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  • Yonah Fredman wrote:

    Huge contribution. Steinzsaltz is the first talmud most beginners reach for. Written first in hebrew, in Israel, and then translated into english. Of course those who only know the Talmud to quote it to denigrate it or on the topic of the Three Oaths, can’t be expected to notice.

    On How Seth Rogen’s serious concerns about human rights and Zionism have turned into dispiriting Jewish shtik, August 07, 2020, 11:01 PM
  • eljay wrote:

    || catalan: “But you’re right that blowback will affect Jews thanks to non-Jewish Zionist” eljay … ||

    …and to Jewish Zionists just like you who won’t hesitate to point the finger at Jews. Correct.

    || … it might be tough right now but Jews abroad will be punished. … ||

    It’s disturbing that you routinely gloat about evil befalling people, but the fact that you seem to take pleasure in evil befalling people who have chosen to be Jewish is truly bizarre.

    || … In the meantime, I am just gonna take my chances. ||

    You’re an Arab Bulgarian Italian Persian New Mexican (by way of Spain). You’ll be fine.

    On Israel extends detention of BDS coordinator Mahmoud Nawajaa, August 07, 2020, 5:32 PM
  • Misterioso wrote:

    Greetings Corey Levine

    Thank you, shukran for your excellent commentary. Bravo!!

    On Seth Rogen, welcome to the journey, August 07, 2020, 5:08 PM
  • Misterioso wrote:

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    “The case, which was settled in the Court of Rome’s Human Rights and Immigration division, found that ‘it is the Italian state that does not recognise Jerusalem as the capital.’

    “The court went on to clarify itself.

    “’It is known that on December 21, 2017, Italy voted in favour of the United Nations General Assembly resolution that rejected the United States’ decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. As it is known, the United Nations itself has repeatedly talked about the issue, condemning the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories and East Jerusalem, and denying any legal validity to Israel’s decisions to make it its capital.’

    “The court concluded that UN resolutions ‘constitute conventional law directly applicable in our legal system. Taking for granted that the city of Jerusalem is the capital of the State of Israel is the dissemination of incorrect information. Defining the issue as a ‘dispute’, as was done by RAI [the Italian television station], is not enough to correct what happened’”.

    “Italy’s national broadcaster, RAI, was ordered to pay all costs.”

    On Seth Rogen, welcome to the journey, August 07, 2020, 4:47 PM
  • Misterioso wrote:

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    https://www.trtworld.com/magazine/what-s-the-capital-of-israel-not-jerusalem-says-an-italian-court-38726

    TRTWORLD, August 7/20
    “A popular Italian television quiz, L’Eredita, sparked controversy when in May of this year, a question about Israel surfaced on the show. The competitor said ‘Tel Aviv’ when asked to give the name of the capital city. The talk show host, Flavio Insinna, did not accept this as the correct answer, and went on to correct the contestant by saying it was Jerusalem. 

    “The Palestinian Association in Italy, and the Association of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, however, were not happy.

    “The Italian courts – where the matter ended up – agreed. The subsequent court ruling stated that ‘International law does not recognise Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel.’

    “On June 5, Insinna tried to end the controversy by reading out a clarification. ‘We can involuntarily find ourselves at the centre of a controversy that calls into question events that certainly do not belong to a program like ours to intervene. On the issue, however, there are different positions. In view of this, we must not enter into such a delicate dispute, and we apologize for having raised it involuntarily.'” (cont’d)

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    On Seth Rogen, welcome to the journey, August 07, 2020, 4:45 PM
  • Bennorius wrote:

    Thanks for this inspiring article. The last paragraph is so true.

    On ‘Shared Sovereignty’: How a group of translators is trying to reshape the conversation in Israel-Palestine, August 07, 2020, 4:42 PM
  • catalan wrote:

    “But you’re right that blowback will affect Jews thanks to non-Jewish Zionist” eljay
    Perhaps that can serve as a consolation to Mahmoud Nawajaa: it might be tough right now but Jews abroad will be punished. In the meantime, I am just gonna take my chances.

    On Israel extends detention of BDS coordinator Mahmoud Nawajaa, August 07, 2020, 3:47 PM
  • Yonah Fredman wrote:

    I agree that the op ed by Bret Stephens deserves mockery. Yet the summary offered here regarding antisemitism in America today is lacking.

    “Physical threats? No doubt orthodox Jews in Brooklyn feel more insecure today than they did a few years ago, and Jews across the country feel more trepidation about going into Jewish spaces than they did before the rise of white nationalism in the Trump era. But Muslims and black people have also been victims of such violence, more than Jews; and Jews retain a strong presence in the American establishment, from the Supreme Court to the Senate to the media and other leading industries.”

    No mention of the Farrakhan like expressions in the Black community. (or is this demographic insignificant? or is this demographic something that only threatens “orthodox jews in brooklyn”? or is this demographic so intertwined with those who scrawl “free palestine” on synagogues (in the middle of their demonstrations or riots), something which you agree with in your heart if not in paint, that you are unable to recognize the rhetoric of Jew hatred that finds its way into the statements of some celebrity blacks?)

    Jews, en masse, are not about to flee america for israel, like they are in France, (stephens’ hyper link on the point). Yet it is not surprising that the only mention of Jew hatred here explicitly is white nationalism, when there are other forms of Jew hatred which antizionist Jews are not willing to confront.

    On U.S. Jewish life is ‘fragile’ –Bret Stephens peddles delusions to battle Beinart, August 07, 2020, 3:29 PM
  • echinococcus wrote:

    Enough with your goddam nonsense!

    First off, if “lesser of the two evils” is increased push for worldwide war under the orders of the generals, the spy agencies and the weapon-makers, what exactly is “less”? Even on the irrelevant, so-called personal level the stupid people pay attention to, what is, pray, the “lesser” evil between a dangerous buffoon sold to the bankers, generals and Zionists and a dangerous Mafia boss, clinically demented to the point of bragging in public of how he arranged a putsch on account of the neocons and blackmailed his own puppets to pay him his bribe?

    Next — what do you say to the fact that our never being able to get rid of all this cycle war of aggression, mayhem, mass theft and genocide, is due (if you believe your own nonsense that votes matter), to people exactly like you who continue to recommend voting for “the lesser of the two evils”?

    Not answering these questions convincingly marks anyone as an irresponsible supporter of the mass murderers that govern us. No. Way. Out. Of. That.

    On Report: Biden personally intervened to get the word ‘occupation’ removed from the Democratic Party platform, August 07, 2020, 3:28 PM
  • mondonut wrote:

    Why is it so hard to understand that the point of the platform is to, primarily, elect Biden. And secondly, elect other Democrats. That a small, special interest splinter group of delegates finds this unacceptable explains exactly why they should not be listened to.

    On Report: Biden personally intervened to get the word ‘occupation’ removed from the Democratic Party platform, August 07, 2020, 3:02 PM
  • Misterioso wrote:

    Let’s cut to the chase!!

