A Jew’s dead dog has more rights than a Bedouin in the Negev

Israel/Palestine
on 46 Comments
Goldog pet cemetery  for deceased Jewish-Israeli owned dogs, and Boxer breeder in the Negev, Israel. (Photo: Callie Maidhof)

Goldog pet cemetery for deceased Jewish-Israeli owned dogs, and Boxer breeder in the Negev, Israel. (Photo: Callie Maidhof)

Far enough from paved roads that cellular reception cuts out, in the middle of a national forest in Israel, there is a canine resting place.

The pet cemetery and adjoining ranch house owned by Amos and Shosh Gold affords the civil-engineered trappings of placid suburban life, but stamped in a dehydrated nature reserve; water, electricity and waste removal serve the house and dog burial plots as a result of city plans that have pumped millions into making life attractive in the sparsely populated Negev desert.

Yet about two kilometers away is an officially-unrecognized Bedouin encampment with 24 residents from the Abu Alkin clan who want to continue to inhabit the Negev—even though they are excluded from the blueprints of development. The Abu Alkins live in an unrecognized village not on any map, meaning they are not allowed to be hooked up to municipal services and are forced to live off the grid.

These Arab citizens of Israel do not have the same luxuries of municipal services as the deceased, once Jewish-owned dogs decomposing in the watered sod of Goldog cemetery. Their town, which is barely a town, formerly had bonded stone houses and cement foundations, but all 16 of those structures were demolished by the state a year and a half ago.

Meanwhile, the site where animal companions such as Seadog are interred have all those benefits. Born 1995, laid to rest in 2009, Seadog’s grave and Hebrew embossed headstone has colored glass on it. His company– hundreds of other dead dogs. They are in plots meters away from an outdoor shower, a piano, and a kennel with caged and very alive dogs, guarded by roped pups that bark with fury when they hear soft footsteps or the sandy sound of tires running over a rocky dirt road. There is landscaping, there are outdoor lights.

When I visited the cemetery last week, a stocky middle-aged woman with cropped red hair and zebra print eyeglasses angrily greeted a researcher and me, canceling the interview we had set up a few days before. On the phone, a woman had identified herself to my Hebrew-speaking colleague as Shosh Gold, one half of the husband and wife proprietor pair. I believe I was now meeting Shosh, but she refused to give her name when we introduced ourselves (though she indicated she had spoken to my colleague on the phone). She said that there was some bad press two decades ago when the cemetery first opened and that her neighbors hate her, quite randomly. Then she threw us out.

We did manage to see the burial plots, kennel and guard dogs. I had wanted to verify if the cemetery with electrical and water connections serviced “Jewish dogs” only, while the Bedouin neighbors—very much alive—were without the same assistance.

The woman monitored our movements as if we were wandering cheetahs—and she a gazelle—until we rode off of the property.

She told us not to write about the cemetery, and not to use her name.

Screen shot of Goldog's website, offering breeding, doggie daycare, hotel, and cemetery.

Screen shot of Goldog’s website, offering breeding, doggie daycare, hotel, and cemetery.

And so I improvised. I then had Khalil Alamour from the legal rights group Adalah call Goldog to inquire about pet funerals. Adalah is representing a nearby Bedouin village, Umm el-Hieran in a court case where the defendants are relatives of the Golds’ neighbors. In that case the Bedouins are being evicted by the state so that a Jewish-Israeli trailer park can re-locate on the same tract of land.

“People would never believe that the Israeli democratic state is uprooting their indigenous Bedouin citizens from their ancestral land in order to resettle Jews on the rubble of the same destroyed village,” said Alamour, “but that’s the fact.”

However, when Alamour phoned the same number that my Hebrew speaking colleague used to reach Shosh set up our interview, a woman answered and rebuffed him after he gave his identifiably Arab name. She said he had the wrong number—there was no pet cemetery. He could not arrange a funeral.

It was a completely different story when an Israeli journalistic colleague I enlisted as a fake customer called a few days later. A woman told him that a basic burial at Goldog costs 450 NIS (about $130) and one with a marker runs 750 NIS (about $215).  When the Israeli colleague said that his dog “Napoleon” had died (not a true story, but we conceived him as a Labrador), the woman confirmed, “yes, this is a Jewish cemetery.”

When asked if there were any Arab-owned pooches in the burial ground, the woman said, “No, we haven’t had a request like this,” but offered, “if an Arab guy comes, we are not going to turn him away. Anyone who had a dog and served him loyally is welcome to come and bury him here.” Families can also invite guests for a ceremonial send off, should they choose.

