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From: "Chuck Weinblatt" <>
Date: November 4, 2010 5:24:14 PM EDT
To: "'Michael'" <>
Subject: RE: Dear Charles Weinblatt: Do you agree with the Holocaust denial laws?

According to The Institut Fuer Zeitgeschicthe (Institute for Contemporary History) in Munich, Germany, 1992, the following extermination camps existed:


Kulmhof, i.e. Chelmno (in the then Wartheland), where between December 1941 and fall 1942 and again from May until August 1944 gassings by means of carbon monoxide from motor exhaust gas took place. Altogether more than 150,000 Jews as well as 5000 gypsies have hereby been killed.


Belzec (in the district Lublin of the then general governments): from march to December 1942 in the beginning in three, later in six large gas chambers by means of carbon monoxide from motor exhaust gas altogether about 600,000 Jews were killed here.


Sobibor (district Lublin, general government) received in April 1942 three, later in September 1942 six gas chambers and until October 1943 it was "in operation". During this period at least 200,000 Jews have been murdered through carbon monoxide gas.


Treblinka (district Warschau, general government) from the end of July 1942 on had three gas chambers and received at the start of September 1942 furthermore ten larger gas chambers. Up to the dissolution of the camp in November 1943 altogether 700,000 Jews were killed here by carbon monoxide.


Majdanek (district Lublin, general government): The concentration camp existing since September 1941 turned into an extermination camp when between April 1942 and November 1943 mass shootings took place to which 24,000 Jews fell victim. In October 1942 also two, later three gas chambers were built. In the beginning the killings in these were done by means of carbon monoxide, soon however one was using Zyklon B (a highly poisonous insecticide made from cyan hydrogen). Up until the dissolution of the camp in March 1944 about 50,000 Jews have been gassed.


Auschwitz-Birkenau (in the formerly polish, in 1939 adjoined to the "Reich" upper eastern Silesian area, south eastern of Kattowitz): The extermination camp in Birkenau, established in the second half of 1941, was joined to the concentration camp Auschwitz, existing since May 1940. From January 1942 on, in five gas chambers; and from the end of June 1943 in four additional large gassing-rooms, gassings with Zyklon B have been undertaken. Up until November 1944 more than one million Jews and at least 4,000 gypsies have been murdered by gas.


In the following concentration camps gas chambers were established and have gone into operation:


Mauthausen (upper Austria): From fall 1941 on one gas chamber existed which was operated with Zyklon B. In addition, gassings with carbon monoxide took place through gas vans which were driven between Mauthausen and its side-camp Gusen. Altogether more than 4000 have been killed here through gas.


Neuengamme (southeastern of Hamburg): From fall of 1942 on gassings with Zyklon B were undertaken here in a "Bunker" prepared for that, about 450 victims.


Sachsenhausen (Province Brandenburg, north of Berlin) received mid March 1943 a gas chamber which was operated with Zyklon B. Several thousand people fell victim to the gassings, a more specific number cannot be determined.


Natzweiler (by Struthof, Elsass): From August 1943 to August 1944 a gas chamber existed here in which between 120 and 200 people were killed through Zyklon B in order to be able to dissect their skeletons for the Anatomica Institute of University of Strassburg. Back then this institute was managed by a chief company commander of SS Prof. Dr. August Hirt.


Stutthof (east of Danzig) had from June 1944 on one gas chamber in which more than 1000 were killed by Zyklon B.


Ravensbruck (Bradenburg, north of Berlin): Here still in January 1945 a gas chamber was established; the number of the people killed in it was at least 2,300.


Dachau (Upper Bavaria, northeast of Munich): During the establishment of a new house of cremation in 1942 also a gas chamber was established in it in which in connection with the medical experiments of the chief company commander of SS Dr. Rascher also a few experimental gassings were undertaken, as more recent research has confirmed. (On that see Gunther Kimmel: The Concentration Camp Dachau. A study of the Nazi crimes of violence in Bavaria in the NS-time II, edited by Martin Broszat and Elke Froehlich, Munich, R. Oldenburg Press, 1979, P. 391.) Larger gassing operations have not taken place in Dachau.

The victims of the operation groups of the security service and the SD behind the German frontier in the Russia-campaign were to the by far largest part Jews. Their number is estimated to be at least 900,000.

The difference between the total of the victims of the gassings cited in the above mentioned composition and the number of victims of the operation groups and the total of roughly 6 million victims of the Nazi persecution of the Jews results from the fact that a very high percentage of the victims have lost their lives through indirect extermination actions such as the method "destruction through work," bad treatment, under nourishment, epidemics, exhaustion during forced transportations etc.

About 120,000 people were killed through the Nazi "Euthanasia" actions.


The following sites include data and pictures concerning the gassing and cremation of Jews and others in Nazi concentration camps.


These figures are available for all to see at the US National Archives.


Charles Weinblatt

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Date: November 3, 2010 9:33:48 PM EDT
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Dear Mike,

                Could you forward the following to this dickhead:  Where are these '' Captured German war records that prove that millions of innocent Jews were systematically murdered by Nazi Germany...principally in gas chambers " ? If he, or anyone else could produce such documents, revisionism would suffer a fatal blow. The fact is that although some Four Hundred Tons of Nazi Germany's most intimate records were captured by the allies not a single document has been found that attests to a Holocaust. Perhaps Senor Smuck will say that the Nazis communicated in euphemisms e.g. '' final solution '' , '' special treatment '' when talking about their plan for wiping out the jews. Since they were talking to one another why was it necessary to write in euphemisms unless they knew from an early date they were going to lose the war and then have all their documents fall into enemy hands. I like Raul Hillburg's explanation that no direct orders were necessary because '' there was an incredible meeting of the minds'' among the perps, which if true represents the greatest and most extensive example of mental telepathy in human history.

       As for Mr. Weinblatts devotion to free speech  except in the case of '' Holocaust denial ''all I can say is that he sounds like a girl who is devoted to chastity but will only get laid on special occasions.






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Sent: Tue, 2 Nov 2010 1:01
Subject: Dear Charles Weinblatt: Do you agree with the Holocaust denial laws?


Dear Charles Weinblatt,


Do you agree with the Holocaust denial laws?



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From: Chuck Weinblatt <>

Date: Mon, Nov 1, 2010 at 6:04 PM
Subject: RE: Academic Freedom and Holocaust Denial
To: ReporterNotebook <>

Yes.  European Holocaust laws protect Jews from bigots who did not learn from the Holocaust; it is necessary to prevent another genocide.  I dearly love free speech.  But, I would be in favor of the same type of laws against denial of the American genocide of Native Americans.  The blood of six million innocent Jewish men, women and children has not detracted Europeans from continued anti-Semitism.  In fact, Jew-hatred is on the rise today.  So, yes, I agree with the laws.  Even as a writer and published author, I agree.  I deplore censorship and I adore free speech.  I wish that the world would never require any law that inhibits free speech.  Yet, when I see that the same sentiments that led to the murder of my innocent family (because they were Jews) exist today in Europe, then I understand why such laws are necessary.  As long as there are people who deny that Nazi Germany murdered millions of innocent people, and those people promote their mendacity via public means (the Internet), then there will be a need to prevent them from spreading that poison to vulnerable minds. 


