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A Humanitarian Gesture

Just some comments on Gaza coverage.

1. But first, let’s go with a video.  It’s been making the rounds but if you’ve not seen it and if you enjoy good righteous indignation, you may very like this one.

2. Okay, now back to some observations about Gaza coverage.

First let’s start out with the ubiquitous Abigail Hauslohner reporting currently for the Washington Post.  In this article she points out some rather chilling things about Israel’s behavior in Gaza during it’s disgusting, illegal and immoral air and sea assault upon a captive and helpless population. After giving us the usual Zionist-Bullshit based assumption that attacking HAMAS is a perfectly acceptable thing to do:

“For the most part, the targets struck by Israeli warplanes and ships — government complexes, bridges, farms, smuggling tunnels, paramilitary training facilities and residences of suspected militants — had been connected in some way to Gaza’s Hamas-led government.”

She then points to a series of acts, typical Israeli behavior to anyone who has followed Israeli’s stupendously long list of atrocities before, during and after the Jews created their state in 1948, that ought to raise the eyebrows of her editors at the Jerusalem Washington New York Times Post.

She notes that during the final 24 hours of this Zionist assault the Israelis were even meaner. Here’s a sample: (red highlighting is mine)

In what were among the final strikes, Israel targeted two bridges, including one that connected northern and southern Gaza over a valley used to funnel sewage into the sea.

Other overnight airstrikes ripped through homes and farmland and reduced a major Interior Ministry complex to a wasteland of rubble the size of a football field.”

She then mentions Israel’s complete destruction of the al-Showa bank whose owner was actually part of the Palestinian Authority government in the past and who she presents as a guy who is not even tied to HAMAS. She notes that the residents of Gaza were astonished that the bank was flattened. But then she offers a theory as to why, the sort of theory one might find in decent alternative media, which is where she’s going to end up if she’s not careful.

The only thing about Showa that might have drawn the Israelis’ attention, Gaza City residents said, was that his bank had recently started granting loans to Palestinians, whereas most other banks had stopped, afraid they would not be paid back.”

Sounds plausible to me since Israel is out to destroy the economy of Gaza.

But then  her Washington Postness comes back to bite the reader (and the Palestinians) in the butt:

“Most of the strip’s 1.7 million people are refugees — the descendants of those who fled ancestral homes on the land that is now Israel during the war over the Jewish state’s creation in 1948.”

“Who fled”?  Bullshit. But I bet she knows this. She may not have written it or her words may have been changed. It happens all the time.

Now this brings me to something else. A few days ago the Angry Arab published something that strikes me as odd. Not that I disagree with what he was getting at – he was making about his 10 millionth observation about the pro-Israel bias in the US press – but it involved Abigail Hauslohner in a rather interesting way.

He called his short piece “A US correspondent on biases US media” and said that a correspondent for a “major” US publication sent him “this”. “This” being a reference to an article by three writers for the Washington Post. The writers of the article are Karin Bruillard, Abigail Hauslohner and Debbi Wilgoren.

The article as cited by the Angry Arab is short and the complaints to him from the US correspondent about it are accurate. However, he did not identify that correspondent because “she” did not wish to be identified.  That would be understandable. Especially if it were someone like Ms. Hauslohner herself. Just wondering. (That would really be cool.)

Now to the dark side. David Ignatious, the most boring commentator on the planet, decided this past week that he’d tell us what has been going on in the Middle East all these years. He starts off by lying to us.

His third paragraph:

“The first time I watched this movie was 1982. Israel invaded Lebanon to stop the rockets that were then harassing northern Israel. The invasion was called “Operation Peace for Galilee,” and the Israeli army rolled all the way to Beirut. With their massive firepower, the Israelis assumed the Palestinians would cut and run, as Arab armies had in previous wars. But the Palestinians stood their ground.”

The Israeli invasion was due to stop Palestinians rockets? What a bunch of fucking bullshit and he knows it, if he does not then he has no fucking business whatsoever pretending to know anything about the Middle East.  Even Wikipedia, filled with Zionist bullshit as it is, makes this clear.

But Ignatious isn’t finished lying:

“Now it’s Hezbollah that poses the deadly rocket threat to northern Israel. Hezbollah suicide bombings forced Israel to invade Lebanon again in 1996 (“Operation Grapes of Wrath”), then to withdraw in frustration from Lebanon in 2000, then to attack Hezbollah once more in 2006 (“Operation Change of Direction”).”

Hizbullah “suicide bombings” had nothing to do with operation “Grapes of Wrath.”  No competent historian would say anything so stupid. Nor was it suicide bombings that forced Israel to withdraw from Lebanon after occupying southern Lebanon for 22 years. Hizbullah had worn them down to the point that Israel said “no mas” and then Hizbullah kicked Israel’s SLA collaborators out.  And I can’t imagine anyone arguing that Hizbullah suicide bombings had anything at all to do with the insane Israeli rampage in Lebanon in 2006 where Israel  re-discovered that there are, after all, some Arabs who can actually put up a fight. As any idiot knows, Hizbullah captured two Israeli soldiers and killed three others in an attack that Israel used as its causus belli.

His article just gets worse and worse the more you read on. Don’t do it!  This is not just a warning, it is a humanitarian gesture. I should set up my own 501(c)(3). But I digress.

