Levy says BDS may undo Israeli denial and propaganda– even as Lapid calls it Hamas’s ‘puppet’

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Further signs of the crisis in Israel’s international reputation. Yair Lapid is the former Israeli finance minister and the head of a centrist party called There is a Future (Yesh Atid) and is supposedly sophisticated, in the Israeli frame anyway.

And lest you underestimate Israel’s enemies, Lapid also said this:

Lapid spoke in New York at a synagogue on Saturday and called on Diaspora Jews to support Israel in its fight against BDS. Sheldon Adelson and Haim Saban will show up; but how many young Jews?

Not if they’re reading Gideon Levy. He had a stunning column about BDS in Haaretz yesterday saying all the propaganda attacks on BDS aren’t fooling anyone except the Israelis themselves. They are disconnected from reality:

The policy of denial and disconnection from reality is rising to a dangerous level, and the illness is getting worse. When the world starts to show encouraging signs of stirring to action, Israel further entrenches itself in its imaginary reality and erects more and more separation barriers for itself. Israel seems to think that what worked well in its society and succeeded in almost totally wiping out all consciousness and awareness, will work just as well in the rest of the world.

And Levy credits BDS as a campaign aimed at implementing justice and international law:

It’s only to be expected when facing a worldwide campaign aimed at implementing justice and international law: the stage of denial, of repression and clinging to the false, nearly magical belief that if Israel will just explain its position better and invest the appropriate resources, everything will be fine. In other words, Israel continues to think that the world is dumb (and Israel is smart).

Propaganda has replaced policy-making for Israelis, and it’s coming to an end:

You can blame the Palestinians for everything and obscure the simple fact that this brutal occupation is Israeli. You can tell the world that it all belongs to us because the Bible says so and believe that anyone will take you seriously. You can be sure that the memory of the Holocaust will serve us forever, and justify any injustice.

Of course, it won’t work indefinitely. It hasn’t worked in any country in history, no matter how strong and well-established, not even in the mightiest empires. Justice always triumphs in the end, even if very belatedly. And justice says that Israel cannot continue to tyrannize another people forever, even if Haim Saban himself lends his support.

Saban, who supports Hillary Clinton, is one of the backers of the anti-BDS conference in Vegas this weekend.

Thanks to Scott Roth.

 

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  1. Kris
    June 7, 2015, 12:44 pm

    Gideon Levy:

    Israel seems to think that what worked well in its society and succeeded in almost totally wiping out all consciousness and awareness, will work just as well in the rest of the world.

    This wiping out of consciousness and awareness does work. The brother of a Jewish friend of mine “returned” to Israel (the family was from Poland and then the U.S.) around 30 years ago. He developed Parkinson’s disease and required a live-in caregiver, which Israel provided. The caregiver was from the Phillipines.

    The caregiver had a wife and young children; at least they were young when he started working for my friend’s brother. For the next 20 years, this man got to visit his family in the Phillipines for three weeks, once a year.

    My friend had been quite active in the Civil Rights movement in the 1960’s. So when she told me that this Phillipino was “one of the family,” I laughed out loud. She was quite offended when I said that where I grew up in Texas, all the black servants were “one of the family,” though of course we whites wouldn’t have allowed any actual members of our families to be treated the way they were.

    I asked if if would be acceptable for any other members of her family to be able to visit their children and wives only once a year; she could find nothing to say.

    • Citizen
      June 7, 2015, 6:22 pm

      My Jewish wife’s immediate family had an ancient black maid, whom they thought they treated like a member of the family too. I won’t bore anyone with what I saw over the years since Kris makes the point well.

  2. just
    June 7, 2015, 1:04 pm

    Thank you for highlighting Levy’s brilliant column, Phil. By doing so, I hope it gets the widest distribution possible because it deserves it. People need to read Levy in order to get the truth. He’s a tenacious and eloquent truth- teller, but this one particular column is, as you wrote, “stunning”.

    One can only shake one’s head ruefully and/or laugh @ “Yair Lapid says BDS movement is “A puppet operated by Hamas and Islamic Jihad””. Doesn’t he know that the expiration date is ‘way past’ on that Israeli export? That can is bulging at the seams~ intelligent/informed folks know better than to buy it, never mind to consume it!

    Haaretz cartoon today about hasbara:

    http://www.haaretz.com/daily-cartoon/1.659977

  3. just
    June 7, 2015, 5:20 pm

    Lapid gets even more extreme:

    “Yair Lapid: BDS leaders are ‘out and out anti-Semites’

    Speaking at the JPost Conference in New York, the Yesh Atid leader equates the boycott movement’s activities with Palestinian mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini’s collaboration with the Nazis.

