Anyway, if Israel nationalism depends on the Bible’s stories of David and Solomon being historical, then kiss it goodbye.

The Closing of the Zionist Mind

By Juan Cole

It finally happened. The Jerusalem Post has declared archeology itself anti-Semitic.

To tell you the truth, I am frankly worried about some of my colleagues who are committed Zionists having difficulty in dealing with reality in the wake of the severe difficulties facing the Zionist project in historical Palestine.

Caroline Glick’s inaccurate and angry attack on me in the Jerusalem Post reminded me again of why I am anxious about the Closing of the Zionist Mind.

Glick is actually alleging that anyone who practices critical history of the ancient world or the Middle East in general is thereby an anti-Jewish bigot. Glick, from Chicago, was a captain in the Israeli army and a judge advocate-general during the first Intifada or Palestinian uprising against the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, which the Israeli army brutally crushed. She seems to be going off the deep end, having made herself notorious with the sick satirical video ‘We Con the World,’ which made fun of the civilian aid workers killed by Israeli commandos on May 31 of this year (and which appears to have had some backing from the Israeli government itself).

I don’t know if Captain Glick ever was not a zealot, but the bitterness and extremeness of her comments are now to the point of irrationality.

It is not just she. I’ve been at conferences where committed Zionists in the audience would afterwards approach me and, with a sort of glazed look in their eyes, give me a little set speech, then abruptly walk away. I initially always think they want to have a discussion. They don’t. They want to engage in some sort of strange ritual speech to exorcise the doubts I raised. They want to tell me off and then escape before I can reply.

One time some Orthodox students approached me at a conference to say that in their reckoning, Israeli settlers on the West Bank had almost never done any harm to anyone and maybe in total had killed 14 persons, for which they were sorry. I was frankly outraged. I mean, what world did these university students live in? Had they never read even one academic book on the effects of the Israeli Occupation on the Palestinians of the Palestinian West Bank? Why invent fairy tale statistics, and what is with the passive aggressive ‘apology?’ There is something wrong with this way of thinking, and it is a kind of group think that reinforces itself in small, tight, communities of discourse.

Last month, I was at a conference where a prominent academic at a prominent university gave a whole series of set speeches on various occasions.. Hamas is a terrorist organization that says it will never negotiate with Israel. Iran is near to being able and willing to nuke Israel. It was like a series of mantras to ward off any real, critical thought. When I told the person he was being essentialist, he was taken aback, then in a passive aggressive way, said he ‘hoped’ that what I was saying was true. It is so weird dealing with people who are supposed to be critical thinkers by trade who, when it comes to Israel, suddenly exhibit all the originality of a mynah bird. And they don’t let you get a word in edgewise once they start. And they constantly imply, with body language and innuendo, that you are misinformed or actively lying.

Other strange features of this discourse are the disregard for any evidence that contradicts the set talking points, unwillingness to seriously reconsider positions in the light of such evidence, the repetition of key phrases in an impenetrable way, the allegation that critics said things they never said, and insistence on demonizing the source of the alternative evidence.

I got exactly the same treatment in the 1970s from Maronite Christians in Lebanon and in the 1990s from pro-Milosevic Serbs, and recognize the condition. It is Failing Nationalism Syndrome (FNS).

Not all national projects succeed. There are by some counts 5000 ethnic groups in the world of a sort that could be the basis for a nation-state, but there are only about 190 countries. Some political projects, such as French Algeria (dominated by colons or colonists as a privileged group) or a Christian-dominated Lebanon, get going but just don’t have staying power. Algeria is now an almost wholly Muslim country, and Christians in Lebanon, while still powerful and numerous, are probably down to less than a third of the total population. But if we went back in time to 1935, we could sit at cafes in Algiers or Beirut and talk with these two about the future of their countries, and the ones in Algiers would have said that Algeria’s fate was to always be a part of France, and the Lebanese Maronites would talk have talked about their majority being strengthened and about the Phoenician identity of their country in the future.

Since the government of Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu is doing its best to run out the clock on a two-state solution, the only two plausible outcomes in Israel/Palestine in the coming decades are long years of dreary Apartheid or a one-state solution. It is not plausible that the Israelis will be allowed to keep the Palestinians stateless and without, ultimately, any real rights, forever. So Zionists (Israel nationalists) are increasingly suffering from Failing Nationalism Syndrome, and it is causing them to flail about saying the strangest things.

Let me take Glick’s weird screed section by section (she is replying to my : essay in

‘ One of the most prominent anti-Zionists today is Prof. Juan Cole from the University of Michigan.

Zionism is just Israel nationalism. Nationalism is of two sorts. It can be a sane patriotism in which people take pride in their identity and pull together to achieve national projects of self-improvement. Or it can be an aggressive, expansionist, grasping and destructive movement that exalts the in-group over out-groups and disadvantages or damages the latter. The second sense of the word ‘nationalism’ was the more common in the 19th and the early 20th century.

So, I am not an anti-Zionist in principle (and it is weird that Glick would accuse me of being one), since Israel nationalism is fine with me as long as it is of the first sort. Any nationalism of the second sort, I roundly denounce, whether adopted by Jews, Arabs, or Melanesians. It is the virulent sort that Closes the Mind.

‘ Part of being a successful anti-Zionist involves claiming that Jews have no right to the land of Israel. So to be a good anti-Zionist, one needs to deny Jewish history.

To this end, in March Cole published a piece of historical fiction in the Salon online magazine.

Titled “Ten reasons why East Jerusalem does not belong to Israel,” Cole mixed half truths with flagrant lies to justify his denial of Jewish history and belittlement of the Jewish rights.

Cole wrote, “Jerusalem not only was not being built by the likely then non-existent ‘Jewish people’ in 1000 BCE, but Jerusalem probably was not even inhabited at that point in history. Jerusalem appears to have been abandoned between 1000 BCE and 900 BCE, the traditional dates for the united kingdom under David and Solomon.”

This assertion is so mendacious that it takes your breath away. As anyone who has actually been in Jerusalem can attest, it is all but impossible to be physically present in the oldest areas of the city and not bump into relics dating from between 1000 and 900 BCE.’

Glick is the one who is out of touch with reality. She cannot bump into a single monument from the period 1000-900 BCE in today’s Jerusalem. The position I hold is what is called the ‘Copenhagen school’ or ‘biblical minimalism,’ and it is a perfectly respectable academic movement. I think all archeologists and historians would hold it if some were not religious believers in the Bible. It is people like Capt. Glick who are politicizing archeology and tampering with science.

There is no evidence for a monotheistic cult in Canaan in the period leading up to 1000 BCE. Monotheistic Judaism appears to have been invented in the Babylonian exile or perhaps a little before, and the fables of a great kingdom of David and Solomon were woven together then. The Assyrians were the gossips of the ancient world and they wrote down everything that happened in their clay tablets, and even talk about minor Arab queens in the Hijaz, and they didn’t know anything about a magnificent kingdom of David and Solomon with palaces. If these figures existed at all, I suspect they just had really, really nice tents, not golden palaces (which by the way have not been found despite what ideologues like Glick assert). Historical Judaism was a reformation of Canaanite religion over a period of time. (Some readers asked me who I thought was carried off to Babylon in the first place, and the answer is simple: Canaanites, perhaps those of a certain religious cult, but very possibly not the sort of monotheist depicted in the Bible).

‘ Cole’s allegation is the academic equivalent of Louis Farakhan’s claim that white people are devils planted on earth by aliens. As an anti-Zionist anti-Semite, it was just a matter of time until Cole traveled into the fetid swamp of denying the historical record to facilitate his false claim that Jews are not a people and therefore are bereft of rights as a nation to our national homeland.

I don’t know where she found a quote by me saying that the Jews are not a people. She doesn’t actually seem good with like, evidence. But peoples anyway are not eternal essences. They are formed over time. All I am saying is that her timeline for the formation is off by several hundred years.

Anyway, if Israel nationalism depends on the Bible’s stories of David and Solomon being historical, then kiss it goodbye. But note that my point in the Salon article was not that Israelis had no right to be in Israel but rather that they have no right to expel all Palestinians from Jerusalem ( Yes, that is what Israelis of Glick’s stripe are doing) . Glick’s shouting is designed to cover up an ongoing set of crimes against someone else, by painting herself the victim of, horror, biblical minimalism of an academic sort.

And note Glick’s segue from calling me an ‘anti-Zionist’ to calling me an ‘anti-Semite’ because I won’t accept the bible at face value as a privileged text without some kind of supporting evidence (and in the face of contrary such evidence). I’ve gotten so I really don’t care about being called a bigot by people who are very obviously bigots.. And I am afraid that pretty much everyone is getting that way, which is a shame. Because the history of anti-Jewish bigotry in the West is cosmically ugly and should not be trivialized.

‘ And why shouldn’t he cover himself in anti- Semitic muck? So far, the stench has brought him great success. The very fact that I felt compelled to write an essay explaining why anti- Semitism is anti-Semitism and why anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism is depressing proof that anti- Semites have been wildly successful in whitewashing their bigotry.’

I’m still looking for evidence of anti-Semitic muck in anything I’ve written, as opposed to just practicing history. And, I’m glad she thinks me a success, but lets face it, I’d have gone much further in conventional life if I hadn’t gotten on the wrong side of strident fanatics such as she. But, I was never interested in a conventional career. I have a sneaking admiration for Hunter S. Thompson that I doubt very many deans share.

