Update: Israel cages Palestinian children in outdoor holding pens during freezing storm

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(Updated with new graphic from Carlos Latuff  “A #cartoon to @Mondoweiss – #Israel cages Palestinian children in outdoor during freezing storm”) :

 A #cartoon to @Mondoweiss – #Israel cages Palestinian children in outdoor during freezing storm

Israel cages Palestinian children outdoors during freezing storm (Graphic: Carlos Latuff)

Once again Israel has been accused of torturing children. This time the state has been accused of caging Palestinian children in outdoor holding pens during the recent freezing winter storm. Lawyers from Israel’s Public Defender’s Office (PDO) visited a prison in Ramla during the storm and published a report on their website.

The IndependentIsrael government ‘tortures’ Palestinian children by keeping them in cages, human rights group says:

“public caging”, threats and acts of sexual violence and military trials without representation…..”

“During our visit, held during a fierce storm that hit the state, attorneys met detainees who described to them a shocking picture: in the middle of the night dozens of detainees were transferred to the external iron cages built outside the IPS transition facility in Ramla,” the PDO wrote on its website.

“It turns out that this procedure, under which prisoners waited outside in cages, lasted for several months, and was verified by other officials.”

This information came to light at a recent hearing of the Knesset’s Public Petitions Committee on December 31st. An Israeli NGO, the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI), claimed this torture is a longstanding issue in a report (pdf) reminding the committee “that torture and ill treatment are absolutely prohibited and that Israel’s legislature must anchor this prohibition in its domestic law. ”

Justice Minister Tzipi Livni heard about it and intervened; “immediately telephoned Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch, telling him to end the practice.”

Shockingly, the Jerusalem Post reported members of the committee claimed they “lacked data…about the frequency and scope of those practices it objected to such as midnight arrests.”

That’s sort of hard to believe, haven’t they been paying attention?

April 2012 Defense for Children International issued an urgent appeal reporting torture was “common place” including interrogators using “severe acts of violence and threats of rape and electrocution.” (pdf)

June 2012 a British delegation of lawyers issued a report which garnered a lot of press, Children in Military Custody revealed “unconscionable practices, such as hooding and the use of leg irons.”

August 2012 Breaking the Silence Children and Youth Soldiers’ Testimonies 2005-2011. (pdf)

March 2013 UNICEF issued a 26 page report accusing Israeli forces of torturing Palestinian childrenChildren in Israeli Military Detention, Observations and Recommendations (pdf)

On the heals of the UNICEF’s March report U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child (OHCHR) issued a ‘progress report’ (pdf) alleging “systematically subject to degrading treatment, and often to acts of torture”, Israel’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Yigal Palmor slammed the report claiming it was issued “only to grab headlines”!!

And then last October we reported UNICEF announced the Israeli military had agreed to test an “alternative treatment,” a “pilot-test” program reforming the way they arrest children in the West Bank. Instead of dragging them out of bed to arrest them in the middle of the night the pilot program would issue summons for the children. How’s that program coming along? Or was it merely an act of damage control ?

One would have to be living under a rock to be unaware Israel routinely tortures Palestinian children. The Independent reported “The committee also took issue with the fact that the government appeared not to keep records of the frequency or scope of disputed practices like midnight arrests.”

Perhaps the government should start reading the varying reports!

The Givon prison in Ramla (Photo by Nir Keidar)

Prison in Ramla (Photo by Nir Keidar)

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  1. bilal a
    January 2, 2014, 3:30 pm

    Israelis only get the ‘first’ , for children; the USA put Ezra Pound in an outside cage for headlines such as this one from Haarretz:

    In 2014, American Jewish leaders might lose control of the Israel debate

    Washington’s failure to clinch two-state deal would shift Palestinian focus to international groups and college campuses where organized Jewry holds little sway.
    Jan 1,2014.


  2. amigo
    January 2, 2014, 3:41 pm

    Can you just imagine how it must be for young children being dragged to this place at all hours of the night by uniformed criminal thugs who like to see themselves as “Most Moral”.

