Scott Walker’s foreign policy education begins w/ lesson: East Jerusalem is not occupied

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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is in Israel and occupied Palestine so as to gain the foreign policy bona fides needed to run for president. I wonder what that guy is telling him at the Western Wall. About plans to build the third temple? Or maybe he’s describing the occupation?

Matt Brooks of the Republican Jewish Coalition, a co-sponsor of the trip, tweeted that photo and said that the governor was in Israel.

Hitting the day running on first day in #Israel w/ @ScottWalker -visited the Kotel, Christian holy sites and Old City

The governor also said that East Jerusalem is Israel:

Great 1st day in Israel yesterday @ Western Wall, Mount of Olives, Church of the Holy Sepulchure & Via Dolorosa

Governor Scott Walker in Jerusalem, from his twitter feed

Governor Scott Walker in Jerusalem, from his twitter feed

All those sites are in occupied Jerusalem. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel made the same mistake.

Here he is with Natan Sharansky of the Jewish Agency.

Scott Walker and Natan Sharansky

Scott Walker and Natan Sharansky

Matt Brooks also tweeted that meeting: 

Awesome mtg this morning with @ScottWalker and a true hero, Natan Sharansky, discussing democracy and freedom.

And here he is learning about the security challenges relating to Syria, on the Golan Heights.

Scott Walker on the Golan Heights with Uzi Dayan

Scott Walker on the Golan Heights with Uzi Dayan

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  1. amigo
    May 11, 2015, 2:47 pm

    “Awesome mtg this morning with @ScottWalker and a true hero, Natan Sharansky, discussing democracy and freedom “.

    For Israeli Jews only , right Scott.

    Now you can return to your campaign trail suitably educated in the so called facts about the ME and spout all the right hasbara .

    Why do Americans insist on voting in a soulless , morally vacuous , bought and paid for zionist patsy.

    I know, they get no choice anymore.

    • Boo
      May 12, 2015, 9:53 am

      Wisconsin is regretting having voted him in. He has an outside chance at the GOP nomination, but no chance at all of winning the Presidency.

    • Citizen
      May 12, 2015, 10:02 am

      @ amigo
      As Phil’s media samples show here, US main media present the hasbara line. Most Americans who vote, also work and don’t follow anything but local news, some national, little international news. Rarely can they find any country in the Middle East on a map. All candidates running for public office know this. There’s no incentive to educate them, but plenty of immediate and practical incentive to make the effort to show they love Israel and believe whatever Israel says.
      Our free press, our first Amendment are constitutionally protected precisely because this “Fourth Estate” is suppose to keep all citizens informed towards a real democracy. It no longer does this; our journalists are reduced to stenographers by our corporate media and nowhere is this more obvious to those aware then when it comes to anything touching on Israel.

  2. JusticeForPalestine
    May 11, 2015, 2:58 pm

    I’ve always voted Democrat but I respect intelligence and free-thinking in people of any political stripe, and I previously considered Walker reasonably intelligent and free thinking. (Re the latter, he had the gumption to stand up to overwhelming public opposition to many of his policies in Wisconsin, just because he thought that they were right.)

    No longer. Walker is now officially just another tool.

    • bryan
      May 12, 2015, 6:19 am

      Perhaps then you are that strange beast – an NPEP (not progressive on any issue except Palestine) ( :-)

      Scott Walker seems to be an archetypal stupid right-winger (or NPIP- not progressive on any issue including Palestine): homophobic, Islamophobic, anti-choice, anti-union, anti-gun-control, a climate-change denier, approved by the Koch brothers, in favour of tax-cuts for the rich and wage-cuts for public employees, hostile to health care reform, in favour of harsher criminal punishment, and opposed to any rapprochement with Iran. Why should you be surprised that he is a tool?

      • Citizen
        May 12, 2015, 10:06 am

        Yeah, it’s pretty ridiculous that now only 7% of employees in the private arena are unionized and still the GOP is hard at work making that whole arena a “right to work (for peanuts)” arena.

  3. just
    May 11, 2015, 3:16 pm

    Ugh.

