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“STOP THE MISINFORMATION, AND THE JNF”

As part of this year’s Israeli Apartheid Week activates, spirited protesters from Philly BDS, Temple Students for Justice in Palestine and local allies greeted attendees as they arrived at the annual Jewish National Fund Fundraiser in Philadelphia, PA.

Within minutes of assembling in the freezing cold outside Del Frisco’s Restaurant in center city Philadelphia on Thursday, February 27th the Regional Director of the JNF, Marina Furman, came outside without a coat to “thank us” for our presence, saying that over the years since we have been protesting JNF fundraisers, the number of people attending the event has increased. Essentially, she explained that we are ‘good for business.’ We reassured her that as long as the JNF continued their role in the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians, we would continue to protest. A brief conversation ensued in which Marina challenged our claim that her organization was dispossessing the Bedouin in the Negev. She politely assured us that we were misinformed. She directed us to the JNF web site on which we would find photos of the cities the JNF was building for the Bedouin. Marina was almost convincing. She seemed earnest in her desire to believe the JNF was helping the Bedouin.

JNF protest, Philadelphia, Feb. 27

JNF protest, Philadelphia, Feb. 27

Contrary to its self-styled image as a charitable organization dedicated to planting trees in Israel, the JNF is instrumental in the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians and the ongoing expropriation of land for the exclusive use of Jewish Israelis. The racial discrimination institutionalized by the JNF presents a major challenge to any effort to achieve a just peace in Israel-Palestine. A quasi-governmental organization, the JNF has charitable status in the United States, and consequently enjoys tax exemptions for its institutions and donors. This means, in effect, that the U.S. taxpayer is subsidizing the confiscation of Palestinian land and the establishment of Jewish-only settlements that violate both international law and stated U.S. policy.

Philly BDS, Temple Students for Justice in Palestine, and their local allies participating in Thursday’s action urge the United States to revoke the charitable status of the JNF. Playing on the fundraiser’s “Madness Poker Tournament” theme, protesters held signs that said “Land Theft is Nor Charity” and chanted slogans such as “BULLDOZING HOMES, STEALING LAND, THESE ARE THE CARDS IN THE JNF’s HAND” to “JUST BEHIND THEIR POKER FACES, WE SEE ALL THE STOLEN PLACES.”

While attendees mostly refused postcards available that described the action, passers-by were eager for information and conversation. Memorable were the few that took the time to thank us for our presence and our action.

38 Responses

  1. Annie Robbins
    March 1, 2014, 1:43 pm

    Furman, came outside without a coat to “thank us” for our presence, saying that over the years since we have been protesting JNF fundraisers, the number of people attending the event has increased. Essentially, she explained that we are ‘good for business.’

    if she were telling the truth one might imagine she’d organize faux anti JNF activists to enlarge the crowd since the purpose of the fundraiser is to raise money. frankly, i think some things are more valuable than money anyway, like reputation. once it’s tanked, that’s not something all the money in the world can buy.

  2. just
    March 1, 2014, 1:57 pm

    A super article and effort! Many thanks and kudos to the “spirited protesters from Philly BDS, Temple Students for Justice in Palestine and local allies.”

    You’ve made a mark. Their charitable status should be ripped to shreds. You’re doing great work in Philly! I hope that you grow many more allies thru your great work.

    (Furman must have been super- hot at your actions, if she could brave the cold without a coat)

    • Hostage
      March 1, 2014, 10:56 pm

      A super article and effort! Many thanks and kudos to the “spirited protesters from Philly BDS, Temple Students for Justice in Palestine and local allies.”

      Almost. We need to get the JNF out of the tax exempt business altogether. It’s a violation of the tax code for a charitable organization to spend more than an insubstantial amount of their time and resources encouraging or promoting illegal activity. See IRS 1985 EO CPE Text “J. Activities That Are Illegal Or Contrary To Public Policy ” (pdf) link to irs.gov

      The majority of the land that is supposedly “owned” by the JNF in Israel was actually pillaged. The organization openly admits that it ignores the Green Line and uses the money it raises for settlement infrastructure and other settlement-related projects in the Occupied Palestinian territories that are all carried out on pillaged public and private land.

