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Protesters wore shirts with the word “Apartheid” on them written in Hebrew.
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From a Brandeis Students for Justice in Palestine press release:

Newton, MA – On Monday, March 26th 2012, members of Brandeis Students for Justice in Palestine (BSJP), together with Waltham and Boston area Palestine solidarity activists, disrupted a Town Hall Meeting with 5 members of the Israeli Knesset (MKs) at Temple Emanuel in Newton, Massachusetts. The event, whose sponsors included Brandeis University, the Ruderman Foundation, and a number of Boston-area Zionist organizations, was aimed at strengthening relations between Israeli political leaders and the American Jewish community. The activists mic-checked the panel, protesting the undemocratic nature of the Israeli apartheid state and notified the offending officials that until their government ceased its discriminatory policies they were not welcome by students at Brandeis University community events. The activists were pushed outside the hall by police officers and private security guards.  One Brandeis student was arrested and another was injured while being thrown to the floor by a police officer.

The panel included Knesset members Ofir Akunis (Likud), Lia Shemtov (Yisrael Beitenu) and Faina Kirshenbaum (Yisrael Beitenu). Faina Kirshenbaum, who lives in the settlement of Nili in the West Bank, and Ofir Akunis are responsible for controversial legislation aimed at limiting international funding of human rights organizations operating in Israel. The two also initiated a committee to investigate the funding of human rights and left-wing NGOs in Israel. Akunis was recently quoted saying “Senator McCarthy was right in every word”. On November 2010, MK Lia Shemtov sponsored a bill suggesting all workers of the public sector should take a loyalty oath to Israel as a Jewish and democratic state.

The activists wore blue T-shirts with the word “apartheid” written in Hebrew across the chest. They stood up before MK Ofir Akunis began speaking at the event and shouted:

Israel is an apartheid state and the Knesset is an apartheid parliament!

We will not welcome Israeli officials to any Brandeis University event until apartheid ends!

Mr. Akunis and Ms. Kirshenbaum are responsible for sponsoring fascist legislation in the Knesset, targeting legitimate human rights organizations.

Mr. Akunis and Ms. Kirshenbaum, how does it feel to be silenced? The Knesset is silencing dissent and civil and human rights!

FREE PALESTINE! FREE HANA SHALABI!

Last year, Brandeis University hosted a similar event featuring Israeli Parliament members. Brandeis SJP interrupted the event, targeting MK Avi Dichter, an international war criminal wanted for crimes against humanity and violations of the Geneva Convention. This year, the event was scheduled at an off campus location.

Seth Grande, a Brandeis student and Palestine solidarity activist, stated “There exists a clear regime of racialized discrimination and marginalization directed against Palestinian communities inside Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories. This regime is sustained by policies adopted in the Israeli Knesset. The fact that there are Arab Members of Knesset does not change the fact that Israel is an apartheid state. Israel needs to end its project of colonial occupation in Palestine and stop discriminating against its Palestinian citizens. As long as Israel maintains its discriminatory policies, I, as a Jewish American, will not stay silent.”

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  1. AlGhorear
    March 27, 2012, 10:07 am

    Ynet called this a riot and said students stormed the podium.
    article

    This is a riot?
    video

    First time posting so I don’t know if I did the links right.

    • Pixel
      March 27, 2012, 10:27 am

      Welcome.

      Yup, the link is perfect. Hadn’t seen it. Thanks for that.

    • Ron Newman
      March 27, 2012, 4:45 pm

      I was at this event, though to attend it rather than protest against it. There was no riot, and no protesters ever “stormed” the rostrum. They stood up in place, and started yelling from their pews. After a few minutes, the police removed the protesters, and the program went on without further disruption.

    • Ron Newman
      March 27, 2012, 7:50 pm

      I don’t see a place to comment at YNet, so I e-mailed their editor to tell them of the article’s inaccuracy. If I get a reply, I’ll post that here.

    • Annie Robbins
      March 27, 2012, 8:14 pm

      AlGhorear! great to see you here. welcome.

      ;)

      • AlGhorear
        March 27, 2012, 10:07 pm

        Thanks, Annie. You can see I’m still on Twitter mode. 140 characters or less…

  2. Pixel
    March 27, 2012, 10:43 am

    I was particularly drawn to the young man wearing the white kippa in the second row (forefront).

