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The J Street conference in Washington last weekend had a panel on the growing rift between American and Israeli Jews at which Rabbi Ayelet Cohen of the New Israel Fund, a liberal Zionist organization, said American Jews are losing interest in Israel, have “shame” and disappointment about Israel, are tired of fighting over Israel, and rabbis are quietly dropping Israel from Hebrew school curricula and no one’s noticing. Here’s her full opening statement. 

When I think about the language of a rift, I think about active conflict, I think about moments that have stood out as crisis points between Amerian and Israeli Jews–I’m sure Netanyahu’s speech to Congress, the whole issue around the Iran deal, the Jerusalem embassy. But I think on a daily basis more than active experience of rift, what we are experiencing is a very troubling cooling of interest, of curiosity, of engagement between American Jews and Israelis and vice versa. I think for many of us it’s about despair, it’s about averting our eyes, it’s about misalignment of values.

For many of us, and we see this in many communities of North American Jews, across movements, affiliation, across religious connection, people who were deeply connected to Israel are tired, they are constantly feeling a need to justify why they feel connected to this place, they’re constantly disappointed, experiencing a lot of shame about this place– always hoping that it will rise to the occasion, be something that it’s not.

I think probably a lot of us in this room have felt that way at various points. It’s a lot of work to stay engaged, to keep holding on, to not walk away.

Most people are conflict averse. We don’t want to have fights with our families, we don’t want to have fights with our Jewish schools, we don’t want to have fights in our synagogues, and we see this playing out in so many different Jewish communal organizations. We see this playing out in philanthropy. It’s easier to look away.

And with the current political reality here in the U.S., there’s plenty for us to do here as concerned Jews who want to act for our values. And so while of course that work is essential and many of us are doing that as well, I think for some of us it also is a way of not having to worry about what’s going on in Israel, not having to think about it.

In my work, I talk to a lot of my rabbinic colleagues. What we’re seeing is, in many synagogues, in summer camps, it’s easier to just not talk about Israel. It’s too divisive, it’s too complicated. Politically engaged congregations have so much to do around immigration and other domestic issues– why talk about something that’s going to be so painful, so complicated, and feels further away for a lot of us?

I’ve spoken to some rabbis who have slowly taken Israel out of the Hebrew school curriculum, and no one noticed. As long as we’re still talking about social justice and anti-Semitism and highlights of Jewish history and holidays, nobody notices that Israel isn’t in there. So in that we are creating another generation of American Jews who are even further away and further disconnected from Israel.

Will a transfer of power [end of Netanyahu era] make a difference in terms of the relationship? Look, I think it’s a moment of opportunity for us. We know that the prevailing strategy of the American Jewish establishment has been a complete failure. Lying to smart young people has not worked. Trying to only talk about the good and brand anyone who talks about the bad as a traitor has not worked. It’s backfired spectacularly. Because it’s caused smart American progressive Jews to suspect the good as well as be concerned about the bad, and that’s terrible. That’s actually tragic to me. We have a lot of work to do to really engage.

I know that for rabbis there is a tremendous amount of pressure and intimidation to talk about Israel with less intellectual rigor and curiosity than almost everything else we talk about from the bima [altar]. And we fear and are frequently faced with intimidation and financial consequences when rabbis try to do that. For a lot of my colleagues I know it’s brave to even be here at this conference.

I also think there’s a lot of opportunity in this moment and part of why I like coming to J Street is the opportunity for so many American Jews to spend time with and connect with the Israelis who are the opposition, who are the resistance. All of the civil society organizations– it’s always a treat for me to see so many of the New Israel Fund grantee organizations here. So that Americans can connect with and hear from Israeli activists like themselves who are deeply concerned with what’s going on.

The best thing that we can do are tell their stories, lift up their voices, remind ourselves as an American Jews that there are Israeli Jews, Israeli Arabs who are working every day. They do not have the luxury of averting their eyes, it is not an option. So for us to be truly in relationship, we have to look too and have to listen and we can get reconnected and reenergized.

