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  • brent on A leader by example: Tawfiq Zayyad and the Palestinian struggle: “

    Zayyad appreciated the imperative of building bridges, how to balance ideology and pragmatism. How to meld his belief in Palestinian liberation with a one state reality. That, “One should consider the practical implications of every move.” He understood coalition building. Where is he when we need him?

    October 02, 2020, 1:19 PM
  • Kay24 on Bari Weiss brands AOC an antisemite: “

    Looks like Weiss is still in Israel’s payroll, at least she speaks that way.

    October 02, 2020, 11:33 AM
  • Misterioso on When will the word ‘Palestine’ be allowed on Canadian airwaves?: “

    https://www.thecanadafiles.com/articles/nscfp

    The Canada Files, Sept. 27/20  “New survey shows that Canada’s Israel Policy is opposed by majority of Canadians” by Daniel Xie

    EXCERPT:
    “On Wednesday September 16, 2020, Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East reported results from a survey co-sponsored by itself, Independent Jewish Voices Canada (IJV), and the United Network for Justice and Peace in Palestine-Israel. This survey shows that Canadians do not want Israel to be treated differently than other nations with regards to alleged war crimes or human rights violations. The survey shows that 84 per cent of Canadians would support a possible ICC war crimes investigation into Israeli officials, while 86 per cent of Canadians believe that Canada should not overlook Israel’s human rights violations simply because Israel is an ally, and 82 per cent of Canadians do not support the position of the Netanyahu government that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital and should be recognized as such; said viewpoint is even shared by 54 per cent of Conservatives.” 

    Also, the entity referred to as “Israel” has yet to officially declare its borders and have them agreed to as such by the international community.

    October 02, 2020, 10:43 AM
  • CHUCKMAN on The ‘people’s army’ — Gantz sells ‘miracle’ of a discriminatory army to US Jews: “

    “The ‘people’s army’”
    Yes, but have be the right kind of people.

    October 02, 2020, 8:24 AM
  • CHUCKMAN on JVP’s human rights and media watch: Palestinian dies at 45 in Israeli prison months before end of long sentence: “

    “JVP’s human rights and media watch: Palestinian dies at 45 in Israeli prison months before end of long sentence”
    There are just so many parallels between Israel and the good old Soviet Union.

    October 02, 2020, 8:22 AM
  • echinococcus on On Rosh Hashanah, a sermon to the unwelcome: “

    PS
    Searching now for a group identification other than chosen belief (or, of course, religion-related things like naming, etc.) that would confer the mysterious property, transmitted by birth, that makes you propose atheist Jews (and… Christians who do not believe Jesus is their savior! but we’ll skip that for now): so far as the eye can see, the only ones who believe in such a mysterious (or mystical) property are, of course, all the racists/racialists of the world, Jewish and anti-Jewish.

    October 01, 2020, 9:50 PM
  • lonely rico on Students at two universities just voted to divest from Israel: “

    The Palestinian struggle for freedom, justice and equality so clearly intersects with all other struggles of oppressed peoples everywhere.

    Unfortunately the University of Toronto didn’t get the memo –

    “The University of Toronto’s law school allegedly rescinded a job offer for director of the law school’s International Human Rights Program in response to external pressure about the candidate’s scholarship and work on Israeli government violations of international law.

    The candidate, Dr. Valentina Azarova, was the university hiring panel’s unanimous top choice.”

    https://www.juancole.com/2020/10/critical-chilling-research.html

    October 01, 2020, 5:38 PM
  • echinococcus on Dangerous Sainthood: How the Rabin cult undermined the peace camp: “

    Mr. Gurvitz,
    Still trying to understand.
    What “peace camp” exactly?

    October 01, 2020, 5:15 PM
  • Samir_Samir on ‘Because we’re not a democracy we’re in tune with our people’ — UAE ambassador rationalizes tyranny to pro-Israel group: “

    As an Arab I hate this guy and every “politician” in UAE so hard…
    They basically sold all of us out(I mean all Arabs). And it’s not about them only, it also goes to Saudi family, Oman, Sisi’s Egypt and so on.

    Uniting in one state for security, social and economical reasons is the biggest and deepest aspirations of absolute majority of Arabs for more than a century. Instead we got “leaders” who participate in our dehumanization – at home and worldwide. Not to mention devision that they inflamed. Just what they did in Iraq, Syria and Yemen alone should show you that they just don’t care.