So it is not that the Golds inter “Jewish dogs”  (is there such a thing as a Jewish dog? I leave that to the Talmudists), but they only serve Jewish pet owners.

Adam Abu Alkin in his Bedouin-Arab village adjacent to Goldog cemetery. (Photo: Callie Maidhof)

Adam Abu Alkin in his Bedouin-Arab village adjacent to Goldog cemetery. (Photo: Callie Maidhof)

For decades the Golds and their repository have been able to avail themselves of an infrastructure that any citizen of any state should have a right to seek. “The gaps between the unrecognized Bedouin villages and the neighboring Jewish settlements are unbridgeable. More than that, even between them and recognized ones there are great gaps,” said Alamour. The first-world life juxtaposed to the Bedouin neighbor’s third-world reality is a microcosm of Israel’s ethnic-hierarchy that defines who is inside the system and who is excluded as if they are a foreigner.

“Martin Luther King 2014: I have a dream, to be a dead Jewish dog. For then I will have equal rights in Israel,” joked Alamour.

Water tank destroyed by the Israeli police in the Abu Alkin village. (Photo: Callie Maidhof)

Water tank destroyed by the Israeli police in the Abu Alkin village. (Photo: Callie Maidhof)

Within five minutes of leaving Goldog cemetery my sedan and I crept into the nearby Bedouin village. The conditions were astonishingly poor in comparison to the manicured and maintained cemetery. There I met Adam Abu Alkin, 21 and his brother Mohammed, 18.  Amos, “he’s half-half” the pair agreed. In part, the Bedouins found the full-service business of pet cemetery, Boxer puppy breeding, and a doggie hotel strange. And of course there is resentment that dead Israeli dogs seemingly have more rights then they do.

“They don’t want us to live here, they want us to move to Hura,” said Adam explaining the state does not allow the Bedouins to hook up to electricity and water as a coercive move to entice them to relocate into a condescend Bedouin locality. Hura is a “planned township,” a reservation-like community devoid of job prospects and rife with crime. Bedouins consider relocating to Hura as the opposite of the Jeffersons, it’s movin’ on down. Families like Adam and Mohammed’s choose to continue living without basic elements of shelter, because it is the only way they can continue their work as shepards. Sheep and goats mill about in a pen at the edge of the township. In Hura there’s no room for grazing, only languishing in a life less served than where dogs go to die.

About Allison Deger

Allison Deger is the Assistant Editor of Mondoweiss.net. Follow her on twitter at @allissoncd.

Other posts by .


Posted In:

46 Responses

  1. seafoid
    February 17, 2014, 10:05 am

    From Harpers Index via Pew

    Percentage of American Jews who believe that following Jewish law is essential to Jewish identity : 19

    Who believe that having a sense of humour is : 42

    http://www.jta.org/2013/10/01/news-opinion/united-states/pew-survey-u-s-jewish-intermarriage-rate-rises-to-58-percent

    American Judaism should secede from Zionism.

  2. Elliot
    February 17, 2014, 10:34 am

    The one headstone that the Goldog website shows celebrates the friendship and fidelity of “Dusty”. Another American fantasy: suburbia on the West Bank, now, American-named Jewish dogs “resting in their eternal resting place in the bosom of nature.”
    The hardcore settlers must detest this self-indulgence as much as they abhor Christian fundies. But when you are in the Zionist business, you must take help wherever you can get it: from Hagee to Micronesia to Dusty.

  3. Mndwss
    February 17, 2014, 11:03 am

    “When the Israeli colleague said that his dog “Napoleon” had died (not a true story, but we conceived him as a Labrador), the woman confirmed, “yes, this is a Jewish cemetery.” ”

    What would she have said if it was a deutsche Schäferhund? Are those popular in Israel?

    How can a dog be a Jewish dog? By being trained by Jews to eat dog food placed on genitalia of terrified Palestinian children, as described in:

    Stone Cold Justice:
    http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/stories/2014/02/10/3939266.htm#sthash.uruIdf6P.dpuf

  4. a blah chick
    February 17, 2014, 12:52 pm

    “The woman monitored our movements as if we were wandering cheetahs—and she a gazelle—until we rode off of the property. She told us not to write about the cemetery, and not to use her name.”

    What is she so afraid of? Bad publicity two decades ago? She’s feeling a little guilty and doesn’t want to admit it to herself, much less anyone else. If she truly believes that she is providing a legitimate service she would defend it. But then how would you defend providing better services to dead dogs than to the humans down the road?

    Sometimes the lies we tell ourselves are worse than the lies we tell others.

  5. Obsidian
    February 17, 2014, 2:18 pm

    Allison. A dead Jewish dog has no rights because it’s dead.