Captured German war records prove that millions of innocent Jews (and tens of thousands of other innocent people) were systematically exterminated by Nazi Germany - mostly in gas chambers. Those poor people were murdered because they did not fit into the Nazi vision for a pure Aryan society.  These facts have been proven repeatedly through countless thesis and dissertation research papers.  Virtually every PhD in History in the world will stake their career on these known Holocaust FACTS.  Despite this knowledge, Holocaust deniers ply their mendacious poison everywhere, especially with young people on the Internet. The deniers have only one agenda - to distort the truth in a way that promotes antagonism against the object of their hatred (Jews), or to deny the culpability of their ancestors and heroes (Germans). 


Museums and mandatory public education are appropriate tools to dispel bigotry, especially racial and ethnic hatred.  Books and films can also establish the veracity of genocides, such as recent Holocaust films.  They help to tell the true story of the perpetrators of genocide; and they reveal the abject terror, humiliation and degradation resulting from such blind loathing and prejudice.  We must disclose the cruelty and horror of genocide to combat the deniers' virulent and inaccurate historical revision.  By doing this, we protect vulnerable future generations from making the same mistakes. Yet, when people ignore genocide education, then we have no recourse but to enact laws that prevent the denial of such proven genocide.  I guarantee that millions of Jews perished in the Shoah.  I did not need to conduct five years of daily research to understand this.  But, it is no less a fact than the fact that the moon orbits the earth, or that gravity exists. 


Whenever we stand up to those who deny or minimize genocide we send a critical message to the world.  As we continue to live in an age of genocide and ethnic cleansing, we must repel the broken ethics of our ancestors, or risk a dreadful repeat of past transgressions.  A world that continues to allow genocide requires ethical remediation.  We must show the world that religious, racial, ethnic and gender persecution is wrong; and that tolerance is our progeny's only hope.  Only through such efforts can we reveal the true horror of genocide and promote the triumphant spirit of humankind.


Charles Weinblatt

Author, Jacob's Courage




From: ReporterNotebook []
Sent: Tuesday, October 26, 2010 5:16 PM
Subject: Re: Academic Freedom and Holocaust Denial


Dear Charles Weinblatt,


Do you agree with the Holocaust denial laws?



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US Fed turns taps back on with $600bn package of QE


Apparently the current administration is taking drastic measures and screwing up the USA once more by sending a new "stimulus" package of 600 billion dollars. This will degrade the value of the dollar and make everything more expensive for us in the USA.

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    UK Foreign Secretary meets with Palestinian activists, when will the US follow suit?
    Nov 03, 2010 11:39 am | Adam Horowitz

    The Popular Struggle Coordination Committee is reporting that William Hague, the British Foreign Secretary, met with leading Palestinian grassroots activists in Ramallah. The meeting serves as a subtle show of support as Israel continues to crack down on the spreading nonviolent resistance to the Wall. From the Committee's website:

    In line with the European Union and Britain's denouncements of the recent conviction and sentencing of Bil'in protest leader, Abdallah Abu Rahmah, the British Foreign Secretary, William Hague, met with Palestinian grassroots organizers. Hague held the Ramallah talks with activists from the villages of al-Ma'asara and Ni'ilin, whose residents hold regular protests against Israel's separation barrier and settlements, and with a representative of the Holy Land Trust, a Bethlehem organization that promotes the use of non-violent strategies by Palestinians.

    The meeting comes in the midst of an ongoing wave of repression against the Palestinian civil resistance movement by Israel. In the past two years, faced by the steady growth of the movement and its growing importance in Palestinian political discourse, Israeli forces have killed at least ten unarmed demonstrators, six of them in anti-wall protests. The Israeli military has also detained and imprisoned hundreds and hundreds of people for their part in protesting the construction of Separation Barrier, mostly apprehending them from their homes in nighttime raids - especially targeting the villages of Bil'in, Ni'ilin, Budrus and Jayyous.

    During the meeting Hague voiced his and Britain's support to Palestinian nonviolence, saying that it is this kind of resistance that can gain Palestinians the insistent support of the international community.

    This meeting raises the question - when will the US show a similar sign of support?

    Representative from four US-based human rights organizations met with the State Department two weeks ago to ask them to take such a stand. Adalah-NY, CODEPINK, Jewish Voice for Peace and the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation delivered a letter for Secretary of State Clinton signed by over 35 organizations and 5,000 people asking the US to demand that Israel free Abdallah Abu Rahmah.

    Rob Mosrie, Executive Director of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, pointed to the hypocrisy of US policy in a press release about the meeting, "Israel's arrest of non-violent activists like Abdallah Abu Rahmah mocks President Obama's call in his Cairo speech for Palestinians to use only nonviolent means to gain their freedom. What kind of message does it send to a community when their nonviolent leadership is jailed?"

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    BREAKING NEWS: Benjamin Netanyahu retains control of U.S. Congress
    Nov 03, 2010 11:00 am | Adam Horowitz

    The headline is courtesy of Ali Abunimah's twitter feed. Josh Rogan reports for Foreign Policy on The Israel Project's victory lap:

    One prominent pro-Israel lobbying group in Washington is already praising the GOP takeover of the House of Representatives as a net benefit for Israel.

    "While Democrats are likely to keep control of the U.S. Senate, Republicans will take over the U.S. House of Representatives following Tuesday's elections. This is likely to have implications for Israel-related issues such as Israel's relationship with the United States and the push for sanctions against Iran," said an e-mail blasted out by The Israel Project only minutes after news stations called the turnover of House control a certainty.

    "The takeover of the House by Republicans is great news for Israel and her supporters," the email quotes Ari Fleischer, White House spokesman under President George W. Bush, as saying. "The House leadership and almost every single GOP member is rock-solid behind Israel. At times like this, Israel needs friends everywhere."

    But the Israel Project's e-mail then quickly turns on its head and praises Congressional Democrats in the House and Senate for their staunch support of Israel.

    "The House Democratic leadership has been powerfully supportive of Israel, and Speaker Pelosi has been nothing short of passionate in her successful pursuit of biting sanctions against Iran - a key interest of the pro-Israel community," The Israel Project quotes David Harris, president and CEO of the National Jewish Democratic Council, as saying.

    So which is it? Is The Israel Project saying that Republicans or Democrats are better for Israel?

    "American voters on both sides of the aisle support Israel," Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, founder and president of The Israel Project, says in the e-mail.

    I guess in the end Netanyahu couldn't lose.

    The Israel Project identifies several key Congressional changes that could impact the Israel debate on Capitol Hill. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) will take over the House Foreign Affairs Committee from Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA). House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH), who the Project calls "staunchly pro-Israel," will likely be the next Speaker of the House and Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) could become Majority Leader, "the highest-ranking post a Jew has ever held in Congress," the e-mail points out.

