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  1. Walid
    May 10, 2014, 2:55 pm

    Omar Barghouti probably never heard of Lebanon’s Maxime Chaya. He began his climb of the 7 Summits (highest peak on each of the 7 continents) in 2000 with Kilimanjaro and completed the 7th by 2006 with Everest; in 2008 he reached the South Pole and in 2009 the North Pole having completed the Three Poles Challenge and the 6th person in the world to have completed it (third pole is Everest). In 2013, with 2 crewmates from UK and Mauritius, set the Guinness record for the fast row across the Indian Ocean. Plus the other dozen or so other high peaks in Europe, South America and Nepal/Tibet. He’s the 6th in the world to have completed the Explorers Grand Slam (the 7 peaks and the 3 poles)That would make Maxime the most famous sportsman in the Arab world.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maxime_Chaya#Major_sporting_achievements

    But kidding aside, a big bravo to Mostafa Salameh for having reaching all these heights and for having brought the BDS sign along.

  2. libra
    May 10, 2014, 3:35 pm

    We can only hope a party of our hardiest hasbarists are trudging up Everest at this very moment to unfurl a rebuttal.

  3. catherinewriter
    May 10, 2014, 4:43 pm

    Thank you, Moustafa. Especially since the icefall has killed many people this season. Thank you.

  4. Shuki
    May 10, 2014, 8:32 pm

    This is what Israel gets in return for making peace with its Arab neighbors. Israel makes peace with Jordan and its citizens call for its destruction under the thin guise of ‘BDS’. By the way, it’s not as though Jordan has the best record with regard to its treatment of the Palestinian people (to the extent they can even be distinguished from Jordanian people).

    • truthteller99
      May 11, 2014, 12:56 am

      So under your impression there were no families living there since the beginning correct? Too bad genetics testing can prove you otherwise. I’ve taken a DNA test and it has consistently shown 25% Samaritan on GedMatch and 25% of my ancestry is from this region. My family also spoke a form of Hebrew amongst themselves even in 20th century Latin America but because they became Christian they all of a sudden have no rights to the land? Is this correct?

    • pabelmont
      May 11, 2014, 8:05 am

      Shuki — I appreciate what I take to be irony.

      BTW, if citizens of Jordan are allowed and feel free to do the BDS-tango, and citizens of Israel do not, even to the same music, then which is the better (let us not say any longer the only) democracty in the M/E?

    • eljay
      May 11, 2014, 9:27 am

      >> Israel makes peace with Jordan and its citizens call for its destruction …

      Where does the article say that Jordanian citizens are calling for Israel’s destruction?

      Are they in fact calling for an end to Israel’s 60+ years, ON-GOING and offensive (i.e., not defensive) campaign of aggression, oppression, theft, colonization, destruction and murder? If so, that’s a good thing.

      Perhaps they’re calling for an end to Israel as a supremacist state. That’s a good thing, too.

      Or maybe they’re calling for Israel to honour its obligations under international law. That’s also a good thing.

      But, yeah, I guess to hateful and immoral Zio-supremacists calls for justice, accountability and equality represent “destruction”.

    • talknic
      May 11, 2014, 11:24 am

      Shuki “This is what Israel gets in return for making peace with its Arab neighbors

      2 out of 5 .. Israel has yet to fulfill its obligations to UNSC res 242, UNSC res 338 and UNSC res 252 & its eight reminders to Israel of the binding Laws they reaffirm and emphasize. Israel got peace with Egypt by withdrawing from all territory sovereign to Israel BEFORE peaceful relations were assumed. http://wp.me/pDB7k-ZZ
      Israel got peace by accepting responsibility for the Occupation of the West Bank when Jordan handed over its sovereignty of the West Bank to the Palestinian Authority.

      Israel is obliged to withdraw from ALL non-Israeli territory. It’s never been tried. 66 years is a log time to have your forces in territories the ISRAELI GOVERNMENT said were “outside the State of Israel” … “in Palestine”

      “Israel makes peace with Jordan and its citizens call for its destruction under the thin guise of ‘BDS’.”

      Hhow will abiding by the law destroy Israel? Surely it would consolidate its position and ensure cooperation from the UN, instead of having hundreds of UNSC resolutions reminding the Jewish state of its legal obligations.

      ” By the way, it’s not as though Jordan has the best record with regard to its treatment of the Palestinian people

      Jordan, like any country, has the right to maintain order against armed militant minorities, even if they are refugees.

      “(to the extent they can even be distinguished from Jordanian people)”

      You show your ignorance. Only the people who lived in the area that became Transjordan had an automatic right to citizenship. Those who lived elsewhere did not. Jordan’s citizens are all Jordanian, not Palestinian.

    • Talkback
      May 11, 2014, 5:44 pm

      Shuki says: This is what Israel gets in return for making peace with its Arab neighbors. Israel makes peace with Jordan and its citizens call for its destruction under the thin guise of ‘BDS’.

      Well, you know how goverments are. But the people won’t forget the destruction of Palestine by your beloved colonialists and the Apartheid that came with it.

    • Walid
      May 12, 2014, 1:01 am

      Shuki, Israeli never made peace with its neighbours. It made deals with the neighbours’ leaders but never with the people.

  5. Sammar
    May 11, 2014, 3:14 am

    Shuki

    that is what Israel gets in return for refusing to end the occupation of Palestinian land and the oppression of the Palestinian people. BDS is not calling for the destruction of Israel, it is trying to bring an end to Israel’s appalling treatment of the Palestinian people, just as BDS never intended to destroy South Africa but rather to end its appalling policies towards the original inhabitants.
    As for Jordan’s record in regard to its treatment of the Palestinian people, it is the best in the Arab countries that were flooded with refugees caused by the ethnic cleansing actions of Israel. And certainly ways better than Israel’s treatment of its own Palestinian-Israeli citizens and miles above the treatment of the Palestinians under Israeli occupation.
    Palestinians in Jordan were given Jordanian nationality with all the rights that Jordanian citizenship engenders. They have equal rights and equal opportunities in education, the job market, etc. But you know all that, I am sure. Just an attempt to throw stones from a glasshouse – usually not a smart move.

  6. Jackdaw
    May 11, 2014, 12:22 pm

    Fat chance Salameh will attempt the climb without the help of Sherpas, 16 of whom recently died so that ‘tourist climbers’ can take selfies on Everest.

    http://blogs.hindustantimes.com/kurakani-in-kathmandu/2014/05/06/everest-is-open-but-closed/

    What’s mountain climbing coming to anyway?

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