Abbas, Palestinians should die: Israeli rabbi

from Reuters

An influential Israeli rabbi has said God should strike the Palestinians and their leader with a plague, calling for their death in a fiery sermon before Middle East peace talks set to begin next week.

“Abu Mazen and all these evil people should perish from this earth,” Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, spiritual head of the religious Shas party in Israel’s government, said in a sermon late on Saturday, using Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s popular name.

“God should strike them and these Palestinians — evil haters of Israel — with a plague,” the 89-year-old rabbi said in his weekly address to the faithful, excerpts of which were broadcast on Israeli radio on Sunday.

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Formalizing Israel’s Land Grab

by Chris Hedges, Truthdig

Time is running out for Israel. And the Israeli government knows it. The Jewish Diaspora, especially the young, has a waning emotional and ideological investment in Israel. The demographic boom means that Palestinians in Israel and the occupied territories will soon outnumber Jews. And Israel’s increasing status as a pariah nation means that informal and eventually formal state sanctions against the country are probably inevitable.

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Pamela Geller: ‘Hitler Inspired by Islam’

If you are like me and you like to watch “stupid” in action, take a look at Pamela Geller of Stop the Islamization of America. This is blind, abject hate; pure and simple. But what Geller is doing, is marketing a product; hate. she uses 9/11, demonizes an entire religion and she does it all, like Rudy Giuliani did, just to put money in her pockets.

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Feel the Hate

Hey Jon Stewart. Here’s a video just brimming with hate.  One that wasn’t “translated” by a ultra-Zionist propaganda mill.  Let’s see you do a “Go Fuck Yourselves!” dance over this one!

Q:”What about the Gaza strip?”  A: “It belongs to Israel”

“Obama… keep in mind… his name is Hussain… he is the enemy of Israel.”

“East Jerusalem is Israel… it belongs to the Jews.”

“Hands off Israel. Keep the money coming… and hands off”

“Benjamin Netanyahu is the leader of the free world. He has been called by God to accept the mantle the United States dropped… since citizenship isn’t required anymore, maybe we can get him to run for president over here”

“Jerusalem is for Jews. All of Jerusalem, all of Israel… we don’t believe in “Peace Now”… we believe in “Strength Now”

While the pro-settler elements rallied in Manhattan, their counterparts from the radical Kahanist movement in the Hebron-based settlement of Tel Rumeida rampaged through Palestinian neighborhood in East Jerusalem, inciting violent confrontations while announcing their intention to rid the area of its historical Arab presenceAlterNet

So how far do you think these guys would go to make the average American hate Muslims as much as they do? You think they would make up fake videos? You think one or two of them might pretend to be “Revolution Muslims”? What do you think, Jon?  The world is just dying to hear your “Go Fuck Yourselves!” song just one more time.

Hitchens Speaks at VCU – 2008

Don’t Forget, Israel Is a Democracy

by Uri Avneri, AntiWar

How lucky we are to have the extreme Right standing guard over our democracy.

This week, the Knesset voted by a large majority (47 to 34) for a law that threatens imprisonment for anyone who dares to deny that Israel is a Jewish and democratic state.

The private member’s bill, proposed by MK Zevulun Orlev of the “Jewish Home” Party, which sailed through its preliminary hearing, promises one year in prison to anyone who publishes “a call that negates the existence of the state of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state,” if the contents of the call might cause “actions of hate, contempt, or disloyalty against the state or the institutions of government or the courts.”

(“might” – meaning it hasn’t happened yet and the interpretation of what the effect of the published material COULD be.)

One can foresee the next steps. A million and a half Arab citizens cannot be expected to recognize Israel as a Jewish and democratic state. They want it to be “a state of all its citizens” – Jews, Arabs, and others. They also claim with reason that Israel discriminates against them, and therefore is not really democratic.

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A Nation of Cowards, Run by a Coward

(as I have said beforeseveral times…)