Philip Weiss

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  1. just on October 31, 2019, 5:46 pm

    “I’ve spoken to some rabbis who have slowly taken Israel out of the Hebrew school curriculum, and no one noticed. As long as we’re still talking about social justice and anti-Semitism and highlights of Jewish history and holidays, nobody notices that Israel isn’t in there. So in that we are creating another generation of American Jews who are even further away and further disconnected from Israel.”

    Makes sense.

    Just Iook at the junk that Israel is teaching in their schools: I posted this the other day:

    “Israel’s Civics Exam to Require Students to Memorize Controversial Nation-state Law

    Meanwhile, the concept of a multicultural state, which appears in the curriculum, will not be studied for the next two years …”

    more @ https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-israel-s-civics-exam-to-require-students-to-memorize-controversial-nation-state-law-1.8029077?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

    Here’s an opinion piece in Haaretz from today:

    “Israeli Schools Teach Pro-settler Religious Nationalism Is the Only Way to Be Jewish

    Raising a pious, pro-settler generation: Israeli schoolkids are now targets of a state-sponsored campaign of political and religious indoctrination

    The Israeli government recently approved school trips to sites over the Green Line, fully funded by the Education Ministry. The reason given? It’s unabashedly stated by Rafi Peretz, Israel’s former Minister of Education: “In order for couples to move here [to the occupied territories] when they’re 30 years old, we need young people at 16 to visit here…that is the way we will build another new step to the settlement project.”

    It’s time we faced the truth: In recent years, Israel’s education ministry has pushed a hidden agenda. Not only is it moving our kids towards a more Orthodox approach to their Jewish identity, but it is pushing them to the political right, too.

    As a long time Jewish educator and mother of three Israeli children I often get asked, “Is Israel getting more religious or more secular?” My go-to answer: “It’s complicated.” When we try to analyse sociological and ideological trends in Israel relating to religion and secularism, it’s a complex picture.

    What if we start by asking smaller questions, like: “Are our children getting a different kind of Jewish education than their parents? Are kids at state secular schools exposed to more Orthodox undertones (and overtones) in their Jewish education?”

    The answer to these questions is far more simple. It is unequivocally “Yes.”

    The controversy around how far a religious Jewish agenda is being forced on secular public school students in Israel has been brewing for some time. Commonly known as “hadata” (“religionization,” or religious coercion, from the Hebrew for religion, “dat”), now it seems to have gone one step further.

    A new term has entered the national vocabulary: “hadlata,” an acronym which adds the element of “leumi,” or nationalist, so it means a process of enforcing theological nationalism. The Jewish education our kids are receiving in non-religious public schools is not only indoctrinated by religion, it has increasingly taken on a politically nationalistic slant as well. …

    … Participants report that the overriding atmosphere that the organizers try and foster is permeated by extreme nationalism, supremacism and an “us against them” mindset; counsellors spoke out against a secular Jewish lifestyle and suggested Arabs have no place here in the Jewish state. In some instances, educators push students to try Orthodox Jewish practice.

    The report’s main criticism is not so much in the content presented, as in what is left out: there is no mention of other streams of Judaism, of Jewish pluralism, of Arab Israelis, of non-Jewish residents of Israel or of the Palestinian conflict. As if these issues have no bearing on the formation of our children’s Jewish-Israeli identity.

    While some students and teachers my well return from the seminar inspired and enriched, it raises some serious questions for secular Israelis.

    What models of Jewish education are we presenting to our kids? What types of Jewish identity are we fostering? Are we presenting them with a range of inspirational role models that are congruent with a secular-humanistic-liberal worldview? Have we somehow lost our way, so others are offering another path for us?

    I believe we are seeing the result of an ongoing process of disempowerment on the part of the secular Israelis when it comes to their Jewish identity.

    Many secular Israeli parents just ask: “What’s wrong with a little yiddishkeit”? Their lack of Jewish literacy and confidence in their secular Jewish world-view, and their failure to understand the methodology of missionizing Orthodoxy, leads them to outsource their children’s Jewish identity and values education by right-leaning, religious educators.

    Guess how often it works the other way around – how many secular teachers are allowed to teach Judaism to kids in religious public schools? You guessed it. Zero….”

    more @ https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-how-israeli-schools-teach-religious-nationalism-as-the-only-way-to-be-jewish-1.8061651

    I don’t think that any of this will make those “sick and tired” Americans less” sick and tired of Israel”.

