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Danny Danon, Israeli hack

September 29, 2015


If you look up Danny Danon in a Hebrew or English dictionary you would see his name and picture under the word HACK

Yet PM Netanyahu had the effrontery to pawn him off as Ambassador to Brazil but Brazil was not enthused and worse still, three former ambassadors pleaded with Brazil not to accept the HACK.

Dayan you see is a settler who is ideologically committed to a policy that Brazil defines as illegal under international law. He served as chairman of the Yesha Council – the umbrella organization of Jewish settlement councils in the West Bank – from 2007 to 2013.

Dayan opposes the two-state solution and that agreeing to his appointment would send a very negative message to all Palestinians and Israelis who support that solution, and would be a victory for those who support a binational state.

So former ambassadors to France, Turkey and South Africa told the Brazilian government that appointing Danon would legitimate the illegal settlements.They then sent a letter to Brazilian papers with the same plea. Alon Liel the former ambassador to south Africa called danon,”the foreign minister of the settlements.”

Brazilian activists as well petitioned the government to can Danon. President Dilma Rousseff has said that she also opposes the appointment a rarity for a head of state to voice their disapproval of the nominated individual,
Typical israeli arrogance. Netanyahu thinks the whole world is not watching his craven disregard for international law and UN resolutions.

Finally,the whole world is awakening to the illegal and brutal occupation and the  disappearance of Palestine

Israeli struggles with his brainwashing

September 15, 2015


Elliot and DaBakr, had a dialogue about the threat posed to Israel by anti-Zionism in the Middle East. DaBakr repeatedly accused Elliot of misreading Israeli history. Elliot allowed u Mondoweiss to publish his response as a post:

Elliot is like many israelis very decent, a fellow human trying to figure it all out. Israelis are particularly affected by the massive barrage of “hasbara”, pure propaganda that they are fed from the day they were born. The schools system is an indoctrination machine with little encouragement for critical thinking,

Ever since the new historians in the late 80s (Flapan, Segev, Pappé, Shlaim) blew the “Palestinians left on their own accord” myth out of the water, Israel has been reeling, knowing that in the information age, you can only hide the truth for so long. The new breed of historians were not propagandists but real historians. As Segev says , we were not the new historians, we were the first historians.

As far as the israeli propaganda to North American Jews go, it is simply greenwashing. “You too can help with forestation here in Israel’ (see symbol above). It should read, “Help us hide the remnants of the Palestinian villages we have planted over.”

Here is Eliliot below:

I assume you know that I am Israeli. I was indoctrinated with so many distortions of history that left me cold to Palestinian suffering. I would see the empty houses of Lifta every day at the western entrance to Jerusalem, I played in those houses yet I never made the human connection to the people who built those houses and lived there before I came along; in all my years in Israel I never befriended a Palestinian; it took me until just a few years ago to really own the simple fact that over 750,000 Palestinians had to leave Palestine to make way for me and my fellow Jewish Israelis; I had no sense that Palestinians had roots in the land, that it was their land that I was taking.

The best I could do was find overt anti-Arab racism distasteful, reject the occupation and generally try to be nice. I was the successful product of an education system that – to use your word – brainwashes as essential mental preparation for every Israeli’s first job as an adult, i.e. enforcing the Occupation and terrorizing other Palestinians in Gaza and Lebanon. Because that is the main job of the Israeli Defense Forces.

I never understood that the Jewish National Fund’s forests are literally a coverup for the Nakba. These wonderful green forests (“look how brown and bare South Lebanon is next to the green Galilee”) were planted on the ruins of hundreds of Palestinian villages. I never questioned the fairness of bringing millions of non-residents from around the world into an already populated land.
I could go on and on. And I am still uncovering more of my prejudices born in ignorance. If I could lay my hands on even a small part of the supposed’ billion (dollars?) that you say the Palestinians have earmarked for PR as payment for the time I’ve spent undoing the damage of years of Israeli and American Zionist indoctrination, let me know who to go to for that. Much appreciated.