‘ What makes contemporary anti-Semitism unique is its purveyors’ great efforts to hide its very existence. Their motivation is clear. Outside the openly genocidal anti-Semitic Muslim world, most anti-Semites are self-described liberals who claim to oppose bigotry. For these people, pretending away their prejudice is the key to their continued claim to enlightenment.

And so the likes of Oliver Stone publish clarifications.

And Cole invents history. And the Europeans blame Jews and Israel and Zionism when Jews inside and outside Israel are assaulted and killed.

And I am sorry I wrote this column.

Because an audience that demands an explanation of why evil is evil is an audience that has already sided with evil.’

If all that ranting makes sense to anyone, they should please explain it in terms that sane people can understand. Some of it is just guilt by association and conspiracy thinking.

Glick let slip at the end what is really going on. She is a cultist, who sees the world as black and white, good and evil. She and her movement are pure good. Those who oppose anything it does, including Apartheid, are evil.

And since the world will increasingly oppose Israeli Apartheid against the Palestinians, we are in for lots more furious rants and character assassination like Glick’s.

The Closing of the Zionist Mind, so evident in Glick’s weird column, is dangerous because a cult-like, black and white mindset is the first prerequisite for a turn to violence and it makes compromise and flexibility impossible. But what the Mideast needs more of is reasoned, humane, complex openness to change, to negotiation, to seeing the Other as human. Glick is foreclosing that process, and in so doing is helping dig the grave of Israel as we know it.

Luckily, most Israelis I know are nice people and Glick is not representative, so maybe I’m wrong to see a trend here as opposed to just a supremely annoying and ignorant individual.

Source via Uruknet

Be sure not to miss my post from yesterday on this…. SIDING WITH EVIL


For many in Gaza, last night’s attack was a traumatic reminder of the onslaught during Operation Cast Lead when three hundred F-16 bomb attacks took place during the first 2 minutes of the campaign. The operations terrorized the entire population of the Gaza Strip and killed over 1400 people, including over 400 children.

Israel bombs central Gaza City; seventeen injured

Gaza City, Gaza Strip

An injured man in carried to an ambulance - Photo: TILDE DE WANDEL

An injured man in carried to an ambulance – Photo: TILDE DE WANDEL

At around 11:30pm last night (Friday 30 July 2010), ‘The Arafat Compound’ Police College in central Gaza City was bombed by Israeli F-16s, in the area of ‘Al Montada’ injuring seventeen people, three of them seriously. Three children were also among the injured.

Those first at the scene described building debris scattered everywhere and burned out cars still parked on the street. One man had severe injuries to the eyes and head as a result of being hit by shrapnel from the bomb.

The enormous impact of the bomb was felt by ISM volunteers sitting in a nearby café.

Adie Mormech, a British volunteer in Gaza with ISM said: “The blast caused buildings far from the epicenter of the explosion to shake and windows were smashed. When we arrived at Shifa hospital the scene was chaos. Family members were not allowed inside to visit while the patients were being treated. Intermittently more of the injured arrived amidst a mass of waiting media.

A father carries his injured child to a hospital bed - Photo: TILDE DE WANDEL

A father carries his injured child to a hospital bed – Photo: TILDE DE WANDEL

“Others arrived at the hospital with psychological trauma caused by the enormous impact of the bomb – some were confused to the extent that they couldn’t describe whether they had an injury or not.”

One Gazan resident described the power of the bomb as a rocket weighing more than a ton, the likes of which had not been seen frequently since the horrific three week bombardment over the New Year of 2009, known as Operation Cast Lead.

For many in Gaza, last night’s attack was a traumatic reminder of the onslaught during Operation Cast Lead when three hundred F-16 bomb attacks took place during the first 2 minutes of the campaign. The operations terrorized the entire population of the Gaza Strip and killed over 1400 people, including over 400 children.
Israel’s attack late Friday night followed a rocket that landed in Askelon, Southern Israel. that caused no injuries, and is suspected to have been fired by a small militant faction in Gaza.

As well as reports of other bombings near the Gaza City port there were also rocket attacks on Deir el Belah and Rafah.


Also see THIS first hand account from Gaza Mom


…I immediately imagined a trip to the moon, or future new settlers on Mars,,, arriving at the new land,,, at an empty planet.

At Ben Gurion Airport …Welcome to Mars!!!

By Yusef

Just arrived … and behind me twenty five… new arrivals,,, new comers,,, new immigrants,,, Jews … looking more like Russians or Ukrainians coming on a cruise.

The Israeli policewoman at the passport control guided them to the next window There, a green lighted sign over the booth, written on it “OLIM”…. A Hebrew word which means: “ascending people”… But where???
From Israeli perspective it is “their ascend to Yerushalaim!!!”

For me; I saw them, carrying blue bags with Israeli flags … blue and white,,, with stripes,,, with some few words and signs. They looked like tourists, like they were on a package deal… on a trip… I immediately imagined a trip to the moon, or future new settlers on Mars,,, arriving at the new land,,, at an empty planet.

Well, they had a guide who spoke their language… I had a border policeman to guide me to the interrogation,,, to the baggage screening and body search. I am writing this while from inside the closed room,,, where my luggage is being checked and my body will go later. I am still writing and left them to go through my stuff,,, my presents and my dirty cloths…

They go to a hotel tonight… I go home.

In a weeks time,,, they become citizens… New settlers they become…

I go back to defend my own existence,,, my family roots,,, my brother’s absence, and my neighbour’s being jailed…

I will meet them one day…

They will be in army suits,,, and I will be praying in Jerusalem…

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As the Boycott enters the global arena, as support for it grows daily, the zionists are desperately burning the candle at both ends trying to find ways to fight it.

As was done to discredit the efforts of the activists on the Humanitarian Missions to Gaza, the use of YouTube videos seem to have become the norm…. often using clips of the activists themselves (out of context) to justify their anti humanitarian positions.

The following is their latest attempt to discredit the BDS Movement, making it look like a ‘plot’ to destroy Israel. BUT… Just as a Boycott helped bring an end to apartheid in South Africa, it will do the same here! YouTube nor zionism cannot stop the wheels of progress!!

The above is a production of MEMRI, one of zionism’s greatest global tools….

We often hear that “the camera does not lie” ….. BUT YOUTUBE DOES!


I do realize that the use of terms like “Jewish Nazism” offends many people, particularly among Jews. However, those offended should also have sufficient rectitude to call the spade a spade, especially when they see it in Jewish hands.

…there are obviously too many  Jews who have opted to walk in the path of evil and criminality,  the path of Zionism. Needless to say, these people are a cancer upon the true conscience of Judaism.

It is those people that should be isolated and exposed, because, if not, they would kill the remaining humanity in the heart of every Jewish man, woman and child. The harm has already been done. We can only hope that that Jews will undergo a speedy awakening in order to eradicate the cancer called  Zionism. 

Image by Oliphant

Is the use of terms like “Jewish Nazism” Justified?
by Khalid Amayreh

I do realize that the use of terms like “Jewish Nazism” offends many people, particularly among Jews. However, those offended should also have sufficient rectitude to call the spade a spade, especially when they see it in Jewish hands.

In the final analysis, we are living in a moral universe where truth should apply to all human beings equally. This means that all peoples and all communities, Jews and non-Jews alike, ought to be treated in accordance with the same moral standards.

In fact, this is what the Ten Commandments taught thousands of years ago. Hence, when the Almighty taught “thou shall not murder,” He meant thou shall not murder any human beings, and when He taught “thou shall not steal,” He meant “thou shall not steal from any human beings.” And when He taught thou “shall not lie,” He meant “thou shall not lie to any human beings.”

Unfortunately, some misguided Talmudic sages, who appeared hundreds of years later, distorted the meaning and intention of these sublime moral standards, by arguing rather erroneously  that since these commandments were given to “Jews,” it followed that Jews and Jews alone were concerned with these principles. The implication was very clear: “Thou shall not murder” meant thou shall not murder a Jew. “Thou shall not steal” meant thou shall not steal from a Jew, and “thou shall not lie” meant thou shall not lie to a Jew. As to non-Jews, the goyem,  who are often viewed as cattle in some Talmudic literature, they may be murdered, stolen from and lied to. The reason is clear. Goyem are not bona fide human beings and their very existence is not essential in terms of universal wisdom.

I have opted to begin with this introduction, not so much to  malign Jews, but rather to elucidate how far they, or most of them, have deviated from the original message of the Torah by adopting a racist and segregationalist interpretation of an originally universal and integrationalist message. The great Jewish author and intellectual Alfred Lilienthal described this serious distortion  in his great book “the Zionist Connection” as “having a hoarding on God”

Unfortunately, as a result of  this serious distortion of the original glorious Judaic message sprang many Jewish sects and movements that eventually  came to view the rest of humanity as inherently inferior to Jews  in every conceivable aspect. Take for example, the Chabad movement, which can be described as Judeo-Nazi group without the slightest exaggeration.

According to Chabad’s fundamental book “hatanya”, “Non-Jews are totally satanic creatures in whom there is absolutely nothing good. Even a non-Jewish embryo is qualitatively different from a Jewish embryo. The very existence of non-Jew is inessential, whereas all of creation was created solely for the sake of the Jews.”

