The USS LIBERTY: 49 Years of Treason and Lies

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Republishing this one 3 years later.  Now it is 49 years of treason and lies, so I changed the headline.  The rest of the post from 2013 is below.

1. It’s hard to believe that it has been 46 years since I first heard the news that the USS LIBERTY had been attacked. 46 years. 46 years of treason and lies.

And look where we are now after all those years. A shell of a country. At least one in six Americans lives at or below the poverty line. But we have more wars than ever and no end in sight.

None.

The image of that piece of shit, John McCain, snuggling up to terrorists in Syria this past week says it all. He and the entire government care much more about terrorists in Syria than about you. Much more. But I digress.

This post is about the USS LIBERTY.

I have restored a number of my previous commemorative posts about the LIBERTY and you can find them on the left side of this page under “Recent Entries”. I also link to them hereherehere and here. Lots of  information in there if you are new to the issue.

I want to call your attention to a remarkable story I heard the other day narrated by Ray McGovern. You can hear McGovern tell that story by clicking here and going to the 16:28 mark of the interview Ray did with Scott Horton. A great USS LIBERTY story, wish I had been at the scene Ray describes when it happened. Ray also puts the LIBERTY massacre in proper context.

I also want to take a moment to talk about the Captain of the LIBERTY, William Loren McGonagle.

He was the son of a share cropper, a man who earned everything he got. A man who after performing acts of quiet heroism having watched many of his men blown to bits, others die slowly and horribly while help did not arrive, and almost all of the rest of his men wounded – including himself – after all this, he sat down in Malta and wrote to the families of each and every man onboard his ship who was murdered on June 8th, 1967 by Israel.  A leader who actually cared about his men. He stood out then, but after 46 years of treason and lies – and of useless, stupid and evil wars – he stands out even more.

McGonagle did not cozy up to terrorists, he fought them. And he won.

Of course, the US government then, as now, was ashamed of Captain McGonagle. Cowering before its master, the government didn’t want anything to do with a hero who guided his broken, battered and bloodied ship to safety using the North Star.

When he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his heroism in the face of an implacable enemy the US government was afraid to have him come in the front door to accept the award. Instead he was smuggled in through the back door, as if his open presence would shame the sterling reputations of those who had actually contemplated letting his ship sink forever into the Mediterranean.

The back door of the White House? Nope. Normally the medal is presented at the White House, but this time it was presented in the dump known as the Naval Yard. Quite the insult.  Oh, and the President usually is the one who gives the award. Not this time. Linden Baines Johnson was too fucking busy – really he was just too fucking ashamed.

But this wasn’t to be the only time that the President of the United States would in-person snub the USS LIBERTY.  Turns out that George Herbert Walker Bush was too fucking busy too.

Yes, former CIA director, oil company executive, possible JFK conspirator and the architect of the slaughter of God only knows how many Iraqis somehow granted an audience to Captain McGonagle and some of the crew members.

Phil Tourney was there and recounts what happened after close to 50 members of the LIBERTY crew had waited at the White House for over two hours.

“Finally we saw the presidential limousine pull up to the White House. Bush had been at a parade of veterans returning from the First Gulf War which was why he had been late. As the limousine drove by, he waved at us through an open window.

“Our spirits were a mile high. We were on cloud nine and in seventh heaven. This was it, we were sure – or at least our stomachs were, because they were a flurry of butterflies.

“Shortly afterwards, the door from the White House leading out to the Rose-Garden opened and we waited with bated breath for the President to come walking out. Instead, it was Brent Scowcroft, his National Security Advisor and Chief of Staff, John Sununu. both of them were smiling like two cats who had just eat a bowl of mouse soup. . .

“Scowcroft and Sununu, like a duet doing a vaudeville number, informed us the President was “too busy” to meet with us. then, they started “making nice”, shaking our hands, apologizing for the fact that we had been left waiting for two hours – the exact amount of time we were left out there when we were attacked by Israel.

“The disappointment on McGonagle’s face was as unmistakable as if he had been kicked in groin. H was dying inside, we all knew it, although he tried his best to hide it from us. I was sure he would break down in tears, but he did not.”

George Herbert Walker Bush had no problem meeting with sports teams in the White House, but no time for a group of heroes led by a man who earned the Congressional Medal of Honor. It’s not honorable to meet a man who stood up to Israel. It’s a source of shame.

