Norman Finkelstein’s new book on the American Jewish community has been both widely praised and criticized by influential writers. So is the American-Jewish romance with Israel coming to an end? Are the American Jews known for their liberal views distancing themselves from Israel? Or is it simply an overstatement? Do they support the current Israeli policies? Does the Israeli lobby represent their views? And do they have a strong connection to the Holy Land? CT-ing with Norman Finkelstein, Daniel Pollak and Mouin Rabbani.
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14 Million Jews out of 6 Billion humans means they are mere 1/4 of a percent of the population.
According to a Jewish ynet report, Nakhba day was observed with demonstrations in what the Israelis call “the Arab sector” of Israel as well as in the West Bank and in Gaza, in Cairo and in Tehran.
Except for a few stones thrown by teenagers at checkpoints, quickly responded to with their customary gentle firmness by the IDF, the event was without violence in Israel and the occupied territories (OT).
The ynet report notes that Israeli flags were burned — which is in fact injurious violence in its own way — in all the locales, and supplies the photographs to prove it.
No figures are given for how many flags were burned in Israel and the (OT) but, interestingly enough, the report informs the reader with precision that during the Nakhba demonstration in Teheran 64 Israeli flags were burned and stepped on. That is indeed high-value information yet it prompts many questions.
- Why did the Israeli intelligence fail to count the number of flags burnt in Israel and the OT?
- Should 64 be viewed as a large number for Iran, a numerical indication of Iran’s growing desire to wipe Israel off the map, for which we need to be told how many were burned on previous occasion?
- On the contrary, is 64 a surprisingly small number attributable perhaps to the fact that Israeli flags are rather hard to come by in Iran?
- Who manufactures the Israeli flags and who sells them to the demonstrators?
- Are they smuggled through the tunnels from Egypt?
- Or is it a Jewish supplier, and if so is he a self-hating Jew or a pragmatic businessman?
- Does he have a production chart tied to Palestinian landmark anniversaries?
- Does he have mixed feelings about conflicts at checkpoints, given his business plans?
- Are the flags produced in the settlements and thus subject to boycott?
- Or are they, like so much else everywhere in the world, actually made in China?
- Is 64 a number with some kabbalistic significance? Or is it a code?
What wikipedia has to say about 64 scares me stiff because I don’t understand a word of it but know enough to sense that it is rather ominous:
It is the smallest number with exactly 7 divisors, the lowest positive power of two that is adjacent to neither a Mersenne prime nor a Fermat prime, the sum of Euler’s totient function for the first fourteen integers. It is also a dodecagonal number and a centered triangular number. It is a superperfect number [emphasis added, wikipedia does not emote) – a number such that σ(σ(n))=2n.
Just who is sending a message to whom and what is the message?!
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‘Britain the Center of Anti-Israel Hate’
So runs a headline from Israeli National News this morning. Whilst I do not agree with the wording of the headline which should read “Britain the centre of Anti Occupation hate, we should be very proud that we are described as follows:-
“In recent years Britain has become the center of anti-Israel activity in Europe, even worldwide,” said subcommittee head MK Einat Wilfe (Independence), who proposed the meeting.
We at deLiberation can be very pleased to be part of a growing movement which is opening up the discourse on the zionification of the West – whilst the leftist/AZZ gatekeepers in the Solidarity movement are still talking about the occupation as if it is only related to Palestine. The following quote from the newspaper tells us that zionists in the U.K. are becoming increasingly aware that they have been outed as supporters of occupation and ethnic cleansing. However, I do not believe that either Jews or Israelis have been subject to abuse or attack here in the U.K. even though they regularly attend protests and pro Palestine meetings.
British Jewish leaders will take part in the conference, which will focus on problems facing the Jewish and pro-Israel communities in Britain due to anti-Israel sentiment.
It is really difficult to see how our government can continue it’s complicity in the occupation, siege and ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people (despite the efforts of the many pro Israel lobby groups), in the face of growing international awareness of this gross injustice. How much longer will the west be prepared to continue apologising for the holocaust and held to ransom for fear of being branded as anti semites? The days of the zionist occupation of Palestine the U.K. and the West may well be numbered.