    An Arab family that squats illegally on Israeli State land has many rights. They have the right to vote. They have the right to peacefully protest. They have the right to assemble. The right to freely worship. They have the right to petition the State to adjudicate their land claim.

    So you see, these Arabs have lots more rights then the Jewish dog.

    • Daniel Rich
      February 17, 2014, 5:12 pm

      @ Obsidian,

      Yeah, they also have the right to go through checkpoints, be bombed regularly and killed indiscriminately.

      “Give me an ‘A’, give me a ‘P’, give me an ‘A, give me an ‘R’…, well, you know how to spell the word…” – loose bomb-bomb girl

    • xanadou
      February 17, 2014, 5:32 pm

      Obsidian, take a course in logic and learn how to make a cogent argument, lest you sound like a fool, which you clearly are not.

      Ms. Deger’s article references the issues of basic 21st century amenities such as water, electricity and sewage that are denied to the native Bedouin in the own country by illegal foreign Jewish settlers. Ms. Deger’s article does NOT argue the right to vote, protest and/or petitioning the State. For Jewish dogs, dead or alive. Or humans, whatever their religious persuasion, if any. That may be an issue for another article, but irrelevant to the one at hand.

      So you see, these zio Jews, whether their name be Amos Gold or Benji Netanyahoo, are making themselves appear like illegal racist squatters to the natives and the rest of humanity. They also give offense to observant Jews who are resentful of their religion being defiled to serve nefarious purposes.

      • Obsidian
        February 18, 2014, 5:30 am

        Not squatter is ‘entitled’ to water, electricity and sewage.

        Even titled landowners must pay for them.

        Don’t pay your utility bills and watch what happens to you and your ‘rights’.

    • W.Jones
      February 17, 2014, 5:33 pm

      Palestinians get their name downgraded to “Arabs”, they don’t get water and in real life can hardly get a permit to stay on the land. Their rights for livable conditions are the most important and not being allowed. Also, the Palestinians do not get a state for their identity or national self determination.

      Please don’t make us do the full “dog vs. Palestinian” comparison.

      • xanadou
        February 17, 2014, 7:03 pm

        Downgraded to “Arabs”?
        Palestinians ARE Arabs who happen to live in Palestine.

        I do get your sentiment. However, let’s pause for a moment to acknowledge the Arabs (mostly centered around 8-10th century Baghdad) who have given humanity the most massive foundations in the arts and sciences ever in history upon which rests our own knowledge.
        Until one fanatical religious cleric (Al-Ghazali, not an Arab) brought it to a halt by manipulating religious principles into acts of (philosophical) reason.
        A not-so-minor detail that seems to elude modern-day Israelis (and Americans).

        There is a good reason why reason and religion are separate concepts. And should be kept that way; our future depends on it. Or: “fool humanity once…”, etc.

      • W.Jones
        February 18, 2014, 12:39 am

        Xanadou,

        I was referring to how they prefer not to call the native people “Palestinians”. “Palestinian” associates them with the land, while “Arab” is a term they use to claim that people of other religions are from far away in the Arabian desert.

        The dog’s identity gets upgraded, the Pal’s gets downgraded. The issue does not have to do anything with the fact that Arabian civilization was very advanced at one point, but rather the way labels are used to deny people identity.

      • xanadou
        February 18, 2014, 12:57 pm

        W. Jones,
        Agree somewhat. My response was triggered by your quotation marks around the word Arab, which suggested (at least to me) an ironical put down: not yours (as suggested by my 3rd sentence), but those who DO view Arabs as an inferior people. Hence my historical reference which is unknown to a great many people, and highlighting same DOES make a difference going forward, b/c it provides an important and necessary perspective.

        I agree that the issue has everything to do with giving a negative identity to a people (Arab, Arab Palestinians, and Arab Palestinian Bedouins) who do not deserve it for historic AND contemporary reasons. I use history to establish a perspective; just as the Israelis use Jewish history, the real and invented one, to make their case for special treatment and leniency for contemporary Israeli brutality b/c of historic Jewish suffering. Just as the dead dogs are used to provide a perspective for Israeli insane (anti)social priorities. (No disrespect to the dead pooches implied or intended.)

    • justicewillprevail
      February 17, 2014, 5:46 pm

      What fantasy land does this occur in, because it is certainly not the case in Israel? Perhaps you have been asleep for the last 50 years.

    • a blah chick
      February 17, 2014, 6:03 pm

      “An Arab family that squats illegally on Israeli State land has many rights.”
      How can they be squatters on land they were residing on way before Israel was a gleam in Herzl’s eye?