  2. Rob Roy on October 31, 2019, 10:18 pm

    Basic problem: child abuse. It’s child abuse to say, this child was born a Jew or a Christian or a Moslem or a Hindu or belonging to any other kind of religion when what follows is years of indoctrination right out of the box, or should we say womb? So unfair. A child in this situation doesn’t stand a chance of being normal; i.e., allowed to grow up looking at all philosophies and religions and choosing for him/herself or perhaps choosing no religion at all. (It’s a fact that the atheists I know are generally kinder and fairer and more just than the strongly religious I know.)
    People who brainwash their children are despicable. And, gee, they don’t even know it, most often because it happened to them, too.
    P.S. I no longer trust JStreet. If Pelosi is in attendance, it can’t be good. Hypocrites we don’t need.

  3. echinococcus on October 31, 2019, 11:11 pm

    “As long as we’re still talking about social justice and anti-Semitism and highlights of Jewish history and holidays, nobody notices that Israel isn’t…”
    Yarright. We get it. All it is about for Ms. Rabbi is her peculiar understanding of “social justice” (whatever that may be, let’s not speculate, but surely not plain justice like, say, the restitution of Palestine!) and return to dark ages tribalism.

    And soon she gives the game away:
    “Will a transfer of power [end of Netanyahu era] make a difference in terms of the relationship?”

    All it is about is, again, a transfer of power from the Likud and associated genocidaires, who are uncool in Western eyes, to some “liberal” gang, of the original brand of genocidaires (“Labour” and so-called social justice while exterminating the Palestinians and their very memory, thank you.)

    So let’s have a look at her organization’s program:

    “to actualize the vision of Israel’s Founders, that of a Jewish and democratic state that, in the words of the Declaration of Independence, ‘ensures complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex.”
    Harrumpf. That’s the vision of Israel’s genocidaire Founders, eh? Jewish and equality of rights? Democratic and Jewish… OK, seen enough. A and non-A are perfectly compatible in that headspinning nonsense logic.

    “It advocates for civil and human rights, religious tolerance and pluralism, and closing the social and economic gaps in Israeli society, especially those among Jews and Arabs”

    Sure. No word about whose land that is.

    Give me any day a rabbi or rabbina that sticks to herhis job of applying the letter of the religion and the rites without going into politics (and there doesn’t seem to be many of that ilk) — rather than a J-Street fake like this one, who is working to provide a renewed pretext for Western governments to continue supporting the Zionist entity.

    • genesto on November 1, 2019, 1:07 pm

      You’ve covered the points I wanted to make beautifully. Thank you.

      Will a new prime minister in Israel make a difference? Putting it more bluntly, all you’ll be doing is replacing one crook, con man and war criminal with yet another. So, no, it won’t!

      Zionism is, and always will be, the crux of the problem.

      • RoHa on November 1, 2019, 11:56 pm

        I think the same applies elsewhere.

        I know that many people think that Trump gives lessons to the Antichrist, but will a new president in the USA make much difference? I doubt it. I think it’s likely that all you’ll be doing is replacing one crook, con man and war criminal with yet another.

  4. Joshua Laskin on November 1, 2019, 8:49 am

    I may find Trumpian America to be hateful, in many ways; but there are very cool Americans, doing some very cool stuff, day to day, down on the ground—props to them. And, here’s to the very cool Israelis, pushing the envelope. It’s their country; and good guys don’t walk away. NIF’s support for those good guys? Respect. Sure it may be ultimately hopeless; but that’s besides the point. Our entire Human civilization could be doomed, with climate-chaos wiping out the agriculture; but still, respect, to whoever nonetheless plants young apple trees; or, for that matter, births babies. We go on; however bleak the scenario. Ditto for Israel-action. Who knows how its future generations may change it? While boycotting to send a bit of pressure, I’ll not pooh-pooh the justice-warriors in the trenches. Having fought for the lost cause, sometimes becomes the pride of our heritage.

