Haaretz’s ‘Palestinian and Arab Affairs correspondent’ will speak at event for US Friends of the Israeli army

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Does Haaretz know about this event? Are its reporters encouraged to shill for the IDF? What’s the mission? “Friends of the Israel Defense Forces: Their Job is to look after Israel, Ours is to look after them.”

Thanks to Max Blumenthal: From the Jewish Community of Greater Phoenix. It’s May 14. I hope folks can attend.

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  1. Citizen
    May 8, 2012, 9:35 am

    “Friends of the American Defense Forces
    Their job is to look after America
    Ours is to look after them”–Jewish Community of Greater Israel

  2. OlegR
    May 8, 2012, 9:48 am

    /Does Haaretz know about this event? Are its reporters encouraged to shill for the IDF?/

    Haaretz is notoriously an unbalanced to the left paper, since when does it have
    the moral right to tell it’s reporters what to attend and where to speak their mind.

    Or is it that you suggest that Haaretz editor reprimand the journalist
    for speaking on an event that does not fit the party line?

    Do you actually know what Issacharov will talk about or do you just object to the whole event?

    Where does the shill for the IDF remark come from?

    • Annie Robbins
      May 8, 2012, 1:09 pm

      Where does the shill for the IDF remark come from?

      you have to ask?

      “Friends of the Israel Defense Forces: Their Job is to look after Israel, Ours is to look after them.”

    • alan
      May 8, 2012, 3:46 pm

      Avi Issacharoff on UK’s BBC Radio 4, 18-2-2007, concerning the prospects of a prisoner swap for Shalit:-

      “Each nation has its symbols, has its legends. Our legend is that you do not leave soldiers behind…

      (link: “Avi Issacharoff is from Ha’aretz newspaper”)

      “…For the Palestinian society prisoners is also a symbol, its like being a soldier in Israel. If you want to make a progress in the political system you have to go through the Israeli jails. They talk about it as a university. If you follow the leadership of the Palestinian society, you will see the huge majority of those officials were ex prisoners.”

      (BBC transcript)

      So, We are brave warriors, They are ignorant, dependent jailbirds. Shill for the IDF, Israeli supremacism or what?

  3. seafoid
    May 8, 2012, 10:40 am

    Scottsdale AZ

    It would be wonderful if the meeting could be invaded by Hopi and Navajo people who could draw a link between Anglo (ie white “American”) and Israeli settler colonisation and oppression of Native peoples.

    • Rusty Pipes
      May 8, 2012, 5:56 pm

      Even better if protesters could thank UN for upholding land rights of native peoples in US (and could the UN do more about Palestinian land rights?):

      A United Nations investigator probing discrimination against Native Americans has called on the US government to return some of the land stolen from Indian tribes as a step toward combatting continuing and systemic racial discrimination.

      Anaya said that in nearly two weeks of visiting Indian reservations, indigenous communities in Alaska and Hawaii, and Native Americans now living in cities, he encountered people who suffered a history of dispossession of their lands and resources, the breakdown of their societies and “numerous instances of outright brutality, all grounded on racial discrimination”.

      “At Rosebud, that’s a situation where indigenous people have seen over time encroachment on to their land and they’ve lost vast territories and there have been clear instances of broken treaty promises. It’s undisputed that the Black Hills was guaranteed them by treaty and that treaty was just outright violated by the United States in the 1900s. That has been recognised by the United States supreme court,” he said.

      “I’m talking about restoring to indigenous peoples what obviously they’re entitled to and they have a legitimate claim to in a way that is not devisive but restorative. That’s the idea behind reconciliation,” he said.

  4. eljay
    May 8, 2012, 10:41 am

    If the poster read “Friends of the Iran Defense Forces: Their Job is to Look After Iran, Ours is to Look After Them”, you can bet the U.S. government wouldn’t stand for it. Similarly, there’s no reason it should stand for American citizens supporting the Occupation Forces of an oppressive, expansionist, colonialist, nuclear-armed, religion-supremacist “Jewish state”.

    • eljay
      May 8, 2012, 10:55 am

      Correction: … nuclear-armed, religion-supremacist state just because it’s a “Jewish state”.

  5. American
    May 8, 2012, 1:38 pm

    Israel gets another extra US billion….

    US House of Representatives Set to Approve Almost $1 Billion in Israel Anti-Missile Programs
    By: Jewish Press Staff Writer
    Published: May 8th, 2012


    ”Rep. Steve Rothman (D-N.J.), a member of the subcommittee, said in a statement that “[t]his funding level is the highest ever appropriated in a single year for these life-saving programs.”
    The funding is slated for the 2013 fiscal year, which begins in October. As this funding is entirely independent from the $3.1 billion in annual US military aid to Israel, the $4 billion in total US military aid to Israel in 2013 represents a record.”

    4 billion would be a good boost for some work or social program for US unemployed wouldn’t it?
    What the ‘friends of Israel’ count on is the general public not seeing news like this.
    Israel is such a parasite?..Mafia racket? ….. in 2010 Israel ”exported 8 billion” of their own defense products while getting ”4 billion free” from us US taxpayers.

  6. Winnica
    May 9, 2012, 1:59 am

    Avi Issacharoff is arguably the best journalist in Israel. He has spent decades on one rather narrow beat, gaining an enormous amount of knowledge about it. He speaks perfect Arabic, of course, and maintains excellent personal relations with Palestinians of all walks of life and diverse political persuasions. When Fatah and Hamas don’t talk to each other, members of both groups always talk to him. His politics lie to the left side of Israel’s political map, but he never allows his politics to interfere with his reporting.

    If you don’t know Arabic yourself, the second best way to understand what’s going on in Palestinian society is to read Avi Issacharoff.

    Anyone interested in the lives of the Palestinians should go listen to him if he’s in your neighborhood, no matter who is offering him the platform. Assuming one is interested in the reality, not the slogans, of course.

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