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Hedges writes: "The attacks, and the disturbingly similar forms of punishment, appear to be part of a coordinated effort by the Israeli government and the Israel lobby to blacklist all student groups that challenge the official Israeli narrative."

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to the AIPAC meeting on March 4 in Washington, D.C. (photo: AP/Carolyn Kaster)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to the AIPAC meeting on March 4 in Washington, D.C. (photo: AP/Carolyn Kaster)


Israel's War on American Universities

By Chris Hedges, TruthDig

17 March 14

 

he banning of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at Northeastern University in Boston on March 7, along with a university threat of disciplinary measures against some of its members, replicates sanctions being imposed against numerous student Palestinian rights groups across the country. The attacks, and the disturbingly similar forms of punishment, appear to be part of a coordinated effort by the Israeli government and the Israel lobby to blacklist all student groups that challenge the official Israeli narrative.

Northeastern banned the SJP chapter after it posted on campus replicas of eviction notices that are routinely put up on Palestinian homes set for Israeli demolition. The university notice of suspension says that if the SJP petitions for reinstatement next year, “No current member of the Students for Justice in Palestine executive board may serve on the inaugural board of the new organization” and that representatives from the organization must attend university-sanctioned “trainings.”

In 2011 in California, 10 students who had disrupted a speech at UC Irvine by Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren were found guilty, put on informal probation and sentenced to perform community service. Oren, an Israeli citizen who has since been hired by CNN as a contributor, has called on Congress to blacklist supporters of the campaign of boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel and to prosecute those who protest at appearances by Israeli officials. Some activists at Florida Atlantic University were stripped of student leadership positions after they walked out of a talk by an Israeli army officer and were ordered by school administrators to attend re-education seminars designed by the Anti-Defamation League. Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine (CSJP) was abruptly placed on suspension in the spring of 2011 and barred from reserving rooms and hosting events on campus. The university administration, before the ban, had a practice of notifying the campus Hillel in advance of any CSJP event. The suspension was eventually lifted after a protest led by attorneys for the CSJP.

READ MORE: Israel's War on American Universities


 

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+42 # MidwesTom 2014-03-17 07:00
AIPAC is the 900 pound gorilla on the Hill. Cross it and you lose.
 
 
-33 # mmeric 2014-03-17 08:45
Quoting MidwesTom:
AIPAC is the 900 pound gorilla on the Hill. Cross it and you lose.


Yes, and? They are an effective lobby. Lots of groups are. Do please explain.
 
 
+44 # MidwesTom 2014-03-17 09:07
AIPAC actually got themselves exempted from reporting how much they donate and to whom they donate. No other lobbying group has been able to achieve that.

Several years ago I met with the head of the Ethanol Lobby, who explained that anyone who tries to limit or question AIPAC suddenly finds a very well funded opponent in the next election.
 
 
-15 # CAMUS1111 2014-03-17 12:53
OK--who exempted them? From what exactly? Yet more unsubstantiated "stuff" from MidwestTommy
 
 
+8 # Activista 2014-03-17 14:50
Quoting CAMUS1111:
OK--who exempted them? From what exactly? Yet more unsubstantiated "stuff" from MidwestTommy

IRS asked to revoke AIPAC's tax exemption | Mondoweiss
mondoweiss.net/.../irs-asked-to-revoke-aipacs-tax-exemptio...‎
Mondoweiss
Nov 23, 2010 - and other news from Today in Palestine: Settlers/ Land, Property, Resource Theft & Destruction/Eth nic Cleansing Palestinian family evicted ...
 
 
+14 # MidwesTom 2014-03-17 18:17
Listen, I am not a big fan of Palestine, in fact I think Israel should be allowed to do what ever it pleases. What I object to is the influence the very well funded AIPAC has over our country. Just a brief search of the web turned up ,many references to AIPAC and their tax free, reporting free existence. They are classified as a 501-3c organization, the same as most civic volunteer organizations. The difference is that they do not have to report numbers to the IRS, and they do not have to register as an agent of or for a foreign government.

A web site with a lot of facts, scattered among a lot of inconsequential material is the following:
http://america-hijacked.com/2011/05/

I am a firm believer that our government officials should only be citizens of this country. Anyone with dual citizenship should be excluded from high government posts. I deal with Jewish individuals on a daily basis through our business and I am surprised how many of the older ones want to be buried in Israel, the land they consider their homeland. I am sure that similar attachment to Israel is ingrained in the dual citizenship people holding many influential spots in our government; and I therefore feel their judgement is not the same as a person holding only US citizenship.
 
 
+10 # maryf 2014-03-17 18:50
Quoting MidwesTom:
They are classified as a 501-3c organization

AIPAC has both 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) parts to it. The 501(c)(4) is not tax-exempt (nor are contributions tax-deductible) , freeing them from the annoying restrictions on their political activities. The 501(c)(3) must report all income to the IRS. I would not be surprised if they use this dual status to game the system and get around the rules.
 