If Ignatious is the best the Washington Post has, Ms. Hauslohner should end up doing pretty well.

Joint Senate and House Resolution 6969 Supporting Mass Murder in Gaza

Artwork done by the Graphic Visigoth Brigades

As you all know, we here at Mantiq al-Tayr are always happy to serve.   We are from the Internet and we are here to help.

Now since we know that members of Congress are busily engaged in finding out the sexual positions used by US generals with their various liasons while AIPAC is deeply engaged in putting its spokes people on every “American” media channel to tell us what is really going on in Gaza right now – well since all of that shit is going on we here here at Mantiq al-Tayr, tuyuur and all, sat down and drafted Joint Senate and House Resolution 6969 supporting genocide against the Palestinians in order to save both AIPAC sayanim and Congressional sayanim at the same time. See, we really are trying to help.

So here below is the text of our joint resolution. Please send it to your congresspussy and ask him or her to sign it and forward it the White House and to its supervisor, the Israeli embassy.  If you would like to add any extra items, as you all did with Joint Resolution 666 sometime ago, please put them in the comments section and  one of the tuyuur will add them to the post.

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With respect to the gross escalation of violence on the part of the Palestine Muslim Jihadist Terrorists (PMJTs) against the Jewish State , we the undersigned members of the United House of Representatives and the Senate support Joint House and Senate Resolution 6969 as written by Mantiq al-Tayr:

Joint Senate and House Resolution 6969:

Whereas Palestinian Muslim Jihadist Terrorists (PMJTs) are spreading Shakira law throughout the US and also throughout our beloved land of Israel;

Whereas we got the message via the forced resignation of retired general and former CIA director Petraeus that you can never do enough in subservience to the Jewish State;

Whereas most of us have slept with anyone and anything we can ever get our hands on and have seen pictures of these events in break-out rooms during AIPAC’s annual convention;

Resolved, that the $enate and the Hou$e –

(1) – Express our deepest regrets that so far the Israeli Genocidal Forces (IGF) have only managed to kill about twenty or so Palestinian sand niggers

(2) – Strongly urge the IGF to escalate its defensive war against Palestinian sand-niggers to include the use of chemical and biological weapons.

(3) – Have set aside 6 million dollars for the construction of gas chambers at crossing points into Israel’s Gaza strip.

(4) –  Demand that the Israeli Vice President for American Affairs, whatever his name may be, create PALCOM, a new U$ Command focused solely on the complete annihilation of the Palestinian people. Hopefully the military can handle that task after fucking up so completely in Afghanistan and Iraq, but we digress.

(5) – Figure that  “that ass-kissing little chicken shit” David Petraeus, who seems to be out of work, should redeem himself by being made the leader of PALCOM.

(6) – Urge the FCC to demand that anti-cat videos be banned from youtube.

(7) – Want to read all the emails between General Allen and Jill Kelley – we figure they might give us some new ideas. At least we hope so. We will set up a special closed session of Congress so the two of them can read them aloud to us while doing an interpretive dance.

Rep. Charlie Dent, Israel and HR 3166

I had originally wanted to entitle this post:

A Tramp’s Whisker

But I digress.

1. Got three and a half minutes? Watch this video of Israeli-firster and supporter of the massacres of Palestinians in Gaza in 2009, Knesset Member Charles Dent, (Mossad, PA) talk about HR 3166 that he is sponsoring in the House – oh and note that he points out the other co-sponsors of this legislation in the House and in the Senate. Make a careful note of their names.  Pay attention to the language Dent uses in the video.

Oh, and just in case you are interested, the name of the bill he is sponsoring is called “The Enemy Expatriation Act.”

The “Enemy” is our Constitution and, uh, and, hmmm, forgot for a second due to all the Zionist Bullshit we’ve been eating in that Israeli hummus here at Mantiq al-Tayr, give me a sec. Oh yes, how could I forget. The “Enemy” is also you.

This asshole can’t even pronounce Awlaki’s name correctly, but I digress.

This Israeli-firster is allied with Joe Lieberman (Mossad, Mossad) in advocating stripping you of your citizenship  if you do  anything the US government  Israel doesn’t like.

Did you like the references to Nazis? Gee, I wonder who wrote this Zionist Bullshit for him. I mean, this thing needs a laugh track.

“Simply put this bill modernizes the process by which the citizenship of an individual engaged in hostilities against the American people is examined by treating terrorists in the same manner as a US citizen who marched for Israel the Third Reich decades ago.”

“While we don’t want fear to govern our daily lives”

Wait just a second, let me comment – introductory expressions like this always indicate that the exact opposite is intended. It’s like the phrase “With all due respect” which is often used with punchlines  that say something like “you are the dumbest son-of-a-bitch on the planet.” The rest of the sentence is typical Zionist Bullshit fear mongering. Back to the video.

“the failed terrorist attack in Times Square in May 2010 along with the attempted attack on flight 253 on Christmas day 2009 are grimm reminders that we are fighting a war against terrorists aiming to dismantle American ideals and our way of life.”

With all due respect goys and girls, if you believe this Zionist Bullshit fear mongering, then you are indeed the dumbest sons of bitches on the planet, but I digress.

