Laughing While Pulling the Trigger

Donald Trump has shown “sadism” against Palestinians who’ve turned to Ghandian protests but are still being slaughtered by Israel, says Max Blumenthal in this interview with Dennis J. Bernstein.

By Dennis J Bernstein

Max Blumenthal is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author.  His reporting on the brutalities of illegal Israeli occupation has set the standard for real reporting on the issue. Blumenthal has also reported on every aspect of the Israeli/US propaganda machine that works 24/7 to sustain the Israeli occupation.

Blumenthal’s articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Daily Beast, and The Nation Magazine.  He also co-hosts the podcast Moderate Rebels.

Dennis Bernstein spoke with Max Blumenthal on April 19th.

Dennis Bernstein:  I understand you were in the Gaza Strip recently.  You were there just before the latest slaughter along the border fence [on March 30]?

Max Blumenthal: I was there just weeks before the Great March of Return, when Israeli snipers began shooting regular people in Gaza who marched to the border wall to protest their open-air imprisonment.  Preparations were just starting for that march.

I got the chance to interview the wife of a man who had been refused an exit permit to get treatment for cancer.  He was forced to basically sit on his deathbed when he had a condition that could have been treated in the West Bank.  He was one of scores of people documented by the Al Mezan Center for Human Rights in the Gaza Strip who were refused exit permits and were forced to die.

Some are wondering why people would rush the border and risk their own lives by walking into the teeth of Israeli snipers. You have to understand that every family in Gaza has a story like this.

DB:  You tweeted a very disturbing video of Israeli soldiers shooting from behind this electric fence.  One of the shots shows them shooting and laughing.

MB:  The video was released by Breaking the Silence, a group of former and current Israeli soldiers who have confessed to crimes they have committed in the field.  They obtained this video, which was taken through a sniper’s scope, showing a sniper shooting an unarmed man and then laughing and cheering about how much they enjoyed doing that.

It really speaks to the perspective of average Israelis regarding people in the Gaza Strip.  They just don’t see them as human, especially younger Israelis who haven’t interacted with Palestinians since the Gaza Strip was sealed off in 2006. Israelis interact with them simply as snipers or drone operators and only a small minority of the Jewish Israeli public sees them as human.

There were some protests in Tel Aviv against the massacres that just occurred  and one of the leaders of that protest, Tamar Sandberg, who is from a left-wing nationalist party called Meretz, was brutally demonized in mainstream Israeli media.  A lot of Israelis who do have questions about what is happening tend to self-censor because the consequences are so high.

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DB:   What is happening there between the protesters and the sharpshooters demonstrates what current Israeli policy is. How would you characterize the policy now? Is the situation worse than it was five years ago?

MB:   The situation has been the same from 1948 to today.  We can refer to it as “demographic engineering.” Imagine if the United States officially declared itself a white Christian state.  And there were perhaps millions of people in the United States who were not white and Christian. They would have to be warehoused and their population would have to be limited somehow so that they would not compromise the ethnic integrity of the white Christian state.

That is Israel, the Jewish state, where most people in historic Palestine were not Jewish and were forced out of Israel in 1948, 750,000 of them.  Thirty to forty percent were forced into the Gaza Strip. Seventy to eighty percent of the people in the Gaza Strip are refugees or descended from refugees.  They cannot return to Israel, simply because they are not Jewish. Israel won’t be a Jewish state if they return there and have families. So Israel must contain them by any means.

In 2006 Israel imposed a siege on the Gaza Strip, which meant that food and goods would be allowed in but only enough to keep people alive, not enough that they could thrive.  This was to put pressure on the population to submit. The population has refused to submit. They have tried various means, including military means, to resist. Now they are using Gandhian unarmed protest, which American liberals have called for for years.  It has been very effective from a public relations standpoint, but it hasn’t changed Israel’s policy at all. Israel is still maintaining its demographic borders through force. The logic behind that is not security, it is demographic maintenance.

