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How US Colleges Have become Ground Zero for Suppression of Palestine Solidarity


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How US Colleges Have become Ground Zero for Suppression of Palestine Solidarity

Sarah Lazare, staff writer

Crackdowns on the movement for Palestinian rights are becoming increasingly severe in college and university communities across the United States, where young campaigners and the scholars who educate them are systematically intimidated, harassed, and punished for exercising free speech that is critical of Israel, two new studies find.


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Hardly surprising, as history has shown that American colleges are the wellspring of successful protest movements, with the Anti-Apartheid one as a relatively recent poster child. This is an attempt at squelching, but is ultimately fated to be unsuccessful as the two serpents sent by Hera to kill a baby Hercules in Greco-Roman myth.


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It is like Nazi Germany. Bullying from powerful places. Scary.


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"They can frighten, intimidate, and wear you down"--only if you let them. This should reinforce one's commitment to justice. After all, black folks suffered a lot more during the fight for civil rights and they have NOT quit.


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Typical intimidation by Zionist/racist supporters of Israel and their official foreign agents in America, AIPAC. The subversion of America by a foreign power is not only tolerated by a corrupted traitorous lap-dog Congress, but funded, armed, and supported politically. By this organized attempt to deny Americans equal rights and free speach on campus, Israel and their US supporters show their true extremist colors that are racism and wholesale violence against Palestinians and anyone that opposes their expansionism and illegal colonization of the Occupied Territories.

http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/9/30/anti-semitism-claims-used-to-crush-pro-palestinian-speech-on-campuses.html


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The redrawing and partition of the Middle East from the Eastern Mediterranean shores of Lebanon and Syria to Anatolia (Asia Minor), Arabia, the Persian Gulf, and the Iranian Plateau responds to broad economic, strategic and military objectives, which are part of a long-standing Anglo-American and Israeli agenda in the region.

The Middle East has been conditioned by outside forces into a powder keg that is ready to explode with the right trigger, possibly the launching of Anglo-American and/or Israeli air raids against Iran and Syria. A wider war in the Middle East could result in redrawn borders that are strategically advantageous to Anglo-American interests and Israel.

NATO-garrisoned Afghanistan has been successfully divided, all but in name. Animosity has been inseminated in the Levant, where a Palestinian civil war is being nurtured and divisions in Lebanon agitated. The Eastern Mediterranean has been successfully militarised by NATO. Syria and Iran continue to be demonised by the Western media, with a view to justifying a military agenda. In turn, the Western media has fed, on a daily basis, incorrect and biased notions that the populations of Iraq cannot co-exist and that the conflict is not a war of occupation but a “civil war” characterised by domestic strife between Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds.

Attempts at intentionally creating animosity between the different ethno-cultural and religious groups of the Middle East have been systematic. In fact, they are part of a carefully designed covert intelligence agenda.

Even more ominous, many Middle Eastern governments, such as that of Saudi Arabia, are assisting Washington in fomenting divisions between Middle Eastern populations. The ultimate objective is to weaken the resistance movement against foreign occupation through a “divide and conquer strategy” which serves Anglo-American and Israeli interests in the broader region.

Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya specialises in Middle Eastern and Central Asian affairs. He is a Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalisation (CRG).


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Wow. Unbelievable that a tenured professor could be terminated for expressing his opinion in this matter. Once more, the ground rule is to "follow the money." . . . And the power.

This message will continue to get out, despite repression. Its emergence under such difficult odds will lend credence to the underdog, and hopefully result in exposure and correction of the powerful manipulation that has been going on all these years, both here and abroad.

There are many progressive Jews who recognize the immorality of the Palestinian situation. Their help is critical to expose the myth of "anti-Semitism" in this controversy. Let's all hope for a better world through persistence and the truth.


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Sarah Lazare, I appreciate your skillful summations, such as:

"The study highlights the common tactic of conflating anti-Semitism with criticism of Israel, and equating all Jews with the Israeli state, in an effort to shut down debate. In practice, this often takes the form of bullying within Jewish communities, JVP states, as well as claims that the emotional discomfort of Israel supporters amounts to targeted harassment.