      “They have the right to vote.”
      For political parties which are kept out of coalitions and therefore can have no effect on the national level.

      “They have the right to peacefully protest. They have the right to assemble.”
      Unless it is on a matter the government is sensitive about, in which case they will get the skunk water and tear gas.

      “The right to freely worship.”
      Hopefully in a mosque or church that has not been defaced with anti-Arab graffiti.

      “They have the right to petition the State to adjudicate their land claim.”
      In courts where the thieves are the judges.

    • Sibiriak
      February 17, 2014, 8:39 pm

      Obsidian:

      A dead Jewish dog has no rights because it’s dead.

      A dog, dead or alive, Jewish-owned or not, has no rights because it is a dog.

      • kalithea
        February 18, 2014, 10:33 am

        @Obsidian

        The dog has more right to be buried in style on that land than the people you Zionists are trying to ethnically cleanse have to continue to live and die there. So yeah! even dead, your dogs have more rights.

    • Talkback
      February 18, 2014, 10:56 am

      Obsidian: An Arab family that squats illegally on Israeli State land has many rights.

      An Arab family that lives on land illegaly squated by Zionists and illegaly transformed into Israeli State Land has less rights than Jews and are not even considers as “nationals”. Name us one country, which didn’t consider its Jewish citizens to be its nationals. This may save as a mirror for future reference.

    • kalithea
      February 18, 2014, 11:27 am

      @Obsidian

      “An Arab family that squats illegally on Israeli State land…”

      And the State of Israel has over a million ILLEGAL ZIONIST SQATTERS coming from places like Moldova and New Jersey on Palestinian land! What you Zionists are doing to the Bedouin is racist ethnic cleansing. Because the Bedouin didn’t think to register their land under British rule, Zionists later swooped in and exploited this vulnerability. Zionists used this oversight as a license to ruin Bedouin lives and run them off the their land. They’re destroying the only way of life the Bedouin know. What Zionists are doing to the Bedouin is criminal and should be exposed to the rest of the world.

    • Allison Deger
      February 18, 2014, 11:45 am

      They actually don’t have the right to petition their land claim. In the 1970s the state started taking claims to review Bedouin land ownership that pre-dated the state of Israel. Around 3,000 claims were accepted, 300 processed, and then the rest were frozen. At the end of the decade the state started filing counter-claims on the same pieces of property, big chunks of the Negev. The state employed the Ottoman “dead lands” law and said because the Bedouins were not cultivating the grounds for five-years, the state could seize ownership. That usurped most of the land from the original 3,000 claims.

      Then over the next few decades the state formed a number of committees to again address Bedouin land claims. Every committee recommended processing the petitions that were already accepted by the courts, but never reviewed, until the Prawer Commission. The Prawer committee devised the Prawer Plan that I have reported extensively on. Prawer says trash the 1970s claims and develop a new process that only* applies to Bedouins (so it’s applied on an ethnic basis). In this new procedure the state will not review: property deeds, or tax records including property taxes paid to the State of Israel, when determining land ownership. Instead the state will match land claims with aerial photographs taken by the British Mandate during the 1940s. If the photos show land cultivation, at most, the Bedouin owner can receive a title for 50% of the plot.

      So no, the Bedouins cannot file land claims. They are denied this right which Jewish-Israelis enjoy and instead, if Prawer passes, will be subject to a process that is estimated to evict 30,000 out of 80,000 people. If Prawer does not pass, the 1970s claims and the court’s willingness to review any Bedouin land claims will still be frozen.

      Right to vote: they do not have the right to vote in local elections* and in some instances, Bedouins have reported they are denied the right to vote in national elections because they do not have official addresses.

      Freely worship: yeh, they can do that.

      Protest peacefully: yes, and they do. Their protests more recently likely spurred a delay in passing Prawer, although it’s worth noting their demonstrations have never led to a policy change. They are still subject to the same bar of filing claims since the state’s founding.

      Squatting on state land: since the state began filing counter claims to the land where the unrecognized villages are located, yes all of these properties are officially owned by the state and administered through the Israeli Lands Association. However, every government committee has acknowledged that the Bedouins do have a legitimate claim to at least some of the land. In an early draft of Prawer the state even recognized Bedouins as “indigenous peoples” of the Negev.

      “Squatters” is a term in political discourse, but in actual government policy, generally Bedouin are seen as people who have unresolved claims an live in villages not zoned for residential use, ear-marking all of their homes for demolition by law, even if a specific demolition order has not been issued.

