Zionists challenged by teen

Bethany Koval is not atypical of many young people today. In my experience as a teacher there are many gifted young people refusing the Kool Aid of disinformation peddled by a capitalist culture drowning in ephemera and diversions.

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Who is Bethany?

A totally aware, wide awake Israeli-Jewish teenager in Fair Lawn, New Jersey studying at Fair Lawn High School there. “ I spoke of the death tolls and called Israel’s govt a terrorist.” She was then  intimidated, threatened with legal action, and coerced into signing a statement.

But today’s young people with access to the mass murder In Gaza you simply can not hide anymore, are beneficiaries of the electronic information Israel simply can not deep six .We all are if we choose to be. But the young today are “tweeters”, they like Bethany get the message out on social media as she did.

Imagine the scope of this revolution which is bringing Israel and its blind supporters to their knees.

On her way to meet Big Brothers in the general office, this courageous young woman tweets”Principal just called me down. I’m about to be exposed for being anti-Israel. Pray for me.— benny (@bendykoval) January 6, 2016

Activists started a hashtag #IStandwithBenny as her harassment began.

You simply can not stop this today. Her story went viral, nationally and internationally.

“I have a right to speak” begins Koval’s coerced written statement, and tweeted out to the world. “Mr. Guaginino intimidated me into writing this without an attorney”, referencing Fair Lawn High School Assistant Principal, Frank Guadagnino.

I expressed my political opinions online recording the Israeli government, and I will continue to do so. I will not be silenced by fear. I will not be intimidated into submission.

Bethany was then coerced into writing after clearly stating “I don’t want to make a statement” and stressing “I believe I have a right to an attorney. I was denied my right to an attorney. I was forced to make a writer statement, but I begged them to revoke it. pic.twitter.com/izgyLANgMJ
— benny (@bendykoval) January 6, 2016

Here he intimidates me into making a statement without legal presence. pic.twitter.com/P9q6zzRPcV

From December 27th on Bethany made several tweets about Israel being an apartheid state– then she linked to the Times of Israel‘s Ex-Shin Bet chief calls for West Bank road segregation, articles in Haaretz Israel’s amazing truth-telling paper. This young woman does her homework!

On Jan 7 , those who should know better (principal and vice-principal with university educations) called Bethany to the office for commentary on an infamous Gaza beach bombing. ) was targeted for her political activism yesterday. What began over Koval’s commentary of the Gaza beach bombing: “I spoke of the death tolls and called Israel’s govt a terrorist“, resulted in her being called down to the principle’s office, intimidated, threatened with legal action, and coerced into signing a statement.
As Koval tweeted her experience all day throughout the process, activists on social media swiftly rallied in support and started a hashtag,  #IStandwithBenny. News of her harassment spread like wildfire nationally and internationally. It’s already gone viral.

She was coerced into writing after clearly stating “I don’t want to make a statement” and stressing “I believe I have a right to an attorney“.I was denied my right to an attorney. I was forced to make a writer statement, but I begged them to revoke it. pic.twitter.com/izgyLANgMJ
— benny (@bendykoval) January 6, 2016

Here he intimidates me into making a statement without legal presence. pic.twitter.com/P9q6zzRPcV
— benny (@bendykoval) January 6, 2016

Beverly Koval was not supported by her parents.This is not unusual in the the Jewish community today. A massive gulf exists between elders raised on the romantic and entirely false picture of Israel and their media savvy children. Unlike the parents who generally saw Israel as a modern Eden but ignored the reality of the harsh apartheid-like conditions endured by two generations of Palestinians, the young are now seeing the end of the Zionist dream and triste dictu, the corruption of Judaism.

Asked in an interview Bethany if she was prepared for celebrity, this remarkable young woman replied :

“No, not really. I don’t want to be the face of the movement, I want Palestinians to be the face of the movement. It’s not right when privileged people get credit for what under privileged people have been saying for a long time. Zionists expect me to be in favor of the Palestinian genocide because I’m an Israeli Jew pic.twitter.com/ixgCfE3Rua
Stay tuned

 

21 Comments »

  1. 1
    mushafta Says:

    She’s calling it what it is- genocide.
    Indifference is what allows this to continue.
    Far too many don’t give a hoot until their lifestyle is threatened.

