Toy Israeli houses for Italian kids, destroyed homes for Palestinian children

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Toy house from Israeli firm Keter Plastics

That was the heading on the leaflet distributed at the Iper Coop in Rome, Italy on July 9, 2010, marking the fifth anniversary of the launch campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel. While the systematic demolition of Palestinian homes by Israel continues, the Italian hypermarket instead sells colorful and cheerful plastic toy houses, in addition to children’s chairs, tables and slides, produced by the Israeli company Keter and marketed in Italy by Giochi Preziosi and Grand Soleil.

The Keter Group, a leading worldwide producer of plastics, has some of its factories located in Israeli settlements built illegally in the occupied Palestinian territories, in particular, the infamous industrial zone of Barkan outside the Ariel settlement. Barkan, the second largest settlement industrial area, is home to some of the most environmentally unfriendly industries there are: plastics, aluminum, fiberglass, electroplating and weapons production. It is estimated that Barkan discharges 810,000 cubic meters of industrial waste water per year, which ends up in rivers and lands near the Palestinian village of Salfit.

The Israeli government provides strong incentives for industries that choose to locate their production facilities in the illegal settlements, such as tax breaks, grants and reductions of up to 69% in the rent of state owned lands. In addition, factories have access to a low-cost workforce, exploiting the Palestinians, including many minors, under constant threat of being fired and with no labor or health safeguards.

Activists of the Rome Palestinian Solidarity Network aimed to raise awareness among customers of the Iper Coop on the complicity of Keter in the Israeli occupation and called on the management to provide explanations on the sale of illegal products in the supermarket chain, already the object of campaign against Agrexco, another Israeli company which exploits the occupation for economic interests.

Hoisting the toy house on their shoulders, followed by a colorful procession of children’s chairs and tables, all labeled ‘Made in Israel’, the activists navigated the aisles of the supermarket making their way to the information desk where they asked for details on the origin of the products. Staging a debate between an "unaware customer" ready to purchase the Israeli products for her daughter and an "informed consumer" familiar with the BDS campaign, the activists called the attention of shoppers as they entered the supermarket.

The exaggerated reaction by the security guards– one wore a Celtic cross, a symbol adopted by neo-fascists in Italy, around his neck – and the management cut short the debate. The activists were "invited" to return the products to their place and the assistant manager agreed to a meeting, but far from interested customers who had gathered around. A delegation followed her back into a storage area where they delivered an open letter calling on COOP management to cease its complicity in the illegality and violations of the Israeli government, as documented by the Fourth Geneva Convention, numerous resolutions of the UN Security Council, the ruling of the International Court of Justice, European Parliament and the European Court of Justice.

Outside activists distributed over 300 flyers, inviting customers to defend the right of all children to play, and musicians from the mini-murga activist band entertained passersby.

The United Nations estimates that in 2009 more than 600 Palestinians – more than half of them children – were left homeless following house demolitions by Israeli forces. Over 4000 homes were destroyed in Gaza during the Israeli assault in 2008/2009. Since 1967, almost 25,000 Palestinian homes have been razed.

We cannot put our children under a roof that was taken from another child. Don’t buy products from Keter, complicit in Israel’s colonial system.

You can contact the Rome Palestinian Solidarity Network at [email protected]

74 Responses

  1. annie
    July 10, 2010, 10:53 pm

    thanks for all you do stephanie! are there more photos?

    • Schwartzman
      July 10, 2010, 11:12 pm

      or any proof about anything you say?

      • annie
        July 10, 2010, 11:15 pm

        say wa?

      • thankgodimatheist
        July 10, 2010, 11:45 pm

        Why don’t you google Keter group and see for yourself, instead of submitting this conditioned response to any criticism of your beloved Israel?

      • Schwartzman
        July 10, 2010, 11:51 pm

        Ok I will do that right away Joachim.

      • thankgodimatheist
        July 11, 2010, 12:14 am

        Yonira, mon cher..I just googled Keter group and guess what? This:

        Who profits from the occupation”
        Keter Group:
        כתר פלסטיק (קבוצת כתר)
        The company has a factory in the Barkan industrial zone, which is a settlement in the occupied West Bank.
        Involved in:
        Settlements’ Products
        link to

      • thankgodimatheist
        July 11, 2010, 12:18 am

        More about the profiteering scum:
        The Settlement Industry
        link to

      • Schwartzman
        July 11, 2010, 12:27 am


        yes, I know the company exists, I know they profit from the occupation. I detest companies that profit from the occupation, I detest the occupation. I just would like some evidence of these child labor violations and wage violations the author eluded to. Child labor violations is a problem in the WB and Gaza, but I have found zero reports of Israeli companies using Palestinian children in this way.