    Created by Ashkenazi Jews of foreign origin (e.g. Theodor Herzl, Arthur Ruppin and David Ben- Gurion, real name, David Gruen), Zionism is racism; Zionism is fascism; Zionism is theft; Zionism is a horror story for the indigenous near defenseless Palestinians. Zionism and its consequences are a betrayal of the six million Jews who perished at the hands of the Nazis; Zionism is over 72 years of trying to pound a square peg into a round hole, i.e., “Israel” is still dependent on massive and ever growing US taxpayer provided financial aid as well as Washington’s protection in the geopolitical arena. Thankfully, ever increasing numbers of people around the world, including Jews, especially youth, are rapidly becoming utterly disgusted and enraged at “Israel.”  All so predictable!!

    Henry Morgenthau Sr., 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 & every land, especially for the Jews, those of my own blood & 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) 

    On U.S. Jewish life is ‘fragile’ –Bret Stephens peddles delusions to battle Beinart, August 07, 2020, 2:23 PM
  • Kay24 wrote:

    It is disheartening to keep voting for these politicians who are beholden to Israel, AIPAC, and zionist campaign donors. Once again, we have to vote for the lesser of the two evils.

    On Report: Biden personally intervened to get the word ‘occupation’ removed from the Democratic Party platform, August 07, 2020, 1:52 PM
  • Misterioso wrote:

    “Palestinian Woman Dies After Being Shot During an Israeli Army  Raid”

    “Palestinian Health Ministry says 23-year-old was shot by Israeli forces in her house in the West Bank city of Jenin, but the Israeli army denies using live fire.”

    Jack Khoury, Haaretz. Aug. 7, 2020.
    “A 23-year-old Palestinian woman died after being shot early Friday by Israeli forces in the West Bank city of Jenin, the Palestinian Health Ministry said in a statement. 
    “The woman, Dalia Samudi, was hit with live bullets that penetrated her chest, the ministry said, & was rushed to a local hospital, where she was later pronounced dead. 
    “Samudi was shot while attempting to close the window in order to prevent teargas from entering her home, according to her friend. Samudi is a mother & her youngest child is newborn. 
    “The Israeli army said its forces entered the city overnight to arrest suspects. During the operation, the army said, soldiers used sponge-tipped bullets & tear gas to disperse Palestinian residents who gathered in the area.
    “The army denies it used live ammunition, claiming the woman may have been hit by bullets fired by Palestinians.
    “In a statement issued later, the army reiterated their version of events & said that ‘during a routine IDF night operation in the city of Jenin, a violent riot broke out in the presence of hundreds of Palestinians who fired, threw stones & hurled explosives at soldiers. The soldiers responded by dispersing demonstrations.’
    “According to reports in Palestinian media, the woman was shot at home, as the Israeli army raided her Jabariyat neighborhood.

    “Director of the local Red Crescent branch, Mahmoud al-Sa’adi, told the Wafa news agency that Israeli soldiers fired at the ambulance which arrived at the scene to evacuate her.”
     

    On Young Palestinian woman killed by Israeli forces in Jenin, August 07, 2020, 1:46 PM
  • LONSCAR wrote:

    And – the Occupation DID NOT begin in 1967. This is an outright lie and obfuscation of the truth. It deliberately hides the reality of the Nakba – the whole point of the Dem (blue face) 1967 exercise, of course.

    The Occupation began – in reality in 1917 and in violent, murderous reality in 1948 (the decision having already been made well before that year).

    On Report: Biden personally intervened to get the word ‘occupation’ removed from the Democratic Party platform, August 07, 2020, 1:44 PM
  • Misterioso wrote:

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    Re: Joe Biden and the Israel lobby:

    “One of the WJC’s main issues is support for Israel. Among its many activities in this realm, it collaborates with the Israeli government to defend Israel from criticisms of its human rights abuses and discriminatory system.

    “The WJC defines many factual statements about Israel to be ‘antisemitic,’ and labels legitimate opposition to Israeli violence and oppression against Palestinians ‘antisemitism.’ As a result, its top issue, combating ‘antisemitism,’ often consists of efforts to suppress information about Israel’s oppression of Palestinians and to combat efforts on behalf of Palestinian human rights.”

    On Report: Biden personally intervened to get the word ‘occupation’ removed from the Democratic Party platform, August 07, 2020, 1:33 PM
  • Misterioso wrote:

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    Re: Joe Biden & the Israel lobby:
    https://israelpalestinenews.org/world-jewish-congress-billionaires-oligarchs-global-influencers-for-israel/?utm_source=mailpoet&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily+Updates

    “World Jewish Congress: Billionaires, Oligarchs, Global Influencers for Israel”

    “Billionaires, Russian oligarchs, Ukrainian ambassadors, international financiers, the Rothschilds, & glitterati of all sorts gathered at the 2019 gala for the World Jewish Congress.”

    EXCERPTS:
    “The World Jewish Congress (WJC), which calls itself ‘The Representative Body of over 100 Jewish Communities Worldwide,’ held its annual gala at the Pierre hotel in New York City on Nov. 6.
    “It bestowed its annual Theodor Herzl Award (named after Israel’s founding father) on former U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley for her work on behalf of Israel. Some previous awardees have been Joe Biden & Henry Kissinger.” (cont’d)

    On Report: Biden personally intervened to get the word ‘occupation’ removed from the Democratic Party platform, August 07, 2020, 1:31 PM
  • LONSCAR wrote:

    Truly. the more things change, the more they remain the same.

    What the F*** are such as Biden afraid of? Why give such as AIPAC, Saban and so on, this much power over American politics, political decisions?

    Money needs to be removed – on every front – from US politics. Totally. NO money, no influence, no political power.

    Yes, there will be potential politicos – at all levels – who are, individually genuinely pro-zionist. But without the big $$$ behind them, to defeat their opponents, fewer of the “bow the head supporters” might well be voted into office and therefore fewer able to continue to support “Israel’s” atrocities on Palestinians.

    Of ccourse, it is not the only reason that money needs to be removed from US elections, at all levels, but most particularly at the national one. It = Corruption, Bribery…

    On Report: Biden personally intervened to get the word ‘occupation’ removed from the Democratic Party platform, August 07, 2020, 1:19 PM
  • JaapBo wrote:

    What’s worse than the cheap lie: for Israel Palestinian lives are very cheap!
    A Young Palestinian died. It’s a tragedy!

    On Young Palestinian woman killed by Israeli forces in Jenin, August 07, 2020, 1:18 PM
  • CHUCKMAN wrote:

    “…career [of Elliott Abrams] was literally built on the defense of mass murder and genocide and his willingness to lie on behalf of those who carried it out and smear the reputations of anyone who sought to try and stop or expose it.”


    It is the very measure of the lack of principle and even decency in American foreign policy that a man like Elliott Abrams serves in any capacity. And just so Mike Pompeo.

    On New Iran envoy Elliott Abrams raises the risk that Israel will provoke Trump into conflict with Teheran, August 07, 2020, 1:18 PM
  • LONSCAR wrote:

    Thank you for this illuminating article. It is So bloody sad, not to say racist, Orientalist, that the newbie Hebrew speakers (for what else are they? Hebrew was the language of Religion for over a millennia, not the language of daily speak and what daily speak was depended upon the origins of the Jewish individual: Arabic, Yiddish [Judischer Deutsch], Ladino, surely Persian…) fail to acknowledge, recognize that BOTH languages, Arabic and Hebrew are deeply related, both are Semitic (and the alphabet for each derives from the even more ancient Phoenician alphabet – as do the Latin and the Cyrillic/Greek ones which we all in Europe/Eurasia use). Get a grip, Occupiers of All Palestine. If you really believe you are part of the Middle eastern region, then you must, need to, should recognize – and celebrate – your linguistic connection to the Arabic speakers of Palestine and the greater Middle East…. It is a wonderful linguistic heritage.

