‘Jewish cow’ is udderly superior to all other cows in the world, Netanyahu says

Israel/Palestine

The “Jewish cow” is the most productive cow in the world. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s latest boast about miraculous Israeli innovations came in an award speech he made last week (for the actor Michael Douglas), which was published by the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

[Y]ou got your cell phone? You have Israel in your palm. So many applications, so many innovations. You drink a glass of water, not only in Israel but in many countries now, you’re drinking the product of Israeli technology and number one in recycling. I was in China with President Xi and they said: We want to have your dairy industry. They have to feed a lot of– they drink a lot of milk in China. And I said: Well, that’s a very good choice because you know which cow produces more milk per cow than any other cow? You think it’s a Dutch cow or French cow? No, it’s a Jewish cow. It’s a computerized cow. Every moo is computerized. And the same is true of water. You want to drink just to live, but hundreds of millions around the world are enjoying the products of Israeli innovation. That’s the old problem that we’ve solved with new techniques.

The use of the term “Jewish cow” is ugly. He’s not talking about an “Israeli cow;” he’s using the language of “racial science,” of evil provenance. At minute 8:30 below:

We’ve often heard that Israel invented the cherry tomato, or drip irrigation, but this is the best brag of all.

By the way, NPR continued its series on Israel’s water innovations last weekend. We scooped them on the cow, though.Reporting on the Ground

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  1. Annie Robbins
    June 27, 2015, 12:12 pm

    a jewish cow! whoda thunk? no kippa tho. hmm.

    • Mooser
      June 27, 2015, 12:29 pm

      “a jewish cow!”

      Hubba-hubba! She almost makes me sorry I out-married!

      No, better not, it doesn’t work.

    • JLewisDickerson
      June 27, 2015, 7:49 pm

      What happens if a “Jewish cow” mates with a “Gentile bull”? In deciding whether the offspring are Jewish, do the Nuremberg Race Laws apply?
      Also, does Israel’s Law of Return apply to a “Jewish cow”?
      And, if a “Gentile cow” converts to a “Jewish cow” pursuant to Reform Judaism, is that conversion recognized in Israel?
      Enquiring minds mimes want to know!™

      • Mooser
        June 28, 2015, 12:40 pm

        “What happens if a “Jewish cow” mates with a “Gentile bull”?”

        I feel a country-western Klezmer song coming on!

      • JLewisDickerson
        June 28, 2015, 8:39 pm

        Margot Leverett and the Klezmer Mountain Boys

    • JennieS
      June 28, 2015, 12:22 am

      Actually your basic European Holstein Friesian cows living in Israel so not Jewish cows at all.

    • Sparzo
      June 29, 2015, 10:28 am

      Great with Chips.

  2. just
    June 27, 2015, 12:14 pm

    omg. He’s the King and Chief purveyor of Hasbara!

    “I think we scooped them on the cow, though.”

    LOL!

    Coincidentally, and speaking of cows, I give you Amer Shomali:

    “In the occupied West Bank, almost anything can come to be seen as a threat to Israel’s security. Even cows.

    Yes, cows. Here’s the story: During the activism of the first Palestinian intifada, residents of the West Bank town of Beit Sahour organized boycotts of Israeli goods in an act of civil disobedience intended to pressure the government. Local activists in 1988 hatched a plan to bypass Israeli suppliers and produce milk locally. They bought 18 cows from a kibbutz, a collective Jewish farm. The plan, the activists thought, was both simple and elegant.

    The Israeli military thought otherwise. As soon as the authorities got wind of the “Intifada milk” being distributed in Beit Sahour, they declared the cows a threat to Israel’s security. Following orders to aggressively clamp down on the intifada’s “neighborhood committees,” a local army commander directed his troops to shut down the dairy farm and seize the cows. Thus begins the tale of the wanted cows.

    The story of the cows is a West Bank parable. It illustrates a reality that is at the core of the Palestinian experience of life under occupation: that Israeli military control permeates all aspects of life. In the West Bank and Gaza, the Israeli state controls Palestinians’ border crossings, internal movement within the West Bank, airspace, tax system and population registry. Israeli officials decide where and when Palestinians are allowed to travel. Israeli state authorities even shape our diets by determining what imported foods we are allowed to eat and drink.

    I am the co-director of a film about the wanted cows and the Palestinians who sought to raise them as symbols of freedom. The film, called “The Wanted 18,” premiered at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival on June 13. But I was unable to attend the screening at Lincoln Center due to another element of this system of control: Israel’s restrictions on Palestinian freedom of movement.

    As a resident of the city of Ramallah holding the so-called West Bank ID, I cannot travel to Jerusalem without a special permit from the Israeli military. So when I set up an appointment at the U.S. Consulate in occupied East Jerusalem to apply for a visa, I also had to apply for a pass to Jerusalem. After weeks of waiting, the date of my visa appointment approached. Finally, on the day of the appointment, Israeli officials told me I had been rejected for reasons of “security. …””

    http://www.salon.com/2015/06/24/we_are_imprisoned_by_israel_a_filmmaker_not_allowed_to_attend_his_u_s_premiere_on_the_nightmare_of_life_in_the_west_bank/?utm_content=buffer84f0a&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

  3. unverified__5ilf90kd
    June 27, 2015, 12:38 pm

    Naturally the Jewish cow is the best. Another delusion from the most superior people in the world.

    • Mooser
      June 28, 2015, 11:21 am

      Look, if you are really glat Kosher, it doesn’t just matter how the cow died, but how it lived!

  4. a blah chick
    June 27, 2015, 12:45 pm

    “You drink a glass of water, not only in Israel but in many countries now, you’re drinking the product of Israeli technology…”

    Oh my God, they invented water too?!

    • Donald
      June 27, 2015, 1:07 pm

      Little known fact–hydrogen used to be a noble gas, until Israeli scientists figured out how to make it bond with oxygen.

      • echinococcus
        June 27, 2015, 1:12 pm

        Little known fact–hydrogen used to be a noble gas, until Israeli scientists figured out how to make it bond with oxygen

        thereby debasing it to lumpenproletary status.

    • just
      June 27, 2015, 1:27 pm

      lol to the 2 of you!

      (abc, one wonders why they need to steal H2O as well…)

      I preferred the picture of the cow, Phil. But I appreciate the additional text identifying the racism inherent in Netanyahu’s use of the words “Jewish cow”.

      Anyway, a little history wrt water:

      “History of Desalination
      Desalination is not a new technology. In 1790, United States Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson received a request to sell the government a distillation method to convert salt water to fresh water.

      During World War II, it was felt that desalination should be developed to convert saline water into potable water, where fresh water supplies were limited. In 1952 Congress passed “The Saline Water Act” to provide federal support for desalination. The U.S. Department of the Interior, through the Office of Saline Water (OSW) provided funding during the 1950s and 60s for initial development of desalination technology, and for construction of demonstration plants.

