YET ANOTHER NOBEL PRIZE RECIPIENT DEFENDS ISRAELI APARTHEID

The anti BDS campaign is grasping at straws if they find it necessary to dig up support offered them over a year ago

During a visit to Israel last year, De Klerk said that categorizing Israel as an apartheid state was “unfair.”

In an interview with Channel 2, the former president said that in contrast to the racial segregation in South Africa, “you have Palestinians living in Israel with full political rights,” and “you don’t have discriminatory laws against them, I mean not letting them swim on certain beaches or anything like that. I think it’s unfair to call Israel an apartheid state.”

De Klerk and Nelson Mandela receiving the Nobel Peace Price in 1993. (Photo: AFP)

De Klerk and Nelson Mandela receiving the Nobel Peace Price in 1993. (Photo: AFP)

De Klerk: ‘Odious’ to compare Israel to apartheid South Africa

The former South African president who helped end apartheid says sanctions against Israel would be “counterproductive.”

F.W. De Klerk told Israel Radio Sunday that comparisons between apartheid South Africa and Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians are “odious,” and that he prefers “dialogue and negotiation as a way to get governments to change their attitudes.”

Those who support boycotting Israeli goods or goods made in West Bank settlements often point to a similar campaign credited with having undermined white rule in South Africa. Israel rejects the comparison, and says the boycotts are aimed at delegitimizing its very existence.

De Klerk was the last president under apartheid and, along with Nelson Mandela, ended its systematic racial discrimination.

He says the sanctions against South Africa “hurt the people they were intended to help.”

Many in South Africa compare Israel’s presence in the West Bank to apartheid-era South Africa, a charge Israel rejects, resulting in an increasingly strained relationship between the two countries.

During a visit to Israel last year, De Klerk said that categorizing Israel as an apartheid state was “unfair.”

In an interview with Channel 2, the former president said that in contrast to the racial segregation in South Africa, “you have Palestinians living in Israel with full political rights,” and “you don’t have discriminatory laws against them, I mean not letting them swim on certain beaches or anything like that. I think it’s unfair to call Israel an apartheid state.”

The former president has also been an advocate of the two-state solution, and in an interview with the Oxford University newspaper in 2014, he said that both Israelis and Palestinians “need to take certain initiatives,” including the recognition of Israel and the establishment of viable borders for a future Palestinian state.

“I’m not saying it’s the right solution for Israel, but there will come in Israel a turning point where if the main obstacles of the moment which exist for a successful two-state solution are not removed, the two-state solution will become impossible,” he said.

“So, as an outsider I would say, believing that a two-state solution might be the best one, you’ll have to move fast, see the window of opportunity, jump through it — it might close.”

Relations between Jerusalem and Pretoria have been frosty for years and further deteriorated after last year’s Operation Protective Edge, when the African National Congress issued a statement comparing Israel’s actions to those of Nazi Germany and accusing Jerusalem of turning the Palestinian territories into “permanent death camps.”

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This is what should have been said!

This is what should have been said!

THE UN WAS RIGHT! ISRAEL DOES NOT ABUSE CHILDREN, IT JUST MURDERS THEM!

See THIS report first …..

Israel doesn’t abuse children, it just murders them

By Khalid Amayreh
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Throughout its unglamorous history, the UN issued many scandalous reports and adopted many scandalous resolutions reflecting lack of justice and absence of moral honesty.This ever-existing symptom also reflected western hegemony over the international organization.

However, none of these reports and resolutions seems more scandalous than this week’s report which kept Israel off the List of Shame, which includes states and entities that abuse children.

This particular report is manifestly scandalous precisely because Israel is probably one of the most obscene abusers of children under the sun.

Indeed, there are a few countries in this world that can be compared to Israel in this respect.

At the top of the list of shame sits the Nazi-like Syrian regime of Bashar el-Assad which habitually and routinely murders children (and other civilians) in large numbers, either by dropping crude barrel bombs on residential neighborhoods and crowded streets or using deadly chemical agents against heavily populated areas.

To be sure, Israel uses neither crude barrel bombs nor chemical weapons to annihilate Palestinian children. Instead, the Jewish state achieves the same results by using huge laser guided bombs and missiles to destroy residential multi-story buildings, packed with civilians, including children.

Needless to say, the ultimate result of such barbarity is a little Auschwitz.

Exterminating from high altitudes is, of course, Israel’s preferred way of murdering Palestinian children and casting shock and awe in their hearts.

But it is by no means the only way. In its last year’s blitzkrieg in Gaza, Israel obliterated entire neighborhoods, such as Shujaiyya, utterly annihilating everything, including human, building and plant.

According to eyewitnesses, the scene at the bombed-out neighborhood very much looked as if borrowed from the German city of Dresden in 1945.

Killing knowingly is killing deliberately

In its last year’s aggression on the Gaza Strip, Israel murdered at least 500 Palestinian children, in addition to hundreds of other civilians, including many entire families.

In earlier rounds of aggression, Israel had murdered and maimed hundreds of children.

Israel has a long history of premeditatedly murdering Palestinian children. In light, one would exaggerate little by saying that Israel boasts the highest per capita rate of child-killers in the world.

Israel readily acknowledges that it kills Palestinian children knowingly.

A few years ago, this writer spoke with an Israeli Foreign Ministry spokeswoman who said that “Yes, we do know that Palestinian children are being killed as a result of our military activities, but we don’t do it deliberately.”

But this is a sheer lie, because in the final analysis killing knowingly is killing deliberately.

Indeed, mistakes in wars do occur and innocent civilians get killed. However, mistakes happen a few times not hundreds of times because in this case killing civilians becomes de facto policy.

This has always been and continues to be Israel’s policy. They kill the innocent civilians first and then, only then, the Israeli foreign ministry and other mouthpieces of Israeli hasbara (propaganda) get busy justifying the Nazi-like atrocities, mainly by concocting every conceivable lie and inventing fabulous narratives that have absolutely no iota of truth.

This reminds me of routine communiqués issued by the Israeli security forces during the first Palestinian intifada which started in December of 1987.  Then the Israeli army spokesman would issue statements like this following the murder of Palestinian boys in the streets of the West Bank.