    Zionism and it,s craven apologists have much to answer for and that day will come.

    I look forward to seeing the oleg,s and yrns of this world in chains on their way to their future, locked up and kept in open cages on a diet along the lines their leaders claim is good enough for Gazans.

    Perhaps a regular dose of skunk gas and early morning cold showers would give them cause to reflect on their vile lives and actions.

    • Annie Robbins
      January 2, 2014, 4:41 pm

      they did not ‘change their tune.’ the change in wording is practically insignificant. plus, your site claims

      The broad, unsubstantiated insinuation, based on very vague wording in a report by the radical NGO PCATI, that Palestinian kids detained by Israeli security personnel are “tortured”.

      did you read both jpost and the independent? from the blockquote above

      “During our visit, held during a fierce storm that hit the state, attorneys met detainees who described to them a shocking picture: in the middle of the night dozens of detainees were transferred to the external iron cages built outside the IPS transition facility in Ramla,” the PDO wrote on its website.

      the pdo is the public defenders office. so the idea this is unsubstantiated is ridiculous. the weather was freezing. that’s torture. open the links and read them.

      • tree
        January 2, 2014, 5:09 pm

        the pdo is the public defenders office. so the idea this is unsubstantiated is ridiculous.

        Not only that, annie, but the PDO related that other officials confirmed the practice. PDO quote from the article:

        “It turns out that this procedure, under which prisoners waited outside in cages, lasted for several months, and was verified by other officials.

      • Annie Robbins
        January 3, 2014, 1:52 pm

        thanks tree, and those other officials were likely prison officials since one might imagine lawyers from the pdo would make a few inquiries while they were there. besides, someone had to build the outside holding pens/cages. so they must have receipt for the materials/labor. children are routinely arrested at night.

        another thing i didn’t put in the post was this statement from jposts coverage:

        Yesh Atid MK Adi Kol sounded a note of exasperation, saying “We do not need to throw a child out of his bed at night.”

        after so many years one might think they’d find a way to end this gruesome practice permanently.

      • Woody Tanaka
        January 3, 2014, 8:03 pm

        “Yesh Atid MK Adi Kol sounded a note of exasperation, saying “We do not need to throw a child out of his bed at night.””

        No. but i will bet that many of the zios involved take pleasure in mistreating the children.

    • tree
      January 2, 2014, 5:03 pm

      Poor reading skills on your part, Obsidian. Your link talks about minor changes by the Independent editor made to the story at the request of cifwatch, in terms of putting quotes around the word “torture” in the headline only, and a rewording from

      “…children were kept in outdoor holding pens for ‘months’ during winter.”

      to “…children were kept in outdoor holding pens for during winter in a practice which had been going on ‘for months’.”

      Nowhere in your link is there any indication that the Israeli human rights group PCATI “changed its tune.” You need to work on your reading skills.

    • Cliff
      January 2, 2014, 5:23 pm


      What is ‘CiFWatch’? Another Zionist advocacy, media watchdog group?

      • Annie Robbins
        January 2, 2014, 6:50 pm

        oh definitely cliff. and they btch n’moan about one itty change and then write this big headline pretending they caught a big fish, and they lie! what a joke.

      • Bumblebye
        January 2, 2014, 7:09 pm

        CiFWatch has a ‘sister’ in Jerusalem – http://bbcwatch.org/
        which may be one of the reasons the beeb has become so bad on I/P reporting. Tho’ why they should respond to an Israeli org beats me. Hasbara paradise. Around half a per cent of Brits are Jewish, so somewhat less than that will be zionist. Distorting the issue as much as it is seems to be punching waaay above weight!

      • seafoid
        January 3, 2014, 1:47 am

        Hasbara paradise in late Zionism. They throw about the antisemitism slur far too casually for their own good as the PR misfires. They would want to watch out in the UK.

      • Citizen
        January 3, 2014, 8:29 am

        @ Bumblebye
        A half percent of Brits may be Jewish, but there’s a Friends Of Israel (FOI) group in each of the main Brit political parties.