      One of the first seawater desalination demonstration plants to be built in the United States was at Freeport, Texas in 1961. Dow, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of the Interior, built a 1 million gallons per day (mgd) long tube vertical distillation (LTV) plant at a cost of $1.2 million, that produced water for the City of Freeport and for Dow operations. During the dedication ceremony for the desalination plant, President Kennedy said, “No water resources program is of greater long-range importance than our efforts to convert water from the world’s greatest and cheapest natural resources – our oceans – into water fit for our homes and industry. Such a breakthrough would end bitter struggles between neighbors, states and nations.””

      http://www.scwd2desal.org/Page-About_History.php

      • CigarGod
        June 28, 2015, 10:17 am

        Well, I live in an area with a lot of Mormons. They have belief and rituals that turn long dead people into Mormons (not a perfect ritual tho, as they remain dead). Now, if The Jewish State adopted these practices…pretty much every invention in history could be claimed as a Jewish Invention. Of course, this would create competition with Mormons for the Most Choice souls.

      • Mooser
        June 28, 2015, 5:16 pm

        “They have belief and rituals that turn long dead people into Mormons (not a perfect ritual tho, as they remain dead).”

        I lived in Utah for a long time. My question is; how would you know?

      • Annie Robbins
        June 28, 2015, 5:20 pm

        how would you know?

        the dead person won’t know, but they actively do this, it’s not a secret. actually i am not sure they turn them into mormons, i’d have to read up on it. but i think they baptize them, so maybe it’s effectively the same thing.

      • CigarGod
        June 28, 2015, 6:07 pm

        Yep, it is. They only have one kind of baptism, and that one turns you into a mormon.
        They got some bad press a few years back for baptising hitler, stalin and a few others into mormons…but they didnt become more selective until they started turning jews into mormons…and some big muckety muck jews told them to stop it…or they’d have a hard time getting visas.
        If you have never been smothered with love by a mormon, for being a jew…it is quite an experience. They actually consider themselves jews. Magic makes everything possible.

      • Kris
        June 28, 2015, 5:47 pm

        Apparently it is compassion and inclusion that motivate the Mormons to baptise the dead.

        For Mormons, baptizing the dead solves a big theological problem: How do billions of people who never had the opportunity to accept Jesus Christ – including those who lived before Jesus walked the earth – receive salvation? By baptizing the dead, a practice known as posthumous proxy baptism, Mormons believe they are giving every person who ever lived the chance at everlasting life. That includes Muslims, Hindus, atheists, pagans, whoever. …

        Many Mormons are proud of the fact that they attempt to make their faith universal through baptizing the dead. “Historically, Christians have been exclusive,” says Terryl Givens, an expert on Mormonism at the University of Richmond. “Catholics have taught that only Catholics are saved, and evangelicals say only if you confess according to their tradition. Mormons say, ‘No, salvation is open to all people.’”

        “In that sense Mormonism is the most nonexclusive religion in the Christian world,” Givens says.
        http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/02/16/explainer-how-and-why-do-mormons-baptize-the-dead/

      • RoHa
        June 28, 2015, 8:45 pm

        Annie, I think Mooser was asking how you would know they remain dead.

      • Mooser
        June 29, 2015, 10:57 am

        Frankly, the entire state seemed pretty moribund to me. I wonder how you know they’re alive.

  5. justicewillprevail
    June 27, 2015, 12:53 pm

    That ‘recycling’ – is that what they call stealing the Palestinians water, and then dumping the squatters’ sewage on them? Very innovative. Would make a cow super fertile, i guess.

    • Marnie
      June 29, 2015, 12:08 am

      “For Mormons, baptizing the dead solves a big theological problem: How do billions of people who never had the opportunity to accept Jesus Christ – including those who lived before Jesus walked the earth – receive salvation? By baptizing the dead, a practice known as posthumous proxy baptism, Mormons believe they are giving every person who ever lived the chance at everlasting life.”

      Mormons believe in God, right? But apparently don’t believe he can figure out who belong to him?

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCaSyF3ZlWY

      • Mooser
        June 29, 2015, 8:19 pm

        “Mormons believe in God, right? But apparently don’t believe he can figure out who belong to him?”

        Baptize them all, and let God sort them out?

  6. John O
    June 27, 2015, 12:53 pm

    I have to say it: what a lot of bull. Given the way cows are treated to increase milk yields to unnatural levels, having the world’s most productive cow is nothing to be proud of.

    • ritzl
      June 27, 2015, 8:23 pm

      Well said, John O.

      The whole world is moving away from this artificially/genetically/hormone-stimulated milk production – as a function of increasing health consciousness. It’s becoming a food industry anachronism.

      Maybe the whole world will move away from the Zionism anachronism as a function of increasing mental health-consciousness.

  7. Abdul-Rahman
    June 27, 2015, 1:46 pm

    “[Y]ou got your cell phone? You have Israel in your palm.” What utter CRAP! Apparently even the war criminal head of the Zionist propaganda “brigade” doesn’t realize, or I guess care, that a two second internet search shows that Martin Cooper of Chicago, Illinois invented the cell phone.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Cooper_(inventor)

  8. Laurent Weppe
    June 27, 2015, 1:49 pm

    Don’t make a stupid joke about circumcised bulls, Don’t make a stupid joke about circumcised bulls, Don’t make a stupid joke about circumcised bulls, Don’t make a stupid joke about circumcised bulls, Don’t make a stupid joke about circumcised bulls, Don’t make a stupid joke about circumcised bulls, Don’t make a stupid joke about circumcised bulls, Don’t make a stupid joke about circumcised bulls, Don’t make a stupid joke about circumcised bulls, Don’t make a stupid joke about circumcised bulls, Don’t make a stupid joke about circumcised bulls, Don’t make a stupid joke about circumcised bulls, Don’t make a stupid joke about circumcised bulls, Don’t make a stupid joke about circumcised bulls, Don’t make a stupid joke about circumcised bulls, Don’t make a stupid joke about circumcised bulls, Don’t make a stupid joke about circumcised bulls…

    • CigarGod
      June 28, 2015, 10:19 am

      Well, I live in an area with a lot of Mormons. They have belief and rituals that turn long dead people into Mormons. Now, if The Jewish State adopted these practices…pretty much every invention in history could be claimed as a Jewish Invention. Of course, this would create competition with Mormons for the Most Choice souls.

    • CigarGod
      June 28, 2015, 10:19 am

      Fantastic!

    • Mooser
      June 28, 2015, 12:42 pm

      “Don’t make a stupid joke about circumcised bulls”

      Don’t worry, way ahead of you. Wouldn’t touch it with a ten-foot izmel. But thanks for the reminder.

  9. asherpat
    June 27, 2015, 2:12 pm

    And what exactly has He whose name can’t be Said said that was wrong or duplicitous? You must have something worse to pin on the Jews today, c’mon.

  10. amigo
    June 27, 2015, 2:15 pm

    My close neighbour is a Farmer and is Catholic.All his cows are baptised and are consequently “Catholic Cows”.

    Ireland,s Catholic cows are the happiest in the world and produce heavenly milk which is the best in the world.

    • MRW
      June 28, 2015, 5:32 am

      Yeah. Who ever heard of butter coming out of Israel.

      • Kay24
        June 28, 2015, 10:43 am

        They use ALL that butter to “butter up” the Americans to keep sending the aid. :))

    • Mooser
      June 28, 2015, 5:20 pm

      “Ireland,s Catholic cows are the happiest in the world and produce heavenly milk which is the best in the world.”

      I bet that is correct, too. Intuitively, it seems right. The milk here is allright, the cheese, well, execrable. Local butter just fine.