    The Project also points toward Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), who could become the new head of the Foreign Affairs subcommittee on terrorism, non-proliferation, and trade, and whoever will replace Barney Frank (D-MA) as head of the Finance Committee, "a key avenue for sanctions against Iran." The top three contenders for chairman are Spencer Bachus, (R-AL), Pete King (R-NY), and Royce.

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    Is Lev Leviev out of the settlement building business?
    Nov 03, 2010 10:54 am | Adam Horowitz

    Adalah-NY is claiming victory in helping to force Israeli industrialist Lev Leviev out of the settlement construction business. Adalah has been campaigning for years against Leviev, including some very creative protests outside his flagship Manhattan boutique. From an Adalah-NY press release:

    Africa Israel, the flagship company of Israeli billionaire Lev Leviev, announced this week that it is no longer involved in Israeli settlement projects and that it has no plans for future settlement activities. Africa Israel subsequently denied that this was a political decision. However, in the last few years numerous organizations, firms, governments and celebrities have exerted pressure and severed their relationships with Leviev and his companies over their involvement in settlement construction and other human rights abuses, in response to a boycott campaign initiated by Adalah-NY.

    Israel's Coalition of Women for Peace disclosed on Monday that in an official letter to the Coalition, Africa Israel stated, "Neither the company nor any of its subsidiaries and/or other companies controlled by the company are presently involved in or has any plans for future involvement in development, construction or building of real estate in settlements in the West Bank." In follow-up articles in the Israeli media on Monday, Africa Israel said that the statement was "a description of the business today" and that "Africa Israel builds for all the public in Israel, and does not deal in politics or any other policy."

    Ethan Heitner from Adalah-NY explained, "Following years of settlement construction, and pro-settlement statements and activities by Lev Leviev, the public announcement by Africa Israel that it has no plans to build Israeli settlements is clearly a result of pressure from the growing Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. This provides concrete evidence of the way in which the BDS movement can change companies' behavior. But Africa Israel can't speak out of both sides of its mouth and expect a clean bill of health. Africa Israel must unambiguously renounce settlement activity, and all other involvement in violations of Palestinian rights. And Lev Leviev needs to end his involvement in settlement construction through other companies like Leader Management and Development, as well as his support for human rights abuses in the diamond industry in countries like Angola and Namibia."

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    There are more than just Palestinian refugees in Israel
    Nov 03, 2010 10:47 am | Adam Horowitz

    The Israeli activist who goes by the name gangreentv has sent us the video above. It's the second video we've posted from them. They also sent this explanation below:

    While much media attention is focused on Israel's treatment of the Palestinian population, and rightfully so, most English-speakers don't know about Israel's asylum seekers and foreign workers, two other marginalized groups that are constantly being harassed and threatened with deportation.

    Many of them are refugees of armed conflicts in Africa -- conflicts that the Israeli government indirectly contributes to by selling weapons on the continent. But instead of granting these people status, it considers them a 'demographic threat' and orders its immigration people to round them up for expulsion.

    After Israel began to phase out the use of Palestinian laborers, deeming them a security risk, the government began to 'import' foreign workers, mainly from East Asia, to do dirty work. But these people are relegated to serf status, and are deported and replaced if they try to form families, a basic human right.

    This 4-minute video puts a human face on the people of color that have migrated to Israel over the last few years. Israelis of conscience are starting to rally for their right to stay in the country, but the government is determined to grant that privilege to Jews only. Israel: if you are not apartheid state, then start proving it!

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    More Israeli child abuse… of Palestinian children
    Nov 03, 2010 10:45 am | Seham

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    Israelis Tear Down Homes, Interrogate Citizens near Bethlehem, Tulkarem
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    Israeli colonies expand, Palestinians face home demolitions
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    Silwan Extends Harsh Welcome to "Racist" Mayor Barkat
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    Budrus hero calls for Abdallah Abu Rahmah's freedom, Jesse Bacon
    I recently had the good fortune to attend a packed Monday night NYC screening sponsored by Jewish Voice for Peace and the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. One issue raised by the extremely well-informed director was how similar protests in other villages have had difficulty duplicating Budrus's success. A Budrus protest participant told me that  even Budrus itself could see its victory threatened as Israel completes the building of the Wall. So it is inspiring to me that Ayed Morrar, the Budrus leader, has continued to struggle on behalf of other less fortunate villages in the West Bank. Here he writes in Huffington Post (apparently more "mainstream" outlets passed on it) in support of Abdallah Abu Rahmah, his counterpart organizer in Bi'lin.

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    Last week, Israeli soldiers occupied Hayat Mutlak al-Salaymeh's house for the third time since August. On October 28, around 25 young soldiers piled into her family's small apartment on the third floor of a family-owned complex. For a few days her house became a fortress: the soldiers erected the Israeli flag on top of the roof, stationed two men at the bottom entrance, two on roof, and the rest remained inside her home, supposedly keeping security for a Jewish celebration taking place that weekend.

    Israeli troops enforce closure on northern village
    NABLUS (Ma'an) – Israeli troops entered the northern West Bank village of Madama overnight, with locals reporting several home invasions, shop closures and what was described as a sector lockdown. Several shop owners were said to have been forced to close their stores, while residents said they were threatened by the troops when windows of homes were opened to survey the situation.

    The Entry of UN's Construction Materials in Gaza Remains Restricted
    On Tuesday, while truckloads of food and commercial goods entered the Gaza Strip via the southernmost crossing, Kerem Shalom, the entry of construction materials remained delayed by the Israeli army.

    The World Education Forum: Palestine's Opportunity to Overcome Obstacles, Palestine Monitor
    "Through education we will become a prosperous nation, and will obtain a life that allows us to live in freedom. We are a people who can live and learn despite the problems we encounter. We will continue to improve education, so that future generations can live peacefully." – Adbul Hakeem, head of the Ministry of Education

    Education in Palestine in world spotlight
    The behind-the-scenes work of Palestinian unions, Palestinian and international BDS groups, video conferences bridging Palestine to the outside world, and the struggle of Palestinian students to access an education continues largely unnoticed by the cameras.

    Education Behind Bars: Freed Prisoners Talk About Writing on Cigarette Papers
    Sidqi Musa – Nablus – PNN/Exclusive - Could prison become a kind of university, a place rich in culture and artistic experience? That's the opinion of at least some freed prisoners who spoke about their experiences during a workshop called "Educational Experiences of Palestinian Detainees," held at Nablus' al-Najah University on Tuesday.  The workshop was part of a series of events called "Global Education in Palestine."

    Gaza tunnels don't just run one way
    The Gaza tunnels, formerly a way to get Egyptian goods into Gaza, are now making some of their business sending goods, some of them Israeli, from Gaza to Egypt.

    UNRWA tells the story of Palestinian refugees in the new series 'Peace starts here', Adam Horowitz
    The video above is from the new series produced by UNRWA (the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) called Peace Starts Here. UNRWA is the UN agency established in December, 1949 to work with Palestinian refugee communities in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and the occupied Palestinian territory.   

