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Posted on Apr 12, 2007
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John Oliver delivers this hysterical report on the nation of Israel. At one point the “Daily Show” reporter gives the Israeli ambassador a chance to clear the air: “There is a nasty conspiracy theory going around that your country is run by Jews—a cabal of Jews who set the domestic agenda and run the media. Would you like to put that to rest now?”

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By nahida, April 17, 2007 at 7:41 am Link to this comment
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dear Fadel Abdallah and Douglas Chalmers

thank you both for the warm welcome,
they say might is right
but we believe that
Right is Might

no weapon… can wipe out the truth
as no darkness can wipe out one ray of light

and thank you Douglas for refering people to my blog

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By Fadel Abdallah, April 16, 2007 at 9:21 pm Link to this comment

Greetings “Nahida” and welcome to this forum as a warrior for truth, justice and peace!

I was impressed by what you have posted thus far, and I was particularly touched by the following words of your little poem in which you say:

“Then… I promise
I’d do what the Prophet did;
In your ear I’d whisper:
“Go, now I forgive you;
You are free;
The treasure I hold
I am willing to share(with thee)””

(I hope you don’t mind the little editing I did to your words!)

Yes, Palestine and the Holy Land is our treasure, and I agree with you that it’s nobler and more practical to share it with our unjust “cousins” rather than continue fighting perpetually over it till it’s not any more a treasure worth fighting over. But it’s important that they should acknowledge their wrongdoing, repent and express a sincere desire to make amends.

In fact, I wrote a poem in Arabic some time ago in which I expressed this very same idea. Should you be interested, let me know how I can send it to you!

Meanwhile, keep up the good and noble fight, for the soft words of truth of the sons and daughters of Palestine -God’s Willing!- will prove to be mightier than their weapons of mass destruction! Justice and truth is on our side, and if we add to it patience and perseverance we will prevail in the long run!

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By Douglas Chalmers, April 15, 2007 at 10:29 pm Link to this comment

Hi, nahida!

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By Douglas Chalmers, April 15, 2007 at 10:27 pm Link to this comment

To *Fadel Abdallah (4/15 at 9:35am) - Yes, that was exactly what I meant. What I was emphasising was that the fake state of Israel has ‘eaten’ Palestine - like a virus, it has taken over the once-healthy body of a multi-religious and multi-ethnic community and has almost completely destroyed the host. Exclusivism and “ethnic cleansing” have replaced democracy and regard for human rights.

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By Kevo, April 15, 2007 at 5:55 pm Link to this comment
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It never ceases to amaze me, and yes a moonbat I may seem, that the jews can have umpteen memorials and museums dedicated to the Shoah/holocaust (to an event that did not happen in this country at all) but where is one, but one, dedicated to The Civil Rights Movement of the 60’s and long before that ACTUALLY did happen in this country?

In keeping with tenor of this why not erect a museum to the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980’s? I mean while we are busy erecting monuments and museums to sh*t that didn’t happen in the U.S. at all.

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By nahida, April 15, 2007 at 3:01 pm Link to this comment
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Oh mighty Israhell

With the mountains of lies you fabricate
Do you think you could
Secure a fear-free moment akin to my years?
No… you can’t

With the glittery lavish wealth you generate
Do you think you could
Buy a few joyful days similar to mine
No… you can’t

With all the armed robberies you facilitate
Do you think you could
Steal one magnificent dream that I embrace?
No… you can’t

With the entire mighty power you accumulate
Do you think you could
Obtain a piece of peace that fills my soul?
No… you can’t

Oh poor mighty Israhell
What have you done?
Wake up… wake up… wake up

Wait no longer… just … come running
Rinse your sins
Wash the blood off your hands
Repentant… and on your knees fall to the ground and… pray

Then… I promise
I’d do what the prophet did
In your ear I’d whisper
“Go, now I forgive you
You are free
The treasure I hold
I am willing to share”

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By nahida, April 15, 2007 at 2:55 pm Link to this comment
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Double standard and hypocrisy makes people angry.
Having a set of rules for the world and another for Jewish people makes people suspicious and paranoid, for why don’t Jewish people refuse to be treated like the rest of the world.

The Jewish extremists (Zionists) believe/want the world to believe that the Jewish people are chosen, special, unique, light onto the nations.

The people of the world have the right to believe that the Jewish people are not chosen, unique, or light onto the nations, for ALL PEOPLE ARE EQUAL.