      Pillaging and excessive and wanton expropriation and destruction of property are grave breaches of the Geneva and Hague conventions. They are also federal war crimes. Both are Class “A” felonies.
      * 18 U.S. Code § 2441 – War crimes link to law.cornell.edu
      * 18 U.S. Code § 3559 – Sentencing classification of offenses link to law.cornell.edu

      The scheme in the occupied territories is also a criminal enterprise as defined in:
      * 18 U.S. Code Chapter 95 – RACKETEERING
      link to law.cornell.edu
      * 18 U.S. Code Chapter 96 – RACKETEER INFLUENCED AND CORRUPT link to law.cornell.edu

      • JeffB
        March 3, 2014, 7:08 am

        @Hostage

        And back in the real world the JNF and the US Forestry Service work together on joint projects freely and share all sorts of information with one another, the JNF far from questionable has close ties to the real government. In the real world the United States Government has already time and time again ruled that they disagree with the UN that the West Bank is occupied and not disputed territory. Thus the Geneva and Hague do not apply.

        Hostage, the laws of the United States are what the United States Government says they are. Racketeering is about normal crimes like gambling, fraud, drugs or prostitution. It has never been applied to conquest or issues like that. Moreover racketeering requires a hidden purpose, the JNF is doing exactly what it says it is doing, land development. You do a lot of research but at the end of the day your legal theories are tortured. There are scopes of activities that laws apply to, and what the JNF is doing is not among them.

        If the JNF starts using this West Bank land appropriation as a front for JNF organized West Bank sex tours or to import JNF brand heroin I’ll be happy to talk racketeering.

      • Hostage
        March 3, 2014, 1:39 pm

        And back in the real world the JNF and the US Forestry Service work together on joint projects freely and share all sorts of information with one another, the JNF far from questionable has close ties to the real government.

        That doesn’t alter the fact that it’s a corrupt organization in possession of property and proceeds derived from war crimes including pillaging and excessive expropriation and destruction of other people’s property. Those are Class A felonies when committed or aided and abetted by US nationals under the terms of 18 U.S. Code § 2441 – War crimes. It doesn’t matter whether its done inside or outside the United States.

        Hostage, the laws of the United States are what the United States Government says they are. It has never been applied to conquest or issues like that.

        Correction: The United States government signed the London Charter and the Statute of the Nuremberg Tribunal which declared that pillaging of public and private property is a war crime for which individual criminal responsibility must apply and claimed that all civilized nations have recognized it as such since 1939. It definitely did apply the rule to Nazi conquests.

        The War Crimes Act specifically cites 1) Article 28 of the Hague rules of 1907 which prohibits pillage; and 2) all grave breaches of the 4th Geneva Convention, like the prohibition of excessive expropriation and destruction of property in Article 147. The US Consulate reports that there are more than 44,000 US nationals living on plundered land in Palestine.

        Racketeering is about normal crimes like gambling, fraud, drugs or prostitution.

        Correction: the Racketeering statutes on money laundering and transactions involving property derived from crimes apply to cash, coins, or any monetary instruments used to launder the proceeds or profits or transfer title to property obtained via any federal Class “A” felony.
        * § 1956. Laundering of monetary instruments
        * § 1957. Engaging in monetary transactions in property derived from specified unlawful activity

        The JNF, and many Israeli mortgage companies, and construction companies are engaged in foreign commerce with US nationals to illegally invest in, market, or lease stolen land in Palestine and transfer title or siphon-off the proceeds from war crimes. 18 U.S. Code Chapter 96 provides for both criminal and a personal civil right of action against corrupt organizations engaged in those activities. link to law.cornell.edu

  3. talknic
    March 1, 2014, 2:05 pm

    The lies are endemic

    The Israeli Land Fund:

    The State of Israel today was built on land which was legally purchased by Jewish organizations such as the Jewish National Fund (JNF) and other private individuals.”

    As always, the Hasbara has a gaping big hole. The Jewish National Fund trips up on its own lies. The JNF also says:

    “These are not State lands

    The 7% of ‘real estate/land/property’ purchased by Jewish institutions, Jewish individuals was minuscule compared to the whole amount of ‘territory’ allotted by UNGA res 181 and accepted as binding by the Jewish Agency for the Jewish State. Some 56% of Palestine in 1947/48.
    ‘land’ is ‘real estate’ or ‘property’ owned by civilians, companies, trusts, corporations, banks, even Government Departments & institutions. In some countries, foreign companies and Government institutions can own ‘real estate’. It is their ‘property’, however it does not give them any sovereignty over the ‘real estate / land / property’, nor does it give them any ‘territorial’ rights. (Note how the UN does not say ‘land’)
    ‘territory’ belongs to the legitimate citizens of the ‘territory’, whether they own ‘real estate/property’, lease or rent ‘real estate/property’ or are propertyless, homelss bums living under a bridge. It is their right to determine which state their ‘territory’ will belong. The Jewish National Fund was not a citizen of Palestine, nor did it represent legitimate citizens of Palestine 1947/48.

    link to wp.me

  4. just
    March 1, 2014, 2:29 pm

    Hey Netanyahu, Furman, Bennett– are you able to ‘stomach’ this?