Israel’s disgust over Netanyahu pt 1

September 11, 2015


Israel is abuzz with disgust over Netanyahu’s craven avoidance of Syrian refugees. It shows that the prophetic, the “Jewish” is alive in many sectors of Israeli life. Herzog the Labour leader correctly panned Netanyahu for his disgusting amnesia about Jewish history. Instead of welcoming refugees( all Muslim from next door Syria) Netanyahu built walls and showed the ugly face of Zionism a movement which hijacked authentic Jewish values of compassion. Zionists created the new Jew, the tough Jew which turned its back on the 3000 year religious tradition of compassion, solidarity, introspection etc. Zionism not Judaism became the new religion.
Up until the new Jew created by Jabotinsky, Ben-Gurion et al there was the long memory of what it was like to live under Pharaoh, to be a refugee, to be a person under brutal occupation. That biblical memorry was eviscerated by Zionism. Israel became amnesiac, forgot its covenantal identity under God and turned into Pharaoh and Goliath.
Yet, yet the prophetic has never totally died. You can not wipe out a historic memory about what it is to be “Jewish” and not “Israeli.”
Yossi Sarid a former Knesset member wrote this yesterday, a very typical lament from the best of Israel:
And more than anything else I am ashamed now – on the eve of the New Year and before Yom Kippur – because of its locked gates when refugees from all over the world are begging for a gate to open. They are terrorizing us with numbers – soon the country will be filled with them, in addition to our enemies. Don’t look at the streaming masses but at those who are among them; don’t look that those who are coming, but at those who are here.
Israel today is infamous for its brutal treatment of Ethiopian and Suidanese refugees. Forget about Syria.They’re  Arabs, non-Jewish and not welcome.

Stephen Klein wrote this:

Something here smells of anti-non-Semitism. Israel had no problem in 1991 taking in 14,500 destitute Ethiopian Jews in one weekend. And I bet that if 50,000 destitute ultra-Orthodox Jews from New York showed up on Israel’s doorstep tomorrow asking for all the benefits offered to “olim,” new Jewish immigrants, Netanyahu wouldn’t say, “Sorry, we’re too small to absorb you.”

Dead Palestinian children—not worth much

September 6, 2015

Gaza 1

Andrew Mitrovica is a well known journalist with an excellent track record on human rights. He periodically appears in the Star and a few other papers. this time he was writing on a good online source about the selective compassion of national leaders when it comes to the battered children of Gaza. Virtually no national leader has the guts to attack the criminality of Israel and its ongoing battering of the Palestinian people.

Below the firing line, of course, is a major discussion among Jews, many abandoning any support for the failed version of Zionism at play there. Former “liberal Zionists” have come to the conclusion after the last massacres in Gaza that any more blank support for Israel is out of step with traditional Jewish humanist values.

Here’s Mitrovica:

Where was the ‘compassionate’ media cavalry when a Palestinian physician was fighting a losing battle with Ottawa to arrange for 100 Palestinian children to come to Canada for desperately-needed medical help?

Where were Mulcair and Trudeau when the international news services were swamped with images of dead or mutilated Palestinian children during theIsraeli invasion of Gaza last year? Like Alexander, they were hiding behind their PR people, who issued circumspect press releases about those “heartbreaking” images and limply urged the Canadian government to do more to stop the bloodshed. How nice.

Not once, to my knowledge, did Mulcair or Trudeau step in front of a microphone during that 50-day war — which claimed the lives 521 Palestinian kids and grievously injured another 3,000 — to make impassioned pleas as
fathers or grandfathers for “compassion.” (I gather, Mr. Trudeau, that you can indeed find compassion in the middle of an election campaign.)

But perhaps the biggest hypocrites of these past few days have been some of this country’s major news organizations — the ones which saw fit to publish pictures of Alan’s lifeless body and demand action, but which sat on their hands when others were urging action for the children of Gaza.