DB:  So the strategy is to make it impossible to survive and so the only thing you want to do is either hide or leave.

MB:  Or simply stay in your hole.  In East Jerusalem, where Israel actually seeks to take over, the policy is to force people to leave.  They have a law called the “Center of Life Policy,” where people who are Palestinian have to continually prove that they live there.  And if, for example, Palestinians spend too much time in the West Bank, they lose their residency.

There is another law to keep people from Gaza and the West Bank out of Jerusalem and out of Israel, where 20% of the population are Palestinians.  That’s called the Citizenship and Entry Law. It blocks people who have residency in Gaza or the West Bank from marrying people who are citizens of Israel. The point is to prevent a growth of the Palestinian population within Israel.

There are a whole set of laws aimed at demographic engineering which people don’t really know about in the West, but which represent the foundation of apartheid.  They are absolutely undemocratic.

DB:   Some of the people who fought against apartheid in South Africa say that the situation is worse now for Palestinians.  I have to think of that stage in the movement when Gandhi went to South Africa during the resistance to the pass laws.  People had decided that they were going to put their bodies on the line.

MB:  This has been going on for years and years in the West Bank against the separation wall.  But you have to understand that across the Palestinian population there is a deep desire to engage in this kind of resistance.  In the Gaza Strip people have been trying to do these protests every Friday against the wall and the siege. Now, for the first time, Hamas simply let them.

In the past, Hamas had actually been breaking up some of these protests to keep the border stable and to show that it was a good governor.  This is an expression of the authentic desire of the Palestinian people to resist, to show its face for the first time. The Israeli military apparatus is deeply worried. They have actually advocated assassinating leaders of the protest.

DB:  How about assassinating people who are marked clearly as journalists?

MB:  We lost Yaser Murtaja, a founder of one of Gaza’s most important press agencies, iMedia.  These are some of the bravest journalists in the world, who get the shots that Western journalists can’t get.  Murtaja was widely respected outside Gaza though he had never been able to leave.

After he was shot on site by an Israeli sniper, in the stomach below his vest that was marked “press,” Israel came out and labeled him a Hamas spy with absolutely zero evidence.  And The Washington Post reprinted that allegation in a headline. Why would The Washington Post give any credence to that, even as just an allegation?

DB:  You have written that “US policy on Israel/Palestine is almost entirely controlled by two elements in Washington, the pro-Israeli lobby and the arms industry.”

Harris: Sucking up to AIPAC.

MB:  The pro-Israel lobby is the second most powerful lobby in Washington, after the NRA.  It is responsible for funding campaigns on both sides of the aisle down to the state level.  A lot of the politicians without a strong donor base can easily make a few pro-Israel statements and pledge to sign on to whatever AIPAC wants them to do, and money will start flowing in through various family foundations and donors.  Kamala Harris is a perfect example. She shows up at AIPAC and makes a series of ridiculously pandering statements about how she used to raise money for Israel as a little kid.

Then you have the arms industry, who Trump holds up as job creators, especially in the swing states.  A lot of those jobs come from US loans to Israel, which now total $4 billion a year. Those loans go straight back into Texas, Colorado, Ohio to pay for the weapons that are shipped to Israel.

Israel actually has a tacit agreement with the United States not to produce any major weapons platforms of its own.  The US will punish Israel if they attempt to produce their own jets. Israel must buy US F-15’s and F-16’s. They must buy from US companies to receive US loans.  So basically the arms industry and its lobbying apparatus are pushing for these multi-billion dollar loan packages to Israel along with the Israel lobby. And where do the weapons fall?  They fall on apartment blocks in the Gaza Strip, and could be falling on Lebanon pretty soon.

DB:   You were just in the Gaza Strip.  Could you describe what daily life is like now for the people there?

