereignty.

Since I’ve been covering the issue there have been several such moments. The Israeli assault on Gaza in 2008-09. The Israeli assault on Gaza in 2014. Netanyahu’s showdowns with Obama over settlements, the Iran deal (2011, 2015). The move of the embassy last year with Israel’s slaughter of some 60 nonviolent protesters at the Gaza fence.

Most of these moments have involved a lot of bloodshed. Palestine had to have a lot of martyrs for anyone over here to even start paying attention. 2200 Palestinians died five years ago — over 500 of them children. Hundreds of brave Gazan protesters have died over the last year (with four NY Times columnists approving their killings).

This latest moment has been absolutely nonviolent. Two congresswomen tried to get into Palestine to meet with human rights groups and Palestinian leaders and see the occupation for themselves. They were barred by Israel because they support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign, or BDS.

Israel’s banning was an obvious blunder. No one in the Israeli government imagined it would lead the news. It has led the American news. The decision has been condemned by everyone from the New York Times to AIPAC to Nancy Pelosi. It has angered a lot of Americans. A leading liberal Zionist called Israel’s move a “declaration of war” against American progressives, who have a right to see the occupation.

The story has been a wakeup call in the U.S. to how far right/intolerant Israeli society is. Despite Israel’s apologists’ efforts to blame Donald Trump for the move (Bari Weiss, MSNBC, the New York Times), a lot of Americans are blaming the country that won’t let our congresspeople in even though we give it more foreign aid than any other country, $3.8 billion a year.

The obvious response to this arrogance is — endorsing one of the actions of BDS — strip that foreign aid. The New York Times comments on the Tlaib/Omar coverage are stuffed with readers saying that if they won’t let our elected representatives in, shut off the spigot. For the first time, Democratic congresspeople are saying just that: cut the aid. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders doubled down on that stance on the campaign trail in the wake of the banning, knowing that Democrats want to hear as much: If Israel doesn’t stop its colonization of the West Bank the United States should stop giving Israel money.

This is a high watermark of opposition to Israel inside U.S. politics in more than 50 years, and it was brought off by two midwestern women of color: Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar trying to visit the occupation even as they support BDS. The two are about as violent as Rosa Parks.

A lot of American politicians say they are for two states for two peoples, but they have done nothing to stop Israel’s expansion and colonization of Palestinian lands since its creation. Thirty years ago the Palestinians catalyzed the peace process with a historic compromise, indicating that they would accept sovereignty on 22 percent of original Palestine, but what has come of that? Nothing. No Palestinian state. Just more Jewish “settlements,” which are in truth “colonies,” with army protection in occupied territories. The Jewish state craves more land for Jewish settlers.

The occupation has produced two historic Palestinian uprisings; violence that has caused the deaths of thousands of Palestinians, and many Israelis too; and the virtual imprisonment of millions of Palestinians, along with the very real imprisonment and detention of hundreds of thousands, including children.

Many liberal Zionists and progressive Democrats have opposed the occupation, with nothing to show for their efforts. Months after he told Cairo the settlements must end, Barack Obama quailed and gave Israel more money. J Street opposed settlements but it went wobbly in 2010 or so when it realized it didn’t have the Jewish community at its back. Peter Beinart valiantly opposed the occupation in his book, The Crisis of Zionism, and in many public appearances.

But when Israel stopped Peter Beinart for a few hours at the airport last summer he was news, but it wasn’t an eyedropper of the attention Tlaib and Omar got being denied entry.

Because they are elected representatives. And: Because they support Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions.

BDS drives Israel crazy because it is the biggest threat that exists to its expansionist policies. It is that threat because of a global grassroots campaign that has convinced many European public figures and now some American ones that the only way to curb Israel’s treatment of Palestinians is a boycott call that draws on the strategies of the civil rights movement in the Jim Crow South and the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa.

Israel is well aware of the precedents. It does not want to go the way of the Jim Crow South and apartheid South Africa. The Jewish state depends on Jewish supremacy.

Israel is so unhinged by the BDS campaign that it has launched a pretty successful anti-BDS campaign. That campaign has involved painting the BDS campaign as anti-Semitic — because it would delegitimize the “Jewish state” — and getting most American states to sign off on legislation to that effect, and a lot of governors too. It has involved getting major liberal Jewish groups including J Street to back anti-BDS legislation in Congress that passed last month by a whopping, 398-17, all but calling BDS anti-semitic.

Tlaib and Omar and a bunch of other progressives voted against that resolution. And this week Tlaib and Omar suffered for their support for BDS.