"The effect is marginalization of Jewish students from Jewish communities, exclusion of Palestinian, Muslim, Arab and other students who support Palestinian rights from Jewish spaces, and restrictions on programming relating to Israel," the report charges."

With at least one prominent poster here on CD, I've noticed that my simply mentioning Palestinians is enough to set off a barrage of telling me I am off-topic, using strong put-downs towards me, etc. This is an infinitesimally tiny level of hostility compared to what people living under military occupation, military "justice," merciless killing, and military open-air imprisonment face, but it was a reminder to me that this issue, the open wound of the world's longest-running military occupation, must be faced in the land of its prime financier and enabler, the USA.


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the most appropriate general moral question to ask anybody about israel/palestina --including bernie sanders-- is:

you certainly reject any policies in the usa that seek to promote white political and demographic supremacy.

do you support the existing policies used in israel to promote and expand jewish political and demographic supremacy by discriminating against palestina's non-jewish peoples be they resident or in exile?


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Israeli/Zionist extremists have always used the phony charge of "anti-Semitism" to stifle criticism/condemnation of their expansionist goals in Palestine. Self-proclaimed exceptionalism, racism, and premeditated ethnic cleansing by collective violence against Palestinians are all employed to accomplish Zionist extremist goals.

By their silence Jews in the Diaspora have been complicit to Israeli/Zionist extremist goals that intentionally mix religion, tribal loyalty, nationalism, manufactured cultural fear and outsized political power to commit/further ordinary theft of Palestinian territory and resources to be for Jews only; moral failure to criticize or condemn Israeli crimes against Palestinians is nothing to be proud of. Cloaking violent racist actions and policy is the goal and has been accomplished very effectively via the false charge of "anti-Semitism" against any critic, including other Jews - the silencing of US students who criticize Israeli/Zionist actions subverts American free speech and academic freedoms and must not be tolerated! Our Congress has already been made a lap-dog to Israeli extremism and our foreign policy subverted - ENOUGH!

Jews supporting or remaining silent on Israeli/Zionist crimes, racism and dispossession (ethnic cleansing) of Palestinians is no different than Muslims supporting or remaining silent on Daesh and other terrorist atrocities, racism and dispossession of others - both groups are complicit to crimes against humanity by their silence - silencing academics and students also makes the perpetrators and those who aid or comply with that effort complicit.


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I experienced no paranoia. I'm referring to Wereflea's attacks on me in the comments to Sander's article, "We Must End For-Profit Prisons," in which my offending post was the following:

" 'It's wrong to profit from the imprisonment of human beings and the suffering of their friends and families. It's time to end this morally repugnant practice, and along with it, the era of mass incarceration.' Yes, and it's also wrong to imprison a whole population for decades in refugee camps and isolated villages and even whole cities turned into open-air prisons, as in the West Bank and Gaza. End the era of mass warfare, too, starting with banning the for-profit U.S. arms industry.

"Reading Sanders' pointed observations on the strangling effect of the many tentacles of U.S. prison profiteering, including on children and adolescents cut off from increasingly imprisoned parents and unable, if they are too poor, to even maintain voice contact over a phone line, I think, too, of the children in Ibtisam Barakat's Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood and the wonder of how the author and her family barely survived Israeli airstrikes and shooting into her home and at her mother in the 1967 Six-Day War, and then how she managed to rise through a childhood under occupation maintaining her fiercely moral sensitivity and humanity, which includes befriending and defending a baby goat and risking all for the sanctity of her freedom to learn and live with love and great vision."

That post earned me a whole string of anger and put-downs from Wereflea. I countered each one as calmly and bravely as I could. No, I'm not some kind of hero for this, I'm just saying that the experience was not fun, but if it helped us all to see that we need to be a little calmer and more sensitive about this stuff, then it was worth it. Down with Israel's oppression of the Palestinians, down with antisemitism, down with the devaluation of Muslim and Arab lives, up with compassion and universal principles of human rights!


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Two thoughts came to me after reading this article.

Thought #1
Israel loves to play the victim and she is good at it. But in reality it's ludicrous. How can Israel truly be a victim when she has the full support of the U.S. MIC including financial assistance, weaponry, surveillance and intelligence.