    I get the feeling that young people are really listening to their counterparts.

    I also thought it was interesting that, from the camera view and sound in this video, the students were not drowned out by everyone shouting nor obscured by everyone immediately standing up.

    The majority of the audience, including the many blue hairs, if they had their hearing aids turned up, appeared to be listening.

    I think that’s progress.

  3. dimadok
    March 27, 2012, 10:51 am

    Conveniently, you’ve omitted Raleb Majadle ( Labor party) and Idan Gilon (Meretz) from the list of Israeli MK’s.
    Here is the original article:
    “The panel included Knesset members Ofir Akunis (Likud), Lia Shemtov (Yisrael Beitenu) and Faina Kirshenbaum (Yisrael Beitenu), as well as Raleb Majadle (The Labor Party) and Ilan Gilon (Meretz)”
    http://brandeis4palestine.wordpress.com/2012/03/27/brandeis-students-for-justice-in-palestine-disrupted-a-town-hall-meeting-with-5-knesset-members-one-arrested-and-one-assaulted/

    My question is-who do you think your readers are, Adam?

    • marc b.
      March 27, 2012, 11:11 am

      My question is-who do you think your readers are, Adam?

      yes, and who exactly are you influencing with your commentary, since you’ve raised the issue? and i’m not sure what the inclusion, or adam’s omission, of a labor party MK has to do with criticism of the event.

      • dimadok
        March 27, 2012, 11:40 am

        It shows the bias and, although it is rarely admitted here, it is present throughout the postings. With this approach nothing anything that is said here is meaningless.

      • marc b.
        March 27, 2012, 12:09 pm

        you’re missing my point: adam’s exclusion may represent a bias of his (or not), however the inclusion of a labor party rep does not mitigate the objections of BSJP members to the event, or, more fundamentally, alter the intent of the planners and sponsors of the event.

    • Bill in Maryland
      March 27, 2012, 11:36 am

      As a fellow reader, thank you so much dimadok for your attention to detail and careful pro bono editorial work, helping to ensure Mondoweiss remains the most trusted source for I/P news and opinion on the web.

      • dimadok
        March 28, 2012, 11:31 am

        It is not ‘the most trusted source’- and that’s my point exactly.

    • proudzionist777
      March 27, 2012, 2:24 pm

      Yeah. An Arab Knesset member was on the panel. So much for Apartheid State.

      Adam. We’re not ALL useful idiots.

      • Woody Tanaka
        March 27, 2012, 2:31 pm

        “An Arab Knesset member was on the panel. So much for Apartheid State.”

        When the Arabs in the West Bank are merely able to vote for the Knesset, then you can disclaim the comparison to apartheid, pudracist.

      • proudzionist777
        March 27, 2012, 8:45 pm

        Uhh…Palestinians vote for the Palestine Authority?

      • Woody Tanaka
        March 28, 2012, 6:57 am

        “Uhh…Palestinians vote for the Palestine Authority?”

        And if the PA controlled the lives of the Palestinians, controlled all of the land within the 1967 borders, controlled who got to live where in Arab East Jerusalem, controlled the water resources of the West Bank, fielded a military to protect its people from foreign militants and Jewish terrorists, then perhaps you’d have a point. But since they don’t, and it is a Israeli government that does, and has for generations, and because voting for that government is limited on ethno-religious grounds so that Jews remain the dominant ethnicity, it is a judeo-supremecist apartheid state.

      • Hostage
        March 27, 2012, 2:56 pm

        Yeah. An Arab Knesset member was on the panel. So much for Apartheid State.

        Here is the etymology of the word apartheid: Apart “separate” (from Fr. àpart;) + suffix -heid, cognate of English -hood. As in separate or segregated neighborhood. See for example http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=apartheid

        That Arab MK can still be legally refused housing by the selection committees of Jewish-only communal settlements in the Negev, Galilee, and the Occupied territories. So much for your method of argumentation.

        Adam. We’re not ALL useful idiots.

        It’s true that your contributions have little if any functional utility. Perhaps you could make them more aesthetically appealing by being less snotty and paying closer attention to the facts?

      • proudzionist777
        March 27, 2012, 4:49 pm

        Arabs and Jews live side by side in Tel Aviv-Yafo, Ramle, Haifa, Akko and Jerusalem. Yes, some towns and neighborhood have de facto segregation but that’s often by mutual agreement, market forces, etc.

