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born and raised Jewish, atheist and socialist by choice, non-Zionist turned anti-Zionist the more I have learned the reality of Israel past and present

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  • Finally a 'New York Times' columnist says liberal Zionism is dead
    • Taking on Michelle Goldberg as a regular columnist is the best thing the Times has done in recent memory. You can also catch her on MSNBC.

  • Vietnam documentary leaves out context, America's global war on communism
    • There is one more lesson to be learned from the Burns-Novick documentary "The Vietnam War": while giving voice to all sides, it ultimately reflects one side's perspective. How else to reconcile the film's use of the term "Viet Cong" throughout its 18 hours with its own account of the naming of the South Vietnamese revolutionary forces in the first episode: "The new organization would be called the National Liberation Front: the NLF. The armed wing of the NLF was called the People's Liberation Armed Forces. But its enemies in Saigon and Washington preferred a more disparaging term. In their eyes, the revolutionaries were "Communist traitors to the Vietnamese nation: the Viet Cong." And FYI i'd suggest viewing the documentary "Hearts and Minds" as well.

  • Watch the cathartic Vietnam documentary
    • Yes, Burns & Novick ultimately reflect one side's perspective. How else to reconcile the film's use of the term "Viet Cong" throughout its 18 hours with its own account of the naming of the South Vietnamese revolutionary forces in the first episode: "The new organization would be called the National Liberation Front: the NLF. The armed wing of the NLF was called the People's Liberation Armed Forces. But its enemies in Saigon and Washington preferred a more disparaging term. In their eyes, the revolutionaries were "Communist traitors to the Vietnamese nation: the Viet Cong."

  • The Jewish revolution
    • Just back from the JVP national membership meeting, the one thing that most impressed me was the explicit anti-Zionism commentary coming from multiple plenary speakers - and the enthusiastic reception by the crowd. While I'm personally anti-Zionist (also atheist and socialist) and would like to work with a Jewish-identified anti-Zionist organization (for tactical reasons...but I've had no response ever to multiple queries to the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, I assume that whatever they are, a grassroots membership organization is not it), I'm still unsure if adopting explicit anti-Zionism is the right path at this moment for JVP, from a purely tactical viewpoint. Would it advance or reduce JVP's effectiveness? JVP is already labeled "anti-Israel" and even "anti-Semitic" by the Zionist right, so no issues there, but how much would it put off the liberal Zionists in JVP's midst, and the mainstream (both Jewish and non-Jewish - the latter including progressive churches and mainstream society)? I don't have any answers (nor do I think anyone else does) but I'm interested in opinions on this question...

  • Israeli hysteria over UN vote is solidifying country's new status, as a rogue state
    • A Modest Proposal

      Our President-elect's selection of David Friedman as the next U.S. ambassador to Israel represents to many the nail in the coffin of the two-state solution, and thus poses the inevitable Demographic Question that torments the Israeli polity: if there is to be One State between the river and the sea, how will the Palestinians of the occupied Palestinian territories be integrated – or not – into the Jewish state? Will they have equal voting rights? With similar numbers of Jews and Palestinians currently living in the future One State, and Palestinian fertility rates considerably higher than that of Jewish Israelis, at some point Palestinian voters would outnumber Jewish voters. In such a scenario, how could Israel remain a democratic and Jewish State? Will Israel have to choose between theocracy and democracy?

      Well, Israel’s theocrats could take a page from our Constitution: the original version, Article 1, Section 2, Paragraph 3, which reads:

      Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons.

      The deal cut with Southern slaveholding states augmented their representation in the House of Representatives and the Electoral College by granting their chattel three-fifths of citizen status, for the purpose of determining population size. Of course, Israeli theocrats could opt for the other option offered by this clause: considering Palestinians as equivalent to the "Indians not taxed" who are excluded from the head count. But consider the elegance of Israel's adopting the "three-fifths solution": Palestinian citizens of the Jewish State would still get to vote, but their votes would only comprise 60% of the Jewish vote. And if, due to shifting demographics, the Palestinian population should surge too far ahead of the Jewish population, why the three-fifths proportion could just be adjusted downward, as needed. Another benefit: what to do with, e.g., Israeli citizens who might have one Jewish and one Palestinian parent? Simple: just divide their votes by two. Problem solved!

  • Obama Justice Dep't is representing Elliott Abrams against suit by Palestinians opposing settlements
    • Elliott Abrams was one of the leading architects of the Reagan administration's murderous counterrevolutionary wars in Central America. This guy is a major-league war criminal; if there were any justice he'd be in the dock in the Hague...

  • Calling Israel a 'modern day miracle' and 'vibrant bloom in desert,' Clinton says BDS is anti-Semitic
  • Sanders is in Jewish tradition that rejected exceptionalist nationalism of Zionism
    • Yes, agreed, this is a fine piece. So: is there a way for Jewish anti-Zionists to stand up and be counted? I've yet to find a Jewish anti-Zionist group that's looking for members (IJAN does not appear to be a membership organization). Has anyone attempted to tally the proportion of Jews (U.S., worldwide) who identify as anti- (or, at least, non-) Zionists? Does anyone else think it would be a worthwhile endeavor to at least attempt something like this? Could it help to advance the broad front of the struggle for justice for Palestinians, or could it backfire if the results were underwhelming?

  • Elliott Abrams wants John Kerry to STFU about Palestine
    • Elliott Abrams hands are still dripping with blood from his role as Ronald Reagan's chief executioner of the people of Central America. If there were any justice in this world, he'd be in the dock at the Hague....

  • 'Washington Post' publishes Elliott Abrams' diatribe against Palestinians without rejoinder
    • And let's not forget that Abrams was a leading architects of the Reagan Administration's slaughter of Central Americans trying to liberate themselves from centuries of oppression during the 1980s. This guy is one of fascism's best friends....

  • Palestine Advocacy Project goes national
    • yes, a "a Red Indians Advocacy Project" is a good idea. USA supremacist/nationalists (just like their Zionist counterparts) love to crow about how this is the greatest country ever etc etc but the hard fact of history is that the USA was founded on genocide of the indigenous population and the slavery of kidnapped Africans. As Noam Chomsky pointed out recently, slavery "is the core of our history, along with the extermination or expulsion of the native population, but it’s not part of our consciousness.” So yes, ivri, let's go full-speed ahead with a "Red Indians Advocacy Project" as you suggest. After all, the extermination/marginalization/expulsion of the "Red Indians" in the USA is precisely the model for the Zionists' treatment of the Palestinians.

  • Surprise-- 'NYT' publishes straightforward report on Israeli human rights violations in Gaza
    • Yes but. The NYT article says : "The study was at least the third by a human rights organization on the Gaza conflict, coming after reports by Amnesty International and Physicians for Human Rights-Israel, but as the first major one written by an Israeli group, it could have more resonance here than the others." ??? PHR-Israel *is* an Israeli group - is the NYT dissing/ignoring them?

  • Photo of six shoveling secretaries needs a caption
  • On ‘Death to Arabs’ in Jerusalem & Tel Aviv
    • Thanks to Arpan Roy for this report, and please keep it up. A dialectical materialist might point out that this is a prime historical example of something turning into its opposite: the Jews of Europe, victims of fascism and racism, now become the purveyors of fascism/racism. This can help us understand the dynamics but can never excuse the turn to fascism. We need to do everything we can to expose this reality to the U.S. public in all its horror and ugliness. We need to disabuse the U.S. public of the fiction of Israeli "democracy". The work of Max Blumenthal ("Goliath") is another example. Take a good look at what we're paying for, America...it ain't pretty.

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