Help send Netanyahu to the Mandela memorial!

HELP CHEER UP THIS MAN!: Netanyahu getting the news that Israel doesn't have money to send him to South Africa.

HELP CHEER UP THIS MAN!: Netanyahu getting the news that Israel doesn’t have money to send him to South Africa.

Dear Mondoweiss Readers,

Desperate times, call for desperate measures. As you’ve surely heard by now Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will not be attending Nelson Mandela’s official memorial, citing a lack of funds. This is a travesty. Mandela is a global hero, and don’t forget, Israel and South Africa have a relationship going back decades. Is that how you treat a friend?!

Okay, so maybe Bibi hasn’t always been the most frugal, and lord knows we’ve had our differences in the past, but this is a time to put politics aside and give help where it’s needed.

Please help us raise money to send Benjamin Netanyahu to South Africa for the Mandela Memorial!

The Israeli press has said the trip will cost $2 million. Yikes, that’s a bit steep. No can do, but we ran an internet search and found a much better price flying coach on Turkish Airlines:

Leaves soon!

Leaves soon!

Can you help us raise to send $3,450 to send Bibi on his way? (we’ll round up so he can buy a drink)

Netanyahu after he heard he'll have to fly coach. Jeez, some people . . .

Netanyahu after hearing he’ll have to fly coach. Jeez, some people . . .

Now, we didn’t clear this with the Prime Minister first, but if you give $60 or more to help him save face, we’ll be happy to send you a copy of Max Blumenthal’s Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel. We know the big guy will appreciate any help you can send.

Thank you for your support. Together with Bibi we can all help truly make Greater Israel, the Greatest Israel. Give today.

Sincerely,

Adam, Scott & Phil

  1. I would gladly fund the cost of sending him to the Hague .One way only.

    As to sending him to SA , I do not think Mandela would appreciate having this murderer anywhere near him.Even in death.

      • “I also love Mondoweiss!!!”
        You. Do. Not!
        You remind me of those Israeli politicians falling over themselves praising Mandela, for the gallery, when secretly they have nothing but hatred and loathing for a man who was only mildly impressed by what Israel was doing.

      • MY1@:

        @Annie: I also love Mondoweiss!!!

        I fear you are getting touch of the Stockholm syndrome MY1 – or something similar ..

        Or you are a glutton for punishment – perhaps ..

        • you’re just jealous, miriam.

          ( what brings you here ms. grumpy? oh, wait! now I remember you engaging in such a playful flirtation with MY over potatoes.)

        • I fear you are getting touch of the Stockholm syndrome MY1 – or something similar ..

          Much like yourself Miriam. ;-)

          Or you are a glutton for punishment – perhaps ..

          Ditto.

        • MY1@;

          Thank you my dear Mahane! Greetings from Britain!!!

          BTW – you are not so bad yourself! I think the moderators must like you too as do I ! You have certainly racked up a lot of comments on MW since you began.

          You are very lucky to live in a beautiful city like Jerusalem. I hope you have peace there between Israelis and Palestinians soon.
          I am sure you must treasure the holy city of Jerusalem and it’s people – no matter who they are!

          Best wishes and luck to you Mahane – miriam6

        • You are very lucky to live in a beautiful city like Jerusalem.

          Especially considering you stole it and you have been lucky enough to live there without any trouble for so long.

        • Shingo@;

          They did not steal Jerusalem. West Jerusalem is legally part of Israeli territory whether you like it or not Shingo – east Jerusalem is not and is therefore occupied illegally.

          Also should a 2ss ever occur the capital will be split between the two sovereignties of Israel and Palestine.

          There is no theft involved.

          I think many other commenters on both sides of the I/P divide would take issue with your characterisation of Jerusalem as peaceful.

        • @ MahaneYehude1 “I am very lucky to live in Jerusalem..”

          Indeed, especially considering that as an Israeli citizen you’re an illegal settler occupied Arab territories (UNSC res 476 link to wp.me )

          “as well as the Jerusalemite Palestinians that most of them afraid from the day in which Israel will withdraw from East Jerusalem and they will be no more under Israeli control. The same is true for other Israeli Palestinians like those live in the “triangle””

          Oh … “Israeli Palestinians”. Well they’d be Israeli citizens. Also illegal settlers in occupied Arab territories !

