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Progressives reject Klobuchars salute to Israel as beacon of democracy

There have been four Democratic debates. In the last three, amazingly, Israel and Palestine never came up (see postscript). Then in last night’s debate in Ohio, a candidate finally brought up this important subject. Senator Amy Klobuchar called Israel a “beacon of democracy” in the context of Trump’s Syria pullout.

I think we need to talk about this not only in terms of the horror of what happened here with Turkey, but the fact that our president blew it and now he’s too proud to say it. And what do we do now? We continue that humanitarian aid, but then we work with our allies to say come back, Turkey, and stop this… Think about our other allies, Israel. How do they feel right now? Donald Trump is not true to his word when they are a beacon of democracy in the Mideast. Think about our allies in Europe when he pulls out of the Iranian agreement and them holding the bag and gives the power to China and Russia.

Klobuchar’s salute was glancing, but it is a measure of how negative Israel’s reputation is on the left that she was was soon hit emphatically on social media by a large number of progressive voices citing the country’s human rights violations. We often say that the Israel brand is tanking on the left, and Nancy Pelosi and J Street and new Israel lobby organizations (and the Forward and Bari Weiss, too) are determined to fight that shift. But the response to Klobuchar suggests that for progressives, the die is cast.

Arab American Institute:

Klobuchar just claimed that Israel is a “beacon of democracy” in the region. Millions of Palestinians who live under Israeli control without any political rights would disagree. There is a word for Israel’s rule over Palestinians: #Apartheid.

Daniel Denvir of Jacobin:

Israel is a beacon of democracy, says Klobuchar. What a gross thing to say about an eliminationist settler-colonial apartheid state.

A Bernie Sanders supporter:

Any Klobuchar just called Israel a “beacon of democracy”. Just let that sink in.

Mehdi Hasan of the Intercept:

Klobuchar – surprise! – calls Israel a “beacon of democracy in the Middle East”. Sigh. How about a segment in a presidential debate on Israel/Palestine and an examination of outdated, lazy, liberal talking points on it?

Howie Hawkins, presidential candidate of the Green Party:

Amy Klobuchar calling Israel a “beacon of democracy” is a cruel joke to the Palestinian people.

Kumar Rao, a former public defender in New York:

Occupation and apartheid not so consistent with democracy.

Current Affairs expressed shock over the pronouncement and featured a shot of accusations of Israel for war crimes over its Gaza live-fire policy.

Posted by DillyDilly500 | Wed Oct 16, 2019, 08:46 PM (6 replies)

Navy SEAL leaders fired after allegations of sexual assault and drinking among team

Posted: Sep 06, 2019 3:53 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 06, 2019 3:53 PM EDT
By Ryan Browne and Barbara Starr, CNN

The three senior leaders of a US Navy SEAL Team have been fired from their positions by the admiral overseeing the Navy's elite special operations forces "due to a loss of confidence that resulted from leadership failures," after members of their team were accused of misbehavior, including an alleged sexual assault and drinking while deployed to Iraq.

"Commander, Navy Special Warfare Command Read Adm. Collin Green relieved the three senior leaders of SEAL Team Seven from their positions Sept. 6.," US Navy Capt. Tamara Lawrence, a spokesperson for Naval Special Warfare Command, told CNN in a statement explaining the rare move.

"Green relieved the unit's commanding officer, Cdr. Edward Mason; executive officer, Lt. Cdr. Luke Im; and the team's top enlisted leader, Command Master Chief Hugh Spangler due to a loss of confidence that resulted from leadership failures that caused a breakdown of good order and discipline within two subordinate units while deployed to combat zones," Lawrence added.

While the team's leadership has been removed from their positions, they remain in the Navy and no additional punishments or disciplinary action has taken place at this time.

The Navy SEAL officers are not being accused of engaging in the alleged behavior that got the team sent home from Iraq, the Navy is holding them responsible for the behavior of their subordinates and the command climate they oversaw.
Posted by DillyDilly500 | Fri Sep 6, 2019, 04:08 PM (6 replies)

Obsess Over Which Feminists Are Jewish, Not Which Rapists

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“You know, a lot of sexual harassment stuff is in the news of late,” said “Curb Your Enthusiasm” creator Larry David during his 2017 “Saturday Night Live” monologue. “And I couldn’t help but notice a very disturbing pattern emerging, which is that many of the predators — not all, but many of them — are Jews.”

