Palestine/Israel Apartheid News: 6/30/11: US flotilla passengers begin fast at US Embassy in Athens

 “I see it as an obligation of me as an Israeli and a Jew to help steer the wheel of this boat into Gaza in order to challenge these war criminals, and to send this message to the Palestinian people, to the Palestinian children in Gaza and the rest of the world, that they are not alone and we support them, and one day, they will be free,”

pers @ NY Greek Consulate told JVP supporter “It’s your government [US] that ordered us not to let the ship sail!” link to twitter.com


Impounded US boat to Gaza

by PHILIP WEISS on JULY 2, 2011

impoundThe US Boat to Gaza published the picture above of its impounded vessel today.

I’m in a desperate mood today. Two tweets sum it up:

From Saree Makdisi: So: armed struggle is out; international law is out; ICJ is out;UN is out; aid flotillas are out; negotiations are out; what is left?

From JVP:

pers @ NY Greek Consulate told JVP supporter “It’s your government [US] that ordered us not to let the ship sail!” link to twitter.com

INDEX (stories follow)

EVENTS

US flotilla passengers begin fast at US Embassy in Athens

by PHILIP WEISS on JULY 3, 2011

“Deplorable!” – The ‘Quartet’ Comments on Gaza

by NIMA SHIRAZI on JULY 3, 2011

Was Israeli unit Shayetet 13 behind the sabotage of Gaza-bound flotilla ships?

from Max Blumenthal by Max

Live Update From Jewish Holocaust Survivor on U.S. Ship in Gaza Flotilla

It Takes People on the Outside: Prestigious Author Alice Walker to Confront Israeli Naval Blockade of Gaza on U.S. Aid Ship

Debunking the Israeli-US Effort to Thwart Gaza Freedom Flotilla: “We Are Committed to Non-Violence”

Exclusive Tour of Gaza-Bound U.S. Ship, Audacity of Hope; Saboteurs Damage Other Ships in Flotilla

Israel prepares to kill

HUMAN RIGHTS

Israeli court ruling violates Muslim freedom of worship

from World War 4 Report blogs by WW4 Report

Brits, Bibi’s Poodles, Arrest Sheikh Salah Preparing to Address Parliament

Jello cancels

from Jews sans frontieres by Levi9909

The day of victory: Bil’in celebrates the removal of the wall

Following Barrier’s Rerouting, Residents of Bil’in to Start Building “Bil’in West”

from The Only Democracy? by Jesse Bacon

Susya Creative and Learning Center: 1st Anniversary Celebration

from The Only Democracy? by Assaf Oron
ZIONISM = RACISM

Zionism is racism, always

If Muslim or Christian Arabs did that on Jewish homes, this would be covered in specials on TV and on front pages of newspapers in the US

Israeli nationalist motives: not a factor here

Zionism is racism and bigotry and prejudice


HISTORY & ANALYSIS

Yesterday, Ethan Bronner justified Israeli killing of civilians, and today it is the turn of Isabel Kershner


Headlines for June 30, 2011

EVENTS

 

bostonteaparty

Provided always, That if any goods, wares or merchandise, shall be laden or put off from, or discharged or landed upon, any other place than the quays, wharfs, or places, so to be appointed, the same, together with the ships, boats, and other vessels employed therein, and the horses, or other cattle and carriages used to convey the same, and the person or persons concerned or assisting therein, or to whose hands the same shall knowingly come, shall suffer all the forfeitures and penalties imposed by this or any other Act on the illegal shipping or landing of goods.

– Boston Port Act of 1774 (14 Geo. III. c. 19)

On March 30, 1774, in response to the Boston Tea Party, the British Parliament enacted the Boston Port Act, effectively shutting down all commerce and travel in and out of Massachusetts colony. The law, known as one of the Intolerable Acts, was enforced by a British naval blockade of Boston harbor. These punitive acts, which collectively punished an entire colony for the acts of resistance and frustration of a few, served to unite the disparate colonies in their fight for self-determination, sovereignty, and natural and constitutional rights. Colonies as far away as South Carolina sent relief supplies to their compatriots in Massachusetts. As a result of British imperial overreach, the First Continental Congress was convened on September 5, 1774. The Congress, in turn, established the Continental Association, a solidarity pact between the colonies to boycott all British goods and, in the event of continued British aggression, to stand as one in their fight for independence.

237 years later…

boat us gaza

The so-called “Middle East Quartet” – that is, the United States, United Nations, European Union and Russia – has issued a “Statement on the Situation in Gaza” today.

