Israel’s UN ambassador catches flak in Upper West Side synagogue

Israel's UN Ambassador, Ron Prosor, gives a speech at the General Assemby in 2012. (Photo: SHAHAR AZRAN/Wikimedia Commons)

Israel’s UN Ambassador, Ron Prosor, gives a speech at the General Assemby in 2012. (Photo: SHAHAR AZRAN/Wikimedia Commons)

Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations must have felt at home in an Upper West Side synagogue last night. Its rabbi introduced him by saying that “we stand for the centrality of Israel in Jewish life; therefore, we support Israel unconditionally.”

But then the questions started.

The three critical attendees who questioned Ron Prosor at his talk at the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue overshadowed the meat of Prosor’s spiel, which focused on bias against Israel at the United Nations, turmoil in the Arab world and the peace process with the Palestinian Authority.  At least 100 people attended the event at the Reform institution on a freezing cold night.

The first questioner, an older man named Norman who was not a member of the synagogue, was the harshest.  He laid into Prosor, wearing a white kippa and a grey suit, by sharply questioning him over Israel’s conduct in Operation Cast Lead.

“The IDF called the Rabbo family to come out with a white flag.  The grandmother came out with her three grandchildren–of three, five and nine–and an Israeli soldier popped out of a tank with a machine gun and he shot them down.  He killed the three-year-old, he killed the nine-year-old and the five-year-old was left with her spine severed,” the man begun, referencing an incident documented by Amnesty International, the Goldstone report and Human Rights Watch. (The dead civilians were two-year-old Amal and seven-year-old Souad.)  “My mother told me about how in her village in the Ukraine, the Cossacks came in and killed the Jewish family next door.  I would like to know how I can support Israel that treats the Palestinians the same way that the anti-Semites treated my mother’s family in the Ukraine?”

Prosor, Israel’s UN ambassador since 2011, didn’t flinch.  He had most of the audience on his side.  But his answer left much to be desired.  “Anyone who has been in Israel, anyone who…sent his own children to be part and parcel of the Israeli Defense Forces, knows that the stories you are telling that sound really genuine, are basically fiction added with a bit of stories that you hear in the neighborhood,” he said, before admitting that mistakes have been made, though the Israeli army takes measures to protect against civilian loss of life. He told Norman he should be “proud” of what Israel “stands for,” before taking the next question.  The audience effusively clapped for Prosor.

But the next person also had some sharp questions for Prosor.

On the same day that activists around the world protested in the front of Israeli embassies to call for fair treatment of African asylum seekers, the questioner, who looked to be in his 30s, asked, “why has [Israel] not created a functional and fair refugee status determination procedure and instead is indefinitely detaining African asylum seekers in isolated internment camps, and instead…has recognized zero refugees from Sudan or from Eritrea…As a concerned Jew and supporter of Israel, I want to know this fits with Israel’s obligations and Jewish values?”

Prosor answered by first implying that the questioner didn’t know his facts. (Israel has, in fact, not recognized any refugees from Sudan or Eritrea, and in total has recognized only about 200 refugees since 1953.) He defended Israel’s conduct by saying that its policies accorded with other democratic countries’ migration policies, and said that most asylum seekers came into Israel “illegally” seeking work, but that Israel was beginning to do better and fix its policies on migration.

After getting a brief respite from an attendee who was interested in UN bias against Israel, a young teenage questioner who was a member of the synagogue asked about the peace process.  He mentioned that Israel wanted to keep Ma’ale Adumim inside Israel, which would “bisect the West Bank in two parts,” and asked how a long term Israeli military presence in the Jordan Valley would protect Israel.

Prosor ignored the Ma’ale Adumim question, but said that the presence of Al Qaeda in Iraq, for example, showed the need for why Israel had to keep control of the Jordan Valley–and not rely on international peacekeepers.  He also said that the plan to have U.S. soldiers serve in the Jordan Valley should be off the table, because it would attract suicide bombers, and “we don’t want body bags of American soldiers” as a result.

The question and answer session was a striking bookend for a largely staid talk at the Upper West Side synagogue. Prosor said the roiling turmoil in the Arab world as a result of the Arab uprisings had made the claim that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was supremely important obsolete. He complained about bias against Israel from the Arab world and the Non-Aligned Movement, though also said that the Gulf Arab states’ interests were aligned with Israel over Iran.

