• on a comment on The J Street Scam over 3 years ago

    I agree with and appreciate your informativeness concerning the Jewish left. But it seems to most that its voice is small relative to the power wielded by right wing Zionists, whose ethnocentricism seems to be controlling the day. Can anyone imagine the directions being taken by a government that enacts a law, which will make it crime to boycott Israeli universities, not just in Israel, but in places like Ariel which resides in a Palestinian territory?

    My sympathies are with the Israeli left, but it has not had much of an effect in changing Israel's direction under Likud or Kadima, and if the leader of the vestigial Labor party, Barak, could actually resign because the party has become too dovish, one must assume that there is no left left in Israel at all. If Uri Avnery, after decades of advocating for peace, could never get more than a couple of thousand Israelis to join his organization, a Zionist one at that, in the best of times, how can one hope that a leftward voice will arise to lead the way, beyond maybe a few Haaretz writers who are probably not widely read.

    We are all now just being taken on the Likud ride, and hoping for the best.

  • comment on a post The J Street Scam over 3 years ago

    http://www.btselem.org/english/statistics/casualties.asp

  • on a comment on The J Street Scam over 3 years ago

    From B'Tselem, fatalities over the past 10 years:

    Click on the numbers for a list of individual names and details about the circumstances of their death. 

    Data , 29.9.2000-31.1.2011 Occupied Territories Israel Gaza Strip West Bank Total Palestinians killed by Israeli security forces 45021828633069 Palestinians killed by Israeli civilians 446502 Israeli civilians killed by Palestinians 39204243496 Israeli security force personnel killed by Palestinians 10514725290 Foreign citizens killed by Palestinians 1071739 Foreign citizens killed by Israeli security forces 66120 Palestinians killed by Palestinians 5291356640 Palestinians executed by the Palestinian Authority 82100 Palestinians executed by the Hamas Government 500

    Additional data (included in previous table) Occupied Territories Israel Gaza Strip West Bank Total Palestinian minors killed by Israeli security forces 99032513153 Israeli minors killed by Palestinians 4364084 Palestinians killed during the course of a targeted killing 305 107 412 0 Palestinians who were the object of a targeted killing 157822390 Palestinians killed by Palestinians for suspected collaboration with Israel 251091340 Palestinians who did not take part in the hostilities and were killed by Israeli security forces ( not including the objects of targeted killings). 213985229915 Palestinians who were killed by Israeli security forces and it is not known if they were taking part in the hostilities 2794146934 Palestinians who took part in the hostilities and were killed by Israeli security forces 1675480215560 Palestinian police officers who were killed inside police stations 24802480
  • on a comment on The J Street Scam over 3 years ago

    From B'Tselem, fatalities over the past 10 years:

    Click on the numbers for a list of individual names and details about the circumstances of their death. 

    Data , 29.9.2000-31.1.2011 Occupied Territories Israel Gaza Strip West Bank Total Palestinians killed by Israeli security forces 45021828633069 Palestinians killed by Israeli civilians 446502 Israeli civilians killed by Palestinians 39204243496 Israeli security force personnel killed by Palestinians 10514725290 Foreign citizens killed by Palestinians 1071739 Foreign citizens killed by Israeli security forces 66120 Palestinians killed by Palestinians 5291356640 Palestinians executed by the Palestinian Authority 82100 Palestinians executed by the Hamas Government 500

    Additional data (included in previous table) Occupied Territories Israel Gaza Strip West Bank Total Palestinian minors killed by Israeli security forces 99032513153 Israeli minors killed by Palestinians 4364084 Palestinians killed during the course of a targeted killing 305 107 412 0 Palestinians who were the object of a targeted killing 157822390 Palestinians killed by Palestinians for suspected collaboration with Israel 251091340 Palestinians who did not take part in the hostilities and were killed by Israeli security forces ( not including the objects of targeted killings). 213985229915 Palestinians who were killed by Israeli security forces and it is not known if they were taking part in the hostilities 2794146934 Palestinians who took part in the hostilities and were killed by Israeli security forces 1675480215560 Palestinian police officers who were killed inside police stations 24802480
  • on a comment on The J Street Scam over 3 years ago

    From B'Tselem, fatalities over the past 10 years:

    Click on the numbers for a list of individual names and details about the circumstances of their death. 