    … He describes BDS supporters in the West as “bleeding heart, so-called intellectuals who have no idea who they really serve.” And he believes that BDS leaders are “out and out anti-Semites.”

    Speaking at the Jerusalem Post Conference in New York and a separate briefing for reporters, Lapid disagreed with Opposition Leader Yitzhak Herzog’s claim that the policies of the Netanyahu government have played a role in the strength of BDS. He said that their motivation is anti-Israeli and anti-Jewish, and drew a direct line between their activities and World War II Palestinian mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini’s collaboration with the Nazis, including his visit with Adolf Eichmann at Auschwitz.

    Lapid attacked “extreme leftist” Israeli groups, such as Breaking the Silence, accusing them of aiding BDS. He said that Israeli should “go to the Europeans, we should go to American campuses and ask them ‘do you understand that you are not supporting the liberation of the oppressed, but are cheering for the people and values that brought 9/11 to this country. You are supporting people that kill gays and suppress women.’”

    Lapid called for a regional summit of the Arab League that would assist the “weak leadership”: on both the Israeli and Palestinian to reach a 2-State solution.”

    http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/jewish-world-news/.premium-1.660102?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

    Hasbara 101 on steroids. It’s a feeding frenzy! Can you smell the flop sweat/desperation?

    ho-hum.

    • Kris
      June 7, 2015, 8:27 pm

      Lapid:

      we should go to American campuses and ask them ‘do you understand that you are not supporting the liberation of the oppressed, but are cheering for the people and values that brought 9/11 to this country.

      This might not be such a good idea for the Zionists to bring up, given the many conspiracy theories around 9/11 that feature the “dancing Mossad operatives.” Just saying.

      • just
        June 7, 2015, 8:30 pm

        Interestingly:

        “The Israeli newspaper Ma’ariv on Wednesday reported that Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu told an audience at Bar Ilan university that the September 11, 2001 terror attacks had been beneficial for Israel.

        “Report: Netanyahu says 9/11 terror attacks good for Israel

        “We are benefiting from one thing, and that is the attack on the Twin Towers and Pentagon, and the American struggle in Iraq,” Ma’ariv quoted the former prime minister as saying. He reportedly added that these events “swung American public opinion in our favor.”

        Netanyahu reportedly made the comments during a conference at Bar-Ilan University on the division of Jerusalem as part of a peace deal with the Palestinians.”…

        http://www.haaretz.com/news/report-netanyahu-says-9-11-terror-attacks-good-for-israel-1.244044

        “reportedly”, eh?

        What kind of ‘ally’ says that kind of thing?

      • bilal a
        June 7, 2015, 9:04 pm

        Interesting that the HQ of anti-BDS efforts is a city built by alien gangsters peddling Vice .

        Siegel accompanied Moe Sedway to Las Vegas in 1941, and while Sedway went about setting up local sports betting by telegraph for the Syndicate on the East Coast, Bugsy hung out in the fledgling cowboy casinos on U.S. 91. There, he met Billy Wilkerson, a California nightclub owner, who had run out of money trying to build a ritzy resort that would be called the Flamingo. For $1 million, Siegel bought Wilkerson out and completed the project in late 1946, aided by additional funds from Syndicate boss Meyer Lansky.

        When cost overruns, casino losses and poor marketing showed up on the balance sheets in 1947, Siegel was unceremoniously gunned down in Beverly Hills. Lansky sent Gus Greenbaum, Joe Rosenberg and “Icepick Willie” Alderman to take over operations of the Flamingo and soon the money was flowing in.

        http://begado.legitimatecasino.com/vegas-gangsters/

      • RobertHenryEller
        June 8, 2015, 9:30 am

        Why bring up conspiracy theories about 9/11?

        Isn’t documented Israeli support for the invasion, occupation and destruction of Iraq enough? Isn’t the documented U.S. Zionist neo-con promotion of the invasion, occupation and destruction of Iraq enough?

        Which did more damage to the U.S.? 9/11 or the Iraq invasion?

        America’s “only true allies” in the Middle East?

    • Talkback
      June 10, 2015, 5:20 am

      Lapid is an antisemite by conflating Israel and Jews as such. Actually all Hasbarists who are trying to demonize and delegitimize actions or critic against Israel by pulling the antisemitism card spread this form of antisemitism.