    Violence & Aggression/Detainees
    Gaza car blast kills one, Hamas blames Israel
    GAZA, Nov 3 (Reuters) - A car exploded outside a Palestinian police headquarters in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Wednesday, killing a member of a fringe Palestinian Islamist group, sources in Hamas and other militant movements said.  Hamas blamed the blast, in which a second Palestinian was wounded, on an Israeli air strike. Israel Radio said it might have been the premature detonation of a car bomb.

    Gaza medics: Israeli forces shoot mentally disabled man
    GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A mentally disabled man was shot Tuesday by Israeli forces east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, medics said.  Gaza medical services spokesman Adham Abu Silmiyya said the 40-year-old man was transferred to hospital.  An Israeli military spokesman said soldiers saw a Palestinian approaching the security fence in the area, and shot at his lower body after he failed to respond to warning shots. The army considers the area close to the border to be a combat zone, he added.

    Israeli Soldiers Shot a Citizen in Gaza Strip
    On Tuesday afternoon, a Palestinian citizen was shot by Israeli soldiers in the east of al-Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip, while he was collecting plastic from a garbage dump.

    IDF general: Naalin shooting an operational accident
    Commander of IDF colleges Major-General Gershon Hacohen testifies as character witness for former battalion commander Omri Borberg convicted of attempted threats in 2008 shooting incident involving bound Palestinian protestor.,7340,L-3979119,00.html

    Israeli Army Detained Four Brothers in Tulkarem
    On Wednesday, the Israeli army detained four brothers from al-Gayosee family, from the village of Kor, in the southern part of Tulkarem. Detention was accompanied with invasion and searching of some houses in the village.

    Two Arrested in Beit Amer, Near Hebron
    Hebron – PNN - Israeli forces detained two Palestinians in Beit Amer in the Hebron Governorate in the southern West Bank.  Muhammad Awad, spokesman for the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign, said those apprehended were Saba' Sabarneh, 17, and Nidal Husayn Za'qeeq, 20, after their homes were razed in Beit Amer.  Ofer Military Court also handed down the following sentences: 10 months in prison and a 1000 NIS fine for Yusuf Ahmed Khil Abu Hashem, 18,  and 18 months in prison for Husayn Khalil Khalayel, 17.

    IOF destroys Palestinian project in OJ, detains four brothers in Tulkarem
    Israeli occupation forces (IOF) escorted bulldozers in destroying the foundation stone of a Palestinian road paving project in Enata village, occupied Jerusalem, at a late hour on Tuesday night.

    Detainee still in jail months after serving term
    GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Protesting a 3-month delay of his release, a Gaza man held in Israel's Negev prison went on hunger strike Monday, a prisoners support group reported.  Shadi Abu Al-Hussein, 34, from the southern Gaza city of Khan Younis, was due for release on 31 August but has remained in an isolation cell.  An Israeli prison service spokesman confirmed that Abu Al-Hussein had completed his sentence but "is being held in legal custody awaiting deportation."

    Detainees in Hawara complain of inhuman incarceration
    The Palestinian prisoner's committee said in a statement on Wednesday that tension was rising high among Palestinian detainees in the Israeli Hawara military detention center.

    Israel's Arab Helpers
    Islamic Jihad: PA arrests West Bank supporter
    GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Islamic Jihad movement on Tuesday accused Palestinian Authority security forces of detaining a party affiliate in the West Bank city of Bethlehem.  In a statement, the group said PA forces detained Muhammad Issa Abda, 42, a party supporter who has spent 10 years in Israeli jails.  The movement added that party supporter Muhammad Reda Mur'eb, 37, from Jenin, remained in PA detention and that he was being tortured.

    Islamic Jihad: The preventive security sill tortures wounded resistance fighter
    Islamic Jihad said that the Palestinian authority's preventive security continues to torture a wounded Palestinian resistance fighter called Mohamed Mor'eb in its jails in the West Bank.

    Political "Developments"
    PLO official: Dissolving PA an option
    BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- PLO negotiator Nabil Sha'ath said Tuesday that dissolving the Palestinian Authority would be considered as a last resort if efforts to end Israel's occupation failed.  The Fatah official told Ma'an radio that if the PA was unable to meet its responsibilities, it would be shameful to retain authority. "Its decisions are shot down by the occupation, as the people of the West Bank can't visit Gaza and Gazans can't live in the West Bank. It is not permitted for anyone to build a new Palestinian village or city, which is unacceptable."

    Obama's message to Israel: Freeze settlements or get rid of Dimona
    In an address to AIPAC last week, Dennis Ross outlined the link between peace negotiations and Israel's nuclear program in delicate but clear diplomatic language.

    Israel halts 'dialogue' with UK
    Israel is postponing "strategic dialogue" with Britain over defence and security issues, as William Hague arrives in Israel for an official visit.

    Other News
    Poll: 56% oppose resuming talks with Israel
    GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- More than half of Palestinians in the occupied territories oppose a return to direct negotiations with Israel in the face of ongoing West Bank settlement expansion, an opinion poll released Wednesday suggests.

    Palestinian gov't demands Britain to apologize for Balfour declaration
    The Palestinian government demanded Britain once again to declare publicly its responsibility for Balfour declaration, apologize to the Palestinian people and atone for its historical crime.

    Olmert: Terror's origin is Islam
    Olmert says foreign governments should get out of political comfort zone for effective war on terror; former PM also slams Netanyahu's foreign policy moves.,7340,L-3978780,00.html

    Likud's Gamliel refused entry to Dubai
    Following accusations Israel behind al-Mabhouh killing, Dubai bars entry to Gila Gamliel, due to attend World Economic Forum conference.,7340,L-3978795,00.html

    IDF intelligence chief: Israel's next war will see heavy casualties
    In farewell meeting at the Knesset, Gen. Amos Yadlin says next conflict will hit Israel far harder than recent wars in Lebanon and Gaza - and hints for first the time at Israeli involvement in a 2007 strike on a nuclear plant in Syria.

    Police refuse permit for secular student protest in Bnei Brak
    College students banned from demostrating in Orthodox Jewish district, days after ultra-rightwing protest went ahead in Arab town.

    Prosecutors House Vandalized Over Conviction of Gaza Soldiers
    Petah Tikva - PNN - Graffiti was found on house of Major-General Avichai Mandelblit this morning in response to the prosecutor's conviction of two Israeli soldiers. The graffiti called Mandelblit a "traitor" and compared him to Judge Richard Goldstone, the head of a commission for the United Nations that charged both Israel and Hamas with committing war crimes during Operation Cast Lead in the winter of 2008 and 2009.

    Dreaming of dancing around the world
    After years of training, the traditional Canaan Dabke dance troupe has a name renowned throughout Gaza, and uniforms to match.