  5. Elizabeth Block on November 1, 2019, 10:28 am

    A few weeks ago I sent a Zionist friend an article about the Israeli rabbi who told a yeshiva graduating class that Palestinians should be slaves to Jews, and they would be happier that way. She replied that she supports Israel in general, but not “oddballs” like him. Of course he’s not an oddball, just a little bit beyond the “normal” racism of Israel and its leaders.
    My friend is one of the diaspora Jews who can afford not to face facts.

    The only way Israel will regain the support of younger Jews – plus the older ones who DO fact facts – is to become a state of all its citizens, i.e. a democracy. That means: NOT a Jewish state. J Street and the New Jewish Agenda aren’t there yet.
    Imagine the US or Canada as a Christian state the way Israel is a Jewish state.

    • just on November 1, 2019, 3:53 pm

      Lots of evangelicals/pentecostals of all stripes would like nothing more, Elizabeth. Just today in The Guardian US politics live section:

      “Paula White, the president’s personal pastor who has just joined the administration, is promoting a book in which she details her long friendship with Trump.

      In a Washington Examiner interview about the book, White claimed that Trump once proposed building a glass cathedral for her ministry. “He wanted to build a house of God,” White said. “He said, ‘Let’s do this, let’s build this before we’re too old.” …

      …The New York Times reported yesterday:

      Ms. White will work in the Office of Public Liaison, the official said, which is the division of the White House overseeing outreach to groups and coalitions organizing key parts of the president’s base. Her role will be to advise the administration’s Faith and Opportunity Initiative, which Mr. Trump established last year by executive order and which aims to give religious groups more of a voice in government programs devoted to issues like defending religious liberty and fighting poverty.

      As Mr. Trump campaigns for a second term, he cannot afford to lose support from the religious conservatives who voted for him in 2016 in significant numbers. Without their backing, his path to re-election would be significantly narrower. …

      But Ms. White cannot be easily categorized as either a political asset or a liability. She has a large following among Christians who believe in the ‘prosperity gospel,’ which teaches that God blesses people he deems to be of strong faith with wealth, good health and other gifts.

      But many other Christians consider these beliefs to be heresy. And Ms. White’s presence in the top tier of Mr. Trump’s coterie of informal religious advisers has long been a source of contention with many evangelical Christians. …”

      https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/live/2019/nov/01/donald-trump-news-today-impeachment-investigation-nancy-pelosi-live-updates

      For more background on this snake oil saleswoman and Trump, go here:

      “Paula White: the pastor who helps Trump hear ‘what God has to say’

      The head of a Florida megachurch says Trump spent hours seeking advice from God on a presidential run …

      … White coordinates meetings with faith leaders at the White House and with the Office of the Public Liaison on various humanitarian issues, including the Venezuelan crisis during our interview. She has advised on specific policies such as the US embassy in Israel’s move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem (she told Trump: “You’re making the right decision, sir”).

      She also defends the president outside Washington. When it was revealed the Trump administration separated children from their parents at the border, White told the Christian Broadcasting Network that if Jesus “had broken the law then He would have been sinful and He would not have been our Messiah”. After Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, killing 3,000 people, White told Charisma News she “worked daily with the White House on relief efforts”, and officials on the island said “how wonderful our government, our military, our national guard is”.

      During our interview, White praised Trump’s assault on the Johnson amendment, which bars religious institutions from openly expressing political views, and said she hoped abortion would be “overturned”, referring to the US supreme court decision that legalized it nationally. …”

      https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/mar/27/paula-white-donald-trump-pastor-evangelicals

  6. Misterioso on November 1, 2019, 10:38 am

    Must read: An analysis of the monster Zionism has created:

    https://socialistproject.ca/2019/11/global-israel/

    “Global Israel” International Relations, Nov. 1/19, by Judith Deutsch

    (Judith Deutsch is a member of Independent Jewish Voices, and president of Science for Peace. She is a psychoanalyst in Toronto)

    “Securocratic War, Securocratic Borders, Securocratic Emissions”

    Excerpts:
    “Globally, human societies are veering toward the precipice of a cascading extinction event that is traceable to 20th century wars and to accelerated dangers following the end of the Cold War. This pivotal time could have seen the end of nuclear weapons and the near elimination of greenhouse gas emissions. Instead, the major nuclear weapons states are modernizing their arsenals, and greenhouse gas emissions since 1990 surpass cumulative emissions since the beginning of the industrial revolution. From 1990, transformations of global militarization have proven to be both a cause and effect of interconnected crises. Israeli militarization, inflicted on Palestinian people and territory, has been integral, and at times a groundbreaking catalyst, facilitator, and collaborator in this global disaster. Post-Cold War Israel put its so-called peace process in ‘formaldehyde’ (in the words of Dov Weisglass).”