Captain McGonagle was able to hold back the tears on that day, over twenty years after the terrible events of June 8, 1967. Maybe James Scott, the son of one of those heroes, has told us why. Over twenty years earlier:

“Ignatious turned to McGonagle afterward. The secretary of the Navy, against a backdrop of whirring cameras, placed the Medal of Honor around the skipper’s neck. The five-pointed gold star, suspended from a blue ribbon, rested just beneath McGonagle’s chin. The son of a sharecropper-turned-janitor, the man who had guided his ship to safety by the North Star, lowered his head and wept.”

May God bless Captain McGonagle, his men, and all of those who will not forget what LIBERTY is all about.

2. Somehow this video seems appropriate right now.  Shas Party members would never understand.

3. And I want to give credit for the great pic at the top of the page to Skulz.

Friends . . .

1. The tuyuur here at Mantiq al-Tayr have just drawn my attention to this:

Lobbh

What a cool title.  Now I can hear you all bitching: “But Mantiq that’s Europe’s problem, we here in what’s left of these United States need to focus on all those other groups you’ve written about on your blog who propagandize, radicalize, zionize, and perform all sorts of other izes here in our TSA-protected (hahahahahahahaha and ha!) homeland. We mean groups like Taglit-Birthright, the JNF, JPPI, Friends of the IDF, Ateret Cohanim, The Israel Project, The Israel Leadership Council, Ben Cardin, Israel Scouts, Friends of Israel Scouts, the US Senate, the US House of Representatives, Camp Young Judea, Celebrate Israel, The Jerusalem Post Annual Conference, the Conference of Presidents of Majory American Jewish Organizations, The National Jewish Democratic Council, The Republican Jewish Council,  Haim Saban, Mossad Jane Harman, AIPAC, WINEP, Nefesh B’Nefesh, The Democratic Party, The Republican Party, and did we mention Ben Cardin?”

Oh ye of little fiqh. It turns out that the Israel lobby in the EU is often funded by the “Americans” who also fund many of the aforementioned groups. The study covers a number of organizations set up in recent years to make sure Europe toes the far right zionist line.  For example, one outfit is called the “Friends of Israel Initiative.”

The UK launch of FII was at the British House of Commons in July 2010. The event was hosted by neoconservative think tank the Henry Jackson Society, sponsored by Tory MP Robert Halfon, who at the time was political director of Conservative Friends of Israel, and attended by Aznar, as well as former president of the Italian Senate Marcello Pera and British historian and Henry Jackson Society signatory Andrew Roberts, both co-founders of FII.112 

Now that does look pretty British doesn’t it? Let’s follow the money.

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Anybody there look familiar?  Look at all the wonderful groups all coming together. Give you the warm and fuzzies? Read the report and weep. It gets worse with each page.  Zionism has a way of doing that. But I digress.

Here are just a couple of FII-related quotes. Note to Shas party members, red highlighting is done by today’s diminutive guest editor, Mulaykah Al-Almaniyyah.

FII’s largest known American donor is Sheldon Adelson, the world’s 18th wealthiest billionaire.210 Adelson is a conservative Jewish casino billionaire who owns several right-wing Israeli media organisations, including Israel Hayom, Makor Rishon and Maariv, He contributes a considerable sum to the Jerusalem Centre for Public Affairs headed by Dore Gold, and in 2007 he donated $4.5 million to establish a research centre at the right-wing Shalem Center in Jerusalem (now known as Shalem College). 

In 2012, Adelson donated $32 million to Taglit-Birthright Israel, amounting to about 40 per cent of its annual budget.211 Birthright is a Zionist organisation based in West Jerusalem that arranges and finances trips to Israel for Jewish young adults around the world aged 18–26 years old, aiming to strengthen their relations with the State of Israel. In 2013, the Birthright Israel Foundation in New York reported an income of $74,221,738. 

Want just a bit more? Sure you do. Admit it. Here’s a couple of more grams. (Mulaykah, some folks might feel you are over doing it with the red highlighting – naah.)

Roger Hertog is another Conservative Jewish-American businessman turned philanthropist that funds FII, as well as the American Jewish Committee, (which is discussed in the following chapter). Hertog is chairperson of the Tikvah Fund, established by Jewish-American billionaire Zalman Bernstein, and helped to found the Shalem Center. Tikvah continues to fund Shalem College today (it donated $2,656,250 in 2013), and also finances right-wing settlement projects in the occupied territories. Between 2012-2013, Tikvah funnelled money to the following Israeli settlements: $40,000 to an institute in Efrat; $166,150 to Herzog College in Gush Etzion; $587,217 for a leadership programme in Alon; and $663,821 to Kfar Adumim. 

