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  • JLewisDickerson on This Rosh Hashanah I remember hiking in Israel when I still believed the myths: “

    Beautifully written!

    September 25, 2020, 7:04 PM
  • jon s on My view from South Africa on Leila Khaled’s upcoming event: “

    “Native Arab Palestinian Jews comprised 10% of the Jewish population & were vehemently opposed to Zionism.”
    I wonder where Misterioso comes up with this stuff.

    September 25, 2020, 4:39 PM
  • jon s on My view from South Africa on Leila Khaled’s upcoming event: “

    We can all note the writer’s clumsy attempt to falsify Herzl’s text by adding “Palestinian” in parenthesis. As I’ve shown, Herzl never intended to displace the local Arab population.

    September 25, 2020, 4:32 PM
  • echinococcus on Big Tech’s dangerous attack on free speech and academic freedom: Zoom, Facebook, and YouTube censor SF State Palestine class: “

    Hughes,

    Continuing that train of thought, not only are the so-called “service organization” monopolies the contrary of service organizations, they are openly, along with the antitrust-law-breaking press monopoly, the main instrument of the police state to circumvent or rather rape the Constitution.

    In fact, Facebook from the start was notorious as having been started by a known CIA guy, one of the three official founders: the police state doesn’t feel the need for camouflage any longer. Why should it? The stupid don’t mind. They flock by the millions to what they know is an organ of fascist control. That is the real measure of how much of a dumb animal we are as a species, I suppose.

    September 25, 2020, 1:44 PM
  • Yonah Fredman on Zoom cancels panel featuring Leila Khaled amid protests from pro-Israel groups: “

    ” I found your acceptance of a narrative that brands her a terrorist or a hater to be deeply offensive and in conflict with what I believe an educator should say, teach, and promote.” We all know that one man’s (woman’s) freedom fighter is another man’s terrorist. Nonetheless for a university in the United States to accept the state department’s definition of the PFLP or even the on the face facts of the very public hijacking of planes as proof of terrorism is not at all outrageous. For a University president to draw the line and say, “Sorry, no hijackers allowed to speak from our pulpit,” is not outrageous.

    September 25, 2020, 1:42 PM
  • echinococcus on Hamas, Fatah agree to hold elections in the coming months: “

    The legitimacy of an “Authority” that canceled elections for 14 years because it had lost to a resistance party, and imposed itself by the Zionist occupier’s brute force, is not enough to empower it to hold elections.

    But anyway, the legitimacy of a puppet administration appointed by the Zionist invader itself and maintained only by the clout of US Empire is nonexistent from the start.

    September 25, 2020, 1:29 PM
  • echinococcus on Zoom cancels panel featuring Leila Khaled amid protests from pro-Israel groups: “

    How long do you think Skype will not be censored, or do you even believe it’s not already? It’s Microsoft property…

    September 25, 2020, 1:19 PM
  • echinococcus on Adelson is pro-choice but he’s pouring millions into GOP for a higher cause: “

    One wishes you’d address the remark itself.

    September 25, 2020, 1:10 PM
  • bcg on Power politics in support of Israeli apartheid — Can we accept this new ‘normal’?: “

    “Palestinian lands and water are still confiscated.” – we tend to forget the water situation. The last chapter of “The Joshua Generation” deals with this – the author is also a water expert (http://www.freshwaterlab.org/project/dr-rachel-havrelock ). From page 219 – 220:

    The world hears little about the collapse of the Coastal Aquifer or what it means when a source of drinking water becomes nonviable….Israeli targeting of sewage and drinking water infrastructure during military operations has imperiled any natural replenishment of the aquifer as it meets the needs of two million people….Diversion of sewage and runoff from the aquifer is hobbled by an absence of functioning infrastructure and an insufficient energy supply-recurrently cut as a punitive measure by Israel-to run existing plants.

    September 25, 2020, 12:55 PM
  • genesto on Big Tech’s dangerous attack on free speech and academic freedom: Zoom, Facebook, and YouTube censor SF State Palestine class: “

    I guess we’ll have to come up with another name, then, for the actions of the mainstream press, consisting of private publishing companies, in regularly suppressing the Palestinian narrative while promoting Israeli lies.

