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  • Israel declares itself apartheid state, and gov'ts must hold it accountable -- Omar Barghouti
  • 'This is our state, the Jewish state.... our nation, language and flag' --Netanyahu triumphs with new law
    • Must watch:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxetitXCApY

      Video:

      Palestinian advocate, Noura Erakat, interviewed by the Australia Broadcasting Corporation
      July 17/18

    • @Elliot

      Well and truly stated!!!

    • @Emet

      "...the place where Arabs are at the most democratically secure is in Israel. "

      Utter nonsense!!

      The entity known as “Israel,” i.e., west of the green line, is not and has never been a democracy. It is and has always has been an ethnocracy, i.e., a political structure in which the state apparatus is appropriated by a dominant ethnic group to further its interests, power and resources. In short, apartheid.

      To wit:
      Hendrik Verwoerd, then prime minister of South Africa and the architect of South Africa’s apartheid policies, 1961: “Israel, like South Africa, is an apartheid state.” (Rand Daily Mail, November 23, 1961)

      Jacobus Johannes Fouché, South African Minister of Defence during the apartheid era, compared the two states and said that Israel also practiced apartheid. (Gideon Shimoni (1980). Jews and Zionism: The South African Experience 1910-1967. Cape Town: Oxford UP. pp. 310–336. ISBN 0195701798.

      “Former Foreign Ministry director-general invokes South Africa comparisons. ‘Joint Israel-West Bank’ reality is an apartheid state”
      EXCERPT: “Similarities between the ‘original apartheid’ as it was practiced in South Africa and the situation in ISRAEL [my emphasis] and the West Bank today ‘scream to the heavens,’ added [Alon] Liel, who was Israel’s ambassador in Pretoria from 1992 to 1994. There can be little doubt that the suffering of Palestinians is not less intense than that of blacks during apartheid-era South Africa, he asserted.” (Times of Israel, February 21, 2013)

      Video: Israeli TV Host Implores Israelis: Wake Up and Smell the Apartheid
      https://www.youtube.com/wat…

      In its 2015 Country Report on Human Rights Practices for Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories, published in 2016, the U.S. Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor acknowledges the “institutional and societal discrimination against Arab citizens of Israel.”

      “Construction, Not Destruction”
      “While Israeli Arabs constitute 20 percent of the population, Arab communities’ jurisdictions occupy just 2.5 percent of the state’s land area, and the process of approving new construction in Arab towns takes decades.” (Haaretz Editorial, April 4, 2017)

      Ronnie Kasrils, a key player in the struggle against the former South African apartheid regime, minister for intelligence and a devout Jew: “The Palestinian minority in Israel has for decades been denied basic equality in health, education, housing and land possession, solely because it is not Jewish. The fact that this minority is allowed to vote hardly redresses the rampant injustice in all other basic human rights. They are excluded from the very definition of the ‘Jewish state’, and have virtually no influence on the laws, or political, social and economic policies. Hence, their similarity to the black South Africans [under apartheid].” (The Guardian, 25 May 2005)

      Baruch Kimmerling, Professor of Sociology, Hebrew University, Jerusalem: “The laws of Israel have become the laws of a master people and the morality that of lords of the land.”

      The entity known as “Israel” also differentiates between citizenship and nationality, i.e., “Israeli” nationality does not exist, only Jews and non-Jews, and each citizen carries an appropriate identity card. While the implications of this absurdity for discrimination and racism against non-Jews are obvious, it has been upheld by Israel’s Supreme Court.

      The effect of its blatantly racist “Citizenship Law” and more than fifty other restrictions Arab citizens have to endure is well expressed by writer and Knesset member, Ahmed Tibi:
      “…dutifully defining the state as ‘Jewish and democratic,’ ignores the fact that in practice ‘democratic’ refers to Jews, and the Arabs are nothing more than citizens without citizenship.” (Ma’ariv, 1.6.2005)

      70 years after it came about, the entity known as "Israel" is now more dependent on the U.S. for its survival than it has ever been (as Algeria was dependent on France, Rhodesia on Britain and the Belgian Congo on Belgium) and Jewish immigration is in free fall, emigration is soaring and "Israel" is increasingly viewed around the world as a fascistic, racist pariah.

      Including their ancestors, Palestinians have lived continuously between the River and the Sea for about 15,000 years and now outnumber Jews. In the long run, the Zionist entity will prove to be another blip.

  • Once again, Israel's influence outpaces Russia's
    • Breaking:

      https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jul/19/ultimate-deal-israel-palestine-peace-middle-east

      "The ‘ultimate deal’? For Israel, maybe. We Palestinians will never accept it."

      "A US-backed deal to bring ‘peace’ to the Middle East would just legitimise Israeli aggression – and oppress my people further."
      By Hanan Ashrawi, The Guardian, July 19/18

      EXCERPT:
      "President Donald Trump and his administration have been promising to announce what has been called, ironically, the 'ultimate deal' for Israel and Palestine. It is a proposition for 'peace' that violates the most basic requirements for a just and sustainable solution, flouts international law, contradicts the global consensus on peace (which in itself constitutes a major compromise by the Palestinians), and even departs from the declared policies of several previous US administrations.

      "The 'ultimate deal' suffers from multiple fatal flaws and misconceptions that several successive US administrations have repeatedly failed to recognise. The spirit of the Palestinian people cannot be broken or brought into submission; nor will we ever succumb to external pressure and blackmail. To expect us to surrender our rights and freedom in exchange for a mythical 'economic peace' is nothing short of a flight of fancy.

      "The US partnership with the Israeli occupation came to a head with Trump’s highly contentious recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and then, in another act of provocation, his moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The decision emboldened the right wing, racist, ethno-sectarian and hyper-nationalist forces in Israel – and gave the Israeli government the green light to colonise more Palestinian land and effectively deal the final blow to an already ailing two-state solution. The inability to recognise that Jerusalem is the historical, cultural, geographic and demographic heart of Palestine already set up the 'ultimate deal' for failure. Jerusalem is the linchpin of peace.

      "The same ideology that violated Jerusalem is also behind the US administration’s assault on Palestinian refugees and their right of return – a universally recognised right that cannot be denied just to accommodate Israel’s exclusivity and exclusionary policies. The Trump administration targeted Palestinian refugees by cutting funding from the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) – and denying them access to healthcare, education and social services.

      "Palestinian refugees have been longing for home for 70 years after being violently uprooted and expelled from their ancestral homeland. To deprive them of their rights and to crush their hopes and aspirations for redress and a life worth living is the utmost cruelty. Such an injustice will also fuel the flames of extremism and violence, leading to further regional instability and conflict. In addition to being morally reprehensible, such a policy is utterly dangerous and irresponsible.

      "The 'ultimate deal' does not intend to offer a solution but rather to reinvent the occupation as a system of military and unaccountable control, and accommodate the continuing theft and fragmentation of our land, thereby relegating us to imprisonment in isolated territories at the mercy of Israeli security control. It further suffers from the illusion that the Palestinian people will give up their deep historical, cultural, and national commitment to Jerusalem – and relinquish the rights of our refugees."

  • 39 worldwide Jewish groups state that BDS is not anti-Semitic
    • https://www.thecanary.co/uk/analysis/2018/07/17/corbyn-receives-a-huge-boost-from-36-jewish-groups-worldwide-which-is-awkward-for-the-media/

      "Corbyn receives a huge boost from 36 Jewish groups worldwide, embarrassing the media"
      The Canary, July 17/18

      EXCERPT:
      "Jeremy Corbyn has received a major boost from 36 Jewish groups worldwide, embarrassing the corporate media. The Labour leader is currently under pressure from the press, the right of his party, and the conservative Board of Deputies of British Jews. They are pushing for Labour to adopt wholesale the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) definition of antisemitism into its rule book.

      "Jewish groups speak out"

      "On 17 July, 36 Jewish groups from around the world said that the IHRA definition 'intentionally' equates 'legitimate criticisms of Israel… with antisemitism'. And later in the day, Labour’s ruling body approved a new code of conduct that included a version of the IHRA definition without the examples that could stifle legitimate criticism of Israel.
      The Labour leadership claims to have expanded on the IHRA definition, also giving new examples.

      "Media attacks"
      "BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg suggested Labour’s decision had let down the 'Jewish community'. And the Guardian‘s Jonathan Freedland said Labour decided 'it knows better' than 'every mainstream Jewish organisation in the UK.' But now, for the first time, 36 Jewish groups (including six based in the UK) have come together in a move that strengthens the position of Corbyn and organisations that support Palestinian rights."

  • Interview of Richard Falk on the occasion of the BDS 13th anniversary
    • @JLewisDickerston

      "...Richard Falk, he is individual of immense integrity"

      Indeed!
      Here's an example:

      Le Monde Diplomatique, April, 2009
      "Calls for investigation into Gaza attacks Israel’s war crimes"

      "Israel blamed its earlier wars on the threat to its security, even that against Lebanon in 1982. However, its assault on Gaza was not justified and there are international calls for an investigation. But is there the political will to make Israel account for its war crimes?"

      By Richard Falk

      EXCERPTS:
      "For the first time since the establishment of Israel in 1948 the government is facing serious allegations of war crimes from respected public figures throughout the world. Even the secretary general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, normally so cautious about offending sovereign states – especially those aligned with its most influential member, the United States – has joined the call for an investigation and potential accountability. To grasp the significance of these developments it is necessary to explain what made the 22 days of attacks in Gaza stand shockingly apart from the much prior recourse to force Israel to uphold its security and strategic interests.

      "In my view, what made the Gaza attacks launched on 27 December different from the main wars fought by Israel over the years was that the weapons and tactics used devastated an essentially defenceless civilian population. The one-sidedness of the encounter was so stark, as signaled by the relative casualties on both sides (more than 100 to 1; 1300-plus Palestinians killed compared with 13 Israelis, and several of these by friendly fire), that most commentators refrained from attaching the label 'war'.

      "The Israelis and their friends talk of 'retaliation' and 'the right of Israel to defend itself'. Critics described the attacks as a 'massacre' or relied on the language of war crimes and crimes against humanity. In the past Israeli uses of force were often widely condemned, especially by Arab governments, including charges that the UN Charter was being violated, but there was an implicit acknowledgement that Israel was using force in a war mode. War crimes charges (to the extent they were made) came only from radical governments and the extreme left."

      "The Gaza operation brought these concerns to the fore as it dramatized this shift away from fighting states to struggles against armed resistance movements, and with a related shift from the language of 'war' to 'criminality'. In one important respect, Israel managed to skew perceptions and discourse by getting the media and diplomats to focus the basic international criminal law question on whether or not Israeli use of force was 'disproportionate.' This way of describing Israeli recourse to force ignores the foundational issue: were the attacks in any legal sense 'defensive' in character in the first place? An inquiry into the surrounding circumstances shows an absence of any kind of defensive necessity: a temporary ceasefire between Israel and Hamas that had been in effect since 19 July 2008 had succeeded in reducing cross-border violence virtually to zero; Hamas consistently offered to extend the ceasefire, even to a longer period of ten years; the breakdown of the ceasefire is not primarily the result of Hamas rocket fire, but came about mainly as a result of an Israeli air attack on 4 November that killed six Hamas fighters in Gaza."

  • US has intervened in twice as many elections as Russia
    • @Kay24, et al

      I may well be over optimistic, but Trump's "performance" in Helsinki with Putin and his scripted bull**** response to the resulting criticism and rage in Washington yesterday, may prove to be his and the Republicans' "Waterloo." (Fingers crossed.)

      Indeed, Bibi and his fellow murderous, racist Zionist thugs, including Sheldon Adelson, may well be discussing the distinct possibility that Trump is rapidly becoming a liability. ("Lie down with dogs and you'll get fleas.")

  • Leading US Israel supporter is abused at Israeli airport for having 'Palestine' pamphlet
    • Good news regarding American Jews worth revisiting:

      https://www.haaretz.com/misc/article-print-page//.premium-future-of-u-s-jews-keeps-me-up-at-night-israeli-minister-says-1.6172892

      “Future of U.S. Jews ‘keeps me up at night,’ Israeli minister tells Jewish gathering”

      “Naftali Bennett tells AJC conference that his main goal as diaspora affairs minister is ‘saving the Jews’ and warns of ‘losing millions of Jews to assimilation.'”
      By Judy Maltz | Jun. 12/18 – Haaretz.

      EXCERPTS:
      “Addressing the annual conference of the American Jewish Committee, he said: ‘If there’s one thing that keeps me up at night, it’s not Iran but the future of the Jews in America, and we have to fix this together.’”

      “’If we don’t act urgently, we’re going to be losing millions of Jews to assimilation,’ he told more than 2,400 AJC delegates from six continents around the globe who were attending the conference. It was the first time in its 112-year history that the AJC – one of the largest Jewish organizations in the world – held its large annual event outside the United States.

      “Diaspora Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett told a large Jewish gathering in Jerusalem on Tuesday that he feared for the future of the American-Jewish community because it was losing its connection to both Israel and Judaism.”

  • Riverdale alumni express outrage after elite NYC school cancels Israeli-Palestinian conflict class following parent pressure
  • Palestinian paramedic Razan al-Najjar was 'deliberately and fatally shot' by Israeli sniper -- B'Tselem
  • Denial of entry - the real targets are Palestinians
    • @Talkback

      You are entirely correct!! The ignorance of these hasbarats, e.g,, Modonut and Boris ,never ceases to amaze me. Then again, they are not interested in the truth.

    • File this under "Israel, a light unto nations [not.]"

      https://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2018/07/punishment-israel-blocks-fuel-shipment-gaza-180717073507536.html

      Al Jazeera, July17/18

      "'Collective punishment': Israel blocks fuel shipment to Gaza"

      "Israel further tightens its blockade on the strip while rights group denounces measure as 'morally depraved'."

      EXCERPT:
      "Israel has further tightened its blockade on the Gaza Strip, preventing gas and fuel deliveries through its only commercial crossing with the Palestinian besieged enclave a week after Israeli authorities announced the closure of the crossing

      "The Kerem Shalom Crossing was shut down on July 9, and initially, items deemed as 'humanitarian' would only be allowed to enter Gaza, such as food, hygiene and medical supplies, fuel, animal feed and livestock.

      "However, the defence ministry announced late on Monday that fuel and gas deliveries will also be suspended, and that the crossing will remain open only for food and medicine on a case-by-case basis."

    • @Modonut

      Sigh. You completely missed beg's entirely legitimate point. Typical!!

    • @Boris and his sidekick, Mondonut

      Meanwhile, around the world, ever increasing numbers of Jews are stepping forth and standing shoulder to shoulder with the Palestinians, the indigenous inhabitants (for about 15,000 years) of the lands between the River and the Sea:

      https://madmimi.com/p/7eaa8c?fe=1&pact=309121-146284579-4195316904-81163eb63c9c537654370dba8a0180acffc292de

      "Over 35 Jewish groups worldwide oppose attempts to equate antisemitism with criticism of Israel"

      Independent Jewish Voices, Canada, July 17/18
      Press Release:

      July 17, 2018
      "Ottawa--Independent Jewish Voices Canada (IJV) has joined 35 Jewish organizations worldwide in a statement condemning global attempts to stifle criticism of Israel. From South Africa to Sweden, New Zealand to Germany and Brazil, this is the first time so many Jewish groups have come together to defend Palestinian human rights advocacy from attack.

      "The statement condemns a growing trend of legislative campaigns targeting organizations that support Palestinian rights, particularly those affiliated with the nonviolent Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

      “'From our own histories we are all too aware of the dangers of increasingly fascistic and openly racist governments and political parties,' the global letter states. 'The rise in antisemitic discourse and attacks worldwide is part of that broader trend. At times like this, it is more important than ever to distinguish between the hostility to or prejudice against Jews on the one hand and legitimate critiques of Israeli policies and system of injustice on the other.'

      "The United States has increasingly witnessed legislative efforts to criminalize the boycott of illegal Israeli settlements and repress advocacy for Palestinian human rights by defining such acts as antisemitic, with two bills currently under discussion in the US Congress. Such efforts are mirrored at the state level, where more than 25 state legislatures have considered or enacted forms of legislation targeting those who advocate for Palestinian rights. Of particular concern is the growing usage of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism, which is intentionally worded to equate legitimate criticisms of Israel and advocacy for Palestinian rights with antisemitism, as a means to suppress the former.

      "A similar approach is being employed across Europe. In France and Germany, the bank accounts of BDS groups have been closed and people involved in campaigns promoting the boycott of goods from illegal Israeli settlements have been convicted of incitement to hatred. The UK has witnessed ongoing battles over the legality of local government boycotts focused on products from Israeli settlements.

      "The state of Israel is waging its own campaign against advocates of BDS. In January, the Israeli Ministry of Strategic Affairs announced a ban prohibiting the leaders of 20 organizations from around the world from entering Israel, including the US group Jewish Voice for Peace, for supporting BDS. And in 2015, the Israeli High Court upheld a lawwhich allows individuals to sue those who call for the boycott of either Israel or companies profiting from activities located in illegal Israeli settlements.

      "In Canada, legislative attempts to brand Palestinian rights activism as antisemitic go back to 2009 when the widely criticized Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Anti-Semitism was formed. The Federal government has since adopted a definition of antisemitism that is nearly identical to that of the IHRA and passed a non-binding motion to condemn the BDS movement in 2016. The Ontario legislature followed suit shortly thereafter.

      “'What we’re experiencing in Canada is the same phenomenon as in the US, Europe and across the globe,' said Corey Balsam, IJV’s National Coordinator. 'Supporters of Israel’s illegal occupation and its violent treatment of Palestinians have found that they can no longer effectively defend Israel’s increasingly outrageous actions, so they have resorted instead to trying to suppress those who engage in legitimate criticism of and protest against Israel’s policies.'

      “'IJV is proud to be part of a growing chorus of Jewish organizations across the globe that are taking a stand for human rights and against attempts to conflate criticism of Israel with antisemitism,' Balsam concluded."

      List of endorsing organizations:
      Academia4equality (Israel)
      Boycott from Within (Israeli citizens for BDS)
      Coalition of Women for Peace (Israel)
      Collectif Judéo Arabe et Citoyen pour la Palestine (Strasbourg, France)
      Dayenu: New Zealand Jews Against Occupation (New Zealand)
      Een Ander Joods Geluid (A Different Jewish Voice) (The Netherlands)
      Een Andere Joodse Stem - Another Jewish Voice (Flanders, Belgium)
      European Jews for a Just Peace
      Free Speech on Israel (UK)
      Gate48 - critical Israelis in the Netherlands
      Independent Jewish Voices (Canada)
      Independent Jewish Voices (UK)
      International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network
      Italian Network of Jews Against the Occupation
      Jewish Anti-Fascist Action Berlin (Germany)
      Jewish Voice For Labour (UK)
      Jewish Voice for Peace (USA)
      Jewish Voice for Peace members in London (UK)
      Jews Against Fascism (Melbourne, Australia)
      Jews for Justice for Palestinians (UK)
      Jews for Palestinian Right of Return (USA)
      Jews of Color & Sephardi and Mizrahi Jews in Solidarity w/ Palestine (USA)
      Jews Say No! (USA)
      JIPF - Judar för Israelisk Palestinsk Fred (Sweden)
      Jüdische Stimme für gerechten Frieden im Nahost e.V. (Germany)
      Junts, Associació Catalana de Jueus i Palestins (Catalonia, Spain)
      Los Otros Judíos (Argentina)
      Manchester Jewish Action for Palestine (UK)
      Quebrando Muros - Judeus Brasileiros Pela Descolonização da Palestina (Brazil)
      SEDQ Network- A Global Jewish Network for Justice
      South African Jewish Voices for a Just Peace (South Africa)
      South African Jews for a Free Palestine (South Africa)
      Union des progressistes juifs de Belgique (Saint-Gilles, Belgium)
      United Jewish People’s Order (UJPO)-Canada
      Union Juive Française pour la Paix (France)
      Workman’s Circle, Boston (USA)
      "Independent Jewish Voices Canada (IJV) is a grassroots organization grounded in Jewish tradition that opposes all forms of racism and advocates for justice and peace for all in Israel-Palestine. IJV has active chapters in cities and on university campuses across the country."