Israel struck an own-goal of stupendous magnitude by banning the Congresswomen. And there’s been an earthquake in U.S. politics as a result, with many Americans coming round to embrace one of the BDS goals, sanctions.

There is one obvious conclusion from this episode. BDS works. Whatever its economic successes or failures with company X or performer Y, BDS has thoroughly gotten under Israel’s skin and left the Goliath maddened. Israel has hit back against BDS with such intemperance that Americans are googling BDS as never before, BDS is being discussed on the airwaves, and the 56 percent majority of Democrats who believe in punishing Israel in aid for its unending gobbling of Palestinian land is gaining numbers as we speak.

BDS brought this about. This week’s news shows there is only one way forward if you believe that Palestinians are human beings deserving of equal rights.

H/t Scott Roth. 

 

Philip Weiss

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  1. JWalters on August 17, 2019, 7:54 pm

    Israel’s secret strong-arm tactics are coming into public view, its mask dropping, gradually, but inexorably. Here’s an excellent interview with Whitney Webb on her spectacular series of articles which connect the Epstein blackmail operation to other sexual blackmail operations going back decades, involving both the Israelis and organized crime.
    “The Jeffrey Epstein Scandal Is Much Bigger Than Jeffrey Epstein”
    https://www.truthdig.com/articles/the-jeffrey-epstein-scandal-is-much-bigger-than-jeffrey-epstein/

    Here’s the latest Whitney Webb article, with links to her previous ones.
    “Mega Group, Maxwells and Mossad: The Spy Story at the Heart of the Jeffrey Epstein Scandal”
    https://www.mintpressnews.com/mega-group-maxwells-mossad-spy-story-jeffrey-epstein-scandal/261172/

    Israel is increasingly emerging as a cesspool of religious fanatics, war profiteering banksters, and assorted mobsters, controlling America’s media and Congress by bribes and blackmail.

    • Misterioso on August 19, 2019, 10:46 am

      @JWalters, et al

      Some good news:

      https://jewishvoiceforpeace.org/shabbat-with-rashida/

      “Detroit’s Jewish community holds Shabbat in the Park with Rep. Rashida Tlaib”
      16 August 2019

      “Tlaib: ‘Thank you for hearing me, thank you for seeing me, thank you for loving me. And thank you for allowing me to be not just your Congresswoman, but also a granddaughter of a grandmother living under occupation.’

      “(Detroit, MI) August 16, 2019: Dozens of members of Detroit’s Jewish community and allies gathered sundown in Pallister Park to observe a Shabbat service with Rep. Rashida Tlaib. As the Shabbat candles were lit, and prayers and poetry recited, Detroit’s Jewish community and allies stood together listening to Rep. Tlaib describe the hardships she faced this week and her commitment to keep fighting for justice.

      Speaking with passion and through her tears, Representative Rashida Tlaib said: ‘I cannot tell you how much love I feel here… Thank you for lifting up peace, love and justice… I’m proud of my Palestinian roots, and I’m also strong because I grew up in the most beautiful, blackest city in the country, in the city of Detroit.’

      “Rep. Tlaib continued: ‘I can’t wait to show my grandmother how I was supported by all of you – it would bring her so much joy. One day we’re going to be able to hear the voices of people like my grandmother, who have not been truly seen or heard… And so, today, thank you for hearing me, thank you for seeing me, thank you for loving me. And thank you for allowing me to be not just your Congresswoman, but also a granddaughter of a grandmother living under occupation.’

      “The Shabbat in the Park with Rashida: Rooted in Community and Freedom was organized by JVP Action, the new sister organization of the national grassroots organization Jewish Voice for Peace. JVP Action is building a multi-racial, intergenerational movement of Jews and allies to transform U.S. policy towards justice in Israel/Palestine.

      “Beth Miller, Jewish Voice for Peace Action – Government Affairs Manager: ‘We are in awe of Rep. Tlaib’s courage and stand by her. It’s heartbreaking that Rashida had to spend this evening with us instead of her beloved family. And it’s enraging that the Israeli government would hold a Member of Congress’s family hostage unless she agrees to censor herself. For as long as it’s existed, the Israeli government has forced these kinds of heart wrenching and impossible choices on Palestinians. It’s time for all of us to insist our elected officials hold Israel accountable.’