    It feels like I live in the darkest time in my life from perspective of mentioned issues.

    Also, how exactly we suppose to win “peacefully”? We were trying to do this for century. In Iraq, when we tried to kick out UK occupation, we were getting killed by UK and, surprise-surprise, Iraqi soldiers, that served to a puppet “king” and it took rivers of blood to liberate the place(unfortunatly USA took the baton of runing Arabs and other local life). My whole life I’ve seen all those “lefties” talks about “Palestinian rights” and what it gave us? Nothing, things were only getting worse all those years. And here we are – an Arab “leaders” put in prison everyone who don’t want to accept the biggest tool of anti-Arabism in the world and Arab history – zionists(alongside with UK and USA). If somebody had told me that this joke of a “leadership” like Zayed, Salman an co. would’ve fallen that low, I would’ve laughed. 

    October 01, 2020, 5:10 PM
  • echinococcus on On Rosh Hashanah, a sermon to the unwelcome: “

    “Christians know what they are supposed to believe in and know what they are rejecting when they leave the faith. That is not the case in Jewish worship. For instance, if you ask most Jews what are Maimonides’ 13 Principles of Faith, they will have no idea. In this and other ways, even Jewish religious practice is not a religion in the same sense that Christianity is.”

    The only precept they necessarily have faith in, though, seems to be what you are trying to sell: that “Jewish”, with not a single common cultural, linguistic, anthropologic or any other non-religious element, is a race, meaning something based on accident of birth instead of choice (=belief.)

    “And again, most Jews aren’t religious at all.”
    Well, those most Jews aren’t Jews. In the normal language of general humans. And you, ably assisted by the Mondoweiss censors, still avoid responding to all rational objections brought to you right here, continuing to parrot unsubstantiated subjective statements.

    October 01, 2020, 4:51 PM
  • Jasonius Maximus on Students at two universities just voted to divest from Israel: “

    Very much this!

    The strength of BDS is not to punish Israel financially, it is to pressure the citizens of Israel into the necessary change from within.

    The Israeli people as a whole would barely notice if Teva was sanctioned and prohibited from doing business in major Western markets or if Intel closed it’s campus in Tel Aviv if Sodastream pulled out of the country. Yet notice how they lost their proverbial minds when someone like Lorde cancelled her concert or when Natalie Portman turned down the Genesis Prize and refused to visit Israel.

    If you wanted to see the average Israeli change tune overnight and lobby their government to change then boot them out of Eurovision, boycott their performing artists and academics, stop all international artists and academics from performing or teaching there, kick them out of FIFA and ban them from participating in the Olympics and other major international sporting events. Within 5 years there will be a new government willing to establish a Palestinian state or offer all Palestinians citizenship with equal rights within a single state. Period!

    That’s the true power of BDS efforts. As long as Israelis can lead normal lives every day and enjoy the benefits of normality that western democracies enjoy, they have absolutely no reason to change their behavior or expect more from their government.

    October 01, 2020, 3:09 PM
  • bcg on Palestinians are not numbers: on the future of the Palestinian discourse: “

    But Israeli politicians continue to be obsessed by numbers:

    https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20201001-israel-agency-plans-to-attract-250000-jewish-migrants-each-year/

    Head of the Jewish Agency for Israel, Isaac Herzog, plans to attract 250,000 Jewish immigrants to settle in Israel over a period of three to five years…In an interview with the Hebrew newspaper, Israel Hayom, Herzog stated that the current political and economic situation presents a historic opportunity to ensure the integration of immigrants into Israeli society and economy.

    October 01, 2020, 2:51 PM
  • Annie Robbins on On Rosh Hashanah, a sermon to the unwelcome: “

    “from an internal Christian perspective, if you reject Jesus you are no Christian. But even after rejecting Christian faith, most Christians still relate to Jesus as the god they don’t believe in.” interesting! ex christians don’t consider themselves christian but it sounds like you still consider them christians, otherwise you wouldn’t have referred to them as such by saying “Christians still relate to Jesus as the god they don’t believe in”. i don’t know enough about christianity to answer, because i think it means they don’t believe jesus is the son of god (the same way a jew might not believe jesus is the son of god). i’m not christian, wasn’t raised christian but when i entered israel they wouldn’t accept that answer. they asked me about my parents (not christian) and my grandparents (very christian) and then wrote on my paper work, christian!

    anyway, thanks for the exchange.