    “Nuclear Weapons”
    “Israel’s nuclear weapon secrecy mirrors little children hiding in plain sight, except little children innocently and charmingly believe that no one can see them while Israel’s ‘secrecy’ tauntingly communicates a sense of entitlement to destroy. Israel’s arsenal is variously estimated to be between 80 to 400 nuclear warheads. Israel is not a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), yet Israel was allowed to participate and determine the focus of the 2015 five-year UN NPT conference held during the Ukraine/Crimea crisis. With fears of a nuclear conflagration between the USA and Russia, the aim was to take nuclear weapons off high-alert status, but Israel deflected attention to the purported threat of Iran, and the NPT review conference was a failure as a result.”

    “Israel’s ‘operations’ against Gaza involve the ‘limited use of unlimited force’: a multilayered effort to inflict the greatest damage possible on terrorists and their weapons systems, their infrastructure, support networks, financial flows, and other means of support. Civilian villages are treated as military bases.

    “Israel, using assaults on Palestinian territory as a lab, sells its ‘battle-tested’ high-tech cyber-security technology, drones, unmanned aerial systems, missiles, radars, and electronic warfare systems. Under ‘precision engagement,’ Israel takes the lead in Unmanned Surface (naval) Vehicles and Unmanned Ground Vehicles, Fighting Robots, and Directed-Energy Weapons (lasers, high-powered microwaves, particle beams and advanced optics). Scientific and ‘cute’ terms for weapons systems that penetrate and desecrate body boundaries are sold at the world’s arms fairs: biometric templates for fingerprints and retinal and facial measurement; joy sticks are remote killing devices used to ‘Spot and Shoot.’ Killer and surveillance drones are called BirdEye, Skylark, Ghost, Bat, and Mini-Panther. Entomopters are bug-sized devices that carry out ‘precise, deadly strikes without sending its own soldiers into danger’; the Mosquito, weighing only 450 grams, can range up to two kilometers and can activate a ‘hive’ of three JUMPER canisters, each containing eight missiles that can deliver several possible warhead options up to a range of 50 km. Snake robots of varying sizes, equipped with cameras and occasionally explosives, can be deployed in contested buildings for surveillance, ‘or potentially, to implant poisons or debilitating devices in targeted individuals.’ (Halper, p 131-33).”

    “Securocratic Emissions”
    “The military is exempt under the Kyoto Protocol, yet the military is the largest single institutional emitter of greenhouse gases. An ignored source of emissions are the massive data centres (server farms) for sending and receiving information from weapons and surveillance systems.”

    “Laws and Institutions”
    “Israel deflects criminal charges partly by formulating new laws (‘lawfare’). After removing Israeli settlers from Gaza, Israel continued to control Gaza’s air, sea, and land borders but fabricated a legal category ‘parastatal entity’ to evade Geneva Convention obligations to occupied peoples.

    “Israel signed but did not ratify the Chemical Weapons Convention and is not a party to the Biological Weapons Convention. Israel violates the 1925 Geneva Protocol on Poisonous Gas and the 1993 Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling, and Use of Chemical Weapons.

    “Israel’s Dahiya Doctrine erases the distinction between civilians and military and legalizes what is illegal under international law: the Principle of Distinction (between civilian and military) and the Principle of Disproportionality.”