    Analysis/Opinion/Human Interest
    Tough questions for Hamas
    Has Hamas been able to actually build on its high level of commitment and sacrifice, not only on the part of the movement but of Palestinians in general? Haidar Eid comments.

    Lieberman: The man dragging Israel to the right [Israel was to the right before Lieberman and will be so after Lieberman]
    William Hague is entitled to a little more than the usual trepidation that afflicts every minister making a first visit as Foreign Secretary to the political minefield that is Israel and the occupied territories. For today, he comes face-to-face with his Israeli counterpart, Avigdor Lieberman, one of the most controversial politicians in the democratic world who also royally humiliated the last two European foreign ministers to pay him a visit.

    Why Salam Fayyad is Israel`s public enemy number one
    Yossi Sarid - Haaretz - "There`s a rumor that on a recent visit, senior members of the New York Times editorial staff were more impressed by him than by his Israeli counterpart, and gave expression to this in an editorial calling on Netanyahu to stop his dangerous games."

    Working the Visa System, Michael Khaled
    In any regime that controls people, finding ways to "work the system" becomes standard discussion among the system's targets. Internationals sympathetic to the Palestinians always get extra attention from Israel's border control and finding ways to enter the country and remain here legally is a constant concern.  For Americans and citizens of most western countries, Israel grants a three-month tourist visa at the airport or any border crossing entitling the traveler to move through Israel and the occupied territories with the exception of the Gaza Strip. For foreigners who want to stay longer though, things get dicey. The Israeli interior ministry, which is responsible for visa extensions, is known to deny requests for people staying in or with ties to Palestinians in the West Bank, even if they work or volunteer with legitimate international organizations.

    Israeli state violence and the value of Palestinian life, Elia Zureik
    Disregard for Palestinian life has characterized the attitudes of Israeli authorities towards its Arab citizens since the establishment of the state. The Palestinians constitute what the Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben calls homo sacer, according to which the laws of humanity do not apply to them. For Israel, the Palestinians exist in conditions of "bare life". Their minimal existence is tolerated but not enhanced. Invariably, the law is suspended when it comes to rectifying Palestinian grievances. Israel is usually quick to cite "national security" as justification for its lethal actions. Life for Palestinian citizens of the state is in a perpetual state of emergency where exception to the universal application of the law is the rule. As a colonial state, life in Israel is best viewed from a racialized prism where ethnicity and race govern the treatment of its citizens.

    Ten years later, Palestinian citizens of Israel are still waiting for justice, Dr. Mahmoud Yazbak
    A decade has elapsed since the Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa uprising, and yet the killers remain free and at large. Perhaps some of us thought, naively, that the killers would receive due retribution. Such naivety was reflected in the actions of many of our people on October 1st, 2000. They took to the streets to demonstrate and protest, and called a general strike against Sharon's violation of the sanctity of the Haram Al-Sharif and his defiance and disdain for the sentiments of Arabs and Muslims (or his deliberate attempt at provocation aimed at bringing a decisive end to the peace process, which was in its death throes at the time).

    If a stranger spews hateful rhetoric in the woods in Maine, and no one's there to hear him…, Audrey Farber
    Back in September, I wrote an op-ed that was published in the Portland Press Herald (my home-away-from-home local paper) describing my thoughts on the futility of the impending negotiations between Netanyahu and Abbas.

    Albuquerque Journal: "UNM Jews Upset Over Palestinian Speaker " (This time desperate Zionists liken me to the KKK), Ali Abunimah
    The Albuquerque Journal reports on the "controversry" over my upcoming talk at the University of New Mexico on 7 November. In perhaps a new low for anti-Palestinian activists, Sam Sokolove, the executive director of the Jewish Federation of New Mexico, which has been leading the campaign of vilification and slander, likens me to the KKK while advocates for racist Zionist apartheid Israel are supposedly the equivalent of the NAACP.

    Piecing Together a Future in Beit Sahour
    Beit Sahour - PNN/Exclusive - The workshop that Samer Hanna built six months ago lies off of Shepherd's Field road in Beit Sahour, hidden among the groceries and butcher's shops that line the street.  The space is large with high ceilings, painted a warm terracotta brown. When PNN reporters visited on a sunny Tuesday afternoon, one entire wall was opened up to the sunlight, and the sounds of stone grinders pierced the air.

    The Tea Party and Race in America, Noura Erekat
    What began as a laughable spectacle of Americans reenacting the Boston tea party across the country in early 2009 has congealed into a viable and tangible political force. Early midterm election results indicate as much as Tea Party Senatorial candidates Rand Paul and Marc Rubio ascended to victory in Kentucky and Florida. Governor Charlie Crist's defeat to newcomer Marco Rubio in Florida's Senate race is especially telling of the Tea Party's political strength.

    Lebanon sentences three to death for spying for Israel
    Dozens of Lebanese have been arrested since last year as part of an espionage investigation in which many have been formally charged; suspects can appeal sentence.

    Discussion on"false witnesses" in Lebanese cabinet postponed
    BEIRUT, Nov. 2 (Xinhua) -- A decisive session of the Lebanese cabinet to discuss the issue of the "false witnesses" was postponed after the Lebanese prime minister decided to stay abroad for urgent meetings.  "A cabinet session scheduled on Wednesday was adjourned because the prime minister was forced to extend his stay in London for urgent meetings there," the prime minister's office said in a statement.  Prime Minister Saad Hariri who is currently on a state visit to London met with British Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday.

    Hezbollah warns Hariri indictment would be 'explosive' (AFP)
    AFP - Hezbollah's number two warned on Tuesday of the risks of an explosion in Lebanon if members of his party are indicted by a UN-backed tribunal on the assassination of Lebanese ex-premier Rafiq Hariri.*

    Middle East 'heading for disaster'
    Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri says the Middle East is "heading for disaster" unless comprehensive peace is achieved.

    'Israel won't get away with treatment of Palestinians'
    Hariri to BBC: "I think Iran has an influence, but the real danger lies in not achieving a comprehensive peace."  A BBC interview with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri was broadcast on Wednesday, in which he blamed Israel for the absence of peace in the region and told BBC Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen that it is this lack of peace that is the real danger, and not any threat from Iran.  "I think Iran has an influence, but I think the real danger lies in not acheiving a comprehensive peace," he said.

    Tuesday: 117 Iraqis Killed, 322 Wounded
    Updated at 5:20 p.m., Nov. 2, 2010 In a still developing story, a series of at least 21 explosions in the capital has left scores of casualties. At least 107 people were killed across the country, while as many as 322 were wounded. These numbers are estimates and could change throughout the day and into tomorrow. In the United Kingdom, meanwhile, a student was found guilty of attacking a British lawmaker over his support for the Iraq war.