“Those opportunities are being utilized,” Prosor said obliquely.

And he dismissed those who said settlements are the biggest obstacle to an agreement with the Palestinian Authority.  Instead, the “major hurdle to peace is the Palestinian quest for the right of return,” which would destroy Israel, Prosor said.

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  1. pabelmont says:

    Glad that he had hecklers who knew what they were talking about and criticized Israel from the POV of Jewish ethics. Sign of the times.

  2. eljay says:

    >> Israel’s UN ambassador catches flak …

    Given the ease with which he handled those questions, it seems like he caught snowflakes, not flak.

    • bilal a says:

      Note the audience is upper west side liberal reform, and this was their response to the alleged IDF killing of children , rebutted by Denial:

      The audience effusively clapped for Prosor.

      Until the older liberal money bags die off , not much hope for peace.

    • Giles says:

      I guess if you call answering specific questions with vagueness and out and out lies handling questions with ease

      • eljay says:

        >> I guess if you call answering specific questions with vagueness and out and out lies handling questions with ease

        ease: absence of difficulty or effort

        Ease implies neither specificity/accuracy nor truth.

        • Giles says:

          Then why do you state that “Given the ease with which he handled those questions,” as if that supports Prosor’s case?

          • eljay says:

            >> Then why do you state that “Given the ease with which he handled those questions,” as if that supports Prosor’s case?

            I didn’t say it as though it supports Prosor’s case. Based on my reading of the article at the head of this thread, it appears that Prosor was unphased by the “flak” he caught at the synagogue. Therefore, as I see it, he handled the “flak” with ease, as though it were snowflakes.

  3. Citizen says:

    Yep, the Palestinian right of return does not have the justice the Israeli right of return has, after all a born and bred Brooklyn Jew has priority over a tenth generation Palestinian, right?

  4. seafoid says:

    ” Sign of the times.”

    More like sign of the Zionist end times

    “Prosor said the roiling turmoil in the Arab world as a result of the Arab uprisings had made the claim that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was supremely important obsolete”

    Wrong.
    The Quenelle proves it.

    • American says:

      The more reality intrudes the more they go deeper into denial and their delusions.

    • pabelmont says:

      Yes. One thing about Isarel’s settler-colonial plan. Israel always says the settlers make Israel safer. But they always place settlers (Israelis who might, who knows?, like to be safe) at the border, near what they claim are enemies (I call them angry victims). So at every moment, there are always Israelis near an angry border. And at every moment Israel uses their need for the safety of the settlers as an excuse for unprovoked assassination and other military acts (and, of course, uses the provocative power of the responses to their own unprovoked aggressions as justification for further military aggressions).

      “World without end, amen”, as we used to say before Climate Change showed us were were wrong.

      • seafoid says:

        ““World without end, amen”, as we used to say before Climate Change showed us were were wrong.”

        That is really on the ball. It is so sad, the future that we are facing.
        The Koch brothers are worse than Kach

        • Walid says:

          Meteorologist today on TV discussed the eastern Med’s rainfall to date that is running at less than 25% of total annual seasonal norm and it’s looking like it won’t be going over 50% by the end of the rainy season which ends in another 6 or 8 weeks. It will be a disastrous year for growers and cause many forest fires. He was predicting worse conditions for the coming 20 or 30 years with an increase in warming of between 1 and 4 degrees which would turn Syria, Cyprus, Lebanon, Israel into almost deserts. The predicted warming will be adversely affecting the eastern Med more than any other area on earth. Those still in Brooklyn should stay there because they wouldn’t be enjoying the weather in Israel for long.

          • seafoid says:

            Walid- I think this is what started the war in Syria, the catalyst.

          • ziusudra says:

            Greetings Walid,
            Eclectic Global Capital is producing up to 70% in China & India.
            When the US & Euro priveleged can no longer afford the cheap
            products, Capital will join BDS.
            ziusudra
            PS I don’t know if you can still get Celery Soda in Bklyn or up in the
            Jewish Alps, but the best Bagels are marketed by my ethnic Italo
            brethren on Long Island.
            PPS We, immigrants( all ethnicities) lived together happily in the
            40s in Williamsburg, Bklyn.

