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  • The legacy of Joan Peters and 'From Time Immemorial'
    • Bill: "Curiously, Mondoweiss never does [mention my piece]". Hell, they even removed the link you added to this post.

    • Thanks for the great overview. Finkelstein, NYT and Dershowitz in perspective. (In that perspective, Dersh looks very very small. Not worth trusting).

  • Netanyahu crashes Paris unity march, French gov't fumes
    • yonah: every Jew is a valid target Stop abusing jews.

    • It took a few days, but the Charlie Hebdo killings are firmly and exclusively occupied by Zionists.

      A quiz about Charlie Hebdo. In 2008 Siné (Maurice Sinet) wrote in Charlie Hebdo about someone making a religious conversion for political career motives.

      Who converted?
      1. William of Orange
      2. Tony Blair
      3. Jean Sarkozy

      To which religion?
      1. Protestantism
      2. Catholicism
      3. Judaism

      How did it end?
      1. Siné was fired
      2. The editor took a stand and defended Charlie's satire
      3. 150 politicans gathered in Paris to support Siné's Freedom of Speech
      4. Israels PM urged Jews to leave France

    • Who is she to claim the attack exclusively for THE jews? Good question, mr Willcox.

    • John O, that's not what they need to be told at the airport. They have read that before in the Jewish Agency merchandise. The Sderot Live War Cinema is part of the advertisement. Also they can join the IDF to shoot rockets into Gaza. A land of opportunities!

  • The moral hysteria of Je suis charlie
    • Already happened. Amsterdam, last Thursday.

      Big CH happening on Dam, main square. PM Rutte and the mayor speeching. One minute of silence. Then, someone started to sing. He was approached by civilians (force unknown), and arrested by the police. vid

      He sung "Het Vrije Woord" ('The Free Word'), written in 2007 by comedian Hans Teeuwen for the murdered Theo van Gogh. lyrics

  • Hillel exec likens Open Hillel to biblical rebel against Moses who was swallowed up by the earth
    • “dissent and disagreement,” that is how the Jewish community moves forward.

      As in: without Spinoza.

  • How a tweet about Gaza children went viral round the globe
    • Good. btw, I'm not totally familiar with this electronic phenomenon, but I think people are happy to know that .... whether they know ... or think I’m ... that it’s possible .... people respond to that too is putting the "self" in "selfie", right? It's not the "You" in "Yournalist".

  • How Salaita’s critics have distorted the Salaita report
    • Jacobson has corrected his misquotes, while claiming that it makes no substantive difference to my analysis. Waiting for Leibovitz to copy-follow.

      I bet it does not make a difference for him.

  • Couldn't there be just one 'NYT' columnist who was critical of Israel? (No)
    • Bravo Mondoweiss. Well noted that all "liberal" and "save Israel" and "Netanyahu is good/bad for Israel" talks is in the same basket of Zionism. It is futile to discuss who should best continue the occupation and the killings.

  • Israeli settlers attack US consulate convoy in the West Bank (Updated)
  • 'You are part of the problem, not the solution': Open letter to the editors of The New York Times
  • Dershowitz named in lawsuit alleging abuse of underage sex slave
    • Cloak, that's what I meant to say. No PR agent would have allowed a young woman within a mile of the Prince, these days. Let alone a photographer. Irrespective of who they are.

    • And how would Dersh know what the Secret Service records would reveal?
      - because they can be cooked by the Govt. The same Govt that Dersh is standing with, by NPA and other interests, against the victims. The Govt does not want Clinton exposed either. (That's the US Govt. The Israeli Govt has a different position).

      There are also flight recordings by pilots/aircraft record. I read they were published in another court case. But Dersh keep s repeating this SecServ quote quite often.

    • Jee, scroll down in that dailymail link! That picture where Prince Andrew is seen leaving his ski cabana, Sunday, to speed back to London: those two cute girls watching him through the window.