MB:  The issue isn’t that there isn’t enough food.  I was there on Valentine’s day and there were all these huge teddy bears there for sale with balloons, the same as here.  But no one can afford to buy them. There is food in the restaurants but no one can afford to eat there, apart from the fortunate few.  But even the upper class is suffering. The middle class has been winnowed out. Every young person with an education wants to leave.

I was able to visit a few friends who were stuck there.  I met a guy there when we were watching a soccer match and he told me that his family is all in Dubai and he came into the Gaza Strip to visit other family.  The gates shut behind him and he has been stuck in Gaza for two years and doesn’t know how to get out to reunite with his family. This is a situation which is really unique in the world.  People are trapped inside and the walls are not lifting.

What impressed me very much was the stoicism of people there, the willingness to cope with the situation and not to cower before one of the world’s most powerful militaries, backed by the world’s lone superpower.

Kushner: Tight with Israel Lobby.

DB:  Is the Trump administration noticeably worse, for example, with its movement of the embassy to Jerusalem?  Or is it just business as usual?

MB:   No, I am actually impressed with how much worse Trump has been able to make things on the ground.  He has very clearly demonstrated a level of sadism toward Palestinians that no other president has.  It has a lot to do with his son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

The administration has substantially reduced funding for the UN Relief Works Agency, which is in charge of Palestinian refugees, about 70% of the population in Gaza.  UNRWA runs first-class schools which give students a first-class secular education. People in Gaza rely substantially on food aid from UNRWA and that is not coming at the same level.  So suffering has increased under Trump and Kushner, whose family is deeply connected to the pro-Israel lobby.

I spoke to an UNRWA source who has been in meetings with Trump and Kushner and he told me that the generals are even afraid of Jared Kushner.  They understand that destabilizing the situation for Palestinian refugees will destabilize the Middle East as a whole and mean trouble for US national security. But there is nothing they can do because they can’t get access to Trump without going through Kushner. You have this guy whose only qualification is marrying Ivanka, who doesn’t even have a security clearance, and he is dictating policy on Israel/Palestine.  It is a terrifying scenario.

Dennis J. Bernstein is a host of “Flashpoints” on the Pacifica radio network and the author of Special Ed: Voices from a Hidden Classroom.  You can access the audio archives at www.flashpoints.net. You can get in touch with the author at dbernstein@igc.org.

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41 comments for “Laughing While Pulling the Trigger

  1. Ron
    May 6, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    All of you are stinking anti semites. Israel will get stronger and stronger while your hate increases. Worry about the USA. It came within a hair of going over the edge in the last election

  2. Piotr Berman
    May 2, 2018 at 11:09 am

    Concerning the “impossible solution”, one can simply assemble ideas and methods proclaimed and used under the leadership of USA, with some Israeli variants.

    Goal: restore borders of 1967, the idea of “internationally recognized borders”, like Crimea with Ukraine, Abhasia and S. Ossetia with Georgia etc.

    Method: economic sanctions.

    The scope: make a list of products and quantities that Israel is allowed to import (Iraq between Gulf wars, Gaza, Yemen), disallow any banking operations with Israeli banks, allow only those ships or cargo planes that carry the goods from the list (no need to separately criminalize support of illegal settlements, all financial transfers to Israel would be illegal.) Disable any possibilities to export, with some funny exceptions (check how it was done with Gaza, the Dutch were allow to import some flowers, religious communities could be allow to purchase Israeli dreidels).

    We know methods directed at Gaza, Iraq, Iran and Yemen, so one can make them a bit more humane and apply (I recall that humus was one of the prohibited products for Gazans for a while, the food product list would take into accounts the concepts of Mediterranean diet etc., taking care of not exceeding the recommended caloric intake). The movement of people should not be as restricted as in the case of Gaza. Private ships trying to break the blockade should be dealt with without bloodshed.

