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  • Isaac Herzog won't apologize for saying intermarriage is a 'plague'
    • Oops, that second "or" was there by mistake; I meant to say, "Any random Turkish or Malaysian woman". (I don't know if it's possible to make an edit in an already-published comment- is it?)

    • I would like to find numbers on this- the rate of intermarriage between Jews and non Jews in Israel. And then, of course, I could swear it is always a non-Jewish man and a Jewish woman. This is probably irrelevant and not the place for this discussion, but as an arab woman of religious minority, the glaring, sexist double standard in this issue angers me: Palestinians would rally in support of a mixed wedding only when the woman is the "other". It is exactly the same between Muslims and Christians in our so-called "tolerant" societies. We take your women, but we would never give ours. What would then happen to a household? (Because, of course, a household is defined by the religion of the father). Until a muslim woman is free by law to marry a christian, until a christian or muslim woman is free to marry a jew, until a christian woman can love a muslim without fearing being shot to death by her male relatives (at worst) or having to cut ties with her entire family (at best), all this talk of coexistence is nonsense. All this boasting of how forgiving and tolerant our societies are is pathetic. This conflation of religion and race is the root of all evil. True, with islam and christianity in the middle east (I hate the term; Arab countries, rather) it is less a question of "purity" and more a question of identity, but it is still a similar problem. It is the belief that an American Jew has more right to a land than those who were born there, because of his "genes". It is the idea that an American man is by default a christian and is therefore "closer" (genetically? culturally? spiritually? racially?) to me than my muslim friend with whom I share the same language and the same culture; it is the idea that any random Malaysian or Turkish or woman would definitely make a better mother for that muslim man's children, just because she is a muslim. Religious identity is dangerous. The idea of "jewish blood" is misleading and dangerous, and I feel that, post 9-11, a similar idea of "muslim blood" is being perpetuated earth-wide and is taking hold of people's minds. People use the words arab or palestinian or jordanian less often- they say muslim, using it as an ethnicity.

  • Photo Essay: Gaza buries medic Razan Ashraf Al-Najjar, 21, killed by Israeli sniper
    • It really is unbearable. I watched the interview with her and I couldn't stop crying.
      She could have been my sister, my friend, my colleague. What consolation could one offer to her grieving mother? She was so young, so determined and so joyful. She had given her life to saving others. She had so much energy, so much strength. As a woman in this culture, I am humbled to tears by her persistence. "If they do not want to accept us (women) by choice, they will be forced to accept us. Because we have more strength than any man."

      It was premeditated. She was targeted. Like so many others. And the fact that this will most definitely be brushed aside, whitewashed, justified as "self-defense"- the fact that Israelis will call her a "terrorist"- already makes me sick to my stomach.

  • 'No one is happy with 60 killed' -- Ehud Barak comes to redeem Israel
    • The very last person on earth to talk about lying and about terrorism. If there is one thing Israeli leaders are an expert at, it is projection.

  • Protesting is not enough
    • While the point of this article cannot be made strongly enough, I just want to throw in the side comment that shouting your solidarity on the streets is not that easy and risk-free everywhere in the world.

      In certain parts of the world, you can be arrested for "inciting violence" by singing a palestinian song on the street, or you can peacefully fly a kite in solidarity and suddenly have an official run towards you and cut the thread off with a knife.
      Meanwhile, images of mass protests for Palestine in Chicago, London, and Latin America fill the local newspaper.

  • Debunking 18 claims justifying this week's Gaza massacre
    • @Misterioso- thank you. Can somebody tweet this and retweet this? I am not on social media, but this has to be shared widely. These instances of blunt honesty by Israeli officials need to be held on to.
      I will add that it is not just because they are "not jewish", but as a previous article here on mw mentioned, it is because they are an uncomfortable reminder to Israel that it is a country build on a mass graveyard.

    • Thank you for articulating these very important points, Paranam Kid, particularly the basic right to armed struggle against a ruthlessly violent occupier, the fact that Palestinians are more semitic than most European Israeli colonizers, and the unapologetic need for the dismantling of a racist, institutionally murderous, apartheid regime.

      I would be much less diplomatic and say that this was a weak and disappointing article, promising in its title much more than it gave. I expected the claims to be debunked more intelligently, soberly and maturely, supporting the arguments with facts and numbers, without allowing for any compromises on key principles and values. Instead it, too, often resorted to emotional dismissal and used borrowed responses without infusing them with enough substance. A very unfortunate missed opportunity.

      I applaud the wonderful job mondoweiss has been doing, but I am often surprised at the disparity in level between some articles and others and feel that the bar needs to be higher. Pieces also often need much more careful editing (typos have the power of giving a website less credibility, which is a huge shame for such important journalism).

