GOOD ENOUGH TO DIE FOR ISRAEL, BUT NOT TO DRINK WITH THEM

 

Whatever happened to "You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God." (Leviticus 19:34)

Whatever happened to “You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.”
(Leviticus 19:34)

Last week a  funeral was held for a Druze policeman killed in the attack at a Jerusalem synagogue.

Here is how the Druze community in Israel is thanked for his sacrifice …

Ran Abu Dolah, a Druze IDF soldier who fought during Operation Protective Edge and was injured by a Hamas anti-tank missile, decided to head over to a pub in northern Israel with another Druze friend over the weekend, but was denied entry into the establishment. The security guard at the entrance said, “I’m not allowed to let in non-Jews.”

Druze IDF soldier denied entry to northern Israeli pub

Ran Abu Dolah fought during Operation Protective Edge and injured by an anti-tank missile but was not allowed entry to a pub in northern Israel over the weekend because he is not Jewish, ‘Apparently, they are good enough to fight in Gaza but not to enter a pub,’ says a friend of Dolah.

Ran Abu Dolah, a Druze IDF soldier who fought during Operation Protective Edge and was injured by a Hamas anti-tank missile, decided to head over to a pub in northern Israel with another Druze friend over the weekend, but was denied entry into the establishment. The security guard at the entrance said, “I’m not allowed to let in non-Jews,” according to Dolah.
Dolah is a 23-year-old from Yarka, a Druze village in northern Israel that is located northeast of Acre.
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Dolah (right), and Hamoud (left) were denied entry to a pub in northern Israel. (Photo: Elad Gershgoren)
Dolah (right), and Hamoud (left) were denied entry to a pub in northern Israel. (Photo: Elad Gershgoren)

The owner of the Carmiel pub which the boys tried to enter said, “We do not discriminate, it’s a members only club.”Dolah was drafted into the IDF after he completed a prestigious program sponsored by the IDF, which pays for studies of promising soldiers in return for an extended military service in a specialized field.

Dolah during his IDF service in the Golani Brigade.
Dolah during his IDF service in the Golani Brigade.

Dolah studied electronic and electrical engineering and served in the esteemed Golani Brigade in the IDF.

During Operation Protective Edge, Dolah entered Gaza with his unit directly into the battle stricken city of Sajaiya where 13 IDF soldiers were killed.

On the 27th of July, Dolah was wounded by a Hamas anti-tank missile and suffered a fractured pelvis and herniated disc for which he is still undergoing rehabilitative treatment.

Last Thursday night, Dolah intended to have a fun night with some friends at the Carmiel pub in northern Israel.

The security guard at the entrance to the pub allowed Dolah’s Jewish friends to enter without trouble.

However Dolah and his friend Amir Hamoud (22), who is also a resident of Yarka, were told they had to stay outside.

“We have a lot of Jewish friends from our studies, one of them served with us in the Golani Brigade, and usually we go out together. However when the security guard at the entrance saw where we lived on our IDs, he told me that the owner of the pub instructed him not to allow anybody who is not Jewish to enter,” said Dolah.

“I didn’t believe what I was hearing. What did we do to deserve this treatment?” added Hamoud.

The two men quickly told their Jewish friends, who were already inside the pub, that they were not allowed to enter. Their friends tried to help.

“I talked to the owner of the place. I told him these are our friends – great people. The owner avoided answering us and sent us to speak with the security guard who said ‘I do what the owner tells me,’” said Harel Charsky.

“When we saw that Ran and Amir were left outside, we got up and left the pub. This is shameful discrimination and racism,” said Charsky.

Another friend, Natanel Kalfon still seemed shocked by the incident: “I have never encountered this kind of racism. Apparently the Druze are good for military service, to fight in Gaza, but not good enough to enter a pub. The moment they take off their uniform nobody counts them.”

Dolah and Hamoud were forced to shamefully go home that night.

“This is not the first time, and unfortunately probably not the last, that young Druze who give everything to the nation are discriminated against when they go out during the weekend,” said Dolah.

“They must decide – if we are truly speaking of a lifelong covenant between Jews and Druze in this country, then it must be manifested in life and not only in death,” said Dolah.

The owner of the Carmiel pub responded and said that the “Carmiel pub is a members only club. The customers sign up during the week and receive a member’s card.”

The Carmiel pub in northern Israel where Dolah said he was denied entry because he is not Jewish. (Photo: Elad Gershgoren)
The Carmiel pub in northern Israel where Dolah said he was denied entry because he is not Jewish. (Photo: Elad Gershgoren)

“We do not discriminate. I have a great respect for the Druze community. Many Druze businesspeople enjoy themselves here, and everything is okay. We employ Muslim security guards, and the bartender is a Lebanese Christian, and we respect and accept everyone,” he continued.Even though the sign outside the pub says the establishment is a “member’s only club,” Kalfon claimed that this was a “lie and deceit” and the club is “open to everyone.”“My friends and I have gone there and we are not members,” Kalfon said.
The spiritual leader of the Druze community, Sheikh Moafaq Tarif, said that “after 65 years it is a disgrace that the Druze are not properly integrated into Israeli society as they should be, and are not allowed to enter places in this country. The time has come for equality and not just in words, but in actions. This discrimination against Druze must be condemned.”

MURDER, LIES AND VIDEOTAPE

How appropriate it was that on Israel TV last night a movie was aired, Sex, Lies and Videotape … nothing to do with this post aside from the name itself.

But as it stands, a videotape was the main evidence used yesterday to indicted an Israeli Border Policeman of manslaughter in a Jerusalem Court.

A sophisticated and compelling analysis of video and other evidence has pinpointed the Israeli occupation soldier who shot and killed seventeen-year-old Nadim Siam Nuwara six months ago.

Full report from the J Post

Border policeman indicted for manslaughter of Palestinian teen

The Jerusalem District Attorney’s Office on Sunday filed an indictment with the Jerusalem District Court against a Border Police officer for manslaughter in the highly controversial and videotaped killing of a Palestinian minor in Beitunya in May.

The indictment revolved around the fatal shooting of Nadim Nuwara, 17, on Nakba Day, when Palestinians mourn the establishment of the State of Israel. Nuwara was killed when scores of Palestinians attacked soldiers with stones at a protest near the Ofer Prison, located between Ramallah and the Givat Ze’ev settlement.

The manslaughter charge is one of the most serious in recent memory against a soldier or border policeman for the killing of a Palestinian while acting in the line of duty, and could lead to serious jail time.

Typically, incidents of killing Palestinians end with no charge, justified by self-defense, or at most result in disciplinary actions for violating rules of engagement or a negligent homicide charge with little or no jail time.

In a Wednesday pretrial hearing, the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court had already permitted publication of several key details of the investigation against the border policeman, though his name was still under gag order even after the filing of the indictment.

The indictment said that the policeman had received permission to fire rubber bullets to disperse confrontational crowds throwing rocks.

The policeman had two magazines, one with rubber bullets and one with live ammunition, the rubber bullet magazine being clearly demarcated by its red color, according to the indictment.

At some point during the altercation, the policeman switched some live bullets into his rubber bullet magazine to be able to fire live ammunition and to hide his violation of the rules of engagement from the other soldiers, the indictment alleged.

Some of the other details included that the blood of one Palestinian minor was found on a live-fire bullet retrieved from the deceased minor’s body and that expert reports have connected the bullet with the border policeman’s gun.

Other pieces of evidence appeared to include wiretapping of the policeman’s communications and some other persons involved in the incident.

Despite the evidence, the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court expressed doubt about finding sufficient evidence for specific intent to kill and a murder charge, implying that a manslaughter charge would have a strong and much better chance of being accepted – a recommendation the state ultimately accepted.

The policeman was not indicted for the killing of a separate Palestinian that day.

The policeman had appeared in court on November 12, a day after he was arrested in connection to the killing of Nuwara. It had already been surmised that the charge would revolve around whether the officer used live ammunition and not rubber bullets in violation of the rules of engagement for using deadly force.