      In any case in Israel “squatting” per se, is not illegal. Bedouins and Jewish-Israelis alike can legally live on land in shanty towns so long as they do not have hook ups to services. So when you say that they are “squatting illegally” that’s not accurate. Their village is “unrecognized” so certain building materials are illegal to use, but actual residency on state owned land is not. As far as I know, only if the state owned land is leased to an entity for use, like a factory or a condo, or a park, or if they area is labeled a closed military zone, then an eviction for all residential use can by carried out.

      All in all, Bedouins do have some rights afforded by the state, but essential rights (water, health, sanitation, filing a land claim), no they don’t have those.

      Dead dogs: dead animals do not have any specific rights, but the cemetery where they are resting peacefully is serviced in ways that Bedouins are not do to all of the above.

  6. Daniel Rich
    February 17, 2014, 2:55 pm

    “I have a nightmare… That one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all Israelis are created equal.” – J.C. MLK

  7. DaBakr
    February 17, 2014, 3:17 pm

    @ bl chc: I think the woman knew who her ‘visitors’ were and what they were trying to supposedly ‘uncover’. To me she just sounds like a typical country -gal who is dedicate to animals wether they be in the here or hereafter. She already she any arab guy could bry his beloved pet there so the whole point od what is ‘Jewish’ seems absurd and moot.

    Also-while I understand that bedouins , especially in Israel, have modernized more then most other populations of Bedouin in Arab lands-is not the definition of Bedouin still not somewhat synonymous with not havinf one particular piece of ground, villiage or ‘spot’ but to have numerous places set out along a seasonal grazing route?

    • just
      February 17, 2014, 6:01 pm

      “To me she just sounds like a typical country -gal who is dedicate to animals wether they be in the here or hereafter.”

      A ‘typical country- gal’? Really? She ‘sounds’ like a person who benefits from death no matter the source of $$$. She also appears to be a liar. She cares about animals? Do you also think that this ‘country gal’ cares about humans that are Bedouin/non- Jewish?

      As for Obsidian’s comment– feh!

      Allison– many thanks. Your investigative reporting is so incredible and much appreciated.

    • xanadou
      February 17, 2014, 6:10 pm

      “is not the definition of Bedouin…?”

      No.
      You are conflating two distinct concepts. A Bedouin is a term of ethnic/tribal affinity: as are the terms Tuareg, Berber, etc.
      A nomad is a description of a way of life defined by a profession.
      Is a Jewish sales(wo)man not entitled to roam the world in search of an income, while having a home base to which s/he periodically returns for whatever her/his reasons? Even to adjust to the changing times or lifestyle preferences and swap the frequent flyer ID for a bus pass to a stationary desk, job?

      Lastly, do yourself a major favour: next time, before you hit “Post/Send”, read your words with an open eye and critical mind. Whatever your POV. It may help you avoid being ID’d with a derogative label.

    • a blah chick
      February 17, 2014, 6:16 pm

      Having never met a Israeli country gal I can’t say whether she is typical or not but I think what Ms. Deger was trying to “uncover” was why her pet cemetery was on the grid but the humans next door are not. She appears to be deaf and blind to the inequalities and that makes her a typical Israeli.

  8. Herb Glatter
    February 17, 2014, 4:14 pm

    Oh no, IDF soldiers praise “Allah” listen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Dt4RzIWVnA

  9. Daniel Rich
    February 17, 2014, 5:07 pm

    @ Allison Deger,

    Your title ‘A Jew’s dead dog has more rights than a Bedouin in the Negev’ is incorrect, for it includes anyone living anywhere and should therefor be ‘redirected’ at those who’re really guilty of it, namely the Apartheid State’s inhabitants [aka Israelis].

    • xanadou
      February 17, 2014, 7:26 pm

      The title clearly indicates the Negev, not (anyone living) anywhere. The title’s emphasis is on the preceding sequence, not the geographic area. Do we know for certain that similar practices and/or attitudes are not practiced elsewhere in Israel? Even if the latter is not an issue, the fact that it is allowed in one place speaks volumes (and provides a precedent), and maybe that is what Ms. Deger wished to convey.

      • Daniel Rich
        February 19, 2014, 2:30 pm

        @ xanadou,

        “Palestinian/Bedouin/Arab life is worth less than Israeli dog’s death.”

        Agreed?

      • xanadou
        February 19, 2014, 7:27 pm

        No. Not even as a bad joke.

        My point is the issue of priorities and basic human rights, not to equate two entirely different species, i.e., dog and human. The latter is a disappointing example of the Israelis’ use of (dead) dogs intended to provoke the Palestinian/Bedouin/Arab/Muslim by corrupting Islam’s view of dogs as unclean animals. It has not worked. Nor will, most likely, other such provocations.

