Archive for July 2018

The end of hasbara

July 13, 2018

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The indefatigable Phil Weiss has written an excellent summary of Israeli propaganda and how (under the Hebrew name hasbara its has run its course.

 

Israel always knew the theft of Palestinian land and the ethnic cleansing of 750,00 indigenous people in over 500 villages was indefensible so it had to embark on a massive hasbara campaign with propagandists in the only country that mattered, the USA.

 

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In the post 1948 world this was easy. The “Christian West” suffering under holocaust guilt gladly sacrificed Palestine. Granted the largely rural population had nothing to do with the Jewish tragedy but as Edward Said wrote presciently in Orientalism, Arabic people were deemed expendable in this regard, “This was made by a European power … about a non-European territory … in a flat disregard of both the presence and wishes of the native majority resident in that territory”. The Balfour Declaration of 1917

And how about Lord Balfour’s shocking arrogance:

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The Four Great Powers are committed to Zionism. And Zionism, be it right or wrong, good or bad, is rooted in age-long traditions, in present needs, in future hopes, of far profounder import than the desires and prejudices of the 700,000 Arabs who now inhabit that ancient land’.

 

President Wilson”s right of self-determination was ignored.

 

The Palestinians who comprised 96% of the country in 1900 had been devastated in their first intifada of 1936-1939. Their revolt was against Great Britain complicit in its imperial arrogance of handing over this area to the Zionists (largely Russian Jews) as part of the Empire’s military adventures.That this called for the annihilation of the Palestinian people was irrelevant.The promise of Balfour that nothing would be done that would prejudice the existing civil and religious rights of non-Jewish communities in Palestine, was totally ignored, Also ignored were the protestations of Palestinian leadership
In the Third Palestinian Congress in Haifa in 1920. It rejected the British government’s plans to support the Zionist project as a violation of international law and of the rights of the indigenous population. But who listened to Arabs at this time?

 

Then came the Nakba the catastrophe of 1948, the silence of the West. then 1967, the 6 Day War, more Palestinian land taken and now 500,000 illegal settlers living there. They can vote in Israeli elections but indigenous Palestinians, no vote.

 

Then the shock to Israel, the computer, the launch of omnipresent multimedia, the cell phone, You tube, all laying bare the lies of Israeli democracy, the brutal day to day life of Palestinians, the revolt of young Jews of conscience more attuned to to the universal values of Torah Judaism than their elders. A blogger below in response to Weiss frames this well:

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After a while it gets harder for the hasbara to keep trying to defend the indefensible. How long can apologists in the US media, keep pretending what the world sees in live pictures, unarmed civilians being killed by precision bombs and snipers, is all the fault of the victims. The justifications for massacre after massacre, is sounding lamer, weaker, and it makes those carrying the water for Israel, look like they are full of BS.

Now if the Congress can find the courage to stop the aid, weapons, and unwavering support, going to the zionists, and stop enabling them, the end game will be swifter.

 

Tomorrow, Phil Weiss on hasbara is finished.

AIPAC and the BS ARTIST

July 8, 2018

In a talk in Washington in 2016 Gideon Levy the Israeli journalist described the Israel lobby group AIPAC in these terms:

 

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee may be the organization that has caused the greatest damage to Israel. It corrupted Israel, taught it that everything is permissible to it. It made sure America would cover up and restrain itself over everything. That it would never demand anything in exchange. That Uncle Sam would pay – and keep mum. That the supply of intoxicating drugs would continue. America is the dealer, and AIPAC the pusher.

 

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We don’t have a bigger enemy for for justice, for peace, for equality than trhose who who think that if you supply the drug addict with more drugs,you are his friend…No, my friends, those not friends,they are enemies.

 

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The same APAC gave Israel PM Bibi Netanyahu several standing ovations as he dished out this lie to his adoring idolaters:

 

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In my office i have a signet ring in my office i have a signet ring-of a Jewish official from the time of the Bible. The seal was found right next to the Western Wall, and it dates back 2,700 years, to the time of King Hezekiah. Now, there’s a name of the Jewish official inscribed on the ring in Hebrew. His name was Netanyahu. Ben Yoash That’s my last name.My first name Benjamin, dates back, 1000 years earlier to Benjamin the son of Jacob.

 
A very rich story, a typical Israeli (read non observant Jew) trick of using the Bible to justify Israel’s claim to all of Palestine.There’s only one thing wrong with this whopper: Netanyahu’s original name was Mileikowsky.

 

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His father, born in the Russian empire in 1910, like many Zionists adopted the pseudonym “Netanyahu”, gift of God as a pen name.This was done by all israeli PMs who were born in the Russian Empire. The idea of course was to Hebraicize their name and make it appear tat they were the indigenous Semites and not the Palestinians.

PERES  SHARON  MEIR  RABIN  SHAMIR  BEGIN  BEN GURION  All from the USSR,not indigenous to Palestine.
As well they did the same to Palestinian villages and towns, gave them Old Testament names. The trick worked for decades but now the curtain has been pulled back and the Wizard of Oz has been found naked.