More than a year ago, Manis Friedman, a prominent and highly-respected Chabad-Lubavitch  “rabbi” living in Minnesota , wrote in response to a question that “the only way to fight a moral war is the Jewish war. Destroy their holy sites, kill their men, women and children, and the cattle.”

Writing in the Moment magazine, the Rabbi added “I don’t believe in western morality, living by the Torah values will make us the light to the nations who suffer defeat because of disastrous morality of human invention.”

So, this despicable thug wants to be a light upon the nations by murdering our “men, women, and children and even cattle.”!!!

In fact, Friedman in no way represents the exception as his ideas represent the mainstream especially among Zionist Judaism, which is now dominant in Israel.

Another Chabadist-affiliate, Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira, wrote a book a few months ago, permitting Jews to murder non-Jewish civilians even if they didn’t pose any immediate threat to Jews.

The book, named “The King’s Torah,” deems the killing of non-Jews religiously permissible. “It is permissible to kill the Righteous among Nations even if they are not responsible for the threatening situation,” the book says, adding: “If we kill a Gentile who has sinned or has violated one of the seven commandments – because we care about the commandments – there is nothing wrong with the murder.”

The theological mentor of Zionist  Judaism, Abraham Kook, preached the absolute superiority of Jews over non-Jews just as the Nazis taught the superiority of Aryans over the rest of mankind.

According to the book Jewish Fundamentalism, written by Israel Shahak and Norton Mezvinsky, Kook wrote that “the difference between a Jewish soul and souls of non-Jews -all of them in all different levels- is greater and deeper than the difference between a human soul and the souls of cattle.”

The teachings of Kook are based on the Lurianic Cabala (Jewish Mysticism). Which teaches the absolute superiority of the Jewish soul and body over the non-Jewish soul and body. This means, according to one Lubavitcher Rabbi that “every simple cell in a Jewish body entails divinity and is part of God.”

In 2003, Rabbi Sadya Grama of the Beth Medrash Govoha, the renowned Talmudic school of Lakewood, NJ, published a book in which he claimed that Gentiles were completely evil and that Jews constituted a separate, genetically superior species.

The book, published under the Hebrew title “Romemut Yisrael Ufrashat Haghalut” quoted numerous classical Jewish sources to prove Jewish superiority over the rest of mankind.

The difference between Jews and gentiles, the author argued, is not religious, historical or political. It is rather racial, genetic and scientifically unalterable. One group is at its very root and by natural constitution “totally evil” while the other is “totally good.”

“Jewish success in the world is completely contingent upon the failure of all other peoples, only when the gentiles face total catastrophe, Jews do experience good fortune. The Jews themselves brought their own destruction during the Holocaust since they arrogantly endeavored to overcome their very essence, dictated by divine law.”

A few years ago, Mordechai Elyahu, religious mentor and leader of hundreds of thousands of Zionist-religious Jews in Israel, advocated a total genocide of Gaza civilians in retaliation for mostly innocuous resistance attacks by Palestinian freedom fighters,  carried out in response to devastating daily attacks by the Israeli occupation army.

Elyahu, who died a few weeks ago, wrote that it was forbidden to risk the lives of Jews for fear of injuring or killing Palestinian civilians.

“If they don’t stop after we kill 100, then we must kill a thousand, and if they don’t stop after 1,000 then we must kill 10,000. If they still don’t stop we must kill, 100,00, even a million. Whatever it takes to make them stop.”

He reportedly quoted Psalm, saying  “I will pursue my enemies and apprehend them and I will not desist until I have eradicated them.” In other words “No hold barred.” This is the same policy that the Nazi leadership adopted vis-à-vis the European Jewry in the course of the Second World War. We all know the rest of the story.

There is no doubt that these clear-cut Nazi doctrines serve as a philosophical basis for Israel ‘s genocidal crimes against the Palestinian, the Lebanese and other peoples of the Middle East.

This journalist had spoken with several Israeli soldiers who explained rather  candidly that “we are only doing to you what the Nazis did to us.”

Again, the purpose of this piece is not to incite against Jews, especially honest and God-fearing Jews who love and respect their fellow human beings. Moreover, I do recognize that there is ample Jewish literature that urges Jews to treat their fellow human beings as they wish to be treated by them. Unfortunately this literature is ignored by the bulk of Zionist rabbis since it doesn’t serve their hateful agenda.

None the less, there are obviously too many  Jews who have opted to walk in the path of evil and criminality,  the path of Zionism. Needless to say, these people are a cancer upon the true conscience of Judaism.

It is those people that should be isolated and exposed, because, if not, they would kill the remaining humanity in the heart of every Jewish man, woman and child. The harm has already been done. We can only hope that that Jews will undergo a speedy awakening in order to eradicate the cancer called  Zionism.


“I do agree that it was wrong of me to say that Israel or the pro- Israel lobby is to blame for America’s flawed foreign policy,” the director said on Wednesday. “Of course that’s not true, and I apologize that my inappropriately glib remark has played into that negative stereotype.”

In a statement released on Wednesday night, ADL national director Abraham Foxman welcomed the apology, saying, “I believe he now understands the issues and where he was wrong, and this puts an end to the matter.”

Above taken FROM
AP Photo

BUT…. it’s NOT the end of the matter as far as the Post’s resident psycho ‘journalist’ Caroline Glick is concerned. Don’t be surprised if an illegal YouTube post soon appears…

As far as she is concerned, this week is ‘springtime for Jew haters’…

She bases this on the following; (referring to Stone)

Readers’ talkbacks to write-ups of his remarks were rife with assertions that Stone’s statements were not bigoted. Many agreed that Jews dominate the media, and since they believe this is true, they argued that saying so is not a bigoted act. Others claimed that while Stone’s statements were inaccurate, there is no evidence that he hates Jews and therefore, his statements weren’t bigoted. At any rate, Patrick Goldstein of the Los Angeles Times and many others have argued, it would be wrong for Stone to be discredited for his attacks against Jews.

It is difficult to imagine that if someone trafficked in ethnic stereotypes about groups like blacks, and claimed that they wreck US foreign policy to serve their own nefarious aims, Goldstein and the talk-backers would defend him.

But then anti-Jewish bigotry has different rules than other hatreds.

She continues her rant with;

ALL OF this brings us to a discussion of the most endemic form of contemporary anti-Semitism: Anti-Zionism. There is no reason for anyone to be surprised that anti-Semites deny that anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism. After all, they deny that every other form of anti-Semitism is anti-Semitism. Why should anti-Zionism receive special treatment? It is self-evident that anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism.

Zionism after all is the national liberation movement of the Jewish people. To say that Jews – uniquely among all the nations – have no right to freedom and self-determination is obviously anti-Semitic.

Anti-Semites give a variety of excuses to justify their rejection of the Jewish people’s right to freedom and sovereignty in our homeland. Sometimes they say they have no problem with Jewish nationalism per se. They are simply anti-nationalist generally. But remarkably, these anti-nationalist anti-Zionists invariably just happen to be outspoken supporters of Palestinian nationalism.

Moreover, it is curious that universalist antinationalists only have a special term to describe their opposition to Jewish nationalism. No one ever mentions being anti-Irishist, for instance.

When someone says they oppose Irish nationalism, the obvious conclusion is that they don’t like Irish people. Just so, people who are anti-French tend not to like French people. And yet, the anti- Zionists would have us believe that their opposition to the Jewish state has nothing to do with their feelings about Jews.

Beyond their nonsensical attempts to deny the fact that anti-Zionism is a specific rejection of a specific – that is Jewish – type of nationalism, there is the fact that anti-Zionists tend inevitably to drink from other anti-Jewish sewers as well.

She ends with;

And I am sorry I wrote this column.

Because an audience that demands an explanation of why evil is evil is an audience that has already sided with evil.

She is obviously too thick headed to realise that it is she that is the evil one siding with evil…. and yet she gets paid for this.

Her complete rant can be seen HERE.


Image by Pete Pasho

I get many submissions and links to various articles from different sources. This is a natural for a Blog that deals with pro Palestinian rights and anti zionism.

Rebel News WAS one of the sources of these submissions…. at least until this morning. The site is administered by an Ausralian anti Semite and certified nutcase named Andrew Winkler. His former site was called ziopedia.

The names of sites he choses give the impression that factual information will be presented…. BUT, on the contrary, they are nothing but sounding boards for pure, unadulterated anti Semitism. The sites are also his vehicle to wage attacks against true activists involved in the Palestinian cause.

Below is his latest example of hatered…. in the form of an ‘editorial’ sent out this morning…. an ‘editorial’ that promted this reply from me…

Please remove this JEW from your list if this is the type of crap you have to send out.

Here is the ‘crap’ in question….
If this is not pure anti Semitism, what is it?

Not Zionism, not Judaism, Jewishness is the real threat



Earlier in the week the state of Israel unofficially gave the ‘green light’ to ‘rabbinical ‘authorities’ to continue inciting violence and death to non Jews. This apparently was a great encouragement to other ‘rabbis’ that share the same views as the author of the ‘book’ in question…..