        Israel isn’t a paradise, but it isn’t an Apartheid State either.

      • Woody Tanaka
        March 27, 2012, 4:58 pm

        “Israel isn’t a paradise, but it isn’t an Apartheid State either.”

        And so long as you ignore the millions of people who have lived for generations under the control of the Israeli government with no vote in that government, your assertions will be meaningless, pudracist.

      • proudzionist777
        March 27, 2012, 8:50 pm

        Do the Arab MKs in the Knesset sit separted from the Jewish MKs?

        Answer: No.

        No apartheid.

      • Hostage
        March 27, 2012, 11:00 pm

        Arabs and Jews live side by side in Tel Aviv-Yafo, Ramle, Haifa, Akko and Jerusalem.

        Even in those communities the Jews enjoy superior legal rights and privileges. FYI, in White South Africa the Whites and some of the “Honorary Whites” lived side by side.

        You still haven’t addressed the structural system of legalized apartheid in the communal settlements; or the two-tiered legal system that grants persons of Jewish descendancy superior rights and privileges.

        Those policies and practices are calculated to prevent persons of non-Jewish descent from participation in the political, social, economic and cultural life of the country. The “separate” aspect of apartheid is also evident in the Hafrada (us here, them there) psychosis that drives Israelis to build “separation” fences everywhere.

      • Woody Tanaka
        March 28, 2012, 6:58 am

        “Do the Arab MKs in the Knesset sit separted from the Jewish MKs?”

        Where do the MKs elected by the Palestinians in the West Bank sit, pudnazi??

      • proudzionist777
        March 28, 2012, 7:58 am

        The average Jew in Israel rents an apartment. The average Arab in Israel lives in a private home, albeit crowded.

        Jew and Arab study side by side in schools of higher education.

        Practically all majorities, the world over, withhold privileges from the minorities. Look at the Northern Ireland or anywhere in South America were there are indios.

        Arab citizens in Israel can recoup missing privileges by doing military services.

        Jewish National Fund bought land in Israel ‘for the Jewish people’ that could not be sold or rented to non-Jews. Proportionately, Arabs own more private land than Jews own private land in Israel.

        The ‘separation barrier’ was built to stop suicide bombings.

        My Israeli brother in law was vetted by the ‘moshav’ were he now lives and was earlier vetted by another ‘moshav’ and turned away.
        Apartheid at it’s most cruelest.

      • Woody Tanaka
        March 28, 2012, 10:52 am

        “The average Jew in Israel rents an apartment. The average Arab in Israel lives in a private home, albeit crowded.”

        Yes, pudracist, because this system perpetuates the Jewish domination.

        “Jew and Arab study side by side in schools of higher education. ”

        And the financial and infrastructural support in the lower education levels is so bigoted toward the Jews that the Palestinians cannot expected to receive an equal education. By design in order to perpetuate Judeo-supremacy.

        “Practically all majorities, the world over, withhold privileges from the minorities. ”

        And all who do are wrong. I wonder if you would be as understanding if here the Christians withheld privileges from non-Christians. How about if certain neighborhoods were off limits to Jews. Would that be okay? Or is it only when it benefits Jews that it is okay.

        “Arab citizens in Israel can recoup missing privileges by doing military services.”

        And the system regarding linking privileges to ethnicity and military service is designed to perpetuate the Jewish domination. For god’s sakes this is a people that the Jews held under military law in their own country up to a few years ago.

        “Jewish National Fund bought land in Israel ‘for the Jewish people’ that could not be sold or rented to non-Jews. ”

        In other words, they are bigoted and use land use to enact that bigotry. Would it be okay to buy land in the US and put in covenants that run with the land to preclude it from every being sold to a Jew? Or is it only when Jews benefit that you find it okay?

        “The ‘separation barrier’ was built to stop suicide bombings.”

        Nope. It was an apartheid land grab. Otherwise it would have been built on the green line.

        “My Israeli brother in law was vetted by the ‘moshav’ were he now lives and was earlier vetted by another ‘moshav’ and turned away.”

        And he was approved. If he was a Palestinians and belonged in that land, he would have had no such luck, because of the bigotry of the Jews there. That, pudnazi, is the racism.

      • Izik
        March 28, 2012, 12:07 pm

        “That, pudnazi, is the racism.”
        Not sure whether referring to a person as a “Nazi” is a civil form of debate.

