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  • Who cares what Jeffrey Goldberg and Netanyahu don't like about the Iran deal?
    • via Counterpunch

      The Special Relationship is Becoming a Harder and Harder Sell
      The U.S. and Israel: Diverging Interests

      ... snip

      Obviously the real “concerns and interests” of the United States in the Middle East have noticeably diverged from those of Israel. As a consequence Israel is now loudly complaining that Washington has abandoned it. Well, Washington might do well to play the same game – to loudly complain about Israel’s traitorous behavior. After all, the U.S. gives that country a lot of money and weaponry and now the Israelis chose to support their benefactor’s enemy.

      We can count on the Zionist lobby to try to obfuscate this fact. And, given that their financial and ideological power helps shape self-serving political interests in Congress, they may be able to pull it off, at least in that venue. They are also financially backing the Republicans when it comes to the 2016 presidential race. Can those politicians who support the Israeli perspective win that election?

      Hopefully, the Israeli point of view will now prove to be a hard sell when it comes to the American voter. The recent agreement with Iran has created a new reality for the country’s foreign policy – one that is consistent with the popular desire for no further U.S. military involvement in the Middle East. It is going to be difficult for bought-off politicians, even those allied with Fox TV, to throw everything into reverse and declare al-Qaeda an ally and Iran still the mortal enemy. Hopefully, that will translate into political failure in 2016 for anyone who wants to undo the new accord with Iran.

      imho, Obama sees Iran as more valuable to US interests than Israel...

  • White House will go after AIPAC next -- Newsweek
  • 'Do US Jews need a Jewish state for our safety?' debate begins in wake of Netanyahu victory
  • Even if Netanyahu loses, he can still win
    • I read somewhere in the last day or two that if Likud party gets 20 seats or less, they cannot form a coalition.

      Do you know anything about this Allison? Thanks for the news.

  • We may not have Netanyahu to kick around anymore
    • Frankly I think if Bibi goes back in he will do something rash... like bomb Iran, perhaps thinking he has a 'mandate' to do so... I see him as a very dangerous psychopath.

  • Two-state-solution is at last disputed in Israeli elections (though not 'nation state of the Jewish people')
    • @yonah,

      you have insulted me... you haven't a clue whether or not I am 'secular' - I said I was speaking as a non-Jew... and you threw my family in to the fray.

      ... when I have something of substance to say? my, my - another insult.

      I have nothing to say to you... now, or in the future.

    • Is this the comment you refer to?

      ‘the last 140 years is somehow dismissible, based upon some dictionary definition of “what is a Jew?” shows the arrogance of amateurs and outsiders” – Yonah

      And is this Mooser's comment that you have a problem with?

      "I’m with you, Yonah. I don’t need any outsider telling me what Judaism should be!
      Judaism will be what Jews want it to be. And I really doubt you will get any chance to pass judgement on what it will be. In fact I wouldn’t be surprised if the Zionist Orthodoxy doesn’t become the model for almost everything Jews don’t want to be.

      But one thing I can guarantee you, Yonah, they will be what they want, or they won’t be Jews. You can’t get the Gentiles to do you that little favor again.

      But this is ridiculous, what it comes down to Yonah, is pretty clear: you would see Judaism die, and dance at its grave, if Judaism doesn’t dance to your tune. Well, pal, that’s your problem, and you can’t make it anybody else’s.
      Or are you deigning to tell us what G-d wants for Judaism? Has He told you?"

      If so, I'll start with your comment to me: "i’ll bet you a bud that your defense of mooser is only on general grounds not on the comment that i was reacting to. "

      You lose, but I'll take a Heineken, I don't drink Bud :-)

      Reflect on your comment a moment, will you? You are accusing me of not reading the comment you made nor the response from Mooser. That implies a lot of things you think about me, don't you think? Secondly, I read your comment (‘the last 140 years is somehow dismissible, based upon some dictionary definition of “what is a Jew?” shows the arrogance of amateurs and outsiders” – ) exactly as Mooser does... that is, your definition of what is a Jew is THE definition... others don't count (which, some would say is arrogant in and of itself).

      In my opinion there is nothing irrational about Mooser's response to you. Clever, yes... irrational, no. What you fail to grasp from his comment is Mooser's suggestion that Judaism is not easily defined, that Jews are not an organization that acts as a single unit - a monolith. .. that no one, not even another Jew, can define what a Jew means when s/he says "I'm a Jew" - BUT, all of this is presumptuous of me. I have no business thinking I know what Mooser means. Goodness, half the time I don't know what I mean to say! I'm just trying to illustrate to you that there is no "I hate Yonah" in Mooser's comment. Let's leave it at that. Mooser is far too complex for me to dissect.

      I made the first request - that you post a comment from Mooser wherein he expresses hate of anyone or anything. You ignored that, and made a request of me (which I must say is standard M.O. for a zionist, imho of course). Since I am an old woman (as my name implies) it is difficult to change a lifetime habit of being polite in conversation even when I recognize I am being manipulated, I responded to your request.

      Now... It's your turn. Where's Mooser's hate filled comment?

    • moderator- Do you really think giving mooser a free rein here in mondoweiss really helps the Palestinian cause. Letting him foam at the mouth really helps the situation in Gaza, the West Bank or in Israel? You really think so.? The message here is: Mooser hates Yonah. This is 7th grade freak out given a free rein.

      Your appeal to the moderator is a smokescreen for the fact that you're unable to debate Mooser... a 7th grade freak out? Projecting a little?

      I have great respect for Mooser... provide one, just one post by Mooser that expresses "hate" of anyone or anything please...

      Mooser defends Judaism and Jews in a kind and sometimes humorous way... imo... he endeavors to teach you but you are more supportive of zionism than Judaism, so you are unable to recognize the teaching. Open your mind and "hear" what he and others are saying wrt zionism. You might learn something... come to appreciate and protect your Judaism more. I say this as a non-Jew, in kindness.

      The great Lebanese poet Khalil Gibran wrote: Only once have I been made mute. It was when a man asked me, "Who are you?"

  • Palestinian leaders vote to end security coordination with Israel, a cornerstone of Oslo and the occupation
    • via Moon of Alabama wrt Netenyahu statement that he won't "cede" Palestinian lands."

      Another Netanyahoo Flip-Flop The U.S. Will Ignore

      ... snip

      Netanyahu denies report he's backed off two-state solution

      Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office denied reports on Sunday he has backed away from a 2009 commitment to seek a two-state peaceful solution with the Palestinians.
      Netanyahu "never said such a thing," his office said in a statement responding to the reports.

      That would be the same Netanyahoo office which shortly before confirmed his statements.

      But does Netanyahoo really holds the two irreconcilable commitments at the same time?

      The Jewish Daily Forward, not suspect of peddling the Protocols of the Elders on Zion, has a possible answer. Netanyahoo is, like other Israelis, simply lying to the Americans:

      “Most Israelis think Americans are pro-Israel and we can sell them anything, especially mud from the Dead Sea,” said David Lifshitz, the lead writer for the Israeli comedy show “Eretz Nehederet,” or “Wonderful Land.”

      “Or — just regular mud with a ‘Dead Sea’ sticker on it.”

      But it’s not just American tourists whom many Israelis see as guileless. American foreign policy is held up to similar scrutiny here, even as Israel receives billions of dollars in foreign aid from the United States each year.

      “Americans are perceived to be naive, especially when it comes to the Middle East,” said Uri Dromi, who served as a spokesman for the Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres governments.

      "Whatever we tell them, the Americans will swallow it," seems to be the Israeli position. And that assessment is likely correct. The U.S. public can be endlessly duped and should it ever be wavering in its support of the colony one only has to remind it of those not-so-mystical shared values:

      In a harsh comment Sunday, Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman advocated “cutting of the heads” of Arabs who were not loyal to Israel. “Those who are with us deserve everything, but those who are against us deserve to have their heads chopped off with an axe,” Liberman said at an election event Sunday.

      Chopping of heads, droning a wedding - what is, after all, the difference?

  • Israeli voters not impressed by Netanyahu's speech to Congress
    • I truly think Bibi is going to lose the election...

      Tens of thousands attend anti-Netanyahu rally in Tel Aviv
      Former Mossad chief Meir Dagan tells crowd of up to 35,000 that under Netanyahu, Israel faces most severe leadership crisis in country's history.

    • I don't think Bibi will win...

      And I think it will be best if he loses...

      And I am hoping that if he loses, he is NOT awarded Sec. of Defense by the winning party. My hope is that he is left with as little power as possible. He should take time with his family...

      If re-elected he will be in our 'face' (the USA) every living day, insulting Obama and Democrats even more... and unfortunately Obama and the Democrats will not only take his insults, but ask for 'more please' -

      btw, I learned yesterday that he has been trying to get legislation through designating Israel a 'Jewish State' - it is not designated as such presently. Most Israel supporters (inside and outside of Israel) are horrified that he is doing this as it draws attention to the fact that it is not currently designated as such, and thus would open a huge can of worms. For this reason I feel even more confident that Bibi will lose. ymmv

  • Pelosi blasts Netanyahu speech as 'insult to intelligence of U.S.', Amanpour calls it 'dark, Strangelovian'
    • Prediction...

      Bibi will lose the election.

      This from

      "... The world awaits the conclusion of a comprehensive agreement between Washington and Tehran -under the ridiculous pretext of ending a military nuclear program that has not existed since the end of the war waged by Iraq (1980-1988) -. It would focus on the protection of Israel in exchange for recognition of Iranian influence in the Middle East and Africa.

      However, this should only take effect after the Israeli elections of March 17, 2015. The supposed defeat of Netanyahu would renew ties between Washington and Tel Aviv and facilitate agreement with Tehran.

      In this context, the US elite are trying to agree on future policy, while the European allies of the United States are preparing to align with what will be the new US policy."


  • Warren's out, as list of skippers surges, and White House offers Selma for Iran
    • Very interesting column:

      The Future of the Middle East
      by Thierry Meyssan

      For several months, Barack Obama has been trying to change US policy in the Middle East in order to eliminate the Islamic Emirate with the help of Syria. But he cannot do this, partly because he has been saying for years that President Assad must go, and secondly because his regional allies support the Islamic Emirate against Syria. However, things are slowly evolving so he should be able to do so soon. Thus, it appears that all States that supported the Islamic Emirate have ceased to do so, opening the way for a redistribution of the cards.

      The world awaits the conclusion of a comprehensive agreement between Washington and Tehran -under the ridiculous pretext of ending a military nuclear program that has not existed since the end of the war waged by Iraq (1980-1988) -. It would focus on the protection of Israel in exchange for recognition of Iranian influence in the Middle East and Africa.

      However, this should only take effect after the Israeli elections of March 17, 2015. The supposed defeat of Netanyahu would renew ties between Washington and Tel Aviv and facilitate agreement with Tehran.

      In this context, the US elite are trying to agree on future policy, while the European allies of the United States are preparing to align with what will be the new US policy.

      ... snip

      These elements allow one to easily predict the future : in a few months, maybe even as early as late March, Washington and Tehran would reach an overall agreement. The United States will renew contact with Syria, closely followed by the European states, including France. We will discover that the el-Assad is neither a dictator nor a torturer.

  • FAQ: Palestinians and the Israeli elections
    • War Without Mercy

      The next war will break out in the summer. Israel will give it another childish name and it will take place in Gaza. There’s already a plan to evacuate the communities along the Gaza Strip border.

      Israel knows this war will break out, it also knows why – and it’s galloping toward it blindfolded, as though it were a cyclic ritual, a periodical ceremony or a natural disaster that cannot be avoided. Here and there one even perceives enthusiasm.