    October 01, 2020, 2:49 PM
  • Annie Robbins on On Rosh Hashanah, a sermon to the unwelcome: “

    sure, christian zionist are more numerous, but politically they take their cues from right wing jewish zionists leadership, they don’t cross them. so effectively jewish support for israel drives american policy, via evangelicals or not. christian zionists believe to be on the side of israel is what god wants. therefore they will support whatever israel wants. and israeli leaders, as well as aipac know this. the christian zionist community doesn’t lead or determine what israel wants, it’s the other way around. so to claim christian zionists are more politically significant, i think you’ve got that backwards. it’s perfectly acceptable and logical to call out jewish zionist leaders, religious, secular or otherwise(christian) without taking into consideration non-jewish christian zionists. anyway, when you look at a group like CUFI, the founding executive director, david brock, is jewish (also cousin of ehud barak), currently “tapped to head a group called the Maccabee Task Force, an entity formed by American philanthropists Sheldon Adelson and Haim Saban to combat Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS)“, or Jay Sekelow, part of trumps legal team, ‘one of the 25 most influential evangelicals in america’, some of the most influential christian zionist leaders are also Jewish.

    so when you say “consider the Christian evangelicals who started Zionism before the Jews”, i don’t see why it matters who started zionism if the evangelicals will always do whatever israel wants. As long as there are Jews of faith, practitioners of judaism, who are not zionists, i don’t think anyone can just snap their fingers and claim judaism=zionism, because clearly, for those non(or anti)zionist jews, it isn’t. and to deny them their jewishness on that basis would be anti semitic.

    October 01, 2020, 2:34 PM
  • RabbiMichaelDavis on On Rosh Hashanah, a sermon to the unwelcome: “

    Hi Annie – 
    Thank you for your reply. From my POV as a non-Christian – either religiously or culturally – your statement strikes me as Christian. Yes, from an internal Christian perspective, if you reject Jesus you are no Christian. But even after rejecting Christian faith, most Christians still relate to Jesus as the god they don’t believe in. They may or may not go to church with family members and so on. And society itself is heavily Christian: the weekly calendar, the annual calendar, public life, culture, politics etc.
    In this pervasive Christian context, Jews seek an escape into a Jewish sphere in synagogue. This synagogue membership or other Jewish practice often has nothing to do with faith in God or any other precept of Jewish religion.
    Internally, Judaism is famously not as dogmatic as Christianity. You can’t go to church without being required to proclaim the articles of the Christian faith in the service. Christians know what they are supposed to believe in and know what they are rejecting when they leave the faith. That is not the case in Jewish worship. For instance, if you ask most Jews what are Maimonides’ 13 Principles of Faith, they will have no idea. In this and other ways, even Jewish religious practice is not a religion in the same sense that Christianity is.
    And again, most Jews aren’t religious at all.

    October 01, 2020, 2:17 PM
  • Misterioso on ‘Because we’re not a democracy we’re in tune with our people’ — UAE ambassador rationalizes tyranny to pro-Israel group: “

    Your erroneously referred to “Israel” as a democracy. In reality, it is an ethnocracy.

    https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200918-knesset-rejects-bill-to-ensure-full-equality-between-all-israeli-citizens/
    “Knesset rejects bill to ensure full equality between all Israeli citizens” Middle East Monitor, Sept. 18/20
    “The Israeli parliament, the Knesset, has rejected a bill presented by Yousef Jabareen on behalf of the Arab Joint List intended to ensure full equality for all of Israel’s citizens, regardless of their ethnicity or religious affiliation.
    “Jabareen presented his bill in advance of the 20th anniversary of the Aqsa Intifada, which has became a cornerstone in the collective consciousness of Israel’s Arab citizens, who make up 20 per cent of the population. They suffer from institutional discrimination, exclusion & hostility.
    “Despite the bill highlighting the need for human rights & democracy to be available to all in the Zionist state, it was rejected by a majority of the ruling coalition & opposition parties.
    “’What I am proposing to you is first & foremost a peace treaty between the state & its Arab citizens, before addressing what is beyond its borders,’ Jabareen told the right-wing MKs who attacked his proposed legislation. ‘Peace with Arab citizens is realized when the state secures their equal status in their home.’
    “The text of the bill emphasized that democratic principles should be applied to all citizens in the state: ‘Israel is a democratic state that guarantees equal rights, based on the principles of human dignity, freedom & equality, in the spirit of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights’ while providing that ‘the state ensures equal & legal protection for all citizens, & fully guarantees national, cultural, linguistic & religious specificity to both Arabs & Jews.’ It stressed that Arabic & Hebrew are the official languages of the state, & both have equal status in all posts & workplaces of the legislative, executive & judicial authorities.”
    The parliamentarians of ‘the only democracy in the Middle East’ rejected the bill, thus cementing further the apartheid nature of the Zionist state & highlighting the racist nature of its founding ideology.”

