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In today's Bernie news; Draws big crowds in Salt Lake City, says 'No Thanks' to Israel, and draws a focus to Native American rights.

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Bernie Sanders turns down invitation to address AIPAC confab

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Citing his campaign schedule, Bernie Sanders said he would not address AIPAC’s conference next week, making him the only presidential candidate that will not attend the large annual pro-Israel gathering this year.

“I would very much have enjoyed speaking at the AIPAC conference,” Sanders said in a letter Friday to Robert Cohen, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee president.

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Sanders speaks out for Native American rights at Flagstaff rally

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Win or lose, I just can't get rid of the Bern.

BDS in the US: Boycott Israel movement gains support

The United Methodist church joins BDS movement amid growing global campaign from activists to boycott Israel.

The BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement active in numerous countries aims to put pressure on Israel to end its engagement in the Palestinian territories [Abed Al Haslhamoun/EPA]

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OP: Sorry for the many sources, but it astonishes and frightens me to see that laws created to protect against hate speech can be used to stifle legitimate political dissent. Also, exactly how is it anti-semitic to say that Israel's treatment of the Palestinians is shameful? And how is it anti-semitic to engage in nonviolent protest of a government's policies? (Answer: it isn't. While I realize and recognize that horrible anti-semites can and have used this issue to try to push forth their own agendas, I (1) highly doubt they really give a damn about the Palestinian people and (2) feel this (and other cases of anti-semitism) has been used to stifle legitimate criticism of Israel's policies and human rights record, which in and of itself is NOT discriminatory.)

Resources on Israel's human rights abuses:
-Amnesty International:
-B'Tselem: http://www.btselem.org/
Donald Trump’s runaway success in the GOP primaries so far is setting off alarm bells among neoconservatives who are worried he will not pursue the same bellicose foreign policy that has dominated Republican thinking for decades.

Neoconservative historian Robert Kagan — one of the prime intellectual backers of the Iraq war and an advocate for Syrian intervention — announced in the Washington Post last week that if Trump secures the nomination “the only choice will be to vote for Hillary Clinton.”

Max Boot, an unrepentant supporter of the Iraq war, wrote in the Weekly Standard that a “Trump presidency would represent the death knell of America as a great power,” citing, among other things, Trump’s objection to a large American troop presence in South Korea.

Trump has done much to trigger the scorn of neocon pundits. He denounced the Iraq war as a mistake based on Bush administration lies, just prior to scoring a sizable victory in the South Carolina GOP primary. In last week’s contentious GOP presidential debate, he defended the concept of neutrality in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which is utterly taboo on the neocon right.

“It serves no purpose to say you have a good guy and a bad guy,” he said, pledging to take a neutral position in negotiating peace.

This set off his rival Marco Rubio, who replied, “The position you’ve taken is an anti-Israel position…Because you cannot be an honest broker in a dispute between two sides in which one of the sides is constantly acting in bad faith.”
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Ira Hansen is a Republican member of the Nevada State Assembly. He's served since his 2011 swearing-in, and with his party's newly acquired majority, he was recently named its candidate for speaker.

Hansen also has a history of making sexist, homophobic and racist comments. He has gone after Israel, newcomers to Nevada and low-ranking members of his own party. To name a few.

Hansen wrote a column for the Sparks Tribune for a period of 13 years, in which he aired these -- and many, many other -- grievances. Since the Tribune only recently went online, these columns went largely unnoticed and were difficult to track. The Reno News and Review took the liberty of reviewing every single one of Hansen's columns on microfilm, and it published its findings Thursday.

The report summarizes some of the most contentious comments Hansen made about women, black and Hispanic people, gay individuals and others in the columns he wrote under a Confederate flag.

“I fly it proudly in honor and in memory of a great cause and my brave ancestors who fought for that cause," Hansen wrote.

In the new term, Nevada Republicans will hold majorities in both chambers of the state legislature as well as the governorship for the first time since the Great Depression. With Hansen as speaker, Nevada is in for a treat.

Below, some of The Reno News and Review's most notable findings.

On Women

"Today, when Army men look at women in the ranks with 'longing in their eyes' it very well may constitute ’sexual harassment.’ The truth is, women do not belong in the Army or Navy or Marine Corps, except in certain limited fields."

"Women, historically, have been the nurturers and mothers while men have been the providers and defenders."

“So what happened between 1960 and 2001? Major social changes that negatively affected the family. Childbearing was reduced to an average of two kids. … Divorce rates skyrocketed. ’Child care’ became an industry. Child abuse skyrocketed. Thanks to the ’sexual revolution’ and the ’women’s liberation movement,’ women chose to act as foolishly as men, and illegitimacy also went through the roof. … Abortions get about one out of every four children conceived.”

On Black People

"The lack of gratitude and the deliberate ignoring of white history in relation to eliminating slavery is a disgrace that Negro leaders should own up to."

"King's private life was trashy at best. … King Jr. is as low as it gets, a hypocrite, a liar, a phony, and a fraud."