So this Israeli-firster wants to further deprive you of your rights as a US citizen by stripping you of your citizenship if you do something Israel doesn’t like and he has the nerve to say that these “terrorists” (and that means you) are attacking American ideals.

Folks, there is an election coming up and Charlie Dent will be running to keep his seat in Congress. I suggest that those in the “we’re fucked” movement find a way to direct funds to his opponent(s) in order to kick this asshole out of office as a warning to all of the other Israeli-firsters masquarading as our representatives.

2. Let’s look at some of Dent’s statements defending Israel.

Here’s a quote from Dent’s official statement on Israel’s murdering of nine peace activists on board the Freedom Flotilla. One of those peace activists whom the Israeli commandos murdered was an American citizen named Furkan Dogan. Dent’s statement was released the very next day when the facts of the assault on the flotilla were still emerging and the names of the victims were not all known.  However, as far as I can tell Dent doesn’t say a word about Dogan afterwards that I can find on the Internet or on his website – no surprise as this would be consistent with his blatant disregard for the rights of ALL American citizens, but not Israelis.

Do a search on “Charlie Dent” and “Furkan Dogan” and see if you find anything.

Go here to his webiste search page and type in “Furkan Dogan” and see what you get.

But if you search on Gilad Shalit (an Israeli and French citizen) on Dent’s website you will get this:

“The release of Israeli Army Sergeant Gilad Shalit, though long overdue, is welcomed news in Israel and the United States. Five years of separation from his family and friends, and what has undoubtedly been a painful disruption of his young life, have finally come to an end. I am extremely happy Gilad has been reunited with his loved ones and once again has the ability to live an enjoyable and productive life.”

But it gets even worse – with Zionism it always does, as readers of this blog are well aware.

Here’s Dent defending Israel’s assault by elite commandos on a flotilla of peace activists.

“It is terribly disappointing this incident ended with the loss of human lives. However, I believe Israel has the right to protect its citizens from potential threats to their safety. We are fully aware the people of Israel face daily attacks from terrorist groups rooted in Gaza, including Hamas. Naturally, Israel must take tremendous precaution to ensure weapons and ammunition are not funneled to terrorist organizations from abroad. While I am eager to learn more about the events that lead to this violent confrontation, I believe Israel has the right to inspect ships bound for Gaza and enforce the existing multinational blockade, which was established to prevent Hamas from gaining the tools to launch future deadly attacks against the Israeli people.”

Dent doesn’t give any more of a damn about facts than he does about the rights of American citizens.  He makes it sound like the blockade is legal. That’s pure Zionist Bullshit. The “blockade” is enforced by one country, Israel. It is not  some kind of legal multinational blockade, irrespective of the US’ cowardly responses to what the Israelis did.

Funny how it is not Keith Ellison who is in league with Joe Lieberman to strip Americans of their citizenship.  Maybe them there Islamofacists not be so fucking bad after all.  But I digress.

At this very moment in 2009, the most powerful military force in the Middle East was launching a devastating attack on the civilians of the Gaza Strip – an absolute hell-hole filled with defenseless people many of whose parents and grandparents had been rendered homeless by Israel in the past. Dent thought this was a good idea. He supports the mass murder of Palestinians and he blames the victims.

“The events leading up to the recent Israeli airstrikes in Gaza are the responsibility of the reckless, terrorist leaders of Hamas. Regrettably, innocent civilians have been killed in Gaza, and that is, in part, a consequence of Hamas using civilians and their homes as storage sites and launching pads for their unguided missile attacks.

“Many of the individuals and organizations who are protesting Israel’s actions today never uttered a word of protest or condemnation over Hamas’ rocket attacks against the innocent people of Sderot and other Israeli communities, including rockets that hit private homes, schools and shopping centers.

The rockets he bitches about have been condemned by a number of pro Palestinian activists, sometimes even by Hamas. They killed a few people and all deaths are regrettable. However,  Israel killed 1300 Palestinians in operation Cast Lead which was the name of the insane Israeli invasion of Gaza. Hundreds of the vicitims were clearly civilians. As for those that were not, very few, if any, had anything to do at all with the rockets fired at Israel – many of which were fired in retaliation for Israeli attacks as in this example. But Palestinians in the US/Israeli media are not accorded the rights to defend themselves or to retaliate, never mind the right to pre-emptive strikes, the latter right reserved solely for whites and Jews to use against everybody else.

Here’s a non Dentian/Derwoshitzian perspective on the situation. Note to Dent and Shas Party members, the red highlights are mine.

We often hear about Palestinian rockets hitting the Israeli town of Sderot. What is often left out of these reports is that these rockets almost never kill or injure anyone, and only rarely cause damage. In addition, as this article describes, Sderot was built on the remains of a Palestinian town that had been ethnically cleansed by Israel’s founders in 1948.”

But for Dent, Palestinians, like American citizens that Israel does not like, have no rights.  How does it feel to be a Palestinian you bozos?

There’s so much more.

So much Zionist Bullshit, so few Constitutional Rights. Funny how the Zionist want to take those rights away, but I digress.

For your further misery, here is a pic that links to Dent’s statements concerning Israel on is website. You deserve this, yes you do.

Imagine someone co-sponsoring legislation like this with Joe Lieberman. Tells you everything  you need to know.

