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Frankie P

I'm a human rights junkie. I believe all humans are chosen and equally treated by their creator.

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  • 'Today is one of the most tragic days in the history of the Jewish people': one American Jew's response to the Gaza massacre
    • Roha,

      Thank you for your comment. I agree with what you have said, that Howard was addressing the Israel Action Committee of his synagogue, and that these people most likely care only about Jews. He was probably working on the priniciple that such people only care about Jews, and that's why he made it as Judeocentric as possible.

      Let that statement you made sink in. Swirl it around in your brain. Something doesn't sit just right. If what you say is true, he should be talking to these people about a lot more than the current rap sheet of crimes perpetrated by the Israelis; he should be calling them out on a much deeper mental illness. He should be calling them out on their entire worldview. And when you call someone out on their mental illness, you don't adopt their own delusions when talking with them. You don't speak in terms of their fantasies (Jews are the victims of history, yes, yes, but now the Palestinians are the new Jews), you calmly point out truths.

      Frankie P

    • Okay Annie, let's take a look and delve into this.

      Certainly Howard started that sentence as you quoted. Now let's go on. Let's finish the sentence:

      "When will we stand up, as human beings, as a committee and as a Temple,..."

      The flavor has changed. We continue:

      "If we say we hold Jewish values, we will stand up..."

      "Are the Palestinians, in the face of the Israeli Goliath, the new Jews?"

      No, they are the same old Palestinians, oppressed the same way they've been oppressed by the Jews for years.

      "Their struggle brings to my mind images of the Jews on the Exodus on a hunger strike..."

      This guy can't relate to the fact that the Palestinians have their own existential reality, their own narrative, their own suffering. Why does everything have to be related to the suffering of the Jews? The eternal suffering? The pinnacle of suffering? The suffering three times as great at least (and that's open for vilification or accusations of thought crimes for victim reductionism) as that of any other ethnic group...

      "We as Jews who remember the Holocaust and the victimization of the Jewish people stand in solidarity with the new Jews. "

      Have you received the permission of any Palestinian people, Howard, to label them "the new Jews"? How dare you?

      "As Jews, we need to stand up as Jews and reclaim our heritage."

      So, in summary, a throwoff initial comment regarding being members of the human race, and then it's the usual. But it's more. It's a constant harping on the victimhood of the Jews, a constant drumbeat of Judaising the suffering of the Palestinians. It's disgusting and twisted and mentally unsound. It's not surprising.

      As Keith mentioned below, this recent brutal massacre in Gaza is NOTHING new. This has been going on for years, and Howard and his synagogue in Westchester, New York have been supporting it through their silence for years. Supporting it by flying the flag of Israel. Supporting it by donating money to politicians who support Israel.

      There's one thing that I agree with completely with Howard, and I'll quote him:

      "If we don’t stand up and say no, we are complicit in murder, plain and simple."

      Guilty as charged, Howard!!!! When does the trial start?

      Frankie P

    • Isn't it rich?
      Aren't we a pair
      Israel there on the ground killing unarmed Palestinians
      US Jews writing how it's a tragedy... for Jews
      Send in the clowns

      Can you even get your brain around this fact?

      The Mondoweiss editors heartfully endorse this statement from one US Jew about how the ongoing massacre of Palestinians is a tragedy for Jews.


      No more needs to be said.

      Except one thing... I have bad news for you Howard. You do NOT stand up as humans.
      You stand up as Jews. You do. JVP does. Mondoweiss does. AIPAC does.

      Learn to stand up as humans, and the tradegy will end.

      Frankie P

  • Seven things you need to know about Israel's latest attack on Gaza
    • By the way, Michael Lesher,

      Do YOU support those things that I mentioned: a formal UN censure of Israel, a cutting off of ALL US aid to Israel and UN and US santions? I do. Looking forward to your honest response.

      Frankie P

  • Israel just lost American Jews
    • Ho hum,

      If I had US$5 for every time Phil Weiss said "It has finally happened" or "It's finally happening" or "It's really going to happen this time", I would be a couple of hundred dollars richer than I am now. I agree with RoHa's sobering statement regarding the US Congress: let me know when we have statements denouncing Israel and demanding an end to all US aid from the 70 Senators who would sign the napkin within 24 hours. Call me a cynic, call me a realist, call me a party pooper. Just another episode of advanced lawn management to add to a long list of seasonal mowing of the lawn. Yes, they mow the lawn in Israel, even as the East Coast of the US gets snow in early April.

      My hopes for change in the I/P conflict lie in outside forces, but certainly not in some kind of change in the attitudes of US Jews, or US Christians, or US policy for that matter. Give up on that stale dream, realists. My hope for change in the I/P conflict lie in real forces: Hezzbollah, Syria, Iran, Russia. The Resistance. The Israelis continue their turkey shoot in Gaza, and the media makes some noise, Phil and company have a fit, AIPAC squeezes its fist a bit tighter on its puppets in the US Congress, but in Lebanon and Syria hard men continue preparing for the future, a future that they know is real, and is coming. They have been preparing non-stop since 2006, and they have made significant progress. They are preparing now with a larger group of hard men, better organized, men with better military material, more experience, better training. They have taken advantage of massive US errors, often at the behest of Israel, played out to the tired old muzak of "Assad must go". They have sharpened their skills in battles against the US/Saudi/Israel supported Sunnite radical head choppers, street by street, house by house, patient, formidable, fearless, confident. Every day more progress. Every day the Syrian air defenses are modernized and integrated more closely with the Russian air defenses. Every day Hezzbollah amasses a growing arsenal of accurate guided missiles capable of striking any place in Israel, from Dimona to chemical tanks in Haifa. Every day plans are made, and these plans will change the situation.

      US voices changing their tired tune of blank check support for Israel? Come on, even the Christian voices are totally self-censoring out of fear of the anti-semite card, those that is who haven't drunk the evangelical fundamentalist end of times kool aid and will support Israel until their imagined war between Gog and Magog. US Jewish voices changing their support in any REAL way? A pipe dream.

      Long live the Resistance.

      Frankie P

  • In propaganda coup for Israel, NYT frontpager ascribes Gaza's misery to Palestinian infighting
    • Fortunately, permission from the NYT to bomb civilians in Lebanon is not worth the energy it takes to utter or scribble. Permission to bomb civilians in Lebanon is incrementally being withheld by Nasrallah and the brave fighters of the resistance. Yes, Israel has long depended on its air superiority to bomb civilians in south Lebanon and the southern suburbs of Beirut, but it is now becoming clear that the cost is increasing exponentially. We should rightfully call this "price tag". The 2006 on-air bombing (Nasrallah's speech telling people to look to the sea off Beirut) of the Israeli ship and the huge losses of tanks in their military defeat in Lebanon, through to today's increased number and range of missiles in Hezbollah's arsenal, to the massive experience gained by Hezbollah fighters in real battles against brave crazy Takfiri in Syria all lead to an Israel that understands that the reality of the situation has changed. And they don't like it. Not one bit. They don't have the stomach for ANY ground actions in Lebanon or Syria. There are hard men waiting for them, waiting to kill and be killed, believing that God is with them. Any future bombings of civilians in Lebanon will come with a heavy price tag. There is currently a regrouping going on as various flavors of terrorsts in Syria are flushed out and destroyed. SAA will come out stronger; Hezzbollah will come out stronger; Iran's influence will be increased. The misguided moves of the US, driven by pro-Israel neocons and cheered on by Israeli leaders who preferred ISIS to Assad have backfired bigly, hugely, substantially. Really, who gives a fig about the permission of the NYT? It's meaningless, a Hollywood fantasy in an otherwise real world.