      Isn't there a single PR brain-cell in the Royal family?

    • The pilot's records (flights & passengers) of Epstein's plane(s) are published through a court process. Are they on internet? (Could show Bill Clinton going to the island). Note that Dersh only points to "secret service" records to prove Clintons whereabouts. Don't forget that the US Govt is the opposing party in this. Similar for the Palacial records in London. Sure no one will have deleted that meeting, how dare you thinking that.

    • For the record: That really is a Dershowitz quote.

    • unsubstantiated nonsense? Don't know, grumpi. What I do know is that it was those Zionists withholding the story from us, from the courts and from the victims.

    • The Epstein blackmail continues: The Guardian about the actual NPA:
      The Guardian understands the plea deal states: “If Epstein successfully fulfils all the terms of this agreement, the United States also agrees that it will not institute any criminal charges against any potential co-conspirators of Epstein including but not limited to [four named individuals not including Prince Andrew or Dershowitz].”

      That is, if Epstein fails the terms of agreement *today* and does not behave as a Good Boy, the NPA is nullified and the others loose their immunity.

      So one of these days an Israeli PM (like Barak) calls Cameron in the UK and Clintons's Residence in the US and asks: "If you don't help Israel by attacking Iran, we cannot promise that Epstein keeps behaving Good And Silent".

    • More names.

      Conchita Sarnoff in The Daily Beast in 2010 did a good job: she described the Epstein case in a series (but without these new accusations re Dersh & Andrew). Plain and simple:

      But the question remains: Did Epstein’s wealth and social connections—former President Bill Clinton; Prince Andrew; former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak; New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson; and former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers were just a few of the prominent passengers on his private jets—allow him to receive only a slap on the wrist for crimes that carry a mandatory 20-year sentence? (there is the 'former PM' then, and the New Mexico connection)

      Unsung Ring hero: Jean Luc Brunel, "model recruiter" for agency "MC2". Has office in Tel Aviv (I think it's worth listing every Israel connection), NY, Miami.

      On the other hand, Epsteins housekeeper on his private VI island, Alfredo Rodriguez, was fired for calling the police (!). He took evidence with him (emails and paper, to sell to victims), and was jailed for "obstruction of official proceedings" (withholding proof), but of course the prosecutor did not want that proof to be known. Rodriguez served 18 months, five more that Epstein, and in a federal jail, not a VIP -jail like Epstein.

    • The non-zionist American elites are fighting back? -- maybe it's not not them. Epstein/Maxwell picked their victims from the poor side of town ("economically poor"). That's not non-Zionist elite. The "Govt", already very lenient in 2008, is still dragging their feet (see below).

      Saying that the Epstein Ring members are Zionists is OK with me (I agree with The Dersh in this :-) : to critique them = being anti-Israel. Not by logical connection, but by parallel facts).

      Reading tips: I found the formal Court Motion, above in this article, worth reading. No too much judictalk, and of course it is the core (eg, it says like "Govt, please give us the papers that show the exact involvement of Dersh in the NPA". Also it opens with the remarks that the Govt was delaying -frustrating?- this step).
      Jane Doe #3 told her name & her story to the Mail on Sunday (UK), the second most important news story. (More about "elites": dailybeast (2010, Govt favors for Epstein).

    • Prince Andrew has returned early from his ski holiday in Switzerland to London. The Palace has denied the allegations twice now.

    • Who'd have thought that Dershowitz himself would start about the link with Israel.

    • Yes Taxi, I heard that "with my family" too, but can not reproduce it. (see my 5:30 am post). Dersh must be a family man to bring them there.

      The Virgin Islands house was plastered with pictures of nude young girls.