Where were they when Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish — a Palestinian humanitarian, physician and father who lost three daughters and a niece to an Israeli tank shell in 2009 — was fighting a losing battle with Ottawa to arrange for 100 Palestinian children to come to Canada for desperately-needed medical help? Where was the “compassionate” media cavalry then?

Some were silent about the initiative, known as Heal 100 kids. Some dismissed it as political ploy. Worse, some even cynically implied that it was simply cover to allow terrorists to sneak into the country.

Canada, UK and Israel missing in action

September 3, 2015


The world is horrified at the heart wrenching picture of the 4 year old Syrian boy washed up on a Turkish beach, another drowned refugee. The 3-year-old found dead Wednesday along the shores of a Turkish resort town was named Aylan Kurdi. His family was trying to reach the Greek island of Kos when their boat capsized. His brother, Galip, 5, and mother, Rehan, 35, also died. Only the boys’ father, Abdullah, survived.
And the news that our big hearted Canadian government had refused the family entry into Canada.
“I was trying to sponsor them, and I have my friends and my neighbors who helped me with the bank deposits, but we couldn’t get them out, and that is why they went in the boat. I was even paying rent for them in Turkey, but it is horrible the way they treat Syrians there,” Teema Kurdi, Abdullah’s sister who lives in Vancouver, told the Ottawa Citizen.

NDP member from BC Fin Donnelly personally delivered the letter to immigration minister Chris Alexander in March, then nada.

“I walked across the aisle in the House of Commons and handed it to him and had a conversation with him,” Donnelly told Canada AM. “I asked him to look into the case.”Donnelly said Alexander promised to look into it.  He said Alexander’s office later requested more information about the family, which was supplied.

“But then the waiting began,” Donnelly said. “The weeks turned into months and we continued to wait and wait, and nothing.”

Alexander has suspended his re-election bid to rush back to Ottawa to control the damage.The Tories of course are hopeless in this regard, their performance abysmal but the other two leaders have shown that they are tone deaf to this global crisis. You can bet he’ll be one Tory who will defy the great leader and start speaking to the press.

NDP leader Mulcair at least acknowledged “It’s too easy to start assigning blame,” he said. “The international community has failed. Canada has failed.”

In Europe, while Germany is taking 800,000 refugees in, German newspapers are mocking another Tory government for its chintzy 10,000 admission response to the immigration crisis. Both Canada and the U.K. should be ashamed of their response.

And the last time I looked at the map, Israel was next to Syria and its response was typical. Basically we do not like Muslims. What would possess families to trek thru Europe for a safe haven when one of the most developed countries in the world is next door. Three guesses and the first two don’t count.

Well most people know by now Israel has become a very racist country which treats asylum seekers like vermin.
The new Minister of Culture, and former spokesperson of the IDF, Miri Regev welcomes Sudanese migrants who have trekked across a desert as “a cancer in our body.”

Israel only destroys “structures”, never homes

August 25, 2015

By 2050- earlier, probably- all real knowledge of Oldspeak will have disappeared.  Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, Byron- they’ll exist only in Newspeak versions, not merely changed into something different, but actually changed into something contradictory of what they used to be. 

George Orwell in 1984

One phrase that you should always pay attention to in official Israeli state reports—or constant propaganda— is the bastardized use of language. The only democracy in the Middle East which has no respect for human rights or international law never bombs (as in Gaza) or destroys homes. No, homes are only “structures” as in barns or pens where animals and/or farm machinery are kept.This is Orwellian Newspeak. No, civilized Israel would never destroy “homes” where people who have lived on the land for centuries actually live. Why this would actually put innocent children out on the street.


The constant state use of collective punishment, bulldozing homes of Palestinians (excuse me Arabs, Israel never dignifies the original occupants of the area as “Palestinians”) is against international law. What your son was arrested? .Now we are going to blow up your house.

This week 31 human rights, and development organizations called on world leaders to take urgent action to halt ongoing demolitions and hold the government of Israel accountable for the wanton destruction of Palestinian property and of projects funded by international aid in the occupied West Bank.So far in the past week 132 people including 82 children were made homeless.according to ICAHD (House Demolitions) 46, 294 homes have been demolished since 1967.