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    That’s what’s so beautiful about the young, they tweet. 140 characters is about all they can handle, which means they can spare themselves the labor of actually learning history and coming to some understanding of the vast complexities of the current situation, and the amount of time they have had to accumulate a sizeable sample space necessary to make such an inference (I.e., Israel is a terrorist nation) is negligible–14-17 years old from the pic? And a New Jersey school? Another example of an arrogant teenager who knows nothing, but does not know that she knows nothing. The kind of people Socrates could not tolerate.

  3. 3
    mushafta Says:

    Clementcrock- are you kidding me?
    You’re calling this Jewish girl an arrogant teenager who knows nothing? Did I get this story wrong?

    I have to read your comment again as I must be missing something. What makes this a complex issue that demands her delving through the pages of Palestinian history to get all the facts straight? Ever had your face smashed in by an Israel soldier’s rifle stock? Ever seen the slaughter of innocents year after year? I don’t get it. She’s taking a stand on what she believes is a principle. You don’t need a PhD in Israeli-Palestinian relations to take a stand on injustice , apartheid, racism and clear cut genocide. This brave young woman needs support, not condemnation.

  4. 4

    First, it is so interesting that you begin with a sarcastic remark about capitalism, and then you go on to show that it was by virtue of Twitter and obviously the iPhone she was using to tweet that she was able to achieve what she had achieved. It is astounding that you fail to see the irony. Both are the products of capitalism and global trade.

    As for you missing something, yes, you are missing quite a bit. You use the example of an Israeli soldier. But calling Israel an Aparteid state is of a completely different category. Israel is not a single person, but a nation. The actions of an individual in that state and the action of the state are two entirely different things. If you are going to talk about the state as a whole, you have to shine the light on the state as a whole, not a single individual action or collection of oppressive and unjust acts of individuals. You cannot go from “these individuals did….” To “Israel is……..” Whether a particular military posture is justified or not cannot be determined by the behaviour of a group of soldiers. When you look at the whole picture, including the Palestinian leadership, you begin to see that things are not so simple as a young high school student–who does not yet grasp her own limits–might think.

  5. 5
    mushafta Says:

    What’s ludicrous about your comment is your willingness to gloss over Israel’s long history of occupation and brutality towards the Palestinian people.

    If everything was kosher this blog would not be here. Nor would there be so much unrest in this part of the Middle East.

    Just where do you want to shine the light? This is a place that the Western media would just as soon keep in the dark- hence the continuation of the saturation of this issue on this blog. Any decent minded person of moral integrity shining a light here would not see all the complexities that you see Clementcrock. It’s clear as daylight.

    You don’t call it Apartheid? What do you call it? And what’s your solution?

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    In answer to your final questions and in response to your accusation that I am glossing over, click here:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alan-dershowitz/lets-have-a-real-aparthei_b_485399.html

  7. 7
    mushafta Says:

    Thank God for Ted Schmidt and this blog! It has educated me considerably on this issue. I have spoken with numerous Muslims with first hand experience in Lebanon.

    This post you offered as an answer to my accusation and question doesn’t cut it.
    These assertions are profoundly twisted and in denial of so much of what I have heard and read.

    For example… From your Huffington Post…
    “[Applying the word “Apartheid” to Israel] does not serve the cause of peace, and the use of it against the Jewish people in particular, who have been victims of the worst kind of discrimination, discrimination resulting in death, is offensive and wrong.”
    The current “Israel Apartheid Week” on universities around the world, by focusing only on the imperfections of the Middle East’s sole democracy, is carefully designed to cover up far more serious problems of real apartheid in Arab and Muslim nations. The question is why do so many students identify with regimes that denigrate women, gays, non-Muslims, dissenters, environmentalists and human rights advocates, while demonizing a democratic regime that grants equal rights to women (the chief justice and speaker of the Parliament of Israel are women), gays (there are openly gay generals in the Israeli Army), non-Jews (Muslims and Christians serve in high positions in Israel) and dissenters, (virtually all Israelis dissent about something). Israel has the best environmental record in the Middle East, it exports more life saving medical technology than any country in the region and it has sacrificed more for peace than any country in the Middle East. Yet on many college campuses democratic, egalitarian Israel is a pariah, while sexist, homophobic, anti-Semitic, terrorist Hamas is a champion. There is something very wrong with this picture.”

    This article along with your previous post misses the truth by a country mile. The entire article doesn’t hold a candle to the reality of what is going on. Check out the numerous posts here where the truth glows in comparison with this quote.

    Jimmy Carter’s take on apartheid alone destroys this assertion.

    I’ll take Jimmy’s credibility any day over this fabrication of events!