    Speaking of Occupied East Jerusalem:

    “Report: Palestinian-American teen brutalized by Israeli police received at White House

    U.S. officials believe Israel takes a nonchalant attitude toward army killings and woundings of Palestinian-American minors, CNN reports.

    Tariq Abu Khdeir, the 15-year-old Palestinian-American seen on video last summer being beaten brutally by three Israeli policemen, was received last month at the White House by U.S. National Security Council officials, ahead of an upcoming Abu Khdeir family visit to East Jerusalem.

    CNN also reported on Monday that many Obama administration officials believe Israel takes a nonchalant attitude toward army killings and woundings of Palestinian-American minors, unless the incidents are captured on video.

    Suha Abu Khdeir, who accompanied her son to the West Wing meeting on April 15, said they had sought American assurances that Tariq would not be targeted by police during their visit to East Jerusalem’s Shoafat neighborhood, where many members of their extended family live.

    “I’m hoping that they can do something to help us … [so] we don’t endure any difficulties on our travels when we get there,” said the mother. White House officials, she added, “didn’t guarantee anything.” The Abu Khdeirs live in Tampa, Florida. …

    …U.S. official: ‘We expect meaningful answer’

    Also according to the CNN report, a senior administration official said that the U.S. is working with Israeli authorities and expects “to receive a meaningful answer” from an investigation into the death of an American citizen in the Palestinian town of Silwad in October. The official was referring to Orwa Hammad, 14, a Palestinian-American killed by the Israel Defense Forces on Oct. 24. The IDF said Hammad was preparing to throw a Molotov cocktail onto a road.

    The senior administration official said the White House was “concerned also by the arrest and detention of several American citizen minors in recent months, including most recently Abdallah Abdo in Jerusalem who told us he had been severely beaten while in police custody, as was American citizen Tariq [Abu] Khdeir in July. Our consular team observed injuries on Mr. Abdo that appear consistent with his version of events. If accurate, we strongly condemn such excessive use of force.”

    The official stressed that “whenever an American citizen is harmed, we expect full, transparent and credible investigations and – if necessary – accountability.”

    Last August, after numerous members of the Abu Khdeir extended family had been arrested in East Jerusalem protests, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said U.S. officials were “concerned about the fact that members of the [Abu] Khdeir family appeared to be singled out for arrest by the Israeli authorities.”

    CNN’s Jake Tapper reported Monday that off-the record interviews with numerous administration officials indicate “a widespread belief within the Obama administration that the Israeli government does not take these incidents against American citizens with the seriousness U.S. officials believe they merit. Unless there is video evidence that excessive force was used, as in the case of Tariq [Abu] Khdeir, Israeli government officials inevitably conclude that the action taken was justified and in keeping with national security needs, officials say.”

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.655975?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

    I’ll believe the WH et al when I read a headline and see some action along the lines of “U.S. officials believe Israel takes a nonchalant attitude toward army killings and woundings of Palestinians”.

    The US should just shutter its embassy, and end the farce. They offer zero assistance to Americans who are denied entrance, nor those that are beaten, arrested, or killed.

    • ritzl
      May 11, 2015, 4:04 pm

      Thanks, just.

      It’s very positive that the WH received tha Abu Khdeir family at all, imho. Kinda remarkable really.

    • bryan
      May 12, 2015, 6:24 am

      “The official stressed that “whenever an American citizen is harmed, we expect full, transparent and credible investigations and – if necessary – accountability.” e.g. Rachel Corrie and the USS Liberty.

      • Citizen
        May 12, 2015, 10:11 am

        I think the day will come when most Americans will know the name of Rachel Corrie and the USS Liberty, but not until the war mongers get there way again and we find ourselves in at least a bad regional ME war involving tons of US ground troops and the issue of conscription becomes breaking news across the USA.

      • ckg
        May 12, 2015, 10:59 am

        After Jake Tapper posted a link to his CNN piece on twitter, the Rachel Corrie Foundation replied:

        .@JakeTapper for 12yrs US has asked Israel 2 credibly investigate #RachelCorrie killing. Time 4 “meaningful answer?”