      • Bumblebye
        January 3, 2014, 2:30 pm

        @ Citizen
        Yeah, i know! I sometimes look one or other of ’em up, when looking into something they’ve done or said, and it’s disappointing to find.

      • talknic
        January 3, 2014, 3:16 am

        @Cliff “What is ‘CiFWatch’?”

        Started by idiots for Israel who were booted off of the Guardian Comments are Free

        They lie, twist, falsely accuse, et al …. normal ziobot stuff

      • Sumud
        January 3, 2014, 9:23 am

        There’s also ‘Huff Post Monitor’, started by two other idiots. I don’t know if they ever got booted from a Huff Post – I haven’t read that for years now, their comment moderation so irritating I decided I wouldn’t give them any more time and effort.

        I don’t think anyone reads ‘Huff Post Monitor’ – they had one commenter called NormanF – probably the same person who posts here under that handle. It appears even he got bored with their site, now they have zero commenters. Hell only knows who funds them.

      • Annie Robbins
        January 3, 2014, 2:02 pm

        and dkos has the members of ‘team shalom’. zionist advocacy and the self appointed watchdogs of everything israel.

    • tree
      January 2, 2014, 5:34 pm

      It also looks like Cifwatch is guilty of a misleading headline itself.

      Its headline reads “CiF Watch prompts correction to false Indy claim about “caged” Palestinian kids”

      implying that the caging was a disputed fact when it was not. Its only dispute with the Independent was over whether such a thing was “torture” or not, and how long each child had to suffer through nights in an outdoor cage.

  3. Stephen Shenfield
    January 2, 2014, 5:05 pm

    Not collecting data on such things is always good policy:

    1) It allows you to feign ignorance.
    2) Data that are not collected cannot be leaked.
    3) Lack of documentation will make it harder to prosecute you (if and when it comes to that).

  4. Shuki
    January 2, 2014, 7:18 pm

    One would have to be living under a rock to be unaware Israel routinely tortures Palestinian children.


    • Annie Robbins
      January 2, 2014, 11:50 pm

      i urge you to read : Termination of withholding prisoners in cages following the intervention of the Public Defender


      also, fromthe pdf above:

      The Istanbul Protocol Manual on the Effective Investigation and Documentation of Torture Raises the following issues regarding torture and children which must be understood:
      “Perpetrators [of torture] often attempt to justify their acts of torture and ill-treatment by the need to gather information…One of the central aims of torture is to reduce an individual to a position of extreme helplessness and distress … Thus, torture is a means of attacking an individual’s fundamental modes of psychological and social functioning. The torturer attempts to destroy a victim’s sense of being grounded in a family and society as a human being with dreams, hopes and aspirations for the future. In addition, torture can profoundly damage intimate relationships between spouses, parents, children, other family members and relationships between the victims and their communities (Para. 235)… Torture can impact a child directly or indirectly. The impact can be due to the child’s having been tortured or detained, the torture of parents or close family members or witnessing torture and violence. When individuals in a child’s environment are tortured, the torture will inevitably have an impact on the child, albeit indirect, because torture affects the entire family and community of torture victims… Adolescence is a turbulent developmental period. The effects of torture can vary widely. Torture experiences may cause profound personality changes in adolescents resulting in antisocial behaviour. Alternatively, the effects of torture on adolescents may be similar to those seen in younger children (Para. 310 &312).”

      they don’t do this to israeli children. you know that right? it’s apartheid, it’s gruesome, these are children. go ahead, defend it. fly your flag for us.

    • seafoid
      January 3, 2014, 1:49 am

      Why delusional? If Israel did routinely torture children would it be antisemitic to draw attention to it? The Jewish prison.

    • Talkback
      January 4, 2014, 6:37 pm


      ♫ Delusional, that’s what you are … Delusional, tho’ near or far♫


  5. Sumud
    January 2, 2014, 8:22 pm

    Where is JeffB to tells us how “Israel completes Judaism and resolves the existential issues”…?

