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  • US Jewish leader expresses compassion for refugees at US border-- and contempt for Palestinian refugees
    • No nationalism is a progressive cause. Nationalism is antithetical to progressive ideology. Hence why Zionism is backward

  • 'Ali is on the grill!' Israeli settlers celebrate burning of Palestinian baby
    • You thought wrong. Nobody with half a brain denies that Palestine existed, among other forms, as a geographical region and as a geopolitical entity.

      In which case, we can agree that many a Zionist lacks a brain.

      That said, nobody with half a brain believes it ever historically existed as a sovereign state.

      Nor was North America, but no one with half a brain denies it was a nation nonetheless.

    • Hilarious. That is a Jewish team.

      Hilarious. I thought there was no such thing as Palestine?

    • Palestine is the English name for Eretz Yisrael.

      Eretz Yisrael is a Zionist name for the Levant.

      Every member of the Palestine team was a Zionist.

      Unlikely. Less than 500 of the 50 thousand Jews in Palestine as of 1905 were Zionists. The first Zionist Congress had to be held is Bassel because German Jews wanted nothing to do with the idea of a Jewish state. Herzl was dismissed as a crack pott for his ideas.

  • If I had to live in Israel again, 'it would actually drive me insane' -- Shaul Magid
    • Life in Israel (everything from the metric v. Imperial system, the geography, the demographics, the climate, the economy, the history, the role of religion, etc . . .) is different

      Stupid argument. Same could be said of Europe and Australia. Israel insists it is the home.of all Jews and that they are aliens in any country but Israel.

      The delusional “utopia” that you guys have about Israel, or delusion that Israel is the United States leads to very poor analysis.

      You are right. Israel is an aparteid state and the US is not. At least we can agree the two do not share common values

  • 'The Israeli military said,' the New York Times reports
    • The real question is how the mundane “thoughts” of some elderly Yiddishist from Brooklyn (who speaks neither Hebrew nor the various Arabic languages that are common in Palestine) could possibly add to the important debates about the State of Palestine’s military tactics

      In which case, Nikki Haley should STFU at the UN and go away as suggested by Erekat.

  • Israeli lawmakers kill 'equality for all citizens' bill before it is even introduced
    • It is truly shocking that a bill designed to make the Jewish State no longer the Jewish State is not considered by the Jewish State.

      It is truly shocking that a bill designed to put an end to apartheid would be considered a threat to the Jewish State. Maybe that’s when South Africa took a wrong turn?

  • UN head says Gazans 'caged in a toxic slum from birth to death' as human rights council votes to investigate Israel
    • It would be interesting to see how you would react if it had been 100 Jews who had been killed rather than Palestinians

  • Netanyahu's cheap theatrics fall flat, but alas, he has an audience of one -- Trump
    • Over with how? Iran’s nuclear program is producing electricity and isotopes for nuclear medicine.

  • Come in, Natalie, the water's fine
    • The significance of this cannot be overstated.

      Portman is royalty if movie circles and the reaction is reflected by the fact that there have been a dozen articles in The Forward on Portman alone.

  • Pelosi and 9 Dems had 'excellent meeting' with Netanyahu even as Israel sent 'dozens of snipers' to Gaza
    • Except that wasn’t their sovereign country- it was British Palestinian Protectorate with Star of David on its flag and currency.

      No star of David was on the flag

    • The borders of each state are set via state claims and mutual agreements with the neighboring states

      Jordan handed sovereignty of the West Bank to the PLO in 1988. That is why all 15 justices at the ICJ rejected Israel's claim to any part of it in 2004

    • Who were the ministers of the Palestine government?

      1778: The first U.S. treaty with an American Indian tribe is ratified
      The Continental Congress, a governing body formed during the American Revolution, made up of delegates from 13 states, makes a treaty with the Lenape (Delaware). It is the first treaty between the newly formed United States and an American Indian tribe.
      “One of the most significant acts by those colonies was the decision to negotiate an agreement with militarily powerful Indian tribes, either to gain the tribes’ alliance or, at least to ensure the tribes’ neutrality in the imminent revolutionary war. That act set the stage for dealing with the tribes through formal government-to-government agreements such as treaties.