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A release from the US Boat to Gaza:

Members of the U.S. Boat to Gaza have begun an open-ended fast calling
on the U.S. government to defend our right to sail out of Greece. The
fast has begun in front of the U.S. Embassy at 91 Vasilisis Sophias
Avenue in Athens. Fasters delivered an urgent letter to the Embassy
and plan to sleep overnight outside the Embassy gates.
Passengers and U.S. boat organizers participating in the fast are:
Medea Benjamin, Ken Mayers, Paki Wieland, Kathy Kelly, Ray McGovern,
Helaine Meisler, Nic Abramson, and Carol Murry.
Passenger Kathy Kelly said, “We call on officials at the U.S. Embassy
in Athens to publicly acknowledge our right to sail and to call on the
Greek government to free our ship and its captain immediately.”

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Was Israeli unit Shayetet 13 behind the sabotage of Gaza-bound flotilla ships?

from Max Blumenthal by Max

Shayetet 13, the Israeli naval commando unit, contains an underwater sabotage divisionShayetet 13, the Israeli naval commando unit, contains an underwater sabotage division

Two boats among the fleet of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla have been sabotaged. Passengers scheduled to sail on the second boat, the Saoirse, which hails from Ireland, discovered that the propelled had been cut and “dangerously  bent.” “If this boat would’ve gone to sea, it’s almost certain we would’ve lost lives, this boat would’ve sank,” said Fintan Lane, an Irish coordinator of the flotilla.

While Israel has not taken credit for the sabotage, all signs point in its direction. The Israeli military boasts an elite underwater sabotage division, Yaltam, that operates out of Shayetet 13, the naval commando unit thatraided the Mavi Marmara last year and killed 9 of its passengers. According to SpecWarNet, an online database of international special forces units, “For underwater sabotage missions, each [Shayetet 13] diver can carry a limpet mine to attach to the hull of enemy watercraft or docks.”

The Guardian reported on Shayetet 13’s history of sabotaging civilian ships in international harbors:

[Shayetet 13], the Israeli naval commando unit that intercepted the Gaza Freedom flotilla, is one of the country’s elite military formations, with rigorous selection and training procedures and a reputation for ruthless efficiency. It is known to have been involved in numerous clandestine seaborne operations, including many raids on neighbouring Lebanon. It works closely with the Mossad secret service.

It was also involved in a curious foreshadowing of the Gaza incident in February 1988, when Flotilla 13 is reported to have sabotaged an attempt by the PLO to highlight the issue of Palestinian refugees by sailing a ship to an Israeli port, forcing Israel either to sink it or board it or let it land the refugees. The night before the vessel, al-Awda (”The Return”) was due to sail, it was blown up and sunk in Limassol harbour, Cyprus — with no loss of life or political embarrassment.



Live Update From Jewish Holocaust Survivor on U.S. Ship in Gaza Flotilla

Hedy_buttonDemocracy Now! producer Aaron Mate and 86-year-old Jewish Holocaust survivor Hedy Epstein are on the U.S. ship, “The Audacity of Hope,” as it sits moored in an Athens port, draped in American flags, waiting to set sail for Gaza, joining nine other ships in a humanitarian flotilla to challenge the Israeli naval blockade of Palestine. Asked why she is attempting to go to Gaza, Epstein says, “If I can go anywhere in the world, why not to Gaza? Because the Israelis do not want me to go there? That is not a good reason for me not to go.”

It Takes People on the Outside: Prestigious Author Alice Walker to Confront Israeli Naval Blockade of Gaza on U.S. Aid Ship

from Democracy Now! | Healthcare Reform by mail@democracynow.org (Democracy Now!)

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Alicewalker_buttonIsrael continues to threaten a group of international activists planning to sail to Gaza this week with humanitarian aid. Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said participants in the 10-boat flotilla are seeking “confrontation and blood.” Last year, Israeli forces killed nine people aboard the Gaza-bound Mavi Marmara. Meanwhile, activists say one of the 10 boats scheduled to sail to Gaza has been sabotaged in a Greek port. Saboteurs reportedly cut off the propeller shaft of a ship shared by Swedish, Norwegian and Greek activists. Organizers say the boat will be repaired in time to sail to Gaza. One of the other ships that will try to reach Gaza from Greece is the “Audacity of Hope.” It’s set to carry up to 50 U.S. citizens carrying letters to Gaza residents. One of the ship’s passengers is the acclaimed author, poet and activist Alice Walker. She has written many books, including “The Color Purple,” for which she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. On Monday, Alice Walker spoke at a Freedom Flotilla news conference in the Greek capital of Athens. “I am going to Gaza because my government has failed, it has failed us, it has failed to understand or to care about the Gazan people. But worse than that, our government is ignorant of our own history in the United States,” Walker said. “For instance, when black people were enslaved for 300 years, it took a lot of people in the outside of our communities to help free us.” [includes rush transcript]