    • Annie Robbins
      May 12, 2015, 10:29 am

      just, remember when Israeli settlers attacked US consulate convoy in the West Bank? – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/01/israeli-settlers-consulate#sthash.SGkXO5b3.dpuf

      wonder whatever happened w/that? US officials were “deeply concerned” and there was supposed to be a probe.

      • just
        May 12, 2015, 3:37 pm

        I do remember, and I never heard any follow- up.

        I guess the PTB weren’t really “deeply concerned” at all. Stone throwing, and ax and club wielding terrorists are fine as long as they are illegal Israeli settlers.

  4. jon s
    May 11, 2015, 3:59 pm

    In the photo from the Golan, that’s Uzi Dayan with Gov. Walker.

    • amigo
      May 11, 2015, 4:32 pm

      “In the photo from the Golan, that’s Uzi Dayan with Gov. Walker.”jon,s

      He is related to that famous Dayan who stated that Israel was not deliberately attacked by Syria but in fact it was Israel who provoked it.

      I hope Uzi did not put lies in his uncles mouth.

      ““Moshe Dayan, the celebrated commander who, as Defense Minister in 1967, gave the order to conquer the Golan…[said] many of the firefights with the Syrians were deliberately provoked by Israel, and the kibbutz residents who pressed the Government to take the Golan Heights did so less for security than for the farmland…[Dayan stated] ‘They didn’t even try to hide their greed for the land…We would send a tractor to plow some area where it wasn’t possible to do anything, in the demilitarized area, and knew in advance that the Syrians would start to shoot. If they didn’t shoot, we would tell the tractor to advance further, until in the end the Syrians would get annoyed and shoot.

      And then we would use artillery and later the air force also, and that’s how it was…The Syrians, on the fourth day of the war, were not a threat to us.’” The New York Times, May 11, 1997”

      http://www.ifamericansknew.org/history/origin.html

      • Citizen
        May 12, 2015, 10:23 am

        June 8, 1967 the USS Liberty ship, an advanced intelligence-gathering ship, was attacked intentionally by the Israeli air force–maybe the motive was to keep it from learning about Israel’s theft of the Golan Heights. Sink the ship, kill all its crew, blame it on Egypt. The Israeli’s sent small boats out and machine gunned the deck as the crew was fighting fire and damage there. Johsnon called back US attack air jets and then covered the incident up, with McCain’s dad a big help there. Decades later the survivors got recognition but in the normal manner nor in the normal place, and the US media didn’t cover the event to my knowledge. At the time, Johnson’s war was very unpopular and he sought to win over jewish media to save him. I doubt that’s in Doris Goodman’s history on Johnson.

    • talknic
      May 11, 2015, 4:37 pm

      @ jon s “that’s Uzi Dayan with Gov. Walker.”

      Thanks for that jon s. We now know who the idiot it is endangering himself and Gov. Walker by being illegally in occupied territory.

    • just
      May 11, 2015, 4:41 pm

      +1, talknic!

      What a relief, jon s!

      That means that Walker is getting the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth …

      From wiki:

      “Nephew of Moshe Dayan, Grandson of Shmuel Dayan and cousin of Assi Dayan, Yael Dayan and Yehonatan Geffen. …

      …Dayan was raised in HaYogev, joined the army, and spent 15 years in the Sayeret Matkal. He eventually commanded the unit, served as head of Central Command, Deputy Chief of Staff, and headed the Israeli National Security Council (2003-2005) before forming the Tafnit party to run in the 2006 legislative elections. He and his party later joined Likud in mid-2008.[2]”

      (who names their kid Uzi anyway? Also from wiki: “The Uzi (Hebrew: עוזי‎, officially cased as UZI) pronunciation: /ˈuːzi/ is a family of Israeli open-bolt, blowback-operated submachine guns. Smaller variants are considered to be machine pistols. The Uzi was one of the first weapons to use a telescoping bolt design which allows the magazine to be housed in the pistol grip for a shorter weapon.