      Care to name the ministers of the Lenaoe government? Who was the prime minister, who was the foreign minister? What was the flag, the anthem, the currency? Who was Chief of Staff, police chief?

      Take your time.

    • However there is no dispute about the border lines, it is about the control over them and whether Gaza is still occupied.

      And control of air land and sea, as well as no go zones in Gaza which take up 20% of the territory make the territory occupied.

      Hope that helps

    • And that made Palestinian residents of Gaza very upset and they have decided to march into Israel while demanding new housing and rebuilding of the infrastructure?

      Who marched into Israel? How were the people who were shot while praying marching into Israel? Or the people running away from the border with a truck tyre marching into Israel? OR the guy waling along on his own (nowhere near he border) who was also shot?

      No wonder you are so confused.

    • Except that wasn’t their sovereign country- it was British Palestinian Protectorate with Star of David on its flag and currency.

      Rubbish. It was the state of Palestine and they Palestinians owned the vast majority of the land. It was never British owned. The British were simply given the authority to administer it

      Need I remind you that Pierre Orts, chairman of Mandate Commission of the League Of Nations, said that under the mandate, Article 7, obliged Mandatory to enact a nationality law, which again showed Palestinians formed a nation, & that Palestine was a State, though provisionally under guardianship."Palestinian".

      And who gives a shit what appeared on the currency?The Mandate did not give one inch of territory to Jews, which is why they had to purchase land.

      The rule of law was British, the police were British and the army was British

      Wrong. The rule of law was established by the government of Palestine.

    • Ibrahim Gambari, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, told the Security Council on August 24, 2005:[78]

      The comprehensive scholarly history of Israeli settlements in the occupied territories, "Lords of the Land", by Idith Zertal and Akiva Eldar says this:

      "After Israel withdrew it's forces from Gaza, in August 2005, the ruined territory was not released for even a single day from Israel's military grip, or from the price of the occupation that the inhabitants pay every day. Israel left behind scotched earth, devastated services, and people with neither a present or a future. The Jewish settlements were destroyed in an ungenerous move by an unenlightened occupier, which in fact continues to control the territory and kill and harass it's inhabitants, by means of it's formidable military might."

      So much for maturity

    • Gaza borderline and the barrier are within the internationally recognized borders of Israel.

      So is the Green Line between Israel and the West Bankz. Intake it you believe Jews moving to illegal settlements therefore deserve to be shot?

    • Not hard when those are shot in the back walking nowhere near the fence it shot while praying. That's just blatant murder.

      BTW. Should the Palestinians have shot Jewish refugees coming off the boats during the 40s? You know, to defend their country's borders bring breaches from invaders?

  • Killing Palestinian protesters turns into a PR debacle for Israel
    • All those who have called upon the Palestinians to peacefully protest against their oppressors (instead of firing rockets) are now aware of just how futile and deadly their call was and is. Every avenue the Palestinians have tried has been met with deadly force.

      It looks like the Hasbarats are going to have to retire the talking point about how there would be peace if the Palestinians laid down their weapons. It should be replaced with how much easier it will be to kill Palestinians

    • I guess the Palestinians should have opened fire on the European Jews as they were coming off the boats in Palestine to invade their country. Missed opportunities. Maybe they can start picking off settlers in the west bank – better to let the settlers gather in large groups before they fire at them – the Zionists have shown us all how much more efficient that is.

      Priceless comment that highlights the hypocrisy of Israeli apologists. Can anyone imagine anything more unjust and vulgar than expelling Palestinians from their home, stealing their land then turning around and branding them as foreign invaders returning to threaten the sovereign Jewish state?

