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  • scott9854958 scott9854958, February 19, 2019, 10:00 PM
    I don't think any Jews are giving Omar permission to do anything. She's from a Muslim country and has a radically different view of I-P than someone born here. When she tweeted, even "liberal" Jews piled on her. Gentiles are around 98% of this country and they need to take control of this debate, not wait for permission from anyone. It's our tax dollars that are being used against our wishes. I would add that much of the Never Trump movement is made up of neoconservative Jews who don't trust him, because candidate Trump made dangerous noises about NATO and Middle East regime change. So this idea that all the Jewish groups have lined up behind him is a bit misleading.


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  • Kay24 Kay24, February 19, 2019, 9:47 PM
    I like the title. It is indeed a huge guilt trip, that has worked with the Germans, the EU, and of course the US. The two cards that have been constantly played have been the anti-semitic card, and the Holocaust card, both worn out, but it has yielded the results the zionists desired, the more the zionists portray themselves as victims, the more they can stifle criticism, and get the support, aid, and weapons, they have used against the real victims. "The American guilt trip never ends. At Any and Every Israel lobby event someone is sure to cut off criticism by leaning into a microphone and saying, We don’t live over there. Our sons and daughters don’t go into the army, it’s a tough neighborhood, and we can’t really judge the decisions that Israel makes about her security." How about judging Israel for it's brutal occupation, land theft, world condemn illegal settlements, and killing of unarmed civilians? Is that too much to ask?


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  • RoHa RoHa, February 19, 2019, 9:25 PM
    "they thought I was going to hell for not being baptized correctly." What's wrong with that? I can't think of any other reason why you are going to Hell.


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  • RoHa RoHa, February 19, 2019, 9:17 PM
    And another depressing story. https://www.middleeasteye.net/opinion/how-rule-rabbis-fuelling-holy-war-israel


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  • RoHa RoHa, February 19, 2019, 9:14 PM
    A depressing story here. https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20190218-a-palestine-jordan-confederation-is-becoming-a-very-real-possibility/


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  • echinococcus echinococcus, February 19, 2019, 8:46 PM
    "even Peter Beinart came unhinged..." "Even", nothing. The guy Beinart. Is. A. Zionist. He is unhinged by definition. Repeat, he's a Zionist and any differences he may have with the current leaders of Zionism are between him and the Z direction. He's trying hard to sell the idea that invaders are entitled to keep their loot. His official main enemy is the logically non-existant, ie absurd, concept of "Antisemitism".


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  • Donald Donald, February 19, 2019, 8:36 PM
    “It does not seem to have occurred to Floyd that Pence’s prejudice applies equally to Atheists, Hindus, Muslims and the vast majority of human beings who do not subscribe to Pence’s particular form of lunacy. “ Yeah, I’ve noticed that too. Of course I grew up around people who thought that if you weren’t baptized via total immersion you were going to Hell. A couple of my friends in college thought that— they thought I was going to hell for not being baptized correctly. It was nothing personal, just the rules they thought God laid down. I sort of resented it anyway. But it is funny that some otherwise sensible people think that if various fundamentalist Christians apply this logic to Jews somehow this is especially evil — antisemitic. Um no. It’s what they think about everyone who doesn’t believe exactly as they do. I don’t even bother pointing this out anymore, but you see it all the time. I think it has even appeared here a time or two in some posts. I am not a big fan of fundamentalist Christianity anyway, but still, this particular charge is false. ( Some might be antisemitic for other reasons, but if one wants to make that charge it has to be based on something else.) Floyd is generally a pretty good anti- imperialist writer, but he has his off days I guess.


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  • Nathan Nathan, February 19, 2019, 7:43 PM
    "They [the American Jews] are lesser; the Hebrew language even describes them as such: yoredim, lower..." There are some very serious mistakes in one short sentence. First of all, Phil doesn't know the Hebrew language at all. "Yoredim" means "those who go down". It does not mean "lesser" or "lower". Secondly, the term is NOT used in reference to American Jews at all. The Israelis who leave the country are called "yoredim". It is the opposite of those who come to live in Israel, the "olim" - those who go up. That's the ancient Hebrew language: Those who come to the Land of Israel are going up (to the Temple in Jerusalem), and those who leave (Jerusalem) are going down. The modern Hebrew language continues the imagery of the ancient language. How is it that Phil doesn't know such an item of common knowledge? Anyone who follows issues of Israeli society surely knows that "yoredim" are Israelis who choose to live outside of Israel. Moreover, if the meaning of the term slipped by Phil (despite its common use in literature), then surely a journalist should have the tools of verifying its meaning. It's going to be hard to take any of his observations seriously.


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  • klm90046 klm90046, February 19, 2019, 7:34 PM
    If speaking truth to power results in such exquisite writing, then by all means speak truth to power and damn the consequences.


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  • RoHa RoHa, February 19, 2019, 7:33 PM
    "The term is absolutely perfect. It acknowledges that a people can even be destroyed without killing its individuals." On the contrary, it implies, by analogy with other "-cide" crimes, that individuals are killed. "Ethnic destruction" or "destruction of a people" would have been less misleading terms.


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  • RoHa RoHa, February 19, 2019, 7:28 PM
    I can assure you that I treat all coins with care and respect. Definitely no chance of coincide. Biocides are, of course, substances, not crimes. As far as I can tell, ecocide is not yet a crime in any legal system. If it can be managed without any killing (noise or light pollution, perhaps) then it would be misnamed. No reason why it could not be called "destruction of environment". (One of the major modern destroyers of the environment, the appalling wind turbines, does a great deal of killing.) "Liberticide" is an old word, but, again, does not seem to be a crime. Common law systems do have a crime called "deprivation of liberty". Fortunately, we have not yet been deprived of Liberty. Derry and Toms and Gamages are long gone, but Liberty is still trading.


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  • marc b. marc b., February 19, 2019, 7:15 PM
    Good for Beinart. Credit where credit’s due.


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  • JWalters JWalters, February 19, 2019, 7:11 PM
    Great job! Thank you very, very much.


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  • klm90046 klm90046, February 19, 2019, 7:11 PM
    A horse that's been flogged to death: To learn who rules over you, simply learn whom you are not allowed to criticize.


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  • JWalters JWalters, February 19, 2019, 7:06 PM
    Thanks for the link to the MSNBC debate between Peter Feld and Batya Ungar-Sargon. They are BOTH writers at the Forward, and it was masterful of MSNBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin to get them on together. Normally a Zionist NEVER appears side-by-side with a critic of Zionism. Ungar-Sargon never did answer Mohyeldin's question as to why Omar's tweet was anti-Semitic. Just a lot of emotional runaround. Feld's simple facts were clear and eloquent. This is another welcome crack in Israel's blockade of the truth. Maybe Tel Aviv Rachel will also be released from her choke-chain. "I'm shocked! shocked! to find there is ethnic cleansing going on in Palestine."


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  • eljay eljay, February 19, 2019, 6:53 PM
    Anti-Semitism - like homophobia - is a perfectly good term to describe a specific "focus" of hatred. Zionists have grievously tainted the term by using it as... - justification for; and - a shield against criticism of and accountability for, ...the specific brand of evil they advocate, engage in, support and/or defend.


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  • annie annie, February 19, 2019, 6:50 PM
    oh my goodness. i feel like we're all in jr. high school. don't cross empire rd!