    On ‘Shared Sovereignty’: How a group of translators is trying to reshape the conversation in Israel-Palestine, August 07, 2020, 1:06 PM
  • bcg wrote:

    Another detail in the Seth Rogen/Israel story – he’s being honored for strengthening Jewish identity!

    “The Workmen’s Circle, a group whose mission is to strengthen Jewish identity based on social justice and Yiddish language, will honor Rogen, 37, in a ceremony Monday in Manhattan, the New Jersey Jewish News reported Wednesday.”

    https://www.jpost.com/diaspora/film-star-seth-rogen-to-be-honored-for-promoting-jewish-identity-yiddish-609415

    Same story:

    https://jewishweek.timesofisrael.com/seth-rogen-and-dad-to-be-honored-by-workmens-circle-for-ties-to-yiddish-culture/

    On Seth Rogen, welcome to the journey, August 07, 2020, 1:03 PM
  • Misterioso wrote:

    Re Elliott Abrams, Zionist zealot:

    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 revealed 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)

    On New Iran envoy Elliott Abrams raises the risk that Israel will provoke Trump into conflict with Teheran, August 07, 2020, 1:00 PM
  • eljay wrote:

    || JaapBo: Do you believe it? … Palestinians use “live fire” and “explosive devices” and the Israeli army uses only “riot dispersal means”? What a cheap lie! ||

    Do I believe that a spokesperson for Israel’s Occupation, Colonization and Oppression Forces operating and doing evil in not-Israel would tell a cheap lie? Absolutely.

    On Young Palestinian woman killed by Israeli forces in Jenin, August 07, 2020, 12:29 PM
  • eljay wrote:

    || catalan: … Per eljay, diaspora Jews can await punishments once Israel is defeated (blowback). … ||

    No, deliberate liar, I never said anything about “Israel is defeated”. But you’re right that blowback will affect Jews thanks to non-Jewish Zionists and to Jewish Zionists just like you who won’t hesitate to point the finger at Jews.

    || … This is not a normal ideology. ||

    Neither is Zionism, an ideology that is both insane in its beliefs and colonialist, (war) criminal and supremacist in its implementation.

    On Israel extends detention of BDS coordinator Mahmoud Nawajaa, August 07, 2020, 11:48 AM
  • JaapBo wrote:

    Do you believe it?
    “Palestinians fired live fire, hurled rocks and explosive devices towards the troops. The troops responded with riot dispersal means,” Reuters quoted an army spokesman as saying.
    Palestinians use “live fire” and “explosive devices” and the Israeli army uses only “riot dispersal means”? What a cheap lie!

    On Young Palestinian woman killed by Israeli forces in Jenin, August 07, 2020, 11:45 AM
  • LONSCAR wrote:

    Thank you muchly, Mr Levine, for this window onto your journey from pro-zionist to what one might call. if I may, a true welcoming of Palestinians back into their rightful homeland. Yes, it will be shared with more people of European Jewish descent than prior to 1917 – but peoples of truly good will and recognition of a shared history (religious at least – one reason that many of the remaining rural Jews of Palestine found it relatively easy to convert to Islam [rather than Christianity] were the fundamental, essential similarities between the two: One god (not a tri-partite set up); no pig meat; several prayers a day – 5 rather than 3, but hey, what’s a couple more?; and those prayers made facing toward Jerusalem) need desperately for both peoples to be able to live and work together.

    But that is going to take an enormous change of heart on the part of the zionists of Israel (and their funders/supporters elsewhere).

    On Seth Rogen, welcome to the journey, August 07, 2020, 11:22 AM
  • Zaf wrote:

    A lot of valid facts, but a salient difference is that Kashmiris in Indian administered Kashmir are Indian citizens, with the right to vote and to settle and move throughout India (ditto for Kashmiris in Pakistani administered Kashmir). They may not want that (or some of them may?), but they have not been made stateless people. The author may also not be aware that the UN resolution applies to the whole of the former princely state of Jammu and Kashmir – which includes the Kashmir valley (Indian and Pakistani) but also (ethnically and religiously distinct) Ladakh and Jammu (Indian side of the border) and Baltistan and the Northern Areas (Pakistani side, also different from Kashmir proper). The changes in Indian law re buying property are likely to be felt in Jammu and Ladakh rather than the Kashmir valley itself – which remains too dangerous for non-Kashmiris (or even Hindu Kashmiris, 10% of the indigenous population of the valley who are now overwhelmingly IDPs) to live in. Not to dispute what the author has said, but only to add some meaningful information. Basically: not really like Palestine. Indian (not Kashmiri) Muslim here, and I think we have lost significantly in the valley because of how we’ve gone about things, but fwiw.

    On A year of military lock down and Israeli style colonization in Kashmir, August 07, 2020, 11:15 AM
  • catalan wrote:

    “Free Mahmoud Nawaaja!”
    The goal of the Palestinians, per echinococcus is the expulsion of all Israeli Jews. Per eljay, diaspora Jews can await punishments once Israel is defeated (blowback). And per misterioso, Palestinians believe that they are direct and pure descendants of the Jebusites which gives them superior fertility and intelligence.
    Sorry, but no sympathy for these people. I don’t wish anyone to be jail but these are clearly dangerous people in need of being restrained. This is not a normal ideology.

    On Israel extends detention of BDS coordinator Mahmoud Nawajaa, August 07, 2020, 10:45 AM
  • jon s wrote:

    Way off topic , but I would like to pay tribute to Rabbi Adin Steinzaltz who passed away today. He made a huge contribution towards making the Talmud accesible to the wider public.

    On How Seth Rogen’s serious concerns about human rights and Zionism have turned into dispiriting Jewish shtik, August 07, 2020, 8:59 AM
  • Bennorius wrote:

    Detention without charge is one characteristic of a dictatorship, not a democracy. Israeli apartheid reigns in the Occupied Territories. Free Mahmoud Nawaaja!

    On Israel extends detention of BDS coordinator Mahmoud Nawajaa, August 07, 2020, 6:48 AM
  • Bennorius wrote:

    Well done, Cori Bush! Thanks for standing for your principles. Wishing you all the best!

    On Cori Bush was smeared for defending the BDS movement. She ousted a longtime incumbent anyway., August 07, 2020, 6:42 AM
  • johneill wrote:

    i’m currently reading ‘exodus’ and there are numerous mentions of zionists building jewish colonies/settlements and buying land through colonial funds. granted, hasbara has to change with the times, but every foundational zionist text, from herzl to uris, recognizes zionism as a settler-colonial ideology.

    On Susan Abulhawa is right about ‘Apeirogon’, August 07, 2020, 3:41 AM
  • RoHa wrote:

    The imperialist Arabs who colonized the Middle East died more than a thousand years ago. They don’t want to reconquer or reclaim anything.

    The people who were driven out of their homes, businesses, and farms would like to reclaim those homes from the foreigners who drove them out.

    The foreign Jews did not regain the land. They never had it lose, so they could not regain it. It was not their land.

    (Part of the land was the land of some ancient Jews, but they have been dead for more than a thousand years.)

