Interesting, that Weinstein’s suggestion that Jews organize “like the Mafia” is used as a lead-in to a screed declaring that European Jews should arm themselves.Politically, ideas like these will not play well in Europe. Should Jews be allowed to arm themselves, while the rest of the population has to obey current restrictive gun laws? Or should they arm themselves clandestinely, further fueling suspicions that there is such a thing as–God help us–an “international Jewish conspiracy?” Either way, I would expect old-style fascist hooligans, xenophobes and militant Muslims join a domestic European arms race from Tallinn to Toulouse, and to redouble their verbal and physical assaults on Jews. Any other bright ideas?
MUSLIMS ARE ALREADY ARMED
its the good people who sit and wait and get their azzzzes kicked,,
just the way lefty likes it
 March 29, 2015 at 12:28pm
Great news. You want boots on the ground? There are your boots on the ground. The rest of the world, America most of all, should quarantine the whole region until they’ve finished fighting it out among themselves.
There are many traits among human groups as old as the Torah. Lena is the one who lied about being raped by a Republican at Oberlin College. Lena’s false story is not to be confused with the Rolling Stone false story “A Rape on Campus” that was a lie about fraternity rape culture at UVA. That story was written by Sabrina Rubin Erdely (guess) and published by Jan Wenner (guess again). Then there’s the whole Narrative about the… , oh wait, nevermind.
March 27, 2015 at 2:56pm
As in a looking glass, it means exactly what they choose it to mean, neither more nor less.
 March 27, 2015 at 2:31pm
Good of your headline writer to put “Religious Freedom” in quotes. As recent events in Georgia make clear, these laws are all about discrimination, not religious freedom.
These laws are about NOT discriminating AGAINST religious freedom!
March 22, 2015 at 7:53pm
Sorry, not buying. What makes you think the measures the Israelis have taken so far have been either necessary or wise? Should the Israelis now reannex Sinai because of what is going on in Egypt? Sometimes the best defense is a good defense. Yours is a formula for endless war and ethnic cleansing.
March 22, 2015 at 7:50pm
The term “Palestina” was used by the Greeks and Romans to refer to Judaea and Samaria, we well as adjoining districts, for hundreds of years before the Jewish revolt. What “Caesar” (in this case, the Caesar Hadrian) did after 135 AD was to expel all Jews from Judaea and Samaria and rename them so as to give “Palestina” an official meaning for the first time.
Christians, Jews and Muslims alike used the term freely for the next two thousand years to mean the land between the Jordan and the Mediterranean. Jews did live there in small numbers, but when modern Zionist settlement began, the Jewish component of Palestine’s population was about 10%, that is, 90% were Arabs, whether Muslim or Christian.
Those Arabs, and their descendants today, have every right to be called “Palestinians.” It is the greatest of conceits to think that they are somehow a “made up” people. Were they to be entirely driven from the land tomorrow, as the extreme right wing in Israel and its abettors in the US seem to want, they would not cease to be Palestinian any more than the Jews ceased to be Jews because Hadrian changed the name of their (ancestral) homeland.
[-6] March 22, 2015 at 2:58pm
Maher’s comparison is incomplete. To complete it, imagine that the US had annexed portions of the Arab countries that attacked it, and extended white American settlement into those areas, while extending no sort of citizenship whatsoever to people living there. These stateless ones I(let’s call them “Negrostinians”) could quite rightly claim the sympathies of their black cousins in white-majority USA.
Not a bit of it. Israel has the right to take whatever measures are necessary to stop the attacks on them, and I do mean whatever measures are necessary. In their shoes I would have long since annexed all of the “territories”, the Golan, and southern Lebanon -- all permanently -- and would continue grabbing every place they’re attacked from, AND pushing the barbarians out. Support the civilized man!
Look back in history to the 3rd Jewish revolt. The Palestinians ARE the Jews. Ceasar at the time had the lands know as Judea and Sumaria renamed Palestinia to ride the Jews of their identity and homeland to punish and humiliate them.
Jews were on this land long before the made-up "modern day definition" of Palestinians came along.
 March 21, 2015 at 4:35pm
Maybe. Depends on what’s in the hookah.