  • Pro-Israel Democrats concede 'human rights' issue is killing the brand
    • Maybe Trump is playing these clowns. I mean the never-Trump, pro-Israel crowd, the William Kristols, the Max Boots, the Podhoretzes, etc. They attack and demean Trump at every turn, and then, BAM, old Don pulls out a pro-Israel policy or an attack on a Syrian airport, and suddenly, "He's downright presidential." Keep this up, and the sheep may actually wake up to the unbelievable hypocrisy of these people, people who have been wrong again and again and again on every foreign policy disaster for the last two decades, and yet still they somehow retain high-paying, influential media jobs, appear as talking heads on mainstream TV programs, and influence people nation- and world-wide.

      Could Trump be shining a light on nightcrawlers who prefer the dark?

  • The problem with Miko Peled's 'Holocaust: yes or no'
    • The truth needs no protection. Let people say what they will. The truth will shine forth in the end. Those who try to protect the "truth" by making rules about what can and cannot be said, discussed, revisited, or revised, are not protecting the truth, they are protecting their own narrative.

      But hey, Jonathan Ofir needs something to write about, and Miko Peled says some things that Jonathan doesn't like, so he takes him down. Surprised? Don't be.

      Frankie P

  • New York TV stations smear Roger Waters-- who praises BDS as 'one of most admirable pieces of resistance world has seen'
    • In the unreal or surreal world of Ms. Reality, who borrowed her name from Orwellian thought, there are no humans with a higher understanding of the I/P conflict in Palestine than US Senators. Geez, Ossinev. How could you miss the idea that Roger Waters claimed that a US Senator, funded, coddled and AIPAC-trained to stand up and accept her Congressional duties to protect and secure the State of Israel as an ultimate priority, far outweighing the needs and liberties of those pesky, bothersome maggots known as "constituents" or deplorable "voters", might not have a balanced outlook on the situation in Palestine and the best road toward peace, or at least "pieces". The DONORS, the DONORS. Picture Marlon Brando in Apocalypse Now, but delete the word "horror" and replace it with "DONORS". BDS is the Resistance, along with Syria, Iran, Russia, China, Hezzbollah, and ME. Get used to us; we don't scare easily, we don't like windbag sissies with big friends and two-thousand year old narcissistic chips on their shoulders, and WE'RE HERE TO STAY. We'll be seeing you.

      Frankie P

  • Clinton lost because PA, WI, and MI have high casualty rates and saw her as pro-war, study says
    • It's clear that there are a number of contributing factors that led to HRC's loss in the election, and I would agree with these professors and Phil Weiss that anti-war feeling, if not higher casualty rates in Pa., Wisc. and Mi., is among them. I do not include Russian meddling or hacking among the factors. I think that a much more compelling argument for a major contributing factor can be found in the rant by Uncle Chang, prompted by the freak Shia LaBeouf's "art installation" camera in NYC, right around the corner from Phil! Now I know that such a cogent argument (from a Chinese American) that is diametrically opposed to Phil's worldview would escape his attention, but it should be examined and considered. Here is the opening.

      "This is a message to you, the neoliberals, the SJWs, the blue pills, the antifa, whatever you want to call yourselves. This is why you lost, part 2. You lost because you told the poor, white working families in rural Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan that despite losing their jobs, despite their factories closing down and their communities emptying out, that they were the privileged ones, because of their skin color. That they benefit from white privilege. You guys are the privileged ones. You guys are so f****** out of touch. You’re sitting in your big, comfy chairs in your large office spaces in the ivory towers of university sociology departments, and you actually think that we working class people give two sh*** and a f*** about your identity politics. You think we care about intersectional trans-feminism when – look, I come from a working class family, alright, and the struggle doesn’t discriminate. The struggle is the same. Our parents work their hands off to provide a better future for us so that we don’t have to struggle. And when their jobs left, that dream left with them. And you think we care about identity politics, when the first thing that pops into our minds when we wake up is whether or not we’re going to make the rent this month, whether or not we have money for food in our budget, or whether or not our bronze tier Obamacare plan covers little Brittney’s weird cough. Brittney is sick, so sick. We don’t know what’s wrong with her; it might be because we don’t have enough money, we can only afford to feed her cold chicken tenders. And yet you guys are the real racist ones, but you’ve redefined the word racism to mean power, privilege, and prejudice. You’ve twisted the definition so that we can’t use the word against you, but you can use it against us and against anybody who disagrees with you, because under this new definition, all white people are racists, all people who defend white people are either racists themselves or self-hating Uncle Toms or Uncle Changs. You call people who disagree with you racist, sexist, Nazis. You don’t listen to us when we try to tell you why we believe what we believe. You’ve demonized us and dehumanized us, so in your mind it’s okay to punch us, because what’s more American than punching a Nazi! "

      Frankie P

  • 'To live or to perish' -- Norman Finkelstein on the Six-Day-War and its mythology
    • Careful, Mooser. He has the email addresses of ALL of those two billion Jews you are constantly referring to.
      Frankie P

  • Iran beats US for wrestling world cup, but you wouldn't know it from watching NBC
    • Gamal,

      I am a huge fan of Iranian freestlye wrestling, and my comment regarding Russia not bringing their top squad was not meant to imply that Iran would not have won the World Cup. I stated that the outcome would have been different, and I stand by that. You should keep in mind that this article and my comment were addressing freestyle wrestling, not Greco-Roman. The article you link to refers to the Russian Greco-Roman team. I'm not much of a fan of Greco-Roman, a much less popular and dynamic form of wrestling in which leg attacks are not allowed. The main course of the World Cup in Iran is freestyle wrestling.

      The evidence that Russia did not bring their best is easy to find. On January 27 - 29, 2017, the Russians held the prestigious Ivan Yariguin wrestling tournament in Krasnoyarsk, Russia.
      This tournament is widely hailed as one of if not the most difficult freestyle tournament in the world. The wrestlers who represented Russia in the freestyle World Cup in Iran were bronze medal winners in that tournament, falling to other Russians. Another piece of evidence can be found in the United World Wrestling freestyle rankings. The Russian representatives to the World Cup in Iran were NOT the highest ranking Russians at their weight classes; indeed, some were not even ranked in the top 20 in the world while other Russians were in the top 5.

      Peace and happy grappling!
      Frankie P

    • Another comment to offer some interesting points.

      First, in international competition in wrestling, Iranian wrestlers will NOT wrestle against opponents from the apartheid state of Israel. They forfeit the match and take a loss. Iranian wrestlers do, however, compete against Jewish wrestlers from other nations. A perfect example of how being anti-Israel is NOT being anti-semitic.

