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Israeli ex-Zionist, calling to expose and abolish Israeli Apartheid, to be replaced by one state of its citizens

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  • Israel, are you a real state?
    • The answer to the question in the title is no - Israel is not a state in the modern definition of the word. It is closer to the definition of a colony. States have borders - Israel doesn't. States are a political representation of their inhabitants - not an extraterritorial nebulous group known as "the Jewish people" or world Jewry. States exist - they don't demand recognition from the people they dispossess.

    • The Zionist Don Quixote of the Shtetl who lives in his world of fantasy could be a very entertaining character had he not been inflicting so many horrors for the past 70 years.

  • Shmuley Boteach's unhinged attack on Lorde will only help the movement to boycott Israel
  • Pop star 'Lorde' honors BDS call, cancels Tel Aviv concert
  • US vetoes UN resolution on Jerusalem, as Muslim states recognize East Jerusalem as Palestine's capital
    • And what if the resolution did pass? All these votes in the UN just highlight Arab helplessness and impotence. They could have easily taken concrete steps in a language that Trump understands better than any UN vote: money. Instead they try to mask their impotence by creating a charade and putting their weight behind another toothless UN resolution that doesn't change anything and is not worth the paper it is written on.

  • Trump intends to move US embassy to Jerusalem, Palestinian president says
    • Arabs are powerless and Trump knows that. The Saudis will keep pumping oil and spending their oil money on American weapons, Sisi will still be bootlicking, Abbas is a non-entity, Syria and Lybia are no longer viable states, Iraq is under the American thumb. All the Arab leaders are left to do is wipe the spit off their faces and pretend it was rain and go back to business as usual. Whenever we think Arab states have hit rock bottom, they always seem to find a lower one.

  • US embassy move to Jerusalem would spark 'fanaticism and violence' and end US status as negotiator -- Arab leaders
    • It always baffled me why Arab countries have diplomatic relations with the US in the first place. The US is the de-facto enemy of the Arab world, as every man in the Arab street knows. It enables the occupation and colonization of Palestine and has a long standing policy of double standards in the region, supporting corrupt regimes and undermining Arab independence.

      The fact that these craven Arab leaders still have diplomatic relations with the US and grovel in front of it, just shows how helpless the Arab situation is and how weak Arab states are. Trump senses their weakness - so all they can do is "warn of instability", while they wipe the spit from their face, and continue doing business with the US as usual.

  • Draft-dodger Tzipi Hotovely comes out as an anti-Semite
    • I always avoided criticism of Israel's right-wing as nazis or fascists as it creates the illusion that they are an aberration, a deviation from "the good old Israel". But this is ridiculous, like two inmates in a mental institution who call each other "crazy". After all, what is the difference between her and the Zio left, the supposedly "humanists"? Both support Jewish supremacy, both believe in racial separation and demographic policies and both unanimously support war crimes and the violation of basic human rights since Israel's creation. The right wing is just a cruder manifestation of the same ideology.

  • A plea to Israel: Don't start the third Lebanon War
    • The short term solution to containing Zionist aggression is an enemy that can shoot back, and with might. Unfortunately the Arabs are weak and that's like blood in the water for Israel. Aggression is the nature of the Jewish supremacist state and the only long term solution is the dismantlement of the Zionist regime in Palestine through democracy and equal rights to all, just like it happened in South Africa. For now we should hope that Hezbollah has indeed amassed enough destructive force as deterrent to contain the Zionist war machine.

  • 'Transferring' Palestinian citizens of Israel to a Palestinian state goes from outrage to Netanyahu policy
    • Someone here is a little racial supremacist, isn't he?

    • Maybe along the same lines the US will give away Brooklyn and other Jewish neighborhoods to Israel. American Jews will be stripped of their citizenship and instead will become citizens of their ancient "real homeland". In order to go to Manhattan or anywhere else in the US they will have to get a visa and pass through crowded checkpoints. The US will also erect a Wall around Brooklyn manned by armed guards, to prevent infiltration.