  • 'America crossed every red line': Palestinians in Jerusalem protest new US embassy
    • "Watch the greatest crime of all — the ignoring of man-made climate-disruption (aka global warming) and the refusal of most governments to commit the funds — similar to military budgets — needed to effect climate restoration by removal of CO2 from the atmosphere. See needless world-wide death and destruction happen gradually before your eyes."
      Why is power so difficult to give up? Why is it so terribly difficult to believe that there is another way, there is another way, there is another way, and it may actually be good for all?
      Saving the planet will be good for all. Sure, there will be some losses, great losses, but it is obvious to anyone who contemplates it for a second that the gains will be much more. Achieving justice for palestinians will be good for all, will lead to true peace. Why is it so difficult to take steps in the right direction, to acknowledge wrongdoings, to realize that it is time to try what our conscience knows we need to try? Anyone who contemplates it for a second knows that the peace of mind and the long-term happiness that come from justice are worth every sacrifice to personal comfort and power. Why do we hesitate? Why do we wait? The best things in life are difficult. The best things in life take time. Is it impatience, hopelessness, greed, comfort in the present, fear of change, fear of failure? I want to put my finger on it. Is it possible to completely drug, maybe to death, that justice and truth seeking self?

  • Israel kills 58 Palestinian protesters during deadliest day in Gaza in four years
  • Israeli government justifies killing child protesters in Gaza: They're not in school
  • The checkpoints, by Rawan Yaghi
    • Thank you, Rawan.
      The world needs more of your writing.
      And I need to tell myself that it's not enough to cry my eyes out while reading this. I need to do something. History will not forgive those who stood by and did nothing.

  • Baby 'Aya' is only 2 months old, and she’s already a victim of home demolition
    • Thank you for this. This makes me angry. This makes me cry. The world says nothing, does nothing, can't care less. Or do they just not know?

      Please tell more stories. More stories need to be told. More faces and names need to be put on the hundreds of thousands of those faceless and nameless humans that have been killed, captured, tortured, dehumanized, driven away, broken systematically, as a matter of policy. Show the world baby Aya's eyes. Tell them more about Saba. What did she learn in school this morning? These are people. These are people. It could have been you or me- this is the one thought that never occurs to those driving the bulldozer, to the soldier who mercilessly fires on an injured, unarmed woman lying on the street, to the other who beats children in cells. There are no limits, no limits, no limits to conceivable cruelty and injustice once you decide that the person in front of you is not really human. Everything is permissible. Guilt doesn't exist. Empathy is not possible. This- this is the brain and emotional wash that Israel has achieved very successfully at a deep level. At a deep level, you shun any reminders of the humanity of this "threat". You are a victim. You are a victim. Shut up, I am a victim, we all are, we have always been. Shut up, they want to throw us into the sea. The more we kill, the better. The more we drive away, the better. Shut up, we are under existential threat. We *need* this to survive. It is cruel but necessary.

      Please speak more loudly. Please shout it out more directly, more unapologetically. There is a humanity that can and needs to be saved before it dies completely. There is a conscience somewhere down there that can and should be disturbed. Or is this a naive faith? Is injustice sustainable? Israel will just let the hunger strikers die. The world (I correct myself, little pathetic earth) is busy with other things. Who are these people anyway? What is one life, 1500 lives, a million lives? When you are that helpless, that desperate, that you choose to drive yourself to death in order to let the world see. You would die, true, but maybe your death will save many after you. You would die, but maybe the world's eyes will finally turn towards you.

      But the world still sleeps.

      Please show more faces. Please write more names. Please take more pictures. Please expose the "only democracy in the middle east", in whom America sees a "fellow democracy (however flawed) in a region crowded with autocracies and so garners more emotional and normative credit with Americans." (Haaretz).

      Silence is criminal. Inaction is criminal. Mine included. Sucking up to the occupier because he is powerful is criminal. Watering down obvious facts is criminal. Things need to be given their true and simple names. Apartheid. Ethnic Cleansing. State-sanctioned and financed mass murder and expulsion.
      Posterity will not forgive us.

  • Posters linking Muslim students and BDS activists to terrorism appear on college campuses in California and Washington, DC
    • The thing with racism is that it is stupid and superficial. So much that I want to puke.

      "Jihadists. Jew haters. Antisemites. Terrorists". I would like to find one meaningful, smart argument in Zionist propaganda. But those people don't even make that effort. You go to the review section of a book that is critical of Israel, and all the one-star reviews say the same thing: "Lies, lies, lies." Tell me something smarter. Tell me why they are lies. Tell me what SJP really is about and why you oppose it. If BDS continue to make their posters smart, accurate, instructive, and respectful of the readers' intelligence, then people would start seeing the difference between truth and propaganda.

  • 'The Palestinian body finally achieves the approving gaze of the settler'
    • "We have the capability to take the world down with us. And I can assure you that that will happen before Israel goes under.”