      • Mooser
        March 28, 2012, 12:13 pm

        Dimmy and pootzionist! The force of your argumentation is irresistible! Don’t waste here! You’ll just be screwed with by the “moderators” (who should really be called the “extremeators”, huh)
        Why, with 15 minutes work and some help from an eleven-year-old you could start your own blog, the anti-Mondoweiss, and tear this place to pieces!
        Wouldn’t that be preferable to being a parasite here? I mean, you know, people could make invidious comparisons, and you wouldn’t like that. Not everybody knows the history and appreciates that you were here long before Phil and Adam, and in the majority, too.

      • Mooser
        March 28, 2012, 12:16 pm

        “Not sure whether referring to a person as a “Nazi” is a civil form of debate.”

        I’m not sure if continually ignoring the facts presented is a civil form of debate either, but to each his own.
        You should take your complaints to the Federal Blog Commission (the FBC) and maybe even get Mondoweiss indicted for not agreeing with your fantasies.

      • Woody Tanaka
        March 28, 2012, 12:19 pm

        “Not sure whether referring to a person as a ‘Nazi’ is a civil form of debate.”

        First, someone like you who supports a country which attacks, often with military weapons, people who are peacefully marching for their rights, has the unmitigated gall to demand civil forms of debate?? How dare you? Who do you think you are? When you people have learned to live in a civilized fashion, then you have the right to question anyone else. Until that day when you put down the guns and the tanks and the smoke grenades that you use to inflict massive head wounds and take out people eyes… when you people do that THEN you can expect “civil form of debate.” Until then, you should shut up and be thankful that anyone lowers themselves to even speak to the likes of you.

        And, second, I did not refer to him as a “Nazi”; I called him “pudnazi.” Sometime before you showed up, pudnazi demonstrated his frail constitution by complained when someone made fun of his silly screen name, one which is just begging for mockery. He supports a government which makes other people’s lives living hell, on a daily basis, and often for sport and he’s too much of a wuss to put with a bit of ribbing over his name. I like to remind he as often as I can of that. Faced with a state committing cultural genocide, as the Israelis are doing, a little fun at pudnazi’s expense is nothing.

      • proudzionist777
        March 28, 2012, 1:36 pm

        Woody is referring to me.
        I’m used to this abuse and I take solace in knowing that Woody wouldn’t have the brass to call me Nazi to my face.

      • Mooser
        March 28, 2012, 1:42 pm

        Oh yes he would! You’re a retired “professor” of some kind, aren’t you? I bet you’re a real scary article in person.
        When it comes to a contest between a guy who will sign his own name, and a guy who has to hide behind “Zionist” I know who I would bet on, no matter what the contest.
        I’m certain the only thing between Woddy and calling you names to your face is the fact that you have assidiously avoided giving him any way to locate or identify you, although I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t bother.

        That’s what I get out of his comments as opposed to yours.

      • Woody Tanaka
        March 28, 2012, 1:45 pm

        “I’m used to this abuse and I take solace in knowing that Woody wouldn’t have the brass to call me Nazi to my face.”

        LMAO. Oh, I would have no problem whatsoever calling you anything to your face.

      • Mooser
        March 28, 2012, 1:50 pm

        “I’m used to this abuse”

        That’s not what you tiold me when I started calling you “pudzionist” as I remember. Want me to go find the comment? You immediately started demanding you be treated with the deference you imagine you deserve.
        And like every goddam one of your ilk, started crying for the moderators.

      • Hostage
        March 28, 2012, 4:52 pm

        “Jewish National Fund bought land in Israel ‘for the Jewish people’ that could not be sold or rented to non-Jews. ”

        Ben Gurioun was acting without any legal authority from the Knesset and he was selling private and public lands that had been expropriated in violation of the UN minority rights agreement and international law.

        “Arab citizens in Israel can recoup missing privileges by doing military services.”

        A Jew from Scarsdale can move to the Etzion block, marry a Jew from Tel Aviv, and be granted residency, citizenship, and serve in the IDF. If a Palestinian from Scarsdale moved to Ramallah and wished to marry an Israeli Bedouin who had served in the military, that person would be told to get f*cked, even if they offered to volunteer for service in the IDF. The Bedouin can’t even recoup the right to live on his or her ancestral lands by serving in the IDF, but a Jew might be subsidized to live on them by doing service in the IDF.

