Memo to the Secret Service: No gun control in Israel/Palestine

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I originally published this piece last July right after Mitt Romney’s visit to occupied East Jerusalem, when I observed the lax gun control measures in the Western Wall plaza. I titled it “Why Obama Shouldn’t Go to Israel.” I republish it today because Obama is planning to visit Israel and Palestine next month.

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I shot the three pictures above in the half hour before Mitt Romney arrived at the Western Wall in Jerusalem on Sunday [July 29, 2012], even as the place was crawling with U.S. Secret Service men.

Everyone who goes into the Western Wall plaza has to go through a metal detector, but presumably these three guys with guns were let in because they’re soldiers, or reservists, something.

The first and third guys are carrying semi-automatic rifles. The guy in the middle, dressed in black, has what looked like a semiautomatic pistol strapped to his hip. I hope you can see it.

Romney arrived a few minutes after I took these pictures.

I don’t want Obama to visit Israel, or occupied East Jerusalem, where the Western Wall is located, because there are too many folks walking around with guns. And a lot of Israelis hate Obama because he made the grave political mistake of calling for an end to settlements and then talking about the 1967 borders.

It only takes one lunatic and it’s just not worth the risk. Remember, an Israeli killed the prime minister in 1995. And two international figures who sought to limit the Jewish/Israeli claims to land in Palestine in the 1940s were also killed by crazed Zionists– Lord Moyne of Britain and Folke Bernadotte of Sweden, who was working for the U.N. All these assassinations worked; they cut down opposition to Israeli expansion (just as the Arlosoroff murder worked in 1932).

A friend tells me that the Secret Service would clamp down for a president in ways that greatly outstrip the Romney security. I don’t know– why risk it?

18 Responses

  1. EChandler
    February 20, 2013, 11:51 am

    This trip also terrifies me. I read everyday of the desperation with which Israel clings to policies of denial and discrimination. Desperate people…

  2. giladg
    February 20, 2013, 1:13 pm

    Again you show us just how naive you are Philip. The security services don’t need you to remind them how to protect their VIPs’. You Philip, have actually placed the President in greater danger by chatting about the subject. What you are doing here is to give others ideas that they previously may not have had.
    Some things Philip, are just out of your league.

    • American
      February 20, 2013, 2:05 pm

      “What you are doing here is to give others ideas that they previously may not have had. Some things Philip, are just out of your league.”…gilad

      oh bull….one of your true believer US Zionist has already written about how Israel might consider assassinating Obama …..or did you miss that reporting here?

      link to mondoweiss.net
      Publisher of the ‘Atlanta Jewish Times’ suggests Mossad should assassinate Obama

      by Adam Horowitz on January 20, 2012

      Here’s how Adler laid out “option three” in his list of scenarios facing Israeli president Benjamin Netanyahu (the column, which was forwarded to us by a tipster, isn’t online, but you can read a copy here):

      ”Three, give the go-ahead for U.S.-based Mossad agents to take out a president deemed unfriendly to Israel in order for the current vice president to take his place, and forcefully dictate that the United States’ policy includes its helping the Jewish state obliterate its enemies.’’

    • pabelmont
      February 20, 2013, 4:43 pm

      What Phil is doing, apart from warning Obama, is trying to get Americans to put the facts together. Israel is crawliong with armed crazies, West Bank probably more so, Israeli army (call it IOF) let’s them do it, never limits them, never checks them, and although only a few would consider assassinating a sitting USA prexy, one is enough.

      As a point of realism, it would be better to hear this warning in public from a Mossad man.

    • lysias
      February 20, 2013, 5:38 pm

      The security services may know how to protect VIP’s, but that doesn’t mean that they always do. Nov. 22, 1963 in Dallas should be enough to demonstrate that.

  3. American
    February 20, 2013, 1:51 pm

    “I don’t want Obama to visit Israel, or occupied East Jerusalem,”…Phil

    I agree , one crazy it all it takes.
    And also I don’t think Obama should elevate Israel diplomatically with a visit to it.

  4. DICKERSON3870
    February 20, 2013, 2:25 pm

    RE: “Memo to the Secret Service: No gun control in Israel/Palestine”

    MY COMMENT: That’s why the NRA is making common cause with Israel and the pro-Israel lobby.
    I saw one of the head honchos at the NRA on the Boob (Flat) Screen and he said that when the shooting at the school in Connecticut occurred he was in Israel. It was from Israel that he got the idea that there should be a policeman at each and every school in the U.S. (like they have in Israel).
    This is yet another reason I fear that Revisionist Zionism and Likudnik Israel (specifically by virtue of their inordinate sway over the U.S.) might very well be an “existential threat” to the values of The Enlightenment.
    I do not want to live in a police/garrison state like Israel! ! !
    Give me liberty, or give me death.