      Second, for those with any interest in wrestling, the oldest sport, you should know that Russia does NOT send their A squad to the World Cup, a team competition. If they did, you can be confident that the outcome would be different. Another point that makes the US less competitive in international wrestling is the fact that folkstyle wrestling is what we do in the US, from pee-wee leagues right up through NCAA university competition. Folkstyle is not an international style of wrestling and it's not easy to make a quick transition from folkstyle to freestyle or Greco-Roman, the two styles of international competition. The number of US wrestlers competing in freestyle at a younger age is growing, which gives more hope that the US can stay in the top tier of nations in the sport.

      Finally, your condescending attitude towards "sports fans" is nothing less than ugly and uncalled for, and I'm calling you out on it. I would wager that I am equally if not more knowledgeable on the I/P conflict as yourself. Don't fall into one if the "Chomsky contradictions". Old Noam sticks up for the proles out of one side of his mouth, saying that common workers, blue collar deplorables, are entirely able to make decisions about governance and civil issues, but then he attacks sports fans for following their favorite sport and being knowledgeable about player statistics. Can't they do both, Noam and David?

      On flo, I comment under the name "mattsuncle" or "pa in taiwan", but here I remain,

      Frankie P

    • Damn, Robert! More than half your article is MY comment from flo. Who could imagine that Frankie P's laser comments would be picked up from a wrestling website and then put in an article on mondoweiss, a site that I have visited for years, not as regularly any more. There are too many restrictions on content here, content that is germane and necessary in order to understand and analyze the I/P conflict. Anyway, thanks. I'm glad someone likes my comments! Actually, a few people on flo hit that comment with a "like".

  • Obama's failure, and achievement, in Palestine
    • Obama's achievements on the I/P issue can be symbolized accurately as a nothing sandwich on milquetoast. The first piece of milquetoast was the Cairo speech on June 4, 2009, a promising delivery that unfortunately did NOT translate into any subsequent action on the issues. For the next eight years, there was a bunch of nothing from Obama, not even enough promotion of peace to deserve a bottle of polish to rub on his Nobel Peace Prize. We witnessed just more of the much-expected US Presidential jamming of said POTUS's proboscis up the Zionist poop chute, something that Americans have become much accustomed to. Finally, he needed to find closure to his non-existant sandwich, so he added the second piece of milqutoast: the abstention at the UN Security Council on the condemnation of Israeli settlements, again a non-substantial action that means nothing coming so late in the game of his second term with NO opportunity to follow it up with anything armed with teeth.

      Phil Weiss should examine his views of Obama. They completely lack rational objectivity and logic; they are colored by rose-tinted lenses on spectacles of a thickness unprecedented. I'm with broadside and joemowrey on this one. Following all the worthwhile stuff that Phil Weiss has produced in the past, gaining my admiration and interest in continuing to visit this site, this is vomit inducing, syrup of ipecac!

      Frankie P

  • Epic battle looms over accused anti-Semite entering White House, and 'NYT' graywashes the moment
    • James North should be deeply embarrassed about this piece, in which he shirks the responsibilities of a journalist in the same way that Rolling Stone did in their debacle rape case.

      Let me offer an aside. I cannot type the url "" and get into the site. I get some kind of weird error message. I have to go to my yahoo browser and type in "mondoweiss website". The third link I get when I do so says "Mondoweiss is a hate site" from the Washington Post. There you have it. An "accused hate site". Fortunately, I have some critical thinking skills and am able to make decisions for myself regarding what constitutes "a hate site", "hate", "hatred", etc. I am willing to look at the piece and decide, based on study, information and experience, what is a "hate site". If I were a journalist with a desire to report and persuade readers, I would offer a strong rebuttal to the writer of a piece called "Mondoweiss is a hate site", and I would include in the piece both the content of the writer's accusation and my rebuttal.

      James North goes heavy on the "accused anti-semite" in this piece, repeated ad nauseum, but he never says what Bannon's "accused anti-semitism" consists of. Why does the ADL call him an anti-semite? Should we not be presented with this information in the article? Or does the ADL's labeling suffice for (((James North))). Who made James North the arbiter on anti-semitism, accused or otherwise?

      Note this framing: (((North))): The article gives a shocking but true statement of Bannon’s political character: (Haaretz Chemi Shalev): "He is considered the standard bearer for the racist, anti-immigrant alt-right movement and has been accused of harboring anti-Semitic sentiments himself." (((North))): An entirely fair summary.

      Now back it up North!! Why is it an entirely fair summary? Why is Bannon an anti-semite? What is Bannon's political character? You've supported the statement, now give us some persuasive information that backs it up!

      What passes for journalism these days. You guys are now taking a page from the mainstream media, creating stories. Congratulations!

      Frankie P

    • James North fails to understand that "accused anti-semite" means absolutely nothing. Jimmy Carter is an accused anti-semite for writing Palestine: Peace not Apartheid. Mearsheimer and Walt: accused anti-semites for writing what is now viewed as accurate analysis. Alison Weir: accused anti-semite. The knee-jerk dirty brush of "anti-semite" for any analysis, factual or not, that does not sit well with organized Zionism or anti-Zionist Zionism (Weir) has made "accused anti-semite" a badge of honor. Now let's sing the chorus of my new hit song.

      If they say it's anti-semitism, but you know it's the truth, what you gonna do?
      Chorus of voices: I'm gonna tell the truth.
      If they say it's racism, but you know it's the truth, what you gonna do?
      Chorus of voices: I'm gonna tell the truth.
      If they say it's homophobia, but you know it's the truth, what you gonna do?
      Chorus of voices: I'm gonna tell the truth.

      Frankie P

  • Clintonites knocked out platform references to 'occupation' and 'settlements' in fear of Adelson, Zogby says
    • I can only say that if I turned off the light at night or closed my eyes and was confronted by that visage, I would feel great fear, too. The horror!

  • Freewheeling Trump has backed down on only one issue. Guess which one
    • @Emory Riddle,

      You're making sense again, and North and Weiss, in the final paragraph, get to the truth. Why not just start the piece with the truth, instead of pulling a New York Slimes tactic and saving it until the end?

      "and now he’s getting Israel lobby money"

      Because here in July, with the election coming up in November, it's ALL about the money! Yes, those extra Jewish votes in Florida will help Trump win that swing state, but it's the Jewish money for the campaign that will allow Trump to spend big in Ohio and Pennsylvania, and he WILL cement his lead in those two swing states. Every terror attack in Europe, every black perp pumping a bullet into an American cop, will bring more of those blue collar Democrats in Pa. and Ohio into the Trump fold.

      Now, does the Donald have the ultimate chutzpah, which would be to throw those Jewish backers under the bus after the election and follow through on his original plan, namely negotiating the I/P conflict with a clean slate, without favoring the Israeli side. It would be a truly presidential thing to do, something we haven't seen from an American president for decades.

      By the way Donald, if you want to work with the allies who want to destroy ISIS and stamp out Islamic terrorism, don't count on the Jewish State in the Levant to help out. They prefer ISIS to the legitimate government of Syria, and their military officers publicly state the fact.