Can you imagine the feeling as you watch your home bulldozed for nothing you have done? A home is a sanctuary, a special place .It is never just a “structure” as Israeli propaganda says.

Dr. Meron Benvenisti, the noted political scientist and demographer and one of the great “Jews of Conscience” in Israel describes the meaning of occupation today,the total disregard and contempt Israel has for international law and the United Nations.
It would be hard to overstate the symbolic value of a house to an individual for whom the culture of wandering and of becoming rooted to the land is so deeply engrained in tradition, for an individual whose national mythos is based on the tragedy of being uprooted from a stolen homeland. The arrival of a firstborn son and the building of a home are the central events in such an individual’s life because they symbolize continuity in time and physical space.
We Jews celebrate our strength but at its core lies a counsel of despair.For Jewish identity is linked, willingly or not, to Palestinian suffering and this suffering is demolition of the individual’s home comes the destruction of the world.

Bulldozing more homes in the crazy country

August 24, 2015


Adam Keller is just another reason to believe that the prophetic is still alive in Israel. A 60 year old longtime “Jew of Conscience”, the native born Israeli has been jailed several times for protesting the shameless abuse of Palestinian rights. The contrarian gene has been passed on to his son Uri Yacobi who served seven months in prison for refusing to serve the army of occupation.

Keller’s parents who fought in the ‘48 war quickly became disillusioned with the narrow vision of Ben-Gurion and the betrayal of socialist principles for a pure nationalist version of Zionism.


Keller continues to fight the good justice fight and is a regular blogger from Tel Aviv. He recently wrote a piece called Crazy Country.

On returning from the Netherlands he received a call from a good Palestinian friend Haj Sami Sadeq, head of the small village of Aqaba in the Jordan Valley – who asked him to call him. An old story hardly ever reported in America or Canada had taken place.

“They came suddenly, without any warning. Hundreds of soldiers, with two huge bulldozers. They destroyed seven structures and also toppled the electricity poles. I spoke with Asher Tzur of the Civil Administration, the man who is persecuting us for many years already. I told him, ‘I have a letter from Prime Minister Ehud Barak, he confirmed that we had the right to build power lines, to have light in our homes and air conditioning in the hot summer. He told me, ‘Your entire village is illegal, we will yet wipe it off the map. The Americans give you money to build, but to us the Americans give money to buy bulldozers.

Keller reported that this collective punishment proceeds apace in the West Bank. B’Tselem,the Israeli human rights group reported that “18 Aug 2015: This morning, 17 homes were destroyed, as well as 7 structures for livestock, in the village of Fasayil in the Jordan Valley, leaving 48 people homeless, 31 of them minors. Most of the families whose homes were destroyed have already lost their homes in previous demolitions. Evicted inhabitants were exposed to temperatures which reached 40 degrees Celsius.”

And so it goes, relentlessly under the radar in America and Canada but duly reported to a bored and blasé Israeli populace which has gotten quite used to the ugly face of occupation.

Distinguished author humiliated at Israeli border

August 19, 2015


Susan Abulhawa is a American writer whose first novel, Mornings in Jenin, was translated into 30 languages and was an international best seller. a helluva read. Now her new book, The Blue Between Sky and Water, is coming out soon.It has already been sold for translation into 19 languages,


On July 29 this American citizen born in Jerusalem was stopped at the Allenby Bridge crossing into Israel from Jordan. She was on her way to visit parents “in the only democracy in the Middle East,”

You can guess what happened if you know anything about Israel.

American passport in tow this feisty proud 45 year old American citizen was subjected to a 7 hour humiliation at the hands of security officials.

Why are you here? On and on and on.

As well as visiting friends this distinguished author was on her way to build 2 more playgrounds for kids in Palestine.

After the 7 hour humiliation fest Abulhawa lost it“ You wish you had the same roots as I do,” she shouted. “You should be the one to leave, not me! I’m a daughter of this land.”

Later on on Facebook she let it all hang out…wouldn’t you?