  • Eight more Jews walk out on 'Birthright,' saying tour has no place for Palestinians
    • Good news indeed!!

      Brings to mind the following:

      The Forward, June 21/17: “Support for Israel on Campus Drops by ‘Devastating’ 27%: Study”
      “The Brand Israel Group [BIG], a coalition of volunteer advertising and marketing specialists, has released a survey that shows a significant decrease in Israel’s approval rating among Americans.

      “’The future of America no longer believe that Israel shares their values. This is huge! Devastating,’ Fern Oppenheim, a co-founder of BIG, told The Times of Israel. While approval of Israel among American college students dropped 27% between the group’s 2010 and 2016 surveys, Israel’s approval rating among all Americans dropped 14 points, from 76% to 62%.”

      Furthermore, regarding the USA: http://forward.com/news/ national/376097/study-israel- losing-support-among- democrats-minorities- millennials/ The Forward July 2, 2017
      ”Study: Israel Losing Support Among Democrats, Minorities, Millennials ‘It appears that the more Americans learn about Israel, the less they like it.’”

      Support for Israel among American Jewish college students and young American Jews in general is in decline:
      Times of Israel, June 21/17:
      http://www.timesofisrael.com/devastating-survey-shows-huge-loss-of-israel-support-among-jewish-college-students/
      https://www.haaretz.com/israel -news/.premium-jewish-agency- chief-warns-young-u-s-jews- more-turned-off-to-israel-1. 5751616

      Haaretz – Jan 22, 2018, by Judy Maltz
      “Young American Jews Increasingly Turning Away From Israel, Jewish Agency Leader Warns”

      “The Jewish Agency’s CEO and director-general called the trend ‘extremely worrisome,’ and said that a new strategy must be undertaken to engage young American Jews with Israel.”

      http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=20982'%20style='color:#000;

      The Real News, Jan. 25/18
      “US Bipartisan Support for Israel over Palestinians Is Breaking Down, New Study Shows”
      “The bipartisan consensus of support for Israel over the Palestinians is breaking down in the United States.

      https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-progressives-welcome-aipac-is-all-just-gaslighting-1.5871623?utm_campaign=newsletter-daily&utm_medium=email&utm_source=smartfocus&utm_content=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.haaretz.com%2Fopinion%2F.premium-progressives-welcome-aipac-is-all-just-gaslighting-1.5871623
      “Why Young Jews and Democrats Are Waving Goodbye to AIPAC”
      “My generation has only known Israel as an occupier. We won’t back anyone who supports that injustice – including the powerful lobby that is AIPAC”
      By Emily Mayer, March 6, 2018 – Haaretz

      What I find especially delicious about this news is that it smacks ultra-Zionist, Sheldon Adelson, chief contributor to so-called "Birthright Israel."

      https://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Business-magnate-Sheldon-Adelson-donates-70-million-dollar-to-Birthright-552607

      Jerusalem Post, April 24/18
      BUSINESS MAGNATE SHELDON ADELSON DONATES 70 MILLION DOLLARS TO BIRTHRIGHT
      “I think it is the right from birth of all Jews to go to Israel"

      "Sheldon Adelson has made the biggest donation to Birthright in its history and given the organization $70 million on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the State of Israel.

      "Adelson and his wife Dr. Miriam Adelson have provided massive financial support to the Birthright program, which brings young Jewish adults from the Jewish world to Israel on free educational trips, and now amounts to $410m."

      “'Before the founding of the State of Israel, my father told me that he always dreamed about a state for Jews and wanted to go to the Land of Israel, but when the time came and I could help him get there he said he was too old and too ill,' Adelson said during his speech at the event.

      “'I think it is the right from birth of all Jews to go to Israel and I don’t want any young Jewish person in the world say that he is too old or sick to visit Israel.'

      "At the end of the event, Birthright founders Charles Bronfman and Michael Steinhardt presented the Adelsons with Birthright’s 'Guardians of the Jewish Future' award for their generosity to the project."

      The wheels are turning, ever faster!!

  • Two Palestinian teenagers killed in most intense Israeli daytime assault on Gaza since 2014
  • Ocasio-Cortez hedges criticisms of Israel-- 'I may not use the right words'
    • @JWalters, et al

      https://israelpalestinenews.org/the-moral-decadence-of-zionism/

      If Americans Knew Blog

      "The Moral Decadence of Zionism" July 13/18

      By Jeremy Salt, from Palestine Chronicle

      EXCERPTS:
      “'Israel is by far the worst settler-colonial experience in history.' Israel is creating a state that permits killing of children and medics, that makes murderers into heroes. Israel is 'a state based not on morality, justice, and law but brute force.' Zionism is the reason why."

      "We have watched this for seven decades. Seven decades of unremitting, remorseless, violence. A poisonous ideology gives rise to a state, poisonous at its roots, the people poisoned by the state, indoctrinated, taught to hate and taught to kill without compunction, without conscience.

      "Israel is by far the worst settler-colonial experience in history, infinitely worse than Algeria at its worst and far worse than South Africa. Its violence extends from the market bombings of the 1930s to the massacres and destruction of close to 500 Palestinian villages and hamlets in the late 1940s.

      "Onwards to massacres in Gaza, Lebanon and Jordan in every single decade that has followed, along with ‘targeted’ killings and individual assassinations, many of them far from Israel’s non-declared borders. There are no exceptions. Almost all of Israel’s victims, ultimately the victims of a twisted ideology, are civilian. Apartment buildings, ambulances, and hospitals have been destroyed, paramedics killed, refugee camps bombed and leaders of Palestinian opinion murdered.

      "The record is atrocious. The killing is deliberate, remorseless, and justified on every occasion by the politicians and the Jewish citizenry."

      "Many Jews are horrified. Increasingly, the alarm bells are ringing for many Jews, who are horrified at what Israel has become, what, in fact, it always was even if they could not see it previously, and are separating themselves from the state and its ideology, in the name of name of Palestinian rights, common human rights and the Judaism whose symbols Israel has hijacked.

      "Until the First World War Zionism was regarded as a heresy by Jewish communities around the world and this is how it needs to be defined again.

      "In the name of Palestinian rights, in the name of human rights, in the name of law and morality and in the name of their religion, whose symbols have been hijacked by a brutal occupying state, the onus is on Jews to distance themselves from Israel. They need to say that the settlers’ Judaism is not their Judaism and that the hatred inscribed in holy books written thousands of years ago has no place in the modern world. This is a fight for the soul of their religion, as well as a struggle for Palestinian and human rights."

  • 'NY Times' uses old tricks to distort Israel's latest attacks on Gaza
    • @Peacedoc

      Sigh. Another pathetic attempt to defend the indefensible.

      REALITY:
      https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/06/27/cry-baby-israel/
      "Cry Baby Israel," by Vacy Vlanza, Counterpunch, June 27/18

      EXCERPTS:
      "Israel, one of the most technologically advanced military superpowers, is making a colossal fool of itself on the global stage by crying Wolf – ‘We have the right to defend ourselves from – from ?- hold onto your hats, folks, from – Kites, Balloons, Stones, Cameras, a Slap, a Poem.

      "Seriously? Damn Right. These aren’t just any kites, balloons, stones, cameras, slap, poem. These are terror toys of Palestinian mass defiance and of monster maquisards, mainly teenagers and youth, that strike fear and panic in the mighty Israeli armed forces.

      "With Israel’s back to the wall, Israeli leaders predictably huddle behind the ‘Terrorist’ Card and the Victim Card that hide Israel’s cowardice and cruelty and justify its atrocities against Palestinian resistance."

      "On March 30, the disgrace and international censure, induced by Israel’s precision massacre of 60 defenceless, nonviolent participants in Gaza’s Great March of Return, was immediately deflected by the Israeli hasbara machine that churned out a barrage of lies, mindlessly rerun by lackey media and vassal states, asserting ‘clashes’ between Jewish snipers in fear of their lives and members of ‘terror’ groups belying the grass-roots non-violent uprising.

      "Neither that massacre, nor the daily massacres since, have stopped the brave Great March of Return protests. The demented Israeli might-over-right mindset that has prevailed for 70 plus years simply cannot comprehend, ‘as with a green plant, that what matters most is rootedness; what truly holds up, nourishes and supports all else is underground' , that Palestinian sumoud, i.e., steadfastness has ancient roots to the land. Such rootedness defeated the USA in Korea and Vietnam. It is itself undefeatable."

      "Now imagine at future arms fairs and weapons expos, ex-IDF generals representing the major Israeli military firms- Elbit, Rafael, IAI, IMI, tearfully blubbering on the shoulders potential clients how they have been forced into a kite war or coerced to use disproportionate force against their mortal enemy – Palestinian children and youths throwing stones who are dubbed ‘terrorists’ by the Injustice Minister Aylet Shaked.

      "Palestinian children, even as young as 5, are imprisoned, maimed or executed for throwing stones at the most ‘moral’ army in the Middle East.

      "Palestinians don’t have an air force, army or navy, and thus they don’t attend weapons expos. They depend on Mother Palestine to arm them with her flesh of stones against Goliath Israel.

      "Ironically, the fable of David defeating Goliath with a slingshot and stone is revered by Israeli Jews. They even named an archeological site in Al Quds after the non-existent David, but then all of Israel’s claims to Palestine are fake based on myth."

      "The Slap
      Although Israeli military operators are covered with the maximum advanced protective gear to prevail against the toughest physical challenges, they are unable to withstand a slap, (boo hoo, boo hoo) from a slight,16 year old Palestinian girl. Rather than play down this embarrassment, the Jewish state burst into a hysteria of tears charging the teenage Ahed Tamimi as a ‘danger to public security’ which in turn triggered hundreds of protests around the world instantly turning Ahed into an icon of Palestinian resistance."

  • 100 days since protests began, Gazans reflect on what the Great March of Return has accomplished so far
    • @jon s

      "All that boring stuff that Hamas doesn't care about."

      BULL CRAP!!

      On 16 June 2009, after meeting with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Ismail Haniya, prime minister of Hamas’s Gaza Strip government, announced that “If there is a real plan to resolve the Palestinian question on the basis of the creation of a Palestinian state within the borders of June 4, 1967 [i.e., 22% of historic Palestine] and with full sovereignty, we are in favour of it.”

      http://www.haaretz.com/isra…
      “‘We accept a Palestinian state on the borders of 1967, with Jerusalem as its capital, the release of Palestinian prisoners, and the resolution of the issue of refugees,’ Haniyeh said, referring to the year of Middle East war in which Israel captured East Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories. ” (Haaretz, December 1, 2010)

      In its revised Charter, April, 2017, Hamas again agreed to a Palestinian state based on the 4 June 1967 borders. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, Israel promptly rejected the Hamas overture instead of using it to open a dialogue.

      https://www.haaretz.com/isr…
      “Senior Hamas Official: ‘I Think We Can All Live Here in This Land – Muslims, Christians and Jews.’” By Nir Gontarz. March 28, 2018, Haaretz.

      As for Netanyahu and the Likud party, here’s a brief summation of their positions that are contrary to international law and explain why the conflict continues.
      The Likud Party Platform:
      a. “The Jordan river will be the permanent eastern border of the State of Israel.”
      b. “Jerusalem is the eternal, united capital of the State of Israel and only of Israel. The government will flatly reject Palestinian proposals to divide Jerusalem”
      c. “The Government of Israel flatly rejects the establishment of a Palestinian Arab state west of the Jordan river.”
      d. “…. Settlement of the land is a clear expression of the unassailable right of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel and constitutes an important asset in the defense of the vital interests of the State of Israel. The Likud will continue to strengthen and develop these communities and will prevent their uprooting.”

  • 'Killing Gaza' gives faces to statistics of 2014 massacre, echoing Goldstone
    • Breaking News:

      https://www.timesofisrael.com/idf-pounds-gaza-in-widest-day-of-strikes-since-2014-war/?utm_source=idf-pounds-gaza-in-widest-day-of-strikes-since-2014-war&utm_medium=desktop-browser&utm_campaign=desktop-notifications

      Times of Israel, July 14/18
      "As dozens of rockets hit Israel, IDF pounds Gaza in heaviest strikes since 2014."

      "Palestinian terror groups fire 60 projectiles at Israel on Saturday afternoon; residents in border communities told to remain close to shelters, public gatherings canceled."

      EXCERPT:
      "Israeli aircraft on Saturday attacked more than 40 targets in the Gaza Strip in the most extensive daytime assault since 2014’s Operation Protective Edge as Palestinian terror groups fired repeated salvos of rockets and mortars into Israel.

      "The surge in violence intensified after midnight Friday-Saturday as the Israel Defense Forces hit an attack tunnel and Hamas training bases in Gaza in response to the moderate wounding of an IDF officer by a hand-grenade thrown during a border riot on Friday."

    • For the record:

      In response to Hamas’s victory over Fatah (132 seats to 43) in the January 2006 election – certified as honest and democratic by international observers - for representation in the Palestinian Legislative Council (i.e. to govern both the West Bank and the Gaza Strip), Israel and the Quartet (the U.S., Russia, the European Union and the U.N., established in 2002) imposed economic sanctions, including customs duties, against the Palestinian Authority throughout the occupied territories. The United States had ignored warnings from Fatah that Hamas may win the election.

      Through various means, including Israel’s arrest of 34 elected West Bank members of Hamas, Washington and Israel installed a “moderate” (i.e., anti-Hamas, “pro-western” and relatively compliant) Fatah government led by Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) in the occupied West Bank. The U.S. Congress also thwarted an attempt by Fatah and Hamas to work together by holding back funding to the Palestinian authority.

      In June 2007, Hamas retained control of the Gaza Strip by carrying out a preventative counter-coup or counter-putsch against a U.S. orchestrated attempt by Fatah, known as the Dayton Plan, to take control by military means. In an article for the April 2008 issue of Vanity Fair, investigative journalist Peter Rose reveals the details: “Vanity Fair has obtained confidential documents, since corroborated by sources in the U.S. and Palestine, which lay bare a covert initiative, approved by Bush and implemented by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Deputy National Security Adviser Elliott Abrams, to provoke a Palestinian civil war. The plan was for forces led by [Fatah’s Mohammed] Dahlan and armed with new weapons at America’s behest, to give Fatah the muscle it needed to remove the democratically elected Hamas-led government from power. (The State Department declined to comment.) But the secret plan backfired, resulting in a further setback for American foreign policy under Bush. Instead of driving its enemies out of power, the U.S. backed Fatah fighters inadvertently provoked Hamas to seize total control of Gaza.” (Peter Rose, “The Gaza Bombshell,” Vanity Fair, April 2008)

      Following the Hamas government’s defeat of Fatah, Israel and the Quartet along with Canada, imposed a crippling and inhumane blockade against the inhabitants of the Gaza Strip that denied them sufficient amounts of food, water, medicines, fuel and electricity. Previously imposed sanctions against the Fatah controlled West Bank were lifted. In violation of the terms of the 17 June 2008 cease-fire agreement with Hamas, Israel permitted only 20% of the amount of essentials agreed to into the Gaza Strip which led to sporadic rocket fire into Israel (causing no casualties) by Islamic Jihad and Fatah’s Al Aqsa Brigades, not Hamas, which attempted to stop the rockets. On November 4 – significantly, the day of the U.S. presidential election - Israel crossed the border and killed six Palestinians. As Middle East scholar Sara Roy put it, this attack by Israel was "no doubt designed finally to undermine the truce." (Sara Roy - "If Gaza Falls", London Review of Books, 1 January 2009) Hamas responded with rocket fire but at the same time offered to extend the June 17 truce if Israel would end the siege. Israel refused. Hamas rocket fire resumed and although no Israeli was killed, it was used by Israel as a justification for its murderous rampage that started on December 27.

      During its 2008/09 "Operation Cast Lead" assault on the Gaza Strip, Israel illegally used white phosphorous, which burns flesh to the bone, in attacks against civilians along with flechettes, i.e., 4-cm metal darts fired from missiles, planes or tanks "that penetrate straight through human bone and can cause serious, often fatal, injuries." (It has also used cluster bombs during its attacks against and invasions of Lebanon.)

      In response to Israel's "Operation Cast Lead," the United Nations Goldstone Report charged Israel with using phosphorous incendiary shells on a UN compound sheltering more than 600 civilians, using phosphorous and high explosive artillery shells on Al-Quds hospital and it rejected Israel’s assertion that Hamas or other militants were using the hospital. Israel was also accused of attacking a crowded mosque during evening prayers (the panel rejected the contention that armed militants were inside), with flechettes and of using Palestinians as human shields during house searches, a "war crime under the Rome statute of the International Criminal Court." No evidence was found that Hamas had used Palestinians as human shields.

      In a report issued on 2 July 2009, Amnesty International states that “more than 3,000 homes were destroyed and some 20,000 damaged in Israeli attacks which reduced entire neighborhoods of Gaza to rubble and left an already dire economic situation in ruins. Much of the destruction was wanton and could not be justified on grounds of ‘military necessity.’" Amnesty also noted that “During Operation ‘Cast Lead’ Israeli forces made extensive use of white phosphorus, often launched from 155mm artillery shells, in residential areas, causing death and injuries to civilians. Homes, schools, medical facilities and UN buildings – all civilian objects – took direct hits.”

      Neither Amnesty nor Human Rights Watch accused Hamas of using "human shields." Amnesty, however, accused Israel.

  • 'You cannot be a democracy and not a state of all its citizens': Jamal Zahalka on what the rejection of the 'State of all its Citizens' bill means for Israel
    • https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/248855

      Arutz Sheva, July 12/18

      "Israel summons EU ambassador for reprimand"
      "'EU doesn't understand Israel is sovereign state'. PM orders EU's envoy to Israel called in for formal dressing down."

      EXCERPT:
      "The Israeli government has summoned the European Union ambassador to Israel in for a diplomatic reprimand, following a report that the ambassador had lobbied Israeli lawmakers against a bill being advanced by the government to enshrine Israel’s status as the nation-state of the Jewish people."

  • Zionism ate my religion, and I am taking it back
    • @brwencino

      The entity known as "Israel" is neither a state nor a country, i.e., it has yet to officially declare its borders and have them agreed to as such by the international community.