          The gaping racist hole in your pathetic assertion is : If they’re Israeli citizens, when Israel withdraws, they can go back to their country …. Israel.

          ” Thanks”

          No problem. Anything else you’re thinking of dismally attempting to assert?

        • They did not steal Jerusalem. West Jerusalem is legally part of Israeli territory whether you like it or not Shingo

          False. It has never been.

          Also should a 2ss ever occur the capital will be split between the two sovereignties of Israel and Palestine.

          Not if your best friend Mehane has his way.

          I think many other commenters on both sides of the I/P divide would take issue with your characterisation of Jerusalem as peaceful.

          When did I characterize Jerusalem as peaceful?

        • talknic@:

          @ MahaneYehude1 “I am very lucky to live in Jerusalem..”

          Where did you get this quote from? MY1 did not say such a thing on this thread at least.

          I said to MY1: “You are very lucky to live in a beautiful city like Jerusalem.”

          link to mondoweiss.net

          I think you are falsely attributing to MY1 something he never actually said.
          And anyway if MY1 is in West Jwrusalem he is in

        • @talknic:

          The gaping racist hole in your pathetic assertion is : If they’re Israeli citizens, when Israel withdraws, they can go back to their country …. Israel.

          I think you did not understand me: I am not saying that “they can go back to their country” and, please, don’t put words in my mouth. I mean that many Palestinians in Jerusalem don’t want that Israel withdraw from the area and they will be under different sovereign. Nobody has to leave his home, only the control on the area will be changed.

  2. Staying away from Nelson Mandela’s funeral is the only decent thing Netanyahu has done in years, probably his whole political career. At least he has the sense to realize that he would be less welcome and as much an outcast as Robert Mugabe. It would be extremely uncomfortable for Bibi to hear people eulogize Mandela for ending apartheid in South Africa, while Bibi is implementing many of the same policies in Israel. On the serious side, isn’t this a de-facto admission that Israel is an apartheid state? When even he knows he has to stay away……

    Oh, and $2 million dollars is small change, we send him billions. Has he spent it already?

    • BEG: You ask my question (I searched this page for “adm”)” : “On the serious side, isn’t this a de-facto admission that Israel is an apartheid state?”

      Yes, it is an admission or should be treated as such! Let the Hillels entertain pro-Israel Q&As where the question raised is: “Did Netanyahu stay away from the Mandela Funeral because he was himself the latest (and let us hope the last) apartheid leader in the world?

      And, a related question, would his trip — as costed out and rejected — cost all those $millions for security arrangements BECAUSE Netanyahu would not be safe in a country whose deposed apartheid leaders he had befriended AND COPIED?

  3. Ha!!! OK, you got me off my butt to finally process my year end donation.

    However…

    There is a cheaper fare. Netanyahu could fly Ethiopian Airways roundtrip for under $1200.

    link to wl-prod.sabresonicweb.com

    Or it could be even cheaper if he simply deported himself along with all the other African refugees Israel is planning on deporting.

  4. Ridiculous article, ridiculous postings. Why would anyone expect such as Bibi to attend the funeral of a person who fought apartheid?

    • Here’s the official excuse, according to Haaretz:

      The decision was made in light of the high transportation costs resulting from the short notice of the trip and the security required for the prime minister in Johannesburg. The Prime Minister’s Office found that the trip would have cost roughly 7 million shekels ($1.9 million) – of which 2.8 million shekels (about $800,000) for chartering a private El Al plane and another 3.2 million shekels (about $910,000) for transporting security equipment and personnel on an Israeli Air Force plane, in addition to other costs.

      Haaretz liberal-Zionist columnist Bradley Burston has a nice riff on this episode:

      In his eleventh-hour decision against attending the funeral of Nelson Mandela, Benjamin Netanyahu proved that he is not the smug, petty, vindictive, waffling, in-your-face insulting man he seems. He’s something worse.

      My Israel, which so craves and demands legitimacy and recognition as a full partner in the community of nations, does not consider a man like Nelson Mandela, or a nation like South Africa, or the sentiment of an entire world, worth the price of a plane flight.