      This is why nuclear weapons WILL bring about the end of the human race, and soon: because you cannot rely on those who possess them to not have their reptilian feelings aroused, in the words of Sagan. You cannot trust mad people to not go mad. Israel is mad, mad, mad- because of Israel, I fear for the human race, and all of humanity should fear for the human race. Its aggression knows no limits. The gloves have been taken off too many times, and what was once extreme and exceptional (e.g. dropping a one-ton bomb) became normal practice only six years later (100 such bombs dropped in Gaza 2014). Nothing is unthinkable. NOTHING IS UNTHINKABLE. Dear world, fear for humanity. How can the world continue to fall for doctored tapes, doctored videos, doctored photos, planted knives, twisted history, false-flag terror, not-so-impressive lying? How does it all still work? Have we become that stupid or that blind? Or is it all because of money? Can money completely kill humanity? Is money ruling the world?

      It also HAS to be understood that Israel is "thinking globally, acting locally", aiming to become a superpower and to achieve hegemony over all of the middle east, if not more.

  • Over one thousand mourners gather in Bethlehem to lay 13-year-old Abed Obeidallah to rest
    • The picture of his sister kissing his forehead speaks a thousand words.

      When Israel kills a Palestinian, they say they killed a "terrorist". This is the convenient definition of Palestinians for the average Israeli. The average Israeli is carefully shielded from the humanity of this "other". The media avoids any hints that these (sub) people don't deserve what is being done to them. This is why people need to see more pictures of Palestinians as people. Not dead bodies, blood, or masked heads, but full faces. Eyes. It's hard to be indifferent to the eyes. Pictures of those people when they were alive, smiling, happy. Their siblings. Their family. Seeing life and then imagining the absence of it is much more unsettling than seeing death. One easily grows immune to seeing death. Their stories need to be told- not just the story of the killing, they start to sound the same after so many, but who they are, what they did and what they loved. The books they read. The friends they had at school. The little things they loved but lost when their home was recently demolished, or when they were told they had fifteen minutes to evacuate. Arabic names mean little to foreign readers, but pictures are powerful. Pictures move people. If a story were made about every Palestinian who was killed- a profile, a eulogy, this would be far-reaching, I think. The average person sitting in front of the screen needs more reminders that these are beautiful people, humans with hopes, fears, worries, relationships and interests like you and me- that this could be you or me. This sounds very obvious, but it can be easily forgotten. The media needs to be used to full advantage.

  • Netanyahu's 44 seconds of silence at UN are being widely mocked -- 'pathetic,' 'creepy'
    • So true. That is why it's crucial to always have an enemy, create an enemy, and maintain the illusion of being in danger and under threat. It goes a long way in controlling the population. It gives governments the freedom to curtail freedoms and do all kinds of unpopular things. Peace is actually a threat to nations like the US and Israel, to extreme capitalist economies that thrive on wars.

  • Amnesty: Killing of Hadeel al-Hashlamoun was 'extrajudicial execution'
    • "They seek out the weakest civilians, people who can’t fight back, to bully and murder."


      And they call them "defense" forces.

  • Settlers gawk as Palestinian woman lies dying at checkpoint (Update)
    • I agree completely.
      The values of compassion and humanity only apply to "thy fellow": ''neither shalt thou stand against the blood of thy fellow- but (a Gentile) is not thy fellow." This is not only colonial superiority but a religious observation. Even if a significant part of the population is not religious, any contact with these teachings reinforces hatred towards the Palestinians, and it is not uncommon to identify them with the Amalekites and other ancient nations which "must be utterly exterminated" according to the bible and the Talmud. You are taught that you must not save a gentile's life, for "it is forbidden to save them if they are at the point of death; if, for example, if one of them is seen falling into the sea, he should not be rescued"; to curse their grave as you pass it; that for a doctor, it is "forbidden to heal a gentile even for payment", the only exception being to avert possible dangerous hostility towards the Jews ("dangerous" when it comes from strong, influential Gentiles). But when you are stronger, when you have nuclear weapons, fear of hostility becomes less of an issue. When you are on a land that calls itself the land of your People, God's chosen people, the "best of the human species", a land that by official definition "belongs" to anyone who is defined as Jewish, you are free and even encouraged to unleash all of this hatred and contempt for those lesser species. If the Jews have sufficient power, then expelling the Palestinians becomes a duty. "When the Jews are more powerful than the Gentiles we are forbidden to let an idolator among us... for it is written, 'they shall not dwell in thy land', that is, not even temporarily."