    • Page: 17
    • Re: "Israel, a light unto nations, [not.]"

      https://www.timesofisrael.com/dont-let-israel-become-the-promised-land-of-impunity-for-crooks-and-fraudsters/?utm_source=The+Times+of+Israel+Daily+Edition&utm_campaign=c464c475a9-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_07_01_12_23&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_adb46cec92-c464c475a9-55685937

      "Don't let Israel become a promised land of impunity for crooks and fraudsters" Times of Israel, July 1/18, by Simona Weinglass and David Horovitz

      EXCERPTS:
      "Israel isn’t just a sanctuary for the world’s Jewish victims of persecution, it has also become a haven for financial fraudsters. Dealers in binary options and the like find law enforcement officers who are lenient or complicit, legislators who champion the illegal practice, and tax policies that encourage such conduct. Since Israel is a close ally of the US, it is unlikely that it will face sanctions from foreign governments, so it is up to Israel itself to clean its own house. Until it does so, it will have a welcome mat out for both homegrown and foreign fraudsters."

      "On a recent trip abroad, The Times of Israel spoke with law enforcement sources who confirmed what we have long suspected but preferred not to believe. While law enforcement bodies overseas are devoting considerable effort and resources to tackling binary options, forex, cryptocurrency and other financial fraud emanating from Israel, Israeli police and other law enforcement bodies are not cooperating effectively with these efforts, and at times are actively stonewalling them.

      "Requests from overseas for help in bringing binary options operatives to justice, for example, are met with an exceedingly slow and partial response, and in some cases with no response at all, the Times of Israel was told. The assertion that 'we outlawed binary options' is frequently voiced by Israeli officials, we were told by overseas law enforcement personnel, as though the fact that Israel passed a law last October banning this particular form of fraud means there is no need to bring its many thousands of perpetrators to justice.

      "Over the last decade, Israel has become a global hub of investment scams, employing more than 10,000 citizens — many of them new immigrants and foreign-language speakers — in boiler rooms throughout the country, selling fraudulent binary options, forex, CFDs (contracts for differences) and cryptocurrency investments over the phone and internet to people abroad. Victims are lured into investments under false pretenses, and the vast majority lose their money. When the victim protests, the 'broker' more often than not disappears with the money. Binary options fraud alone was estimated to be earning between $5 billion and $10 billion a year before it was banned by a Knesset law that took effect on January 26 of this year. Some binary options operatives have simply ignored the ban, continuing to offer the product from Israel, while others now sell fraudulent forex or cryptocurrency investments, and still others have moved their operations abroad to countries including Russia, Ukraine, Philippines, Panama, Poland, Albania, Bulgaria, Cyprus and Serbia."

    • @RoHa

      "Nice to see Moshe Menhuin hasn’t been forgotten."

      Indeed!!

      The late renowned Jewish scholar, Moshe Menuhin (father of the famous classical violinist Yehudi Menuhin), wrote in his The Decadence of Judaism in Our Time (1965) that he became "disenchanted with the developments of political Zionism" and left Palestine because he was convinced that such developments "implied wars of injustice and the degeneration of Judaism." (Quoted by Sami Hadawi, Bitter Harvest, p. 77)

      He also expressed his outrage at the assassination of Count Folke Bernadotte (the Swedish United Nations Mediator for Palestine) and Andre Serot, chief UN Observer, by members of the Stern Gang on Sept. 17/48. The United Nations failed to hold Israel to account: "And thus Israel got away with murder....To this day it is almost a crime to recall the murder of Count Bernadotte because 'it may be a disservice to poor little Israel.' Forgotten is the name of the noble man who was a victim of ungrateful, land hungry jingoists." (Moshe Menuhin, The Decadence of Judaism in Our Time , New York, Exposition Press, 1965, pp. 129-30)

      BTW, in keeping with Menuhin's fears, Tel Aviv University philosophy lecturer, Adi Ophir wrote in his introduction to the issue of the Israeli journal Theory and Criticism marking Israel's 50th anniversary: "The contributors write out of fear that control over the Palestinians in particular, and the adoption of the political forms of an ethnocentric and racist nation-state in general, are turning Israel into the most dangerous place in the world for the humanity and morality of the Jewish community, for the continuity of Jewish cultures and perhaps for Jewish existence itself." (Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, December 1999, p. 88)

  • Palestinians on high alert as Israel prepares to hand over East Jerusalem nature reserve and Muslim cemetery to settlers
    • BREAKING NEWS:

      https://uscpr.org/episcopaliandivestment/

      "Episcopal Church Votes to Divest from Israeli Human Rights Abuses" July 13/18

      "The General Convention of the Episcopal Church, with more than 3 million members has voted to divest from companies involved in Israel’s violations of Palestinian human rights!
      The Episcopal Peace Fellowship Palestine Israel Network (EPF PIN) put in amazing work over many years to get to make the Episcopal Church the 10th Christian denomination in the US to take economic action for justice in Palestine. Thanks in large part to their mobilization, the church also passed ground-breaking resolutions:

      "Asserting the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination
      Condemning Israel’s violence against protesters in Gaza
      Calling on the US government to reinstate funding to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA)
      Supporting the rights of Palestinian children
      Demanding equal access to Jerusalem and opposing Trump’s move of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem."

      "USCPR was proud to have Anna Baltzer, Director of Organizing & Advocacy, on the ground at the General Convention supporting EPF PIN. Many other Palestine solidarity groups were there, as well.

      "All the groups were working together to organize powerful testimonies (like this one from FOSNA’s Tarek Abuata) from Palestinian refugees, students, elders, clergy, and others, strategize outreach, and share why the church taking economic action is so important.
      We’ve come a long way. In 2014, the Presbyterian Church (USA) became the first mainline church to divest from companies profiting from the occupation and just last month, they voted in ten pro-Palestine resolutions.

      "Now, divesting from Israel’s abuses of Palestinians’ rights is the norm – even in institutions like the Episcopal Church, which had previously voted down such measures more than once.
      As icing on the cake, USCPR recently learned that the Quaker Friends Fiduciary Corporation – which has more than $400 million in holdings and has already divested from Hewlett Packard, Veolia, and Caterpillar – will now screen out all companies contributing to the occupation of Palestine and other occupations around the world.

      "These institutional shifts are a sign of changing times, and confirmation that years of hard work are producing results. The movement’s strategy to mainstream the struggle for Palestinian rights is paying off. Folks are understanding that being progressive means standing with Palestine!

      "USCPR puts a lot into supporting church divestment efforts for justice in Palestine, including sending staff to big annual meetings like this year’s Presbyterian and Episcopalian ones, sharing lessons learned from one annual assembly to another, supporting church groups, and putting together delegations of Palestinians and allies to give powerful testimony at assemblies.

      "As we celebrate, we are mindful of the reason these milestones matter: Israel’s continued violence, oppression, discrimination, and exile of the Palestinian people everywhere, every day. This win reminds us of our power, and the necessity to continue working until the Palestinian people achieve full freedom, justice, and equality."

    • https://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/WATCH-Irish-senate-debates-criminalizing-Israeli-settler-trade-562223

      Jerusalem Post, July 11/18
      "Israel summons Irish ambassador over settlement criminalization bill vote"

      EXCERPT:
      "Israel summoned Irish ambassador Alison Kelly to its Foreign Ministry on Thursday morning to protest her country’s advancement of a bill that would criminalize trade with east Jerusalem, the Golan Heights and the West Bank.

      "The bill mandates that an Irish citizen found guilty of engaging in trade with areas of Israel beyond the pre-1967 lines could be jailed for up to five years and fined up to a quarter of- a-million euros.

      "The Senate, known as the Seanad Éireann, passed the bill 25-20 in a second reading. It now moves through eight stages that include a committee meeting and a vote in Ireland’s house of representatives, known as the Dáil Éireann. It becomes law only with the signature of the Irish president.

      "Such a law would mark the first time a European Union member state has banned commercial activity over Israel’s pre- 1967 lines. The EU has issued guidelines for countries wishing to label such goods, but has not taken any steps to ban them."

    • @Annie Robbins

      MBS is digging his grave. It's only a matter of time. The "Arab street," including Saudi Arabians, detests him.

  • On Rabbi Andy Bachman’s public congratulations to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
  • First they came for Alan Dershowitz
  • Hasbara is dead
    • @DaBakr

      Dream on. The entity known as "Israel" is headed for history's dumpster. There are many reasons why, including, its utter dependence on the U.S. and not enough Jewish babies between the River and the Sea.

      Henry Morgenthau Sr., renowned Jewish American and former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey, nailed it in 1919: "Zionism is the most stupendous fallacy in Jewish history....The very fervour of my feeling for the oppressed of every race and every land, especially for the Jews, those of my own blood and faith, to whom I am bound by every tender tie, impels me to fight with all the greater force against this scheme, which my intelligence tells me can only lead them deeper into the mire of the past, while it professes to be leading them to the heights. Zionism is... a retrogression into the blackest error, and not progress toward the light." (Quoted by Frank Epp, Whose Land is Palestine?, p. 261)

      As did Sigmund Freud in 1930: Asked to sign a petition supporting settlement of Jews in Palestine, Sigmund Freud declined: "I cannot...I do not think that Palestine could ever become a Jewish state....It would have seemed more sensible to me to establish a Jewish homeland on a less historically-burdened land....I can raise no sympathy at all for the misdirected piety which transforms a piece of a Herodian wall into a national relic, thereby offending the feelings of the natives." (Letter to Dr. Chaim Koffler Keren HaYassod, Vienna: 2/26/30)

      And Lessing J. Rosenwald, president of the American Council for Judaism, in 1944: “The concept of a racial state – the Hitlerian concept- is repugnant to the civilized world, as witness the fearful global war in which we are involved. . . , I urge that we do nothing to set us back on the road to the past. To project at this time the creation of a Jewish state or commonwealth is to launch a singular innovation in world affairs which might well have incalculable consequences.”

    • @DaBakr

      Reality:

      By signing the 1993 Oslo Accords, the PLO accepted UNSC Res. 242 and thereby agreed to recognize a sovereign Israel within the 1949 armistice lines, i.e., as of 4 June 1967 – 78% of mandated Palestine.

      The PLO also agreed to the US/EU/UN supported 2002 Arab League Beirut Summit Peace Initiative, which offers Israel full recognition as a sovereign state (per UNSC Res. 242, i.e., within its June 4/67 boundaries with possible minor, equal and mutually agreed land swaps), exchange of ambassadors, trade, tourism, etc., if Israel complies with international law (e.g., the UN Charter, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Fourth Geneva Convention and the Rome Statute.) Fully aware of Israel’s demographic concerns, the Beirut initiative does not demand the return of all Palestinian refugees. In accordance with Israel’s pledge given to the UNGA in 1949 and by signing the 1949 Lausanne Peace Conference Protocol to abide by UNGA Res. 194 regarding the then 800,000 Palestinian refugees (as determined by Walter Walter Eytan, then Director General of the Israeli Foreign Ministry) as a precondition for admittance to the UN (after being rejected twice), the Arab League’s Initiative “calls upon Israel to affirm” that it agrees to help pursue the “achievement of a just solution to the Palestinian refugee problem…” The entity known as "Israel" ignored the Arab League's peace proposal.

      For the record, other peace initiatives that Israeli governments have rebuffed include: U.S. Secretary of State William Rogers’ The Rogers Plan (1969); The Scranton Mission on behalf of President Nixon (1970); Egyptian President Sadat’s land for peace and mutual recognition proposal (1971); U.S. President Jimmy Carter’s call for a Geneva international conference (1977); Saudi Arabian King Fahd’s peace offer (1981); U.S. President Ronald Reagan’s Reagan Plan (1982); U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz’s Schultz Plan (1988); U.S. Secretary of State James Baker’s Baker Plan (1989); and the previously noted 1993 Oslo accords signed by Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin that unravelled following the latter’s assassination and subsequent return to power of the Likud party from 1996-1999 under Benjamin Netanyahu; continuation of the Taba II negotiations (2001); the unofficial Geneva Peace Initiative of November/December 2003; and the 2014 Kerry Initiative.

      As for the much touted 2000 Camp David Summit, working in tandem, Barak and Clinton tried to shove a very bad deal down Arafat’s throat. It could only be rejected. Suffice to quote Shlomo Ben-Ami, then Israel’s foreign minister and lead negotiator at Camp David: “Camp David was not the missed opportunity for the Palestinians, and if I were a Palestinian I would have rejected Camp David, as well.” (National Public Radio, 14 February 2006.)

      The “offer” made in 2008 by then Israeli PM Ehud Olmert was never seen as serious because it lacked cabinet approval, he was under indictment with only a few weeks left in office, had a 6% favorable rating, and, therefore, couldn’t have closed the deal, even if the Palestinians had accepted it. (Olmert was imprisoned.)

      Unfortunately, Israel’s response to every peace overture from the Palestinians and Arab states, has been an escalation of illegal settlement construction, dispossession and oppression in occupied Palestine and other Arab lands.

      Regarding Hamas:
      On 16 June 2009, after meeting with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Ismail Haniya, prime minister of Hamas’s Gaza Strip government, announced that “If there is a real plan to resolve the Palestinian question on the basis of the creation of a Palestinian state within the borders of June 4, 1967 [i.e. 22% of historic Palestine] and with full sovereignty, we are in favour of it.”

      http://www.haaretz.com/isra…
      “‘We accept a Palestinian state on the borders of 1967, with Jerusalem as its capital, the release of Palestinian prisoners, and the resolution of the issue of refugees,’ Haniyeh said, referring to the year of Middle East war in which Israel captured East Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories. ” (Haaretz, December 1, 2010)

      In its revised Charter, April, 2017, Hamas again agreed to a Palestinian state based on the 4 June 1967 borders. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, Israel promptly rejected the Hamas overture instead of using it to open a dialogue.

      https://www.haaretz.com/isr...
      “Senior Hamas Official: ‘I Think We Can All Live Here in This Land – Muslims, Christians and Jews.'” By Nir Gontarz. March 28, 2018, Haaretz.

      As for Netanyahu and the Likud party, here’s a brief summation of their positions that are contrary to international law and explain why the conflict continues:
      The Likud Party Platform:
      a. “The Jordan river will be the permanent eastern border of the State of Israel.”
      b. “Jerusalem is the eternal, united capital of the State of Israel and only of Israel. The government will flatly reject Palestinian proposals to divide Jerusalem”
      c. “The Government of Israel flatly rejects the establishment of a Palestinian Arab state west of the Jordan river.”
      d. “.... Settlement of the land is a clear expression of the unassailable right of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel and constitutes an important asset in the defense of the vital interests of the State of Israel. The Likud will continue to strengthen and develop these communities and will prevent their uprooting.”

    • @DaBakr

      Sigh.

      Reality: The entity known as "Israel" is rotting within and increasingly viewed around the world and the U.S., including Jews, especially youth, as a pariah.

      NEWSWEEK – 5/10/18
      “Israel celebrates its 70th birthday in May with the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. Yet the country is grappling with an existential crisis—one that doesn’t involve Iranian nukes or Palestinian protests. Spurred by the high cost of living, low salaries, and political and demographic trends, Israelis are leaving the country in droves, trying to build their lives elsewhere, mostly in the United States. Many of these young Israelis are moving to big cities, and yet, even in these often expensive places, they see more opportunities to advance.”

      “The available data is telling, analysts say. Between 2006 and 2016, more than 87,000 Israelis became U.S. citizens or legalized permanent residents, according to the most recent data from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. That’s up from 66,000 between 1995 and 2005. These figures take into account only those who took the legal route (many Israelis, analysts say, arrive on temporary tourist, student or work visas, then stay). And in addition to the Israelis now living stateside, according to the country’s Ministry of Immigrant Absorption, hundreds of thousands have moved to Europe, Canada and elsewhere.

      “The country’s brain drain isn’t new. For years, many of its most talented scholars and researchers moved to the U.S., where the salaries are far higher and there are more jobs at top-tier universities. One report by Dan Ben-David, an economist at Tel Aviv University, found that the emigration rate of Israeli researchers was the highest in the Western world. Recently, however, the exodus has expanded to include average young people, many of whom say there’s simply no future in Israel.

      “According to government data, 8 percent of Israelis work in high-tech, which pays up to seven times the national average salary of $2,765 a month (before taxes). Israel has one of the highest poverty rates and levels of income inequality in the Western world. Meanwhile, it also has one of the highest costs of living. Tel Aviv ranks ninth among the world’s most expensive cities, higher than New York and Los Angeles; five years ago, it ranked 34th. The situation is so dire that a 2013 survey by the financial newspaper Calcalist (the most recent Israeli study conducted on this topic) found that 87 percent of adults—many with children of their own—depend on substantial financial support from their parents.”

      Jan 19, 2018 - Haaretz
      Opinion: "In Israel, Growing Fascism and a Racism Akin to Early Nazism" by Zeev Sternhell.**
      EXCERPT:
      "I frequently ask myself how a historian in 50 or 100 years will interpret our period. When, he will ask, did people in Israel start to realize that the state that was established in the War of Independence, on the ruins of European Jewry and at the cost of the blood of combatants some of whom were Holocaust survivors, had devolved into a true monstrosity for its non-Jewish inhabitants. When did some Israelis understand that their cruelty and ability to bully others, Palestinians or Africans, began eroding the moral legitimacy of their existence as a sovereign entity?"

      Also:
      https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-gaza-border-killings-expose-israel-s-true-mentality-1.6032716
      Opinion: “Gaza Border Killings Expose Israel’s True Mentality
      And Bezalel Smotrich, like the cynical face of Avigdor Lieberman, reflects our own face, the face of Netanyahu’s advance guard for the West.”
      Zeev Sternhell Apr 27, 2018 – Haaretz
      ** Zeev Sternhell is a Polish-born Israeli historian, political scientist, commentator on the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, and writer. He is one of the world's leading experts on fascism. Sternhell headed the Department of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

      The Forward, June 21/17: “Support for Israel on Campus Drops by ‘Devastating’ 27%: Study” –
      “The Brand Israel Group [BIG], a coalition of volunteer advertising and marketing specialists, has released a survey that shows a significant decrease in Israel’s approval rating among Americans.
      “’The future of America no longer believe that Israel shares their values. This is huge! Devastating,’ Fern Oppenheim, a co-founder of BIG, told The Times of Israel. While approval of Israel among American college students dropped 27% between the group’s 2010 and 2016 surveys, Israel’s approval rating among all Americans dropped 14 points, from 76% to 62%.”

      Furthermore, regarding the USA: http://forward.com/news/ national/376097/study-israel- losing-support-among- democrats-minorities- millennials/ The Forward July 2, 2017
      ”Study: Israel Losing Support Among Democrats, Minorities, Millennials ‘It appears that the more Americans learn about Israel, the less they like it.’”