"The shrewd and calculating [black] 'leaders' are willing to sacrifice the children of their own race to gratify their lust for power and position. The relationship of Negroes and Democrats is truly a master-slave relationship, with the benevolent master knowing what’s best for his simple minded darkies. For American blacks, being denied choice and forced to attend the failing and inferior government school system is a form of involuntary servitude. Let’s call it what it truly is -- educational slavery."

On Latinos

"Locally, gangs and their associated criminal activity are obviously dominated by immigrants, especially Hispanic immigrants. You cannot read a story about criminals or watch a news report locally without noticing a grossly disproportionate amount of Hispanic involvement."

On Gay People

"Considering only about 2 percent of adult males are homosexuals, the numbers show why homosexuals have been historically regarded as such a threat. Male homosexuals are grossly disproportionate in child molestation cases, and the youth orientation of male homosexuality drives this trend."

"I've been keeping a rough tally on homosexual/heterosexual molesters as reported locally, and roughly half of all molestations involve homosexual men preying on boys."

On Israel

"What exactly is it about Israel that makes it so important to the United States? Why are all our actions there designed exclusively to benefit Israel? If Israel ceased to exist tomorrow, what impact would that have on the U.S.? … Israel is a tiny country, roughly 8,000 square miles, about the size of Washoe County, with a total population of approximately 5.5 million people. Twenty percent of those are Arabs. By way of contrast, the Muslim world has about one billion people or roughly 995 million people more than Israel. And most importantly, the Muslim/Arab countries have something of utmost importance to the U.S. -- oil."

"The success of the Israeli propaganda machine, aided and abetted by many duped Christian simpletons in the United States, can be observed by the general consensus, frequently publicly expressed, that Jerusalem and the holy land was until recently almost meaningless to the Muslims. Our ignorance of history is taken advantage of, and this knowledge vacuum is felled with half-truths and distortions of fact."

Head over to The Reno News and Review for more.

By Ashley Alman. Posted: 11/20/2014 3:12 pm EST. Updated: 11/20/2014 3:18 pm EST.


One person's requirement for religious accommodation can seem all-too-much like discrimination to another.

An El Al flight from New York to Tel Aviv last week encountered delays when several ultra-orthodox Jewish men refused to take their seats next to women over religious objections.

Ultra-orthodox Judaism forbids physical contact between men and women unless they are first-degree relatives or married to one another. In an airplane with close quarters, maintaining such separation is not easy.

As orthodox and secular Jewish passengers boarded the flight scheduled to arrive at Ben Gurion airport on the morning of Rosh Hashanah, the men began asking women seated next to them to move, sometimes even offering compensation for seat changes, Ynet News reports.

One passenger, identified as Galit, was sitting next to her husband when an ultra-orthodox, or haredi, man asked her to move. But she refused to change seats, Galit told Ynet:

"I ended up sitting next to a haredi man who jumped out of his seat the moment we had finished taking off and proceeded to stand in the aisle."
Some of the haredi men spent much of the eleven-hour flight standing and praying in the aisle, which caused general commotion and made it difficult to reach the restroom, Galit said.

The experience of Galit is not unique. Author Elana Maryles Sztokman wrote about a similar experience in a piece published on The Huffington Post:

The plane took off 20 minutes late because an ultra-Orthodox man was negotiating with passengers so as not to have to sit next to a woman -- me -- on the 11-hour flight.

While the airline told Ynet its crews try to do "the best they can to address the needs and requests of all our travelers," it is unclear in this case whose needs would be best accommodated -- the haredi men who felt religiously mandated to uphold sex segregation or the women who felt they were unfairly "bullied and harassed."

A Change.org petition started on Monday by several women in the Jewish community calls on El Al to prevent future harassment of female passengers on its flights. The petition states:

Why does El Al Airlines permit female passengers to be bullied, harassed, and intimidated into switching seats which they rightfully paid for and were assigned to by El Al Airlines? One person's religious rights does not trump another person's civil rights.

As a possible solution the petition suggests the airline reserve several rows of sex segregated seating where passengers may pay an extra fee to reserve seats and thus avoid future delays.


Fundies can be so exhausting.
EDIT: I tried editing the tags to add the sexism and misogyny tags and then it added the sex tag on its own and now won't let me edit it out, wtf.

The weekly newspaper said running the advert was "meant as a purely humanitarian gesture".

When it launched the appeal, the DEC said the latest conflict had made half a million people in Gaza homeless and warned of a "humanitarian emergency".

There is currently a five-day ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinians.

The Israelis launched a military operation on 8 July to stop militant attacks from Gaza.

'Editorial independence'

After a DEC advert featured in this week's Jewish Chronicle (JC), a Facebook page was set up calling on readers to boycott the title until it issued a "full apology".

A message posted on the paper's own Facebook page pointed out that the advert was "not an expression of the JC's view".

It added: "We have received complaints from readers angry at the decision. We apologise for the upset caused."

It said it would give space in the next issue to readers wanting to object to the advert.