    Most importantly, one should avoid the most glaring demerit of sanctions schemes: the rules to end the sanctions should be clear, and there should be no obfuscation with “other sanctions” that would continue in perpetuity. Tough sanctions that the target state can avoid.

  3. Zinny
    May 1, 2018 at 10:34 pm

    MB: The situation has been the same from 1948 to today. We can refer to it as “demographic engineering.”

    From the late !8th century until 1948 it was referred to as eugenics.

  4. Joe
    May 1, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    I highly recommend “Our harsh Logic”, by Breaking The Silence. It is a great work on the subject matter, as told by IDF operators themselves.

  5. Brother Toby
    May 1, 2018 at 11:30 am

    Can you all please refer me to any podcasts that are similar in nature to the reporting found here at Consortium News? Thank you.

    • May 7, 2018 at 7:20 am

      Moderate Rebels
      Loud & Clear
      Unauthorized Disclosure
      By Any Means Necessary
      This is Hell!
      Black Agenda Radio
      Media Roots Radio

  6. Rohit
    May 1, 2018 at 6:30 am

    It is Gandhi not Ghandi. I have seen this misspelling many times so it is important to protest less it become common.

  7. Brendan
    May 1, 2018 at 5:31 am

    Yemeni lives, just like Palestinian lives, are valued less than American arms contracts. CNN’s Wolf Blitzer expressed surprise that anyone could think otherwise, when he spoke to Rand Paul during the 2016 election campaign:

    “So for you this is a moral issue,” he told Paul during the Kentucky Republican’s appearance on CNN. “Because you know, there’s a lot of jobs at stake. Certainly if a lot of these defense contractors stop selling war planes, other sophisticated equipment to Saudi Arabia, there’s going to be a significant loss of jobs, of revenue here in the United States. That’s secondary from your standpoint?”
    https://theintercept.com/2016/09/09/wolf-blitzer-is-worried-defense-contractors-will-lose-jobs-if-u-s-stops-arming-saudi-arabia/

    • Anon
      May 1, 2018 at 1:38 pm

      Really amazing, isn’t it! What exactly separates us from the Nazis!

  8. Brendan
    May 1, 2018 at 5:25 am

    Taken from a piece by an Israeli writer and activist:
    “Uri Avnery’s Column
    Eyeless in Gaza
    14/04/18
    (…)
    THIS WEEK a short video, recorded by a soldier at the time of such an action, was widely seen in Israel.

    It shows the action from the angle of a soldier who was obviously standing next to a sharpshooter. The sharpshooter sees the demonstrators from a distance of hundreds of yards. The hairs of his sights move at random, than settle on an individual. He shoots. The person drops on the spot.

    A joyous cry “Yesh” is heard all around from unseen soldiers who have been watching. “Yesh” means “got him”, a jubilant yell, such as would accompany a hunter’s success in killing a rabbit.

    Many hundreds of thousands of Israelis have seen this film by now, since it was shown for the first time on TV. Except for a few articles and letters to the editor (in Haaretz), there has been no protest.
    (…)
    The killer was not a hardened mercenary. He – and the joyous soldiers around him – were just ordinary youngsters, drafted at the age of 18 like most Jewish Israelis.

    All of them were just “following orders”. (Remember?) We have not heard of one single case of a soldier refusing orders.
    (…)
    Not only is the shooting of the unarmed protesters, far from the fence, done by order, but there seem to be no other voices. The military and political leadership is united. Even in civilian society, voices against the mass murder are very few.

    HOW DO the Israeli media react? Well, they don’t.
    (…)
    The sorrowful fact is that the Israeli media have reverted to what they were in the early days of the state: an instrument of the government.
    (…)
    the great majority of the press is now coordinated with the regime (“gleichgeschaltet” in German). Two minutes on Gaza. 20 minutes on what’s happening in Syria. 10 minutes for the latest (imaginary) outbreak of anti-Semitism in the British Labor Party.