“IDF soldiers fired into the air to disperse Palestinian rioters. Palestinian sources reported five youths killed.” The wording of the Israeli army statements made many foreign observers, utterly affronted by the brutal ugliness of Israeli dishonesty, wonders if Palestinian boys had wings and could fly.

Moral bankruptcy

The clarion failure of the UN to condemn brazen Israeli criminality and brash violation of international law underscores the moral bankruptcy of the world body.

Consequently, more states and peoples will lose confidence in the ability and willingness of the UN to foster peace and justice throughout the world. Unfortunately, this is becoming more evident as time passes.

Eventually, this could transform our world into a real jungle, an unmistakable portent signaling ultimate self-destruction.

 

HAS THE RECENT SEX SCANDAL CAUSED ALAN DERSHOWITZ TO CRUISE MEN’S ROOMS?

Read about the scandal mentioned above HERE

Without citing sources, Dershowitz’s suit says the paper towels were not restocked in the bathroom for at least an hour.

One question from the above ….. What was Dershowitz doing in the men’s room for at least an hour?

Looks like the old perv spends lots of time in the bathroom .... Image by Latuff

Looks like the old perv spends lots of time in the bathroom ….
Image by Latuff

Here’s the article FROM

Alan Dershowitz Sues Boston Arena for $6K Over Sloppy Floor

Legal eagle Alan Dershowitz is reportedly suing a Boston arena for $6,000 after he slipped and fell on a wet bathroom floor during a 2012 Boston Celtics playoff game.

The high-powered attorney says management of the TD Garden failed to maintain the supply of paper towels in the men’s room, leading to dangerous spills on the floor, the Boston Globe reported.

The now-retired Harvard Law School professor claims to have suffered severe pain upon returning to his seat for the conclusion of the game with the Miami Heat, and later called an ambulance.

“I usually don’t go to the bathroom during the fourth quarter,” he told the Globe, “but I’m getting a little older, and the bladder is a little more active these days.”

Without citing sources, Dershowitz’s suit says the paper towels were not restocked in the bathroom for at least an hour.

The Celtics hung on to win Game 3 of the 2012 Eastern Conference finals, 101-91.

Dershowitz is a longtime Celtics fan and season ticket holder for decades.

KOSHER RULES AND REGULATIONS

Killing or maiming a Palestinian child is OK ….

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Bringing a pork sandwich to an Israeli army base is a BIG NO NO!

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Grandma’s Pork Sandwich Lands Lone Soldier in IDF Hot Water

An American serving in the Israeli army was sentenced to military jail for bringing non-kosher pork sandwiches to his base and offering them to fellow soldiers.

The 11-day sentence was reduced, however, to missing a weekend furlough after an Israel Radio reporter contacted the Israel Defense Forces about the case. Israel Radio was the first Israeli news outlet to report on the case on Monday.

It is against IDF rules to bring non-kosher food on its bases, which are kosher. The soldier, who said he was given the pork sandwiches by his grandmother, who lives on a kibbutz, reportedly told the army he was not aware of the rule.

The soldier is training to be a commander. The army told Israel Radio that he was levied a jail sentence due to his leadership position.

IF AMERICANS ONLY KNEW ABOUT THE NEW US ARMS DEAL WITH ISRAEL

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Israel is the largest cumulative recipient of US foreign assistance since World War II, the United States providing Israel $121 billion as of April 2014, according to a report prepared for the US Congress by the Congressional Research Service, the majority in military assistance.

The Pentagon released documents in February 2015 confirming Israel as a nuclear power, believed to be the the only country in the Middle East holding nuclear weapons.

YET …

The United States said Wednesday it plans to sell thousands of bombs and munitions to Israel in a $1.9 bn deal, officials said Wednesday.

(Sell actually means GIVE when dealing with Israel)

Image by Zapiro in The Times

Image by Zapiro in The Times

US to sell $1.9 bn in bombs and munitions to Israel

The United States said Wednesday it plans to sell thousands of bombs and munitions to Israel in a $1.9 bn deal, officials said Wednesday.

The US State Department informed Congress of the proposed arms sales to Israel, as well as deal with Saudi Arabia, US two allies wary of Washington’s negotiations with Iran over Tehran’s nuclear program.

The planned weapons deal with Israel includes 14,500 Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM), a guidance system attached to bombs allowing Air Force fighter jets direct targetting with GPS assistance, as well as 3,000 Hellfire missiles, 250 medium-range air-to-air missiles, 4,100 glide bombs and 50 BLU-113 “super penetrator” bombs designed to reach underground sites.

The notification to lawmakers of the planned arms sales came after a report in the Israeli daily Haaretz suggested Washington might expand its military aid to Israel as compensation for a possible agreement between Iran and major powers to curtail Tehran’s nuclear work.

Israel, which has sharply criticized US diplomacy with Iran, has reserved the right to take unilateral military action against Iran to prevent it from obtaining nuclear weapons and the bunker buster munitions could be used to strike at buried nuclear sites.

The Pentagon released documents in February 2015 confirming Israel as a nuclear power, believed to be the the only country in the Middle East holding nuclear weapons.

Israel but has never publicly acknowledged the fact and is not a signatory to the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty.

In Wednesday’s announcement, US officials said the planned sale would “replenish” existing stocks in Israel’s arsenal and would not provide the country with new types of weapons.

“The proposed sale of this equipment will provide Israel the ability to support its self-defense needs,” according to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency.

The main contractors in the arms deal are Boeing, Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, Ellwood National Forge Company and Raytheon Missile Systems.

The deal comes weeks after Israeli army veterans NGO Breaking the Silence slammed Israel’s last summer’s offense on the Gaza Strip, as members of Israeli forces gave testimony that the military acted excessively with complete disregard for civilian casualties.

Partially in response to Israeli military operations in Gaza, the US put the brakes on a missile transfer to Israel in August 2014. A senior U.S. official told the Wall Street Journal at the time that the decision came in effort to improve oversight over arms shipments to Israel, and was intended to demonstrate that the White House would not give the Israeli military a “blank check” for its operations in Gaza.