3. I can hear you all now, goys and girls. “Mantiq, you better come up with a fucking good video after depressing us with all that Zionist Bullshit.”

This one is for any of you who have ever been separated from a loved one by considerable time and space.

All of us “complain of separations” as perhaps the greatest poet in the world has said:

بشنو از نی چون حکایت می کند

از جدایی ها شکایت می کند

Listen to the reed

how it tells its tale

complaining of separations

Rumi

Listen to Laura Smith as she tells the tale of “My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean.” You’ll be glad you did. Sad you did too, but also glad.

National Jewish Democratic Council and the Israeli Commando Assault

1. A while back I did a post on “Representative” Deborah Wasserman-Schultz (Likud, Florida), an Israeli firster, who, among other things, is a member of the National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC), an organization we’ve been wanting to do an expose on here at Mantiq al-Tayr for quite some time. Sadly, the vicious assault by peace activists upon elite Israeli commando units in international waters this week has distracted our attention from the fine patriotic work of the NJDC. The NJDC is more evidence of the theory held here that the US Congress is not just controlled by the Zionist lobby, the US Congress is actually a part of the Zionist lobby.  The NJDC website seems to exist to prove that thesis.

The CEO of the NJDC  is Ira N. Forman. Here is an excerpt from his bio as provided on the NJDC website.

“From 1977 to 1981, Forman worked for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), where he served as legislative liaison and Political Director. From 1983 – 1985 he was the New York Director of the National PAC – at the time the largest pro-Israel PAC in the United States.”

So the head of the NJDC is a former paid lobbiest for two of the most powerful pro-Israel lobby groups in the United States.

I can hear you all now bitching, whining and moaning as usual “Mantiq, we want good stuff about the peace activists deliberately murdering, well not murdering, but pushing around and beating up superbly trained, pacifist, peace-loving Israeli commandos who were vacationing in the Mediterranean and were holding hands and singing Hatikvah when they were assaulted! We don’t need no info about no NJDC. Plus, you haven’t even had one anti-cat video in a hell of a long time. WTF is up with you?”

Well, guess what? Ira N. Forman has issued an official statement on behalf of the NJDC about the vicious assault on those commandos and we will post it in full below.  But first, go here for a list of all the Democratic and independent Jewish members of Congress according to the NJDC. You might want to write to them and ask if they endorse Forman’s statement.

I am not going to comment on the statement itself, though I have highlighted certain parts in red. The statement itself says oh so much, oh so very much.

“We at the National Jewish Democratic Council are saddened by the regrettable loss of life during this weekend’s events. We know that Israel will investigate the matter fully and impartially, as it has done in the past.

[Okay, I have to make a comment, just can’t help myself. I gave a lot of thought to recording this statement aloud and putting a laugh track on it. Maybe I will at some point. Now let’s get back to business.]

However, every nation has a right to self-defense and Israel is no exception. Israel has a responsibility to enforce its naval blockade as a means to protect its citizens from the ever-present threat of weapons entering the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip – weapons that historically have been trained on Israeli civilians and soldiers alike. Those around the world who are so quick to judge Israel should pause and reflect upon how they would react if challenged under similar circumstances – since they would most likely react in the same way, in defense of the security of their citizens.

The American Jewish community should also understand the role that our government has played in the past 24 hours, from President Barack Obama’s close contact with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to our representation at the United Nations. As Politico reported today, it appears that President Obama is the only world leader to give Israel the benefit of the doubt regarding this unfortunate incident.

NJDC applauds President Obama and his Administration for all of their productive efforts in support of Israel. The Obama Administration’s successful work to keep this incident in perspective – and replace a one-sided anti-Israel statement within the UN Security Council with a more measured one – demonstrates yet again that President Obama will not waiver from America’s time-honored responsibility to  ensure that Israel is treated in a fair manner in international bodies. Through its actions, the Obama Administration has made it clear that a biased investigation into the matter will not be tolerated and that Israel’s enemies will not be able to use this incident as a tool to delegitimize the Jewish State.”

2. The NJDC  has great love for the Palestinians. We know this because the NJD supports “Mossad Jane” Harman who in turn supports the two-state solution. However, (apparently) fellow Jew, Marcy Winograd, running against Harman for the Democratic nomination for Harman’s seat, does not. Winograd is warned by the NJDC that she had better support two states. The warning, and believe me it is extremely revealing and in a way downright funny, is entitled:

“Jewish Dems to Marcy Winograd: Support Two States”

Yeah, she better or they’ll cut off the head of a gefilte fish and put it in her bed. From the text of the warning itself:

” Harman is a staunch advocate for Israel and supports a negotiated two-state solution to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, placing her within the mainstream. Winograd, in complete contrast, supports a bi-national one-state solution—the same solution supported by some of Israel’s fiercest detractors.”

So, just like Alan Derwoshitz accusing Judge Goldstone of being a traitor because he dared criticize Israel’s barbaric behavior, Ira Foreman and his outfit are telling Winograd to shut the fuck up.