    Most of the journalists and broadcasters, honest and well-meaning people all, are not even conscious of what they are doing (or not doing). They are innocent of any other thoughts.”

    http://zope.gush-shalom.org/home/en/channels/avnery/1523632747/

    • mike k
      May 1, 2018 at 5:51 pm

      Those broadcasters are not innocent. To know when something being done is wrong and evil is a responsibility of every human being. If they fail to criticize these evil shootings, then they are abetting them. A propagandist is an accessory to murder in this case. In a war crimes trial, they will be dealt with accordingly. Every Israeli who does not protest the genocide of the Gaza Arabs, is guilty of condoning it by their silence.

      • May 1, 2018 at 8:37 pm

        Those who supply revenues to any war crime drenched regime are complicit in the mass murders.

      • Brendan
        May 2, 2018 at 3:18 am

        mike k , True. I suppose what the author was pointing out was “the banality of evil” – just ordinary people doing their job. It’s ironic that that expression was first used to describe the testimony of Adolf Eichmann at his trial in Israel.

        • May 4, 2018 at 9:40 pm

          You nailed it. I was thinking the same thing. I keep expecting to wake up from the nightmare of “we’ve been here before”! It is incomprehensible that cries of “never again” are tone-deaf to Palestinians. So chilling….

  9. Mild -ly- Facetious
    April 30, 2018 at 9:07 pm

    In regard to laughing while pulling the trigger,
    In An Other Highly Popularized Region,

    One begs to ask for Sincere response to

    The highly questioned idea of a Nobel Prize
    For combative Trump vis-a-vis N&S Korea?

    No “Man of Peace” would build a US embassy
    In Jerusalem, Israel W/O Saudi acquiescence

    To the sacrifice of Palestinian People as those slain
    by the Imperious Sharon in squalid refugee camps,

    No one could humanely approve of such slaughter
    but those of a Talmudic cry against Babylonian captivity

    the loss of Place and Privilege beneath GOD’s wrath,
    His promised punishment for their disobedience

    and ignorance of God’s promise to Ishmael
    /the Half Breed
    son of Abraham whose mother was an Egyptian
    ——
    The Middle East is an amalgamation of peoples
    That’ve lived together for centuries, until oil was found
    Oil that lubricated moving parts, moved railroad trains
    And cargo ships and passengers across the Atlantic
    into Brave New Worlds, from Europe, into “america”
    where Progress was possible for accepted ‘elites’ specially
    from the British Colonies after the Revolution and after
    World War One and again after World War Two when we
    Opened wide our doors to former Nazi Leaders into our
    Central Intelligence Agency and —- –
    German Scientists amalgamated with Jewish physicists
    and Huxley’s “Brave New World” metamorphosed into

    The Banality of Evil ;Starring, US President, Donald Trump
    along with positing himself as recipient of Nobel Peace Prize

    With which, I present to you all a world turned upside down,
    as if ‘The End Is Near’ is as the Silent Scream of Rachel Carlson
    or as the Israeli 2003 bulldozer Murder of Rachel Corrie as she stood
    in front of a Caterpillar Bulldozer set to destroy a Palestinian family home

    Nobel PEACE Prize for TRUMP??!!!
    No Scale of REAL Justice
    could balance these weights.

  10. Joe Tedesky
    April 30, 2018 at 8:27 pm

    Imagining living under the thumb of Jared, is a description of fascism in the raw. If a person needs proof to how the U.S. has been sold out to Israel, this interview describes it through Max Blumenthal’s candid remarks. Thanks consortiumnews for printing this great interview, and maybe someday our MSM will be taken back from the Zionist.

    • WC
      May 1, 2018 at 1:19 am

      Please. The U.S. has not been sold out to Israel as it is a mutually beneficial arrangement what happens in the middle east. Even Ol’ Abe agrees with this.