        What the zios fail to grasp is the simple lesson from their own Jewish history: a person/people who are harassed over a long period of time, eventually figure out a way to survive despite the efforts of their barbaric tormentors to the contrary. Arabs are just as smart as the Israelis, and capable of learning from their adversaries. What has worked for the Jews over the centuries, will also work for the Arabs today and into the near future. Furthermore, the Arab/Palestinian/Bedouin have the advantage of being on their millennia old home turf.

  10. Mayhem
    February 17, 2014, 6:14 pm

    It is totally uneconomic to provide electricity, running water, sanitation, paved roads and medical facilities to a raft of unrecognized Bedouin villages dotted all over the Negev desert.

    They are “unrecognized” because they are ad hoc assemblies of tin and cardboard huts. There are dozens of these encampments you can see strung out along the highway, and the issues of pollution, environmental destruction and sheer unsightliness are immediately evident.

    Those who constructed the pet cemetery paid for it – the Bedouin cannot expect to remain in their hovels and be provided gratis with expensive facilities and utilities.

    • xanadou
      February 18, 2014, 12:31 am

      The Bedouin “are unrecognized because they are ad hoc assemblies of tin and cardboard huts.”

      Not!
      They live in those hovels b/c the Israeli government has repeatedly destroyed the Bedouins’ homes and denies them the right to build new ones. Israel can afford to build and give away free, or at very low cost, high standard houses to the parasites known as the ultra opportunistic settlers who are a burden on the Israeli taxpayer and the rest of world, but “(i)t is totally uneconomic to provide electricity, running water, (etc.)” to the Bedouin who are on their own land, where they have lived since time immemorial. That, Mayhem, is why Israel is viewed by the world community as a racist, apartheid state with no redeeming social qualities. And, at this rate, not much of a future, either.

      Which part of “the Israeli government will not grant the Bedouin any rights b/c the zios, and people like you, want the indigenous population gone so that you can have your Lebensraum” – do you not understand? Where, exactly, are the Bedouin to go? They are where they are supposed to be: on the land of their ancestors. Do you even grasp that your “arguments” echo the same rhetoric once used by the Nazis who, not that long ago, declared Jews to be an unsanitary (people), living in unsightly ghettos?

      No one is saying that the dog cemetery ought to go. It simply provides a disturbing counter to the fate of the living humans viewed as less than dead animals by the Israelis.

    • puppies
      February 18, 2014, 8:00 am

      @mayhem – After reading your post, above, my esteem for the dogs in that cemetery got a big bump up compared to some robots pretending to be human.

    • kalithea
      February 18, 2014, 10:24 am

      “sheer unsightliness are immediately evident.”

      Well, excuuuussssse them, for offending your sensitive eyeballs, but the real eyesore is the injustice your precious Zionism creates! You Zionists, throw people out of their homes, tear them down, and then expect the people to quietly go away into the night. But you underestimated their love of that land, you underestimated their resilience and you underestimated their creative spirit. So you thought they’d all go away and you could sweep your ongoing ethnic cleansing under the rug?

      Tough! Tin, cardboard whateva…I hope they keep rebuilding and littering the landscape with the unsightly proof of your brutal inhumanity!

    • Talkback
      February 18, 2014, 11:29 am

      Mayhem: It is totally uneconomic to provide electricity, running water, sanitation, paved roads and medical facilities to a raft of unrecognized Bedouin villages dotted all over the Negev desert.

      Supremacist bigot Mayhem clearly has a different opinion about providing Jewish settlements dotted all over historic Palestine.

      They are “unrecognized” because they are ad hoc assemblies of tin and cardboard huts.

      They are “unrecognized” by his fellow supremacist bigots who raized the original Bedouin villages and houses to the ground to make Raum for the Jewish Volk at the same place.

      Thank you Mayhem for your daily dose of supremacist Zionism and bigotry. That’s why the world loves Israel and you.

  11. talknic
    February 18, 2014, 3:47 am

    Mayhem “It is totally uneconomic to provide electricity, running water, sanitation, paved roads and medical facilities to a raft of unrecognized Bedouin villages dotted all over the Negev desert”

    Problem with your bullsh*t. A) The Israeli Govt provides for a raft of uneconomical ILLEGAL Jew only settlements in non-Israeli territory dotted all over what remained of Palestine after we were given, completely gratis, more than half of Palestine for the Jewish State and;

    B) Non-Jews in the same vicinity an’t hook up to what IS ALREADY there.

    “They are “unrecognized” because they are ad hoc assemblies of tin and cardboard huts.”

    The ad hoc assemblies of tin and cardboard huts are what they live in now AFTER the Israeli Govt razed their dwellings.