 March 21, 2015 at 4:35pm
Everyone has racist attitudes, tells racist jokes, feels undefinably more comfortable with others of the same race and culture. It’s an admirable thing to try to see others’ perspectives, understand others’ histories and sympathize with others’ past and present histories of oppression, but at the end of the day, we all need a “safe zone” to retreat to. We can’t help it, we’re tribal animals. What we can help is letting racist attitudes take over our lives and become central to our politics.
Probably the first thing you've posted up here that makes any sense.
Uh, animals can’t be racist, and do not make moral choices. Unless of course, you believe your dog resists sh*ting on the living room rug because it’s against his doggy conscience. Racism is a form of hate, and I’ll agree with you that everybody, to one degree or another, is racist. However, sometimes things are said to be racist when really what’s being pointed out is a stereotype, and stereotypes are not necessarily racist. Nowadays, everything a person says is interpreted as having a racial component to it, and that’s ridiculous. It’s as though that racism is the only possible motive a person can have for speaking. You mentioned a “safe zone” as a place to talk about race, but that doesn’t mean you’re being racist. Maybe it’s a place to talk about stereotypes. And I don’t think that is racist at all. It depends on context. The left keeps poking at us, inciting us to express racial attitudes, then shaming us when we express ourselves, even if our defense is not racist. They are like a young woman who shows off 3 or 4 inches of cleavage for attention and then shames the guy who dares to look at her. We have to find a way to take the power away from them to draw us in.
[-3] March 20, 2015 at 12:20pm
So, um, what’s his position on collective bargaining rights for public school teachers?
I get the point of why the Student wanted to do this, yet he misses the point of what it means to be a Citizen of this Nation…Millions of immigrants came here in the 1900′s they didn’t bitch and complain about us not speaking or accomdating their NONE ENGLISH speaking asses. They assimilated and learned English or they didn’t make it…That is the point..We need a national language…NOT this dual crap…Or putting up signs in Spanish or Menus or any of that crap…You don’t speak our language then go back to were ever you cam from because you seem to think you don’t need to assimilate into our society…That is one of the issues that is wrong with our country,,,these idiotic lib tards trying to appeal to everyone…You can’t…either they need to learn or don’t and don’t make it here….English or GTFO.
 March 19, 2015 at 8:24pm
Just to be clear, there was no change to the Pledge, as the headline suggests. It was simply recited in a language other than English. It means exactly the same thing whether recited in English, Arabic or Klingon.
Not the point....Its the fact of Dividing our nation and breaking down of immigrant assimilation into our nation. Yes we are a nation of immigrants but those immigrants of 100 years or 75 years ago or hell even 30 years ago it was to assimilate learn English or DON'T MAKE HERE...They left their country to come here to be American's...So deal with it learn English or don't and please go back to where you came from since your home nation is so great....These dual language signs and people working at McDonalds whom you can't even understand to order a simple cheese burger...Sorry you came here deal with we shouldn't have to accommodate the few either learn English or GTFO.
 March 19, 2015 at 8:20pm
Most Muslims know some Arabic, because the Koran has to be recited in that language. I doubt the complainants thought much about what language people speak in Afghanistan, I think they were just objecting to a language associated with Islam. It may be a violation of D of E regulations, but I doubt anyone would have squawked like this if the Pledge had been recited in French, Japanese or Hebrew.
 March 19, 2015 at 12:32pm
Note please “Kerry and the Pentagon” will be managing the US-Israeli relationship going forward. Let’s ignore Kerry. Everybody else does.But isn’t there a strong suggestion here that US military aid may be severely restricted as a way of bringing Israel to heel? It will be interesting to see what both countries’ militaries have to say about that.
March 19, 2015 at 11:46am
The Palestinian Authority does recognize Israel’s right to exist. What it does not recognize is Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state. There are all sorts of reasons why it might be better for there to be a single state between the Jordan and the Mediterranean, but under Bibi’s version it would no longer be the democratic Israel we all know and pretend to love. The majority of its population would be Arabs, who would either have to be given full citizenship rights, be ethnically cleansed from the West Bank and Gaza, or live perpetually as stateless people.
[-2] March 18, 2015 at 4:41pm
Obama will be gone in two years and Bibi maybe sooner, who knows? Longer term, is it in the interest of the US basically to back anything any Israeli government, ever, may decide to do? Is it in Israel’s interest to let the demographic growth of the Palestinians swamp its Jewish population, with or without violence? Because that’s what Bibi’s one-state solution ultimately implies.