    Baghdad bombs kill 63 (AFP)
    AFP - Eleven car bombs rocked Shiite neighbourhoods of Baghad on Tuesday killing at least 63 people amid growing concern that Sunni militants are taking advantage of a persistent power vacuum seven months after an inconclusive general election.*

    A look at major attacks in Iraq this year

    A look at targets of Tuesday's Baghdad attacks (AP)
    AP - A look at the mostly Shiite Baghdad neighborhoods targeted Tuesday night in a series of bombings and mortar strikes that took place over the span of about an hour.*

    Baghdad grinds to halt as bomb attacks blanket a reeling city
    Sixteen bombs struck Baghdad Tuesday, prompting a snap curfew and shocking a city still coming to grips with a deadly attack Sunday on a Catholic church.

    Iraq probes church raid; says attackers disguised (Reuters)
    Reuters - BAGHDAD (Reuters) -Iraq launched an investigation on Tuesday into a church raid in which 52 hostages and police were killed, trying to find out how al Qaeda-linked gunmen managed to storm the building despite checkpoints, an official said.*

    Iraq shuts Al-Baghdadia after bloody church attack
    New York, November 2, 2010--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the Iraqi authorities' decision to close down Al-Baghdadia TV offices in Iraq. The closure of the Cairo-based satellite channel was announced after it broadcast the demands of gunmen who attacked a church in Baghdad on Sunday. Fifty-eight people were killed during the siege, according to news reports.

    Qaeda group in Iraq says Christians 'legitimate targets' (AFP)
    AFP - An Al-Qaeda group in Iraq has declared Christians "legitimate targets" as a deadline expired for Egypt's Coptic church to free women allegedly held after converting to Islam, SITE monitors said Wednesday.*

    Inside Story - Forcing Christians out of Iraq?
    On Sunday, a church siege in Iraq left 58 people dead - with an al-Qaeda-linked group claiming responsibility. So, is the attack a fresh round of violence against this community? And is the aim of the attack to force Christians out of Iraq?

    Wikileaks Iraq documents raise critical questions
    The trove of Iraq war documents recently made public by Wikileaks underscores several important truths.  One, the American people have a right to know when Americans or their allies commit violations of the laws of war. Two, the American government has been woefully nontransparent.  Transparency is key to accountability, to minimizing violations and to preventing the civilian population from turning against US forces. This, in turn, protects, rather than endangers, US troops.

    U.S. and other world news
    Pro-Israel group claims election victory
    One prominent pro-Israel lobbying group in Washington is already praising the GOP takeover of the House of Representatives as a net benefit for Israel.  "While Democrats are likely to keep control of the U.S. Senate, Republicans will take over the U.S. House of Representatives following Tuesday's elections. This is likely to have implications for Israel-related issues such as Israel's relationship with the United States and the push for sanctions against Iran," said an e-mail blasted out by The Israel Project only minutes after news stations called the turnover of House control a certainty.

    The midterms: an Israeli perspective
    President Barack Obama is not popular in Israel, to say the least. Israelis knew John McCain as their supporters; Obama was a mystery. Early in 2009, the new president's attempts to approach the Arab world defined him as a pro-Palestinian, at least in the eyes of many Israelis. Minister Limor Livnat (Likud) expressed the common view in the government when she declared that "we fell into the hands of a horrible administration" (other politicians were blunter, simply calling Obama "a new Pharaoh"). Rightwing comments on the internet often refers to him just as "Hussein".

    Obama betrayed the antiwar left, Philip Weiss
    Here are two perspectives on the Tea Party movement that offer tea some sympathy. Both writers are alive to an important trend, the degree to which privilege among Democrats (and there is a clear class break between blue states and red 'uns) has separated them from populist concerns-- including the concern that their children will be killed in Afghanistan. Visionary Milton Friedman wanted this to happen by eliminating the draft; he wanted the elite not to have to decide to murder its own children; and he has got his wish.

    US deploys fourth submarine in Persian Gulf
    A total of thirty combat vessels are currently deployed in the region, including those belonging to Britain and France.

    Afghan civilian deaths caused by allied forces rise
    Internal U.S. military statistics show 160 fatalities in 2010, up from 144 by this time last year. The greater use of attack helicopters has led to more accidental deaths.,0,4783095.story

    Afghan police unit defects en mass to Taliban
    "This was not an attack but a plot," said Mohammed Yasin, the chief of the Khogeyani police force. "The Taliban and the police made a deal."

    US Plans CIA Squad in Yemen: Report
    The Wall Street Journal reported that President Barack Obama's administration was considering placing under CIA authority elite "hunter-killer" special operations teams that operate secretly in the country to track and kill Al Qaeda leaders.

    Maher Arar: Omar Khadr: America's Injustice, Canada's Shame
    Forty years in prison: this was the sentence that was pronounced by the jury panel for being a child soldier. While shocking, it was no surprise to those who closely followed the Omar Khadr saga at Guantanamo bay.

    Bush autobiography says he considered dumping Cheney (AFP)
    AFP - Former US president George W. Bush admits he considered dropping Dick Cheney ahead of his re-election run but defends his vice president as well as the invasion of Iraq in a new autobiography, a newspaper reported Tuesday.*

    Iran stoning woman 'not executed'
    The French foreign minister says Iran has not yet decided to execute a woman sentenced to death by stoning for adultery, amid reports her execution was imminent.

    Saudi journalist to be lashed in public
    A Saudi journalist has been sentenced to be whipped in public after being convicted of "instigating protests" against a government electricity company following a series of power cuts.  Fahd Al Jukhaidib, a journalist with the daily newspaper, Aljazierah, must serve two months in prison and suffer 50 lashes with the whip, including 25 lashes in public, in front of the electricity department.

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    ADL seeks to submarine Gaza boat fundraiser at Rutgers
    Nov 03, 2010 10:37 am | Philip Weiss

    This is important. Tomorrow night at Rutgers, the New Jersey state university, Palestinian solidarity groups are exercising their right to assembly and free speech by gathering to raise money for the US boat to Gaza-- which seeks to aid the 1.5 million people living in an open-air prison, with few political rights. The ADL is smearing the event as an aid to terrorism, inside a public university. Below is reporting from the north Jersey newspaper, followed by the flyer for the event.

    Patricia Alex at the Record reports:

    The event, sponsored by a group called BAKA: Students United for Middle Eastern Justice, was advertised as a halal buffet followed by speakers in support of U.S. to Gaza, which describes itself as a coalition of organizations and individuals...

    BAKA received $2,494 from mandatory fees collected from all students to stage the event, which will be held at the university-owned Busch Campus Center.

    "We are deeply concerned that a state-supported university could support an organization that could commit a belligerent act against one of our allies," said Etzion Neuer, regional director of the state Anti-Defamation League based in Teaneck. "This is not about free speech, it's about potentially illegal activity."

    Hoda Mitwally, a Rutgers senior and an executive board member of BAKA, said her group was raising money for a humanitarian mission with the blessing of the Rutgers University Student Assembly, the university's student government.

    "We are not bringing weapons, we are not bringing anybody who plans to use violence," she said. "This is a humanitarian mission. They are framing this as though we were planning some sort of terrorist action or something suspicious, and we strongly denounce that. These are smear remarks intented to discredit our organization and our mission."