    October 01, 2020, 2:07 PM
  • Annie Robbins on On Rosh Hashanah, a sermon to the unwelcome: “

    Rabbi Davis, thanks for getting back to me. as for atheist/agnostic, i understand them differently. agnostic being ‘a person who claims neither faith nor disbelief in God'(effectively neutral) vs atheists who do not believe in the existence of God — a rejection of the idea of a god or gods. so now i know, and thank you for informing me, for i just assumed all members of monotheistic religions (including judaism) believed in god. i didn’t know about atheist christians, because unlike jewish culture, if you don’t believe in god, or that jesus is the son of god, you aren’t christian. at least that’s my understanding. maybe i’m just out of the loop. thanks for your explanation.

    October 01, 2020, 1:58 PM
  • genesto on Students at two universities just voted to divest from Israel: “

    You need to understand that BDS impact is on the collective psyche of the Jewish state and not on the economy. BDS victories all tolled have impacted the economy by only a small percentage, less than 5% as I recall. However, when large corporations or retirement systems decide to divest from Israel, it sends shock waves through Israeli society by reminding the world of Israel’s ongoing crimes against Palestinian humanity. It’s the same kind of rude awakening caused by AOC’s deciding not to attend the Rabin memorial , or Peter Beinart’s recent rejection of Zionism.

    October 01, 2020, 1:39 PM
  • eljay on On Rosh Hashanah, a sermon to the unwelcome: “

    || eljay: … they are not responsible for the actions of Jewish supremacists or their leaders. ||

    Correction: … they are not responsible for the thoughts or actions of Jewish supremacists or their leaders.

    October 01, 2020, 12:33 PM
  • eljay on On Rosh Hashanah, a sermon to the unwelcome: “

    || RabbiMichaelDavis: … If you want to take down religious leaders on account of their support for Zionism, consider the Christian evangelicals who started Zionism before the Jews, are more numerous than the Jews, more politically significant than the Jews and who are ultimately not only anti-Palestinian but anti-Jewish too. … ||

    Whataboutism. Imagine that. Yes, I also condemn Christian evangelical leaders for their hypocrisy. But they are not responsible for the actions of Jewish supremacists or their leaders.

    October 01, 2020, 11:39 AM
  • eljay on AOC Backs Out of Rabin Event: “

    || Yonah Fredman: I do not expect people who are pro Palestinian to be fans of Rabin. But the Oslo peace process for which Rabin gave his life was not something to be sneezed away if only because he gave his life for it. … ||

    If Rabin did not expect to die because of Oslo, he didn’t “give his life” for it. If he did expect to die because of Oslo – if he did expect to be murdered by a fellow Jewish supremacist because of it – it’s just one more sad commentary on Zionism and Zionists.

    October 01, 2020, 11:10 AM
  • RabbiMichaelDavis on On Rosh Hashanah, a sermon to the unwelcome: “

    Judaism is rituals, shared memory, myths, beliefs, folkways, culture and much more. But the unifying dogma is Zionism. No-one else is welcome. In that sense, Judaism=Zionism.
    If you want to take down religious leaders on account of their support for Zionism, consider the Christian evangelicals who started Zionism before the Jews, are more numerous than the Jews, more politically significant than the Jews and who are ultimately not only anti-Palestinian but anti-Jewish too.
    Then there are the liberal religious and cultural Christian Zionists who live in big cities, suburbia and dominate political leadership today.
    Jewish Zionists have complex historical reasons for engaging with Zionism. I strongly disagree with their conclusions and have made my criticisms known here and elsewhere. But if you want to call out all religious leaders who are Zionist, your’e avoiding the obvious first choice.