      The first Uzi submachine gun was designed by Major Uziel Gal in the late 1940s. The prototype was finished in 1950. First introduced to IDF special forces in 1954, the weapon was placed into general issue two years later. The Uzi has found use as a personal defense weapon by rear-echelon troops, officers, artillery troops and tankers, as well as a frontline weapon by elite light infantry assault forces.”)

      • jon s
        May 11, 2015, 4:58 pm

        He wasn’t named for the submachine gun, which was developed after he was born.
        The name Uzi is could be short for Uziyahu or Uziel.

      • just
        May 11, 2015, 5:03 pm

        That’s curious as he was born in 1948 and wiki reveals that his name is Uzi (עוזי דיין in Hebrew).

      • Mooser
        May 13, 2015, 10:27 pm

        “Jon s” you better have a look at some of the things JeffyB is saying about our religion. Seems to think it’s nothing but a phony show, designed to get us stuff. (like a free, as in, no cost, country) Highly insulting and untrue. Can you help? It’s on the “Forward reports what NY Times covers up” thread. Help!

    • Annie Robbins
      May 12, 2015, 10:24 am

      thanks jon, added to caption

  5. a blah chick
    May 11, 2015, 4:25 pm

    I recall that when Sharansky arrived in Israel in the late 80’s he said all the right things about working for peace and learning Arabic. There was a hue and cry at this because his wife was thick with the settlers and they were having none of that. It seems that someone took Natan into a room and after rubber hosing him for a while he came out spewing the garbage he currently speaks. I cannot fathom why so many people admire him.

  6. just
    May 11, 2015, 8:07 pm

    Prior to going to Israel and Occupied East Jerusalem and the Occupied Golan Heights, Walker was at the “South Carolina Freedom Summit” where all the Republicans pledged their fealty to Israel and their hatred of everything Obama.

    Here’s Luntz and “GOP Crowd Applauds Calling Immigrants Rats and Roaches
    The mother-in-law of Citizens United president David Bossie compares immigrants to rats and roaches.”

    http://www.c-span.org/video/?c4537272/gop-crowd-applauds-calling-immigrants-rats-roaches

    (via Max Blumethal’s twitter)

  7. JLewisDickerson
    May 11, 2015, 9:29 pm

    RE: “Scott Walker’s foreign policy education begins w/ lesson: East Jerusalem is not occupied”

    I’M WONDERIN’: Will Scott Walker will get some kind of fancy diploma upon the completion of his studies (or just a pot of gold)? Will the diploma be in Latin, Hebrew or English?
    Just wonderin’.

  8. RoHa
    May 11, 2015, 10:38 pm

    Interesting to see that Walker (not a Jew, as far as I know) is wearing a kippa, and the baldy guy (presumably an Israeli Jew) isn’t.

    • Steve Grover
      May 12, 2015, 11:22 am

      @RoHa,
      There is a low rising barrier between where they are standing and the Kotel. Men are required to wear kippot inside the space between the barrier and the Kotel as men are required in a Synagogue. The bald guy appears to have something black in his hand. My guess it is his kippa. It might be a breezy day and it beccame difficult to keep the kippa on. This especially true if you are bald like me. Or, since he is outside of the Kotel Synagogue are he just felt like taking it off and Walker hadn’t yet removed his.

      • Steve Grover
        May 12, 2015, 11:27 am

        BTW,
        I usually don’t wear a kippa except when in a synagogue. Whenever I am in Yerushalayim, I always where a kippa. I will be there again in June.

      • amigo
        May 12, 2015, 11:58 am

        “It might be a breezy day and it beccame difficult to keep the kippa on ” SG

        Walker,s Kippa must have a silver lining.

      • amigo
        May 12, 2015, 1:48 pm

        “The bald guy appears to have something black in his hand ” SG

        Must be an Israeli invention. A kippa when folded becomes a mobile phone.Must be one of those Israeli inventions so people can pray and play at the same time.

