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Posted 18 November 2019 - 05:47 PM

Mike Pompeo just effectively announced that Israel's settlements in the West Bank are legal, at least in the eyes of the Trump administration.

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Monday afternoon that the United States is rebuking the State Department’s own 1978 legal opinion that Israel’s settlements in the occupied West Bank territories are “inconsistent with international law.”

“Calling the establishment of civilian settlements inconsistent with international law has not advanced the cause of peace,” Pompeo said in a speech that is likely to anger Palestinians. “The hard truth is that there will never be a judicial resolution to the conflict, and arguments about who is right and who is wrong as a matter of international law will not bring peace.”

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Posted 18 November 2019 - 05:51 PM

And he thinks declaring the settlements legal will advance peace? Sort of telling the Palestinians to just get over it?

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Posted 21 November 2019 - 02:58 PM

Netanyahu has been indicted.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been indicted on several charges, including bribery, fraud, and breach of trust. The indictment is the result of a long-running corruption case investigating the 70-year-old’s alleged practice of giving lucrative official favors to media tycoons in exchange for favorable coverage and high-dollar gifts. Netanyahu is the longest-serving prime minister in the country’s history. He has denied the charges, claiming they were politically motivated. Netanyahu is not legally required to step down over the indictment.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 21 November 2019 - 05:51 PM

Sound familiar?

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After months of suspense, Netanyahu, Israel’s longest-serving premier, was charged with bribery, fraud and breach of trust by Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit.

Netanyahu immediately hit back with an often vitriolic 15-minute speech, accusing the judiciary, police and others of plotting against him with “false” and “politically motivated” allegations.

“What is going on here is an attempt to stage a coup against the prime minister,” he charged in a televised speech.

“The object of the investigations was to oust the right from government.”

He vowed to continue on as interim prime minister despite potential court dates and intense political pressure.

“I will continue to lead this country, according to the letter of the law,” he said.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 11 December 2019 - 01:57 PM

My how the wingnuts pivot. Remember when you weren't racist for hating Mexicans because that wasn't a race? Well now being Israeli is a "race" in Trump's GOP and anything they do like, say, steal land hand over fist from the Palestinians must be accepted. OBEY!

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esident Trump is expected to sign an executive order that will effectively put a chill on BDS (Boycott Divestment Sanction) campaigns or any other campus protests against Israel’s treatment of Palestinians, illegal settlements, or U.S.-Israel foreign policy.

As The New York Times reported last night:

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The order will effectively interpret Judaism as a race or nationality, not just a religion, to prompt a federal law penalizing colleges and universities deemed to be shirking their responsibility to foster an open climate for minority students.

Currently, Title VI prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color and national origin. By declaring Judaism a nationality rather than religion, it puts it under the rubric of federal protection, unlocking all sorts of tools for the school to shut down speech. As of this writing, however, Jewish Insider claims to have a copy of the executive order and says, contra to the NYT, there is no mention of national origin in it.

Nevertheless, the order as being reported will allow the federal government to force schools to restrict protests and monitor speech and curriculum in the classroom. For example, if there is an active BDS organization on campus or ongoing protest against the lockdown of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, it might be deemed anti-Semitic and the Department of Education could threaten a withdrawal of financial assistance to the school. This goes, perhaps more importantly, to courses and professors that are accused of being “anti-Semitic.” We can see where this is going. From the Jerusalem Post:

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A senior administration official said on Tuesday that antisemitism on campuses is often hidden in an anti-Israel agenda. If campuses that receive money from the government adopt the IHRA definition of antisemitism in cases of discrimination, students who will feel that they are being bullied on college campuses would be able to complain to their institution’s administration, who will then need to decide if the incident is considered antisemitic.

Trump’s order would make the IHRA (International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance) definition of anti-Semitism the official guideline for Title VI. But the IHRA is hotly disputed. The State Department has adopted it but critics say it is too vague and all-encompassing, and can be a trap for honest critics of Israel’s domestic and foreign policies. For example, it describes as anti-Semitic “denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination” under some circumstances, and offers as an example of such behavior “claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor.”

The White House’s latest move, if fulfilled, is a huge victory for pro-Israel organizations here in the United States that, according to Forward magazine has been funneling tens of millions of dollars into combating constitutionally protected boycotts on school campuses and in American states.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

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""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 11 December 2019 - 02:00 PM

What about the "good people on both sides" after a demonstration that featured "Jews will not replace us" as a chant? Some of those good people will be upset by this order.

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Posted 11 December 2019 - 02:06 PM

View Postgolden_valley, on 11 December 2019 - 02:00 PM, said:

What about the "good people on both sides" after a demonstration that featured "Jews will not replace us" as a chant? Some of those good people will be upset by this order.

They're not on a college campus so all is cool. It's only speech on college campuses that support the Palestinian's right to not have their land stolen that must be suppressed.
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 11 December 2019 - 06:01 PM

Israel is headed for yet another election. Another situation in which a minority with its position set in concrete creates paralysis.





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