      I have been reading Shahak (from whose writings I take the quotes) and really agree that it is important to understand Israel's policies from a Jewish ideological perspective, not only a "coldly conceived imperial interest". It explains why those who kill Palestinians, even in mass murder, are always let off completely or given extremely light sentences. There's almost a careful fear of punishing acts of violence towards Palestinians. Words are cheap, and leaders can condemn in strong terms, of course, but action is never taken, because those acts of violence are consistent with the greater ideology. Settlers can do whatever they want, literally. Talk of a Palestinian state must be understood for what it is: just talk, attempts to postpone action indefinitely and buy time, because those who understand the ideology know that allowing sovereignty (even if fake) for another people on the land of Israel is not possible. It is all a question of when Israel will be strong enough to treat Palestinians as they "should be treated"; the stronger it gets, the more ruthless it becomes. "Not one village must be left, not one tribe". Is this ethnically pure Jewish state, the exclusivist Greater Israel, practically and politically possible? Is it "morally just"? When you're motivated by ideology, you're less concerned about universal values of justice. The ideology becomes a higher moral standard that justifies all the means, including genocide. And for this reason, it is the ideology that needs to be confronted before the practices that stem from it. A much avoided, much more challenging task.

    • ‘But then they would have been afraid that she also had a bomb. That would also have been why they had to leave her to bleed. That’s the price that terrorist societies must pay in their confrontation with the forces of civilisation.’
      Terrorist societies vs forces of civilisation. This makes my stomach turn.

  • Ad targeting Sen. Bennet says Iran wants to nuke the world's children
    • You think the world won't fall for this again?
      We should study history, critically. This failure to recognize patterns, to learn from the past, is lethal. And it's happening.

  • Fasting for Palestine
    • The soldier might have been following a religious obligation. And even if he weren't, classical Judaism's attitude of hatred and cruelty towards "Gentiles in the land of Israel", the Palestinians, consciously and unconsciously influences Israeli policies towards Palestinians. I quote Israel Shahak's "Jewish History, Jewish Religion: The Weight of Three Thousand Years",

      "As for Gentiles, the basic talmudic principle is that their lives must not be saved, although it is also forbidden to murder them outright (...): Gentiles are neither to be lifted (out of a well) nor hauled down (into it)."

      This of course only applies to Gentiles "with whom we are not at war". But Israel is in an eternal war with the Palestinians. It is a military nation condemned to live by war- most Israelis have accepted the fact. And "since even the minimal interdiction against murdering a Gentile outright applies only to 'Gentiles with whom we {the Jews} are not at war', various rabbinical commentators in the past drew the logical conclusion that in wartime all Gentiles belonging to a hostile population may, or even should be killed. Since 1973 this doctrine is being publicly propagated for the guidance of religious Israeli soldiers. The first such official exhortation was included in a booklet published by the Central Region Command of the Israeli Army, who area includes the West Bank. In this booklet the Command's Chief Captain writes:
      "When our forces come across civilians during a war or in hot pursuit or in raid, so long as there is no certainty that those civilians are incapable of harming our forces, then according to the Halakhah they may and even should be killed... Under no circumstances should an Arab be trusted, even if he makes an impression of being civilized... In war, when our forces storm the enemy, they are allowed and even enjoined by the Halakhah to kill even good civilians, that is, civilians who are ostensibly good."

      Shahak explains that even if this doctrine clashes with Israel's criminal law, in practice it does exert an influence on the administration of justice, whereby "in all cases where Jews have, in military or paramilitary context, murdered Arab non-combatants- including cases of mass murder, the murderers, if not let off altogether, received extremely light sentences or won far-reaching remissions, reducing their punishment to next to nothing."

  • Racism in Arad: Mayor declares southern Israeli town off-limits to Africans
  • Minnesota Congresswoman demands accountability for Nakba Day killings
    • "Michael Oren went into high gear hasbara mode appearing on CNN’s Wolf Blitzer show and dared to suggest the event had been staged; and perhaps no one had even died that day."

      I think this statement is very revealing and should be taken very seriously. The only thing that makes it possible to suggest this is experience in doing the same thing. We're only capable of accusing others of what we are guilty of.

  • Racism is part of the landscape in the southern Israeli town of Dimona (Updated)
    • Exclusion, intolerance, violence, murder and land-theft based on sectarianism and religious fanaticism; treating all non-(enter religion) as subhumans- sounds familiar?
      (To all those inside Israel who love to detract from Israel's crimes by pointing their fingers to neighbors, to another group whose crimes and ideology they pretend to find "appalling").

  • 'This is our Israel, this is for the Jews. No Palestinian should come to Israel': A Palestinian-American's story of being detained at Ben Gurion airport
    • This is horrific.
      And I'm tired to tears of condemning this in words, of reading about this happening over and over again, while more unspeakable evil is being committed against the Palestinians. The world must know. Israel gets away with way too much. Every American must know. What does it take to justify this? How, just how, can one grow up and make excuses for Israel? What kind of brainwash makes this possible? What kind of thinking and education can make one think of other human beings as animals to be crushed?
      The world is silent.
      I want to do something. This makes me cry.

  • My journey from Zionism to Palestine solidarity
    • "Peace without justice would be the perpetuation of injustice".