    On Susan Abulhawa is right about ‘Apeirogon’, August 07, 2020, 3:05 AM
  • RoHa wrote:

    ” the Palestinian leadership was not willing to regard the Jews as a legitimate collective”

    And quite right, too. “Collectives” of that sort (ethnic, etc.) are damaging to society.

    (By the way, what does “historic homeland” mean, and what are the ethical implications?)

    On Israel has always been a binational state, August 07, 2020, 2:39 AM
  • RoHa wrote:

    Thanks for your comments. They provide valuable information.

    But asking why Palestinian activist thinkers don’t get mentioned looks seriously naive. They are the wrong sort of people, so they don’t matter.

    On Israel has always been a binational state, August 07, 2020, 2:37 AM
  • Hatim Kanaaneh wrote:

    Thank you SeaPort. Most helpful.

    On Susan Abulhawa is right about ‘Apeirogon’, August 07, 2020, 12:09 AM
  • eljay wrote:

    || jon s: … the Palestinian leadership was not willing to regard the Jews as a legitimate collective in the Jewish historic homeland. ||

    Makes sense, seeing as how geographic Palestine was not and still is not the historic / ancient / eternal / ancestral / lost / one true homeland of every person in the world – every citizen of every homeland throughout the world – who has chosen or who chooses to embrace the religion-based identity of Jewish.

    On Israel has always been a binational state, August 06, 2020, 7:07 PM
  • mondonut wrote:

    First of all, that is not the last paragraph of UNGA 273, it is the last paragraph of the preamble, as in the non-operative part of the resolution. Secondly, you fail enlighten us on how the word “Recalling” constitutes an obligation. And finally, even if Israel had agreed to recognize the resolutions (they did not), you fail to explain how recognizing the non-binding nature of those resolutions magically elevates them into binding resolutions.

    As for Eban, I doubt your claim to have read his remarks, because if you had you would have undoubtedly seen this:

    Referring to the jurisprudence of the United Nations relating to the admission of new Members, the representative of Israel stated that it was his Government’s understanding that nothing but the provisions of Article 4 were relevant in the consideration of an application for membership. That conviction, based on the spirit and the language of the Charter, had been confirmed by the General Assembly resolution of 8 December 1948 (197 (III)), which stated that juridically no State was entitled to make its consent to the admission of an applicant dependent on conditions not expressly provided by paragraph 1 of Article 4 of the Charter.

    REF: https://unispal.un.org/dpa/dpr/unispal.nsf/181c4bf00c44e5fd85256cef0073c426/83e8c29db812a4e9852560e50067a5ac?OpenDocument

    And for your edification (as some idiot like to say), here is the operative clause of UNGA 273. Please take note of the lack of caveats:

    The General Assembly,

    Acting in discharge of its functions under Article 4 of the Charter and rule 125 of its rules of procedure,

    1. Decides that Israel is a peace-loving State which accepts the obligations contained in the Charter and is able and willing to carry out those obligations;

    2. Decides to admit Israel to membership in the United Nations.

    P.S. Count Folke Bernadotte? Really?

    On Israel has always been a binational state, August 06, 2020, 6:31 PM
  • eljay wrote:

    || jw500: … The Palestinians are … ||

    …the indigenous population of geographic Palestine.

    || … the Jews have regained a small area of land. … ||

    Dunno about “the Jews”, but Jewish Zionists – some of them indigenous to geographic Palestine; the (vast?) majority of them foreigners – did use terrorism and ethnic cleansing and sundry (war) crimes to occupy and colonize geographic Palestine and establish in as much as possible of it a religion-supremacist “Jewish State” for themselves and for other foreigners who, like them, chose to embrace the religion-based identity of Jewish.

    || … This whole “colonizer” narrative does not fool any objective person. … ||

    By “objective person” you mean any person who has bought into the insane Zionist fairytale that people who choose to embrace the religion-based identity of Jewish are actually long-“exiled” Ancient Israelites and/or Judeans entitled to “return” to their “ancient / historic / ancestral / eternal / lost / one true homeland”.

    On Susan Abulhawa is right about ‘Apeirogon’, August 06, 2020, 6:04 PM
  • jon s wrote:

    I would like to thank Blake Alcott for his comments, which make clear that a bi national state could not be established because the Palestinian leadership was not willing to regard the Jews as a legitimate collective in the Jewish historic homeland.

    On Israel has always been a binational state, August 06, 2020, 5:16 PM
  • echinococcus wrote:

    You have a choice, Johnny: if you consider yourself a civilian, you are a willing participant in the war crime of civilian settlement of conquered and occupied territory (see GCIV). If, on the other hand, you see yourself as armed occupation personnel (which most “Israel” citizens are anwyay), then you would no longer be just a participant but one of the perpetrators.

    Repeating Zionist lies will not wash you.

    On Israel has always been a binational state, August 06, 2020, 4:59 PM
  • Blake Alcott wrote:

    Abe Bird, you are good at quoting big words written by Zionists. I doubt you even know what ‘national state of the Jewish people’ could possibly mean: What does the qualifier ‘national’ mean? Which Jewish people? What does ‘state of’ mean? At any rate, I think even novices to this discussion have learned that, in the sense that Israel both defines and practices the concept of ‘Jewish state’, it cannot be ‘democratic’ even with regard to only its own non-Jewish citizens, much less with regard to those it in effect rules over in the Gaza Strip and West Bank. And it gets worse: all of the refugees – all at least 6 million of them, are actually rightful citizens of whatever state rules Palestine; and it is not ‘democratic’ on anybody’s definition to deny them not only return but full, equal citizenship.
    Do you take my points?

    On Israel has always been a binational state, August 06, 2020, 4:38 PM
  • Blake Alcott wrote:

    mondonut and bennorius are both wrong. The last paragraph of Res 273 reads: (The UNGA,) “Recalling its resolutions of 29 November 1947 and 11 December 1948 and taking note of the declarations and explanations made by the representatives of the Government of Israel before the Ad Hoc Political Committee in respect of the implementation of the said resolutions,…” (the UNGA agrees to admit Israel). This is indeed, obviously, an ADDITIONAL CONDITION set for Israel. The 2 named resolutions contain several specific conditions, mainly regarding borders, equal treatment and… Right of Return. I have read the entire transcript of “the declarations and explanations made by the representatives of the Government of Israel before the Ad Hoc Political Committee” – almost entirely it was that master of mellifluous mendacity, Abba Eban, who was representing Israel – and can assure you that Israel’s admittance was conditional upon Israel’s abiding by what Eban said in those many hours of testimony.
    And you know what? The UNGA also made Israel’s admittance conditional upon its apprehending, convicting and punishing the murderers of Count Folke Bernadotte – another thing they never did. I think a couple of the many killers got a week or two in jail then were set free.
    Another little thing – I think mondonut is confusing Res 194 and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; they were passed on the same day, 11 December 1948, but are different.

    On Israel has always been a binational state, August 06, 2020, 4:30 PM
  • bcg wrote:

    Can you fill us in on the details of how “Jews have regained a small area of land”? How was it “regained”, exactly? What happened to the people living in this small area of land when it was “regained”? How many people were living in this small, tiny, eensy-weensy area of land before it was regained?