      It doesn’t matter who the prime minister is and who the defense minister is – there’s no difference between the candidates as far as Gaza is concerned. Isaac Herzog and Amos Yadlin are saying nothing of course, and Tzipi Livni is boasting that thanks to her no port was opened in Gaza. The rest of the Israelis aren’t interested in Gaza’s fate either and soon it will be forced to remind them again of its disaster in the only way left to it, the rockets.

      Gaza’s disaster is dreadful. No mention of it is made in the Israeli discourse and certainly not in the most dumbed down, hollow election campaign there’s ever been here. It’s hard to believe, but Israelis have invented a parallel reality, cut off from the real one, a callous, unfeeling, denying reality, while all this adversity, most of it of their own making, is taking place a short distance from their homes. Babies are freezing to death under the debris of their homes, youths risk their lives and cross the border fence just to get a food portion in an Israeli lock up. Has anyone heard of this? Does anyone care? Does anyone understand that this is leading to the next war?

      Salma lived only 40 days, like the eternity of a butterfly. She was a baby from Beit Hanoun on the northeast of the Gaza Strip, who died last month of hypothermia, after her tiny body froze in the wind and rain that penetrated into the plywood-and-plastic hut she has been living in with her family, since their house was bombed.

      “She was frozen like ice cream,” her mother said of the last night of her infant’s life. UNWRA Spokesman Chris Gunness wrote about Salma last in week in the British newspaper the Guardian. Mirwat, her mother, told him that when she was born she weighed 3.1 kilograms. Her three–year– old sister, Ma’ez, is hospitalized due to frostbite.

      Ibrahim Awarda, 15, who lost his father in an Israeli bombardment in 2002, was more fortunate. He decided to cross the fence between Gaza and Israel. “I knew I’d be arrested,” he told the New York Times reporter in Gaza last week. “I told myself, maybe I’ll find a better life. They gave me good food and then threw me back.”

      Ibrahim was held for about a month in two prisons in Israel before being tossed back to the destruction, squalor, hunger and death. Three hundred Gazans drowned in the sea last September, in a desperate attempt to leave the prison Strip. Eighty-four Gazans were arrested by the Israel Defense Forces in the last six months after trying to enter Israel, most of them just to flee from the hell they live in. Nine more were arrested this month.

      Atiya al-Navhin, 15, also tried to enter Israel in November, just to escape his fate. He was shot by IDF soldiers, treated in two Israeli hospitals and returned to Gaza in January. Now he’s lying paralyzed and unable to speak in his home.

      Some 150,000 homeless people live in Gaza and about 10,000 refugees in UNRWA shelters. The organization’s budget was spent after the world totally ignored its commitment to contribute $5.4 billion to rebuild Gaza. The commitment to negotiate lifting the blockade on Gaza – the only way to avoid the next war and the one after it – has also been broken. Nobody talks about it. It’s not interesting. There was a war, Israelis and Palestinians were killed in it for nothing, let’s move on to the next war.

      Israel will again pretend to be surprised and offended – the cruel Arabs are attacking it with rockets again, for no reason.

      ~ Norman Finkelstein

  • Netanyahu speech is 'destructive' of 'bipartisan, immutable relationship' between US and Israel, Rice says
    • I think this should run as a full page ad in the NYTimes... from

      "If Benjamin Netanyahu hadn’t gone into politics he’d be on Broadway, hamming it up as a pantomime villain. Israel’s hawkish prime minister is theatrically obnoxious to the point where even Israel’s staunchest allies in the American Jewish community are urging him to tone it down. He’s the kind of guy who doesn’t just show up to your house uninvited, but brings along his dirty laundry, empties your fridge, urinates in the sink and then abruptly storms out, complaining about poor service."

  • Israel turns off power to hundreds of thousands of Palestinians in the dead of winter
    • OT...

      Juan Cole has a few thoughts that will warm your heart wrt upcoming Israeli elections:

      Top 5 Reasons Palestinian-Israelis Could shape the Israeli Election

      Back on topic: Mondoweiss' articles appear to be hitting some hasbara nerves lately... some new names in comment section... new raw recruits? Welcome to Mondoweiss. Suggest you do your homework before tapping on your keyboard though. The Regulars here know their stuff.

  • 'Haaretz' says Netanyahu could incite 'another political assassination' (as 'NYT' runs cutesy election coverage)
    • Theo, don't you mean we need more journalists like Gideon Levy? Jews don't have a corner on the market of bad journalists... frankly one wonders if the profession hasn't so prostituted itself that it no longer exists.

    • Poll at Haaretz today indicates Zionist Union Party is edging ahead of Likud...

      Maybe Bibi is losing his teflon coating?

    • Richard Silverstein has piece up about Bennett...

      After Gay Activists Assaulted, Naftali Bennett Claims Leftist Conspiracy to Assassinate Him

      Yesterday, Naftali Bennett’s Bayit Yehudi Party held a festive celebration in support of its election campaign. Recently, a number of candidates on its Knesset list have made disparaging comments about gays, specifically denouncing gay marriage, which is still prohibited in Israel (where the Orthodox rabbinate largely controls matters related to marriage and divorce).

      In response, Israel gay activists have begun shadowing Bennett and his Party events to raise awareness of both gay rights and Bayit Yehudi’s rejection of them. At last night’s rally, when activists began shouting slogans in favor of gay marriage and displayed a rainbow flag, Party thugs attacked them viciously. You can see part of the assault in the video. What you don’t see is Lilach Ben David being punched in the face and all over her body in an effort to muzzle her.

      That wasn’t terribly surprising given the extraordinary level of violence in Israeli political discourse (including a number of assassinations over the decades). What was surprising was Bayit Yehudi’s response to the assault. Instead of acknowledging what happened and the role Party members played in the attack, it spun a tale of a leftist cabal conniving to assassinate Bennett. Though the protesters were entirely non-violent, the Party accused them of fomenting violence:

      Habayit Hayehudi responded that it was the left that was responsible for the violence at the event. “We call on the leaders of the left to denounce the violence of their activists before it is too late and the violence of the left causes irreversible damage.”

      The party said that its leader, Bennett, is currently the country’s only politician who is being advised by security officials not to attend events where left-wing activists are present. “The left has not learned a thing from the murder of [Yitzhak] Rabin and the incitement that it is carrying out at the moment will have harsh consequences while Bougie and Tzipi [Zionist Union leaders Isaac Herzog and Tzipi Livni] are silent.”

      more at


      after reading Slater's article and Silverstein's... seems to me someone is up to some political dirty tricks...

  • Boteach and Israeli ambassador say everything from BDS to Abbas places Jews under threat
    • Anti-Israelism IS definitely on the rise. And justifiably so.

      Problem is that anti-Israelism leads to anti-semitism (a misnomer, imho... but that's another problem).

      Desertpeace discusses this... very well I think.

      Anti-Israelism vs. Anti-Semitism: The Truth We Should All Know

      ... "What was the biggest factor behind the rise in the number of anti-Semitic incidents in the UK? In the CST’s own words it was “anti-Semitic reactions to the conflict in Israel and Gaza.” In its own way that finding is surely an indicator that Israel’s policies and actions are the prime cause of the transformation of anti-Israelism into anti-Semitism. It also underlines Harkabi’s point that Jews need to understand “that foreigners’ criticism of Israel stems not only from opportunism, hatred and anti-Semitism, but from what they may see as fair and moral considerations.”

      My conclusions?

      The only people who can stop the transformation of anti-Israelism into anti-Semitism gathering momentum are the Jews themselves, with those who are citizens of the European nations and America taking the lead.

      How could they do it?

      Short answer – by declaring that Israel does not speak for or represent them and that they condemn its defiance of international law and denial of justice for the Palestinians.

      If they don’t do that there will most likely be a final Zionist ethnic cleansing of Palestine followed at some point by a wide awake giant of anti-Semitism going on the rampage again.

      If it really is the case that the sleeping giant of anti-Semitism is waking up, it’s time for European and American Jews to wake up to the fact that the title of my book – Zionism: The Real Enemy of the Jews – is what Ilan Pappe described it as being… “THE truth in seven words.”

      ~ Alan Hart

  • US and Israel divorce rumors over Iran
    • Desertpeace has more on this...


      February 18, 2015 at 10:10 (Corrupt Politics, Cover Up, DesertPeace Exclusive, Israel, YouTube)

      Among the scenes videoed was a visit to the kitchen, which viewers can see is in need of repair. On Monday evening, however, Channel 10 news reported that the Netanyahus failed to include in the tour a glimpse of another modern, well-equipped kitchen located in their personal living quarters.


    • Sorry if this has been posted already...

      Boehner Confesses: I Invited Netanyahu Secretly To Stab President Obama In The Back And Sabotage Peace Talks (VIDEO)
      Author: Stephen D Foster Jr February 16, 2015 12:12 pm

      House Speaker John Boehner committed a crime when he invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to a joint session of Congress, and now he is freely admitting that he not only did so behind President Obama’s back, he did so to sabotage delicate peace talks with Iran.

      During an interview on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace, Boehner confessed that he knew the White House wouldn’t appreciate a foreign leader being brought in to wreck diplomatic efforts to keep Iran from developing a nuclear bomb, so he did so in secret to prevent President Obama from nixing the GOP plan to undermine him.

      Of course, Boehner denied that he did anything wrong despite the fact that there is a 1799 law still on books known as the Logan Act which forbids unauthorized US citizens from negotiating with foreign leaders. Only the executive branch has that authority.


    • CNN/ORC poll: Most Americans oppose Netanyahu invite

      A large majority of Americans believe that Republican congressional leaders should not have invited Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to Congress ... shows 63% of Americans say it was a bad move for congressional leadership to extend the invitation without giving President Barack Obama a heads up that it was coming ... Americans overall believe the U.S. should stay out of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with 66% in the new poll advocating the U.S. remain neutral ... 56% of those age 50 or older believe the U.S. should stay out of the Israeli-Palestinian fight, that number skyrockets to 75% of Americans under age 50.


      oops... just saw Just has posted this above. Sorry for the duplication!

  • Netanyahu calls on Jews to leave Europe en masse in wake of Copenhagen synagogue attack
    • Slightly off-topic... Pat Lang has interesting piece at his website.


      With Israeli elections a month away, the internal warfare inside Israel is bubbling to the surface. The latest revelation to hit Prime Minister Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu appeared in the widely-read Times of Israel this week. Back in the summer of 2011, then-Israeli President Shimon Peres was engaged in intense diplomacy with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. The two men held a series of secret meetings in Jordan and other locations and hammered out a deal that was remarkably similar to the proposal offered two years later by US Secretary of State John Kerry. During his back and forth consultations with President Abbas, Peres kept Prime Minister Netanyahu fully informed of all of the discussions.

      At one point in late July 2011, Peres and Abbas reached a deal, and the two men planned to meet on July 28 in Amman, Jordan to sign on the dotted line. Abbas' plane was in the air en route to Amman when Peres was told that Netanyahu rejected the proposal. Abbas turned his plane around and returned to Ramallah, and the last best chance for a viable two-state solution was blown up. In hindsight, Netanyahu never had any intention of seriously reaching a deal.

      The fact that the story, which appeared a year ago in some Arab and Western media, hit the Israeli public at this sensitive moment is indicative of the behind-the-scenes warfare going on in the run-up to the elections on March 17. Netanyahu's backroom deal with US Speaker of the House John Boehner to bypass the White House altogether and arrange a Netanyahu address before a joint session of Congress on March 3 has blown up in both Boehner and Bibi's face. Israeli Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer, who never informed Secretary of State Kerry about the planned Congressional address during a two-hour face to face meeting, is virtually persona non grata for the Administration. Liberal Democrats are considering a boycott of the Netanyahu appearance, and if a sizable number of Jewish Members of Congress stay away, this could undermine Netanyahu's whole scheme to pull off an election victory on the strength of a bipartisan standing ovation on Capitol Hill. AIPAC is scrambling to damage control the affair, and even the head of the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai Brith Abe Foxman has called for Bibi to reject the invitation.

