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I lived in Lebanon for six years when I was a little child. My first memory is of Palestinian refugees who brought their babies to my parents' apartment, to get infant formula that my mother gave them. Almost 60 years have passed, and I have had a happy life. I am a grandmother, still enjoy my work as a registered nurse, and yet in all these decades, the suffering of the Palestinians at the hands of Israel has continued.

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  • The New York Times fails to fact-check Clinton's propaganda on Gaza
    • This is an excellent letter, which is why the NYT will probably not print it. Many thanks for this, Donald!

  • Sanders slams Clinton for ignoring Palestinian needs and thinking Netanyahu is 'right all the time'
    • This is interesting: "What Jews Kvetch About When They Kvetch About Bernie Sanders."

      From the article:

      Jewish establishment institutions and press outlets affiliated with them played a direct role in discrediting Simone Zimmerman in the short time she occupied her position with the Sanders campaign. The organized Jewish community in America chooses not to make room for the growing number of Jewish millennials like Ms. Zimmerman who are engaged with their Jewish identities and care deeply about the future of the Jewish people and of Israel. The way in which many Jewish millennials express their care for Israel by its very definition involves critique of Israel’s rapid slide toward nationalist-religious extremism, its discriminatory treatment of its Arab citizens and Palestinians, and its increasingly intolerant attitudes to its own civil society that chooses the path of dissent. The attack on Ms. Zimmerman reflects both the generational shift in dialogue surrounding Israel, and the failure of Jewish institutions to understand and productively embrace it.

  • Sanders hires a Jewish critic of Israel, as Clinton gets 'Daily News' nod as 'warrior realist'
    • Thanks, Citizen. I thought this was interesting:

      From "What Jews Kvetch About When They Kvetch About Bernie Sanders."

      Jewish establishment institutions and press outlets affiliated with them played a direct role in discrediting Simone Zimmerman in the short time she occupied her position with the Sanders campaign. The organized Jewish community in America chooses not to make room for the growing number of Jewish millennials like Ms. Zimmerman who are engaged with their Jewish identities and care deeply about the future of the Jewish people and of Israel. The way in which many Jewish millennials express their care for Israel by its very definition involves critique of Israel’s rapid slide toward nationalist-religious extremism, its discriminatory treatment of its Arab citizens and Palestinians, and its increasingly intolerant attitudes to its own civil society that chooses the path of dissent. The attack on Ms. Zimmerman reflects both the generational shift in dialogue surrounding Israel, and the failure of Jewish institutions to understand and productively embrace it.

    • I have been phonebanking for Bernie Sanders, and for the past few days I have been calling people in New York. Today I talked with a man who said that while he had intended to vote for Sanders on April 19, he could no longer vote for Sanders because Sanders had shown a lack of support for Israel by hiring Simone Zimmerman.

      This man, who was in his 40's, sounded sad as well as angry. Cognitive dissonance can be very painful.

  • Hebron settlers file complaint against Palestinian who filmed execution
    • @eljay: "Zio-supremacist Jews believe they are entitled to do unto others acts of injustice and immorality they would not have others do unto them."

      That is pretty much it; Zionism in a nutshell.

  • Zionism is finally in the news, as officials seek to conflate anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism
    • This is a wonderful question, but I don't think it would ever occur to anyone in the mainstream media.

    • From the article:

      Here’s what Bernie Sanders said when Chris Hayes of MSNBC asked him last night if BDS is anti-semitic.

      Not to see that there is some level of anti-Semitism involved in that [movement] would be a mistake.

      This is what Bernie Sanders actually said, after Chris Hayes asked him if he thought it was fair for Hillary Clinton to link BDS with antisemitism:

      "There is some of that, absolutely. Israel has done some very bad things. So has every other country on earth. I think if people want to attack Israel for their policies, I think that is fair game. But not to appreciate that there is some level of antisemitism around the world involved in that, I think, would be a mistake."

      It seems to me that Bernie Sanders is saying "there is some level of antisemitism around the world" involved in attacking "Israel for their policies," though attacking Israel for their policies is "fair game."