 
+3 # mjc 2014-03-18 10:01
Square what you post here with your previous comment...pleas e. "Israel should be allowed to do what ever it pleases".???? There are lots of Congress persons who agree with these sentiments of yours.
 
 
+4 # mjc 2014-03-18 09:55
Waging war on students? Apparently that is okay for you and the state of Israel.
 
 
+47 # ritawalpoleague 2014-03-17 07:24
I learned it from Jewish anti-torture of Palestinian/ant i-AIPAC activists, who had joined with Code Pink activists in D.C., myself included...

Hillery Clinton is one of the bought off pols.. There are many, with AIPAC now known to be one of the most effective lobbying and buy off of pols. ever, who understand that there is vast investigation re. 9/11 and all that has roots in 9/11, that needs to happen. Do we need Hill the Shill to run and/or get elected pres. in '16? No way, Jose!

Please, Dem.s, before buying into the 'Hillary is the frontrunner' and 'we need Hillary to be the first woman president' caca, get info. outed on WikiLeaks, that let out facts re. Hillary's corrupt doings and connections to AIPAC. More corrupt, warmongering/en vironment ruining pols. needed? And, while checking out facts, consider looking into what Dem. pols. are in favor of fracking, pipelining, etc.. A certain indicator of their being bought off. And, re. '16....

SANDERS PANDERS NOT, TO THE 1% -
Run, Please Bernie, Run !!!
 
 
-29 # moafu@yahoo.com 2014-03-17 07:54
Students - AND - universities should learn to be in disagreement without improper behavior and disruptive actions. Rude and impolite terminology is not acceptable from LEFT, RIGHT, ISRAELI OR NON-ISRAELI.

We need to re-gain the dignity that launched Western Civilization.
 
 
+42 # Majikman 2014-03-17 08:54
Spoken like a true AIPAC troll, Mofo. "Oh please, sir. It would be ever so nice if you could please stop murdering & torturing our children."
 
 
+30 # reiverpacific 2014-03-17 09:55
Quoting moafu@yahoo.com:
Students - AND - universities should learn to be in disagreement without improper behavior and disruptive actions. Rude and impolite terminology is not acceptable from LEFT, RIGHT, ISRAELI OR NON-ISRAELI.

We need to re-gain the dignity that launched Western Civilization.


What "civilization" would THAT be?
I don't see much "Dignity" coming out of Nutty-yahoo's LIKUD or MOSSAD towards Palestine Iran or the group mentioned in this article.
Any country who has no universal healthcare but a military bigger than the rest of the world combined -and a Feudalist Congress that squashes any attempts at progress whilst enriching themselves with taxpayer funds is anything but "Civilized"!
Remove da stars and Stripe-colored blinkers and look around the world a bit -especially at quality of life indicators where the US is somewhere in the upper 40's globally depending which poll you look at.
What the "we" need to regain is the old "Can-do" spirit that used to so impress and encourage we from other nations who came here in the 70's, in encouraging more citizen -not corporate- welfare by increasing funding for healthcare, infrastructure, education and small business incentives to be creative, which has been squashed since Reagan's time and sat on subsequently by self-seeking politicians, the upper judiciary and the Corporate conglomerates who own them!
 
 
+38 # bmiluski 2014-03-17 10:01
They didn't scream at the Israeli army officer. They just got up and walked out. What would you suggest they should have done?
 
 
+17 # NOMINAE 2014-03-17 17:47
Quoting bmiluski:
They didn't scream at the Israeli army officer. They just got up and walked out. What would you suggest they should have done?


Good POINT ! And, how *can* a person be legally disciplined for walking *anywhere* on public property ? What if they were all going to the bathroom ? What if they all had invitations to the same off-campus party, and were late ? So much for the "land of the Free, and the Home of the Brave", ay ?
 
 
+21 # slocan 2014-03-17 11:23
Your mean the civilization the is destroying the Natural world?
 
 
+13 # NOMINAE 2014-03-17 17:43
Quoting moafu@yahoo.com:

We need to re-gain the dignity that launched Western Civilization.


Zounds ! Somebody needs a refresher course on the "launching" of Western Civilization. There was (and is) nothing "polite" about Empire Building and the Genocide that went/goes with it.
 
 
+14 # maryf 2014-03-17 19:00
Quoting moafu@yahoo.com:
We need to re-gain the dignity that launched Western Civilization.

DIGNITY??
When Mohandas Gandhi, at the time of his first visit to the UK, was asked by a reporter, "So what do you think of Western Civilization?", he responded, "I think it would be a good idea."
He got it right from the beginning.
 