Rabbi Yitzhak Ginsburg. Photo by: Eyal Warshavsky

Book condoning murder has another rabbi in hot water

Head of yeshiva in West Bank settlement of Yitzhar detained by police over book permitting murder of non-Jews who threaten Israel.

The police’s Unit of International Crime Investigations on Thursday detained rabbi Yitzhak Ginsburg, the president of the Od Yosef Chai yeshiva in the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar in connection to a book that condoned the killing of non-Jews.

Ginsburg was detained for questioning days after the alleged author of the book, rabbi Yitzhak Shapira was arrested for inciting to violence. Shapira is also a rabbi at the Od Yosef Chai yeshiva.

The book, named “The King’s Torah,” deems the killing of non-Jews who threaten Israel as legal. “It is permissible to kill the Righteous among Nations even if they are not responsible for the threatening situation,” the book says, adding: “If we kill a Gentile who has sinned or has violated one of the seven commandments – because we care about the commandments – there is nothing wrong with the murder.”

Ginsburg, who recommended the book to his students, is a follower of Chabad. He has faced prosecution in the past for incitement to racism after having published a book insisting that there is no place for Arabs in the state of Israel. The charges were dropped after Ginsburg issued a clarification letter.

Ginsburg is a well known radical in his views on Israel’s Arab public. The police declined to comment on the ongoing investigation against him.

The Od Yosef Chai yeshiva issued a letter on Thursday condemning the police, saying that in any other enlightened country it would be inconceivable to question such an admirable man as rabbi Ginsburg.



Wanted again, ethnic cleansing and more‏
Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD

After attending a workshop on developing curricula for nonviolence/popular resistance, I returned with a harrowing 12+ hour experience at the crossing from Jordan to the occupied Palestinian territories.  This included being served with an order/warrant for an appearance at the apartheid colonial ‘security’ offices in ten days and rifling through the books I brought back. I recorded a 10 minute video telling of this experiences (common for Palestinians):

Heart-breaking Video
: The Ethnic cleansing in the Negev by Israeli apartheid regime

Video: Israeli settler steels a sheep from Palestinian shepherds in South Hebron hills (Atwani)

: Free Ameer Makhoul

Ship from US to join next freedom flotilla (expected to draw 62 ships)

Judaizing Jerusalem

Israel Secret Police Exposed

Gilad Atzmon: Oliver Stone apologizes for telling the truth


Before you read the Open Letter to Abbas, (below) read the following submission by my Associate Khalid Amayreh…

Bullying Abbas into talks

The US and the EU continue to pressure the Palestinian Authority leadership to embrace direct talks with Israel, but to what end, asks Khalid Amayreh in Ramallah

The Obama administration is exerting intense pressure on Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas to move “sooner than later” to direct talks with Israel. The European Union is also pressing Abbas to do the same thing. Both the US and EU are considered chief bankrollers of the PA, which nearly completely depends on foreign aid for its financial and political survival.

The PA and Israel have been holding indirect “proximity” talks for several weeks. However, leaks suggest that very little progress — if any — has been made. This fact is frustrating the Palestinians and making them view with suspicion further talks, direct or indirect, in the absence of clear guarantees as to how the “endgame” would look like.

Moreover, Abbas, according to close and reliable sources in Ramallah, is becoming disillusioned with the entire peace process and believes that the international pressure exerted on him to switch to direct talks is only intended to give Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu more time to “create facts on the ground” — an allusion to building more Jewish colonies on the West Bank, especially in East Jerusalem.

Abbas is showing a modicum of resistance to American pressure. He told a meeting of Fatah’s Revolutionary Council in Ramallah this week that he wouldn’t accept direct talks unless certain conditions were met. These include a full settlement construction freeze, agreement on the demarcation of borders, and an Israeli pledge that negotiations must pick up where the two sides left off in talks during the tenure of the previous Israeli government.

The Fatah council backed Abbas in his refusal to enter direct talks under present circumstances. However, this backing can also be interpreted as a warning to the Palestinian leader against giving further concessions to Israel. Abbas repeatedly vowed to refrain from resuming talks with the Netanyahu government as long settlement expansion activities continued. However, the PA leader has frequently abandoned his conditions and returned to mostly pointless talks under pressure, mainly from Washington and its pro-US ally regimes, such as Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

Hence, most observers in occupied Palestine suggest that Abbas’s reluctance to move to direct talks is only a tactical manoeuvre, since he can’t really say “No” to Washington, given his financial and political reliance on Israel’s guardian ally. Abbas is facing the difficult dilemma of having to please Washington by switching to direct talks he knows well will lead nowhere, while satisfying his own people — including Fatah — who are convinced that current US- sponsored talks are just another exercise in futility and perhaps deception as well.

But Abbas has very few choices if any. He realises the risks inherent in placing all Palestinian eggs in the US basket. Yasser Arafat had tried to do just that and the result was a fiasco. Meanwhile, to mitigate pressure on his leadership, Abbas is trying to make the Arab world — especially Egypt and Saudi Arabia — virtual partners in any Palestinian decision pertaining to joining direct talks with Israel.

Today, 29 July, the Palestinian leader will meet with the Arab League’s follow- up committee in Cairo. The committee includes representatives from 14 Arab countries, among them Jordan, Syria, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. It is likely that these states will recommend that Abbas heed US calls regarding joining direct talks with Israel. Some Arab officials have argued that resuming direct talks with Israel wouldn’t necessarily be a negative step since it would demonstrate to Washington that Israel is the real peace blocker, because it refuses to give up the spoils of the 1967 war and end its occupation.

This viewpoint would be sound if Washington were ignorant of the truth about Israeli stances. After all, the PA and Israel have been talking face to face for close to 20 years but to no avail, the main reason being Israel’s unwillingness to concede anything. In fact, it is unclear whether Israel can embrace any solution that leads to a Palestinian state, given the phenomenal proliferation of Jewish colonies on the West Bank.

Indeed, serious intellectuals from both the Palestinian and Israeli camps have recently argued that the only remaining workable solution is the creation of a single state in all of mandate Palestine. The default is open-ended conflict, these intellectuals have argued.

The Palestinian leadership in Ramallah is aware of the fact that, at very best, the two-state solution is being kept alive via artificial means and that more and more people are losing hope in its feasibility. Even within Fatah, Abbas’s party, a strong lobby is reportedly being formed to promote the one-state solution. This lobby includes dozens of Fatah leaders who have been authorised to study the one-state solution and how viable it would be.

According to sources close to the Palestinian decision-making circles in Ramallah, Abbas introduced to US Envoy George Mitchell, during the latter’s latest visit to the region, an unnamed Palestinian intellectual who explained to the American diplomat the impossibility of creating a viable and territorially contiguous Palestinian state. The two, Mitchell and the Palestinian intellectual, reportedly spoke for 15 minutes in the presence of Abbas.

Moreover, Palestinian sources revealed that Abbas complained to President Obama recently that a growing number of the Palestinian intelligentsia were pressuring him to abandon the two-state strategy because very little land was left for the creation of a viable Palestinian state. Meanwhile, Israeli officials, who keep criticising the Abbas leadership for dodging direct talks, are vowing to resume settlement expansion in the West Bank once a partial construction freeze ends this September.

Netanyahu and his cabinet ministers seem to feel that by concentrating on the issue of direct talks with the PA they have achieved a double-score: first by convincing Washington that the ball is in the Palestinian court; and second by effectively getting the PA to join vague and uncertain talks that might linger on until the next US administration.

Finally, the US and Europe have given the PA some diplomatic bribes by elevating the Palestine Liberation Organisation’s (PLO) diplomatic representation in Washington and some European capitals. For example, the status of the PLO representative in Washington, DC has been changed to quasi-ambassador instead of head of mission. The Palestinian flag has also been allowed to fly in Washington for the first time. Paris is considering similar measures.

Some Palestinians, especially within the Islamist opposition, are worried that the PA is being beguiled into sacrificing vital Palestinian interests in exchange for symbolic gains. One Hamas leader in Gaza remarked, “We need the national flag to fly in Jerusalem, not in Washington.”


We, as Palestinians urgently need a legally and democratically elected leadership that is responsible, capable and committed to the fulfillment of our national rights and aspirations to live in freedom, dignity and just peace in our ancestral homeland. We call on all Palestinians to immediately revive the democratic processes that our people have struggled so hard to build, so that we can designate leaders with an effective vision and strategy for achieving our rights as a people.

Don’t deny our rights: open letter to Mahmoud Abbas

Various undersigned

The following open letter to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, whose elected mandate expired in July 2009 and who has remained in power under controversial emergency laws, was issued on 22 July 2010:

We are Palestinians of diverse perspectives and affiliations — scholars, intellectuals, artists, activists, trade unionists, human rights advocates and civil society leaders, inside historic Palestine and in exile — who are united in our commitment to the fulfillment of the fundamental rights of all Palestinians, particularly our inalienable right to self-determination. This universally sanctioned right encompasses, at a minimum, freedom from occupation and colonization in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including Jerusalem; full equality for Palestinian citizens of Israel; and the right of return for Palestinian refugees and their descendants.