    “the issues of pollution, environmental destruction and sheer unsightliness are immediately evident”

    Uh uh. A result of there being no services perhaps? The curtailing of tradition income streams, resulting in un-employment etc etc

    “Those who constructed the pet cemetery paid for it – the Bedouin cannot expect to remain in their hovels and be provided gratis with expensive facilities and utilities.”

    Lemme see now. A) If you’re Jewish and pay for land, you can be provided gratis with expensive facilities and utilities? WOW!!!! They pay no takes or rates? That’s AMAZING!!

    Meanwhile; B) Are the Bedouin asking that expensive facilities and utilities be provided gratis?

    • Mayhem
      February 18, 2014, 9:02 am

      The ad hoc assemblies of tin and cardboard huts are what they live in now AFTER the Israeli Govt razed their dwellings.

      @talknic, this statement demonstrates that you prefer propaganda to the facts. The Bedouin housing scattered right across the Negev is sub-standard ramshackle accommodation – you can’t tell me that ALL the Bedouin dispersed across the breadth of the desert are now living in accommodation that replaces what they had before.
      70% of the Bedouin live in seven permanent townships, and the remainder in illegal homes spread over hundreds of thousands of dunams (these scattered Bedouin localities are referred to as the Bedouin “dispersal”).
      The Israeli authorities have barely made a dent on this vast ‘dispersal’ of their nomadic communities in the desert.
      I could contrast the glitzy aparments that you find on Fifth Avenue with the poverty and destitution you see in the Bronx but that only proves that the world comprises both rich and poor.
      @xanadou, your Nazi-inspired anti-Jewish prejudices speak for how contemptuous your views are.

      • talknic
        February 18, 2014, 2:05 pm

        Mayhem ” this statement demonstrates that you prefer propaganda to the facts. The Bedouin housing scattered right across the Negev is sub-standard ramshackle accommodation – you can’t tell me that ALL the Bedouin dispersed across the breadth of the desert are now living in accommodation that replaces what they had before”

        What you claim is demonstrated, isn’t demonstrated at all. I didn’t claim ALL the Bedouin dispersed across the breadth of the desert are now living in accommodation that replaces what they had before.

        Basing an argument on your fantasies is cute and so Hasbaresque

        “70% of the Bedouin live in seven permanent townships, and the remainder in illegal homes spread over hundreds of thousands of dunams (these scattered Bedouin localities are referred to as the Bedouin “dispersal”)”

        I see. All those that aren’t in the seven permanent townships are all illegal. Source please

        “The Israeli authorities have barely made a dent on this vast ‘dispersal’ of their nomadic communities in the desert”

        Why would Israel even want to?

      • xanadou
        February 19, 2014, 8:43 pm

        Mayhem,
        your opinion about my comment is not an argument.
        – Yes, your comments ARE Nazi-inspired by virtue of your use of the exact SAME language as that of the Nazis used to dehumanize and demean the Jews;
        – No, my argument is not anti-Jewish. It is anti-zionist, whatever the latter’s religious persuasion, if any.

        The better response would have been to counter with facts, not a tantrum, where and why I am wrong about Israel’s pursuit of Lebensraum in the lands stolen from the native inhabitants. After all you said as much yourself in your own comment: “It is totally uneconomic to provide electricity, running water, sanitation, paved roads and medical facilities to a raft of unrecognized Bedouin villages dotted all over the Negev desert”. The expense was, and continues to be, economic to serve the immigrant Jewish Israelis, but not the native Palestinians whose once-functional homes have been repeatedly destroyed, rights ignored and denied, and lives demeaned and dehumanized.
        And then there is the raft of images on YouTube and elsewhere…

  12. Walid
    February 18, 2014, 3:49 am

    Another article that leaves me wondering if it’s pretending to discuss the injustices suffered by Palestinians or if it’s really about shedding light on Israel’s ugly side; this dog story is more about the aberration that is Israel. Adam and Mohammed are just accessories in this story that serve to show the real Israel. There are 100,000 Palestinian-Israelis living in unrecognized villages in the Negev and Galilee without water, electricity, sewers, schools, postal services and so on. But Obsidian would proudly say that they can vote.

    • Talkback
      February 18, 2014, 11:58 am

      But Obsidian would proudly say that they can vote.

      Obsidian is a true supporter of Jewish democracy. If the majority votes to [insert a crime here] against the minority its ok as long as the minority maintains the right to vote against it AND the majority maintains to be Jewish.