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  • Brewer Brewer, February 19, 2019, 5:55 PM
    Thank you. Your comment is a relief as I had some trepidation about articulating these misgivings. During the writing I kept thinking of a phrase but couldn't work it in. Emboldened now I think I have it: "Antisemitism is to racism what a bicycle is to a fish".


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  • echinococcus echinococcus, February 19, 2019, 5:49 PM
    "Even liberal Zionists honor that code" What exactly does that "even" mean? Those "liberals" are the original invaders and genocidaires, ffs. Of course they do "honor that code": they invented it: they are the original article. Continuing to insinuate that they are somehow less ferocious is not helpful at all.


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  • Mooser Mooser, February 19, 2019, 5:44 PM
    "It is precisely the anti Zionist Jewish left that makes the Zionist Jewish left hesitant in attacking AIPAC" And "WJ" pulls another tablet out of his bottomless pilpul vile.


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  • JWalters JWalters, February 19, 2019, 5:35 PM
    Will this be shown on PBS?


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  • Mooser Mooser, February 19, 2019, 5:34 PM
    Awesome, but I wish Phil had stayed 'in the tent' when looking for someone to "take on". 'Sanhedrin' might have worked.


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  • MHughes976 MHughes976, February 19, 2019, 5:32 PM
    Martin Mennecke ‘The Crime of Genocide and International Law’ is interesting. The UN definition has received objections for being too narrow and for being too wide.


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  • Maximus Decimus Meridius Maximus Decimus Meridius, February 19, 2019, 5:31 PM
    I agree. Plus, as Norman Finkelstein wrote in these pages, if antisemitism really were the huge problem it's claimed to be, why would it be the go-to smear? This was in reference to the ridiculous anisemitism circus surrounding Corbyn in the UK, but is equally true in other contexts. The antisemitism smear works because it is practically guaranteed to provoke univeral outrage among the media and political class - ie the people who matter. In other words, it works precisely because hatred of Jews - as opposed to hatred of blacks, Gypsies or Catholics - is considered uniquely offensive. This would hardly be the case if Jews were truly an oppressed minority. Au contraire.


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  • wondering jew wondering jew, February 19, 2019, 5:22 PM
    It is precisely the anti Zionist Jewish left that makes the Zionist Jewish left hesitant in attacking AIPAC. The goal of the antiZionist Jewish left is to rid Israel of Zionism and to trust that the new Palestine will be fair to its minority Jews. The Zionist Jewish left does not trust the idea of the new Palestine or in fact they trust it to resemble Lebanon at best and Muslim Brotherhood Egypt at worst. Thus they have two choices: either to join voices with the antiZionist left or with the Zionist right. Neither choice is to their liking, but most choose to defend AIPAC which is in effect a defense of right wing Israel.


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  • JWalters JWalters, February 19, 2019, 5:16 PM
    Excellent logic.


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  • JWalters JWalters, February 19, 2019, 5:13 PM
    Excellent parallel. And there is good reason to think the "Russian meddling" conspiracy theory is also being engineered by Israel, to distract attention from Israel's MASSIVE influence, which is being obediently IGNORED by the MSM. The "anti-Semite" accusation is always a highly emotional accusation that carefully avoids ANY discussion of any EVIDENCE. The "anti-Semite" canard is the hollow content for a blast of emotion intended to intimidate the weak-willed. I think Batya Ungar-Sargon must realize by now that she is lying.


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  • Shingo Shingo, February 19, 2019, 5:11 PM
    Batya Ungar-Sargon is a fraud and a coward. I have repeatedly challenged her to explain why she is willing to attack Ilhan Omar, but doesn't issue the same condemnation of Tom Friedman for saying far more serve criticisms, or the AIPAC affiliated lobbyists quoted on the Al Jazeera documentary about the Israeli Lobby. Needless to say, she has refused to respond. Following her slander of Omar, she was clearly shocked at the response she received the significant backlash from Ilhan's defenders, including many Jews. She defended herself in the Forward with a totally disingenuous piece insisting there are non antisemitic ways to criticize AIPAC. Of course, she never bothered to outline how this is to be done. One gets the feeling that this was a defeat for the lobby and Israel's attack dogs. They took on the wrong target and only served to highlight Omar's profile and made her into a hero. I must say, even Peter Beinart came unhinged in his piece on the issue. He wrote the following: “Accusing a largely (though not officially) Jewish organization like AIPAC of buying politicians is different than accusing the NRA or the drug industry of buying politicians because modern history is not replete with murderous conspiracy theories about how gun owners and pharmaceutical executives secretly use their money to control governments” In other words, even if it is true that AIPAC is doing what any other lobby is doing, namely using money to influence politicians, we’re not allowed to talk about it because of the history of anti Semitism. This is insanity. If that was not bad enough, Fareed Zakaria then delivered a pious whitesplaining lecture to Omar and Tlaib, that they need to be extra careful when talking about Israel and the lobby because they were Muslims and women of colour. It was nauseating.


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  • henspert henspert, February 19, 2019, 5:10 PM
    Soft lives over here??? A main driver to expose Israel AIPAC etc. is to stop sending my cousins to fight in conflicts everywhere. All my cousins nieces and nephews get regular info from me for example articles from mondoweiss and Muslim perspectives. The image of Israel is going down hill with younger generations. I have single handedly changed my entire faith community on this issue. They have other meeting houses to further communicate in US and England. AFSC is awake now Meeting houses will follow.


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  • Xpat Xpat, February 19, 2019, 5:10 PM
    Dear Prof. Salaita - My deep respect to you and your family. Thank you for writing this. I found it brave and helpful. Helpful to understand what's at stake in this shitty set up and helpful to put other costs into perspective. I get the freedom that walking away from institutional life can bring. Thank you for you directness and clarity about how the system works. I am looking forward to reading your wisdom on Palestine and on life in America.


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  • hophmi hophmi, February 19, 2019, 4:55 PM
    Straw man much?


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  • JWalters JWalters, February 19, 2019, 4:51 PM
    "Jews in the west are half-made because they never had to fight. They haven’t served in the Israeli army, at the front line of reborn Jewish sovereignty." A person, including a Jew, can be a strong warrior for justice. That is admirable. But being a strong warrior for injustice, cruel brutality, and bigotry is not admirable. Bari Weiss once wrote that the rebirth of Jewish sovereignty was such a monumental historical event that it was more important than the 70 year campaign of terrorism, murder, and robbery of the innocent people in Palestine. That type of "logic" is just as big a crock of crap when Bari Weiss uses it as it was when Adolf Hitler used it. Further, the pen is mightier than the sword in the battle for truth. The pen can reveal the truth, while the sword alone can only hide it.


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  • Talkback Talkback, February 19, 2019, 4:49 PM
    Yep, not only Hasbara has completely failed. The US propaganda has become a laughing stock, too. It literally made me start watching Russian Today.


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  • Misterioso Misterioso, February 19, 2019, 4:46 PM
    @mondonut My great grandfather was dispossessed and driven out of Ireland by the British during the 19th century. Do I have the right to go to Ireland and kick out the present occupants of what was my great grandfather’s land and take it and its assets over? Certainly not!! It would never enter my mind or that of any sane person. The utterly bogus Zionist argument that today’s Jews are descendants of the ancient Hebrews (not so) and thereby, had/have the right to emigrate from their countries of birth (e.g., Poland, Russia and Europe) and by means of armed might, several massacres, mass rape and intimidation, dispossess and expel well over one million indigenous Muslim and Christian Palestinian Arabs between late 1947 and 1967 and create an expansionist, racist, apartheid, occupier “Jewish state” is utterly ludicrous and racist to the core.