    How about Ziosplaining?

    September 25, 2020, 12:51 PM
  • bcg on Big Tech’s dangerous attack on free speech and academic freedom: Zoom, Facebook, and YouTube censor SF State Palestine class: “

    On the most trivial level you are correct – it would not be difficult at all to for this conference to take place on some other platform, and it probably will.

    The issue is “censorship” in the larger sense, not the narrow legal sense. What forces are operating to suppress speech? Is Emi Palmor’s role on Facebooks Oversight Board something worth discussing? And why would anyone not want the conference to take place? If the Israeli Pro-Apartheid Party wants to organize a Zoom conference I want to hear their viewpoint.

    September 25, 2020, 12:15 PM
  • Misterioso on Mike Pompeo is trying to provoke U.S. conflict with Iran to boost his own presidential aims, not just Trump’s: “

    Breaking News:
    https://breakingdefense.com/2020/09/senate-skeptical-of-f-35-sale-to-uae-despite-white-house-push/?utm_campaign=Breaking%20News&utm_medium=email&_hsmi=96028451&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-88egEhEXRSZJccWK6WeKily3myDajhA4gLsDIRFT0V3yL3GagiUTDon8KsYsdRYgNdDb_PfRhhWDl9M94ijssaDPnnwQ&utm_content=96028451&utm_source=hs_email

    Senate Skeptical Of F-35 Sale To UAE Despite White House Push
    EXCERPT:”‘It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that if Israel’s the only country in the Middle East that has F-35s, that selling it to someone else no longer produces that qualitative military edge,’ Sen. Bob Menedez said.” By Paul McLeary, Sept. 24/20
    WASHINGTON: “A top State Department official today skirted answering questions over the Trump administration’s possible sale of F-35s to the UAE in the face of bipartisan Senate concern over Israel’s continued military superiority in the region.
    “Asked about reports of the deal, the undersecretary of State for political affairs David Hale told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee there are talks ongoing about the UAE’s ‘security needs,’ adding he was not aware if UAE had submitted a letter of request, a move needed to formally kick off the arms sale process in Washington.
    “What most concerned committee chairman Jim Risch and ranking member Bob Menendez was maintaining Israel’s qualitative military edge, enshrined in US law.
    “Hale pledged that the administration would closely vet any possible sale and consult with the Israelis before moving forward, an answer that didn’t go far enough for several senators.
    “’With all due respect, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that if Israel’s the only country in the Middle East that has F-35s, that selling it to someone else no longer produces that qualitative military edge in the air,’ Menendez shot back.
    “Earlier this month, President Trump said he would have “no problem” selling the F-35 to the United Arab Emirates, despite discomfort expressed by the Israelis over remaining the only regional power in the Middle East with the aircraft.”

    September 25, 2020, 10:56 AM
  • Misterioso on Adelson is pro-choice but he’s pouring millions into GOP for a higher cause: “

    A brief look at Sheldon Adelson’s past history:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=18&v=6oSAPMYTuss&feature=emb_logo

    Sheldon Adelson and his fellow rabid Zionist monsters spew forth:
    “October 22, 2013, Yeshiva University, Lamport Hall. L to R, Yeshiva president Richard Joel, Wall Street Journal columnist Bret Stephens, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, and Sheldon Adelson.”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EayCLyuCFv8
    Is Sheldon Adelson bad or evil? Sheldon Adelson convinced the Trump Administration to declare Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. This episode explains how.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=22&v=iPRnTU6fO-g
    “Did Sheldon Adelson Just Buy A War With Iran?”

    http://www.informationclear…
    Sheldon Adelson: “Best Government Money Can Buy” By Philip M. Giraldi
    October 6/18, Information Clearing House. 
    EXCERPT:
    “Very few Americans know who Sheldon Adelson is and fewer still appreciate that, as America’s leading political donor, when he speaks the Republican Party listens. By virtue of his largesse, he has been able to direct GOP policy in the Middle East in favor of Israel, which might well be regarded as his true home while the United States exists more as a faithful friend that can be produced at intervals whenever Israel finds itself in need of a bit of cash or political cover.”

    https://israelpalestinenews.org/sheldon-adelson-spending-100-million-total-to-keep-control-of-u-s-policies-on-israel/
    Haaretz, Dec. 7/18, by Amir Tibon
    WASHINGTON – “Casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson is reportedly spending at least $55 million during the upcoming midterm elections in order to keep Republicans in control of Congress.”
    “The Casino billionaire’s total contributions to various Republican causes surpass $100 million, according to the New York Times, possibly making him the largest single donor in American politics today.”