      • Hostage
        March 28, 2012, 5:08 pm

        Where do the MKs elected by the Palestinians in the West Bank sit, pudnazi??

        Most of their offices were moved to prisons on the Israeli side of the Green Line. When the PA representatives from East Jerusalem can’t be found in jail or living in exile, they can usually be located by the Shin Bet through the good offices of the International Red Cross. http://www.jpost.com/LandedPages/PrintArticle.aspx?id=198841

      • Woody Tanaka
        March 28, 2012, 5:34 pm

        Nice one, Hostage.

      • proudzionist777
        March 29, 2012, 3:54 pm

        All members of Hamas, an ‘enemy entity’.

      • Cliff
        March 29, 2012, 4:27 pm

        So the IDF and the Israeli government and anything else that fits your etiquette, is ‘the enemy entity’.

        Next time when an IDF storm-trooper disperses a Palestinian protest on Palestinian land, let’s hope the Palestinians have more than rocks to fling back in self-defense.

        You have never had the moral high-ground in this fight. Just more guns and a better PR machine.

        Zionism is a lie.

      • proudzionist777
        March 29, 2012, 4:46 pm

        Ramle. Total population: 70,000. Arab population of Ramle: 12,000.

        That’s a lot of tokenism.

      • Hostage
        March 29, 2012, 5:17 pm

        All members of Hamas, an ‘enemy entity’.

        No the Attorney General refused to categorize the legislators as unlawful combatants. See AG refuses to ok use of Hamas officials as ‘bargaining chips’ http://www.haaretz.com/news/ag-refuses-to-ok-use-of-hamas-officials-as-bargaining-chips-1.191639

        So they were arrested first for use as bargaining chips in a prisoner exchange deal and the bogus terror charges were invented after the fact.

      • proudzionist777
        March 29, 2012, 8:32 pm

        Hostage. They were Hamas.

      • Hostage
        March 30, 2012, 12:14 am

        Actually they were not. A year after the elections, when the A-G refused to categorize the PLC members as unlawful combatants, Israel declared them Hamas-affiliated and claimed the Change and Reform bloc was now illegal.

        Afterward PLC members who ran on the Change and Reform list were accused of “membership,” “activity” and “holding a position” in an “unauthorized association,” according to the Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Organization.

      • proudzionist777
        March 30, 2012, 7:19 am

        “The Hamas ministers had apparently expected the arrests”.
        Well, Haaretz hasn’t gotten the message.

      • Hostage
        March 30, 2012, 12:44 pm

        “The Hamas ministers had apparently expected the arrests”. . . .Well, Haaretz hasn’t gotten the message.

        LOL! Yes. Palestinian political prisoners are used to being abducted and imprisoned for use as hostages. Since 1967 Israel has wrongfully imprisoned hundreds of thousands of Palestinians. The motivation is mainly spitefulness, not criminality.

      • proudzionist777
        March 30, 2012, 5:34 pm

        The question was, ‘Were they Hamas?’ Haaretz said they were Hamas.

        Now you bring up hostage taking. Who’s diverting? Not me.

      • Hostage
        March 31, 2012, 1:06 am

        The question was, ‘Were they Hamas?’ Haaretz said they were Hamas.

        Now you bring up hostage taking. Who’s diverting? Not me.

        The Haaretz article explained that Shin bet wanted to use them as bargaining chips or hostages under the unlawful combatants law and that the Attorney General refused permission. These people weren’t arrested on a battlefield.

        You are using circular logic. Israel had not declared the Change and Reform list an enemy entity during the 2006 elections, or by the time that the A-G made his decision on the 64 arrests. He insisted that Shin Bet carry out the arrests under ordinary criminal warrants that required legal proceedings against the officials under the Prevention of Terror Ordinance. That law requires that you produce evidence that the accused are members or affiliates of an illegal terror organization. FYI, Haaretz certainly didn’t supply any evidence that all of the lawmakers were terrorists.

      • proudzionist777
        March 31, 2012, 8:20 am

        Actually they were Hamas.
        And I quote the JPost article you linked, ‘Ahmad Attoun, Khaled Abu- Arafa and Muhammad Totah – all representatives of Hamas’s Change and Reform list in the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC).