 

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And Netanyahu convicted of being an arch BS artist

American Jew banned from Israel

July 4, 2018

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On June 30 Jewish American peace activist Ariel Gold was deported from “the only democracy in the Middle East” by the immigration authorities at Ben Gurion airport even though she had a visa for studies at the Hebrew University, issued by the Israeli Consulate in New York.

 

it seems Ms.Gold is guilty of the heinous crime of supporting BDS, Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, the very nonviolent tactic which helped bring down another apartheid regime, South Africa

 

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Interior Minister Minister of Interior Aryeh Deri revoked her visa, saying: “I am again using my authority to prevent the entry into Israel of a woman who came to act against Israel and call for its boycott.

Here’s a digression worth reading.

 

Ironies abound here. Deri is a Moroccan Jew who emigrated to Israel and quickly discovered the way to power was to ditch his Arabic background and prove his bona fides to his Ashkenazi masters.This is well known in Israel. Deri one might say is a”self-hating Arab.” He made it!

 

Yehouda Shenhav, an Israeli of Iraqi origin, in other words a Mizrachi states it well

I re-invented myself as Israeli rather than Arab. The more you distance yourself from Arabness, the more chance you have of integrating into Israeli society.

 

The most famous Moroccan in Israel a few years ago was the cowardly 20 year old soldier Elor Azaria who murdered a disabled Palestinian in cold blood in Hebron. His only problem—he was caught on camera. Otherwise he’d go scott free. Azaria is part of the “army of the periphery” non Ashkenazi Jews who do the dirty work of the occupation—the check points, night raids and patrols in hell holes like Hebron.

 

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Aryeh Deri now does the dirty state work with a pen.Shame on him.

 

Back to the Palestinian city in the West Bank, 220,000 Palestinians and about 800 crazed settlers who run amok protected by brainwashed kids like Azaria.

 

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When American jews visit this den of racist oppression, they suddenly see the nature of Israel.

 

A year ago Ms Gold was violently accosted by a settler woman,Anat Cohen. As usual the soldiers watched with amusement.Where was she from. Gold spells out her Jewish background and answers that she’s from New York and this simpleton soldier “Why are you going against the Jews?” The kid is out of his league as Ariel answers: “I am going with the Jews, I’m going with human rights and Jewish values, these are my Jewish values”.

 

“To protect killers??” another soldier asks. “To protect our souls, to be on the right side of history”, Gold answers.

 

No, you gotta “stand with the Jews.”

 

They kicked Gold out of the Jewish section of Hebron and put her on the Palestinian bus into Jerusalem where she met with Rabbis for Human Rights

Now Ariel Gold would have none of this. After rebutting the soldiers she took the mad settler woman to court and got a restraining order. Israel is always sensitive to American Jews who need to be treated with kid gloves.  After all the United states of Amnesia is funding the occupation.The mad settler and the dopey soldiers made Israel look bad. The soldiers were even prevented from visiting Cohen’s coffee shop!

 

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Gold says,” And they were told to not repeat such a thing [refuse to protect an American Jew.”

 

And so Ariel Gold after being abused at the airport was sent packing.

Her final comment *as quoted on Mondoweiss;

I cant do course work at Hebrew University or visit any of my friends in Palestine, or support work on the ground taking place in Palestine for freedom and equality. I feel the sense of isolation, and a sense of strangling upon activists in Palestine.

Thhat’s the real purpose of banning me in. Having the ban of the 20 organizations, it’s to isolate a movement and separate and divide, just like Israel does, separating  Palestinians in the West Bank from Palestinians inside of 1948 [Israel ‘proper’],

Welcome to Israel!

Tavares signs! Oh, joy!

July 2, 2018

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Unceasingly we are bombarded with pseudo-realities. Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.”
Phillip K Dick

 

Today we live in a society in which spurious realities are manufactured by the media, by governments, by big corporations, by religious groups, political groups—and the electronic hardware exists by which to deliver these pseudo-worlds right into the heads of the reader, the viewer, the listener…. And it is an astonishing power: that of creating whole universes, universes of the mind.

Kurt Andersen:Fantasyland

 

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Tavares signs with Leafs!

 

Two talking heads on the Sportsnet channel tell us it’s a day we’ll all remember.

I’ve forgotten it already!

More spectacle and on the front page of the Globe! Israel is busy destroying Bedouin villages. The NYT wrote about it on the weekend but Tavares signs!
And the usual cliché ridden comments. NHL players are all schooled in media relations so we get the predictable  booswa from Tavares who like most Canadians is a nice politicized guy. He will never say anything critical about leaving NYC or anything about world politics.

Wouldn’t it be grand to hear him say.
I am finally leaving this nuthose who elected a bozo and am coming home to good old TO…oh yeah, they elected Ford. sorry.”

 

And then a two for one! how lucky can we get?

 

Lebron leaves Clevland and goes west.I can hardly sleep.But Argentine fans weep.Why?

 

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What a Canada Day!