  11. echinococcus
    June 27, 2015, 2:16 pm

    One good thing would be to have ready a couple speeches by you-know-who extolling the technical and scientific superiority of the German Reich.

  12. amigo
    June 27, 2015, 2:38 pm

    We now know who this little diddy was written about.

    http://www.last.fm/music/Dana+Lyons/_/Cows+With+Guns

    • just
      June 27, 2015, 2:46 pm

      lol, amigo! It’s so clever.

      (btw~ my good friend raises cows, too. They’re all vegetarians)

  13. a blah chick
    June 27, 2015, 3:54 pm

    Hearing the story about the cows made me think of another account I read years ago. I think it was in one of Alfred Lilienthal’s books.

    It was told by a Canadian UN peace keeper who was stationed in Jordan (The West Bank) in the early fifties. Some sheep from the Israeli side wandered over (or were rustled, that part wasn’t clear) the border. According to the UN guy Israel wanted to get their sheep back, lest they be bred with inferior Jordanian or Palestinian livestock, and were prepared to launch a military operation to do so. That’s right, Israel was prepared to send in commandos to retrieve sheep. Maybe they feared they would be undercut in the wool market.

    In the end cooler heads prevailed and the sheep were returned. I cannot imagine what the campaign medal for THAT operation would have looked like.

  14. Boomer
    June 27, 2015, 4:16 pm

    re: “[Y]ou got your cell phone? You have Israel in your palm.”

    So true. And vice versa. Over the years there have been many credible reports on Israeli spying on the U.S., often by means of its involvement in the telecom industry. To cite just one of many such reports, from 2008:

    ” . . . the General Accounting Office, the investigative arm of Congress, completed an examination of espionage directed against American defense and security industries. . . . The GAO concluded that Israel “conducts the most aggressive espionage operation against the United States of any U.S. ally.”

    * * *
    “Israel conducts much of its high-tech spying through its corporate presence in the United States. It is heavily embedded in the telecommunications industry, which permits access to the exchange of information. . . .

    “Two Israeli companies in particular—Amdocs and Comverse Infosys, both of which are headquartered in Israel—do significant business in the United States. Amdocs, which has contracts with the 25 largest telephone companies in the U.S. that together handle 90 percent of all calls made, logs all calls that go out and come in on the system. It does not record the conversations themselves, but the records provide patterns, referred to as “traffic analysis,” that can provide intelligence leads. In 1999, the National Security Agency warned that records of calls made in the United States were winding up in Israel. . . .

    “Comverse Infosys provides wiretapping equipment to law enforcement throughout the United States and also has large contracts with the Israeli government, which reimburses up to 50 percent of the company’s research and development costs. Because equipment used to tap phones for law enforcement is integrated into the networks that phone companies operate, it cannot be detected. Phone calls are intercepted, recorded, stored, and transmitted to investigators by Comverse, which claims that it has to be “hands on” with its equipment to maintain the system. Many experts believe that it is relatively easy to create a so-called “back door” that permits the recording to be sent to a second party, unknown to the authorized law-enforcement recipient. And Comverse equipment has never been inspected by FBI or NSA experts to determine whether the information it collects can be leaked, reportedly because senior government managers block such inquiries. . . .

    “According to a Fox News investigative report, which was later deleted from Fox’s website under pressure from various pro-Israel groups, DEA and FBI sources say that even to suggest that Israel might be spying using Comverse “is considered career suicide.”

    “A number of criminal investigations using Comverse equipment have apparently come to dead ends when the targets abruptly change their telecommunications methods, suggesting at a minimum that Comverse employees might be leaking sensitive information to Israeli organized crime.

    “The chickens occasionally come home to roost. In 2002, Israeli espionage might have been directed against the U.S. Congress, which has so assidiously ignored Tel Aviv’s spying. Congressman Bob Ney, currently in prison for corruption, arranged a noncompetitive bid for the Israeli telecommunications company Foxcom Wireless to install equipment to improve cellphone reception in the Capitol and House office buildings. Foxcom, based in Jerusalem, has been linked to imprisoned lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Telecommunications security experts note that equipment that can be used to enhance or improve a signal can also be used to redirect the phone conversation to another location for recording and analysis. The possibility that someone in the Israeli Embassy might be listening to congressmen’s private phone conversations is intriguing to say the least.”

    excerpts from: http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-spy-who-loves-us/

    • Laurent Weppe
      June 27, 2015, 5:29 pm

      [Y]ou got your cell phone? You have Israel in your palm.

      But if you use it to film cops beating palestinian kids or right-wing nutjobs openly expressing their supremacist worldview, you’re an evil antisemite

  15. phylliprezzel
    June 27, 2015, 5:27 pm

    When opening your website. . . What a joy to see a photo of a pacific bovine rather than a belligerent Zionist!
    How about a new policy of NEVER showing photos of these warmongers again?

    • a blah chick
      June 28, 2015, 10:36 am

      “How about a new policy of NEVER showing photos of these warmongers again?”

      That pic of the cute Palestinian activist guy, that was up some months back, should be on permanent rotation.

  16. Egbert
    June 27, 2015, 5:38 pm

    Are they cowsher?

  17. John O
    June 27, 2015, 5:50 pm

    There’s another slight problem – a worldwide glut of milk that is driving prices so low that here in the UK farmers are leaving the dairy industry in droves.

  18. Rusty Pipes
    June 27, 2015, 6:06 pm

    Not the first Hebrew speaker to talk about Jewish cows by far. One of the prophets called elite Israelites who were exploiting poor Israelites “cows of Bashan.”

  19. Rusty Pipes
    June 27, 2015, 6:11 pm

    Interesting that, as a former Israeli is making his rounds of NPR talk shows promoting his documentary about the Beit Sahour nonviolent cow resistance, Netanyahu is talking up the Israeli dairy industry as though it is the envy of the world.

  20. Whizdom
    June 27, 2015, 6:29 pm

    Then why are their dairy products 3x the cost in Europe if their cows are so productive?

    • Laurent Weppe
      June 27, 2015, 10:32 pm

      Because the kibbutz were privatized, then sold to an english fund, which then sold these back to a chinese fund, whose owners adhere to the “let’s increase margins by as much as possible by abusing our monopolistic positions”

  21. Whizdom
    June 27, 2015, 6:33 pm

    At least he stopped boasting about Israeli pharmaceutical innovations.

  22. David Doppler
    June 27, 2015, 6:39 pm

    So if I prefer Guernsey cow milk, does that make me an Anti-Semite?

    • piotr
      June 27, 2015, 8:09 pm

      Perhaps there are indeed deeper, darker reasons, but perhaps you are a cheapskate. A gallon of milk costs 6 dollars in Israeli stores, under 4 dollars in USA and in yet less advanced Poland, about 2.40.

    • RoHa
      June 27, 2015, 8:16 pm

      You are an anti-Semite anyway. It is the default position.

      • CigarGod
        June 28, 2015, 10:27 am

        We are all anti-semites, until we prove otherwise.

      • The Hasbara Buster
        June 28, 2015, 4:44 pm

        We’re all antisemites even if we prove otherwise.

  23. LanceThruster
    June 27, 2015, 7:29 pm

    I thought you weren’t supposed to mix meat and dairy.

    • just
      June 27, 2015, 8:30 pm
    • just
      June 27, 2015, 8:34 pm

      lololol!