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=BwLaXxSQi80

    “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.”

    September 25, 2020, 10:18 AM
  • Misterioso on Adelson is pro-choice but he’s pouring millions into GOP for a higher cause: “

    Given the enormous chip you have on your shoulder, it’s always amusing to read your comments.

    September 25, 2020, 10:01 AM
  • Misterioso on Adelson is pro-choice but he’s pouring millions into GOP for a higher cause: “

    When he wrote “ Who could have imagined that Israel would continue building in areas that it was supposed to withdraw from?”, Gershon Baskin was being facetious.

    September 25, 2020, 9:52 AM
  • MHughes976 on Big Tech’s dangerous attack on free speech and academic freedom: Zoom, Facebook, and YouTube censor SF State Palestine class: “

    I don’t think it’s unusual to refer to suppression or silencing of opinions by a private organisation as ‘censorship’ – some of the arguments about state censorship apply to the private version as well, such as that truth is less likely to be found in the long run if certain opinions are absolutely privileged. I agree that these arguments are not so compelling in the private sector – there is a limit to the duty of organisations existing to advance a certain opinion to provide a platform for opponents – the Atheist Society doesn’t have to publish sermons from bishops. The duty of service providers is somewhat different from organisations of opinion. They should have very serious reason to override the judgement of their clients and they should have announced policies. If they are monopolistic then they pose some of the same dangers as state censors.

    September 25, 2020, 8:36 AM
  • justice4all on Trump and Biden battle over who’s more pro-Israel, with Adelson and Saban squaring off: “

    Adelson and Saban are “squaring off” like two World Wide Wrestling performers.

    September 25, 2020, 3:10 AM
  • Ellen on Omar Barghouti is a threat to Israel’s ‘universal security’ per Israeli lawmaker: “

    <i>So it appears to be looking around for a “security issue” to get rid of Barghouti. </i> If Barghouti is determined to be a security threat or threat to Isreal, he will be iliminated. That is how all governments work to preserve power. Israel has always made sure real or perceived threats are quickly elimiated. There will be neither consequences nor questioning.

    September 25, 2020, 1:07 AM
  • echinococcus on Adelson is pro-choice but he’s pouring millions into GOP for a higher cause: “

    Exactly!
    Thank you for your reading all that pap with inexhaustible patience.
    I have half a mind to ask friend Misterioso if he is in agreement with all the gravitas-overladen pro-Zionist pieces he keeps quoting as if that were likely to induce feelings of shame in the Zionist beast.

    September 24, 2020, 11:58 PM
  • RoHa on Adelson is pro-choice but he’s pouring millions into GOP for a higher cause: “

    Who could have imagined that Israel would continue building in areas that it was supposed to withdraw from?”

    Anyone familiar with Israel’s criminal record.

    September 24, 2020, 11:12 PM
  • justice4all on Big Tech’s dangerous attack on free speech and academic freedom: Zoom, Facebook, and YouTube censor SF State Palestine class: “

    Most likely just a random coincidence.

    September 24, 2020, 10:10 PM
  • milx on Big Tech’s dangerous attack on free speech and academic freedom: Zoom, Facebook, and YouTube censor SF State Palestine class: “

    I’m sure the movement can find some speakers that aren’t plane hijackers. If anything these tech platforms are doing you a favor; associating your brand with terror isn’t going to win you new supporters.

    September 24, 2020, 7:13 PM
  • JustJessetr on Big Tech’s dangerous attack on free speech and academic freedom: Zoom, Facebook, and YouTube censor SF State Palestine class: “

    As soon as I saw the headline, I knew the article was a joke.