      Frankie P

  • Why Trump's revolution succeeded, and Bernie's fizzled
    • @Annie,

      I recommend a visit to the california-demographics webite to check the ethnic makeup of California cities. What cities are in the northern counties? San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose? Sorry, I'm not so familiar with California's geography, but I'll tell you one thing, black make up a pretty small percentage of the populations of San Francisco (white + hispanic + asian = 90%), San Jose (white + hispanic + asian = 93.5%), Fresno (white + hispanic + asian = 89%). In fact, it seems that in the northern counties, only Oakland (black = 26%) shows black representation above the national average. This is extremely rare for urban centers, which usually show much higher representation of blacks as a demographic. LA and San Diego in the south ALSO show a lower demographic of blacks, with both LA and San Diego, the two biggest cities in California, both coming in at under 11%.

    • Emory, Right on! Phil is well into dreamland on that statement. Bernie, clearly aware that he was scoring in the low single digits with black voters, and I mean 2% and 3% low, needed to massage that demographic, so he used a few token black celebrities in photo ops and editorials and had a few meetings with BLM members as an afterthought. Perhaps he believed that it would be enough to shift his share of the black vote into double digits, perhaps even 20 to 30%, but of course it didn't pan out that way. The left loves to point out how poor white voters consistently vote against their own interests when they pull the Republican lever, but nobody mentions how black voters elect representatives from Goldman Sachs and big finance (Hillary) and fail to notice how their community were huge victims from the subprime debacle of just a few years ago.

    • I'm not sure if amigo's comment here is disingenuous or just merely ignorant. Let me explain, and truthfully I don't care if amigo stops reading after my first sentence. It's clear that one major goal for Trump in the Republican National Convention is to create unity in the party, and I was going to say "his party", but that would be a bit inaccurate. If it is his party, it is, as Phil pointed out, a result of his wresting control of the party from an establishment that has harrassed and attacked him every step of the way through the primaries. So, with a goal of creating unity, what do you think of attacking Bush in the convention as a tactic? I thought so. Somewhat similar to borrowing a gun from an NRA member and letting loose on his own right foot. Now, let's hearken back to the primary season. Besides Bernie Sanders, who voted against the Iraq War initially but later voted to fund it generously, what other candidate had the gall, the chutzpah, the balls, to say, during a debate no less, and in North Carolina, "Bush lied, and people (US soldiers) died." Not sure how deep your memory hole is, amigo, but that candidate would be Trump. Now, I'm not sure which Donald we'll get if he wins the election. Will it be the Donald who said "Bush lied and people died", the same Donald who said "I can work with Putin.", or will it be the Donald who said "I'll undo the Iran nuclear deal and renegotiate it (to Israel's benefit).", the same Donald who said the Palestinians caused all the problems in the Israel / Palestine eternal cauldron of injustice. Here's to hoping that the latter Donald is only shilling for Jewish dollars in the run-up to November, and the former Donald reappears when he takes office, to the chagrin and anger of neocons everywhere.

      Frankie P

  • 'Either Assad or we'll burn the country' - An excerpt from 'Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War' (Update)
    • Danaa,

      Thank you so much for this.

      "In truth the Syrian army with the support of Russia, Hezbollah and Iran/Iraq (the axis of resistance) has been mounting a truly heroic stand against the forces of evil that were trained upon the country. Be it ISIS, the various Al-Quaeda affiliates, Turkmen paramilitants or various islamist groupings (FSA etc.) – all armed and paid for – these are the enemies of the Syrian people and indeed, in many cases, of civilization itself."

      I have reached a similar conclusion, namely that Russia, Hezbollah and Iran/Iraq are fighting to save civilization in Syria, and we in the west have become the forces of evil. I agree with the Saker that the concert in Palmyra, especially with its opening piece of Bach's “Chaconne”, Partita for solo violin Nº 2 in D minor, BWV 1004, was a message from Russia, saying that they have always admired the cultural and civilizational advances made by western civilization, but they are appalled and worried about the way the west has now decended into voluntary civilizational suicide.

      I must post this comment from the saker's site, as it is one of the most beautiful comments I have ever read on the internet. It was penned by one Dr. N. G. Maroudas, and it speaks to the culture and civilization that is at stake in Syria:

      Thank you, Dr. Maroudas!

      "That classical concert Palmyra, with the sun shining on the golden stone of antiquity, celebrates the return of Syria to its normal civilized self. Once again Syria impresses the world by its ability to shrug off foreign Empires. A Yankee tourist wrote 150 years ago that everything in the USA was bigger and better than anything in the Middle East – except for Damascus, which awed him totally. From Mark Twain’s book, “The Yankees Abroad”:
      “Damascus is an oasis whose waters have not failed for thousands of years. Go back as far as you will into the vague past of cities, there was always a Damascus. No recorded event has occurred in the world but Damascus was already in existence to receive news of it. In the writings of every century for more than 4,000 years its name has been mentioned and its praises sung [we now know Damascus city is 8,000 years old]. To Damascus years are only moments, decades only flitting trifles of time. She measures time not by years but by the Empires she has seen rise and prosper and crumble to ruin. She saw Baalbek and Thebes and Ephesus grow into mighty cities, and she has lived to see them deserted. She saw the Israelitish Empire of David and Solomon exalted, and she saw it annihilated. She saw Greece rise and the Empire of Alexander flourish and die. She saw Rome built; she saw its Empire overshadow the world; she saw it perish. Damascus has seen all this, and still she lives. Though others may lay claim be called The Eternal City, it is Damascus who deserves that name by right.”
      [And Mark Twain ends his book, The Innocents Abroad, with this tribute to Damascus:]
      “Damascus – the Pearl of the East, the pride of Syria, the original Garden of Eden, the home of princes, of fabled genii of The Arabian Nights, of Damascus steel tough but sharp as a razor, of Damask silk soft as a young girl’s cheek – the one city in the world that has kept its name and held its place and looked serenely on while transitory Empires have enjoyed their little season of pride and pomp, then vanished and been forgotten”.
      Twain wrote in the middle of the 19th century. By the 20th century Damascus had also seen the sun set on Great Britain’s “Empire on which the sun never sets”. And now, in this classical concert in Palmyra, Damascus bears witness to the sunset of the Anglo-Bankers Empire of Chaos, and a return to civilized values.
      But the greatest tribute to Damascus is the one which Mark Twain could not bring himself to relate, because he was an atheist: an ancient story about military “boots on the ground” in Syria, headed by one Saul, “a Hebrew of the Hebrews and citizen of Rome”. Saul’s bosses in Jerusalem and Rome had spread the word that certain Syrians were evil and should be “taken out”. It was on a punitive expedition to Damascus that a blinding light threw Saul off his horse, and a voice rang in his ears: “Saul, Saul, why dost thou persecute Me?”. The greatest tribute which the modern world can give to Damascus is, that great light from Heaven is still shining and that great voice of compassion is still ringing in our ears."

  • Sy Hersh's 'forbidden statement': Sanders's liberation from NY Jewish money could change US foreign policy
    • MRW,

      You forget that the US, especially under neocon influence, tends to ignore the expression of political will through democratic processes when the outcome diverges from the Empire's plan!