    Data , 29.9.2000-31.1.2011 Occupied Territories Israel Gaza Strip West Bank Total Palestinians killed by Israeli security forces 45021828633069 Palestinians killed by Israeli civilians 446502 Israeli civilians killed by Palestinians 39204243496 Israeli security force personnel killed by Palestinians 10514725290 Foreign citizens killed by Palestinians 1071739 Foreign citizens killed by Israeli security forces 66120 Palestinians killed by Palestinians 5291356640 Palestinians executed by the Palestinian Authority 82100 Palestinians executed by the Hamas Government 500

    Additional data (included in previous table) Occupied Territories Israel Gaza Strip West Bank Total Palestinian minors killed by Israeli security forces 99032513153 Israeli minors killed by Palestinians 4364084 Palestinians killed during the course of a targeted killing 305 107 412 0 Palestinians who were the object of a targeted killing 157822390 Palestinians killed by Palestinians for suspected collaboration with Israel 251091340 Palestinians who did not take part in the hostilities and were killed by Israeli security forces ( not including the objects of targeted killings). 213985229915 Palestinians who were killed by Israeli security forces and it is not known if they were taking part in the hostilities 2794146934 Palestinians who took part in the hostilities and were killed by Israeli security forces 1675480215560 Palestinian police officers who were killed inside police stations 24802480
  • comment on a post The J Street Scam over 3 years ago
    Israel to Boost Settlement Construction

    The Israeli government approved plans Sunday to build hundreds of new homes in the West Bank after a Jewish couple and their three children were found stabbed to death in a Jewish settlement. In response, Israeli leaders approved “measured construction” of 500 new homes. “They murder and we build, and we will build our country,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told relatives of the victims. Sunday’s decision was the first approval of new building plans since a moratorium expired in September.

    Read it at The Washington Post
  • comment on a post The J Street Scam over 3 years ago

    Why would anyone propose that a one state solution is best when it is evident that both peoples in this conflict prefer independence and self determination? Just how can one state be an expression of the identities both peoples hang on to historically? How would a one state solution resolve all of the outstanding issues that arose in 1948, foremost of which is the right of return of the dispossessed Palestinians? Where will they go, especially those still living in UNWRA refugee camps around the Middle East? Will they be allowed to "go home" to their villages, or settle in the open Jordan Valley, or will places in the Greater Israel continue to be off limits to them? Here is an even more naive question: what will be the name of this one state?

    One staters cannot answer any of these questions satisfactorily, which is why I think they are really Zionists of the Greater Israel kind.

    I'll respond to your comment later.

  • comment on a post The J Street Scam over 3 years ago

    You can't have it both ways: that the settlements should stay under any model of a two state solution, even though the settlements make the two state solution impossible. It is the old canard: we're for two states BUT... withdrawal is impossible, settler politics, security demands keeping the Jordan Valley and a border on the Jordan River, and every other impediment available.

    Israel is an ethnocracy and a view of what a one state would look like is already seen in Israel's present Jim Crow society. A one state solution also dissolves the identity of the Palestinian people into second class Israelis. Not a good solution for them after 1400 years of life in Palestine. The Jewish Israelis just don't want to be associated with them, the "Arabs," and no one can see that changing anytime soon.

    One State gives Israel the Greater Israel it has been moving toward for the past 40 years, but it gives nothing to the Palestinians except their disappearance as a unique Arabic people.

  • comment on a post The J Street Scam over 3 years ago

    http://www.facebook.com/councilforthenationalinterest

     

  • comment on a post The real struggle in Wisconsin has just begun... over 3 years ago

    He's just another Santorum, a fly by night, who will not, by running for president, make 2012 an easy win for Obama.

  • comment on a post The J Street Scam over 3 years ago

    ...there are hundreds of organizations in America, many headed by the American Jewish left, sincerely leading the effort to bring peace in the Middle East and a just and fair solution to Palestinian freedom and self-determination.

  • The press is slowly uncovering the source of King's embarrassing committee, and it is not just his support of terrorist activities by the IRA in London, which killed innocent civilians, that will bring him down.

  • comment on a post Wikileaks and the Middle East over 3 years ago

    Well not everyone would call them revelations, that all Israeli governments since Oslo were behind the colonialism of the West Bank and the creation of a Greater Israel, presumably with Palestinian bantustan enclaves within. The only thing that it gave us is the falsehood of denials to the contrary and the disingenuous ideas that the Palestinians to not want peace or a state of their own.

    In short, the Israeli propaganda has reached its end. No more bullshit, even though Washington will continue to carry water for the Israelis and AIPAC.

    Jimmy Carter is vindicated.

  • on a comment on Get This to Tahrir Square over 3 years ago

    The big question is, who'se next? Jordan, Syria, Algeria, Palestine????

  • on a comment on Get This to Tahrir Square over 3 years ago

    The big question is, who'se next? Jordan, Syria, Algeria, Palestine????

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