Board members of the Tikvah Fund include: Elliot Abrams, national security advisor during the George W. Bush administration; William Kristol, founder and editor of the right-wing political magazine The Weekly Standard; and Sallai Meridor, former Israeli Ambassador to the United States. 

2. Shas Party chairman and great humanitarian Aryeh Deri is a family man. Exposé: Shas jobs ‘all in the family’ – Deri’s family.

Even Shas party members can understand this. Oh, and near the end of the article we get this golden tidbit:

“Deri was infamously convicted of taking $155,000 in bribes in 2000, during his previous stint as Interior Minister. He was sentenced to three years in prison, but was released for good behavior after 22 months.”

On the other hand, we also learn this:

“He is currently the subject of yet another corruption probe, along with his brother.”

Friends and family.

3. Then there is Shas Party spiritual leader Shalom Cohen.  He has a nice take on Jewish Jihad:

“Do you think that the people of Israel need an army?” Rabbi Shalom Cohen asked during a sermon. “It is God almighty who fights for Israel.”

But I digress.

He has bravely come out in support of Deri despite Deri’s checkered past and the recent allegations.

“God will protect those who work for the good of the public,” he reportedly told Deri. “Continue your holy work for the people of Israel.”

Friends helping friends.

Still, the idea of there being no IDF is kind of appealing.  Maybe he is onto something.

4. de Blasio.

Berlinrosen.

Jonathan Rosen.

Bloomberg. Technion. Berlinrosen.

Jacob’s Technion-Cornell Institute. Bloomberg.

Bloomberg. $100 million. Cornell Tech.

Cornell Tech. Berlinrosen.

Friends.

5. And thus we have things like this. Iraqi war veteran and Muslim hater. Note that the former soldier seems to think he was fighting Islam. Wonder why?

Not friends.

6. Okay, it is video time and thanks to our chief orintho-musicologist here at Mantiq al-Tayr, Mulaykah Al-Alamaniyyah, we have two wonderful Palestinian hip-hop vids.  The first one is really beautifully done and it includes subtitles so Fox-News Middle East experts can follow along.  The woman’s voice is especially enchanting. Here name is Terez Sliman. The second one Tamer was nice enough to just go do in English anyway.  I like the title, “Scarlett Johansson has gas.”

Anyway, here is the first one, God of Revolution.

 

And now we come to a true appreciation of Scarlett Johansson.

Can we be friends?

Nakba Nullification

 

Python

1. In todays’ online version of the Jerusalem Washington New York Times Post we are treated to the following by Ellen Nakashima and Ruth Eglash:

“BEERSHEBA, Israel — This city in the heart of the Negev desert was once a melting pot of Jewish immigration, teeming first with new arrivals from Arab lands, and then with Russian speakers. Today, it is fast becoming a high-tech hub. Soon, it will be populated by the military, drawing in career soldiers and their families.”

Apparently the town didn’t have a history before Jews. But what would you expect from Ruth Eglash who used to work for the Washington  Post’s in-effect parent organization, the Jerusalem Post? Her husband, Michael Eglash “has been deeply involved in efforts to promote Israel and Israeli government policy for years and this is now his main business.” His  firm has ties to all sorts of outfits that we’ve written about on this site, to include the Jewish National Fund and Birthright Israel. Ruth Eglash is a also a speaker for the JNF.

But it gets worse, with Zionism it always does. First take a good look at Ali Abunimah’s expose.

Then take a  look at this piece of pure Zionist bullshit in the so-called Washington Post.  She’s being nothing more than a mouth-piece for an Israeli government official who essentially maintains that it is anti-semitic to criticize the holy state. I love the title of the piece: Israeli minister: Criticizing Israel is the new anti-Semitism.

However, causing the shit below to happen is perfectly okay: (Note to Shas Party members, red highlights are by today’s guest editor Mustafa Badreddine, Haifa Wehbe.)

Another ominous-sounding name was given to the operation in the Beersheba-Hebron area: ‘Python’. Apart from the small town of Beersheba, which with its 5,000 inhabitants was occupied on 21 October, two large villages, Qubayba and Dawaymeh were taken. Habib Jarada who today lives in the city of Gaza, remembered the people of Beersheba being driven out at gunpoint to Hebron. His most vivid image is that of the town’s mayor beseeching the occupying officer not to deport the people. ‘We need land, not slaves, was the blunt answer.”

That’s from Ilan Pappe’s “The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine.”

I like this quote too about the Nakba as a whole.