      The Peres-Abbas deal was fair--even beyond fair from any sane Israeli standpoint. The newly established Palestinian state was to be demilitarized. Negotiations were to determine land-swap modifications of the 1967 borders. Contentious issues, including the status of the holy sites in Jerusalem and the "right of return" were to be put off for a later date to allow for the establishment of the two states. In the Peres-Abbas talks, it had been suggested that Israel allow 150,000 Palestinians to return to Israel--over a 15 year period. 150,000 out of 5 million. It guaranteed a solid Jewish majority in Israel well into the future.

      Netanyahu showed his hand in rejecting the deal outright. The fact that he diddled Kerry and the US for a year before again rejecting the two-state proposal coming from the Secretary of State should not have surprised anyone familiar with the Peres-Abbas diplomacy of 2011. It is no wonder that the US-Israel relationship has reached such a low point. The stakes in the upcoming Israeli elections extend far beyond Israel's complex internal politics. They go to the heart of the US-Israel "special relationship" and it's now-questionable future.

  • 'She dedicated the whole of her young life to helping those in need of freedom, justice and peace': American hostage killed in Syria remembered for work in Palestine
    • Bernhard at Moon of Alabama asks "Who Murdered Kayla Jean Mueller?"

      The U.S. claims that the Islamic State killed its hostage Kayla Jean Mueller. But the sequence of events and the surrounding circumstance point to her being killed, willful or not, by an U.S. ally and based on U.S. intelligence.

      Last Thursday the Jordanian air-force attacked targets U.S. intelligence associated with the Islamic State in Raqqa. The next day the Islamic State said that a hostage, a U.S. citizen, was killed in the attack:

      The terrorist group claimed Kayla Jean Mueller was killed by Jordanian aircraft rockets that a struck the building in which she was being held.
      "[..] we can confirm the death of an American hostage by the rockets which targeted that area."

      The group released images showing a damaged building it said had been targeted in air strikes, but no photos of the hostage.

      Jordanian fighter jets bombed Islamic State sites on Thursday, after the militants burned to death a captured Jordanian pilot.

      The White House, State Department and Pentagon said they could not confirm the unsubstantiated report.

      How are official statements after a confirmed attack with pictures of the destroyed location "unsubstantiated"?

      Over the weekend the Islamic State sent pictures of the dead body of the hostage to her family. The family acknowledged and the FBI confirmed that the hostage is dead:

      Cont. reading: Who Murdered Kayla Jean Mueller?

  • Biden will skip Netanyahu's speech
    • Haaretz Removes Report that Netanyahu Pressured Japanese Regulators to Approve Adelson Casino Bid
      by Richard Silverstein on February 5, 2015

      ",,, Another interesting aspect of Misgav’s report is that he asked the entirely apt question: for whom does Bibi work? The Israeli people? Or Sheldon Adelson? Of course, to Adelson, they are one and the same. But is it in the interest of the Israeli people for the Sands to gain control of the Japanese gambling market?

      I think back to the days after military service when Bibi went into the home furnishings business (when he wasn’t off on assignment for the Mossad, that is). Is he now anything more than a glorified mattress salesman?

      Who might the source for this anonymous story might be? The choices are varied: Japan (unlikely), a disgruntled former aide, or the NSA. As far-fetched as the latter may seem, that agency spies regularly on the communications of U.S. allies (Brazil, Germany, among others). It’s conceivable it eavesdropped on Japanese diplomats as well. If so, Obama certainly has plenty of motivation to torpedo Adelson’s casino bid while wounding a second Bibi-bird with the same stone."

    • Pelosi is undermining the Office of the President as well as the current President by attending. She is the Minority Leader after all.

      Pelosi speaks with a forked tongue.

  • The ‘hasbara’ tweeps who brought down Jim Clancy, and their ties to Israel and the Israel lobby
    • So, why do we allow it? It being the power of the Lobby...

      Just turn the friggin' TV off... I did... 7 years ago. Haven't missed a thing.

    • OT: is there going to be an article/thread/discussion with regard to Netanyahu's latest action?

      "Israel today attacked a Hizbullah convoy on the Syrian side of the Golan heights and killed the Hizbullah commander in Syria as well as six other Hizbullah fighters. One of those killed today was Jihad Imad Mughniyeh the son of Hizbullah commander Imad Mughniyeh killed by Israeli agents a few years ago. The attack was carried out by missiles released from a helicopter within Israeli borders." (See MoA)

      Bibi's words are of interest of course, but his actions are even moreso...

  • Hillary Clinton's 11th-hour diplomacy
  • The catastrophe inflicted on Gaza--and the costs to Israel's standing
    • UN chief Ban Ki-moon is just moving his lips - means not a word of what he is saying. Otherwise, he would tell Israel it must pay the cost of rebuiding Gaza. This time. Now.

  • Serving Israel's aim of lowering civilian deaths, 'New York Times' Gaza tally says 15- to 17-year-old's aren't children
    • It really doesn't matter what the psychopaths at NYTimes say...

      The PCL describes psychopaths as being callous and showing a lack of empathy, traits which the PPI describes as “coldheartedness.” The criteria for dissocial personality disorder include a “callous unconcern for the feelings of others.” There are now several lines of evidence that point to the biological grounding for the uncaring nature of the psychopath. For us, caring is a largely emotion-driven enterprise. The brains of psycopaths have been found to have weak connections among the components of the brain’s emotional systems. These disconnects are responsible for the psychopath’s inability to feel emotions deeply. Psychopaths are also not good at detecting fear in the faces of other people (Blair et al., 2004). The emotion of disgust also plays an important role on our ethical sense. We find certain types of unethical actions disgusting, and this work to keep us from engaging in them and makes us express disapproval of them. But psychopaths have extremely high thresholds for disgust, as measured by their reactions when shown disgusting photos of mutilated faces and when exposed to foul odors.

      One promising new line of research is based on the recent discovery of a brain network responsible for understanding the minds of others. Called the default mode network (because it also performs other tasks and is operating most of the time when we are awake) it involves a cluster of several different areas in the brain’s cortex. The first studies have been done on function of this network in psychopaths and as expected there are problems there. Different studies have noted “aberrant functional connectivity” among the parts of the network, along with reduced volume in some of the networks crucial areas.

    • I'm sure Abbas has already been thrown a bone... but this:

      Palestinian Justice Minister Saleem al-Saqqa told the Palestinian newspaper Al-Resalah that he was strongly opposed to withdrawing the complaint filed by the Palestinian Authority before the International Criminal Court.

      Pointing out that he is the only person authorized to withdraw the complaint, he made it clear that he had not taken such a step and insisted: "I will not withdraw."

  • Gaza war gives rise to new Jewish group targeting Jewish institutions that support occupation
    • Phil, thank you for covering this new group... and for posting right up front their mission. I disagree with two of the premises in the comment sections.

      First, that another 'group is not needed' etc.

      There can never be enough people motivated to bring about a resolution to the I/P issue. INN is a group of mostly young people ~ statistics show that particularly in USA, it is the young people who are turning wrt approval of Israel's tactics against Gaza/Palestine. INN's members are disenchanted with the inaction of some of the existing groups ~ particularly iirc J Street, who has yet to criticize Israel. It is heartening for me to see that early on they observed a Vigil for Tisha B’av ~ just the day before you may remember, Rabbi Michael Lerner, in his eloquent article at Salon, called for Jews to do just that... I'm also pleased that they have established a goal... an objective... "to withdraw the consent & participation from institutions that uphold it " (occupation). Kudos to INN and blessings on them. Granted there are many existing groups, but there objective is vague ~ "peace" ~ they demonstrate, etc. I participated in an anti-war demonstration back in the 80s -
      actually it was a trek from the west to the east coast... I joined in a week before they reached their objective, Washington DC. I remember walking in DC with a few others after we had finally arrived... we passed a homeless woman, sitting on the pavement... she raised her head and asked "what are all you people doing here" and we answered, "we have been marching across the country for peace." And she looked squarely at us and asked "Did you find it?"

      The second theme running through this thread is ... "And once again, the blatant sectarianism (and frankly, self promotion) shown by jewish groups like this is just shocking. " Sorry for the direct quote... not my intent to single out anyone commenter. For me, a non-Jew, the interpretation of efforts by Jews to "do something" as being self promotion is totally off the mark. From my pov, far too many Jews are taking responsibility for what Israelis are doing/have done. And that is because - imho - it is zionism... nationalism... which is motivating Israel ~ but because Bibi reminds the world every opportunity he gets that "Israel is a State for Jews" ~ Jews across the planet 'feel' whatever Israel has done to Palestinians is their fault, they feel guilty. And what does one do when one feels guilty? One tries (well usually anyway) to compensate... change things. It's wrong to accuse Jews of self promotion when they are attempting to atone for the sins of others. (imho, ymmv)

      Recently I have come across a fascinating article by the French intellectual, Thierry Meyssan, called "Who is the Enemy?" wherein he gives the long history of zionism - not the short version from Herzl forward. Meyssan's premise is that zionism was originally an Anglo concept... expressed by Cromwell. Couple of excerpts:

      "... Until nearly the end of the nineteenth century, Zionism is therefore exclusively a puritan Anglo-Saxon project to which only a Jewish elite adheres. It is strongly condemned by the rabbis who interpret the Torah as an allegory and not as a political plan.

      Among the current consequences of these historical facts, we must admit that if Zionism aims at the creation of a state for the Jews, it is also the foundation of the United States. Therefore, the question of whether policy decisions are all made ​​in Washington or Tel Aviv has only relative interest. It is the same ideology that is in power in both countries. Furthermore, Zionism having enabled the reconciliation between London and Washington, the challenge is to tackle this alliance, the most powerful one in the world."

      "... It is the theology of Reverend Blackstone which served as the basis for Washington’s unwavering support for the creation of Israel. And this long before AIPAC (the pro-Israel lobby) was created and took control of Congress. In reality, the power of the lobby derives not so much from its money and its ability to finance election campaigns as from this ideology still present in the USA [6].

      "... Zionism has thus never had the goal of "saving the Jewish people by giving them a home," but the triumph of Anglo-Saxon imperialism by associating them with it. Furthermore, not only is Zionism not a product of Jewish culture, but the majority of Zionists has never been Jews, while the majority of Jewish Zionists are not religious Jews. Biblical references ubiquitous in Israeli public discourse, reflect only the thought of the believing part of the country and are primarily intended to convince the U.S. population."

      Here's the link to Meyssan's piece.

  • A brief respite in Gaza
  • 'NYT' gives Israelis the opportunity to shoot and explain (why not Hamas?)
    • I don't understand the constant - almost mantra - "Not that one should support Hamas rocket fire" ---

      Hamas is a Resistance Force... why shouldn't one be able to defend/support their rocket fire?

  • Israel, your brand is tanking

      The Rafah events are also outstanding in demonstrating how the Israeli genocidal campaign has nothing to do with preserving the lives of Jews, not even of its own soldiers. It is rather a desperate case of racist “white supremacy” going psychotic.