The 50 day war between Israel and Palestinian militants in July and August of last year left over 2,200 Palestinians dead, the majority of whom were civilians, and thousands more injured.

In a similar deal, the US also plans to sell around $1.9 billion in weaponry to Saudi Arabia, officials announced jointly with Israel’s arms deal.

The equal value of the Israeli and Saudi arms sales reflected Washington’s commitment to ensure Israel’s “qualitative military edge” in the region, officials added.

The United States has agreed $90 billion in arms deals with Saudi Arabia between 2010 and 2014, the main defense firms for the Saudi sale being Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation and aerospace giant Lockheed Martin.

Israel is the largest cumulative recipient of US foreign assistance since World War II, the United States providing Israel $121 billion as of April 2014, according to a report prepared for the US Congress by the Congressional Research Service, the majority in military assistance.

Congress must be informed 30 days before the administration can take final steps on a military sale to a foreign government. The sale can go ahead unless lawmakers vote to block or amend the deal.

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THE SWASTIKA OF YESTERDAY AND TODAY

Double standards extraordinaire ….

It is forbidden to display a swastika anywhere in Israel …..

BUT

It’s OK for a dance troupe to wear t shirts displaying the symbol of kahane’s outlawed kach party at a performance in Jerusalem…

This is out ….

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This is still in …

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When a survivor of the holocaust sees a swastika there is pain, there are flashbacks to the horrors ….

When a Palestinian sees the kach symbol there is also pain and flashbacks …

The pain of both must be erased!

A few years back there was an international outrage when British Nerd Prince Harry donned a swastika armband when he attended a party …

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But nothing is said when Betar Jerusalem fans display the outlawed ‘kahane chai’ flag at a football game …

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Well, I’m saying it now! Enough of the double standards! Nazism is nazism be it German or Israeli!

Both should be erased!

GOOGLE ERASES ISRAEL FROM THE MAP

Yesterday I reported about some serious ass kissing from Google towards Israel …. today it was discovered that they erased Israel from the map completely :)

Ra’anana mayor finds that biography abstract of well-known Israelis that appear on Google searches in English neglect to mention Israel.

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 Google search lists Rivlin’s birthplace as ‘Jerusalem, Palestine’

Ra’anana Mayor Ze’ev Bielski was shocked when his Google search of President Reuven Rivlin came up with the information that the president was born in the State of Palestine.

“While working on a speech ahead of President Reuven Rivlin’s visit to Ra’anana, we typed his name in English in Google, and then we were shocked to see it says he was born in ‘Jerusalem, the State of Palestine,'” Bielski said.

“At first I couldn’t believe it, because Rubi Rivlin is the symbol of Israelism. But when we kept searching, we found that when my name is typed into Google it says I was born in Palestine, and the same is written about famous actress Natalie Portman, the Oscar winner who was also born in Jerusalem.”

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Bielski continued Googling and learned that if you type names of other well-known Israelis in English, the Google search engine offers an abstract of their biographies, listing them as being born in Palestine.

These search results, however, do not appear on every computer – or perhaps were changed since – as Ynetnews Google searches for Rivlin, Portman and Bielski all came up with their birth place listed as just “Jerusalem,” without the addition of “Palestine.”

The places of birth or death, however, do not list the country as “Israel,” either, but rather just the city name. For example, when searching for first Israeli prime minister David Ben-Gurion, the search engine’s abstract listed his birth place as “Płońsk, Poland” but for his place of death, only “Tel HaShomer, Ramat Gan” is listed.

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“Israel for them doesn’t exist,” Bielski said. “I really hope this is human error and not an intentional attempt to make Israel ‘disappear.'”

The President’s Residence said Thursday it will seek clarifications from Google.

 

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TIME TO STOP FUNDING ISRAEL ~~ HERE’S WHY

The state raked in some NIS 600 million more than expected in April, on top of the NIS 3 billion surplus accumulated from January to March, most of it from taxes.

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Israel has billions of shekels in its coffers

Incoming Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon has a pleasant surprise in store for him at the treasury: Since the beginning of the year – Yedioth Ahronoth, Ynet’s sister publication, has learned – the state coffers are overflowing with a tax surplus totaling NIS 3.6 billion.

The Tax Authority’s collection efforts are paying off, with the state raking in some NIS 600 million more than expected in April. This follows the NIS 3 billion surplus accumulated from January to March. The surplus is made up almost entirely of direct taxes – income tax and, primarily, real-estate taxes.

The tax surplus is certainly a source of satisfaction for the treasury officials. The tax collection forecast for 2015, following adjustments stemming from canceled legislation due to the early election, stood at NIS 261.8 billion.

The Tax Authority’s revenues during the period January-April 2015 totaled NIS 88.8 billion, compared with NIS 84.5 billion in the corresponding period of 2014 – a real increase of 6.4 percent. The increase in revenues stems from income tax from companies and individuals, deductions and a rise in income from real-estate taxes.

On the other hand, while revenues from VAT and import taxes did indeed increase somewhat, the rise did not extend beyond the estimated range.

This indicates that the increase in tax revenues does not stem from increased economic activity. Instead, the spike in revenues is down to increased enforcement on the part of the tax authorities.

 

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ISRAEL’S ‘WAR’ AGAINST DIASPORA JEWRY

It’s time for the State of Israel to reassess its relationship with Diaspora Jews who have embraced anti-Israel views and initiatives.

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According to the polls, England’s Jews will vote in the upcoming elections for British Prime Minister David Cameron, a gentile who is less hostile towards Israel than the Jewish Ed Miliband, the chairman of the Labour Party. A significant part of the Unites States’ Jews embrace President Barack Obama although he favors the enemies of the Jewish state.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s appeal to France’s Jews, who are suffering from anti-Semitism and terror, that they have a warm home to return to, was met alongside the applause by objections from Jews seeking to remove any doubt from their pure Frenchness.