      My Israel, which spends untold tens of millions on such matters as bolstering and protecting settlement construction during peace negotiations with the Palestinians, or erecting detention facilities for African asylum seekers rather than formulating coherent and just refugee policies, has nothing left over for this man Mandela.

      But that’s only the beginning. With a wink and a nod to the settler right, the academic rabid right, and the KKK-esque far right, Netanyahu is sending an even stronger message:

      This is where I stand on this Palestinian-lover, Mandela. And this is where I stand on his Palestinian-lover heirs.

    • When trying to donate, I get send to Paypal, and when I confirm purchase it just takes me back to donation page, with no money taken out. Will try another way today to make a donation. E

  5. Come on, Mondoweiss, you can do better than $3,450 on Turkish Air in this age of austerity!I bet a seat on a Turkish ship would be well within the Israeli government’s means.

  6. Desperate times, call for desperate measures. As you’ve surely heard by now Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will not be attending Nelson Mandela’s official memorial, citing a lack of funds.

    What a joke!! Will this creep sink any lower? He has the funds to send a team to Washington to try and sabotage the Geneva Agreement, and the funds to travel to the US to give speeches to the Saban Forum in Washington DC, but can’t even ask the US to pick up the tab on an airline ticket?

    The fact is that Likud despised Mandela and are threatened by what he stood for.

    • Shingo@;

      What a dreadful self righteous two – faced bore you are.

      And if Bibi attended you would be the first shrieking and whining about that TOO!

      • What a dreadful self righteous two – faced bore you are.

        I get it Miriam. You also miss the good old days of apartheid. Don’t worry, it’s being nurtured and kept alive in your beloved Israel.

        And if Bibi attended you would be the first shrieking and whining about that TOO!

        So do you buy the story about the funds not being available to attend the service or not?

      • “And if Bibi attended you would be the first shrieking and whining about that TOO!”miriam 6

        No Miriam my zionist apologist.We would hope someone clapped cuffs on him and gave him a free flight to the Hague.

        That he or the other war criminal Peres refuse to go is an admission that Israel is an Apartheid state.

        You sure know how to pick your leaders, eh Miriam.

        I mean, Nietanyahu/Peres /Lieberman and the Iron Lady.

      • LOL miriam is in crisis cuz the Apartheid state of israel is further PUBLICLY AND GLOBALLY isolated for its present AND past crimes against humanity.

        Looking forward to the day when she has a total blathering breakdown at the news that Apartheid israeli leaders are being hunted down in the four corners of the world.

        And when you accuse someone of being “two-faced”, you’re just asking for your own “two-faced” loyalty to Great Britain to be scrutinized – the way you ALWAYS blindly defend the racist buggers in Apartheid israel.

  7. Might have something to do with this

    “Mr Netanyahu found himself facing a public uproar after Channel 10 TV reported over the weekend that he had spent €98,000 in public funds on a special sleeping cabin for the five-hour flight to attend Margaret Thatcher’s funeral last month.”

    link to breakingnews.ie

    Looks as if Mandela takes second place to The Iron Lady.

    • Looks as if Mandela takes second place to The Iron Lady.

      The same Iron Lady that denounced Mandela. It goes to show where his priorities were.

  8. If I wanted to know what Bibi’s last belch smelled like, I’d come here to find out. Your obsession reminds me of that awful Police song, “Every Breath You Take.”

    “Every breath you take/every move you make, I’ll be watching you.”

    The opposite of love isn’t hate, it’s indifference.

    One can hardly describe you as indifferent to Zionists, while Zionists and the rest of the mainstream world remain more or less indifferent to you despite your various attention-seeking ploys.

    • The opposite of love isn’t hate, it’s indifference.

      So I take it you are indifference to rape, murder, racism and anti semitism? It sounds to be that what you are prescribing is apathy and denial – you know, the stuff that allowed the Holocaust to take place.

      What a hypocrite!

      while Zionists and the rest of the mainstream world remain more or less indifferent to you despite your various attention-seeking ploys.

      What a joke! Israel only enjoys popular support in the US. So much for the mainstream world!

      Hasbara fail!