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    The crisis of the liberal Zionist
    Nov 03, 2010 09:54 am | Philip Weiss

    I often write here that Israel is in crisis; and my belief is confirmed by the growing desperation of liberal Zionists who glimpse the end of the two-state solution and with that the possible end of the Jewish state. I watch liberal Zionists because I want Jews on board in the coming transformation, I want Jewish life to change, and these liberals or their children are the Jewish swing vote; they are the Jews whose commitment to liberalism might lead them to abandon an anachronistic supremacist political ideology (Zionism) or undertake radical reform of the Jewish state. 

    The interesting thing about these three liberal Zionists, though, is their anxiety, and their clinging to religious and nationalist beliefs. It is important to expose these very conservative views if we are going to win over their children to non-Zionism. Sorry, this is a long post; you can skip from 1, Burston to 2, Gitlin to 3, Samuels.

    1. Haaretz columnist Brad Burston gave a talk at a Seattle synagogue, sponsored by J Street, and made a sharply nationalist statement that suggests to me that if push comes to shove, Burston (and J Street) might march shoulder-to-shoulder with AIPAC. Richard Silverstein offered this report. I'm including a lot of Silverstein's comment, which is very perceptive. Silverstein:

    At one point, Burston said, "About the progressive Jew who sees nothing wrong with the many Muslim nations in the world, but who cannot allow the Jews to have a single state of their own anywhere in the world, I say that person is an anti-Semite."
    ...I too used to be a liberal Zionist.. But it doesn't do anyone any good.  It sugarcoats Israeli reality.  It in a sense infantilizes the Diaspora audience by presuming that it either can't take or wouldn't understand a full-bore analysis of the extremity of the political situation in Israel. At the present moment, an Israeli speaking in the Diaspora does a disservice when he makes things appear not quite as bad as they really are.  Only the truth suffices in the present situation....

    I'm also struck by the phrase "love for Israel" bandied about by so many liberal Zionists including Burston tonight [and by Gershom Sholem when he lectured Hannah Arendt]. One of the reasons ... I didn't attend Daniel Sokatch's (he is the CEO of the New Israel Fund) talk here in Seattle this month was its title, Loving Israel in Challenging Times.  I find the notion that one must profess love for Israel before criticizing it to be preposterous. ...Love means that Israel cannot be something I think it should be, a normal state.  Love puts Israel on a pedestal just as traditional male attitudes toward women put them on similar pedestals that prevented them from being normal human beings.

    In the time when I was still on e-mail terms with Leonard Fein, he practically made a fetish out of my supposed lack of love for Israel.  To him, it proved I had left the Zionst reservation because you could only express criticism of Israel out of such deep concern and affection, that your criticism would clearly be couched as that of a concerned parent for a loved one gone astray.  Naturally, I don't have patience in this hour in which Israel finds itself in extremis for such mollycoddling.

    To me it is self-evident that I would not write this blog unless I loved Israel.  It would simply be a waste of time to devote as many tens of thousands of hours to this enterprise as I have unless there was deep emotion attached to the subject.  And there is.  Many decades of my life have been devoted to Israel.  I could not do so unless I loved it.

    2. Here is American author Todd Gitlin, whose last book praises the idea of Jewish chosenness, writing in Haaretz the other day from the (very ethnocentric) Jewish People Policy Institute conference. Bless him, Gitlin is very impatient with the crazies at the Institute, but his own vision is itself quite nationalistic:

    I recommended making a distinction between the inflamed anti-Zionism that singles out Israel's policies as uniquely racist among states, even unto the claim (contrary to many UN declarations ) that the state has no right to exist, and moreover that the Jews are not a people and are not entitled to a majority in a Middle Eastern nation, and the view (my own, as it happens ) that it is the post-'67 occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem that is illegitimate - not only because it violates international law, and not only because it is cruel, and not because the Palestinians are angels, but because the State of Israel is in default on its moral obligations.... 

    In other words, to use a phrase much bruited about nowadays, the occupation is an "existential threat" to the Jewish people, who are a people of an idea. The danger is clear, present and growing....

    [At the conference] a host of burning questions that might have been raised - to take one tiny example, whether the Jewish people are well served by the spread of settlers throughout Arab Silwan, next to the Old City wall, guarded by a private security army funded by the government to the tune of NIS 52 million per year - attracted no interest as sources of delegitimization. The profound moral question of why Jews should tolerate land grabs went unasked. The conferees were, for the most part, disinclined to discuss bedrock - even the bedrock of who the Jews are and what we stand for.

    Here it interests me that Gitlin dignifies the birth of Israel as moral though it involved landgrab and ethnic cleansing-- while he condemns the post-67 landgrab. I don't know whether it is possible to maintain this position. In the view of many non-Zionists and anti-Zionists, what was so great about '48? Arabs weren't consulted despite promises by FDR to consult them; and they were against Partition, as you and I would have been. Jews were granted half the territory by the U.N. and ended up with 78 percent of it. Israel and American Jews went to war against the idea that any of the hundreds of thousands of refugees could come home to their property-- a moral savagery that continues to fester 60 years on. "The profound moral question of why Jews should tolerate land grabs went unasked," to quote Gitlin.

    If you're trying to save the Jewish state, I think you have to deal more honestly with those crimes, which the unending occupation has served to unearth.

    When I shared these thoughts with Ilene Cohen, she wrote to me, "The Israelis could have settled for '48 and been done. That's what the '67 borders idea is about. As we know well from our own country, many things done immorally become permanent. The Israelis believed they could do with '67 what they had done with '48, but it's not working. Different time. I'm not sure they actually understand that. Their '67 problem has not gone away and is undermining '48. They're very greedy and very stupid....

    "I don't know how or when this will all resolve itself, but I do believe that Israel as we know it is in deep trouble. Every day I continue to be shocked that they get even worse...

    "I think the reality is that there will be one state only if the Israelis make it so by their obstructionism. I don't think it will happen because people on both sides decide that that is the ideal but it will happen because of the Israeli apartheid regime. I really do believe that the Israelis look to be committing national suicide. How this all plays out in the coming years will not be pretty, but I think that Israeli apartheid will eventually be undone by on person, one vote...

    "Personally, I think two states, with the Israelis giving up much, much more than they are willing to, would be best for all. And I think that the two states could become reasonable neighbors. But, again, the Israelis are greedy racists and won't give up till they're broken."

    3. Finally, here is David Samuels at Tablet, interviewing Maen Rashid Areikat, the PLO representative to the United States. The most notable moment in the interview is when Samuels says, "Some people in both of our communities believe that a bi-national state is the right answer." A true statement. And Samuels, a Zionist, is granting honor to a new way of thinking about this problem.

    Not that Samuels feels that way himself. The interesting thing about the interview is the angst of the interviewer. The piece reads like an encounter session. Samuels understands that he has to work with Areikat if he's going to save the Jewish state, but meantime he rages at Areikat about Palestinian identity and Palestinian refugees and sets out as a justification for the Jewish state a religious insistence that the Jews are a people and nation connected genetically to the Jews of Jerusalem for thousands of years, a truly dubious proposition that we would mock if Christians came forward with it.