      In the bloody genocidal Israeli rampage against Gaza’s people – the massacre in the city and refugee camp of Rafah on the southern end of the Gaza strip was the worst, and it still continues. Just as I write this line on Monday morning (August 4, 2014), Israel declared a humanitarian ceasefire – but it will not include Rafah. So the people of Rafah will not be allowed even to dig their dead from under the ruins or treat the wounded or get some water to drink.The Rafah massacre is also the most extreme proof of the “world community”, led by the US and the UN, active encouragement and support for the Israel’s war crimes. As you may remember, on Friday morning, August 1, a 72 hour ceasefire in Gaza had to start. About two hours after it started, Israel announced that a unit of its army was attacked by “a suicide bomber”, killing two soldiers, and that one soldier was held by the Palestinian militants.Just as the news came, Barack Obama went on the air to adopt the Israeli version of events, denounce Hamas acts in strong words that he never used for the killing of more than a thousand Palestinian civilians, including 400 children. He went on to wonder whether Hamas can ever be trusted to make a ceasefire. The UN secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, trying to outdo his bosses in Washington, said the Hamas attack was “likely to have very serious consequences for the people of Gaza” – actually encouraging the Israelis to go farther in the ongoing massacre.

      Lies exposed

      In an article in the Israeli Haaretz today, published in different versions in English and Hebrew, Gili Cohen brings some details from the IDF (The Israeli Army) internal inquiry about what happened on Friday morning.The most important lines may be the small print, and don’t be astonished if they will disappear sometime soon. They say: “… a Givati Brigade patrol came under heavy fire while moving toward a building where a tunnel shaft was located.” So, according to the IDF itself, it was the Israeli patrol itself that advanced toward the area held by the Palestinian militants, clearly breaching the ceasefire agreement!The report goes on to say that “Contrary to earlier reports, however, the inquiry concluded that the terrorist who came nearest the three soldiers wasn’t wearing a suicide belt, but simply continued firing his rifle until he was killed.”It is typical that at the heights of the battle people exaggerate and public relations officers paint a picture that suits their purpose… But what will Obama and Ban Ki-moon say now to the relatives of the hundreds of people that died in the massacre that they have so enthusiastically encouraged?

      The Hannibal Procedure

      The Rafah events are also outstanding in demonstrating how the Israeli genocidal campaign has nothing to do with preserving the lives of Jews, not even of its own soldiers. It is rather a desperate case of racist “white supremacy” going psychotic.The main argument underlying the severity of the attack on the Givati patrol in Rafah was the Israeli “fear” that one of its soldiers was captured by the resistance.Haaretz goes on to report:......

    • I watched a video by Alison Weir tonight ---- highly recommend it - learned things I didn't know about zionism.

    • I disagree... Luntz' policy was formed before the observed impact of social media...

  • Palestinian teens assaulted and detained by Israeli soldiers after being attacked by settlers in Hebron
    • Kate, thank you for all your time and effort in compiling this...

      just when one thinks one has heard the worst, another...

  • 'I can't be silent. It is genocide' -- Anoushka Shankar
  • The withdrawal that isn't
    • stopped by Josh Marshall's site - just to see what's going on...

      he's recommending his followers read JJ Goldberg, and Amos Oz....

    • Max Blumenthal twitter:

      #Israel has now hit 7 UN schools with airstrikes, it's as though they don't even want to pretend they are not punishing all of #Gaza anymore

      There is a protest against the Gaza assault in Lod (Lydda). Right-wing nationalists have come to meet it.

      Palestinian and leftist anti-war demonstrators in Lod are contained in a protest cage. RW'ers are free range.

      Middle aged man approaches me: "Take them [Palestinians] away in a truck." Pulls out his phone to show me a map of the Arab world.

      Israeli nationalist demonstrators have gathered across from one of Lod's mosques in a Palestinian neighborhood

      Spoke to Kobi Snitz, veteran activist. "There is no space left for us in Tel Aviv. RW'ers have full permission from the top to attack us."

      Moshe Feiglin, a deputy speaker of Israel's Knesset, issues plan for concentration camps and genocide in Gaza:

      Israel duped Obama, knowing Lt Hadar Goldin was dead - its soldiers likely killed him. And the cover-up continues:

    • “Concentrate” and “exterminate”: Israel parliament deputy speaker’s Gaza genocide plan

      Moshe Feiglin, the deputy speaker of the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, has published a plan for the total destruction of the Palestinian people in Gaza.

      His detailed plan, which calls for the use of concentration camps, amounts to direct and public incitement to genocide – a punishable crime under the Genocide Convention.

      In a 1 August posting on his Facebook page, Feiglin, a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling Likud Party, calls for the “conquest of the entire Gaza Strip, and annihilation of all fighting forces and their supporters.”

      “This is our country – our country exclusively,” he writes, “including Gaza.”

      Feiglin’s posting is the text of a letter he addressed to Netanyahu.

      Citizens and public authorities around the world should attempt to have Feiglin arrested and prosecuted under the Genocide Convention for his statements, should he set foot in their territories.

      His abominable plan comes as the death toll from Israel’s ongoing slaughter in Gaza reaches 1,752 people, including ten persons killed on Sunday morning when Israel once again bombed a United Nations-run school being used as a shelter, this time in the southern town of Rafah.moshe-feiglin-sq.jpg

      Moshe Feiglin (David Rabkin/Wikimedia Commons)

      Feiglin, like his Knesset colleague Ayelet Shaked, has previously made genocidal statements, but these are perhaps his most specific and explicit.

      Calling for mass extermination and ethnic cleansing, Feiglin now urges Netanyahu to “turn Gaza into Jaffa, a flourishing Israeli city with a minimum number of hostile civilians.”

      Jaffa is a major Palestinian coastal city that was ethnically cleansed by Zionist militias in 1948 and incorporated into present-day Israel. The few thousand Palestinians who remain in the city face ongoing attempts to force them out.

      As of this writing, Feiglin’s Facebook post had more than eight thousand “Likes” and had been shared almost two thousand times.

  • Emergency call from Gaza
  • Israel calls Obama's tune
    • very fine post over at FDL in this regard:

      "Two more takes on who broke the ceasefire and what happened to the ‘captured’ soldier…

      From +972… Hamas: Missing soldier likely killed in Israeli air strike

      Hamas’ armed wing stated Saturday that missing soldier Hadar Goldin may have been killed in Israeli air strikes following the incident in which he was captured and two other soldiers killed Friday. The group claims it has lost contact with the cell that carried out the attack on troops in Rafah. U.S. President Barack Obama and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon both condemned the capture and called for the soldier’s immediate release.

      While Hamas claims the incident occurred at about 7 a.m. Friday morning, Israel asserts that it took place at 9:30 a.m. – nearly two hours into what was supposed to be a 72-hour ceasefire. Goldin’s capture may signal a significant escalation in Israel’s military operation in Gaza, which has entered its 26th day.

      Following the capture, the Israeli army carried out heavy shelling and air strikes throughout Gaza, particularly in and around Rafah. Palestinian medical sources say more than 70 people were killed in these attacks. Palestinians told Channel 2 that the army is working to completely isolate Rafah in an attempt to locate Goldin. Roads were reportedly blocked north of Rafah in the direction of Khan Younis, and passage to the Sinai region on the border with Egypt was barred.

      From Tikun Olam…Hamas Says IDF Killed Israeli Soldier After He Was Captured

      Today brings news explaining the reason the ceasefire broke down. A Palestinian militant cell ambushed an IDF patrol of Givati brigade soldiers. One of the militants had a suicide vest and blew himself up, killing Maj. Benaya Sarel and Sgt. Liel Gidoni. Three other Israelis were seriously wounded. One of them, Second Lt. Hadar Goldin was dragged away by the fighters. But the Israelis who were unscathed in the attack invoked Hannibal (Directive) and returned fire, shooting both Goldin and the militant who was dragging him away. It was a clear attempt not just to frustrate the Hamas operation and the capture, but to actually kill the Israeli soldier.

      Once news of the attack arrived at the IDF High Command, they began massive shelling of Rafah, attempting to kill him. Israel’s Channel 10 news reported:

      “The IDF is bombing every vehicle approaching Abu Yousuf Al-Najjar hospital in Rafah.”

      My Israeli source goes farther and says that the massive Israeli air and artillery assault on Rafah was in revenge for the attack. 60 Palestinians were killed in the barrage.

      According to Hamas’ military wing, which conducted the attack, the members of the unit which ambushed the IDF were killed afterward along with Goldin:

      “We lost contact with the group of fighters that were stationed at that location and we believe that all members of the unit were martyred and the soldier the enemy says went missing was killed in the Zionist shelling, assuming that the fighters did capture him during the confrontation.

      We in Qassam have no knowledge up to this moment about the missing soldier, nor his whereabouts nor the circumstances of his disappearance.”

      In other words, the IDF killed its own soldier."

  • Reprint of Yochanan Gordon's "When Genocide is Permissible" (Updated)
    • VIDEO: Israel’s Violence Builds Solidarity For Gaza

      The first part is a take down of a Bill Maher tweet - the interesting part comes after that - an interview with young student from LA - Kash Nikazmrad, - thesis - Israel is a ‘proxy’ state

      I found this to be thought-provoking, worth chewing on (proxy state)

    • I think you're missing the point here.

      Jews have been the victims of "genocide" ~ and some are advocating the same for Palestinians...

      Americans have never been the victims of "genocide" -

  • 'Children killed in their sleep': Israeli artillery fire hits UN school, killing at least 20
    • He may discover things are different this November.

      I got an email from E.Warren asking for money. I said "NO! money, and in fact, none of my time and energy this fall... nor my vote this November. Your unconditional support of Israel's attack on Gaza prohibits my supporting you in any manner. Additionally, you support sending hard-working Americans' tax dollars to Israel and with weapons to kill babies, children, innocents.

      signed //

      every person, organization that supports Israel will get the same response.

  • Israel has detained 15-year-old American boy for 26 days; US is 'gravely concerned'
    • to what new truce do you refer? Finkelstein got arrested today... after making a video which can be viewed at his site...

      Finkelstein says that ANY offer that has ever been made to Hamas/Palestine is a "surrender"

  • Kerry is off the Israel bandwagon
    • By Noura Erakat

      "On the fourth day of Israel's most recent onslaught against Gaza's Palestinian population, President Barack Obama declared, “No country on Earth would tolerate missiles raining down on its citizens from outside its borders.” In an echo of Israeli officials, he sought to frame Israel's aerial missile strikes against the 360-square kilometer Strip as the just use of armed force against a foreign country. Israel's ability to frame its assault against territory it occupies as a right of self-defense turns international law on its head.

      A state cannot simultaneously exercise control over territory it occupies and militarily attack that territory on the claim that it is “foreign” and poses an exogenous national security threat. In doing precisely that, Israel is asserting rights that may be consistent with colonial domination but simply do not exist under international law.

      Admittedly, the enforceability of international law largely depends on voluntary state consent and compliance. Absent the political will to make state behavior comport with the law, violations are the norm rather than the exception. Nevertheless, examining what international law says with regard to an occupant’s right to use force is worthwhile in light of Israel's deliberate attempts since 1967 to reinterpret and transform the laws applicable to occupied territory. These efforts have expanded significantly since the eruption of the Palestinian uprising in 2000, and if successful, Israel’s reinterpretation would cast the law as an instrument that protects colonial authority at the expense of the rights of civilian non-combatants. "

    • Bernhard at Moon of Alabama has a piece up on that now... interesting read.

      Chutzpa: Dozens Dead And Wounded - IDF Rejects Claims Of Casualties

    • no, I'm afraid they thought they were superior from the beginning...

    • Gazans? They are not 'Gazans' Sir... they are Palestinians. Please don't take that away from them in addition to all that Israel has taken.

  • Destruction of Gaza's children is something 'every one of us must confront' -- Jon Snow
    • The respected BBC is no more... the Brits are protesting them frequently for their biased Pro-Israel reporting. This from just one protest:

      As the protesters shouted “BBC, shame on you,” Hugh Lanning, Chair of Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), handed in a letter to the BBC’s Director General, Tony Hall. The letter calls on the BBC to reflect the reality of Gaza’s occupation and siege in its reporting. The open letter had been signed by 45,000 people in under a week. Signatories include scholar Noam Chomsky, filmmaker John Pilger, film director Ken Loach, musician Brian Eno, journalist Owen Jones and comedian and filmmaker Jeremy Hardy.