    On Susan Abulhawa is right about ‘Apeirogon’, August 06, 2020, 3:23 PM
  • just wrote:

    Not sure if anyone saw this charming bit about televangelists and others robbing the little poor chumps in the US. It’s disgusting, of course, and it includes a real zinger:

    “Televangelists take a slice as churches accept billions in US coronavirus aid

    • Revelations raise concerns about separation of church and state
    • Jimmy Swaggart and other controversial pastors accept loans

    More than 10,600 religious organizations have taken at least $3bn in coronavirus financial aid from the US government, according to an analysis by the Guardian, raising concerns about the separation of church and state.

    The list of recipients of federal Paycheck Protection Program payments includes churches, synagogues, temples and private religious schools. Among them are the ministries of wealthy televangelists accused of fraud and one “secretive sect”.

    Religious leaders who have advised the Trump administration have seen their operations receive millions, as did a not-for-profit organization that supports Israeli soldiers. …”

    more here: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jul/09/televangelists-churches-us-coronavirus-aid-billions

    On How Seth Rogen’s serious concerns about human rights and Zionism have turned into dispiriting Jewish shtik, August 06, 2020, 3:03 PM
  • just wrote:

    Yeah, jon s we know that “Israel offered humanitarian aid”.

    Here you go:
    “Israel, destroyer of Lebanon, poses as its savior
    Even amidst catastrophe, Israel’s hypocrisy knows no bounds.

    A massive explosion rocked Beirut on Tuesday, killing at least 135 people, injuring more than 5,000 and displacing hundreds of thousands.

    The death toll is likely to climb as rescue workers search the devastated Lebanese capital.

    The blast left little unscathed, as citizens posted pictures and videos of shattered homes, damaged cars and collapsed buildings across the city.

    The cause of the explosion remains under investigation. Lebanese officials linked it to 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate stored for the past six years in warehouses at the port without safety precautions.
    Now, Israel is exploiting the tragedy to erase its own crimes against Lebanon, distract from military occupation and polish its image – a propaganda strategy called bluewashing…”

    Lots more for you and your students to absorb right here @ https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/tamara-nassar/israel-destroyer-lebanon-poses-its-savior, including Feiglin’s ‘kind wishes’ that Ossinev shared above.

    The truth is so very refreshing.

    On Emboldened by promises of annexation, Israeli settler attacks soared in July, August 06, 2020, 2:23 PM
  • Jackdaw wrote:

    Not surprised that Rogen has an overbearing Jewish mother.

    “So [said the doctor]. Now vee may perhaps to begin. Yes?”
    –Portnoy’s Complaint

    On How Seth Rogen’s serious concerns about human rights and Zionism have turned into dispiriting Jewish shtik, August 06, 2020, 1:45 PM
  • Jackdaw wrote:

    Phil. Adam.
    *sigh*

    Mr. Nawajaa cannot see HIS personal lawyer, but he is being well represented by a lawyer from Adameer, the Palestinian rights organization.

    You left that out.

    Around and around and around and around……..

    On Israel extends detention of BDS coordinator Mahmoud Nawajaa, August 06, 2020, 1:39 PM
  • Misterioso wrote:

    For the record:
     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.”

    On How Seth Rogen’s serious concerns about human rights and Zionism have turned into dispiriting Jewish shtik, August 06, 2020, 1:32 PM
  • Ossinev wrote:

    @jon s
    “Israel has offered humanitarian aid”.
    Yes it would appear that a directive was issued very promptly by the Zio Ministry of Rubble Washing ( one of the Yahoos many quasi dictatorial portfolios).
    Got to be seen on the international stage to be at least trying to balance out all that rubble creation in Gaza and the West Bank don
    t you know.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_demolition_in_the_Israeli%E2%80%93Palestinian_conflict#:~:text=From%202006%20until%2031%20August,minors%20%E2%80%93%20to%20lose%20their%20homes.

    https://ceobs.org/new-study-on-infrastructure-damage-in-gaza-and-the-west-bank/

    Still the Feiglins and Smotrichs of the Zio Colony will still be left smarting by this. Not that the Lebanese will accept any of this hyprocurrency but the Israeli Far Right ( ? 90% of the Zio population ) will be annoyed – this money should be spent on demolishing more of the the homes of the natives and cleansing the land of Abraham/Jacob/whoever of these enemy infiltrator aliens and making way for God`s Chosen Fascists.

    On Emboldened by promises of annexation, Israeli settler attacks soared in July, August 06, 2020, 1:00 PM
  • jw500 wrote:

    This is ridiculous. The Palestinians are Arabs. The Arabs were the ones who colonized the Middle East and many other parts of the world. They were the imperialists, not to mention imposed Islam on the populations of these regions. Later the Turks took over the land and now the Jews have regained a small area of land. This whole “colonizer” narrative does not fool any objective person. Just be honest and say “Arab Muslims would like to reclaim land they once conquered.”

    On Susan Abulhawa is right about ‘Apeirogon’, August 06, 2020, 12:57 PM
  • eljay wrote:

    || Mayhem: You achieve some fame by being a two-bit actor and somehow that entitles you to make political comments about a country you have never ever visited. … ||

    Crazy, right? But that pales by comparison to the insanity of the Zionist belief that regardless of his ties to geographic Palestine (born/living in, n-generations removed from, hundreds/thousands of years removed from or entirely non-existent) a person who embraces the religion-based identity of Jewish:

    • – is magically transformed into an Ancient Israelite and/or Ancient Judean long “exiled” from his “ancient / historic / ancestral / eternal / lost / one true homeland” in geographic Palestine; and
    • – is entitled to be a supremacist, to have as large as possible a religion-supremacist “Jewish State” and to do “necessary evil” unto others.

    Absolutely and – as history has shown us – dangerously bonkers!

    On How Seth Rogen’s serious concerns about human rights and Zionism have turned into dispiriting Jewish shtik, August 06, 2020, 11:31 AM
  • Blake Alcott wrote:

    As I explained in a Comment just posted, Palestinians during the Mandate did unanimously reject bi-nationalism, for two reasons: They rejected the Jewish COLLECTIVE claim to political standing in Palestine which was illogically based on an ‘ancient historic connection’ to Palestine. Second, bi-nationalism implied what was known as POLITICAL PARITY: if the two collectives or communities were equal, although one was indigenous and territorially defined, while the other was made up, to 90%, of immigrants and was ethnically defined, that would mean sharing political power equally, ignoring both the indigenous/immigrant distinction and the ca. 2/3 numerical majority of the ‘Arab’ Palestinians. The locals wanted a normal majoritarian democracy that respected basic human rights.
    But Palestinian rejection of bi-nationalism did not mean rejection of the Jews then, at any given time, living there. The Palestine Arab Congress, the political parties founded in the early 1930s and both the Arab Executive Committees and the Arab Higher Committees, incessantly up to and including their testimony before the United Nations in 1947, always said, ‘We are not against Jews, we are against Zionism and mass immigration by Zionist Jews. The Jews now here shall be equal, normal citizens in a democratic Palestine.’ Too little is known of this history.
    The reasons for ‘Arab’ rejection of Res. 194 are another, complicated story, but it is absurd to imply that technical rejection of that Resolution meant the Palestinians didn’t want to return to Palestine!!

