### "As recently as two years ago, Wiesel called Israel’s attacks on Gaza, which killed hundreds of children, entirely the fault of Hamas, who were practising “child sacrifice” and “barbarism.” His inevitably lofty moral justifications for these actions rang ... dubiously... It’s interesting that pro-Israel (or at least not anti-Israel) critics of Israel, such as American Jews Peter Beinart or Max Blumenthal, didn’t hesitate to critique Wiesel even moments after his death. They objected to his refusal to raise questions about anything done by Israel’s governments (“I must identify with whatever Israel does — even with her errors”) and about his full-throated support for U.S. wars endorsed by Israel against Iraq or Libya, and his opposition to a U.S. peace with Iran." https://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2016/07/15/elie-wiesel-was-the-beacon-who-lost-his-way-salutin.html
### "As recently as two years ago, Wiesel called Israel’s attacks on Gaza, which killed hundreds of children, entirely the fault of Hamas, who were practising “child sacrifice” and “barbarism.” His inevitably lofty moral justifications for these actions rang ... dubiously... It’s interesting that pro-Israel (or at least not anti-Israel) critics of Israel, such as American Jews Peter Beinart or Max Blumenthal, didn’t hesitate to critique........
Haaretz ( Israeli New York Times): After shooting a Palestinian with Down syndrome, Israeli soldiers fled without looking back
### A friend asked me... The Israeli apartheid state is one of your core issues, and I was wondering if you might be able to recommend any pertinent literature on the subject?........ 😃 correction, human rights is my only issue, and therefore the u.s. Israel decimation of Palestinian human rights, a genocide executed by my country, the world's sole superpower, is my top agenda item and with respect I believe it is the top agenda item of every individual on Earth that has retained a large portion of their soul. Indeed, genocide is rightly the red line for every such person. The ethnic cleansing of Palestine by Ilan pappe is the definitive work on the subject. Like everyone who speaks for Israel he has paid an immense price for..........
### A friend asked me... The Israeli apartheid state is one of your core issues, and I was wondering if you might be able to recommend any pertinent literature on the subject?........
😃 correction, human rights is my only issue, and therefore the u.s. Israel decimation of Palestinian human rights, a genocide executed by my country, the world's sole superpower, is my top agenda item and with respect I believe it is the top agenda item of every individual on Earth that has retained a large portion of their soul. Indeed, genocide is rightly the red line for every such person.
The ethnic cleansing of Palestine by Ilan pappe is the definitive work on the subject. Like everyone who speaks for Israel he has paid an immense price for speaking the truth and in his case being self-exiled from Israel to secure a position in teaching in England. As with the others I mentioned below there are our long talks by him on YouTube that are an excellent way of getting up to speed.
As I usually say to those that ask me to direct them to sources on this viciously disputed topic, I recommend that they review the sources that I provide and the first thing they should ask themselves, well, James said that his view is based on scholarly sources, are the sources he is pointing to me to scholarly? I recommend that same question to you. For myself, I don't have the time or interest to build my activism in life on quicksand, on trash from the left, or trash from the right. I'm interested in the truth, and I'll pay near any personal price to find it and then stand on it.
Miko Peled is an Israeli whose father was a famous General in the '67 and '47 Colonial assaults, rapes, plunders, lootings of Palestine. His book, The General's son, is immensely credible and you will easily find numerous hour-long Talks by him on YouTube as he wages a Truth campaign around the country.
If Americans knew, Alison Weir. She has been a truth Warrior since the early 2000s. Her book by that title is a fairly fast read. Roughly half of it is scholarly citations as I recall. And as with Miko, on YouTube you can and should find roughly our long talks as she goes around the country.
Mondoweiss and electronic intifada are absolutely rigorous, truth based, very scholarly, high integrity data sources daily for what's going on.
An age of fools, William Cook. I came across this long synopsis of this book only last week. Had I come across it several years ago before I go so deep into the scholarly inquiry of what the hell was going on between Israel and Palestine, I probably would have quickly discarded it as not believable, not credible, not fact-based. But instead I read it last week and from the perspective of years of rigorous study I found it the most truthful, courageous, important summary of what's going on and has been going on that I can think of. I'm glad I have the years of study to be able to spot the several areas that I still think are questionable in this article. But 98% of it is absolute truth. http://www.countercurrents.org/polya031215.htm
I stopped adding to the following page a year or so ago because the story just doesn't change, it just keeps getting more Savage, more brutal, more cruel , more damning of we Americans that fund it and allow it, and longer. These were the sources that I had built my understanding on which was sufficiently strong that my last Hunger Strike , 52 days, requiring Georgetown University Hospital 8 days to enable me to survive it at the end, was built by that time on sources including these. http://jesusgodgoodetcnjay.blogspot.com/2015/08/scholarly-links-on-israel-palestine.html And https://picasaweb.google.com/105834340090771270335/ZioniHolocaust
I am heartbroken by and therefore scathing of the cruel mockery that United States activism has made of the term peace activist for all the decades since Martin Luther King was assassinated. There are some exceptions, and they thereby prove the rule. The glaring exception that I see, the large and growing exception that I see, are the Jews in the United States and Israel that fight with their very lives, their careers, their intellect, their souls, their time, their money, their deep morality, relentlessly for human rights for Palestine. If one ever wondered whether campaigning for human rights for Palestine is anti-Semitic one only need to look at the work of Jewish voice for peace, breaking the silence, if not now, students for justice in Palestine, open Hillel....