    • Now that Dershowitz is screaming and crying that everything should be in the open and in the courts, why did he advise his client Epstein to sign that NPA deal? BBC News (Jan 4)

    • hophmi: unsubstantiated allegation

      The opposite. Epstein was jailed. There is an NPA. Dershowitz was involved in negotiating that NPA, and self-serving at that. Prince Andrew did hang out with this registered sex offender. Seven court cases were settled with victims out of court. And, remember what the main case is about: did the Government give the victims enough information?

      It was Dersh himself who advised his client not to go to court for this - why does he cry and complain today that things should be in the open?

      Given that you spend so much TA-payed hasbara time on this, I expect that your paymasters are involved too. Can you inform us?

    • About the pictures. From page 5 of the court motion, in this article:
      [Ghislaine] Maxwell also took numerous sexually explicit pictures of underage girls involved in sexual activities, including Jane Doe #3. She shared these photographs (which constituted child pornography under applicable federal laws) with Epstein. The Government is apparently aware of, and in certain instances possesses some of these photographs.

      Reports on internet from the 2008-2010 era (Epstein jailed) say that these pictures were all around in Epsteins Virgin Islands house, not to be missed: "Nude images of young girls were scattered around the house", "decorated with large framed photos of nude young girls"The Daily Beast

      I remember Dershowitz saying in the 3 January BBC Today program: "I visited Epsteins private Island with my family", but now can not find that quote any more. With or without his family: Dershowitz must have seen these pictures of under-age sexual nature. He is a witness.

    • Dershowitz: I have never been alone with Prince Andrew (2:18), I have never been alone with Epstein (2:35). I am convinced: Dershowitz did not have sex with Prince Andrew nor with Epstein. Let the man go free (and stop the mental images).

      Line of defense: "I've never beaten my wife on Mondays": provably true maybe, and not a refute at all.

      Line of defense: "Where were you at the time of the murder?" - "A day later I was in my house". Provably true maybe, and not an alibi.

    • dixit hophmi: Whizdom, you are an anti-Semite!

    • hophmi: You’re all into conspiracy theories, guilt by association, and antisemitism. How you all disgust me. -- Speak for yourself.

      I am pointing to lies, weaseling, inconsistencies, dirty tricks by Alan Dershowitz. He is accused of covering up sex with under-aged. For others and for himself. Expect more, also about your friends Epstein and Maxwell.

      Sex with underaged. That is not disgusting to you? Because that disgust would be anti-Semitic? You are giving anti-Semitism a bad name.

    • That link! Gonna get more popcorn and stick to this site.

    • Dersh: punishment should be based on proof of individual guilt. But he never used this when he said "anti-Semitism", did he?

      (Yes, Alan, it’s a road to lawlessness. And you've come a long way by that road).

    • Let me say it clear: 1. Dershowitz was involved in the NPA process. 2. Dershowitz was doing the "final language" version (that prevented his prosecution - almost).

    • From the politico site, where the story originated:
      However, the law professor [Dershwitz] told POLITICO he didn’t negotiate that [NPA] deal and it wasn't aimed at protecting him. “I had nothing to do with drafting the non-prosecution agreement,” he said. Dershowitz added that the last draft of the agreement mentioned four people by name who wouldn’t be prosecuted and he was not among them. All were regular associates or assistants of Epstein, the lawyer said, adding that the final language removed those names and simply barred federal prosecutors in South Florida from going after any potential co-conspirators.

      So, he had "nothing to do with it", but did see and remember that last draft. How is that "nothing"? He was there, working in the team not passing by. He did not "negotiate" that deal, he knows it "wasn't aimed at ...", he did not do the "draft" (but what about the final version?).

      Dershowitz, what you said here might be true as isolated factoides, but you were in the team and you show inside knowledge --much and precise-- and there are holes in your non-involvement statement that you did not plug.

    • This morning, the BBC turned this sneakily into a deny-and-deflect operation. Opening of the Today radio news program:

      BBC: A prominent American lawyer who is being accused with Prince Andrew of having sex with underaged girls has strongly denied the claims against him [who?]. [...]