      “Yesterday, Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar were banned from entering Israel, due to their support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement for Palestinian rights. The Israeli government’s decision was encouraged by President Trump. Although Israel announced it would allow Tlaib to enter Israel on a humanitarian basis to visit her family – including her grandmother – such permission was contingent upon her agreeing to censor herself politically. As Tlaib said in her statement: ‘I will not allow the Israeli government to humiliate me and my family or take away our right to speak out. I will not allow the Israeli government to take away our hope.’

      “JVP Action Organizer Reuben Telushkin: ‘In celebrating Shabbat, the Jewish day of rest, we are invited to also imagine the world we want to see. At the end of this difficult week, we’re grateful for Rashida’s steadfast leadership working toward the vision of a world with freedom and equality for all people.’

      “JVP Action Supporter Barbara Harvey: ‘We know what Rashida’s values are, because she has served our community so well for years – during her three terms in the Michigan legislature and now in Congress. This community remembers her love for all of us and her passionate commitment to us and to justice for all. We will have her back as long as she is willing to serve.’ ”
      ________________________________________________________________________________

      “JVP Action is an independent, non-partisan, 501(c)(4) organization formed as the political and advocacy arm of Jewish Voice for Peace. JVP Action is building a multi-racial, intergenerational movement of Jews and allies to transform U.S. policy towards justice in Israel/Palestine.

      “Jewish Voice for Peace is a national, grassroots organization inspired by Jewish tradition to work for a just and lasting peace according to principles of human rights, equality, and international law for all the people of Israel and Palestine. JVP has over 500,000 online supporters, over 70 chapters, a youth wing, a Rabbinic Council, an Artist Council, an Academic Advisory Council, and an Advisory Board made up of leading U.S. intellectuals and artists.”

  2. Sibiriak on August 17, 2019, 11:55 pm

    with many Americans coming round to embrace one of the BDS goals, sanctions.
    ————————————-

    Sanctions are a tactic, not a goal.

    It’s yet to be seen to what extent and how seriously Americans are embracing BDS’s three goals: ending the occupation of Arab territories occupied by Israel in 1967 and removing the separation wall; recognizing the right of Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and respecting, protecting, and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in U.N. resolution 194.

    • John O on August 19, 2019, 7:35 am

      To my way of thinking, boycotts operate at the individual level (I can stop buying goods from country X); disinvestment at the local/commercial level (my local government authority or pension fund can sell their shares in arms companies); sanctions operate at national government level. So, until governments place sanctions on Israel, bringing that is still a goal.

      • Sibiriak on August 19, 2019, 8:32 am

        John O: So, until governments place sanctions on Israel, bringing that is still a goal.
        ———————————————–

        That’s fine, but the point is sanctions are not an end in themselves; they are a means to an end or various ends (goals). The official BDS movement has adopted three goals which it is hoped sanctions will help attain. It’s yet to be seen to what extent Americans are embracing those specific goals, and embracing sanctions as a means to achieve them.

  3. hophmi on August 18, 2019, 7:31 am

    So wonderful that BDSers get off on triggering a community of Holocaust survivors.

    I assure you that your victory will be short-lived. At the end of the day, Americans are decent people, and they recognize that Israel, like most societies, has its imperfections, but it’s paradise compared to the rest of the region, including from the standpoints of minority rights and human rights.

    And I assure you that this is far more about Trump than it is about BDS, and once Trump goes, so will moments like this. So congrats. You are, as I’ve always says, Trump’s beat friends and beneficiaries.

    • CigarGod on August 18, 2019, 11:20 am

      Doing my duty to cull the lies and half-truths of Hophmi, as usual.
      This following bit from U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum:

      “How many survivors are there today?
      Estimates of the number of remaining survivors vary greatly and depend in part on how one defines a survivor. The Museum honors as survivors any persons, Jewish or non-Jewish, who were displaced, persecuted, or discriminated against due to the racial, religious, ethnic, and political policies of the Nazis and their allies between 1933 and 1945. In addition to former inmates of concentration camps, ghettos, and prisons, this definition includes, among others, people who were refugees or were in hiding.

      The Registry of Holocaust Survivors currently contains the names of over 195,000 survivors and family members and we are adding more every day. A growing number of these individuals, who registered their names and historical information over the last 15 years, are now deceased.

      The Registry is a voluntary and testimonial list, and is by no means a comprehensive list of all survivors. Furthermore, most of the survivors in our database live in the United States or Canada, although we have registrations from survivors and family members from 59 countries.”

    • bcg on August 18, 2019, 12:04 pm

      @Hophmi: perhaps you can tell us what Israel’s “imperfections” are and what you would recommend doing about them.