      • Avi
        July 11, 2010, 12:43 am

        Since you detest the occupation, what have you done to end it? And why did you put those lines in italics? Is that some kind of slogan you mutter once in a while to gain relevance in the human community?

      • Walid
        July 11, 2010, 12:49 am

        Schwartzman is not bugged by the 25,000 homes destroyed by Israel or by the 810,000 cubic meters of industrial waste water being discharged into rivers by Israelis, but he is very disturbed that TGIA said something about minors being employed by Israeli companies. Amazing mentality.

      • thankgodimatheist
        July 11, 2010, 1:37 am

        “810,000 cubic meters of industrial waste water being discharged into rivers by Israelis”

        Walid…Very few people know about this and I have to confess I’m one. Do you have any more about it. Links? I’d like to post it on my blog…We should all be more aware of the devastating impact Israelis is exacting on the environment.

      • Walid
        July 11, 2010, 1:38 am

        TGIA, we are all being suckered with the “settlement” and “settler” designation as if these people are aliens from another world. Israelis and other Jews like Schwartzman here are saying they detest the occupation but this is a gimmick to draw attention away from the real offender, Israel. Settlers are Israeli citizens through and through and thinking of them only in terms of their being only settlers, we are letting Israel get away with another crime. The Israeli government brought these people to live there, provided them with roads, electricity and military protection and lets them terrorize the Palestinians and steal their land and water and burn their olive trees with impunity. These people are Israelis not settlers from another world and whatever they are doing, it’s Israel that’s doing it. Everything about Israel should be boycotted because it’s Israel that’s at the root of the settlers being there. I can’t see any difference between an Israeli living on the WB and an Israeli living in Tel Aviv inspite of being led to think otherwise.

      • Shmuel
        July 11, 2010, 1:47 am

        I detest companies that profit from the occupation, I detest the occupation.

        So I’m assuming you support concrete action against those responsible for the policies that encourage companies to profit from the occupation and perpetuate the occupation itself by continuing to steal Palestinian land and resources and expand settlements – i.e. every Israeli government since 1967 (we’ll talk about ’48 another time).

      • thankgodimatheist
        July 11, 2010, 1:50 am

        “Since you detest the occupation, what have you done to end it? ”

        Nothing because gate keeping is an energy consuming full time job. Only little a man can do..

      • thankgodimatheist
        July 11, 2010, 1:56 am

        I found this very important information in regards to the pollution of rivers:

        Several Israeli industrial zones have been established within the West Bank (e.g., Atarot, Mishor Adumim, Barkan, Nizzane Shalom, Karnei Shomron, Kedumim). The Israeli industries include manufacturing of pesticides and fertilizers, fiberglass, flammable gas, batteries, aluminum, textiles, leather, tanning and plastics industries were reported (ARIJ, 2001). There is very few information regarding the industrial activities inside the settlement located in the West Bank.

        The Israeli industries are not limited to the defined industrial zones but also found within the settlement in the West bank. It was estimated that about 200 Israeli industrial factory located within the West Bank. Most of these industries are not allowed to be established inside Israel. The Barkan industrial zone reportedly releases about 810,000 cubic meters of industrial wastewater per year (ARIJ, 2001). The degree to which this wastewater is treated before disposal is not known. Table 3 shows some of Industrial Israel areas inside West Bank.
        link to

      • Walid
        July 11, 2010, 2:17 am

        There were lots of articles but most are starting to be dated but undoubtedly still valid since Israel is not into improving much on the WB. In a nutshell, polluting companies that were forced to shut down operations within Israel because of enviromental laws simply relocate to across the Green Line where no permits are required for such operations and they continue polluting the countryside. In one instance, a company that spews pollutants into the air is simply asked to shut down for a month during the year when the wind shifts direction and blows towards Israel. For the rest of the year, it can continue letting the wind blow its dangerous shit over the neighbouring Palestinian villages. There are other horror stories of Israel maintaining open garbage dumps abutting Palestinian villages. These dumps serve communities within Israel proper. The West Bank is serving Israel to dump its material and human garbage there.