    • Sanders operates under the grand illusion that Putin and Russia will somehow be convinced to restore Crimea to the fascists in Ukraine. I agree with MRW, that is ALARMING.

    • Bernie was just following in Ron Paul's footsteps. Ron Paul raised a lot of money on the internet from small contributions. Perhaps we can look forward to more of this marginalization of the oligarchs through grass roots donations. I sure hope so.

  • Trump and the war for 'Western Values'
    • Hillary Clinton on Gaddafi: The mask came down and the face of evil inhumanity was shown. Many who glimped it will NEVER forget it and NEVER vote for Hillary. Those whose paychecks are dependent on a continuation of the clusterf*** that is the zeitgeist in the USA today will pretend that they didn't see it, or were suffering from indigestion that influenced their vision, or some excuse.

    • So, I'm wondering how you guys, just like all the pundits from the libertarian (Justin Raimondo) and small government paleos (Pat Buchanan), fail to see the glaring disconnect in Trump's foreign policy speech, a disconnect that makes me doubtful about the good things that he DID say. That disconnect is, of course, his railing against Iran and Obama's deal. So, to cut to the chase, let's juxtapose these issues. 1) Trump vows to fight ISIS. 2) Trump vows to communicate and work together with Putin and Russia. 3) Trump vows to undo the deal with and put the screws to Iran, a country that he seems to want to put in the same basket as ISIS.

      I believe that Trump's son-in-law is still running interference for him with AIPAC and the neocons, finding out the issues that they see as vital to Israel's well-being, and then he is pushing all the buttons that they want pushed. Will this play out in reality if he becomes pretzeldent? I don't know. I do know that he pushed a lot of the same buttons during the foreign policy speech that he did in the AIPAC speech regarding Iran, and I believe the reports that said his son-in-law was dealing with communication with the Israeli Ambassador before that speech.

      Frankie P

  • Liberal Zionists are losing control of US discourse, and they know it
    • Headline!!! Liberal Zionists are losing control of US discourse, and they know it

      Money Quote from Eisner: Eisner says the pro-Israel community has to shift to a more positive campaign and redeploy smart young Jewish advocates from “responding intensively to the most extreme forms of anti-Israel activity to a much more positive, proactive and strategic approach toward improving sympathy and empathy for Israel.”

      Frankie's comment: Perhaps liberal Zionists and their brother Zionists of a more bloodthirsty, fascistic, inhuman stripe should focus more on the morality of their actions and less on controlling the discourse. Herein lies the root of the problem.

  • Why is AIPAC legitimating Donald Trump's bigotry?
    • Donald Trump: "When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. They're sending people who have a lot of problems, and they're bringing those problems. They're bringing drugs, they're bringing crime. They're rapists, and some of them, I assume, are good people, but I talk to border guards, and they tell us what we're getting."

      Frankie says: Not the most articulate way to explain the situation, I agree. Please note that he's talking about illegal immigrants from Mexico, and that there's a subset of them who are criminals. They're bringing drugs across the borders, and some are rapists. I wouldn't say that Mexico is sending the people. I would say that the people are deciding to come on their own.
      However, the media wants to say it another way, and James North obviously agrees with the media. They are all too willing to report that either a) Trump was talking about all illegal Mexican immigrants. or b) Trump was talking about ALL Mexican immigrants. or even c) Trump was talking about all Mexicans.

      New York Times: "Trump's claim that illegal Mexican immigrants are 'rapists'."
      Huffington Post: "He called Latino immigrants 'criminals' and 'rapists'."
      Washington Post: "He referred to Mexicans as 'rapists'."
      AP: "Trump called Mexican immigrants 'criminals' and 'rapists'."
      Time Magazine: "Trump's comment that Mexican immigrants are 'rapists'."

      Mondoweiss (James North or Phil Weiss, who usually does the headlines)
      "Trump's bigotry."

      By the way, Trump was referencing a Fusion article stating that according to directors of migrant shelters, a "staggering 80% of Central American girls and women crossing Mexico en route to the United States are raped along the way."

      I guess the directors of the migrant shelters are bigots, too. Right James?

      Frankie P

  • 'No Wars for the Billionaire Class': A look at a possible Sanders foreign policy
    • Adam,

      Is Phyllis Bennis, the Director of the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies (whatever that means, sounds like gobbledegook), in any way affiliated with Bernie Sanders and his campaign for President? This article, with its army of "possibles", shines a light on the show business circus that Presidential campaigns have become. Here we have Phyllis Bennis, Daniel Denvir, and Katrina vanden Heuvel parlaying in "maybes", and giving their opinions of what Bernie's foreign policy should, or may, or perhaps, or possibly, be. Here we have Adam putting up a headline that has quotes around the phrase "No Wars for the Billionaire Class" next to the name Bernie Sanders. Folks, Bernie Sanders never said that. Question: When did Bernie Sanders say this; the chronology of this statement is essential, and the omission of it is spin:

      Sanders once said “I have a problem with appropriating $2 billion to Egypt and $3 billion to Israel. Let’s take care of some of the problems we have at home first.”

      Isn't Phyllis Bennis knee-deep in the Alison Weir debacle?

      Did Bernie Sanders say that Putin regrets taking Crimea and should return it to the Ukraine? He has demonstrated a 5th grade level of understanding of foreign policy. Russia will defend Crimea with nuclear weapons, and anyone who doesn't understand this needs foreign policy schooling. Did Bernie Sanders say that Saudi Arabia should step up to fight Islamic Wahabbi terrorism? What kind of understanding of foreign policy is this? Calling on the single biggest supporter of Wahabbi terrorism to step up and fight it seems somewhat problematic, to be tame.

      Finally, why doesn't Bernie Sanders just come out and address these issues? Make some statements about foreign policy? It's like some kind of big mystery. Like the talking heads going on about what HRC said in her Goldman Sachs speeches. She won't release the transcripts, because she knows it will hurt her in the election. Is Bernie's foreign policy the same? He won't comment on it, because he knows it will hurt him?

      We need more straight talkers, people not afraid to tell the truth.

  • Methodist divestment highlights Israel's place in the world
    • Ellis asking some important questions:

      Should the Jewish establishment be included on this list? Perhaps the Methodists will change the notation: Israel-Palestinian Territories/American Jewish Establishment.

      Yet the reality is that American Jews, indeed Jews all over the world, are entangled in Israel. Isn’t it time for Christian advocates for justice for Palestinians to take the next step and call Israel what it has always been, a Jewish issue?

      Peled answering them in the affirmative:

      "Certainly there are Jewish people who actively support the Palestinian cause and speak out against the Israeli crimes. Members of my family do so, some of my friends in Palestine and around the world who are Jewish do so, and of course the ultra-orthodox Neturei Karta do so. And although these Jewish voices are beginning to be heard, all told we are a negligible few.

      So next time a Palestinian says the “Yahud” killed my family, the Yahud took my land, the Yahud put my father in prison, the Yahud forced my family into exile, spare them the indignation. Spare them the long lecture about the distinctions between Jew and Israeli, Israeli and Zionist, etc. Instead, it is time to demand the Yahud give answers. Because though Jews are known for asking tough questions, on this issue, as a collective they are far too silent."