“For the Palestinians it is remembered as Yawm an-Nakba, meaning “Day of the Catastrophe” or just Nakba Day. During the 1948 Palestine War, an estimated 700,000 Palestinians fled or were Expelled, and Hundreds of Palestinian towns and villages were depopulated and destroyed. These refugees and their descendants number several million people today, divided between Jordan (2 million), Lebanon (427,057), Syria (477,700), the West Bank (788,108) and the Gaza Strip (1.1 million), with at least another quarter of a million internally displaced Palestinians in Israel and many more around the world. Later, a series of laws passed by the first Israeli government prevented them from returning to their homes, or claiming their property. They, along withmany of their descendants remain refugees. The expulsion of the Palestinians has since been described by some historians as ethnic cleansing.”

What Eglash is reporting today on the anniversary of the Nakba is nothing more than the latest phase of the Nakba’s hit on that ethnically-cleansed town.

2. Hubby’s company sure does look interesting.  From the Upstart Activist homepage:

Jerusalem. Our home. | Israel. Our focus. | Impact. Our goal.

Upstart Activist educates about Israel. We develop and deliver unique media-rich presentations, effective leadership training seminars and creative educational resources that draw upon deep knowledge of Israel and decades of proven activist experience in N. America.

But the site looks old,  out of date.  Kind of odd looking. Ah, but that is because the name got changed to Upstart Ideas.  That site is even weirder. Like it is trying to hide something.

3. Ever since 1948 the Nakba is dismissed, and must be dismissed, from the consciousness of the Zionist subject, because its existence challenges the basis on which it was built – a people without land for a land without people. Recognition of the Palestinian Nakba signifies the destruction of the ground underneath the feet of this subject which understands itself as autonomous, or as a closed unit [MONADA]. Therefore, any such recognition, or even the attempt to look at this tragedy as something that happened to somebody else here, is outrageous and almost incomprehensible. It is possible to recognize that some  massacres happened here and there, as a result of local battles and fighting; it is possible to recognize that all Arab armies tried to destroy us, the subject that wished to form itself. It is impossible, however, to look at the Nakba as a catastrophe committed by this subject in order to form itself, or as a necessary process for the Zionist subject.”

4. Video time.

For reasons I can’t quite grasp at the moment, Birdy’s rendition of this song is something I keep coming back to.  Beautifully done, very sad.  Sometimes I look at it as a metaphor for all of us.

 

“. . . that little red circle.”

A slighted edited version of the pic.

A slighted edited version of the pic.

1. As part of the deal, the State Department will have to produce 40 new reports a year on issues as diverse as Hong Kong autonomy, religious freedom and anti-Semitism. Government officials in Venezuela will face three more years of sanctions.

Doesn’t take a genius to see what’s wrong here.

2. Jonathan Cook is always worth reading.  This one quote says an awful lot. Note to Shas Party members, red highlighting is done by today’s guest editor, Haifa Wehbe. (Thank goodness she’s back.)

In the current climate, Mr Herzog and his opposition party Zionist Union have found themselves highly uncomfortable at having in their midst a single non-Jewish legislator.

Cook also correctly notes the following:

It is no longer just the state’s Jewishness that is sacrosanct. The occupation is too.

3. And the above being the case, it is only natural to see the exact same sentiment in the race to become the Israeli Vice President for American Affairs (IVPFAA).  We here at Mantiq al-Tayr knew we could count on Ted Cruz and as usual he came through with lying colors. 

The government of Israel reiterated the reality that the Golan Heights are part of Israel’s sovereign territory,” Cruz said in a statement, adding, “Given the presence of hostile terrorist organizations ranging from ISIS to Hezbollah on Israel’s northern border, it is foolhardy and dangerous for elements in the international community to try to pressure Israel to abandon the Golan to the chaos engulfing Syria.

You have got to love the logic.  The US and it’s allies sponsor international terrorism against the government of Syria leading to the destruction of much of the country and so therefore the US must support Israel’s occupation of a real nice piece of real estate in Syria because of the “threat” these US-supported terrorists pose to a racist state which also supports the terrorists. Americans have exactly the kind of government they deserve. 

4. Did I mention Israeli support of terrorists

The vehicle was carrying Israeli-made mines with Hebrew writing on them, as well as mortars, RPG rockets and hand grenades. It was not immediately clear how the Israeli weapons got into the hands of those arming ISIS.

5. Apparently absolutely anyone can work for the Washington Post (a subset of the Jerusalem Washington New York Times Post which is based in the former capital of the United States) it seems.  How is this for a headline?

“If Abadi fails to survive chaos, U.S. must decide what’s next.”