      • Talkback on August 18, 2019, 3:13 pm

        The same kind of imperfections states had that discriminated against Jews

    • Mooser on August 18, 2019, 2:57 pm

      “I assure you that your victory will be short-lived.”

      Don’t say you’re orphans, for we know that game.

    • Misterioso on August 19, 2019, 10:23 am

      @hophmi

      “At the end of the day, Americans are decent people, and they recognize that Israel, like most societies, has its imperfections, but it’s paradise compared to the rest of the region, including from the standpoints of minority rights and human rights.”

      Sigh. You’ve got to get out of your basement and/or Hasbara Central. Your comment is ridiculous. What is abundantly clear is that “decent” Americans are increasingly realizing that the entity known as “Israel,” which they have subsidized to the tune of now well over $134.7 billion during the past 71 years, is and has always been expansionist, fascistic, racist and a brutal occupier and ethnic cleanser of the indigenous Palestinians.

      The writing is on the wall. “Israel’s” descent is under way.

    • genesto on August 19, 2019, 12:45 pm

      Having spent 3 days in an Israeli prison, had my personal possessions stolen from me and been subjected to psychological torture, I have to raise issue with your characterization of Israel as a ‘paradise’. In fact, it’s a paradise only for Ashkenazi male Jews. For everyone else, it’s on a declining scale until you reach the level of the Palestinian, for whom it’s a living hell!

      • Talkback on August 21, 2019, 4:45 am

        Well, it’s a “paradise” for (Ashkenazi) Jews and “jewish” for anybody else. It’s the same with “democratic” and “jewish”.

    • Mooser on August 19, 2019, 1:05 pm

      “So wonderful that BDSers get off on triggering a community of Holocaust survivors.” “Hophmi”

      Does anybody know WTF “Hophmi” is referring to?

    • eljay on August 19, 2019, 3:30 pm

      || hophmi: … At the end of the day, Americans … recognize that Israel, like most societies, has its imperfections, but it’s paradise compared to the rest of the region, including from the standpoints of minority rights and human rights. … ||

      A classic Zionist two-fer:
      – Whataboutism.
      – Israel is a “moral beacon” and “light unto the nations” state that isn’t quite as bad as Saudi Arabia, Mali, African “hellholes”, etc.

    • Kay24 on August 19, 2019, 5:11 pm

      Ah, now that “Holocaust” card. Palestinians are trying hard to survive a brutal occupation, their lands being stolen by their greedy occupier, and having their kids being killed by bombs and snipers. That statement about BDS going when Trump does is so lame. BDS was there before, and will be there after Trump goes. BDS is hurting the occupiers, or else they will be reacting this way, even investing millions of dollars to stop it does not seem to be working, despite the failed efforts by Netanyahu’s Hasbara brigade.

  4. lobewyper on August 18, 2019, 8:53 am

    Thanks to Phil, Adam and the rest of the Mondoweiss staff for their tireless efforts to tell the truth about the tragedy of Israel-Palestine. By the way, wasn’t it John Mearsheimer that years ago termed The Occupation as “brutal?” Haven’t heard much from him lately, or from Steven Walt, for that matter. What’s up with that?

  5. brent on August 18, 2019, 2:48 pm

    In 1988 there was Rabin’s order to break the bones of stone-throwers and the resultant videos of soldiers holding youngster’s arms across a large rock for another soldier to drop another in order to break the bone. The videos were so graphic and compelling most media jumped on the story and Americans were disgusted and outraged.

    Then there was the Sabra Shatila massacre and videos in 1982 that made Israel look terrible in the eyes of most and led the news for a week until the Tylenol contamination scare bumped it.

    How to understand these media events come and go without bringing Palestinians closer to freedom? I think, its more fundamentally not about “the Benjamins” and the “alliance” but about the dominate narrative so assiduously cultivated that the hidden agenda is Israel’s existence, and “Israel’s existence is in question and has the right to defend its self!”.

    Many Americans have long understood Israelis are heavy-handed, arrogant, even “disturbed” by their past and do things that are “unforgivable”. That does not fundamentally alter the equation because so many also believe the “ingathering of the Jews” was foretold as a precursor to the second coming of Christ… God’s will so to speak. That belief along with perceptions of history justify Israel’s existence and form the foundation for political support… regardless of Israel unacceptable behaviors.

    Altering this narrative, this “weapon” for Greater Israel, that has held back civilization and dominated the American political landscape, should be front and center. It’s foolhardy to think it can be done through force or coercion, especially while the existence/defending narrative has legs.