 
0 # RLF 2014-03-18 15:06
They should protest down the road three miles behind the walmart where they are allowed to protest and show some manners!
 
 
+14 # Akeel1701 2014-03-17 08:04
This sounds strangely familiar.....
 
 
+12 # jwb110 2014-03-17 08:35
Welcome to the Supreme Soviet.....
I watched a similar thing happen when Mario Savio started protest at UC Berkley. Reagan sent in the militia. At the time I thought these groups would be driven underground and that's what happened. If pro Palestinian groups are sanctioned by Universities and they are driven underground the result could be far worse because the enrollment would be opened to a much wider demographic then just a single student body.
Leave the major cities in the US and aside from a lunatic fringe of rad-right-chris tians, the heartland of this country is highly anti-Semitic. Scratch a pro Israeli Neo-Con and you might find a Jew hater underneath.
 
 
+30 # RMDC 2014-03-17 08:36
Day by day Israel descends into the fascist state that its founders dreamed of. I read Blumenthal's book Behemoth and was appalled at the devolution of Israeli society. The fact that this war on universities is being aided by Lynne Cheney is no surprise. This vicious ignoramus has been attacking universities for three decades.
 
 
+33 # hwmcadoo 2014-03-17 09:07
Whjat happened to the first amendment; is is just ancient history?
 
 
+15 # Glen 2014-03-17 12:25
History.
 
 
+1 # Ausmar 2014-03-23 05:30
The first amendment is only for the supporters of Citizens United...
 
 
+39 # walt 2014-03-17 09:16
A check of the March 2-4, 2014 AIPAC Conference shows how it is all neatly arranged.

Two thirds of Congress are reported to have attended. Speakers included: Former Sen. Joe Liebermann, Sens. McCain, Coons, and Menendez; Jack Lew, Sec. of the Treasury; Reps. Eric Cantor and Stenny Hoyer.

When those Pakistani drone victims came to Congress at the invitation of Rep. Alan Grayson to plead their cases, they only had three or four members in attendance. And not to forget Netanyahu's visit to Congress when he had about 15 standing ovations with everyone on their feet.

The lobby is all about controlling the USA and using our military for Israel, and they spend accordingly on elections.

Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) has a much more rational and peaceful approach and deserves hearing.
 
 
-36 # tahoevalleylines 2014-03-17 09:32
November 22 1967 UN Resolution 242, vital for Palestinians misused by a billion Muslims. Any and all excuses to eliminate Israel from the map have been employed.

Soon, Islam shall feel the courage and, steeped in testosterone, mount another installment in the "War Of Extermination Of Israel" saga.

See Psalm 83 and Isaiah 17 if reading strategic think tank war consequence papers give you heartburn.

Our naive president and his atheist advisers have no understanding of the theological nature and demonic bent of forces arrayed around Israel. The Jew as seed of salvation is anathema to the belief system of unbelief...
 
 
+20 # reiverpacific 2014-03-17 13:37
Quoting tahoevalleylines:
November 22 1967 UN Resolution 242, vital for Palestinians misused by a billion Muslims. Any and all excuses to eliminate Israel from the map have been employed.

Soon, Islam shall feel the courage and, steeped in testosterone, mount another installment in the "War Of Extermination Of Israel" saga.

See Psalm 83 and Isaiah 17 if reading strategic think tank war consequence papers give you heartburn.

Our naive president and his atheist advisers have no understanding of the theological nature and demonic bent of forces arrayed around Israel. The Jew as seed of salvation is anathema to the belief system of unbelief...


Oh Gawd!!! Your must be kiddin'
Organized religion and it's drone-like acolytes (and I don't JUST mean Christianity) have suppressed HOW many attempts at civilization and free thought over the last few millennia?
And slaughtered how many millions -possibly billions??
Most especially it's attempted armed, ruthless, forced usurpation and genocide of the "earth as our mother", more reality based all-inclusive MORE DEMOCRATIC cultures and spiritual practices of the natives of this continent and others.
Israel has more nuclear extermination power than all Islamic nations combined including Pakistan, and it's fanatical LIKUD warmongers like Nutty-yahoo seem prepared to use it.
You might want to check HIS testosterone level and your bible-thumpin' prophecies before emerging into the real world and the light of day!
 
 
+3 # Granny Weatherwax 2014-03-18 06:18
Peace is built on mutual trust and understanding.
It relies on both sides to be genuinely trying.
"Both sides" does not mean "Syria and Egypt", nor does it mean "Israel and the USA".
 
 
+28 # noitall 2014-03-17 09:40
Many of these same people complain about immigrants not assimilating into American 'culture'. Many in our government are citizens of Israel, with seemingly stronger allegiance to Israel than to America, America's environment, and America's Constitution. What are we to expect next, our Capital being moved to Israel? Disarm Israel and other Eastern countries will follow. Leave nukes with Israel and everyone will have to have nukes to get any 'respect' from Israel. WE can't even get respect from them in our own country. Apply our contributions to Israel to our own poor here in America!
 