        You can find a detailed listing of the polluting activities of rogue Israeli WB communities on Global Research:
        link to

        A mini from above article;

        “… Israeli West Bank and Jerusalem settlements produce about 91 million cubic meters of wastewater annually, more than double the amount from Palestinian communities. Yet most of it goes untreated. As an occupying power, international humanitarian law requires it be done, yet Israel violates its obligations across the board making Palestinians suffer grievously as a result. “

      • Schwartzman
        July 11, 2010, 2:27 am

        Thank you for the information, that is very troubling.

      • thankgodimatheist
        July 11, 2010, 2:28 am

        Thanks Walid. Actually I googled the words and found many links..I’ll have to go through the lot. Thanks again.

      • Schwartzman
        July 11, 2010, 2:33 am

        I support:

        A. an end to the Likud government in Israel
        B. an end to all settlement building
        C. an end to the occupation
        D. a viable Palestinian state set up on the pre-67 boarders with minimal land swaps.
        E. immediate negotiations between Israel/Palestinians, Hamas/Fatah, and Israel/Syria.
        F. compensation for all those effected by Israel’s actions during the Nakba.

        I could support
        A. a federalized Israel/Palestine as one state
        B. boycott of WB companies

      • Schwartzman
        July 11, 2010, 2:35 am

        What have you done Joachim? wrote countless posts about how Richard Witty can’t spell good (play off Zoolander, i’ll save you some disparaging comments about my writing)

      • Walid
        July 11, 2010, 2:55 am

        Palestine Monitor
        22 April 2010
        There are 121 settlements in the West Bank, excluding East Jerusalem. In many of these, violence against the local Palestinian population is common. In a number, however, it is pollution that is a major problem. Waste-water pollution from settlements destroys crops and trees, pollutes ground and drinking water supplies, and damages land and harms wildlife and the communities dependent on it. Palestine Monitor examines 3 cases: Elqana, Ariel and Revava, with pictures and B’Tselem videos:

        link to

      • thankgodimatheist
        July 11, 2010, 2:58 am

        I don’t get what you mean…Did I make mistakes? Possible, but unlike Witty, I’m not of an English speaking background (English is a 3rd language for me) and I have no pretension to its mastery as I’m still learning as you can clearly see. So what’s the fuss is about? I haven’t attacked you on any of your linguistic skills, only political, if that!. Please explain.

      • thankgodimatheist
        July 11, 2010, 3:18 am

        Thanks Walid. A post is up now. Here:
        link to

      • Avi
        July 11, 2010, 3:20 am

        (we’ll talk about ‘48 another time).

        Shmuel, have mercy on the guy.

        It’s good to see you posting again. I had a hunch an article concerning Italy would bring you out of hiding.

      • Walid
        July 11, 2010, 3:20 am

        Schwartzman, you and the rest are scapegoating the settlers; the rat in the story is Israel. We saw the same situation with the 8,000 colonists that had been planted in Gaza by Israel and yanked out kicking and screaming when it suited its purposes. Today, Israel is into a lot of evil and the settlers are made to carry the full blame.

      • Schwartzman
        July 11, 2010, 3:24 am


        Your english is great, I commend you on your ability to articulate yourself so well in a language which is not your native tongue.

        I guess what my point was you guys asked me what I was doing to end the occupation, not enough that is for sure. But I ask you and your comrades, how does constantly badgering Witty, consistently taking up over 1/2 of the comment section on
        demoralizing him, help end the occupation?

      • Schwartzman
        July 11, 2010, 3:25 am

        So what is your recommended solution Walid?

      • Schwartzman
        July 11, 2010, 3:26 am

        Walid, I know full and well that the Israeli government put the settlers there, it was and is a huge mistake. If there ever is an end to Israel, it will be because of this blunder.

      • Shmuel
        July 11, 2010, 3:30 am

        I could support … boycott of WB companies

        Why just WB companies and not those who make the policies that allow them and even give them incentives to operate in the WB? If you don’t want to boycott all Israeli products, you could start with products made or marketed by wholly/partially state-owned companies such as Agrexco, or cultural events directly sponsored by the Israeli government.

      • Walid
        July 11, 2010, 3:36 am

        Great, TGIA, BTW I’m a big fan of the Angry Arab and his political talks whenever he’s on TV, I have yet to disagree with whatever he says; he calls it as he sees it very eloquently, angrily and passionately.