    • while Zionists and the rest of the mainstream world remain more or less indifferent to you despite your various attention-seeking ploys.

      but we don’t need their attention schlemiel, we’ve got you! ;)

  9. Netanyahu skipping the tribute is no surprise, but Peres skipping, too? He’s always been the smiling face of Israeli apartheid, accepted and even lauded almost anywhere in the world. It seems significant that what is likely one of Peres’ last public acts is to effectively acknowledge that Israeli apartheid can no longer show its face in civilized society.

    • Peres is all smarm and no charm.

      This is truly inspired and clever you guys.

      (I am overdue in my $$$ for MW. I will be not so naughty soon.)

  10. Mondoweiss people! Be mindful that if one tries to access the site from a Facebook link a message or warning pops up advising that Mondoweiss “might be malicious” and should avoid opening. Although an “ignore” option is also displayed I believe this could be a result of orchestrated effort by you know who to reduce Mondoweiss’ impact and isolate/quarantine it..

  11. Just in from Haaretz.

    ” Israeli cabinet likely to scrap controversial Bedouin relocation plan
    Coalition whip says revelation that architect of the plan never presented the proposal nor received Bedouin approval mean there could no longer be majority support for the deal.”Haaretz

    link to haaretz.com

    Israeli cabinet likely to scrap controversial Bedouin relocation plan
    Coalition whip says revelation that architect of the plan never presented the proposal nor received Bedouin approval mean there could no longer be majority support for the deal.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government is likely to drop the current version of its controversial plan to relocate thousands of Negev Bedouin into already recognized villages, after it emerged that community leaders did not consent to the proposal despite claims to the contrary.

    Coalition chairman MK Yariv Levin believes that the current form of the Prawer plan for regulating Bedouin settlement in the Negev will be shelved. Due to the revelation that former MK Benny Begin, who drew up the plan, did not approach the Bedouin themselves with the plan and did not receive their approval, there is no longer a coalition majority supporting the plan, Levin said.

    “There’s no chance of approving the second and third reading of the Prawer bill in its present form, because there is no justification to do so,” he said.

    Levin also said that the bill allows for unprecedented and unjustified benefits for the Bedouin population. “We agreed to promote the bill only because Benny Begin said that he discussed the plan with Bedouin representatives and that it was the only outline they would agree to, and that, as far as they’re concerned the implementation of the bill would put an end to all their claims for land. Today it was revealed that he did not discuss the matter with them, and did not receive their support.”

    The current plan should undergo vast changes, Levin said, and not be presented to the Knesset plenum for the second and third reading in the next few months.

    “The present bill should be changed significantly. I’m willing to be generous to the Bedouin that would immediately agree to join the process. Whoever won’t agree should be forcefully placed in the areas allotted to Bedouin. The agreement to join the generous outline should be limited in time, and is should be determined that the lands would only be leased to the Bedouins, not registered with the land authority as their property.” Haaretz.

      • Don’t celebrate too soon there Annie.

        I’m willing to be generous to the Bedouin that would immediately agree to join the process. Whoever won’t agree should be forcefully placed in the areas allotted to Bedouin. The agreement to join the generous outline should be limited in time, and is should be determined that the lands would only be leased to the Bedouins, not registered with the land authority as their property.

        The reason they want it shelved is so they can introduce an even worse policy that takes away even the scraps the Bedouin were being offered in the present one.

        The new proposals would also allow the state, at some future date, to seize the little land they will allocate the Bedouin because said land will only be “leased.” And is there ANY doubt that the Zionists will never let up on their dreams of a “pure” Jewish state? And is there any doubt that the world’s Jewish establishment will look on with vicious grins as non-Jewish homes are destroyed and communities uprooted?

        Never underestimate the spite and malice of a Zionist.

    • Okay, I’m confused. I’ve known for quite some time that no Bedouins were consulted, why is this suddenly an issue? Those people have been screaming for years that they were not a part of the process. This sounds like people trying to save face.

  12. Aw C’mon! Juss look at ‘im wif his poor ickle face, all sad like. I’ll put up arf a crown for ‘im. But only if ‘e flys one-way, see? (wink) Happy holidays to one and all!

  13. I think if you put a donation request out and on the donation page it legitimately said that it was going to go to buy him a plane ticket, alot of supporters of the system would chip in, starting with Christian Zionist oxymorons.