Palestinians and Israeli left-wing activists said that Nuwara and an additional teenager killed on that day, Muhammad Abu Daher, were shot with live ammunition, which soldiers are supposed to use only when their lives are in danger.

Palestinians said in June that an autopsy concluded that Nuwara had been killed by live fire. Palestinian, US and Danish pathologists were reportedly present at the autopsy in the Palestinian Institute of Forensic Medicine in the West Bank town of Abu Dis.

Video from security cameras on Palestinian properties close to the scene of the May protest showed the two teenagers falling to the ground in separate incidents.

At the time, right-wing activists claimed the scene was staged and deemed it “Pallywood.”

Palestinians have claimed that the footage proves that the teenagers were shot despite posing no immediate threat to Israeli forces.

The IDF denied the allegation and insisted that only rubber bullets were used. Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon had suggested the surveillance video might have been doctored, an allegation the human-rights groups that distributed the material have denied.

At the time, an IDF source said 150 Palestinians who had gathered to mark Nakba Day threw firebombs and rocks at soldiers and border policemen and rolled burning tires at them.

“The rioting was very serious,” an army source said after the incident. “This was a very aggressive attack on security personnel.

We are examining the incident.”

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And from Ma’an News Agency

#F#@k Israel Video ~~ GOING VIRAL!

Swear words at UC Berkeley.

Swear words at UC Berkeley.

The video in question was posted by Fox News yesterday and has had over a half a million hits already …. It might have been meant as a joke but proves one thing, zionism is not funny!

Help spread it … post it wherever possible, email it to your friends.

Video: Who is more dangerous, Israel or Islamic State?

In social experiment, filmmaker waves Islamic State and Israeli flags at UC Berkeley campus, to see who draws the ire of the students.

What happened when filmmaker Ami Horowitz decided to wave the Islamic State flag at UC Berkeley? And what happened when he tried to wave Israel’s flag at the university’s campus? Students at the California research university, it seems, are completely indifferent towards the Islamic State, and very passionate in their views against Israel.

In a three-minutes-long video, Horowitz first waves the black Islamic State flag in different locations on campus, shouting slogans defending the militant group’s operations.

“ISIS is misunderstood, we just want our own state, why does America keep bombing us? American Western imperialism is to blame, not ISIS,” he calls out as passersby merely glance at him, most of them making no comment at these statements.

“We do not want to hurt anybody else if we don’t have to hurt them. Why is America killing us? They are killing innocent civilians. America is causing the deaths in Iraq and in Syria. America’s to blame for the deaths in Syria. Not ISIS, not Islamic State,” he continues.

It is then that a man passing him by, seeing the waving black flag and hearing the pro-IS slogans, wishes him “good luck.”

Passerby wishes Horowitz the ISIS supporter 'good luck.'
Passerby wishes Horowitz the ISIS supporter ‘good luck.’

Horowitz continues playing the role of an Islamic State supporter, bashing American imperialism and claiming “we are ISIS, we are love, we don’t want to harm anybody, we’re forced to by American imperialism and American laws.” Some passersby who see him express their support.

Reasoning that Berkeley has always been a tolerant campus, Horowitz then replaces the black flag with the Israeli flag.

It’s not long before a passerby shouts “Israel is a thief in the night… and a thief in the day” at him. When Horowitz asks the man about Hamas, the man replies with: “It’s the greatest, Hamas.”

Anger aimed at Israel at the Berkeley campus.
Anger aimed at Israel at the Berkeley campus.

Horowitz then takes on the role of an Israel supporter, calling out slogans like “Israel protects Palestinian human rights.”

While most of his statements about Islamic State were met with apathy, this one instantly draws response. “No it doesn’t,” a woman informs him. “Yes it does!” he responds. “The whole world knows you’re wrong,” she fires at him.

“Only Hamas is responsible. Right? You agree with that?” Horowitz asks two passersby. “No, not really,” one of the men tells him. “You don’t agree that Hamas is a terror organization?” he asks, and the two men merely shrug in response.

He also encounters a vast array of anti-Israel jeers: “F— Israel,” one man says repeatedly. “All of Israel killers,” another student says in broken English. When asked whether Hamas were killers, the answer was a confident “No.”

“Tyranny isn’t cute,” another student informs Horowitz. Yet another student passionately tells Horowitz that Israel is committing “the psychological genocide of this planet,” insisting it was “part of the people who enslave the whole planet.”
“You’re killing kids,” one student hurls at Horowitz, while another accuses him of being “sick.”
“Whatever, yo, free Palestine from Israel, dude!” a student concludes.
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zion is obviously upset with the results …. looks good on them!

A VIDEO BECOMES A WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION

A sophisticated and compelling analysis of video and other evidence has pinpointed the Israeli occupation soldier who shot and killed seventeen-year-old Nadim Siam Nuwara six months ago.

Video analysis pinpoints Israeli killer of Palestinian teen

WHO DO STUDENTS HATE MORE … ISIS OR ISRAEL

THIS IS GREAT!

JERUSALEM; THE UNHOLIEST CITY IN THE UNHOLY LAND

Uri Avnery

Uri Avnery

The Unholy City is more divided than ever before.

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  The Unholy City

Uri Avnery

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IN its long and checkered history, Jerusalem has been occupied by dozens of conquerors.

Babylonians and Persians, Greeks and Romans, Mamluks and Turks, Britons and Jordanians – to mention just a few.

The latest occupier is Israel, which conquered and annexed Jerusalem in 1967.

(I could have written “East Jerusalem” – but all of historical Jerusalem is in today’s East Jerusalem. All the other parts were built in the last 200 years by Zionist settlers, or are surrounding Arab villages which were arbitrarily joined to the huge area that is now called Jerusalem after its occupation.)

This week, Jerusalem was in flames – again. Two youngsters from Jabel Mukaber, one of the Arab villages annexed to Jerusalem, entered a synagogue in the west of the city during morning prayers and killed four devout Jews, before themselves being killed by police.

Jerusalem is called “the City of Peace”. This is a linguistic mistake. True, in antiquity it was called Salem, which sounds like peace, but Salem was in fact the name of the local deity.

It is also a historical mistake. No city in the world has seen as many wars, massacres and as much bloodshed as this one.

All in the name of some God or other.

JERUSALEM WAS annexed (or “liberated”, or “unified”) immediately after the Six-day War of 1967.

That war was Israel’s greatest military triumph. It was also Israel’s greatest disaster. The divine blessings of the incredible victory turned into divine punishments. Jerusalem was one of them.

The annexation was presented to us (I was a member of the Knesset at the time) as a unification of the city, which had been cruelly rent asunder in the Israeli-Palestinian war of 1948. Everybody cited the Biblical sentence: “Jerusalem is builded as a city that is compact together.” This translation of Psalm 122 is rather odd. The Hebrew original says simply “a city that is joined together”.

In fact, what happened in 1967 was anything but unification.

If the intent had really been unification, it would have looked very different.

Full Israeli citizenship would have been automatically conferred on all inhabitants. All the lost Arab properties in West Jerusalem, which had been expropriated in 1948, would have been restored to their rightful owners who had fled to East Jerusalem.

The Jerusalem municipality would have been expanded to include Arabs from the East, even without a specific request. And so on.

The opposite happened. No property was restored, nor any compensation paid. The municipality remained exclusively Jewish.

Arab inhabitants were not accorded Israeli citizenship, but merely “permanent residence”. This is a status that can be arbitrarily revoked at any moment – and indeed was revoked in many cases, compelling the victims to move out of the city. For appearance’s sake, Arabs were allowed to apply for Israel citizenship. The authorities knew, of course, that only a handful would apply, since doing so would mean recognition of the occupation. For Palestinians, this would be paramount to treason. (And the few that did apply were generally refused.)