    • Citizen
      January 3, 2014, 8:37 am

      @ Sumund
      JeffB’s comment you quote reminds me that Ann Coulter took a lot of flack for saying “Christianity perfects Judiasm.” Jews as slow folk, needing to be perfected, just lagging behind stubbornly, Non-Zionist Jews not totally pro-Israel, from secular to most orthodox, as needing to be perfected, just lagging behind stubbornly.

    • Talkback
      January 4, 2014, 6:55 am

      He’s busy explaining that terrorism and crimes against humanity is nothing else but “country building” of which he is very proud of. See

      • Sumud
        January 4, 2014, 7:58 am

        @Talkback – very proud, but not so proud that he’s actually going to make aliyah.

        Very telling.

      • Talkback
        January 4, 2014, 5:56 pm

        Maybe he’s only proud about supporting terrorism and crimes against humanity and not perpetrating them.

  6. Nevada Ned
    January 2, 2014, 11:24 pm

    Meanwhile, over at CounterPunch, Josh Frank interviews Max Blumenthal about his new book, Goliath.

    It’s somewhat off-topic, but the interview will definitely be of interest to Mondoweiss readers.

    • Citizen
      January 3, 2014, 8:52 am

      MJ Rosenberg wrote an article yesterday called History Versus Pr0paganda; in it he recommends Ari Shavit’s new book, but not Max Blumenthal’s, even while stating that Blumenthal’s book is completely factual. He reasons that the Establishment backs Shavit’s book because it knows Shavit loves Israel, i.e., his heart is in the right place, while the Establishment thinks Blumenthal hates Israel so his wide array of actual facts don’t matter. So, Rosenberg concludes further, Blumenthal’s just preaching to the converted and is therefore not really dangerous. In comparison, he concludes Shavit’s book is actually dangerous because Israel lovers will actually buy and read it, and be self-forced to come to grips with the facts in it, e.g., Shavit details that the Nakba, as the Palestinians view it, actually did happened, that the founding of the national state of Israel was accomplished by the Zionists huge war crimes. That the relevant Jews did in fact force the Palestinians off their own land by violence and sheer terror.

      Interesting that the Nuremberg Trial and Toyko War Crime Trials (1945-1948) were not finished when Zionists, then the new state of Israel itself, were already committing war crimes, and to this day, there’s been no accountability for those crimes.

      • Annie Robbins
        January 3, 2014, 9:34 am

        i think sometimes mj can’t hear himself or the way others might hear him. he titles his article history vs propaganda and then writes max’s book “drips with hatred of Israel”(as if that is not propaganda). i’ve stated many times my pet peeve is ascribing hatred to ones adversary. it’s just a weird way to argue, the ultimate ad hominem. so mj goes on to claim “anti-Zionist left as primarily being in the hate business” (followed up by “every bit as much as the “pro-Israel” right”) note the slight of hand? the pro israel left is not in the hate business, according to mj. only his adversaries are in the hate business. and i think it goes without saying he would not be backing the anti zionist right. anyway, he’s just smeared all anti zionists as haters. that’s just a silly way to argue because its merely a huge ad homimen devoid of addressing the argument. and he says anti zionists ‘hate’ beinarts The Crisis of Zionism. ? that’s a lot of people and why would he assume that many people would even care enough about beinart’s book to hate it?

        but my main critique of his latest analysis here is his assumption about the potential audience. basically mj falls into a category (like phil and many others) that the people who matter are the ones who care about israel. that it is changing these people or waking them up. “Anyone who cares about Israel” is the way he puts it. but israel is an american foreign policy issue that effects all of us and should be in the interest of any informed/educated american who wants to be part of the national conversation. we’re not all wedded to a position of loving or hating israel nor should we be. therefore, the potential audience for max’s book is way bigger than activists or people already wedded to the politics of the conflict, or as mj lamely puts it ” preaching to the choir “. as mj admits, the book is full of facts, so anyone uninformed seeking to learn about the historical or modern day israel is the potential audience, not just ‘the choir’.

