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Lorde Set An Example For Young Celebrities To Follow

Lorde Set An Example For Young Celebrities To Follow

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Exhibiting the political maturity of a truly "informed young citizen", she recognised why the overwhelming majority of Palestinians have called on international cultural figures not to entertain apartheid Israel.

New Zealand singer Lorde announced on December 24 she will not be performing in Tel Aviv in 2018 (Photo: Reuters/Dylan Martinez)
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BDS is having its effects, at least in this context.

That term, “art-washing,” is new to me. I dig it.


There’s hope for the younger generation yet. Due to internet access young folks can find news that hasen’t been propagandized by the Israeli controlled main media outlets. There may be actions here in the US to squelch the BDS movement but it’s still active and getting good information through to inform of Israel’s oppression of the poor Palestinians. Ridding the Americans of the propaganda machine is an impossible task but the info is still there on the net for those that take the time to look.


Art-washing, or art for artifice’s sake

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Write back when sanctions kill one child in Israel.


Well, ‘Jack Green’, I see you crawled out of you dung pile once again. Did you find a new fabrication by that narrative writer of historical lies, Joan Peters. An overlooked footnote perhaps, plucked from her book of historical ‘alternative facts’, “From Time Immemorial”. If anyone wants some non-alternative facts about that literary piece of vulgarity and its equally vulgar author do a search engine check on . Or get a copy of Finkestein’s book “Beyond Chutzpah” for a detailed view through the eyes of an honest and courageous academic and researcher.

As for you, ‘Jack Green’, I’ll repeat my last reply from a series of exchanges we had last May stemming from the CD article: https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/05/02/prisoners-revolt-real-reasons-behind-palestinian-hunger-strike

You disgracefully call forced occupation, destruction, terrorist attacks, assault, assassinations, imprisonment without charges, ethnic cleaning, theft, turning a whole society into a prison camp and out and out murder as self-defense, parroting the Israeli unremitting propaganda that the whole world sees as the criminal behavior that it is. If anyone needed/needs self-defense, it’s the Palestinians.

In 1947 the UN presented a solution of dividing Palestine into roughly even portions for the Jewish state and for the Palestinians. The Palistinians were in a similar situations as the Algerians with the French. Neither, understandably, wanted to divide their homeland into two parts with foreign settlers. When the Palestinians rejected the plan, the Israelis concluded they were not bound to the plan either and decided they would take not only half of Palestine but an additional 30% as well.

Menachem Begin: “The UN(1947) Partition of Palestine is illegal. It will never be recognize. Eretz Israel will be restored to the people of Israel. All of it.”

Even before 1948 Israel determined that 80% of Palestine would be used for the Israeli state. (So much for honest cooperation. Something the Israeli leaders would repeat again and again over the decades when it came to peace negotiations and cease fire agreements). Of the remaining 20%, what’s called the West Bank today was pre-arranged to be annexed by Jordon as an agreement that Jordon wouldn’t attack the Jewish state. This arrangement with Jordon was kept under wraps by Israel so it could maintain the false claim that its existence was under imminent threat. Another Holocaust. The remaining part, Gaza, had a considerable Palestinian population but which was assumed by Israeli leaders to eventually be part of Egypt, even prior to the Egyptian occupation of it.

In the 80% of Palestine that the Israelis mapped out for themselves, there were 660, 000 Jews and 900,000 Palestinians. In March 1948, a decision was made to expel as many Palestinians from that 80% of Palestine as they could. The known numbers as of the present range from 750,000 to 800,000. That’s greater than the present size of Denver or Boston or Seattle. This is why from 1948 onward, there has been hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees. And of course, no Israeli refugees. The lying Israeli propaganda stories about the Arabs broadcasting to their populations to leave and expect to return after the Zionists were removed, were created to explain the vast refugee movement. That lie has been exposed by Israeli historian Ilan Pappé and researched by Israeli journalist Benny Morris. (Morris went to England and used British archives which kept a record of every broadcast during that period.) And yes, Jack, it’s an international crime. Punishable by execution.