    October 01, 2020, 10:42 AM
  • eljay on Students at two universities just voted to divest from Israel: “

    || WorldCitizen: … If we really want to end the flow of money we should decide to not use ANY products made by Israel even if they are sold by big multi-nationals. ||

    You are free to lead by example.

    October 01, 2020, 10:28 AM
  • eljay on Normalizing the abnormal: “

    || WorldCitizen: … Shouldn’t the entire land be returned to the Palestinians? … Why are they not demanding Jordan’s part as well. … I’m just trying to understand so when I have conversations I sound semi intelligent. ||

    FWIW, your most-recent posts don’t sound like ignorance or semi-intelligence – they sound like poorly-disguised Zionist talking points.

    Regardless, I believe that Partition borders should be respected. I do not believe that either Israel or Jordan or a Palestinian State (or the FCoJ) should be dismantled except by the democratic will of the people living in or up to n-generations removed from those secular and democratic countries (or that secular and democratic Free City).

    October 01, 2020, 9:11 AM
  • eljay on On Rosh Hashanah, a sermon to the unwelcome: “

    || RabbiMichaelDavis: … In America, Judaism=Zionism. … ||

    In reality, Zionism = Jewish supremacism in/and as large as possible a supremacist “Jewish State”.

    rabbi: in Judaism, a person qualified by academic studies of the Hebrew Bible and the Talmud to act as spiritual leader and religious teacher of a Jewish community or congregation. 

    There’s nothing unusual about a hypocrite supremacist taking pride in his preferred brand of injustice and immorality. But it’s particularly depressing when that supremacist is an influential person of presumed moral fortitude.

    October 01, 2020, 6:55 AM
  • WorldCitizen on ‘Because we’re not a democracy we’re in tune with our people’ — UAE ambassador rationalizes tyranny to pro-Israel group: “

    I understand the article but there is not much democracy to be promoted so how can thecause get stronger from that approach. “thirst for democracy” is not the same as democracy itself.
    People have to be enfranchised first and I don’t see most Arab countries lining up to give power to the people.

    The two democracies I see in the ME are Tunisia and Israel with Lebanon close behind. Yes there are challenges to democracy in all 3 countries but they have alot of freedoms that other countries in the ME don’t have at all.

    Democracy in Egypt lasted a month or two, and everywhere else its pure lip-service even if elections are held. It reminds me of elections in Iraq when Saddam would win 97% of the vote or North Korea the same.

    This is not a problem with Islam. Indonesia has great democracy. Its a problem with the ME and I think that problem has to be solved first.

    October 01, 2020, 4:44 AM
  • WorldCitizen on Students at two universities just voted to divest from Israel: “

    Hello all! I’m new to the site and trying to understand. I’ve read lots about BDS and it seems like a great way to effect change!
    My question is do you think its going far enough? Specifically the divestment. I see alot of people paying lipservice to this concept but then not really doing it. Boycotts might work only politically, and sanctions might be difficult to implement because many countries rely on Israel for their military, but divestment should be much easier.
    Divestment hits the bank account directly!

    Divestment shouldn’t only be investments in Israeli companies but also the products they produce. What does it help to divest if in the the end Israel sells its products through multinational companies?

    If we really want to end the flow of money we should decide to not use ANY products made by Israel even if they are sold by big multi-nationals.

    October 01, 2020, 4:34 AM
  • WorldCitizen on Normalizing the abnormal: “

    Thank you for all the perspectives! It helps to understand the issues more.
    Maybe I’m still missing something but I’m looking at maps of Palestine and they look pretty big.
    I’ve included a link so you can see the map I’m talking about. It’s the first map on the page.

    Shouldn’t the entire land be returned to the Palestinians? If I were an indigenous Palestinian shouldnt it be my right to have all the land and not just 22% of “Israel” Why are they not demanding Jordan’s part as well. Its much bigger and it seems easier to get.