The entire premise of that headline is the real problem  (the article itself sucks, but is at the same time quite revealing).  The U.S. has destroyed Iraq as a country, it may well never recover.  This has been the goal since day one.  The “chaos” – and there seems to be a hell of a lot of it – is the end game. If you understand that, then it is pretty easy to understand what’s been going on and to see who the real culprits are. 

6. And you can meet a bunch of them here on May 22nd.

A slighted edited version of the pic.

A slighted edited version of the pic.

There ought to be a huge protest at this event which will feature a host of the usual suspects.  Among these suspects are Dennis Ross and Rep. Ed Royce (Yisrael Beiteinu, CA).  The conference has quite a lovely program too.  One great item is at 1o:20.  It is a panel discussion lead by Caroline Glick entitled “The future of the Jewish people and the war against BDS.”

That panel discussion comes right on the heels of an untitled address by Dennis Ross, who is now back at JPPI. Nice work if you can get it.  We featured Ross and JPPI a long time ago.

And then you can get “Comic Relief” from Dr. Ruth.  How cool is that?

Later in the day you can attend a panel discussion entitled “Does the world have an answer to Jewish Islamic terror?” (Could l you imagine if CAIR did something like this?)

Rep. Royce speaks at 4:40 and for just 20 minutes.  Maybe  you folks in California might want to ask him what he is going to say and why?

7. Okay it is video time. Boy, did the tuyuur here at Mantiq al-Tayr find some goodies for you, but I digress.

First off, here is former Hagannah member Dr. Ruth talking about Israel. She even shows a picture of  herself from those days with a bunch of guns behind her and she says in the video “Whoever is not going to give us support, watch out for me. I can still put five bullets into that little red circle.” Imagine if a Muslim did this today.  Imagine.

In case you can’t make it to the conference, you can just watch this. It’s good old Ed in love with Israel. He is actually more disgusting than Ruth.  Keep your barf bag handy.

 

You’re welcome.

Both Sides Now

1. I used to tell my friend Mike Piper that if he wanted to meet a nice Jewish girl he should join a pro-Palestinian organization. I mean it’s not like the FBI probably didn’t have a huge file on him already, so go ahead.

Donald Trump’s traveling Hitler impressionist show is a great illustration of what I mean. As this article shows, his extreme bigotry is so remarkably close to that of the insane Frank Gaffney that it is highly unlikely to be a coincidence.  And of course tomorrow a bunch of the Republican candidates are going to speak at a Gaffney sponsored event.  However at the latest conference hosted here by the tuyuur at Mantiq al-Tayr, a number of wise birds pointed out that we should not just pick on the collection of racist U.S.-worker-hating millionaires and billionaires (the “haves and the have mores” as Bush II used to say) because that would be so unfair to that motley crew.

For example, let’s take a look at who has been attacking Trump for his pandering to red-neck white Americans whose minds have been poisoned by the Zionist Bullshit being emitted 24/7 by Fox News.  Yes, let’s look at a long time favorite topic of this blog, the National Jewish Democratic Council. Here is what they have to say about Trump’s bigotry.  (Note to Shas Party members: Red highlighting is by today’s guest editor Hasan Nasrallah.)

As a religious minority that has been persecuted throughout our history, including in the United States, Jewish Americans know just how dangerous religious discrimination can be. It is long past time for leading Republicans, especially Jewish Republicans, to strongly speak out against the bigotry coming from its leading candidate. No single religion is our enemy — terrorists and all those who seek to destroy us are our enemies. The fact that Trump clearly does not understand that shows how profoundly unqualified he is to be the president of the United States. This has got to stop.

Now I can hear you all saying “Mantiq (which you will mispronounce as Manteeeeeeeeeeq) that sounds like a pretty good quote.  They are coming down hard on white-trash Trump. What are you bitching about?”

Hasan has asked me to mention the part he highlighted in red.  Even a Shas Party member can see that the NJDC has embraced the basic narrative of the “War on Terror” (WOT The Fuck) which can only continue if stupid Fox-fed Americans are continually fed a diet of pure unadulterated organically grown Zionist Bullshit. The WOTTF is the Big Mac of Zionist Bullshit (BMZB).

But it gets worse, with Zionism it always does.

If you go to the left-leaning NJDC website (warning, have that barf bag ready) the first thing you will see is this:

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What’s wrong with this picture? Shas Party Members and Americans who watch television get two guesses.

But it gets worse, with Zionism – oops I already said that.

This is the NJDC’s mission:

NJDC maximizes Jewish support for Democrats at the federal and state levels of government.

NJDC also educates Democratic elected officials and candidates to increase support for Jewish domestic and foreign policy priorities.