  • A house cat is smaller than an aircraft carrier, not larger-- in world of 'NYT' correction
    • Maybe that's why the New York Times calculates the energy of an Israeli tank shell traveling at 1,000 meters per second towards a Palestinian home as having equal energy to that of a rock thrown by a Palestinian teen - hence the symmetrical conflict portrayal which is the bedrock of NYT journalism when it comes to Israel-Palestine. Any chance they would ever correct that?

  • Amazon pulls blank 'History of Palestinian People' -- which aims to dehumanize in order to subjugate
    • If it was up to me, I would ban you from this site for this stupid question alone. What language did Egyptians speak 2000 years ago? or Syrians or Nigerians or Germans? Why go that far and not look in your own mirror: what language did Jews speak 150 years ago? they spoke Yiddish, German, French, English, Arabic and dozens of other languages, yet none of them spoke Hebrew as a daily language. So what does this prove? Absolutely nothing. Please explain to us how a theory about ancient origin gives a person from Poland or Russia a "right" to a distant land to which he can prove neither ownership nor ancestry.

  • Jewish groups slamming Trump on refugees are hardhearted when it comes to Palestinian refugees
    • Failed to make the observation that Palestinian refugees are merely returning to their homeland and Israel has an obligation to allow them to return to their homes according to the Geneva Convention, while accepting refugees from other countries is merely a humanitarian gesture and not an obligation.

      In short, Israel's entire existence is based on the continued violation of basic human rights, which makes it an illegitimate state.

  • Kal Penn's primetime shoutout to Palestinian refugees is gift that keeps on giving
    • " our readers already know enough of the context." - Yes, but not the general public who heard about Penn's gesture.

    • The UN - as impotent as ever - has chosen for 70 years to perpetuate the Palestinian refugee problem instead of addressing the root cause of it - the Jewish State's "demographic problem" - and sanctioning the perpetrator. Although this act is good publicity for the Palestinian refugee problem, directing funds to UNRWA without providing the context is just repeating the folly of the UN and the international community in dealing with Israel/Palestine.

  • Amos Oz would never stand in the street in Tel Aviv shouting 'Kill all the Arabs'
    • That modern day Jews originate in Palestine is merely a theory, and a weak one at that. The fact that European Jews have white skin while Ehtiopian Jews have black skin is strong evidence that they have no common ancestry and in fact are mostly European / African in origin. Either way, one has no right to "return" unless he can provide some proof that he (a) originates in that area (b) was expelled. Palestinians can prove both while Jews can prove neither. That's the difference between a substantiated admissible claim and a weak theory. Just ask any judge if he would award a house to someone who claims to have lived there 2,000 years ago but provides no proof.

  • Mainstream obits for Wiesel offer barely an asterisk for his intolerant views of Palestinians
  • Israel's political crisis wouldn't be happening if not for violent Palestinian resistance
    • There is no symmetry between oppressor and oppressor. The oppressed have a right to use violence to free itself from oppression but the oppressor does not have a right to use violence to maintain his oppression. The oppressor also does not have a right to dictate and lay the rules to the oppressed on how to resist his oppression. His sole obligation as an oppressor is to end the oppression by giving equal civil rights to Palestinians under his control.

  • Why don't you share all the good things about Israel?
    • Israel is the last remnant of Western settler colonialism which is still openly and egregiously engaged in the dispossession of the natives of Palestine. It is a flashpoint between East and West and a constant source of conflict. Its crimes are anything but minor considering that both Apartheid and Ethnic Cleansing are considered Crimes Against Humanity. For as long as "Israel" (i.e. occupied Palestine) exists as a Jewish supremacist state, it will continue to be a source of misery for the Middle East, because of its great influence among Western Powers, which it uses to stir and prod for interventionism, anti-Arab incitement and generally speaking, to keep the the Middle East divided and weak.

      Much like S. Africa under the rule of White supremacists was a source of conflict in the region , there is no reason to expect that a state ruled by Jewish supremacists will ever be peaceful. We should all work to abolish the Zionist supremacist apartheid regime and replace it with a Democratic one.