    “Morality”
    “Eyal Weizman writes of a degraded moral category of ‘least possible evil,’ a permissible evil if it prevents an even greater crime. A grim irony is the view that the Nazi genocide was the worst evil because it was uniquely methodical, scientific, and technological, yet Israel’s proclaimed cutting-edge precision methods of control and killing are morally unquestioned. The military aim is full-spectrum dominance over all movement on the ground, air, and sea, and inside body and mind. Most often, what Israeli leaders say and do causes no moral discomfort. Former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir’s was able to say, ‘We can forgive the Arabs for killing our children. But we can never forgive them for forcing us to kill their children. Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us.’ Shaul Mofaz is known as the ‘butcher of the Jenin refugee camp’ who ‘mowed the lawn’ of humans, and Shaked publicly called for the slaughter of Palestinian mothers who give birth to ‘little snakes.’ Canada allowed Mofaz to speak and Ayelet to vacation in Canada but refused admission to Israel critic former British M.P. George Galloway and to pro-BDS peace activist US Colonel Ann Wright.

    “In 2004, over one hundred Israelis signed the Olga Document, expressing shame and guilt: ‘We are talking of a road that has not been tried hitherto: being honest with ourselves, with our neighbours and particularly with the Palestinian people – our enemies who are our brothers and sisters. If we muster within ourselves the appropriate honesty and requisite courage, we will be able to take the first step in the long journey that can extricate us from the tangle of denial, repression, distortion of reality, loss of direction and forsaking of conscience, in which the people of Israel have been trapped for generations.” Richard Falk speaks of a global morality beyond the nation state: ‘We as species need urgently to affirm the imperative of serving human interests and to recognize that this can only begin to occur if people are able to create a vibrant global political community that embraces the whole of humanity.’ This would be revolutionary but do-able.”

  7. Vera Gottlieb on November 1, 2019, 12:14 pm

    My sentiments, exactly.

  8. Mayhem on November 1, 2019, 7:40 pm

    What American Jews just don’t get about Israel
    Quite frankly Israeli Jews are pretty jack of American Jews continually telling them what they should do.
    Rabbi Ayelet Cohen through her agency as a New Israel Fund torchbearer needs to bear a lot of the responsibility for the damage and the shift away from talking about Israel constructively and the positive aspects of Israeli society to concentrating instead solely on issues that denigrate and demean the state of Israel. The New Israel Fund should really be called the Negative Israel Fund.

    • annie on November 1, 2019, 8:35 pm

      did you read about the sniper using live fire on a 9 year old palestinian boy? https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/uk-forensics-evidence-israeli-live-ammunition-palestinian-boy-a9177021.html

      A separate report prepared for FA by US forensic ballistics experts analysed CT scans of the boy’s brain, and at the time, allegedly confirmed over 100 bullet fragments were “still lodged inside”.

      • just on November 1, 2019, 9:14 pm

        I read the entire miserable account this morning. They have no shame at all and just lie reflexively. Poor child and his family. Thanks to FA and science for the exposure of the lies and the criminals.

    • annie on November 1, 2019, 8:36 pm

      Israeli Jews are pretty jack of American Jews continually telling them what they should do.

      just fund them and stfu, we know what you mean.

      • Mooser on November 2, 2019, 12:49 pm

        BTW, at Trump’s Tupelo, Miss. rally yesterday, his usual logorrhea threatened to descend into outright glossolalia. This morning journalists are counting up all the new non-words Trump ejaculated (“foistered”, “apprenti”) and included “deligitimitized”.

        But I think I know where Trump picked up “deligitimitized”.

      • RoHa on November 2, 2019, 8:28 pm

        Mooser, do you mind?

        I don’t want to know about Trump’s ejaculations.

        And I especially don’t want to read that when I’m having my breakfast. Very off-putting.

      • Mooser on November 4, 2019, 5:49 pm

        “Mooser, do you mind?”

        Whoops. Sorry about that. Probably a distressing thing to contemplate while moodily pronging a forkful of the e’s and b.

    • Misterioso on November 2, 2019, 3:04 pm

      @Mayhem

      Wake up and smell the coffee!! The Zionist created borderless, expansionist, racist, brutal occupier and serial violator of hard won international humanitarian law referred to as “Israel” “denigrate[s] and demean[s]” itself.

    • eljay on November 3, 2019, 8:59 am

      || Mayhem: … Rabbi Ayelet Cohen … needs to bear a lot of the responsibility for the damage and the shift away from talking about Israel constructively and the positive aspects of Israeli society to concentrating instead solely on issues that denigrate and demean the state of Israel. … ||

      Yeah, shame on all those people who – having realized the truth about Joe – have damaged his image by shifting away from talking about him constructively and the positive aspects of his life and focusing solely on the fact that he deliberately and with impunity kidnaps women, chains them in his basement and rapes them.

