Shemspeed approached DJ Balagan to dip into his archives of obscure Israeli funk, to make a mix in honor of Israel’s 60th Bday. Here are the results!
Visit www.shemspeed.com/ISRAEL60.html to listen and download tracks for free. Other remixes include famous the mega mix of Zion Golan and special remix of Oshik Levi by Soulico’s DJ Shimmy Sonic.
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Looks like the site that says it is not afraid of rebuttal has chosen to stop posting my responses in “Norman Finkelstein Awareness Month.”
How incredibly surprising!
Now, that was refreshing stuff to play instead of Matisyahu and the psychedelic trance tracks.
I’m hoping there will be another mix, with more funk like that. Perfect for summer, you know.
Here is the comment not allowed in the above thread. Make sure to read all the false bravado there about how they can tackle any argument.
RAUL HILBERG: Well, let me say at the outset, I would not, unasked, offer advice to the university in which he now serves. Having been in a university for thirty-five years myself and engaged in its politics, I know that outside interferences are most unwelcome. I will say, however, that I am impressed by the analytical abilities of Finkelstein. He is, when all is said and done, a highly trained political scientist who was given a PhD degree by a highly prestigious university. This should not be overlooked. Granted, this, by itself, may not establish him as a scholar.
However, leaving aside the question of style â€” and here, I agree that itâ€™s not my style either â€” the substance of the matter is most important here, particularly because Finkelstein, when he published this book, was alone. It takes an enormous amount of academic courage to speak the truth when no one else is out there to support him. And so, I think that given this acuity of vision and analytical power, demonstrating that the Swiss banks did not owe the money, that even though survivors were beneficiaries of the funds that were distributed, they came, when all is said and done, from places that were not obligated to pay that money. That takes a great amount of courage in and of itself. So I would say that his place in the whole history of writing history is assured, and that those who in the end are proven right triumph, and he will be among those who will have triumphed, albeit, it so seems, at great cost.
AVI SHLAIM: I am. I was born in Baghdad. I grew up in Israel. I served in IDF. And for the last forty years, I have lived in Britain, and I teach at Oxford. My academic discipline is international relations, and I am a specialist in the Arab-Israeli conflict.
And I think that there is no â€” that we must be very careful to separate questions of anti-Semitism from critique of Israel. I am critical of Israel as a scholar, and anti-Semitism just doesnâ€™t come into it. My view is that the blind supporters of Israel â€” and there are many of them in America, in particular â€” use the charge of anti-Semitism to try and silence legitimate criticism of Israeli practices. I regard this as moral blackmail. Israel has no immunity to criticism, moral immunity to criticism, because of the Holocaust. Israel is a sovereign nation-state, and it should be judged by the same standards as any other state. And Norman Finkelstein is a very serious critic and a very well-informed critic and hard-hitting critic of Israeli practices in the occupation and dispossession of the Palestinians.
His last book, Beyond Chutzpah, is based on an amazing amount of research. He seems to have read everything. He has gone through the reports of Israeli groups, of human rights groups, Human Rights Watch and Peace Now and Bâ€™Tselem, all of the reports of Amnesty International. And he deploys all this evidence from Israeli and other sources in order to sustain his critique of Israeli practices, Israeli violations of human rights of the Palestinians, Israeli house demolitions, the targeted assassinations of Palestinian militants, the cutting down of trees, the building of the wall â€” the security barrier on the West Bank, which is illegal â€” the restrictions imposed on the Palestinians in the West Bank, and so on and so forth. I find his critique extremely detailed, well-documented and accurate.
[both excerpts taken from here: http://www.willtotruth.com/2007/05/12/world-renowned-holocaust-israel-scholars-defend-depaul-professor-norman-finkelstein-as-he-fights-for-tenure/ ]
That’s great! One scholar thinks Finkelstein is brave and the other is really impressed that Finkelstein has read HRW and Amnesty reports about Israel.
Of course, the problem remains the same one: his open and clear bias against Israel. As I wrote to you before, Lance, Finkelstein isn’t able to read or research without his personal bias clouding his understanding of what he reads. Look at the list Shlaim (himself a fairly biased historian) provides. It’s all about what Israel supposedly does wrong. No mention at all of the Palestinians and their actions. No mention, for example, of the fact that the IDF was entirely out of Areas A for nearly 4 years and during those years, the number of Palestinian terror attacks increased precipitously. This was at a time when they had more freedom and autonomy than ever before and Israel had extended two peace offers that included Jerusalem as a Palestinian capital. When your good buddy Finkelstein discusses these topics, even the peace offers are somehow considered suspect and negative. It would be funny if there weren’t so many people like you who bought it.
jimmy carter is a tool,
thanks djhandler, your first post on jewlicious that was worth a damn.