    “Japan has pledged more than $200 million in aid to the Palestinian Authority, as representatives from 22 nations reiterated their support of the Palestinians’ quest for their own state.

    The pledge was announced Saturday at the second Conference on Cooperation among East Asian Countries for Palestinian Development, held in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta.

    Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said the first disbursement of the aid — about $62 million — was expected later this month.

    Ministers and high-ranking officials from 22 countries and five international organizations participated in the one-day conference, which was jointly chaired by Indonesia, the Palestinian Authority and Japan.

    The conference is aimed at renewing continuous commitment to support the Palestinian Authority so it is able to provide essential services to the Palestinian people.

    During the conference’s opening, Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said the two-state solution between Israel and Palestine can still be realized, and commended the recent peace efforts by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

    Hamdallad was quoted by AFP as saying that during the current round of negotiations “all issues actually have been [put] on the table,” yet cautioned against Israel’s settlement policy: “Sixty-two percent of all our land is still controlled by the Israeli authorities,” he said. “This impedes any access we have to natural resources, and severely restricts our development.” ”

    link to haaretz.com

    People around the world have awakened to your atrocities.

    • DaBakr
      March 1, 2014, 2:52 pm

      giving $200 million to the PA is like giving out free trust funds for the families of the selected few PA elites to continue living the wildly lavish and corrupt lifestyles of the ‘fabulously rich’ that they are already living on the 100s of millions the UN, EU, US, Suads and others already give to the PA.

      can you stomach that?

      • just
        March 1, 2014, 3:03 pm

        Ah, DaBakr– that is an enormous fail on your part!

        It’s a drop in the bucket compared to the 6 billion + that Uncle Sam gives to the miscreants/terrorists/Apartheid lovers in Israel…….

        But the world is waking up, and this bit is the beginning. BDS, the EU and this… it’ll get a few folks’ knickers in a twist.

      • Giles
        March 1, 2014, 6:00 pm

        Dabakr may be right. The PA is controlled opposition largely under the control of the Zionists. The Palestinian people elected Hamas to represent them. So put Hamas on the terrorist list and refuse to deal with them and instead deal with your own puppets. The Zionists have learned well from the British Empire

      • talknic
        March 1, 2014, 6:41 pm

        @ DaBakr “can you stomach that?”

        1st provide evidence of your accusations?

      • DaBakr
        March 1, 2014, 10:09 pm

        are you really that blind that you don’t know how corrupt the PA is? You actually need me to provide you with links to how much money has been given to the PA supposedly to benefit the Palestinian people? And how little of that money has actually gone to the betterment of average Palestinian lives?

        I don’t care how much you hate Israel and Zionism. It it totally ignorant for someone who claims to ‘support’ wholeheartedly a people and know so little about that peoples leadership.

        and -Giles: how could you politically blame Israel for dealing with the officials that crawled, connived and possibly murdered their way to the top of the PLO hierarchy? Zionist may protect and coddle but didn’t have to ‘install’ Abbas. He has been very glad to fill his office without any prodding from Zionists.{with the exception of his ‘threats’ to leave and allow a less ‘compliant’ ruler unless Israel cough up more ‘incentives’ (translate: $) for poor poor Abbas to stay on board}
        And while it would be magnanimous for Israel to open negotiations with groups like Hamas I don’t think that is a political possibility for many more reasons then just the Israeli complaint that Hamas openly seeks the complete destruction of the Israeli state.

      • Hostage
        March 1, 2014, 11:32 pm

        You actually need me to provide you with links to how much money has been given to the PA supposedly to benefit the Palestinian people? And how little of that money has actually gone to the betterment of average Palestinian lives?

        Yes. While you’re at it, supply something that isn’t just a vague allegation of possible corruption. The fact is that most of these stories don’t pass a simple math test. Most of the money the PA has received in the last decade was earmarked and the remainder doesn’t even cover the amount needed to pay the salaries of public sector employees, for payments of utilities, and the pet state building projects mandated by the Western donors.

      • talknic
        March 2, 2014, 5:02 am

        @ DaBakr “are you really that blind that you don’t know how corrupt the PA is? etc etc etc etc etc “ = NO EVIDENCE what so ever.

        Making false accusations is against the most basic of Judaism‘s tenets. Yet here you are, making what appear to be baseless accusations. That you do so on behalf of the Jewish state is really quite bizarre, tho not at all unusual for supporters of Israel’s ongoing ILLEGAL expansionist program.

        Wholly holey moldy olde Hasbara has no place here pal.