 
+11 # Glen 2014-03-17 11:31
I have friends who have been astounded to learn how many Jews are in all parts of the federal government and state governments, businesses, ball club owners, media, etc. They were even more astounded to find how many have dual citizenship with Israel.

Once again, that is not antisemitism, it is recognizing the truth of things. Michael Oren should no be given any influence within the media, much less the U.S. government.
 
 
+21 # jsluka 2014-03-17 12:18
Dear Glen - Respectfully, it is not JEWS that are the problem, its ZIONISTS that are the problem. Zionism is a political philosophy and form of racism and fascism supported by some but not all Jews - like some Americans are Rethuglicans and others are Democrats. If you typify all Jews as Zionists, that is purely racist because many Jews are not Zionists. It's the same as when some people in other countries think all Americans are neofascist supporters of people like George Bush and the neocons, when in fact many (even most) Americans actually hated Bush and oppose the necons. Like all other ethnic groups, there are right wing Jews and left wing Jews, supporters and opponents of Israeli fascism, etc. There are many Jewish groups who work diligently to support Palestinian rights, etc. If you "tar all Jews with the same brush," that is the very definition of racism and antisemitism. Check out the group mentioned by Walt above - Jewish Voice for Peace - for example. You should love Jews ("do unto others"), but hate racists, fascists, and imperialists of all ethnic backgrounds.
All the best to you Glen, and thanks for listening.
 
 
+11 # Glen 2014-03-17 12:55
I should have been more specific. As usual I omit what is necessary to the discussion.

Yes, it is Zionists. I have relatives in Israel, some of whom are rabid supporters of the government, some who seek to escape that Zionist attitude, and the policies that have infected the U.S.

In a post of mine below, there is an attempt to make that a bit clearer. Nevertheless, it is easy to forget Zionism. You know, those folks who encouraged kids to write something nasty on the rockets being lobbed into Lebanon in the past.

However, there are, as you may research, a great many people within the U.S. with dual citizenship with Israel, and that may not be in our best interest.
 
 
+7 # jsluka 2014-03-17 14:05
Thanks Glen, for your reply.
 
 
+10 # Glen 2014-03-17 15:55
Hey, I enjoy the exchange and responses. That's what we are here for. Thank YOU for calling me on the details of the issue.
 
 
-30 # kalpal 2014-03-17 09:49
When Arab students adamantly refuse to allow an Israeli to speak in public they are simply exercising their right to obstruct him from saying anything they do not wish to be heard in public. If there is any retaliation then it is simply Jews and Israelis being unreasonable in hindering Arabs' right to obstruct free speech by Jews or Israelis since they do not have any rights and must shut up when an Arab is obstructing an invited speaker.

The Arab/Palestinia n narrative that Jews are obstructing their inherent rights to commit mass murder is smiled upon by some Americans because Non-Jews have all the rights. Jews have none. When Arabs fire thouands of missiles into Israel it is accpetable behavior. When Arabs proclaim their intentions to massacre Jews and destroy their nation no one is perturbed overly much. Is it because Arabs are acknowledged to be incompetent or because Arabs have every right to commit mass murder when the victims are Jews?
 
 
+30 # bmiluski 2014-03-17 10:22
KAPAL.........T here were approximately 72 rockets fired into Israel during the whole of 2013 with NO INJURIES REPORTED.
So, where did all those thousands of rockets come from?
Now I'll probably be called an anti-semite because I dared to tell the truth.
 
 
-10 # lnason@umassd.edu 2014-03-17 15:49
If true (and it may be -- I don't have recent figures), last year was unusually calm. The Economist documents over 2000 rockets fired from Gaza at Israeli hospitals, schools, and residential zones in 2012 And over 14,000 since 2001.

Israelis are seldom killed for many reasons. A sizable percentage of rockets blow up before reaching Israel and sometimes even kill Gazans. Many land harmlessly in unpopulated areas since the aiming of such rockets is quite imprecise. But a fair number still do hit civilian targets. Israelis living within rocket range quite sensibly live in hardened buildings and their schools and hospitals are often underground. So, yes, civilian casualties are usually light. But that is not for want of Gazans trying to kill Israelis -- it is because the Israelis are intelligent enough to avoid the attacks.

And just last week dozens of rockets were again fired at Israel from Gaza. What would you think if Canada started lobbing bombs at Buffalo and Seattle?

We should not meddle in this fight -- Israel does lots that is not so nice too though nothing as brutal as these attacks. But we should not pretend that the Palestinians are innocent and peace-loving.