During a 9 June meeting with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, you reportedly said: “I would never deny [the] Jewish right to the land of Israel,” a statement that you have yet to retract. We regard this announcement, which adopts a central tenet of Zionism, as a grave betrayal of the collective rights of the Palestinian people. It is tantamount to a surrender of the right of Palestinian citizens of Israel to live in equality in their own homeland, in which they have steadfastly remained despite the apartheid regime imposed on them for decades. It also concedes the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes.

No Palestinian institution or leader has ever accepted an exclusive Jewish claim to Palestine, which is irreconcilable with the internationally recognized rights of the Palestinian people. Our rights inhere in us as a people; they are not yours to do with as you please.

We, as Palestinians urgently need a legally and democratically elected leadership that is responsible, capable and committed to the fulfillment of our national rights and aspirations to live in freedom, dignity and just peace in our ancestral homeland. We call on all Palestinians to immediately revive the democratic processes that our people have struggled so hard to build, so that we can designate leaders with an effective vision and strategy for achieving our rights as a people.

Initial Signatories:

Saleh Abdel-Jawad, Assoc. Prof. of History, Birzeit University (Ramallah); Abdul-Rahim Al-Shaikh, poet and academic (Jerusalem); Naseer Aruri, Prof. Emeritus, University of Massachusetts (Dartmouth); Mourid Barghouti, poet and author (Ramallah/Cairo); Omar Barghouti, commentator and human rights activist (Jerusalem); Ramzy Baroud, author and editor of the Palestine Chronicle (Seattle); George Bisharat, Prof., UC Hastings College of the Law (San Francisco); Haidar Eid, academic and boycott, divestment and sanctions activist (Gaza); Samera Esmeir, Assist. Prof. of Rhetoric, Univ. of California, Berkeley (Haifa); Wael Hallaq, Prof., Columbia University (New York); Nadia Hijab, author and human rights advocate (Washington, DC); Jamil Hilal, sociologist and author (Ramallah); Islah Jad, Assist. Prof. of Gender & Development, Birzeit Univ. (Ramallah); Hatem Kanaaneh, medical doctor and author (Sakhnin); Ghada Karmi, author and Fellow, Exeter University (Exeter); Nur Masalha, Prof. of Religion and Politics, St. Mary’s Univ. College (London); Joseph Massad, Prof., Columbia University (New York); Jean Said Makdisi, author (Beirut); Saree Makdisi, Prof., University of California at Los Angeles (Los Angeles); Zakaria Muhammad, novelist (Ramallah); Karma Nabulsi, Fellow in Politics, University of Oxford (Oxford); Eyad Sarraj, psychiatrist (Gaza)

(alphabetical order – institutions for identification only)


Mohammed Abu Abdu, Pal. Student Campaign for Academic Boycott of Israel (PSCABI) (Gaza); Bashir Abu-Manneh, Prof., Columbia University (New York); Mohsen Abu Ramadan, civil society activist and independent political commentator (Gaza); Salman Abu Sitta, Palestine Land Society (London); Abdefattah Abusrour, President of Palestinian Theatre League, Jerusalem – General Director of Alrowwad Cultural and Theatre Society, (Aida refugee camp, Bethlehem); Majeed Al-Barghouthi, poet and writer (Amman); Musa Al-Hindi, Coord. Comm. member, US Palestinian Community Network (USPCN); Hala Al-Yamani, Assist. Prof., Bethlehem University (Bethlehem); Lubna Arikat, community activist (San Diego); Huwaida Arraf, attorney and human rights activist, New York; Khaled Barakat, writer and activist, Vancouver; Nasser Barghouti, human rights activist (San Diego); Diana Buttu, lawyer (Ramallah); Yasmeen Daher, lecturer at Birzeit University and human rights activist (Jaffa); Seif Da’na, Prof. of Sociology, University of Wisconsin, Parkside (Parkside); Lamis J. Deek, attorney and human rights advocate (New York); Noura Erakat, human rights attorney (Washington, DC); Leila Farsakh, Assoc. Prof., University of Massachusetts (Boston); Jess Ghannam, Prof., University of California, San Francisco (San Francisco); Lubna Hammad, lawyer and human rights activist, Adalah-NY (New York); Rema Hammami, Assoc. Prof. of Anthropology, Birzeit University (Ramallah); Nizar Hasan, filmmaker (Nazareth); Zaha Hassan, civil rights attorney and human rights advocate (Oregon); Kamel Hawwash, Assoc. Prof. in Civil Engineering, University of Birmingham (Birmingham); Monadel Herzallah, US Palestinian Community Network (USPCN), San Francisco; May Jayyusi, Exec. Director of Muwatin, Palestinian Institute for the Study of Democracy (Ramallah); Ray Jureidini, sociologist, Cairo; Jamal Kanj, author, (Nahr el Bared refugee camp); Osamah Khalil, PhD Candidate, University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley); Suleiman Mansour, visual artist (Jerusalem); Dina Matar, academic, SOAS – University of London (London); Moammar Mashni, Co-Founder, Australians for Palestine (Melbourne); Mazen Masri, lawyer and human rights activist (Toronto); Fouad Moughrabi, Prof. and Head of Dept. of Political Science, Univ. of Tennessee (Chattanooga); Rana Nashashibi, activist, Coalition for Jerusalem (Jerusalem); Mary Nazzal-Batayneh, Barrister, Palestine Legal Aid Fund (London); Mahmoud Oriqat, Engineer (San Diego); Mazin Qumsiyeh, Prof. (Bethlehem); Ahmad Sadi, Academic (Galilee); Grace Said, activist (Washington, DC); Dalal Yassine, lawyer and human rights advocate (Beirut); Raja Zaatry, journalist (Haifa); Elia Zureik, Prof. Emeritus of Sociology, Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario)

(alphabetical order – institutions for identification only)



Facing annexation, the West Bank village of al-Walaja looks to ‘Budrus’ for inspiration

by Joseph Dana

“Budrus” Screening in al-Walaja

In the cool summer evening air of the Jerusalem hills last Tuesday evening, hundreds of Palestinians and Israelis descended on the small village of al-Walaja for a screening of the critically acclaimed documentary Budrus. The screening was jointly organized by Israelis and Palestinians who are working to non-violently resist the construction of Israel’s separation barrier on the village’s land.The screening bore special significance for the people of al-Walaja as the film follows the story of a West Bank village’s unarmed struggle against the construction of Israel’s separation barrier on its farmland and its subsequent success in having the route of the wall changed.

The village of al-Walaja sits between Beit Jala and Jerusalem next to the settlements of Gilo and Har Gilo, both of which have been built on historic al-Walaja land. Since 1967, the village’s boundaries have been shrinking as subsequent Israeli governments have expanded the municipal boundaries of Jerusalem while trying to keep al-Walaja in Palestinian controlled territory.  Recently, Israel has started to construct a portion of its separation wall on al-Walaja’s land. The wall will completely surround the village leaving only one entrance to be controlled by an Israeli military checkpoint which will isolate the village from Jerusalem, a main area of employment for many villagers.  In some portions, the wall will be as close as five meters from houses of al-Walaja residents. Last Sunday, the Israeli High Court, on appeal from the residents of al-Walaja, decided to request a ‘full explanation’ from the state about the route of the wall. The state has forty five days to explain itself to the courtalthough work is allowed to continue during this time.

On the heels of this important decision, the resemblance between the situation the people of Budrus faced during the time of the film and the threat al-Walaje is facing now made for an emotional screening. Budrus was one of first Palestinian villages to embrace a model of unarmed resistance to the creation of Israel’s separation barrier on its land. Due to the success of this model of resistance other villages such as Bi’linand Ni’lin have adapted similar tactics in confronting the theft of their valuable land.

During the screening, many in the audience were emotional as images of demonstrations in Budrus flashed before their eyes. Packed in a room of Israelis and Palestinians working together to protect a small village’s land from confiscation by Israel’s separation wall while watching the uplifting story of Budrus, it was hard not to be emotional.  A key plot line of the film is the cooperation between Palestinian, Israeli and international in organizing and demonstrating against the wall. These demonstrations, which are documented in the film, often involved harsh Israeli repression in the form tear gas, sound bombs and the use of live fire against unarmed demonstrators.The residents of al-Walaja are accustomed to seeing the same type of violence from the Israeli army during their non-violent demonstrations.

Ayed Morrar, the Palestinian community organizer of Budrus and one of the film’s protagonists, was on hand in al-Walaja for questions after the screening. He appealed to  Palestinians to ‘free themselves of traditional thinking’ in adopting new models of non-violent resistance to Israel’s occupation of the West Bank. He argued that Palestinian woman, who make up half of Palestinian society, should play a greater role in organizing and demonstrating in non-violent demonstrations. He noted the similarities between Budrus and al-Walaja in their struggle against the wall and occupation.

Israeli activist, Yotam Wolfe, appealed to the Israeli members of the audience to keep attending the demonstrations in al-Walaja just as Israelis had done in Budrus. He reminded everyone that as Israelis with extreme privilege in society, it is a moral responsibility to help the people of al-Walaja in their struggle. One Israeli, writing on his blog in Hebrew, wrote about returning to Jerusalem after the screening; ‘I returned full of hope and anger, full of anger and pain, full of love…” I believe his statement captures the feeling that all of us had after viewing this incredible film in al-Walaja.