      • Walid
        July 11, 2010, 3:42 am

        Scwartzman, I think the world should stop beating around the bush with the settlements gimmick and start boycotting Israel itself. Saying that the whole problem is caused by the settlements is like saying that someone is half-pregnant. The problem is Israel, not the settlements.

      • Shingo
        July 11, 2010, 3:45 am


        Good on you.

      • sherbrsi
        July 11, 2010, 3:47 am

        Precisely. The problem is Israel, not just its colonial tentacles in the OPT. As long as Israel imposes a blanket ban on all Gaza exports, all Israel exports are fair game to boycott. As long as Israel retains its colonial presence in the OPT, whether military or civilian-settler, there should be no qualms with banning Israeli products.

        When Israel withdraws completely from the OPT and ceases its strangulation of the Gazans, the debate on the semantics and morality of BDS can begin.

      • Shmuel
        July 11, 2010, 3:48 am

        Thanks, Avi. I wasn’t hiding, just working like mad so I can enjoy my upcoming vacation with a clear desk (and conscience). Mission accomplished :-)

      • thankgodimatheist
        July 11, 2010, 4:03 am

        I was starting to miss your posts Shmuel. Welcome back.

      • thankgodimatheist
        July 11, 2010, 4:26 am

        The two blogs are not related. When As’aad closed his comments section, someone who felt that it’s a shame all his blog’s habitués and commentators were suddenly deprived of a tribune , so she set up ‘The Angry Arab Comments Section’ in order to continue the amazing discussions (not unlike here on Mondo, mind you). I took over from her about two years ago.

      • thankgodimatheist
        July 11, 2010, 4:49 am

        “But I ask you and your comrades, how does constantly badgering Witty, consistently taking up over 1/2 of the comment section on
        demoralizing him, help end the occupation?”

        On a blog, one is rarely out there to “end the occupation” as much as one is to voice a concern, an opinion on topics related to that and engage in a dialogue/debate/discussion of sorts..If this advocacy is well articulated and defined it can help to spread the word, raise the awareness, rally the undecided, inform the uninformed and contribute indirectly (or directly,one would hope) to end the occupation..No delusions about self importance here but to each his small 5 cents and the total sum might be significant one way or another.
        As for berating Witty, well, as far as I’m concerned, I have to admit that it has less to do with his views on the I/P issues than to his cavalier approach to the English language and the tendency to wrap what should be clear and concise, with a convoluted, obscure, tortured and incomprehensible psycho-babble crap. I have little tolerance to those disciples of Lacan and consorts who think that the more obscure and hermetical, the smarter and more profound. Not so in my humble opinion… Stuff Lacan..Clear thoughts must be clearly articulated. Witty is NEVER clear..He poses for a profound thinker. I disagree.

      • Shingo
        July 11, 2010, 4:55 am

        “Witty is NEVER clear..He poses for a profound thinker. I disagree.”

        The reason for that is pretty obvious. Witty tries so very hard to disguise his racism, biggotry and sadism behind sophistry. Were he to clearly articulate his thoughs, they would be repugnant and vulgar, so he invests his energy in circular and incomplete sentences and vaccuous physolophical babble.

      • thankgodimatheist
        July 11, 2010, 5:04 am

        Absolutely, Shingo. This must be it. I had a look at his blog where he mainly talks about social and economic issues and to my bewilderment, he’s quite readable and comprehensible. On the I/P issue here, he tends to obscure and hermetically close what may well be unpalatable thoughts..

      • LeaNder
        July 11, 2010, 5:59 am

        Lacan, isn’t obscure and hermetical, quite the opposite. I wonder how anyone can compare Witty’s style to Lacan’s. Amazing.

        Should I take psycho babble as a hint? Do you consider right of self-determination, or his deep concern for the will of the Israel nation as psycho-babble? The first term I would locate in early nationalist thought and not in psychology. The last seems to be founded on the Israeli religious-nationalist foundation myths, and if I understand it correctly is now part of the American Jewish religion. The Israeli flag seems to be prominently displayed near the Arc containing the Torah in quite a few orthodox synagogues nowadays. This deeply religious, thus non-rational connection, may explain part of his stylistic confusions.

        Or as Mooser calls it: Ziocaine.