Lee Nason
New Bedford, Massachusetts
 
 
+7 # reiverpacific 2014-03-17 17:00
Quoting lnason@umassd.edu:
If true (and it may be -- I don't have recent figures), last year was unusually calm. The Economist documents over 2000 rockets fired from Gaza at Israeli hospitals, schools, and residential zones in 2012 And over 14,000 since 2001.

Israelis are seldom killed for many reasons. A sizable percentage of rockets blow up before reaching Israel and sometimes even kill Gazans. Many land harmlessly in unpopulated areas since the aiming of such rockets is quite imprecise. But a fair number still do hit civilian targets. Israelis living within rocket range quite sensibly live in hardened buildings and their schools and hospitals are often underground. So, yes, civilian casualties are usually light. But that is not for want of Gazans trying to kill Israelis -- it is because the Israelis are intelligent enough to avoid the attacks.

And just last week dozens of rockets were again fired at Israel from Gaza. What would you think if Canada started lobbing bombs at Buffalo and Seattle?

We should not meddle in this fight -- Israel does lots that is not so nice too though nothing as brutal as these attacks. But we should not pretend that the Palestinians are innocent and peace-loving.

Lee Nason
New Bedford, Massachusetts


So -how would YOU like to live in "The biggest open-air prison in the world"?
Again, get out a bit more and listen to "Palestine today" if you can get it on any radio station not owned by Clear Channel or censored by PBS!
 
 
+20 # Phlippinout 2014-03-17 11:13
Good for the Arab students!! They are not brain washed into thinking that Israel has any religious affiliations. Zionism is the cancer that runs it!
 
 
+2 # noitall 2014-03-19 09:45
Do you think it would help if Israel would crack down on it's lawbreakers that are squatting on land that belongs to the Arabs? I don't know much about all of that, but in the U.S. during the "push to the west", The U.S. govt. did nothing to keep their settlers out of Indian land and many Indians were murdered protecting U.S. law breakers.
 
 
-31 # Citizen Mike 2014-03-17 10:09
I am horrified to see this thread of antisemitism emerging on the left. Driving Jews out of the left will weaken the struggle for workers' rights and social justice here in the USA.
 
 
+22 # Phlippinout 2014-03-17 11:16
OH, not the anti semitism card again. What a giant bore! What a bunch of propaganda bought and paid for by the zionist lobby.
 
 
+4 # NOMINAE 2014-03-17 18:08
Quoting Phlippinout:
OH, not the anti semitism card again. What a giant bore! What a bunch of propaganda bought and paid for by the zionist lobby.


You are correct. Any discussion of Israel quickly devolves into a
semantic food fight.

People on this string throw the term "racism" and even "antisemitism" around as if neither term had any actual dictionary definition.

"Bomb throwing" is pretty ineffective if the bombardier doesn't even know what their own "Ordnance" is *supposed* to do.

They insist upon throwing any word around that *sounds* offensive as if they believe that no one *else* knows what those words are actually *defined* to mean.

Let's get a dictionary, folks, so that we can all participate in the *same* discussion.
 
 
+6 # NOMINAE 2014-03-17 18:26
Quoting NOMINAE:

Let's get a dictionary, folks, so that we can all participate in the *same* discussion.


Words and terms with "fuzzy" or "fluid" definitions are actual catnip to the professional propagandist. One of the best ways to counter propaganda is to accurately call it out on the basis of it's own distortions of logic, definition and meaning.
 
 
+2 # Granny Weatherwax 2014-03-18 06:21
Please ignore the troll.
 
 
+20 # Glen 2014-03-17 11:20
It isn't antisemitism, Mike. It is commenting on a country, their government, and associations that have too much power in the U.S. and over countries in the Middle East. For the U.S. to allow another country to call the shots on ANYTHING within the country, its citizens or its government is a dangerous precedent to set - especially with Israel.

The U.S. allowed Canada the use of eminent domain in country, which also should NEVER be allowed.
 
 
+11 # Glen 2014-03-17 11:21
Thousands of Jews find all this disturbing as well.
 
 
+10 # jsluka 2014-03-17 12:28
Dear Glen - Jews aren't a country (and they aren't a 'race' either).
 
 
+12 # Glen 2014-03-17 16:01
Correct. It is an interesting subject that confuses a lot of people.

Israel is the country. The government has inherited the original extremism that has been perpetuated by the descendants of those who took the territory by force.

I went to a high school that was predominantly Jewish, so learned a great deal that many average Americans don't know. Those old friends are very much against Zionism. And against the policies of Israel.
 
 
+3 # noitall 2014-03-19 09:51
"workers' rights and social justice here in the USA"!! Please educate me on how you make this quantum leap. I can see how it might somehow help workers and justice here if we cut WAY back on the money we send to Israel but other than that, pray tell.
 