  • 'We will not wait 70 years more': scenes from Gaza's March of Return
  • Israeli forces shoot unarmed protesters from across Gaza security fence, killing at least 15
    • You neglected to point out that Egypt has been doing exactly the same to keep the terrorists in Gaza from running amok.

      You neglected to point out that every time Egypt has looked to open the border with Gaza and ease restrictions, there has been a jihafists attack from unknown groups which manage to sabotage the deal.

      You neglected to point out that the only interests who have stood to benefit have been Israem

    • From what Abbas has been saying this is all about challenging Israel’s very existence, not about settlements and all the other periphersl issues.

      It’s mind boggling listening to Israeli apologists wine about the PLO or Abbas not tripping over themselves to prove they recognise Israel’s existence. It’s in black and white for everyone to see from the letters the PLO exchanged with the Rabin government in 1993. The hypocrisy is further underlines by the fact that Israel and the US openly reject the recognition of Palestine as a state, even as 138 states do.

  • 'NY Times' covers up Israel's killing of nonviolent protesters along the Gaza border
    • The short term solution of course is for Hamas to admit failure and hand over the territory to the Palestinian authority.

      How is that a solution? The lives f those in the West Bank are no better

    • I am not talking at all about obligations but rather that the most rational course for the Palestinians is to sign an agreement giving up some of these demands of theirs.

      But your argument is fundamentally flawed. The Palestinians have already signed such agreements an nothing has come of t. The PLO did not concede any territory to the state of Israel *until* 1993, when their formal recognition of the state of Israel meant a de facto (though not de jure) acknowledgement of Israeli sovereignty of all territory up to (but not beyond) the Green Line. Even before the state of Israel was declared the territorial extent of that state was precisely defined, and that definition can be found in the Partition Plan of 1947.
      Which meant that any territory that was seized *by* the state of Israel between May 1948 and March 1949 was "extra-territorial", and that means "occupied".Which meant that all the territory between the Partition Lines and the Green Line was - in the phrase that all zionists will instantly recognize - a "disputed territory", and it remained that way until 1993.
      You might claim that everyone accepted Israel's claim to all the territory seized by the Haganah in 1948-49 but that is siply untrue; that universal acceptance did not come until the 1993 Exchange of Letters between the PLO and Israel, which marked the moment when the PLO ended that "dispute" by conceding that "territory" to Israel.
      So what did the Palestinians get in return? Nothing.

    • Finally, the Palestinians simply can accept a state in Gaza on about 90 percent of the West Bank, excluding the major settlements and the Jordan valley.

      By all means, feel free to post a link which supports the claim that the current Isrsaeli government is agreeable to these terms.

    • Israel has a de facto border with the Hamas-led portion of the Palestinian Authority, which governs the Gaza Strip. It’s a quasi-state entity that is de jure and de facto in a state of war with Israel.

      Israel also has a defacto border with the West Bank, but you conveniently ignore that. By your logic, all those settlers in the West Bank that are killed or stabbed are legitimate targets since they were invaders.

      The citizens under its authority have been instigated to mass at the border with Israel , a sovereign state, and threaten to tear down the border fence between Israel and the territory governed by Hamas, which Israel has relinquished control over since 2005.

      What part of the no man’s land, air space or waters of the coast have Israel relinquished control over?

      Hamas itself has declared that Gaza is not occupied. I wonder why the UN wasn’t paying attention.

      I wonder why you have suddenly decided that what Hamas has to say is legitimate? Do you also agree with the position of Hamas that Israel is illegitimate?

      And are you seriously pretending that the UN somehow has moral or legal standing in this matter or any other matter? Because, you know, it doesn’t.

      I guess it didn’t have any moral or legal standing when they recognized Israel either right?

      ”any of its citizens who approach the border with Israel and ignore orders to stop are assumed to have hostile intent. ”

      But I thought you said Israel withdrew from Gaza and no longer occupied it. What. legal authority or does Israel have to issue any orders inside Gaza? And doesn’t it follow that Israeli citizen who cross into the West Bank and ignore the authority of the PA become legitimate targets?