The Jewish left believe/ wants the world to believe that the suffering of, and the racism against the Jewish people is unique; but all people suffered and still are, all people face racism and still are.
The people of the world have the right to believe that the suffering of the Jewish people is not unique.

Acknowledging the fact that anti-Semitism is one form of racism, and not a unique form of racism is very important too.

Therefore it is vital that the progressive Jewish voices do acknowledge that Jewish people are no better or worse than other humans, and that their suffering is no better or worse than the suffering of others.

The sooner the Jewish people acknowledge these issues, the better.
The sooner they accept to be treated exactly like everyone else, and not as a unique case in every thing, the better; for the Jewish people first and for our world.

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By nahida, April 15, 2007 at 2:54 pm Link to this comment
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About anti-Semitism

We as people who desire justice, and long for peace; and we as human race can never achieve equality without applying the same criteria and standards for ALL.

The holocaust was “hijacked” by the Zionists, and became almost like an exclusive Jewish property, which we all know is not a true presentation of history or the truth of WW2.


Not only that it became exclusively Jewish , but there is an aura of holiness and sacredness that surrounds the whole subject, and shrouded it with reverence.

People could freely criticise and disapprove of Islam and the Muslims, Christianity and Christians, Communists, Marxists, and Anarchists… etc, and that is their right.

But if you try to voice the faintest criticism of Jewish people or Judaism you are in deep deep trouble. The label “anti-Semitic” would haunt you forever.
 
The Jewish left don’t mind criticising Zionism, but they would have fits if you referred to Zionists as Jewish fundamentalists, Jewish terrorist, Jewish fascists, Jewish extremists- which -unfortunately- they are.

What is it that makes people so extra sensitive, with a real blind spot when it comes to this issue?
Why can’t people feel free to examine and disagree with some aspect of Jewish life or Judaism like they do with all other ideologies?
(Of course as long as it is all done in an intellectual, academic mannerism, not in an abusive, insulting or ridiculing way)

With freedom of thought people could doubt/question God, which for many is the Most Holy of all.
Why is it then that Judaism, the Jewish people and the holocaust –unlike anything else in the world- are so sacred and holy that no one is allowed to doubt, examine, or criticise?
If people try to include the suffering of other groups during holocaust memorials, or if they attempted to compare the suffering of other groups to the suffering of Jewish people there would be uproar.
My worry is that ignoring these issues by the Jewish left are very counter productive, and it would only raise other people’s suspicion and discomfort –to say the least- with the special treatment that the Jewish people are demanding for themselves.

If Jewish people want to eradicate/ minimize anti Semitism, they must firstly accept to be treated equally like the rest of humanity:

1) They must accept with tolerance any intellectual criticism of Israel as a Jewish state, to Zionism as a Jewish extremist ideology, to Judaism as religion. For this is what freedom of expression is all about, and all should be included; as long as this freedom is not used to abuse, insult, lie about, slander, or ridicule the other.

2) They must stop the claim of the exclusiveness of their “suffering” whether historical or more recent (the holocaust); for all humanity suffered through the ages and during WW2.

3) They must stop divining the holocaust making it exclusively Jewish, untouchable and beyond any scholarly studies, converting it into a sacred religion.

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By Lefty, April 15, 2007 at 12:31 pm Link to this comment
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Re: #63751 by Douglas Chalmers on 4/13 at 5:41 am
(30 comments total)

“No, you’ve all got it wrong, ha ha! Israel is NOT run by “a cabal of Jews” - its just another puppet state run from Washington ......for meeting the fantasies of US fundamentalist Christians! The Americans can do anything!

“Israelis would be hilarious, though - if it wasn’t for their country’s WMD’s (watch that guy’s upper lip!). Did Jesus really come from there - maybe he really did come from “East of Jordan” after all - and doesn’t ever want to come back (at least until it is all under a common Palestinian authority again)!?!?

““We came up with the name for the war - after the war” was definitely a dubious statement by ambassador Gillerman, though. What military plans an operation without giving it a name? They have to know which country they are heading for -or they might have ended up in Iran instead of Lebanon!?!?

“He did deny any knowledge of WMD’s although everybody else seems to know. Wasn’t that the same as the excuses the US had for not invading Israel (!!!) - they invaded Iraq instead although Bush knew that they didn’t have the region’s WMD’s. Then again, they were all safely in Israel, weren’t they?