      • Hostage
        March 1, 2014, 10:04 pm

        The PA is controlled opposition largely under the control of the Zionists.

        I’ll buy into that when Abbas withdraws the ICC complaint that he filed in 2009. Likewise funding earmarked for USAID contracts in the West Bank has little to do with feathering the nests or trust funds of Palestinians. The USA stopped giving the PA money without any strings attached back when Fayyad began working as the representative of the World Bank to the PA.

      • DaBakr
        March 1, 2014, 10:21 pm

        the ICC claim is nothing more then negative PR for Israel. There is about as much chance of having an Israeli case enforced or even tried then there is of hauling a Saudi prince, or North Korean dictator before that court. It may fuel your own personal wet-dreams but even the ICC knows its walking on a razors edge of its significance if it considers a case against Israel BEFORE the 100s of other so-called ‘war-criminals’ from the US, ME, EU, Russia, China, Asia, SA, etc.

        However-I won’t deny the publicity that talking about it generates is taken seriously by the gov’t simply based on their constant campaign of damage control. Personally? I say F the damage control as it is meaningless. The people who care are already too polarized to be swayed to one side or the other. The other 90% don’t really give a shit.

      • Hostage
        March 1, 2014, 11:21 pm

        the ICC claim is nothing more then negative PR for Israel.

        That’s obviously not what the Prime Minister’s legal advisors think. They declared it was an act of war. link to wikileaks.org

        Israel and the US were both shreying gevalt when the PA applied for membership or upgraded status in the UN in order to clear the way for its complaints to go forward in the ICC and ICJ. It’s supporters and shills, like Khaled Abu Toameh and Eugene Kontorovich, have been serving up heated propaganda pieces against the moves ever since.

        The fact is that the ICC will eventually take on cases involving western governments, and when it does, Israelis will be among the most likely candidates. The Courts can’t afford to waste ten years on high profile cases only to loose them. A pre-schooler could easily use publicly available information and videos from websites operated by the government of Israel to obtain convictions of the prime ministers, cabinets, and regional council heads, mayors, & etc. over their roles in obvious violations of Article 8(2)(b)(viii) of the Rome Statute.

      • puppies
        March 1, 2014, 11:33 pm

        @Hostage – Having filed an ICC complaint is proof of nothing but the necessity for even any puppet dogcatcher administration to 1) not have a Hebrew name and 2) make some token gesture that may sound significant to at least some people (no real bite needed.) With all the respect I have for your vision and understanding of the legal implications of different moves, that preposterous Abubakr does reflect Zionist thinking as shown in the last ninety years’ action: no concessions ever before all of Erets Whosis is Arabenrein –except if forced by violence. The Zionist direction is as scared by, say, the Wall judgment or any similar pronouncement as Obama is by the Fourth Amendment or the Magna Carta. Yes an ICC application is a prerequisite to application of sanctions when, later, conditions are right (which Abubakr doesn’t realize as an arrogant Zionist) but right now it’s a minimal, almost cost-free concession for having a puppet (just like Pétain’s Alliance Understandings etc.) Let me add that a convincing theater about opposing any word or move by a puppet is absolutely necessary to keeping a puppet (again, see the German ballet moves re relations with Pétain, Quisling, Tsolakoglou, etc.)

      • Hostage
        March 2, 2014, 12:55 pm

        @Hostage – Having filed an ICC complaint is proof of nothing but the necessity for even any puppet dogcatcher administration to 1) not have a Hebrew name and 2) make some token gesture that may sound significant to at least some people (no real bite needed.) . . . With all the respect I have for your vision and understanding of the legal implications of different moves, that preposterous Abubakr does reflect Zionist thinking

        Correction: The Wikileaks cable and the frantic efforts by the government of Israel to get the complaint withdrawn reflected Zionist thinking. The government of Israel took it very seriously and considered it an act of war. Abubakr remarks reflect the thinking of the hasbara fellowship.

        The UN has accumulated file cabinet’s full of reports for decades which say that Israel has committed war crimes and crimes against humanity. The USA has kept all of them off of the Security Council agenda, while labeling them flawed, erroneous, or counter-productive to the peace process. From the very outset the US government announced it would prevent the Security Council from discussing or talking any action on the Goldstone report. It said that the proper place for it to be discussed was in the UN Human Rights Council. So the votes, recommendations, and actions taken afterward were merely symbolic gestures. Ironically, Palestine can refer the Goldstone report to the ICC Prosecutor, even though the UN cannot.