The municipality was not broadened. In theory, Arabs are entitled to vote in municipal elections, but only a handful do so, for the same reasons. In practice, East Jerusalem remains occupied territory.

The mayor, Teddy Kollek, was elected two years before the annexation. One of his first actions after it was to demolish the entire Mugrabi Quarter next to the Western Wall, leaving a large empty square resembling a parking lot. The inhabitants, all of them poor people, were evicted within hours.

But Kollek was a genius in public relations. He ostensibly established friendly relations with the Arab notables, introduced them to foreign visitors and created a general impression of peace and contentment. Kollek built more new Israeli neighborhoods on Arab land than any other person in the country. Yet this master-settler collected almost all the world’s peace prizes, except the Nobel Prize. East Jerusalem remained quiet.

Only few knew of a secret directive from Kollek, instructing all municipal authorities to see to it that the Arab population – then 27% – did not rise above that level.

KOLLEK was ably supported by Moshe Dayan, then the Defense Minister. Dayan believed in keeping the Palestinians quiet by giving them all possible benefits, except freedom.

 

A few days after the occupation of East Jerusalem he removed the Israeli flag which had been planted by soldiers in front of the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount. Dayan also turned the de facto authority over the Mount over to the Muslim religious authorities.

Jews were allowed into the Temple compound only in small numbers and only as quiet visitors. They were forbidden to pray there, and forcibly removed if they moved their lips. They could, after all, pray to their heart’s content at the adjoining Western Wall (which is a part of the compound’s ancient outer wall).

The government was able to impose this decree because of a quaint religious fact: Orthodox Jews are forbidden by the rabbis to enter the Temple Mount altogether. According to a Biblical injunction, ordinary Jews are not allowed into the Holy of Holies, only the High Priest was allowed in. Since nobody today knows where exactly this place is located, pious Jews may not enter the entire compound.

AS A result, the first few years of the occupation were a happy time for East Jerusalem. Jews and Arabs mingled freely. It was fashionable for Jews to shop in the colorful Arab market and dine in the “oriental” restaurants. I myself often stayed in Arab hotels and made quite a number of Arab friends.

This atmosphere changed gradually. The government and the municipality spent a lot of money to gentrify West Jerusalem, but Arab neighborhoods in East Jerusalem were neglected, and turned into slums. The local infrastructure and services degenerated. Almost no building permits were issued to Arabs, in order to compel the younger generation to move outside the city borders. Then the “Separation” Wall was built, preventing those outside from entering the city, cutting them off from their schools and jobs. Yet In spite of everything, the Arab population grew and reached 40%.

Political oppression grew. Under the Oslo agreements, Jerusalemite Arabs were allowed to vote for the Palestinian Authority. But then they were prevented from doing so, their representatives were arrested and expelled from the city. All Palestinian institutions were forcibly closed down, including the famous Orient House, where the much admired and beloved leader of the Jerusalem Arabs, the late Faisal al-Husseini, had his office.

KOLLEK was succeeded by Ehud Olmert and an Orthodox mayor who didn’t give a damn for East Jerusalem, except the Temple Mount.

And then an additional disaster occurred. Secular Israelis are leaving Jerusalem, which is rapidly becoming an Orthodox bastion. In desperation they decided to oust the Orthodox mayor and elect a secular businessman. Unfortunately, he is a rabid ultra-nationalist.

Nir Barkat behaves like the mayor of West Jerusalem and the military governor of East Jerusalem. He treats his Palestinian subjects like enemies, who may be tolerated if they obey quietly, and brutally suppressed if they do not. Together with the decade-old neglect of the Arab neighborhoods, the accelerated pace of building new Jewish neighborhoods, the excessive police brutality (openly encouraged by the mayor), they are producing an explosive situation.

The total cutting-off of Jerusalem from the West Bank, its natural hinterland, worsens the situation even more.

To this may be added the termination of the so-called peace process, since all Palestinians are convinced that East Jerusalem must be the capital of the future State of Palestine.

THIS SITUATION needed only a spark to ignite the city. This was duly provided by the right-wing demagogues in the Knesset. Vying for attention and popularity, they started to visit the Temple Mount, one after the other, every time unleashing a storm. Added to the manifest desire of certain religious and right-wing fanatics to build the Third Temple in place of the holy al-Aqsa Mosque and the golden Dome of the Rock, this was enough to create the belief that the holy shrines were indeed in danger.

Then came the ghastly revenge-murder of an Arab boy who was abducted by Jews and burned alive with gasoline poured into his mouth.

Individual Muslim inhabitants of the city started to act. Disdaining organizations, almost without arms, they started a series of attacks that are now called “the intifada of individuals”. Acting alone, or with a brother or cousin whom he trusts, an Arab takes a knife, or a pistol (if he can get one), or his car, or a tractor, and kills the nearest Israelis. He knows that he is going to die.

The two cousins who killed four Jews in a synagogue this week – and also an Arab Druze policeman – knew this. They also knew that their families were going to suffer, their home be demolished, their relatives arrested. They were not deflected. The mosques were more important.

Moreover, the day before, an Arab bus driver was found dead in his bus. According to the police, the autopsy proved that he committed suicide. An Arab pathologist concluded that he was murdered. No Arab believes the police – Arabs are convinced that the police always lie.

Immediately after the Synagogue killing, the Israeli choir of politicians and commentators went into action. They did so with an astonishing unanimity – ministers, Knesset members, ex-generals, journalists, all repeating with slight variations the same message. The reason for this is simple: every day the Prime Minister’s office sends out a “page of messages”, instructing all parts of the propaganda machine what to say.

This time the message was that Mahmoud Abbas was to blame for everything, a “terrorist in a suit”, the leader whose incitement causes the new intifada. No matter that the chief of the Shin Bet testified on the very same day that Abbas has neither overt nor covert connections with the violence.

Binyamin Netanyahu faced the cameras and with a solemn face and lugubrious voice – he is a really good actor – repeated again what he has said many times before, every time pretending that this is new recipe: more police, harder punishments, demolition of homes, arrests and large fines for parents of 13-year old children who are caught throwing stones, and so on.

Every expert knows that the result of such measures will be the exact opposite. More Arabs will become incensed and attack Israeli men and women. Israelis, of course, will “take revenge” and “take the law into their own hands”.

For both inhabitants and tourists, walking the streets of Jerusalem, the city which is “joined together”, has become a risky adventure. Many stay at home.

The Unholy City is more divided than ever before.

SELECTIVE VISION AND MEMORIES OF ZION

To maintain the Islamophoebic atmosphere of the day, this is what they are sending out these days ….

What about the son of an Israeli General? … I guess it’s not important to their agenda

How quickly they forget or just don’t care to remember  that there are TWO FACES OF TERRORISM in Israel today …

And yesterday as well …

Obviously in their eyes, a zionist cannot be a terrorist

ZION’S HOUSE IN TOTAL DISARRAY

First there was this … a realistic picture of zionism …

Ashkelon mayor: No Arab construction workers in kindergartens

Ashkelon Mayor Itamar Shimoni announced Wednesday that Arab workers will no longer be allowed on construction sites at kindergartens in the city where shelters are being built, citing the escalating security situation and fear of terrorist attacks. The announcement almost immediately drew fire from MKs, who said it was illegal and racist.

 

Full report HERE

But Bibi’s response was shocking … FROM

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Netanyahu: No Place in Israel For Discrimination Against Arabs

Netanyahu responds to Ashkelon mayor’s decision to bar Arab workers. Notes ‘Jewish State Law’ equates democracy, Israel’s Jewish character.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu responded Thursday to Ashkelon Mayor Itamar Shimoni’s decision to temporarily freeze the employment of Arab Israeli construction workers building protected rooms in educational institutions in the city.

While doing so, he also called attention to his new draft of the Jewish State Law.

“There is no place for discrimination against Israeli Arabs. We should not generalize an entire population because a small minority of it is violent and belligerent,” Netanyahu stressed.