    And by the way, he hints, American Jews feel more loyalty to Israel than the U.S. (note the last, passport comment).

    As I read this interview, I don't see why Samuels couldn't move toward cultural Zionism and let go of the nation-- which he doesn't want to live in anyway, just reserve as a placeholder with all the racism that entails till the next Holocaust. For as Samuels recognizes, demographically-speaking, My kind of American Jewish identity, in which Israel means very little at all, and is largely a negative, is winning out over his conservative Jewish identity (with its dual loyalty problem). After all, most American Jews have never been to Israel.

    I'll shut up now. Here's a portion of the encounter. Samuels is in bold:

    let me ask you this: Was there ever a Jewish temple in Jerusalem?

    I'm not a historian.

    I have the reference right here from the Encyclopedia Britannica. Is it wrong?

    I'm not a historian.  What are you trying to get to? That Jews were present then?

    Were they?

    President Abbas in his meeting with the leaders of the American Jewish community in June said that yes, the Jews were in the Middle East, and that one-third of the Quran talks about Jews.

    Are the people who say they're Israeli Jews today related to the people who were Jews in the time of the Quran?

    It's for historians to establish the link. I believe many Jews who lived at one point in that land continue to live in that land, and their descendants stayed in that land.

    So, today's Palestinians are the real Jews?

    Everywhere in the world, Jews follow the nationality and citizenship of the country where they live. In the United States, you have American Jews, who live in the United States. You have French Jews. And this was the original argument between us and the Jews. Why can't you be Palestinian Jews?

    Is Judaism simply a religion, or are Jews also a people—like Kurds or Armenians?

    That is something you have to work out for yourselves....Some of us still make the same arguments of the '60s and the '70s: "No, they are not a nation, they are the followers of a faith, they should live in every country as citizens of that country."

    That approach didn't work out so well for us in Europe.

    I think you have been very much influenced by the Holocaust...

    So, explain why it's impossible for the Palestinian people to recognize Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state.

    We have no problem whatsoever with what Israel calls themselves. Israel can call themselves "The Great Empire of the Jewish People." But don't ask me to recognize that.

    Why not? You want us to recognize the validity of your narrative of Palestinian people-hood....Doesn't the U.N. partition resolution on which you base your own national claims for a Palestinian state already recognize Israel as a state for the Jews—a Jewish state?

    ...Publicly we are Jordanians, but deep inside we are Palestinians.

    That's how many Jews feel about the passports that they carry.


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    Obama betrayed the antiwar left
    Nov 03, 2010 09:00 am | Philip Weiss

    Here are two perspectives on the Tea Party movement that offer tea some sympathy. Both writers are alive to an important trend, the degree to which privilege among Democrats (and there is a clear class break between blue states and red 'uns) has separated them from populist concerns-- including the concern that their children will be killed in Afghanistan. Visionary Milton Friedman wanted this to happen by eliminating the draft; he wanted the elite not to have to decide to murder its own children; and he has got his wish.

    First Chris Hedges, "The Phantom Left," at truthdig:

    The Rally to Restore Sanity, held in Washington's National Mall [last Saturday, Jon Stewart and Stephen Coulbert], was yet another sad footnote to the death of the liberal class. It was as innocuous as a Boy Scout jamboree. It ridiculed followers of the tea party without acknowledging that the pain and suffering expressed by many who support the movement are not only real but legitimate. It made fun of the buffoons who are rising up out of moral swamps to take over the Republican Party without accepting that their supporters were sold out by a liberal class, and especially a Democratic Party, which turned its back on the working class for corporate money.

    Justin Raimondo at The American Conservative says the tea partiers are the heirs of the antiwar movement that Obama sold out:

    The anti-establishment force behind Obama was one that had lain dormant for a generation: the grassroots Left. It was reawakened by the same causes that had first given it life in the 1960s—opposition to war and demands for civil liberty. Torture, executive secrecy, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan filled the roles once played by segregation and the war in Vietnam. In 2008 as in 1968, the essence of the activist Left was its antiwar faith.

    ...It was only in response to great shock—the 9/11 terrorist attacks and George W. Bush's subsequent crusade to democratize the Muslim world—that these ex-Trotskyites-turned-suburbanites woke from their narcotized sleep. The resurgent Left had an ongoing drama to validate its concerns: the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the spectacle of untrammeled executive power running roughshod over the Constitution.

    ...Obama dogged Hillary over her vote in favor of the Iraq War and made an explicit appeal to the netroots and the antiwar movement. That gave him the momentum to snatch the crown from her brow. It didn't matter that he justified his opposition to the war on the grounds that we were prosecuting the "wrong" war and vowed to fight on the Afghan front with greater vigor than his predecessor. At that point, the anti-interventionist base of the Democratic Party was ready to nominate anybody but Hillary.

    ...The antiwar Left defeated itself by electing a Democrat little different from Bush. And now Barack Obama is dismantling his own party by repudiating the causes that animated his base—the opposition to war and fear of the imperial presidency. In the run-up to the midterm elections, Obama tried instead to mobilize his party around the weakest items on its agenda: big government and cultural issues....

    The Democrats' decline owes nothing to Republican leaders like John Boehner or Mitch McConnell; it is entirely the result of Obama betraying the antiwar Left at the same time as the grassroots Right finally returned to its economic principles. Should Republicans proceed again as they did under Bush, the cycle will repeat—another war, another resurgence of the Left.

    Both parties, in spite of their strenuous efforts, have failed to carry off a political realignment.

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    Laurence Tribe's elitist values
    Nov 03, 2010 07:09 am | Philip Weiss

    I love Sonia Sotomayor because she's street-smart, because she's got a huge heart, and because she understands the new diversity of America. And I'm a little shocked to read the leaked letter from eminent Harvard prof Laurence Tribe to Barack Obama a couple years ago, deriding Sotomayor and praising Elena Kagan and Diane Wood because they're so much smarter than Sotomayor.

    My new theme is the complete alienation of the Democratic Party from populist values; and this letter exhibits that arrogance. Its insistence on intelligence as the chief criterion for promotion is meritocratic horsefeathers, SAT thinking. "[Sotomayor] is not nearly as smart as she seems to think she is," Tribe writes snidely, and she's a bully. Well I like a bully on the Supreme Court. How else do you muscle Scalia and Roberts and Thomas?

    And yes there's a Jewish component here, in that we helped to build the meritocracy; although Wood is not Jewish. (And I wonder where Tribe is on Israel, probably retro). But the key issue: Where is Kagan's ferocious commitment to the underdog, a commitment that animates Sotomayor, and one that privileged Laurence Tribe doesn't really care about when a good job is on the line. He adores Kagan's "combination of intellectual brilliance and political skill." Soulless. This is the challenge to liberal Democrats in the age of economic meltdown: what does progressive mean beyond abortion rights and shopping at Whole Foods?

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