    On Israel has always been a binational state, August 06, 2020, 11:22 AM
  • Blake Alcott wrote:

    Much to like in this article, but also one big problem: a ‘bi-national’ Palestine and the ‘single, shared state’ argued for by Ali Abunimah, Virginia Tilley, Yousef Munayyer (and Mazin Qumsiyeh and Ghada Karmi in further full-length books) – which they all describe as One Democratic State – are TWO DIFFERENT THINGS. Tony Judt was the only advocate of bi-nationalism among those mentioned by the author.
    Bi-nationalism means that there are two collectives, a Jewish one and an ‘Arab’ or ‘Palestinian’ one, both with collective political rights in Palestine. The Palestinian resistance, starting way back at the end of World War I, rightly never accepted the Jewish collective right to a ‘nation’ in Palestine, for it is illogically based on a vague ‘historic connection’ between ‘the Jews’ and Palestine. One Democratic State, by contrast, rejects the whole notion of collectives with rights in any future Palestine, as the PLO did from 1964 until 1988 – instead advocating individual, equal citizenship for all. This distinction is extremely important.
    The ‘bi-nationalists’ the author mentions (Ha’am, Magnes, Arendt et al.) found zero support for their idea amongst the indigenous population, who consistently called for the single democratic state which would include as citizens all Jews living there but not all Jews anywhere in the world, as the collective right would entail.
    Why is it that in discussions of a non-apartheid one-state solution only thinkers such as Ha’am, Magnes and Arendt are mentioned, but never the Palestinian activist thinkers Musa Kazem al-Husseini, Musa Alami, George Antonius, Jamal al-Husseini, Henry Cattan, or Izzat Tannous, who all supported One Democratic State?
    A tiny detail, as well, is incorrect. The true make-up of the proposed Jewish State was 498,000 Jews and 516,000 Arabs (counting 109,000 Bedouins).
    Thanks for the article.

    On Israel has always been a binational state, August 06, 2020, 11:10 AM
  • David Gerald Fincham wrote:

    The ancient homeland of the Jews, the southern Israelites was the kingdom of Judah. The ancient homeland of the Samaritans, the northern Israelites was the kingdom of Israel. What happened to them? They mostly converted to Christianity and or Islam, and became Palestinian Arabs. Yes, Jews may lay claim to the southern West Bank, but the Palestinian Arabs can claim the northern WestBank.

    On How Seth Rogen’s serious concerns about human rights and Zionism have turned into dispiriting Jewish shtik, August 06, 2020, 11:05 AM
  • Misterioso wrote:

    There is no need for one to visit “Israel” in order to be aware of the thoroughly documented monstrous crimes it has committed against the indigenous essentially defenseless Palestinians for over 72 years.

    Meanwhile, while more and more Americans lose their jobs and plunge into poverty, Zionists continue to rob them.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=4&v=T1PtICv-RrQ&feature=emb_logo

    Video: “Israel lobbyist describes ways to procure massive US aid to Israel, despite US recession” May 3, 2020

    On How Seth Rogen’s serious concerns about human rights and Zionism have turned into dispiriting Jewish shtik, August 06, 2020, 10:35 AM
  • SeaPort wrote:

    If you haven’t yet read the review of this unfortunate book/disaster by Dwight Garner in the NYTimes, you’re in for a treat. It’s entitled “Colum McCann’s New Novel Makes a Good-Intentioned Collage Out of Real Tragedy”. Google it! You’ll be glad you did.

    On Susan Abulhawa is right about ‘Apeirogon’, August 06, 2020, 9:37 AM
  • jon s wrote:

    Lonscar, “West-Asian-southern Russian”?? The largest concentration of Ashkenazi Jews before the Holocaust was in Poland. Most Jews were in eastern and central Europe. From the Medieval period “Ashkenaz” was used in reference to what are today Germany and Northern France.

    On How Seth Rogen’s serious concerns about human rights and Zionism have turned into dispiriting Jewish shtik, August 06, 2020, 4:13 AM
  • jon s wrote:

    Another libel (“war crime participant”) from a genocidal AntiSemite. Ever since I exposed echi as a liar, his comments have become more deranged.

    On Israel has always been a binational state, August 06, 2020, 4:02 AM
  • Mayhem wrote:

    You achieve some fame by being a two-bit actor and somehow that entitles you to make political comments about a country you have never ever visited. As far as I am concerned he can stick his pickle where it belongs.

    On How Seth Rogen’s serious concerns about human rights and Zionism have turned into dispiriting Jewish shtik, August 06, 2020, 3:28 AM
  • RoHa wrote:

    All this reference to whether international law implies the ROR ignores the main point.

    The Zionists drove people out of their homes, businesses, and farms. That was wrong, and that wrong should be corrected.  

    On Israel has always been a binational state, August 06, 2020, 3:20 AM
  • RoHa wrote:

    “The tactics of the Indian military, parallel those of the Israeli military. “

    Why the comma?

    On A year of military lock down and Israeli style colonization in Kashmir, August 06, 2020, 12:24 AM
  • justice4all wrote:

    A student of Moses pursues justice (“Justice, Justice shall you pursue”). Seth Rogan is a victim of an extortion racket (“Or you’ll never work in this town again”). Perhaps there’s a neurotic comedy bit in that dissonance.

    On How Seth Rogen’s serious concerns about human rights and Zionism have turned into dispiriting Jewish shtik, August 05, 2020, 10:38 PM
  • 2Tuff4U wrote:

    Poor Seth; I bet he thinks twice before he ever tries to speak to truth to power again.

    On How Seth Rogen’s serious concerns about human rights and Zionism have turned into dispiriting Jewish shtik, August 05, 2020, 7:44 PM
  • 2Tuff4U wrote:

    Masada. I really can’t understand the thinking that goes into flaunting a place where people cut the throats of their own children as if it were some kind of sacred grove. If anything, it should serve as a warning to what happens when men are guided by religious fanaticism.

    On Man-made Israel (and the obsessive erasure of Palestinian history), August 05, 2020, 7:36 PM
  • genesto wrote:

    “In our current geopolitical economy, money talks far louder than speech alone,”

    Unfortunately, very true, Mr. Clay. As one of the charter members of ever-expanding Squad famously said last year, “It’s all about the Benjamins!”

    On Cori Bush was smeared for defending the BDS movement. She ousted a longtime incumbent anyway., August 05, 2020, 7:26 PM
  • genesto wrote:

    Not even the Israel lobby can stop these new age, powerful, progressive – and anti-Zionist – future political leaders!!

    On Democratic Rep sent out Islamophobic mailer smearing progressive primary opponent over BDS connections, August 05, 2020, 7:18 PM
  • echinococcus wrote:

    How humanitarian is an “aid” offer ostentated by what may well be the most inhuman mass-murderers of this century, whom your good self are at least an accessory to, as some kind of miracle soap to cleanse themselves of their thick crust of blood, gore, and chutzpah?

    Are they offering to renew their 2006 miracle of Cana?

    On Emboldened by promises of annexation, Israeli settler attacks soared in July, August 05, 2020, 7:08 PM
  • edwardm wrote:

    Tlaib also won. To her detractors I have prepared the following statement: AHHHHH HAHAHAHAHA! (pause) HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH! HAH!

    On Democratic Rep sent out Islamophobic mailer smearing progressive primary opponent over BDS connections, August 05, 2020, 3:26 PM
  • mondonut wrote:

    You are correct, I was mistaken in that. I should have said that UN 273 set no ADDITIONAL conditions on Israel, in that their admittance was exactly the same as any other state. That said, the UN Charter does not provide a RoR, nor did UNGA 273.