  • Mainstream media frames Israeli attacks on Gaza civilians as 'retaliatory'
    • There is no doubt in my mind that what caused the recent flare up is Israel's tunnel operations *inside* Gaza. Israel is not really known for respecting any borders, especially when it comes to Gaza, where there is no border but a concentration camp fence that includes a 300 yard death zone. It's taken for granted that Israel is allowed to invade Gaza, shoot fishermen, blockade it, starve it, shoot protestors inside the ghetto with live ammunition, fly drones, etc. But any rocket fired by Hamas to these daily abuses is considered a "violation" and warrants "retaliation"...

  • Norman Finkelstein on Sanders, the first intifada, BDS, and ten years of unemployment
    • At the end of the day, both Chomsky and Finkelstein's overarching consideration and sensibilities lay with fellow Jews, hence the liberal zionist undertone, albeit being more nuanced than NYT. This is understandable and one should not speak badly of either when they inevitably expose their soft Zionist spots. Their important contribution is in exposing Israel's atrocities, lies and intransigence and breaking Jewish monolithic support for Israel, but nobody should consider them as leaders of the solidarity movement or directing Palestinian resistance. That we should leave to Palestinians themselves.

  • Another interview on Israeli TV
    • It's not "Jewish exceptionalism" but "Jewish supremacy". Israel is indeed a Jewish supremacist state.

      Also, the quote from the Declaration of Independence just shows how entirely bogus and propagandist this declaration is, as there is no way that those who wrote it ever intended or could in any way square the circle and create a democracy and a Jewish supremacist state at the same time, when the entire existence of the state depends on denying non-Jewish refugees the right to return and bestowing privileges on Jews.

  • Sanders slams Clinton for ignoring Palestinian needs and thinking Netanyahu is 'right all the time'
    • They both uphold the holy mantra that "Israel responds". This is how you frame a debate, Zionist style.

  • Imitating a candidate, Ryan goes to Israel and calls BDS an anti-Semitic 'shenanigan'
    • Yes, that is part of the definition of colonialism. A colony exists by sheer force in a foreign and "hostile" environment through support from the metropole, which in this case is loosely defined as "The West", with America currently being its backbone. The reason the environment is hostile is that the colony is in fact an invasion by foreign settlers who dispossess the native population.

  • Trump 'has no business being president' because he would be 'neutral' to Israel -- Clinton tells AIPAC
    • Dead on. I just saw him speak and he pretty much outflanked everybody else and outdid all other candidates in groveling to AIPAC. So much for Maverick Trump.

  • 'NYT' finally mentions 'Goliath' -- in rightwing ad smearing Max Blumenthal
    • Boteach is a buffoon that nobody outside right wing conservative Jews takes seriously. Thanks for the publicity and great quotes, which are all true. I hope this will make people read the book.

  • Netanyahu gov't is implementing annexation of West Bank as secret but official policy
    • I don't see anything new here. This has been Israeli policy long before Netanyahu's government. The other governments, left and right alike, were just better at pretending that this was a "temporary" occupation and that they were "negotiating for peace" while at the same time entrenching the de-facto annexation and apartheid in the occupied territories, just like Netanyahu does.

      With Netanyahu at least there are no pretenses, except for a few feeble declarations of "two states" that neither he, nor his own party believes, and is universally understood by everyone as lip service to the world community.

  • Can we take 'Avi does the Holy Land’ seriously?
    • It's supposed to be Sacha Baron Cohen style comedy (Ali G, Borat) with reductio ad absurdum humor, ambushing interviewees for their reactions, and lots of vulgarity. From the little I have seen, it doesn't seem to express any political view or support any Hasbara narrative, and if you're looking for any political taint, that's as close as it gets to objective a-political journalism, at least as much as anything about Israel can be a-political...

  • 'When I have the opportunity to do it, I will': Likud lawmaker vows to demolish Al-Aqsa mosque
    • Israel's government cannot and will not officially destroy Al Aqsa. The bigger risk is the mainstreaming of this messianic lunacy, which will eventually allow a fringe group to carry out or attempt to destroy Al Aqsa. Such an act will formally turn what has been so far a classic colonial conflict into a centuries long war between Judaism and Islam with repercussions that cannot be underestimated. Much like Christians viewed Jews as killers of Christ, Jews will be known in Islam as those who destroyed Al Aqsa. And it is sad because Muslim-Jews relations were generally good in Muslim majority lands before Zionism.