    Sorry for my ignorance. I’m just trying to understand so when I have conversations I sound semi intelligent.

    http://www.hirhome.com/israel/pal_mov_maps.htm

    October 01, 2020, 4:21 AM
  • Yonah Fredman on AOC Backs Out of Rabin Event: “

    I do not expect people who are pro Palestinian to be fans of Rabin. But the Oslo peace process for which Rabin gave his life was not something to be sneezed away if only because he gave his life for it. To assess the Oslo process and to judge Rabin of 1995 with the outcome of 2020 is propagandistic and not analytical. The Oslo process failed partially because it depended on a single personality: Rabin and when he was shot it was destroyed. In fact he was ahead of a majority of the Jewish vote in Israel on the issue and he did not represent a sufficient portion of the “nation of Israel” and his assassination indicated the unreadiness of the peoples for the real steps necessary for a two state solution. You people believe that the pressure will soon yield fruit and lead to a one state solution. Maybe it will, but I don’t see it soon and those who were trying to accomplish a two state solution in the 90’s were heroes and this 2020 assessment by armchair advocates does not impress me.

    October 01, 2020, 12:08 AM
  • CHUCKMAN on ‘Fundamental disrespect for Israel’ — AOC’s Rabin reversal roils supporters: “

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley – just extraordinary women in American politics taking Washington by storm.

    I am immensely impressed by their courage in speaking truth to the establishment.

    They make mistakes, so what? Just look at that fiasco of a Presidential debate.

    Any of these women is head-and-shoulders above the two debaters, a President and a former vice-President.

    It’s an amazing phenomenon.

    So, maybe we are seeing rays of hope in America’s decline, its serious decline into meaninglessness.

    September 30, 2020, 11:15 PM
  • RoHa on Students at two universities just voted to divest from Israel: “

    “Columbia University President Lee Bollinger immediately distanced himself from the vote and made it clear that he does not agree with the move. “

    Gosh! No! Really? Never expected that.

    September 30, 2020, 10:51 PM
  • RoHa on On Rosh Hashanah, a sermon to the unwelcome: “

    There was a point to Epicureanism. It was supposed to teach people how to be content with plain living, high thinking, and a bit of cheese from time to time.

    Blessed are the cheesemakers.

    September 30, 2020, 10:46 PM
  • Elizabeth Block on ‘Because we’re not a democracy we’re in tune with our people’ — UAE ambassador rationalizes tyranny to pro-Israel group: “

    Because we’re not a democracy we have to be very in tune with what our people want and what the Street feel, and people really wanted this. This is not something that we are forcing against the popular will of the Emiratis who live in the country.” Do you suppose he actually believe this? Quite possibly. It’s amazing what people will persuade themselves is true.

    September 30, 2020, 10:00 PM
  • echinococcus on Biden fundraiser Haim Saban repeatedly praises ‘Jared’: “

    “The difference between Republicans and Democrats is the same as the difference between Sheldon Adelson and Haim Saban: Nothing”

    There you are; I fixed it for you.

    September 30, 2020, 8:43 PM
  • echinococcus on On Rosh Hashanah, a sermon to the unwelcome: “

    “… Lucretius in his Epicurean poetry could be called an atheist devotee of the Roman pantheon.” That I am, too. An eminently rationalist pantheon. It doesn’t make me part of the cult, though, and it doesn’t make atheist persons of nominally Jewish ancestry “Jewish”: devotees of a Pantheon are not followers or believers. Or even religious at all.

    On the other hand, the ideal great philosopher who can explain all is, of course, one of the atheist’s gods. I understand that this may be hard to wrap one’s brain around for anyone with spiritual tendencies.

    September 30, 2020, 8:40 PM
  • justice4all on ‘Fundamental disrespect for Israel’ — AOC’s Rabin reversal roils supporters: “

    A gazillion “grass roots” organizations spring forth frothing indignation at the truth. Ignoring the facts, spurning honest discussion, they do their scary best to intimidate. But their extravagent false alarms are wearing thinner and thinner.

    September 30, 2020, 8:27 PM
  • justice4all on Students at two universities just voted to divest from Israel: “

    That “rampant anti-Palestinian” bigotry is no accident. It is deceptively engineered by Israeli interests. Jewish scholar Israel Shahak has written in depth about the Zionist strategy of deception in his book <i>Jewish History, Jewish Religion: The Weight of Three Thousand Years</i>. It’s free online.

    https://ifamericansknew.org/cur_sit/shahak.html

    My thanks to all those students who are standing firm for the mission of their university, to seek the truth, and thereby justice. I hope these two groups of students will inspire other students across the country to do likewise.