    On Israel has always been a binational state, August 05, 2020, 3:19 PM
  • genesto wrote:

    Absolutely! This is right up there with Bowman’s victory over Engel in NY!

    The tide IS turning on Israel/Palestine in Congress!

    On Democratic Rep sent out Islamophobic mailer smearing progressive primary opponent over BDS connections, August 05, 2020, 3:03 PM
  • Misterioso wrote:

    Given the fact that Israel is still illegally occupying Lebanon’s Shebaa Farms which it seized during the June 1967 war, I don’t think the Lebanese people would accept Israel’s offer of aid.

    On Emboldened by promises of annexation, Israeli settler attacks soared in July, August 05, 2020, 2:28 PM
  • LONSCAR wrote:

    It is truly – their courage, fortitude, intention to stay their ground. Much much more power to their elbows. May they succeed. May some humanity, some morality – indeed some sanity and truth percolate through to the “Israelis.”

    On Israel is ridiculous, antiquated and based on lies about other people’s land, Seth Rogen says, but he’s afraid to tell other Jews, August 05, 2020, 2:10 PM
  • LONSCAR wrote:

    You seem to be meaning Jizreeya (transliteration not perfect) – the tax imposed on non-Muslim holders of land, particularly in this case Jews and Christians (lower or less onerous – I believe there were more taxes extracted from non-Jews/Christians). That was a significant influence (as the the Muslims of the 7-8thCs realized and were in two minds about) on Palestinian Jews – many – and Christians (fewer) who were small land farmers/growers (peasants in European speak and thus very keen on keeping hold of their small-holdings) to, hey, become Muslim. One god. Jerusalem, 5 prayers/day rather than 3 – shrug of shoulders. No pig meats – haram, treif – good. Kosher or Halal slaughter – not much difference in reality: OK. Let’s carry on with plowing the land, gathering the olives, milking the sheep/goats/cows, whatever. That’s what matters.

    On Israel is ridiculous, antiquated and based on lies about other people’s land, Seth Rogen says, but he’s afraid to tell other Jews, August 05, 2020, 2:05 PM
  • LONSCAR wrote:

    Much good luck and best wishes to Ms Bush in the forthcoming election (and to Ms Tlaib and Ms Omar too).

    One (minor?) point that stands out (pour moi, anyway): Mr Engel (I refuse, refuse to use “titles” – for a country that supposedly is against such as Lord this and Lady that, the USA’s politicos, military etc., sure glom onto the titles they once held; a job is a job, once over – Ta Ra) was in Congress like for a lifetime, sucking off the taxpayer tit! Really need to be term limits. 30 Years! Good med insurance and very nice pay and likely a revolving door… Atrocious. (And this does not take into account any baksheesh…)

    On Cori Bush was smeared for defending the BDS movement. She ousted a longtime incumbent anyway., August 05, 2020, 1:44 PM
  • LONSCAR wrote:

    Thank you Philip Weiss for this update – disappointing as it is. But if Jeremy Corbyn couldn’t overcome the slander (called anti-semitism) despite his years having to deal with much Tory party muck throwing at him, then it is hardly likely that a newbie in this endeavor of trying to speak truth to power will not buckle at the knees. The pressure will have been great (and not only the familial). Well, I guess work as a Lyft or Uber driver, or as an Amazon deliverer would be available…And what would be so wrong with those gig occupations, actually?

    One point where I think you are being overly broad in your paint strokes: Jewish culture, as in your statement: “I don’t deny for a moment that Jewish culture made Seth Rogen and his parents, and his comedy too. Wonderful.”

    Not Jewish culture writ large but Ashkenazim Jewish culture, Mr Weiss. There are numerous “Jewish” cultures and not all are like that of the Ashkenazim, at least not before they ended up in Palestine. Yes the Ashkenazim are the most numerous of the world’s Jewish population (including not only those that are truly Jewish, being religious, but also those who remain affiliated to their religiously inclined forebears and their culture[s]). Indeed, one might posit that Ashkenazim culture is in fact west-Asian-southern Russian culture.

    On How Seth Rogen’s serious concerns about human rights and Zionism have turned into dispiriting Jewish shtik, August 05, 2020, 1:35 PM
  • JaapBo wrote:

    Certainly the Palesinian diaspora belongs to the territory of Israel. That’s a fact!

    On Israel has always been a binational state, August 05, 2020, 1:26 PM
  • bcg wrote:

    Which is why I think it’s worse than a distraction to discuss nonsense like the whole “ancestral homeland of the Jews” stuff. More and more I think the proper response to people who bring this up is “yeah, sure, Israel is the ancient homeland of the Jews, whatever you say. What about making people homeless?” https://icahd.org/2020/08/05/july-2020-demolition-and-displacement-report/

    On How Seth Rogen’s serious concerns about human rights and Zionism have turned into dispiriting Jewish shtik, August 05, 2020, 1:11 PM
  • genesto wrote:

    If anyone is still reading this post, let’s all have a round of applause for Cori Bush! All of the mainstream news will be about her riding the BLM movement to success, but we have to credit her for standing up for Palestinian rights, and being lauded for it, as well.

    I look forward to Mondo’s coverage of this phenomenon later today.

    On Democratic Rep sent out Islamophobic mailer smearing progressive primary opponent over BDS connections, August 05, 2020, 1:05 PM
  • Misterioso wrote:

    Brava Cori Bush, congratulations, mabruk!!

    Americans are waking up and realizing that they have been played for suckers by “Israel” since 1948. And to state the obvious, “Israel’s” greatest weakness is its dependence on the U.S.

    On Cori Bush was smeared for defending the BDS movement. She ousted a longtime incumbent anyway., August 05, 2020, 12:59 PM
  • just wrote:

    So very happy for her, for Missouri, and for the US. It’s huge and wonderful, and perhaps the nasty direction of Congress is changing for better, finally. btw, Rashida Tlaib also won her primary!

    On Cori Bush was smeared for defending the BDS movement. She ousted a longtime incumbent anyway., August 05, 2020, 12:39 PM
  • just wrote:

    I am speechless, only because what I have to say is not fit for this good and honorable site that is devoted to truth and justice.

    One has to wonder how many others in/out of ‘Israel’ think the same as he does, but he just beat them to it.

    At any rate, my heart is with Beirut and her many varied, resilient, and kind people~ they’ve been suffering mightily… blessings to them. I haven’t seen any reporting about the many Palestinian refugees in and around Beirut…

    Thanks, Ossinev.

    On Emboldened by promises of annexation, Israeli settler attacks soared in July, August 05, 2020, 12:10 PM
  • mijj wrote:

    it’s better to tell the truth then muddy it up, than to never tell the truth at all.

    On How Seth Rogen’s serious concerns about human rights and Zionism have turned into dispiriting Jewish shtik, August 05, 2020, 12:04 PM
  • jon s wrote:

    Israel has offered humanitarian aid :
    https://www.ynetnews.com/article/BkLyLNvbP

    On Emboldened by promises of annexation, Israeli settler attacks soared in July, August 05, 2020, 12:03 PM
  • jon s wrote:

    UNSC 605 doesn’t mention the refugees:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations_Security_Council_Resolution_605

    On Israel has always been a binational state, August 05, 2020, 11:57 AM
  • George Smith wrote:

    Cori Bush won! Good day for progressive politics, including especially the struggle for freedom, justice, and democracy in Palestine.