      Support for Israel among American Jewish college students and young American Jews in general is in decline:
      Times of Israel, June 21/17:
      http://www.timesofisrael.com/devastating-survey-shows-huge-loss-of-israel-support-among-jewish-college-students/

      https://www.haaretz.com/israel -news/.premium-jewish-agency- chief-warns-young-u-s-jews- more-turned-off-to-israel-1. 5751616
      Haaretz – Jan 22, 2018, by Judy Maltz
      “Young American Jews Increasingly Turning Away From Israel, Jewish Agency Leader Warns”
      “The Jewish Agency’s CEO and director-general called the trend ‘extremely worrisome,’ and said that a new strategy must be undertaken to engage young American Jews with Israel.”

      http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=20982'%20style='color:#000;
      The Real News, Jan. 25/18
      “US Bipartisan Support for Israel over Palestinians Is Breaking Down, New Study Shows”
      “The bipartisan consensus of support for Israel over the Palestinians is breaking down in the United States.

      https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-progressives-welcome-aipac-is-all-just-gaslighting-1.5871623?utm_campaign=newsletter-daily&utm_medium=email&utm_source=smartfocus&utm_content=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.haaretz.com%2Fopinion%2F.premium-progressives-welcome-aipac-is-all-just-gaslighting-1.5871623
      “Why Young Jews and Democrats Are Waving Goodbye to AIPAC”
      “My generation has only known Israel as an occupier. We won’t back anyone who supports that injustice – including the powerful lobby that is AIPAC”
      By Emily Mayer, March 6, 2018 – Haaretz

    • @Spring Renouncer and JWalters

      AGREED!!! I've been saying the same thing for years. And Palestinians have within their ranks many men and women who are experts on the I/P conflict and "speak English clearly and articulately...." It is absolutely imperative that they "connect with the American voters."
      The entity known as "Israel" is increasingly vulnerable to the truth.

  • Obama was shocked -- shocked -- to find that settlements were eating the West Bank!
    • https://madmimi.com/p/d0f48c?fe=1&pact=304646-146221003-4195316904-f365350bb8f07aad83f12f3c424d0033774e2245

      Independent Jewish Voices, Canada
      PRESS RELEASE - July 11/18

      "Jewish group congratulates Irish Senate for voting to ban Israeli settlement products; calls on Canada to follow suit"

      "Ottawa -- Independent Jewish Voices Canada (IJV) would like to extend its congratulations to the Senate of Ireland, which has passed a bill to ban trade between the Republic of Ireland and illegal Israeli settlements. The Control of Economic Activity (Occupied Territories) Bill makes it illegal for anyone to sell or import goods from an occupied territory.

      "The bill, introduced by Irish senator Frances Black in January of this year, was delayed due to criticism by the Netanyahu government, which criticized it early on, calling the bill 'immoral.' Months later, however, it seems that Netanyahu’s influence over the international community may be waning, as the bill is back on the legislative docket.

      "While the bill has been passed by the Irish Senate, there are additional stages it must pass before it becomes law. The legislation has already received endorsement from the conservative Fianna Fáil party, Ireland’s official opposition, which shows that support for it continues to build.

      “'This bill sets a historic precedent for countries around the world, including Canada,' said Corey Balsam, IJV’s National Coordinator. 'Its passage would make Ireland the first major Western country to enact legislation outlawing trade with Israel’s illegal settlements. We’re hoping that others will soon follow suit.'

      "A ban on the importation of settlement products is supported by many Canadian organizations including Amnesty International Canada and the United Church of Canada.
      The EU already has guidelines stipulating that agricultural or food products originating in occupied East Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Golan Heights -- all territories occupied by Israel since 1967 -- should not be labeled as a product of Israel. These guidelines have little actual effect on the economies of the illegal settlements, however, as their enforcement has been left up to individual member states of the EU.

      "This issue was a topic of fierce debate at the last convention of Canada’s New Democratic Party, where hundreds of NDP activists from across the country worked to pass a similar resolution, seeking to obtain party support for a ban on Canadian trade with Israel’s illegal settlements. The resolution was narrowly defeated on account of mobilization by party insiders against it, but debate on the subject has continued within the party since the convention.

      “'Unfortunately, the Canadian government and political parties continue to shy away from taking concrete action toward pressuring Israel to remove its illegal settlements,' said Balsam.

      “'In keeping with the government own policy, which opposes Israeli settlements in occupied territory, IJV calls on the Trudeau government to follow Ireland’s lead and institute a similar policy here in Canada. If we are serious about wanting to see peace in Israel-Palestine, it will require steps like this to pressure Israel -- the occupying power --- to change its ways. The Canadian government has enacted economic sanctions on Russia for occupying Crimea. Why should Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territory be treated any differently?' concluded Balsam."

    • @Jackdaw

      To describe your comment in one word: Moronic!!

  • Dems have four congressional candidates willing to criticize Israel -- and 'reap political rewards'
    • @Annie Robbins

      As history attests, women, are the key to victory. For the most part, their brains are located between their ears whereas men's brains are located elsewhere, e.g., the current president. The evil that has infected America over the decades can be defeated if women turn out en masse in the next election

  • Speaker at Israeli gov't conference promotes genocide against Arabs and non-Jews
    • @Peacedoc

      A taste of reality:

      https://www.haaretz.com/opi...
      Jan 19, 2018 - Haaretz
      Opinion: "In Israel, Growing Fascism and a Racism Akin to Early Nazism" by Zeev Sternhell.**
      EXCERPT:
      "I frequently ask myself how a historian in 50 or 100 years will interpret our period. When, he will ask, did people in Israel start to realize that the state that was established in the War of Independence, on the ruins of European Jewry and at the cost of the blood of combatants some of whom were Holocaust survivors, had devolved into a true monstrosity for its non-Jewish inhabitants. When did some Israelis understand that their cruelty and ability to bully others, Palestinians or Africans, began eroding the moral legitimacy of their existence as a sovereign entity?"

      Also:
      https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-gaza-border-killings-expose-israel-s-true-mentality-1.6032716
      Opinion: “Gaza Border Killings Expose Israel’s True Mentality
      And Bezalel Smotrich, like the cynical face of Avigdor Lieberman, reflects our own face, the face of Netanyahu’s advance guard for the West.”
      Zeev Sternhell Apr 27, 2018 – Haaretz
      ** Zeev Sternhell is a Polish-born Israeli historian, political scientist, commentator on the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, and writer. He is one of the world's leading experts on fascism. Sternhell headed the Department of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

      http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Politics-And-Diplomacy/Israel-is-becoming-a-fascist-state-US-cant-save-the-day-497775
      Jerusalem Post June 24, 2017
      "'Israel is becoming a fascist state, U.S. can't save the day'" by Joy Bernard
      EXCERPT:
      "Opposition leader and Zionist Union chairman Issac Herzog warned on Saturday that Israel was headed toward fascism and that its fate as a democracy was at stake.

      "'We are going through a process of fascistization of the Israeli politics,' Herzog warned while speaking at a cultural event in central Israel. 'Whoever is wary of the country's fate and would like to prevent the fascistization has to support the transition into one big and moderate political bloc in order to change this trend,' he said."

      "'We have to change the regime in order to save the Israeli democracy from the fascistization that is threatening it,' Herzog continued."

  • Miriam Adelson urges young American Jews to 'have more Jewish babies' and 'lobby governments' for Israel
    • @Peacedoc and Marnie

      It's time to revisit the following video, etc., exposing fanatical Zionist and casino magnate, Sheldon Adelson's role in bribing US politicians to kowtow to Israel. No doubt, Canadians will be interested in revelations revealed regarding his close friend, former Prime Minister Stephen Harper's devotion to Israel:

      "The Godfather" – Canada's CBC exposé on Sheldon Adelson's influence on Trump, Harper, & Mideast policies" Provided by If Americans Knew

      "Prominent Canadian news broadcaster Wendy Mesley exposes the role of billionaire campaign donor Sheldon Adelson in getting the U.S. embassy moved to Jerusalem, Trump’s abandonment of the Iran nuclear deal, and both U.S. and Canadian politics in general.

      "Adelson, the tenth richest man in the world and the GOP's largest donor, is known to use his money to influence policies on behalf of Israel.

      "After trump tore up the Iran agreement, Adelson donated an additional $30 million to the Republican party, possibly the single largest single donation in U.S. history.

      "Adelson also influenced former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who endorsed Trump's embassy action and anti-Iran move.

      "Mesley interviews New York Times reporter Ken Vogel, who says that Adelson has private meetings at the White House with Trump, Vice President Pence, John Bolton, and others. Israel is at the heart of Adelson's donations, who has been influenced by his Israeli wife. Vogel explains that Adelson is 'the enforcer' for Jewish American donors who give a lot of money to Republican politicians. People are afraid to cross him.

      "The report was broadcast on CBC's news program "The Weekly with Wendy Mesley" on May 20, 2018.

      "See a related video about Adelson: "Sheldon Adelson regrets having worn an American uniform rather than an Israeli one"
      youtu.be/2TFi-9wnspk

      .

    • @peacedoc

      "If you want to address racism ask the PA and Hamas why Jews are excluded from the areas they control. Oh. And did you know there are 2,000,000 Arabs living in Israel?"

      We don't have to ask PA and Hamas "why Jews are excluded from the areas they control."
      The reason is patently obvious to anyone with an IQ over room temperature. However, the Palestinian leadership has declared that when Palestinians have an independent, contiguous state based on the 1949 armistice lines, Jews will be welcome to live amongst them if they take out citizenship and abide by its laws.

      Yes, we know that about "2,000,000 Arabs" live in the entity known as "Israel," i.e., west of the green line. They real question is HOW DO THEY LIVE?

      The entity known as "Israel," i.e., west of the green line, is and always has been an ethnocracy, i.e., a political structure in which the state apparatus is appropriated by a dominant ethnic group to further its interests, power and resources. In short, apartheid.

      To wit:
      Hendrik Verwoerd, then prime minister of South Africa and the architect of South Africa’s apartheid policies, 1961: “Israel, like South Africa, is an apartheid state.” (Rand Daily Mail, November 23, 1961)

      Jacobus Johannes Fouché, South African Minister of Defence during the apartheid era, compared the two states and said that Israel also practiced apartheid. (Gideon Shimoni (1980). Jews and Zionism: The South African Experience 1910-1967. Cape Town: Oxford UP. pp. 310–336. ISBN 0195701798.

      “Former Foreign Ministry director-general invokes South Africa comparisons. ‘Joint Israel-West Bank’ reality is an apartheid state”
      EXCERPT: “Similarities between the ‘original apartheid’ as it was practiced in South Africa and the situation in ISRAEL [my emphasis] and the West Bank today ‘scream to the heavens,’ added [Alon] Liel, who was Israel’s ambassador in Pretoria from 1992 to 1994. There can be little doubt that the suffering of Palestinians is not less intense than that of blacks during apartheid-era South Africa, he asserted.” (Times of Israel, February 21, 2013)

      Video: Israeli TV Host Implores Israelis: Wake Up and Smell the Apartheid
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyyUvxHLYr4

      In its 2015 Country Report on Human Rights Practices for Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories, published in 2016, the U.S. Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor acknowledges the “institutional and societal discrimination against Arab citizens of Israel.” (U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor)

      “Construction, Not Destruction”
      “While Israeli Arabs constitute 20 percent of the population, Arab communities’ jurisdictions occupy just 2.5 percent of the state’s land area, and the process of approving new construction in Arab towns takes decades.” (Haaretz Editorial, April 4, 2017)

      One example of apartheid within Israel:
      “Jewish town won’t let Arab build home on his own land ”
      Excerpt: “Aadel Suad first came to the planning and construction committee of the Misgav Local Council in 1997. Suad, an educator, was seeking a construction permit to build a home on a plot of land he owns in the community of Mitzpeh Kamon. The reply he got, from a senior official on the committee, was a memorable one. ‘Don’t waste your time,’ he reportedly told Suad. ‘We’ll keep you waiting for 30 years.’” (Haaretz, 14 December 2009)

      Adi Ophir, professor of philosophy, Tel Aviv University: "...the adoption of the political forms of an ethnocentric and racist nation-state in general, are turning Israel into the most dangerous place in the world for the humanity and morality of the Jewish community, for the continuity of Jewish cultures and perhaps for Jewish existence itself." (1998 issue of "Theory and Criticism," published in Israel)

      Ilan Pappe, then professor of political science at Haifa University: "[Israel's] political system [is] exclusionary, a pro forma democracy - going through the motions of democratic rule but essentially being akin to apartheid or Herenvolk ('master race') democracy." ("Jerusalem Report," Feb. 14/2000)

      Ronnie Kasrils, a key player in the struggle against the former South African apartheid regime, minister for intelligence and a devout Jew: "The Palestinian minority in Israel has for decades been denied basic equality in health, education, housing and land possession, solely because it is not Jewish. The fact that this minority is allowed to vote hardly redresses the rampant injustice in all other basic human rights. They are excluded from the very definition of the 'Jewish state', and have virtually no influence on the laws, or political, social and economic policies. Hence, their similarity to the black South Africans [under apartheid]." (The Guardian, 25 May 2005)

      Shlomo Gazit, retired IDF Major General: "[Israel's] legal system that enforces the law in a discriminatory way on the basis of national identity, is actually maintaining an apartheid regime." (Haaretz, July 19, 2011)

      The entity known as "Israel" differentiates between citizenship and nationality, i.e., “Israeli” nationality does not exist, only Jews and non-Jews, and each citizen carries an appropriate identity card. While the implications of this absurdity for discrimination and racism against non-Jews are obvious, it has been upheld by Israel’s Supreme Court.

      It's blatantly racist “Citizenship Law,” and more than fifty other restrictions Arab citizens have to endure is well expressed by writer and Knesset member, Ahmed Tibi, “…dutifully defining the state [of Israel] as ‘Jewish and democratic,’ ignores the fact that in practice ‘democratic’ refers to Jews, and the Arabs are nothing more than citizens without citizenship.” (Ma’ariv, 1.6.2005)

      (Nor, for the record, should we forget the horrors the entity known as "Israel" inflicts on Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem as well as the Gaza Strip or the fact it is illegally and belligerently occupying Syria's Golan Heights as well as Lebanon’s Shebaa Farms/Kfarshuba hills, seized during the war it launched on 5 June 1967.)

  • The Gaza blockade is illegal-- and so is the use of force to maintain it
    • @Nathan

      "Strangely, the phrase 'end of conflict" never gets mentioned in this website.

      To state the obvious, it is due to the entity known as "Israel" that there is no "end of conflict."

      To wit:

      By signing the 1993 Oslo Accords, the PLO accepted UNSC Res. 242 and thereby agreed to recognize a sovereign Israel within the 1949 armistice lines, i.e., as of 4 June 1967 – 78% of mandated Palestine.

      The PLO also agreed to the US/EU/UN supported 2002 Arab League Beirut Summit Peace Initiative, which offers Israel full recognition as a sovereign state (per UNSC Res. 242, i.e., within its June 4/67 boundaries with possible minor, equal and mutually agreed land swaps), exchange of ambassadors, trade, tourism, etc., if Israel complies with international law (e.g., the UN Charter, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Fourth Geneva Convention and the Rome Statute.)

      Fully aware of Israel’s demographic concerns, the Beirut initiative does not demand the return of all Palestinian refugees. In accordance with Israel’s pledge given to the UNGA in 1949 and by signing the 1949 Lausanne Peace Conference Protocol to abide by UNGA Res. 194 regarding the then 800,000 Palestinian refugees (determined by Walter Walter Eytan, then Director General of the Israeli Foreign Ministry) as a precondition for admittance to the UN (after being rejected twice), the Arab League’s Initiative “calls upon Israel to affirm” that it agrees to help pursue the “achievement of a just solution to the Palestinian refugee problem…”

      Re: Hamas:
      On 16 June 2009, after meeting with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Ismail Haniya, prime minister of Hamas’s Gaza Strip government, announced that “If there is a real plan to resolve the Palestinian question on the basis of the creation of a Palestinian state within the borders of June 4, 1967 [i.e. 22% of historic Palestine as per 1949 armistice agreements] and with full sovereignty, we are in favour of it.”

      http://www.haaretz.com/isra…
      “‘We accept a Palestinian state on the borders of 1967, with Jerusalem as its capital, the release of Palestinian prisoners, and the resolution of the issue of refugees,’ Haniyeh said, referring to the year of Middle East war in which Israel captured East Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories. ” (Haaretz, December 1, 2010)

      In its revised Charter, April, 2017, Hamas again agreed to a Palestinian state based on the 4 June 1967 borders. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, Israel promptly rejected the Hamas overture instead of using it to open a dialogue.

      https://www.haaretz.com/isr...
      “Senior Hamas Official: ‘I Think We Can All Live Here in This Land – Muslims, Christians and Jews.'” By Nir Gontarz. March 28, 2018, Haaretz.

      For the record, other peace initiatives that Israeli governments have rebuffed include: U.S. Secretary of State William Rogers’ The Rogers Plan (1969); The Scranton Mission on behalf of President Nixon (1970); Egyptian President Sadat’s land for peace and mutual recognition proposal (1971); U.S. President Jimmy Carter’s call for a Geneva international conference (1977); Saudi Arabian King Fahd’s peace offer (1981); U.S. President Ronald Reagan’s Reagan Plan (1982); U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz’s Schultz Plan (1988); U.S. Secretary of State James Baker’s Baker Plan (1989); and the previously noted 1993 Oslo accords signed by Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin that unravelled following the latter’s assassination and subsequent return to power of the Likud party from 1996-1999 under Benjamin Netanyahu; continuation of the Taba II negotiations (2001); the unofficial Geneva Peace Initiative of November/December 2003; and the 2014 Kerry Initiative.

      As for the much touted 2000 Camp David Summit, working in tandem, Barak and Clinton tried to shove a very bad deal down Arafat’s throat. It could only be rejected. Suffice to quote Shlomo Ben-Ami, then Israel’s foreign minister and lead negotiator at Camp David: “Camp David was not the missed opportunity for the Palestinians, and if I were a Palestinian I would have rejected Camp David, as well.” (National Public Radio, 14 February 2006.)

      The “offer” made in 2008 by then Israeli PM Ehud Olmert was never seen as serious because it lacked cabinet approval, he was under indictment with only a few weeks left in office, had a 6% favorable rating, and, therefore, couldn’t have closed the deal, even if the Palestinians had accepted it. (Olmert was imprisoned.)

      Unfortunately, Israel’s response to every peace overture from the Palestinians and Arab states, has been an escalation of illegal settlement construction, dispossession and oppression in occupied Palestinian Arab lands.

      As for Netanyahu and the Likud party, here’s a brief summation of their positions that are contrary to international law and explain why the conflict continues:
      The Likud Party Platform:
      a. “The Jordan river will be the permanent eastern border of the State of Israel.”
      b. “Jerusalem is the eternal, united capital of the State of Israel and only of Israel. The government will flatly reject Palestinian proposals to divide Jerusalem”
      c. “The Government of Israel flatly rejects the establishment of a Palestinian Arab state west of the Jordan river.”
      d. “.... Settlement of the land is a clear expression of the unassailable right of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel and constitutes an important asset in the defense of the vital interests of the State of Israel. The Likud will continue to strengthen and develop these communities and will prevent their uprooting.”

    • @mondonut

      "The Palestinian Right of Return is an extralegal demand made by the enemies of Israel, against the wishes of and in defiance of Israel."

      Reality:
      Israel agreed to comply with Res. 194 in 1949 as a condition for gaining UN membership.

      Briefly:
      Israel’s first and second attempts to join the United Nations following the signing of the 1949 armistice agreements were unsuccessful because the General Assembly considered it to be in contravention of the UN Charter. This was due to the fact that in violation of the Partition Plan (General Assembly Resolution 181, 29 November 1947), Israel was occupying the international zone of West Jerusalem and more than half of the territory assigned to the proposed Palestinian state. Consequently, with another vote on its application for admittance about to take place, Israel's negotiators at Lausanne were instructed to go along with the Arab block and sign a protocol proposed by the commission "which would constitute the basis of work."