      • Hostage
        March 31, 2012, 1:01 pm

        The Jerusalem Post article was written years after the Haaretz article and dealt with 3 accused individuals, not 65.

      • Annie Robbins
        March 31, 2012, 2:00 pm

        When the PA representatives from East Jerusalem can’t be found in jail or living in exile, they can usually be located by the Shin Bet through the good offices of the International Red Cross.

        that’s an excellent link hostage.

        The three were elected to the PLC in 2006 and have spent the past four years in and out of Israeli prisons in connection with the kidnapping of IDF soldier Gilad Schalit. They have lived in the Red Cross building in Sheikh Jarrah for the past 162 days, since the June 30 arrest of fellow Hamas politician Muhammad Abu Tir.

        Like all east Jerusalem Arabs, Attoun, Abu-Arafa, Totah and Abu Tir held blue ID cards, which gave them Israeli residency but not citizenship. Interior Minister Eli Yishai revoked the men’s blue residency cards this past spring, after the four politicians refused to renounce their ties to Hamas.

        “in connection with the kidnapping of IDF soldier Gilad Schalit” is a pretense to abduct, arrest, withdraw residency, or any number of ways to harass palestinians i suppose.

        they forgot to mention the elected head of the PLC, Dr. Aziz Dweik , arrested for no apparent reason in january. administative detention for 6 months. http://mondoweiss.net/2012/01/israelis-arrest-dweik-in-latest-effort-to-put-palestinianian-spring-on-ice.html

      • Annie Robbins
        March 31, 2012, 2:05 pm

        pz, after hamas and fatah got down to reconciliation israel started retaliating by arresting hamas members of the plc and then tried to claim it was at the behest of fatah to bring fitna between them.

        at the time it was right around the quartets deadline (i think the 26th of january) and naturally israel had no intention of offering any proposals for borders or anything, they were laying everything on the excuse hamas and fatah were reconciling. so they do what they always do, f*ck with people.

        have you read The Palestine National Orchestra: a view from the violin section? israel will screw with anyone, they got some serious sadistic control freaks running the show.

        http://mondoweiss.net/2012/03/the-palestine-national-orchestra-a-view-from-the-violin-section.html

    • Inanna
      March 29, 2012, 1:31 am

      Sigh

      If you read the comments, you will see that BSJP were only protesting 3 of the 5 Knesset members who had a hand in the discriminatory legislation they were protesting. Therefore, they initially only listed 3 of the 5 members. Upon being called on it, they added the other two names. Although what it has to do with Adam’s point. or the protest is beyond me. I guess this is the way zionists suck up all the air in the room so they don’t leave room for consideration of the injustices done to others.

      • tree
        March 29, 2012, 4:37 am

        I noticed the same thing, Inanna. The protesters were obviously protesting the MK’s who were responsible for the racist legislation, but PZ and dimadok totally missed that in their need to find an excuse to criticize the article. I chalk it up to a failure of reading comprehension by Zionists. They are so busy looking for minutia among the trees with which to distract themselves and others, that they can’t see the forest right in front of their faces.

      • proudzionist777
        March 30, 2012, 10:57 am

        How is legislation that ‘targets human rights organizations’ the same as ‘racist legislation’?

      • Hostage
        March 30, 2012, 1:53 pm

        How is legislation that ‘targets human rights organizations’ the same as ‘racist legislation’?

        Give the attempted misdirection a rest. The protest was about apartheid and human rights NGOs that report on that situation have been targeted by the Knesset. But there has been overtly racist legislation regarding loyalty oaths, screening committees in communal settlements, and boycotts.

      • proudzionist777
        March 30, 2012, 5:42 pm

        Tree called it ‘racist legislation’. I was directing my question to Tree.
        How was I misdirecting anything?

      • Ron Newman
        March 30, 2012, 4:43 pm

        If this was intended as a protest against only 3 of the 5 Knesset members, that was certainly not obvious to me, sitting in the audience. The protesters shouted slogans against Israel and the Knesset as a whole, without specificity. They had no literature to hand out explaining their position.

      • Cliff
        March 30, 2012, 5:02 pm

        Ron Newman said:

        The protesters shouted slogans against Israel and the Knesset as a whole, without specificity[…]

        Really? Do you think think the protesters are against the political aspirations of the majority of Israeli Arabs then?

        Do you think they are against the dismantling of the institutional discrimination against Israeli Arabs?

