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  • Schumer and Dems outdo Trump at AIPAC-- there's no peace because 'Palestinians don't believe in Torah'
    • Each Jew can read the Old Book, by him/herself, and take away whatever seems relevant. Sure, some Jews find a real-estate deed; but that's what they're looking for. Early USAmericans found God's approval of chattel slavery. So what? That's not 'Judaism'; that's only: a very old book, containing ancient ideas. Nazis could easily have found God's approval of genocide, there, if needed. Maybe they did. Puritans of the Massachusetts Colony certainly did. It's an historically-interesting tome, filled with some beautiful poetry and lots of crazy old crap. It's a book, written/edited by many different people, who told the truest myths they could imagine, in their time. The Palestinian 'Arabs'--who are possibly descendants of the biblical 'Israelites'--reject European occupiers; which they'd do, regardless of which foreign settler-colonialists showed up. If some folks believe that God wants them to possess other people's land; that's a big problem, for everybody else. Everyone can believe whatever they want; but, if they make trouble, they'll get trouble. As the Old Book says, "Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall." AIPAC's clearly asking for it; and, no doubt, God will accommodate.

  • Identity as pathology
    • It was the first-generation Americans, the children of the Eastern European Jewish immigrants, who were both: 1) ashamed of their Yiddish, so didn't pass it on to their own children, while continuing to speak it themselves with their parents and siblings; and, 2) embraced Jewish Nationalism while remaining Americans, sending their children to study Hebrew in after-school though they themselves neither spoke it, nor intended their kids to become Israelis. American Zionism thus seems to have been all about resolving their status-anxiety as immigrant-raised Americans. Now that their children and grandchildren are secure in American identity, Jewish Nationalism is coming to be recognized as the aberrant reaction it always really was; while planetary evolution is rediscovered as our true heritage.

  • In calling for end of Jewish state, Avraham Burg is painted as 'troublemaker' at liberal NY synagogue
    • The 'troublemakers' of early Zionism--the small group called 'Brit Shalom' (Covenant of Peace), later 'Ihud' (Union), including most notably Martin Buber and Judah Magnes, of Hebrew University--were promoting this same idea: a single, bi-national state, with autonomous-yet-co-dwelling communities of Jews and Arabs. They were seriously hated by most other 'Palestinian' Jews, of course, who simply wanted the Arabs to get 'relocated' elsewhere. But those few eggheads could clearly see, Jewish hegemony in Palestine wasn't a long-term sustainable path. After Britain gave up the mandate, Magnes flew to Washington DC and begged Truman to take it up and facilitate transition to a bi-national political order, which the Brits had never wanted to do. But, because Democrats needed the Jewish vote, in NY and Chicago...Truman pissed the chance away. Magnes predicted two centuries of war between Jews and Arabs, in the event of the establishment of a Jewish state in Palestine; and, so far, his prediction seems clear-sighted. I guess the take-away is: proclaim your truth, no matter how much abuse is heaped on your head; because, someday, in the far future, people will say, "Yeah, those few nuts, as it turns out, they were actually the wise men, crying in the wilderness."

  • Israeli publisher slams US ambassador for 'perpetuating apartheid' in West Bank
    • The model of an ethno-state, isn't really of much use, to Jews in pluralist democracies. Zionists, like Frelich, seem surprised that American Jews would consider Israel in terms of relevance to our own situation; but, why wouldn't we? A bi-national state would've been far more relevant, and therefor interesting, to us. Unfortunately, most early American Zionists, who should've known better, simply caved to the European Zionists with their racial-nationalist worldview. I can't blame the Europeans for being what they were. It was Americans betraying their own values, who blew it. Really a tragic waste of an historic opportunity to create an holistic multihomesland.

  • No one cares about intermarriage anymore
    • It gets worse than that. It's actually only 1%, for heteros; and less than .1%, for gays. That's relatively (if not absolutely) pretty slim pickings. Also, tribal in-breeding can't be quite healthy, in the long run. Better let Nature do Her thing. After all, Jews aren't a race--we're an attitude.

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