      • Joe Tedesky
        May 1, 2018 at 10:01 am

        2 wrongs don’t make it right. Sorry WC I keep going back to1948 and the Truman presidential campaign, and how expensive it was for Harry to run his candidacy from the back of a caboose. Although the Jewish Lobby was there to save Harry’s boring ass. Clark Clifford out maneuvered George Marshall, and the UN was stool up for all practical purposes. The mutually between Israel and the U.S. is found only on the strength of the dollar, and with that the Palestinian loses. All this to cater to an American duel citizenry population of less than 2%. It’s only mutual in the back room of politicians who serve no allegiance but to the dollar. Joe

        • WC
          May 1, 2018 at 4:46 pm

          And going back to 1948 fixes the problems we have today?

          This site is great for a history lesson, but so far no solutions.

          • Joe Tedesky
            May 1, 2018 at 4:59 pm

            Oh I have solutions, and keeping our American interest in this current Israeli government isn’t one of them. If it were up to me I would ditch this love for this brutal Israeli government, and I would side on the side of a democratic represented government to replace what is now in power. This would include all factions and religions of that region would immediately be represented in a fair Palestine/Israeli congress. I seriously detest this arrangement Israel currently has with the U.S., and again if it were up to me this would change. AIPAC would suddenly become a lobby of the past…talk about outside collusion, wow.

            WC I enjoy going back and forth with you, but never under estimate my ability to come up with solutions. I made a career out of being a trouble shooter, that’s what I do. I maybe a dreamer at heart, but I’m pragmatic in the real world when it comes right down to it.

            Good to hear your point of view. Joe

          • WC
            May 1, 2018 at 8:29 pm

            Most of the “solutions” I have been hearing (and I am talking in general not just this comments section) fit into the wouldn’t it be nice category. And while this may satisfy some psychological need for those who think in these terms, renders that segment of the population useless in finding any real solutions.

            And then we have those who believe more public awareness will solve the problems. As a society, we are more informed now than at any point in history. But your vote no longer counts because the status quo owns the system, and they are going to do whatever they want come hell or high water. Which leaves us where? in practical terms of doing anything about it?

            This is not to say there are no practical solutions, but if the bar is set so high it is unattainable in real world terms, all we will end up doing is spinning around in the same historical circle we have for the past 2000 years.

          • Joe Tedesky
            May 1, 2018 at 10:25 pm

            Next time I’ll remember when talking to you to aim a lot lower.

            Please understand WC all my life I have worked on teams where if you aimed lower you were asked to leave the room. Often we were the last consulted, so solutions were our game. I mean you said you want solutions, yet you allow the mediocre to rise as if nothing better could survive the test of the masses. This is the greatest psychology to be used to shoot me down, as to take away hope and deny any accomplishments for the greater challenge. Walt Disney run many a non creative thinker off his lot with his criteria for qualified personnel. Don’t pontificate that nonsense of our settling for second best. It all comes down to values, like respecting the U.S. Constitution…. there’s a novel unattainable goal for ya, make everything Constitutional.

            Please WC stretch your mind a little bit, because what you are promoting is archaic at best. We can do whatever it is that needs done, all we need to do is do it. Joe

          • WC
            May 2, 2018 at 2:23 am

            What you really object to here is my questioning your blind faith that is primarily predicated on your belief in the goodness of the human spirit. I am not denying all of that exists, along with team work and thinking big, but we ain’t in charge and there is no “solution” on the horizon to change that. The more informed the public becomes as to how badly they are getting screwed and by whom, the system cranks up the authoritarian rule. If anything can be said of the present state of affairs it is that the status quo has been far too successful, which may be their undoing in the end.

            So no, I won’t join a cheer leading team that is waiting for some magical solution to pop out of the air. I once told Tannenhouser, the killer here is the idealists are right and they know it. There is no arguing with the perfect world, and living in that belief system is the ultimate feel-good escape from the realities of the world we actually live in. So who is narrow minded here?