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  • Brewer Brewer, February 19, 2019, 4:37 PM
    Some years ago, the logic of antisemitism began to trouble me. It seemed to give rise to a number of anomalies. How could someone who has never practiced or even felt a moment's discrimination against any person be labeled antisemitic for criticizing a political entity? How could it be that a Jew could be called antisemitic? Currently, these anomalies are writ large in the public mind as we witness mainstream media obsessed with Russian influence in U.S. politics while having a conniption fit over a perfectly valid criticism of Israeli influence. Over the years I have come to the conclusion that the very idea of antisemitism defies reason, is a concept that, when subjected to scrutiny, gives rise to contradiction and paradox. The idea is not yet fully formed in my mind as it requires a complex chain of thought but here are a few pointers. Antisemitism is an offense that is defined, not by the act itself but by the religion or identity of the victim. All other offenses are universal in nature - assault, theft, rape etc are equally deplored and prosecuted no matter the identity of the victim. (This is not without precedent. In times gone by, crimes against clergy or the potentate were similarly given special treatment or punishment. Such laws have fallen out of favor in the modern era. We no longer attribute judicial weight to fratricide, regicide etc, it is all murder.) This would seem to imply that the victims of this offense are a separate class of human. Is it not the case that the very definition of "antisemitism" involves treating Jews as a separate class? Thus those who accuse another of antisemitism have themselves already transgressed that particular taboo. The illogical nature of the concept has given rise, among less rigorous thinkers, to some nonsensical conclusions. Consider this article by Chris Floyd: https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/02/15/pence-and-the-benjamins-an-eternity-of-anti-semitism/ In it Floyd alleges that Pence's fundamental Christianity is antisemitic "Mike Pence not only believes that every Jew alive today will be tortured and tormented for eternity, but that every single Jew since the time of Jesus Christ is right now burning and writhing in undying flames — unless, again, they had cast off their cursed Jewishness at some point and become Christians.". It does not seem to have occurred to Floyd that Pence's prejudice applies equally to Atheists, Hindus, Muslims and the vast majority of human beings who do not subscribe to Pence's particular form of lunacy. As such, characterizing it as "anti-Semitic" is inappropriate, as is the myriad of occasions when this epithet is applied to critics of Israel, the lobby and Historians who do not conform to the Jewish mainstream account of History. Another weird result of this self-contradictory contrivance is the concept of the "self-hating Jew". In order to get over the problem of Jews who criticize Israel (or even their own culture) this concept had to be devised - a product of a fallacious circular argument. This despite the fact that most people consider self-criticism a worthy pursuit, not some sort of Freudian psychosis. Once again, those who resort to such such labeling are invoking a discriminatory special case - Jews are above criticism therefore self-criticism among Jews is a sickness. Personally I am coming around to the conclusion that the concept of antisemitism is an unnecessary and misleading adjunct to the concept of racism which is a concept with universal application in common with all sound moral principles.


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  • RayJosephCormier RayJosephCormier, February 19, 2019, 4:25 PM
    At the time of the 1st Zionist Congress in 1897, Jews made up only 8% of Palestine's population. That went up to 8.1% by the end of WWI. The Jewish population doubled to 16.9% in 1931 and almost doubled to 30.0% in 1946. In 1948, the percentage of Jews in Palestine reached 82.1%. If Donald Trump can declare a National Emergency for a border Wall to prevent an 'invasion' by Migrants, with those figures from the Jewish Virtual Library, as a Canadian Christian, I can totally identify and sympathize with the Palestinian People reeling from the NAKBA of European Jewish invasion. Being mostly simple agrarians, they could not resist the European sophisticates taking over their land. The Jewish Virtual Library says the Jewish percentage of all the People in Palestine reached a peak of 88.9% between 1955-1960, and has been in steady decline since then. Last year, Jews made up only 74.3% of the population of Palestine in the Balfour Declaration. Even Jews are beginning to see Zionist Israel is NOT the Promised Land of their Faith if the People were doing it the Right Way.


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  • amigo amigo, February 19, 2019, 4:24 PM
    "Why are you so focused on my heritage and not the content on my speech? " mondonutter. I am interested in both because they clash. The content of your speech is in direct contradiction to your claimed heritage . Catholics as Christians usually do not spend their time defending the indefensible. To be honest , mondonut I find it hard to believe one word you have to say.Zionists and their slavish apologists are born liars .It goes with the territory. The offer to get you a job is still open. What can you do other than trolling which you are not particularly adept at.How about we give you a shovel and get you to dig your own grave.You obviously have lots of experience in that task.


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  • Misterioso Misterioso, February 19, 2019, 4:24 PM
    @mondonut "The persons who own the home are indeed Jewish and do have rights to it, the persons residing there had no superior claim (none at all actually), so they had to leave. It’s not complicated. Which makes your entirely racist claim that property rights are somehow linked to DNA irrelevant." Pure, unadulterated, meaningless, fascistic, racist bafflegab. You have failed utterly to prove that Jews "own the home." Your assertion "But there has never been a sovereign state of Arab Palestine" only further demonstrates your appalling and inexcusable ignorance. To be brief: When the Muslim Arabs arrived in Palestine in the 7th century CE (and liberated its Jewish population from Byzantine oppression), they retained the administrative organization of the territory of Palestine as it had been under the Romans and later, the Byzantines. They referred to the territory as Filastin (no “P” in Arabic.) To quote the opening sentence of the section entitled “Filastin” that appears in the book “Dictionary of the Lands,” written by geographer Yaqut ibn Abdullah al-Hamawi in 1225: “Filastin: It is the last one of the regions in the direction of Egypt. Its most famous cities are Ashkelon, Ramle, Gaza, Arsuf, Caesaria, Nablus, Jericho, Jaffa and Beit Guvrin.” By about 1300 CE there were virtually no Jews in Palestine, which was a recognized geographical concept using coinage with “Filistin” written on them. There were diaries of Palestinian travelers who said they missed “Palestine” and a distinctive Palestinian dialect of Arabic had evolved. From 1300 on, the vast majority of people who lived in Palestine were Christian and Muslim Arabs. In 1603, Shakespeare wrote in his play Othello: “Emilia: I know a lady in Venice would have walked barefoot to Palestine for a touch of his nether lip.” (Act IV, Scene iii.) Maps regarding Arab Palestine https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7_ib_9tkSM&feature=youtu.be In 1863, The Religious Tract Society of London published its "Pictorial Journey Through the Holy Land; or Scenes of Palestine." In this work Beersheba is described as the southern limit of Palestine. Beersheba lies south-east of Gaza on the northern edge of the Negev desert. Palestine is described as "south of Lebanon." European tourist books of the nineteenth century refer to "Palestine," as did Theodor Herzl in his correspondence and the 1917 Balfour Declaration as well as the 1922 Class A League of Nations British Mandate. To quote the Winston Churchill Memorandum (1 July 1922) regarding the League of Nations Class A British Mandate for Palestine: “[T]he status of all citizens of Palestine in the eyes of the law shall be Palestinian, and it has never been intended that they, or any section of them, should possess any other juridical status.”