Writing on the JC website, editor Stephen Pollard said: "It is a critical part of our editorial independence that we do not allow advertisers to have any influence at all on the paper."
'Humanitarian emergency'

About 2,000 people have died since the fighting began last month.

Those killed include more than 1,900 Palestinians, mostly civilians, according to the United Nations. Sixty-four Israeli soldiers have been killed in the violence and three civilians in Israel have also died.

The DEC, an umbrella organisation which brings together 13 UK aid charities to deal with international crises, launched its campaign on 7 August. It said one and a half million people had "no or very limited" water or sanitation, with many in "urgent need of medical care".

The BBC and other public service broadcasters agreed to air a DEC Gaza appeal.

In 2009, the BBC and Sky chose not to broadcast a previous Gaza appeal, with the BBC's decision prompting angry protests and 40,000 complaints.

In a statement on the DEC's website on Thursday, addressing the "tone of the debate over Gaza", chief executive Saleh Saeed said: "The DEC's launch of a public appeal in response to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza has been wrongly interpreted in some quarters as a political statement.

"It is nothing of the sort. Giving aid is not taking sides."

Evolving conversations on the ground demand probing questions on-air. So why does TV news look like a Netanyahu ad?

Here are a few questions you won’t hear asked of the parade of Israeli officials crossing US television screens during the current crisis in Gaza:

Here are a few questions you won’t hear asked of the parade of Israeli officials crossing US television screens during the current crisis in Gaza:

What would you do if a foreign country was occupying your land?

What does it mean that Israeli cabinet ministers deny Palestine’s right to exist?

What should we make of a prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, who as opposition leader in the 1990s addressed a rally under a banner reading “Death to Arafat” a year after the Palestinian leader signed a peace accord with Israel?

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Source: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jul/31/american-media-israel-bias-netanyahu

OP: I think this conflict is another signpost of the 'old' media (TV, radio) having had its day of dominance and social media and the internet usurping its power. At long last.
“Genocide is permissible” according to insane Times of Israel Op-Ed

The Times of Israel is under fire on Friday after publishing a blog post titled “When Genocide Is Permissible.” The post, written by Yochanon Gordon, was quickly removed from the Times’ website, but cached and screen-captured versions of the piece quickly proliferated on social media.

In the article, Gordon blasts the United Nations for its recent admonition against the “disproportionate” use of force by Israel in Gaza, insisting that international observers “are completely out of touch with the nature of this foe and are therefore not qualified to dictate or enforce the rules of this war.”

Because of the supposedly unique menace that Hamas presents to Israel, Gordon contends that “nothing … can be considered disproportionate when we are fighting for our very right to live.”

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Since the latest round of violence in Gaza began nearly three weeks ago, more than 1300 Palestinians and 50 Israelis have been killed, including dozens of children.

The crisis is also taking its toll on United Nations staff working in Gaza. The UN's Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) has 86 shelters in the disputed territory, which it says are housing more than 200,000 displaced Palestinians.

The pressure on staff was evident when the UNRWA's Gaza spokesman Chris Gunness broke down in tears during an interview with Al Jazeera Arabic.

Talking about how the rights of Palestinians were being "wholesale denied" in Gaza, Gunness' voice faltered and he began sobbing. The camera turned away as someone else in the room comforted him.

Gunness, who describes himself as a passionate advocate "for Palestine refugees to enjoy all their rights to the full, including the right to a just and durable solution," said on Twitter the UNRWA has "reached breaking point" in Gaza.

UN staff were among those killed in the most recent strike on a school in Gaza.

"Where will it end?" Gunness implored.

Read more: http://www.3news.co.nz/Video-UN-representative-breaks-down-during-Gaza-interview/tabid/417/articleID/354910/Default.aspx#ixzz395KDEC9L


I think this represents really well the intense devastating feeling that the rest of us feels about the subject.

Despite grassroots outrage at Operation Protective Edge, left-wing members of the House and Senate won’t criticize Israel’s ongoing incursion into Gaza.

Much of the American left is critical of Israel, particularly since its incursion into Gaza. But in the halls of Congress, even progressive Democrats beloved by grassroots activists are loath to criticize the Jewish State’s ongoing military offensive.

A Pew Research Center poll released Monday showed that a plurality of Democrats across the country, 35 percent, and liberals, 44 percent, said that Israel had “gone too far” in its response to its conflict with Hamas. Meanwhile 47 percent of Democrats told Gallup that Israel’s actions during the current conflict were “unjustified,” compared to just 31 percent who thought the opposite.

But these opinions are nearly impossible to find in Congress. Democrats, when asked a question about Israeli operations in Gaza, had two standard responses: irritation, or else a statement of their broad support of Israel, without going into specifics. It was as if the very mention of Israel turned the question into a hostile interview.

“Look, man, I’m a politician, with multiple constituencies. Why should I alienate one just so that you can write a story?” Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison angrily told The Daily Beast. Ellison, a stalwart progressive, was the first Muslim-American elected to Congress.

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