      To make clear, I don't think the destruction of Al Aqsa is a likely scenario but people have to understand that Israel is like a volcano - even when it is quiet on the surface, there is always something going on underneath which sets the stage for the next eruption. It cannot be a peaceful state as long as Jewish supremacy is the ruling ideology. Never has been, never will be.

  • The occupation is over, isn't it?
    • One major difference between the US and Israel is that the United States never defined itself as the "homeland of white Christians", so its transformation to a democracy was relatively easy. It was slavery in the US which was embedded in society without compunction, much like apartheid and ethnic cleansing is embedded in Israeli Zionist society. How many Israelis are willing to go into a civil war to free themselves of the scourge of Zionism and ethnic supremacy? Not that many. That is why we should never hold hopes of a "better Israel".

      A one man one vote movement among Palestinians would herald the beginning of the end of the Zionist project as there is no doubt in my mind that when faced with the prospects of losing their privileges and living as equals with Arab neighbors and potentially an Arab prime minister, most Israeli Jews would opt to immigrate back to the West. Under such a scenario it is far more likely that Israel would resort to the "final solution" to ethnically cleanse the West Bank creating rivers of Palestinian blood in the process. After all, they were taught that their survival is dependent upon the existence of a "Jewish State". This final solution will be met by silence from the EU and the US, who will go on to business as usual, swallow the pill and go along for the ride with the Hasbara line of "Israel defending itself".

  • 'I cannot support Israel as long as Netanyahu is in office'-- many American Jews are saying
    • It sounds like you created a thesis and then you to force all evidence to confirm to your prejudice.

      I don't see any break coming any time soon. There are disagreements as there have always been and Israel is a more contentious issue these days, but at the end of the day, it is part of the identity of those secular Jews and without Israel, they simply have no identity, which is what the goal of Zionism was all along: to provide an identity to "secular Jews" as an ethno-nationalism, where Judaism is secondary and a belief in God is optional.

  • Sick of Zionism’s stranglehold on Jewish culture? There is an alternative.
    • As far as I know, they can visit the West Bank since they hold American passports (Israelis themselves are barred by Israeli military decree from going to Palestinian bantustans). Gaza Ghetto would probably require entry through Egypt, which is less practical.

      Of course if such a program gains traction, I am sure Israel will find a way to block it or make birthright participants sign a declaration seeking restitution in case they participate in birthwrong, etc.

      It is a worthwhile idea though, even if only for raising awareness.

    • I suggest Birthwrong would be better utilized offering an extension to the Birthright program by offering young Jews who go on birthright trips a free stay at a refugee camp in the West Bank or Gaza. Of course, it wouldn't be as much fun as Birthright, but then again, that's the whole point.

      I think it's a valid idea that Palestinians and Palestinian solidarity organizations should consider sponsoring. Even if not practical, it will help raise awareness to the other side of the so-called birth right.

  • Obama wiretapped a cunning and dishonest foreign leader, for the sake of world peace
    • The US is not and never has been the world policeman, please stop repeating this silly mantra. Also, the odds of a nuclear exchange would have been very low. At most it would create a detente and curb Israel's aggression. That would pave the way for real peace in the long run.

  • Not the only 'proud Palestinian' in the family--Gigi Hadid's father details refugee history in Syria
    • No population is homogenous but the fact that there are European looking Palestinians does not negate the fact that in general they are very much Semite. He is rather the exception. It is opposite with European Jews: while some look Semite, all in all they are white skinned, hence more likely than not, originate in Europe and are in fact European immigrants.

  • Obama can tie Israel's hands? 'Shtuyot!' says Aryeh King
    • it is a true unique feature of the Zionist state: the more hatred there is, the more wars, the more intolerance, the more antisemitism, the more islamophobia - the more it "profits". This is what characterizes a state that needs to validate itself with a raison d'etre and that raison d'etre is always negative.

  • Netanyahu's craziness is calculated, to drive out Palestinians
    • "The PA should seriously consider using the PA security forces to defend Palestinians" - you must be kidding. That will just give them the pretext they need for mass killings with helicopter gunships and tanks. Palestinians security forces are armed with AK47's and M16's - that's it.