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  • Talkback Talkback, February 19, 2019, 4:24 PM
    mondonut: "If you are asking if anyone with a legitimate claim to property should have rights to that property – you are correct." Ok. Let's see. From the mandatory's village statistics (1945) regarding land ownership: Arabs 48,5%, Jews 5,67%, Public (state land) 5,67%, uncultivable lands of the Bersheeba sub-district (Negev desert) 40,16%. http://www.palestineremembered.com/download/VillageStatistics/4-The%20Land%20And%20Its%20Ownership/Page-019.jpg Let's take this uncultivable lands out of the equation and work with the rest minus these 40,16%. That leaves us with 59,84% of Palestine. And your claim is that from this 59,84% Arabs should have the right to 48,5% and Jews only to 5,67%. Correct?


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  • ckg ckg, February 19, 2019, 4:08 PM
    Annie--Here is a clue from his Instagram account. hrlori 👏👏👏 @peterfeld . Btw why are you suspended on Twitter? peterfeld @hrlori I was a little too vociferous in my opposition to Venezuela regime change ;) I hope he returns.


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  • Keith Keith, February 19, 2019, 4:03 PM
    PHIL- "Because if American Jews divide over Israel it is a signal to American politicians that they can divide over Israel, too." Nonsense which I doubt even you believe. The power relationship between the two groups is totally asymmetrical. The Zionists have the money, organization and commitment. All that you anti-Zionist Jews have is a taste for a fine whine.


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  • Jejasalo Jejasalo, February 19, 2019, 4:02 PM
    Reading over your (collective) replies is puzzling. You completely misread my comment. I don’t even believe there should be a Jewish State. It is by definition anti-democratic and chauvinistic.


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  • Talkback Talkback, February 19, 2019, 3:51 PM
    Btw. mondonut: "If you are asking if anyone with a legitimate claim to property should have rights to that property – you are correct." Doesn't even fly in your beloved Apartheid Junta if Nonjews have a legitimate claim. Not even as Israelis: "Under a 1970 Israeli law, Israeli Jews are allowed to sue to reclaim properties they owned in East Jerusalem that they were forced to abandon in 1948. Palestinians who owned properties in West Jerusalem and Israel who fled in 1948, however, have no legal avenue for reclaiming those properties — even if they live in Israeli-controlled territory today." https://972mag.com/police-evict-palestinian-family-home-jerusalems-old-city/140195/ "According to a report drawn up in 1952, Israel had thus succeeded in expropriating 73,000 rooms in abandoned houses, 7,800 shops, workshops and warehouses, 5 million Palestinian pounds in bank accounts, and - most important of all - 300,000 hectares of land (11)." https://mondediplo.com/1997/12/palestine


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  • Keith Keith, February 19, 2019, 3:35 PM
    "Anti-Semitic “tropes” and “canards” and “slanders” have become the go-to staple of Israel support." Use of this technique is also being applied to critics of empire whose analyses are being labeled as coinciding with the "Russian narrative," therefore, being banned from the social media. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51128.htm


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  • Talkback Talkback, February 19, 2019, 3:34 PM
    mondonut: "But there has never been a sovereign state of Arab Palestine that could constitute “ownership”." You confuse the souvereignity of a state with the souvereign of a country which is always the people of the country. mondonut": If you are asking if possession of a rusty, old key constitutes ownership – it does not. If you are asking if anyone with a legitimate claim to property should have rights to that property – you are correct." This is rich coming from the supporter of a genocidal Apartheid state which destroyed all Nonjewish ownership records and embezzled the property of those it expelled.


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  • mondonut mondonut, February 19, 2019, 3:23 PM
    @amigo Mondonutter , what religion/nationality are you today???. You give yourself away with that statement. Why are you so focused on my heritage and not the content on my speech? For the record (not that you are entitled to it), I am 3rd generation US citizen with an Irish Catholic background. What the hell is wrong with you?


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  • Maximus Decimus Meridius Maximus Decimus Meridius, February 19, 2019, 3:17 PM
    There is, of course, deep irony in the idea that American Jews should feel guilt about their comfotable lives in the 'diaspora'. After all, isn't the whole point of Israel's existence to provide a safe haven for all those Jews living among antisemites - which supposedly almost all of us Gentiles are? If Jews are safer in the 'diaspora' than they are in Israel, why bother with the latter at all?


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  • Talkback Talkback, February 19, 2019, 3:17 PM
    Zionism is abusing world Jewry as human shields.


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  • mondonut mondonut, February 19, 2019, 3:09 PM
    @Misterioso Jews do not “own the house” and had/have no right whatsoever to “reclaim it.”To wit: Recent in depth DNA analysis... The persons who own the home are indeed Jewish and do have rights to it, the persons residing there had no superior claim (none at all actually), so they had to leave. It's not complicated. Which makes your entirely racist claim that property rights are somehow linked to DNA irrelevant.


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  • amigo amigo, February 19, 2019, 3:07 PM
    Mondonutter , what religion/nationality are you today???. " Nobody has ever accused us Irish Catholics of thinking we were special. "mondonut You give yourself away with that statement. https://mondoweiss.net/2019/02/definitely-benjamins-financial/comment-page-1/#comment-941650 Only Zionist Jews conflate religion with Nationality.


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  • CHUCKMAN CHUCKMAN, February 19, 2019, 2:52 PM
    Genuine anti-Semitism has always been a phenomenon of the Right. Always. But Israel's government hates people from the left because the Left honors Western traditions of rule of law, democratic rights, and human rights. Why? Because Israel's policies directly contradict these Western traditions. Therefore, the Left is hated for the fact that they keep bringing them up. And, by the way, where will you find a more Right-wing government in violation of all our best traditions than Israel? Search as you may, you won't.


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  • CHUCKMAN CHUCKMAN, February 19, 2019, 2:50 PM
    It is growing very tired, the accusations of Anti-Semitism. Much like the boy who cried "wolf." Genuine anti-Semitism has always been a phenomenon of the Right. Always. But Israel's government hates people from the left because the Left honors Western traditions of rule of law, democratic rights, and human rights. Why? Because Israel's policies directly contradict these Western traditions. Therefore, the Left is hated for the fact that they keep bringing them up. And, by the way, where will you find a more Right-wing government in violation of all our best traditions than Israel? Search as you may, you won't.


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  • US Citizen US Citizen, February 19, 2019, 2:36 PM
    Perfect - 'democracy' in action right? What a joke, it's “Israeli democracy” or “Jewish democracy", it sure isn't American democracy. The only 'democracy' in the world to hear the words ‘ freedom of speech’ and feel existentially threatened yet again. The eventual destruction of Israel is in good hands. Outside help is not necessary.


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  • annie annie, February 19, 2019, 2:34 PM
    i'm 6 minutes in, this is totally boring. are they trying to make us fall asleep? (edit, actually the second half is much better. thanks for the link ckg)


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  • annie annie, February 19, 2019, 2:27 PM
    does anyone know why peter feld's twitter account is suspended? i tried tagging him the other day and noticed this, assumed it would be back up and running soon. now i see it is still down. what is up with that? he was excellent on the msnbc link, whereas sargon never really answered the question asked. how did she get to her outrageous hyperbolic accusation from omar's few words? nothing she said explained that.


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  • amigo amigo, February 19, 2019, 2:22 PM
    "This is the cause of true Anti-Semitism folks. " Lilian Rosengarten And the perpetrators of these vile criminal acts will blithely ask , "Why do they hate us so."


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  • eljay eljay, February 19, 2019, 2:18 PM
    || mondonut: @eljay , You are so right I already knew that I was right, but thanks for pointing that out. ... || I'm glad you acknowledge the fact that Jews did not own (geographic) Palestine, Jews had no right to “reclaim” it from its indigenous (geographic) Palestinian population. || ... As for the rest of your gibberish ... || ...it trumps your gibberish. Once again, you're right. Good work, mondonut.