      Exactly. Peace between an oppressor and the oppressed is not possible. As long as there is oppression, the oppressed will want to resist, and the oppressor will use that to say that they are under constant threat, the other side doesn't want peace, the other side is a terrorist, and "peace" is only achievable by getting rid of the oppressed: incarcerating as many of them as possible, at the smallest pretext of throwing stones, forcing them into ghettos, making their lives "so miserable that they transport themselves willingly", or worse, and definitely an option, killing many of them whenever the chance arises. Every few years, finding or creating a pretext for a brutal offense, called a "war"; not only does it result in dead Palestinians, because of the disproportionate force, but it also brings the economy billions of dollars because of the sales of weapons that have been tried and tested. "The destruction of Palestinians is now a highly profitable industry," Gilad Atzmon writes of the Israeli war machine. Gaza is a graveyard, israeli youth chanted last July. For many, it was a success. 2000 dead Palestinians is a success. "This is not an Arab village, this is a dead place. Maybe, in our rosiest dreams, this is what a Palestinian village would like like," said military philosopher Shimon Naveh as he walked through a mock Arab village built for military training, empty of any soul (in Yotam Feldman's "The Lab").

      Security for Israel is the opposite of peace. Security for Israel is only achievable through unspeakable injustice.

  • Tutu endorses UCC divestment: 'It is unconscionable to remain silent'
    • "Injustice brutalizes the humanity of the oppressors as well as that of the oppressed. Freedom for Palestinians will liberate Israelis, too."
      If only the world truly, fundamentally understood this.

      Reminds me of a moving quote from Long Walk to Freedom, the Mandela movie: “I admit I want revenge, but I want something more than that, and that is to live without fear and hatred. I have seen what fear has done to your people; you have always been afraid of us, and it has made you an unjust and brutal people."

  • Israel can handle any threat in the Middle East, but it will go down without young American Jews -- Shavit
    • "I do not wish to live to a standard of “what everybody else does.” If I am only no worse, then neither am I any better. What argument do I then have for special consideration? What value does my protection and preservation hold for the world?"

      Thank you.

  • To counter radical Islam, we must confront our own hypocrisy
    • Ouch.

      "We are our own Gods and our universe is our planet."

      Sometimes my only source of optimism is that the universe can be more than that, that it is in fact infinitely more than that. I imagine and envy how devoting one's existence to exploring existence, to studying the dizzying number of "worlds" out there, can make war and nationalism and racism and religion and superiority and "chosen people" and muslim and jewish and white and brown and lust for money and lust for power and lust for "world" domination all feel small and absurd and pathetically juvenile.

      We should probably all be doing that. What stands in the way is the possibility that we will destroy ourselves soon, which is more and more likely.

  • 'What is your religion?' question surprises two American visitors to the occupation
    • Women don't "have to cover their hair everywhere they go in Jordan and the West Bank" (says a woman who is actually there); please don't make assumptions and apply uninformed stereotypes. The classic tactic of evading the apartheid/ occupation argument by talking about female repression in muslim countries.

  • 'I know how the brainwashing works'
    • Thank you for this. Thank you for your courage and your honesty.

      I am sad to agree with your pessimism. I see no hope soon either. I see Israel exploiting ISIS to the max. I see how ISIS is great for Israel, great for finding yet another reason to fight "muslims" (conveniently and slowly erasing the Arab identity and replacing it with a muslim identity. Muslims in Gaza. Muslims in Syria. Muslims are the enemy. 9/11 did this- equating muslims with terrorists. But every ten or so years you need to reinforce things. Every ten or so years another major disaster is needed, another enemy whose eradication requires putting security before justice, security before democracy.)

      A muslim in the west today is what a jew was once in Europe. How convenient.

      Israel's greed and cruelty and brutality and deceit know no limits, and it's terrifying. Terrifying. Terrifying to think of where this will lead if it keeps going in the same direction. Nothing is unthinkable. Everything is justified in the name of the magic word, security. So much blood. So much humiliation. So much theft and murder and torture and terrifying injustice. It's ok, they are worms to be crushed. "Beasts walking on two legs," Menahim Begin said of palestinians. It's ok, we need to fulfill God's plan. It's ok. It's God's plan. God wants this- we don't need legitimacy. Persecution paranoia- the Palestinians are another hitler out to get us. They hate us because we're jews, because we're jews. They're another enemy of the jews. We need to kill them. All of them. In the name of God. In the name of homogeneity. The other is a threat. (ISIS? Israel?)