Except, it seems that Ms.  Winograd does not intend to shut the fuck up. In fact, according to the very same document she did something that in and of itself would get all of the tuyuur here at Mantiq al-Tayr to vote for her – twice if possible.:-)

“Not only do I think a two-state solution is unrealistic, but also fundamentally wrong, because it only reinforces heightened nationalism. You cannot establish a democracy in a state founded on the institutionalized superiority or exclusivity of one of [sic] religion, ethnicity or culture. I do not support the notion of an Islamic state or a Christian state any more than I support a Jewish state.”

But Ms. Winograd gets even better, and I am sure the following, all quoted in the very same document, is what really pissed off Forman and company and which also would get all of the tuyuur here to vote for Ms. Windograd three times. (With electronic voting machines, anything is possible. It kind of reminds me of all those Xero commercials years ago with Christian Monks, looking stupid and saying “It’s a miracle” but I digress.)

Winograd also questioned the loyalty of Members of Congress who support Israel, saying “I would hope that all of our lawmakers would pledge allegiance to this country as the country they represent.”

Well, goys and girls, that comment  really jerked Forman’s uzzi, so the NJDC fired back with:

“Today Ira Forman, CEO of the National Jewish Democratic Council, said of Winograd’s position:

“Winograd’s position on Israel stands in direct contrast to President Obama’s efforts to foster a two-state solution between the Israelis and the Palestinians. It’s also a slap in the face to the current leadership of Israel and the Palestinian Authority, who just received high praise from Obama’s Special Envoy for Middle East Peace, former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, because of their commitment to achieving a negotiated two-state solution.

“A one state solution means the end of Israel, period. Winograd needs to know that support for a one-state solution is not acceptable to Jews, Democrats, and those who care about peace with dignity for Israelis and Palestinians.”

So, as you can see, the NJDC just loves them there Palestinians. That’s why it supported the murder of pro-Palestinian peace activists by Israeli commandos. I mean, even Shas Party members can understand this.

Even more interesting though is that the NJDC supports Jane Harman, who seems to be knee deep, maybe waist deep, actually mouth deep,  in Israeli espionage in the US, over Winograd, all because of the NJDC’s support for the state of Israel.

3. Okay, here’s two videos, neither about cats. I’m not in the mood.  Shas Party members, see if you can find the relationship between these two videos and the material above.

Now here is part of a GRITtv interview with Huwaida  Arraf.  This is just part of the interview which included Norman Finkelstein as  well,  although this excerpt does not.  He too had some good things to say. Ms. Arraf  got beat up  pretty good by the peace-loving pacifist Israeli commandos Ira Forman and the NJDC love so much.

4. Hanin Zoabi (a terrible transliteration of her name, but it seems to be a common one), is an Arab-Israeli Member of the Knesset who was on board the Mavi Marmara. Since being released from detention she has been, not surprisingly, treated like dirt  by her Knesset “colleagues”.   One MK, Miri Regev, even told her in Arabic, “Go to Gaza, traitor.” [Actually, Ms. Zoabi would have done just that had not the Israeli commandos stormed the ship at night and killed a bunch of people and taken the ship to Ashdod instead. But I digress.] Another MK, Mutz Matalon – who really ought to join the NJDC – said “Unfortunately, the (commando) fighters (who raided the aid flotilla) acted with too much restraint. They left only nine floating voters.”

Anyway, Ms. Zoabi (for you Arabists, her name is حنين الزعبي), is quite the fighter. She has more guts than all of Capital Hill combined.

Here she is on al-Jazeera talking about how people died because the pacifist commandos refused to provide medical attention. [That’s in the last section of this clip.]

And  here she is on the Israeli ass-kissing Al-‘Arabiyya channel kicking ass. She knows that we cannot allow Israel to control the narrative and she will not let the “interviewer” do so. You don’t need to understand  Arabic to see the kind of spirit she has.

الله معك يا حنين

5. So, today we have looked briefly at Ira Forman, the NJDC, Jane Harman, Marcy Winograd, Huwaida Arraf and Hanin Zoabi.

Which ones do you like? And which ones are “traitors” as MK Miri Regev said of Ms. Zoabi?

Oh Chanada! Canada Declares Independence from the United States

1. Canada, which since at least 1867 has been a suburb of the United States, has finally broken away and become an independent nation. Israel recognized the new state immediately.  Governor General Michaelle Jean’s position has been replaced by the Office of the Chief Rabbi. It is expected that the Chief Ashkhenazi Rabbi  in Israel, Yona Metzger, will soon appoint someone to that post.  However, Yosef Shalom Elaishiv, the man behind Metzger, will no doubt be the one who really makes the choice. No one knows who will appoint the French  Rabbi at this time. Stay tuned.

Prime Minister Steve Harper, below, consecrates his country’s new status and celebrates the nation’s name change.

Steve Harper, the Prime Minister of the Newly Declared State of Chanada

Steve Harper, the Prime Minister of the Newly Declared State of Chanada

2. Yona the barbarian Metzger is an interesting creature in his own Reich. Back during the Israeli massacre of anything in Gaza that moved this great humanitarian came up with a final solution for Gaza that the Gazans, ungrateful wretches that they are, have not even bothered to thank him for. He suggests that all of them be moved to the Sinai Peninsula. (Please note: this would be a war crime.) But it gets better, he wants the United States and the EU to pay for it! That’s chutzpah with a capital CH!