If by “tool” you mean truth-teller then Jimmy Carter is a tool. Because of unwlecomed spotlight he shines on the Israeli apartheid system, he is constantly torn down in the MSM. The man is ahead of his time on many issues but this one will help ensure the legacy the man deserves.
Uh Lance? Unlike other douchebags (ahem…) we really never delete comments. Something you wrote set off the spam filter. Next time it happens, just use the contact us thing and let us know. We’ll put your comment up. We have no issue with people disagreeing with us, unlike those other douchebags (ahem…) they know who they are. But yeah, try not to repost the same thing over and over again. That’s kind of annoying. Is it ok if I delete a few of those?
Carter was indeed ahead of his time, for example in promoting economic policies leading to double-digit inflation and unemployment. If Americans unaccountably fail to see him as one of our greatest presidents, his advocacy on behalf of the likes of Hamas, the Khartoum regime, and Kim pere et fils will insure his immortality.
hey thanks everyone for being so pertinent. glad you enjoy the music and use this to rail against sudan, it’s really helpful and they totally pay attention to jewish websites so you’re really getting through to corrupt arab regimes.
ck – Sure. I appreciate the feedback. It’s such a refreshing change from when sitemonitors here were actually changing the text of what I wrote as if it were no big deal. I’ll keep discussions in appropriate threads in the future though I hope you’ll allow me to respond to Mr. Morrissey here.
[from: http://existentialistcowboy.blogspot.com/2008/02/reagan-was-no-hero-but-he-played-one-in.html ]
The truth is Reagan failed this nation in three significant areas –the economy, the prospects for world peace, and a case of treason: Iran-Contra.
The origins of the biggest myth about Ronald Reagan are most certainly found in Reagan’s words when he accepted the party’s nomination in 1980.
“We need rebirth of the American tradition of leadership at every level of government and in private life as well. The United States of America is unique in world history because it has a genius for leaders — many leaders — on many levels. But, back in 1976, Mr. Carter said, “Trust me.” And a lot of people did. Now, many of those people are out of work.”
–Ronald Reagan, Acceptance Speech at the 1980 Republican Convention
A promise never kept. Here’s the truth from the Bureau of Labor Statistics:
Job Growth Per Year Under Most Recent Presidents
–Steve Kangas, quoting Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Employment Statistics Survey
The Reagan economy never equaled the Carter economy. The job creation rate under Reagan never equaled that of the GOPs demon du jour –Jimmy Carter. Carter is still unfairly libeled and reviled by the extremists and liars of the GOP mainstream.
In the following chart (omitted), notice that the 1979 unemployment rate was not recovered until 1988.
In fairness, it must be pointed out that many Reagan policies originated with the Carter administration; notably, Carter actually increased defense spending. If the policies worked, Reagan could take credit for them. If they didn’t work, Reagan and the GOP noise machine always had Carter to blame! The GOP still bad-mouths Carter though there is not a Republican who can carry Carter’s water.
When I talk of tax cuts, I am reminded that every major tax cut in this century has strengthened the economy, generated renewed productivity and ended up yielding new revenues for the government by creating new investment, new jobs and more commerce among our people.
–Ronald Reagan, Acceptance Speech at the 1980 Republican Convention
That’s a famous Reagan half-truth. Keynesian, Democratic tax cuts, indeed, stimulate economies but only under Democratic regimes –not under GOP regimes. The reason: Democratic tax cuts are egalitarian, benefiting all income groups and classes. GOP tax cuts, by contrast, are deliberately inequitable, benefiting only rich cronies, the corporate establishment, the Military/Industrial complex and other corporate supporters of the GOP establishment. GOP tax cuts are a payoff, just as were the no-bid contracts to Halliburton, Blackwater et al! I’ve got the stats from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Census Bureau, and the BEA to prove it.
Despite his over-blown, high sounding rhetoric, Reagan’s “trickle down” tax cut of 1982 was quickly followed by a depression lasting some two years –the longest and deepest depression since Herbert Hoover’s “Great Depression”.
At the end of two years of hardship, Americans were no better off. The GDP growth rate of some three percent was no better at the end of two years of hardship than it had been before the Reagan crash. Nothing had been gained.
The Reagan years can be summed up briefly. He doubled the size of the Federal Bureaucracy and tripled the national deficit. The most pernicious effect of GOP economic policy is the effect of declining opportunity, a corollary of decline in wealth among all but the very rich.
Uh Lance, ck and I have a fundamental disagreement over how one should deal with the type of crap you posted the second last period you were with us. You’ve been fine this time around which is why I haven’t deleted anything, but be sure that I will even if I have to fight ck about it. I won’t agree to Jewlicious being a platform for hatred of Jews.