      Dershowitz: My only feeling is that if she has lied about me, which I know to an absolute certainty she has, she should not be believed about anyone else.

      So, Dersh is introduced as a "prominent lawyer" and later as a "top lawyer", "former Harvard law professor" who "represented Epstein". But BBC does not mention the facts of Dersh: not that Dersh is involved in the NPA framing setup himself, not that he is accused of a sex offence himself, all in this case. Then they let this "law professor" make this self-serving statement, uncommented. Jee, Dersh is a lawyer payed to keep sex offender Epstein out of trouble.

      Thanks BBC, very convincing. Of course you had to open the news report with this Prince Andrew topic, but opening with another name and quote this way is a nice service to the Royal Leeches. And done this way, it is a plain misleading the listener.

      BBC Today (radio, 03/01/2015)

  • The 'bait & switch' politics of liberal Zionism
    • hophmi: The Lavon Affair was in 1954. It killed no one .... It is called "terror". I can repeat: Jews were bombed to Israel by Zionist agents.

    • hophmi: You’re denying an atrocity, and as usual [?, prove it or eat your shit], blaming the Jews for ...

      I claim Mondoweiss Comment Rule #1 be applied: unfounded accusations of antisemitism will not be published.

    • hohpmi, those so-called "Arab Jewish refugees" did not exist before Zionism.

    • Arab Jewish refugees ethnically cleansed from the Arab world - They were bombed to Israel by Israeli agents (that's your ethnicality).

  • David Brooks says 'people from around the world' can serve in Israeli military
    • As you write, dhopi, but forgot to conclude: Palestinians from around the world can not join the IDF.

    • Yes, John O, I spotted that too. The NYT Staff picks comments are those fawning in admireship (and actually impossibly bad written), like a Frozen fanclub of 4 year olds except that those kids do write better. And the Readers' picks are scolarly good, actually doing what the newspaper should write by themselves.

      By the way, right after the War Churchill was elected into retirement, and England lost India. Colonial racist & class attitude.

  • Palestinian resolution fails at the Security Council, U.S. votes against 'staged confrontation' at the UN
    • HarryLaw: transfer [Palestinians out of Israel].

      In 1947/1948 and 1967 this was Nakba. In 1939-1945 this was called deportation.

    • I don't need MJ Rosenbergs smarties, in the end he'll call his opponents an anti-Semite.

      Another liberal Zionist. (Already the quotes here show that MJ is not interested in Palestinian or anyone's rights, but in a different Israeli govt to continue the occupation).

  • 'Desperate' Senator Graham promises 'violent backlash' by Congress if Palestinians go to UN
  • 'New York Times' normalizes the blockade of Gaza
    • Some mind twisters in the cheerleading NYT.

      Among the Israeli casualties was a 4-year-old boy killed by a mortar shell in a kibbutz along the border with Gaza. Why mention? That does not count as an orphan. Is NYT saying: you know, that one will not become a leader?

      Why tour the West Bank? To threaten Palestinians: look what we'll do to your children? Like hostages standing for a window, at gunpoint?

      the safari park in nearby Ramat Gan. What safari? Wild Palestinians in a cage? Or for treatment in the animal hospital? Stroll the Jarisha remainings?

      Mr. Abbas’s Fatah party and Hamas signed a reconciliation pact in April (...) That pact appears to have changed little so far in Gaza. Eh, nothing changed in Gaza since? It was bombed to rubble because of this agreement. Ask the orphans.

      Jerusalem is not in the itinerary. That would be spoiling.

      "Marshak said Tuesday evening that the humanitarian effort was meant to ease the orphans' suffering and not aid terrorists. "The Kibbutz Movement educates its sons to be the first on the battlefield and kill the enemy before being killed, but ..." (btw, he said this in 2009. And the number of children was 48, not 11. Did they survive 2012 and 2014?),2506,L-3663039,00.html

    • The meeting. The meeting where they decided: "37".