He added that the vast majority of Israel’s Arab citizens are law abiding, and the state acts only against those who firmly and resolutely violate the law.

“As part of the proposed ‘Jewish State Law’ I am bringing before the Cabinet on Sunday, we will assure the complete equality of all citizens before the law, regardless of religion, race, and gender. This will go hand in hand with ensuring the identity of Israel as the national homeland of the Jewish people,” Netanyahu stated.

“There is no contradiction between these two idea, and I will not allow any undermining of these two fundamental principles.”

Minister of Economy, and Jewish Home Chairman Naftali Bennett issued a similar response in a speech Thursday morning.

“We are going through a difficult time. There is a wave of attacks, and no one can guarantee that that wave is over…but you have to know 99.9% of Arab citizens are loyal to the State of Israel. It is only a very small majority acting out against.”

“In my job as Economy Minister, I will not permit harm against any employee on the basis of religion or race. Something like that will not happen in Israel,” Bennett emphasized.

 

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THE TWO FACES OF TERRORISM IN ISRAEL

Palestine suddenly exists when there is a terrorist attack

Palestine suddenly exists when there is a terrorist attack

Terror is always Palestinian, even when hundreds of Palestinian civilians are killed. The name and face of Daniel Tragerman, the Israeli boy killed by mortar fire during Operation Protective Edge, were known throughout the world; even U.S. President Barack Obama knew his name. Can anyone name one child from Gaza among the hundreds killed?

In Israel, only Jewish blood shocks anyone

Killings of Palestinians by soldiers and policemen will never shock Israel. The propaganda machine will whitewash everything, and the media will be its mouthpiece.

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IDF soldiers in the West Bank village of Awarta, June 26, 2014. Photo by AFP

IDF soldiers in the West Bank village of Awarta, June 26, 2014. Photo by AFP

There was a massacre in Jerusalem on Tuesday in which five Israelis were killed. There was a war in Gaza over the summer in which 2,200 Palestinians were killed, most of them civilians. A massacre shocks us; a war, less so. Massacres have culprits; wars don’t. Murder by ax is more appalling than murder by rifle, and far more horrendous than bombing helpless people trying to take shelter.

Terror is always Palestinian, even when hundreds of Palestinian civilians are killed. The name and face of Daniel Tragerman, the Israeli boy killed by mortar fire during Operation Protective Edge, were known throughout the world; even U.S. President Barack Obama knew his name. Can anyone name one child from Gaza among the hundreds killed?

A few hours after the attack in Jerusalem, journalist Emily Amrousi said at a conference in Eilat that the life of a single Jewish child was more important to her than the lives of thousands of Palestinian children. The audience’s response was clearly favorable; I think there was even some applause.

Afterward Amrousi tried to explain that she was referring to the way the Israeli media should cover events, which is only slightly less serious. This was during a discussion on the ridiculous question: “Is the Israeli media leftist?” Almost no one protested Amrousi’s remarks and the session continued as if nothing had happened. Amrousi’s words reflect Israel’s mood in 2014: Only Jewish blood elicits shock.

Israeli deaths touch Israeli hearts more than the deaths of others. That’s natural human solidarity. The bloody images from Jerusalem stunned every Israeli, probably every person.

But this is a society that sanctifies its dead to the point of death-worship, that wears thin the stories of the victims’ lives and deaths, whether it be in a synagogue attack or a Nepal avalanche. It’s a society preoccupied with endless commemorations in the land of monuments, services and anniversary ceremonies; a society that demands shock and condemnation after every attack, when it blames the entire world.

Precisely from such a society is one permitted to demand some attention to the Palestinian blood that is also spilled in vain; some understanding of the other side’s pain, or even a measure of empathy, which in Israel is considered treason.

But this doesn’t happen. Aside from exceptional murders and hate crimes by individuals, there is total apathy — and the obtuseness is frightening. Killings (we dare not say murders) by soldiers and policemen will never shock Israel. The propaganda machine will whitewash everything, and the media will be its mouthpiece. No one will demand condemnations. No one will express shock. Few will even consider that the pain is the same pain, that murder is murder.

How many Israelis are willing to give a thought to the parents of Yousef Shawamreh, the boy who went out to pick wild greens and was killed by an army sniper? Why is it exaggerating to be upset by, or at least give some attention to, the killing of Khalil Anati, a 10-year-old boy from the Al-Fawar refugee camp?

Why can’t we identify with the pain of bereaved father Abd al-Wahab Hammad, whose son was killed in Silwad, or with the Al-Qatari family from the Al-Amari refugee camp, two members of which were killed by soldiers within a month? Why do we reserve our horror for the synagogue and not consider these killings disturbing?

Yes, there is the test of intent. The typical Israeli argument is that soldiers, unlike terrorists, do not intend to kill. If so, then what exactly is the intent of the sniper who fires live bullets at the head or chest of a demonstrator a distance away who poses no threat? Or when he shoots a child in the back as he’s running for his life? Didn’t he intend to kill him?

The attack in Jerusalem was a horrendous crime; nothing can justify it. But the blood that flowed there is not the only blood being spilled here murderously. The degree to which it is forbidden to say that is incredible.

WHERE WAS THE FBI WHEN …..

FBI to investigate Jerusalem synagogue massacre

FBI to investigate Jerusalem synagogue attack that killed five people, three of which were dual American-Israeli citizens, on Tuesday morning, according to US law enforcement officials.

Sergeant Zidan Sif, Rabbi Avraham Shmuel Goldberg, Rabbi Kalman Levine, Rabbi Moshe Twersky and Kupinsky Aryeh

Sergeant Zidan Sif, Rabbi Avraham Shmuel Goldberg, Rabbi Kalman Levine, Rabbi Moshe Twersky and Kupinsky Aryeh

Where was the investigation when a NON duel US citizen, Rachel Corrie was brutally murdered by Israeli forces in Gaza?

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Where was the investigation when a Turkish-American, Furkan Dogan, was brutally murdered by Israeli naval commandos while attempting to bring Humanitarian Aid to Gaza?

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Until now, the Obama administration has backed Israel’s assertion that it can conduct its own inquiry.

Where was the probe when an American teen was beaten unconscious by Israeli police?

Where was the probe when a JEWISH American teenager was violently arrested for speaking the truth about Palestine?

What do you think the odds are of the FBI concurring with my findings of yesterday’s heinous synagogue terror attack?

ZIONISM IS KILLING OFF THE JEWS OF JERUSALEM ONE BY ONE

And what do you think the odds of them probing the Americans filmed in that post? Don’t hold your breath!

The Israeli solution to terrorism …. MORE TERRORISM!

More Israelis to be allowed to carry weapons for self-defense following massacre, Internal Security Minister says.
Yitzhak Aharonovich

Yitzhak Aharonovich
Flash 90

Israel is to ease controls on carrying weapons for self-defense after Palestinian terrorists launched a brutal massacre on a Jerusalem synagogue, Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich said on Tuesday.

“In the coming hours, I will ease restrictions on carrying weapons,” he said in remarks broadcast on IDF Radio. 

Full report HERE

And what about a probe into these US based (ILLEGAL) terrorists …

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CNN GAFFES THE NEWS INSTEAD OF REPORTING IT

See how reliable the Western Media can be …

CNN Gaffe: “Deadly Attack on Jerusalem Mosque”

Developing Story or Underdeveloped one?

Developing Story or Underdeveloped one?

In what can only be assumed to be a gaffe on the part of CNN producers, an interview with Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat included a seriously amiss caption confusing the synagogue in this morning’s attack with a mosque.

UPDATE

Presumably in response to the embarrassment, CNN has removed its video. Unfortunately for CNN, we recorded the relevant clip:

 

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ZIONISM IS KILLING OFF THE JEWS OF JERUSALEM ONE BY ONE

Let’s start with Netanyahu’s TRUTH LIES ABOUT THE STATUS QUO

Yesterday’s breaking news ….