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  • amigo amigo, February 19, 2019, 2:05 PM
    "Israel will crash and nobody will care" Mag. Yup and we can all sing and dance " Hava Nagila " (Let us Rejoice--for those who don,t know the translation,)


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  • ckg ckg, February 19, 2019, 2:04 PM
    Consider NYT The Daily podcast episode for today: The Democrats and Israel. At minute 22:50 the narrator says, "Bernie Sanders, who was actually raised Jewish, becomes the first openly critical American politician to really be willing to challenge Israel on the campaign trail."The NYT narrator doesn't describe Sanders as Jewish but rather as having been raised Jewish. It's like he's less Jewish because he challenges Israel.


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  • annie annie, February 19, 2019, 1:58 PM
    Awesome article Phil!


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  • mondonut mondonut, February 19, 2019, 1:57 PM
    amigo , But that only applies to Jews right mondonutter. If you are asking if possession of a rusty, old key constitutes ownership - it does not. If you are asking if anyone with a legitimate claim to property should have rights to that property - you are correct.


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  • Citizen Citizen, February 19, 2019, 1:54 PM
    All true, Phil. Yet there are more American Jews who volunteer to join the IDF, Not the US Army, yes? Jewish guilt, yes--jewish stand-up comedians use to joke about this back in the 1950s, earlier 1960s....they just didn't apply it to Israel. The notion was nobody is raised with more guilt triggers than any Jew. Who is raised with more Holocaust guilt trips about supporting Jews than American gentiles? The Germans yes, but that was earned by their grandparents, yes? America's grandparents were GI Joe, fighting the Nazis and Imperial Japan.


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  • mondonut mondonut, February 19, 2019, 1:54 PM
    @eljay , You are so right I already knew that I was right, but thanks for pointing that out. As for the rest of your gibberish, there are both indigenous Palestinians and Jews, and non-indigenous Palestinians and Jews in Israel and the territories. But there has never been a sovereign state of Arab Palestine that could constitute "ownership".


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  • Lillian Rosengarten Lillian Rosengarten, February 19, 2019, 1:12 PM
    This is the cause of true Anti-Semitism folks. Here it is. All the other anti-Semitism is a phony Zionist endeavor to persuade some bleak, sad people who somehow have a fantasy of a Jewish only nation state that in reality is an apartheid human disaster..


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  • eljay eljay, February 19, 2019, 1:11 PM
    Whether they're the ones... - doing the evil; - defending the evil; or - trying to intimidate into silence and/or complicity those who oppose the evil, ...Zionists are truly hateful and immoral people.


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  • Misterioso Misterioso, February 19, 2019, 1:02 PM
    @mondonut Reality: Jews do not "own the house" and had/have no right whatsoever to "reclaim it." To wit: Recent in depth DNA analysis has proven conclusively that including their ancestors, Palestinians have lived continuously between the River and the Sea for about 15,000 years. It is they who are the indigenous inhabitants of the lands between the River and the Sea. To wit: (http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fgene.2017.00087/full Front. Genet., 21 June 2017 | https://doi.org/10.3389/fgene.2017.00087 ) EXCERPTS: “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.” “The non-Levantine origin of AJs [Ashkenazi Jews] is further supported by an ancient DNA analysis of six Natufians and a Levantine Neolithic (Lazaridis et al., 2016), some of the most likely Judaean progenitors (Finkelstein and Silberman, 2002; Frendo, 2004). In a principle component analysis (PCA), the ancient Levantines clustered predominantly with modern-day Palestinians and Bedouins and marginally overlapped with Arabian Jews, whereas AJs clustered away from Levantine individuals and adjacent to Neolithic Anatolians and Late Neolithic and Bronze Age Europeans.” The Jebusite/Canaanites were ancestors of today’s Palestinians and it was they who founded Jerusalem around 3000 BCE. Originally known as Jebus, the first recorded reference to it as “Rushalimum” or “Urussalim,” site of the sacred Foundation Rock, appears in Egyptian Execration Texts of the nineteenth century BCE, nearly 800 years before it is alleged King David was born. Its name “seems to have incorporated the name of the Syrian god Shalem [the Canaanite God of Dusk], who was identified with the setting sun or the evening star…and] can probably be translated as ‘Shalem has founded’.” (Karen Armstrong, Jerusalem, One City, Three Faiths; Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1996, pp.6-7) It is estimated that the Hebrews did not invade until circa 1184 BCE and their resulting United Kingdom of Israel, which never controlled the coast from Jaffa to Gaza, lasted only about 75-80 years, less than a blip in the history of Canaan and Palestine. BTW, no credible archaeological evidence, or more importantly, writings of contemporaneous civilizations, have been found that prove Solomon or David actually existed. (Nor has any evidence been discovered to confirm that a Jewish exodus from Egypt ever occurred. ) To quote the late renowned Jewish Israeli writer/columnist, Uri Avnery: “[David and Solomon’s] existence is disproved, inter alia, by their total absence from the voluminous correspondence of Egyptian rulers and spies in the Land of Canaan.” (“A Curious National Home,” by Uri Avnery, May 13/17 – http://zope.gush-shalom.org/home/en/channels/avnery/1494589093/) Jewish missionaries converted many pagan peoples to their faith in the Middle East, including Palestine, as well as Africa, Asia and Europe, especially during the two centuries preceding Christianity. Also, the Zionist claim that descendants of those Jews expelled from Palestine by the Romans have lived apart throughout the world for nearly two millennia and not intermingled with people outside of their religion is absurd. To quote Polish born David Ben-Gurion (real name, David Gruen): “‘race’ does not unite Jewry since the ancient people dissipated after so much dispersion.” (Philippe de Saint Robert, Le Jeu de la France en Mediteranee ,1970, p.182)


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  • amigo amigo, February 19, 2019, 12:50 PM
    "@Jejasalo, Because Jews once lived in the house, Jews have a right to reclaim it."mnut But that only applies to Jews right mondonutter. https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/palestine-keys-return-home-israel-palestinians-a8398341.html Folks , meet Mondoweiss,s self professed Irish Catholic. and the troll in residence. You should have stuck with the Catholic faith instead of swapping it for zionism.In Catholicism , property theft is still forbidden. Didn,t your Mammy and Daddy teach you that mikileen me boyo.


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  • Jejasalo Jejasalo, February 19, 2019, 12:41 PM
    Money may help determine power, but it didn’t write the Hebrew Bible or the Balfour Declaration.


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  • eljay eljay, February 19, 2019, 12:21 PM
    || mondonut: ... Because Jews once lived in own the house, Jews have a right to reclaim it. || You are so right: Jews did not own (geographic) Palestine, Jews had no right to "reclaim" it from its indigenous (geographic) Palestinian population. Good work, mondonut.


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  • amigo amigo, February 19, 2019, 12:21 PM
    Nietanyahu /Bennett and the soldiers are dancing on Judaism and will in due course feel the pain of the Occupation they so blithely deny the existence of. Isn,t Nietanyahu and his ice cream slurping and coke can recycling Mrs , due to be arrested any day soon. Seems to me I read that the AG of the Apartheid regime is unwilling to wait until after the elections.The last thing the Palestinians need is for this war criminal to still be running for office during which he will show his followers just how tough he can be , which will assure him of re-election , given the lust for blood of most Israeli Jews. Absent re-election maybe he can get some advice from Katsav and Olmert about being behind bars .