      In fact, the fact that Palestinians are totally disarmed is where their strength lies since they cannot confront Israel on the battlefield, hardly even through guerrilla warfare. So Israel is left with a choice: to commit genocide to maintain Jewish supremacy or give equal rights. At the time being, it's apartheid and creeping strangulation.

    • It is of course the grand Zionist plan to get rid of Palestians while leaving a small fraction, as long as they do not jeopardize the Jewish demographic state.

      The question is why isn't Israel executing the Final Solutioin and instead preferring the slow strangulation method? After all, the Arabs and Palestinians are weaker than ever, divided. Egypt is ruled by a collaborator who will not say a word, the last vestiges of Arab resistance have been eliminated, Congress is owned lock stock and barrel and will send their blessings and armaments, and the right political climate exists inside Israel.

      Of course, there are several reasons for that, and you are free to speculate. I'll just mention a few: Jordan being a US client state; lack of a catalyst; and media coverage that did not exist 70 years ago, and of course Palestinian Sumud, which cannot be underestimated - they will not run away this time and will leave Israel the only choice of committing genocide to achieve its goals. So for the time being, strangulation it is.

  • Rightwing Israelis celebrate murder of a Jewish activist (and NYT won't tell you so)
    • Exactly. He exemplified the inherent contradiction in Liberal Zionism. He immigrated into a state engaged in a colonial conflict, using his immigration privileges as a Jew, and then engages in "peace efforts" with the natives while living in a west bank colony, part of Israel's effort to "Judaize" Jerusalem. I don't think I could have put more contradictions in one sentence...

  • Fact Check: MSNBC’s Palestinian loss of land map
    • So again, your map just shows borders. It doesn't show land confiscations and the essence of the Zionist-Palestinian conflict is land confiscation and dispossession, not borders. Your map, to the untrained eye, makes it look like it's a border dispute which can be easily dismissed as common throughout the world, whereas the essence of the conflict is colonial dispossession, in which borders play very little role, if any, which is why Israel has no borders, not does it care to declare what borders it demands for itself.

    • Even your map doesn't show the extent of land confiscation within the 1947 partition plan, i.e. where the UN recognizes Israel's borders. Just showing proposed borders, armistice borders and illegally annexed borders, does not show the extent of land confiscation all over mandate Palestine and their transfer to Jewish organizations for the sole benefit of Jews. In that sense, even the CNBC map gives a better account of the dispossession of Palestinians.

    • Yes, the map does not distinguish between private ownership and confiscated "state land" and sovereign borders, suggested borders and unrecognized borders but the fact that you cannot have an accurate map is because Israel made and still makes a conscious decision to blur these concepts and refuses to even declare its borders. This is then by default the best map that you can come up with under the circumstances to depict the ongoing process of colonization of Palestine and dispossession of Palestinians.

      Until someone can come up with a more accurate map which will take into account all these issues (which will inevitably show the same picture of ongoing dispossession), this is the map of choice.

  • Facing down hecklers in NY, Gideon Levy calls for equal rights for all in one state
    • It is certainly not the only occupation in history where the occupier presents itself as victim if you view it through the prism of colonialism. In fact, in just about every colonial conflict the colonizers saw themselves as victims of natives' aggression, whether they were French, English or Dutch - Israel is no different in that sense. And indeed, from the perspective of a French colon in Algeria, he is indeed a victim, but that is if we ignore the greater context in which one side is the colonizer and the other the colonized.

      Israel's achievement is its ability to propagate and control the narrative, way longer than any other group would have been able to, due to a confluence of reasons. But even that is bound to fall apart. After all, the world has experience with colonialism, which has been widely discredited, not to mention that all other colonial conflicts have long been resolved, so there is nothing for former colonies to lose by acknowledging their wrongdoings and no reason for them to support yet another colony in its war against the natives.

  • Hey Jews, listen up, Netanyahu is your leader!
  • Sam Harris and the dangers of false atheism
    • This is political atheism, not philosophical one. According to these douchebags Harris and Maher, political thought and analysis is based on theism / atheism paradigm, since all bad things in the world are because of religion supposedly. They support Israel because it is less religious than its neighbors supposedly (or perhaps they identify themselves as ethnic half Jews? perish the thought!) - a silly world view that would would entail supporting China and opposing Tibetans, supporting Germans and opposing Shtetl Jews and of course, supporting all Western interventionism in developing countries.