      • just
        May 12, 2015, 3:42 pm

        “BTW, I usually don’t wear a kippa except when in a synagogue. Whenever I am in Yerushalayim, I always where a kippa. I will be there again in June.”

        So you are visiting al- Quds/Jerusalem next month. That’s nice. Do you really think anyone cares when or if you wear a kippa?

      • talknic
        May 12, 2015, 7:10 pm

        Steve Grover “Men are required to wear kippot inside the space between the barrier and the Kotel as men are required in a Synagogue”

        Uh huh http://mondoweiss.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/CEuaBo3UEAAoYAR.jpg 50% of the men in this pic are NOT

      • Mooser
        May 13, 2015, 2:46 pm

        “Do you really think anyone cares when or if you wear a kippa?”

        “Cares”? Damn right people cares. What if “JeffyB” saw “Grover” sans kippa?
        You think “Grover” is gonna parade his naked pate in front of the Lord High Excommunicator? After all;

        He’s got a little list,
        of those Jews who won’t be missed!
        Those “Reconstructionists”! They never will be missed.
        And “Reformers” who, when shaking hands, have shellfish in their fists!
        They’ll none of ’em be missed, well, unless they’re Zionist!
        No, their money we will miss, unless they’re Zionists.

      • Steve Grover
        May 13, 2015, 11:09 pm

        @mooser
        “Do you really think anyone cares when or if you wear a kippa?”
        You do. Because you seem to have gotten your bowels in such an uproar as your blow hard reply indicates.

  9. eusebio
    May 12, 2015, 8:52 am

    University of human rights in Palestine Mr Walker

  10. RobertFallin
    May 12, 2015, 8:59 am

    Since Wisconsin Democrats say Scott Walker is a cousin of the Bushes (George Herbert WALKER Bush), why should anyone be surprised.? Besides, he is a “mainstream Republican”; which means he is either an idiot or rotten to the core.

  11. Boo
    May 12, 2015, 9:57 am

    East Jerusalem is not occupied.

    And we have always been at war with Eastasia.

  12. eGuard
    May 12, 2015, 2:15 pm

    discussing democracy and freedom.

    Palestinians in occupied Jerusalem were not allowed to vote last March, Scott, because they are not Jews. Try to square that with the constitution you’re supposed to defend when you’re President.

  13. talknic
    May 12, 2015, 3:02 pm

    Governor Scott Walker is wearing a Kippa … WHY? He’s not Jewish.

    • catalan
      May 12, 2015, 3:15 pm

      “Governor Scott Walker is wearing a Kippa … WHY? He’s not Jewish. – “Talknic
      Out of respect. The same reason Obama bowed to the Saudi king. It’s why a lot of people do stuff but it is hard to explain to a pod.

      • just
        May 12, 2015, 3:46 pm

        “It’s why a lot of people do stuff but it is hard to explain to a pod.”

        catalan~ what do you mean by “pod”? I have a sneaking suspicion that it was meant unkindly.

      • talknic
        May 12, 2015, 7:04 pm

        @ catalan May 12, 2015, 3:15 pm

        “Out of respect. The same reason Obama bowed to the Saudi king.”

        Oh I see, bowing is the same to a Muslim as as a Kippa to a Jew. WOW!! I wonder if Muslims know.

        Say … why doesn’t Netanyahu wear a crucifix when he meets the pope? https://www.google.com.au/search?q=pope+netanyahu&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=1oVSVd7sGo-6uASUu4GYCA&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAQ&biw=1920&bih=902

      • catalan
        May 12, 2015, 7:09 pm

        “Oh I see, bowing is the same to a Muslim as as a Kippa to a Jew. WOW!! I wonder if Muslims know. – ” talknic
        What is it with you that everything has to be some kind of rule? Some people show respect in one way, some in another, some not at all. There is more to life than rules and laws and gotchas.

      • Mooser
        May 13, 2015, 3:03 pm

        “There is more to life than rules and laws and gotchas.”