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  • mondonut mondonut, February 19, 2019, 12:06 PM
    @Jejasalo, Because Jews once lived in the house, Jews have a right to reclaim it. Because Jews once lived in own the house, Jews have a right to reclaim it.


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  • Vera Gottlieb Vera Gottlieb, February 19, 2019, 11:55 AM
    The comment I would love to make...Mondoweiss would not print it.


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  • Jejasalo Jejasalo, February 19, 2019, 11:55 AM
    A person who embraces dissent has to suffer the consequences. It can be depressing and dispiriting, as I myself have experienced. The question is how well we can break out of the shackles of convention, and hear past the “mind-forged manacles.” It is not an easy task, but it can be a noble one if pursued with genuine conviction. “Progressives” talk about speaking truth to power but I’m not sure that is a useful way to effect change. Speak truth to the unempowered. Leave out pretension and join their ranks. Public indoctrination can best be defeated by those united against the ugly realities you describe.


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  • eljay eljay, February 19, 2019, 11:13 AM
    Zionists like Ungar-Sargon and Weiss have a bad habit of anti-Semitically conflating Israel and Zionism with all Jews and all Jews with Israel and Zionism in order to score tawdry points against people rightly criticize Israel and Zionism.


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  • Misterioso Misterioso, February 19, 2019, 11:10 AM
    @Jejasalo, et al When looking at the photo accompanying this and other articles regarding identical horrors perpetrated against defenseless native Palestinians by Zionist Jews, I am reminded of what took place in Germany on November 9th and 10th, 1938, when Nazis torched synagogues, vandalized Jewish homes, schools and businesses and killed close to 100 Jews. The horrible irony is overwhelming. On a positive note, the following recently published article comes to mind: https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/israel-judaisation-palestine-failing-190212113024316.html 'Israel's Judaisation of Palestine is failing" "Decades of Israeli efforts to demolish, destroy, rename, rewrite and erase everything Palestinian have been in vain." By Ramzy Baroud and Romana Rubeo, 16 Feb, 2019 EXCERPTS: "'Everything Palestinian in Jerusalem is targeted by Israeli occupation,' said Palestinian Archbishop of Jerusalem's Greek Orthodox Church, Atallah Hanna on January 29 during a meeting with a delegation from the medical aid organisation Doctors without Borders. "'The Islamic and Christian holy sites and endowments are targeted in order to change our city, hide its identity and marginalise our Arabic and Palestinian existence,' the archbishop added "Hanna, who has been at the forefront of the Palestinian Muslim and Christian struggle against Israel's Judaisation schemes, is, of course, correct in his assertion that Jerusalem is targeted. But the truth is that there is a systematic campaign to strip not just the holy city off of its Palestinian character, but also the whole of Palestine. "A few days after the Palestinian Christian leader made his comments, Israeli authorities carried out excavations in the historic al-Bahr Mosque in the city of Tiberias, on the western shores of the Sea of Galilee. In its place, Israel aims to establish a museum, a practice it has used many times in the past in order to erase historic symbols of Palestinian existence." "An 'invented people'" "Israel's disregard for the historical rights of Palestinians is deeply rooted in Zionist ideology. Indeed, from the very start, Zionist ideologues promoted the idea that Palestine was a place bereft of culture or heritage - an arid desert, waiting for Zionist pioneers to make it 'bloom.' "For those claims to acquire a degree of plausibility and for the myth of Palestine as 'a land without a people for a people without a land' to be solidified, the Zionist movement needed to erase the very existence of the Palestinian people. "The notion that Palestinians are not a people with a collective sense of nationhood has remained a defining concept of Zionism until this day and has spread well beyond Israel's borders. American Christian evangelicals are particularly avid supporters of the idea, which has led some American politicians to also publicly embrace it. In 2011, for example, then US presidential candidate Newt Gingrich told the Jewish Channel that the Palestinians were an 'invented people.' "The practical application of this idea has meant that the construction of anything Jewish Israeli - whether it is cities, settlements, bypass-roads or numerous edifices of art, culture, religion and so on - has had to take place in parallel to the demolition and erasure of Palestinian cities, villages, streets, homes, cultural and religious sites. "...as soon as the Israeli state was created against the will of the Palestinians and the rest of the Arab population of the Middle East, a vicious campaign to 'remap' Palestine was launched. "A 1948 letter sent to first Israeli Interior Minister Yitzhak Gruenbaum read: 'The conventional names should be replaced by new ones ... since, in anticipation of renewing our days as of old and living the life of a healthy people that is rooted in the soil of our country, we must begin in the fundamental Hebraicization of our country's map.' "...Soon after, a government commission was created and tasked with renaming everything Palestinian so the new state can lay its claim on towns, villages and various other geographical areas. "Another letter written in August 1957 by an Israeli foreign ministry official urged the Israeli Department of Antiquities to speed up the destruction of Palestinian homes conquered during the Nakba. 'The ruins from the Arab villages and Arab neighbourhoods, or the blocs of buildings that have stood empty since 1948, arouse harsh associations that cause considerable political damage,' he wrote. 'They should be cleared away.'" "For Israel, erasing Palestine and writing the Palestinian people out of the history of their own homeland have always been a strategic endeavour." "More recently, the Israeli army has used its violent military assaults on Palestinians not only to take Palestinian lives but also to destroy cultural monuments and places of worship of historical significance. According to official Palestinian reports, Israel destroyed 73 mosques in the 51-day war on the besieged Gaza Strip in 2014. "Some of these mosques, like al-Omari Mosque in Jabaliya, are ancient structures that date back more than a thousand years. Al-Omari Mosque was built nearly 1365 years ago and has served as a symbol of hope for Palestinians in Gaza, a reminder of past grandeur." "The Israeli authorities have also increased pressure on Islam's third-holiest site: al-Aqsa Mosque. It has facilitated the forceful incursions of the Temple Mount Faithful, an extremist Jewish group, into the Haram al-Sharif compound, where the mosque is located. The group has declared that it is keen on destroying al-Aqsa Mosque in order to build a 'Third Temple on Temple Mount' - something the Israeli government clearly also wishes for. "There have been various attacks on Palestinian cultural heritage in Nablus, al-Khalil (Hebron), Ariyha (Jericho), Yaffa (Jaffa), Haifa and many other Palestinian towns and villages. "Yet, despite all of this destruction, on intellectual and political levels, Israel still remains insecure about its past and uncertain of its future. "Israel refuses to accept the fact that the Palestinians' relationship with their land cannot be dictated or terminated by violence, Knesset bills or army decrees. To the contrary, the more aggression is unleashed onto the Palestinians, the stronger the Palestinian sense of nationhood grows. The late Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish in his seminal poem, 'ID Card' was able to capture brilliantly this Palestinian spirit of resistance..." "Early Zionists were wrong. Destroying Palestinian villages, changing street names and demolishing mosques and churches cannot succeed in erasing a nation's sense of identity. "Palestinian 'sumud' (steadfastness) has turned out to be far superior and more powerful than any and all of Israel's military and political stratagems. And it is this steadfastness that will guarantee that [Benny] Morris' prediction comes true. The great Palestinian sea will swallow the occupier."


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  • Jejasalo Jejasalo, February 19, 2019, 11:03 AM
    While the similarities may be striking, there is an important difference. The opposing faction in Palestine (Hamas) was democratically elected to power in January 2006. It never carried out a violent coup to seize that power. Additionally, the Palestinian Authority became the default US-Israeli collaborating partner for reasons expedient to both: US-Israeli manipulation is much more insidious with a partner that is eager to receive an authority bestowed upon it by externally clenched fists.