We do this to promote both social justice in America and a secure, democratic Jewish State of Israel.

Social justice in America is incompatible with supporting the “Jewish State of Israel.”  Zionists know this and that’s the major reason we have the war on terror.

But it gets worse . . .

NJDC is truly on the offensive; we’re taking the initiative to educate the American Jewish community about important pro-Israel and pro-peace steps taken by this Administration and by our House and Senate Democratic leaders.

They certainly do have a sense of humor don’t they?

2. If you go to AIPAC’s website you will see that their lead-off visual is this.

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I’m sure it is just a coincidence.

3. Every Christmas season I post to a link to the wonderful video below called Change for a Dollar. It’s a nice video to sit down and watch as a family. 10 minutes of great music and acting with a message that even Shas Party member can understand.  It’s why I blog.

Also, each Christmas I post a story about the Christmas-time folk song known as The Cherry Tree Carol.  Here is a link to one of those posts from 2011. As I reread it this morning, item 4 in that post was a bit chilling. Here is the link to that post.

I know most of you won’t listen – we are all too busy doing . . . whatever. But here’s Joni Mitchell singing Both Sides Now when Mama Cass was still alive.

And here she is singing that same song. But from another side.

 

Liberty

 

Trump loves Israel 2

Your next president? You deserve him.

1. Much ado was made about some of Donald Trump’s comments to the Republican Jewish Coalition.  All of it was complete utter bullshit as you will soon see below.  However, looking at the two articles I have linked to in this paragraph, the tuyuur here at Mantiq al-Tayr felt that exactly the wrong things were emphasized.

For example, the second article begins with the following sentence:

“The Jewish donors gathered Thursday had two demands of the Republican presidential candidates who’d come to speak to them: unambiguous support for Israel and respect.”

Sounds like a Jewish mafia meeting now doesn’t it?  But more interestingly is that these extremely powerful and rich Jews didn’t have the United States on their agenda, they had Israel on their agenda. Gee, maybe our press, most of which is owned by Islamofacists, might have wanted to ask these people about this gross conflict of interest.

Could you imagine if CAIR had such a meeting with political hopefuls and insisted that they place the interests of any Muslim nation ahead of the interests of the United States?  But I digress.

The article also points out:

“The primary benefactor of the Republican Jewish Coalition is casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, who spent more on the 2012 federal elections than any other donor. “

Adelson is an outright traitor.  He even stated that he regrets serving in the US military instead of in Israel’s military. He also wants his son to be an Israeli sniper –  by definition a murderer of Palestinians. He owns “Israel Today”, the largest circulating paper in Israel – it is to the right of the racist Jabatinsky.

And this little quote really got our beaks out of joint. (Note to Shas Party members, red highlighting is by today’s guest editor, Vladimir Putin.)

“Regardless of his relationship with donors, Trump’s comments mark a sharp contrast from his Republican rivals who pledged unconditional allegiance to Israel. Several candidates blasted him from the stage.”

“Unconditional” is a most interesting word. Let’s give it a sort of literal Wahhabi-like interpretation. If their support for Israel is unconditional then that must mean that they will support Israel against the interests of the United States. Therefore Israel can do absolutely anything it wants (like attack a US military ship and kill or injure two-thirds of its crew) and get away with it because these candidates support Israel unconditionally.  So this is not a US election, it is an Israeli one. Of course most of readers of this blog already know this.

Maybe we could all benefit here in these United States from a study of the Wahhabi conception of al-wala’ wal-bara’, but again I digress.

2. What is the Republican Jewish Coalition?  Dumb-ass Fox-News-Watching Americans might want to know.  First of all, the RJC has one hell of a sense of humor.  Kind of nice really.  The quote below is from their statement of principles – itself a contraction in terms.

Imagine a world without American strength – what would it be? All of Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa could be under Nazi or Communist rule. America would be alone and the rest of the world would be in darkness.”

Holy shit, I’ve never seen the tuyuur here at Mantiq al-Tayr laugh so loud in my life.  They just keep saying it over and over again. As I type this I am almost awash in feathers that have become dislodged by their non-stop belly laughs. Oh, and Vlady, who by the way is a lot of fun to drink with, could not help but highlight both sentences between shots.

Anyway, as is usually the case with RJC-like outfits, their number one issue is Israel – just as the first quote in this post from the Jerusalem Washington New York Times Post indicates. This is also from their “principles” document:

Policies We Vigorously Support

1) Israel

We fully embrace a pro-Israel foreign policy. The RJC is a Jewish organization; we recognize and support the importance of Israel as a Jewish state to Jews and non-Jews worldwide.