      I see no hope. I see no hope. I want to see hope. I see it in your post, but it also makes me even more hopeless. Conspiracy is real. Justice doesn't automatically win just because it's justice. The end of this is nuclear war. I fear for myself everywhere on the planet- from human greed in general, but also from Israeli madness. A madness that needs psychiatric treatment. I'm sick of religion and identities and nationalism and all this blood, all this blood in the name of god and land and money and lies. I'm sick of wars that are waged because they are so profitable. Extremely profitable for Israel. Billions of dollars from war- all these weapon sales, all this military advising. Have you watched Yotam Feldman's "The Lab"? I'm sick of brainwash. I wish I were an astrophysicist. I wish every politician could be made to study Carl Sagan. Sagan is hopeful. He believes human beings will be smart enough to not destroy themselves. He says the earth is our cradle and one doesn't stay in the cradle forever; the stars are waiting. He believes we humans will get over our technological adolescence and our reptilian aggression, thirst for power, fear of strangers; that although we already have the means for our own destruction we will grow wise enough to undo them, to realize that human differences and conflicts disappear in the face of the search for intelligent life elsewhere in the cosmos. It makes me want to cry.

  • How to respond to thoughtful people who can't help saying 'but Hamas'
    • Thank you so much for sharing.
      I wish she had enabled comments, just to provide proof for her point.

  • Tunnels-to-kindergartens propaganda Netanyahu peddled to NYT and CNN is exploded by Israeli news site
    • Yes, yes, yes. Projection. My god, Netanyahu is so good at it.
      It's not surprising. The more guilty you are of something, the better you become at accusing your victims of it- because you understand the motives and the tactics. Because your disgust with yourself is purged as disgust with your victim.

      Those who deliberately attack children and babies are the ones who can dream up an accusation like "tunnels to kindergartens". Those who use human shields are the ones that can turn the argument very effectively against their enemies. Those who only understand the language of violence repeatedly say the same thing about the victims of their violence. Those who lie, lie, lie are the ones who substitute real arguments with the line, "lies, lies, lies" (see Max Blumenthal vs Morton Klein on RT).

      "Projection is not just a Freudian defense mechanism, it a powerful tool for justifying aggression. The junkie, the borderline personality, and other people that have regressed to a primitive and chaotic level level will project accusations like a firehose, and the increasingly wild nature of the accusations will reflect the decay of their mental condition."
      And then, projective identification. "Instead of just making foolish ad hominem attacks, the aggressor tries to bait a victim into giving them the proof they need so desperately to validate their own anger. Then they can rally their friends or family for an attack. Bonus points are awarded for gaining sympathy and being the center of attention. The manipulator poses as a hapless victim, but orchestrates the whole performance for an audience.
      First, projection:
      1) A liar accuses others of lying.
      2) The cheater accuses others of cheating.
      3) The thief accuses others of stealing.
      And here's projective identification:
      1) An angry person accuses their victim of being angry, until the victim becomes angry.
      2) An depressed person accuses their victim of being depressed, until the victim becomes depressed.
      3) The parent constantly accuses their child of being defiant until the child becomes defiant.
      4) The person who feels crazy accuses the other of being crazy (projection of bad thoughts) with the intention of making them believe they are crazy ("gaslighting")."

      "That's the other thing about projective identification - don't be afraid to gin up an existential threat. If you are planning a takeover, you need a Beast, you need to be the hero fighting a conspiracy.... Of course, claiming there is an existential threat is tricky unless the accuser has allies who back up their paranoid stories about existential threats. This is easier than you would think.
      But being the phony "good guy" takes more than he-said-she-said to conceal covert aggression. It also requires a public mask, and private denial. It requires an audience that supports and applauds the performance. The line between audience and participant is blurry.

      And "if someone resists the demand to be the bad guy, the projector responds with rage."

      Exactly Israel's response to the non-violent demonstrations in the west bank.
      Exactly what drove Israel to create the need for Operation Protective Edge.

  • Hamas equals ISIS in 'grisly creeds and grisly deeds,' Netanyahu tells a nodding Cuomo
    • "The cause of Gaza is that of Mosul in Iraq and Arasal in Lebanon.

      For the terrorism is the same: the terror of a state in Israel versus the terror of Takfir (practice of accusing others of being infidels) in Mosul.
      The Takfir is the same: the Takfir of Israel in the name of Jews and the Takfir of ISIL in the name of Islam.
      The killing is the same in the name of religion, forced displacement is the same in the name of the project of the state, and the elimination of the 'other' is the same in the name of monolithism.
      All of this is being done under the auspices of the International community and its silence, as a service for some inhumane plans.
      And here we are stuck between the Takfir of ISIL and the apartheid of Israel, while the International community stands idle and watches."

  • What I said to the couple holding a banner with a swastika on it
    • Thank you. My thoughts exactly.

      1865 Palestinians killed, including 429 children. Almost 10,000 injured, many maimed an disabled forever. The deputy speaker of the Knesset Mosche Feiglin just literally called for concentration, extermination, and mass expulsion. These are no longer hallucinations but completely imaginable steps- "difficult but important" measures by an occupier that sees its security ultimately achievable only through the mass extermination of "hostile elements" (i.e. the occupied).

      In a very powerful and important speech from 2009, Dr Haidar Eid said, "If there is something to learn from Gaza 2009, it is that the world was absolutely wrong to think that Nazism was defeated in 1945. Nazism has won because it has finally managed to Nazify the consciousness of its own victims."