    • So glad to see you Hostage...

    • How do you sleep at night! Israel is EVIL...

  • The killing fields
    • Richard Silverstein says Bibi lied... Bibi is evil... and a war criminal."... This entire slaughter is based on a lie. And not just a small lie, but a huge, cancerous, evil lie. I do not like to make absolute moral statements if I can avoid it. But there is no doubt in my mind that Bibi Netanyahu is evil. While that doesn’t necessarily mean all of Israel is evil, as long as they elect this melalomaniac to office, then all of Israel is culpable in his malevolence.Bibi must be brought to the Hague."more more

  • As in Vietnam and South Africa, Gazan masses are willing to pay high price for freedom -- Kasrils
    • there's a lot of products on the BDS website I wasn't aware of... most I don't use, but my family does... am making them aware. I didn't realize Carnival Cruise Lines is on the list ~ am canceling cruise I planned months ago for November. Not much, but every bit helps.

  • Hamas mimics Hezbollah tactics, and no one will have stability till blockade is lifted
    • Frankly, I think all the "terror tunnel" talk, is Israeli propaganda... the little rocket damage Hamas' does is not working for an excuse for Bibi to go in, so now, change to "it's tunnels" ~ "an underground city"

      think about it... where would blockaded Hamas get the materials, the eqiopment, etc.

      it's all Hamas can do to keep up w/ tunnels for food, etc. Tunnels that men can move through... I don't believe it.

      Palestinians are turning on the soldiers, coming out in thousands. Bibi can't talk about Hamas anymore... he MUST lift the blockade and address the human needs of Palestinians/

  • 'No food, no water to revive awaiting certain death...': Horrifying report from Khuza'a village following Israeli attack
    • International Anger Mounts Against Israel

      Ecuador has recalled its Ambassador from Israel, Chile has suspended its free trade agreement negotiations. Bolivia’s President Evo Morales and Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro have called the assault on Gaza genocide and “extermination”, with Maduro demanding that the UN address the: “systematic violation of the Human Rights of the Palestinian population in Gaza by the State of Israel and adopt the necessary measures to halt those violations.” Venezuela severed all relations with Israel after its last massacre, “Cast Lead” over Christmas and New Year 2008-2009.

      ... snip

      Meanwhile, amid massive protests in South Africa, the African National Congress in Parliament (who suffered their own long years of apartheid) is calling for the Israeli Ambassador to leave with “immediate effect” and for the South African Ambassador to Tel Aviv to be immediately recalled.

      ... snip

      In Europe, the Norwegian government is resisting pressure to expel the Israeli Ambassador from pro-Palestinian and human rights organizations with the leader of the Joint Committee for Palestine (Fellesutvalget for Palestina, FuP), Anna Lund Bjørnsen telling Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK): “Norway can not uncritically maintain close diplomatic relations with a state that does not show respect for human life, international treaties or UN conventions.”

      much more

      Norwegian Dr Mads Gilbert stated on Democracy Now:

      "This was truly a massacre, and the injuries were just horrible … Children came in without heads and totally dismantled by the shelling of the residential areas."

      On the same day, Monday July 21st, Obama merely said weakly that he had “serious concerns.” Pathetic!

  • Arab reporters come under attack from Israelis
    • That is exactly why they bomb their neighbors... to destroy their economy and keep them weak.

      Then they complain their neighbors hate them. D'uh

  • US Jews occupy Israeli army support office in NY in civil disobedience action
  • Finally, Israel is alienating the US mainstream media
  • Massacre in Gaza: At least 60 killed in Shuja'iyeh, over 60,000 in UN shelters
  • Arrests without charge of American beating victim's relatives in Jerusalem leave State Dep't 'deeply concerned'
    • I wonder what is going on. First IDF ransacks the family's home... then they arrest some.

      And US is 'interested' in their detention? Matt has the nose of a blood hound... he asked if one of the family might be American and she (said) was unable to answer. Well, State Dept didn't intervene to help the Palestinian-American return home sooner for medical treatment... they allowed Israel to hold him under "house arrest" of all things.

      As for Erdogan , he said today:

      “Since [Israel’s creation] in 1948, we have been witnessing this attempt at systematic genocide every day and every month,” he said. “But above all, we are witnessing this attempt at systematic genocide every Ramadan.”

      Israel vehemently protested Turkish authorities’ blatant and rude violation of diplomatic rules, including the 1969 Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, during the protests, Liberman added.

      Can you imagine ~ Liberman speaking about violation of rules. Chutzpah!

      Earlier in the day at another meeting in Bursa, Erdogan accused a “new alliance of crusaders” in a speech denouncing Israel’s attacks on Gaza.

      This will be interesting.

    • Exactly Citizen...

      and I'm sure you noticed how she scolded Turkey, a NATO ally, for criticising Israel, who is NOT an ally ~ at least on paper anywhere.

  • Israel is in a pickle
    • Thanks hophmi,

      you just verified that Yossi Gurvitz is correct.

      "... a grave disservice" some choice of words there.

      "a ratio of 1 person dead for every 8 targets." First it's laughable that there are 2400 military targets in Gaza. (hyperbole is thy middle name?)

      and second, I guess wounded people don't count as targets... they need to be DOA? And old people in rehab, trapped in their infirmity and their environment? They don't count either? If I could reach through this screen, I would throw ice cold water on you head, in an effort to wake that brain of yours, that apparently doesn't have two neurons left to synapse.

    • Annie, thanks for this article... I agree Bibi is in a pickle. I hear and share American's concern. And I think your premise fits right into that concern. As Richard Silverstein said a few days ago, and many others have expressed the same belief ~ Bibi has no exit strategy. Having no exit strategy means he will go on and on killing Palestinians... until he finds one, their blood will continue flowing their the streets.

      G-d help us all.

      On another topic. I have a question for the knowledgeable here at Mondo. This youTube was linked at another blog. I watched it, knowing nothing about the interviewee, except that he is purported to be an anti-zionist Israeli Jew. Does anyone here know anything about him, and about his subject matter. His name is
      Yossi Gurvitz - I hesitate to post the youTube link because if his charges are bogus, I will be spreading disinformation. Thanks ~

  • Mohyeldin's boss at NBC rallied 'Jewish passion' for Israel when 'it is physically threatened'
    • I'm old enough to remember when reporters' actually reported what they saw.

      In 1963 we had the Fulbright senate hearings on ‘zionist infiltration of the US media”.

      We need to have another one... and it needs to be stressed that the attitude of "Israel First" is treason, which it is.

      William Fulbright warned, “The age of warrior kings and of warrior presidents has passed. The nuclear age calls for a different kind of leadership….a leadership of intellect, judgment, tolerance and rationality, a leadership committed to human values, to world peace, and to the improvement of the human condition. The attributes upon which we must draw are the human attributes of compassion and common sense, of intellect and creative imagination, and of empathy and understanding between cultures.”

      Yet, America’s ‘leaders’ continue to cower and pander to an “illegal foreign lobby that has long flouted US law and suborned the national interest as a foreign agent.”

  • 'We are moving from Iron Dome to an iron fist': Israel launches ground invasion of Gaza
  • Israeli strike kills four Palestinian children playing soccer on Gaza beach
    • I grew up during WWII... as a teenager I was obsessed with the history, the atrocities. Could not wrap my mind around the inactions of the German people, ordinary people like you and me. Now I find myself living again in a time of atrocities... and the American people are now inactive, ordinary people like you and me. The propaganda of the two times is different in degree and method. Still, I'm able to find the truth... an old woman now, I can see through all the filters. Surely some of the American people can? Are we just not hearing from them? How can so many people in western media continue to lie through their teeth? Please don't tell me it's their job, the money, etc. We didn't accept those excuses for Germans. Why do we accept them for Americans? There is something terribly wrong with American society today.

    • Israel declares 'humanitarian truce' in Gaza

      "...In an interview with BBC Arabic, Gen Mordechai said the civilians in Gaza can take the five hours of ceasefire to stock up on supplies and goods.
      The ceasefire was requested by the UN and other international organisations, he added.

      Witness to a shelling: first-hand account of deadly strike on Gaza port
      There is a deafening explosion, then a second. Four children are dead. Four survivors reach the safety of our hotel

      Both Conservative and Labor MP denouncing Israel's actions in strong terms during a session in Parliament questioning the Foreign Minister.

    • Martin Fletcher's words about that incident were those of a Nazi imho...

    • IDF's Gaza assault is to control Palestinian gas, avert Israeli energy crisis
      Israel's defence minister has confirmed that military plans to 'uproot Hamas' are about dominating Gaza's gas reserves

      To get the gas, the Israelis will endeavor to kill and/or drive out all Palestinians. Are we simply going to watch them do it?


      Israeli lawmaker’s call for genocide of Palestinians gets thousands of Facebook likes

      A day before Palestinian teenager Muhammad Abu Khudair was kidnapped and burned alive allegedly by six Israeli Jewish youths, Israeli lawmaker Ayelet Shaked published on Facebook a call for genocide of the Palestinians.

      It is a call for genocide because it declares that “the entire Palestinian people is the enemy” and justifies its destruction, “including its elderly and its women, its cities and its villages, its property and its infrastructure.”

      It is a call for genocide because it calls for the slaughter of Palestinian mothers who give birth to “little snakes.”

      If Shaked’s post does not meet the legal definition of a call for genocide then nothing does.

      Shaked is a senior figure in the Habeyit Hayehudi (Jewish Home) party that is part of Israel’s ruling coalition.

      Her post was shared more than one thousand times and received almost five thousand “Likes.”

      Uri Elitzur, to whom she refers, and who died a few months ago, was leader of the settler movement and speechwriter and close advisor to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

      Here’s a full translation of Shaked’s posting:

      lots more of this at EI's link... if you can stomach it

  • Netanyahu says there will never be a real Palestinian state
    • USG is broke... anyone noticed? The dollar? Jobs? Some see really hard times coming.

      Who does Israel turn to then?

      Fifty years?

      There's a lot going on in the world. Jus sayin

  • Ceasefire. Tightening the Gordian Knot?
    • Netanyahu's bombing of Gaza has so far killed over 192, 80% of them civilians, wounded 1,400 people, completely destroyed 990 houses, damaged another 1,700 houses, and created billions of damage to the infrastructure in Gaza, including the already fragile water distribution system. For what? (Revenge is mine, saith the Lord)

      In total Israel air force and missiles hit more than 2,000 “targets” while some 1,000 rockets were fired from Gaza. No Israeli was killed by the unguided rockets Hamas and other organizations launched from the strip.

      This morning there was some talk of a cease-fire allegedly after an agreement was negotiatated by the Egyptian dictator Sisi. But this cease-fire agreement was actually written by the war criminal and Zionist Tony Blair. No Palestinian had even seen it or was involved in its creation. They learned of the “agreement” through the media. It included nothing but a stop of fighting and some vague promise of further talks. For what then did so many people die? Israel’s security cabinet immediately accepted it. Tony Blair basically just negotiated with the Israeli side and surprise surprise, both the Zionist war criminal Blair and the Zionist war criminal Netanyahu were in complete agreement on what the peace deal should look like. Is this the first time in history that anyone has tried to negotiate a peace deal between two warring parties, while just inviting one side to take part.? The Chutzpah of then expecting Palestine to agree to this is astounding. “

      Hamas and other groups rejected this scam and continued their ineffective rocket fire. Hamas, which has also to keep consensus with more radical Palestinian groups in Gaza, had set several conditions for stopping the fighting: 1) an end to all Israeli attacks on Gaza; 2) opening of the border crossings to Israel and Egypt 3)
      release of the Hamas prisoners Israel, without reason, took in the West Bank over the last three weeks and 4) payment by the Palestinian Authority for the government workers in Gaza. (H/T MoA

      Those sound like reasonable, very reasonable, terms Hamas is asking.