    Changing this narrative will likely not be accomplished when acts of murder are celebrated and rewarded, even though small in number. All violence has become an enemy of peaceful co-existence. I can think of no more effective way to change the narrative than to reach for the moral high ground with a disciplined campaign for human rights to stand side by side with BDS.

    Phil writes the Tlaib/Omar affair go traction because they were elected representatives. I’d modify that to say the episode forced MC to avoid colliding with principles Americans hold dear. To avoid the hypocrite charge. When American values take center stage, that alters the equation.

    Yes, BDS is non-violent and draws on the strategies of the American and South African human rights movements. But, it will likely not be as effective until it is accompanied by securing the moral high ground with an organized human rights movement as they did. Campaigning for human rights discombobulates the defending narrative… and Americans will develop a new understanding.

    Also, there is the game-changing letter by 21 Israeli lawmakers asking Congress to abandon their safe position calling for a two-state solution. That will force many to “reposition” themselves on the matter. The IP conflict is now in flux and serious discussion and debate on the nature of “the struggle are in order”.

    • jackal on August 18, 2019, 6:08 pm

      @ Brent — you said — :
      “it will likely not be as effective until it is accompanied by securing the moral high ground with an organized human rights movement as they did. Campaigning for human rights discombobulates the defending narrative… and Americans will develop a new understanding.”

      From an outsider’s perspective, it has been very difficult, dating back to the very beginning of the USA as a nation, looking at it from a historical point of view, to think of the US as ever having attained true democracy, and certainly never having set a standard to dictate from a “moral high ground” in its dealings with the rest of the world.
      As a relatively recent example all you have to do is think of Sarijavo, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan or any number of countries in South America. Americans may think that, because of their, ahem, “christian” background that they can take the Moral High Ground with the rest of the world and preach to others that their viewpoint of democracy is the one and only way to run a gov’t.
      I’m not suggesting that there aren’t a number of gov’ts around the world that could benefit from a change in the way their countries are ruled; but I sure as hell would not use the US as an example.
      When you align yourself with an apartheid gov’t such as Israel, and play patty-cake with them when the Israelis are so blatantly heedless of any rulings made by the Geneva Convention or the International Court of Justice than you are no better than the Israelis.

    • RoHa on August 19, 2019, 1:20 am

      I’m inclined to agree that the Palestinians should get a good PR firm to press the human rights story along with BDS.

      I don’t think that these necessarily preclude other types of action, and, while I certainly would not consider the USA as an example, I think that the people of the US could be persuaded to press their rulers to reduce support for Israel.

    • CigarGod on August 18, 2019, 7:43 pm

      I read the order creating the commission. It seems to be limited to work within its boundaries.

  6. echinococcus on August 19, 2019, 5:58 am

    “Despite Israel’s apologists’ efforts to blame Donald Trump for the move (Bari Weiss, MSNBC, the New York Times), a lot of Americans are blaming the country that won’t let our congresspeople in even though we give it more foreign aid than any other country, $3.8 billion a year.”

    Warped logic here.
    “the country that won’t let our congresspeople” past the illegal border of a pirate colony
    is the same country these congresspeople serve in its parliament: the US Zionist Empire, owned, together with the Zionist entity, by the same people, who constitute the real Zionist leadership (not based in Jerusalem or any other spot in Palestine –they aren’t that stupid!)
    If our last four or five wars (and quasi-wars) of aggression have not made that blindingly obvious, we should be called cognitively impaired.

  7. echinococcus on August 19, 2019, 6:18 am

    “Many liberal Zionists and progressive Democrats have opposed the occupation, with nothing to show for their efforts”

    Wrong: they are getting a substantial reward.

    The “liberal” Zionists, their second fiddles the tribal “non-Zionists” and the “progressive”(!) Democrats, by opposing the post-1967 occupation* get to firmly entrench in the mind of even the anti-Zionist public an acceptance of the rape of Palestine, some absurd fiction of legitimate invader presence on Palestinian soil and a vague belief that these Zionist invaders belong there. That’s their only hope to keep their abomination going in the teeth of decolonization.

    The Yahoos, open genocidaires and religious-assassin crazies are preferable: their frankness is our best support in informing the US and European public.

    [*: slyly re-christened “THE occupation” tout court, when in reality it’s only an afterthought of the real occupation of 1947 – 1948!]