      You write that the swatiska "is a reminder of the inhumanity of the Nazi regime". I think this is precisely why it is not out of place. This is not the time to censor ourselves to avoid hurting other people's sensitivities. In a one-sided slaughter, this is not the time to talk about both sides as if they're equal. This is not the time to talk about "peace" as a beautiful dream and a beautiful slogan when it does not mean justice. Justice demands exposing and punishing war criminals. Justice means giving things their right name. This is a time to be angry. This is a time to expose genocide for what it is. To very many Israelis who support the current operation, ironic parallels with Nazism totally escapes them. The culture of victimhood teaches them that it is the other way around. Avigail Abarbanel explains very well how they have been conditioned to believe that "it is because they are Jewish that the Palestinians are angry and attack them. Most Israelis do not even know that Israel committed ethnic cleansing in 1948. Most Israelis are convinced to the core that Israel is the “good guy” in this story who has done no wrong, the small weak David standing in front of a giant anti-Semitic Goliath. To many Israelis the Palestinians are not the same as the Nazis but are the Nazis, the powerful, non-human, faceless, single-minded psychopathic murderers who were determined to exterminate the Jews for being Jews. When Israelis kill Palestinians they are killing Pharaoh and his army (Passover), Hamman and his 10 sons (Purim) and the Greek occupying army (Hanukah) over and over again. The Palestinians are the recipients of 2,000 years of unresolved rage that has more to do with the past than the present."

      The swastika may well be a wake-up sign. Destructive? Yes, to pride, to blindness, to dangerous understatement. This is the time for unapologetic honesty. The world must remember the past to learn from the past.

      In his speech Dr Eid also quotes Steve Biko, the hero of anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa, saying,
      “Not only have the whites been guilty of being on the offensive, but by some skilful manoeuvres, they have managed to control the responses of the blacks to the provocation. Not only have they kicked the black, but they have also told him how to react to the kick. For a long time the black has been listening with patience to the advice he has been receiving on how best to respond to the kick. With painful slowness he is now beginning to show signs that it is his right and duty to respond to the kick in the way he sees fit.”

  • Israel shells another UN school-- and even the US is 'appalled'
    • The ceasefire is a selfish act by Israel to reload on its weaponry. Nothing to do with giving Palestinians some hours to breathe.

  • Attacks on demonstrators in Rome
    • Kay24- "he also mentions that Israel is taking extreme care to surgically strike cars, apartments etc., and the number of civilian casualties is high because “Khamas” is hiding weapons in hospitals, schools etc. He says the world is tying their hands down, therefore Israel is unable to finish the “job”. Killing children is part of the accidents."
      Wow. I heard the exact same arguments from a different IDF kid. "We are doing this as surgically as possible. It is hard when a hospital is also a rocket launcher. There are high casualties because Hamas uses people as human shield. The IDF uses weapons to protect its civilians. Hamas uses their civilians to protect their weapons."

  • Survivors of massacre in Khuza'a say Israeli forces used Palestinians as human shields
    • This should not come as shocking. There are many documented instances of the IDF using Palestinians as human shields. See the Goldstone report, and the "Human shields" cateogry in Breaking the Danny Timpona writes about it in a good article, "Israel At Least Equally At Fault with Human Shields". (

      The tactic of projection- a staple of wartime propaganda. Difficult to accuse someone of something you haven't done yourself. And the more guilty you are, the more vehement your accusation of the other.

  • Claim that Hamas killed 3 teens is turning out to be the WMD of Gaza onslaught
    • Thank you for the link Kathryn. This movie is extremely important.

    • It's not just This is just one effort among many, because official investigations can't be conducted. Because then, as now, a gag order was in place. Because not one victim's lawsuit has been allowed to be heard in a trial by jury. Because people feared for their lives and their jobs.

      To me, it's all about this. Comprehend this, and all of Israel's actions are clear. If only the world could understand, truly understand, the extent of Israel's false flag attacks. Fortunately for Israel, the convenient accusation "conspiracist" is usually enough to dismiss all these "theories". Someone here wrote, the truth will come out eventually. Well, lies can persist. It is very easily to fool the masses. Conspiracy is very real. Conspiracy is very serious. History has uncovered many.

      Jerry Mazza wrote, "What Bush did, what is still being done, is in keeping with Hitler’s axiom: If you tell a lie, make sure it’s a big lie, and keep telling it till everyone believes or has to believe it for fear of seeming unpatriotic. And so it’s time to take the gag off, one way or the other."

      Like Robert said, read and make up your own mind. See what your mind tells you makes sense. Once upon a time people were persecuted for saying the earth is not flat.