      What happened to Israel’s threat of a ground invasion? Here’s Richard Silverstein with an explanation:

      “… I reported yesterday on a failed Israeli commando raid on a northern Gaza beach where the IDF claims long-range rockets were launched. Hamas claims that it knew about the raid in advance and ambushed Israeli forces. My Israeli source, as I reported last night confirms there was an ambush and that the Shayetet 13 soldiers were repulsed (see above FoxNews report in the midst of the fighting). The fact that the IDF called in helicopter gunships and F-16s to repel the Palestinian attackers indicates the Israeli force was in trouble and needed assistance extricating itself from the field.

      … Whatever the original mission, the commandos had their asses handed to them. Now, the IDF is saving face by denying what really happened.”

      So, it’s okay for Israel to attack Gaza from the air ~ but forget Israel risking the life of one single IDF soldier by attempting a ground invasion? (not that I am promoting a ground invasion, I am not)

      Israel has made its point, for the time being, so time to agree to a ceasefire. (Of course, any time in the future that Israel decides to resume bombing it will do so.)

      Hamas says NO ~ Israel needs to pay ~ and frankly, they are asking for very little, all things considered. ymmv

  • Not In Our Name: The Jewish duty to stand with the people of Gaza
    • so much for your literacy and attempt to disinform... if you key in "Micah" and her quote, you get:

      Micah 6:8
      King James Bible
      He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

  • Out to Kill: Israel’s assault on Gaza is not to stop rocket fire 
    • ..."He is like so like Assad now, brutally killing civilians."

      This statement is propaganda... misinformation. Here's article at antiwar dot com debunking the lie.

      "... As Sen. John McCain has repeatedly yelped, “The fact is Bashar Assad has massacred 100,000 people.”

      Actually, he hasn’t. According to SOHR data cited by Micah Zenko and Amelia M. Wolf of the Council on Foreign Relations, “most of the reported deaths in Syria have not been committed by forces under Bashar al-Assad’s command.” see link

      and another debunking:

      NGO Propaganda: Who is Behind the Massacres in Syria? Avaaz Spreads Media Disinformation

      Avaaz, which presents itself as an alternative media and an independent voice, is part of a corporate public relations campaign. Avaaz will report on civilian casualties in Syria without mentioning the influx of US-Saudi sponsored terrorists.

    • The Court Trial of Bibi Netanyahu

      By Juan Cole

      Dark Satire: Irony alert

      Prosecutor: “Justices of the International Criminal Court, I shall demonstrate to you that this man (points at detained Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu in orange jump suit and manacles at accused table) is guilty of serious breaches of international law and not just of war crimes but of a pattern of systematic war crimes over time. As you know, such a pattern amounts to crimes against humanity. He is also guilty of the crime of Apartheid, which is itself a crime against humanity according to the United Nations.”

      Lead Justice leans over his elevated desk. “Proceed, counselor.”


  • Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder says Israel is using our taxes to 'drop bombs on children' and take land
    • Greenwald speaks out in the Guardian

      As Israel continues to pound Gaza with meager efforts to avoid civilian casualties, the US’ role in funding Israel’s military and providing political protection at the UN has come into focus. Could Israel engage in such aggression against the Palestinians if the US were not providing arms, money, and UN vetoes?

      This question was addressed by Glenn Greenwald in the Guardian who notes US complicity in the bloodshed. Contrary to US media coverage, which paints America as some neutral outsider, Greenwald notes “Israeli aggression is possible only because of direct, affirmative, unstinting US diplomatic, financial and military support for Israel and everything it does.”

      Indeed without US cover at the UN, Israel may not be able to continuously bomb residential areas, arguably a war crime, without consequence. While bombing may satisfy the based instincts of some it has done nothing to resolve the conflict which many Israeli policymakers seem uninterested in doing in any case.

      That the Netanyahu government knows that any attempt to condemn Israel at the UN would be instantly blocked by the US is a major factor enabling them to continue however they wish. And, of course, the bombs, planes and tanks they are using are subsidized, in substantial part, by the US taxpayer.

      These facts get no play in US media, just maudlin lamentations about how tragic and impossible the Israel-Palestine conflict is. As if the US government is some neutral player, not a key enabler.

      Why should Israel make peace or even stop the killings if the US is giving them total unqualified support and protection? The US is not just not helping, it is exacerbating the situation by funding and protecting one side at the expense of any peace process.

      FDL has diary here

  • Latest from Gaza: Israel targets houses, mosques, disabled center and essential infrastructure, 14 more Palestinians killed
    • Do y'all think Bibi is planning to reduce Gaza to rubble?

      Looking over all the info in the article and elsewhere online, that is my fear tonight. I am very weepy...

      One knows the planet is really FUBAR when he is allowed to do this and no one is even thinking of stopping him.

  • 'American Jewish voices are most critical in the world' (to end idea that Jewish lives matter more)
    • What choir are you speaking of? The one that believes the life of a Jew is no more valuable than the life of a non-Jew? That's the one I'm in... You mention many lives for the fingernail of a Jew. So, where do you stand? Equal, or a single Jew's life is worth more? I have never thought my religion made me superior to any other human. I cannot even wrap my mind around how anyone could derive that opinion from any religion. What kind of g-d values one of His over another? Would a parent value one child over another? So, you have to think about it huh? Your analogy about 'rooting' for one nationality over other is terrible in this situation. When Bush invaded Iraq, I certainly didn't 'root' for American soldiers over the Iraqis, even though I am an American. My position was he was illegally invading... and further more, it was not a 'war' ~ a war is between two militaries. This is exactly how I see what's going on in Gaza now, and has been for far too long ~ the 4th largest military on the planet pulverizing an unarmed people... Hamas' rockets are the same as the rocks the children throw at the IDF. You appear to be dealing with a lot of denial or at the least, cognitive dissonance.

      On another thread on this forum, Kate links to a piece about an Israeli general sending a letter declaring a 'Holy War' ~ this is an excerpt from it:

      Winter’s letter is an “astonishing document,” Israeli playwright and journalist Kobi Niv commented on Facebook.

      Niv criticizes the “clumsy language which ridiculously combines recitations from the military and the religion but also the fact that on our part (not on their part; on our part) the wars against the Palestinians have turned from a national dispute to a holy war.”

      Israel expert Dena Shunra, who translated Winter’s letter for The Electronic Intifada, notes that its appearance reflects the increasing participation of observant Orthodox Jews in the Israeli military. Shunra adds:

      This demographic, often associated with the settlement movement, has displaced the traditional Kibbutz-member (militantly secular, socialist/communist leanings) in the Israeli army. Switching from nationalist rhetoric to the language of holy war is part of that transition. Another part is insisting that holy figures appear in battle to comfort/save the Jewish soldiers (and seeing them as Jewish, rather than Israeli). Reports of visitations by “Mama Rochelle” – the Matriarch Rachel, wife of Patriarch Jacob, traditionally buried in Bethlehem – have surfaced in the last few rounds of fighting (from 2002 onward). This changes the nature both of the wars and of the forces engaging in them, pushing towards a clash of civilizations."

    • so, are you going to sign the letter? I hope you do.

    • The media in America is zionist owned/controlled... FACT.

      ... how is that possible when even the few Americans who pay attention to foreign news on main media get nothing to eat but boiled hasbara?
      ~ Citizen

      Citizen is right... but I signed the letter. It is 'something' ... an effort. I'll make as many efforts as I can. Lindsey is my state's senator ~ we tried to defeat him in the primary... working on the general.

  • Israel's message to the Palestinians: Submit, leave or die
  • Palestinian rockets: The conversation no one is having
  • White House says US can't stop 'tsunami' of boycott and isolation if Israel won't end 'occupations'
    • I just discovered that the percentage of Jews in the State Department is 52%... and the White House about 82%...

      There is really no need to question why the USG supports Israel unconditionally... is there?

  • Deaths of five teenagers in the West Bank expose mainstream indifference to Palestinian life
  • Understanding 'militant' as a cover-up for civilian deaths, and other ways international law helps clarify the Israeli attack on Gaza
    • mondonut... you got some back up for those statements?

      Gaza is occupied territory... do some homework.


      The Gaza Strip - Israel's obligations under international law
      Published: 1 Jan 2014

      Despite Israel 's extensive control over the Gaza Strip, in its decision on the disengagement plan, the government stated that implementation of the plan would "invalidate the claims against Israel regarding its responsibility for the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip." In response to several petitions filed in the High Court of Justice following implementation of the disengagement plan, the State Attorney's Office has argued that, with the termination of the military government in the Gaza Strip, Israel has no obligation whatsoever under international law toward residents of Gaza, who should now direct all their claims and requests to the Palestinian Authority. Implicit in this claim is that Israel 's control over the lives of Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip, described above, exists in a normative vacuum in which Israel is not responsible for its acts and their consequences. As we shall see below, the argument is baseless, both under international humanitarian law and under international human rights law.

      much more at link

  • The Israeli culture of vengeance on full display
    • this excerpt from 972blog

      "... Let’s talk about the racist valuation of blood. In the Zionist blood market, the cheapest blood is Arab. You can spill it like water, bomb it, shoot it, fence it in, choke it, or burn it with gasoline or white phosphorus. Slightly less cheap blood, although still pretty cheap, is that of someone who hasn’t managed to find a way into the exclusive “salt of the earth” club: Mizrahim, Ethiopians, Russians and people who ride public buses and live in public housing apartments, many of which are dangerous enough even if they aren’t located within rocket range. So let’s talk about blood that isn’t cheap. Blood that requires revenge. The blood of those who’s deaths are the cause of national mourning, who are born not only as Jews, but the right type of Jew, of the right color and in the right place.

      And let’s talk about the fact that that racist valuation exists for all Israeli Jews — for the cultured and educated, and especially for leftists. A wounded Jewish person at a protest against the separation barrier unites us in a show of solidarity that we wouldn’t give for even thousands of wounded Palestinians or dozens of killed. And if the Left was to react to the news of each and every one of the 1,520 Palestinian children that Israel murdered since 2000 in the same way that it reacted to the deaths of three settler youths, it would no doubt long ago have drown in its own sorrow and statements of condemnation."

  • 'Operation Protective Edge' begins: Gaza rocked by Israeli airstrikes as Palestinian militants shoot at Jerusalem
    • thanks for linking to that article Daniel... I found this excerpt to be interesting also, as it explains in more detail the rationale behind some European states warning their business people to not invest in illegal Israeli settlements.

      "... However, there is a far greater threat facing the Israeli settlement enterprise. Because fundamental norms of international law have been internalized in the domestic legislation of many countries, the proper implementation of domestic legal regimes requires the differentiation between Israel proper and its illegally occupied settlements. The illegal Israeli settlements are not recognized as part of Israel under international law and a differential legal treatment ineluctably flows from this different status.

      One example is the EU's inability to make scientific funding available to Israeli universities operating in the occupied West Bank, or to allow settlement-produced goods to receive preferential treatment under the EU-Israel Association Agreement. The EU also cannot recognize Israeli certification procedures for settlement produce (e.g. poultry veterinary certification and organic food certification) because the Israeli government simply does not have the authority to grant such certification to settlement produce. This dispassionate legal evolution is motivated by the necessity for consistency within an EU legal regime that has internalized the fundamental norms of an international legal system.