          • Walid says:

            “Walid- I think this is what started the war in Syria, the catalyst) (seafoid)

            That, and the dispersion of the Palestinian refugees. It will take at least 20 years to rebuild Syria and during this time Syrians will have other problems than to think about the Golan. So Israel just bought itself another 20 years of non-talks on the Golan and succeeded in having had dispersed the 400,000 Palestinian refugees that won’t be clamoring about their RoR for a very long time. That’s how Israel operates.

          • seafoid says:

            link to jspace.com

            “41 Charles Koch and David Koch

            Charles is CEO and his brother David is executive vice president of Koch Industries, Inc. The family business, or if you prefer conglomerate, is the United States’ second largest private company with $115 billion in sales. Their interests range from oil pipelines and refineries to paper towels, cups, and building materials.

            J-Connection: The Koch Brothers have Jewish roots”

            This makes me unbearably sad. These guys don’t care about the future of humanity. They should be ostracized rather than feted.

      • NickJOCW says:

        @Pablemont. I have often wondered if the settlers are in a certain sense a buffer and could be sacrificed should practical pressures push Israel beck to its proper borders.

        • Walid says:

          Nick, they’d never go back until they have built enough desalination plants to supply Israel’s water needs. For now, Israel is surviving on the water stolen from the West Bank and the Golan.

          • seafoid says:

            Walid

            I wouldn’t be surprised if it turned out the Jewish population was too big ecological-footprint-wise for the eternal Jewish home. And trying to lord it over the Palestinians on top must be ecologically insane.
            The Palestinians have a far lower ecological footprint by the way. Ma sha allah.
            Happy with a shisha tufaah and a bit of Fairuz sabahan. Life doesn’t get much better than that, really. Connected to something bigger.

            link to youtube.com

            God never said anything about green lawns although I’m happy for Yonah Fredman to correct me LOL.

        • Giles says:

          No. The Arabs who live in Israel and are clustered on the borders are the buffer.

    • tokyobk says:

      Sounds like more seafóid (rubbish) as in “ag caint seafóide” (talking bs) to me.

      But maybe you are right. I do agree with your last comment that Israel as it is proceeding will damage the Jews and that Jewish nationalism is a sad addendum to the Holocaust. Please do tell how this works?

      Is there a single exemplar of the Quenelle who is also known to be staunchly anti-racist including against anti-Jewish racism? Or, are pretty much all Quenellers (even the ones who don’t do selfies in front of Synagogues and death camps) also people with expressed hostility towards Jews and Jewish culture? The inventor of the salute (who is now trying to trademark and market it) can’t exactly be called simply anti-Israel.

      • seafoid says:

        Zionism is BS, Tokyobk.

        The land was never empty. You can cover the place with concrete (and how you DO) but you’ll never clean up the smell of ethnic cleansing.

        And now Bennett is talking about giving 2 fingers to the Yanks.
        Because young Jews are talking Menschkeit.
        Total and utter INSANITY.

  5. American says:

    ”Its rabbi introduced him by saying that “we stand for the centrality of Israel in Jewish life; therefore, we support Israel unconditionally.”>>>>

    Thats fine …. just do it with your own blood and money——leave the US and 300 million other Americans (and the rest of the world) out of it.

  6. Walid says:

    Israelis’ worst nightmare is not mad Arabs pushing them into the sea, and it’s not al Qaeda coming at them from the Jordan Valley, or a threat to their existence from either Hamas or Hizbullah. What has Israelis shaking in their pants is the sword of RoR over their heads that refuses to go away. Prosor repeated that fear. Can’t help feeling that all the decade-old machinations of redrawing the map of the Middle East is an Israeli-American plan to find a way of tucking Palestinian refugees and Palestinian-Israelis someplace away from the former Palestine.

    • pabelmont says:

      Walid: PRoR is a fear, or dread, of Israelis, of course — it contradicts one important goal of Zionism, then and now. But another thing they should dread is American Jews getting tired of the tired old lines “we stand for the centrality of Israel in Jewish life; therefore, we support Israel unconditionally.” They should at least put on their list of dreads and fears the possibility of a sufficient diminishing of American Jewish support (and, indeed, the possibility of significant American Jewish opposition) to alter USA’s support.

      • Walid says:

        Pabelmont, Israelis are not stupid, they know that the “H” gravy train is going to stop one day soon and they are rushing to become strong and prosperous (at Americans’ taxpayers expense, of course) before that day arrives, so that they’d be able to survive without the handouts. I read a few articles about the problem Israel is facing with its young talent moving elsewhere.