      Speaking of superior cows, what about:

      “the Tajima strain of Wagyu cattle, raised in Japan’s Hyogo Prefecture according to rules as set out by the Kobe Beef Marketing and Distribution Promotion Association.[1] The meat is a delicacy renowned for its flavour, tenderness, and fatty, well-marbled texture. Kobe beef can be prepared as steak, sukiyaki, shabu shabu, sashimi, and teppanyaki.”

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kobe_beef

      They’re massaged and fed beer, too.

      They are not exposed to epithets and a never-ending war machine.

      • a blah chick
        June 28, 2015, 10:39 am

        My dad had some Kobe beef when he went to Japan on a business trip years ago. According to him all that massaging pays off.

  24. ckg
    June 27, 2015, 7:47 pm

    I think he is pulling our teets if he thinks we will but this.

  25. Shingo
    June 27, 2015, 8:11 pm

    Seriously, I thought this was a joke when I first read it. Is there no limit to Bibbi’s buffoonery?

    Then again, Benny Morris believes in Hamas chickens, so maybe it’s a Zionist thing.

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius
      June 28, 2015, 4:48 am

      I thought so too. But no. It’s for realz.

      Satirists must hate Bibi. They have put him out of business.

    • eljay
      June 28, 2015, 7:53 am

      || Shingo: Seriously, I thought this was a joke when I first read it. Is there no limit to Bibbi’s buffoonery? ||

      Apparently no stupid comment is too stupid for Bibi “King of all Jews” Netanyahu.

  26. piotr
    June 27, 2015, 8:17 pm

    I made another check using Google, and this is what I got:

    http://i0.wp.com/www.dairymoos.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/image.png

    Israeli cows are NUMBER TWO!!! And the number one is … tadah! … the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

    • Kay24
      June 28, 2015, 2:04 pm

      To think Beebs was sadly mistaken to think that even their cows are superior to others. What arrogance.

      He should have used a cartoon picture of a cow with a crown to go along with that boast.

  27. Marlene P. Newesri
    June 27, 2015, 8:46 pm

    This is yet another example of how Israel, Netanyahu and his ilk are so obsessed with Jews, Jewish and Judaism just as the Nazis were. There is no analogy between Jewish and Dutch or French, because Jews are not separate and apart from the nationalities they bear just as anyone else who may be Muslim, Christian, atheist, etc., which is why there are Dutch Jews and French Jews. Yet, in Israel, it does not work that way, and Jewish becomes nationality, religion, and even viewed as genetically distinct.

    Now a Jewish cow being the most superior in the world sounds something like the Nazis stating that Aryans were the most superior in the world. But wait a moment, we’re talking about “cows” here.

    So the huge irony is that the Nazis wanted perfect cows as well as perfect humans. As the article states below, which happened to have been published in a few newspapers back in January, the breed of cows was genetically modified to have a muscular physique and deadly horns. Thus, there was a superior “Aryan” cow of decades ago, and the present “Jewish” superior cow in all the world of today. I just wonder when the world will finally wake up to realize that this is two sides of the same hideous coin.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/british-farmer-forced-to-turn-half-his-murderous-herd-of-nazi-cows-into-sausages-9958988.html

  28. yonah fredman
    June 27, 2015, 10:25 pm

    I suppose bibi invited Onion type treatment. But I’m not sure that the comic dexterity of the writers here is up to the cause.

    • eljay
      June 28, 2015, 7:49 am

      || y.f.: I suppose bibi invited Onion type treatment. But I’m not sure that the comic dexterity of the writers here is up to the cause. ||

      You’re right: You’re not. ;-)

    • Marnie
      June 28, 2015, 8:36 am

      Please start your own website! I’m waiting with bated breath to laugh myself silly at the comic genius your site would no doubt display. I’m sure that it would cause the editors and writers at MW to sharpen up their game knowing you’d be a definite comedic threat! Now don’t you have some holy cows to milk?

      • Mooser
        June 28, 2015, 12:48 pm

        “Please start your own website!”

        You know, I can’t help wondering if Yonah (and the other ilks) would be quite the same lovable correspondents if the editor of this site was named, say “Phillip Whitaker” or “Phillip Williamson”? I don’t think so.

    • CigarGod
      June 28, 2015, 10:32 am

      Those who can’t laugh, criticize…right, YF?

      • eljay
        June 28, 2015, 8:49 pm

        || CigarGod: Those who can’t laugh, criticize…right, YF? ||

        I could be mistaken, but it seems very much as though y.f. was scoffing!

      • Marnie
        June 29, 2015, 12:11 am

        Call for Phillip Morris?

  29. just
    June 27, 2015, 11:10 pm

    “Stop the Knesset’s avalanche of racism

    A new bill designed to broaden the range of reasons used to disqualify candidates wishing to run for parliament is yet another assault on Israel’s embattled democracy.

    As if the unbridled attack by the deputy interior minister on the right of Israeli Arabs to be considered citizens weren’t enough, a further assault on their rights to vote or be elected to the Knesset is expected on Sunday.

    The Ministerial Committee for Legislation is expected to debate a bill proposed by MK Sharon Gal (Yisrael Beiteinu) designed to broaden the range of reasons used to disqualify candidates wishing to run for the Knesset. The proposal is to add an amendment to the current list of reasons (which includes denial of the state’s [Jewish] character, racism and support of an armed struggle against Israel), which will state that employing these reasons for disqualifying a candidate will no longer have to be based on implicit or explicit actions, but can in future be based on a candidate’s “expressions.”…

    The right to vote and be elected is a basic right in a democracy, and any violation of this right should be done sparingly and with extreme caution. In addition, as the proposer admits, this amendment will apply only to a limited minority population, blocking candidates coming from its ranks. A democracy is not possible without a representation of minorities and criticism of government policies. Gal’s proposal threatens to violate these basic democratic principles.

    The government, most of whose members remained silent during the ugly outburst by MK Yaron Mazuz (Likud) at the Knesset, has an opportunity to repair to some extent the damage caused last week by rejecting this proposal out of hand.”

    http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/1.663322

    Let it all hang out. An “udderly superior” ‘democracy’!

    Moo-re please.

    • Marnie
      June 29, 2015, 12:13 am

      It figures. Every time the Palestinians play by their rules, they change the rules. Every damn time. And then complain they have no peace partner. Where is justice?

  30. Phan Nguyen
    June 28, 2015, 12:35 am

    In what can only be viewed as a direct appeal to Bronies, the old Israeli Ministry of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs used to have a website that highlighted Israeli claims to magical cows and purple carrots. A cached version of the website can be found here:

    https://web.archive.org/web/20100929202027/http://masbirim.gov.il/eng/i_agriculture.html

    The website was meant to “arm” Israeli citizens traveling abroad “with information … to present a more realistic image of Israel to the world.” It even laid claim to colored bell peppers as an “Israeli invention.”

    • Elisabeth
      June 29, 2015, 2:45 am

      Thanks Phan. That website is great fun. I loved this one:

      “What’s more, Israeli cows produce 40% less methane gas than that produced by cows in other nations. The lower emission has environmental significance, as methane gas is considered the principle contributor to global warming. ”

      Israeli cows do not fart?