    Zoom, Facebook, and YouTube can’t censor anything. Censorship is when the government prevents you from publishing something.
    What happened was that a private platform tossed them out. It’s a private party, you have to play by their rules, and yes, lots of times friends have a say in who comes to your party too.

    You don’t like Zoom, Facebook, and YouTube’s policies, private companies whose tech you are using for FREE by the way (you ungrateful, self-righteous louts), then go take the allegedly enormous following you claim to be part of, and build your own platform. Then you can keep anyone out that YOU don’t want. And you’d be perfectly right to do it.

    September 24, 2020, 5:51 PM
  • lonely rico on Mike Pompeo is trying to provoke U.S. conflict with Iran to boost his own presidential aims, not just Trump’s: “

    The two are risking conflict with another country not to defend America’s national interests, but only to advance their own electoral prospects.

    Not only to defend their own electoral prospects, but also to defend the ostensible interests of the state of Israel, the state which is always eager to risk American lives in its own belligerent crusade.

    September 24, 2020, 5:48 PM
  • Misterioso on Adelson is pro-choice but he’s pouring millions into GOP for a higher cause: “

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    ”That never happened and that was Israel’s most fundamental breach of its commitments to the Oslo Accords. Israel did not implement what it took upon itself to implement – that is pure and simple fact.
     
    “It was never stated in the Oslo Accords that Israel could not build more settlements. It didn’t need to be written. Israel was supposed to turn over most of the West Bank to the Palestinians even before permanent status negotiations were to be concluded. Who could have imagined that Israel would continue building in areas that it was supposed to withdraw from?”
     

    September 24, 2020, 3:19 PM
  • Misterioso on Adelson is pro-choice but he’s pouring millions into GOP for a higher cause: “

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    For the record:
    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.

    President Jimmy Carter: “I personally think that Yasser Arafat did the best he could for peace. Not many of my countrymen agree.  I knew him quite well.  He took a heroic action in the Oslo agreement for which he won the Nobel Peace Prize. For the last 3 ½ years, as the elected President of the Palestinian people, he was kept in prison in disgrace and still expected to command the full authority of his people and he was held responsible for acts of violence.” (During a meeting of the World Council of Churches in Jerusalem, January 10/05)

    Netanyahu, the shyster: Video – July 17, 2010 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrtuBas3Ipw 

    Netanyahu boasts about how he emptied the Oslo Accords of meaning by an interpretation that made a mockery of them.

    https://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Encountering-Peace-Have-We-No-Shame-596738

    “ENCOUNTERING PEACE: HAVE WE NO SHAME?”
    “What we did, what the State of Israel did, what we do in the name of the Jewish state is becoming pure evil.”
    BY GERSHON BASKIN

    EXCERPT:
    “SOME OF MY right-wing friends criticize my posts on Israel’s shameless and criminal behavior. They tell me that Israel does it under the rules of Oslo. They say that the Palestinians agreed to give up their authority in Jerusalem in the Oslo Accords. They say that the Palestinians agreed to give us Area C – 62% of the West Bank. They say that Israel has the legal right to demolish those homes in Area A, and that this, too, is part of Oslo. All of these claims are lies and false. Let us all remember the truth – Oslo was an interim meant to last five years, not 25 years. The designation of Area A, Area B and Area C were temporary. Even Area C, where Israel took full civil and security authority, was supposed to be a very small part of the West Bank, including only those areas designated as connected to permanent status negotiations (meaning the settlements), which then constituted about 2% of the West Bank, and ‘specified military locations’ constituting about 1% of the West Bank. According to Oslo, Israel was supposed to withdraw from all of the rest of the territories and transfer them to the Palestinian Authority. (cont’d)

    September 24, 2020, 3:17 PM
  • Tom Callaghan on Mike Pompeo is trying to provoke U.S. conflict with Iran to boost his own presidential aims, not just Trump’s: “

    Pompeo knows who Mr. Big is in today’s Republican Party. He lives in Las Vegas and his name is Adelson.