    • xanadou
      February 19, 2014, 9:55 pm

      Walid,
      the article is pretending nothing. This is not a dog story, it is a human story where the canine cemetery merely provides yet another perspective to the depths of Israel’s depraved injustice. ALL the stories are important.

      Oh, and do read Ms. Deger’s awesome response to Obsidian’s comment about “voting”. That, too, is part of the overall story.

      On the other hand, the inability of the Palestinian community to come together to form a united front against Israel, its corrupt Arab flunkies, and the world’s politicians is not helpful either. The majority of the world’s population does not know what the Palestinians want, and their media plays that confusion to the hilt. Take a cue from India: find your own Mahatma Gandhi: keep it simple. Today there is only one issue facing the Palestinians: achieving an independent, sovereign state of Palestine. The bilateral fiction will never happen. If the last 66 years have not taught the Palestinians that much, their nightmare will continue into infinity. THAT is why Israel goes berserk whenever any independent efforts are pursued by anyone, in any form. If the zios get it, why can’t the Palestinians? What is so difficult about agreeing with one voice to full, unconditional self-determination?

      • Walid
        February 20, 2014, 1:22 am

        Xanadu, thanks for bringing Allison’s comments to my attention. She’s doing a great job but I can’t help the feeling that the overall thrust of most threads is about Israel and the bad things it’s doing in Judaism’s name. Gandhi’s formula would be useless against the Zionists. Mustafa Barghouti tried going down that road but the Palestinians didn’t walk behind him as they preferred to continue complacently go on buying their salt from the Zionists rather than to march to sea.. Omar Barghouti started a movement that’s catching on everywhere except with Palestinians and other Arabs. Marwan Barghouti was probably the closest to stirring up the masses, but he’s tucked away in an Israeli jail.

      • xanadou
        February 20, 2014, 7:23 pm

        The noise around Israel, in the threads and beyond, is a reflection of the noise consciously and deliberately generated by Israel. In turn, the relentlessly massacred, denied and deprived Palestinians, as horrific as it sounds, generate a one-note muffled response of the “haven’t I seen/heard this before?” kind, that dulls the senses of most of the public opinion, and their interest. The zios know this, and it explains their continued arrogant and callous noise.

        The Palestinians need to ask themselves what do they want, if not for themselves, then for ALL the Palestinian children. Do they want to pass what they hate themselves to the as yet unborn generation(s)?

        Marwan Barghouti’s mistake: he did not cultivate a core of people who would take his place in the event of his assassination or incarceration. MB needs to be multiplied, if his reasonable voice is to be heard and understood by people, also around the planet. Instead, to many he appears to be a solitary figure with not much support among his own people.

        Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr., faced a fractured, semi-literate, and largely unsophisticated people for whom they spoke. Both Men understood the importance of uniting behind one simple message, and succeeded in conveying same to those for and to whom they spoke. MLK also had Malcolm X and others up his sleeve. The Establishment had a choice, and so they gave MLK what he wanted to avoid Malcolm X. Once Gandhi and MLK succeeded, the in-fighting was resumed and the bickering continues to this day. That is my point that I so desperately wish the Palestinians would understand.

        Start by showing the world that you CAN get around the Israeli intransigence:
        – no schools? then create homeschooling classes;
        – no postal service? then create and/or turn up the dial of online/ham radio communication and supplement it with a network of couriers;
        – no electricity? then appeal to the EU, Russia and moguls of the Arab world to supply you with generators. If you don’t ask, you don’t get!
        – no sewers? so start digging deep trenches then watch the Israelis race to fix the problem;
        – see an Israeli army contingent on their way to commit their crime-of-the-day? create a network (online, radio, couriers) and share/forewarn other communities;
        – have a problem you don’t know how to fix, ask the pros, e.g., sanitation engineers for advice (e.g., Engineers Without Borders: http://www.ewb-international.org/);
        – stop the kids from throwing stones, it no longer resonates, instead get them busy training for how to run an independent state: as mechanics, as programmers, as office clerks, traffic cops, journalists, chefs…
        Constructive opposition is what every vampiric occupier fears the most: no bodies to mangle, no minds to destroy, no blood to draw…

        Film it all. Then post it online, send the documentaries to TV studios around the world. Study societies oppressed by foreign powers and learn how they survived. Show the world how Palestinian resistance is done in preparation for a Free Palestine.

        Being pro-active is how you prepare to be a functioning independent state from Day One.
        Give Mondoweiss, your supporters, moi, and others a reason to keep the light trained on Palestine and its cause.
        Start by talking TO each other, not AT each other.
        What do you think?

  13. LanceThruster
    February 18, 2014, 3:01 pm

    Probably could even marry whomever they wanted.

    [sigh]

Leave a Reply