  31. iResistDe4iAm
    June 28, 2015, 1:21 am

    In the first 64 years of Israel’s existence, Arab farmers were excluded from the Israeli regulated state quota system.

    In 2012, 12 Palestinian Israeli dairy farmers and 24 poultry farmers received state quotas to sell milk and eggs on the regulated market.

    However, the permits allocated to the Palestinian Israeli farmers are still symbolic quantities, accounting for a mere 0.02% of the country’s annual milk production and 0.03% of all eggs.

    One farming policy for Jewish Israelis, a different farming policy for non-Jewish Israelis = Israeli apartheid
    http://www.haaretz.com/business/israeli-arab-farmers-brought-into-state-quota-system-for-first-time-1.419454

  32. jon s
    June 28, 2015, 1:35 am

    The Torah portion of the week, read last shabbat, includes the topic of the red heifer.(Numbers, chap.19)

    • Marnie
      June 28, 2015, 8:37 am

      Fascinating.

    • talknic
      June 28, 2015, 10:12 am

      Thanks for that reminder Jon s …. Seems none of us have been clean for long over 2,000 years …

    • Mooser
      June 28, 2015, 11:29 am

      “The Torah portion of the week, read last shabbat, includes the topic of the red heifer.(Numbers, chap.19)”

      Keep your eyes peeled, “Jon s”. And keep pimpin’ baby! Maybe you will be the one to sight the sacred cow!

  33. bryan
    June 28, 2015, 2:44 am

    Looks like I now have to boycott water and milk. Please tell me the Israelis did not invent whisky.

  34. amigo
    June 28, 2015, 6:41 am

    “The Torah portion of the week, read last shabbat, includes the topic of the red heifer.(Numbers, chap.19)” .Jon s

    Can you recommend something in the “non fiction” area.

    • Mooser
      June 28, 2015, 12:57 pm

      “Can you recommend something in the “non fiction” area.”

      Every time I consider that “Jon s” teaches children, I shudder. Why, I bet “Jon s” tells Israeli children:

      “In Israel there’s a rising tide of racism , xenophobia and anti-democratic tendencies, especially (though not exclusively) among the Orthodox Jews.” – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/profile/jon-s?keyword=Orthodox#sthash.TQ516tDc.dpuf

      And why wouldn’t he tell them that, after all, as he says:

      “I’m non-Orthodox, and left-wing” See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/profile/jon-s?keyword=Orthodox#sthash.TQ516tDc.dpuf

      I’m starting to get very concerned about this blame-the-Orthodox trend! Where oh where has my precious Tribal Unity gone? It must be herd!

      • amigo
        June 28, 2015, 4:05 pm

        “Every time I consider that “Jon s” teaches children, I shudder. Why, I bet “Jon s” tells Israeli children: ” Mooser.

        “Where oh where has my precious Tribal Unity gone? It must be herd! ” Mooser

        Are you saying Jon S is teaching Arabs and Jews. That might explain where all your TU went.The Arab students are stealing it and intend to share it with Abbas and Hamas to strengthen PTU.

        About all that orthodox stuff , I quit reading it when I got to the part about going to jail for refusing to give the wife a gett.Too funny.Most guys give it all away just to gett the hell as far away as possible.

      • Mooser
        June 28, 2015, 5:29 pm

        I don’t know, “amigo”, it’s nothing more than feeling, but I am getting downright uncomfortable about how much the Orthodox are being singled out.

    • bryan
      June 28, 2015, 1:57 pm

      Surely it’s not beyond the capability of geneticists to develop a blue and white cow rather than the black and white monstrosity shown in the photo?

      • Mooser
        June 29, 2015, 3:49 pm

        “Surely it’s not beyond the capability of geneticists to develop a blue and white cow “

        Why, so people could say they look bluish? The heck with blue cows! It’s vermillion, rubicund, roseate or to put it plainly a RED cow we need to see.

      • RoHa
        June 29, 2015, 10:51 pm

        Not interested. But, unlike Gelett Burgess, I would like to see a purple cow.

        Though not be one.

      • Mooser
        June 30, 2015, 11:40 am

        “I would like to see a purple cow.”

        Now, that would be a cow of a different color!

  35. Kay24
    June 28, 2015, 7:42 am

    Booby is an udderly stupid bull in a China shop. The bovine that sees red everywhere.

    He is known for wanting the equally stupid strays in the herd to graze in pastures belonging to others taking over acres of lands.

  36. just
    June 28, 2015, 8:25 am

    As outrageous as this PM and his cabinet are, Zionist Union is a huge part of the problem according to Gideon Levy:

    “Zionist Union: Likud’s shameful little helper

    The government can rely on a solid majority of 85 Knesset members. True, at first glance the coalition of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seems to command a bare majority of 61 seats. But the experience of recent weeks shows that Netanyahu has others upon whom he can count. Zionist Union has been by his side on nearly every test, and he doesn’t even need to give its members cabinet positions. They are ingratiating, obedient and submissive even without them.

    Most also identify with Netanyahu’s political path. When it comes to Gaza, Iran, the approach of a flotilla seeking to break the blockade and the boycott campaign, “there is no coalition or opposition,” as Zionist Union chairman Isaac Herzog says.

    In other words, there is no Zionist Union. There is only unity – sometimes more Likud than Likud. Problems over controversial Likud MK Oren Hazan? Netanyahu can count on his patron.

    Taking actor-director Oded Kotler to task for his anti-Likud comments? Boycotting a movie about Yigal Amir? Zionist Union falls into line. Scrapping a Knesset committee to examine the plight of foreign workers, because “they’re not a story anymore”? Extending the Citizenship Law, which is a disgrace to the country’s legislation? Zionist Union is there, a dishonorary member of the country’s most right-wing, nationalist coalition.

    The curse that’s been hanging over Israeli politics for generations is now causing maximum damage, as the right hits new heights in its recklessness. The conduct of Zionist Union when it comes to the extension of the Citizenship Law, which bars Palestinian spouses of Israeli Arabs from receiving Israeli citizenship or residency, marks a new low.

    The conduct of the party’s MKs, who left the parliament chambers during the vote – purportedly protesting but, in practice, as cover for their shame – must be acknowledged as a formative moment. It’s the moment when Zionist Union voters must renounce their elected representatives.

    You need to remember what your representatives have done in the vote on this scandalous law, which wouldn’t have been passed in any other democracy in the world. Think how such a ban would have been perceived if it had been imposed on Jews freely marrying in any other country.

    Remember how they ran away, those MKs of yours. Two days before the United States – a conservative and religious country – fully legalized same-sex marriage, members of the opposition in Israel supported a ban that prevents a fifth of the Israeli population from marrying as they wish. And this opposition pretends to represent the moderate and enlightened in society. …

    … They have all been scattered to the winds by the abominable spirit of their party. And in the face of this void, a new ideological leader is ascending: Itzik Shmuli – Zionist Union’s equivalent of Likud’s Yaron Mazuz.

    Over the weekend, Shmuli complained that his party is “not sufficiently condemning the Gaza flotilla.” Yes, that’s what’s lacking, one more condemnation of “the terror flotilla.” That’s what there’s an opposition for. That’s what we have Shmuli for – as if Mazuz, who called on Arab MKs to give back their Israeli citizenship, were not enough.