Debunking the Israeli-US Effort to Thwart Gaza Freedom Flotilla: “We Are Committed to Non-Violence”

Gazaboat_israel_buttonIn addition to fears of ship sabotage and threats from the Israeli military, the U.S. citizens trying to sail to Gaza aboard U.S.-flagged ship “The Audacity of Hope” in the humanitarian flotilla are dealing with another challenge: their own government. The U.S. Department of State has warned U.S. passengers they could face “fines and incarceration” for taking part in the flotilla and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appears to have given Israel the green light to use force. Last week, Clinton said the flotilla would be [provoking] actions by entering into Israeli waters and creating a situation in which the Israelis have the right to defend themselves.” The threat of violence comes just one year after Israeli forces killed nine passengers in the first flotilla to Gaza after storming their ship. The passengers aboard the U.S. ship this year are a diverse group — parents, grandparents, young people, lawyers, doctors, nurses, social workers and peace activists. They include a Jewish survivor of the Nazi Holocaust, 87-year old Hedy Epstein; and the acclaimed writer, poet and activist Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Color Purple.” As The Audacity of Hope prepares to depart from Greece, Democracy Now! producers Aaron Maté and Hany Massoud spoke to crew member and former Israeli air force pilot, Yonatan Shapira, about the Israeli-U.S. effort to thwart the ship’s journey.

Exclusive Tour of Gaza-Bound U.S. Ship, Audacity of Hope; Saboteurs Damage Other Ships in Flotilla

Boat_tour_buttonOrganizers of the humanitarian flotilla to the Gaza Strip say another one of their ships has been sabotaged. The engine of an Irish ship docked in Turkey was reportedly so badly damaged it would have sunk in the middle of the ocean, threatening the lives of the passengers on board. It’s at least the second flotilla vessel to be targeted this week following damage to a Greek-Swedish ship docked in a port near Athens. Activists have accused Israel of orchestrating the sabotage, but say they have no direct proof. The Israeli government is trying to stop the ships from leaving port and has vowed to intercept them should they set sail. An Israeli official quoted in the Jerusalem Post said, the more “[they] have to run in place in Athens, the better it is for Israel.” One of the ships in the 10-vessel flotilla is the U.S.-based “The Audacity of Hope,” named after President Obama’s best-selling book. At least three dozen U.S. citizens are on board, carrying letters from Americans to the people of Gaza. Democracy Now! producer Aaron Maté and videographer Hany Massoud are in Greece to cover The Audacity of Hope’s journey. On Wednesday, Yonatan Shapira — a former Israeli Air Force pilot turned peace activist who is now a crew member on the U.S. boat — gave Democracy Now! a rare look inside the ship and talked about the threat of sabotage. “I see it as an obligation of me as an Israeli and a Jew to help steer the wheel of this boat into Gaza in order to challenge these war criminals, and to send this message to the Palestinian people, to the Palestinian children in Gaza and the rest of the world, that they are not alone and we support them, and one day, they will be free,” Shapira said.

Israel prepares to kill

“Senior officials in Jerusalem said Monday that Israel has received information that organizers of the Gaza flotilla may be bringing chemical substances on the ships to use against Israeli soldiers to prevent them from boarding the ships.”  Don’t you like “received information”?  Sounds very reliable to me.  In fact, I received information that organizers of the Gaza flotilla may be bringing nuclear weapons with them.
HUMAN RIGHTS

Israeli court ruling violates Muslim freedom of worship

from World War 4 Report blogs by WW4 Report

The Israeli human rights group Gisha, which advocates for freedom of movement for residents of the besieged Gaza Strip, last week appealed to Israel’s Supreme Court a judgement upholding the policy that allows Christians —but not Muslims—to exit the besieged Gaza Strip for worship at Jerusalem’s holy sites. The ruling by the Beer Sheva District Court rejected a petition filed in February by seven Muslim women from the Gaza Strip. The petitioners sought to enter Israel in order to exercise their right to freedom of worship and pray at the al-Aqsa Mosque. Despite the declared sensitivity towards freedom of worship at Jerusalem’s holy sites, Israel does not allow the entry of Muslim worshippers from Gaza, even subject to security screening, but does allow Christian worshippers to enter.