Jews in the world, especially in the media and academia, are attacking us and even calling for a boycott of Israel. They are led by J Street, a powerful American organization which serves as a mirror image of AIPAC, the great Jewish lobby. While AIPAC stands by Israel, J Street stands by the American administration and its anti-Israel views and initiatives.

And so the question of the Jewish state’s relationship with the Diaspora Jewry is back on Israel’s agenda. Here’s a reminder: The Land of Israel’s birthright position was only recognized by the Jewish people following the Holocaust. A smaller catastrophe was not enough to convince the majority of Jewish people that Zionism was the solution to the “Jews’ troubles.”

Theodor Herzl wanted to convene the first Zionist Congress in Munich, but faced the strong objection of the city’s rabbi, who was afraid that it would cast a doubt on the Jews’ loyalty to Germany. Many thought that more than Zionism solves anti-Semitism, it creates it. Vienna’s chief rabbi even suggested that Herzl should be hospitalized. He was forced to hold the Congress in Basel – at a casino.

The discovery of the horrors of the Holocaust silenced the anti-Semitism in the world for a few years of grace, and harmony prevailed among the Jewish people as well, first around the struggle over the Jewish state and then over its establishment. A sort of consensus was created that the state would take in the Jews of the distressed countries and leave the Jews of the welfare countries alone. The latter will provide the donations for the absorption of the “refugees.”

Gentiles in the European battlefield, including quite a few Israel haters, developed a perverted phenomenon of admiring the State of Israel precisely because of its alleged “non-Jewish” aggression.

All that ended after the Six-Day War. The Western world accepted a tiny Jewish sovereignty in the Holy Land, but not real Jewish strength, and especially not a Jewish Jerusalem. This is how the distinction between being anti-Israel and anti-Semitic was born for a while: The Israelis, the occupiers and settlers, became the “bad guys,” and the Jews – especially the “enlightened” ones, who fight the “occupation” – remained the good guys.

Jews who participated in this celebration and thought that the call “hit the Israelis!” would make people to forget the old call “hit the Jews!” were quickly proven wrong: The hatred was always against the Jews.

It’s true that for a while, the “political correctness” allowed people to express animosity only against the Jewish Israelis, but the real intention was understood by every gentile. Only the Jews, as usual, refused to understand. Now it is being clearly explained it to them. The violent and terrorist anti-Semitism has reverted to its evil ways: Jews or Israelis, it’s the same thing.

It’s time for the State of Israel to reassess its stance. The Zionist Movement engaged in active fighting to deny the Diaspora. Should the state, its offspring, step into its shoes or stand aloof? And to what extent is the state allowed, as a state, to call on the citizens of another state to emigrate from their country to its country, even when they are Jewish?

In two cases, the answer appears to be clear: The desire of a Jew who has drawn away and doesn’t want to be linked to his Jewishness, for good or for bad, should be respected and he should be treated as a foreigner. On the other hand, a person who lets Israel’s enemies use the fact that he is Jewish and serves as their king’s evidence, he should be treated according to the paragraph in the Eighteen Benedictions, which begins with the words, “And informers shall have no hope.”

The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website.

SHIMON PERES SAYS “THANKS, BUT NO THANKS” TO NEW BANK JOB

Just two days it was reported that Israel’s former President signed a contract for $30 Million  a month with Bank Hapoalim.

It all started with this …..

I posted about it under HUMOUR … but apparently Peres didn’t think it was very funny …

Peres pulls out of Bank Hapoalim deal following criticism

Former President Shimon Peres pulled out a lucrative deal to represent Bank Hapoalim, but said that media reports about the nature of the deal were inaccurate.

Financial newspaper The Marker had reported earlier in the week that Bank Hapoalim was paying Peres $30,000 a month to serve as a lobbyist, representing its interests to players such as likely finance minister Moshe Kahlon. The story caused an uproar, inviting criticism from politicians and commentators.In a Thursday interview with Channel 2, Peres said that the deal had actually been to help a US branch of the bank bring more investors to Israel, and had no relation to domestic issues.

“What we agreed to and what was publicized, there was no connection between the two,” Peres said. The point, he said, “was to explain to them that Israel is a good investment. I’m essentially explaining why they should invest in Israel.”

He also said that he intended to put the money into social causes and investing in science. “I wouldn’t have done something that has the smell of money. I’m surprised they’re even asking about this, I think this is proper service. I am not a lobbyist at all,” he said.

Peres said he decided to cancel the deal altogether instead of simply explaining his perspective in order to put any doubts to rest.

“I decided that in any case, for me, it’s not really a financial issue but a public issue, and it’s important for me to maintain public trust, so I canceled the deal and the that’s the end of it,” he said.

“I want it to be crystal clear. That’s how  I’ve behaved all my life, and I don’t want someone to spoil it because of an incorrect story,” he added.

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Perhaps he would be better suited at selling BBQs at Home Centre ...

Perhaps he would be better suited at selling BBQs at Home Centre …

WHEN BOB DYLAN WAS A ‘MENTCH’

Once an integral part of the 'Protest Movement', now a target of the protests.

Once an integral part of the ‘Protest Movement’, now a target of the protests.

Bob Dylan has a long and mixed history … although he would appear to be the perfect political ally for a Free Palestine, his human and civil rights bona fides have faded over time – to the point of non-existence. (SEE) He was once considered to be a real mentch, today he is nothing but a has-been. But, despite that a work of the past sparked a protest at an Israeli University today …

Bob Dylan song stirs controversy at college memorial ceremony

Students of the Oranim Academic College in northern Israel, left a ceremony honoring fallen soldiers at their college outraged after Bob Dylan’s ‘Masters of War’ qouted during speech.

Students from a college in northern Israel left a Memorial Day ceremony outraged on Tuesday after a speech quoted the lyrics of Bob Dylan’s “Master’s of War,” which they misunderstood as calling for the death of soldiers.

The following lyrics were quoted during the speech given at the Oranim Academic college by the head of the local student union:

“And I hope that you die

And your death’ll come soon

I will follow your casket

In the pale afternoon

And I’ll watch while you’re lowered

Down to your deathbed

And I’ll stand over your grave

‘Til I’m sure that you’re dead.”