“Denied entry to my homeland by a bunch of fucking Zionist colonizers who didn’t think I was sufficiently differential. Livid,”

Asking for help from the US consulate in Jordan was a lost cause. She was refused entry and the staff would not accept her complaint.

A typical day for a Palestinian arriving in Israel

The week before another Jerusalem native Dr. George Khoury landed at Ben-Gurion International Airport. Khoury is a professor of languages with a doctorate in theology from Berkeley got he same shoddy treatment. Traveling with a priest friend from Italy the 70 year old Khoury was denied entry.

The sensitive security apparatchik told him,”This is our Israel. This is for Jews. No Palestinian should come to Israel”.

imagine a Canadian official treating a person like this.

Gone the next day.

But this is Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East.
And this is America, the great enabler of the longest modern occupation in history.

Meet Mr.Gopstein

August 12, 2015


Meet Mr Benzi Gopstein, age 46,the leader of Lehava – a group infamous for its virulent campaigns against relationships between Arab men and Jewish women now y urges the same government to expel Christian places of worship from the Holy Land. I mean, why not.
They need to take them out. We don’t have a place for churches here…. It’s Jewish law. This is what God told us.”
Oh really, Benzi where was that?
Anothert crazed fundamnetalist settler from Kiryat Arba outside Hebron in the West Bank where israel spends a fortune protecting 500 illegal settlers living among 140,000 Palestinians. It was in Hebron where the ultimate Jewish terrorist Dr.Baruch Goldstein murdered 29 settlers in the Ibrahim mosque in February 1994.

Israel suddenly got religion after some settlers torched a Palestinian house resulting in the death of an 18 month old infant Ali Dawabshe.They arrested Meir Ettinger, 23 – grandson of the late Meir Kahane, the racist rabbi whose Kach party was banned because of its racist beliefs. Young Mr Ettinger like Mr.Gopstein was arrested days after lamenting how Israel was being “desecrated” by churches in a blog post. Now he’s free to go.No proof.
The blog condemned “the state of Israel’s great sin of allowing idolatry – churches and monasteries abounding in the Land of Israel with the sound of their ringing bells mixing with the pleasant sound of the Torah and prayer”.
Recall what was chalked on the burned house: Long live the messiah.
The West Bank is riddled by bad religion like this, an Excedrin headache for the many Israelis who are disguisted with these gentlemen.
Mr Gopstein was chillingly dismissive of the reasons behind the crackdown – saying he would shed no tears for one-year-old Ali Dawabshe, the Palestinian child whose death in last Friday’s arson attack triggered a wave of condemnation from Israeli politicians.

NDP turtles in Nova Scotia

August 10, 2015


Poor Morgan Wheeldon NDP candidate in Kings-Hants Nova Scotia became another victim of political correctness this time the NDP turtling over a simple truth uttered by young Wheeldoon on Facebook regarding the butchery in Gaza last summer “One could argue that Israel’s intention was always to ethnically cleanse the region — there are direct quotations proving this to be the case. Guess we just sweep that under the rug.”

The simple truth indeed is what all Canadian political parties do when it comes to Israel. They run for cover. You simply cannot say anything critical about Israel.
Brad Lavigne, senior campaign adviser for the New Democrats, confirmed by email that Wheeldon had resigned as the party’s candidate

“We were made aware of some information that had not previously been disclosed. When we approached Mr. Wheeldon with this information, he submitted his resignation,” wrote Lavigne.

“Our position on the conflict in the Middle East is clear, as Tom Mulcair expressed clearly in the debate,” Lavigne said. “Mr. Wheeldon’s comments are not in line with that policy and he is no longer our candidate.”

Nor is Paul Manly in Nanaimo, BC who was hooked for similar reasons and will cost the NDP seat there on Vancouver Island. Manly another critic of Israel’s policies is now running for the Greens.

Wheeldon of course is correct in his comments but one must not at all costs speak the truth about the ethnic cleansing of Palestine.
On this issue Mulcair is as bad as the other timorous leaders.


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