      On May 12, 1949, what is known as the Lausanne Protocol (consisting of two separate, but identical documents) was signed by Arab and Israeli negotiators. It stated that the Palestine Conciliation Commission, "anxious to achieve as quickly as possible the objectives of General Assembly Resolution 194 of December 11, 1948, regarding refugees, the respect for their rights and the preservation of their property, as well as territorial and other questions, has proposed to the delegations of the Arab states and to the delegation of Israel that the working document attached hereto (map of partition) be taken as a basis for discussions with the Commission."

      By signing the Lausanne Protocol, Israel and the Arab states formally accepted its provision that the Partition Plan was the "starting point and framework for the discussion of territorial questions." (Fred J. Khouri, The Arab Israeli Dilemma, pp. 293-94) To repeat, Israel also agreed to comply with the terms of U.N. Resolution 194 regarding refugees.

      During the Lausanne Conference Israel was admitted to the United Nations. However, "[a]s a price for obtaining full membership in the United Nations in 1949, Israel's ambassador, Abba Eban, had given assurances that Israel would faithfully adhere to the UN Charter and to the resolutions of the relevant UN bodies." (George and Douglas Ball, The Passionate Attachment, p. 33)

      Abba Eban assured the members of the U.N. Ad Hoc Political Committee reviewing Israel's request for admission that his government "[would pursue] no policies on any question which were inconsistent with...the resolutions of the Assembly and the Security Council." (Quoted by Khouri, TAID, p. 105) Eban thus further committed Israel to abide by Resolutions 181 and 194.

      BTW, despite Eban's assurances, the delegate from Columbia (a strong Roman Catholic country) still had doubts as to Israel's intentions regarding Jerusalem. However, after expressing his concerns to the Israeli delegation he received "formal assurance in writing that Israel would not oppose the internationalization of Jerusalem. In view of that guarantee, Columbia... supported Israel's request for [UN] admission." (Quoted by Khouri, TAID, p. 105)

      On May 11,1949 the General Assembly passed Resolution 273 granting Israel membership in the United Nations. Israel's commitment to obey Resolutions 181 and 194 was incorporated into the text of Resolution 273: "Recalling its resolutions of November 29, 1947 [181] and December 11, 1948 [194], and taking note of the declarations and explanations made by the representative of the government of Israel before the Ad Hoc Political Committee in respect of the implementation of the said resolutions, the General Assembly...decides to admit Israel into membership in the United Nations." (Fred J. Khouri, TAID, pp. 533 34)

  • Israeli activists honor Razan Al Najar in her ancestral village of Salama
    • It's been 70 years and the so-called "Jewish state" is still constantly on the defensive attempting, but failing to ward off a continuous, accelerating and entirely justified barrage of worldwide criticism and condemnation for its monstrous past and present crimes against the indigenous Arab inhabitants of historic Palestine. In short, 70 years of trying to pound a square peg into a round hole. At the same time, ever increasing numbers of Jews everywhere, including the U.S., especially youth, are abandoning Zionism and its spawn, "Israel." Zionism is doomed. Keep up the good fight!!

  • Jewish allies must understand that solidarity entails a loss of privilege
    • https://artistsforpalestine.org.uk/2018/06/26/patti-smith-massive-attack-viggo-mortensen-demand-free-speech-on-palestine/

      "Patti Smith, Massive Attack, Viggo Mortensen among 70+ artists demanding free speech on Palestine." June 26, 2018

      "Artists for Palestine UK is publishing a longer version of the open letter published in tomorrow’s print edition of the Guardian, with the full list of signatories."
      EXCERPT:
      "No Palestine Exception to Freedom of Speech"

      "We, the undersigned artists, writers and public figures, are disturbed by attempts in Germany to impose political conditions on artists supporting Palestinian human rights. We are glad that the international outcry has convinced the Ruhrtriennale arts festival to reverse its repressive decision to cancel a performance by Young Fathers, after they refused to distance themselves from the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights.

      "Ruhrtriennale’s earlier decision was a particularly alarming form of censorship, 'blacklisting' and repression.

      "We welcome the stance of another German festival, Morgenland, in resisting a similar attempt to suppress free speech.

      "We stand firmly against all forms of racism and identity-based discrimination, including anti-Blackness, sexism, antisemitism, Islamophobia and homophobia. Conflating nonviolent measures to end Israel’s illegal occupation and human rights violations with anti-Jewish racism is false and dangerous. It denies Palestinians their right to peaceful protest in pursuit of freedom, justice and equality and undermines the struggle against antisemitism.

      "While we may hold diverse views on the Palestinian-led BDS movement, we are united in considering it a lawful exercise of freedom of expression. Boycotts which are anchored in universal human rights and aimed at achieving justice for marginalized and oppressed communities are a legitimate nonviolent tactic. They have been used worldwide, including against apartheid in South Africa and the Jim Crow segregation laws in the United States.
      In affirming this position, we are in agreement with the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the European Union, several European governments, hundreds of European legal scholars, international progressive Jewish organizations and figures, more than two hundred U.S. rabbis and hundreds of European NGOs.

    • @Yohan Fredman

      Come out of your trance. The entity known as "Israel" is a monster ruled by racist Zionist zealots with U.S. support, including $billions in financial aid since its inception. BDS is absolutely necessary and effective. It is expanding rapidly worldwide and scaring them to death.

    • @Talkback

      "That’s the Apartheid state you support, Mondonut. Shame on you!."

      Bingo!! Well and truly stated.

      Dealing with Mondonut and his ilk is like shooting fish in a barrel.

  • Isaac Herzog won't apologize for saying intermarriage is a 'plague'
    • The "plague" consists of Herzog and his fellow racist loonies.

    • To state the obvious, these panic stricken Zionist zealots like Herzog are really screwed up. By attempting to prevent Jews from marrying and having children with non-Jews, they are emulating the Nazis who forbade "Aryan" intermarriage with Jews.

  • Suicides in Gaza are on the rise
  • UNRWA does not perpetuate the conflict, the conflict perpetuates UNRWA
    • @Nathan

      RoHa has utterly demolished your "argument" regarding Res. 194. As I noted in my reply to him below, its no surprise that you are unfamiliar with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which along with the UN Charter and the Fourth Geneva Convention, is binding on all UN members.

      For the record:
      As a precondition for UN membership (after being denied membership twice), in a statement before the ad hoc Political Committee of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) and by signing the Lausanne Peace Conference Protocol, Israel agreed to comply with UNGA Resolution 194 (11 December 1948.)

      Israel also pledged during the 1949 Lausanne Peace Conference to negotiate the borders of Jewish and Palestinian/Arab states within former British Mandate Palestine on the basis of UNGA Resolution 181, the 1947 Partition Plan, as did the Arab negotiators, including Palestinian representatives attached to the Syrian delegation.

      Israel’s promise to obey these two resolutions was incorporated into UNGA Resolution 273 (11 May 1949) granting it UN membership: “Recalling its resolutions of 29 November 1947 [UNGA Resolution 181, the Partition Plan] and 11 December 1948 [UNGA Resolution 194 regarding Palestinian refugees] and taking note of the declarations and explanations made by the representative of the Government of Israel before the ad hoc Political Committee in respect of the implementation of the said resolutions, [t]he General Assembly..., [d]ecides to admit Israel to membership in the United Nations.”

      Israel is the only state admitted to the United Nations on the condition that specific resolutions would be obeyed. Given its failure to do so, a strong legal case can be made for its suspension from the world body.

      As for Res. 242, I trust you will find the following of interest:
      As Israel's Foreign Minister Abba Eban revealed at the time, he understood full well that Resolution 242 calls for Israel’s complete withdrawal: “The words ‘in the recent conflict’ convert the principle of eliminating occupation into a mathematically precise formula for restoring the June 4 Map.” (Comment by Foreign Minister of Israel and Telegram 3164, UK Mission in New York to Foreign Office, 12 Nov 1967. FO961/24, quoted by Professor McHugo “Resolution 242: A Legal Reappraisal...,” pp. 874-85)

      Moshe Dayan also realized that Resolution 242 calls for full withdrawal. In June 1968, during a closed session of the Labor Party, he counseled against endorsing Resolution 242 as "it means withdrawal to the 4 June [1967] boundaries, and because we are in conflict with the SC [Security Council] on that resolution." (Daniel Dishon (ed.), Middle East Record, v. 4, 1968 (Jerusalem: 1973), p. 247; Dr. Norman Finkelstein, “Partial or full withdrawal?” – Counterpunch.org, 28 December 2006)

      Furthermore: “In its landmark 2004 advisory opinion, ‘Legal Consequences of the Construction of a Wall In the Occupied Palestinian Territory,’ the International Court of Justice repeatedly affirmed the preambular paragraph of Resolution 242 emphasizing the 'inadmissibility' of territorial conquest as well as a 1970 General Assembly resolution emphasizing that ‘No territorial acquisition resulting from the threat or use of force shall be recognized as legal.’ The World Court denoted this principle a ‘corollary’ of the U.N. Charter and as such ‘customary international law’ and a ‘customary rule’ binding on all member States of the United Nations. It merits notice that on this crucial point none of the Court's 15 justices registered any dissent.” (“Legal Consequences of the Construction of a Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory,” Advisory Opinion (Int'l Ct. of Justice July 9, 2004), 43 IL M 1009 (2004), paras. 74, 87,117, Dr. Norman Finkelstein in “Important notes to be included in analysis of Resolution 242,” 28 December 2006, CounterPunch.org)

    • @Talkback

      Well and truly stated. You are entirely correct.

      Of course, it's no surprise that raving Zionists like Nathan are unfamiliar with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (the basis of Res. 194 and binding on all UN member states) given the fact that the entity known as "Israel" is a well documented flagrant and ongoing violator of hard won human rights.

  • Birthright dissident calls on 1000s of Jews doing trip to 'make Birthright uncomfortable'
  • Palestinians protest Trump's 'Deal of the Century' in Ramallah
  • Wah!!! Dershowitz shunned on Martha's Vineyard!
    • "Today everyone is talking about Alan Dershowitz’s article in the Hill complaining that he has been socially banned on Martha’s Vineyard because of his advocacy for Donald Trump."

      DELICIOUS!! The chickens are coming home to roost.

      Apparently, Dershowitz is not familiar with the old adage, "lie down with dogs and you get fleas."

  • What happens when you say 'Nakba' in Hebrew – an interview with Eitan Bronstein Aparicio
    • @Ossinev

      A kindly gesture. American Perspective should follow your suggestion. He is way beyond incoherent.

    • @American Perspective

      You continue to thrash about spewing nothing but bafflegab. Truly pathetic. Hasbara Central must be very disappointed with your silly self-defeating efforts. No surprise!! Zionism is rotting within, being increasingly abandoned by Jews, especially youth, and viewed by more and more people around the world as the 19th century racist/colonialist ideology it is. It's only a matter of time.

  • 'This is apartheid, there is no better word for it': Calls for boycott growing among mainstream Israelis
    • @Stephen Shenfield

      For the record:

      On 16 June 2009, after meeting with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Ismail Haniya, prime minister of Hamas’s Gaza Strip government, announced that “If there is a real plan to resolve the Palestinian question on the basis of the creation of a Palestinian state within the borders of June 4, 1967 [i.e. 22% of historic Palestine] and with full sovereignty, we are in favour of it.”

      http://www.haaretz.com/isra…
      “‘We accept a Palestinian state on the borders of 1967, with Jerusalem as its capital, the release of Palestinian prisoners, and the resolution of the issue of refugees,’ [**] Haniyeh said, referring to the year of Middle East war in which Israel captured East Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories. ” (Haaretz, December 1, 2010) No response from the entity known as “Israel.”
      ** By calling for a “resolution of the issue of refugees,” Haniyeh was in accordance with Res. 194, which calls for financial compensation as an option for the Palestinian refugees rather than their inalienable “Right of Return.”

      In its revised Charter, April, 2017, Hamas again agreed to a Palestinian state based on the 4 June 1967 borders. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, Israel promptly rejected the Hamas overture instead of using it to open a dialogue.

      https://www.haaretz.com/isr…
      “Senior Hamas Official: ‘I Think We Can All Live Here in This Land – Muslims, Christians and Jews.’” By Nir Gontarz. March 28, 2018, Haaretz. No response from the entity known as “Israel.”

    • @beg

      “Former Foreign Ministry director-general invokes South Africa comparisons. ‘Joint Israel-West Bank’ reality is an apartheid state”
      EXCERPT: “Similarities between the ‘original apartheid’ as it was practiced in South Africa and the situation in ISRAEL [my emphasis] and the West Bank today ‘scream to the heavens,’ added [Alon] Liel, who was Israel’s ambassador in Pretoria from 1992 to 1994. There can be little doubt that the suffering of Palestinians is not less intense than that of blacks during apartheid-era South Africa, he asserted.” (Times of Israel, February 21, 2013)

      Video: Israeli TV Host Implores Israelis: Wake Up and Smell the Apartheid
      https://www.youtube.com/wat...

      Ronnie Kasrils, a key player in the struggle against the former South African apartheid regime, minister for intelligence, and a devout Jew: "The Palestinian minority in Israel has for decades been denied basic equality in health, education, housing and land possession, solely because it is not Jewish. The fact that this minority is allowed to vote hardly redresses the rampant injustice in all other basic human rights. They are excluded from the very definition of the 'Jewish state', and have virtually no influence on the laws, or political, social and economic policies. Hence, their similarity to the black South Africans [under apartheid]." (The Guardian, 25 May 2005)

      Shlomo Gazit, retired IDF Major General: "[Israel's] legal system that enforces the law in a discriminatory way on the basis of national identity, is actually maintaining an apartheid regime." (Haaretz, July 19, 2011)

  • US Jewish leader expresses compassion for refugees at US border-- and contempt for Palestinian refugees
    • @American Perspective

      "This is only hypocrisy if you adopt the Arab nationalist position, that the Arab nationalist community of Gaza are the same as the victimized folks seeking refuge on our Southern border."

      Sigh. What an utterly inane comparison. Classic hasbara, i.e., "apples and oranges."

      To be brief:
      While I stand with the desperate refugees seeking refuge in the U.S. who are being rejected by the Trump administration, unlike the Gaza Strip, which is illegally and brutally occupied by the entity known as "Israel," Mexico is not under the military boot of the U.S.

      BTW, the contention on the part of the entity known as "Israel" that "the principles of belligerent occupation, including Article 49, paragraph 6 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, do not apply to the West Bank and the Gaza Strip because Jordan and Egypt were not the respective legitimate sovereigns of these territories" is without foundation. As the Legal Adviser of the Department of State advised the Congress, "…those principles [of belligerent occupation] appear applicable whether or not Jordan and Egypt possessed legitimate sovereign rights in respect of those territories. Protecting the reversionary interest of an ousted sovereign is not their sole or essential purpose; the paramount purposes are protecting the civilian population of an occupied territory and reserving permanent territorial changes, if any, until settlement of the conflict."

      I also remind you that unlike the tactics of the entity known as "Israel" along the border with Gaza, American sharpshooters are not positioned along the border with Mexico shooting, killing and wounding defenseless Mexican and Latin American refugees. Nor has the U.S. designated huge portions of Mexico "no man's land" as the entity known as "Israel" has done in the Gaza Strip.

      https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-gaza-border-killings-expose-israel-s-true-mentality-1.6032716

      Opinion: “Gaza Border Killings Expose Israel’s True Mentality
      And Bezalel Smotrich, like the cynical face of Avigdor Lieberman, reflects our own face, the face of Netanyahu’s advance guard for the West.”
      Zeev Sternhell Apr 27, 2018 – Haaretz

      ** Zeev Sternhell is a Polish-born Israeli historian, political scientist, commentator on the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, and writer. He is one of the world's leading experts on fascism.

    • @American Perspective

      "There is no such thing as an 'indigenous inhabitant' in Palestine."
      Utter nonsense!!

      I remind you of the following:

      http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fgene.2017.00087/full
      Front. Genet., 21 June 2017 | https://doi.org/10.3389/fgene.2017.00087

      EXCERPT:
      “The Origins of Ashkenaz, Ashkenazic Jews, and Yiddish”

      “Recent genetic samples from bones found in Palestine dating to the Epipaleolithic (20000-10500 BCE) showed remarkable resemblance to modern day Palestinians.”

      Furthermore:
      “The non-Levantine origin of AJs [Ashkenazi Jews] is further supported by an ancient DNA analysis of six Natufians and a Levantine Neolithic (Lazaridis et al., 2016), some of the most likely Judaean progenitors (Finkelstein and Silberman, 2002; Frendo, 2004). In a principle component analysis (PCA), the ancient Levantines clustered predominantly with modern-day Palestinians and Bedouins and marginally overlapped with Arabian Jews, whereas AJs clustered away from Levantine individuals and adjacent to Neolithic Anatolians and Late Neolithic and Bronze Age Europeans.”

      “Overall, the combined results are in a strong agreement with the predictions of the Irano-Turko-Slavic hypothesis (Table 1) and rule out an ancient Levantine origin for AJs, which is predominant among modern-day Levantine populations (e.g., Bedouins and Palestinians). This is not surprising since Jews differed in cultural practices and norms (Sand, 2011) and tended to adopt local customs (Falk, 2006). Very little Palestinian Jewish culture survived outside of Palestine (Sand, 2009). For example, the folklore and folkways of the Jews in northern Europe is distinctly pre-Christian German (Patai, 1983) and Slavic in origin, which disappeared among the latter (Wexler, 1993, 2012).”

      The Jebusite/Canaanites were ancestors of today’s Palestinians and it was they who founded Jerusalem around 3000 BCE. Originally known as Jebus, the first recorded reference to it as “Rushalimum” or “Urussalim,” site of the sacred Foundation Rock, appears in Egyptian Execration Texts of the nineteenth century BCE, nearly 800 years before it is alleged King David was born. Its name "seems to have incorporated the name of the Syrian god Shalem [the Canaanite God of Dusk], who was identified with the setting sun or the evening star...and] can probably be translated as 'Shalem has founded'." (Karen Armstrong, Jerusalem, One City, Three Faiths; Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1996, pp.6-7)

      BTW, Thus far, no credible archaeological evidence, or more importantly, writings of contemporaneous civilizations, have been found that prove Solomon or David actually existed. (Nor has any evidence been discovered to confirm that a Jewish exodus from Egypt ever occurred. )

      To quote renowned Jewish Israeli writer/columnist, Uri Avnery: “[David and Solomon’s] existence is disproved, inter alia, by their total absence from the voluminous correspondence of Egyptian rulers and spies in the Land of Canaan.” (“A Curious National Home,” by Uri Avnery, May 13/17 –
      http://zope.gush-shalom.org/home/en/channels/avnery/1494589093/)

      It is estimated that the Hebrews did not invade until circa 1184 BCE and their resulting United Kingdom of Israel, which never controlled the coast from Jaffa to Gaza, lasted only about 75-80 years, less than a blip in the history of Canaan and Palestine.