  • U.S. casts lonely vote against establishing war crimes inquiry in Gaza
    • Thank you for this.
      Anyone who reads the report and then Goldstone's retraction will immediately notice the difference in language- the latter is almost shocking in its apologetic nature, condemning Hamas 100% and absolving Israel in all-too-familiar hasbara words. It does not require special effort to see it was written under pressure. It brought to my mind this.

      The world should learn from the past. The Goldstone report is extremely important for understanding the policy behind the current offensive, the targeting of homes, farm lands, civilians; the use of Palestinians as human shields by the IDF. Much of this has NOT been retracted. It includes statements that are not "subjective findings":

      “What happened in the Dahiye Quarter of Beirut in 2006, will happen in every village from which shots are fired on Israel. We will use disproportionate force against it and we will cause immense damage and destruction. From our point of view these are not civilian villages but military bases.
      This is not a recommendation, this is the plan, and it has already been authorized.”
      Einsenkott, 2008.

      6 January 2009, Deputy Prime Minister Eli Yishai: "It [should be] possible to destroy Gaza, so they will understand not to mess with us. (...) It is a great opportunity to demolish thousands of houses of all the terrorists, so they will think twice before they launch rockets. (...) In my opinion, they should be razed to the ground, so thousands of houses, tunnels and industries will be demolished”.
      “Even if the rockets fall in an open air or to the sea, we should hit their infrastructure, and destroy 100 homes for every rocket fired.”

  • On ‘Death to Arabs’ in Jerusalem & Tel Aviv
    • I do.
      The way I am offended when people say arabs are "inherently violent".

      I read Blumenthal's "Goliath", and part of me was afraid to condemn so readily the way he did, only because I could find parallels in Arab society. He is shocked at jewish youth yelling "death to Arabs" in soccer games, and I immediately recalled the phrase "allah yil'an il yahoud" (god curse the jews) that some people casually use when something, anything, bad happens, when somebody drops a glass and breaks it. It's not very common- these days I hear it maybe twice a year (more often when I was younger), but I always argue with whoever uses the line. Some think for a second and agree, but when it's a palestinian the conversation is longer. I'm not a palestinian, and I can't pretend to understand the bitterness. I was not denied my right of return simply because I am not jewish. My grandmother did not wear the metal key to her palestine home around her neck until her death, confident they would someday be allowed to return. My grandfather did not try to go back, just to check on the house and the crops, only to be caught, imprisoned, loaded with all other "infiltrators" into trucks and dumped at the borders, then was blindfolded and told to run, and whoever looks back will be shot (and they fired anyway).

      I can't imagine. I am not a refugee. An israeli friend of mine posted a quote by Golda Meir on facebook, "Peace will come when the arabs learn to love their children more than they hate us." I told him, it's important to ask where hate comes from. Is it possible that decades of occupation, oppression, dispossession, and humiliation all lead to hate? He said, I don't care about the past. We should deal with the present.
      He's a 20-year old soldier. He is not "inherently racist". When I tell him I believe the only thing that makes such brutality possible is the dehumanization of the other, he is angry. He says I have palestinian friends. He repeats the line of hamas using everyone as human shields. He says israel uses weapons to protect civilians, hamas uses civilians to protect its weapons. He listens but doesn't listen. He truly, honestly believes israel is in the right. He hates war and killing, he says. But we can't be naive in these situations.

      Einstein said nationalism is an infantile disease, humanity's measles. Sagan wondered, and I often wonder, how the middle east would be today if he had accepted the presidency of Israel.

  • Israeli military destroyed el-Wafa hospital even though it knew there were no weapons inside
  • Israel warns media they are at risk of 'injury or death' because Hamas ‘exploits journalists as human shields’
    • “Israel is not in any way responsible for injury or damage that may occur as a result of field reporting.”
      This is very worrying. This is serious. This is actually a threat.

      And isn't Israel and their media tired of justifying everything with the "human shields" line?

  • Gaza City resident Amal Sarsour: 'There is no place to go, death is around us all the time'
    • You are hopeful. I wish I felt the same way.
      "Zionism will go the way of the dinosaurs." Unfortunately, I feel that it is the human race that will go the way of the dinosaurs, because of zionism. Zionism is very dangerous and its architects have been very smart. It has murdered hundreds of thousands of civilians not only in Palestine and Israel but also in the rest of the middle east and the United States. Supremacy and greed are blinding. You can do horrible things and not even realize they are horrible.

      At this pace of brutality, lust for aggression, stupidity, and adolescent excitement with weapons, one day very soon someone will be irresponsible enough to unleash a nuclear war. And then it's shalom to the human race. Maybe even earth.

  • Child's beating in Jerusalem brings unprecedented coverage of Palestinian experience to U.S.
    • "The world won't say a thing. The world will say we're defending.
      -Aren't you afraid of the world, Bibi?
      - I know what America is. America is something that can easily be moved. Moved to the right correction... They won't get in our way. They won't get in our way."

      (13 years ago).

  • 'NYT' music piece strikes false note on Mehta and Israeli politics

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