        then he says “Shavit’s is the very opposite: opening the eyes of the brain washed. “ mj’s assumption is americans are primarily brain washed liberal zionists. there’s a bigger audience out there than that. this is not joan peter’s era. the new generation is ready for something more.


        it would go far toward peace for Israel to at least admit that it caused the nakba, and it did so intentionally. Maybe then the two sides can get beyond fairly ancient history and do what must be done now to preserve Israel and what is left of Palestine: establish two states for two peoples. Denial of the nakba by Israel, and by Palestinians of Israel’s legitimacy now can only lead to further catastrophe.

        the nakba is generally capitalized, like the holocaust. unless i am copy pasting i rarely capitalize in comments, but in a published article on our front page (or huffpo), it’s more formal. and referencing either of them as ‘ancient history’, fairly or otherwise, is inaccurate and insensitive. especially so for the nakba which is still ongoing.

      • ritzl
        January 3, 2014, 9:48 am

        They’re both dangerous, especially when taken together. Shavit recognizes previously unrecognized facts from within a palatable Zionist context, by saying it was mostly in the past. MB says it is still ongoing. Even from Rosenberg’s increasingly contorted perspective, one gets Zionists to start thinking and the other provides the opportunity to take that process further. It’s tough to separate the two books on MJR’s terms. They’re both parts of a dangerous (for Zionism) continuum.

        What happened to MJR anyway? The closer we get to unvarnished public truth, the more reactionary he gets. I didn’t expect it.

      • puppies
        January 3, 2014, 3:12 pm

        ” I didn’t expect it.”
        Well then you’re in for a lot more of unexpected reactions.
        Essentially, anyone who is in it as “a friend of Israel” or out of a desire to save the image of the tribe will turn when push comes to shove. Remember, this is a war.

      • Citizen
        January 3, 2014, 10:26 am

        @ Annie Robbins
        Yep. The Jewish Zionists POV is based on the premise that the Holocaust lesson (“Never Again”) is that Israel is the only insurance policy because there’s always the eternal Gentile, waiting to pounce on any Jew, and there’s some parallel with those who ignore the bigger audience beyond “brainwashed liberal zionists.” It’s as if there’s no audience out there, such as all us Americans who grew up with the notion that “Never Again” is a hard-won universal principle, applicable thus, to the Palestinian situation, and hence also to US complicity and enablement of Israel’s immoral and internationally illegal conduct. The American audience for Max’s book is not only those Jewish Americans who realize “Never Again” must have universal application (or it has no lasting power to guide the future of anyone in a humanitarian way), but that audience is also all Americans, including those who only care about America’s best interests, which have been, are being greatly harmed by Israel-AIPAC.

        Max’s book is in its second printing, without any help from the establishment media. Dick and Jane might even awake.

      • Annie Robbins
        January 3, 2014, 10:44 am

        Israel is the only insurance policy because there’s always the eternal Gentile, waiting to pounce on any Jew

        exactly, you see i had never heard of anything like this until i started reading mondoweiss. i had no idea this was drummed into children’s heads. i don’t think most americans are aware of this this kind of thinking, it’s a phenomena affecting the brainwashed, primarily jewish, and not that unfathomable from the generation proceeding the holocaust. but as a long term strategy, it’s crazy simply because it’s so untrue. so, for mj’s analysis to be correct it would have to apply to the general public.

        for anyone not indoctrinated into this kind of thinking, ie most people, it has no value. that’s a much larger audience for max’s book than ‘the choir’.

      • pabelmont
        January 3, 2014, 3:53 pm

        I think he (MJR) is caught in the idea (delusion) that the well-meaning can do no wrong and the abused cannot abuse. I’d imagine he also believes that the Zionist-Left is well-meaning and that anti-Zionists and Zionist-right are not well-meaning. Well, my take FWIW is that no-one in any of these groups (except perhaps a few of the Zionist-right) thinks of himself as Not-Well-Meaning, as criminal. But IMO Zionists of all stripes have been engaged in an essentially criminal enterprise (might makes right). And the holocaust, pogroms, and other instances of antisemitism are abuse of Jews, and Zionism is an instance of abuse by Jews.