  • Trump abandons 'neutral' Israel position, Sanders adopts it
  • Read the speech Bernie Sanders planned to give to AIPAC
  • 'Do we get to win this time?': Trump foreign policy appeal based on revenge for Iraq War failure
  • Trump 'has no business being president' because he would be 'neutral' to Israel -- Clinton tells AIPAC
  • 'NYT' finally mentions 'Goliath' -- in rightwing ad smearing Max Blumenthal
  • Sanders will not attend AIPAC, offers to share remarks
    • I'm feeling hopeful tonight, echinococcus.

    • The candidate with integrity will do his best to avoid being pulled down by this trap, I hope.

    • If drastic, immediate action is not taken on climate change, the Palestinians, and all the rest of us, have no future.

      If corporate and elitist control of the U.S. government is not eliminated, the Palestinians, like the rest of us, have no future.

      Bernie Sanders is the only candidate who wants to take immediate, drastic action on those two issues, which are really one issue, since the lack of effective action on climate change is a result of corporate control of our government.

      That's why all I want Bernie Sanders to do is to avoid stirring up the Zionists, who are slavering for an pretext to smother the Sanders campaign with deafening cries of "antisemitism" from now until the Democratic convention.

    • @Eric: "This meek letter to AIPAC proves Sanders will be no better on I/P, should he become President, than all the others."

      "Meek letter?" It's just an ordinary, polite letter, and doesn't "prove" anything.

      Given the realities of politics in the U.S., Sanders would deliberately provoke the Zionists only if he wanted to destroy his campaign.

    • According to his letter, Sanders is sending AIPAC the letter on Monday. Today is Saturday.

      Isn't it a little early to start criticizing him for not releasing a letter that he has not even sent yet?

  • Zionism's long and rich history of delegitimizing Palestinians
    • @yonahfredman: "Most Zionists who seek dialogue accept humanitarianism, but also cite realism and practicality as other (higher) priorities."

      Thanks, yonah, that pretty much sums up what I think, too, but this is how I would say it: Zionists accept the humanitarian precepts of Judaism (Rabbi Hillel's famous teaching, the prophets, the Ten Commandments, etc.) except when those precepts get in the way of ethnically cleansing the Palestinians and stealing their land.

      In this way, the Zionist Jews are like most Bible-thumpers anywhere, adhering to their faith except when it inconveniences them. No wonder Jews are so completely assimilated in the U.S.!

      I think you are saying also said that what Jews have in common is ethnicity, or maybe "group consciousness," but in any case, not religion, and that is what I think, too, since, obviously, the Jews in Israel mock Judaism every single day of every year.

  • Palestinians grapple with knife attacks as violence enters fifth month
    • Seriously, Mayhem? No justification for Palestinian attacks on Israelis?

      Do you mean that the Palestinians should not retaliate for the crimes of Israeli Jews against them, because Palestinians are less than human and have no right to fight back?

      Or do you mean that Israeli Jews are somehow so special that they must never suffer the consequences of their own actions?

    • Herchel, I think we can all agree that Jewish Israelis have made a science out of perfecting and refining a "special level of savagery," and an art of whining about the blowback that they trigger.

    • Abierno, great comment, but saying "No one--either Israeli or Palestinian--condones violence..." is absurd.

      Maybe you meant to say that no Israelis condone Palestinian retaliatory violence against Israeli violence?

  • 'What certainly influenced me' to support Iraq war, Clinton says, was Bush's billions of aid to NYC
    • Thank you for your reply, tree. I'm glad I'm not running for office!

      About Hillary's Chelsea story, her Northern Ireland story, and her Bosnia story--there is evidence that the Chelsea and Northern Ireland stories are indeed untrue. The Bosnia story is untrue and hard to explain away.

      Chelsea: I read the story you linked to at Media Matters, and you're right, Hillary didn't say Chelsea only just avoided death on 9/11. This is from the Today Show transcript of Sept. 18, 2001:

      PAULEY: Tuesday morning, Senator Hillary Clinton's first thought when the second plane hit was terrorists. Her next thought was Chelsea, who was not only in New York, but staying downtown.

      CLINTON: She'd gone, what she thought would be just a great jog. She was going to go down to Battery Park, she was going to go around the towers. She went to get a cup of coffee and -- and that's when the plane hit.