    The curse of the Labor Party (which, along with Hatnuah, morphed into Zionist Union) is long and continuing. For generations, it has permitted too many Israelis to feel good about themselves, voting for the “Zionist left” while being nationalist and right-wing. By its very existence, this party has blocked the growth of an alternative to it. Its unceasing shift to the right – the yearning to be like the right, not to be identified with controversial positions and to blur its stance – began during Shimon Peres’ time, and maybe even before that.

    The excuse is always the same: Elect us, and then afterward you’ll see. This “afterward” never comes. Now the party, which has changed its name but not its substance, is writing another chapter in its dynasty of shame. The right, drunk with power as never before, is landing punches on democracy and leveling blows on the remnants of justice. In the face of this, we have Zionist Union and Yesh Atid – which is portrayed as a fighting opposition as if its leader, Yair Lapid, were a local version of Che Guevara.”

    http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.663293

    It’s “udderly” fascinating to watch this implosion. Any ‘delegitimization’ belongs to Israel itself.

    • just
      June 28, 2015, 8:51 am

      Now for some words from America’s ‘ally’:

      “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that western concessions to Iran over its nuclear program were increasing, two days before the deadline was to expire for a deal between the P5+1 world powers and the Islamic Republic.

      “We are now witnessing a stark retreat from the red lines that the world powers set themselves only recently and publicly,” Netanyahu told ministers at the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem.

      Netanyahu added that there was no reason to hurry to sign the deal with Iran, which he said was “getting worse by the day.” He said that it was still not too late to insist on the demands that would prevent Iran from arming itself with a nuclear weapon and gain mass sums of money which he claimed would help it expand its regional aggressions. …

      …Netanyahu told ministers that in a U.S. State Department report released a few days ago, Iran was listed at the top of the world’s human rights violators. “All claims made within the international community about how [Hassan] Rohani’s election [as president] changed the character of the Iranian regime are firmly answered by this report,” Netanyahu said.

      He added that another State Department report, also released a few days ago, proved that Iran was escalating its involvement in terror activities. “Despite these reports, the talks are continuing as usual,” Netanyahu said. “There are no demands being made by the powers to change Iran’s behavior, and they are completely ignoring its violations.””

      http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.663356

      1) There’s a reason that Israel is not at the table.

      2) Are they spying again?

      3) Just because the US State Department didn’t list Israel at the tippy- top of “human rights violators” doesn’t mean that they don’t reign supreme.

      “There are no demands being made by the powers to change Iran’s behavior, and they are completely ignoring its violations.”

      Substitute Israel for Iran and it rings true.

  37. hophmi
    June 28, 2015, 9:13 am

    So much fun watching Mondoweissers lose it over this. Thanks for the amusement. Rotflmfao.

    • Marnie
      June 28, 2015, 10:50 am

      You’re welcome.
      ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOP –

      • just
        June 28, 2015, 11:01 am

        LOL, Marnie!

    • Mooser
      June 28, 2015, 11:33 am

      “Rotflmfao.”

      As usual, you got it wrong, and are unnecessarily coarse into the bargain. It’s “ROTFLMSJAO!”

      Which is: Rolling-on-th-floor-laughing-my-skinny-Jewish-ass-off! Try and get it right.

      • Kay24
        June 28, 2015, 7:40 pm

        That is a good description, Mooser.

  38. CigarGod
    June 28, 2015, 10:02 am

    The “Computerized Cow” is the Tipping Point, for me.
    The invasions, slaughters and occupations have all been worth it. We are great, but we can be greater. I think we have the opportunity for a win/win on the horizon. We should build cattle chutes from Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and start The Return of Palestinians into our computerized feedlots, so we can chip ’em and milk ’em. Our prosperity and innovation ideology has been proven to be a good trade-off for enslavement…as The Great Pharoh learned, for it is we Jews who built the greatest monuments the world has ever known. I propose we place the Computerized Cow on our flag, but let there be placed upon her noble face…a Moshe eye patch.

  39. Abu Malia
    June 28, 2015, 11:43 am

    Somewhere in the East African Rift Valley a Massaai chieftain is furiously banging his rungu (walking stick and defensive weapon in one) after reading this travesty. Well, why, everyone knows the best, happiest and most productive cowes belong to the Massaai tribe.

    In fact, the Massaai’s creation myth itself states the first Massaai came down from the heavens with a gift from God – yes you guessed it, it was a cow, the first ever in the world. The Massaai is chosen by God to be the owners of the most superior cows in the known (and unknown) universe.

    I spent two years in my early teens in a boarding school deep in Massaai territory and i assure you the Massaai, unlike the clearly delusional Jews of Zionist persuasion, know that a myth is a myth.

    • CigarGod
      June 28, 2015, 11:52 am

      Okay, but how many cows did hophmi and jon s fathers have to offer…to get them married off?

    • Shmuel
      June 28, 2015, 12:44 pm

      Well, why, everyone knows the best, happiest and most productive cowes belong to the Massaai tribe.

      Netanyahu never said “Jewish” cows were happy.

  40. Shmuel
    June 28, 2015, 12:43 pm

    Since when is making a cow give inordinate amounts of milk a good thing? Kolkhoz meets market economy meets chauvinism meets dairy hasbara (whitewashing?).

  41. Liz18
    June 28, 2015, 12:45 pm

    The title of this piece is priceless! “Udderly:” love it!

  42. just
    June 28, 2015, 6:42 pm

    This is “udderly” surreal!

    *warning: don’t take a sip of liquid prior to reading*:

    “PM Netanyahu’s Letter to the #FreedomFlotilla of Fools

    Prime Minister Netanyahu has penned a letter to be delivered to the Flotilla to Gaza activists, presumably to be handed to them as they are being towed to port.

    Israel has made it clear that the Flotilla will not be allowed to reach Gaza directly by sea, but can land in Israel, …

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu writes:
    Welcome to Israel!
    It seems you got lost. Perhaps you meant to sail to a place not far from here – Syria. There the Assad regime slaughters his people every day with the support of the murderous Iranian regime.

    Despite that, here in Israel we are dealing with a situation where terror organizations, such as Hamas, are attempting to harm innocent civilians. Against attempts like these we are defending the citizens of Israel in accordance with international law.

    Despite that, Israel assists with the transport of humanitarian supplies to Gaza – 800 truckloads a day, more than 1.6 million tons of supplies this past year. The equivalent of 1 ton per resident of Gaza.

    By the way, the volume of equipment that has been sent from Israel to Gaza is more than 500,000 times larger than the your boats that you are arriving on.

    Israel assists in hundreds of humanitarian projects via international organization including the establishment of medical clinics and hospitals.

    But we are not willing to allow in weapons to the terrorist organizations in Gaza, as they have tried to do in the past, by sea.

    Just a year ago, we stopped an attempt to bring in hundreds of weapons by sea, that were meant to harm innocent civilians.

    There’s no closure on Gaza, and you are welcome to to transport, via Israel, any humanitarian supplies.

    The sea blockade is in accordance with international law, and has received backing from the UN Secretary General.

    If human rights were truly important to you, you wouldn’t be sailing in solidarity with a terror regime that executes, without trial, residents of Gaza, and uses the children of Gaza as human shields.