Posted at Ibn Ezra


Presented here is a new series on Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel. These images are Copyleft, meaning that BDS campaigns all around the world are free to use them in their materials. People are encouraged to reproduce these images on blogs, newspapers, magazines, books, posters, in order to promote the boycott
against Israel. Captions are in English but you are free to translate them to your own language.

All images ‘Copyleft’ by Carlos Latuff



The above were taken in nazi occupied Poland during the holocaust….. (IN 1938)

The following is in zionist occupied Jerusalem during the holocaust….. (TODAY)


Police, settlers take over Jerusalem home

Jerusalem –  Israeli settlers accompanied by police took over a building in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem early Thursday morning, evicting families from three of the building’s apartments.

Israeli National Police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld said two Jewish families entered the Old City home “based on documents claiming that they owned the property.” He described the eviction as proceeding without incident.

After the families entered the homes, police requested the documents upon which the eviction was carried out, and according to Rosenfeld they were being “examined by police to determine whether they are accurate or not.”

If the police deem the documents to be valid, he explained, they would be transferred to Israeli courts.

Fatah official for Jerusalem Affairs Hatem Abdel Qader told Ma’an Radio on Thursday afternoon the the documents presented to police were fake. He said that the families who entered the homes were part of a Jewish group that lost a lawsuit in 1996, wherein they sought to take over the same home but failed to sufficiently prove ownership.

Palestinian defendants proved to an Israseli court that the home was owned by Kamal Handal and rented by Qarsh family, Abdel Qader said.

“This armed burglary is considered an attack on a Palestinian home and will not pass silently,” he official added.

Evicted family members gathered at the home on Thursday afternoon, and were shortly thereafter joined by ten or more settlers, all hoping to gain access to the home. Israeli police stationed outside the building prevented both residents and settlers from entering, witnesses said.

The home, two stories with 11 small family apartments, is owned by the families of Suleiman Handal, rented by Kamal Qarsh and located in the As-Sa’dieh neighborhood near the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Three of the apartments housed families, totaling 50 residents. It was not immediately clear how many were taken out of the home. According to Fatah Revolutionary Council Member Demitri Delani, many of the women and children refused to be evicted and remained in their homes with barricaded doors.

By noon, Rosenfeld said he believed there were no Palestinians in the home.

Delani said the settlers now occupy five homes, and he fears the building could be taken over as a settler Yeshiva explaining that the building was a school before 1967, after which it was converted into apartments.



Well, maybe it shouldn’t……

Continuing the construction freeze in West Bank settlements after it expires on September 26 would be impossible politically and would bring down the coalition, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Moratinos in Jerusalem on Wednesday.

Moratinos told Netanyahu that the European Union’s position was that Israel should continue the freeze.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has conditioned direct talks with Israel on a continued construction freeze.


Netanyahu: Israel’s government will fall if settlement freeze continues

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has conditioned upgrading to direct negotiations with Israel on a continued halt on West Bank construction.

Benjamin Netanyahu at the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, July 26, 2010.

Continuing the construction freeze in West Bank settlements after it expires on September 26 would be impossible politically and would bring down the coalition, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Moratinos in Jerusalem on Wednesday.

Moratinos told Netanyahu that the European Union’s position was that Israel should continue the freeze.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has conditioned direct talks with Israel on a continued construction freeze.

Jerusalem will be closely monitoring the deliberations of the Arab League foreign ministers meeting today in Cairo. A subcommittee on the Arab peace initiative is expected to announce its continued support for indirect talks between Israel and the Palestinians, giving Arab League backing for Abbas’ decision not to begin direct talks with Israel. The Palestinian position is that as long as no progress is made in the indirect talks there is no point in beginning direct talks.

Palestinian sources told Haaretz that Abbas seeks unequivocal clarifications from the United States that the framework for direct talks will include a declaration that the Palestinian state will be based on the June 4, 1967 borders and that border adjustments will be based on exchanges of territory. The PA also wants an Israeli declaration that the construction freeze in the settlements will continue and that construction in East Jerusalem will stop.

Although the PA can expect criticism of its position from the United States and even some Arab states it appears to be more worried at present about losing popularity on the Palestinian street if it were to resume direct talks with Israel now.

During yesterday’s meeting Netanyahu reportedly told Moratinos that the Palestinians’ conditions for renewing direct talks are unrealistic. He also told the Spanish foreign minister that only after a final-status agreement is reached will it be possible to drum up sufficient public support in Israel to push it through. Trying to do so now would bring down the ruling coalition and damage the peace process, Netanyahu said.

Several senior Palestinian and Arab officials have indicated that Abbas will tell the Arab League foreign ministers today that indirect talks with Israel should continue. But Moratinos told Netanyahu, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and President Shimon Peres that Abbas during their meeting in Amman on Tuesday that he was leaning toward agreeing to the resumption of direct talks. Moratinos said Abbas only needs to feel that he has the support of the Arab League for his decision.



Those words are heard daily in Israel these days….

Slowly but surely, ‘the only Democracy in the Middle East’ is becoming the bastion of Middle Eastern fascism.

Israel cracks down on dissent

The Israeli parliament is considering several new laws that could seriously impact the ability of citizens to criticise the government, according to rights groups.

Human Rights Watch is reporting a crackdown on political activists who criticise Israeli’s treatment of the Palestinians.

In what rights groups consider part of an alarming pattern, Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security agency, recently admitted to spying on a young Australian activist in the West Bank.

Al Jazeera’s Sherine Tadros reports from Jerusalem.


Is that possible??

Benny Morris exposes his nasty side

By Alex Kane

Israeli historian Benny Morris is famous for being part of the “New Historians” of Israel that exposed a great deal of Zionist myths about the founding of the state of Israel, including the falsehood that leaders of surrounding Arab states told Palestinians to leave their homes, and that they listened.  The truth, of course, is that there was a deliberate policy of expulsion carried about by Jewish forces, and that many Palestinians fled and became refugees because they were fearful for their lives.

Morris obviously has had a huge impact on the discourse on Israel/Palestine.  But he’s also an ardent Zionist who routinely expresses racist attitudes towards Arabs and Palestinians.  In a piece he wrote for Tablet magazine, where he interviews Israeli President Shimon Peres, he asks Peres:

Perhaps ending the 1948 war with this demographic was a mistake?

Peres: No, moral considerations took priority over demographic considerations. Ben-Gurion knew that every war and conflict takes place twice—once on the battlefield and then in the history books. He didn’t want things to be written in the history books that were in dissonance with the foundations of Judaism. He really believed that without a moral priority there is no existence for the Jewish people. To expel he saw as contrary to his moral values.

Morris’ question reveals a lot: he obviously doesn’t consider Palestinians as human beings.  Referring to them as “this demographic” is deeply dehumanizing, and he also seems to be suggesting that Israel should have just expelled all of the Palestinians in the 1948 war.

This is not a new revelation, however.  Morris is on record as saying that he is quite alright with ethnically cleansing Palestinians, and that it was a mistake to not “finish the job” in 1948.

This is from an interview published in Ha’aretz, via Counterpunch ( Morris’ answers are bolded by me):

They perpetrated ethnic cleansing.

“There are circumstances in history that justify ethnic cleansing. I know that this term is completely negative in the discourse of the 21st century, but when the choice is between ethnic cleansing and genocide – the annihilation ofyour people – I prefer ethnic cleansing.”

And that was the situation in 1948?

“That was the situation. That is what Zionism faced. A Jewish state would not have come into being without the uprooting of 700,000 Palestinians. Therefore it was necessary to uproot them. There was no choice but to expel that population. It was necessary to cleanse the hinterland and cleanse the border areas and cleanse the main roads. It was necessary to cleanse the villages from which our convoys and our settlements were fired on.”

The term `to cleanse’ is terrible.

“I know it doesn’t sound nice but that’s the term they used at the time. I adopted it from all the 1948 documents in which I am immersed.”

What you are saying is hard to listen to and hard to digest. You sound hard-hearted.

“I feel sympathy for the Palestinian people, which truly underwent a hard tragedy. I feel sympathy for the refugees themselves. But if the desire to establish a Jewish state here is legitimate, there was no other choice. It was impossible to leave a large fifth column in the country. From the moment the Yishuv [pre-1948 Jewish community in Palestine] was attacked by the Palestinians and afterward by the Arab states, there was no choice but to expel the Palestinian population. To uproot it in the course of war.”



We all know that……
Rachel Corrie was killed because a bulldozer got in her way…
Fadel Shana was killed because he was in the way of a bullet …
Emily Henochowicz lost an eye because she was in the way of a tear gas cannister…

…”The canister ricocheted at her after it rebound off a concrete barrier and changed direction – it was not shot directly at her.”




Israel refuses to pay medical bills for American-Jewish protester who lost eye

Emily Henochowicz wounded by tear gas canister in demonstration following Israel’s Gaza flotilla raid.

The Israeli government is refusing to pay the cost of medical care for an American-Jewish activist who lost an eye when Border Police officers fired a tear gas canister at her during a demonstration.

Emily Henochowicz, who studying at the Bezalel Academy of Art in Jerusalem and also holds Israeli citizenship, took part in a protest on May 31, shortly after Israel killed nine pro-Palestinian activists in a raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla.

Dozens of activists took part in the protest against the Israeli blockade of Gaza next to the Qalandia checkpoint, south of Ramallah.