  8. 8

    Then you are seriously delusional. Are you denying that these Arab countries practice the discriminatory practices described? Do you really think “Crusaders for Christ” would be allowed to hold a Lift Jesus High Rally in Saudi Arabia? Do you deny that homosexuals are executed in Muslim countries?

    What you show by your post is that for you, it’s all about faith, not facts. You put your faith in people. Jimmy Carter is part of the problem. Your logic is so twisted it is scary. Do you think Jimmy Carter denies the oppression of the Arab countries mentioned above? No, he would be an idiot to do so. He just focuses on Israel. In fact, read the same author’s criticism of Jimmy Carter. The author, btw, is renowned Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz. He’s an expert on the Israeli Palestinian conflict and has written much more than Carter has. Carter is a farmer and a failed president. Do your research and stop putting your faith in human beings. Test all claims, don’t just embrace those claims that confirm your hypotheses. That’s confirmation bias.

  9. 9
    mushafta Says:

    This is a rerun of the Francesco movie.
    An abysmal failure at coming to grips with the reality.
    The collision course your logic is on does not show any comprehension of a peaceful outcome. Are you saying Pope Francis’ writings on mercy has no bearing here? These Arab countries are still in the dark ages no thanks to the West and its meddling. Never had an enlightenment nor any kind of reformation and here you are condemning them to Hell. Well why not just nuke ’em and be done with it. Your presenting a Donald solution which is insane.

    Try heading into the winds of diplomacy. This blog is about linking politics and religion. We cannot have a world divorced from these realities. World leaders must work out solutions that are viable. Yours is a disaster like Trump’s. Keep Muslims and immigrants out of the States. How is that working? Total insanity! The American no fly list now contains names of kids just coming out of neonatal wards. The total preoccupation of a nation with heightened paranoiac security. Some solution – much like the solution to the gun laws and mass murders- buy more guns.

    Your denunciation of Jimmy Carter only increases his credibility. Donald Trump versus Jimmy Carter, I’ll take Carter every day.

  10. 10

    I have to be honest, you’re scary.

    I’ll do what Francesco does. Comment a line at a time.

    “The collision course your logic is on does not show any comprehension of a peaceful outcome.”

    Huh? This conversation was not about outcomes. Peace is going to be up to all parties involved. Ignoring the facts is not going to speed up the peace process. Demonizing Israel and ignoring the oppression in Arab countries is not going to usher in a peaceful era.

    “Are you saying Pope Francis’ writings on mercy has no bearing here?”

    Pope Francis? How does he fit into this? I was taking issue with this young girl labeling Israel an Apartheid nation. That’s what we were talking about. How do you get to Pope Francis from there? Does mercy mean stupidity? Does mercy mean ignoring the ugly truth about the Arab nations? Pope Francis recently said that Mercy is truth.

    “These Arab countries are still in the dark ages no thanks to the West and its meddling.”

    Of course, play the blame game. It’s all America’s fault. If we would have just left them alone, they’d be stellar nations now.

    “Never had an enlightenment nor any kind of reformation and here you are condemning them to Hell.”

    What are you talking about? Are you dumb? I didn’t condemn anyone to Hell anymore than you condemned Israel to hell. When I read replies like that, I wonder whether I’m wasting my time with you.

    “Well why not just nuke ’em and be done with it. Your presenting a Donald solution which is insane.”

    I haven’t presented any solution. I think you might suffer from a low IQ. Your replies are bizarre.

    “Try heading into the winds of diplomacy”

    And are your (or Ted’s) articles examples of diplomacy?

    “This blog is about linking politics and religion. We cannot have a world divorced from these realities. World leaders must work out solutions that are viable. Yours is a disaster like Trump’s.”

    Again, you imagine that I proposed a solution. I don’t recall doing that. I just pointed out that your condemnation of Israel is odd, because it ignores the greater injustices of surrounding Arab nations. You’ve taken the safe route.

    “Keep Muslims and immigrants out of the States. How is that working?”

    You see, you have proven to me that you really are delusional. You imagine things and then you are convinced that they are true. Suddenly I am a fan of Donald Trump and I want to keep Muslims out of the U.S. You have zero ability to discuss anything, because you are ruled by your imagination. And when you lose an argument, you imagine your opponent as a radical conservative who wants to nuke others. You are ridiculous!

    “Total insanity!”

    That describes you well.

    “The American no fly list now contains names of kids just coming out of neonatal wards. The total preoccupation of a nation with heightened paranoiac security. Some solution – much like the solution to the gun laws and mass murders- buy more guns.”

    Yikes!