Palestinian driver found hanged in Jerusalem bus

Israeli police ruled out foul play and call the murder a suicide …

Despite autopsy, Palestinians continue to dispute suicide of bus driver found hanged

Which led to today’s breaking news ...

Four people killed in terror attack at Jerusalem synagogue

Reactions …

Likud MK Miri Regev,  proposed legislation to change the status quo on the Temple Mount – a move vehemently rejected by the Muslim world – told Ynet that, “If this kind of incident had occurred in a mosque, the entire world would be against us.” 

MKs from the main Arab parties provided a different point of view. Hadash chairman Mohammad Barakeh, Ibrahim Sarsour of Ra`am-Ta`al, and Jamal Zahalka of Balad, condemned the attack and expressed sorrow for the bloodshed. 

They said that the cycle of violence could only end only through negotiation. They stressed that the attack stemmed from lack of hope and of a political horizon, which they saw as Netanyahu’s responsibility.

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Kerry: Palestinian leaders must denounce Jerusalem attack

Secretary of state says attack ‘has no place in human behavior’; tells Palestinian leaders to end incitement. British, French, German, Turkish foreign minister condemn attack.

“The State of Israel must understand that this is not some ‘disturbance,’ like throwing stones and shooting fireworks,” Slomiansky thundered. “We are at the dawn of the third intifada, in which terrorists dare to kill worshipers in the synagogue.”

“We are talking about animals who enter our holy places and kill people while they pray, in the name of G-d,” he continued. “I call on decision-makers to do everything in order to allow the security forces to do everything they can to suppress terrorism everywhere – (FROM)

Where were the condemnations almost 21 years ago when this incident DID occur in a mosque? 

“If this kind of incident had occurred in a mosque, the entire world would be against us.”  (from a quote above)

The history of hate in the region, the lies (presented in the video at the start) resulted in the situation today. The attitudes presented below add fuel to the madness …

As you can see, today’s horrible massacre didn’t happen suddenly or overnight. It has been ‘cooking’ for a long time, since 1948!

Is there a solution?

YES!

End the occupation, end the ethnic cleansing and allow Palestine to exist as a Free and Independent State!

Simple but real!

As it stands now, the ‘eye for an eye’ concept is leaving two nations blind.

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Due to the nature of this post, to avoid the posting of Islamophobic or anti Semitic remarks, comments will be closed on this.

THE ISRAELI ‘STINKYFADA’

Videos: Jerusalem Skunk

Israeli police are filmed shooting putrid water intended as a crowd dispersal means at a school in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of at-Tur while there are no visible disturbances taking place. The school shut down for two days after because of the smell.

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In the A-Tur neighborhood, the police shot skunk water at four large schools, forcing the parents of 4,500 students to leave their children at home due to the unbearable smell. “It was this past Friday, at around 5:30 p.m.,” says Khader Abu Sabitan, a member of the parents’ committee in the neighborhood. “I was on the road and saw them pass with their machine, and saw how they began shooting water at the school. I’m telling you – there was nothing there. It is Friday at 5:30 in the evening, and there was no one in the school or on the streets. Nothing. Everyone was home. They went to all four schools in the neighborhood, shot the water, and left.”

Here’s another video taken in the neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber:

Above from Annie Robbins at Mondoweiss

Read 972+’s full report here.

THE COLLATERAL VICTIMS OF THE HOLOCAUST

The negation of Palestinian lives has been German policy since the days of Konrad Adenauer [chancellor of West Germany from 1949 to 1963]. In those days Israel had no problem to negotiate on Holocaust reparations with the head of the chancellery, Hans Globke, who was a known Nazi in the Third Reich. This cash flow from Germany went directly to the Israeli occupation machine that has made the Palestinians indirect victims of the Holocaust.

The German chancellor and the Israeli prime minister met with their respective cabinets in Jerusalem in February. (Saeed Qaq / APA images)

The German chancellor and the Israeli prime minister met with their respective cabinets in Jerusalem in February. (Saeed Qaq / APA images)

Germany made Palestinians “indirect victims of Holocaust,” says author Max Blumenthal

When Gaza was attacked during the summer, Angela Merkel promised to “stand by the side of Israel.” The German chancellor has done much more than offer verbal support for Israel’s crimes. Under her leadership, the Berlin government has been equipping Israel with submarines that reportedly carry nuclear weapons.

Some German politicians have tried to muzzle debate about Israel by denouncing its critics as “anti-Semites.” The American journalist Max Blumenthal — author of Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel — faced such a smear on a recent speaking tour in Germany.

A number of elected politicians alleged that a scheduled talk by Blumenthal and his colleague David Sheen in a Berlin theater would serve “to promote anti-Semitic prejudice.” This was deeply ironic: both Blumenthal and Sheen are themselves Jewish. The politicians denouncing them failed to produce any evidence that they are hostile towards fellow Jews.

Blumenthal spoke to Emran Feroz in Stuttgart.

Emran Feroz: You recently witnessed the destruction caused by Israel in Gaza. What scenes had the most effect on you?

Max Blumenthal: Emergency operations had to be performed in dentist chairs, while the bodies of dead children had to be laid in ice boxes, which were originally designed for ice cream. Those were probably the most shocking testimonies I heard.

EF: Not long after your trip to Gaza, you started using the hashtag #JSIL (Jewish State of Israel in the Levant) on Twitter. Making this kind of comparison between the group Islamic State and Israel is taboo in Germany. Why did you dare to do this?

MB: It is strange that you equate, in Germany, IS with Hamas or describe the entire Palestinian national movement as “heirs of the Nazis,” while there is such an outrage regarding my comparison. It was not a direct one-to-one comparison, but I wanted to point out the hypocrisy behind supporting one religiously exclusive state that forces minorities out of its territory while attacking another.

EF: But by using this hashtag, you must be suggesting that Israel and IS are somehow similar.

MB: Sure, they are. The “Jewish state” has no internationally recognized borders. The same relates to the “Islamic State.”

Both constructs have emerged after the original indigenous population were partly expelled and ethnically cleansed. In the case of Israel it was the Palestinian indigenous population; in the case of the IS [they] are the Christians, Yazidis or Shiite Muslims. Both “countries” rely on a religious exclusivity in the Levant. And both think they represent all Muslims and Jews worldwide and thereby help inspire Islamophobic and anti-Semitic sentiments.

Both the Jewish state and the Islamic State recruit confused young men from around the world as foreign fighters to engage in atrocities. When Israel’s defenders failed to address the comparisons on their merits, they simply attempted to hijack the #JSIL hashtag by declaring it stands for the “Jewish State of Israel Lives.”

EF: IS fighters behead their victims and then spread the videos of the beheadings through YouTube and social media. Do Israeli soldiers also make such videos?

MB: During the last attack on Gaza, the Israeli army killed civilians via drones and Jewish Israeli citizens celebrated the killings on Facebook. Some Israeli citizens gathered on a hill in the border town of Sderot and celebrated the bombing of the military with chips and beer. I find that this is not less macabre and disgusting.

EF: How present is religious extremism inside the Israeli military?

MB: It is very present. A major figure of the last military operation in the Gaza Strip was commander Ofer Winter, who was celebrated as a national hero. Prior to the mission Winter said to his troops, that the Palestinians had sinned against God and therefore all must be punished.

So he declared a literal “holy war” against the Palestinian people. This is not the only way Winter has expressed the religious extremism that is rising in Israeli society. In one instance, an Israeli singer wanted to perform in front of [Winter’s] soldiers. He refused [permission] to do so and said that a woman is not allowed to do that.

EF: Many women are part of the Israeli army. This is celebrated in what are effectively promotional campaigns for Israel. How can there be misogyny in the Israeli military if it has many female members?

MB: What is not mentioned is the fact that it is more likely that these women are assaulted by their male counterparts in the army than by Palestinians. I think that only imperialist feminists argue that women can be emancipated in an army like the Israeli one.