        Why do you think they were targeting the Arab MKs too? Who were these MKs and what were their politics?

        Or maybe you ‘felt’ that way.

        Occam’s Razor (cuts through Zionist b.s. all the time) – they were protesting against Mr. Akunis and Ms. Kirshenbaum.

        But continue your hasbara song and dance, Ron.

      • proudzionist777
        March 30, 2012, 10:17 pm

        Thanks Ron.

      • Ron Newman
        March 30, 2012, 11:24 pm

        I’m saying only that the protesters did not clearly express what, or who, they were actually protesting against. I have no more love for Likud or Yisrael Beitenu than they do.

      • Hostage
        March 31, 2012, 12:45 am

        I’m saying only that the protesters did not clearly express what, or who, they were actually protesting against.

        Well take a wild guess “what” they were actually protesting against when the shouted: “Mic check! Israel is an apartheid state!” .. “Mic check! Israel is an apartheid” state! .. “and the Knesset is an apartheid parliament!” .. “We will not welcome any Israeli official to any Brandies event until apartheid ends!” .. “Free Free Palestine!” ..“Free Free Palestine!”

      • Ron Newman
        March 31, 2012, 12:55 am

        Which, as I said, doesn’t very clearly express that they were protesting against only the Likud and Yisrael Beteinu representatives on the panel.

      • Hostage
        March 31, 2012, 1:10 pm

        Which, as I said, doesn’t very clearly express that they were protesting against only the Likud and Yisrael Beteinu representatives on the panel.

        I think its pretty clear that they were protesting against apartheid and in particular, the apartheid parliament. They said that “We will not welcome any Israeli official to any Brandies event until apartheid ends!” and added all of the MKs names to their website afterward. The article notes the fact that there are Arab Members of Knesset present, but that does not change the fact that Israel is an apartheid state.

  4. DICKERSON3870
    March 27, 2012, 12:40 pm

    RE: “FREE HANA SHALABI!” ~ shouted by the activists

    PETITION: Free Hana Shalabi and End Administrative Detentions
    TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES:

    Hana Shalabi was held for 25 months in Israeli prison under “administrative detention” without charge or trial. She was released in October 2011 as part of a prisoner exchange deal. She was captured by Israeli Forces again on February 16, 2012 and has been on a hunger strike since then. Her condition continues to deteriorate. According to Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem, Israel’s abuse of administrative detention violates the rigid parameters placed on it by international law. Administrative detention allows individuals to be held without charge or trial, restricting their rights to due-process. It is something to be used only “in the most exceptional cases” but Israel has used it to detain thousands of Palestinians. Israel’s excessive use of administrative detentions is undemocratic. The US should condemn the government of Israel and pressure them to end this practice and free Hana Shalabi as well as others who are currently held in their prisons without charge or trial.

    TO SIGN THE PETIION – http://www.change.org/petitions/the-president-of-the-united-states-free-hana-shalabi-and-end-administrative-detentionsns

  5. yourstruly
    March 27, 2012, 3:07 pm

    Bravo and persevere, heroic brandeis students, for your actions are helping to destroy the myth that israel speaks for all jews. And as more and more of us Jews stand up for justice in Palestine, what’s going to happen is that our presence in said movement is going to help liberate the 98% of America that is not Jewish (but holds back from openly supporting Palestinians for fear of being labeled antisemitic by the likes of Mayor Bloomberg) to stand up and say “We’re for justice in Palestine and how can our saying this be antisemitic since so many Jews are saying the same thing?” And once this happens, watch-out, apartheid entity Israel, cause your days* are numbered.

    *the entity’s, not its people

  6. piotr
    March 27, 2012, 5:50 pm

    dimadok could notice that the statement of the protesters was directed at two members of Knesset who took leading role in targeting human right organizations with witch hunts. Majdele who opposed witch hunting efforts got doused with water during a committee debate of Knesset exactly for that.

    A comment on the video placed on YouTube:

    To the protesting students: Why did you protest in one large group? Why did you not protest in small groups of three or four, at regular intervals of five to ten minutes? You would have been more effective that way. You could have prolonged your nonviolent, peaceful protest over forty or fifty minutes, thereby you would have drawn more attention to your cause.

    I actually think that advocacy is better served by some restraint. The protesters made their point and left, they showed their numbers. Given mixed nature of the panel, this was pretty wise.