    On Democratic Rep sent out Islamophobic mailer smearing progressive primary opponent over BDS connections, August 05, 2020, 11:48 AM
  • Bennorius wrote:

    UNGA 273 setting no conditions on Israel’s admittance???
    UNGA 273 states: “Noting furthermore the declaration by the State of Israel that it “unreservedly accepts the obligations of the United Nations Charter and undertakes to honour them from the day when it becomes a member of the United Nations”,…….

    Respecting the UN Charter was the condition under which Israel was admitted. It has been violating the UN Charter left, right and centre since its admission, including by violently blocking the return of 1949 Palestine refugees.

    On Israel has always been a binational state, August 05, 2020, 11:43 AM
  • Vera Gottlieb wrote:

    Being a racist society, refugees will never be allowed to return.

    On Israel has always been a binational state, August 05, 2020, 11:42 AM
  • echinococcus wrote:

    The Jack*** loves to make an * of himself:
    —-quote:
    “However the UN plan gave the Jewish state 56% of Mandate Palestine even though the Jewish population made up only 33% of Palestine’s total population at that time”.
    Right, and much of the 56% given to the Jews was empty desert wasteland.
    —–end quote

    Where none of it was the UN’s to give to anyone, and it wasn’t “given” to “the Jews” but the Zionist invaders, who had the right to none of it, zilch, nada, bupkis. No percent, no land, no wasteland.

    Talk about “disingenuous”…

    On Israel has always been a binational state, August 05, 2020, 11:08 AM
  • echinococcus wrote:

    ” If now there are Palestinians who support a binational state – that’s a sensational development. I haven’t heard of any.”

    Says the American armed invader, war crime participant Johnny S. Why should he hear of any? Why should any sane Palestinian agree to any “national” establishment of invading Zionist pirates like Johnny in Palestine?

    More to the point, why should any Westerners who pretend to support the Palestinian people’s resistance agree to that, without even consulting the Palestinian people’s collective will?

    On Israel has always been a binational state, August 05, 2020, 11:07 AM
  • Ossinev wrote:

    @Misterioso
    “The article further confirms that Zionism is racist and Fascistic”
    Very true. Witness the humaine and heartwarming response by Moshe Feiglin ( one of the leading lights of the settlers ) to the horrendous devastation in Beirut.
    http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/284788
    BTW he is a great admirer of a certain Adolf Hitler and the achievements of the Nazi regime and is a passionate advocate for the use of concentration camps and yes outright annihilation of (non chosen people ) opponents.
    https://imemc.org/article/68744/

    Don`t you just love those typical ” peace loving ” Israeli politicians.

    On Emboldened by promises of annexation, Israeli settler attacks soared in July, August 05, 2020, 10:50 AM
  • eljay wrote:

    || jw500: … A secular state is beyond the ability of the Palestinians. They can’t even remove the Islamic state in Gaza. … ||

    A secular and democratic Israeli state is beyond the ability of the Israelis. They can’t even remove the “Jewish State” in Israel.

    But I completely agree with you that it’s time for the world to reverse the roles for the next ~70 years…

    • – subject Israel to ethnic cleansing, land theft, colonialism, military occupation, oppression, harsh political and economic sanctions, etc.; and
    • – give to the Palestinians unwavering, “no light between” economic, political, financial and military support,

    …and see what the Palestinians are capable of.

    On Time is not on Israel’s side, August 05, 2020, 8:06 AM
  • jon s wrote:

    Interview with Seth Rogen in Haaretz today:
    https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-seth-rogen-tells-haaretz-what-he-really-thinks-about-israel-1.9042502

    On Israel is ridiculous, antiquated and based on lies about other people’s land, Seth Rogen says, but he’s afraid to tell other Jews, August 05, 2020, 7:02 AM
  • Jackdaw wrote:

    “However the UN plan gave the Jewish state 56% of Mandate Palestine even though the Jewish population made up only 33% of Palestine’s total population at that time”.

    Right, and much of the 56% given to the Jews was empty desert wasteland.

    Your numbers, not surprisingly, are disingenuous.

    On Israel has always been a binational state, August 05, 2020, 2:54 AM
  • RoHa wrote:

    Since “Palestine” is the name of the geographic region, it seems reasonable to give that name to a state that covers the whole.
    My own preferred choice would be “The People’s Democratic Socialist Republic of the Holy Land”.
    But if they don’t want a Democratic Socialist Republic, they could take a tip from history and call it “The Kingdom of Jerusalem”.

    (Might have to get the various claimants to the title of King to work it out with jan ken.)

    On Time is not on Israel’s side, August 05, 2020, 1:23 AM
  • Jasonius Maximus wrote:

    ”…UN subcommittee might be impressive if they actually represented the viewpoint of anyone in power. They don’t. In Israel the left is minuscule. The UN cannot even stop real horrible countries like North Korea and Iran.”

    So what? American leadership had no beef with South Africa during Apartheid and the UN couldn’t stop Apartheid nor could it stop the Soviet Union. Yet, both monolithic and seemingly unstoppable regimes collapsed suddenly within months of each other, despite US leadership and the UN.

    Israel isn’t going to end the occupation and accept equality and freedom for all between the river and the sea because of the UN, US Congress or the Whitehouse. It will end despite these bodies. And that the end will come a LOT sooner than Zionists think.

    Those thousands of Israeli’s and Jews around the world protesting Netanyahu today should worry the Israeli Apartheid regime, because they are the exact same Israelis and Jews that will bring down the graffitied West Bank Wall in an even more spectacular iconic manner than the Berlin Wall tomorrow…

    On Time is not on Israel’s side, August 04, 2020, 10:02 PM
  • RoHa wrote:

     “now it is a moral right. Which makes it mean whatever you want it to mean. “

    What I want it to mean doesn’t affect what it does mean.

    Since the state of Israel is and always has been evil, disbanding it, or at least reforming it, is the right thing to do.

    But I don’t expect a Zionist to understand morality.

    On Peter Beinart and the Palestinian Right of Return, August 04, 2020, 9:34 PM
  • mondonut wrote:

    If the Palestinian RoR actually existed, their advocates would not have to go to such ridiculous lengths to invent rights. UNSC 605 has nothing to do with the RoR, even the PLO does not use 605 to support their weak claims.

    To think that all of the above conclusions rest in the phrase “Bearing in mind…” is quite simply, idiotic.

    On Israel has always been a binational state, August 04, 2020, 8:21 PM
  • mondonut wrote:

    And again…

    • UNGA 194 provides no rights, no GA resolutions provide rights, even to Palestinians
    • UDHR is non-binding, provides no rights. Nor is Israel their country.
    • ICCPR, again, Israel is not their country.
    • Sub-commissions? Really?
    • And no, the UN Charter does not provide for a Palestinian RoR. The Palestinian diaspora does not belong to the territory of Israel.
    On Israel has always been a binational state, August 04, 2020, 7:26 PM
  • JaapBo wrote:

    Do actually Palestine should have always been one democratic state ….

    On Israel has always been a binational state, August 04, 2020, 5:24 PM