    September 30, 2020, 8:12 PM
  • Elizabeth Block on ‘Fundamental disrespect for Israel’ — AOC’s Rabin reversal roils supporters: “

    No, he wasn’t akin to de Klerk. People sometimes ask me where is the Palestinian Mandela. Answer: In exile, in an Israeli prison, or dead. The real question is, Where is the Israeli de Klerk?
    Where is an Israeli leader who is ready, willing, and able to do what is necessary to actually make peace? Nowhere. Anyone like that wouldn’t have a ghost of a chance of being elected.

    September 30, 2020, 7:55 PM
  • RabbiMichaelDavis on On Rosh Hashanah, a sermon to the unwelcome: “

    I think the rabbis of old used “Epikoros” in a generic sense for anyone who opposed the ideas of Rabbinic Judaism. I am not familiar with any other named Greek school of thought in traditional Jewish literature. The Epikoros (and male “Philosopher” or female “Matron”) were the foil against which the rabbis established Judaism. What these actually stood for was not important to the rabbis.

    I am not able to draw a clear line between “believing Jews” and “atheist Jews” in terms of Jewish community. That invites the question: belief in what? Most so-called “believing Jews” today reject most of Maimonides’ 13 Principles of Faith. For centuries, these Principles served as a Jewish credo. Judaism today retains very little of the traditional beliefs, even for those who believe in a higher power or transcendental god.

    It’s curious that whereas Zionism was founded by secularists and anti-clericalists (and the opposition came from the traditionalist believers), today in the U.S., Zionism is the creed of synagogues and rabbis. Given the secularization of Judaism it makes sense that the one creed is a secular one. In America, Judaism=Zionism.

    As I noted in another comment, among rabbis, Palestinian solidarity and support for BDS has taken root in the major atheist denomination, Reconstructionism, and nowhere else.

    September 30, 2020, 7:25 PM
  • brent on ‘Fundamental disrespect for Israel’ — AOC’s Rabin reversal roils supporters: “

    If peace cannot be worked on with a Rabin, who will it be worked out with?

    That there are few countries with as shameful a past as America. Does America have to fall to get to fairness?

    September 30, 2020, 4:11 PM
  • Misterioso on ‘Because we’re not a democracy we’re in tune with our people’ — UAE ambassador rationalizes tyranny to pro-Israel group: “

    https://www.juancole.com/2020/09/montesquieu-challenged-political.html

    Article: “…Saudi Arabia, World’s Last Absolute Monarchy, Challenged by New Democratic Political Party”Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=4&v=AID7Yj68cSw&feature=emb_logo

    “Saudi dissidents launch new party to challenge MBS” Sept. 24/20
    “We believe that power stems from the people.”

    Also: https://www.businessinsider.com/saudis-exiled-defy-mbs-rule-new-political-party-demand-democracy-2020-9

    “Exiled Saudi Arabian dissidents have launched a political party they hope will dethrone MBS and open the door to democracy” Sept. 25/20, Business Insider, by Bill Bostock.

    September 30, 2020, 3:54 PM
  • Shiralee on Accepting Israeli prize in 2018, RBG never mentioned Palestinians: “

    Details of Moses Montefiore establishing settlements in Palestine can be found with a simple search. This from wikipedia; In 1854 his friend Judah Touro, a wealthy American Jew, died having bequeathed money to fund Jewish residential settlement in Palestine…In 1860, he (Montefiore) built the first Jewish residential settlement and almshouse outside the old walled city of Jerusalem, A major source of information about the Yishuv, or Jewish community in Palestine during the 19th century, is a sequence of censuses commissioned by Montefiore, in 1839, 1849, 1855, 1866 and 1875. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moses_Montefiore.

    September 30, 2020, 3:32 PM
  • amigo on ‘Fundamental disrespect for Israel’ — AOC’s Rabin reversal roils supporters: “

    “Liberal Zionism might be a minor phenomenon,” Yonah fredman aka Wandering Jew.

    Liberal Zionism is a contradiction in terms.It is less than a minor phenomenon .It does not exist.

    Kudos to AOC.Long may she shake up Zionism at it,s very core.Long may she strive to rid our planet of this most vile of institutions.