      PAULEY: She was close enough to hear the rumble.

      CLINTON: She did hear it.

      PAULEY: And to see the smoke in person, not on television.

      CLINTON: No. Of course, Bill was in Australia. And, you know, he was so upset by what he was seeing on television that I didn't want to tell him that I couldn't find her until I found her...

      Hillary knew, from talking with Chelsea, that Chelsea had not gone for that jog, and instead was in her friend's apartment near Union Square. Her friend called her to turn on the television after the first plane had hit, and Chelsea watched the second plane crash into WTC Bldg. 2 on tv.

      (Chelsea) Clinton had been staying with her high school friend Nicole Davison in her apartment near Union Square for a few days in September before she went to England to study at Oxford. After they had coffee together, Davison went to work and Clinton returned to the apartment.

      Davison called Clinton with the news of the first plane that crashed into the World Trade Center. Clinton turned on the television and watched the second plane crash into the second WTC tower,...

      Why did Hillary imply that Chelsea had gone on that jog and was getting coffee somewhere when the plane hit? Did she not remember what happened, one week later, or was she deliberately misleading her audience? Rather tricksy.

      Northern Ireland And about her role in peacemaking in Northern Ireland. According to NPR, Hillary herself said that the role she played was "instrumental."

      On the campaign trail, Clinton has touted her foreign policy experience and told NPR that she has represented the U.S. government in more than 80 countries, including working in Northern Ireland.

      She explains that she went there with State Department officials, as a part of the team that included principal negotiators who were under the authority of her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

      "I wasn't sitting at the negotiating table, but the role I played was instrumental," she tells Inskeep.

      And this article in Mother Jones, "Prominent Irish Historian: Clinton Is "Silly" To Say She Was Instrumental in Peace Accords," tells why.

      Bosnia: Hillary told her dramatic, but false, Bosnia story three different times during her 2008 campaign. It wasn't just a one-off mistake, it was rich in (false) detail when she told it, and obviously she was not just mixing up an experience in Yugoslavia with the experience in Bosnia. If she had been mixing up the two experiences, the story she told would have been about peacefully meeting and greeting on the tarmac, which is what happened in both instances.

      These are only a few of the times Hillary has "misspoken," as she calls it.

      I do accept what you say, that what really happened is that Hillary, having experienced Bush's keeping his word about providing funds for NYC, believed what Bush said about the Iraq resolution, and therefore voted for it. However, in her statement, Hillary said:

      My vote is not, however, a vote for any new doctrine of preemption or for unilateralism or for the arrogance of American power or purpose.” A vote for the resolution, she argued, “is not a vote to rush to war; it is a vote that puts awesome responsibility in the hands of our president. And we say to him: Use these powers wisely and as a last resort.”

      Obviously, she was thinking about "preemption," and how the resolution could lead to preemption. Preemptive war. Apparently she thought that the U.S. has the right to decide what weapons other countries can have, just as, since then, she has thought that the U.S. has the right to decide what governments such countries as Libya and Honduras may have.

      I voted for Ralph Nader in 2004, and wish I had voted for him again in 2008, but against my better judgment I voted for Obama because he is black. I was a girl in Texas under Jim Crow, so when Obama won, I wept with joy. I have regretted my vote ever since, beginning before his inauguration, when he said nothing as Israel killed 1300 Palestinians in Gaza.

      I intend to do a better job of reading and understanding before I reply to comments, and I am grateful to you for the time you have put into discussing this with me, tree.

    • But you are right, tree, that it is unfair to say that Hillary was bribed into voting for the Iraq resolution.

    • Tree, you are right that people do not remember things exactly, but remembering landing in Bosnia under "sniper fire" when nothing like that happened is not normal, just as it was not normal for Hillary to say that her daughter only just avoided death on 9/11 when that was not the case. It was also not normal to say that Nancy Reagan did anything positive in the fight against AIDS; the Reagans' inaction was a national scandal that no-one who cared about all the dying people can have forgotten.

      It is normal to "remember" that you had steel-cut oats for breakfast a few days ago, though it was really granola. It is not normal to remember that you ate crusts of moldy bread in an alley when actually you ate granola at your own kitchen table.