  14. Two thoughts:

    1) I’ve begun to wonder that Netanyahu might not be willing to go because not only does he not want to go, he feels that going might hurt him politically domestically. And Peres might be reluctant to go, because he might face indictment in South Africa, for aspects of his collaborations with the apartheid regime there:

    The “top secret” minutes of meetings between senior officials from the two countries in 1975 show that South Africa’s defence minister, PW Botha, asked for the warheads and Shimon Peres, then Israel’s defence minister and now its president, responded by offering them “in three sizes”. The two men also signed a broad-ranging agreement governing military ties between the two countries that included a clause declaring that “the very existence of this agreement” was to remain secret.

    The documents, uncovered by an American academic, Sasha Polakow-Suransky, in research for a book on the close relationship between the two countries, provide evidence that Israel has nuclear weapons despite its policy of “ambiguity” in neither confirming nor denying their existence.

    The Israeli authorities tried to stop South Africa’s post-apartheid government declassifying the documents at Polakow-Suransky’s request and the revelations will be an embarrassment, particularly as this week’s nuclear non-proliferation talks in New York focus on the Middle East.

    link to theguardian.com

    Although some documents were unclassified, others might have information about activities by Peres that are crimes or war crimes. The government of South Africa, now free of Mandela’s attitude of moving on from the past, might want to make an example out of Peres.

    2) Regarding the possible withdrawal of the current version of the Prawer Plan, I suspect it will be replaced by a more insidious version, one with less benefits for the Bedouin than Prawer skimpily at least does provide. With or without Bedouin permission.

    • “2) Regarding the possible withdrawal of the current version of the Prawer Plan, I suspect it will be replaced by a more insidious version, one with less benefits for the Bedouin than Prawer skimpily at least does provide. With or without Bedouin permission.”Phillip Munger.

      Sorry Phillip.I should have pointed out those points but I was leaving it to the others to read the article .

      • i read the article and i disagree. it’s completely predictable an israeli is going to float the promotion of this cancelation by saying it’s going to be even more restrictive down the road.

        this is being scrapped for now because of the massive amount of bad publicity it’s received globally. activists have been really pushing against this and the day of rage exposed it globally. how is israel going to pull off the ethnic cleansing of 10′s of thousands of people from their land without causing a huge firestorm. no amount of hasbara can cover that up. so, the politicians are making promises. what’s excellent for right now is this is being held back. they won’t admit they’ve been swamped with resistance and that’s why they are not doing it. and americans don’t like it either. there have been lots of petitions.

        • Annie, I am not saying their revised edition will fly .I am simply agreeing with Phillip that they will rework this but not to the Bedouin,s advantage.

          I agree the present level of flak has caused a tactical retreat but it is not the end of the zionist desire to rid themselves on non Jews.They are hell bent on an “Arabfrei” greater Israel.

        • my mistake amigo, i shouldn’t have written ‘i disagree’ without mentioning what i was disagreeing about. i was writing a sort of ‘one size fits all’ to the comments above, and earlier comments i didn’t responds to. specifically “Don’t celebrate too soon” and “The reason they want it shelved is so they can introduce an even worse policy ”

          i think they shelved it now because it’s a political quagmire, the reasons i mentioned. i agree they have no intention whatsoever of dropping their plans. but i don’t believe this has anything to do ‘we didn’t present the bedoiuins with the plan’. i agree they are not changing their stripes. i’m still celebrating any and every delay.

  15. the only way i’d donate to help send bibi satanayahu to SA would be if there was an arrest warrant waiting for him for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide…the second he steps off the plane. how great that would be: from plane straight to jail. what better way to memorialize Mandela and celebrate his life’s mission?!

  16. Well done guys and girls, you made it onto Haaretz!!!

    ” Mock funding drive launched to send Bibi to Mandela service
    Mondoweiss, a progressive Jewish website, starts tongue-in-cheek campaign, tells readers ‘desperate times call for desperate measures.’” Haaretz

    link to haaretz.com

    Note for Miriam!! Not of interest for you dear.It,s behind that Apartheid Paywall.

    Separates those who want to know and those who don,t want to know.

  17. If I recall correctly levit told us that Israel should stop taking the handouts from the USA.

    I wonder what all those who agree with him will have to say.Those who claim that Israel is doing just fine but their leader tells us Israel is practically broke.

    Poor zios.Caught again between a rock and a hard place.