According to the IDF, demonstrators began to throw stones at the Border Police, after which the army responded by firing tear gas canisters.

According to Henochowicz, one policeman shot a canister directly at her face, shattering her jaw and causing her to lose her left eye. A Haaretz reporter witnessed the incident.

Following her her treatment at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem, Henochowicz’s father, who had traveled from the U.S., was handed a bill for NIS 14,000. Under advice from his lawyer, Michael Sfard, he asked the Defense Ministry cover the expense, but officials refused.

In justifying the refusal, the Defense Ministry claimed the tear gas was not fired directly at Henochowicz.

“The canister ricocheted at her after it rebound off a concrete barrier and changed direction – it was not shot directly at her,” the ministry said in a statement drafted by lawyer Sharon Zimmerman. The statement also accused Henochowicz of putting herself at risk by voluntarily participating in a breach of the peace.

In response, Sfard said that as police were still investigating the incident, it was impossible for the Defense Ministry to judge exactly what occurred.

“Either way, even if wounding of my client was the result of negligence and not criminal intent -even then the State of Israel has a moral, ethical and legal obligation to pay for her treatment,” Sfard wrote.

The Defense Ministry responded: “From our reports, we know that the Border Police acted in accordance with the law at the violent demonstration at Qalandia, and that the shooting of tear gas canisters at demonstrators was justified. Of course, we regret that Emily Henochowicz was wounded in her eye. But under such circumstances, the Defense Ministry does not cover the expenses of medical treatment.”



It’s not the system of Apartheid that’s to blame, nor is it the genocide against the people of Palestine and their supporters…. there is a boycott because Elvis Costello never liked Israel.

(Take note of the artists named in the report that are still planning to perform in Israel…. add them to your boycott list as well as THESE)

While the Turkish flotilla failed to reach Gaza in the end, it did bolster pro-Palestinian PR as well as several elements in the Israeli Left, who make a point of pressuring any artist negotiating a concert in Israel not to come. The Pixies canceled at the last minute, as did the Klaxons and Gorillaz Sound System. Elvis Costello preceded them.

Does one have to be in the Israeli Left to oppose apartheid? I THINK NOT!

‘Elvis Costello never liked Israel’

Producer Marcel Avraham says he brings famous artists to perform in Israel ‘out of a sense of Zionism and not just to make a buck.’ He talks about winning big with Leonard Cohen and Elton John, flopping with Rod Stewart and Metallica, and chances of seeing Barbra Streisand in Holy Land soon

To be the producer of international concerts in Israel is like playing Russian roulette with an automatic sub-machine gun. Many of Marcel Avraham’s concerts have failed with the Israeli audience, threatened to bury him financially and have even led him to jail.

But even after the Ricky Martin fiasco, barely 1,000 tickets and a canceled show, he hasn’t given up. In the last two years, he has established himself in the local market as producer Shuki Weiss’s toughest competitor. Leonard Cohen and Elton John have earned him fame and fortune, while Rod Stewart and Metallica embarrassed him at the box office.

Contrary to Weiss and other local players, Avraham, a Frenchman, is also active in the international arena. He specializes in booking dates in different cities around the world and offering combined deals.

“We make good business in Berlin, Istanbul, Sofia and Tel Aviv,” he says proudly. “There’s barely one artist today that my team and I can’t get our hands on.”

Throughout the years he’s worked with all of them: Michael Jackson, Pink Floyd, the Doors and many more. He has memories of all. “I sued Michael Jackson twice and still we remained friends despite everything,” he notes. “He just forgot to pay me a couple of times.

“Sometimes you have to go to court to wake your friends up. But don’t get the wrong idea – Michael Jackson was the greatest artist in history as far as I’m concerned. I think about him from time to time. He knew how to be a good friend, but was unlucky in taking all the worst advice.”

Avraham, 71, has also gotten some bad advice in his day. This year, for example, he failed big time with Rod Stewart, who according to his plans was supposed to bring in some 50,000 people to the Ramat Gan stadium and ended up barely filling the Nokia Arena. Metallica performed to only 20,000 fans at the Ramat Gan stadium after being estimated to attract double the amount. Both cases cost Avraham a few hundred thousand dollars.

“Being an agent is definitely not like working a casino,” Abraham insists. “Otherwise, I would have put my money on the lottery. Granted, our work is different and entails a high risk level, which can sting you like in the Rod Stewart and Metallica cases.

“What can I tell you, I thought a lot about Rod’s case. To this day, I don’t understand why it didn’t work here. Israelis love that type of music, old rock ballads, a great singer in the style of Elton John and Paul Anka. I thought Israelis must love Rod Stewart. He’s a showman. On stage he’s excellent. For the life of me I can’t understand why he didn’t sell here.”

Any guesses?

“I’ve learned that Israelis are very uptight when it comes to concerts, but once the artist has made it clear he’s definitely coming, they pay the money. There was a level of uncertainty with all that’s happened. When it was clear that Madonna was coming, the first show sold-out quite quickly and the second show took a day to sell out completely. It’s staggering speed. Israel is a land of rumors. The Jewish mentality is the funniest in the world and at time also the saddest.”

Talking about Metallica, Abraham notes that the Israeli taste has shifted slightly. “From what I detect, the level of enthusiasm with heavy metal has gone down, people are more into electronic music, and that means we might need to change our approach.

“The number of people who showed up at the Metallica concert really disappointed me. I lost a lot of money in that show, a whole lot, but I also earned a great deal from the band’s European tour, so it all ended well. Other than that, if one is to lose money let it be only in Israel. I do the shows as a mission, a sense of Zionism and not just to make a buck.”

Flotillas and cancellations

While the Turkish flotilla failed to reach Gaza in the end, it did bolster pro-Palestinian PR as well as several elements in the Israeli Left, who make a point of pressuring any artist negotiating a concert in Israel not to come. The Pixies canceled at the last minute, as did the Klaxons and Gorillaz Sound System. Elvis Costello preceded them.

The news also made it to Elton John, Metallica and Rod Stewart, who approached Avraham with questions considering whether the cancel the shows.

“My answer to them was very simple,” he declares. “‘Listen’, I told them, ‘Israel is a small country  still fighting for its existence. The Arabs want to throw us to the sea. If you want to come and lend us a shoulder, by all means, we’ll be delighted. If not, I won’t be angry. Everything will be alright.’ It must have worked because they didn’t cancel.

“I’ll tell you more than that: They left Israel as satisfied as can be. Metallica had a great time despite the fact their mixer didn’t work at the beginning. They said the Israeli audience was hungry, that it made them feel good.

“Did you see Elton John? Did you see how happy he was to be here? Believe me, he never got such a response anywhere else in the world. It was wonderful. Elton told us he’s never seen a reception from an audience like the one in Israel. ‘Marcel, I’m happy’ he told me, ‘the atmosphere here was incredible.'”

Can you explain Elvis Costello’s choice?

“The whole thing with him really irritated me. I know the guy. He knew all about Israel before he decided to have a show here, signed the contract and suddenly decided not to come. The man just hasn’t liked Israel for years and that’s something people need to understand. He got good money, up front, and still didn’t come. The nerve on him. You know what? I don’t think he’s such a great artist and isn’t such a big name in the world. True, his cancellation caused some noise, but we got over it.”

Worth millions

Avraham was born in Romania. In 1968 he teamed up with a partner to form the “Mama Concert” production company, which became one of the largest in the world at the time. By 1972 he was producing the Jackson 5 show and organized the Pink Floyd spectacle.

In between he managed to get Leonard Cohen to perform to the troops in Israel during the Yom Kippur War. All this earned him a small fortune. By 1997 he was estimated to be worth $44 million, and in April of that year was arrested by German authorities on suspicion of tax evasion of millions of marks. He spent two years in jail, during which he got a visit from a loyal friend – one Michael Jackson.

For the past 13 years Avraham is represented in Israel by Attorney Haggai Stravis, 56, who played an important role in getting Leonard Cohen to agree to perform in Israel.

“We negotiated with him for three years,” Stravis says. “He was very concerned about performing. Leonard always told us that a concert in Israel would be the last in his career, because he was scared of protests against him in the world over politics. Last year Marcel pressured him. We waited for an answer and suddenly without prior notice he put the Tel Aviv concert date on his website. Now he’s going on a six-month tour.”

What was the strangest demand you got from an artist who came to Israel?

“Richard Clayderman asked that his driver be no taller than 5.25 feet. We got him one and when I asked his manager why, he explained that if the driver were taller he would push the seat backwards making Richard uncomfortable due to his sensitive knees. There was another artist who asked to have three girls in his room by 3 am, and we said with all due respect we weren’t hooker suppliers. Drugs, fortunately, I haven’t been asked for yet.”

“At the end of the day you have to make them feel good before the show,” Avraham says. “Jackson, for example, mainly hated traffic. One time I pulled him out from a stadium in an ambulance to avoid the post-concert traffic.”

Avraham’s next big project is Barbra Streisand, who has never performed in Israel before. According to various industry sources, Abraham offered a whopping $4.5 million to get her to Israel and has yet to receive a clear answer.

It’s not the first time Israeli producers have chased after Streisand, the Holy Grail of the concert world. This time, Avraham hopes, we have good chances of seeing her in Israel.