    • @hophmi

      Reality:
      To quote Yehouda Shenhav, of Iraqi Jewish heritage and professor of sociology and anthropology at Tel Aviv University: “Any reasonable person, Zionist or non-Zionist, must acknowledge that the analogy drawn between Palestinians and Mizrahi [Arab] Jews is unfounded. Palestinian refugees did not want to leave Palestine….Those who left did not do so of their own volition. In contrast, Jews from Arab lands came to this country under the initiative of the State of Israel and Jewish organizations.” (Haaretz, 8 October 2004.)

      Historian, Avi Shlaim, born into an affluent and influential family in Baghdad: “We are not refugees, nobody expelled us from Iraq, nobody told us that we were unwanted. But we are the victims of the Israeli-Arab conflict.” (Haaretz, August 11, 2005)

      Yisrael Yeshayahu, speaker of the Knesset: “We are not refugees…. We had messianic aspirations.”

      Shlomo Hillel, former minister and speaker of the Knesset: “I don’t regard the departure of Jews from Arab lands as that of refugees. They came here because they wanted to, as Zionists.”

      During a Knesset hearing into the matter, Ran Cohen, member of the Knesset: “I am not a refugee….I came at the behest of Zionism, due to the pull that this land exerts, and due to the idea of redemption. Nobody is going to define me as a refugee.” (Ha’aretz, October 8, 2004)

      It should not be forgotten that after having its bid for UN membership rejected twice, Israel signed the 1949 Lausanne Peace Conference Protocol and declared before the UN General Assembly that it would comply with UN Resolution 194, which, based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (binding on all UN members), calls for the repatriation of and/or compensation for the then near 800,000 Palestinian refugees who as determined by Walter Eytan, then Director General of the Israeli Foreign Ministry, were dispossessed and expelled by Jewish forces and the IDF before and during the 1948 war (including 400,000 between late 1947 and 15 May 1948), as a precondition for gaining UN admittance (see UNGA Resolution 273, 11 May 1949.) Israel is the only country admitted to the UN subject to a precondition. It has since refused to comply with its pledge and should have long since had its UN membership cancelled or suspended.

      The bottom line is that while well over one million Palestinians were brutally expelled from their homeland by Jewish militias and the IDF, they played no role whatsoever in the emigration of or any ill treatment and or loss of assets that Jews of Arab origin may have experienced in their former homelands. In short, apples and oranges.

      Regarding your predictable attempt at "whataboutery," I also remind you that Jewish Zionist forces have dispossessed and expelled several thousand indigenous Palestinian Christians from their homeland.

  • 'A Jew who tried to abuse this fact' -- Israel deports activist for supporting BDS
    • http://azvsas.blogspot.com/2018/07/shame-on-time-out-for-supporting.html

      Tony Greenstein's Blog - July 2/18

      "Shame on Time Out for Supporting Apartheid - Inminds Activists Destroy Israeli 'Ice-Cream' Hasbara Stunt"

      "At this time of tragedy and despair and with the imminent eviction of the Bedouin village of Khan al Ahmar in the West Bank, it was nice to see the Inminds activist group in London brilliantly disrupting a Time Out sponsored Israeli ice-cream stunt in Bloomsbury Square, London."

    • @beg

      With advocates like American Perspective, the entity known as "Israel" needs no critics.
      Indeed, he well serves the Palestinian cause.

  • Slouching toward Gilead (or how Zionism collapses into anti-feminism)
    • The monstrous crimes committed against the indigenous Palestinians by Zionism and its spawn, the entity known as "Israel" are having a disastrous effect on Judaism. No wonder increasing numbers of Jews are assimilating by marrying non-Jews.

      A good read:
      https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/06/27/cry-baby-israel/

      "Cry Baby Israel," by Vacy Vlanza, Counterpunch, June 27/18

      EXCERPTS:

      "Israel, one of the most technologically advanced military superpowers, is making a colossal fool of itself on the global stage by crying Wolf – ‘We have the right to defend ourselves from – from ?- hold onto your hats, folks, from – Kites, Balloons, Stones, Cameras, a Slap, a Poem.

      "Seriously? Damn Right. These aren’t just any kites, balloons, stones, cameras, slap, poem. These are terror toys of Palestinian mass defiance and of monster maquisards, mainly teenagers and youth, that strike fear and panic in the mighty Israeli armed forces.

      "With Israel’s back to the wall, Israeli leaders predictably huddle behind the ‘Terrorist’ Card and the Victim Card that hide Israel’s cowardice and cruelty and justify its atrocities against Palestinian resistance."

      "On March 30, the disgrace and international censure, induced by Israel’s precision massacre of 60 defenceless, nonviolent participants in Gaza’s Great March of Return, was immediately deflected by the Israeli hasbara machine that churned out a barrage of lies, mindlessly rerun by lackey media and vassal states, asserting ‘clashes’ between Jewish snipers in fear of their lives and members of ‘terror’ groups belying the grass-roots non-violent uprising.

      "Neither that massacre, nor the daily massacres since, have stopped the brave Great March of Return protests. The demented Israeli might-over-right mindset that has prevailed for 70 plus years simply cannot comprehend, ‘as with a green plant, that what matters most is rootedness; what truly holds up, nourishes and supports all else is underground' , that Palestinian sumoud i.e., steadfastness has ancient roots to the land. Such rootedness defeated the USA in Korea and Vietnam. It is itself undefeatable."

      "Now imagine at future arms fairs and weapons expos, ex-IDF generals representing the major Israeli military firms- Elbit, Rafael, IAI, IMI, tearfully blubbering on the shoulders potential clients how they have been forced into a kite war or coerced to use disproportionate force against their mortal enemy – Palestinian children and youths throwing stones who are dubbed ‘terrorists’ by the Injustice Minister Aylet Shaked.

      "Palestinian children, even as young as 5, are imprisoned, maimed or executed for throwing stones at the most ‘moral’ army in the Middle East.

      "Palestinians don’t have an air force, army or navy, and thus they don’t attend weapons expos. They depend on Mother Palestine to arm them with her flesh of stones against Goliath Israel.

      "Ironically, the fable of David defeating Goliath with a slingshot and stone is revered by Israeli Jews. They even named an archeological site in Al Quds after the non-existent David, but then all of Israel’s claims to Palestine are fake based on myth.

      "Israeli Emeritus Professor of History at Tel Aviv University, Shlomo Sand affirms there is no archeological evidence that there was an Exodus from Egypt to Zion, nor a shred of evidence that the kingdoms of David and Solomon existed, and furthermore there’s no evidence of a First Temple plus 'the Land of Israel of biblical texts did not include Jerusalem, Hebron, Bethlehem, or their surrounding areas, but rather only Samaria and a number of adjacent areas—in other words, the land of the northern kingdom of Israel. Because a united kingdom encompassing both ancient Judea and Israel never existed, a unifying Hebrew name for such a territory never emerged.'

      "To protect the myth of the most ‘moral’ army from the exposure of its daily perpetration of genocide, a draft version of a Knesset bill criminalising the filming or photographing Israeli soldiers on genocidal duty has been passed. How dare social and mainstream media humiliate Israel’s military bullies and killers! Humiliation is our segue to –

      "The Slap
      Although Israeli military operators are covered with the maximum advanced protective gear to prevail against the toughest physical challenges, they are unable to withstand a slap, (boo hoo, boo hoo) from a slight,16 year old Palestinian girl. Rather than play down this embarrassment, the Jewish state burst into a hysteria of tears charging the teenage Ahed Tamimi as a ‘danger to public security’ which in turn triggered hundreds of protests around the world instantly turning Ahed into an icon of Palestinian resistance."

  • Birthright walkout is met with vitriolic rage in Israel -- 'Radicals' 'You will get raped'
    • @Steve Grover

      Dream on!!

      Reality:
      NEWSWEEK - 5/10/18
      "More Israelis are moving to the U.S.—and staying for good"
      "Spurred by the high cost of living, low salaries, and political and demographic trends, Israelis are leaving the country in droves." By Yardena Schwartz

      EXCERPTS:
      "In April, as her family in central Israel prepared to celebrate Independence Day, Rachel Ohal was preparing for what she calls 'every Israeli’s dream.' The next morning, she awoke in her home in Los Angeles and drove to a ceremony to become an American citizen. She is one of at least 1 million Israelis residing in the United States. And if Israel—home to 8.8 million people—doesn’t change course, many more may soon join her.

      "Israel celebrates its 70th birthday in May with the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. Yet the country is grappling with an existential crisis—one that doesn’t involve Iranian nukes or Palestinian protests. Spurred by the high cost of living, low salaries, and political and demographic trends, Israelis are leaving the country in droves, trying to build their lives elsewhere, mostly in the United States. Many of these young Israelis are moving to big cities, and yet, even in these often expensive places, they see more opportunities to advance."

      "The available data is telling, analysts say. Between 2006 and 2016, more than 87,000 Israelis became U.S. citizens or legalized permanent residents, according to the most recent data from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. That’s up from 66,000 between 1995 and 2005. These figures take into account only those who took the legal route (many Israelis, analysts say, arrive on temporary tourist, student or work visas, then stay). And in addition to the Israelis now living stateside, according to the country’s Ministry of Immigrant Absorption, hundreds of thousands have moved to Europe, Canada and elsewhere.

      "The country’s brain drain isn’t new. For years, many of its most talented scholars and researchers moved to the U.S., where the salaries are far higher and there are more jobs at top-tier universities. One report by Dan Ben-David, an economist at Tel Aviv University, found that the emigration rate of Israeli researchers was the highest in the Western world. Recently, however, the exodus has expanded to include average young people, many of whom say there’s simply no future in Israel.

      "According to government data, 8 percent of Israelis work in high-tech, which pays up to seven times the national average salary of $2,765 a month (before taxes). Israel has one of the highest poverty rates and levels of income inequality in the Western world. Meanwhile, it also has one of the highest costs of living. Tel Aviv ranks ninth among the world’s most expensive cities, higher than New York and Los Angeles; five years ago, it ranked 34th. The situation is so dire that a 2013 survey by the financial newspaper Calcalist (the most recent Israeli study conducted on this topic) found that 87 percent of adults—many with children of their own—depend on substantial financial support from their parents."

    • @JLewisDickerson

      The future will reveal that Sheldon Adelson and his ilk are making it so easy for real anti-Semites to take the reins.

    • @guyn

      BINGO!!

  • "A Watershed Moment in Palestinian History": Interview with Jamal Juma’
    • @DaBakr

      Reality:
      The entity known as "Israel" - 70 years of trying to pound a square peg into a round hole.

      All so predictable:

      Then Secretary of State for India and the British cabinet's only Jewish member, Lord Edwin Montagu's response to Prime Minister Lloyd George following issuance of the illegal (i.e., in violation of the established legal maxim Nemo dat quod non habet - nobody can give what he does not possess) 1917 Balfour Declaration: "All my life I have been trying to get out of the ghetto. You want to force me back there."

      Henry Morgenthau Sr., renowned Jewish American and former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey, 1919: "Zionism is the most stupendous fallacy in Jewish history....The very fervour of my feeling for the oppressed of every race and every land, especially for the Jews, those of my own blood and faith, to whom I am bound by every tender tie, impels me to fight with all the greater force against this scheme, which my intelligence tells me can only lead them deeper into the mire of the past, while it professes to be leading them to the heights. Zionism is... a retrogression into the blackest error, and not progress toward the light." (Quoted by Frank Epp, Whose Land is Palestine?, p. 261)

      Albert Einstein, 1939: “There could be no greater calamity than a permanent discord between us and the Arab people…. Let us recall that in former times no people lived in greater friendship with us than the ancestors of these Arabs.” (Einstein and Zionism by Banesh Hoffmann, in General Relativity and Gravitation, eds G. Shaviv and J. Rosen, Wiley, 1975, p. 242)

      Lessing J. Rosenwald, president of the American Council for Judaism, 1944: “The concept of a racial state – the Hitlerian concept- is repugnant to the civilized world, as witness the fearful global war in which we are involved. . . , I urge that we do nothing to set us back on the road to the past. To project at this time the creation of a Jewish state or commonwealth is to launch a singular innovation in world affairs which might well have incalculable consequences.”

  • Liberal Zionists say that Israel and the U.S. are in the same struggle against rightwing forces
    • @JLewisDickerson, et al

      ABSOLUTE MUST READ REGARDING THE PRESENT STATE OF AMERICA'S DEMOCRACY!!

      http://www.tothepointanalyses.com/

      "America’s Moral Angst—An Analysis" (29 June 2018) by Professor Lawrence Davidson

      EXCERPTS:
      "Part I – Evidence of Moral Degeneracy

      "For all those who in 2016 closed their eyes, held their noses and took a leap into the unknown by voting for Donald Trump, it is time to pry open those eyelids, gaze upon what they have wrought, and smell the decay pervading the country’s public sphere. And indeed, it seems that growing numbers have, rather belatedly, noticed the signs of moral degeneracy coming from the Oval Office. What took them so long?"

      "Even before 8 November 2016, Trump’s ethical shortcomings were pretty obvious. All that bullying, slander and racial innuendo at his campaign rallies was spontaneous Trump—the real Trump—and not the product of some miscreant speechwriter or sleazy campaign director. The notion that gaining power would somehow breed a sense of responsibility in such a personality, if this happened to occur to anyone, is just rubbish. We have known this to be so ever since a certain German election in July of 1932.

      "Nonetheless, it should be noted that a president of Donald Trump’s temperament is not new in U.S. history. He is not the first man with anger control problems and a stark disregard for the rule of law to hit the White House. However, he is certainly the most blatant. Not that history is a guide for the average voter—the majority of Americans are not historically aware. The national history they are taught often does not go beyond what is needed to uphold an unquestioning pledge of allegiance. Put that ignorance together with prevailing inattention and you have an explanation of why it took so long for many U.S. citizens to realize that their president is a moral idiot.

      "From his first day in office Trump has, consistently and without embarrassment, packed the higher offices of government with unqualified fanatics, incompetent ideologues, and people who had as their goal the destruction of the departments they 'ran.' That is, with reflections of himself. He has also been bombarding us with moronic tweets (which are often indicators of forthcoming moronic policies), and lying like a cheap rug. Indeed, the only time the man is not lying is when he is in the grip of a temper tantrum or identifying with white supremacists, as after the Charlottesville debacle."

      "...in Trump’s eyes the aliens are less than human. They are not worthy of legal due process or any sort of human rights considerations. The snatching of their children was an expression of this attitude. And, when the First Lady recently went to inspect the resulting kiddy concentration camps, she let every one know how she, and no doubt the rest of the Trump tribe, felt about the plight of these stolen children. It was right there on her jacket: 'I really don’t care.' Trump said the sentiment referred to the couple’s attitude toward 'fake news,' but really that was just a fake excuse. It was stupid callousness on Melania’s part. It was one of those 'how low can you go' situations.

      "Part II – Corroborating Evidence

      "The misrepresented refugees along the southern border of the United States are not the only ones for whom Trump has disdain. Connections with organizations that defend the rights and contribute to the needs of the poor and oppressed are now, seemingly, held hostage to the dictates of Israel—an ally of the U.S. that regards its indigenous Palestinians much as Trump regards the 'illegal aliens' on the Mexican border. Thus, the Trump administration withdrew from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on 12 October 2017 citing alleged 'anti-Israel bias.' One of the goals of UNESCO is 'promoting education for peace and protecting culture under attack.' Given these ends and Israeli behavior toward the Palestinians, what Washington calls 'bias' is in fact logical and necessary criticism on UNESCO’s part.

      "The same maneuver was repeated on 20 June 2018 when the Trump administration withdrew the U.S. from the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). The Council is the world’s premier human rights body that reviews and brings to light abuses on a country-by-country basis. Lo and behold, the Trump administration accused the UNHRC of 'chronic bias' against Israel. What is a human rights organization to do when confronted by a chronic human rights abusing state? Not be biased? Nor does the appearance of the occasional abuser state on its membership list negate the council’s mission. Membership is rotating and has not prevented the council from doing its job."

    • Randi Weingarten: "'As the Jewish American community mobilizes against policies that strike at the heart of American democratic values, what can we learn from the ongoing struggle to uphold Israel’s democracy?'”

      Huh?

      The entity known as "Israel," i.e., west of the green line, is not and has never been a democracy. It is and has always has been an ethnocracy, i.e., a political structure in which the state apparatus is appropriated by a dominant ethnic group to further its interests, power and resources. In short, apartheid.

      To wit:
      Hendrik Verwoerd, then prime minister of South Africa and the architect of South Africa’s apartheid policies, 1961: “Israel, like South Africa, is an apartheid state.” (Rand Daily Mail, November 23, 1961)

      Jacobus Johannes Fouché, South African Minister of Defence during the apartheid era, compared the two states and said that Israel also practiced apartheid. (Gideon Shimoni (1980). Jews and Zionism: The South African Experience 1910-1967. Cape Town: Oxford UP. pp. 310–336. ISBN 0195701798.

      “Former Foreign Ministry director-general invokes South Africa comparisons. ‘Joint Israel-West Bank’ reality is an apartheid state”
      EXCERPT: “Similarities between the ‘original apartheid’ as it was practiced in South Africa and the situation in ISRAEL [my emphasis] and the West Bank today ‘scream to the heavens,’ added [Alon] Liel, who was Israel’s ambassador in Pretoria from 1992 to 1994. There can be little doubt that the suffering of Palestinians is not less intense than that of blacks during apartheid-era South Africa, he asserted.” (Times of Israel, February 21, 2013)

      Video: Israeli TV Host Implores Israelis: Wake Up and Smell the Apartheid
      https://www.youtube.com/wat...

      In its 2015 Country Report on Human Rights Practices for Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories, published in 2015, the U.S. Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor acknowledges the “institutional and societal discrimination against Arab citizens of Israel.”

      Ronnie Kasrils, a key player in the struggle against the former South African apartheid regime, minister for intelligence and a devout Jew: "The Palestinian minority in Israel has for decades been denied basic equality in health, education, housing and land possession, solely because it is not Jewish. The fact that this minority is allowed to vote hardly redresses the rampant injustice in all other basic human rights. They are excluded from the very definition of the 'Jewish state', and have virtually no influence on the laws, or political, social and economic policies. Hence, their similarity to the black South Africans [under apartheid]." (The Guardian, 25 May 2005)

      The entity known as “Israel” also differentiates between citizenship and nationality, i.e., “Israeli” nationality does not exist, only Jews and non-Jews, and each citizen carries an appropriate identity card. While the implications of this absurdity for discrimination and racism against non-Jews are obvious, it has been upheld by Israel’s Supreme Court.

      The effect of its blatantly racist “Citizenship Law” and more than fifty other restrictions Arab citizens have to endure is well expressed by writer and Knesset member, Ahmed Tibi: “…dutifully defining the state as ‘Jewish and democratic,’ ignores the fact that in practice ‘democratic’ refers to Jews, and the Arabs are nothing more than citizens without citizenship.” (Ma’ariv, 1.6.2005)

  • Israeli activists respond to Palestinian call, hang photos of fallen protesters along Gaza fence
    • Interesting Haaretz article:

      https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-toking-on-the-base-1.6213262?utm_term=20180626-01%3A53&utm_campaign=Amira+Hass&utm_medium=email&writerAlerts=true&utm_source=smartfocus&utm_content=www.haaretz.com%2Fopinion%2F1.6213262

      "Toking on the Base in Israel"

      "Maybe the soldiers realize that something is essentially wrong with serving in an institution whose job is to suppress 4 million subjects"
      By Amira Hass Jun 26/18 - Haaretz

      EXCERPTS:

      "Cannabis consumption among Israeli soldiers (both in the military and doing national service) is increasing. By 2017, no less than 54 percent of the troops were using it, according to an article in the daily Yedioth Ahronoth based on a survey by the Anti-Drug Authority a few months ago."