Good examples of this type of feminism are political figures like Samantha Power or Angela Merkel or Tzipi Livni because their peculiar brand of feminism goes hand in hand with the imperialistic interests of the western powers who are so invested in majority Muslim countries, where the population is portrayed as culturally backwards and in need of “liberation.”

EF: During the last attack on Gaza, the family of Ibrahim Kilani — who are German citizens — were killed. His son Ramsis, who lives in Germany, said that up to today nobody has apologized to him. The German government has not called him a single time. How can you explain this behavior?

MB: The behavior of the German government shows not only the lack of interest in the rights of the Palestinians, but also the very lives of them. The life of these people is practically non-existent in Germany. They are the new “un-people.”

The German foreign minister issued condolences for the families of those German citizens killed on an airliner over eastern Ukraine, possibly by Russian separatists. But they’ve said nothing to the Kilani family.

The negation of Palestinian lives has been German policy since the days of Konrad Adenauer [chancellor of West Germany from 1949 to 1963]. In those days Israel had no problem to negotiate on Holocaust reparations with the head of the chancellery, Hans Globke, who was a known Nazi in the Third Reich. This cash flow from Germany went directly to the Israeli occupation machine that has made the Palestinians indirect victims of the Holocaust.

The current bloodshed is a result of this policy and every German should ask himself: how does this policy honor the Holocaust?

EF: Your willingness to make such statements probably explains why some German politicians do not want to see you here in Germany. What happened to you exactly?

MB: Some politicians, such as Volker Beck, a parliamentarian from Germany’s Green Party, had launched a campaign to silence us — me and the journalist David Sheen. The reason for this is the fact that they do not want to know of another version of Judaism and they certainly do not want to hear about the facts on the ground.

Their attitude actually promotes anti-Semitism. It is simply anti-Semitic to equate Zionismwith Judaism and to limit Jewish identity to the narrow confines of Israeli nationalism. For a gentile politician to do it is beyond disgusting.

EF: The Gaza Strip remains destroyed. And, according to some media outlets, a third intifada is going to happen in the occupied West Bank. Is this really the case or is it just scaremongering?

MB: Last year the al-Aqsa mosque [in Jerusalem] was stormed “only” eight times by Israeli soldiers. This year this happened 76 times. Radical religious elements have announced that they want to demolish the mosque to build a Jewish temple. If this happens, the situation will take on global implications that will be approach the apocalyptic.

The whole conflict is taking on a religious dimension, which is devastating for all involved, and, as I said, will promote radicalization around the globe. I think the third intifada actually is at the door.

However, I believe that this word — intifada — does not adequately describe the situation. It is not effective enough to describe what is actually going on. At that time — in the case of the first and second intifadas — this term was appropriate.

Now with so many Palestinian political leaders in prison or dead and such a complex matrix of control imposed on them, a nationwide revolt cannot take place. What we are seeing is creative resistance with limited means occurring on a national level but at sporadic moments.

And it will continue and intensify as long as the status quo is in place. It is that deadly status quo that German foreign policy protects and promotes.

*Emran Feroz is a Germany-based freelance journalist, blogger and activist. He is also the founder of Drone Memorial, a website listing victims of drone attacks. His Twitter account is @Emran_Feroz

IN PHOTOS ~~ HAS MOSSAD INFILTRATED THE US LEGAL SYSTEM?

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Some background info on the case …

A conspiracy to convict …. and it’s not a theory!

The Mossad Connection …

After her conviction this week, Shurat HaDin, an Israeli legal group that The Electronic Intifada revealed works closely with the Israeli spy and assassination agency Mossad,claimed responsibility for helping US prosecutors unearth Odeh’s 45-year-old record with the Israeli military court. The Jerusalem Report said on Thursday:

“In trying to defang her defense, the NGO [Shurat HaDin] said that the US attorney’s office ran into heavy red tape trying to get the IDF [Israeli army] Archives Division to supply it, in timely fashion, with documents proving Odeh’s identity and conviction, in Israel’s Judea and Samaria [occupied West Bank] courts, for her hand in the bombing. Using its own connections, Shurat HaDin was able to get the relevant documents.”

Read the full report on the Electronic Intifada HERE

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Photos from the demonstration outside the Manhattan Federal Building in New York

Photos © by Bud Korotzer

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RABBINICAL SOLUTION TO ISRAELI TERRORISM ~~ ‘KEEP ARABS OFF THE ROADS’

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A prominent Israeli rabbi with a government-funded salary has urged that Palestinian citizens of Israel be banned from driving cars outside their towns.

Ban Arabs from driving cars, prominent Israeli rabbi urges

A prominent Israeli rabbi with a government-funded salary has urged that Palestinian citizens of Israel be banned from driving cars outside their towns.

“Every car is a terror institution and every gas station that provides fuel to Arab cars that travel the roads is a station that supplies weapons and ammunition,” said Elyakim Levanon, the “Regional Rabbi of Samaria” – the name Israel gives to the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

Levanon made his comments to the Ultra-Orthodox radio station Kol Hai and they werereported by the Israeli news website NRG.

“Arab cars may not leave Arab cities,” Levanon said. “Arabs who want to do so can travel by bus. Those who use a private vehicle to attack and kill people will not travel in a car … it will take a week, two weeks, or a month until the Arab street [public] will calm down and understand that there is order in the state.”

Levanon’s call came after several recent instances of Palestinians in eastern occupied Jerusalem driving cars into pedestrians, incidents Israel calls “terrorism.”

Palestinians say that the incidents are either accidents, or acts of desperation by individuals responding to Israel’s escalating violence and colonization in the occupied city.

As The Electronic Intifada’s Rania Khalek notes, Israeli settlers have a long history of running down Palestinians with their cars. Last month, for instance, a settler rammed Palestinian schoolchildren as they made their way towards their mothers after exiting a school bus in the West Bank town of Sinjil. Five-year-old Inas Khalil was fatally injured, and another girl, Toleen Asfour, six, was left in critical condition.

But Levanon does not see Jews driving cars as a threat. And, according to NRG, his call extends to “preventing cars belonging to Arabs from leaving Arab towns in Israel” – even though the recent incidents have occurred in areas of occupied Jerusalem where Palestinians are being displaced for Jewish-only settlements.

Levanon is the official rabbi of the so-called “Samaria Region” and is based in the Jewish-only settlement of Elon Moreh near Nablus. As such, he would receive a government salary.

He previously made headlines when he said that religiously observant Israeli soldiers would rather face a firing squad than listen to women sing. Last summer, he also called for the death penalty for the murderers of the Palestinian teenager Muhammad Abu Khudaireven if they turn out to be Jewish.”

Levanon’s call to ban Palestinians from driving recalls a previous demand by dozens of state-funded rabbis that Jews should refuse to rent homes to Arabs.

Indeed, in much the same spirit, the Ultra-Orthodox website Yeshiva World News hasinterpreted Levanon’s statement as a binding religious edict that “one may not sell gasoline to Arab motorists.”

With thanks to Dena Shunra for translation.

 

 

IN PHOTOS ~~ SILENCING THE SONGS AND DANCE OF APARTHEID

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Anti-Apartheid Dance and Songs Meet Israel’s Batsheva Dance Company in Protest at Brooklyn Academy of Music

On busy Lafayette Avenue outside Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), 80 New Yorkers gathered last night to dance and sing in protest of Batsheva Dance Company’s performances in BAM’s 2014 Next Wave Festival (photos). Batsheva’s appearance is part of the “Brand Israel” initiativedesigned to distract from the facts of Israel’s ongoing occupation and colonization of Palestinian land, and its denial of rights to Palestinians the world over. The demonstration was organized by Adalah-NY and endorsed by 15 other local human rights organizations including the BDS Arts Coalition, Brooklyn For Peace, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, and the Ya-Ya Network.

Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs touts Batsheva as “perhaps the best known global ambassador of Israeli culture.” Batsheva is funded in part by that government office as well as by the Ministry of Culture and Sports. While Batsheva artistic director Ohad Naharin has criticized Israeli abuses of Palestinians, Batsheva Dance Company continues in its role as a prominent cultural ambassador of the Israeli state.

The demonstration began with a dabke (traditional Palestinian dance) lesson led by Adalah-NY member Riham Barghouti, with musical accompaniment by the Rude Mechanical Orchestra followed by songs from Dave Lippman. Chants highlighted the disconnect between the Batsheva dancers’ virtuosity and their company’s political role, including, “Their range of motion cannot hide / Their support for apartheid” and “Batsheva gets no ovation / Ambassador for occupation!”

Protester Carlos Pareja, an independent media maker, said, “I support drawing attention to the abuses against the Palestinian people. We can’t have only the ‘nice’ face of Israel, which is what we often see here.” Barghouti echoed that point, telling the crowd, “Today, only a few months after the most brutal of all Israeli attacks against the Gaza Strip—which killed over 2100 Palestinians including 500 children and leveled whole neighborhoods, leading Amnesty International and others to accuse Israel of war crimes—yet again BAM has invited the Israeli dance company Batsheva to whitewash Israel’s crimes.”

Interactions with Brooklynites were mostly positive, as curious people tookflyers and asked questions about the activities. Passersby and BAM ticket holders alike stood and watched the high-energy Freedom Debka Group and the Columbia Palestinian Dabke Brigade, two Palestinian dance troupes. The protest ended with two moving dances by Cetiliztli Nauhcampa Quetzalcoatl, a Mexica danza group, who offered “dance and prayers for dignity and solidarity” with Palestinians during their performance. Dancer Karen Lopez explained afterward, “We are indigenous people who have been displaced and seen our traditions threatened with destruction. We are always there in solidarity and resistance with other displaced peoples, including Palestinians.”

Wednesday night’s protest is part of the global movement of boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it complies with international law. The Palestinian civil society call for BDS includes boycotting Israeli academic and cultural institutions complicit in Israel’s denial of Palestinian rights. Adalah-NY is also organizing a protest next Tuesday, November 18, at the concert of the Touré-Raichel Collective, which features another premiere Israeli “cultural ambassador,” musician Idan Raichel.

More photos from the protest can be found here.

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JON STEWART SETS THE RECORD STRAIGHT ~~ ‘I AM NOT A SELF HATING JEW’!

Stewart said he thought that the harsh criticism of those who disagree with Israeli policy stems from the abuse that Jews have experienced historically. “The danger of oppression is not just being oppressed, it’s becoming an oppressor. Because that will deteriorate a society as quickly as being oppressed,” said Stewart.

Image by Pete Pasho

Image by Pete Pasho

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Jon Stewart lashes out at critics who call him a self-hating Jew

Ynet

In interview, Stewart responds to criticism on opinions about Israel and Judaism: ‘I have people that I lost in the Holocaust and I just … go f-ck yourself. How dare you?’

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Daily Show host John Stewart hit back at critics who called him a self-hating Jew after he made critical remarks about Israel, saying they were “fascistic.”

After being heavily criticized for his opinions on Israel, Stewart, who host of the satirical The Daily Show, sat down for an interview with Canada.com at the Toronto Film Festival where his new film “Rosewater” was released and discussed his views on Israel and Judaism.

Jon Stewart on the set of Rosewater, his new film that centers around an imprisonment of an Iranian journalist. (Photo: Associated Press)

Jon Stewart on the set of Rosewater, his new film that centers around an imprisonment of an Iranian journalist. (Photo: Associated Press)

“It’s so interesting to me that people want to define who is a Jew and who is not. And normally that was done by people who weren’t Jewish but apparently now it’s done by people who are, and I find that very interesting. It’s more than nationalism,” said Stewart.

Stewart criticized right-wing Jews as being “fascistic” for saying that they are the only ones who can decide what it means to be Jewish and who is a Jew. “How dare they? That they only know the word of God and are the ones who are able to disseminate it. It’s not right. And its something that they’re going to have to reckon with,” Stewart said.

In response to people who compared him to Jews who turned their backs on each other during the Holocaust he said, “I have people that I lost in the Holocaust and I just … go f-ck yourself. How dare you?”

He also hit back at those who criticized his position on Israel, saying “I always want to say to people when they come at me like that: ‘I would like Israel to be a safe and secure state. What’s your goal?’ So basically we disagree on how to accomplish that.”

Stewart said he thought that the harsh criticism of those who disagree with Israeli policy stems from the abuse that Jews have experienced historically. “The danger of oppression is not just being oppressed, it’s becoming an oppressor. Because that will deteriorate a society as quickly as being oppressed,” said Stewart.

Stewart reacted to announcements of continued settlement building by Israel and said, “A thousand more acres in the West Bank? Why?”

Stewart’s new film “Rosewater” was filmed in a Jordanian prison and was based on a memoir entitled “Came for Me” that was written by Canadian Iranian journalist and filmmaker Maziar Bahari.

Bahari was imprisoned while covering the Iranian elections in 2009 for Newsweek.

The release of the film prompted accusations from Iran that Stewart was a CIA and Mossad agent. In the cananda.com interview, Stewart said the allegations were humorous to him “in the same way that a lot of what happens in the movie is humorous to me.”

VOICES OF SANITY ON BOTH SIDES OF THE WALL ~~ SO WHAT’S THE PROBLEM?

Here’s the main one …

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What other’s have to say …

“If we end the occupation, all will be resolved,” Oz says. “This is the only way to resolve all the problems. There’s no tranquil occupation and there’s never been a tranquil occupation. There’s no such thing; it’s like a flood without water. The discrimination felt by the Arab Israelis is also linked to the occupation. We cannot call on the Arab public to calm down until we end the occupation.”

Amos Oz: We need to end the occupation (Photo: Haim Zach)

Amos Oz: We need to end the occupation (Photo: Haim Zach)

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Mazen Ghanaim is a man of many titles – the mayor of Sakhnin, chairman of the committee of Arab local council leaders, and deputy chairman of the Arab Monitoring Committee. He isn’t very optimistic at all.

Mazen Ghanaim: No one wants war (Photo: Effi Shrir)

Mazen Ghanaim: No one wants war (Photo: Effi Shrir)

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FROM

The Jews and Arabs who want to step

back from the brink

Members of society from both sides urge reflection and mutual respect and call on Israel’s leadership to take decisive action to help calm the rapidly spiraling tensions.

After years of fruitless effort to communicate in various languages, Israeli society appears torn into two unequal halves – Jews on the one side, Arabs on the other, and an abyss between them. Instead of bridging the gap, however, we’re focusing on the past rather than the future, on guilt rather than responsibility. There’s no longer a dialogue taking place here, only two violent monologues that just happen to be underway in the same volatile expanse.

Now that the words have become rocks and the bullets have sparked fires, Jewish and Arab public figures are seeking to douse the flames and speak about our common future, Jews and Arabs, and how to repair neighborly relations before it’s too late. All of the people with whom we spoke have different viewpoints and solutions. One talks about the occupation, another about the escalating violence, a third about discrimination; but all agree that now is the time to sit down together and change things, so that we don’t slip into another 100 years of war.

“Now’s the time to stop the escalation, hostility and hatred, and to think of ways in which we can coexist here, Jews and Arabs, side by side,” says Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel David Lau, who will soon be staging an inter-faith convention for the country’s religious leaders.

“The religious leaders and representatives of the two peoples must be proactive in order to find ways to live here together, as good neighbors at least. The cycle of hatred and bloodshed must be stopped, and we need to concern ourselves with our common interests as opposed to the things that divide us. We bear a heavy responsibility to calm things down.”

President Rivlin at Kafr Qasim (Photo: Hassan Shaalan)
President Rivlin at Kafr Qasim (Photo: Hassan Shaalan)

Poet Salman Masalha believes we need to look inward, at the Arab society, but outward too, at the fragile relationship between the State of Israel and its Arab citizens.