    The way to Sheldon Adelson’s heart is to hassle, sanction and goad Iran until they give Trump an excuse to strike them or, better yet, in Mr. Adeslon’s view, reduce them to rubble.

    https://www.wednesdayswars.com

    September 24, 2020, 3:14 PM
  • Kay24 on Trump and Biden battle over who’s more pro-Israel, with Adelson and Saban squaring off: “

    One, looks like a crooked midget, who was found guilty of stealing from her country, and the other a heartless, soulless woman, who did not have the class to avoid wearing a jacket that stated she does not care, as she went to visit babies in cages, that her husband was responsible for placing there. As for their husbands, two crooks, both under investigations, disliked around the world, and basically are racists. So much in common.

    September 24, 2020, 1:48 PM
  • bcg on Adelson is pro-choice but he’s pouring millions into GOP for a higher cause: “

    “Adelson has been an utter victor on one front: over 20 years he has helped defeat the Oslo peace process.” Phil points out. That reminds me of a remark about Oslo made by a careful observer –

    “British Mandate rule in the 1930s and 1940s had produced some crazy maps that cordoned land according to population clusters and the path of an oil pipeline, but they were no match for the contortions of Oslo drawn to confer territorial minimums for Palestine under the banner of the Two State Solution.” – page 190, “The Joshua Generation” by Rachel Havrelock.

    Some will say that the Palestinians agreed to it all – sure, and when the IRS says I owe more on my taxes I agree to it as well.

    September 24, 2020, 1:28 PM
  • genesto on Zoom cancels panel featuring Leila Khaled amid protests from pro-Israel groups: “

    “There is no such thing as a Jewish pro-censorship lobby.” Maybe not, per se. But there definitely is a pro Israel/anti Palestinian lobby which censors free speech that exposes Israel’s crimes and seeks to destroy those who don’t kowtow to it.

    It’s called, quite simply, the Israel lobby.

    September 24, 2020, 12:35 PM
  • echinococcus on Zoom cancels panel featuring Leila Khaled amid protests from pro-Israel groups: “

    How you see it may well be different from someone else’s perspective.

    This is part of the totalitarian privatization of the public space, which includes total control of the entire public expression space, bypassing the fig leaf of the First Amendment through the “private” oligopoly control of large US corporations — which also ensures censorship all over the world, or almost, under the control of the US ruling class. Even if the police state were not blindlingly obvious to all, fascist control of speech is there and not likely to go away.

    The very few free outlets left are totally insignificant today and will soon be taken off the internet, too, by further privatization (while US propaganda may encounter some filtering by “national firewalls”, mirror image of the US soft-totalitarianism.)

    Now, anyone who votes or excuses either of the two wings of the single party of US Empire, Demolican or Repucrat, unequivocally endorses this “corporate” (or, to use the proper street qualification, fascist) repression of free speech. Just as anyone who does so endorses all the war, intervention, devastation and mass murder performed by the US Empire. Which is under the same government as Zionism.

    It’s no use pretending to uphold free speech while supporting its executive organs! Better the frank statement of openly fascist shits that openly advocate censorship (which includes the operators of all “social” networks) than the smarmy protests again censorship only where one’s own favorites are concerned. Either speech is free for everything and everyone, or it does not exist. There is no midway.

    September 24, 2020, 12:13 PM
  • Vera Gottlieb on Zoom cancels panel featuring Leila Khaled amid protests from pro-Israel groups: “

    For SHAME, israel…for SHAME.

    September 24, 2020, 10:36 AM
  • Misterioso on Zoom cancels panel featuring Leila Khaled amid protests from pro-Israel groups: “

    Speaking of hate speech:

    Israel’s prime minister, Menachem Begin, in a speech to the Knesset, referred to the Palestinians as “two-legged animals.”

    Israel’s prime minister, Yitzhak Shamir:” [The Palestinians] would be crushed like grasshoppers…heads smashed against the boulders and walls.” (N.Y. Times, April 1,1988).

    Rafael Eitan, Israeli Chief of Staff: “When we have settled the land, all the Arabs will be able to do about it will be to scurry around like drugged cockroaches in a bottle.” (N.Y. Times, 14 April, 1988).