America’s favorite grump isn’t the only one who noticed. Two years into the #MeToo movement, when Jeffrey Epstein’s years of allegedly sexually exploiting teenage girls came to light, so did — overwhelmingly — the fact he was a Jew. (Epstein was found dead in his jail cell Aug. 10 after an apparent suicide). Anti-Semites took delight in pointing out that Epstein, Harvey Weinstein, Woody Allen and Brett Ratner are Jewish. But so did journalists.

In 2017, online magazine Tablet ran a piece titled “The Specifically Jewy Perviness of Harvey Weinstein” – for which the publication had to issue an apology – but not before white supremacist leaders Richard Spencer and David Duke had applauded it.

Attempts to claim sexual abuse as a characteristic of Judaism are vile, whether they come from a Klansman or an opinion writer.

Yet, Jews and anti-Semites alike actively seek to highlight the Jewishness of sexual abusers. In contrast, we hardly emphasize the Jewish roots of feminists who have made movements such as #MeToo thrive.
Posted by DillyDilly500 | Wed Aug 14, 2019, 11:53 PM (2 replies)

What Do White Supremacists and ISIS Recruits Have in Common?

Despite their ideological differences, white supremacists and supporters of Islamic State derive their strength from a similar narrative:


A MEMBER of ISIS waves the group’s flag in Raqqa recently
A MEMBER of ISIS waves the group’s flag in Raqqa. (photo credit: REUTERS)

On the surface, white supremacists and Islamic State recruits would not seem to have much in common. One group embraces a racist, anti-immigrant ideology and is mobilized by fear that a majority of people in the United States will soon no longer be white.

The other group believes it must kill “infidels” and create an Islamic “caliphate.”

Terrorism experts, however, say the radicalization process, tactics and narratives used by violent white nationalists are actually strikingly similar to those employed by ISIS. Understanding what the two groups have in common, experts say, can help officials develop a strategy for preventing homegrown extremism.

“I see extremism as a structure for beliefs,” said JM Berger, author of the book Extremism. “We need to do a better job in treating extremism as a universal phenomenon.”

The challenge of combating domestic terrorism and white supremacist violence was thrust into the spotlight after a gunman, who is alleged to have posted a racist screed online, went on a bloody rampage last Saturday, killing 22 people in the aisles and parking lot of a Walmart in El Paso. (Several hours later, another shooter who had reportedly held leftist beliefs killed nine people in Dayton, Ohio.)

Posted by DillyDilly500 | Sun Aug 11, 2019, 12:12 PM (8 replies)

Freshman Representatives Heading to Israel on AIPAC Sponsored Trip

Some Members of Congress Skipping the Trip

Dave DeCamp Posted onAugust 4, 2019

On Monday, House Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) will be bringing a large delegation of freshman Democratic members of Congress to Israel. The Trip is sponsored by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). A Republican group is scheduled to arrive in Israel on Friday.

These trips to Israel are organized in August of every off-election year for new members of Congress. Hoyer will be joined by chairman of the House Democratic Caucus Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY). The presence of these party leaders shows the importance the trip has to party leadership. It is part of the effort to squash some of the questioning of the US-Israel relationship that has been growing within the party.

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) are not attending the trip, citing their criticism of AIPAC and the Israeli occupation in the West Bank and Gaza. Omar and Tlaib have both announced plans to visit Israel and the West Bank, separate from the AIPAC trip.

Activists groups like CODEPINK have called on freshmen members of Congress to follow suit and also “Skip the Trip.”

CODEPINK’s website says, “The purpose of AIPAC-sponsored trips is to whitewash Israel’s human rights violations and continue unchecked U.S. financial and diplomatic support for Israel — all at the expense of Palestinian rights.”
Posted by DillyDilly500 | Mon Aug 5, 2019, 03:34 PM (5 replies)

Dallas police body cam footage shows officers mocking a man who later died

By Chelsea J. Carter and Dave Alsup, CNN
Updated 3:38 PM EDT, Fri August 02, 2019

(CNN) The body camera footage tells the story: Tony Timpa was struggling, begging Dallas police officers who were holding him in a controversial position to let him go.

Within minutes he had stopped breathing, while officers joked that he had fallen asleep, according to the footage first obtained from the police department by The Dallas Morning News after a nearly three-year battle for its release -- part of the newspaper's investigation into the August 2016 death of the 32-year-old man.

The City of Dallas and its police department fought the release of the footage, first citing an ongoing investigation that saw three officers indicted, then the case's dismissal.