      • Avi
        July 11, 2010, 6:28 am

        Shmuel July 11, 2010 at 3:48 am

        Thanks, Avi. I wasn’t hiding, just working like mad so I can enjoy my upcoming vacation with a clear desk (and conscience). Mission accomplished :-)

        Sounds good. It’s vacation season in Europe now, isn’t it? I wonder what the average North American would way if he or she knew that Europeans get 2 weeks off (or is it more??) each summer.

      • Avi
        July 11, 2010, 6:36 am


        I’m really interested in hearing what your view is on point “D” and “F”.

        You wrote:

        D. a viable Palestinian state set up on the pre-67 boarders with minimal land swaps.

        My question is: Can you give specific examples of which “land swaps” we’re talking about, and are you referring to population swaps or strictly territorial swaps?

        F. compensation for all those effected by Israel’s actions during the Nakba.

        Does that include their descendants and/or surviving relatives?

        And what about the Right of Return? What, for example, if instead of compensation, the refugees choose to return to their original homes or at least the land where their homes used to stand? Would you support that?

      • Shafiq
        July 11, 2010, 6:40 am


        I read your comment and found all your points extremely sensible. I hear similar things from many Israelis. Then why was there such an angry reaction when Obama asked (very politely) for a settlement freeze?

        The reaction to Witty was on a certain thread, where he deliberately misrepresented the post (that he hadn’t read) and launched into an attack on the author. There is some level of tolerance for Witty’s attacks on Phil and the other authors, but this was too far.

      • Shmuel
        July 11, 2010, 7:57 am

        It’s vacation season in Europe now, isn’t it?

        That it is. For those lucky enough to still have jobs with proper contracts, a month is pretty standard. Those of us who are self-employed and struggling do the best we can. The cities no longer empty out in July-August the way they did even 7-8 years ago.

      • Richard Witty
        July 11, 2010, 8:09 am

        What post? And are you sure I misrepresented?

      • potsherd
        July 11, 2010, 10:16 am

        Many people take the entire month of August.

      • LeaNder
        July 11, 2010, 10:43 am

        I thought you were self-employed, Shmuel. I used to be, working partly as a translator too.

        But I decided I wanted to be among people for a while. … and I enjoy it.

        The European average is 26,5 day a year. Here in Germany the legal minimum is 20 days which in connections with the usual five-days-work-week means four weeks. But it is much more likely to be 30 days a year. Which is six weeks. As Shmuel suggests if you are still lucky enough to get one of these contracts, that is.

      • Mooser
        July 11, 2010, 11:06 am

        Hello Shmuel! Seems to me like I haven’t seen your name at the top of a comment for a while. Glad to see it again, which leads me to how glad I am when I see all kinds new names under the posts on the main page.

      • Mooser
        July 11, 2010, 11:12 am

        “Thank you for the information, that is very troubling.”

        Oh Shwarztman, is that the kind of drek they make Zionist-shills out of these days? “Very troubling”? This is not the Shwartzman we know and despise! But I do have to say, what a sensitive soul you are! Stephanie “Westbrook” (?) finds one teeny-tiny thing wrong with the occupation and you fold like wet cardboard. In my day, they made shills of sterner stuff.

      • Mooser
        July 11, 2010, 11:24 am

        “how does constantly badgering Witty,”

        That’s funny, I don’t see a single post from Witty in this thread.

      • Mooser
        July 11, 2010, 11:25 am

        ” it was and is a huge mistake.”

        If this isn’t Yonira, it’s her sister!

      • Mooser
        July 11, 2010, 11:28 am

        “he tends to obscure and hermetically close what may well be unpalatable thoughts..”

        Because he is in a father’s hell! He knows what he did, he threw his son to the haredi out of laziness and character weakness and an inability to love. No wonder he is inarticulate sometimes: he is being choked.

      • Mooser
        July 11, 2010, 11:36 am

        “The last seems to be founded on the Israeli religious-nationalist foundation myths, and if I understand it correctly is now part of the American Jewish religion.”

        For God’s sake Lea, why not just come over here and shoot me through the heart! Please God, let that not be true, let it be anything, a misconception, a product of overexcitement, even anti-Semitism. But don’t let it be true! And thanks for the Layseh mogen Lea. That turned my kishkas to water. A little too raw for a Sunday morning.

      • Mooser
        July 11, 2010, 11:45 am

        ” The Israeli flag seems to be prominently displayed near the Arc containing the Torah in quite a few orthodox synagogues nowadays.”