  • 'Most-read' article at Washington Post calls Israel 'savage, unrepairable society'
    • @Danaa - you are the wave of truth for the future. You are the important voice, an ex-Israeli Jew willing to speak the truth, not only about the apalling actions and mindset of Israeli Jews, but also about the guilt of American Jews in their kvetching and avoidance of facing thier own actions supporting and enabling the racist state.

      Phil Weiss and editors of Mondoweiss,

      Please invite Danaa to repackage and expand upon the above comment and then post it as an article. You will have another 500+ comment article, a meaty one that people on Mondoweiss want to comment and discuss. I know, it doesn't really follow with your agenda of presenting Jews as endless Social Justice Warriors, but it is truthful. Do you care about the truth, or is it all about perception?

      Frankie P

  • Why do Jewish legislators carry more weight on Iran Deal?
    • Let's keep it going, Phil. Let's not stop with the first question.

      Why do Jewish I/P activists carry more weight?

      Why are Jewish I/P activists more able to identify and define anti-semitism?

      Looking forward to the answers!!

      Frankie P

  • Jewish community is Humpty Dumpty-- it won't come back together again, and shouldn't
  • For the high holidays, Bernie should bring his presidential campaign to Tzedek Chicago
    • Gee, I sure hope Max Blumenthal delivers a confession first to the German people for the anti-gentile transgression he made against them, labeling them, on Mondoweiss no less, "a sick society."

  • Roundtable on the Palestinian solidarity movement and Alison Weir
    • @W.Jones,

      My mention of Phil's anti-gentilism is not framed by or limited to the context of the Alison Weir scandal.

      Frankie P

    • Dear Adam, Phil and JVP,

      I am writing to forgive you for your anti-gentilism. I understand that this facet of your psychological make-up is not deliberate or chosen by you; it is the result of your upbringing, the myths you have heard, and a constant drumming into your heads from your tribe. I only ask that you consider that you may have a component of anti-gentilism in your heart and psyche, and try to make adjustments and start on the long road to wellness. I imagine that Alison Weir, someone who has been directly affected by your anti-gentilism, would also forgive you.

      I greatly admire the work you do to relieve the oppression of the Palestinians, but until you deal with this problem, I fear for the overall outcome. You seem to want to control the discussion, and open and honest discussion among ALL concerned parties, including the US population of EVERY stripe, is the only way forward in hope for a just resolution of the I/P conflict. The misguided belief that you can ignore and forbid discussion of Jewish people, Jewish religion, and Jewishness while trying to solve the problem of Israel/Palestine is ridiculous, wearing very thin, and perhaps it should be discarded.

      Frankie P

  • Rightwing Israeli violence on the rise as leader calls for arson attacks on churches
  • Pelosi says Iran deal has the votes, and Podhoretz urges Israel to attack Iran
    • So Krauss, you agree with part of the Pud's statement, but you don't say if Iran getting the bomb is such a catastrophe. Is it? I don't think so. Iran would NEVER use a nuclear weapon against Israel. Let's be honest. Israel (and the Pud) wants to prevent Iran from achieving nuclear deterrence. Israel (and the Pud) also wants to prevent Iran from getting its unlocked money and higher growth in the next ten years. Israel (and the Pud) also wants to prevent Iran from shrinking its military distance to Israel. You mention these issues, but do you also want to prevent these things? I am curious. Do you too feel that those "crazy mullahs" can't be trusted? I feel that a strong Iran will be a good in the world.
      Frankie P

  • Morgan Freeman, Valerie Plame and Queen Noor say Iran deal will prevent nuclear war that will melt Jack Black's frisbee
    • @Keith,

      You aren't the odd man out. My reaction to this video matches yours; it is a dumbed-down plea that puts a millimeter-thin layer of sugar icing on a meter-thick cake made of dog-doo. The "good progressives" in the video, and I don't think all of the participants fit this description, would like to continue the narrative of "America is good and just" and "Iran (and those who refuse to bow to the global hegemon) is evil". This video was made for consumption by fast-food addicts who aren't ready for the caviar of truth.

      I disagree with you that the Iranian elites have sold out their country. They are passing time, which is firmly standing on their side and not on the side of the US, keeping their country safe.

      Keep commenting, Keith. You are on track. Keep challenging the chorus of the veracity-challenged.

      Frankie P

  • 'We are doing you people a favor by allowing you to be seated here,' Netanyahu deputy tells Palestinians in Knesset
    • Roland Nickles,

      Thank you for this article. It is brief, accurate, and displays information that proves that Israel is most certainly NOT a democracy with equal rights for all of its citizens. This and articles like it (David Fincham's wonderful "Understanding the Jewish National Home" from April) are necessary and important in the ongoing education of people, especially Americans, who are woefully ignorant about the facts regarding the history and current situation in Israel. These articles are factual and not polemical, the writers patiently lay out facts without allowing in emotion, which seems to prevail as it clouds the waters in the debate and discussion of I/P.

      More, please.

      Frankie P.

  • BDS could cost Israel $4.7 billion a year
    • Double Standard:

      "I think this is just the Wizard of Oz yelling — it seems all powerful because it wins media attention disproportionate to its numbers, but yank away the curtain and its just one weak fraud."

      I wonder why Uncle Sheldon, Haim the shame, and Nutty Netanyahu spook so easily; they are rich powerful spin meisters, chosen leaders of the world of economics and politics, why would they be so upset and scared of a weak fraud hiding behind a curtain.

      More cognative dissonance from the Zionist corner, something we've come to expect.

      Frankie P

  • Video: Israeli soldiers violently attack unarmed Palestinian man
    • catalan, no need to worry. those soldiers have effectively lost their humanity. and yet you still support them and their progressively inhuman state while they claim to represent you as a jew. doesn't that rankle, even a little?

    • catalan:

      "I don’t know what you mean by fellow travelers. Bulgarian accountants in New Mexico who like to read philosophy and history and play with their sons?"

      "The behavior of the soldiers in this video makes me sad and ashamed."

      I'm having problems integrating the preceding two statements. Why would the Bulgarian accountant who distances himself from Zionism and its supporters in the first statement feel ashamed by the hideous actions of IDF stormtroopers?

      The cognative dissonance that you display is so massive that you are unable to see it yourself.