  • Invest in thorough, accurate news to build a fair future for Israel/Palestine
    • People who run this site are who they are, mostly Americans.

      I don't see how this relates to my comment, let alone how it can qualify it. In short, I wrote about what MW does, not what MW people are (and I won't take that bait). I don't speak Mordor. Also, my first two words say that it is my opinion, which might very well be described correct.

    • To me, this site is limited because it usually picks the US view at the M.E. region (no Europe, and what's those other continents). A regular contributor from UK/France/Germany (/Russia/India/Iran) would fit this global issues.

      Also, it bugs me that somehow the Jewish Community is the home site. How many staffers read Arabic? Not that long ago even the liberal Zionists we welcomed here (MJ Rosenberg, Beinart, J-Street) about primarily Palestinian topics or interests. But written by a Real Writer. The microscopic shifts is towards anti-Zionist Jewish angle: JVP. Case in point: the Israeli botched stunt to prop up 37 Gaza orphans for PR is under the header ... "NYT"

      By what I see and read, MW is aiming at a place next to WaPo and NYT. Don't expect scoops, or feathers ruffled. It will all be solved within the Community. Outsiders are tolerated, but not needed.

    • And the children are still alive. IDF accuracy.

  • Caroline Glick says there were no Palestinian refugees
    • jon sEvery rocket fired at ... Ashkelon ... represents a criminal act.

      Not true. Ashkelon is a Navy base, and so a military target. Israel is using their civilian population as a human shield.

  • Next U.S. elections threaten Israel's 'total isolation' -- and the Israeli public is worried
    • The word "isolation" is an euphemism for BDS. A good journalist would not omit this, giving in to foggy language.

  • John Mearsheimer: What Mondoweiss Means To Me
    • Indeed, MHughes. That leaves Jerusalem, Right of Return, Nakba, institutionised, racism in Israel out of US foreign policy wrt Israel.

      Still, Mearsheimer here does not beat the bush: This well-orchestrated silencing effort [by the Israel Lobby] says that it is not a "loosely connected" number of people as we were supposed to think some years ago.

  • Roger Cohen recites Livni talking points in 'NYT' column to blame Palestinians for peace process failure
    • Is the location of that picture known? Could be Greece or Cyprus.

    • Just some notes. 1. Israel had agreed & promised to release a group of prisoners in March. By April 1st Israel had broken that promise. Why does Livni think she could add new requirements afterwards? 2. Now Livni complains that Netanyahu was the party causing trouble for her. What a crybaby. 3. Sure Abbas should have freed Pollard. (By the way, has it ever been disclosed by any party that Pollard was on this Peace Talk agenda?).

    • Yes. When Livni says Jewish Democratic State, two states for two peoples in the 'interview' that is a. misleading wordplay in part one (how does that look at all?), and b. racist separation (Nakba-3 ahead).

      It's not new to note this, but it should be repeated. She's a liberal Zionist politician. (Cohen did hear that quote right, which is an achievement given where his head was).

  • Hillary Clinton's decision to support Iraq war was driven by Israel concern, Chris Matthews says
    • So Chris Matthews was pro-war back then. But Mondoweiss does not point that out, even while quoting Matthews saying: Being for the war in 2002 thinking was the smarts.

      MW wants a seat at the MSM table by softballing Chris Matthews?

  • 'Israel is becoming an isolated ghetto,' says Amos Oz
    • Liberal Zionists are "saving Israel", at the cost of Palestinians just as well. Oz, Cohen, NYT. I too am surprised that MW keeps thinking that these liberal Zionists need just a little bit more turning, and Palestine will be free.

  • Roth was fired because DC Jewish leaders demand 'acquiescence' to Israeli positions -- Kushner
  • Shmuley Boteach taunts Palestinian solidarity demonstrators in NY
  • Obama hired Clinton as sec'y of state by reaching out to Israel supporter Hoenlein -- NYT
    • take the larger liberal Jewish vote for granted says the last quote. But of course, that "vote" (whatever part of the 2% Jewish votes in total) is neglectable, even in swing states.