    If you were to come to Israel you would be able to be impressed by the only democracy in the Middle East that is concerned with equality for all its citizens, and freedom of religion for all faiths. A state that operates in accordance with international law in order to provide its residents a secure life and its children to grow up in peace and serenity.”

    http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/pm-netanyahus-letter-to-the-freedomflotilla-of-fools/2015/06/29/

    • CigarGod
      June 28, 2015, 7:06 pm

      Do you think he is “in the bubble” and has no idea what he’s saying?

      • just
        June 28, 2015, 7:09 pm

        I honestly don’t know, CigarGod…it’s never anything good or true.

        Either that or he has a similarly intellectually dishonest script/speechwriter.

      • CigarGod
        June 28, 2015, 7:12 pm

        He repeats the same drivel our resident zionists spew.
        That’s truly scary.

      • just
        June 28, 2015, 7:31 pm

        I said it above and I’ll say it again:

        “He’s the King and Chief purveyor of Hasbara!

        It emanates from the top down, and is characterized by the lack of critical thinking.

      • amigo
        June 29, 2015, 10:04 am

        “He’s the King and Chief purveyor of Hasbara! ” Just

        A sort of “Trickle down Hasbara”.

    • CigarGod
      June 29, 2015, 10:00 am

      After a couple days of reflection…I think he understands the awesome power of myth…but the greater power of Myth Creator.

  43. just
    June 28, 2015, 8:26 pm

    “Marianne called at 1:06 CET: 3 boats, the closest beeing 500 m away. They have identified themselves as Israeli military. #NextPortGaza”

    https://twitter.com/ShiptoGazaSE/status/615297712611831808

    and, in other news that I’ve never seen before in my life:

    “Jerusalem judge takes word of Palestinian over that of Israeli army, cops, settlers
    East Jerusalem resident acquitted on assault charges from April 2009 after judge convinced that police, soldiers, settlers gave false accounts of events.”

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/israel/.premium-1.663467?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

    There’s always a first time…6 years later.

  44. just
    June 28, 2015, 10:54 pm

    So, the IOF and Netanyahu captured Marianne.

    Watch these youtube video shorts by the good people of Marianne (obviously taped in advance of the illegal seizure of the trawler in international waters)

  45. Shmuel
    June 29, 2015, 2:40 am

    ‘Jewish cow’ is udderly superior to all other cows in the world, Netanyahu says

    Which just goes to show (as every Yiddishe cow knows) that alts iz nisht buter vos komt arois fun der ku.

    • Mooser
      June 29, 2015, 11:08 am

      Which just goes to show (as every Yiddishe cow knows) that “alts iz nisht buter vos komt arois fun der ku.

      Shmuel! Please! Not in front of the children! You want they should start talking like that?

  46. RobertHenryEller
    June 29, 2015, 7:25 am

    Did the cows convert to Judaism voluntarily, or were they coerced? Are they orthodox, conservative or reform cows? Are they Likud or Labor Cows? Do they read Jerusalem Post, or Ha’aretz?

    • Mooser
      June 29, 2015, 11:12 am

      “Are they orthodox, conservative or reform cows?”

      And it’s good and goddam time we started making those distinctions! Frankly, I’m all in favor of tribal unity, but I have no intention of taking the rap for what some other religion does.

  47. Anatpick
    June 29, 2015, 9:12 am

    The ridiculousness of Netanyahu’s comment aside, a little intersectionality wouldn’t hurt when considering Israel’s various, interlocking forms of oppression. And by the way, cows are no more Israeli than they are Jewish. They have their own social and familial structures, violently suppressed by the intensive farming practices that bring them into existence for the sole purpose of using and killing them.

    As a generally thoughtful social justice platform, I would hope that Mondoweiss would be open to thinking not only across nationalities, ethnicities, and religions, but across species too.

    Here are a few details on the “Jewish industry” that Netanyahu is praising:

    Most dairy products in Israel are produced by Tnuva Food Industries. More than 50% of Tnuva is currently owned by China’s Bright Food (Group) Co., Ltd. Israel consumes a lot of dairy: some 180 liters a year per capita. Cow’s milk and dairy products like cheese and yoghurt account for 10% of Israel’s agricultural production. By speaking of computerized cows, Netanyahu is referring to the dubious fact that dairy cows in Israel are “zero-grazing” and intensively farmed. This means they never leave the enclosed facilities in which they are kept, and are fed on an artificial food mixture called total mixed ration (TMR). This is cost effective and technologically advanced. It is also immensely oppressive for the cows.

    Female cows are repeatedly, forcibly, artificially inseminated using seamen forcibly extracted from bulls. Calves are immediately removed from their mothers and either slaughtered for meat, or raised to become dairy cows, perpetuating the interminable cycle of insemination, lactation, milking, and killing. From insemination to slaughter, cows are controlled by the hi-tech feeding, milking, and monitoring systems that Netanyahu is so proud of, systems that collect and transmit data on individual cows, measuring all of the cow’s activities to increase productivity.

    Where are the intersections? Although comparing the treatment of animals to the treatment of humans is obviously a delicate affair, it’s important to see the structural similarities between the two. Over the years, Israel has been developing a hi-tech occupation apparatus, monitoring, surveilling, and computerizing the oppression of Palestinians. Gaza is a fine example of the organised manner in which the occupation is “refined” through military, scientific, and political means. Simply dismissing one form of mass oppression over another due to species affiliation won’t do. I’d expect from a conscious and conscientious collection of writers and journalists like Mondoweiss to take these matters seriously. The problem is not that Netanyahu is extending his Jewish exceptionalism to animal agriculture, claiming cows to be Jewish, but that animal agriculture itself is an oppressive illustration of human exceptionalism, identical in structure to the Jewish exceptionalism of the Israeli state.

    • just
      June 29, 2015, 9:25 am

      Anatpick~ thank you for your really great and thought- provoking post!

      I hope that you stick around…

    • CigarGod
      June 29, 2015, 9:35 am

      A perfectly stated horror.
      The religion of efficiency and prosperity.

    • Annie Robbins
      June 29, 2015, 10:24 am

      Where are the intersections? Although comparing the treatment of animals to the treatment of humans is obviously a delicate affair, it’s important to see the structural similarities between the two.

      those cattle chutes and turnstiles palestinians are routinely forced to endure …. along with the extensive database documented in the gatekeepers documentary. and the way they document and keep records of all the children they imprison, interrogate and torture. the intersections are endless.

      • CigarGod
        June 29, 2015, 10:28 am

        Which is why we must boycott the products extracted from the prison society.

    • amigo
      June 29, 2015, 10:39 am

      Anatpick, here in Ireland , some of our farmers are engaging in “Zero Grazing ” methods but this is only implemented for 5 months of the year, Oct to Feb , during which time the grass is cut and brought to the cows who are housed in covered buildings.The rest of the year they are free to graze out in the fields and are brought home to be milked.In some cases , they are able to go , at will directly to the milking parlour and be milked by robots.This is supposed to reduce the stress on the cows versus being milked at set times.They pop in , get milked and head back out to graze some more.It should be said , that this is only possible where the farmer has sufficient grazing areas adjacent to his /her milking facilities.More and more farmers are trying to achieve this by implementing “Land swaps”.

      There are rogue farmers in every society but I like to think that most Irish farmers do care about the welfare of their stock.