    • I didn't change formatting or anything and yet all of my post shares, thousands altogether, got erased. A Brief History of Gaza had almost a thousand shares, the same with 10 reasons why Bill Maher is a piece of shit, while the latest Elie Wiesel piece had over 300. It's probably some goofy database administrator ran a wrong line of code.

    • I wrote about the link between the "neo atheists" and "neo colonialism" in a post in my blog that received almost a thousand facebook shares. Since then for some reason those shares were erased by fb.

  • Bill Maher justifies Netanyahu's racism by saying U.S. has done much worse
    • Bill Maher is a disgusting PEP (progressive except Palestine) who helps perpetuate myths, in addition to defending apartheid and colonialism.

      "Israel surrounded by hostile Arabs" - if I were to break into your house and expel you, I'd probably also find myself surrounded by angry relatives. Suggesting otherwise is adopting the most vile colonial racist views that suggest that Arabs bear irrational congenital hostility to Jews, driven by antisemitism.

      "who attacked Israeli militarily many times as recent as last year" - Another perpetuation of myths. The only war Arabs initiated was the 1973 war, which was in itself a limited war to recapture territory occupied by Israel in 1967, hence a continuation of a war that Israel started. Of course the 1948 war that Israel portrays as the original Arab aggression took place outside the partition lines and in response to the ongoing ethnic cleansing of Palestine which going full force. Trying to salvage something of Palestine and protect the victims of ethnic cleansing at the hands of fresh colonial immigrants is hardly starting a war.

      Regarding the "as recent as last year" comment it's another one of the preposterous Zionist spins which present the refugees of 1948 locked under a blockade in an open air prison known as Gaza as aggressors and the occupier - the people who ethnically cleansed them - as victims! This is the bizarre world of PEP's and Zionists in general.

  • The Emperor's Nuke Clothes
  • 'New York Times' normalizes the blockade of Gaza
    • We killed your grandfather and took his house
      We sent the rest of the family packing as refugees, never allowed to be returned
      We locked you up in an open air prison with walls and fences surrounded by machine guns
      We massacre a thousand or two of you every couple of years
      We killed your father
      We will continue to lock you in your ghetto
      We will continue to colonize whatever is left of your land
      We will never give you basic civil rights

      But we will let you come visit your old land - so you can see how great Israelis are!

  • 'Ethnic cleansing for a better world' -- Richard Cohen says Palestinians brought the Nakba on themselves
    • This is of course the odious sentiment that is now the Zionist norm. At first they denied the Nakba. Now that the Nakba can't be denied and the fact that Israel was established through the ethnic cleansing of the native population has become an indisputable fact, the Zionists move on to justify ethnic cleansing by blaming the victims. The sophisticated among them (Cohen is not one of them) found a new approach: blame the leaders of Palestinians.

      None of his arguments stand up to scrutiny and it would be a waste of time to rehash all the debunked myths that he repeats ("they started it", "security menace", etc.) and of course, it's all good when Jews do this others, Cohen has no problem with that. The Palestinians living in refugee camps and under Israeli repression are expected to accept their dispossession as fait-accompli. If Hamas wishes to do the same as what Zionists did by reverse-ethnic-cleansing and simply roll back the clock: they are Satanic monsters!

  • Israeli police and media collude to marginalize coverage of Muhammad Abu Khudair's murder
  • Child's beating in Jerusalem brings unprecedented coverage of Palestinian experience to U.S.
    • Two irreversible blows to Hasbara in one week - the immolation murder of Mohammed Abu Khdeir and the brutal beating of his cousin. These are blows that cannot be overestimated and Israel knows that. They also expose the disparity in value that Israel attaches to Jewish versus non-Jewish life, which makes Israel's apartheid bare for all to see.

      Therefore it is reasonable to assume that Israel will do its best to sideline and obfuscate these stories as they tried yesterday already with the "revelation" of the arrest of Shelly Dadon's suspected murderer. Nothing can be precluded from the expected reaction of a wounded bully, including the possibility of igniting the entire region in order to make those explosively damaging stories disappear from headlines. After all, the entire Zionist narrative and years and decades of Hasbara are at stake.