        I was shaking so much from the preceding sentence, I didn’t see that one. This was raised the other day, by Shingo(?) and of course I rejected it out-of-hand.
        Maybe the antidote to ziocaine is prussic acid, after reading that it seems worth a try as a preventative.

      • Shafiq
        July 11, 2010, 12:09 pm

        The Ofer Neiman post.

        Neiman’s post was about how Kristof disregarded (maybe non-intentionally) non-violent actions by Palestinians prior to the involvement of Israeli civil society and gave examples of such actions. You misrepresented the post as an attack on Israeli civil society (which it wasn’t) and then attacked Neiman for his post.

      • Shafiq
        July 11, 2010, 12:14 pm

        Many people take the entire month of August.

        Maybe in countries such as France, but in Britain most people usually take a week or two off, during summer. Legally, full-time workers are allowed 28 days paid leave a year.

      • Shmuel
        July 11, 2010, 12:22 pm

        but in Britain

        Sorry. I thought we were discussing Europe ;-)

      • potsherd
        July 11, 2010, 12:26 pm

        Just so!

  2. worker ant
    July 10, 2010, 11:25 pm

    Schwartzman just wants us to be 100% sure the factories and other businesses in the settlements aren’t run by lizard people.

  3. Avi
    July 11, 2010, 6:38 am

    Jewish student caught painting Swastikas on her own door then claiming Anti-Semitic Attack:

    link to

    • eljay
      July 11, 2010, 9:18 am

      >> Jewish student caught painting Swastikas on her own door then claiming Anti-Semitic Attack

      Poor girl. Her mythical “long-term exile” and a lack of hugs clearly made her so frightened that she had to fake an “anti-semitic” attack. :-(

      Cheap stunts such as hers cheapen the importance of legitimate claims of “hate crimes”. For this reason alone, she needs to be held accountable for her actions and her stupidity.

      • Avi
        July 11, 2010, 10:36 am

        For this reason alone, she needs to be held accountable for her actions and her stupidity.

        I like how in concluding her report, the reporter said that many on campus just want the student to get the help she needs. A polite way of saying, “What a psycho”.

      • Colin Murray
        July 11, 2010, 11:07 am

        I got the same impression. It seems plausible to me that some kind of genuine mental illness is involved, for which I have sympathy both for her and her family. However, the way she expressed it raises questions in my mind about her upbringing. Was she taught as a child to view life as ‘us versus everyone else on the planet’?

        Also, Eljay, if she is mentally ill and not pulling some proto-neocon prank, don’t you think that a medical rather than legal solution is more appropriate?

      • eljay
        July 11, 2010, 12:08 pm

        >> Also, Eljay, if she is mentally ill and not pulling some proto-neocon prank, don’t you think that a medical rather than legal solution is more appropriate?

        Nothing in that clip suggests to me that she is mentally ill. If it turns out that she is, though, then I agree that a medical solution is more appropriate.

    • Frances
      July 11, 2010, 9:33 am

      On the Youtube video of the news report, somebody left a comment that went something like “This girl has a brilliant career ahead of her as a Mossad false-flag operative.”

      • Avi
        July 11, 2010, 10:38 am

        “This girl has a brilliant career ahead of her as a Mossad false-flag operative.”

        Pretty much. It’s akin to a child that starts off by playing with matches and then at 20 graduates to arson.

      • Mooser
        July 11, 2010, 11:20 am

        “Pretty much. It’s akin to a child that starts off by playing with matches and then at 20 graduates to arson.”

        Ah, the lot of the researcher who is in advance of the scientifical type community, already! They start with PEP pills and graduate to ziocaine!
        I will be vindicated in this, just you watch. There is an actual physiological change in Zionist supporters, and with the proper techniques it will be identified and quantified. Perhaps an antidote can be developed!
        Hey Schwartzman, can I borrow a couple of cc’s?

      • Mooser
        July 11, 2010, 11:52 am

        Can you imagine the incredible savings to the health-care system from American Jews who can simply sublimate their child’s mental illness or disturbance or character issues into Zionism?
        Add that to the low numbers of Jews in American prisons, thanks to the settlements. Kid got violent, amoral tendencies, with a soupcon of sick sexism? Has Zionism got a job for them!

  4. Zorro
    July 11, 2010, 8:34 am

    Don’t buy products from Keter, complicit in Israel’s colonial system.