The use of the song’s lyrics, written by Bob Dylan in the 60s’ about the Cold War, upset several of the students who attended the ceremony.

“It is an embarrassment and shameful that the stage was given to this kind of hostile song on the holiest day during which we remember our soldiers, the heroes, who gave their souls for the homeland so that you could sleep quietly at night,” wrote one student named Liat on the college’s Facebook page.

Another student wrote that the use of the lyrics “lacked respect for those who in their death gave us life. I’m ashamed to be a part of this.”

Other students encouraged each other to break out in mass protest against the use of lyrics. “The text calls for the death of generals,” wrote a student.

However, according to a statement by Dylan when talking about the lyrics of the song in the past, the song was meant to be pacifistic – calling for the end of war – and is not about soldiers, but rather those profiting from war.

“It’s not an anti-war song. It’s speaking against what Eisenhower was calling a military-industrial complex as he was making his exit from the presidency. That spirit was in the air, and I picked it up,” Dylan said in an interview with USA Today in 2001.

Israel Maoz, another student at Oranim Academic College wrote: “You really have gone out of your mind with the reading to this text that is hurtful and lack any logic on the eve of Memorial Day for Israel’s fallen soldiers. You do not have to make everything political. It seems as though the colleges are running a competition on which can be more radical with its positions against everything and its embarrassing.”

Other students called on the government to stop funding the college, while others even suggested that the college look for donation from the Palestinian Authority.

The colllege’s student union, who organized the event, offered its response to the controversy. “The song clearly represents an anti-war stance and does not call for violence, partisanship or incitement.”

The student union added that the “song expresses the feelings of large sections of Israeli society and in general is legitimate and should not be interpreted in a way that could be seen as hostile, violent or provocation for provocation’s sake or even as an anti-establishment statement.

“The song does not refer to any specific group in Israeli society, overtly or covertly (not IDF soldiers, political party or public figures),” the student union said.

The Oranim Academic College offered a response which read: “The song ‘Masters of War’ by Bob Dylan that was read during the Memorial Day ceremony at Oranim is a song that stirs a debate and does not reflect the official stance of the college or the official stance of the student union.

“It expresses one of many emotions that awaken during a time of grievance and anger about those killed during war. But once this position was presented, which evoked emotion and controversy; it must be handled with sensitivity and responsibility, as is expected by an academic institution whose heart is educational engagement.”

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HOW YOUTUBE SAVED SHIMON PERES’ LIFE

Remember this …..

Former Israeli President Shimon Peres goes Job Hunting in Hilarious Parody Video 

It paid off in the end!

Former president hired to consult bank and speak at bank’s events; sources close to Peres say pay goes entirely to charity. 

Peres to get $30,000 a month to promote Bank Hapoalim’s activities abroad

Bank Hapoalim hired the services of former president Shimon Peres, who will collect a paycheck of $30,000 a month to promote the bank’s activities abroad, particularly in the United States.

Peres established a financial firm called “Peres and Associates” several months ago, which aims to work with Israeli companies to promote their activities in both existing and new markets across the world.

Sources close to the former president said any pay Peres receives for the company’s services will go to charity.

“The consultant will provide the bank with services to promote its businesses in international markets, including the United States,” the agreement signed between the two sides said. “The consultation will be done professionally and under the accepted standards.”

Peres is being paid for his speaking at bank events, and the contract includes several events across the United States.

At the end of April, Peres is expected to attend a special event Bank Hapoalim is holding in New York to mark its 40 years of activity in the US.

The event, to be held at the Natural History Museum in New York City, will cost the bank some $1-1.5 million. Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani and 700 other invitees will also be in attendance.

Bank Hapoalim is currently under investigation by American authorities on suspicion it aided its clients evade paying taxes.

Bank Hapoalim declined to comment on the story.

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My addition ….

I just wonder if the IRS will be one of the ‘charities’ Peres will contribute to because of the following …

Bank Hapoalim is currently under investigation by American authorities on suspicion it aided its clients evade paying taxes.

70 YEARS AFTER THE LIBERATION OF AUSCHWITZ SOME ISRAELIS STILL HAVE ‘RESPECT’ FOR RACISM

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The coach of Israel’s Beitar Jerusalem football team has said that he won’t bring on an Arab player out of respect for his club’s racist fans.

Players for Beitar Jerusalem, seen in yellow and black jerseys at a recent match against Maccabi Haifa, won’t have an Arab teammate any time soon, coach promises. (Henk Vogel/Flickr)

Players for Beitar Jerusalem, seen in yellow and black jerseys at a recent match against Maccabi Haifa, won’t have an Arab teammate any time soon, coach promises. (Henk Vogel/Flickr)

No Arab players need apply to Israeli football team, coach says

The coach of Israel’s Beitar Jerusalem football team has said that he won’t bring on an Arab player out of respect for his club’s racist fans.

“I don’t think it’s the right time. It would cause tensions and create much greater damage,” Guy Levi told Israel’s 102FM radio, according to Ynet.

Levi said that he didn’t think there were any Palestinian citizens of Israel who would play for his team.

“Even if there were a player who fit in professionally, I would not bring him in,” Levi said, “because it would create unnecessary tensions.”

While racism is endemic in Israeli football, Beitar is particularly notorious for the violence and hatred of its fans who have habitually rampaged in the streets chanting “Death to the Arabs” and anti-Muslim slurs.

Asked if he didn’t think bringing in an Arab player would help change the racist culture of the fans, Levi replied: “Let the education minister change the culture and not ask us to change the culture of a people that is centuries old.”

Levi said his job was to “coach the team, not to educate anyone.”

He then praised the club’s fans, which he called by their nickname “La Familia”: “I met La Familia recently, excellent people and fantastic fans. I respect the people who support my team.”

Six Israelis arrested for last summer’s abduction and lynching of Palestinian teenagerMuhammad Abu Khudair in eastern occupied Jerusalem were all reportedly members of “La Familia,” and would therefore have regularly been exposed to racist incitement.