        When he’s not off his rocker, I rather like MJR.

      • Talkback
        January 4, 2014, 6:31 pm

        Annie: anyway, he’s just smeared all anti zionists as haters. that’s just a silly way to argue because its merely a huge ad homimen devoid of addressing the argument.

        He hates them, because he can’t adress their arguments. If he would, his amorality and racism would be revealed.

      • American
        January 3, 2014, 2:08 pm

        Evidently mj’s blog has shut down…trying to visit his site this appears:

        “mjayrosenberg.wordpress.com is no longer available.
        The authors have deleted this site.’

        Maybe he accidently caught a glimpse of his own hypocriscy in a mirror and it drove him into a nervous breakdown.

      • puppies
        January 5, 2014, 1:43 am

        “Maybe he accidently caught a glimpse of his own hypocriscy in a mirror and it drove him into a nervous breakdown.”
        E-harakiri? For a Zionist with any amount of Zionism left inside, approval of universal human rights is suicidal, the two being incompatible.

      • American
        January 5, 2014, 12:26 pm

        I use to follow mj because he correctly nails the Lobby-Congress political corruption as the major problem of I/P and exposes it.
        But does think most gentiles are anti semitic and that Israel is “necessary.”
        And like a lot of liberal zionist his concern is not so much the inhumanity to Palestines as it is what Israel’s inhumanity to Palestines does to Israel.
        He cant get past his own zionism….and his faulty reasons for believing in it.

      • Annie Robbins
        January 5, 2014, 1:42 pm

        does think most gentiles are anti semitic

        i’m not sure about that. but he clearly thinks most anti zionists are.

    • Citizen
      January 3, 2014, 9:58 am

      @ Nevada Ned
      Thanks for the link–Max is really sharp in that interview; I already spread it on the social sites. If you look up on this thread, there some discussion of “the tipping point,” at least by me. Max discusses this too in some detail. Here’s his conclusion: “Something is happening out there and I truly believe a tipping point is approaching. At the very least, we can conclude that the gatekeepers are rapidly weakening.”

  7. Talkback
    January 3, 2014, 8:13 am

    Imagine not Gentile children had been the victim of the fascist, Antigentile Apartheid Junta of Palestine, but that someone had done the same to Jewish children. What kind of people in what kind of regime/state would that have been?

  8. Annie Robbins
    January 3, 2014, 10:25 am

    check out the awesome update! Carlos Latuff’s cartoon he made for our post. big thank you!

  9. piotr
    January 3, 2014, 7:48 pm

    My interpretation of the incident is that it is not particularly heinous, but in the same time, quite symptomatic, especially if we consider numerous examples of the same phenomenon.

    The description of the phenomenon: most Israelis, and importantly, most Israelis who act in official capacity that can impact Palestinians

    a. think about Palestinians as “the enemy”,

    b. simply cannot resist any opportunity to hurt “the enemy”, the scheme of thinking is “what is bad for my enemy is good”.

    Here the situation seems as follows: the responsible officials had to implement a directive to eliminate torture (easy) and maltreatment (ouch, ouch!) of jailed Palestinian children. Some practices had to be eliminated. To soften the blow, something not officially categorized as maltreatment had to be put in place instead. I just do not see any other reason to construct outdoor cages. On one hand, being put in a cage is unpleasant and, on a hot day or a cold night, painful, one the other, there are plenty of ways to humiliate and inflict pain without such a contraption. Thus the true reason for the invention was to replace some old and effective methods with something new which is not explicitly forbidden yet. I challenge our Zionist friends to propose another reason.

    From the dates cited in our source articles, the cages were introduced last summer, and someone forgot to say anything about limiting the use of the cages when the weather is to severe. In the same time, the people who were in charge simply could not resists the opportunity to maltreat the kids — I do not believe that they were instructed to use the cages every day and night.