 
+19 # Johnny 2014-03-17 11:04
It is sickening to see the Zionists shutting down free discussion in U.S. universities exactly as the Nazis shut it down in German universities. It must be getting harder for the TV-brainwashed masses to deny that Zionism is merely warmed over Nazism.
 
 
-15 # lnason@umassd.edu 2014-03-17 15:53
And what about these Palestinian rights groups shutting down Israeli speakers?

Stop being hypocritical and apply the same standards to both sides. Israel is no angel but Palestinians are far more hateful and racist.

Lee Nason
New Bedford, Massachusetts
 
 
+10 # Misterioso 2014-03-17 16:37
"Israel is no angel..." Wow! What an understatement. As any reasonably informed person knows full well, Israel (founded by foreign Ashkenazi Jews through armed might, several massacres, mass rape and intimidation) is an expansionary, racist, belligerent/ill egal/brutal occupier as well as a documented ethnic cleanser and serial violator of hard won international humanitarian law,e.g., the UN Charter, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Fourth Geneva Convention, which came about as a result of the horrors perpetrated by the Nazis,including the systematic slaughter of 6 million Jews.

The indigenous Palestinians are the victims and Israel/Zionism is their victimizer.
 
 
+3 # Misterioso 2014-03-17 16:37
"Israel is no angel..." Wow! What an understatement. As any reasonably informed person knows full well, Israel (founded by foreign Ashkenazi Jews through armed might, several massacres, mass rape and intimidation) is an expansionary, racist, belligerent/ill egal/brutal occupier as well as a documented ethnic cleanser and serial violator of hard won international humanitarian law,e.g., the UN Charter, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Fourth Geneva Convention, which came about as a result of the horrors perpetrated by the Nazis,including the systematic slaughter of 6 million Jews.

The indigenous Palestinians are the victims and Israel/Zionism is their victimizer.
 
 
0 # Misterioso 2014-03-17 16:37
"Israel is no angel..." Wow! What an understatement. As any reasonably informed person knows full well, Israel (founded by foreign Ashkenazi Jews through armed might, several massacres, and intimidation) is an expansionary, racist, belligerent/ill egal/brutal occupier as well as a documented ethnic cleanser and serial violator of hard won international humanitarian law,e.g., the UN Charter, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Fourth Geneva Convention, which came about as a result of the horrors perpetrated by the Nazis,including the systematic slaughter of 6 million Jews.

The indigenous Palestinians are the victims and Israel/Zionism is their victimizer.
 
 
+5 # reiverpacific 2014-03-17 17:09
Quoting lnason@umassd.edu:
And what about these Palestinian rights groups shutting down Israeli speakers?

Stop being hypocritical and apply the same standards to both sides. Israel is no angel but Palestinians are far more hateful and racist.

Lee Nason
New Bedford, Massachusetts


There you go again, sniping from y'r little cloistered world.
Do you know any Palestinians, or even a bit of the history of the area, especially the West Bank and Gaza.
I have several Palestinian friends who can't go home and get very emotional at the shit-filled propaganda spread around like curled moldy cream ever time Nutty-Yahoo comes to the US and trots around the East Coast spewing lies, and a Jewish Kurd acquaintance, who'd all love to tell you some personal, fact-based and lived experiences if you'd be open to hearing them but the wool is firmly over yer insulated ears and eyes.
Just watch who you call "hypocritical" unless you have some up-front facts and preferably experience to back it up, or you'll be needing a look in y'r tiny little mirror that might become cracked from side to side!
 
 
+7 # cordleycoit 2014-03-17 11:18
To oppose anything Israeli is to become an anti Semite. That is automatic and without appeal, That is the sign of a corrupted government on our part. Taking and giving bribes is illegal except to Congress persons then it is fine. Israel is a corrupted religious pack of bigots. Face it and disregard the paid cheerleaders and parrots.
 
 
+20 # Anarchist 23 2014-03-17 11:20
Injustice is injustice, no matter who does what to whom. Israel is wrong in their policies against the Palestinians and Gaza. There are Israelis who do oppose their government's policies. Those voices are almost completely unknown here and to the world at large. The USSA has been instrumental in spreading and supporting Fascist regimes all over the world. It is a shame that since the assassinations of the Kennedy brothers, this country has not taken the pursuit of peace seriously and has in so many cases actively opposed national self-determinat ion...Allende-C hile '71; Aristede in Haiti 2001 (?) Zedillo in Honduras 2009 (?)Sorry I \ have forgotten so many of the exact dates. we have also installed and then overthrown dictators we once liked than found disposable...Di em in Vietnam, Saddam Hussein in Iraq, Qaddafi in Libya, and recently the 'dynasty' of Assad in Syria. Supporting the right wing in Israel is simply 'business as usual' for this country which will always prefer an authoritarian Fascist government over one that seeks the best for ALL its people.
 
 
+2 # noitall 2014-03-19 09:57
You speak the truth.
 