Oh, and Haaretz, the paper of Record in Israel of all places! They are for Israel what the New York Times is supposed to be in the United States, the paper of National Record. But the New York Times is the most disgusting, blood-drenched, propaganda arm of Netanyahu's Israeli Nazi Genocide machine.
The UK Guardian also is quite consistently truthful.
99% of the UK and u.s. press act as propaganda arms for Israel, largely because they know that their careers will be assassinated on the spot should they Mumble the truth. The history is clear. Regardless of how senior a reporter may be, within a week or two of mentioning the truth their career is destroyed, they are made an example of, and no one else Ventures there. The same has been done to the US House and Senate. Our American value system is such that we will assassinate other people's children to protect the financial interests of our own.
***** Father of victim of Tel Aviv attack says Israel responsible for driving Palestinians to despair.
### THIS... is what activism looks like. I am and will continue to be extremely harsh, scathing, in calling out, occasionally, what passes for activism that in fact is activism in name only. Hypocrisy does not... ' 23 young Jews arrested in America for protesting Israel's occupation of Palestine''
### THIS... is what activism looks like. I am and will continue to be extremely harsh, scathing, in calling out, occasionally, what passes for activism that in fact is activism in name only. Hypocrisy does not require that the hypocrite see their own hypocrisy. In fact, hypocrisy, the child of denial, is always acting the part, not BEING the part, without self acknowledging that fact. If it was with acknowledging that fact it would be lying, deceit, deception, not hypocrisy. Why scathing, why extremely harsh? Because unless this gets fixed the future is existential hell for all future generations starting with disadvantaged current Generations. How the f*** should I be? What the f*** does loving do in the face of impending horror Beyond any ever seen for the human species, for all species? To do less would be unloving which I refuse to be. To my eyes, the actions described in the following article begin to be the epitome of what activism worthy the name is: Disciplined, respectable, scrupulous respectability, truly Brave, deeply selfless , making manifest the deepest longings of the heart, truly heroic, deeply courageous in truth, well thought-out but not show not theatrics not a media ploy, absolutely centered on others who are in extreme need, 0 self-centered, injecting self exactly in the way of the impending harm, completely within one's rights, never violating the rights of others physically morally or otherwise including the right of every creature in every circumstance to be treated as a human being regardless of how horrible ones Behavior may be, personally paying the price versus the violence of attempting to get another to pay the price, profoundly well informed, reverential, unfailingly serious, unmistakeably dignified. Non-hostile. Anti-violence. Anti-violent. Am I talking about acquiescence? Am I talking about tolerating violent acts toward others? By the police for example ? Anti-violence is never these things. Cowardice is the one unforgivable sin according to Gandhi , not the use of even deadly physical Force as we love to delude ourselves. Gandhi demanded physical Force to protect the weak if the person who could intervene was incapable of anti-violence. Are the people in this article wimps? I think the key to understanding the difference between a violent action and anti violent action is to imagine oneself in the presence of ones tremendously be loved just gone insane uncle about to bludgeon his infant child. Might you use violence to stop this? Might you be incredibly harsh to stop this? Of course! Do you hate your uncle or project hatred toward your uncle in intervening? Of course not! See the police as your uncle in a fit of insanity. See the 1% as your uncle in a fit of insanity, because they are. And nonviolence training worth the name is exactly about learning how to do this, not the violence crap that passes for non-violence training today. Watch the documentary, Freedom Riders, actual footage beautifully portrays what non violence training looks like in truth. If the organizations, if not now, Jewish voice for peace, breaking the silence, open Hillel, Christian Peacemaker teams... are not on your daily news scan please put them there. Our sisters and brothers who are the true Jews, the descendants of the ancient Israeli prophetic ethical system, are the one true repository of activism-in-deed that I continually see in 2014, 2015, 2016. Wagers of loving. The anti-violence. The only anti-violence.
***** ### F***! Sanders may have just pulled me into the campaign, not that anyone should care. S***. As if things weren't complicated enough already. Damn. ''Sanders appoints Palestine advocates to committee drafting Democrat’s 2016 platform''
***** Ilan Pappe: Israel Is the Last Remaining, Active Settler-Colonialist Project Ilan Pappe discusses Noam Chomsky, Bernie Sanders and the post-Zionist movement. BY Eli Massey
***** “Defining political issue of our time”: NYU grad student union overwhelmingly votes to boycott Israel over violations of Palestinian human rights
***** STOP. READ. PASS ON. Edelman had always resented Israel's claim on the Warsaw Ghetto uprising as a symbol of Jewish liberation. Now he said this belonged to the Palestinians. NOW.
***** "47 percent of the UK's Jewish population believe that the Israeli government is "constantly creating obstacles to avoid engaging in the peace process". 75% said that the expansion of settlements on the West Bank is a "major obstacle to peace." Just under a 33% even said they wouldn't demand that Palestinians must recognise Israel as a Jewish state......"
Wow. In the eyes of most Israelis, democracy consists of two Jews arguing over the fate of a Palestinian.
***** WOW. 'A nation that is in a civil war cannot publish a civics textbook. It’s ridiculous. In the United States in the mid-19th century, the North and the South would have been incapable of agreeing on a civics textbook. One side thought it was acceptable to enslave millions of Africans, the other side fervently believed that slavery must end.....' Haaretz. Israel is in a civil war, not a war of brothers The history of Jewish sovereignty is being repeated before our eyes. Two states have grown back, the State of Israel and the State of Judea. Uri Misgav