      Frankie P

  • Once again, 'NYT' fails to tell its readers that many Jews support BDS
    • @SQ Debris: It's curious; it's unclear who authored the JVP letter, but in a membership organization we would think that the members would be involved, informed, invited to debate such action; instead it was done in classic night-flower AIPAC fashion. Methinks there has been some infiltration into JVP of voices that pay lip-service to peace while they carry out the usual ethnocentric defense campaigning. Ms. Weir mentions no names, but I'll quote her:

      "I finally decided to write an article about this situation – “Please help us overcome the accusations against If Americans Knew,” but did not name JVP, in the hope of preventing damaging division and distraction in the movement for justice in Palestine.
      Before publishing this piece, I tried to clarify the situation with JVP, and emailed the national leaders asking about their statements about me. I hoped that by communicating with JVP directly the situation could be resolved. In reply I received a letter from a law firm on JVP’s behalf (a partner in the firm is the JVP board chair and was the signatory on the letter).
      I was surprised at the McCarthyist, guilt-through-association attacks this letter contained, and I was amazed at the great effort someone had made to monitor my every move over the past 14 years of hundreds of speeches, articles, and interviews.
      JVP sent their accusatory dossier on me to about 50 chapters around the country, and has been disseminating this and other accusations widely. I’ve just finished an extremely busy three-week speaking tour. In several locations I learned that JVP had tried to block my talks. Fortunately, they failed in almost all locations and my presentations were received extremely well; one audience even gave me a standing ovation.
      By the way, although JVP is a membership organization, there is no indication that the general JVP membership was informed or involved in these actions."

      You can read Ms. Weir's entire article and point by point rebuttal at the Unz Review.

      Frankie P

    • "consider that Jewish Voice for Peace– one of the main groups spearheading BDS– is skyrocketing in membership. "

      Unfortunately, it seems that this skyrocketing of membership is accompanied by a McCarthyist attack on Allison Weir of If Americans Knew. I think that Ms. Weir is involved with activism that is mandatory for a peaceful solution to the I/P situation, namely the education and opening of the eyes of the American people to how their nation has been and is instrumental in the oppression of the Palestinian people. The low-class, guilt-by-association nature of this attack is reminiscent of how right-wing Zionists try to stifle the voices of the very writers and contributors of this website, Mondoweiss. Recall how Max B. was taken to task because his writing was posted on Duke's website. Now a quote from JVP in response to Ms. Weir's letter to try to understand their actions: "One of your articles appeared in an anthology that was promoted by the infamous Holocaust-denial organization, the Institute for Historical Review." Another quote: "You have been a repeat guest of white supremacist Clay Douglas on his hate radio show, the Free American." Allison's response: So has Jennifer Lowenstein and Ilan Pappe. It also seems that the JVP Executive sent out a secret letter to 40 JVP chapter heads across the USA, showing them the letter they sent to Ms. Weir and asking them not to work with her. Unfortunately for JVP, three of the chapter heads leaked the letter. What's going on here? Ms. Weir is no anti-semite. Her website features her own essays detailing why anti-semitism is wrong, and it also sports the following statement of principles: “We believe all people are endowed with inalienable human rights regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, sexuality, or nationality. We believe in justice, fairness, and compassion and in treating all human beings with respect, empathy, and in the manner in which we would wish to be treated.”

      Our friend Keith, a frequent poster, will be interested in one of the statements JVP made to Ms. Weir in response to her letter: “At Jewish Voice for Peace, we are particularly sensitive to the long history of anti-Jewish oppression”. Is there some discourse gatekeeping going on here, and if so, why?


  • The grotesque injustice of Obama's speech at the Washington synagogue
    • Actually, he did NOT pocket a Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts. He pocketed a Nobel Peace Prize for the expectations that people, including the idiots who decide who receives the prize, had for him. That is the world we live in. A world in which prizes are handed out to politicians in the hope that they will do something right.

  • 'United States of Israel' has compromised U.S. 'sovereignty' on Iran policy -- Gideon Levy in D.C.
    • @shalom,

      "The international BDS campaign will spawn an increasingly hostile resistance movement by Israelis and American Jews alike."

      The international BDS campaign will raise awareness among all Americans about I/P, which will spawn more fair and even-handed treatment in issues related to I/P and the Middle East. The continued resistance by American Jews to fair and even-handed treatment in issues related to I/P and the Middle East (Iran's nuclear energy comes to mind) will eventually cause a strong and profound reaction among gentile Ameicans. This reaction could be dangerous to many Jews who do NOT support Israel. I believe that Phil sees this as a real danger, and he wants to save the American Jews from themselves.

      Frankie P

    • @just, "the most impassioned and honest testimony by an Israeli~ maybe anybody~ that I have ever heard wrt P/I and America."

      you should watch some video from Israel Shahak from the 1990s. It's eerie how Levy's words mirror Shahak's conclusions from that time period. Of course Shahak delved deeper into the relationship between Jewish religion and the Zionist project, and I realize that this subject is taboo on Phil's site unless he brings it up. Therefore, I won't link to the Shahak videos; you can look them up on youtube.

      Frankie P

  • White House says Netanyahu offers no alternative but military action (and Liz Warren won't say if she's attending speech)
    • @Phil: "When Jan Schakowsky of Illinois announced that she was skipping the speech, she said, “As a Jew, support for Israel is in my DNA.” (I happen to disagree with that idea, but clearly there are more Jan Schakowsky’s in the Jewish community than people like me."

      Thank God there are people like you in the Jewish community, Phil Weiss!

  • Israel's new Asian allies
    • @Teapot,

      I have lived in Taiwan for over 25 years, and I concur with your observations about ethnic Chinese and their inability to grasp the western reverence for the Holocaust of European Jews as the ultimate in human suffering or injustice. As for the anti-semitism card, it will not be played here in East Asia, as it will have no effect at all. The East Asians have not had extensive historical dealings with Jews, and they are not suffering from the self-censorship that causes otherwise progressive westerners to hold their tongues when it comes to the crimes of the Jews of Israel and their supporters in western countries. For me, it's refreshing to hear ethnic Chinese talk openly about how they are able to discern that the democracies of the west, including the American Congress and many of the western European governments, are controlled by campaign funding from pro-Israel Jews who hold citizenship of their states but loyalty to a foreign state. They say this in an analytical and logical fashion; they smile when informed that such talk in the United States would provoke cries and accusations of Jew-hatred and anti-semitism. They ask then if that makes the facts any less true.

      This is the culture that gave the world Sun Tze's Art of War thousands of years ago. Mossad's motto was plagarized directly from Sun Tze. Nothing about the inhumanity of man to man surprises them.


    • @MRW

      Thanks for the great link to the speech by Chas Freeman. It's an excellent analysis of China and its policies toward Asia, including the Middle East. I've been here in Taiwan since well before Tiananmen, and I followed it closely, and NOWHERE have I seen anyone say that its purpose was to quell the uprising of Uighers. You are sorely mistaken on that point.


  • Netanyahu flips off Harry Truman
    • Professor Ed Rubin: "The reason is that Israel’s Prime Minister has chosen to inject himself into American politics as a supporter of the Republican Party and a lackey of Sheldon Adelson. He is thus acting in opposition to everything I believe in: social justice, environmental protection, and basic human rights."

      Please note the causality in the good professor's thinking. Netanyahu's injection of himself into American politics is an action against social justice, environmental protection, and basic human rights (the placement of the word "thus" offers no other possible conclusion). He has no complaint about years and years of Israel's dispossession and creeping ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians. No comment about the Nakba, Cast Lead, Protective Edge, Pillar of Defense, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, and the other turkey shoots that the high-tech IOF has used against opponents weilding bottle rockets and their civilian cousins and neighbors. The good professor should take note of the fact that Israel has been gutting his country for many years, both internally and in the eyes of the rest of the world. Methinks the good professor is more worried about his own ass when the chickens come home to roost than any ideas of "social justice" and "basic human rights". After all, Netanyahu's Likud is NOT the first Israeli administration to flush both social justice and basic human rights for non-Jews down the toilet. Nor is it the first administration that has worked through American Jewish organizations to influence American politics. Perhaps he is outraged by Netanyahu's OVERT modus operandi as opposed to the behind the scenes night flower style of AIPAC.