'The public has a compelling interest'
But a federal judge ruled this week in favor of the Timpa family, The Dallas Morning News and NBC5, saying "the public has a compelling interest in understanding what truly took place during a fatal exchange between a citizen and law enforcement."

"...The Court holds that there is no longer good cause to shield the documents from public scrutiny," US District Court Judge David C. Godbey wrote in his order.

The Dallas Police Department's media relations office declined CNN's request for comment.

"Because there is pending litigation surrounding this incident, we are unable to comment on the actions of the officers. You may request the investigation and any other material through our open records process," Carlos Almeida, a public information officer for the Dallas Police Department, said.

Posted by DillyDilly500 | Fri Aug 2, 2019, 06:22 PM (2 replies)

Gotta give kudos to Trump for one thing. He got

righty to shed the white sheets and hoods.

Posted by DillyDilly500 | Sat Jul 27, 2019, 11:43 PM (20 replies)

If Theres a Hell, Trump and Pence Will Do Eternity There. In a Cage

When Satan’s officials come to take Trump away, wearing ICE jackets, he’ll let them in with a smile and won't have the slightest glimmer of idea why

Bradley Burston
15.07.2019 | 22:48

“As a mother this is heartbreaking,” Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said Saturday of the Trump administration’s family separation policy and of imminent nationwide round-ups of thousands of migrants.

“My eight-year-old son asked me if he was born in America. And when I reassured him – I said, ‘Of course you were’ – then he looked at his brother and said ‘Well, was he born here?’ Because he was afraid that our family will be separated.”

If there’s a Hell, that’s where Donald Trump and, yes, Mike Pence, will be spending their eternity. In a cage.

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No showers. Not even a toothbrush. No water. Not enough food. No contact with their children, wives, their family of friends. No room to move. No room for beds. No permission for pillows or mats. Standing or squatting for hours on end. Steaming hot. For good.

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Trump said it himself. “Great job by Border Patrol, above and beyond,” Trump wrote earlier this month, describing the camps in which kids, some very young, all of them torn from the arms of their parents, were held in what amounted to torture chambers. Those children are suffering from scabies, shingles and chickenpox in choking overcrowding, their clothes soiled, and older kids, also in detention, enlisted, or forced, to care for the
Posted by DillyDilly500 | Wed Jul 17, 2019, 07:24 PM (12 replies)

Ex-CNN commentator at progressive summit: Major news outlets are Zionist orgs

T-shirts linking Zionism with racism sold at Netroots Nation conference


A panel on “embedding Palestinian rights in the 2020 agenda" at the Netroots Nation summit.

Ben Jacobs
July 16, 2019
PHILADELPHIA — Former CNN commentator Marc Lamont Hill claimed that news outlets like NBC and ABC were “Zionist organizations” that produced “Zionist content,” during a panel on Friday at the annual Netroots Nation summit held by progressive activists in Philadelphia.

The summit describes itself as “the largest annual conference for progressives” and has long been a stop for Democratic presidential hopefuls, including this year.

Hill’s comments came less than a year after he lost his CNN perch after calling for a “free Palestine from the river to the sea,” during an appearance at the U.N. The statement was interpreted by many as a call for the elimination of Israel, something Hill denied.

He made his comments during a panel on “embedding Palestinian rights in the 2020 agenda,” which also featured statements that Israel was engaged in a “white supremacist” project.

In response to a question from the audience, Hill described the choices faced by young journalists when they tell stories about Palestinians.

“They’re like, I want to work for Fox, or I want to work for ABC or NBC or whoever. I want to tell these stories,” he said. “You have to make choices about where you want to work. And if you work for a Zionist organization, you’re going to get Zionist content. And no matter how vigorous you are in the newsroom, there are going to be two, three, four, 17, or maybe one powerful person — not going to suggest a conspiracy — all news outlets have a point of a view. And if your point of view competes with the point of view of the institution, you’re going to have challenges.”
Posted by DillyDilly500 | Tue Jul 16, 2019, 04:36 PM (0 replies)

NYU Graduation Speaker Praises Pro-BDS Groups, Calls Israel Apartheid State


May 23, 2019 By Marcy Oster

(JTA) — A speaker at a New York University doctorate convocation ceremony praised campus organizations that support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel and called Israel an apartheid state.

Posted by DillyDilly500 | Thu May 23, 2019, 08:53 PM (7 replies)
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