      • talknic
        March 3, 2014, 3:23 am

        @ DaBakr “There is about as much chance of having an Israeli case enforced or even tried then there is of hauling a Saudi prince, or North Korean dictator before that court”

        I’m sure Hilter and his cohorts thought the same

        “It may fuel your own personal wet-dreams but even the ICC knows its walking on a razors edge of its significance if it considers a case against Israel BEFORE the 100s of other so-called ‘war-criminals’ from the US, ME, EU, Russia, China, Asia, SA, etc”

        I’d say you have some catching up to do as to what is already before the courts. The International Comity of Nations and the UN/UNSC have been extremely lenient on Israel as can be witnessed in the hundreds of UNSC resolutions reminding Israel of binding law and giving the opportunity to comply, all of which have simply been ignored.

        “The people who care are already too polarized to be swayed to one side or the other”

        People who make their claims by the law are in neutral even tho they might be a party to an issue. The Palestinians care and they base their claims on the law and UN Charter. Hardly what you’d call polarization.

        Meanwhile, Israel bases it’s claims on NO THING of any legal substance. Its supporters being fed a constant diet of denial and meaningless, irrelevant drivel galvanizing them against reason, logic and of necessity, fact.

        “The other 90% don’t really give a shit.”

        Odd, the UN/UNSC is overwhelmingly in favour of the Palestinians, their state and peace. It is only the US protecting the rogue Zionist Movement‘s state from the consequences of its illegal activities

      • Walid
        March 3, 2014, 4:25 am

        Hostage: “From the very outset the US government announced it would prevent the Security Council from discussing or talking any action on the Goldstone report. It said that the proper place for it to be discussed was in the UN Human Rights Council. ”

        Nothing spectacularly new in this declaration that the US veto in the UNSC would not let anything pass against Israel. Nonetheless, in your incessant whitewashing of Abbas, you keep getting yourself entangled between what effectively happened at the UNHRC with the postponement by Abbas that was shown to have been made under duress (whether because of the issue of cell licensing for Abbas’ sons or Lieberman’s blackmailing threats that he’d spill the beans about Abbas’ involvement in Cast Lead) and your assertion that any punitive action could only be undertaken by the UNSC that is an impossibility because it would be subject to the US veto.

        Now you are back repeating what the US said about the proper place to do whatever is in the UNHRC. You are so taken up with your legal jargon that Abbas has already filed with the ICC that you can’t grasp that the whole discussion here is whether or not Abbas did something wrong, nothing more and nothing less. I’m talking apples mentioned by DaBakre and you’re arguing oranges of procedure.

      • Hostage
        March 3, 2014, 6:22 am

        Nothing spectacularly new in this declaration that the US veto in the UNSC would not let anything pass against Israel. Nonetheless, in your incessant whitewashing of Abbas, you keep getting yourself entangled between what effectively happened at the UNHRC with the postponement by Abbas that was shown to have been made under duress (whether because of the issue of cell licensing for Abbas’ sons or Lieberman’s blackmailing threats that he’d spill the beans about Abbas’ involvement in Cast Lead)

        The attempt to leverage the cell phone license and Lieberman’s lame hasbara had already been deployed and had failed before the vote in the UNHRC even came up. He and Netahyahu’s latest plan is to topple Abbas and install Dahlan in his place. See Maariv: Netanyahu is looking for alternative to Abbas link to middleeastmonitor.com

        You always try to make it appear as if Abbas is betraying his constituents, and completely ignore the reliable reports in the mainstream press about Israeli threats to attack or annex the West Bank if Abbas goes too far too fast.

        Everyone knows the vote you keep bitching about was ultimately going to be symbolic and result in nothing more than a toothless call for Israel to conduct its own investigation. It’s pointless to lecture anyone about whitewashing Abbas, since no one has proven that he has betrayed anyone on the first place. He has his own hide in the game, unlike some of his critics. The leadership of the Palestinian solidarity movement have been conspicuously MIA in supporting the State of Palestine’s attempts to bring Israeli officials to justice in the ICC. Some of them, including Ali Abunimah and Omar Barghouti, went so far as to shamelessly give aid and comfort to Israel by sandbagging Palestinian efforts to obtain UN recognition:
        * How Palestinian Authority’s UN “statehood” bid endangers Palestinian rights link to electronicintifada.net
        * Recognising Palestine?
        The efforts of the Palestinian Authority to push for statehood are nothing more than an elaborate farce, writer says. link to aljazeera.com

        In reality Ali Abunimah’s position endangered the victims legitimate rights to have their own government hold Israel officials directly accountable in the ICC. The 2005 BDS call for action was based upon the realization that Palestinians cannot rely on the UN organization to act on findings regarding Israeli war crimes and crimes against humanity, even after the charges have been confirmed by the ICJ.