  8. Misterioso on August 19, 2019, 11:21 am

    Re: Zionist toady, Bill Maher:

    “Boycott of Bill Maher’s Show Suggested by Rep Rashida Tlaib After He Criticizes BDS”

    “Rep. Rashida Tlaib suggested boycotting “Real Time With Bill Maher” Saturday [August 17] after he called the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement she supports a ‘bulls— purity test’ during Friday’s HBO show.

    “’Maybe folks should boycott his show,’ she tweeted Saturday. ‘I am tired of folks discrediting a form of speech that is centered on equality and freedom. This is exactly how they tried to discredit & stop the boycott to stand up against the apartheid in S. Africa. It didn’t work then and it won’t now.’

    “Michigan’s outspoken Democratic freshman in Congress was responding to a tweet earlier in the day by Intercept columnist Mehdi Hasan, in which he included a clip of a roundtable discussion on Maher’s “Real Time” Friday criticizing BDS. Hasan wrote: ‘Maher rails against BDS, Palestinians, and Omar/Tlaib with an all-white panel featuring no Palestinians, no Arabs, no Muslims, no people of colour.’

    “Maher came out hard against the BDS movement Friday, calling it a ‘bulls— purity test by people who want to appear woke [sic] but actually slept through history class.’

    “It is ‘very shallow thinking that the Jews in Israel, mostly white, and the Palestinians are browner, so they must be innocent and correct, and the Jews must be wrong. As if the occupation came right out of the blue, that this completely peaceful people found themselves occupied,’ he added.

    “Tlaib and Rep. Ilhan Omar were denied entry into Israel last week because of their support of the movement and following a tweet from Trump saying, ‘It would show great weakness if Israel allowed Rep. Omar and Rep.Tlaib to visit.’

    “Although the Israeli government later Friday said that Tlaib would be allowed to visit her grandmother in the West Bank if she filed a humanitarian request and pledged not to voice her support for the BDS movement while in the region, Tlaib reversed course and said she would not got to Israel.

    “’When I won, it gave the Palestinian people hope that someone will finally speak the truth about the inhumane conditions,’ Tlaib said in a statement Friday. ‘I can’t allow the State of Israel to take away that light by humiliating me & use my love for my sity [grandmother] to bow down to their oppressive and racist policies.'”

    • Kay24 on August 19, 2019, 12:24 pm

      I watched Bill Maher go on a meltdown, and was disgusted when he started whining that the narrative here is one sided (implying it was the Palestinian side, what a damn joke!) and that no one is taking into account the suicide bombings etc. Strange, he did not mention THE OCCUPATION, OR THE LAND THEFTS, NOR DID HE MENTION THE CHILDREN BEING KILLED ALMOST ON A DAILY BASIS. He was showing his deep devotion for the zionists, without a single thought for the real victims. He had a ugly moment there clutching his pearls. Unfortunately, none of his guests had the spine to disagree. I guess they wanted to be invited by him again.

  9. Ossinev on August 19, 2019, 2:20 pm

    @Mooser
    “Does anybody know WTF “Hophmi” is referring to?”

    If you read through the whole comment then it it is clear …… that he is absholutley pissed.

    (speaking as one of Dickhead Donald`s “beat” friends)

    • Mooser on August 19, 2019, 4:31 pm

      “…… that he is absholutley pissed.”

      Yup, same thought; he’s shikkered.

  10. Sibiriak on August 19, 2019, 10:33 pm

    … Minnesota representative Ilhan Omar called on her colleagues to visit Israel to prevent Donald Trump and the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, “succeed in hiding the cruel reality of the occupation from us”. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/aug/19/ilhan-omar-rashida-tlaib-israel-press-conference

    ——————————————————-

    When Trump and Netanyahu are gone there will be a great sigh of relief, and the focus will once again return to ending the occupation and getting back on track to a two-state settlement.

  11. Marnie on August 20, 2019, 3:14 am

    Just watched Peter Beinart trounce a republican stooge on CNN WRT Ilhan and Rashida, palestinian protests and Hanan Ashwari.

    Peter Beinart is a righteous jew amongst those who’ve sold their souls to the devil. He is a hero and an orthodox jew and for that he will be crucified by his fellow jews and evangelical christians.

  12. Ossinev on August 20, 2019, 7:39 am

    @Sibiriak
    “When Trump and Netanyahu are gone there will be a great sigh of relief, and the focus will once again return to ending the occupation and getting back on track to a two-state settlement”

    You have got to be joking. Two state solution !! It was never intended to happen and will never happen.

    Better to rephrase and perhaps say ” getting back on track to maintaining a more subtle illusion of a two state solution.”

    Single overt Apartheid state here we come.

    Tick tick

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