      "The reporter, Amir Shouan, spoke to male and female soldiers in various units and learned that there are also commanders getting high, and commanders who know which of their soldiers use cannabis. And there are soldiers earning some nice money using apps to sell hashish. Drug dealers even give soldiers discounts.

      "The use of the drug isn’t limited to leaves at home. 'In many units, some of them operational and sensitive, cannabis smoking has become widespread on the bases themselves,' Shouan writes.

      "The immediate tendency is to find a positive explanation for the phenomenon. The soldiers, young and programmed as they may be, feel that what they’re doing is bad: breaking into homes; waking up children in the middle of the night and pointing guns at them; shooting at the inmates in the prison that is Gaza, whether they’re demonstrators, fishermen, shepherds or farmers; securing the demolitions of people’s dwellings and cisterns; or standing idly by under orders while masked Jews attack Palestinian shepherds and farmers.

      "Reinforcement of sorts for this interpretation comes from a soldier named Shira who told Shouan that she was suffering emotional problems because of her service, 'And then the only thing that comforts you is the toke. Cannabis helps you relax, get through the pain – mental and physical – and thoughts. And when you do it with another person, when you have someone who’s your partner in crime, for a moment you forget all your problems.'”

      "Maybe the soldiers realize that something is essentially wrong with serving in an institution whose job is to suppress 4 million subjects who oppose the military junta rule imposed on them. Maybe the toke helps veil the hypocrisy. The soldiers are depicted as the people’s defenders, while they know that their mission is to ensure the peace and expansion of the settlement enterprise.

      "The optimistic interpretation says that the soldiers at every moment experience the dissonance between Israel’s pretense to morality and what they’re actually required to do. Getting stoned pleasantly dulls the shame. The increased use of cannabis stems from an expanded sense of shame."

  • LGBTQ Palestinians: Israel uses Pride celebrations to 'normalize and justify occupation'
    • @American Perspective

      Ah yes, the master of bafflegab spews forth and accomplishes nothing.

  • Gay Liberation Network declares 'We Stand With Palestine' during Chicago's Gay Pride Parade
    • @Kay24, et al

      More good news:

      https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/.premium-democrat-who-slammed-israel-wins-new-york-primary-1.6218292?utm_campaign=newsletter-daily&utm_medium=email&utm_content=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.haaretz.com%2Fus-news%2F.premium-democrat-who-slammed-israel-wins-new-york-primary-1.6218292&utm_source=smartfocus

      "Democrat Who Slammed Israel for Gaza Killings Is Shock Winner of New York Primary
      Alexandria Ocasia-Cortez, 28, scores decisive victory over House Democrat Joe Crowley after running on a socialist platform."

      By Allison Kaplan Sommer. Jun 27, 2018 - Haaretz

      EXCERPTS:
      "A young progressive Democrat who has sharply criticized Israel, including calling the killing of Palestinian protesters on the Gaza border in May a 'massacre,' celebrated an upset victory over a leading House Democrat in a congressional primary race in New York City on Tuesday.
      Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 28, scored a decisive win over powerful congressman Rep. Joe Crowley, 56. Many observers had believed he was a strong candidate to succeed Rep. Nancy Pelosi as speaker of the House of Representatives."

      "Her victory is being seen as a bellwether for a Democratic Party that is shifting to the left and including more women and people of color as candidates. Crowley’s defeat is seen as a warning to other establishment Democrats."

    • The entity known as "Israel" (i.e., west of the green line) may promote itself as a "democracy," but it most certainly is not. It is and always has been an ethnocracy, i.e., a political structure in which the state apparatus is appropriated by a dominant ethnic group to further its interests, power and resources. In short, apartheid.

      To wit:
      Hendrik Verwoerd, then prime minister of South Africa and the architect of South Africa’s apartheid policies, 1961: “Israel, like South Africa, is an apartheid state.” (Rand Daily Mail, November 23, 1961)

      Jacobus Johannes Fouché, South African Minister of Defence during the apartheid era, compared the two states and said that Israel also practiced apartheid. (Gideon Shimoni (1980). Jews and Zionism: The South African Experience 1910-1967. Cape Town: Oxford UP. pp. 310–336. ISBN 0195701798.

      “Former Foreign Ministry director-general invokes South Africa comparisons. ‘Joint Israel-West Bank’ reality is an apartheid state”
      EXCERPT: “Similarities between the ‘original apartheid’ as it was practiced in South Africa and the situation in ISRAEL [my emphasis] and the West Bank today ‘scream to the heavens,’ added [Alon] Liel, who was Israel’s ambassador in Pretoria from 1992 to 1994. There can be little doubt that the suffering of Palestinians is not less intense than that of blacks during apartheid-era South Africa, he asserted.” (Times of Israel, February 21, 2013)

      Video: Israeli TV Host Implores Israelis: Wake Up and Smell the Apartheid
      https://www.youtube.com/wat...

      In its 2015 Country Report on Human Rights Practices for Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories, released in 2016, the U.S. Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor acknowledges the “institutional and societal discrimination against Arab citizens of Israel.” (U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor)

      “Construction, Not Destruction”
      “While Israeli Arabs constitute 20 percent of the population, Arab communities’ jurisdictions occupy just 2.5 percent of the state’s land area, and the process of approving new construction in Arab towns takes decades.” (Haaretz Editorial, April 4, 2017)

      One example of apartheid within Israel:
      “Jewish town won’t let Arab build home on his own land ”
      Excerpt: “Aadel Suad first came to the planning and construction committee of the Misgav Local Council in 1997. Suad, an educator, was seeking a construction permit to build a home on a plot of land he owns in the community of Mitzpeh Kamon. The reply he got, from a senior official on the committee, was a memorable one. ‘Don’t waste your time,’ he reportedly told Suad. ‘We’ll keep you waiting for 30 years.’” (Haaretz, 14 December 2009)

      Adi Ophir, professor of philosophy, Tel Aviv University: "...the adoption of the political forms of an ethnocentric and racist nation-state in general, are turning Israel into the most dangerous place in the world for the humanity and morality of the Jewish community, for the continuity of Jewish cultures and perhaps for Jewish existence itself." (1998 issue of "Theory and Criticism," published in Israel)

      Ilan Pappe, while professor of political science at Haifa University: "[Israel's] political system [is] exclusionary, a pro forma democracy - going through the motions of democratic rule but essentially being akin to apartheid or Herenvolk ('master race') democracy." ("Jerusalem Report," Feb. 14/2000)

      Ronnie Kasrils, a key player in the struggle against the former South African apartheid regime, minister for intelligence and a devout Jew: "The Palestinian minority in Israel has for decades been denied basic equality in health, education, housing and land possession, solely because it is not Jewish. The fact that this minority is allowed to vote hardly redresses the rampant injustice in all other basic human rights. They are excluded from the very definition of the 'Jewish state', and have virtually no influence on the laws, or political, social and economic policies. Hence, their similarity to the black South Africans [under apartheid]." (The Guardian, 25 May 2005)

      Shlomo Gazit, retired IDF Major General: "[Israel's] legal system that enforces the law in a discriminatory way on the basis of national identity, is actually maintaining an apartheid regime." (Haaretz, July 19, 2011)

      The entity known as "Israel" differentiates between citizenship and nationality, i.e., “Israeli” nationality does not exist, only Jews and non-Jews, and each citizen carries an appropriate identity card. While the implications of this absurdity for discrimination and racism against non-Jews are obvious, it has been upheld by Israel’s Supreme Court.

      The effect of Israel’s blatantly racist “Citizenship Law” and more than fifty other restrictions Arab citizens have to endure is well expressed by writer and Knesset member, Ahmed Tibi, “…dutifully defining the state [of Israel] as ‘Jewish and democratic,’ ignores the fact that in practice ‘democratic’ refers to Jews, and the Arabs are nothing more than citizens without citizenship.” (Ma’ariv, 1.6.2005)

  • The defiance that launched Gaza’s flaming kites cannot be extinguished
    • https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/.premium-five-pro-occupation-zionists-who-think-they-can-bring-mideast-peace-1.6218052?utm_campaign=newsletter-daily&utm_medium=email&utm_source=smartfocus&utm_content=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.haaretz.com%2Fmiddle-east-news%2F.premium-five-pro-occupation-zionists-who-think-they-can-bring-mideast-peace-1.6218052

      "The Five Pro-occupation Zionists Who Think They Can Bring Peace to the Middle East"

      "Trump's 'ultimate deal' is being written by five men who share one goal: To bury the Palestinian cause."

      By Ahmad Tibi, ** Jun 27, Haaretz.

      EXCERPTS:

      "The five of them have lived for decades or all their life in the U.S. The five of them are committed right-wing Zionists. The five of them have supported Israeli settlements in occupied territory, politically and financially; the five of them oppose the two-state solution; the five of them oppose equality between Israelis and Palestinians; and the five of them identify with the most recalcitrant sectors of the Republican Party."

      "How do they square the circle of rejecting equality for everyone living under Israeli control, but at the same time also rejecting two states on the 1967 borders? The answer is simple: The five of them also share the goal of burying the Palestinian cause, destroying the Palestinian dream and eradicating Palestinian rights."

      "The government of Israel, represented by PM Netanyahu and Israel’s ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer, has advanced a detailed plan to pulverize the political rights of the Palestinian people. The Trump team, represented by his three musketeers - Jared Kushner, Jason Greenblatt and David Friedman - complements the desires of the Israeli side by utterly ignoring the political rights of the Palestinian people.

      "They tell the Palestinian people that, while their political and human rights will continue to be violated, they could have a 'better life' by accepting economic incentives. Mr. Kushner, in his recent interview with Al Quds newspaper, said: 'If there is peace, Israel’s prosperity would spill over very quickly to the Palestinians.'"

      "Let me translate this into the terms of the five who met last week: If Palestinians accept to live under Israeli control, without the Jordan Valley, without Jerusalem, disconnected from each other and in absence of Palestinian sovereignty, then their lives will improve – because they might marginally improve their economic status. This is the vision of Trump’s America for an 'ultimate deal.'"

      **Dr. Ahmad Tibi is the Deputy Speaker of the Knesset. He represents the Joint List.

  • Israeli left leader says intermarriage by U.S. Jews is 'actual plague' and he vows to find 'a solution'
    • For the record:

      https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jun/26/us-ambassador-israel-boon-far-right?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=279276&subid=1414681&CMP=GT_US_collection

      "The US ambassador to Israel is a boon to the far right. He must be stopped"
      By Jeremy Ben-Ami , Haaretz, June 26/18

      "It’s time for the US Senate to call to task an ambassador who has violated every conceivable diplomatic norm."

      EXCEREPT:
      "‘Friedman represents a boon for a far-right minority of Americans Jews, Christian evangelicals and neoconservative hawks.’"

      "It’s been over a year since David Friedman – longtime settlement movement benefactor and opponent of the two-state solution – took office as the US ambassador to Israel. In that time, Friedman has used the embassy as a personal bully pulpit to reshape US policy and advance his personal far-right agenda – precisely the course he pledged to the Senate foreign relations committee he would not follow.

      "It is time for the Senate to bring Friedman back to DC for tough questioning. They should start by asking how it’s appropriate for the US ambassador to Israel to act more like the lawyer and spokesman for Israel’s settlement movement than a representative of American interests.

      "As ambassador, Friedman has regularly tipped the scale to validate Israeli settlement expansion in the West Bank, alienate moderate Palestinian leaders and undermine the prospects for a two-state agreement to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
      In an administration where climate change deniers regulate the environment and xenophobes shape immigration policy, it may not shock that a West Bank settler is upending American policy on the conflict.

      "But it’s on the Senate – charged with serving as a check and balance on the executive branch – to call to task an ambassador who has violated every conceivable diplomatic norm, shattered US credibility as a mediator and poured fuel on the fire of the explosive Israeli-Palestinian conflict."

      "Time and again, Friedman has asserted the legitimacy and legality of the settlements, contradicting longstanding US policy. He told the media, falsely, that 'settlements are part of Israel' and that Israel 'is only occupying 2% of the West Bank.' (in fact, roughly 80% of the West Bank is under Israeli security control). In late 2017, he reportedly requested that the state department cease using the terms 'occupation' and 'Israeli-occupied territories' to refer to Israeli rule in the West Bank. He’s stated that the settlers 'aren’t going anywhere.'

      "Earlier this month, the ambassador told the US press that they should 'keep [their] mouths shut' instead of reporting on Israeli actions in Gaza. But it’s Friedman who hasn’t been able to control his own outbursts – publicly attacking not only the media, but Palestinian leaders, Democrats and pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans."

    • @Tzvia Thier

      Well said!

    • @Rob Roy

      "Sorry, Nathan, a racist will never be 'a very good person.'"

      Precisely!!

      Zionism is Judaism's curse, another Golden Calf.

      I know several young Jews who are utterly disgusted with and deeply ashamed of the monstrous crimes committed by Zionists and the so called "Jewish State" against the indigenous Palestinians and have decided to abandon both. Unsurprisingly, intermarriage is a rapidly growing and healthy trend.

  • Extremist settlers burn Palestinian olive orchards in northern West Bank
  • Gaza protests are where we say 'NO' to Trump's decision to move embassy -- demonstrator explains
    • Short uplifting video re Gaza:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XluoY2xxeTk&feature=share

      May 23/18

      "We are not numbers" - Support youth voices in Gaza.

    • @Stephen Shenfield, et al

      For the record:

      https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-trump-s-deal-of-the-century-for-middle-east-peace-might-live-or-die-in-cairo-1.6199973

      Analysis: "Trump's 'Deal of the Century' for the Middle East Might Live or Die in Cairo."
      By Zvi Bar'el, Al Jazeera, June 23/18

      "Disagreeing with the Saudis, Egypt insists that East Jerusalem be the Palestinian capital, making it clear that any economic plan for Gaza is no substitute for a diplomatic plan accepted by the Palestinians."

      EXCERPTS:

      "Egypt, which opened the Rafah crossing in mid-May in honor of Ramadan, will keep the crossings open for two more months until the Id al-Adha holiday, with the intention of leaving it open indefinitely. The crossing is now open not only for people but also for goods and construction materials, against Israel’s wishes. Thus Egypt is making clear to Israel that the closure policy on Gaza might collapse if Israel doesn’t agree to make things considerably easier for the Gazans."

      "Meanwhile, Egypt, which is particularly worried about developments in Gaza, doesn’t fully accept the U.S. initiative. On Thursday, after a meeting between Egyptian President Abel-Fattah al-Sissi, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and intelligence chief Abbas Kamel, who’s in charge of the Palestinian issue, presidential spokesman Bassam Radi announced: 'Egypt supports all efforts and initiatives to reach a comprehensive agreement, based on international resolutions made in the past and on the principle of two states for two peoples in the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine.'”

      "King Abdullah of Jordan, who also met with U.S. envoys Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt, is worried mainly about the Saudi intent to remove Jordan’s patronage at the holy places in Jerusalem, which it was promised in the Israel-Jordan peace agreement. Jordan is also worried about Israeli control over the Jordan Valley as part of a peace agreement. In the short term, Abdullah doesn’t oppose the separate economic development of Gaza, but he supports the traditional Arab position that Gaza and the West Bank not be separate entities."

      "According to Arab sources, Saudi King Salman and his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, seem to disagree over this issue. While Mohammed is an enthusiastic supporter of the American plan and the separation of Gaza from the West Bank, his father is concerned about the criticism he could expect if he relinquished the principles of the 2002 Saudi peace initiative by splitting the 'Palestinian problem' into two parts and abandoning the position that East Jerusalem be the capital of Palestine."

  • Democrats are losing their fear of AIPAC and Haim Saban
    • @JWalters, et al

      Zionism is rotting within** and the entity known as "Israel" is increasingly being criticized and abandoned by enlightened Jews and non-Jews around the world, especially and most importantly, youth. Its brutal history, accelerating violations of international law and current slaughter of defenseless long suffering imprisoned indigenous Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and elsewhere together with the unholy alliance between Netanyahu, Trump, and billionaire Sheldon Adelson (along with the Democrats' Zionist billionaire, Haim Saban) are fueling Americans' growing disgust and rage.

      **
      NEWSWEEK - 5/10/18
      "More Israelis are moving to the U.S.—and staying for good"
      "Spurred by the high cost of living, low salaries, and political and demographic trends, Israelis are leaving the country in droves." By Yardena Schwartz

      EXCERPTS:
      "...the country is grappling with an existential crisis—one that doesn’t involve Iranian nukes or Palestinian protests. Spurred by the high cost of living, low salaries, and political and demographic trends, Israelis are leaving the country in droves, trying to build their lives elsewhere, mostly in the United States. Many of these young Israelis are moving to big cities, and yet, even in these often expensive places, they see more opportunities to advance."

      "The available data is telling, analysts say. Between 2006 and 2016, more than 87,000 Israelis became U.S. citizens or legalized permanent residents, according to the most recent data from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. That’s up from 66,000 between 1995 and 2005. These figures take into account only those who took the legal route (many Israelis, analysts say, arrive on temporary tourist, student or work visas, then stay). And in addition to the Israelis now living stateside, according to the country’s Ministry of Immigrant Absorption, hundreds of thousands have moved to Europe, Canada and elsewhere."

      “Israel has one of the highest poverty rates and levels of income inequality in the Western world. It also has one of the highest costs of living. Tel Aviv ranks ninth among the world’s most expensive cities, higher than New York and Los Angeles; five years ago, it ranked 34th. The situation is so dire that a 2013 survey by the financial newspaper Calcalist (the most recent Israeli study conducted on this topic) found that 87 percent of adults—many with children of their own—depend on substantial financial support from their parents.” (NEWSWEEK – 5/10/18)

      It's only a matter of time.