      The zero grazing program was introduced in Ireland in 2007 under EU rules which seek to reduce seepage of harmful chemicals into the nations water table.

      This is a far cry from what goes on in Israel , where as you say the animals are closed in all year and force fed unnatural food stuff.

      • CigarGod
        June 29, 2015, 10:52 am

        Wander in whenever they feel like it and are milked by robots. Very interesting. Can’t help seeing the humour. Do the robots look like little calves? Yes, I’m thinking of the Woody Allen movie.

      • catalan
        June 29, 2015, 11:02 am

        “Maybe because the Russians have not built monuments to their suffering in every…” Giles
        They build them in Russia, which is where most Russians live.
        Seeing how much these Holocaust memorials upset you is sufficient evidence in my mind of their necessity.

      • catalan
        June 29, 2015, 11:03 am

        Amigo is in full patriotic mode, standing up for Irish farmers. Next, the chapter on the humaneness of Irish butchers.

      • amigo
        June 29, 2015, 12:05 pm

        “Wander in whenever they feel like it and are milked by robots “CG

        “All jokes aside, robotic milking is easing the workload of Irish dairy farmers

        A cow wanders into a stall, is scanned by a laser and milked without any farmer present. It may read like the start of a joke, but in fact is reality for many Irish dairy farmers, thanks to robotic milking systems.

        The robotic milking system can milk cows at any time without the need for a farmer to be present. Farmers are free to do accounts, work the fields or even run another business.

        Cows choose when to be milked and the data is recorded by the robot which can be accessed remotely by computer or mobile device. Farmers can thus check the health and performance of their herd .” Irish Times.

        http://www.irishtimes.com/business/agribusiness-and-food/did-you-hear-the-one-about-the-self-milking-cows-1.1251297

      • CigarGod
        June 29, 2015, 12:16 pm

        Im amazed. Grew up milking goats and cows the ancient way.

    • piotr
      June 29, 2015, 11:09 am

      After checking, it seems that no-grazing is predominant in USA, Israel and Saudi Arabia, and if anything, there is no particular benefit to it except in places where good grazing pastures are scarce. Digesting grass is healthier for cows, but it is somewhat slower, so you get somewhat smaller amount of milk per cow. Israel and Saudi Arabia probably have no grazing pastures whatsoever, both would save a big bundle by importing milk.

    • Mooser
      June 29, 2015, 11:22 am

      “As a generally thoughtful social justice platform, I would hope that Mondoweiss would be open to thinking not only across nationalities, ethnicities, and religions, but across species too.”

      You don’t need to worry. I’ve been here for years and almost everybody is very kind and understanding. Even when I’m in a rut they put up with me.

      I kissed a cow once. I’ll never forget it, she raised her lips to mine and stood on tip-toe, raising one shapely calf behind her.

      • amigo
        June 29, 2015, 2:07 pm

        “I kissed a cow once. I’ll never forget it, she raised her lips to mine and stood on tip-toe, raising one shapely calf behind her.” Mooser.

        Thou shalt not covet your neighbours cow , especially with her daughter looking on.

      • Mooser
        June 30, 2015, 11:43 am

        “Thou shalt not covet your neighbours cow “

        Nor his ass, or so my Bible tells me.

  48. NickJOCW
    June 29, 2015, 9:46 am

    A Germanic people who worshipped Mother Earth would take her image hither and yon in a chariot drawn by female cattle. (Tacitus’ Germania, XL) Perhaps he has his eye on something like that?

  49. Kris
    June 29, 2015, 10:17 am

    @Anatpick:

    The problem is not that Netanyahu is extending his Jewish exceptionalism to animal agriculture, claiming cows to be Jewish, but that animal agriculture itself is an oppressive illustration of human exceptionalism, identical in structure to the Jewish exceptionalism of the Israeli state.

    Unless we want this planet to become uninhabitable, we have to stop eating meat . Once again, Israel promotes the way to destruction.

    Curbing the world’s huge and increasing appetite for meat is essential to avoid devastating climate change, according to a new report. But governments and green campaigners are doing nothing to tackle the issue due to fears of a consumer backlash, warns the analysis from the thinktank Chatham House.

    The global livestock industry produces more greenhouse gas emissions than all cars, planes, trains and ships combined, but a worldwide survey by Ipsos MORI in the report finds twice as many people think transport is the bigger contributor to global warming.

    http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/dec/03/eating-less-meat-curb-climate-change

    Not only is the factory farming that Netanyahu promotes killing our planet, it is abusive and cruel. Nothing to be proud of, at all.

  50. Katie Miranda
    June 29, 2015, 4:04 pm

    What would the human race do if we didn’t have Netanyahu and Israel to help us drink water ?

    • amigo
      June 29, 2015, 4:21 pm

      “What would the human race do if we didn’t have Netanyahu and Israel to help us drink water ? Kate Miranda

      Drink milk from Jewish cows.

      It,s the very best.

  51. amigo
    June 29, 2015, 4:13 pm

    Well , whaddya know, Now we have Biblical sheep trying to make aliyah after 3000 years in the diaspora.But these are going to the Syrian Heights.

    “A Jewish Canadian couple is on a mission to shepherd a hefty flock of biblical sheep across the world and return them to their native home in the Land of Israel.

    Gil and Jenna Lewinsky, the proprietors of 80 “Jacob Sheep,” are trying to bring the animals from their Vancouver home to their place of origin some 3,000 years ago. The Lewinskys and their supporters have launched the Friends of Jacob Sheep organization, through which they intend to establish a heritage park for the sheep in the Golan Heights. “JP

    Apparently the Golan is in Israel.

    http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Canadian-couple-aiming-to-bring-biblical-Jacob-Sheep-to-Israel-407499

    Probably produce the best wool in the world.

    • Annie Robbins
      June 29, 2015, 4:58 pm

      LOL!!!

      • just
        June 29, 2015, 7:52 pm

        Here’s another one that made me peal with laughter:

        “Report: Netanyahu ‘smuggled’ to medical appointments in disguised vans
        Shortly before and after March elections, prime minister was taken to appointments in disguised pita delivery van and pest-control van.

        Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was “smuggled” to medical appointments in disguised vans shortly before and after elections.

        Netanyahu, 65, in both cases had routine prostate examinations that found “nothing uncharacteristic for a man of his age.”

        In the first instance, shortly before the March 17 elections, he was transported to Mayanei Hayeshua Medical Center, a ultra-Orthodox hospital in the Tel Aviv suburb of Bnei Brak, in what appeared to be a pita delivery van, Israel’s Channel 2 reported.

        Shortly after the vote, Netanyahu was taken in a disguised pest-control van, with his security guards dressed as pest controllers around the vehicle.”

        http://www.haaretz.com/news/israel/1.663643?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

        It’s SO weird. Pita and pests and prostates…..oh my!

  52. Kay24
    June 29, 2015, 4:45 pm

    For those interested watch live United Church of Christ (UCC) 2015 General Synod in Cleveland, calling on the church to divest from occupation, boycott settlement products, support church advocacy against unconditional U.S. military aid to Israel, and more.

    http://synod.uccpages.org/live.html

    • amigo
      June 29, 2015, 4:50 pm

      “For those interested watch live United Church of Christ (UCC) 2015 General Synod in Cleveland, ” Kay 24

      Thnks , will try tomorrow. Download is super slow.

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