      You're right, I shouldn't have said that Bush didn't want to provide money to help NYC, since actually it was some Republicans in Congress who objected to that.

      The story right now is that Hillary thought that she could trust Bush, and voted for pre-emptive war, because Bush resisted Republican opposition and came through with funds to "rebuild" NYC .

      The story used to be (as in the Slate article) that Hillary voted for the Iraq resolution in order to strengthen Bush's use of diplomacy. In her remarks, Hillary said (from the Slate article):

      My vote is not, however, a vote for any new doctrine of preemption or for unilateralism or for the arrogance of American power or purpose.” A vote for the resolution, she argued, “is not a vote to rush to war; it is a vote that puts awesome responsibility in the hands of our president. And we say to him: Use these powers wisely and as a last resort.”

      Who can even read such nonsense without snickering? Or feeling sick? "Use these powers wisely and as a last resort.??!!!" She was talking about G.W. Bush, and she was talking about authorizing a pre-emptive war, though as a lawyer she must have known that pre-emptive war is the worst crime of all.

      For me, this is a story about Hillary's poor judgment, but her continuing inability to remember important events with some accuracy is very concerning. The alternative explanation, that Hillary just lies, is not reassuring to me. Like you, I object to lying.

    • Tree, do you really believe Hillary when she says that President Bush didn't want to give NYC funds for reconstruction after 9/11? I don't, I think that's absurd, given the public sentiment at the time. There is no way that NYC was not going to get the money.

      But if you're right, and Hillary really did risk so much because she "trusted" a known liar and fool like G.W. Bush, it's even worse than if it was just a quid pro quo. It's scary, especially when you consider Hillary's record of "remembering" things that didn't actually happen.

      Such as: landing under sniper fire in Bosnia, Chelsea was "jogging around the World Trade Center on 9/11, and happened to duck into a coffee shop as the airplanes hit, she and Bill were "dead broke" when they left the White House, she was named after Sir Edmund Hillary, she was instrumental in the North Ireland peace process, Nancy Reagan helped in the fight against AIDS... And more. All false.

      It makes no sense to tell lies that are so readily discovered now that everyone has internet access, so why does Hillary do it? She really should have a neurological exam to rule out a cognitive disorder.

      Cognitive disorder or poor judgment? We don't know, but neither is reassuring, and neither is what anyone wants to see in the POTUS. It's not about sexism.

      I don't care if "28 other Democrats (and all but one Republican), including Kerry, Biden and Dodd also voted for the Iraq war. If even people like me and the other millions who demonstrated all around the world to demand NO WAR ON IRAQ could tell that the war on Iraq would be a horrific mistake, then there is no excuse for Hillary's poor judgment. Unless she does have a cognitive disorder, in which case, she should not be in a leadership position. It's not about sexism, it's about the lives of everyone on this earth.

  • Netanyahu slams Abbas in wake of killing of American tourist
  • In bid for Adelson's millions, Rubio announces braintrust of pro-Israel old-timers
    • Annie, I was watching then, it was thrilling! I'm so glad I wasn't watching CNN or the others:

      3. The performance of the press has been abysmal. Watching CNN and MSNBC last night was painful, as was reading the Washington Post or the New York Times this morning. The TV coverage was of a piece with all other 2016 election coverage. Last night FOX, CNN and MSNBC kept cameras glued on Trump for 40 minutes as he delivered a bizarre, rambling rant in which he talked about himself, his opponents and some steaks he was either selling or giving away.

      As Bernie made history, CNN kept sending poor John King to its political trivia JumboTron to relate what various Michigan counties did in primaries or caucuses eight or 20 years ago. An MSNBC panel consisting of Brian Williams, Rachel Maddow, Gene Robinson, Lawrence O’Donnell and Chuck Todd dove right into a discussion of who Hillary might choose as her running mate; an actual progressive perhaps, given Bernie’s little showing in Michigan. They agreed it would probably be Elizabeth Warren, who sat this one out; or Sherrod Brown, the Ohio populist whose wife they all knew and liked. Really. The segment closed with everyone sharing a laugh about how mad Brown’s wife would be to hear them flatter her. The hour ended with Maddow summarizing the state of play this way: “The frontrunners had a good night.” This morning the Times led the story this way: “Senator Bernie Sanders’s defeat of Hillary Clinton prolongs a race she seemed to have locked up, although she won Mississippi handily.” He sure did.