      The terror gang known as Hamas,which governs a portion of the Palestinian Authority (PA) in a quasi-state entity in Gaza, views all Israelis, whether they are military personnel based in the disputed territories or within territories governed by the State of Israel from 1949-1967, or civilians living in the disputed territories of the West Bank or in territories governed by the State of Israel in its 1949-1967, as legitimate targets at all times and in all places.

      In which case, this is surely your position too seeing as you earlier cited the opinion of Hamas as authoritative? Of course, there are no disputed territories. No one regards them as disputed but some factions of the Israeli government.

      entered into an internationally binding agreement with Israel that leaves the presence of Israeli civilians in the disputed area as an unresolved matter to be left for final status negotiations.

      What makes that agreement binding? It’s not even recognised under international law and what’s more, it was set to expire after 5 years. The expired Oslo Accords are, and were, irrelevant. Articles 7 and 8 of the 4th Geneva Convention prohibit an Occupying Power from concluding any special agreement with the inhabitants that renounces in part or in entirety the rights secured to them under the convention. In the case of Palestine that includes the grave breach associated with the extensive Israeli misappropriation of natural resources, not justified by any military necessity. Onerous agreements, like the Oslo Accords or long term concessions granted under duress to western cartels during the colonial era, have long since been declared null and void.

    • This “demonstration” is more about throngs of people attempting to storm a border fence of a country that is not theirs while chanting violent slogans

      Most of those Gazans are refugees who were illegally expelled from their homes by Israel in 1948 and who still own title to that land. Israel accepted UNGA194, which required Israel to allow those refugees to return to their homes, as a condition of it’s membership to the UN.

      Not to mention the fact Israel has imposed a no go zone on the Gaza side of that “fence” that extends hundreds of meters into Gaza and renders it uninhabitable. This and the siege on Gaza is illegal and a war crime. Even if one where tho take your false claims at face value, the Israeli dearth squads, which are amassed on the Israeli side of that fence have no moral or legal right to fire on anyone in Gaza unless they cross into Israel.

    • It overlooks — blinds the reader to — the purpose of the exercise: to establish the “right of return” via mass theatre and plenty of martyrdom.

      Isn’t that exactly how the Jewish state was established? By flooding Palestine with Jewish immigrants and refugees (who had never even been to Palestine) and mass martyrdom by suck sacrifices and blowing us the Patria in Haifa Harbor, killing over 200 Holocaust survivors? The whole purpose being to dissuade the British from sending Jewish refugees to Camps in Mauritius.

      I suppose form this perspective, the loss of 220 lives amounted to an Israel victory and a sad sacrifice of Palestinian lives.

  • Amazon pulls blank 'History of Palestinian People' -- which aims to dehumanize in order to subjugate
    • Herzl proposed that the language for the Jewish state should be German. I take it that implies Jews were really German. After all, language defines a people right?

  • Intersectional feminism: Wonder Woman, Palestinians, Wakanda and Zionism
    • Israel started every war since 2008. Every time it has been Israel violating the ceasefire. Israel scan has cute term for this routine bombing of Gaza - mowing the lawn am- a euphemism for ensuring the uppity Gazans neve get to enjoy a normal life

    • Or maybe they are doing it is small enough steps to maintain the facade they want peace. Israel in entirely dependent on foreign support and it risks this if it is seen as being as criminal and sadistic as it truly is

    • Yes Gaza is under siege and the bockafe is illegal and an act of war.

  • Jews made America great so 'we deserve our influence' on Israel policy, Dershowitz tells Scarsdale synagogue
  • New York rabbi links Jewish Voice for Peace to Osama bin Laden and Assad
  • Video: 'Apartheid has been here for ages. It doesn't really bother us' -- Israeli comedian says in closing act
  • Rabbi Sacks endorses religious crimes in video against BDS
    • Mind boggling how they keep repeating this crap.