Thought #2
Israel and its U.S supporters refuse to acknowledge human psyche and behavior. The surest way build strength into a revolt is to attempt to suppress it. The stronger the suppression; the faster and stronger the revolt grows ... even if it has to go underground.

Example: Occupy Wall St. Even though government officials shut it down, it continues today. In some ways, it is stronger today than when protesters where protesting on Wall St. and at other financial centers around the country.

Many components of Senator Bernie Sanders' and Dr.Jill Stein's campaigns regarding the 1%, corporate greed, and income/wealth inequality are direct components of Occupy Wall St.


- Democracy and capitalism are not compatible.


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Ishmailav, your hateful, ignorant, anti-intellectual insistence on bulldozing through this comment thread with your slavish, imbecilic, racist, anti-Semitic, horseshit support for the current racist, terroristic, genocidal policies of Israel are a clear indication that you are on the wrong side of this issue, you are going to be in the dustbin of history on this issue, and you along with others like you will ultimately fail to defeat righteous campaign for Palestinian justice. You give your self and your agenda away by your defense of the 'Canary Mission'. You're obviously brainwashed as to the purpose of that site - it is a clear instrument of hatred toward Palestinians and anyone who supports the righteousness of their cause. It is a "false flag" effort to deal legitimize and demonize support for the Palestinian cause. It doesn't exist to protect Jews or protect Israel; it exists to falsely create a legitimacy for Israeli state actions. genocidal policies and racist attitudes inside the United States by claiming to pinpoint terrorists and anti-Semites. If you think you're awake, I've got news for you. If the people behind it had a goddamn spine or had any righteousness on their side, they would not be anonymous. To say that opposition to 'Canary Mission' or the people behind it is 'anti-Semitic' is brainless, imbecilic blather coming from you or anybody else. Israel is not the victim. Israel is the victimizer. Israel is the terrorist. Israel is an apartheid state. When many of us around the world put our shoulders to the wheel of defeating apartheid in South Africa in the 80s, we were not anti-South African or anti-white or anti-anything except anti-apartheid. The facts of last summer's and the other recent assaults on Gaza speak volumes on this. Your insults and your denial of this doesn't change a goddamn thing. If Israel keeps going the way it is it will be destroyed. BY ITSELF. WAKE THE FUCK UP AND GET IT. If the Israel that you think is such a victim is so goddamned righteous and on the right side of all of this why the fuck doesn't it try tactics other than heavily-armed belligerence, genocide, terrorism, hatred, war, invasion, occupation, denial that it is a nuclear state, strong-arming of the US political system, intimidation, threats and false accusations against the Students for Justice in Palestine movement and anyone else on US campuses or in the world supporting justice for Palestinians? And don't try to pull your bullshit childish 'anti-Semitic' on me. Your precious network of Zionist Nazis is anti-Semitic. The Palestinian people are Semites. Actions by the state of Israel against them are clearly anti-Semitic. I suppose your view is that Rachel Corrie deserved to be murdered by the IDF, is that right? If you want to get through the rest of your life and reach any form of salvation – however you define that – fuck off with the unconscionable, indefensible blather you get on with here and get on the right side of this issue, learn love, or be bulldozed into history along with the rest of your dusgusting ilk by the righteous pursuit of justice for Palestine.


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Exactly! It's easy to be an anonymous bully behind a computer screen on the Internet. Jeez, what a bunch of cowards!


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Excuse me, Einstein, but has it occurred to you that 'ROTFLMAO', or whatever childish anagrammatic horseshit you wrote, is actually incomprehensible to grown-ups out here with independent intelligences and faculties of critical reasoning? I don't suppose it's occurred to you that when somebody sees this kind of nonsense written in an opening sentence, that you're dismissed as not serious and of questionable intelligence outside of the extremely minimal amount needed to write text messages? You're too fucking lazy to even write out what you're trying to say?