        • Abe
          May 2, 2018 at 12:04 am

          Conventional Hasbara (pro-Israel) propaganda troll “WC” dumps the usual pile of poo. It’s all been refuted numerous times here at CN. But “WC” gets paid for persistence,

          • WC
            May 2, 2018 at 2:40 am

            Dear Ol’ Abe. Given the effort you put into commenting on this site, which must easily run into the tens of thousands of words, I can fully understand your need for trolls to inflate your self-importance. To your credit, your middle east history is impeccable and your value on this comments section is considerable. However, you are still an academic theorist who belongs to the same faith-based ideology as our friend Joe Tedesky.

  11. ranney
    April 30, 2018 at 6:49 pm

    I had never quite so clearly understood how our military aid to Israel works. Thanks to Max’s clear explanation I guess I now do. Here’s how I understand it :
    The US gives Israel $4 billion each year and then Israel gives it back to Boeing, Lockheed, Rayethon at al for planes, bombs and other necessities Israel requires to keep their fascist country free of non- jews. The US with the encouragement of the US war manufacturers has an enforced agreement with Israel. We’ll give Israel this tax payer money, but Israel can only spend it at the military factories in America. If they start making their own planes and tanks and guns we will stop giving them the money. Very neat. I wonder, if American citizens actually understood this how they would feel – i.e. our tax money going, not to help Israel in any realistic way, but to fatten the pay of CEOs at Boeing, Lockheed, et al. which is achieved by killing innocent women and children. How many Americans would say that is a good bargain?

  12. William MacCrea (William M)
    April 30, 2018 at 6:45 pm

    As I recall, an Israeli scholar said not too long ago that an Anti-Semite is not someone who hates Jews, but rather a name cast upon one whom Zionists hate. I have always had a deep respect for Judaism, but being now in my 80’s and still in possession of a good memory, I remember 1947-’48 very well when the last British flag east of Suez was lowered. From even before that the Zionists had been doing everything possible to drive the Palestinians from their lands and villages. Arms were being shipped from the U.S. in crates marked as farm machinery parts. Of course, in those days we were willing to look the other way. It was only three years after the War and the freeing of Jews et alia from concentration camps.
    The people who rule Israel, Jews from Eastern Europe mainly, do not even trust Sephardi Jews to run the country. Most of them are “cultural” Jews, rather than Jews by Religious affiliation. If Israelis were required to submit to DNA testing it would be interesting to learn just how “Semitic” they really are. Many of those Arab kids may well be descended from Jews who were forced to convert to Islam during the Ottoman reign and even before that. In any case, there is something a bit amiss about a people who will go into the land of another folk, set up their homes and businesses and then refer to the citizens of the host nation as “Strangers”, “Goyim”, or whatever.
    I am with Mike! Boycott !

    • mike k
      April 30, 2018 at 7:27 pm

      BDI! BDI! BDI! BDI! …………………….

      • mike k
        April 30, 2018 at 7:34 pm

        My bad. I meant BDS. I put I for Israel, instead of S for sanctions. Same intent tho.

      • May 1, 2018 at 8:50 pm

        The Zionist fear BDS. Rahm Emanuel ( O’s handler) is the son of a zionist Irgun terrorist arms supplier.

    • May 1, 2018 at 8:43 pm

      My understanding is that the Ottoman did not demand conversion but only taxed non Muslims more heavily.

    • Piotr Berman
      May 2, 2018 at 11:36 am

      Obviously, there are different definitions of antisemitism and some antisemites are just fine for Israel. In particular, there is a widespread belief that Jews “rule the world” by controlling this or that, say, Hollywood, banks, USA, EU etc. A number of politicians is guided by that belief, e.g. by ingratiating themselves with Israel (say, Latvia, Poland) or by hiring Jewish lobbyists with AIPAC experience to represent them in Washington. I would call them paleo-antisemites. Israel and Jewish supporters often scoff at them, but very, very mildly. It is neo-antisemites that have to be eradicated root and branch, i.e. the opposition to Israel to do whatever the Jewish citizens democratically decides (like using Gaza as a shooting gallery, West Bank for contact sports and Syria to practice long range weapons). In USA it is hard to believe that neo-antisemites can be much of a problem, but as I read, it is a real issue in England (Celtic parts of British Islands are even worse).