      One has to wonder who the target audience is and who they think they can fool with these lies and obfuscations?

      I love how on one hand, he claims BDS will delay a peaceful settlement, but brings up the trope that the Palestinians turned down offers of a state in 1947, 1948, 1967 etc when there was no BDS.

      And his insistence that BDS will fail is clearly an act of desperation to convince himself and others.

  • Obama fostered spread of nuclear weapons because of his naivete, says head of Council on Foreign Relations
    • It amazes me how even so called foreign policy experts are so ignorant of the Iran deal. Where does it say that Iran has the right to produce nukes once the deal has expired? The JCOPA was a deal that imposed conditions over and above the terms fo the NPT. Iran will not be released from it's obligations under the NPT unless Iran decides to withdraw from the NPT.

  • Dennis Ross's advice to Trump is 'bullshit, delusional or lying,' to gut two-state concept -- Peace Now
    • My God this guy is delusional. Everything is about coddling Israel, letting them keep all their stolen land and putting all the pressure and setting conditions on the Palestinians and the Europeans.

  • Democratic politicians want no part of Obama's courage at the U.N.
    • And so continues the match towards irrelevance by the leadership if the out of touch democratic party

  • Terrorism: How the Israeli state was won
    • Thanks you for this extraordinary article. I have had to ready it a number of times just to get my head around this explosive content.

      If this is based on declassified data, it boggles the mind what the still classified sources would reveal.

      I thought I had heard it all and that nothing could surprise me about the evils of Zionism but this has even shocked me.

  • Scenes from a neoconservative meltdown
  • Trump and Clinton blast UNESCO statement on Jerusalem
  • Syrian death tolls and the kinder gentler jihadists
    • Hamas used human shields and “allegedly” … “stored weapons, dug tunnels or whatever” .. its not ‘whatever’. its been conformed by dozens of reports , th UN and even ngo’s not particularly friendly to israel

      Wrong. Those allegations were resoundingly refuted in those reports.

    • when it was considered as a movement supporting terrorism by even learned scholars.

      Which scholars? And how can a non violent movement calling for human right be support for terrorism?

  • Pro-Israel groups close in on anti-BDS victory in California legislature
    • Utterly lame and stupid. How does square with US government policies that impose sanctions?

      But the bottom line is this. One can boycott Israel simply by refusing to do budiness with Israel associated businesses. One does not gave to declare this as official policy. No legislation can force anyone to buy Israeli products

  • A new milestone: BDS at the Olympics
    • I must admit I found this sad. As much as I support BDS and hate Israel's policies, it is so unfortunate that it comes down to this where human beings cannot be gracious and civil to one another.

      Of course, I would like to ask that Egyptian if he was dumb enough to participate in the overthrow of Morsi and return Egypt to a Saudi/US puppet dictatorship.

  • Netanyahu's Academy-award performance of dehumanization is why the conflict persists
    • What I find extraordinary about this video is that the IDF guy who was humane enough to hold out a hand to the boy, yet would likely it hesitate to shoot this boy or torture him were he tithe is a rock or help demolish his house and throw him out on the streets.

      Zionist thugs are masters of compartmentalizing their minds

    • Netenyhau is like some Mike Meyers Parody of a doctor evil. He's like a really bad B grade actor who hams it up, but keeps getting the leading roles because of he's rich uncle.

      He's in such a protected bubble that he's never confronted by anyone who is willing to call him
      on his bullshit. I have read accounts of how he's been involved in screaming matches with US diplomats behind doors, but he's clearly mastered the ability to switch off or dissociate himself from regality and has no shame.

      What a vile and decrepit piece of shit

  • Anti-occupation activists stand with Black Lives Matter as Jewish orgs attack movement over Israel criticisms
    • I wonder what these hypocritical pro Israeli groups have to say to BLM about the fact that Israel buddied up to apartheid South Africa while the rest of the world was boycotting it?

  • Video: Israeli soldier throws 8-year old Palestinian girl's bike into bushes

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