    OTHER EXAMPLES OF ISRAEL’S VALUES TRUMPING (OVERRIDING) THE VALUES OF THE ENLIGHTENMENT HERE IN THE U.S.
    From Occupation to “Occupy”: The Israelification of American Domestic Security, By Max Blumenthal, Al-akhbar, 12/02/11
    LINK – link to english.al-akhbar.com OR link to informationclearinghouse.info
    “How We Became Israel”, By Andrew J. Bacevich, The American Conservative, 9/10/12
    LINK – link to theamericanconservative.com
    “America Adopts the Israel Paradigm”, by Philip Ghiraldi, Antiwar.com, 7/05/12
    LINK – link to original.antiwar.com
    “Report: Israeli model underlies militarization of U.S. police”, By Muriel Kane, Raw Story, 12/04/11
    LINK – link to rawstory.com
    “The Trial of Israel’s Campus Critics”, by David Theo Goldberg & Saree Makdisi, Tikkun Magazine, September/October 2009
    LINK – link to tikkun.org
    “Brooklyn College’s academic freedom increasingly threatened over Israel event”, by Glenn Greenwald, guardian.co.uk, 2/02/13
    LINK – link to guardian.co.uk
    ‘Israelis are helping write US laws, fund US campaigns, craft US war policy’, by Philip Weiss, Mondoweiss, 6/30/12
    LINK – link to mondoweiss.net
    “David Yerushalmi, Islam-Hating White Supremacist Inspires Anti-Sharia Bills Sweeping Tea Party Nation”, by Richard Silverstein, Tikun Olam, 3/02/11
    LINK – link to richardsilverstein.com
    “Boston airport security program rife with racial profiling has Israeli links”, by Alex Kane, Mondoweiss, 8/14/12
    LINK – link to mondoweiss.net
    “Obama’s kill list policy compels US support for Israeli attacks on Gaza”, By Glenn Greenwald, guardian.co.uk, 11/15/12
    LINK – link to guardian.co.uk

    P.S. AND HERE’S ANOTHER THREAT TO THE VALUES OF “THE ENLIGHTENMENT” (THIS TIME IN AFRICA):
    “US Religious Right Propelling Homophobia in African Countries”
    , by Common Dreams, 7/24/12
    LINK – link to commondreams.org

    • DICKERSON3870
      February 20, 2013, 2:37 pm

      ● P.P.S. RE: “I saw one of the head honchos at the NRA on the Boob (Flat) Screen and he said that when the shooting at the school in Connecticut occurred he was in Israel. It was from Israel that he got the idea that there should be a policeman at each and every school in the U.S. (like they have in Israel). . .
      . . . I do not want to live in a police/garrison state like Israel! ! !
      Give me liberty, or give me death. – me (from above)

      ● ADDENDUM: “Down, down, down we [the U.S.] go into the deep, dark abyss; hand in hand with Israel.”

      • DICKERSON3870
        February 20, 2013, 5:50 pm

        RE: “Down, down, down we [the U.S.] go into the deep, dark abyss; hand in hand with Israel.” – me (above)

        ADDENDUM: And the U.K. might make it a threesome going down, down, down into the deep, dark abyss. Ooh la la!

    • DICKERSON3870
      February 20, 2013, 4:49 pm

      P.P.P.S. RE: “I saw one of the head honchos at the NRA on the Boob (Flat) Screen and he said that when the shooting at the school in Connecticut occurred he was in Israel.” – me (from above)

      ELUCIDATION: The head honcho was David Keene, the president of the NRA!

      ● THE ISRAEL ANGLE – NRA President’s Report: David Keene on the Push to Protect Our Children [VIDEO, 12:10] – link to youtube.com

      ● THE BLOG ‘GUN WATCH’ (Note the Israeli flag to the right) - link to gunwatch.blogspot.com

      ● AND HERE’S (NOT SO?) “LUCKY (LA)PIERRE” : “NRA calls for armed police officer in every school”, By Phillip Elliott and Nedra Pickler, Associated Press, 12/21/12

      [EXCERPT] . . . The nation’s largest gun-rights lobby broke its weeklong silence on the shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School with a defiant presentation. The event was billed as a news conference, but NRA leaders took no questions. Twice, they were interrupted by banner-waving protesters, who were removed by security.
      Some had predicted that after the slaughter of a score of elementary-school children by a man using a semi-automatic rifle, the group might soften its stance, at least slightly. Instead, LaPierre delivered a 25-minute tirade against the notion that another gun law would stop killings in a culture where children are exposed daily to violence in video games, movies and music videos. He argued that guns are the solution, not the problem.
      ‘‘Before Congress reconvenes, before we engage in any lengthy debate over legislation, regulation or anything else; as soon as our kids return to school after the holiday break, we need to have every single school in America immediately deploy a protection program proven to work,’’ LaPierre said. ‘‘And by that I mean armed security.’’
      He said Congress should immediately appropriate funds to post an armed police officer in every school. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE – link to boston.com

  5. LanceThruster
    February 20, 2013, 2:56 pm

    Maybe I was wrong about Chosanistan.

    It looks like NRA paradise [cough].

  6. Dan Crowther
    February 20, 2013, 3:29 pm

    Thinking of a way of saying “who cares?” without drawing the attention of the surveillance state.

  7. lysias
    February 20, 2013, 5:36 pm

    Will the Obama administration have the balls to demand that Israel allow the kind of tight security to be assured by a massive Secret Service presence that it demands of other countries — including close allies like Britain — during presidential visits?

  8. W.Jones
    February 20, 2013, 7:06 pm

    How about the story of the white citroen when Hilary Clinton visited?
    link to sott.net

  9. dbroncos
    February 20, 2013, 8:01 pm

    …not to mention that the GoI has a powerful motive to stage an assassination attempt in the West Bank made to look like the work of a Palestinian. Shots fired in the air would be all it would take to capture on camera the spectacle of the Secret Service shoving Obama in a armored car and high tailing it out of Ramallah. Such a spectacle would buy the Israelis another decade of American sympathy.

  10. mcohen
    February 21, 2013, 5:06 am

    something has to give -you can feel the tension as the middle east is wound up to breaking point-syria is where the chaos is destined to rise and it will spread.the king who wears a black hat stood before the black stone his hands open,awaiting his fate.his queen gone to her people.

  11. Binyamin in Orangeburg
    February 21, 2013, 9:37 am

    Your concerns are well-founded.

    I worry more about Hanin Zoubi that Obama, however. The level of virulence in the Jewish press is reaching a fever pitch with respect to her. She walks around without any security whatsoever.

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