  • 'Ali is on the grill!' Israeli settlers celebrate burning of Palestinian baby
    • @Eva Smagacz

      Your comment brings to mind the following:

      THE MASSACRE AT Al-DAWAYIMA
      On October 28/48, as part of Operation Yoav, the prosperous and mainly agricultural Palestinian village of al-Dawayima was captured "without a fight" by the 89th Commando Battalion of the Israel Defence Forces' 8th Brigade. An Israeli soldier eyewitness described what then happened: "'[First the IDF] killed about 80-100 [male] Arabs, women and children. The children they killed by breaking their heads with sticks. There was not a house without dead. The remaining Arabs were then closed off in houses 'without food and water,' as the village was systematically razed. 'One commander ordered a sapper to put two old women in a certain house...and to blow up the house with them. The sapper refused.... The commander then ordered his men to put in the old women and the evil deed was done. One soldier boasted that he had raped a woman and then shot her. One woman with a new-born baby in her arms was employed to clear the courtyard where the soldiers ate. She worked a day or two. In the end they shot her and her baby.'" (Benny Morris, Birth of The Palestinian Problem, pp. 222-23)

      Israeli soldiers also slaughtered seventy-five elderly men in the village mosque where they had gone to pray. (John Quigley, Palestine and Israel...p. 85) During an interview with the Israeli daily Hadashot in 1984, the village mukhtar recalled: "The people fled, and everyone they saw in the houses, they shot and killed. They also killed people in the streets. They came and blew up my house...." (Professor Walid Khalidi, Harvard, All That Remains, p. 215)

      "The mukhtar also said that about thirty-five families (including some expelled from another village) were hiding in caves outside the village and when Israeli troops discovered them, 'They told them to come out and get into line and start to walk. And as they started to walk, they were shot by machine guns from two sides.... We sent people there that night, who collected the bodies, put them into a cistern and buried them.' " (ibid) (In 1984, the account given by the mukhtar was confirmed by Israeli journalists who visited the site and found human skeletal remains) (ibid)

      On February 5th 2016, Haaretz published an article regarding the massacre in Hebrew by Israeli historian Yair Auron,

      “After the massacre, a letter was sent to the editor of the leftist affiliated newspaper Al-Hamishmar, but never published. As Auron notes, there are still many archives of the time which are classified. Auron also states that there was an investigation that was never concluded and ‘died out’ as a massive amnesty was provided to military personnel in February 1949."

      “The letter is brought forth by a member of the MAPAM leftist party, S. Kaplan, who got the letter of testimony from the soldier. It is written to Eliezer Peri, editor of Al Hamishmar, and dated 8th November 1948 (18 days after the massacre)

      “To comrade Eliezer Peri, good day,
      “Today I have read the editorial of “Al Hamishmar” where the question of our army’s conduct was aired, the army which conquers all but its own desires.

      “A testimony provided to me by an officer which was in [Al] Dawayima the day after its conquering: The soldier is one of ours, intellectual, reliable, in all 100%. He had confided in me out of a need to unload the heaviness of his soul from the horror of the recognition that such level of barbarism can be reached by our educated and cultured people. He confided in me because not many are the hearts today who are able to listen.

      “There was no battle and no resistance (and no Egyptians). The first conquerors killed from eighty to a hundred Arabs [including] women and children. The children were killed by smashing of their skulls with sticks. There was not a house without dead. The second wave of the [Israeli] army was a platoon that the soldier giving testimony belongs to.

      “In the town were left male and female Arabs, who were put into houses and were then locked in without receiving food or drink. Later explosive engineers came to blow up houses. One commander ordered an engineer to put two elderly women into the house that was to be blown up. The engineered refused and said he is willing to receive orders only from his [own] commander. So then [his] commander ordered the soldiers to put the women in and the evil deed was performed.

      “One soldier boasted that he raped an Arab woman and afterwards shot her. An Arab woman with a days-old infant was used for cleaning the back yard where the soldiers eat. She serviced them for a day or two, after which they shot her and the infant. The soldier tells that the commanders who are cultured and polite, considered good guys in society, have become vile murderers, and this occurs not in the storm of battle and heated response, but rather from a system of expulsion and destruction. The fewer Arabs remain – the better. This principle is the main political motive of [the] expulsions and acts of horror which no-one objects to, not in the field command nor amongst the highest military command. I myself was at the front for two weeks and heard boasting stories of soldiers and commanders, of how they excelled in the acts of hunting and ‘fucking." To fuck an Arab, just like that, and in any circumstance, is considered an impressive mission and there is competition on winning this [trophy]."

    • By incorporating the Balfour Declaration the 1922 League of Nations British Class A mandate for Palestine did facilitate Jewish immigration to “secure the establishment of the Jewish National Home,” but it did not call for the creation of a sovereign Jewish state or homeland in Palestine or any form of partition. This was made very clear in the Churchill Memorandum (1 July 1922) regarding the British Mandate: “[T]he status of all citizens of Palestine in the eyes of the law shall be Palestinian, and it has never been intended that they, or any section of them, should possess any other juridical status.”

      Furthermore, regarding the British Mandate, as approved by the Council of the League of Nations, the British government declared: “His Majesty’s Government therefore now declare unequivocally that it is not part of their policy that Palestine should become a Jewish State.” (Command Paper, 1922)

      In May 1939, the British government issued the MacDonald White Paper, which in accordance with the Mandate, ruled out any possibility of a Jewish state, and declared Great Britain “could not have intended Palestine should be converted into a Jewish state against the will of the Arab population of the country.” It called for a Palestinian state in which Jews and Arabs would govern jointly based on a constitution to be drafted by their representatives and those of Britain. The constitution would safeguard the “Jewish National Home” in Palestine and if good relations developed between Jews and Arabs, the country would be granted independence in ten years. Land sales to Jews were to be restricted and the annual level of Jewish immigration was to be limited to 15,000 for five years, following which, Palestinian Arab acquiescence would be required. Hence, Britain’s abstention during the UNGA vote regarding Resolution 181, the Partition Plan.

  • Palestinian official links US withdrawal from UN human rights body with US taking 'crying babies from their parents’
    • @Kay24, et al

      Most revealing is that Trump did not predict that most Americans would be appalled at him ordering that children be torn away from their parents and placed in holding centers. In short, he has further confirmed that he is mentally deranged and unfit to be president.

  • Roger Waters plays Munich despite mayor's effort to stop concert over his support for BDS
    • More re "Israel, a light unto nations [not.]

      https://www.haaretz.com/ israel-news/.premium-hundreds- demonstrate-against-home-sale- to-arab-family-1.6174662
      Haaretz, June 14, 2018

      "Hundreds of Israelis Demonstrate Against Home Sale to Arab Family"

      "Former mayor joined protest: 'the residents of Afula don't want a mixed city, but rather a Jewish city, and it's their right. This is not racism​.​'"

      By Noa Shpigel

      "About 150 residents of the northern city of Afula demonstrated on Wednesday afternoon against the sale of a house to an Arab family. Protesters waved Israeli flags and carried signs condemning the sale and the homeowners who sold their house to Arabs, one of which read: 'Traitors against the Jews will get no rest.'

      "Former Afula Mayor Avi Elkabetz and Deputy Mayor Shlomo Malihi participated in the protest. Elkabetz said that 'the residents of Afula don't want a mixed city, but rather a Jewish city, and it's their right. This is not racism.' Malihi added: 'I hope that the house sale will be cancelled so that this city won't begin to be mixed. We do not have admittance committees like in the towns and kibbutzim around us, but we will not allow the character of the city to change.'

      "Protesters raised Israeli flags and shouted slogans against the sale of the house in the city's Yizrael neighborhood. Chairman of Joint Arab List Ayman Odeh wrote in response to the protest: 'It is not a surprise that in a country that has founded 700 towns for Jews and not even one for Arabs, the idea that Arabs should be pushed aside does not shock citizens. And still, it is more than a little worrying to see how our hope for living together is crumbling due to hatred and racism fueled by the government.' Member of Knesset Yousef Jabareen (Joint List) added that 'racism ethnic superiority have become a legitimate reality under this right-wing government. This protest should rock the political system and keep up at night all those who care about equality and human dignity.'

      "In response to the Afula protest, the Coalition Against Racism organization called for a halt to efforts by 'those inciting the public against the possibility of living together.' The phenomenon will not stop without 'clear responses by courageous public figures and political leaders,' the organization said, adding: 'Now is the time for the voice of the sane majority in Afula, both politicians and the wider public, to be heard.'

      "About two years ago, Afula residents held a number of demonstrations objecting to a bidding process for lots in a residential neighborhood of the city in which all 43 successful bidders were Arab. Approval of the bids was rescinded by the Nazareth District Court after the court found that some of the successful bidders had engaged in improper coordination of their bids and that the minimum bid provisions were vague and misleading.

      "Half of Jewish Israelis say they wouldn’t want an Arab as a neighbor. In March, Kfar Vradim’s local council head Sivan Yehieli ordered to halt bids for selling building plots of land in his community, after 50 percent of the winners so far turned out to be Arabs. In a letter he disseminated among the community’s residents he promised that 'no more land would be sold until an appropriate solution was found to ensure our ability to maintain our communal life and the special character of Kfar Vradim.'

      "The so-called nation-state bill passed the first of three Knesset calls in May in a a version that has a clause allowing the establishment of communities for Jews only. Clause 7b of this bill specifically states that 'the state can allow a community composed of people of the same faith or nationality to maintain an exclusive community.'"

  • Mr. Lansman comes to Tel Aviv: Jeremy Corbyn's senior ally wants to restrict free speech on Israel
    • https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/israel-war-crimes-palestine-uk-protests-war-on-want-a8401361.html

      ​The Independent, June 18, 2018​

      "UK government is complicit in Israel war crimes against Palestine protesters, says British campaign group"

      "'The UK government is deeply complicit in some of the most devastating state violence in our time'"

      "The British government is 'complicit in the violence' suffered by the Palestinians because it continues to support arms sales to Israel, a UK-based anti-poverty charity has said.
      Over 120 Palestinians have been killed and more than 3,800 injured by Israeli army fire since near-weekly protests along the Israel-Gaza border began on 30 March.

      "Britain abstained from a United Nations vote which condemned Israel’s 'use of any excessive, disproportionate and indiscriminate force' against the demonstrators.

      “'But make no mistake, the UK is not sitting aside and remaining neutral. While the world calls for violent attacks on Palestinians to end, the UK government continues to approve arms exports to Israel, making it complicit in the violence.'”
      ​ ​
      "Ryvka Barnard, senior campaigns officer for War on Want, told The Independent: 'In abstaining from this vote, the UK government has yet again refused to commit to the protection of Palestinians’ human rights as they are targeted with the brutal and unlawful use of force by the Israeli military.'

      "The UN General Assembly adopted the resolution with 120 votes in favour, eight against and 45 abstentions.

      "The resolution decried the 'use of live ammunition against civilian protesters, including children, as well as medical personnel and journalists' and underscored its 'grave concern at the loss of innocent lives.' It also condemned the firing of rockets from Gaza into Israeli civilian areas, but did not mention Hamas, the Islamist group which governs in Gaza.

      "The United States failed in a bid to amend the resolution with a paragraph which would have condemned Hamas violence.

      “'By supporting this resolution you are colluding with a terrorist organisation, by supporting this resolution you are empowering Hamas,' Israel’s UN ambassador, Danny Danon, told the General Assembly before the vote.

      It came after a similar resolution at the Security Council was vetoed by the United States. The country’s ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said it was 'fundamentally imbalanced' and 'grossly one-sided.'

      "The overwhelming majority of those killed and wounded in the protests were unarmed, according to Human Rights Watch, which said the use of lethal force may constitute war crimes.

      "The rights group said eyewitnesses reported seeing Palestinians shot from a great distance from border fences, and others who 'had not thrown stones or otherwise tried to harm Israeli soldiers' being shot from a closer range. It said they posed no immediate threat to Israeli troops or civilians, and as such the use of live fire could be in violation of international law."

  • US leaves UN Human Rights Council, a 'cesspool' of bias against Israel
    • @lonely rico

      "Haley and Pompeo should be commended for removing one of the leading human rights abusers from the council, the USA."

      Agreed.
      Also, Haley and Pompeo's removal of the US from the UN Human Rights Council (bought and paid for by Sheldon Adelson, et al) was in response to its entirely justified condemnations of the entity known as "Israel" for its thoroughly documented and accelerating violations of Palestinians' human rights.

  • Killings shouldn't be necessary for world to hear Gaza voices
  • IDF snipers: choosing who to shoot
    • @Kay24

      The US withdrew from the UN Human Rights Council due to pressure from Israel and American ultra-Zionist, multi-billionaire casino magnate, Sheldon Adelson, who is Trump's number one financial contributor.

      For an excellent profile of Sheldon Adelson, check out this video:

      "Prominent Canadian news broadcaster Wendy Mesley exposes the role of billionaire campaign donor Sheldon Adelson in getting the U.S. embassy moved to Jerusalem, Trump’s abandonment of the Iran nuclear deal, and both U.S. and Canadian politics in general.

      "Adelson, the tenth richest man in the world and the GOP's largest donor, is known to use his money to influence policies on behalf of Israel.

      "After trump tore up the Iran agreement, Adelson donated an additional $30 million to the Republican party, possibly the single largest single donation in U.S. history.

      "Mesley interviews New York Times reporter Ken Vogel, who says that Adelson has private meetings at the White House with Trump, Vice President Pence, John Bolton, and others. Israel is at the heart of Adelson's donations, who has been influenced by his Israeli wife. Vogel explains that Adelson is 'the enforcer' for Jewish American donors who give a lot of money to Republican politicians. People are afraid to cross him.

      "The report was broadcast on Canada's CBC news program "The Weekly with Wendy Mesley" on May 20, 2018."

      See a related video about Adelson: "Sheldon Adelson regrets having worn an American uniform rather than an Israeli one"
      youtu.be/2TFi-9wnspk

      Needless to say, Israel is one of world's thoroughly documented serial violators of international humanitarian law.

  • Organizer of the Great March of Return says protests in Gaza 'must go on'
    • @Boris

      "Jewish civilization outlived..."

      Hardly. The entity known as "Israel" is the very antithesis of "civilization."

    • @American Perspective

      Thank you very much indeed!!! Please keep spewing forth bafflegab!! (I presume you're being paid by the word.) With advocates like you and your sidekick, mondonut, the entity known as "Israel" needs no critics.

      Your nonsense brings the following in depth article to mind:
      London Review of Books , Vol. 40 No. 10 · 24 May 2018, "The Two-State Solution: An Autopsy" By Rabbi/Professor Henry Siegman, former Executive Director of the American Jewish Congress and the Synagogue Council of America.

      EXCERPTS:
      "Israel’s turkey shoot of Palestinians in Gaza was established when President Trump’s envoy to the UN, Nikki Haley, vetoed a Security Council resolution that would have investigated the Gaza killings. This was justified on the same grounds: Israel’s sovereign right to defend itself. The invocation of Israel’s ‘sovereign right’ is the big lie at the heart of America’s responsibility for the collapse of the peace process. In Gaza, as in the West Bank beyond the pre-1967 armistice line, Israel is acting not in accordance with its sovereign right to protect itself, but to protect its occupation. What Israel’s military restores when it quells Palestinian protests is not law and order, but illegality and repression, reinforcing its theft of Palestinian territory in order to preclude the possibility of a Palestinian state, a goal it has achieved."

      "B’Tselem, a leading Israeli human rights group, Human Rights Watch and Reporters Without Borders have all accused Israel’s government and its minister of defence, Avigdor Lieberman, of targeting reporters and mostly unarmed civilians. Lieberman replied that there are ‘no innocent people’ in Hamas-run Gaza."

      "Lieberman’s opinion of the value of the lives of Palestinians mirrors the view expressed by Ayelet Shaked, Israel’s minister of justice. A year before her appointment in 2015, Shaked posted on her Facebook page an article by Uri Elitzur, a settler leader, in which he said that Israel should target not only militants but the ‘mothers of the martyrs, who send them to hell with flowers and kisses. They should follow their sons, nothing would be more just. They should go, as should the physical homes in which the snakes were raised. Otherwise more little snakes will be raised there.’

      "Shaked is a member of the settlers’ political party, Habayit Hayehudi (the Jewish Home), whose leader, Naftali Bennett, is Netanyahu’s minister of education. In 2013 Bennett said during a cabinet debate: ‘If you catch terrorists, you simply have to kill them.’ When Israel’s national security adviser, Yaakov Amidror, pointed out that this would be illegal, Bennett retorted: ‘I have killed lots of Arabs in my life, and there is no problem with that.’"

      "Pompeo, Haley and the Israel lobby – the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (Aipac) and allied organisations – are probably unaware of, or simply refuse to know about, the extent to which terrorism and war crimes marked the creation of Israel. Those who are told about this history dismiss it as a fabrication. What they deny or ignore is that these charges have been fully documented not only by historians, including Israeli ones, but by Israel’s own military. The point of recognising this history is not to justify terrorism by either Israelis or Palestinians, but to acknowledge the outrageous double standard that has been applied to the two parties and has undermined the possibility of a peace accord. Without knowing that history, it is difficult, if not impossible, to understand the extent to which Israeli propaganda has succeeded in shaping a narrative about the creation of Israel that presents the Palestinians who were brutally expelled from their homes as the aggressors and the Jews as their victims. Without that history, it is impossible to understand the outrage Palestinians feel over having been portrayed as the bad guys for so long."

      "And the US has had Israel’s back, and not only when Israel’s security was threatened; it has also scuttled Security Council resolutions that might have changed Israeli calculations about the costs of its permanent subjugation of the Palestinian people. America’s assurances convinced successive governments that they could safely turn their country into an apartheid state, a transformation that far-right governments headed by Netanyahu have now made a reality. US administrations have allowed this situation in part because of the unique vulnerability of American domestic politics to the pro-Israel lobby – unique because of America’s large and influential Jewish community and its even larger influential Christian evangelical community. More recently, alt-right and neo-Nazi elements that form the most loyal members of Trump’s base have joined this circle of supporters: they now see Israel’s embrace of a religiously defined national Jewish identity (replacing its previous status as ‘the only democracy in the Middle East’) as a validation of their own Christian, racist, fascist and white supremacist ideology. White supremacists can now join with Netanyahu in castigating Jewish critics of Israel’s xenophobic and far-right nationalistic policies as self-hating Jews."

  • If I had to live in Israel again, 'it would actually drive me insane' -- Shaul Magid
    • @American Perspective

      "That’s an absolutely delusional thing to write. What is the basis for this claim?"

      Well let's see. To be brief and hurried: $12 million in "no strings" aid each and every day, protection at the UNSC via its veto ensuring that the entity known as "Israel" is not declared a criminal state and expelled as it should be; the powerful well financed domestic Zionist lobby, including tax deductible donations, which puts the interests of the entity known as "Israel" above America's, (e.g., as I noted in my previous post, Sheldon Adelson, AIPAC, et al, bribing our politicians, including, as is well documented, Trump) and for perfectly understandable reasons, e.g., the illegal invasion/occupation and destruction of Iraq and the ongoing dispossession/oppression/killing of Palestinians, creates justified enemies of America.

      Surely, by now, you must be aware that at an increasing rate, Americans, especially youth, including, most importantly, Jews, are becoming utterly disgusted with Zionism and its spawn, the entity known as "Israel," and are regularly, in rapidly growing numbers demonstrating in favor of the Palestinians on university campuses and city streets, as are people around the world. Meanwhile, Jewish immigration to Israel is in free fall and emigration is soaring. Hardly a surprise!!

      Indeed, it is now obvious to thinking people that inevitably, in its own best long term economic and geopolitical interests, America will soon have no option other than to end its "special relationship" with the entity known as "Israel." In about 20-25 years: three billion Muslims worldwide, 600 million Arabs, including about 10-12 million Palestinians between the River and the Sea, 150 million Iranians and 150 million Turks. The writing is on the wall. Sooner or later, all nations act in their own best interests and America will not be an exception.

      Also, the current relationship between the U.S. and the entity known as "Israel" brings to mind those that existed between France and Algeria, Britain and Rhodesia, Belgium and the Congo. And we all know what happened to them.

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