 
+3 # Huey 2014-03-17 13:13
Finally, a journalist not afraid to take on the Jewish lobby and accuse it of what we all know it is - unamerican. I hope he will follow with an unashamed and updated edition of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion so Americans will know who's really pulling the strings.
 
 
0 # Anarchist 23 2014-03-18 14:23
Huey: If you traced the history of the so-called 'Protocols' you will see that they were forgeries, inventions peddled at first in Napoleon III's France and later to spy service of Czar. They have nothing at all to do with any Jewish Elders. They do, OTOH, have a lot to say about totalitarianism and are certainly as insightful as Orwell's '1984' or 'Report From Iron Mountain'. But they are not some 'Jewish Plot'
 
 
+15 # Misterioso 2014-03-17 13:21
The suffering Palestinians endure under Israel’s belligerent/ill egal/brutal 47 year occupation and as citizens of Israel proper, i.e., west of the green line, is common knowledge and thoroughly documented.

To wit:

"Occupation is Slavery"
By renowned Jewish Israeli journalist, Bradley Burston:
"In the name of occupation, generation after generation of Palestinians have been treated as property. They can be moved at will, shackled at will, tortured at will, have their families separated at will. They can be denied the right to vote, to own property, to meet or speak to family and friends. They can be hounded or even shot dead by their masters, who claim their position by biblical right, and also use them to build and work on the plantations the toilers cannot themselves ever hope to own. The masters dehumanize them, call them by the names of beasts." (Ha’aretz, Feb. 26/13)

Times of Israel, February 21, 2013:
"Former Foreign Ministry director-genera l invokes South Africa comparisons. ‘Joint Israel-West Bank’ reality is an apartheid state"
EXCERPT: "Similarities between the 'original apartheid' as it was practiced in South Africa and the situation in Israel and the West Bank today 'scream to the heavens,' added [Alon] Liel, who was Israel’s ambassador in Pretoria from 1992 to 1994. There can be little doubt that the suffering of Palestinians is not less intense than that of blacks during apartheid-era South Africa, he asserted."
 
 
+8 # antineocon 2014-03-17 17:02
there is much encouragement in the coments here as only a handful are fro AIPAC and Zionist trolls. the fact that this topic could not be talked about a few years ago is the best thing. AIPAC is now a household word associated with buying off congress and covering up the evils of Israel. Lets keep it going and stoip our blind assistance to Israel and the zionist leadership
 
 
-6 # Rick Levy 2014-03-17 17:52
If Israel were included in a list of countries in the Middle East deserving boycotts, divestment and sanctions that might be one thing. But to single out Israel while ignoring the even more extreme depredations committed by Arab countries (and Muslim countries elsewhere) such as misogyny and oppression of non-Muslims is the height of hypocrisy by Israel-bashers.

In fact, by invoking cultural relativism, some of these politically correct so-called progressives/ leftists actually excuse Islamic human rights violations such as female genital mutilation and honor killings. See

"Female Genital Mutilation: Cultural Relativism vs. Human Rights.
http://tumblinfeminist.tumblr.com/post/6682925566/female-genital-mutilation-cultural-relativism-vs

"Canadian Left Calls for ‘Neutrality’ on Honor Killings & Female Genital Mutilation"
http://www.frontpagemag.com/2013/michael-kravshik/canadian-left-calls-for-neutrality-on-honor-killings-female-genital-mutilation/
 
 
+1 # noitall 2014-03-19 10:04
Jews cut off the tips of dicks. To some that seems as barbaric as FGM. We're not talking about cultural BS, we're talking about Empires and slavers and land stealers and liars and torturers. Religions are a justification for carrying on a bunch of crazy crap. Rogue governments are another thing that sometimes/usual ly use their prevalent religion to justify their shit.
 
 
-2 # Rick Levy 2014-03-19 17:57
To equate circumcision with FGM shows that you must have a foreskin for a brain.
 
 
+2 # rhgreen 2014-03-17 17:58
I suggest that everyone who agrees with this article by Chris Hedges and is as horrified as I am should copy & paste the url and send it to everyone they know, and ask them to do the same. That will be much more effective than signing a petition. For one thing the distribution will grow exponentially.
 
 
+5 # AUCHMANNOCH 2014-03-17 18:04
Oh please did someone actually mention the bullshit Protocols of the Elders of Zion?
 
 
+5 # NOMINAE 2014-03-17 19:17
Quoting AUCHMANNOCH:
Oh please did someone actually mention the bullshit Protocols of the Elders of Zion?


Someone, in fact, *did*, but the comment was in agreement with yours in the insinuation that the "Protocols" *were* bullshit.
 
 
+4 # reiverpacific 2014-03-17 19:41
Quoting Citizen Mike:
I am horrified to see this thread of antisemitism emerging on the left. Driving Jews out of the left will weaken the struggle for workers' rights and social justice here in the USA.