The Munich Conference
The International Movement for
One Democratic State in Israel/Palestine
June 30 – July 1, 2012
This is the final call to attend and register for the Munich Conference to launch the International Movement for One Democratic State in Palestine/Israel which will be held in Munich Germany on June 30 – July 1, 2012. If you did not register, please take the time to do so and to read the information below. Attached you find the following documents:
1. A copy of the Program, and
2. A copy of the Draft of the Munich Declaration of the International Movement for One Democratic State in Palestine/Israel for your input.
For those of you who already registered we are encouraged by your plan to attend and look forward to your active participation. This conference is designed to maximize cordial discussions among participants. All activists will be accorded equal time and treated equally to foster friendly relations and atmosphere.
Please do not hesitate to contact us for additional information.
Speakers Dr. Ghada Karmi Dr.Oren Ben Dor Dr. Norton Mezvinsky Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh
The international project to create two states in Israel-Palestine has not only failed, it is leading to greater suffering and dangers for all. Under its cover, Israel has imposed conditions in the Gaza Strip that now shock the conscience of the world. The destruction of Palestinian homes and the hideous Apartheid wall present an appalling portrait of incremental ethnic cleansing. Conditions in the West Bank are argued by some to indicate superficial gains, but to everyone else look each day more like a Bantustan. Since 1948, Palestinians who are Israeli citizens found themselves deprived of equal human, economic, political, and legal rights, their land and natural resources expropriated, their culture co-opted, and their history falsified and maligned. The Palestinian people are being split geographically and politically and the Middle East is heading toward a future of endless conflict and war.
We will no longer watch passively while a fraudulent “peace process” builds such a future for Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Israel-Palestine and in the entire region. We propose to our brothers and sisters around the world that further delay in acting on the reality standing before us has become morally unacceptable.
The conflict in Israel-Palestine cannot be resolved until its fundamental source is addressed. That source is the premise of partition. We reject the Zionist claim that Jewish people have rights to a separate state in Palestine that deprives Palestinians of their rights to live freely and with equal rights in their ancestral homeland. But we reject just as strongly the equally racist idea that Israeli Jews and Palestinians are unable to peacefully share a non-ethnic democratic state and find a new future together in a unified country.
We declare our conviction that the only just, viable and stable solution to the conflict is to establish one democratic state in Palestine, in all the territory now controlled by Israel between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River, with all Lebanese and Syrian lands to be returned to their rightful owners. A unified state is the only way to restore the rights of the Palestinian people and ensure true security, freedom, and equality for Palestinians, Israeli Jews and all the people of the land. We call on all who agree with us to join us in launching a global movement to establish this democratic state in historic Palestine for all its citizens: current Israeli Jews, Palestinians including those expelled from Palestine in the last century and their descendants. The new state shall be established on universal democratic principles that guarantee equality, non-discriminatory, and transparent laws and policies.
Building on the Madrid, London, Boston, Haifa, Stuttgart, and Dallas conferences and the various initiatives, in Munich we will assemble to affirm a unified Declaration for the International Movement for One Democratic State in Palestine and debate and agree on a plan of action. In league with those elsewhere who agree with us we will structure and launch an international Movement for One Democratic State that promises safety, freedom and equality for all the people of Palestine/Israel.
Who can participate?
We welcome and encourage groups/chapters that are active in Justice and Peace issues in Palestine to participate and send representatives to the conference. Certain individuals will be invited in their individual capacity for their contribution to the cause of ODS and justice and peace in Palestine/Israel. We will strive to adopt all decisions by unanimous consent. In the event that consensus is not reached, decisions will be adopted by a majority vote.
Date and place of conference:
The conference will take place on June 30 to July 1, 2012 in the city of Munich, Germany. Prior to the conference, all participants will be provided with copies of the various declarations and initiatives on the one democratic state in Palestine/Israel for their prior consideration. Participants will be asked to review them and suggest a unified declaration to be submitted to an address for this purpose prior to the Munich Conference. At the conference, the participants will only be asked to act on and adopt a common single Declaration for the international Movement of One Democratic State in Palestine/Israel.
Conference cost and registration:
Due to the fact that this conference is an independent initiative, all participants are asked to pay for their expenses and to make their own transportation and accommodation arrangements. The host group will provide participants with a list of recommended places to stay and directions. But it is up to the participants to make their own plans. To register please go to:
This event is co-sponsored by One Democratic State in Palestine (Texas, USA) and Palästina Komitee München- Palestine Committee (Munich, Germany)
Co-Organiser Dr. Gabi Weber, Freiburg