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Brits, Bibi’s Poodles, Arrest Sheikh Salah Preparing to Address Parliament

sheikh raed salahSheikh Raed Salah: why are David Cameron and Bibi Netanyahu afraid of this man?

The Tory British government, ever Bibi’s loyal poodle, has arrested Sheikh Raed Salah, head of the Islamic Movement (Northern Branch) the day before he was to address the UK parliament at the invitation of an MK.  Doing Bibi’s bidding seems to be a trademark of the current government, which also today inveighed against those participating in the Gaza Flotilla, who are rumored to have at least one boat which departed from a Scottish port.

Apparently, the Sheikh, Israel’s leading Islamist leader, is persona non grata as the leader of a legitimate Israeli political-religious movement (albeit one the government attempts to criminalize every chance it gets).  The fact that he’s been convicted by Israel of trumped-up charges of assaulting a police officer is enough to get him deported.  But one wonders why they bothered to allow him into the country in the first place.  It makes the Brits look like they’re afraid of the ideas of someone they themselves permitted entry.  What’s he gonna do?  Poison the minds of UK’s Muslim community?  Turn them against the Tory government’s milquetoast approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?  They’re already against this government’s Middle East policy.  Hard to imagine Salah could make things any worse for them.

Perhaps this is a sop thrown to Bibi because Parliament still hasn’t, as far as I know, repealed the provision allowing arrest warrants for visiting Israeli officials and IDF officers.  This has been high on Israel’s list since it’s meant that no senior Israeli officials could visit England for some time without fearing arrest.

The British tabloid press have blared headlines claiming that Salah was a banned person, implying that he entered Britain surreptitiously.  Considering that he entered via Heathrow and certainly must’ve had a visa to do so, this appears to be a lie.

I should make clear that I am criticizing Britain’s pusillanimousness not because I’m a fan of Salah or agree with his views.  But unlike David Cameron and Bibi Netanyahu, his views don’t scare me and criminalizing them will only drive Israel’s Muslims farther toward the extremes (which perhaps is what Bibi wishes).  The Bush administration cancelled a visa issued to Tariq Ramadan and refused him entry for years until, under pressure of a lawsuit, Pres. Obama’s Justice Department changed course and allowed Ramadan into the U.S.  By the way, the Republic did not collapse as a result.  Similarly, Israel imprisoned Norman Finkelstein when he attempted to enter and refused Noam Chomsky entrance as well.  Apparently, their ideas were so dangerous that Israel might’ve combusted spontaneously had a single Israeli heard them.

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Jello cancels

from Jews sans frontieres by Levi9909

Many thanks to David Hillman in the comments for breaking the news, to me anyway, that Jello Biafra has cancelled his band’s gig in Tel Aviv.

The facebook posting about the decision is a tad garbled:

Dear Friends,
Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine are not going through with the July 2 date in Tel Aviv. This does not mean I or anyone else in the band are endorsing or joining lockstep with the boycott of all things Israel.
I am going to Israel and Palestine to check things out myself and may yet conclude that playing for people in the belly of the beast was the right thing to do in the first place.
The toll and stress on the band members and myself has been huge, both logistically and as a matter of conscience. I can’t drag anyone any further into rough waters without being better prepared than some of us thought we were. A responsible leader does not go, ‘Hey, check out the storm at the top of Mount Everest. Let’s go up anyway just in case we don’t die.’ Some members are angry with me for this decision, let alone how long it took me. I don’t blame them.
It would have been so easy to quietly pass on the gig out of fear someone might get upset, and no one would have been the wiser. We could have flown under the radar, left the date off our tour postings and not bothered with a statement, but how honest is that?
Our intention in going was that we thought we could do some good , speaking truth to power, fans and impressionable young minds in a way that most bands don’t. What about the people on the same side of the human rights fence we are who now don’t get to see us play? Should they be boycotted too? What about the even larger atrocities of the Bush regime and by extension Obama? Should we turn off our mouths of anger and boycott our own country too?

Ok, he doesn’t quite understand the nature of the beast in whose belly he might still be playing but it is, as far as it goes, another success for BDS.

Following Barrier’s Rerouting, Residents of Bil’in to Start Building “Bil’in West”

from The Only Democracy? by Jesse Bacon

From the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee
VIdeo of the victory celebrations, warning contains LOTS of car honking!
This Friday, as part of the weekly demonstration, residents of Bil’in will commence the construction of a new neighborhood of the village, ‘Bil’in West”, on lands returned to the village following the rerouting of Israel’s Separation Barrier.