  • Glib, simplistic, and extreme -- the world according to Richard Landes
    • This is the latest gospel from Zionists as to why there is no "peace". It's the Arabs, their culture, their savagery, dhimmi, etc. - nothing about the colonial nature of Israel, its 100 year dispossession and ethnic cleansing drive, its Jewish supremacist ideology, its policy of apartheid. One can easily envisage the same arguments used against blacks in S. Africa to explain the entire African continent's rejection of the apartheid regime.

  • 'About 60,000 Americans were murdered' by Palestinians in Israel, says Shmuley Boteach
    • Did he miss the words "the equivalent of"? That's obviously what he meant. It's been a common Hasbara ploy to translate to mathematically challenged Americans the numbers in "American equivalent" like some sort of currency conversion. The fact that Israel killed "the equivalent of" well over a million Americans since its founding is never mentioned.

  • 'Forward' editor says Presbyterian vote was anti-Semitic
    • Yeah, Israel is not the worst human rights abuser in the region; but it’s the only one our government gives weapons to, as well as moral sanction.

      That is very contestable. I may write an essay about the myth of "Israel's light crimes", which some good meaning people seem to repeat as evidently true. Israel's crimes are anything but minor, even on an absolute basis. Both Apartheid and Ethnic Cleansing are designated as Crimes Against Humanity, which are the gravest crimes a state can commit, on par with genocide. And while autocratic regimes are indeed human rights violators and their body count and those of civil and internecine strife often exceeds those of ethnic cleansing campaigns or apartheid regimes, their motivation is often regime preservation rather than racism and displacement. As the joke in my childhood's bazooka bubble gum went: "My boss is terrible but fair. He is equally terrible to everyone".

      How many people died under Apartheid S. Africa? Not that many if you compare to dictatorships across Africa at that time, such as Idi Amin's Uganda. Yet how many people claim that S. Africa was unjustly singled out? Even the body count of Milosovic the ethnic cleanser didn't exceed that of Pol Pot the dictator. Yet Milosovic, just like Israel, tried by forceful means to change the demography, i.e. was motivated by racial and ethnic considerations and thus committed a Crime Against Humanity.

  • Let it go
    • Well the underlying assumption is true - without the zealous support of American Jews for Israel, America would probably use a more even handed approach to the region or perhaps even drop Israel altogether (I don't buy the "strategic asset" argument for one bit - Israel is a liability, not an asset).

      However, the likelihood of American Jews detaching themselves from Israel is very low since it's an issue of identity. Much of American Jewry, mostly the secular one, has pegged its entire identity on its support for Israel. I meet them all the time: they eat pork, attend synagogue once in a blue moon if at all, and are far from what anyone would consider Jewish. For them being Jewish means a few watered down customs and most importantly, supporting Israel (and as a bonus, hating Arabs/Muslims).

      American Jews and Jewish leaders need an Israel in a constant state of conflict, to create a sense of solidarity and purpose. Think of all these organizations that support Israel like AIPAC. What would they do in case of peace? Would someone lobby for Holland with such zeal and dedication? Israel in peace means the end of American Jewry within 2-3 generations through assimilation, save for a few Orthodox communities which will continue to exist like Jews always have - for them Judaism is a religion.

  • Historic football victory provides another global stage for Palestine
    • Am I the only one who is far from jubilant? While I am happy for the team for their achievement, all these symbols of a state - flag, "authority", Olympic team, football team, ambassadors, etc. only serve to lock Palestinians into the dead-end two state paradigm. Israel doesn't mind Palestinians having these tokens as long as on the ground the occupation entrenches, the settlements expand and the Palestinian "state" shrinks to a few disconnected enclaves. Israel in fact would not mind that in the public discourse the "conflict" is framed in terms of an "intractable border dispute" between two states, a-la India-Pakistan.

      The two state paradigm is that carrot dangling in front of the Palestinians which prevents them from reaching to the achilles heel of Israel, which is the demand for equal rights.