  • Chair of Democratic National Committee opposes Jewish intermarriage and MSNBC showing Gaza carnage
    • @American, Annie,

      The old "programmed to hate Jews" argument is easy to defuse. My tactic is to agree with it in a twisted kind of way, just to show how ridiculous it is. Therefore, I chime in, deadpan serious, with, "Haven't you heard about the new surgical procedure developed in Taiwan? They are now able to disable the semiconductor responsible for anti-semitism in the brains of gentiles! I had the procedure done myself, so you need not worry about me. Come hide in my basement any time you feel threatened."

      Ridicule is the ONLY response for such an outrageous belief.

      Frankie P

  • Netanyahu speech could allow Obama to 'take on the Jewish lobby' as he took on Cuba lobby -- Indyk
    • Actually, Phil seems rather dismissive of people whose main interest is the national interest of the US. Just the language he uses to describe them is condescending: "national interest types". Look at the quote:

      "The only ones who want the speech are diehard neocons who seem to think this is the only way to get a war with Iran– and the left and national interest types, people who want the speech to come off so that America will have to watch as the Congress jumps up and down to give repeated standing ovations to a foreign prime minister who opposes our president, so that America will ask why?"

      I have a few questions. Of the three groups who Phil cites as wanting this speech to go down - namely diehard neocons, the left, and national interest types - which group is the largest in number? the most influential? the most likely to support actions in the US interest? the most supportive of continued blank check support from the US for Israeli intransigence?

      Next question: Is cooperation among two of these groups - the left and the "national interest types" possible on Middle foreign policy? For here lies the true potential for the dismantling of the apparatus that currenly exists in US politics to support the criminal actions of the State of Israel. And make no bones about it, all those "liberal Zionist" voices chiming in about the danger to the special relationship are really worrying about their ability and the ability of the American Jewish organizations that Sean lists so frequently to lobby and control this foreign policy.

      I post this comment under Hophmi's comment because his view of the US interest lies entirely in relation to the good of Israel, and this is the main problem that is facing the US: a cheering section of special interests who have conflated the interests of two separate nations in totally different circumstances and tried to present those interests as being the same.

      Hophmi: The US interest is both is maintaining an alliance with the only state in the region that shares any of our values, and in drawing on Israeli intelligence and security cooperation to fight terrorism in the Middle East and to deal with Iran.

      First: Israel, judging by its oppressive laws concerning non-Jews, murderous actions against an oppressed people that it holds in limbo, and total disregard for international law and opinion, DOES NOT share the values of the US. I agree that the US has slipped considerably in implementing the values traditionally held dear by many Americans, but that too can be attributed to the special interests mentioned above.

      Second, it seems that Israeli intelligence and security is currently cooperating with Sunni takfiri in Syria - the same that the US is fighting against. Netanyahu, in his desperation about the upcoming election, decided to bomb key Hezbollah and Iranian officers involved in the fighting against these takfiri. And we should draw on their cooperation? Please.

      Third and most ridiculous: dealing with Iran. This is the greatest example of the amusement park-like fantasy that passes for news and commentary in the US. The best way to deal with Iran is to leave them alone. Stop demonizing them, it's clear that they have no nuclear weapons program, and even if they do develop a nuclear weapon, (and I'm with Professor Chomsky on this one: by seeing the way that the US deals with weaker states, I'd be working hard on an effective deterrent, too.) they would never use it. How many nukes does Israel have? 200 - 350? Delivery systems? Israel certainly could turn the key cities of Iran into parking lots. No, it's all a facade, a house of cards.

      The American "liberal Zionists", a misnomer if ever I saw one, are afraid of more than the downgrading of the special relationship; they are worried that fingers will be pointed in their direction when the American people do actually wake up to how they have been used.


  • #JeSuisUnJuifBritannique
    • “I believe that Israel needs in Britain a strong, self-confident and independently minded Jewish community.”

      Yes, there it is, in the opening paragraph, right up there among Mr. Cohen's major beliefs, all of which, by the way, focus on what is good for "the Jews" of Britain, none of which show an ounce of concern for Britain as a nation or the "other" members of the British population. So, if this British Jew outlines his three beliefs, the third of which shows great concern for the needs of Israel, which is NOT his country (or is it?, Mr. Cohen, do you hold dual citizenship?), how could he be surprised when some Brits respond positively to the statement "Jews' loyalty to Israel makes them less loyal to Britain than other British people."?

      Makes you wonder if there is logic at play here.


  • Israel lobby stakes claim for Jerusalem at Supreme Court, but Kagan isn't buying
    • @MRW

      Just to let you know that here in Taiwan, an American citizen's parents can choose what to put on the US passport. I opted for "Taiwan", and I don't think it will cause my dual-national (US / ROC) children problems when and if they visit China. I believe that Taiwan, China was an option as well, but our politics don't run that way!

      Frankie P

  • British Parliament votes overwhelmingly to recognize Palestinian state
    • He's not just gulping Ziocaine, he must also be guzzling Sinocaine, because if it has been British policy to recognize a state when the territory in quesiton has a government, an army, and military capability, Britain would have recognized Taiwan as an independent country by now.

  • Andrew Sullivan should stop giving a pass to Sam Harris and Bill Maher's bigotry
  • Read the genocidal sermon a notable Atlanta rabbi gave this Rosh Hashanah
    • Mooser,

      I am under the impression that a religious congregation goes well beyond who owns the deed for the building in which they meet. I do not know how Jewish religious or quasi-religious institutions are set up. I know that if I enter a religious institution and hear speech from officials that seems unethical or inaccurate, I don't go back again. I understand that some people have a stronger need for a feeling of community among their co-religionists. I do not feel this need, and it has kept me from any regular attendance in any religious group. I enter Buddhist temples, Taoist temples, and Christian churches from time to time. The last time I entered a Christian church was for a Thanksgiving celebration that included an abbreviated religious service followed by a pot-luck dinner. I should mention that I live in Taiwan, and the service was part of a bilingual Christian church organization and was held in English. The pastor, or minister (an American), read something from the Bible and then gave an informal explanation, what they called a "homily" in the Catholic Church of my youth. I was shocked and appalled as he described the Pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving, living among the American Indians who "did not know God". Now I have read a bit about the Native Americans, and they DID KNOW God, and they had a more organic and natural relationship with God than most Christians I know. Although I enjoyed the dinner and the company of some nice people that evening, I was unable to go back to that church again. If I were a congregant in Etz Chaim, I would have to do the same and never return. Conversely, if being a member of the congregation were a high priority for me, I would try to take action to have the Rabbi expelled. What if I had been a congregant longer than the Rabbi had held a position in the synagogue. Who is coming into whose house here?

      Frankie P

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