  13. mike k
    April 30, 2018 at 6:06 pm

    Netanyahoo, the Nazi leader of Israel, claims Iran lies about stopping it’s nuclear weapons activities. That’s a hoot coming from one of the biggest liars on the planet!

    • Abbybwood
      April 30, 2018 at 8:57 pm

      Not to mention that Israel possesses HUNDREDS of nuclear weapons and the missiles to deliver them. They have their “Samson Option” to destroy the whole world if they are being destroyed and they REFUSE to become signatories to The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

      People who live in glass houses……

    • Druid
      April 30, 2018 at 10:00 pm

      People in Israel were panicking thinking that a war is imminent, called in to radio stations with their fears. They were told laughingly not to worry, there is no war to come, that Nuts talk was for a foreign country, not for Israel. Masters at propaganda and money-grubbing!

  14. Drew Hunkins
    April 30, 2018 at 4:19 pm

    Many of the IDF soldiers are almost as sociopathic as the Golden State Killer.

    That they can get away with shooting in cold blood unarmed Palestinians who are protesting along the concentration camp fence on the Gazan side of the concentration camp fence, laugh about it on camera for all the world to witness, and not one soldier, captain, major, colonel, or general has faced any repercussions, is obviously beyond appalling. Meanwhile some jonesing crackhead steals a television and he’s thrown in a miserable county lockup facing 5 to ten years.

    And meanwhile, the psychopathic Netanyahoo is assuring the world at this very moment that Tehran has been cheating on the nuclear deal all along; believe Netanyahoo, he’s telling us so. The same charlatans and killers who assured us Saddam had WMD, Kaddafyi’s soldiers were going to rape the entire eastern half of the Libyan population, the Kremlin hacked the election, and Assad’s using chem weapons on his own people, yes, we’ll believe them. With neighbors like Israel it almost behooves a state to develop nuclear weapons, quick. Otherwise they’ll have IDF serial killers on their borders picking off helpless citizens as they walk to school, shop at the market or drive to work.

    Clearly what the Washington-militarists-Zionists have in mind is to clear the plate of the North Korea imbroglio to more smoothly transition the propaganda and public opinion against Iran and Hezbollah, putting Tehran and Hezbollah squarely in the cross hairs.

  15. mike k
    April 30, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    Israel is a disgusting racist state, worse than Hitler. If there is an enemy of world peace and justice for all worse than the USA, it is Israel. This evil entity needs to be dissolved.

    • mike k
      April 30, 2018 at 4:13 pm

      Israel is an entity built on hate and delusions of racial superiority. Everyone, including all Jews should be deeply ashamed of Israel. If any one sends money to Israel, it is equivalent to sending money to support Hitler. The people who run Israel are nothing but Jewish Nazis.

      • mike k
        April 30, 2018 at 4:18 pm

        I would suggest that Israel be made a global pariah. No one should do any business with Israel, including traveling there. American “Christians” who support Israel are betraying Jesus Christ, and his teachings of love and nonviolence.

    • Piotr Berman
      May 2, 2018 at 11:26 am

      “Worse than Hitler” is both inflammatory and not justified by facts. If I had to make comparison, I would have a mass murderer who mutilates his victims before killing them versus a solid citizen who keeps his daughter in the basement for decades and rapes her daily. Both types of cases are familiar to us. Being better that a mass cruel murderer is a bar to jump that simply lies on the ground. By the scale of other conflicts, Israel is not guilty of mass murder, but Gaza is like the basement of the solid citizen I have mentioned.

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