The indigenous people lived there for hundreds, perhaps thousands of years. When the ‘war’ was over, dozens of massacres had taken place, not the single one the Israeli officials said. 11 towns and some 500 villages were destroyed. Land, property, homes, of which the Palestinians owned with documents as proof, careers…all destroyed or stopped. Massacres were committed to ‘encourage’ the population to leave. The Israelis had committees to choose the best land, all planned. Said Moshe Dyan: “There is not one single place built in this country that did not have a former Arab population. “

Writing to his son in 1937, David Ben-Gurion wrote in part:
“We will expel the Arabs and take their place. In each attack a decisive blow should be struck resulting in the destruction of homes and the expulsion of the population.”

Talking to the General Staff in May 1948, dear benign, benevolent, Ben-Gurion stated: “We must use terror, assassination, intimidation, land confiscation, and the cutting of all social services to rid the Galillee of all Arab Population.”

And this while paralleling in time the Nazi death camps. Evil is quite undiscriminating, isn’t it, Jack.

And aggressions happened during the whole period of the British Mandate of Palestine (Mandatory Palestine, 1920-1948). The British keep good records. Here are some examples, Jack:

June 30, 1924. According to Israeli journalists Shlomo Nakdimon and ShaulMayzlish, Dutch Jew Jacob Israël de Haan was assassinated by Avraham Tehomi on the orders of Haganah leader Yitzhak Ben-Zvi for his anti-Zionist political activities and contacts with Arab leaders.

March 1937 Two Arabs killed on Bat Yam beach

1937, November 14 10 Arabs killed by Irgun units launching attacks around Jerusalem, (“Black Sunday”)

1938, April 12th 2 Arabs and 2 British policemen were killed by a bomb in atrain in Haifa.

1938, April 17th 1 Arab was killed by a bomb detonated in a cafe in Haifa

1938, May 17th 1 Arab policeman were killed in an attack on a bus in the Jerusalem-Hebron road.

1938, May 24th 3 Arabs were shot and killed in Haifa

1938, June 23rd 2 Arabs were killed near Tel Aviv.

1938, June 26th 7 Arabs were killed by a bomb in Jaffa.

1938, June 27th 1 Arab was killed in the yard of a hospital in Haifa.

1938, June (late) Unspecified number of Arabs killed by a bomb that was thrown into a crowded Arab market place in Jerusalem.

1938, July 5th 7 Arabs were killed in several shooting attacks in Tel Aviv.

1938, July 5th 3 Arabs were killed by a bomb detonated in a bus in Jerusalem

1938, July 5th 1 Arab was killed in another attack in Jerusalem.

1938, July 6th 18 Arabs and 5 Jews were killed by two simultaneous bombs in the Arab melon market in Haifa. More than 60 people were wounded.

1938, July 8th 4 Arabs were killed by a bomb in Jerusalem.

1938, July 16th 10 Arabs were killed by a bomb at a marketplace in Jerusalem.

1938, July 25th 43 Arabs were killed by a bomb at a marketplace in

1938, August 26th 24 Arabs were killed by a bomb at a marketplace in Jaffa.

1939, February 27th 33 Arabs were killed in multiple attacks, incl. 24 by bombin Arab market in Suk Quarter of Haifa and 4 by bomb in Arab vegetable market in Jerusalem.

1939, May 29th 5 Arabs were killed by a mine detonated at the Rex cinema in Jerusalem.

1939, May 29th 5 Arabs were shot and killed during a raid on the village of Biyar 'Adas.

1939, June 2nd 5 Arabs were killed by a bomb at the Jaffa Gate in Jerusalem.

1939, June 12th 1 British bomb expert trying to defuse the bombs killed, during a post office in Jerusalem was bombing

1939, June 16th 6 Arabs were killed in several attacks in Jerusalem.

1939, June 19th 20 Arabs were killed by explosives mounted on a donkey at a marketplace in Haifa.

1939, June 29th 13 Arabs were killed in several shooting attacks around Jaffa during a one-hour period.

1939, June 30th 1 Arab was killed at a marketplace in Jerusalem.

1939, June 30th 2 Arabs were shot and killed in Lifta.

1939, July 3rd 1 Arab was killed by a bomb at a marketplace in Haifa.

1939, July 4th 2 Arabs were killed in two attacks in Jerusalem.

1939, July 20th 1 Arab was killed at a train station in Jaffa.