      That's from "It should be over for Hillary: Party elites and MSNBC can’t prop her up after Bernie’s Michigan miracle," by Bill Curry, who was White House counselor to President Clinton. Worth reading.

    • @Annie Robbins: "it’s a farce. the mainstream media is a complete farce. and cnn is worse.

      Exactly. The pro-Hillary election coverage on NPR or CNN is so annoying. I have finally found a much better alternative.

      Yesterday I listened online to "The Young Turks" live election coverage, which was free, on and enjoyed it very much--very interesting and informative, and even, sometimes, funny.

  • Neocon savages Christie for failing 'months and months of careful coaching' by foreign policy experts
    • Perhaps because many people in South Sudan have fought epic battles with the Guinea worm, they have fully bought in to the eradication campaign. They’ve even contributed to the technology. The original water filters featured a pour-through system, which forced villagers to use multiple vessels when they wanted a simple drink of water.

      It was a villager—not a Western doctor or engineer—who eventually realized that an ordinary straw fitted with a tiny disk of nylon would be more effective. Since that small adjustment, water filters have become part of life in communities plagued with Guinea worm.

      It's about education and outreach.

      "Guinea worm disease can be transmitted only by drinking contaminated water, and can be completely prevented through two relatively simple measures:

      Prevent people from drinking contaminated water containing the Cyclops copepod (water flea), which can be seen in clear water as swimming white specks.

      Drink water drawn only from sources free from contamination, such as a borehole or wells.

      Filter all drinking water, using a fine-mesh cloth filter like nylon, to remove the guinea worm-containing crustaceans. Regular cotton cloth folded over a few times is an effective filter.

      Filter the water through ceramic or sand filters.

      Boil the water.

      Develop new sources of drinking water without the parasites, or repair dysfunctional water sources.

      Treat water sources with larvicides to kill the water fleas.

    • Even more impressive than his work with Habitat for Humanity has been President Carter's campaign against the Guinea worm, a horrifying parasite that tunnels its way through the body. Guinea worm disease is grotesque and extremely painful.

      Carter got involved in Guinea worm eradication after an encounter in Ghana in the early 1980s. "He told me about being in Ghana and seeing a young woman who was cradling her breast. He thought she was nursing a child and went over to the woman. He wanted to meet the child. When he went to her, he realized she was in excruciating pain. There was a worm emerging from her breast." Eventually it turned out she had 11 worms emerging from her body. ...

      The Carter Center's efforts to eliminate Guinea worm have been impressive. When their program started in the mid-1980s, there was an estimated 3.5 million cases in over 20 countries around the world. In 2014, there were just 126 cases for the entire year affecting just four countries: Chad, Ethiopia, Mali and South Sudan.

  • US writer Kristian Davis Bailey is racially profiled, arrested, strip-searched, detained, silenced, traumatized on trip to Palestine
    • @rightcoaster: "I think there are pills for such OCD, but evidently nobody here is medicating with them.

      The problem is really that few commenters here are taking the Ziocaine as prescribed by Dr. StandwithIsrael. At billions of dollars a year, it is too expensive, and the side-effects are truly horrifying.

  • 'In every important way Israel has failed'-- leading American Zionist says No mas
    • @yonah: "Most of the people I grew up with feel no qualms about celebrating the fifth of Iyar, Israeli independence day. I have mixed feelings on that day. "

      Mixed feelings? Jews form a state through ethnic cleansing, massacres, and terrorism, and your feelings are "mixed"?

      Are you trying to say that unlike most of the people you grew up with, you are not morally dead yet?

    • @yonah: "kris- why do you not embrace your identity as a hater of Judaism, which is after all, one of the earliest forms of antisemitism."

      Please read my comment again, yonah. What I said was that you excuse horrible cruelty when it benefits Jews. I say this based on your comments here at mondoweiss. Is it "antisemitic" to say this?