      The correct explanation is in the same quote: wealthy and influential [...] Jews.

  • Caroline Glick melts down with European diplomats
  • A Knesset without Arab parties?
    • jon s, this is not a response to your own quote. Which proves my point.

    • jon s, a "long standing boycott" indeed. Your own link mentions huge numbers of blank votes (abstentions) by "Arabs".

    • jon s: If the Arab parties merge, there’s no question that they will be in the next Knesset.

      You don't even grasp that this is politics for racists, do you?

    • Thanks Allison. At last I am starting to understand this number politics. I learn: a 3.25% treshold would equal 3.9 seats in the 120 seat parliament.

      Does anyone have a good link for the the "Arab" voting boycott backgrounds?

    • jon s, your link is talking nonsense (which is worse than "inaccurate", I say).
      For example, it says: Therefore, low voter turnout in the Arab sector is not necessarily related to its ethnic background, and is part of a general decline among all Israelis. While the figures presented show a consistent lower "Arab" turnout than Jewish turnout of about 5% points (in all years mentioned, the "Arab" turnout was 5 below the Jewish turnout % number).

      By the way, what a modern democratic country that must be where the State registers "ethnicity" of voters.

  • Bypassing Israel: The necessity of recognition in European capitals
    • Warning: this recognition is a last stand "liberal Zionist" attempt to save Israel as it is: a racist state, at the cost of others. Same old 2SS issues remain: No right of return, not a de facto independent state, settlements & more settlements, land stealing, no Jerusalem, and reduction of rights for Israeli Palestinians (did I say reduction of rights? Reduction of Israeli Palestinians altogether).

      Joseph Massad analyses and explains this at

      The good news is: BDS exists.

  • Liberal Zionists seek to strip Naftali Bennett of freedom to travel in hope of saving two-state solution
    • Barbara Risman, University of Illinois, also signed.

      She wrote about Steven Salaita: We write as elected leaders of the American Sociological Association to express our support for your decision not to hire Dr. Steven G. Salaita ... we wanted you to know that some sociologists, including leaders of the A.S.A., support your decision. We personally feel if a job candidate openly disparages an entire minority group it is a good reason not to hire him or her as a new faculty member. Dr. Salaita's public expressions of hatred and his public endorsement of violence have no place in the University of Illinois.

    • From their statement (bolding added): UNSC Resolutions 242 and 338 allowed for a temporary Israeli occupation in the territories captured in the 1967 war, while calling for a negotiated peace settlement that would include Israeli withdrawal from occupied territories in return for recognition of Israel’s right, along with other states in the area, “to live in peace within secure and recognized boundaries free from threats or acts of force.”

      The occupation was allowed? In the Dershowitz mind only. Already a week ago, commenter talknic threw this out:

      These armchair activists are miles behind Albert Einstein, who wrote in December 1948 in the NYT, about future PM Begin: "Nazi, fascist, terrorist" and condemning US "top leadership of Zionist leadership" for their support.

    • despite my opposition to the men and their positions and actions ... their right to travel

      Agree. How else can they arrive in The Hague?

    • This piece nicely describes what they are, and without using irony quotes.

      Not that long ago it was used here as an commendable political position (for Beinarts and MJRosenbergs). They would solve it & rescue Israel in one go! Not any more. Bravo Mondoweiss.

  • 'Racist, fascist bullshit'-- Marcel Ophuls exposes Islamophobia in Israel
    • hopmi the people living in that country have a deep experience ... of Palestinian nationalism and Palestinian terrorism.

      Those "the people", that's jews only of course.

  • Palestinian minister dies after Israeli army assault during olive tree planting ceremony in West Bank village
    • BBC report: Islamic Relief suspended its work in the occupied West Bank - where the allegations were focused on - and commissioned the audit.