        • American says:

          @ walid

          I’m not so sure they arent that stupid or delusional.
          After their success in making taxpayer billions to Israel the third rail of US politics they could think that is here to stay forever.
          The more I watch them the more I see what I think is their stragety in assuring that the H train ‘never does end’.
          All their anti semitism promoting, screeching, etc….is a step to having even more governments impose special laws for ‘Jews’ ….like Abe Foxmans statement that anti semite surveys will be used as a ‘lever’ on governments to make them ‘legistate’ laws specially for Jews protection.
          Hate laws that most nations have are not good enough for Jews, the protection and status of Jews must be ‘elevated’ to a singular and prime importance.
          By accomplishing that they accomplish the same thing for the Jewish State, those special laws for Jews outside of Israel wilI be another ‘plank ‘ in official and permnment support of ‘Jewish’ Israel.
          Is this too much conspiracy thinking on my part?…I dont think so, I think this how delusional supremist actually think.
          Their stupidity is believing that they can do this and ‘maintain’ it—make it a permnment and accepted ‘rule’ in the world without a blowback that will take them down.

          • Walid says:

            American, squeezing over $100 billion out of the Americans over the years, and continuing to exact neverending reparations out of the guilt-ridden Germans, French, Swiss and many others shows them as something else but definitely not stupid. On the other hand, they’re like the squirrel in the spinning cage and now it’s really spinning fast and faster than these muzzling laws they are getting enacted all over the place. One of their latest “H “stunts from last year was getting Congress to freeze awarding contracts to the French Railways for building TGVs for California and Florida until the French firm recognizes its guilty role in having transported victims to the camps during the war.

          • ziusudra says:

            Habibi Walid,
            The German State is still paying 500mn annually to the Catholic Church for damages done by Nepolean in 1803.
            The Germans paid reparations to Israel in mns., but also helped the Jewish Congress to find the wealth of the German Jews hijacked by the Nazis, but,
            but, but the survivors & relatives of said citizens ne’er received their reembursements, it went to the Zio Governments!
            Mash’Salaam
            ziusudra

      • kalithea says:

        “should at least put on their list of dreads and fears the possibility of a sufficient diminishing of American Jewish support (and, indeed, the possibility of significant American Jewish opposition) to alter USA’s support.”

        Forgive me for bursting the bubble, but that’s an even more delusional pipe dream than a two-state solution.

        The truth is that the great majority of Jews will surrender to justice for the Palestinians kicking and screaming; the rest is pie in the sky.

    • Ellen says:

      Hannah Arendt, “To Save the Jewish Homeland,” 1948:

      The only permanent reality in the whole constellation was the presence of Arabs in Palestine, a reality no decision could alter — except perhaps the decision of a totalitarian state, implemented by its particular brand of ruthless force.

      link to coreyrobin.tumblr.com

        • American says:

          Walid says:
          January 23, 2014 at 6:45 pm
          American, squeezing over $100 billion out of the Americans over the years, and continuing to exact neverending reparations out of the guilt-ridden Germans, French, Swiss and many others shows them as something else but definitely not stupid.>>>>>>

          Depends on your definition of stupid.

          ”Principiis obsta and Finem respice”—-Resist the beginnings and Consider the end.

  7. ritzl says:

    How rare an event is this type of questioning in this type of forum? Is this an unusually open-minded congregation?

    Is it a sign of a broadening discomfort with the merging of Israel and Judaism, or is it just an anomaly peculiar to this synagogue? I hope it’s the former.

  8. seafoid says:

    The centrality of Israel in Jewish Life equals the centrality of Walmart in American life equals an imperial moment, a thing made possible by oil, transient, which shall return to dust. Judaism and America will move on, chastened.

  9. Shmuel says:

    “we stand for the centrality of Israel in Jewish life; therefore, we support Israel unconditionally.”

    In traditional Judaism, there are only three unconditional precepts (prohibitions):
    1. murder
    2. idolatry
    3. forbidden sexual relations (e.g. incest, adultery)

    There is nothing about unconditional support for a modern nation state. On the contrary, such unconditional support strikes me as a form of idolatry and necessarily involves complicity in murder.