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  • scott9854958 scott9854958, February 19, 2019, 11:02 AM
    I suspect we're going to see more essays like this in the coming years. Higher ed is a bubble that's going to burst savagely. All of those former profs are gonna need to find honest work. Salaita likes to say other industries are governed by lies but higher ed may be the biggest lie of them all.


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  • Maximus Decimus Meridius Maximus Decimus Meridius, February 19, 2019, 10:58 AM
    Slightly off-topic but still relevant to the broader issues addressed in the article.... back in the UK 7 minor members of the Labour party have split off off to found an 'Independent Group'. Several of them cited - yes you've guessed it - antisemitism as one of their reasons to leave Labour, something they'd been threatening to do for months if not years. Of these 7 individuals, 5 were members of Labour Friends of You Know Where. Not a word in the MSM about this. Could you imagine if a clear majority of a new breakaway party were Friends of Russia? Or Iran? Or China? Or indeed just about any country other than Israel. It would most certainly be an object of discussion. But because it's Israel, nobody would dare.


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  • Jejasalo Jejasalo, February 19, 2019, 10:41 AM
    If nothing else, the eviction of the Abu Asad family reinforces the claim that Palestinians are second class citizens (at best) and that Israel is enforcing apartheid-like policies with zeal. Because Jews once lived in the house, Jews have a right to reclaim it. How interesting. This sounds like an unpleasantly familiar refrain to a familiar song. Modern Zionism teaches us that because Jews lived in the land of Palestine 2000 years ago, they have a God-given (and politically opportunistic) right to re-settle in Palestine today. Implicitly this has come to mean “and the people living there now can be rightfully dispossessed.” One people has a claim over another because God said so or because modern history has dictated it. Democracy? Where does that fit in with biblical Manifest Destiny - or the colonial assumption that white westerners have the “burden” of “civilizing” the lesser races and the right to seize and exploit their lands. The internal logic within these arguments is self-evident but acceptable only if it is taken as a given that democracy has no natural place in human affairs. The next time someone chuffs out the claim that Palestinians living in Israel have the same rights as Jewish Israelis, this is a model refutation. It is reinforced by the fact that Israeli law has codified the reverse: that the Nakba Palestinians do not have the same right to reclaim the homelands they lived in 71 years ago. Of course not. That would be hinting at the equality of different peoples- and that has never been part of a colonial or imperial - or contemporary Zionist plan.


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  • Rashers2 Rashers2, February 19, 2019, 10:31 AM
    A pleasurable and thought-provoking essay. My thanks to ex- Professor Salaita (by this, disrespect absolutely not intended).


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  • Talkback Talkback, February 19, 2019, 10:19 AM
    It's all about abandoning the petro dollar.


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  • Talkback Talkback, February 19, 2019, 10:16 AM
    RoHa. "Every other “-cide” crime involves killing of living individuals." This one doesn't exclude it. There are methods to kill a people without necesseraly killing its members. Roha: "A “people as a whole” is not a living individual." Correct. That's why it's called genocide and not homocide. RoHa: "Destroying it is not a literal killing.* " Destroying doesn't exclude literal killing. RoHa: "So Lemkin made a mistake in calling his collection of crimes “genocide”. That term makes people think there is killing involved." People also think that Apartheid only means the methods that were used in South Africa. Not the problem of the term either. They should read and understand the definition in both cases. RoHa: "He should have coined another term for it." Nope. The term is absolutely perfect. It acknowledges that a people can even be destroyed without killing its individuals. Allthough I can't think of any case that didn't involve massacres and mass killings.


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  • Misterioso Misterioso, February 19, 2019, 9:23 AM
    @RoHa, etal A reminder to Canadians and Americans who live in or near Toronto: MIKO PELED (the author of the General's Son) in Toronto 2019 Royackers Lecture: Justice, Freedom and Equality: the Keys to Peace in the Holy Land February 26 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm On February 26, 2019 at 7:30 p.m., please join us at Regis College in the St. Joseph Chapel for our Annual Royackers Lecture “Justice, Freedom and Equality: the Keys to Peace in the Holy Land,” featuring guest-speaker Miko Peled, a Human Rights and Peace Activist. Miko will address the three universal values of ‘justice, freedom and equality’ and will explore how these values can change the face of the Holy Land. Miko Peled is a writer and human rights activist, born and raised in Jerusalem. Driven by a personal family tragedy, he wrote a book about his journey “The General’s Son, Journey of an Israeli in Palestine.” The book covers the work in which Peled’s family has been involved since his grandparents immigrated to Palestine in the early 20th century, as part of the Zionist project. His maternal grandfather was a signer on the Israeli Declaration of Independence. His father was a General in the Israeli army and in the 1970’s, his father pioneered the Israeli Palestinian dialogue. He devotes hi life to working for peace and divides his time between writing and travelling internationally. The Annual Royackers Lecture honours the memory of Fr. Martin Royackers, S.J. It is made possible through the generosity of Mundiregina Resources, Canada.


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  • Boomer Boomer, February 19, 2019, 7:28 AM
    Thanks, that helps me understand the UK situation a bit better. I don't think the NPR report I heard was very good reporting.


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  • RoHa RoHa, February 19, 2019, 2:38 AM
    Worthwhile article here. https://www.globalresearch.ca/forgotten-anniversaries-of-u-s-sponsored-military-coups-against-democracy/5600531 (But Isabel Peron was not the first female leader in world history.)


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  • RoHa RoHa, February 19, 2019, 2:02 AM
    You see, this shows that the Palestinians are unwilling to make any sort of peace and end-of-conflict agreement. If they could just compromise, and give up their homes and possessions to any Jew who wants them, and move away out of sight, then all would be well, wouldn't it?


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  • Kay24 Kay24, February 19, 2019, 1:53 AM
    Thank you. :))


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  • echinococcus echinococcus, February 19, 2019, 1:53 AM
    RoHa, Biocide and ecocide could be rejected as relatively newfangled, but the venerable "liberticide" remains. No literal killing. // Besides, "coincide" deserves serious study by those of strained means like yours truly. Excide, as contemplated by some divorcees, is definitively homicidal, though.


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  • RoHa RoHa, February 19, 2019, 1:06 AM
    " there’s something profoundly liberating about leaving academe," Though I do rather miss subjecting a captive audience to my sarcasm.


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  • RoHa RoHa, February 19, 2019, 1:03 AM
    "chalk dust and textbooks intoxicating my emergent senses." Glorious scents of yesteryear!


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  • RoHa RoHa, February 19, 2019, 12:53 AM
    "Think people as whole or in part, not individuals." Every other "-cide" crime involves killing of living individuals. A "people as a whole" is not a living individual. Destroying it is not a literal killing.* So Lemkin made a mistake in calling his collection of crimes "genocide". That term makes people think there is killing involved. He should have coined another term for it. (*Metaphors are great for poetry, but bad for law and worse for ethics. That is why I protest against such terms as "national suicide".)


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  • RoHa RoHa, February 19, 2019, 12:39 AM
    But it does raise an interesting question, which is "Why is she a raving anti-Semite?"