Appeasing racists

In 2013, Beitar managers angered fans by bringing on two Muslim players from Chechnya.

Club manager Eli Cohen tried to calm them at the time by saying that “There’s a difference … between a European Muslim and an Arab Muslim.”

Ahmed Tibi, a Palestinian citizen of Israel and a member of Israel’s parliament, condemned Levi’s statements.

“This is the kind of thing that encourages racism and hatred in Israeli society in general and in Israeli football in particular,” Tibi said.

Tibi noted that the international football federation FIFA would take a keen interest as it already monitors racism in the Israeli league.

International pressure

FIFA and its European counterpart UEFA have long been under pressure to sanction or suspend Israel over pervasive racism.

But while other countries have suffered sanctions for racism, Israel has so far been given impunity.

Despite the pervasive racism, there are some Arab players on predominantly Jewish teams and Jewish players on predominantly Arab teams in the Israeli league.

With thanks to David Sheen for spotting this story.

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As the title of this post says, it’s only SOME Israelis that are involved …

There are many others who are not (Click on link)

IN ISRAEL ~~ A REAL PEACE PROCESS ON THE SOCCER FIELD

IT TAKES MORE THAN ISLAMOPHOBIA TO BE PRO ISRAEL

Pamela Geller’s antics are an embarrassment to zionist groups

Indeed, mainstream pro-Israel groups like Anti-Defamation League have condemned Geller and the anti-Islam message of the Philly bus ad.

Daughter of Satan

Daughter of Satan

I found an interesting read on the pages of UK Media Watch, formerly called CIF Watch. They are the mouthpiece for British zionism and finally found something worthwhile to mouth off about. I’m pretty sure you will find it of interest as well ….

Guardian/AP falsely describes org founded by Pamela Geller as a ‘pro-Israel group’

Pamela Geller peddles in conspiracy theories, makes common cause with extremists, and advances hyperbolic, divisive and extremely misleading narratives about the so-called threat of “Islamization” of the United States. Geller was even bannedfrom entering the UK by Theresa May, the British Home Secretary, “on the grounds that her statements may foster hatred and provoke violence due to her extreme views”.

Here’s just one example of the kind of vitriol found on her blog.

“Obama is a third worlder and a coward. He will do nothing but beat up on our friends to appease his Islamic overlords.”
— Pam Geller, AtlasShrugs.com, April 13, 2010

Geller has also reportedly claimed that “President Obama is the love child of Malcolm X, that Obama was once involved with a “crack whore.”

On April 1st, the Guardian published an Associated Press (AP) report on an anti-Islam bus ad campaign in Philadelphia sponsored by one of Geller’s groups.

Here’s the ad.

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In the headline of the Guardian article (Hitler ads from pro-Israel group begin running on Philadelphia transit buses), and in the text,  Geller’s American Freedom Initiative is characterized as a “pro-Israel group”.

Here’s the opening passage of the article.

The ads from the pro-Israel American Freedom Defense Initiative will appear on 84 buses. One features a 1941 photograph of Hitler and supporter Hajj Amin al-Husseini, a Palestinian Arab nationalist.

However, if you look at site in question (and other sites affiliated with Geller and her campaign), they don’t claim to be “pro-Israel” groups. Their focus is clearly on opposing Islam and putatively championing “free-speech“.

Here’s the mission statement of American Freedom Defense Initiative:

The American Freedom Defense Initiative is a new organization launched by Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer. Our objective is to go on the offensive when legal, academic, legislative, cultural, sociological, and political actions are taken to dismantle our basic freedoms and values.

AFDI acts against the treason being committed by national, state, and local government officials, the mainstream media, and others in their capitulation to the global jihad and Islamic supremacism, the ever-encroaching and unconstitutional power of the federal government, and the rapidly moving attempts to impose socialism and Marxism upon the American people.

Indeed, mainstream pro-Israel groups like Anti-Defamation League have condemned Geller and the anti-Islam message of the Philly bus ad.

Though Geller supports Israel, that position alone doesn’t warrant characterizing her movement as a “pro-Israel” group. The Guardian article unfairly smears pro-Israel groups by associating them with Geller’s extreme views, and we urge editors to revise the text and headline accordingly.

COWBOYS FOR BIBI

If Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has the ‘right’ to meddle in US politics, why shouldn’t American cowboys have the same right to meddle in Israel’s …

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Not everyone in Hollywood agrees with him …

A much saner point of view

A much saner point of view

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STAND WITH PALESTINE AT
THE BOX OFFICE!
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Look who else stands with Israel … ad them to your Boycott List headed by Jon Voight
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IN ISRAEL ~~ MICHAEL DOUGLAS FINDS AND DEFINES ANTI SEMITISM

Best place in the world to find it ;)

“Because if we confront anti-Semitism whenever we see it, if we combat it individually and as a society, and use whatever platform we have to denounce it, we can stop the spread of this madness.”

Caption states 'Death to Arabs' A common occurrence in the Occupied West Bank

Caption states ‘Death to Arabs’
A common occurrence in the Occupied West Bank

What do you think the chances are of him visiting the ‘other side of the wall’ to see anti-Semitism in action?

 

Anti Semitism - created and maintained by the Lobby and the ADL Image by Latuff

Anti Semitism – created and maintained by the Lobby and the ADL
Image by Latuff

Michael Douglas: World must tackle ‘the madness’ of anti-Semitism

Ahead of trip to Israel, actor and producer outlines three causes of modern anti-Semitism, praises French PM and Pope for speaking out against it.

Shortly before he arrives in Israel with his family to receive the Genesis Prize, renowned actor and producer Michael Douglas called Sunday for the world to deal with “the madness” of anti-Semitism, calling it “a disease that goes dormant, flaring up with the next political trigger.”

Writing in the Los Angeles Times, Douglas recounted a recent anti-Semitic attack on his young son, whom, despite having a non-religious upbringing from his intermarried parents, “developed a deep connection to Judaism.” This connection, the star says, led him to “reconnect with the religion of my father”, Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas.