Hey, dead person - no righteous campaign for Palestinian justice? No, of course not, if you deny that the Palestinians are human beings - that they have been illegally immorally, criminally, unconscionably and evilly treated over the course of the last 70 or so years. But of course, people who 'think' like this are not in fact thinking at all, they are dead. Because no living human person who is contributing to the overall progression of the race in any meaningful sense can possibly support the lie that the Palestinians do not have a righteous campaign for justice. To make that argument is so anti-human and anti-intellectual that it has to be simply dismissed.
You're dismissable, Ishmailav, because all you're doing is screeching fact-denying, history-denying lies at the top of your lungs, falsely imagining that the screeching of childish, groundless accusations of 'anti-semitism' against anybody with real facts to back up what they're saying, and endless screeching about victmization somehow lend legitimacy. But of course this Israel as constant victim and pro-Zionist shit is absolutely immune to any reference points such as actual facts on the ground, real incontrovertible eyewitness-attested history, the sworn statements and testimony of actual IDF generals who have come forth after-the-fact to tell the real story of the so-called wars, international law, common human decency .. you fucking name it. Absolutely nothing gets in the way of your fascist right-wing agenda does it?
Oops. Familiar with the concept of 'Achilles' heel', Einstein?

You may, under your indefensible Nazi-esque garbage, be a decent human being who deserves, like everyone - INCLUDING THE PALESTINIANS - to live a life free of trouble and oppression, but you come across as an ignorant, mind-controlled zombie, or a flat-out psychopath, 'Ishmailav', or whatever your real name is. Some of us have the courage to put our real names here, and put our real names and the truth behind the cause. What you believe to be your cause – this so-called 'campaign' to rob Jews of any right to breathe under their own sovereignty in a land 'formerly' occupied by Muslims, is A FAKE CAUSE. You've been conned. The Jewish people, or at least those of them who are non-orthodox and think a Jewish state before the coming of the Messiah doesn't violate their theology, have a state, and it's unlikely to go away anytime soon. The Palestinian people have been denied a state, and have suffered in legitimately and righteously trying to achieve a state to an extent that the Jewish people, or at least the Zionist nationalists, find unacceptable for themselves.
By claiming legitimacy for a garbage website like 'Canary Mission', advocating the shit they advocate, supporting their oppressing and defaming students, intellectuals and legitimate pro-Palestinian protesters inside the United States, YOU ARE DOING WHAT YOU DON'T WANT DONE TO YOURSELF - OPPRESSING AND VICTIMIZING. WAKE THE FUCK UP. IF THE ARSEHOLE RACISTS AND WAR-MONGERS BEHIND 'CANARY MISSION' HAD ANY FUCKING BACKBONE, OR THE SLIGHTEST LEGITIMACY IN PUTTING UP THIS WEBSITE, THEY'D PROUDLY PUT THEIR NAMES ON IT. BUT THEY KNOW FUCKING-WELL THAT THEY'RE OPERATING IN A McCARTHY-ESQUE, KKK MANNER, SO THEY HIDE BEHIND THEIR PREDICTABLE COWARDICE.
Many of the people that you oppose and insult, including the Palestinians, support the right of Jews to a homeland. A Jewish homeland is not the issue. IT'S THE FACT THAT THEY WERE ILLEGALLY, IMMMORALLY HANDED IT BY THE BRITISH, THE ZIONIST EXTREMISTS RESORTED TO LAND-THEFT, HOME-DESTRUCTION AND ETHNIC-CLEANSING TO MAINTAIN IT AND GRAB MORE OF IT, AND CONTINUE TO DO SO TO THIS DAY, ENABLED BY A RACIST, APARTHEID GOVERNMENT THAT DOESN'T HAVE THE SPINE TO SIGN THE NUCLEAR NON-PROLIFERATION TREATY, ALLOW INSPECTION OF ITS NUCLEAR PROGRAM, ENTERTAIN THE IDEA OF A NUKE-FREE MIDDLE EAST; AND NOW EXPECTS TO GET AWAY WITH DEMONIZING AND TERRORIZING IRAN OVER ITS RIGHTFUL PURSUIT IF A NUCLEAR PROGRAM. WITH THE IMMORAL, INTERNATIONAL-TREATY-VIOLATING/WAR CRIMINAL COMPLICITY OF THE U.S., IT VIOLATES GENEVA CONVENTIONS, AND INTERNATIONAL LAW, COMMITS WAR CRIMES ON A DAILY BASIS, WANTONLY MURDERS PALESTINIAN CHILDREN AND ILLEGALLY IMPRISONS THOUSANDS OF PALESTINIANS IN 'ADMINISTRATIVE DETENTION', ATTACKS AND MURDERS TURKS AND OTHER INTERNATIONAL PEACE ACTIVISTS IN INTERNATIONAL WATERS - THE MAVI MARMARA CASE - AND CONTINUOUSLY SHITS ON THE REST OF THE WORLD FOR CRITICIZING ITS CRIMES AND MURDERS, CLAIMING IT HAS SOME BULLSHIT 'GOD-GIVEN' RIGHT TO ALL OF THIS - A SO-CALLED 'RIGHT' THAT THE WORLD WOULD NOT BE TURNING A BLIND EYE TO IF ANOTHER COUNTRY WAS DOING ALL OF THIS SHIT. TODAY, GANGS OF RIGHT-WING THUGS TERRORIZE AND ASSAULT DISSENTING ISRAELIS IN THE STREETS AND OPENLY ADVOCATE MURDERING ARABS AND CHEER ON THE IDF ASSAIULTS ON GAZA. A GOVERNMENT CABINET MEMBER OPENLY CALLED FOR A 'HOLOCAUST' AGAINST THE PALESTINIANS. AND YOU DEFEND ALL OF THIS??? ARE YOU, AND PEOPLE LIKE YOU, MENTALLY RETARDED OR JUST FUCKING EVIL?!?!