Metzger, like Rep. Eliot Engel (Likud, New York), does not feel that Palestinians have a place in Jerusalem whatsoever.  His reasoning is, well, Talmudic:

In the interview Metzger also described Jerusalem as “the capital city forever to the Jewish nation.” He argued that Muslims have no connection to Jerusalem commenting that “behind the Kotel we have a mosque. But when they pray even though they are in our holiest place, they face Mecca. Their back is to Jerusalem. So you can see from only one sign that it does not belong to them. They have nothing – no connection.”

As you would expect from the quotes above, Metzger sees himself as ecumenical, especially if his ecumenism involves bashing Muslims.

On a February 2007 trip to India, Metzger joined other prominent rabbis in signing a declaration against violence with local Hindu leaders, as part of a summit organized by the World Council of Religious Leaders. One of the points emphasized by the participants was the commonality between Jews and Hindus, particularly in regards to ongoing violence at the hands of Muslims. Metzger noted in his remarks that “Jews have lived in India for 2,000 years and have never been discriminated against. This is something unparalleled in human history.”

Yona Metzger is controversial in Israel itself for a number of reasons, some of them having to do with the highly idiosyncratic constituencies in the Israeli secular and religious body politic – very similar to infighting among the Russian communists. But there is also this:

Metzger had never served as a religious judge (dayan), though his role as Chief Rabbi would require him to sit as President of the Rabbinical Supreme Court for five years, before switching with his Sephardic counterpart to be head of the Chief Rabbinate Council.[24] Outgoing Sephardic Chief Rabbi Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron wrote a formal letter to the Chief Rabbinic Council complaining about Metzger’s appointment. In his letter, Bakshi-Doron described a 1998 rabbinical investigation into Metzger’s personal conduct and credentials, following the publicizing of multiple accusations of sexual harassment, forged signatures on wedding contracts, fraud and threatening other rabbis.[25] The commission of rabbis found Metzger’s explanations of his actions “insufficient” and ruled him “unfit to serve as a rabbi.” The commission, which included Rabbi Shlomo Amar, later agreed to drop the ruling on condition that Metzger withdraw his candidacy for chief rabbi of Tel Aviv, which he did. Bakshi-Doron was incensed to learn that, five years later, Metzger had now entered into the race for Chief Rabbi of the state. He called his appointment “a desecration of God’s name.”[26]

3. Let’s talk about OJ Simpson.  I mean we can’t always be talking about the Middle East and Zionism and all that stuff, right folks? So let’s talk about everyone’s favorite running back, movie star, murderer, wife beater and moron.  Okay, I can hear it now, “Mantiq, he is a wife beater and a moron and has proven that repeatedly. But a murderer? How can you say such a thing? After all, he was acquitted, n’est-ce pas?” (The French is in honor of the readers of this site from CQuebec, the French part of Chanada.)

Well  here’s the deal. Michael Collins Piper,  a very controversial figure who has said and written some utterly outlandish things about Israel (for example, MCP firmly holds the opinion that what the Israelis did in Gaza recently is evil, unlike the ADL , Eliot Engel,  and Yona Metzger), but let’s leave that aside for now, has come up with a new perspective on the murders of Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goldman. He does not claim to have found the true killer and he does not proclaim OJ innocent. He does note that his elderly mother and her “little old lady” friends at the time of the trial all thought OJ was innocent, but Piper says he cared not a wit about the case when it happened and is not a sports fan either. However, he ended up doing some research on the case and found some interesting things about a woman named Michelle. He talked at length about this on the Republic Broadcasting Network on April 6, 2009.  Here is an excerpt from his presentation. If you want to hear the whole thing, you can subscribe to RBN’s archives for $1.33 a month [4 million Chanadian] and do so on a monthly basis. You know, President Obama, who is probably a natural born US citizen, should have provided free subscriptions to RBN’s archives as part of his stimulus package. But, again, I digress. Below is the link. Listen to the Piper and then download the rest if you want to know more. (You will.)

Bernard

4. Go back up and download that file.:-)

Rock the Nakba

May be busy until the weekend. These juicy tidbits should keep even the most voracious Mantiqians satisfied until I have time to pick up more seeds and treats.

1. Proof that dogs are superior to cats. The video is short, but watch all of it.

2.  The founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center demonstrates why his organization is listed under hate sites here.  Found this link on the Angry Arab blog. He is indeed angry.

3.  Are you a nakba denier? It’s from a most interesting site that is in both English and Arabic called Palestine Remembered.

4.  “Israeli TV viewers have lately been exposed to a bizarre sight: army officers appearing with their faces hidden, as usual for criminals when the court prohibits their identification. Pedophiles, for example, or attackers of old women.”

5. MEMRI is apparently still upset at the things Palestinian children are exposed to on TV before they are killed by the Israeli military. 

Ass-Kicked Indyk

Here’s a 1-2 punch for today:

  1. Okay, now for a brief change of pace. Boxing is considered by many to be a pretty cruel sport. This is because it is a pretty cruel sport. However, in boxing the fighters are normally at least of similar weight and there is a referee to stop things immediately if one fighter is too hurt to continue. Now here’s a link to a very brief fight – 19 seconds. A real ass-kicking.
  2. Okay, I can see you all going, hey Mantiq, this is really for the birds. “We come to your site to see pictures of pretty birds, see if you have any funny new links, and to see if you are still bitching and moaning about the Middle East.” O ye of little faith. Here is yet another tale about a very recent much more devastating ass kicking. And it is Middle East related. Very much so. Really, a lot.