In the piece, Douglas defines three causes for the reemergence of anti-Semitism today. The first, he says, is the historic hared of Jews, ” always grows more virulent whenever and wherever the economy is bad.” At a time when people are struggling financially, Douglas writes, “some find Jews to be a convenient scapegoat rather than looking at the real source of their problems.”

The second cause cited by the actor is “an irrational and misplaced hatred of Israel.” He argues that acts of anti-Semitism such as the recent attacks that rocked Europe are explained away by blaming all Jews for policies of a nation.

The Douglas family in Jerusalem in June 2014 (Photo: Gabriel Smith and Yehiel Solomon)

The Douglas family in Jerusalem in June 2014 (Photo: Gabriel Smith and Yehiel Solomon)

” Does anyone really believe that the innocent victims in that kosher shop in Paris and at that bar mitzvah in Denmark had anything to do with Israeli-Palestinian policies or the building of settlements 2,000 miles away?” he asks.

Finally, Douglas writes, the rise in anti-Semitism can be attributed to a growing “extremist fringe” within Islam, aided by the widespread reach of the internet.

“We’re now seeing the amplified effects of that small, radicalized element. With the Internet, its virus of hatred can now speed from nation to nation, helping fuel Europe’s new epidemic of anti-Semitism,” he says.

Douglas ends by calling on world leaders, both political and religious, to address the issue, and hails, among others, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls and Pope Francis for their strong stance against anti-Semitism.

“So that is our challenge in 2015, and all of us must take it up,” Douglas writes. “Because if we confront anti-Semitism whenever we see it, if we combat it individually and as a society, and use whatever platform we have to denounce it, we can stop the spread of this madness.”

 

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HERE is the Op-Ed from the Los Angeles Times

BOTEACH TO RICE; ‘SORRY I’M A COMPLETE MORON’

In his ‘public apology’ to Susan Rice he claims that the ad was criticized by Jewish organizations, which said that we had attacked you personally.

In reality, it was not criticized, it was condemned. There is a difference.

Idiot boy added insult to injury by defending his position publicly …

His tune has changed, probably to insure that his personal income is not affected.

Again I say, Pathetic if you ask me!

Now, the ‘apology’ which appears in the Washington Post

I didn’t mean to make it personal. But try to see Netanyahu with more empathy.

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Dear Ms. Rice,

Now that passions on both sides of Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress have cooled, I write today in keeping with the Jewish admonition that he who has caused offense in public must apologize in public, too.

Last week our organization took out a full-page ad in the New York Times that accused you of having a blind spot to genocide. The ad focused on the Rwandan genocide and quoted from Ambassador Samantha Power, your successor at the UN, who wrote, in a 2001 article called “Bystanders to Genocide,” that as a member of the National Security Council in 1994, you had resisted using the word genocide to describe the murder of 800,000 Rwandans because it might hurt Democrats in the midterms.

The ad was criticized by Jewish organizations, which said that we had attacked you personally. That was not our intent. We hoped to focus on policy, and we failed. I apologize fully and hope you will forgive me. It is the job of a communicator to communicate. Effectively. And having come up short, I will try again.

When you told Charlie Rose that the Israeli prime minister’s speech would be “destructive” to the US-Israel relationship, I was in Amsterdam interviewing Jacqueline van Maarsen, Anne Frank’s childhood best friend. The occasion was the 70th anniversary of the teen’s murder. I had just addressed the Jewish community of Amsterdam which lost 80 percent of its number in the Holocaust. Recently, Jews have been murdered inToulouse, Brussels, Paris, and Copenhagen. I asked my Jewish audience how many felt unsafe in Europe and wished to leave; nearly all the hands went up.

Genocide, unfortunately, is the defining characteristic of my people.

We wish it were not so. We wish we could be known for the light we have brought the nations rather than the darkness that engulfed us in the Holocaust. We wish we would be championed for the Ten Commandments rather than for surviving the decimation of the Crusades. We wish we were celebrated for giving the world the Sabbath rather than pitied for enduring the disembowelments of the Khmelnytsky pogroms. And we wish Israel were acclaimed for its democracy and innovation rather than for its steadfastness in the face of terrorism and rocket attacks.

Now, we face another — potentially genocidal — danger from Iran, which has repeatedly threatened the Jews with a second Holocaust when one was quite enough. I have no doubt that you, President Obama, and the administration are devoted to preventing that cataclysmic outcome. And I greatly appreciate your personal defense of Israel and vetoes exercised in its protection at the United Nations. Not only am I not a foe of the administration, but I vigorously defended Power during her Senate confirmation hearings in July 2013, when she was strongly opposed by other Jewish groups, and was attacked for it. And I did so because of her unwavering commitment to fighting genocide.

But all of that would pale into insignificance if Iran obtained a nuclear weapon with which it could harm Israel or the American people, even if that was never anyone’s intent.

You say that you’re working to prevent that. I believe you. But I have to passionately disagree with your point that Israel’s prime minister threatens to destroy the U.S.-Israel bond simply because he asked Congress to oppose what millions of us believe is a catastrophic deal that puts Israel in great peril. America does not condemn the leader of a threatened nation – especially a great ally – for simply doing his duty and raising the alarm. Can you see how these allegations of Netanyahu’s entreaty being “destructive” could deeply offend?

A Jewish leader’s first job is to prevent the possibility of another Jewish genocide, and that is what Netanyahu is doing. The Atlantic’s reference to you and other Clinton Administration officials as “bystanders to genocide” is, in truth, an indictment of each and every one of us. After all, the world has permitted the Armenian, Cambodian, Rwandan, Bosnian, Kosovaran, Darfuri and other genocides. Our own government shamefully refuses even to acknowledge the Armenian genocide, whose 100th anniversary is next month.

But breaking from this indifference, you laudably vowed to bring change. After refusing to use the word “genocide” to describe the 800,000 dead of Rwanda, you made a beautiful promise: “I swore to myself that if I ever faced such a crisis again, I would come down on the side of dramatic action, going down in flames if that was required.” Can we not agree that dramatic action in this case means first demanding that Iran publicly repudiate its own vow to destroy Israel and increasing sanctions until it does?