If you don't any of this, you should fucking well know it. If you genuinely don't know any of this, I pity you your profound ignorance and your brainwashing at the hands of the pro-Zionist, ultra-nationalist, fascist freak show inside Israel, and the immoral, lying, pro-Zionist corporate media outside it. It truly stunts your life and robs you of decency and credibility as a human being who claims to want justice for one group of people while absolutely and incredibly, violently, arrogantly denying it to another.
You have been fed a pack of lies and racist smears and bullshit that stinks to heaven. You and people who talk like you do not have the self-awareness, the maturity, the education, the intelligence, the independence from the pro-Zionist herd because of the fear and the brainwashing about victimization running in your veins, or the interest in peace for the future for Jews or for anyone, to slow the fuck down and shut up long enough to study history, ACKNOWLEDGE IN HUMILITY the truths it teaches, and contemplate that what's being said to you by someone like me might be the more like the real goddamned story. You're so goddamned brainwashed with lies and propaganda that all you can do is deny and decoy from the truth. You and people like you are immorally, unconscionably making the Palestinians pay for the Holocaust. You and people like you are the reason that the Knesset is entirely composed of racist, genocidal maniacs. You and people like you represent a threat to the Jewish people worldwide, because your position is a destructive and indefensibly immoral one. Go back and look at the REAL HISTORY, much of which is available IN THE ARCHIVES OF THE ISRAELI DEFENSE FORCE and by reading or listening to people like Miko Peled, illan Pappé, Norman Finkelstein, Norm Chomsky, et.al. But of course you won't do this. What you'll do is to continue to promote the hate-based and Zionist-revisionist views of the spokespeople for the settlers, exploiting people's ignorance, particularly of the badly-educated American masses, most of whom know only what they do about this issue from their bullshit, lying mainstream media. You'll continue to only seek out and keep the company of ignorant real history-deniers like yourself.
Zionist militias in the 1930s massacred Palestinians who had actually welcomed them onto the land, in an effort to ethnically cleanse Palestine - an effort continued by the Israeli government up to this very minute, in its fake "wars" in which it claims to have been defending itself, but in which it was actually working to disempower and eliminate the Palestinians and steal more land, and in its present fracturing of the West Bank with illegal settlements in order to make a two-state solution impossible, and in its genocidal assaults and murderous rampages in Gaza. The facts, the numbers of Palestinian dead compared to the number of Israeli dead speak for themselves. IF ISRAEL WANTS PALESTINIAN 'ROCKETS' (WHICH ARE NOT REAL ROCKETS, AND ARE AKIN TO PEAS OUT PEASHOOTERS COMPARED TO THE FANTASTICALLY WELL-AMERICAN-FINANCED STATE-OF-THE-ART ARSENAL OF ISRAEL) TO STOP, STOP THE OCCUPATION. PALESTINIANS HAVE THE RIGHT, ENSHRINED IN INTERNATIONAL LAW, TO DEFEND THEMSELVES AND THEIR LAND AGAINST ISRAELI AGGRESSION. ALL THIS ENDLESS HORSESHIT COMING OUT OF THE LIKES OF OBAMA, HARPER, CAMERON, AND PIPSQUEEKS LIKE YOU ABOUT ISRAEL'S RIGHT TO DEFEND ITSELF, PRETENDING, AND CONTINUING TO REPEAT THE MIND-CONTROL PROPAGANDA, THAT IT'S ALL ABOUT ISRAEL DEFENDING ITSELF AGAINST UNWARRANTED AGGRESSION FROM OUT OF THE BLUE, IGNORING AND DENYING ISRAELI AGGRESSION, WHICH CAME FIRST AND IS ASTRONOMICALLY DISPROPORTIONATE, IS IMMORAL AND UNCONSCIONABLE. PALESTINIAN 'ROCKETS' AND STONE-THROWING ARE LEGAL DEFENSES AGAINST ILLEGAL OCCUPATION AND AGGRESSION. WAKE THE FUCK UP AND FACE REALITY.