“By the way, Israel was not “founded” in 1948 - nor was it founded by Jesus! But let’s not go into all of that - just ask any Palestinian, Christian or Moslem!!! They can tell you waht a real invasion and illegal occupation is like after 60 years!
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You’ve got it wrong, too.  Israel and the U.S. are both run by Exxon/Mobil. 

However, I do feel compelled to acknowledge your keen insight, rejecting the Israeli ambassador’s obviously false claim that Israel waits until after it has been attacked by Arabs before they attach a name to a war.  That’s just so transparent.  What kind of fool believes that these attacks against Israel aren’t planned . . .  by Israel, of course.

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By Lefty, April 15, 2007 at 11:44 am Link to this comment
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Re: #63925 by Fadel Abdallah on 4/13 at 7:45 pm
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“As a victim of Israel’s occupation and dispossession of my original homeland, I don’t know whether to cry or laugh at seeing Israel’s atrocities presented as material to make people laugh, as if this was a fiction whose only purpose is to entertain!

“Israel’s atrocities and crimes vis-à-vis the Palestinian suffering and dispossession must be a deadly serious matter, discussed in the halls of universities, the chambers of American political establishment and political activists rallies worthy of so-called a democracy.

“Relegating this deadly serious matter to the peripheries of American entertainment spheres can only provide great disservice to good Jews, Palestinians and Americans who are pained by the continuing sad situation in this supposedly Holy Land for the three major monotheistic religions of the world.”
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Only in the mind of an Arab is self defense against rabid, frothing, brainwashed, psychpathic Islamist, terrorists and suicide bombers characterized as “atrocities.”

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By Fadel Abdallah, April 15, 2007 at 10:35 am Link to this comment
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Dear Douglas Chalmers:

I know where you stand, and I appreciate your support for the Palestinian Cause.

However, in your comment above you say: “Most people who were proud to call themselves Palestinian (two thirds or more) have already left. Only a few mainly Moslem remain.”

A better way of wording this is to say: “Most people who were pround to call themselves Palestinians (two thirds or more) were forced to leave under the unbearable conditions of the Israeli evil occupation. Only a few, mainly Muslims remain.”

There is a difference between people leaving their homelands on their own and their free choice, and those who are forced to leave for survival from the evil and unbearable Israeli atrocities and occupation.

I appreciate if you can acknowledge the difference! Also, thank you for directing me to http://poetryforpalestine.spaces.live.com/

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By Douglas Chalmers, April 15, 2007 at 9:06 am Link to this comment

Quote robert davies: “...Many support the idea of a West Bank State of Palestine…”

No, Israel IS Palestine - or Palestine IS Israel, whichever way you look at it. The Jews have usurped the land of the Christians and the Moslems.

Most people who were proud to call themselves Palestinian (two thirds or more) have already left. Only a few mainly Moslem remain.

Look at the children! http://poetryforpalestine.spaces.live.com/

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By Mrs. G, April 15, 2007 at 7:42 am Link to this comment
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Robert, it is not “the Jews” directly, it is Zionism. However, although many Jews are openly against Zionism, most are silent. Jews in America could help stop Zionism and many of the criminal wars that Israel and the U.S. Govt. wage if only they would stand up and speak out in massive numbers. Most do not. They instead continue to silently and blindly support Israel, so do millions of nutty Evangelical Protestants who call themselves Christian but don’t even know who Jesus is.

In addition, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee has power and influence in America. They control much of Congress, and most major TV media outlets. AIPAC is a Jewish Lobby.

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By robert davies, April 14, 2007 at 3:18 pm Link to this comment
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Granted, that Israel has too much influence on the U.S. and the U.S. has too much influence on Israel. But to blame “the” Jews for this is like saying “the” Americans have committed aggression all over the world since Henry Wallace’s time.I never had a say in these (many covert) things. The scene is set in the U.S.A. for fascism and blaming Jews for the Iraq war, the Iran war and the decline of America. Many Jews deplore the Iraq war and deplore rising totalitarianism in Israel and the U.S.A. Many support the idea of a West Bank State of Palestine, a viable nation.

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By Mrs G, April 14, 2007 at 7:30 am Link to this comment
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Although Jon Stewart’s program is often really funny, he is just a puppet for the masters. He provides an avenue to label as a “conspiracy theorist,” anyone who dares to point out Jewish and Israeli control of many world affairs, and of Hollywood. He is also allowed free reign to mock Jesus, Catholics, or anything Sacred.