In one corner is England-born, Australian raised, kibbutz inhabiting, Israeli advising (Yizthak Shamir no less) , AIPAC lobbyist, Washington Institute for Near East Policy co-founder (the place where Dennis Ross has recently been a “counselor” and a fellow), naturalized US citizen under circumstances which remain vague to this day, Bill Clinton administration National Security Council Middle East adviser, twice US ambassador to Israel (losing his security clearance in the process) and now Haim Saban Center for Middle East Studies Executive Director. (He was also Hillary Clinton’s Middle East advisor during her campaign.) As faithful Mantiq readers can no doubt guess, this is the guy who got his ass kicked, much to Mantiq’s delight.

In the other corner is well-known and out of a job academic, Jewish intellectual gadfly, holocaust industry critic, former DePaul University faculty member, Alan Dershowitz hater and victim (I don’t care what your stand is on anything regarding the Middle East, if you hate Alan Dershowitz, just how bad can you be?), and very smart guy, Norman Finkelstein.

The fight venue was Democracy Now! In a matter of minutes Indyk looked like he was a Gazan victim of an Israeli bombing raid of a residential neighborhood. Finkelstein was merciless as he just beat the hell out of Indyk exposing him for the lying Israeli-firster war mongering Zionist that he is. Here are some highlights of the fight, refereed by Amy Goodman. Areas in red are my emphasis. Additional Mantiq comments are also sometimes inserted. They are not in italics.

MARTIN INDYK: Good morning, Amy. Thanks very much for having me on the show. I feel a little bit sandbagged here.

Let me translate: this means he was unaware that he would be in a fair fight. He thought he was just coming on the show to bloat and gloat about his latest book. Goodman probably should have made it clear to him. Poor, poor baby.

 

I was not told that I was going to be in some kind of debate with Norman Finkelstein. I’m not interested in doing that. I’m also not here as a spokesman for Israel.

Yes you are. That is exactly what you are. Liar.

But I will try to answer your questions as best I can.

I think that what happened here was that there was a ceasefire, an informal ceasefire, between Hamas and Israel that had lasted for about five months. Hamas decided to break that ceasefire with a prolonged series of rocket attacks on Israeli civilians in southern Israel.

Liar.

And the Israeli government responded with overwhelming force, designed, as they have said, to try to reestablish deterrence, to prevent Hamas from doing that again, and to try to get a ceasefire in place that would prevent Hamas from smuggling in offensive weapons into Gaza, the better to attack Israel.

His big fat lie to start right off left Finkelstein with an opening of sufficient size to fly an Apache helicopter through while firing at Palestinian children in the streets. Ready for the kill,  Finkelstein responds with “overwhelming force.”

NORMAN FINKELSTEIN: Well, the record is fairly clear. You can find it on the Israeli website, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. Mr. Indyk is correct that Hamas had adhered to the ceasefire from June 17th until November 4th. On November 4th, here Mr. Indyk, I think, goes awry. The record is clear: Israel broke the ceasefire by going into the Gaza and killing six or seven Palestinian militants. At that point—and now I’m quoting the official Israeli website—Hamas retaliated or, in retaliation for the Israeli attack, then launched the missiles.

Now, as to the reason why, the record is fairly clear as well. According to Ha’aretz, Defense Minister Barak began plans for this invasion before the ceasefire even began. In fact, according to yesterday’s Ha’aretz, the plans for the invasion began in March. . . .

Show co-host Juan Gonzalez asks if there has been a change in HAMAS position recently with respect to peace with Israel. Indyk, seemingly incapable of answering any questions without tossing in huge and unnecessary lies, answers in part:

MARTIN INDYK . . .

I think the change that’s taken place is a change on the ground. Hamas, having won the PA elections and then—we don’t need to go into the details of that, but essentially what happened was, as a result of a competition between Hamas and Fatah over who would rule, Hamas took control of Gaza by force in what was, in effect, a putsch against the Palestinian Authority. It therefore moved from being a terrorist organization to a terrorist government, responsible for controlling territory in Gaza and responsible for meeting the needs of one-and-a-half million Palestinians in Gaza. . . .

The area in red is standard Zionist propaganda about what happened in Gaza. Any official Israeli spokesman would have said the same thing. Finkelstein replies by dropping huge phosphorus bomb on Indyk’s ass.

NORMAN FINKELSTEIN: Well, I think the problem of Mr. Indyk’s presentation is he constantly reverses cause and effect. Just as he said a moment ago that it was Hamas which broke the ceasefire, although he well knows it was Israel that broke the ceasefire on November 4th, he now reverses cause and effect as to how the present impasse came about. In January 2006, as he writes in his book, Hamas came to power in a free and fair election. I think those are his words. He then claims on your program and he claims in his book that Hamas committed a “putsch”—his word—in order to eliminate the Palestinian Authority. And as I’m sure Mr. Indyk well knows and as was documented in the April 2008 issue of Vanity Fair by the writer David Rose, basing himself on internal US documents, it was the United States in cahoots with the Palestinian Authority and Israel which were attempting a putsch on Hamas, and Hamas preempted the putsch. That, too, is no longer debatable or no longer a controversial claim.