    “Your denunciation of Jimmy Carter only increases his credibility. Donald Trump versus Jimmy Carter, I’ll take Carter every day.”

    How about Jimmy Carter versus Alan Dershowitz? How did Donald Trump get into the picture? Oh, I know, your imagination.

  11. 11
    mushafta Says:

    Clementcrock your response needs no response.

    I would not be here making comments were I not passionately interested in bringing my spiritual/religious feelings in line with my political beliefs- something most churches have abysmal track records with- believing in a complete divorce between the two realities.

    This blog by Ted serves a very useful purpose in that respect. So for me, as I suspect for Ted, the words of Pope Francis have considerable relevance to this Palestinian Jewish conflict story. It is complex and yet it is also black and white clear .

    I will go on believing that apartheid is the correct word to describe this reality. I will continue to believe that the course Israel is on amounts to nothing less than genocide.

    Hamas is no saintly organization and the response by Palestine to the atrocities committed by the Jewish state have not always been justifiable.

    As for your reaching for Alan Dershowitz’s assistance – since when has he been the definitive answer to this issue?

    What goes on in Saudi or other Arab countries of the region should have no bearing on what’s happening in Palestine.
    The outrageous gravity of the injustice of the Palestinians caused by Israel and supported by the U.S. should be the focus.. And that exactly is what I see Ted doing!

  12. 12

    I understand your passion, but passion should never be allowed to eclipse reason. As for the track record you speak of, the Church has spent centuries meddling in political affairs when she had no business at all there. The Catholic faith has implications in the area of morality and the political sphere, but you have to be very careful of dogmatic pronouncements. There’s quite a bit to know, so speaking with a tone of overconfidence and certainty is unwarranted.

    As for your choosing to go on believing that apartheid is the correct word, you said it well, it’s a matter of believing. Also, be sure you are willing to see (to really see) the apartheid in the Arab countries. If you were to speak out against Arab countries, you’d begin to have serious problems. But speaking out against Israel is popular, so you will not get into trouble. It’s better to be popular than to be labeled a Islamophobe, which is what would happen if you were to shine the spotlight on Arab injustices.

    If Hamas is no saintly organization, then speak out against Hamas for a change. But once again, Islamophobia is something to be avoided at all costs, even the cost of the truth.

    Dershowitz is not the definitive answer to this problem. He is more moderate, however, he looks at the issue in great detail, historically, and he’s no ideologue. Carter is definitely not the definitive answer. He’s part of the problem.

    To say that what goes on in Arab countries has no bearing on what is happening in Palestine is astoundingly ignorant. And if Hamas is getting funded by the Sauds, is it still your position that it has no bearing?

    But the point is that you focus on Israel and Palestine, you condemn Israel, and yet if you look around a bit, you’ll see that what you seem to be condemning in Israel should be condemned tenfold in Arab countries. The question is why Israel? You are simply closing your eyes to the injustices, brutal in nature, oppression of women, oppression of homosexuals, lack of democracy, exclusivity par excellence, that is found in the surrounding Arab countries. It’s bizarre that you are so passionate about Israel’s sin, which pale in comparison to the surrounding countries. Which makes us wonder whether it is the sin as such that bugs you, or is it Israel that bugs you. If it is the sin that bugs you, your silence is bizarre. If it is Israel, your a bigot.

    Ted needs to start thinking before he writes.

  13. 13
    mushafta Says:

    Calling Ted a bigot is utter nonsense. Suggesting the spotlight be turned to the other Arab countries in the surrounding area is equal nonsense. Likewise your continued insistence that Apartheid does not belong here.

    If the blog’s owner chooses to hammer away at the Palestine issue that is his right. There are some who would rather he focus on abortion or some other issue. The interesting thing is that they come here. And yes this blog is well read. So it must be having an impact. If you contend it is the work of a bigot then go start your own blog and don’t read any more. Simple.

    Israel’s getting between 3-5 $B a year from the US for its defence. Much of that goes to the brutal genocide of Palestinians. There are other countries contributing to this war fund too. How does that line up with your take on moving the spotlight elsewhere?

  14. 14

    Not sure why you would call attention to surrounding Arab countries nonsense. Why would you say that? What reasons do you put forth for focusing on one country?

    It is his right to hammer away at one country and at one issue, but that’s the problem with prolifers, they focus on only one issue. They ignore so many other life issues. Imagine if the police focused on one organized crime gang to the exclusion of every other crime. One has to deal with everything, otherwise your solution is one sided, and your understanding is one sided. If you don’t look at things from Israel’s perspective, your understanding is incomplete.