  10. talknic says:

    The RoR/demographic threat to Israel mantra is bullsh*t

    E.g., this simply doesn’t add up …

    Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel “We appeal – in the very midst of the onslaught launched against us now for months – to the Arab inhabitants of the State of Israel to preserve peace and participate in the upbuilding of the State on the basis of full and equal citizenship…”

    Are we to believe the Jewish People’s Council were not aware that by May 14th 1948 Jewish forces were already dispossessing non-Jews both in and outside the territory allotted for a Jewish state? And are we to believe the Jewish People’s Council were inviting non-Jews to stay knowing they would become a demographic threat to the Jewish state?

    Somewhere a lie is being told!

    It is a fact that Israel has never legally annexed any territories beyond those the Israeli government announced in its plea for recognition “within frontiers approved by the General Assembly of the United Nations in its Resolution of November 29, 1947″ link to trumanlibrary.org

    It is also a fact that people returning to non-Israeli territories, no matter how many, will not effect Israeli demographics.

    The oft quoted figure of approximately 711,000 non-Israelis is from “Israel- controlled territory “ link to pages.citebite.com

    It includes people dispossessed from territories the Israeli Government claimed on May 22nd 1948 link to pages.citebite.com were “outside the State of Israel” .. “in Palestine” IOW from non-Israeli territories.

    The real threat of RoR is to Israel’s investment in illegal ‘facts on the ground’ and Israeli demographics in territories illegally acquired by war, illegally annexed, illegally settled. Not belonging to the State of Israel.

    • talknic- Your assertion that the only land which Israel can claim is that which was given to it by the partition plan is something that you have repeated often enough for it to have penetrated even my thick skull. But this assertion that Israel has never officially annexed the territory conquered in the war of independence seems to beg credulity. I suppose I do not know all the legislation that the Knesset has passed and can’t specify where they have asserted sovereignty over that added territory, but Israel has annexed much of the West Bank adjacent to Jerusalem and according to you, they have annexed East Jerusalem without every annexing West Jerusalem and that is just plain silly.

      • talknic says:

        @ yonah fredman “this assertion that Israel has never officially annexed the territory conquered in the war of independence seems to beg credulity.”

        Uh huh. If Israel has legally annexed territory by agreement. Who agreed? What date? Who co-signed? Map? Anything????

        Fact is, no such agreement has ever existed.

        ” I do not know all the legislation that the Knesset has passed and can’t specify where they have asserted sovereignty over that added territory”

        Israel agreeing with itself to annex non-Israeli territories quite simply doesn’t make the grade under Customary International Law.

        • Sibiriak says:

          talknic:

          Israel agreeing with itself to annex non-Israeli territories quite simply doesn’t make the grade under Customary International Law.

          Perhaps the Israelis have noticed that Customary International Law has has been customarily lacking in effective enforcement mechanisms.

          • talknic says:

            Sibiriak “Perhaps the Israelis have noticed that Customary International Law has has been customarily lacking in effective enforcement mechanisms”

            Only while the Israeli lobby can lie loud enough to maintain the US veto vote. East Timor, Kuwait, Libya are examples of the Law being given full effect

          • Sibiriak says:

            talknic:

            East Timor, Kuwait, Libya are examples of the Law being given full effect

            You’ve got to be kidding– effective enforcement of international law?

      • Walid says:

        Talknic sticking to the 1948 partition lines, which he believes have never been formally legalized, is not wrong despite the fact that after the 67 war, Palestinians and mostly all other Arab states have essentially conceded that Israel’s new and accepted borders ran along the armistice (green) line. In 1967, Israel crossed over the green line and annexed parts of Jerusalem and settled parts of the West Bank and annexed the Golan. Now East Jerusalem and major settlement blocs have become Israel’s declared borders and the Palestinians are having to negotiate from these new lines arbitrarily drawn by Israel rather than from the 1967 borders. Israel doesn’t believe in legal annexations that are within international laws, as Talknic says, but operates under the Zionist principle of establishing facts on the ground, whether by evicting inhabitants and claiming that they never existed as a people or that they voluntarily fled or by settling Zionist squatters on the stolen land and declaring them facts on the ground that would never change.