      Israel accused them of funding Hamas and kicked the humanitary organization out of the West Bank (BBC did not write this, see the quote). Now that they are cleared, and UK government agrees, they are still not allowed in. UK govt: weasels for not supporting their NGO.

      In the end, BBC keeps the door open to such accusations/smears: Meanwhile, there is a wider concern among some ....

  • The Israel of your dreams has turned into a nightmare: A letter to Jewish students
    • The title is itching. The Israel of your dreams has turned into a nightmare suggests that the real, existing Israel has become a nightmare. While actually, as the article describes, it was ill-based all along. (There is a double opposition in there: dream vs. real, and now vs. historical. That leaves a mental escape that in the old days, Israel had no nightmare facts. Nakba-denial).

  • A point by point response to Alan Dershowitz’s 'Ten Reasons Why The BDS Movement Is Immoral'
    • Dersh in 2012: I fought against South African Apartheid. I was one of Nelson Mandela's lawyers. (6:15)

    • shalom: the fundamental question isn’t whether BDS is immoral or not - Having to jettison the topic (the topic Dershowitz himself choose) with a reset-button is another sign that your anti-BDS movement is in trouble.

      shalom: it will push peace away for a very long time Too much right turns, sir. You have ended right at the title of Dershowitzes piece. You are chasing your own tail. (Meanwhile you have said that preventing peace is not about morality?!).

    • re Dersh #3=7=9 the worst first: Please tell us, Dershowitz, was abolishing Apartheid in S.A. done too early? Should we reinstate Apartheid there and change Iran first? (or China, Russia, Turkey, Syria -- what actually is your order, Dersh, before again we solve the wrong evil?)

      #4. It would hurt the high tech industry around the world because Israel contributes disproportionally to the development of such life enhancing technology.

      Disproportionally. Where did I hear that before?

      #4. [Israeli] Arab citizens enjoy more rights than Arabs anywhere else in the world. (you are a stupid stupid racist, Dersh). Anyway, that would convince everyone in Ferguson.

  • Rep. Israel endorses speech saying Europe failed Jewish people in 40s and is 'failing us again today'
  • Israel has no answer to BDS, Barghouti tells packed hall at Columbia
  • Israel's proposed Jewish nationality law is a flop on Broadway
    • I find it immature journalism to put Peres' and Palestinians objections at level. It is this kind of normalisation that BDS is invented for.

      Once again: Zionists cry about this law for PR reasons. All their life they have supported Israels violent racism. Didn't you notice the Peres, now nor ever, cared about a Palestinian victim? All the Beinarts are crying that this racism is bad for Israel. Like: let's keep our racism as it is.

  • British MPs call for concrete action to sanction Israel
    • This is a very fluid and important time, with the Israeli elections looming

      Methinks the upcoming British elections are more significant.

  • Pssst! Is Israel going crazy?
    • Please stop crying over Israel like this. It's a chutspa. It detracts from the error that was always there: Zionism is racist.

      Tom Friedman won a Pulitzer for reporting on Sharon's Sabra & Shatilla massacre in 1982. What did he report? "Israel disappoints me".

  • Middle East Studies Association affirms members' right to boycott Israeli academic institutions (Updated)
  • Israel lost the British elite after Gaza onslaught, UK ambassador says
    • What is in Zionism for the British elite? Tony Blair & the wife makes a very nice living out if his war-for-Israel. Even today. As in the US, Zionists can play the dirty game against candidates, for example by funding elections. And of course, in Europe there is always the free "you're an anti-Semite" card.

    • Horizontal: Who’s most likely to win the next PM’s spot [in UK]?

      Does not matter, Labour or Conservative. As in the US, there is no "opposition" in the UK. This changed in 2010: none had absolute majority so LibDems/9% was needed to get a majority in the house (Nick Clegg). They did not gain any electoral win, they are very low in the polls now.