    • dimadok
      March 28, 2012, 11:29 am

      He was dosed with water for his chauvinist remarks towards female MK Mikhaeli, not for some human rights defense. Nice try, though.

      • Annie Robbins
        March 28, 2012, 11:43 am

        what were the “chauvinist” remarks?

      • Mooser
        March 28, 2012, 12:18 pm

        “what were the “chauvinist” remarks?”

        Oh, I’m sure they were much too shocking to repeat here, Annie. Besides, why on earth wouldn’t you take dimmy’s word for it?

      • dimadok
        March 28, 2012, 7:34 pm

        @Annie
        http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/israeli-mk-who-hurled-water-at-colleague-suspended-from-knesset-for-a-month-1.406447
        “You are marching against the state,” Michaeli shouted at Majadele, who answered back, “Shut up.” He then added, “She won’t shut me up. This is not Yisrael Beiteinu. Fascism will not be allowed to take over the house.” Michaeli replied, “It is disrespectful to the status of women in the Knesset. We will discuss the matter in the Ethics Committee.”
        Happy much?

      • Annie Robbins
        March 28, 2012, 7:46 pm

        dim, he was addressing the knesset and she interrupted him and started shouting at him. and you call him a chauvanist? the ethics committee did not share her view it was disrespectful to the status of women in the knesset. she should have waited her turn to speak. it sounds like she has a bit of a control problem:

        Michaeli was also involved in a violent confrontation with Balad MK Hanin Zuabi during a stormy parliamentary debate about the Gaza flotilla last June. Michaeli forced her way over Zuabi who was trying to address the plenum from the Knesset podium, and attempted to forcefully remove Zuabi while blocking the microphone.

        Michaeli was reprimanded for physically interrupting the speech of her colleague, while Zuabi was sanctioned for participating in the 2010 Turkish-sponsored flotilla to Gaza.

        perhaps she received such a harsh punishment (suspended for a month) because she had been warned before. nothing in the dialogue you have presented from him demonstrates either chauvanism or a ‘disrespectful to the status of women in the Knesset’. she should learn to shut up when it isn’t her turn to speak. if she wants to be treated like a ‘lady’ she shouldn’t be screaming speakers down. you start shouting at people then throw a hissy fit/temper tantrum when they shout back. phfff.

      • Woody Tanaka
        March 28, 2012, 8:20 pm

        “what were the ‘chauvinist’ remarks?”

        I think that “chauvinist” is Israeli-speak for “uppity.”

      • tree
        March 30, 2012, 2:33 pm

        I think that “chauvinist” is Israeli-speak for “uppity.”

        LOL. Spot on.

  7. Justice Please
    March 28, 2012, 6:16 pm

    Nice.

  8. kma
    March 28, 2012, 11:01 pm

    thanks, Adam, that is some inspiring video (thanks students!)
    the bulk of the comments above remind me of our own Democrats and Republicans fighting over what part of congress is more to blame for our sins. what a waste of words.

    go, Brandeis SJP, and activists everywhere!

    • Annie Robbins
      March 28, 2012, 11:08 pm

      thanks for reminding us kma.

      go, Brandeis SJP, and activists everywhere!

      as always, thanks adam

  9. piotr
    March 28, 2012, 11:20 pm

    “the event occurred during a debate on the conduct of a school principal from the southern Negev Beduin town of Arara, who took his students on a field trip to a human rights parade in Tel Aviv.”

    A Knesset committee convened to try the witch, i.e. the offending school principal. The shout “You are marching against the state” referred to human rights parade in Tel Aviv. This could be viewed as a mere humorist vignette, except that there is a concerted effort in Israel to equate the concept of human rights as hostility toward the State of Israel, anti-Semitism etc. Note the “war on NGOs” waged in the Knesset.

    Since I do not know Hebrew, it is possible that one of You Tube versions had correct translation of the “water glass conversation”:

    MK RM: Anastasia, those red lapels? They are tacky.

    MK AM: Shut up! My mother gave me that blouse!

    MK RM: I do not care if the Prophet (peace be upon him) gave you this blouse, it is tacky.

    MK AM: pours water over MK RM.

    I reiterate my point that it was astute to single out Akunis and Kirchenbaum, top witch hunters from the Knesset. While Michaeli should be on no-fly list (not as a terrorist, but as a probable menace to other passengers).

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