“Leaders of the Arab public frequently approach the Israel Police with demands to enforce the law in the Arab communities, to confiscate weapons, to enforce traffic laws, and to apprehend and bring to justice murderers of Arab women,” Masalha says.

“These demands are most justified. At the same time, the positions expressed by the country’s Arab leadership often sound full of contradictions with respect to a sense of belonging to the state and its institutions – and it’s high time these were resolved. State President Reuven Rivlin recently visited Kfar Qasimand declared there that the Arab citizens are ‘not a fringe group… but part and parcel of the State of Israel.’

“In order to calm the ill winds that are blowing in Israel, the government is duty bound to publicly declare that it is adopting the president’s heartfelt words. And if this comes to pass, then the Arab leadership, too, is responsibility bound to demonstrate civic courage and respond with a similar declaration about upholding the democratic game rules.

“Demonstrate as much as you like; but don’t vandalize public property. Arab Israelis must be full partners in every regime in the country. Such a partnership requires that Arabs ministers fulfill executive roles in any and every government established here. Such a partnership requires an Arab policeman in every patrol car and Arabic writing on every patrol car, so as to do away with the sense of alienation that exists between the Arab citizen and the police. Such a partnership allows all of the country’s citizens to bear responsibility for what goes on.”

In the footsteps of Jabotinsky and Hussein

Novelist Haim Be’er would first like to hear the prime minister assume command over the deterioration.

“Instead of learning a lesson from Rubi Rivlin, a distinct disciple of Ze’ev Jabotinsky, he does nothing in practice,” Be’er says. “History and geography have condemned us to live here together. Within Zionism, there’s a deep affinity to the Arabs, and those who ignore this could bring about an end to Zionism. Gestures speak volumes everywhere in the world, and even more so in the Middle East. We’ve witnessed King Hussein and Anwar Sadat. The distance between Amman and Beit She’an is greater than the distance between Jerusalem and Kfar Kanna.

“Netanyahu needs to take responsibility, to announce key measures, so that the Arab citizen feels that he’s being taken seriously this time. On the civilian level, Israel’s Arabs are discriminated against and humiliated, and the building can be started with small things. The moment the Arab Israelis are treated with dignity, the situation will become saner.”

Actor and director Norman Issa agrees that the violence must stop, and is convinced that only the establishment can stop it.

“We were playing the same scene in October, and long before then too, when we asked and called repeatedly for calm and an end to the violence, and nothing happened,” Issa says. “We need to treat the Arabs fairly and equally, just like we treat the Jews. There are two peoples living here, not just one. When things calm down, we will have to teach Jews and Arabs to live in mutual respect, but it will take years, and it’s a matter for the culture and education institutions. I believe it is possible, because we are all human.”

Haifa Mayor Yona Yahav sees the delicate fabric threatening to unravel in his mixed city too.

“I don’t want to talk about the geostrategic conflict in the Middle East,” Yahav says. “I don’t want to talk about land, religion, culture or borders. I don’t want to talk about what will be here in the year 3000. All I ask is that we, Arabs and Jews, just for one day, stop writing talkbacks, stop antagonizing, stop declaring days of rage, stop dying for the sake of Al-Aqsa or submitting land registration claims for the construction of the Third Temple – and focus just for one day on self-reflection. If we wish to continue fighting thereafter, we are well-versed in how to do so.”

Dr. Suhail Diab, an ER physician at Rambam Hospital, was elected mayor of Tamra in the Lower Galilee last year.

“I hope that everything passes quietly,” Diab says. “If we, the sane ones on the two sides, think differently and act differently, the situation will calm down. After all, we are destined to live here together. As a doctor who studied in Spain, I don’t differentiate between blood and blood. Arab blood is the same as Jewish blood. Christian blood is the same as Muslim blood. We are all human beings. I’m assuming responsibility and calling on all the youth to avoid confrontations with the police. Most of the Arab population in Israel believes in coexistence – but we demand mutual respect.”

Author Amos Oz agrees with Dr. Diab, and he, too, points a finger inward first and foremost.

“If we end the occupation, all will be resolved,” Oz says. “This is the only way to resolve all the problems. There’s no tranquil occupation and there’s never been a tranquil occupation. There’s no such thing; it’s like a flood without water. The discrimination felt by the Arab Israelis is also linked to the occupation. We cannot call on the Arab public to calm down until we end the occupation.”

Back to the source

Writer Oudeh Basharat explains that the rage, just like on previous occasions, stems from the sense of discrimination.

“Those who harm Arabs must be handled without any pretense, in the same way that those who harm Jews are dealt with,” Basharat says. “Arabs feel that the police are trigger happy when it comes to incidents in which they are involved. It undermines trust in the police. I understand the anger of the Arab street – nevertheless, I call for demonstrations and protest within the framework of the law. I want the Jewish side to contribute to the fight against discrimination.”

Actress Liora Rivlin felt the current dark wave approaching. “It’s impossible to calm things down or resolve what is happening by force, and ignore the history, the chain of foolish steps that resulted from the occupation,” Rivlin says.

“Just like us, the Arabs want to live, thrive, raise and educate their children as proud citizens. Until that occurs, we won’t have peace and well-being. I’m concerned that our leadership is blind, stumbling, stupid, corrupt, and isn’t really interested in a solution. A country like this one, with its potential of talent, spirit and extraordinary people, is being dragged into destruction.”

Mazen Ghanaim is a man of many titles – the mayor of Sakhnin, chairman of the committee of Arab local council leaders, and deputy chairman of the Arab Monitoring Committee. He isn’t very optimistic at all.

“No one wants war, but we cannot stand idly by,” Ghanaim says. “Unfortunately, the situation is only getting worse. Since the events of October 2000 and through to today, 49 Arab Israelis have been murdered by the police. You ask about calming things down and taking responsibility. It’s up to the prime minister and the minister of public security. We’re trying to calm things down and see where we go from here. Yesterday, I requested a meeting with the prime minister and the minister of public security to lay out all of the sector’s problems to them. I’ve yet to receive a response. None of us want to heat up the sector; instead, we want to lower the flames.”

Poet Erez Biton links the current tension with the socioeconomic situation. “It doesn’t matter who is right,” Biton says. “We are two nations on one patch of land. Without a foundation of mutual respect, trust and justification for the very existence of the other, we won’t resolve the conflict. We need to avoid provocation, to promote dialogue and understanding, to accept the presence of the other, within Israeli society too. We need to be more familiar with each other’s culture and language and avoid religious provocations.”

Sports broadcaster Zouheir Bahloul, an Israeli cultural icon, fears that if we fail to wake up, the situation will only deteriorate.

“There’s no moderating element in the Israeli leadership,” Bahloul says. “We’ve become estranged. There’s been a huge build-up of mistrust due to racist behavior on the part of some captains of the state. Racist laws are enacted against us, like the law that is undermining Arabic’s official-language status.

“The prime minister doesn’t embrace the civilian Arab public that condemns some of our boys who have joined Islamic State. Instead, he emphasizes only those few and talks about ‘those who call for Israel’s destruction’ as if we are all that way inclined. I stretch out a hand of reconciliation to the Jewish public. We need to try to repair the damages, to take responsibility, to calm things down, to demilitarize the Israel Police rather than turn it into a security entity. I expect someone with lofty ideals and clear reasoning to step up and try to restore sanity to this system.”

DOES ISRAEL HAVE ANYTHING TO HIDE?

It certainly looks that way …

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Israel denies entry to members of UN inquiry into alleged war crimes in Gaza

Jerusalem refuses to cooperate with members of the Schabas Commission, appointed to investigate conduct of Israel, Hamas during Operation Protective Edge.

Israel denied entry on Wednesday evening to members of a UN commission appointed by the Human Rights Council to investigate possible war crimes committed during Operation Protective Edge.

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