1939, July 20th 6 Arabs were killed in several attacks in Tel Aviv.

1939, July 20th 3 Arabs were killed in Rehovot.

1946, July 22nd 91 people were killed at King David Hotel bombing mostly civilians, staff of the hotel or Secretariat, 41 Arabs, 15-28 British citizens,

17 Palestinian Jews, 2 Armenians, 1 Russian, 1 Greek and 1 Egyptian.

1946, October 30th 2 British guards killed during Gunfire and explosion at Jerusalem Railway Station.

1946, October 31st Bombing of the British Embassy in Rome. Nearly half the building was destroyed and 3 people were injured.

1947, July 19th 4 locations within Haifa are attacked, killing a British constable and injuring 12.

1947, July 29th 2 kidnapped British sergeants hanged.

1947, September 26th 4 British policemen killed in Irgun bank robbery.

1947, September 29th 13 killed, 53 wounded in attack on British police station.

1947, December 11th 13 killed in attack on Tireh, near Haifa

1947, December 12th 20 killed, 5 wounded by barrel bomb at Damascus Gate.

1947, December 13th 6 killed, 25 wounded by bombs outside Alhambra Cinema.

1947, December 13th 5 killed, 47 wounded by two bombs at Damascus Gate.

1947, December 13th 7 killed, 10 seriously injured in attack on

1947, December 16th(ca) 10 killed by bomb at Noga Cinema in Jaffa.

1947, December 29th 14 Arabs killed by bomb in Jerusalem.

1947, December 30th 6 Arabs killed and, 42 injured by grenades at Haifa refinery, precipitating the Haifa Oil Refinery massacre, which lead to the Balad al-Shaykh massacre.

1948, January 1st 2 Arabs killed and 9 injured by shooting attack on cafe in Jaffa.

1948, January 5th 14 Arabs killed and 19 injured by truck bomb outside the 3-storey ‘Serrani’, Jaffa’s built Ottoman Town Hall

1948, January 7th 20 Arabs killed by bomb at Jaffa Gate.

1948, February 10th 7 Arabs killed near Ras el Ain after selling cows in Tel Aviv

1948, February 18th 12 Arabs killed and 43 wounded at a marketplace in Ramla by a bomb

1948, April 9-April 11th 107-120 Arabs killed and massacred (the estimate generally accepted by scholars, instead the first announced number of 254) during and after the battle at the village of Deir Yassin near Jerusalem, by 132 Irgun and 60 Lehi fighters.

1948 September 17th UN Ambassador Count Folke Bernadotte was murdered on the orders of Yitzhak Yezernitsky (the future Prime Minister of Israel Yitzhak Shamir), Nathan Friedmann (also called Natan Yellin-Mor) and Yisrael Eldad for daring to suggest that Christian and Arab refugees could return to their homes. The following day he was dead. In 1982 Israel issued a postage stamp commemorating the two that carried out this act of terrorism.

“A false memory was enlisted to legitimize its rule”. Moroslav Volf

Aggression is the Supreme Crime. Those responsible for that aggression are responsible for everything that flows from that Supreme Crime. For every second that it exists. For every omission and commission it caused to create. For those who take up its cause, they also take up its guilt.


The CD text editor didn’t recognize some symbols I used and skipped part of the next to last sentence in the first paragraph. Repeating the last two sentences from that first paragraph: “If anyone wants some non-alternative facts about that literary piece of vulgarity and its equally vulgar author do a search engine check on Noam Chomsky or Norman Finkelstein about Joan Peters and the book ‘From Time Immemorial’. Or get a copy of Finkestein’s book ‘Beyond Chutzpah’ for a detailed view through the eyes of an honest and courageous academic and researcher.”

excellent summary/review, explanation, of what has been happening for decades, thank you for taking the time to share this info. this conflict has een in the news my entire life, and I am near 70, I couldnt imagine living my entire life under such stress and duress.


So, your point seems to be that “turnabout is fair play”? Jews have been oppressed, so now the state of Israel has carte blanche to oppress others? If that’s true, then turnabout will be fair play again someday, and Jews will again be on the receiving end and someone can re-state your argument with the roles reversed, justifying revenge. And on and on it will go.

Religion sucks.

