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Mondoweiss: Bird In A Cage

August 15, 2015 3:35 am
Pepsi, Avaaz was spun off Move-On. I got aboard the Move-On bus with Iraq and a few years later was told that my membership had been shifted to Avaaz. The 2 founders of Move-on and Avaaz were also among the 15 or so co-founders of JStreet. I got off the bus in 2009 because of the inaction on Gaza. It's all tied up in a neat package.
August 14, 2015 12:23 pm
Hi Taxi, great blog. Actual directional shift happened way back in January 2012 with the banning of Jeff Blankfort. Nonetheless, Phil remains one of the good guys.
August 15, 2015 2:49 am
My experience at MW has been mostly good having been censored only twice (I think) over the years. The first was before the "edit" was introduced, a nasty post that got deleted about something I had said that was way out of line and downright racist about the Friday sundown, which I regretted having posted and was actually relieved when it got deleted. The other was about a chicken or egg discussion I was trying to open on the 1933 American Jewish boycott of German businesses and its fallout on German Jews. It was a MW taboo subject at just about the time that Blankfort was banned and a new set of MW rules of conduct were introduced, which toned down any possibly volatile discussions. But all in all, I enjoyed myself there until it became mostly a Jewish-Jewish battle zone such as with this current JVP-Weir affair, in which I have no business. The site's masthead about it being about the Middle East is misleading; it's all about Israel and what it's doing to its neighbours or what its neighbours are doing to it.
August 14, 2015 12:59 pm
Been reading Plato along with MW for a while. Haven't commented much lately because I got tired of hearing my own voice repeating the same arguments over and over again. Looking forward to your post about today's victory commemoration from the Merkava cemetery at al-Hujeir Valley. By Israel's own account, 50 Merkavas were immobilized in that valley with some totally destroyed and the rest towed back to their base.
August 14, 2015 6:02 pm
American, it's not about liking or disliking Phil but about the vocation of the site. I agree with you that many organizations and sites, such as Phil's that are supposedly pro-Palestinian are actually pro-Israel and Phil doesn't hide that fact and in the end are diluting the efforts of those speaking up for justice for the Palestinians. Phil's site is for anti-Zionists to debate pro-Zionists. All the other participants such as you, Taxi and others are comparses to add colour to the discussion, but nothing much more. It's Phil's bus and he's free to take it wherever he wants to. If we don't like it, we simply get off.

Cedars, Sewers… and Plato’s Guns

September 6, 2015 6:47 pm
Great and inspired writing, Taxi, I just came upon this piece by chance and very glad I did. What caught my attention was the photograph. For a second I thought it was a photo of my niece, which is just about the same age as you in the photo. The resemblance is incredible. BTW in your piece about the cedars, another great writer was inspired by the cedars of Lebanon, it was the great French poet, Alphonse de Lamartine (1790-1869). He spent some time in Lebanon and in 1832 while in Beirut, he lost his only remaining child, Julia. Lamartine was so influenced by his trip that he staged his 1838 epic poem "La Chute d’un ange" (“The Fall of an Angel”) in Lebanon. There are 3 cedar forests in Lebanon: Bcharreh, Gibran's birthplace in the north, In the Barouk Mountains and the Chouf Mountains. If you visited the Bcharreh one, there's a valley there named after Lamartine and a huge 2000-year cedar with his name plate on it. There is so much to read from the beginning of your blog I don't know where to start. The less I have to read about Israel, the more I like it.