      In 2015, big new contender is UKIP (Nigel Farrage), formally anti-Europe and right wing. Zero seats in 2010! Anti Polish and Romanian EU-(semi-)immigrants; and anti-Brussels' EU govt. Of course, this steps easily into xenophobic going anti-islam, anti-Asians etc. A lot of votes to be won that way.

      UKIP recently won two seats in two intermediate regional elections with this program. Most probably they are the 10%-party that Labour-or-Conservative whichever needs to get the majority. Meanwhile these two big ones are incorporating xenophoby in their policies a shovel a day. So this is the battlefield for votes, already open: be as anti-foreigner as you can.

      Enter Zionism. Zionists have their hands on the desk in all parties. Anti-muslim activism (fear, ISIS, the usual props). Blackmailing from the government against an initially successful BDS (govt money withdrawal threats).

      Top players Cameron nor Milliband had nothing to say during the Israeli killing spree in Gaza last summer. To cheer us up: in the UK, some lone politicians are standing up and know how to speech. Enter Kaufman (2009) and independent George Galloway (2014)

    • Popular opinion = more support for BDS. Elite interests = don't mention the Israel wars.

      For next years general elections in the UK, predictably: 1. Foreign war policy kept out of the discussion (you anti-Semite!); 2. Anti-islam fear mongering for votes (with anti-foreigners in general); 3. Tony Blair.

    • I think the title is wrong. The JC clearly quotes: vast majority of the British public, and the elite centre ground of British public opinion.

      Don't expect the British elite being shocked by a colonial killing spree, they've seen one or two more. That's how they became the elite after all. Nor will they change their attitude. From Balfour to Cameron: they are counting on Zionism.

  • First they came for the Palestinians . . .
  • Al Jazeera investigates the USS Liberty attack in 'The Day Israel Attacked America'
    • don't you think - No I don't think so. It is more of a new point: Israel failed. Had Israel succeeded in the sinking, the coverup would have been much easier.

      Here is another new point: this was an Israeli action to keep the US out of a war. That was long ago.

    • For the record. Mistake or no mistake: Israel failed in the sinking.

  • New Israel Fund partners with Israel Football Association on racism project as IFA segregates Israeli youth league
  • Pressure on 'The Lancet' for Gaza letter another example of pro-Israel assault on freedom of expression
    • The job: it will review and investigate a number of specific incidents in which death or injuries occurred at, and/or damage was done to United Nations premises.

      Yes! "specific" incidents! Israel has provided the list.

      Damage to UN premises! You know, those bloodstains on their floors, really hard to wash away. That was the limit. Remember how furious Ban Ki Moon was?

  • SodaStream says it plans to leave West Bank for the Negev, but boycotters promise to not let up
  • Normalizing occupation, NYT runs whimsical story on time zones
    • NYT, Rudoren: Essentially, observant Jews preferred to have the Passover Seder (which begins after sunset) start earlier, so children might stay awake for it.


      Facts first. Setting daylight saving time (DST) in spring, means sundown is later on your day compared to office hours and school hours. (Using a correctly set wall clock in Jerusalem: school starts at "09.00 h" always, sundown jumps from say "19.00 h" to "20.00 h" over that DST starting day).

      So, when the orthodoxes ask to "start DST before seder, not after", they ask to start seder talks later on the day??? (For a child, with DST there will be more hours to wait between school's end and sundown = seder). So the rabbis were requiring an extra hour for these children? An extra waiting hour to enjoy seder? Stupid orthodoxs. Or stupid Rudoren.

      Of course, one would ask to have daylight saving being set after seder day, so a child enjoys more after-sundown time before going to bed at regular time. On top of this, allowing for extra time staying awake would make all that extra time for seder stories (not for waiting time)! Sure, Rudoren will find another way to blame the Palestinians for all this and her stupidity.

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