You might want to review the difference between "Selective social justice" for some and even-handed social justice for all and perhaps anti-LIKUD and Anti-Semetism, a huge disparity for even the simplest mind to grasp.
When did you actually hear a true on the ground, in-depth report about either Israel OR Palestine from the US owner media?
You forget -or maybe never knew, that Noam Chomsky was denied entry into Israel to give a speech at Tel-Aviv university -and you can hardly call him an anti-Semite! He it was that coined the phrase that Gaza was the biggest open air prison in the World re', http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/12635-noam-chomsky-my-visit-to-gaza-the-worlds-largest-open-air-prison.
There are rare short wave broadcasts from the Palestinian side if you want to look hard enough but you won't get it from commercial sources.
Please look deeper before you paint the term "Anti-Semetism" and such blanket-fuzzy terms with a broad brush -including the many US Jewish people, especially the youth, who demonstrate with "Not in our name" banners against LIKUD's tactics and apartheid, otherwise you're just giving the US corporate media, their talking suits and their punditocracy way more credibility than they deserve, which was never much anyway.
 
 
+4 # Pikewich 2014-03-17 20:33
The reason there are people all over the world protesting Israeli policies is because of their inherently racist opinions of arabs. Here is a quote taken from wikipedia, which I know many people don't like, but what is said is well said.

"Critics of Zionism consider it a colonialist[8] or racist[9] movement. According to historian Avi Shlaim, throughout its history up to present day, Zionism "is replete with manifestations of deep hostility and contempt towards the indigenous population." Shlaim balances this by pointing out that there have always been individuals within the Zionist movement that have criticized such attitudes. He cites the example of Ahad Ha'am, who after visiting Palestine in 1891, published a series of articles criticizing the aggressive behaviour and political ethnocentrism of Zionist settlers. Ha'am wrote that the Zionists "behave towards the Arabs with hostility and cruelty, trespass unjustly upon their boundaries, beat them shamefully without reason and even brag about it, and nobody stands to check this contemptible and dangerous tendency" and that they believed that "the only language that the Arabs understand is that of force."[96] Some criticisms of Zionism claim that Judaism's notion of the "chosen people" is the source of racism in Zionism,[97] despite, according to Gustavo Perednik, that being a religious concept unrelated to Zionism.[98]"
 
 
+4 # Pikewich 2014-03-17 20:34
Part 2:

It should be glaringly obvious that much of the US government foreign policy is dictated by AIPAC. Israel seems to have the most favored status for any foreign nation. It is the only nation that got away with attacking a US Navy warship killing many sailors and nearly sinking it. (See attack on US Liberty in international waters north of the Sinai Peninsula, about 25.5 nmi (29.3 mi; 47.2 km) northwest from the Egyptian city of Arish.[1][5])

I believe that was the pretext for going to war in Viet Nam. (See Gulf of Tonkin Incident).

Whether students should be blacklisted for protesting anything is the bigger question. There are at least 2 sides to this discussion, so why should one side be blacklisted unless it is politically inconvenient for the side holding the power? Disclosure: I am not anti semitic, pro arab, anti jew or any anti anything having to do with Jews or Israel. It is racist policies I have a problem with anywhere. So please, spare us the anti semite card.
 
 
+5 # jsluka 2014-03-17 21:07
For any of the apologists of Zionism/Israel who can "handle reality," here are the facts, as well as they can be determined, on the casualties in the Israel-Palestin e conflict 1987-2011:

Palestinians Killed: 7987, including 1620 children (20.3%).

Israelis Killed: 1503, including 142 children (9.5%).

So (1)the death ratio is about 5.3 Israelis to 1 Palestinian; (2) Israel kills more than 10 Palestinian children for every Israeli child killed; (3) Palestinian violence - invariably referred to as "terrorism" - is more discriminate than Israeli violence, even though the Palestinians have to use relatively primitive weapons like rockets, while the Israelis use the most advanced "pin point accurate" weaponry available.

Think about it; who is the aggressor and who is the defender here? The statistics prove that Israel is the aggressor and Palestine the defender, but Israel claims to be "just defending" itself. And if "terrorism" is the killing of civilians, then, again the Israelis are by far the greater "terrorists" than the Palestinians - in fact, one might say the Palestinian terrorists are amateurs compared to the Israeli terrorists. Not so?
 
 
0 # PhiloKvetch 2014-03-18 18:18
I'd like to see someone put a boot up Bibi's ass.
 
 
+1 # RoseM 2014-03-23 04:56
I fail to see why these people are fighting. Strip away the Religion and they are the same people. More wars are fought and more people killed in the name of whatever God you want than any other cause. Israel has no more right to the middle east land than the Palestinians do or they have equal right. Israel is a bully.
 

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