  • When the Holocaust shows up
  • Rap News presents 'Israel vs Palestine'
    • This is brilliant and I hope it gets millions of views. Seeing the title "Israel vs. Palestine" I was expecting it to be unwittingly promoting the "symmetry" and the "two sides to a conflict" narrative, which is the cornerstone of Hasbara. Instead, this video delved into the heart of the matter: settler colonialism, racist exclusionary ideology and the political dynamics in the US and its unflinching, subservient support for settler colonialism, including US media's distorted and biased coverage, which was the funniest part, in my opinion.

      Share this video - I would not be exaggerating if I said that this can be a game changer, especially with its ability to reach a wide, younger audience, and inform through entertainment.

  • Ben Rhodes says 'there’s no more difficult issue in the world' than Israel/Palestine conflict
  • Why I'm for boycott
    • Just one objection Phil, to this great essay. "to transform Israel with a flood of returning refugees," - here you are taken by ZioSpeak, which equates a rightful return of refugees to their homes with an infestation of the Jewish State with invading goyim.

      Supporting the inalienable right of refugees to return to their homes does not stem from a political agenda of transforming Israel. There was never any legitimate Jewish majority in the land but rather one that was achieved through ethnic cleansing so a return to the pre-ethnic cleansing population makeup of the land is not "transforming Israel" but rather compliance with international law, the Geneva Convention and UN resolutions - I don't see a reason to make exceptions.

  • Why Israel is 'singled out'
    • Let's also not forget the fact that Israel was established through ethnic cleansing and the prevention of refugees from returning to their homes. In fact, the powers that are the "international community", i.e. the West, have been complicit and have turned a blind eye to the refugees for 64 years now, preferring to finance the problem instead of solving it, just like they are doing now with the occupation.

      Israel should never have been admitted to the UN and no country should have recognized this rogue state as long as it prevented refugees from returning to their homes.

      Let's face it: Israel has always been a criminal gang under the guise of a state: it was created by criminal gangs and ethnic cleansers who even assassinated UN envoys. And just like any criminal gang, it views itself as not bound by treaties, the laws of warfare or humanity in general.

    • There are two very simple explanations:

      For one, Israel's crimes are nothing but minor: both ethnic cleansing and apartheid are recognized as crimes against humanity, i.e. the most severe crimes a state can engage in, on par with genocide - and they have been going on since Israel's establishment at various intensities and levels.

      The second one of course is that if there was a worldwide boycott or sanctions against it, we wouldn't have to be so active in raising consciousness and calling for sanctions. And since Israel's government is elected, Israelis cannot even claim that a mad dictator is carrying out these policies without their consent. In essence, it's the most justified boycott where the entire populace is accomplice to these crime.

      The double standard is glaring: when Saddam invaded Kuwait it didn't take more than a few weeks before the US, under the pretext of enforcing international law, organized a coalition and drove him out. With Israel, it's quite the opposite - if anything the US will send troops to defend Israel's occupation of its neighbors lands...

  • Settler Marc Zell talks Jewish identity at the King David Hotel
    • It is sad that someone views his only way to maintain his identity is to do it on the expense of others and in a formalized system of apartheid (hence his choice to live in the OT). I personally think that if your identity needs to be defined by oppressing and dispossessing other people, it's probably a psychopathic identity, one that should be discouraged rather than fought for.

  • Romney backs Israel in the battle of the Iran red lines
    • The headline is so obvious I don't even bother reading the content. What else? In a country where a political candidate cannot criticize Israel without committing political suicide, all they are left to do is compete on who loves Israel more.

  • To understand the history of Palestinian dispossession look to the words of Zionist and Israeli leaders
    • There's no point debating Zionists who have been inculcated since birth with that belief system - believe me, I tried. But regular Americans definitely can be swayed once they are provided with facts and told the history of Palestine and the essence of the Jewish state. And of course, America is the key because without its unconditional support, Israel would not be able to carry out those policies.

    • Debating Zionists is like debating the flat earth society. As if you need quotes and proofs for something which is obvious even to a five year old: you can't create a Jewish state on a land populated by a vast majority of non-Jews without ethnically cleansing them. The fact that these flat earthers deny the very essence of the dispossession and ethnic cleansing project in Palestine which aims to create a Jewish Lebensraum just proves that these people cannot be reasoned with.

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