    September 30, 2020, 2:30 PM
  • amigo on ‘Fundamental disrespect for Israel’ — AOC’s Rabin reversal roils supporters: “

    “He died for peace. Any member of Congress should be honored to be associated with his memory.”AJC

    The folks at AJC certainly have a sense of the Ridiculous.Rabin was rabid War Criminal and facilitator of the theft of Palestinian Land on which to erect Illegal squats for Illegal Zionist squatters.

    How ironic he met his death at the hands of one of those squatters.

    September 30, 2020, 1:56 PM
  • Misterioso on Controlling oil, controlling development: “

    https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Iran-Significantly-Boosts-Oil-Exports-Despite-Sanctions.html

    OilPrice.com
    “Iran Significantly Boosts Oil Exports Despite Sanctions”
    By Tsvetana Paraskova – Sept. 25, 2020

    EXCERPT:
    “Iran is estimated to have exported nearly 1.5 million barrels per day (bpd) of crude oil and condensate so far in September, TankerTrackers told Reuters, in what would be the highest level of Iranian exports in a year and a half and double the observed exports in August.”  

    September 30, 2020, 1:51 PM
  • Misterioso on Students at two universities just voted to divest from Israel: “

    “‘..it is becoming impossible to be ‘progressive except Palestine’, because it is becoming impossible to silence our movement. The Palestinian struggle for freedom, justice and equality so clearly intersects with all other struggles of oppressed peoples everywhere.'”

    Well and truly stated!!

    Major kudos to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and Columbia University!!

    We have the momentum!! Zionism is rotting within!!

    September 30, 2020, 10:49 AM
  • tamarque on ‘Fundamental disrespect for Israel’ — AOC’s Rabin reversal roils supporters: “

    What is significant in the criticisms of AOC is the attempt to create some kind of equivalency between the Palestinians and the Israelis when there is none. Israel began as, and still is a settler colonialism project created our of the white supremacy of European thinking and bringing its racism with it. Those people did not come with humility and respect for the local people, the Palestinians. Quite the opposite. From the very early days of the idea of Zionism, way before the Nazis, the idea was always to remove the Palestinians from their land as irrelevant. Thus, it is not surprising to read the narcissistic pro-Israell comments that try to claim equivalency when the Palestinians are the ones with the legal right, internationally, to push a genocidaal, oppressor off their necks. Personally, I find it deplorable watching Israel use religion to promote their racist, capitalistic agenda.

    September 30, 2020, 9:56 AM
  • eljay on Normalizing the abnormal: “

    || catalan: … Simple question – why do google maps, Apple Maps and every other map in the world show Israel as recognized in the borders of 1949? Also why do the Palestinians seem to demand a return to the 1949 borders and not partition? … ||

    Beats me. It makes about as much sense as people promoting Israel as a “moral beacon” and “light unto the nations” state, or claiming that geographic Palestine belongs to “the Jews”.

    || … But still – do the Arabs have bad lawyers? … ||

    No. The problem – as brent has helpfully pointed out – is that the Palestinians haven’t gotten around to hiring “Jews” to help them improve their PR.

    || … But you are right – given the resounding success of BDS, I think they should demand the partition borders. … ||

    It’s funny how BDS isn’t successful except for when it is, and Partition borders don’t exist except for when they do. Anyway, I’m glad you’re on board (even if it’s only for a very brief moment). :-)

    || … And all this because eljay won’t drink Pepsi. ||

    Or Coke or any other cola beverage. You struggled but failed to make a point. So sad. :-(

    September 30, 2020, 8:52 AM
  • catalan on Normalizing the abnormal: “

    -and Israel accepted their tenuous legitimacy and was recognized as a state within them. “ eljay
    Simple question – why do google maps, Apple Maps and every other map in the world show Israel as recognized in the borders of 1949? Also why do the Palestinians seem to demand a return to the 1949 borders and not partition? It is all academic of course as right now I think they have more pressing concerns – like food water and electricity. But still – do the Arabs have bad lawyers? Or maybe they haven’t read your theories on Mondo? But you are right – given the resounding success of BDS, I think they should demand the partition borders. Israel will no doubt oblige and give up Beersheba and Jaffa and move about 3 million Israelis from their home. And all this because eljay won’t drink Pepsi.

    September 30, 2020, 7:45 AM