      This cold rationality is completely unrelated to the passionate moral idealism that motivates the BDS movement and it is far more troubling for Israeli policymakers, which is why they often try to conflate the two concepts. Additionally, many governments have recognized that aside from these known legal problems, there are likely other legal issues as yet unknown that could detrimentally harm business operations after an initial investment is made. As a result many states have warned companies against conducting operations in the illegal West Bank settlements."

      This same stance is reflected in the EU's refusal to make scientific funding available to Israeli universities operating in the occupied West Bank, refusing to allow settlement-produced goods to receive preferential treatment under the EU-Israel Association Agreement, and refusing to recognize Israeli certification procedures for settlement produce (eg poultry veterinary certification and organic food certification). These measures are motivated by the necessity for consistency within the EU legal regime and respect for the norms of an international legal system, a motivation completely unrelated to the moral idealism that motivates the BDS movement.

      When the peace talks between Palestine and the Israelis collapsed, international observers, including US Secretary of State John Kerry, unanimously placed the blame squarely on Israel for missing prisoner release deadlines and announcing the construction of new settlements in Palestine. Weeks later, when Abu Mazen announced a Fatah-Hamas Unity Government, Netanyahu claimed that was the reason for the collapse of the peace talks. Netanyahu saw the murder as an opportunity to vilify Hamas (which has denied any involvement) and consequently, the new Unity Government as well as a chance to recover some of the international good will it has lost."

  • After brutal police beating, Palestinian-American Tarek Abu Khdeir, 15, sentenced to home arrest without charge
    • It is reported down thread that the F.B.I. got involved in the matter, and it is the FBI, not Israeli police, who made the arrests. So much for saying something good about the 'police' work.

  • 'Survival and well-being of the Jewish state' is a national security interest of U.S., Indyk says
  • Murdered teen laid to rest, as tensions flare in Shufat
  • Please, pray for Palestine
    • "You don’t think they will ultimately claim something similar to that and get away with it in the western media?"

      Look what the western media is doing wrt the Ukraine?

    • Celebration? You're right, what is there to celebrate? The USG is killing people all over the planet... it in no way resembles the illusion some are celebrating today. The USG is Fascist... so indeed , how can one expect it to call out another Fascist State?
      What can we do? About Palestine? About the USG?

      Question, for our Jewish posters: Are Israeli youths taught that they are superior, that Palestinians are sub-human? I ask that because it is sometimes said to be so by someone posting online, and I have questioned it.

    • Daniel,

      I hear or I think I hear the message you are conveying... but the problem here is a group of people have been allowed for decades to treat another group of people anyway they choose, and go completely unpunished for it. Additionally, the perpetrators of these crimes believe them not to be crimes, but their God given right.

      Israel is unique in that respect, and I don't see how it can be denied.

      Ironic isn't it? That Israelis call Palestinians 'animals'?

  • After repeated calls for vengeance, Netanyahu urges Israelis to be 'cool-headed' and seek 'justice'
    • Any people can be incited to kill... and it seems to me Bibi was 'inciting' ~ I concur with you that there was probably no IDF 'conspiracy' ~ tragically, persons out of control, committing a heinous act.

  • Turning blood into cement: Reflections on nationalist violence in wake of suspected revenge killing of Palestinian teen
    • Seafoid, that is beautiful... your words have lifted my heart, which is so overwhelmed with all this tragedy. Thank you.

  • Missing Israeli teens found dead near Hebron; Netanyahu: 'Hamas is responsible and Hamas will pay'
    • First of all, my condolences to the families of the three settlement teens. I concur w/ all those here who have expressed concern for the many young Palestinians killed by IDF. The death of young people, regardless of who they are, is always tragic. Also, I agree w/ those here who see Israel using the tragedy of the murdered settlers to escalate what is nothing more than a killing spree against innocent Palestinians, a psyops campaign of terror.

      Simultaneously, we have ISIS/Alqada also (imho) raging a psyops campaign of terror all over the Syria/Iraqi countryside, not that far from Israel... but apparently evoking not the first fear in Israel.

      Is there not the tiniest concern for retaliation from ISIS? Why is that, I ask myself?

  • 'J Street has to change or die': Divestment battle exposes tactical rift among liberal Zionists
    • France has warned its citizens against taking part in any economic activity in the occupied Palestinian territories, saying this may entail legal risks because the Jewish settlements are illegal under international law.

      The warning is part of a joint act drafted by the five largest EU countries: Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, and Spain, Haaretz cited a French diplomat as saying.

      Italy and Spain are expected to issue similar warnings over the next few days, while the UK and Germany did so a few months ago.

      The move comes after the failure of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, and also following massive protests against the construction of settlements across the EU.

      The notice by the French Foreign Ministry advises against investing, purchasing land, or engaging in economic activity in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Golan Heights. It was published as part of recommendations for French people traveling to Israel.

      More at link

  • Oldman labels himself an 'A-hole' for saying Jews run Hollywood
  • Jeffrey Goldberg leads the charge on latest BDS smear: Presbyterian Church divestment is anti-Semitic because David Duke supports it
    • France has warned its citizens against taking part in any economic activity in the occupied Palestinian territories, saying this may entail legal risks because the Jewish settlements are illegal under international law.

      The warning is part of a joint act drafted by the five largest EU countries: Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, and Spain, Haaretz cited a French diplomat as saying.

      Italy and Spain are expected to issue similar warnings over the next few days, while the UK and Germany did so a few months ago.

      The move comes after the failure of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, and also following massive protests against the construction of settlements across the EU.

      The notice by the French Foreign Ministry advises against investing, purchasing land, or engaging in economic activity in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Golan Heights. It was published as part of recommendations for French people traveling to Israel.


  • 'Forward' editor says Presbyterian vote was anti-Semitic
    • The meaning of the term “antisemite” has significantly changed in recent years. There was a time when this term referred to those who despised Jews. Later, the term referred to those who promoted myths about a global Jewish conspiracy to rule the world. Today the term “antisemite” is used by the ruling elite to lambast human rights activists who advocate equal rights between Jews, Christians and Muslims, the right of return of Palestinian refugees to their homeland and the vision of a common, democratic state for both Palestinians and Israelis. The word “antisemite”, which initially conveyed a negative and even sinister meaning, refers now to positive and highly commendable attitudes that can be carried with honour. One may lament this change of meaning, but one should remember that a word does not carry any particular meaning. It is merely a conventional symbol that refers to external contents. By convention, society could agree to name animosity towards Jews “xakaculca”, democracy “zbzb” and elefants “democracy”.
      Advocacy for a just and democratic solution to the conflict in Israel/Palestine is grounded on international human rights norms, including the right to equality and the right of everyone to return to her country. These norms are enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (articles 1, 2, 7, 13(2)) and the Preamble of the U.N. Charter. This advocacy also seeks its legitimacy from the constitutional principles that underpin the Western democratic order. According to current terminology, as imposed by those who mould public opinion, the word “antisemitism” now refers to human rights advocacy and to the struggle for democracy. There is no need to combat the new convention. One merely has to adjust to it.
      Inasmuch as the term “antisemite” now refers to human rights advocates and radical democrats, I declare myself a radical antisemite.
      Elias Davidsson
      Bonn, Germany
      June 10, 2011

  • Israel maintains gag order in missing teens' case, leading to charge of media 'manipulation'
  • One killed in protests as Israeli army takes control of Ramallah city center for first time since 2007
  • Israeli army enacts curfew near Nablus and raids eight major West Bank cities
    • The following is a comment made on another forum... I post it here because I have asked myself some of these same questions (without the expletives of course)

      Question: Is all of this shit in Iraq/the ME being done to benefit the apartheid genocidal state of Israel who BTW right now is imposing curfew and basically invading the West Bank on a scale not seen since the Second Intifada.

      Note: what a fucking coincidence once again for Israel, huh? That while the world is dealing with ISIS - seemingly NASDAQ's newest Exchange-Traded Fund - Israel is just quietly going about dismantling Hamas and the unity government. What timing. Why, who could have known that 3 teenagers would have been "kidnapped" just as ISIS was about to strike, right?

      Continuing, I mean, as AIPAC is in the TOP TWO of the most powerful lobbies in the US - defense might edge them out maybe - isn't it odd that we don't hear a FUCKING WORD from any of the bought-off whores in the US Establishment about how ISIS might threaten - existentially, even - the plucky Israelis who make their US whores vote 535-0 on most anything even tangentially relating to that apartheid genocidal state?

      Funny, I also remember hearing NARY A FUCKING WORD about any Israeli concerns when ISIS was running around Syria and fattening up their portfolio, huh? Sure, gatekeeping fraud Noam Chomsky kept reminding us that Israel was sitting the Syrian situation out just waiting to see if their favored outcome (again, NC's opinion) - i.e., an Assad victory over the scary jihadists - was going to win out. Other than that it sure seems the apartheid genocidal state of Israel was awfully quiet. Now I'm sure they're too busy with their "manhunt" to worry/opine about ISIS once again. Oh well.

      Yesterday, ONE intrepid analyst FINALLY - yet softly - mentioned that hey maybe what we're seeing in Iraq is kind of similar to the "Clean Break" and PNAC plans as laid out by the apartheid genocidal state of Israel and its American traitor whores. Of course, he didn't mention the Yinon Plan but what the fuck can a rational person living in the US insane asylum expect.

      Well, here's another question: if we're talking about/to all the war criminal neocons ONCE AGAIN - y'know, having them over for snacks and shit on TV and politely asking them just what a fucking murderous asshole's perspective on the ISIS situation might be - shouldn't we MAYBE be also asking them about their clique's inherently Zionist Jewish origins and how a rational person who is conversant with the contents of the Yinon Plan, Clean Break and PNAC just MIGHT think it's all so coincidental that we're witnessing those Zionist/Israeli plans being made manifest before our very eyes?

      To review:

      1) the Yinon Plan, Clean Break and PNAC are all strategies created and adopted by Zionists that call for the partition/balkanization of the ME for the benefit of the apartheid genocidal state of Israel an outcome that seemingly has been pursued near CONTINUOUSLY and actively since the invasion of Iraq in 03 and which continues to this day.

      2) the US Establishment has been entirely/blatantly in the thrall of the Israel and its lobbies for years meaning both parties - the whole gamut: neoconservative to neoliberals - have consistently placed the interests of Israel above that of the United States.

      3)No one - nearly to a fucking person - who reports on ANYTHING relating to what we're witnessing sees fit to print a fucking word about any of the above.

      Seems about right. "


      And this comment followed:

      "Interesting because also at the same time:

      US Senate confirms ex-BoI head Stanley Fischer, two other nominees for Fed

      The US Senate on Thursday confirmed Stanley Fischer to be vice chairman of the Federal Reserve and approved Jerome Powell and Lael Brainard as members of the central bank's board, bolstering the Fed as it prepares to wind down its extraordinary stimulus.

      So a guy who is a foreign (dual) citizen and a high official of a foreign government can become the second most powerful person in the US central bank. Fortunately, the ISIS thing happened so no one noticed"

  • Cantor's defeat had nothing to do with religion
    • For those who consider Brat defeated Cantor because of 'his' religion (Evangical):

      via Naked Capitalism:

      But there’s no question that conservative economics professor David Brat succeeded in channeling a strain of right-wing populism to target Cantor, and plausibly so, as a corporate stooge and progenitor of crony capitalism. Lee Fang at Republic Report did the most thorough work on this:

      “All of the investment banks, up in New York and D.C., they should have gone to jail.”

      That isn’t a quote from an Occupy Wall Street protester or Senator Elizabeth Warren. That’s a common campaign slogan repeated by Dave Brat, the Virginia college professor who scored one of the biggest political upsets in over a century by defeating Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the Republican primary last night [...]