The Munich agreement of 1938 was outrageous not only because it appeased Hitler’s aggression but because Czechoslovakia was not even party to the negotiations held by Britain, France, and Germany about its future. In the same way, it is unthinkable that Israel be left out of the negotiations with Iran.

The 10,000 Jews who were being gassed every day in Europe merited scant mention in the American press at the time. A courageous Jewish leader named Peter Bergson decided to change that by taking out provocative ads in the New York Times and other publications highlighting the plight of Europe’s Jews. He was widely condemned by the American Jewish establishment, who believed he was stoking anti-Semitism. But his tactics succeeded in helping to wake America from its torpor and, together with other efforts, helped to inspire the creation of the War Refugee Board, which rescued as many as 200,000 Jews. For millions of others, the silence of American Jewry was deadly.

This World: The Value Network, the organization I founded, has vowed to never again be Jews of silence. In our own ads, Elie Wiesel alerted the world to the dangers of a nuclear Iran. They also highlighted the murder of gay men in Iran and called out the world for insufficient action against thebrutality of ISIS and Hamas.

I was honored that Rwandan President Paul Kagame asked me to deliver a keynote address at the 20th Anniversary Commemoration of the Genocide at Kigali’s National Stadium. In it, I referenced the slaughter at Ntarama Church, where I gagged when I saw a row of skulls from the victims. We used that image in our latest ad. It is a shocking and jarring image, as are all images of genocide. But I sincerely regret that the use of the image — not immediately recognizable to people unfamiliar with the Rwandan genocide — lent itself to being misinterpreted as something deliberately disrespectful and macabre.

God has given you significant influence. I ask you to please use that power to protect the Jewish people, Arab children in Syria, Muslim students in Pakistan, Christians in Darfur, women in Nigeria, and the people of the Central African Republic. Criticizing Netanyahu’s right to address Congress, or allowing Iran a robust nuclear program amid their protestations of peace, falls short of that goal.

Sincerely,

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

 

I have one question, why was this letter not also signed by Elie Weisel?

See THIS post if you missed it…

WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS PULL OUT THE HOLOCAUST CARD

#JeSuisIslamophobe ~~ ISLAMOPHOBIA NOT INCLUDED IN NEW FRENCH ANTI HATE LEGISLATION

French president François Hollande has said his government will soon announce a raft of tough criminal laws to crack down on anti-Semitism, racism, homophobia and Holocaust denial.

That’s fine, but what about Islamophobia?

Except in France?

Except in France?

France must treat online “anti-Semitism” like child pornography, president says

‘WALKING LIKE A JEW IN PARIS’

Searching for anti-Semitism ….

creating it along the way

Perhaps on a ‘fact finding mission’ for

Charlie?

 While his reception in tourist areas appear peaceful, it is in suburban areas with high Muslim populations where he claims to have received ‘hateful stares, belligerent remarks, and hostile body language’

While his reception in tourist areas appear peaceful, it is in suburban areas with high Muslim populations where he claims to have received ‘hateful stares, belligerent remarks, and hostile body language’

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#JeSuisJonStewart ~~ DISSING EVERYONE EQUALLY

Stewart has repeatedly been accused of being a self hating Jew and/or a rabid anti zionist, …

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… the announcement of his retirement seems to irk many a zionist as can be seen in the following

Jon Stewart quitting “The Daily Show” is bad for the Jews. It’s bad for the Muslims. It’s bad for the entire Middle East.

‘You just can’t please everyone

most of the time’

Why Losing Jon Stewart Hurts the Middle East

By Sigal Samuel

Jon Stewart and Bassem Youssef on “The Daily Show” / Youtube

Jon Stewart and Bassem Youssef on “The Daily Show” / Youtube

Jon Stewart quitting “The Daily Show” is bad for the Jews. It’s bad for the Muslims. It’s bad for the entire Middle East.

If you want to know why, just watch this clip of the real Jon Stewart joking around with “Egypt’s Jon Stewart,” Bassem Youssef. It aired shortly before Jon announced his decision to leave the show, and it revolves around a simple question: What can America do to fix the Middle East?

Bassem’s answer is simple, too: “How about — nothing!”

Jon plays devil’s advocate, arguing, “If the people choose the wrong government, we’ll help them get it right. Some boots on the ground, some advisers.” Which, of course, sets Bassem up to explain just what’s wrong with America’s interventionist foreign policy.

But then Bassem takes it one step further — by laughing at himself, at his own argument, at his own people. He provides that dash of self-deprecation without which comedy fails to be, you know, comedic (Israel’s totally unfunny “Hakol Shafit” is a good example of this).

“We want you to f—k off and leave us alone,” Bassem says. “But not right away. We could still use the aid money, and a few weapons, and some investments… What I’m saying is, if you could f—k gradually off, that would be better for everybody.”

This is Middle East comedy at its best: an unflinching look at the catch-22s and double standards that plague both — no, all — sides.

And who’s been providing the mechanism for this comedy for over 15 years? Jon, of course. He’s been providing it not only in the U.S., but also in places like Egypt, where he inspired Bassem to start his own wildly popular satire show that began as a Middle Eastern riff on “The Daily Show.”

Every week, Bassem took to TV to wittily eviscerate the top leaders of the Arab world, and endear himself hugely to the Arab public (40 million viewers!). But then Sisi came to power in Egypt — and, sadly, the dissenters went the way of the Pharaohs.

In many ways, it was Jon Stewart who modeled this dissent.

He’s fought funnily and vociferously against the idea that “questioning in any way the effectiveness or humanity of Israel’s policies” automatically makes you an anti-Israel self-hating Jew:

And he’s memorably pointed out some of the absurdities of the special relationship between the U.S. and Israel (“We cannot be Israel’s rehab sponsor and its drug dealer!”):

But ultimately, his greatest achievement may have been giving others the comedic tools to do the same sort of thing wherever they might find themselves.

With Jon gone, it will soon be up to others to fill his shoes — and they will be big, big shoes to fill. Yet if there’s anything comforting in Jon’s departure, it’s the knowledge that he’s already set others up to do just that.

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