Their board of directors has some pretty damn interesting names including that of the Canadian citizen who was allowed to work in the White House and who coined the phrase axis of evil.  And we now can see what that led to.

Hold on just a second. I’ll be back in a minute, some Syrian refugees are knocking on my door.  I’ve got some hummus and falafel to give them. (Home-made with ingredients imported from Palestinians living in Nablus.)

3.  Okay, I’m back. So Trump got these Jewish billionaires into a zionist hissy fit because he said a couple of things they didn’t like.  It’s a fraud. Utter bullshit.  Makes Trump look independent.  He ain’t.

Let’s go to the Times of Israel, another Israeli daily that caters to people who are (very) slightly to the left of Netanyahu. This great piece tells us some very interesting things about Trumpy and his relationship with Israel.

The title is quite catchy and simple enough that even a Shas Party member can understand it:

When it comes to Jewish ties, no GOP candidate trumps Trump

And yes, Vlady insisted on putting the title in red, but only because it is in red in the original piece.

The article opens with these two paragraphs.

Among the expansive field of Republican presidential candidates on display in the party’s first debates Thursday night, Donald Trump may be the most closely connected to the Jewish people.

Trump is from New York, works in professions saturated with Jews and long has been a vocal supporter of Israel. His daughter and two grandchildren are Jewish, the executive vice president of his organization is Jewish — and Trump certainly has chutzpah.

The article points out that Trump does not need money from Jewish donors because of his wealth but the thrust of it is that this lack of a need for such funding will have nothing to do with his complete and total support of Israel.

Why?  Well let’s take a look-see.

Given his myriad Jewish associations, Trump is not an unfamiliar face in Jewish circles. He has served as a grand marshal at New York’s annual Salute to Israel Parade. After Hurricane Katrina, he was among a group of celebrities who decorated Jewish federation tzedakah boxes to be auctioned off to support hurricane disaster relief. And in February, he was honored with an award at the annual gala for the Algemeiner, a right-wing Jewish news organization.

Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, spoke at the Algemeiner gala about dear old dad:

“He is fundamentally somebody who believes that it’s his civic duty to speak his mind and often say what’s not popular and what others are afraid to,” she added. “He has used his voice often and loudly in support of Israel and in support of developments within Israel, in support of security for Israel and in support of the idea of Israeli democracy.”

Not to be outdone by his daughter in sucking up to the holy state, Trump said in his acceptance speech:

“We love Israel. We will fight for Israel 100 percent, 1,000 percent. It will be there forever.”

The Algemeiner’s own account of the event shows that it was nothing but a Zionist-Israeli love fest.  Not only did Trump get an award, but so did the late and still hideous Joan Rivers who was represented by her daughter who may as well have been working for the Israeli embassy.  The speaker of the Knesset, Yuli Edelstein, also was there to  receive his award.  Edelstein and Rivers received the “Warrior for Truth” (you can’t make this shit up) award.  The most recent recipient of this bullshit award was Elie Wiesel, a frequent target of this blog. Wiesel also was the honorary Chair for the evening.  The event was hosted by Heather Nauert of Fox News. (Did I mention that you can’t make this shit up?)

Survivors of Israel’s attack on the USS LIBERTY would no doubt be interested in hearing that Trump received the Algemenier’s “Liberty” award “for his contributions to US-Israel relations.”

The event also featured a film tribute to a radicalized American Jew who was killed during Israel’s recent murderous invasion of the Gaza strip.

In a moving address, Or Carmeli, the sister of IDF Sergeant Sean Carmeli, an American who was killed fighting in Gaza during Operation Protective Edgethanked The Algemeiner for profiling her brother shortly after his death.

It’s been kind of hard to figure out just what it was that Trump did to get his “Liberty” award.  Turns out I’m not the only who is unsure.  A much better summary of the evening on the Mondoweiss blog notes that the reasons he got the award are “unclear.”  The account is worth reading – even if you just read the first paragraph which is excellent.

4. Okay it’s video time.  First let’s watch Trump accept his “Liberty” award.  This short clip is very revealing. Very. Very.

And of course the clip below of this great “Warrior for Truth” is one of the all time favorites here at Mantiq al-Tayr.  Warning, make sure you have a barf bag nearby. Very nearby. Very.

 

Okay, now that you have endured all that here is a reward.  Discovered a new (to us) belly dancer.  In this video she actually takes a spill. The comments show she has a sophisticated audience.  She does good work. Enjoy.