Sorry, just had to highlight the whole paragraph. The rest of his response is just as good. A bit later on he adds:

NORMAN FINKELSTEIN: . . . . We have the Arab League, all twenty-two members of the Arab League, favoring a two-state settlement on the June 1967 border. We have the Palestinian Authority favoring that two-state settlement on the June 1967 border. We now have Hamas favoring that two-state settlement on the June 1967 border. The one and only obstacle is Israel, backed by the United States. That’s the problem.

 

Now it gets even better:

 

AMY GOODMAN: So, Ambassador Indyk, why doesn’t Israel accept this ceasefire?

MARTIN INDYK: Look, Amy, I was invited on to talk about my book and the Gaza situation. I was not invited on to debate with Norman Finkelstein, and I’m not prepared to do that. So if you want to talk about the situation, I’m happy to do that, but I’m not here to be the representative of the government of Israel. You can easily invite somebody on to—

His ass is still on fire and it’s there for everyone to see.

AMY GOODMAN: No, of course not. No, we’re asking your opinion. I don’t see you as the representative of Israel. But let me get your—

MARTIN INDYK: Well, why don’t we focus on some other issues, like the American role in this or something that—

AMY GOODMAN: Very good point.

Amy wimps out.

MARTIN INDYK: can get us out of this ridiculous debate, in which he’s just a propaganda spokesman for Hamas, you know.

The ridiculous part of this debate is Indyk’s sheer cowardice when confronted with his lies. Like Joe Lous going after Max Schmeling in their second fight, Finkelstein never lets up.

Then the show is basically handed over to Indyk to continue talking about his book lying for a good couple of minutes or more. No need to quote him here, as Finkelstein is allowed to respond to the lies.

NORMAN FINKELSTEIN: Well, the record shows that Hamas wanted to continue the ceasefire, but only on condition that Israel eases the blockade. As your viewers surely know, long before Hamas began the retaliatory rocket attacks on Israel, Palestinians were facing a humanitarian crisis in Gaza because of the blockade. The former High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, described what was going on in Gaza as a destruction of a civilization. This was during the ceasefire period.

Now, I think it’s important to keep in mind Mr. Indyk wants to talk about the book. Well, I think we should talk about the book. In fact, I stayed up ’til 1:30 a.m. to complete the book, made sure I read up to page 415, read every word of the book. The problem is, with his book, as with his presentation here, is he systematically misrepresents the record of the peace process. He’s lying not only to his readers, but to the American people. He keeps putting the burden of responsibility for the impasse in the peace process on the Palestinians.

A moment ago, he referred to the “rejectionists” who are trying to block a settlement of the conflict. What does the record show? The record shows, I said a moment ago, for the past twenty or more years, the entire international community has sought to settle the conflict in the June 1967 border with a just resolution of the refugee question. Are all 164 nations of the United Nations the rejectionists? And are the only people in favor of peace the United States, Israel, Nauru, Palau, Micronesia, the Marshall Islands and Australia? Who are the rejectionists? Who’s opposing a peace?

According to Mr. Indyk’s account of the negotiations that culminated in the Camp David and Taba meetings, he says it was the Palestinians that were blocking a settlement. What does the record show? The record shows that in every crucial issue raised at Camp David, then under the Clinton parameters, and then in Taba, at every single point, all the concessions came from the Palestinians. Israel didn’t make any concessions. Every concession came from the Palestinians. The Palestinians have repeatedly expressed a willingness to settle the conflict in accordance with international law.

The law is very clear. July 2004, the highest judicial body in the world, the International Court of Justice, ruled Israel has no title to any of the West Bank and any of Gaza. They have no title to Jerusalem. Arab East Jerusalem, according to the highest judicial body in the world, is occupied Palestinian territory. The International Court of Justice ruled all the settlements, all the settlements in the West Bank, are illegal under international law.

Now, the important point is, on all those questions, the Palestinians were willing to make concessions. They were willing to allow Israel to keep 60 percent of the settlements, 80 percent of the settlers. They were willing to compromise on Jerusalem. They were willing to give up basically on the right of return. They made all the concessions. Israel didn’t make any concessions. How is this rendered in Martin Indyk’s book? It’s rendered as, quote, “Barak’s bold and courageous initiatives for peace” and “Arafat and the PLO rejecting the bold and courageous initiatives of Barak.” Constantly, he turns reality on its head.

AMY GOODMAN: Ambassador Indyk, your response to that?

MARTIN INDYK: I told you, Amy, I’m not here to debate Norman Finkelstein. That was not the ground rules that you set—

NORMAN FINKELSTEIN: I’m talking about your book.

And showing what a piece of crap it is.

Finkelstein gets in the last word. A coup de grace.

NORMAN FINKELSTEIN . . . And the main challenge for all of us as Americans is to see through the lies. And regrettably, those lies are again being propagated by Martin Indyk in his book with his pretense that it’s the Palestinians, and not Israel and the United States, which are the main obstacles to peace.

Now I want Any Goodman to invite Finkelstein to face off with Dennis Ross.