        Abunimah and you apparently think there was some hope for a UN Security Council referral of the Goldstone report, and complain entirely for show that others are surrendering Palestinian rights. If you want to complain about that sort of thing, you need to start with the treaty Abunimah’s father negotiated which normalized relations between Jordan and Israel, while leaving nearly two million refugees stranded in camps in Jordan. At least Abbas has never accepted a rotten deal like that one.

      • Hostage
        March 3, 2014, 6:40 am

        Now you are back repeating what the US said about the proper place to do whatever is in the UNHRC. You are so taken up with your legal jargon that Abbas has already filed with the ICC and you can’t grasp that the whole discussion here is whether or not Abbas did something wrong, nothing more and nothing less. I’m talking apples and you’re arguing oranges.

        FYI, the vote was only delayed by a few days. It didn’t result in any prejudicial action being taken against Israel. I’m back pointing out that Abbas has to take care of his constituents and that there was nothing wrong with delaying an entirely symbolic vote like that one, when the lives and property of his constituents were facing the threat of war or annexation in the alternative.

        The fact is that some solidarity activists, who insist on a final settlement based upon a one state solution, would rather eat broken glass than support the validity of the State of Palestine’s 2009 declaration and criminal complaint. They hypocritically try to make a big deal about Abbas delaying the vote on the Goldstone report, even though they know perfectly well that it was never going to result in an ICC referral.

      • Walid
        March 3, 2014, 7:53 am

        “… they know perfectly well that it was never going to result in an ICC referral.”

        We’re getting close to talking about the same thing. I don’t doubt what you are saying about the validity of the Palestinians’ claim and their zero chance of getting a meaningful ruling. We are at odds only about attributing Abbas’ real motivation behind the postponement, albeit by a few days, at the UNHRC. We both agree that he was put under duress to postpone it and while I’m saying he did it because of not so honourable reasons, you are saying he did it to avoid having his little domain overrun by the bad guys. So actually, we are both saying the same thing but seeing it from different perspectives, one that is honest and the other being dishonest. I would hope that yours is the real one.

      • Walid
        March 2, 2014, 1:51 am

        Just, true what you say about Uncle Sam’s misplaced funding of the bad guys of Israel but what DaBakre is saying is not totally inaccurate. A good part of the funds received are used to pay the salaries of the tens of thousands of Palestinian policemen that are there primarily to watch over Israel’s borders for it.

        Stories from a few years back including the infamous cement-gate scandal that describe what was going on. Links to other similar stories at the bottom of the article:

        link to electronicintifada.net

      • Hostage
        March 2, 2014, 2:41 am

        A good part of the funds received are used to pay the salaries of the tens of thousands of Palestinian policemen that are there primarily to watch over Israel’s borders for it.

        @Walid you always fail to mention that there is a UN mandate for Palestine to do that. Resolution ES-10/15 specifically required the Palestinian authorities “to undertake visible efforts on the ground to arrest, disrupt and restrain individuals and groups conducting and planning violent attacks”. Abbas catches hell, but he is really only complying with the applicable decisions adopted by an Emergency Special Session of the General assembly convened under the terms of the “Uniting for Peace” resolution to put a stop to suicide bombings and acts of terror. link to unispal.un.org

        The fact is that the EI article you are talking about is dated 2004 and starts off saying “seven years ago”. Those allegations were raised in the Arafat era. Nowadays EU auditors think it’s corrupt to use donors money to pay salaries of laid-off civil servants loyal to the Fatah faction in Gaza who are both unemployed and living under an Israeli blockade. I personally think that the donors ought to pay, since they won’t lift a finger to put an end to the illegal blockade and refuse to recognize the legitimacy of the Hamas faction of the PA.

      • Walid
        March 2, 2014, 9:33 am

        “Abbas catches hell, but he is really only complying with the applicable decisions adopted by an Emergency Special Session of the General assembly convened under the terms of the “Uniting for Peace” resolution to put a stop to suicide bombings and acts of terror.”

        And Egyptians popping-off Africans trying to cross from Sinai into Israel are only abiding by the peace treaty terms just like German soldiers running the camps that were only following orders, and so on and so on. True the cement-gate story goes back over a decade ago, but the game hasn’t changed; the following article from about 4 years back involving Tony Blair shows DaBakre not that wrong:

        link to indynewsisrael.com

        Here’s another that I keep repeating, as you like to say, about the Wataniya licensing issue and Cast Lead and you keep failing to understand that my posting of this is not to debate whether or not the Palestinians have grounds to pursue the issue with the ICC but more simply to demonstrate the involvement of the PA and the Abbas sons in the Wataniya that caused it to postpone its hearing on the Goldstone conclusions:

        From Jurist:

        “Monday, September 28, 2009
        Israel pressuring Palestinians to drop ICC case for cellular network: report
        Matt Glenn at 1:11 PM ET

        [JURIST] Israel has threatened to deny the Palestinian Authority (PA) [IMEU backgrounder] permission for a second cellular phone provider to operate in the West Bank unless the PA drops its request that the International Criminal Court [official website] investigate Israel for possible war crimes, Haaretz [media website] reported [text] Sunday. The PA has contracted with Wataniya Mobile [corporate website] to provide service in the West Bank and faces a $300 million penalty if it does not receive Israel’s approval by October 15. According to the report, Israel is using the impending deadline to pressure the PA into dropping its request [JURIST report] that the ICC investigate Israel for possible war crimes committed in December and January during Operation Cast Lead [Global Security backgrounder]. Israeli officials, according to Haaretz, feel betrayed by the PA, claiming that the PA urged Israel to take a strong stand against Hamas and then appealed to the ICC when Israel did so.”

        link to jurist.org

      • Hostage
        March 2, 2014, 11:40 am

        And Egyptians popping-off Africans trying to cross from Sinai into Israel are only abiding by the peace treaty terms just like German soldiers running the camps that were only following orders, and so on and so on

        Feel free to complain about Egypt and Nazi soldiers all that you’d like, but there isn’t anything illegal about the government of Palestine arresting, disrupting and restraining individuals and groups responsible for conducting and planning violent attacks.

        Here’s another that I keep repeating, as you like to say, about the Wataniya licensing issue and Cast Lead and you keep failing to understand that my posting of this is not to debate whether or not the Palestinians have grounds to pursue the issue with the ICC but more simply to demonstrate the involvement of the PA and the Abbas sons in the Wataniya that caused it to postpone its hearing on the Goldstone conclusions:

        You sure do keep repeating it, but it’s still just as unconvincing as ever. First of all, the PA went straight to the ICC and filed its own criminal complaint and declaration accepting ICC jurisdiction for all crimes committed by both sides. That happened within days after Operation Cast Lead ended. That’s when Israel deployed the hasbara narrative that Abbas had been in on its planning. But if that were really the case, its hard to see why the PA has subsequently refused to withdraw its declaration or its complaint. See ICC prosecutor considers ‘Gaza war crimes’ probe link to todayszaman.com

        An Israeli Defense Ministry official told the US government that they considered the Palestinian complaint to be an act of war. link to wikileaks.org

        Next, the Israelis unsuccessfully attempted to blackmail Abbas with the cell phone license in exchange for withdrawing the Palestinian ICC complaint in late September of 2009, but Abbas has never withdrawn it, and even went to UNESCO and the General Assembly over Israeli and US objections to force the ICC Prosecutor to accept its validity. See “Israel demands PA drop war crimes suit at The Hague”.
        link to haaretz.com

        You keep making the claim that the Goldstone vote was delayed over Wataniya licensing, but Haaretz reported that Israel had threatened to attack the West Bank if the vote was conducted. See Diskin to Abbas: Defer UN vote on Goldstone or face ‘second Gaza': PA official claims Shin Bet chief told Abbas if Goldstone vote occurs West Bank will be attacked. link to haaretz.com

        Frankly, the Goldstone report was DOA from the outset, since the USA has a standing public policy to veto any anti-Israel resolutions at the United Nations Security Council. See 22 U.S. Code § 8602 – Statement of policy link to law.cornell.edu

        Now you are citing an article which says the Palestine Investment Fund (PIF), a large pot of money from Western governments and foreign investors ostensibly meant to be used for the benefit of the Palestinian people holds a 43 percent stake in Wataniya. One of Abbas’ sons sits on the PIF panel that decides how Wataniya spends its money, and it awarded a contract to another of Abbas’ sons to provide advertising for the cell phone company. But that’s as far as the story goes. There’s no real evidence that the sons have been overpaid for services rendered or of any wrong doing on their part. The article mainly highlights the fact that Tony Blair, an official employed by “the Middle East Quartet”, was also working for JP Morgan.

      • puppies
        March 2, 2014, 11:54 am

        @Hostage – ” there isn’t anything illegal about the government of Palestine arresting, disrupting and restraining individuals and groups responsible for conducting and planning violent attacks.”

        I’m sure it’s all legal and kosher but that is not the point at all.
        That’s exactly the job description of a collaborationist traitor administration. That is what all Pétains and Quislings did. In this case, as you well said, it was set up by Oslo. So fuck that administration, and the law and Oslo it rode in on, with apologies if needed. Getting some ICC judgments will be nice, biiiiig if, and those will only be redeemable when backed by sufficient force.