    As for starting my own blog, no need. I like reading this blog, because I know Ted personally, and I cannot believe he does not change, does not grow and develop, he’s like a broken record. Broken records like certainty and clarity and simplicity, which is why they don’t open themselves up to the larger picture, because when that happens, you introduce uncertainty, ambiguity, and complexity, which is frightening for some.

    You know, it’s amazing how much Ted has in common with conservatives. They never want to stray from their old narrative, they continue to look at the world through the same old framework.

    That’s why you cannot compare Ted to Pope Francis. The pope has more breadth.

    Anyways, there is not much point explaining all of this, because your logic is about as sound as Ted’s. Your mind lacks clarity and precision. Imagination rules, in your life, as it does in his.

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    mushafta Says:

    Comparing Ted to a one issue group like pro lifers! You have to be joking!

    You cannot possibly be reading this blog!

  16. 16

    That’s the irony. In the end, we are more like those we despise than we realize. Prolifers deal with other issues besides abortion, but it is always within a range, i.e., euthanasia, homosexuality, embryonic stem cell research, contraception, etc. The same is true for Ted. He doesn’t touch these issues. But he has his own limited range, and the Palestinian/Israel theme is fine, but his treatment of that is rather defective, because he is looking at the issue through ideological lenses. When we take of the ideological spectacles, the landscape becomes rather massive and full of detail. So there is always a trade off between accuracy and simplicity. Ted chooses simplicity.

  17. 17
    mushafta Says:

    That’s complete horse manure! It seems you have a big axe to grind with Ted. Focus on the real issue- the longstanding atrocities committed by Israel towards the Palestinians. At least Ted is focused. The blog covers a wide range of social injustice and I’m sure the Pro Lifers would want him concentrated on their singular issue. There are many issues worthy of coverage on the global front of injustices. Ted has obviously been seriously affected by what he has personally seen in Lebanon. It’s his perogative as a journalist to write what he pleases. It’s ours to read or ignore.

    Personally I take my hat off to Ted. He’s a man who follows his conscience. His life long work in the social justice movement is a remarkable feat. To many like myself he’s an icon. I’ve run into several distinguished Catholic newspaper editors who consider him the prophetic conscience of Canada’s lay Catholic Church- and I would profoundly agree.

    So while you may have an axe to grind I’ll continue my support for Ted and hope that you deal with your issue.

  18. 18

    He does follow his conscience, but so do prolifers. And prolifers are also social justice activists–they just focus on the most vulnerable. Why the most helpless and voiceless don’t count is beyond me. And as Mother Theresa said on Capitol Hill, if we teach the younger generation that it is okay to kill their children, there will never be peace in the world. Human life is human life, whatever the stage of development, but at least a Palestinian can defend himself; the unborn cannot. Teach reverence for the unborn, and you have a prayer when it comes to fostering reverence for people outside the womb. Neglect the unborn, and you’ll see things getting worse and worse, which is what you are seeing.

    I don’t quite understand how Ted can be the prophetic conscience of Canada’s lay Catholic Church. First of all, I’ve never heard of a lay Catholic Church. The Church is the Church. Secondly, the average lay person has never heard of him. Could he be a legend in his own mind?

  19. 19
    mushafta Says:

    Well now I have a full view of where you are coming from! Your bias is obvious.
    I don’t think you do your cause any good coming to this blog to run down Ted.
    These issues are diverse and worthy of print. Give Ted some credit.

    I’m really surprised!

  20. 20

    Actually, you have a partial view of where I am coming from, certainly not a full view. And what bias are you talking about specifically? A bias towards what? And cause? What cause? I didn’t know I had a cause? You certainly make a lot of assumptions. You are an inferentialist of the highest order. A bit of logic is in order.

    These issues are worthy of print. But oversimplifying the issues and looking at them through a black and white, either/or frame of mind is adolescent. That’s what surprises me about Ted. It’s a very adolescent mode of thinking we have here. The angles and complexities are “diverse”, and to ignore that diversity and the multifaceted nature of these issues is lazy minded.

  21. 21
    mushafta Says:

    More and more a carbon copy of Francesco whose only purpose here was to degrade, denounce, ridicule, bully and graffiti the blog.

    Why waste your time if you have nothing else to contribute? What axe are you trying to grind here? If you’re a disgruntled pro lifer wanting more attention for your cause, then realize what this blog is.

    You have me puzzled.


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