      Is it fair to call what the Jews in Israel/Palestine have been doing for 70+ years "Judaism"?

    • It's okay, yonah, don't work so hard, we get it. You rejoice at the triumph of Zionist Jews, which is based on Palestinian suffering, but you also feel a tiny bit of discomfort about it because you are such a nice guy.

      It is like being happy about Passover, when Jewish babies were spared while so many non-Jewish babies were killed, or Purim, when Jews avoided massacre, and celebrated by killing thousands of non-Jews. It is about prioritizing. Duh.

  • Israel's ethnic cleansing of its parliament
    • @jon66: "It's actually not usual to include the descendants of refugees. It's a case of Palestinian exceptionalism. "

      Really? Where did this information come from?

      Others here have demonstrated that your statement was not true, and provided you with citations for their information, so you can investigate further.

      It is easy to provide links to sources, and makes the discussion more interesting and informative, so please help us out by providing links to evidence for what you assert.

  • Jews aren't special
    • Try reading more carefully, Grover. Kay24 refers to "the zionist Jews." The Zionist Jews are just like the Nazis, and maybe even worse, as evidenced by decades of their inhuman cruelty to the Palestinians.

      This caught my attention today: . Not only do the Israeli Jews destroy Palestinian homes, animal sheds, children's pets, etc., and steal the belongings of these impoverished families, but they even spray herbicides on fields of spinach, parsley, and peas.

      Slow-motion holocaust.

      Maybe you should take some time to read a few years' worth of "Today in Palestine" by Kate, here on mondoweiss. You could start with this: .

    • @hophmi: "Oh please. Yet another accusation here at Mondoweiss blaming Jews for the hatred directed toward them. What bullshit. What bigotry."

      You don't think that "Jews possess an inherently ethnic characteristic" that makes everyone else (supposedly) hate them? You have always denied that the behavior of some Jews might be what antagonizes non-Jews. What IS there besides the mysterious characteristic or the behavior? How do you explain "the hatred directed toward" Jews?

  • Videos: Proof of Sanders's lifelong anti-racist activism breaks on eve of Nevada Caucus
    • @tree: "What makes her so much worse than most of the bozos we have running for high office today?What makes her so much worse than Bush, Trump or Cruz or Obama or Sanders for that matter? Not much. Just her gender...

      I have been thinking about your comment all day, tree, and I can't see how Hillary is being treated unfairly. It seems to me that the Hillary crowd plays the "sexism" card in the same way that Zionists play the "antisemitic" card, to deflect valid criticism.

      We have had to watch Hillary's unprincipled, untruthful, and grasping behavior play out before our eyes for so many decades, and now she is being presented as somehow having a "right" to the nomination. Many people resent having her forced down their throats, and dislike the idea of political dynasties in this country. I don't think it's about her being a woman, just as criticism of Israel is not being Jewish. It's about behavior.

      From her first date with Bill, as law students, when they crossed a janitors' picket line and offered to scab by picking up trash in order to get into an art exhibit, to her recent stint as Secretary of State (she was Obama's most hawkish advisor, pushing war and regime change), Hillary has demonstrated a lack of concern for less fortunate people.

      She supports the death penalty, though she knows that people who can't afford good lawyers don't get fair trials, and many innocent people have been executed, or have spent much of their lives on death row. She does not want to take marijuana off the federal drug schedule, even though she knows that so many poor people of color are rotting away in prison for nonviolent drug offenses; until very recently, Hillary was still taking money from the for-profit prison industry, which depends on the incarceration of nonviolent drug offenders.

      As Secretary of State, Hillary enabled the coup in Honduras, and when the country became so dangerous that poor families were spending all they had to send their children on the terrifying journey with smugglers to "safety" in the U.S., Hillary supported arresting the children and sending them back to Honduras, possibly to their deaths, in order to "send a message." Hillary thought it was witty to say, as she did several different times, "We came, we saw, he died!" of Colonel Khaddafi, who was sodomized with a bayonet. Hillary likes to talk tough.