    Prime Minister Ehud Barak:”The Palestinians are like crocodiles, the more you give them meat, they want more…” (Jerusalem Post. Aug. 30,2002). 

    Rabbi Perin, in his eulogy for for mass murderer Baruch Goldstein: ” One million Arabs are not worth a Jewish fingernail.” (NYT, Feb. 28, 1994)

    Rabbi Ovadia Yossef, the spiritual leader of the Shas party and former Israeli Chief Rabbi, described the Arabs as serpents and in his Passover sermon: “The Lord shall waste their [the Arabs] seed, devastate them and vanish them from this world. It is forbidden to be merciful to them. You must send missiles to them and annihilate them. They are evil and damnable.”

    September 24, 2020, 9:39 AM
  • Misterioso on Zoom cancels panel featuring Leila Khaled amid protests from pro-Israel groups: “

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    “The text of the bill emphasized that democratic principles should be applied to all citizens in the state: ‘Israel is a democratic state that guarantees equal rights, based on the principles of human dignity, freedom and equality, in the spirit of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights’ while providing that ‘the state ensures equal and legal protection for all citizens, and fully guarantees national, cultural, linguistic and religious specificity to both Arabs and Jews.’ It stressed that Arabic and Hebrew are the official languages of the state, and both have equal status in all posts and workplaces of the legislative, executive and judicial authorities.”

    “The parliamentarians of ‘the only democracy in the Middle East’ rejected the bill, thus cementing further the apartheid nature of the Zionist state and highlighting the racist nature of its founding ideology.”

    September 24, 2020, 9:33 AM
  • Misterioso on Zoom cancels panel featuring Leila Khaled amid protests from pro-Israel groups: “

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    Meanwhile, the world has learned beyond doubt that “Israel” is an ethnocracy, not a democracy:

    https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200918-knesset-rejects-bill-to-ensure-full-equality-between-all-israeli-citizens/

    “Knesset rejects bill to ensure full equality between all Israeli citizens” Middle East Monitor, Sept. 18/20

    “The Israeli parliament, the Knesset, has rejected a bill presented by Yousef Jabareen on behalf of the Arab Joint List intended to ensure full equality for all of Israel’s citizens, regardless of their ethnicity or religious affiliation.

    “Jabareen presented his bill in advance of the 20th anniversary of the Aqsa Intifada, which has became a cornerstone in the collective consciousness of Israel’s Arab citizens, who make up 20 per cent of the population. They suffer from institutional discrimination, exclusion and hostility.

    “Despite the bill highlighting the need for human rights and democracy to be available to all in the Zionist state, it was rejected by a majority of the ruling coalition and opposition parties.

    “’What I am proposing to you is first and foremost a peace treaty between the state and its Arab citizens, before addressing what is beyond its borders,’ Jabareen told the right-wing MKs who attacked his proposed legislation. ‘Peace with Arab citizens is realized when the state secures their equal status in their home.’

    September 24, 2020, 9:31 AM
  • MHughes976 on Zoom cancels panel featuring Leila Khaled amid protests from pro-Israel groups: “

    Well, to say that any activity is free or unrestricted does imply that it is not restricted on any ground. You’re entitled to the value judgement that expressions of hatred ought to be restricted or put into the area of speech which is not free. Even John Stuart Mill thought that there have to be restrictions when immediate violent consequences are likely. But these judgements imply restrictions on free speech and these restrictions should not be imposed lightly. I think expressions of hatred are often rather hateful and expressions of moralistic anger often very questionable but it’s not clear that none of these are ever justified.

    September 24, 2020, 8:06 AM
  • Kathleen on Zoom cancels panel featuring Leila Khaled amid protests from pro-Israel groups: “

    Zoom, Facebook, You Tube all appear to be Israeli occupied territory. Israel and the I lobby sure know how to shut down media outlets from allowing the facts to come out..been going on a long time

    How do we see this event?