        BBC article last May explains astutely why Israel would never abandon the Golan; it omits any mention of the Syrian Golan refugees chased off the land by Israel that today number about 400,000 Syrians and some Palestinians:

        “… Israel unilaterally annexed the Golan Heights in 1981. The move was not recognised internationally.

        There are more than 30 Jewish settlements on the heights, with an estimated 20,000 settlers. There are some 20,000 Syrians in the area, most of them members of the Druze sect.

        Southern Syria and the capital Damascus, about 60 km (40 miles) north, are clearly visible from the top of the Heights while Syrian artillery regularly shelled the whole of northern Israel from 1948 to 1967 when Syria controlled the Heights.

        The heights give Israel an excellent vantage point for monitoring Syrian movements. The topography provides a natural buffer against any military thrust from Syria.

        The area is also a key source of water for an arid region. Rainwater from the Golan’s catchment feeds into the Jordan River. The area provides a third of Israel’s water supply.

        The land is fertile, with the volcanic soil being used to cultivate vineyards and orchards and to raise cattle. The Golan is also home to Israel’s only ski resort.”

        link to bbc.co.uk

        • talknic says:

          @ Walid …the 1948 partition lines, which he believes have never been formally legalized”

          They were legalized A) by Israel’s declaration and B) the formal recognition of the State of Israel by the International Comity of Nations as Israel asked to be recognized, before Israel was accepted into the UN & before any Armistice Agreements.

          They were confirmed in the Israeli Government statement of May 22nd 1948 link to pages.citebite.com

          ” .. despite the fact that after the 67 war, Palestinians and mostly all other Arab states have essentially conceded that Israel’s new and accepted borders ran along the armistice (green) line.”

          Two points.
          1) The Green Line might become Israel’s border sometime in the future, but no one has yet recognized the Green Line AS Israel’s border because there has yet to be a formal agreement that the Palestinians have ceded ANY territory to Israel.

          2) The Green Line was actually a ceasefire line negotiated by Moshe Dayan and Abdullah el Tell (TransJordan) 30 November 1948. Not the Palestinians.

          3) The Armistice Agreements of 1949 included Lebanon, Syria, TransJordan, Egypt and Israel, not the Palestinians and; they specifically state that the Armistice Demarcation lines

          2. The Armistice Demarcation Line is not to be construed in any sense as a political or territorial boundary, and is delineated without prejudice to rights, claims and positions of either Party to the Armistice as regards ultimate settlement of the Palestine question. link to pages.citebite.com

          On Israel’s 31st Aug 1949 attempt to have other territories (Palestinian) be considered as Israeli …

          “3. With regard to the territorial adjustments of which the Commission treats in Chapter II of it memorandum, the Delegation of Israel considers that in addition to the territory indicated on the working document annexed to the Protocol of May 12, all other areas falling within the control and jurisdiction of Israel under the terms of the armistice agreements concluded by Israel with Egypt, the Lebanon, the Hashemite Jordan Kingdom and Syria should be formally recognized as Israel territory. The adjustment of the frontiers so created will be subject to negotiation and agreement between Israel and the Arab Government in each case concerned. “

          … the commission referred Israel to the Armistice Agreements link to domino.un.org

  11. Patrick says:

    Related but somewhat off topic: A freedom of information request has revealed that the Gov’t of Canada received a huge barrage of hostile letters when it voted against recognition of Palestine at the UN. Letters ran 80% opposed to the government’s position vs 2o% supportive. Indicates that Harper’s conservatives are way out-of-step with the electorate on this.

    link to theglobeandmail.com

    One letter writer asked Harper if he had visited the “Palestine occupied area of Israel” where living conditions are “deplorable”, wondering why Harper was standing up for the “underprivileged”. How long will it take before it becomes commonplace to see the OPT as, in fact, the Palestine-occupied area of Israel?

    • Walid says:

      Patrick, the only Conservative PM that refused to kneel to American demands was Diefenbaker around 1962; he was actually anti-US and a staunch royalist that fought against changing Canada’s flag. Since then, Conservatives have had only Mulroney and Harper as Prime Ministers that served a substantial terms and both were very pro US and Israel. Liberal Prime Ministers have mostly always played fair with the Palestinians.

  12. kalithea says:

    Oh, so in a room of 100 Jews who attended despite the cold, only 1 Jewish person was concerned with the human rights of the occupied. Oh yeah, there’s hope for humanity there….blech. Three cheers for the .01!