      But, sure, I look forward to you and all Zionists shifting away from concentrating solely on issues that denigrate and demean the state of Iran to talking about Iran constructively and the positive aspects of Iranian society.

  9. Jcrew on November 1, 2019, 7:57 pm

    Don’t belive this Ayelet Cohen, or the other progressive reform Rabbis. They don’t live in Israel. I do. I was born and raised here. Israel is just all around wonderful. That is why US visits to Israel are at a record high. BIRTHRIGHT TAGLIT has been enormously successful. Americans who actually come here, and don’t have a Pelosi or Schiff mentality of hate, enjoy it tremendously. You naysayers are righteous, and don’t understand a whole lot about security and safety. The Palestinians need to take care of themselves. we’re not their babysitters. I say go Trump Pence 2020, and may God bless Israel and the USA.

    • annie on November 1, 2019, 8:38 pm

      Israel is just all around wonderful.

      especially after they mow the grass, the fresh smell of death is so invigorating.

    • just on November 1, 2019, 9:08 pm

      Have a look:

      “Israeli Government Posted Fake Successful Immigration Stories on Twitter, Report Says

      Investigation by The Times of Israel finds that Immigrant Integration Ministry posted stock images of people on Twitter with fabricated quotes …”

      https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/israeli-government-made-up-fake-successful-immigration-stories-on-twitter-1.8063147?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

    • eljay on November 1, 2019, 11:10 pm

      || Jcrew: … I was born and raised here. Israel is just all around wonderful. That is why US visits to Israel are at a record high. … ||

      Of course it’s all around wonderful. How could it not be when Jewish / “Jewish State” colonialism, (war) criminality and religion-based supremacism receive unquestioning political, economic, military and financial backing from the U.S. and most (all?) Western nations?

    • RoHa on November 2, 2019, 12:53 am

      “The Palestinians need to take care of themselves. we’re not their babysitters. ”

      No, you are not. You are their jailers, their oppressors, their torturers, and their killers. You are the thieves who stole their land, the ethnic cleansers who drove so many into exile, and the liars who try to hide your crimes.

    • Mooser on November 2, 2019, 12:23 pm

      ” I say go Trump Pence 2020, and may God bless Israel and the USA…”

      Trump is getting impeached, and Israel can’t form a government. You’ll do fine.

      “God bless Israel and the USA”

      Yeah, talk about babysitters! There isn’t a finer one than God Himself, is there?

    • Mooser on November 2, 2019, 12:32 pm

      “I was born and raised here…” “Jcrew”

      Sure, that’s where your idiomatic wingnut American English comes from. Do Israeli schools give courses in that?

    • Misterioso on November 2, 2019, 3:14 pm

      @Jcrew

      Sigh. What a load of utter drivel.

      “[W]e’re not their babysitters.” True!! As any reasonably well informed person knows full well, you and your Zionist ilk are in fact their brutal/illegal occupiers, their victimizers, their ethnic cleansers, their oppressors. Well, including their ancestors, the indigenous Palestinians have lived between the River and the Sea for at least 15,000 years and will still be there in huge numbers after U.S. dependent “Israel” has long since been thrown into history’s dust bin.

  10. Jcrew on November 2, 2019, 1:51 am

    Haaretz business is to hate Israel and provide the world with self hating anti Israel news 📰

    • eljay on November 2, 2019, 9:59 am

      || Jcrew: Haaretz business is to hate Israel … ||

      While the business of Zionists is to hate everyone who doesn’t condone their colonialism, (war) crimes and religion-based supremacism.

      || … and provide the world with self hating anti Israel news … ||

      I can only imagine how infuriating it must be to Zionists to have Haaretz muscling in on their turf.

    • Mooser on November 2, 2019, 12:20 pm

      “Haaretz business is to hate Israel and provide the world with self hating anti Israel news”

      Yes, I know, Haaretz isn’t free, you have to pay for it.

    • Misterioso on November 2, 2019, 3:16 pm

      @Jcrew

      Give it up!! You’re just making a complete fool of yourself.

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