What: Construction of new neighborhood on lands returned to Bil’in
Where: The mosque in Bil’in, West of Ramallah
When: Friday, July 1st at 12:30

Six years after their struggle has begun and four years after the Israeli High Court has ordered the rerouting of the Wall on Bil’in’s lands, residents of the village will finally have free access to 600 dunams (150 acres) of land that were previously sequestered behind the Wall.

While continuing to fight for the remaining 1350 dunams (330 acres) that are effectively annexed to the settlement of Modi’in Illit, the Bil’in Popular Committee announced a new strategy of building community and public buildings on lands that were given back as a way to assert their possession of them.

The regained land is designated as Area C, over which Israel retains complete control of both security and administrative matters. Due to this fact, it is nearly impossible for Palestinians to receive building permits in area C. Palestinian structures built without permit in Area C are often demolished by Israeli authorities and are almost never retroactively whitewashed. In contrast, illegal and unpermitted settlement construction is often retroactively issued the required construction permits, as was the case in the Matityahu East neighborhood of the Modi’in Illit Settlement, which was built on Bil’in’s lands.

Background

On the morning of Tuesday, the 21st of June, army bulldozers began work to dismantle the Wall in Bil’in. As early as 2007, after two years of weekly protests in the village and following a petition filed by the residents, Israeli high court declared the path of the Barrier illegal. The court ruled that the route was not devised according to security standards, but rather for the purpose of settlement expansion. Despite the high court’s ruling four more years of struggle had to elapse for the army to begin dismantlement. During these years two people were killed in the course of the weekly protests and many others injured.
Yet even according to the new path, sanctioned by the high court, 435 acres of village land will remain on the “Israeli” side of the Barrier.

On September 4th, 2007, the high court ordered the state to come up with an alternative path for the existing Barrier in Bil’in within a reasonable period of time. Despite the ruling, many months elapsed and no new plan was offered. On the May 29th, 2008, the residents of Bil’in filed a petition to hold the state in contempt of the court due to this delay. In response to the petition, the state offered an alternative path. However, the plan failed to comply with the high court’s ruling as the proffered path left a large area designed for settlement expansion on the “Israeli” side of the Barrier. The only difference between the two paths being that the latter offered to award 40 acres of land back to the residents.

A second petition claiming the alternative path not in accordance with court ruling was then filed. On August 3rd, 2008, the court declared that the first alternative path indeed fails to adhere to the ruling. The court ordered the state to come up with another alternative path.

On September 16th, 2008, the state offered a second alternative path. This path also left a large area designed for settlement expansion on the “Israeli” side, offering to return a100 acres of village land to the residents. A lawyer for the residents asked that the state be held in contempt of the court for violating a court ruling for the second time.

On December 15th, 2008, the high court ruled that the second alternative path was not in accordance with the original court ruling.

In April 2009 the state offered a third alternative path which left most of the area destined for settlement expansion on the “Palestian” side of the Barrier, thereby returning to the village 150 acres of 490 acres annexed by the original path.

The day of victory: Bil’in celebrates the removal of the wall

 https://i1.wp.com/www.bilin-ffj.org/images/stories/img_2413.jpg  Photos By Rani Burnat

Friday 1-7-2011-For the first time after nearly seven years of resistance and struggle of the residents of Bil’in, the people of the village and a large number of participants from neighboring villages could hold the Friday prayer on the land that has been retrieved 2 days ago. Also many Palestinian leaders, including: Abbas Zaki, member of the Central Committee of Fatah, Qais Abu Laila, member of the Democratic Front, Hisham Abu Raya, member of the Palestinian Liberation Front, Fadwa Barghouti, member of the Revolutionary Council of Fatah and many of the leaders and supporters of the Palestinian national movement, as well as dozens of international activists and Israelis joined the celebration. The Sheik spoke the Friday prayer and held a speech for the brave people of Bil’in, praising the strength of their will and their attachment to their land, shown by their resistance to the occupation army. He added that the land can only be retrieved through resistance, patience and faith in the complete victory. He also praised the foreign assistance and continuous support for the Palestinian cause. After the prayer, the participants in the march went to have a huge celebration in the natural reserve of Abu Lemon, waving Palestinian flags and banners of the various factions, and singing national songs to express their joy about the victory and the big dream to end the occupation of all Palestinian territories. In a speech, Abbas Zaki, member of the Central Committee of the Fatah movement encouraged the people of Bil’in and praised their heroic struggle during the past seven years. This victory was the result of the sacrifices made by the people of Bil’in, he said. After they reached the protected area, they built the first house there after the removal of the wall. After many years of not seeing any big groups of Palestinians so close to their residence, the inhabitants of the nearby illegal settlement were watching the celebration and the building of the first house with great attention and surprise. The people of Bil’in are now planning to built more houses, in order to protect the land from the greed of the occupation