You denying the facts and screaming at the top of your lungs that you and the Jews are victims doesn't change reality. The majority of the world's Jews do not live in Israel and a very considerable percentage of them, conceivably a majority, are deeply opposed to the actions of the state of Israel in conducting genocide on the Palestinian people. A great number of very decent Jews, including intellectuals and ex-military servicepeople, do not agree with the right-wing suicide course the country is on and with its campaign to ethnically-cleanse every last square inch of Palestine. WAKE THE FUCK UP AND GET THE FUCK ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF HISTORY, IF YOU ACTUALLY GIVE A FUCK ABOUT THE JEWISH PEOPLE AS A WHOLE. Or is your agenda purely to hate Arabs and promote fascism? If so, have the fucking spine to say so, 'Ishmailav'.
I'm giving you a free piece of advice here, genius - people like you who promote the murders and aggressions, war crimes and crimes against humanity of the government of the state of Israel give their hand away quite clearly in claiming that all of this occupation, oppression and criminality is in self-defense. Israel is armed to the teeth with the latest high-tech modern weaponry, including nuclear weapons. The Palestinians have peashooters and rocks, jackass, and they are routinely ground into the dirt by Israel. PALESTINIANS HAVE NO MILITARY, NO AIR FORCE, NO NUKES AND NO AMERICAN BILLIONS IN MILITARY AID. If the fucking game was this rigged against Jews, or anyone else on this God/Goddess-forsaken planet, what the fuck kind of crocodile tears would you be crying?

And people like you claim that all this murderous shit and genocidal policy is necessary in order to defend Israel against its enemies? MAINTAINING THIS 'VIEW' REVEALS YOU TO BE AS BAD AS THE NAZIS, THE SOUTH AFRICAN GOVERNMENT THAT MURDERED STEVEN BIKO, THE MURDEROUS RACISTS WHO LYNCHED BLACKS IN THE AMERICAN SOUTH. Until you educate yourself, get onto a higher moral plane with all of this, and advocate a completely different course for the state of Israel that involves making real peace abd sharing the fucking real estate with the people it was stolen from - going for what will likely have to be at one-state solution, but all you are ever doing is contributing to the vast store of hate in the world, and you are endangering Jews worldwide. A RELIGIOUSLY-EXCLUSIVE STATE (Jews do not constitute a separate race - they are part of the sane race that includes Arabs) WILL DESTROY WHAT THESE PEOPLE CLAIM TO WANT. ZIONISM IS ANTI-SEMITISM. WAKE THE FUCK UP.
... And still, you'll dismiss every thing I've written here as anti-Semitism, won't you? 'Course you will, because you have nothing else to argue – you're intellectually outgunned, and you're certainly morally outgunned.