    I still have nieces and nephews of a young enough age where they might have enjoyed products manufactured by Keter. But, since I can’t abide supporting even indirectly a system of government that discriminates against many of its own citizens, I’ll leave all Keter products on the shelf.

  5. Khawja
    July 11, 2010, 9:22 am

    Italy has long been an ‘Islamophobe’ Zionist Occupied Government (ZOG). Not long ago, an Israeli citizen was sitting in Italian Parliament. The powerful Jewish Lobby was up in arms when the ex-president of Italy, Francesco Cossiga. had told the respected Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera that “the disastrous (911) attack was planned and realized by the American CIA and Mossad with the help of the Zionist world to put under accusation the Arabic Countries and to persuade the Western powers to intervene in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

    And let us not forget, how compassionate Israelis have been towards Tamils and Sri Lankans!!

    link to

  6. Philip Munger
    July 11, 2010, 2:02 pm

    I knew that the wastewater infrastructure in Gaza has been destroyed by the IDF, and that the result is massive land and sea pollution.

    I knew that the gratuitous Jiyeh Power Station oil spill, caused by the IDF in the Hezbollah War, was the largest oil spill in Eastern Mediterranean history.

    I knew that the settlements were releasing untreated waste and wastewater in the West Bank.

    But until this article, I didn’t realize the extent of industrial waste caused by settler industries, or about how impossible it must be for the PA to do anything about it.

    The magnitude of this looming environmental catastrophe on such a small, vulnerable area astounds me. The selfishness of the settlers knows no bounds. It is irrational, perhaps blasphemous, for them to crap so much vile bile into something they claim to be a “Holy Land.”

    • lysias
      July 11, 2010, 2:23 pm

      I read in Rabbi Benjamin Blech’s Complete Idiot’s Guide to Learning Yiddish, p. 97 that a Jew would never pronounce a blessing for a garment made out of leather because an animal had to die for us to acquire it, so our joy can’t be complete.

      Isn’t there similar reverence for the land (especially since polluting it has to harm living creatures)?

    • Walid
      July 11, 2010, 2:52 pm

      Philip, it’s a mistake to consider it a settler-caused problem; it’s an Israel caused problem since it’s by Israeli industry locating on the WB to keep Israel pollution-free. Earlier in the day, I mentioned how one Israeli polluting plant on the WB is asked to shut down one month during the year when the wind is blowing towards Israel and the rest of the year, it can carry on its cancer-causing pollution of Palestinian villages; here’s the article from link to

      Toxic Apartheid Israel in the West Bank city of Tulkarem

      Tuesday March 23, 2010 23:41 by TD – Free Palestine Campaign
      Spreading like the cancer that the output from the factory induces

      Toxic Apartheid Israel : Specialising in the manufacture of pesticides, fertilisers and other chemicals, the Israeli company, Geshuri, forced to leave the Israeli coastal city of Netanyana on account of its plants toxic emissions simply relocated to land, stolen for the purpose, on the outskirts of the Palestinian city of Tulkarem in the north-east of the West Bank where the pollution, unabated and continues apace.

      Geshuri toxic emissions
      Following a court case in Israel, it was moved to Tulkarem in the mid-eighties. The Geshuri complex of factories sited in the shadow of the Apartheid-Annexation Wall has been expanding ever since, spreading like the cancer that the output from the factory induces. In addition to the land confiscation, the factory has a severe deleterious effect on the health of the local community. 2.5 dunums in the immediate vicinity of the factory have been polluted to the point where they are no longer agriculturally viable. Trees in the area are decaying; those that remain alive exhibit stunted growth. Pollution from the factory also widely affects other agricultural land in Tulkarem and has seeped into underground water sources in the area. Noxious carcinogenic fumes from the Geshuri factory have also adversely affected the health of the population. Respiratory problems and eye infections, which are most likely to afflict the very young and elderly, are the most commonly reported problems. It is also believed by medical experts that the pollution caused by the plant has led to cancer cases, although to confirm this no studies have been carried out to date. With the processing of household waste in the Geshuri Industrial Park there are attendant rat infestations.

      The chemical complex is beyond the control and power of the PA as the Israeli occupying “Civil Administration” watch over and protect it – where for 11 months of the year the prevailing west to east winds blow the emissions into Tulkakem and in the one month when the winds shift direction and blow from east to west into Israel the factories cease their carcinogenic activities.

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