Susya Creative and Learning Center: 1st Anniversary Celebration

from The Only Democracy? by Assaf Oron

On Saturday, May 28th, 2011, a celebration was held at the Palestinian village of Susya to mark the frist anniversary of the Susya Creative and Learning Center’s activity. Four hundred guests took part in the festivities – half of them Palestinians from Susya and the area, and the others – Israelis and internationals who reached Susya from various places in Israel and the world.

The Susya Creative and Learning Center, a joint initiative of local residents and the Villages Group has held a wide variety of activities this past year, among them classes in Arabic and Hebrew, Dabkah dancing, art workshops etc. These activities have made a significant contribution to the process of consolidating the community of families living at Susya.

SusiyaCtr1 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA SusiyaCtr5 SusiyaCtr4 SusiyaCtr3 SusiyaCtr2One part of the celebration took place in the area of the Creative and Learning Center tent where the central assembly was held as well as kite-flying and Dabkah performances of local youth and children’s dance groups. In the nearby tent a sequence of short films was being projected about Susya and its people and about the Creative and Learning Center and its activities. Another part of the event took place at family dwelling tents. Each presented to its guests a display of photographs taken by the women of the family.

A samba players’ group and the Clown-Army group from Israel performed both at the central celebration area and in the family dwellings.

Several settlers from the Israeli settlement of Sussya tried to come in and spoil the fun. In this case, unlike others, army forces present kept charge of the order around Palestinian Susya and prevented the settlers from actually reaching the celebration centers and disrupt the events.

Among the organizatios whose support made this celebration possible are The Villages Group, ActiveStills,COMET-MEBreaking the SilenceTaayush and the Alternative Information Center.

Among the many volunteers who helped make this festivity a success, special thanks go to Ibrahim, Abd al-Rahman and Ahmad of the Susya Creative and Learning Center Committee, Mahmud and Ala from Yatta, David of the Villages Group, Keren and Mareike from ActiveStills, Dolev, Neriya and Tehila of Taayush, and the international volunteers Kate, Fiona and Victoria.

Ehud Krinis, The Villages Group

ZIONISM = RACISM

Zionism is racism, always

“Israel has over 100 preschools and schools with a majority of Ethiopian students, a new report by the Knesset Research Center revealed.  The report will be submitted to the Knesset’s Committee for Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs on Tuesday, as it debated the integration of Ethiopian children in schools.”

If Muslim or Christian Arabs did that on Jewish homes, this would be covered in specials on TV and on front pages of newspapers in the US

“Unknown persons sprayed racial slurs and a Star of David on a Palestinian home in the West Bank village of Beitilu. The vandals wrote among other things: Mohammed is dead. Police are searching for the culprits.”

Israeli nationalist motives: not a factor here

“The suspect claimed the act was not driven by nationalist motives but because the Palestinian was “staring at his sister.“”

Zionism is racism and bigotry and prejudice

“The Interior Ministry is refusing citizenship and new immigrant status to a homosexual married to a Jewish new immigrant, despite the law’s stipulation that the child, grandchild and partner of a Jew are entitled to Jewish immigrant rights. Joshua Goldberg and Bayardo Alvarez, both American citizens, immigrated to Israel two weeks ago. Goldberg, who is Jewish, received an Israeli identity card and immigrant certificate on arrival, under the Law of Return. Alvarez, despite exerting much pressure on the ministry, was granted only temporary residence.” (thanks Sarah)
HISTORY & ANALYSIS

Yesterday, Ethan Bronner justified Israeli killing of civilians, and today it is the turn of Isabel Kershner

It was a “confrontation” between two armies, apparently:  “The flotilla is likely to be followed with keen international interest after a previous one 13 months ago ended in bloodshed when Israeli naval commandos intercepted the six-boat flotilla in international waters, setting off a confrontation on a large Turkish vessel that left nine activists dead and many others injured, including seven Israeli soldiers.”  Oh, did you cry over the injury of Israeli soldiers, Ms. Kershner?
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