“She’s the most expensive artist out there, no doubt. It will be extremely hard to get her just to Tel Aviv and it has to be done as part of a European tour. I really like her. She’s a funny woman, more Jewish than you and me put together, but she’s also scared, plain scared, of performing here. She can’t offer a reasonable explanation, nor can I. It’s the way it is.

“If indeed she’ll go on a European tour next year, the chances of her coming here are better than good. Barbra Streisand is in a league of her own, no one can even come close, on all respects. Bringing her to Israel would be a very exciting project for me.”

Who else can we expect?

“Are you crazy? If I name names, I’ll see competing agents making bids and raising the price. Contrary to Israeli agents I have an advantage: I can offer artists shows in Europe too. It’s very hard to get a high-profile artist who’s willing to come to Israel alone. In any case, Israeli competitors are killing my bank account, people only hear I’m negotiating with this or the other and everything starts heating up.”

Still, let’s give it a go. What about U2?

“I spoke to them quite a bit, but they have a problem now with Bono’s surgery.”

Robbie Williams.

“I know that they love him in Israel. He’s doing 12 shows next year. Sadly, I don’t think Israel will be one of them.”

The Rolling Stones.

“A painful and long story. I don’t really know what’s going on there. Some of the band members get sick sometimes. Mick Jagger actually wants to come, but what can you do with just him?”

George Michael.

“I don’t think there’ll be a problem getting him, but I don’t think it’s worth it right now.”


“They’re popular in Israel? I need to check. I actually have a connection there. It’s doable in my opinion.”

Simon and Garfunkel.

“Charming. A winning show. But Art Garfunkel has a problem performing right now.”

What’s your dream?

“To bring Placido Domingo, Andrea Boccelli and José Carreras for a joint concert with the Israeli Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta in the stadium. I’m trying to get a sponsor.”

Going back to Michael Jackson for a moment, did you talk to him about the child molestation allegations?

“All of the stories about the little kids were bullshit. Michael Jackson was a child himself and just wanted to play with kids, as kids do. He never thought about anything to do with abuse, certainly not sexual abuse. It couldn’t even have entered his mind. I knew him well, he would never have done that. You can take my word for it.

“I’m sure he’s in heaven and not in hell, laughing down on us. I’ll meet him there yet, but don’t want to join him just now. Let me live another 25 years.”


Image ‘Copyleft’ by Carlos Latuff

The Palestinian Authority is imprisoning Gazans

The same government that includes a call to end the blockade on Gaza, in practice aids in imprisoning the Gazans by preventing them from holding valid Palestinian passports.

By Amira Hass

Lies and power go hand in hand. But what is considered outrageous in a sovereign state is catastrophic for a society fighting for its freedom. The Palestinians have two sets of leadership under occupation competing for the dubious title of “government” – and both are generating lies to perpetuate their status. The Hamas government, which won the majority of the vote in democratic Palestinian legislative elections, is not recognized by most countries. Yet these countries warmly accept the Palestinian Authority government, which was appointed by the president and leader of the party that lost the election, Fatah.

A Hamas policeman checks passports at Rafah A Hamas policeman checks passports at the Rafah crossing between the Gaza Strip and Egypt, June 2010
Photo by: AP

This is the government that has explained its decision to postpone the municipal and local elections, originally scheduled for July 17 this year, by its desire to prevent the political rift between the West Bank and Gaza from widening. Parallel elections would not have been possible in the Gaza Strip because of the split between the parties and clashes over authority and legitimacy.

It is possible to argue over the logic of the initial stubbornness to hold elections that would have fortified the double-rule reality (one political experience in Gaza, and a different one in the West Bank ). This is why, indeed, independent circles in Gaza welcomed the decision to postpone. But everyone knows the real reason behind the postponement was internal disputes within Fatah, as well as a possible fear that competing slates would succeed – despite the fact that Hamas announced it would boycott the elections.

The same government that includes a call to end the blockade on Gaza in every one of its statements, in practice aids in imprisoning the Gazans by preventing many of them from holding valid Palestinian passports. Not only does the Fatah government refuse to send blank passports to Gaza to be filled out, thus forcing Gazans to use the services of special go-between agencies which send the applications to Ramallah, but its general intelligence service even intervenes – as has been revealed lately – and in many cases vetoes passports for Gaza residents.

Now, with Egypt easing the restrictions on entry through its border with Gaza, this arbitrary cruelty has become even more pronounced. The feeling of imprisonment, and the lies accompanying it, generates bitterness toward the government in Ramallah – even among those who are not Hamas supporters.

Security forces in the West Bank continue to arrest people identified with Hamas. The fact that the vast majority of these people are imprisoned for extended periods without a trial or any charges brought against them, raises the suspicion that this practice is not meant to foil security risks, but to actually take revenge for Fatah’s defeat in Gaza and to repress its political opponents.

Take Murad Amira, for example, from the village of Na’alin. As a volunteer paramedic in the Red Crescent he goes every Friday to the demonstrations held in his village against the separation wall. He was arrested by the Palestinian general security service six weeks ago and only released yesterday – without any explanation provided to him, his family or friends.

The Ramallah government supports the popular struggle in its words, but at the same time its security services continuously harass activists in Na’alin who are close to Hamas: They arrest them for two or three days, release them, and arrest them again. That is why official support for the popular struggle is viewed as just another fabrication. It’s no surprise the protests have remained the private domain of those directly affected by the lands expropriations and haven’t drawn the masses, certainly not those who fill the coffee houses, restaurants and festivals in Ramallah.

These are the same security authorities that have won praise from the occupier for the quiet they’ve achieved while the occupier acts: confiscating land, demolishing homes, expelling people, arresting children, preventing free movement and killing. The lies that accompany these activities and their close affiliation with Fatah cast a shadow over the trustworthiness of the leadership in the eyes of its people.



Notes from Turkey

By Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD

Quote of the day

“[The US gave] $392 million in rehabilitating and training PA [Palestinian Authority] security forces since 2007 – more than $160 million to fund certain units of the security forces, $89 million for vehicles and nonlethal equipment, $99 million for the renovation or construction of PA security forces’ installations and $22 million in programs to increase the forces’ capacity. The State Department has requested an additional $150 million for 2011.” Haaretz

I am in Istanbul, Turkey where we (3 Palestinians plus 17 others from many countries) attended a workshop exploring development of curricula on nonviolent or popular resistance.  The examples used include Eastern Europe, South Africa, Latin America, Palestine and elsewhere. It was a very useful opportunity to network and reflect on our common human struggles and strategize as to how to advance the causes of justice around the globe.  The country is very beautiful, grand mosques and grand parks, good food, and friendly down to earth people.  Many Arabs are here on vacations.  Mosques are busy. The city is bustling. Everyone who finds out we are Palestinian is happy to see us.  I can see why Turkish people mobilized the humanitarian aid ships to break the illegal siege on Gaza. Today, we crossed from the European part of Istanbul to the Asian side of the same city.  This is truly at the crossroad of Europe and Asia.  I believe letting Turkey join the European Union and insisting on respect for human rights in all the countries bordering the Mediterranean (starting with Israel), would be in the best interest of Europe and Asia.

While here, the usual mix of bad and good news are received. In bad news, the Israeli occupied US congress is trying to pass a resolution that will give the green light to Israel to attack Iran! Meanwhile there is no resolution to condemn Israel for ethnically cleansing yet another village (to add to the hundreds of Palestinian villages depopulated in the past 62 years. Wikeleaks published on its cite thousands of classified documents on Afghanistan showing that US and NATO forces and intelligence community know this war is not winnable.  The war now its 9th year claims more lives and treasures.  The documents validated my long-held belief that unless the US and Europe shed the policies that created fundamentalism, fundamentalism will continue to grow.  These policies include a) the unconditional support of Israeli violations of human rights and International law, b) the support of ‘friendly’ dictators that are keeping their own societies in misery (while claiming verbally to support human rights and International Law).

In good news, the legal case for Al-Walaja moved in a positive direction as the court decided to reopen the case and ask the Israeli government to rethink why, if the wall is for security purposes, why can’t ot be built on the Green line.  The Court also rejected a settler petition to include all Al-Walaja behin the wall on the so called ‘Israeli side’. (Article in Arabic on Al-Walaja decision ). In other good news, Bishop Munib Younan was elected president of the Lutheran World Federation.

ACTION: Help the legal struggles in different countries against Israeli war crimes and crimes against humanity.

URGENT: Thousands of Israeli apartheid forces ethnically cleanse and demolished the Bedouin village of El-Araqib in the Negev.  Pictures at Please write to media, politicians etc.  Yeela Raanan wrote earlier “The village of el-Araqib is between Rahat and Beer Sheva, and in a location that the Goldberg commission deemed outside of the areas allowed for the Negev Arabs… an area designated only for Jews… the JNF (Jewish National Fund) is planting a forest on this village lands – to make sure that the Bedouin cannot live on their village lands or use them for agriculture. The villagers turned to the Israeli courts, as the JNF were planting this forest at the bequest of the Israeli government… the people of el-Araqib won the court battle… but this morning it seems that the Government of Israel has started a war — of the Government against its own citizens.” For more information: Dr. Yeela Raanan, Regional Council for the Unrecognized Villages (RCUV). +972 54 7487005

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