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  • chris_k chris_k, February 19, 2019, 12:27 AM
    Countries outside the US orbit of influence will also make token statements, withdraw ambassadors, in those moments when there's an Israeli incursion or protestors being shot - situations when an objective country expresses concern about war crimes. Israel takes note of that. They have a map of those regimes that aren't silenced by them and they want them gone. Libya's been a target for a while, taken care of now and the hardship of the people is of no concern to US or Israeli leaders. I'm not saying that Israel is the reason for the US policy on Venezuela, not just Trump's but the previous coup attempt and Obama's attempt to isolate them by making nice to Cuba. Oil is big here as well as a Cold War struggle against a socialist bloc or a South American resistance to US hegemony. But Israel's another big, growling political doggie. Guaidó and Netanyahu are both friends of the openly Fascist Bolsonaro, and the message here is that if you put up any resistance to, among others, Israel, the clamps will be put on economically, your people will starve and leave the country, and if possible we'll steal your oil and gold thank you very much while the UN asks our permission to use the rest room. Israel is after all a model economy and Venezuela is 'failed socialism,' so put sanctions on Venezuela so they can't sell your oil and give billions of dollars to Israel every year, because Israel, um, needs it more or whatever. Fun fact: since South Africa ended apartheid, their GDP growth has been almost the same as Israel's during the same time, without Uncle Sam's allowance.


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  • Maghlawatan Maghlawatan, February 18, 2019, 11:01 PM
    The reason why Israelis refuse to end the occupation is because they are afraid of the tables being turned and this sort of abuse being applied to them . Israel will crash and nobody will care As the Baal Shem Tov used to say, fuck you will deliver a short term dopamine hit but is not advisable


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  • just just, February 18, 2019, 10:25 PM
    " The U.S. has many reasons for intervening in Venezuela—including installing a leader it can control. The American government always says we must uphold international law, but they are the biggest phonies.”" All true, and never forget the oil... imperialism... etc. This happened today: 'Let your people go': Trump calls on Maduro loyalists to end nightmare of his regime ... Donald Trump has told a rally in Florida “a new day is coming in Latin America” as he again warned president Nicolás Maduro that he sought a peaceful transition of power “but all options are open”. The US president, sought support from the largest Venezuelan community in the US for opposition leader Juan Guaidó, appealed directly to Venezuela’s armed forces, saying: “We want to restore Venezuelan democracy and we believe the Venezuelan military and its leadership have a vital role to play in the process.” “Today, I ask every member of the Maduro regime: end this nightmare of poverty, hunger, and death for your people. Let your people go. Set your country free,” Trump told the crowd at Florida International University in Miami. Maduro responded with televised comments in which he accused Trump of speaking in an “almost Nazi style” and thinking he could deliver orders to Venezuela’s military. “Who is the commander of the armed forces, Donald Trump from Miami?” Maduro said. “They think they’re the owners of the country.” Critics of Maduro say his re-election last year was fraudulent. The US and other countries recognise Guaidó as the country’s rightful leader. Throughout his presidency, Trump has reportedly asked advisers if US military intervention is possible. ... Trump praised Venezuelan dissidents, kissing and bringing to the lectern for brief remarks in Spanish the mother of Oscar Pérez, a rebel helicopter pilot who was killed near Caracas last year after dropping grenades on government buildings. “I don’t know what she said but I think I know what she said,” Trump said, vowing the woman’s son “will not have died in vain”. ... “We must work together to end a humanitarian disaster,” Trump said in Miami. “Unfortunately, Dictator Maduro has blocked this lifesaving aid from entering the country,” he said, claiming the leader was happy to see his people starve. Among a number of mentions of Cuba, the socialist country with which the Obama administration moved to normalise relations, Trump claimed the Venezuelan armed forces were “risking their future, their lives and Venezuela’s future for [Maduro], a man controlled by the Cuban military and protected by a private army of Cuban soldiers”. “Maduro is not a Venezuelan patriot,” Trump said. “He is a Cuban puppet, that’s what he is.” “The eyes of the entire world,” he said, were on the Maduro regime “today, and every day in the future. You cannot hide from the choice that no confronts you.” An offer of amnesty from Guaidó could be accepted by Maduro’s supporters, Trump said, as “President Guaidó does not seek retribution against you and neither do we”. But he added: “You can choose to continue to support Maduro. If you choose this path you will find no safe harbour, no easy exit and no way out. You will lose everything.” In his condemnation of “the horrors of socialism and communism”, which he said had produced “a nightmare of poverty, hunger and death”, Trump was also looking to draw a contrast with the policies of progressive Democrats, which he calls “socialist” as he gears up for the 2020 election. “Years of socialist rule have brought this once thriving nation to the brink of ruin,” he said, saying the Venezuelan government had suppressed the press, ruined the economy and destroyed the rule of law. “The results have been catastrophic,” he said, adding: “The twilight of socialism has arrived in our hemisphere and frankly in many other places in the world.” He said socialism was doomed in Nicaragua and Cuba as well. Trump has been spending the holiday weekend at his private club in West Palm Beach, Florida, playing golf each day at his own course." https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/18/trump-venezuela-nicolas-maduro-juan-guaido And there you have it. Thank you Pam and Mahmoud.


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  • oldgeezer oldgeezer, February 18, 2019, 10:24 PM
    That's a very funny and spot on reply!


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  • Bumblebye Bumblebye, February 18, 2019, 9:54 PM
    UKs version of aipac is supposedly called "BICOM". We rarely if ever see/hear anything about it. We mostly hear from the Board of Deputies and the Jewish Chronicle, but our msm is wholly 'infiltrated' in that reporting is always, always biased in one direction, thus omitting/distorting facts. The seven dwarves, or seven deadly sinners (social media) have been anti-Corbyn since before he won the first leadership election. They - especially Chuka Umunna - are flip-flopping monstrous ego types. There are others (including from the Tories) who may join them. They're claiming racism/antisemitism then one - Angela Smith - makes a racist comment on tv within hours of leaving! None of 'em has any integrity.


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  • Kay24 Kay24, February 18, 2019, 9:28 PM
    It seems America's top charity case has the shekels to send a spacecraft to the moon. I hear the little aliens are terrified that they will be occupied, their lands taken, and illegal settlements will spring up before you can say "oy vey". Somehow Israel will claim THEY were the victims of the little unarmed aliens, and start their zionist colonies over there too. Israel’s first lunar mission to launch this week Read more: https://technology.inquirer.net/83585/israels-first-lunar-mission-to-launch-this-week#ixzz5fwKLSmem https://technology.inquirer.net/83585/israels-first-lunar-mission-to-launch-this-week


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  • Kay24 Kay24, February 18, 2019, 8:57 PM
    It is all about the Benjamins. Rep. Omar was a hundred percent correct. It is a shame that she was made into yet another example to silence the truth, and the facts from coming out. It is public knowledge that AIPAC donates millions of dollars to various spineless congresspeople, and the world knows that the US Congress is owned, and controlled, by the zionists. To win US elections one must be willing to sleep with Israel. We have a bunch of zionist controlled prostitutes in congress, and they are paid to please Israel, vote the way Israel wants, and they even allow Israel to write our foreign policies. These are Americans without a conscience. When children are killed by Israeli thugs, it makes me wonder how they, being parents, and grandparents themselves, can live with it, knowing they enabled the killers. Did any congressperson condemn the zionists thugs in Hebron when they chanted "death to the Arabs" and marched through neighborhoods they had no right to be in, like they criticized Rep. Omar? Does Chelsea Clinton EVER criticize Israel when it sends precision bombs into homes wiping out entire families, including little babies, or when Israeli snipers kill unarmed youth protesting their lack of freedom, and the suffering? The Clintons, like so many other politicians, can be quite selective in their outrage. They are all disgusting people.


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