    September 24, 2020, 7:05 AM
  • Kathleen on Zoom cancels panel featuring Leila Khaled amid protests from pro-Israel groups: “

    Facts are not “hate speech”

    September 24, 2020, 7:02 AM
  • eljay on Zoom cancels panel featuring Leila Khaled amid protests from pro-Israel groups: “

    || Mayhem: Hate speech is not free speech. ||

    Hate speech is defined by the Cambridge Dictionary as “public speech that expresses hate or encourages violence towards a person or group based on something such as race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation”. Hate speech is “usually thought to include communications of animosity or disparagement of an individual or a group on account of a group characteristic such as race, colour, national origin, sex, disability, religion, or sexual orientation”.

    I agree that Zionism – which expresses hate and includes communications of animosity or disparagement of Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims – is hate speech not free speech.

    September 24, 2020, 6:45 AM
  • RoHa on On Rosh Hashanah, a sermon to the unwelcome: “

    Why do you care?

    “Identity” is important to superheroes in search of a telephone box, but what difference does it make to the rest of us?

    September 24, 2020, 1:15 AM
  • RoHa on On Rosh Hashanah, a sermon to the unwelcome: “

    Either
    (a) you keep tracing your parentage through an infinite regress of Jewish mothers, or
    (b) you arrive back at your original maternal protoplasmal primordial atomic globule.

    There is a problem with (a).
    William Lane Craig will dissent, but an infinite series of Jewish mothers seems to me to be a logical, albeit daunting, possibility. But, given what we know about the universe, it does not seem likely.

    And (b) has its own problem.
    If (b), you have to ask what made that globule Jewish? It cannot be by birth from Jewish maternal protoplasmal primordial atomic globule, since that would simply be reversion to (a).

    This can be generalised to all cases of “identity” by descent.

    September 24, 2020, 1:09 AM
  • Mayhem on Zoom cancels panel featuring Leila Khaled amid protests from pro-Israel groups: “

    Hate speech is not free speech.

    September 24, 2020, 1:00 AM
  • mondonut on Zoom cancels panel featuring Leila Khaled amid protests from pro-Israel groups: “

    There is more to this than just Zoom. Facebook refused to stream it, and when they tried to sneak it onto Youtube it was cut after about 20 minutes.

    Apparently associating with the PFLP has consequences.

    September 23, 2020, 9:36 PM
  • bcg on Pro-Palestine groups hold digital day of action to protest Facebook censorship: “

    Report: Facebook most common platform for anti-Palestinian racism in Israel

    https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200912-report-facebook-most-common-platform-for-anti-palestinian-racism-in-israel/

    No comment neccessary!

    September 23, 2020, 6:55 PM
  • MHughes976 on On Rosh Hashanah, a sermon to the unwelcome: “

    Quite right as to supremacism. And you often point out, this is a supremacy defined by some sort of correction to a religion.
    I’m not so sure about self-ascrption. I think that in general we want to avoid any argument like ‘I say it, so it’s true’.

    September 23, 2020, 5:20 PM
  • mondonut on Zoom cancels panel featuring Leila Khaled amid protests from pro-Israel groups: “

    “connected to”

    September 23, 2020, 4:48 PM
  • Misterioso on Zoom cancels panel featuring Leila Khaled amid protests from pro-Israel groups: “

    Precisely!! Well said!!

    September 23, 2020, 4:44 PM
  • Misterioso on Trump and Biden battle over who’s more pro-Israel, with Adelson and Saban squaring off: “

    Re the photo above:

    Ah, yes, hand in hand, at the White House, the wives of two monsters stroll side by side.

    September 23, 2020, 3:32 PM
  • bcg on Zoom cancels panel featuring Leila Khaled amid protests from pro-Israel groups: “

    Me too, in a perverse sort of way. The cancellation will garner far, far more attention to a host of issues related to Israel/Palestine and social media than the original conference could have possibly attracted.

    September 23, 2020, 3:04 PM
  • JustJessetr on Zoom cancels panel featuring Leila Khaled amid protests from pro-Israel groups: “

    “This is what happens when we subcontract our universities to Zoom: they decide which events are acceptable and which aren’t. It’s outrageous.”

    That IS outrageous.

    Still glad they canceled though.

    September 23, 2020, 2:24 PM