      Brat told Internet radio host Flint Engelman that the “number one plank” in his campaign is “free markets.” Brat went on to explain, “Eric Cantor and the Republican leadership do not know what a free market is at all, and the clearest evidence of that is the financial crisis … When I say free markets, I mean no favoritism to K Street lobbyists.” Banks like Goldman Sachs were not fined for their role in the financial crisis — rather, they were rewarded with bailouts, Brat has said.

      Brat, who has identified with maverick GOP lawmakers like Representative Justin Amash of Michigan, spent much of the campaign slamming both parties for being in the pocket of “Wall Street crooks” and D.C. insiders. The folks who caused the financial crisis, Brat says, “went onto Obama’s rolodex, the Republican leadership, Eric’s rolodex.”

      In particular, Brat took aim at Cantor’s work on the STOCK Act, which was prompted by a conservative economist who found major stock gains from members of Congress and staffers in industries where they had inside knowledge. Cantor openly watered down the STOCK Act before passage. If you’re trying to paint your opponent as a corporatist who looks out for himself and his buddies over his constituents, this would top the list.

      The oft-repeated claim that Brat won by framing Cantor as somehow pro-immigration (which comes from a couple off-hand remarks and not any real actions) actually goes together with this. Brat made an economic argument on immigration about how the U.S. Chamber of Commerce wants to import cheap labor to take away “your” jobs. This has a nativist element to it, and it was certainly used as a rallying cry by right-wing radio talk show hosts. But even when Brat says that immigration won the race for him, he says it in terms of Cantor “supporting the U.S. Chamber agenda.” The key ad on this showed Cantor in a picture with Facebook’s Marc Zuckerberg. It’s all coherent with the idea of Cantor as handing corporate America whatever they want.

      And this picture of Cantor has a pretty solid basis, just as you could frame it for anyone in the Congressional leadership of either party. Over a million dollars in contributions came to Cantor this cycle from the FIRE sector (finance, insurance and real estate), and two of the top five contributors were Blackstone and Goldman Sachs. Lloyd Blankfein openly lamented Cantor’s loss. Lobbyists all over K Street are literally expecting to lose money in Cantor’s absence, because the source of their influence has been ousted. In fact, the only individual who’ll make money out of this is Cantor himself, once K Street comes running to throw millions at him to work at their lobby shop.

      as Phil suggests, religion didn't play into this contest...
      perhaps the usual reason the voters throw out the incumbent ~corruption, greed, etc. did. If so, here's hoping a lot more surprises are in store in November.

  • Video: Maya Angelou reads email from Rachel Corrie
    • I just read the sad news...

      The world will be dimmer without her light... poetry ran through her veins. We were all blessed to have her even though the time was too, too short.

      A quote from Maya that speaks to me of Rachael Corrie (who could and did do more than 'wash dishes') ~

      "Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently."

      Rest in peace wonderful lady... you will be sorely missed.

      "Free at last, free at last... thank God Almighty, we're free at last. "

  • Now that Israel has killed the two-state solution, will liberal Zionists support equality or ethnocracy?
    • “Liberal Zionism”: A Contradiction in Terms -

      My thought exactly (what is usually referred to as an 'oxymoron'); however Yousef Munayyer said it much better in March of 2012 than I can today.

      "You see, liberalism and Zionism are by nature incompatible and those calling themselves “Liberal Zionists” misunderstand one or both of the concepts. Liberalism is by nature an inclusivist ideology; Zionism, by contrast is an exclusivist ideology. While liberalism is associated with equal rights regardless to ethnicity or creed, human rights, and free elections, Zionism requires maintaining a Jewish majority over territory even at the expense of the non-Jewish native inhabitants of the land.

      For many Americans who have Zionist and liberal inclinations, confronting this reality is both difficult and necessary. Yet “Liberal Zionists” choose instead to create and focus on illusions to avoid making the decisions, imposed on them by Zionism’s colonialist reality, that make them cringe.

      The use of myths to obfuscate the inconvenient truths of Zionism’s illiberal agenda is not new. Early leaders of the Israeli left advanced the notion of a “land without a people”: David Ben Gurion, for example, described pre-colonization Palestine as “in a virtual state of anarchy... primitive, neglected, and derelict,” willfully ignoring the land’s native Palestinians.

      The fact that Beinart’s call for a boycott of Israeli settlement products is on the Op-Ed pages of The New York Times is indicative of a changing discourse—and this is a good thing. Nonetheless, the discourse clearly has a long way to go. “Liberal Zionists” may find safety and comfort in putting off confronting the irreconcilability of liberalism and Zionism for another generation, but they aren’t doing the Palestinians or themselves any favors.

      Rather, what is needed today before tomorrow is for that confrontation to take place; one is either a liberal or a Zionist. Being too afraid to choose can no longer be an option.''

      It also seems to me that one who calls oneself a liberal Zionist also suffers with 'cognitive dissonance'.

  • Stephen Walt: publishing 'Israel lobby' ended any thought of serving in US gov't
  • 'Poof' -- Kerry blames Israel for breakdown of talks (Updated)
    • I wonder if the announcement that:

      Russia's Gazprom and China are poised to conclude a gas supply contract in coming weeks, the first in a series of energy projects planned between the two countries. "We’re working now to sign a gas contract in May," said Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich. "Consultations are continuing and Gazprom's leaders are holding talks with Chinese partners on the contract terms. We hope to conclude the contract in May and believe it should come into effect by the year end."

      has anything at all to do w/ Kerry's statement of "truth"? imho, the West has blundered big time in orchestrating a campaign to isolate Russia... the PetroDollar will be impacted with this partnership between Russia & China...

  • Distracted by the peace process: What really happened during the talks
    • Haven't the Israelis been putting money (US taxpayer dollars) in Abbas' pockets for years? It's not that Abbas is not capable of standing up for Palestine, it is that he has simply not done so until recently... let's hope he has finally told the bribers to stuff it.

  • Pollard was in it for money, and sold so many dox Cap Weinberger wanted the death penalty
    • from the Washington Post 1998

      "Release Pollard At the Nation's Peril" by former past directors of Naval Intelligence, William Studeman, Sumner Shapiro, John L. Butts and Thomas Brooks, Washington Post, December 12, 1998

      "Jonathan Pollard is serving a life sentence for stealing massive amounts of highly classified and extremely sensitive U.S. national security information. In terms of sheer volume of sensitive information betrayed, Jonathan Pollard rivals any of the traitors who have plagued this nation in recent times. Nobody is clamoring for the release of traitors like Aldrich Ames, John Walker or Jerry Whitworth, but Pollard, by manipulating his supporters and conducting a clever public relations campaign both here and in Israel, has managed to generate a small but vocal movement advocating that he be released and allowed to emigrate to Israel, where he expects to be something of a national hero.

      We, who are painfully familiar with the case, feel obligated to go on record with the facts regarding Pollard in order to dispel the myths that have arisen from this clever public relations campaign aimed at transforming Pollard from greedy, arrogant betrayer of the American national trust into Pollard, committed Israeli patriot.

      Pollard pleaded guilty and therefore never was publicly tried. Thus, the American people never came to know that he offered classified information to three other countries before working for the Israelis and that he offered his services to a fourth country while he was spying for Israel. They also never came to understand that he was being very highly paid for his services -- including an impressive nest egg currently in foreign banks -- and was negotiating with his Israeli handlers for a raise as he was caught. So much for Jonathan Pollard, ideologue!"

    • Seymour Hersh wrote an article for the New Yorker in 1999

      For those who do not believe Pollard did any damage to the intelligence community or to the USA - in other words - do not believe he was a traitor, I suggest you do a little homework on the case... above would be a good place to start.

      One other thing - who is the source for "Obama/USA considering offering release of Pollard ...."? most of the time it is Israel - the State Department gets tired of denying the accusation, according to Hersh's article.

      According to most sources, Pollard certainly did it for the money - in fact he approached several countries before the Israel gov't contacted him... the Israelis were willing to pay Pollard mega bucks as he gave them more than 'secret' info - in fact, Pollard at the request of the Israelis moved beyond secret level to the top levels of intelligence to which he had access.

      A second link - from CNN in 2012

  • JJ Goldberg says Adelson's influence fulfills anti-Semitic belief
  • 'Zionism has made us insiders' -- David Grossman tells Max Blumenthal
  • Netanyahu delivers predictable speech fear-mongering on Iran
    • The speech was highly inflammatory... not a diplomatic bone in this man's body.

      NYTimes had a very small piece on his speech, which was overshadowed by the Shutdown coverage I am sure.

      Obama needs to remember that we live in a small world now... whatever he says to Bibi to 'reassure' him is of course passed along to the rest of the world. Earlier on his Twitter account, Mr. Zarif alluded to the Obama-Netanyahu meeting on Monday in a message that read: “President Obama needs consistency to promote mutual confidence. Flip-flop destroys trust and undermines US credibility.”

      I'm interested in knowing how many were present for the speech, which was the last iirc... surely everyone had gone home.

  • 'NYT' offers cloak to religious zealots storming Al Aqsa-- 'mainstream Jews'
    • If the Jews are going to a 'holy place' - why is there so much violence? Where is the love/compassion for others? Isn't there room for everyone to pray? (That's a rhetorical question of course.)

      It's not about prayer or holiness... it's about territory, isn't it? How do you sleep nights?

    • totally agree with you Hostage...

      Didn't Bibi use the Temple Mount to provoke Palestinians/Arabs?

      Seems this is more provocation... do Jews want EVERYTHING!!!!!!?????? If so, WHY?

  • The idea of exceptionalism moves in different ways – toward community or toward empire
    • Sorry to disagree...
      'Exceptionalism' is a myth... just as 'chosen people' is a myth...
      Believing one is exceptional/chosen/superior is toxic...

      from Antiwar website:

      Weeks of failed efforts to sell the Syrian War to the American public seemingly still aren’t over, as President Obama used the occasion of his speech to the UN General Assembly to demand a UN resolution authorizing military action against Syria if the chemical disarmament process stalls.

      While giving lip-service to the idea of diplomacy, President Obama made it clear repeatedly during the speech that his view of American “exceptionalism” centers entirely around its willingness to fight unwise wars.

      “I believe America is exceptional, in part because we have shown a willingness, through the sacrifice of blood and treasure, to stand up not only for our own narrow self-interest, but for the interests of all,” Obama insisted. This of course segued back into calls for authorization to attack Syria.

      Noam Chomsky on American Exceptionalism

      "... The reigning doctrine of the country is sometimes called "American exceptionalism." It is nothing of the sort. It is probably close to a universal habit among imperial powers. France was hailing its "civilizing mission" in its colonies, while the French Minister of War called for "exterminating the indigenous population" of Algeria. Britain's nobility was a "novelty in the world," John Stuart Mill declared, while urging that this angelic power delay no longer in completing its liberation of India.

      Similarly, there is no reason to doubt the sincerity of Japanese militarists in the 1930s, who were bringing an "earthly paradise" to China under benign Japanese tutelage, as they carried out the rape of Nanking and their "burn all, loot all, kill all" campaigns in rural North China. History is replete with similar glorious episodes.

      As long as such "exceptionalist" theses remain firmly implanted, however, the occasional revelations of the "abuse of history" often backfire, serving only to efface terrible crimes. The My Lai massacre was a mere footnote to the vastly greater atrocities of the post-Tet pacification programs, ignored while indignation in this country was largely focused on this single crime."

  • 'If the world turns on us, we will go North Korea on them' -- say some Israelis
  • Syrian chemical weapons deal puts pressure on Israel to sign weapons treaties
  • Will Obama meet with Iranian president Hassan Rouhani?
  • Double standard: Disarming Syria puts Israel's nuclear and chemical arsenal in the spotlight

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