        That’s what my mother, (ale-ha Ha-sholom) used to say. “Yitzkok, my putative son”, she used to say, “don’t let the rules and ‘gotchas’ keep you from doing ‘the twist’ or ‘cha-cha’!
        She loved to dance. Oy gevalt is it any wonder I turned out such a shaigetz

  14. just
    May 12, 2015, 6:40 pm

    Hey Scott Walker~ your “foreign policy education” won’t be complete until you visit here, via Dan Cohen:

    “The Karama Gaza Human Rights Film Festival now showing in the rubble of Shujaiya”

    Must see photo @ https://twitter.com/dancohen3000/status/598170624880578560

    It’s called Sumud.

    (You can wear your kippa, too.)

  15. just
    May 12, 2015, 7:10 pm

    Scott, you might be interested:

    “JERUSALEM (AFP) — The general responsible for Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip says that continued rule by Hamas is necessary for its stability, Israeli media reported Tuesday.

    “The alternative would be the Israeli military and chaos in governance,” top-selling Yediot Aharonot quoted Major General Sami Turgeman as telling heads of southern Israel local authorities in the Gaza border area on Monday. …

    Turgeman’s remarks show an alternative narrative regarding Hamas. Yediot quoting Turgeman as saying, “The struggle against Hamas is not a military war,

    “Anyone who thinks that the struggle between us and Hamas is just a matter of applying military force against one another doesn’t correctly understand the situation.

    “We have an interest in someone being responsible for the strip, because otherwise there will be chaos there and the state of security there will be far more problematic,” he said.

    “Israel and Hamas have common interests, of peace and quiet for growth and prosperity, even in the present situation.” …

    Foreign diplomats and aid agencies have voiced concern that a weakened hold on power could prompt Hamas to resume fighting or cause it to lose ground to more radical Islamist groups.

    Aid agencies have also repeatedly warned that tensions would remain high inside of the Gaza Strip if Israel did not ease the blockade to allow reconstruction after last summer’s war.

    Turgeman predicted a continued build-up of Hamas’s armed capabilities and renewed Gaza fighting “every few years.”

    “The alternative is to try to find periods of quiet, as much as possible,” Turgeman said, arguing against rightist proposals that Israel retake sovereignty over the coastal enclave.”

    http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=765374

  16. Landie_C
    May 17, 2015, 11:23 am

    Is this something which isn’t yet on our radar screen but should be?

    “Last week, Mayor Nir Barkat publicized a five-year plan meant to stimulate economic growth in the city. The plan was developed with the help of a team of American experts which included Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York, as well as Prof. Michael Porter and Prof. Richard Florida. The plan includes investments in film studios, developing an artist quarter in the city’s center and investments in infrastructure. “Jerusalem is in the midst of a renewal process that will peak in 2020 – we’ll continue developing and advancing the capital. Happy Jerusalem Day” said Barkat.

    “Tensions high as right wingers read jerusalem day march.

    http://forward.com/news/breaking-news/308352/tensions-high-as-right-wingers-ready-jerusalem-day-march/

    Note the comments section which discusses the propriety of international scholars of this caliber participating in such an effort in view of the continued, illegal, Judaization of East Jerusalem.

    • just
      May 17, 2015, 12:23 pm

      Thanks, Landie_C.

      I had linked to Rozenberg’s article in Haaretz the other day on Amjad Alqasis’ fine article. It’s longer, and has some more info:

      “Rina Rozenberg ‘erases’ Palestinians from Palestine and Al- Quds in this story. It seems that it’s the plan according to Netanyahu, Ilanit Melchior, Barkat, et al.

      Never mind that Jerusalem is NOT the capital of Israel, or that Al-Aqsa nor Occupied East Jerusalem nor any Palestinian is mentioned:

      “2020 vision: How Jerusalem hopes to attract 4 million more tourists

      The capital has ambitious plans to become a major tourist attraction. It wants to brand itself separately from the rest of Israel and lure independent travelers, but a lack of public transportation and hotel rooms need addressing first.”…

      http://www.haaretz.com/business/.premium-1.656654?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

      – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/05/ideology-tantamount-palestinian#sthash.tSjUszuw.dpuf

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