      • Hostage
        March 2, 2014, 11:32 pm

        I’m sure it’s all legal and kosher but that is not the point at all.
        That’s exactly the job description of a collaborationist traitor administration.

        Don’t be stupid, every government is required to collaborate with the occupying power in order to qualify its civilian population as “protected persons”, who are not actively engaged in hostilities, under the terms of international humanitarian law.

        Even if that weren’t the case, the majority of the population would long since have become collaborators during a forty year long military occupation. Why do you think the IOF is arresting children and hauling them off to jail in the middle of the night, if not for use as bargaining chips in return for docility and cooperation from the parents and the community?

        If you are suggesting that the Palestinians can end the occupation and obtain a state through armed resistance or terror in defiance of decisions adopted by the General Assembly in emergency session, then you’re incorrect. You only have to look at Gaza to see a regime which has tried that approach. In the end, Hamas has been isolated and forced to capitulate and defend Israel’s borders and citizens from rocket attacks too.

      • puppies
        March 3, 2014, 10:33 am

        @Hostage – “Stupid” is dismantling a leadership in exile to accept installing a puppet in the occupied territory to give the invader a pretext, that’s what’s stupid. Look at all the protection the protected person status buys, about as effective as the wall verdict. It may be that the means and/or the appropriateness of defending oneself in this 67-year-old war of aggression are not there temporarily, it may be that suspending the fight may be a good idea (and that doesn’t mean that some liberal theater in the West is being effective instead) but this is a full-blown war with the stated aim on the aggressor’s part to rid the entire land of Palestinians. Situations do change. What makes it intolerable now is a “PA” or “State” in the occupied area.

      • JeffB
        March 3, 2014, 7:17 am

        @DaBakr —

        Nice to see sanity and realism in the thread below.

    • RoHa
      March 1, 2014, 9:10 pm

      “Japan has pledged more than $200 million in aid to the Palestinian Authority, as representatives from 22 nations reiterated their support of the Palestinians’ quest for their own state.”

      Told you they were all anti-Semites.

  5. RudyM
    March 1, 2014, 2:47 pm

    Yay Philly! I was never involved with any Palestine related activism there (really only briefly involved with any political activism in the mid-to-late-90s) but given the amount of vocal support for Israel in that city (I’ve seen some pretty big parades there with people waving Israeli flags), it takes guts to get out and demonstrate this way. It’s not a huge risk, I would think, but given the level of support for Israel and the local culture, you definitely are risking having someone from the pro-Zionism crowd get in your face.

  6. seafoid
    March 1, 2014, 5:28 pm

    “the JNF is instrumental in the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians and the ongoing expropriation of land for the exclusive use of Jewish Israelis”

    It looks like decent Jews need to set up something like Shurat Ha Din to drag groups like the JNF through the courts for bringing the name of Judaism into disrepute.

    WTF have apartheid and oppression got to do with the religion ?

    • JeffB
      March 3, 2014, 7:21 am

      @Seafold —

      The JNF raises money in just about every synagogue on the planet. Judaism sided with them not against them.

      WTF have apartheid and oppression got to do with the religion ?

      Judaism is the state religion of Israel and Jews recognize Israel as a point of common bond. Judaism has the same ties to Israel as Sunni Islam does to Saudi Arabia. In terms of the specifics Jews think your charge of apartheid is nonsense and reject it on factual grounds. They think the oppression is unfortunate but unavoidable.

      • Woody Tanaka
        March 3, 2014, 9:40 am

        ” In terms of the specifics Jews think your charge of apartheid is nonsense and reject it on factual grounds. They think the oppression is unfortunate but unavoidable.”

        And that tells you all you need to know about those particular Jews: liars, hypocrites and PEPs

      • Hostage
        March 3, 2014, 12:52 pm

        In terms of the specifics Jews think your charge of apartheid is nonsense and reject it on factual grounds. They think the oppression is unfortunate but unavoidable.

        Unfortunately, like you, they can’t deny the fact that oppression is taking place. They also fail to grasp the fact that the prohibition of apartheid is a peremptory norm that doesn’t permit any exceptions. That means that “state security” cannot be employed as a license or excuse to commit the any of the acts of apartheid listed in Article II of the international apartheid convention:

        Article III

        International criminal responsibility shall apply, irrespective of the motive involved, to individuals, members of organizations and institutions and representatives of the State, whether residing in the territory of the State in which the acts are perpetrated or in some other State, whenever they:

        (a) Commit, participate in, directly incite or conspire in the commission of the acts mentioned in article II of the present Convention;

        link to www1.umn.edu

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