      Hillary is full of admiration for war criminals such as Madeline Allbright, Henry Kissinger, and Netanyahu. Her idea of saving the planet consists of switching to natural gas and encouraging homeowners to buy solar panels. She has promoted fracking all over the world and continues to suppport it. She opposes mandatory labeling of GMO foods, though 64 countries including the entire E.U. and China have mandatory GMO labeling.

      She opposes reinstatement of Glass-Steagall, has taken more than $1 Billion from banks, big corporations and Super PACs, and supports the Keystone XL Pipeline. She and Bill have built a huge personal fortune by giving speeches to corporations, for enormous amounts of money. What can Hillary possibly have to say that is worth $250,000 or $300,000 for one speech? Nothing. What she has to peddle is influence, and there is nothing attractive about watching someone on the take.

      She claims she told Wall Street "to cut it out," but refuses to release the transcripts of her $250,000 speeches, and people who heard her speak do not remember that she offered any criticism of Wall Street's illegal and unethical activities. (I hope you have seen "The Big Short"! What a great movie!)

      President Hillary says she would "get things done" with her Republican colleagues, and it is true; they are all being paid off by the same corporations and other big donors. Billl Clinton "got things done," too. It was only thanks to the Monica Lewinski scandal that Bill didn't manage to
      "save" Social Security by putting part of it into "individual accounts." Unfortunately for U.S. workers, Bill did get NAFTA passed, resulting in the loss of so many union jobs. Hillary has been a big advocate of the TPP, aka "NAFTA on steroids."

      Several times she told the story of landing in Bosnia "under fire" and having to run to a vehicle for safety, although news footage shot at the time clearly showed that there was no "fire" or danger of any kind, and not only did she not "run" anywhere, she hung out on the tarmac, meeting and greeting dignitaries and school children. Either Hillary is untruthful, or she has a serious problem with her memory. Like President Reagan, who was an actor in a war movie, and subsequently "remembered" that he had fought in the war.

      There are many more criticisms of Hillary, of course, but these are the ones I have. If you see sexism here, please identify it for me.

    • Kathleen,

      Here's a taste of the Nevada caucuses. The caucus system is designed to promote manipulation by the party leadership.

    • German Lefty,

      I shared this video because Annie said she was "bummed," and I thought this might help. I didn't mean to imply that you can judge a politician by his/her spouse.

      I am an active Bernie supporter, and I am also afraid for him and his family. Losing is not the worst thing that can happen, and my disappointment if Bernie loses is much less than my relief that he will return safely to his normal life and such a loving relationship.

  • Israeli interrogators threatened to rape al-Qiq and his family-- so he launched hunger strike, lawyer says
    • Would it be okay if a Palestinian scholar were to announce that only rape can stop Jewish Israeli atrocities and human rights abuses?

  • Without international pressure, and now, Al-Qiq will die, says former hunger striker
    • I can't stop thinking about Muhammed Al-Qeq’, dying in such agony, handcuffed to the siderails of his bed as if on a cross, not allowed even to see his young wife and children. The same age as one of my sons, and the same age that Jesus was when the Jewish leaders demanded that the Romans crucify Him.

      Israeli Jews and their supporters are proud of their exceptional aptitude for cruelty and injustice, but even so, why would they stage a crucifixion during Lent, when Christians are reflecting on the book of Matthew and trying to gloss over the role of the Jewish leaders in killing Christ?

      Obviously they know how fast these videos will spread on the internet.

      My guess is that Israeli Jews are hoping to provoke attacks on Jews, so they can claim "anti-semitism."

    • @jon s: "The Anti-Semitic illustration reminds me of Carlos Latuff’s “Palestinian Pieta”."

      I'd like you to know how much I appreciate your comments, jon s. My weakness is that I tend to like everyone, and without the self-referential, vicious comments of Zionists like you, I might forget for a moment to hate Israel. Thanks for keeping me on track.

      This poor young father is dying in intense pain, handcuffed to a bed, reminiscent of Christ on the cross. Yet what you see is (gasp!) "anti-semitism."

      The crucifiction of this innocent man by Israeli Jews will be shared on facebook all over the world, and will not be forgotten.

  • Trump says he must be 'neutral' on Israel/Palestine, then slags Palestinians as anti-Semites
    • Trump appears to have orange skin.