    As “singling out Israel” is concerned, I think that Israel is an absolute champion in inventing such low grade harassment which stems from contradictory impulses. On one hand, this is highly organized high tech society that has a self-image of being humane etc. and is concerned with the image it projects to other countries, and on the other the hatred of “the enemy” is pushing the decision makers to “test the envelope”.

    As a policy implication, any reliance on Israeli good will for “the enemy” is hypocritical or foolish. For example, leaving Israel in charge of border traffic of the future Palestinian state would result in constant testing of the envelop how much they can hinder the economy and the daily life of “the enemy”. More generally, the idea that Israeli government will produce a reasonable peace offer, which apparently is the working assumption of the “peace process” is also hypocritical or foolish.

    • puppies
      January 4, 2014, 2:55 am

      “most Israelis…
      a. think about Palestinians as “the enemy”,
      b. simply cannot resist any opportunity to hurt “the enemy”, the scheme of thinking is “what is bad for my enemy is good”.”

      Nothing unusual there. What is, however, unusual and impossible to understand is the fact that the thinking is not entirely symmetrical on the other side, at least among the supporters.

  10. MRW
    January 4, 2014, 7:03 pm

    And not a peep out of former Israeli prison guard Jeffrey Goldberg about this practice.

  11. MRW
    January 5, 2014, 6:38 am

    annie, two typos: fix the caption under the photo and Ramla is misspelled in the last sentence of the first paragraph.

  12. just
    January 5, 2014, 10:47 am

    Pretty stunning photos of African migrants’ protesting today in TA from the BBC:

    “An Israeli official said the authorities would continue to deal with people who, as she put it, had infiltrated Israel, adding that more than 2,600 had agreed to leave voluntarily last year.

    Ultra-Orthodox MP Eli Yishai said the migrants had been encouraged by “anti-Zionist human rights organisations”.

    He told the Maariv daily the protest was “a sharp and clear cry for the state of Israel and judicial and law enforcement authorities to apply all the means at their disposal to return the infiltrators to their countries”.”

    Gotta love that often used phrase “to apply all the means at their disposal”, eh?

    • Shmuel
      January 5, 2014, 11:13 am

      Gotta love that often used phrase “to apply all the means at their disposal”, eh?

      Not to mention “anti-Zionist human rights organisations”.

      Nothing to do with the human rights disasters in Eritrea and elsewhere that have caused so many to risk their lives to flee across the desert and the sea to any country that offers the hope of a modicum of dignity, or the rights of asylum seekers everywhere. It’s all about Israel and those nefarious human rights organisations that merely want to destroy the “Jewish state” (which “belongs to the white man”, according to Yishai).

      • just
        January 5, 2014, 11:35 am

        So sickeningly true.

        Thanks for bringing that to the fore– there’s so much junk packed into that blurb that I posted.

      • just
        January 5, 2014, 2:48 pm

        including the evil moniker “infiltrators”. Some superzios use that moniker to refer to the indigenous Palestinians………..

      • Shmuel
        January 5, 2014, 3:04 pm

        including the evil moniker “infiltrators”. Some superzios use that moniker to refer to the indigenous Palestinians

        The standard Israeli term for Palestinians just trying to get back to their homes and harvests in the late ’40s and early ’50s – and the current official term for Palestinians in the OT who lack the required Israeli permits. So whether you just want to go home or escape tyranny and live out your life in peace, you are a “demographic threat” (another great one from the Zionist word mill) and must be treated as a deadly foe — locked up, deported or killed.



      • seafoid
        January 5, 2014, 3:25 pm

        That always cracks me up. Like calling the Nez Perce aliens.

      • yrn
        January 5, 2014, 3:36 pm


        The Holy Angel of humanism
        how about Phil Wiess

        “Is any militaristic white-guy festival”

      • Shmuel
        January 5, 2014, 4:28 pm

        Ah, the old יפה נפש “insult”. Brings back memories. Are you stalking me today, yrn?

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