Jonathan Pollard: Investment Banker

 

Pollard looking on

1.Poor Jonathan Pollard.  After 30 years in prison he has finally been released and no doubt he will soon be in Israel where all sorts of goodies await him.

Sheldon Adelson’s newspaper reports that the stipulations for Pollard’s release are not kosher in any way, shape or form. For example he has to wear a GPS tracking device and any computer network he is associated with must agree to be the subject of US government surveillance – a pretty cool idea and you’ll see why if you continue reading.

But I want to digress for a moment.

Burt Prelutsky has just put out an article calling for all of Mecca to be bombed into oblivion. This article is a beautiful example of the coming together of Zionist lies and insane right-wing American politics.  A coincidence of interests which is very much supported by lying and very very very rich Zionists.  And Prelutsky, who loves to write about what it’s like to be a Jew and a conservative, engages here in his own form of taqiyya by pretending that he thinks Christianity is so wonderful.

“Unlike Christianity which says that we should treat others as we would wish to be treated, to love our neighbors as ourselves and to be our brother’s keeper, Islam’s message is a threat: Convert or perish.”

And of course, “convert or perish” is a perfectly-placed falsehood. His goal is to continue to instill hatred for Islam and Muslims among the general population of this country so they will continue to support American involvement in doing Israel’s dirty work. But back to our friend Jonathan.

The Adelson rag has a nice quote about how tough it will be for Jonathan to live while under constant threat of being killed by a drone – sorry, while being carefully watched by the US government that he betrayed.

“Lawyers have noted that these conditions make Pollard virtually unemployable, and he can hardly speak to anyone for fear of being quoted by the press.”

Oops.  But Haaretz reports that he already has a job.  Yup, he has a job with an investment firm in New York.  The firm is not named, but I’m sure the firm is owned by a bunch of Salafis with beards down to their knees.

Here’s a nice quote from the Haaretz piece. Shas Party members please be aware that the red highlighting is done by today’s guest editor, Michael Collins Piper, who I’m channelling through via a new iPhone app the tuyuur here at Mantiq al-Tayr created.

“There is no basis whatsoever to treat Mr. Pollard in that manner, and doing so is vindictive and cruel, as well as unlawful,” lawyers Eliot Lauer and Jacques Semmelman said.

Pollard has said he wants to immigrate to Israel where his second wife, Esther, lives, and where he can expect to receive substantial Israeli government back-pay. He was granted Israeli citizenship while in prison. 

Isn’t it kind of cool that this unnamed investment firm, probably has a name like “Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and Sons,” will now be subject to government monitoring of its computer systems?  Imagine what they might find.  Maybe they’ll find something like another record breaking hack into financial records as happened here.  Yup, hundreds of millions in profit.

So my prediction is that the restrictions will be lifted, because if that firm gets monitored lots of people could probably go to jail. But no doubt that firm and its lawyers have access to tons of stuff that’s used to blackmail government officials and representatives.  It will be fun to watch this.

2. ISIS is a bit of an enigma, isn’t it?  Amidst all the talk about how it is a self sustaining entity, that its funds come from within and not from without, talk which  I  have long believed is pretty much bullshit, I have wondered why this myth would be perpetuated by the mass media and the government.  My own rule of beak here at Mantiq al-Tayr is that if the main stream media and the government are constantly pushing the same thing then it is probably bullshit and at least some of it will have that nice Zionist spicy taste added to it.

One thing that I can’t help but harp on in this regard is that ISIS never attacks Israel and the fact that ISIS leadership states that its number one enemy is the Shi’a.  Hmm. I guess that is two things. In light of the Zio-Saudi alliance against Iran, that makes a lot of sense.

Here’s an article that helps make may case for me, sparing me lots of work. Give it a read and think about it.

3. I’m just getting back into blogging and I’m going to ease into it. Therefore,  many posts will be shorter in the early stages. After a while I’ll get into more detail.

4. It’s video time.

I’ve always loved Steve Martin. Here he plays an evocative tune he wrote entitled “The Great Remember” and he says it is for a friend of his named Nancy. Here is a review of the album which mentions the song and why he did not give “The Great Remember”  lyrics.  All of the tuyuur here at Mantiq al-Tayr are glad he made that choice. It makes the music more powerful.  Nancy is Nancy Short, the late wife of Martin Short.  While I prefer the version that is on the album called “Rare Bird Alert” (you knew there was an aviary theme in here somewhere), the solo version Steve does is more than sufficient.

So this is for a little angel I know. Go to the 42 second mark to hear Steve Martin start playing.  For me, this song is always just a mind’s eye – and ear – away.