    • I was with a very prominent Israeli the other day and he said it’s impossible because the other side has been trained from the time they’re children to hate Jewish people.

      I thought no one had to be "trained to hate Jewish people," since there is this something (though it can not be defined, and no-one will tell us what it is) about Jews that elicits "antisemitism" just as pepper elicits sneezes. It is some kind of normal human reflex, according to Zionists, and is why Jews need a back-up state and should not be criticized for the kinds of crimes against humanity that would land anyone else in prison.

      The Zionists who post on mondoweiss have been very clear about this.

  • Tunnels remain Hamas' most strategic asset in the Gaza Strip
    • Jon66, "That’s the approach Hamas takes. Their people obviously support that. "

      A disappointing non-answer to my question.

      In your Commenter Profile, you say that you are "interested in a peaceful solution ; that is why I was asking you what you think would be a better strategy for the Palestinians.

      Miscommunication is a major cause of errors, though, and I just realized I may not understand what you mean by "a peaceful solution." I was assuming that peaceful includes just, but this may not be what you mean.

    • @jon66: "The news reports seem optimistic about a Turkish-Israeli deal to open the Gaza ports."

      The news related to such talks was leaked to the Israeli press in mid-December, ushering in a preliminary agreement between the two countries. Since then the negotiations over easing the blockade on Gaza – a key Turkish demand – are ongoing.

      Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan last week told a group of Turkish journalists that Turkey would agree upon some flexible solutions to the Gaza problem, such as allowing Turkish goods, including construction material, to enter Gaza and docking a Turkish ship at a Gaza port to compensate for energy shortages in the city.

      It doesn't sound as if "opening the Gaza ports" is being considered. No surprise there, since Israel won't even stop their unprovoked attacks on Palestinian fishermen, shepherds, and farmers.

      Israeli military officials say they plan to carry out "preemptive" attacks on Gaza soon. I don't see how it is "lighting one candle" to rebuild bombed-out houses that Israel will just destroy again anyway.

      Why wouldn't it be a better use of their meagre resources for the Palestinians to capture as many Jewish Israeli soldiers as possible, given that Israel places a very high value on Jewish lives and no value on Palestinian lives?

    • Jon66, my comment, above, was brief, so maybe you didn't see it: Maybe you could explain what you think the Palestinians should do. Rebuild a small fraction of the destroyed houses in Gaza, and then what?

      I hope you will take a minute to answer my question. Thanks.

    • @jon66: "I did not say that that the concrete used for tunnels would rebuild all of Gaza. I have no idea of the number of homes that might have been built with the concrete,wires,etc, but is not zero."

      Maybe you could explain what you think the Palestinians should do. Rebuild a small fraction of the destroyed houses in Gaza, and then what?

  • Hillary Clinton once dreamed of 'revenge' on Kissinger for Vietnam 'carnage'. Then she got over it
    • "Idealism" isn't a word I would associate with Hillary Clinton, at any age. On her first date with Bill, Hillary and Bill crossed the picket lines of Local 35, the blue collar union at Yale.

      As Clinton later recalled:

      "We both had wanted to see a Mark Rothko exhibit at the Yale Art Gallery but, because of a labor dispute, some of the university's buildings, including the museum, were closed. As Bill and I walked by, he decided he could get us in if we offered to pick up the litter that had accumulated in the gallery's courtyard. Watching him talk our way in was the first time I saw his persuasiveness in action. We had the entire museum to ourselves. ..."

      The relationship between Rodham and Clinton, two instrumental figures in the decoupling of the Democratic Party from the priorities of the mainstream labor movement, thus began with the crossing of a picket line.

      The Clintons crossed a picket line, and offered to scab.

  • Video: Scenes from a bloody Sunday in Palestine
    • Thanks, DaBakr, for putting this into perspective.

      An elderly disabled Jewish wheelchair-bound man was victimized decades ago, so it was okay for the IDF thug to push over a Palestinian in a wheelchair this week.

      Also, Anne Frank died when she was a teenager, so it was okay for the IDF to murder this Palestinian girl. Which is why it is okay for anyone to kill anyone, at any time. Right?

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