Bill Maher and Jon Stewart do the work of the Illuminati under the guise of “liberal comedy.”

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By Jaded Prole, April 14, 2007 at 5:29 am Link to this comment
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As an anti-Zionist American Jew I am disappointed that Stewart would run this kind of thing. I realize that it is tongue in cheek but it could have been much more relevant (maybe Colbert should have worked over the Ambassador). Anti-semitism is rife in this country and Zionism feeds it. In may ways Zionism is the worst enemy of Jews but we must separate the disaster that is Israel from traditional anti-Jewish myths of secret cabals . . . Israel does not run the US. It is run by the US and our State Dept and NSA are not run by Jews but by agents of US capital interests. Also, there are a growing number of Jews who are disenchanted with Israel and a lot of progressive anti-zionist Jews as well. Let’s not let the issue of US underwriting of an aggressive, racist, settler state be tainted by ant-Jewish prejudice.

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By Fadel Abdallah, April 13, 2007 at 8:45 pm Link to this comment
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As a victim of Israel’s occupation and dispossession of my original homeland, I don’t know whether to cry or laugh at seeing Israel’s atrocities presented as material to make people laugh, as if this was a fiction whose only purpose is to entertain!

Israel’s atrocities and crimes vis-à-vis the Palestinian suffering and dispossession must be a deadly serious matter, discussed in the halls of universities, the chambers of American political establishment and political activists rallies worthy of so-called a democracy.

Relegating this deadly serious matter to the peripheries of American entertainment spheres can only provide great disservice to good Jews, Palestinians and Americans who are pained by the continuing sad situation in this supposedly Holy Land for the three major monotheistic religions of the world.

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By Tom Doff, April 13, 2007 at 4:41 pm Link to this comment
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Washington is run by a cabal of jews also. They call themselves neocons, and are disguised as ‘Think Tankers’ and ‘Lobbyists’. During their secret meetings, they refer to themselves as ‘Tokhes-Heads’ and ‘Putz-Chicks’, in public, they recognize each other by flashing the peace sign (two fingers in a ‘V’), or whispering ‘Shalom’.

They refer to D.C. as ‘Tel Aviv West’, and the Bush administration as ‘Our American Department’. As Sharon once famously said of the Bushies, ‘They do what we tell them’.

But I never thought of them as particularly funny, until the Comedy Central skit. Perhaps Stewart can arrange an interview with Olmert, before he starts another unnamed conflict, later to be known as ‘What was that big flash in the night sky?’, by the astronomers on Andromeda.

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By Quy Tran, April 13, 2007 at 1:16 pm Link to this comment
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Who killed Jesus Christ ?

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By AnnaCatherine, April 13, 2007 at 8:20 am Link to this comment
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The ‘morality and decency police’ just put an end to an American institution. Don Imus. Leave Jon Stewart alone! And forget about Stephen Colbert. I can’t speak for everyone but I have a decided need to laugh. I regard laughter as a kind of vitamin. In the meantime there’s some true filth on radio and TV that needs your immediate attention. Get to work.

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By Douglas Chalmers, April 13, 2007 at 6:41 am Link to this comment

No, you’ve all got it wrong, ha ha! Israel is NOT run by “a cabal of Jews” - its just another puppet state run from Washington ......for meeting the fantasies of US fundamentalist Christians! The Americans can do anything!

Israelis would be hilarious, though - if it wasn’t for their country’s WMD’s (watch that guy’s upper lip!). Did Jesus really come from there - maybe he really did come from “East of Jordan” after all - and doesn’t ever want to come back (at least until it is all under a common Palestinian authority again)!?!?

“We came up with the name for the war - after the war” was definitely a dubious statement by ambassador Gillerman, though. What military plans an operation without giving it a name? They have to know which country they are heading for -or they might have ended up in Iran instead of Lebanon!?!?

He did deny any knowledge of WMD’s although everybody else seems to know. Wasn’t that the same as the excuses the US had for not invading Israel (!!!) - they invaded Iraq instead although Bush knew that they didn’t have the region’s WMD’s. Then again, they were all safely in Israel, weren’t they?

By the way, Israel was not “founded” in 1948 - nor was it founded by Jesus! But let’s not go into all of that - just ask any Palestinian, Christian or Moslem!!! They can tell you waht a real invasion and illegal occupation is like after 60 years!

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