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Though I am old enough to be Lorde’s grandfather, I really like her music and have it on my IPad. She is a terrific musician, and by this move speaking truth to power against Israel, she is also a brave and conscientious young woman. Bravo!

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Indeed. Two wrongs do not make a right. I would argue, though, that there have been many innocent people hurt and killed throughout the history of this ancient, blood-soaked, never-ending, religion-stoked mess. I also think it’s remarkable that those who rose from the Holocaust vowing “never again” are the perpetrators of an apartheid state that is oppressing people to death. Needless to say, if and when the tide turns back against Israel, it will be hard not to say, “You made that bed. Now, sleep in it.”

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Thanks for this excellent coverage of facts about Israel. Zionists are experts in omitting MOST of the facts about the Zionist project. The evidence is plentiful that Zionists control America’s mainstream media, and as a result almost everything Americans think they know about Israel is an intentionally disseminated lie. For example,

  1. Israel was NOT victimized by powerful Arab armies. Israel overpowered and victimized a defenseless, civilian Arab population. Military analysts knew the Arab armies were in poor shape and would not be able to resist the zionist army.

  2. Muslim “citizens” of Israel do NOT have all the same rights as Jews.

  3. Israelis are NOT under threat from the indigenous Palestinians, but Palestinians are under constant threats of theft and death from the Israelis.

  4. Israel does NOT share America’s most fundamental values, which rest on the principle of equal human rights for all.

But the Zionist disinformation includes not only Israel’s recent history, but also the long history before the establishment of Israel. Of central importance, Jews are portrayed as ALWAYS being the victims in any conflict with neighboring Gentiles. But the actual history is not so one-sided.

Due to their cultural history of literacy, Jews were never the peasants in Europe. They were merchants, bankers, and eventually bankers to kings. And as the kings squandered their money on wars, financed by loans from the bankers, the bankers eventually replaced the kings as the financial power centers. Historically, some of the wealthy have always preyed upon the poor, and the Jews have been no exception.

Going back to the Middle Ages, complaints and uprisings against Jews have been primarily for economic reasons, a perception that the Jewish bankers were not helping the community grow, but were pushing the Gentile community into poverty with predatory practices. A historical portrait of the Jewish community’s economic position and practices in Eastern Europe is given here.
"A Closer Look at the Jews in Polish and Eastern European History"

More recently, a lot of resentment was incurred when wealthy Jews switched their support from Germany to Britain in the middle of WWI in exchange for the Balfour declaration.
"A Jewish Defector Warns America"
"The Balfour centenary is also the centenary of the Zionist lobby"

The myth of Jews as perpetually moral, innocent victims needs to be replaced with reality for there to be progress toward justice. The Jewish community at large has been duped as much as the Gentile community. Here’s an analysis by Jewish psychologist Avigail Abarbanel.
"It’s time for American Jews to recognize they have been duped"

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Apples and Oranges, isn’t it?

Israel commits aggression against Palestine and treats its people like dogs, while Russia protects Crimea, a country where they speak Russian and subsequently voted to rejoin Russia, from western aggression.

Lorde can tell the difference between an apple and an orange, but apparently you cannot. My respect for her grows.

The eastward expansion of NATO. SS Baker and others promised “not another inch” eastward if the Russians did thus and so, they did it, and yet NATO expands eastward.

By our actions shall we be judged, and we are.

Yeah Jack, NATO is defensive. That’s why it’s been steadily expanding for decades, even after Baker and others said it would not.

Sure Jack, it’s defensive, that’s why it is involved in military aggression long distances from the North Atlantic.

Please save your propaganda for some youngster who doesn’t know any better. I’m too old to fall for such nonsense.

NATO’s role in Libya demonstrates just how false your claim is. That is quite far from the North Atlantic, and entirely offensive in nature.

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Jack, if you’re defending Israel, I wouldn’t be inclined to quote the UN as a binding source.

There was no justification to go into Libya, just as there was no justification to invade the Crimea.

palestinians are forced to live in ghettos and work as labor slaves while israelis get rich off them and collect pensions for life is oppression.
stealing land and homes from palestinians is oppression.

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Lorde is exercising moral leadership in rejecting Israel by way of cancelling her Tel Aviv concert. Bravo!