      • eljay
        June 10, 2015, 8:32 am

        || Talkback: Lapid is an antisemite by conflating Israel and Jews as such. ||

        Zio-supremacists like JeffB take it a step further by anti-Semitically asserting that all Jews are responsible for the actions of some Jews.

  4. a blah chick
    June 7, 2015, 5:49 pm

    “He said that Israeli should “go to the Europeans, we should go to American campuses and ask them ‘do you understand that you are not supporting the liberation of the oppressed, but are cheering for the people and values that brought 9/11 to this country. You are supporting people that kill gays and suppress women.’”

    Now that is a very telling statement. What Lapid is saying is that the Palestinians are nasty people who do not deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. They are barbarians who must be kept under lock and key, for if freed they would hang gays from every lamppost and kill their daughters.

    But then after asserting this “Lapid called for a regional summit of the Arab League that would assist the “weak leadership”: on both the Israeli and Palestinian to reach a 2-State solution.”

    Wait, isn’t he afraid that a two state solution will lead to dead gays and women? Really, these people contradict themselves so much they can’t even keep up with their own lies.

    • CigarGod
      June 8, 2015, 9:08 am

      Good point.
      These guys react, they don’t think. We can’t expect rational responses from a flock of hysterical chickens.

  5. Bornajoo
    June 7, 2015, 5:59 pm

    Absolutely agree Just. Well said

    Gideon Levy is precious

    Kris, Filipino and other Asian carers (Sri Lankans, Nepalese etc) are extremely widespread in Israel.
    They work very long hours, get one day a week off and if they’re lucky get to back home once a year. Many Israelis expect to get one of these carers when they get older. I know because two of my elderly relatives in israel had Filipino carers.

    Of course the Israeli argument is that they are doing these poor people a favour by providing them with much needed work but it’s a form of slavery in my opinion, especially when you consider the amount they get paid for the total sacrifice of their lives.

    It’s common all over the Gulf states too, not just in israel

    New rules were brought in a couple of years ago which have made matters worse for them. An interesting article about it here:

    http://m.irinnews.org/report/95690/israel-new-law-targets-migrant-care-workers#.VXS7rXNwav0

    (They also treat Thai agricultural workers appallingly.)

    • Kay24
      June 8, 2015, 9:37 am

      Perhaps they want to follow Rabbi Ovadia Yosef:

      ““Goyim were born only to serve us. Without that, they have no place in the world – only to serve the People of Israel,” he said in his weekly Saturday night sermon on the laws regarding the actions non-Jews are permitted to perform on Shabbat.

      According to Yosef, the lives of non-Jews in Israel are safeguarded by divinity, to prevent losses to Jews.

      “In Israel, death has no dominion over them… With gentiles, it will be like any person – they need to die, but [God] will give them longevity. Why? Imagine that one’s donkey would die, they’d lose their money.

      This is his servant… That’s why he gets a long life, to work well for this Jew,” Yosef said.

      “Why are gentiles needed? They will work, they will plow, they will reap. We will sit like an effendi and eat.

      That is why gentiles were created,” he added.”

      The old codger was totally delusional.

      • CigarGod
        June 8, 2015, 9:45 am

        Thanks for that belly laugh.
        Southern plantation owners…and other slave owners…must have had similar rationalizations.
        I wonder if a Goy is worth 3/5ths of a Jew, too?
        Even tho a little southern Cheroot is calling my name this morning, I think I’ll boycott that racist little bastard.

      • Kay24
        June 8, 2015, 10:10 am

        OG perhaps you should consider Beedis :))

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beedi

      • CigarGod
        June 8, 2015, 10:18 am

        Hey, thanks!
        I love trying new stuff. I consider my cigar hobby a gateway to other cultures. Then…i read all the small print/health warnings. Yikes!
        Im going to try to order some anyway…just for cultural and social reasons. We have a Cigar Sunday event here in warm weather.

      • Kay24
        June 8, 2015, 10:36 am

        Good luck OG, hope they don’t stink up the place. Heh.

      • CigarGod
        June 8, 2015, 10:42 am

        Ha! Thats the whole point!

  6. JLewisDickerson
    June 7, 2015, 6:36 pm

    RE: “The policy of denial and disconnection from reality is rising to a dangerous level, and the illness is getting worse. When the world starts to show encouraging signs of stirring to action, Israel further entrenches itself in its imaginary reality and erects more and more separation barriers for itself.” ~ Gideon Levy

    MY COMMENT: That’s why I sometimes (only half-jokingly) refer to “The Dissociative State of Israel”!
    Dissociation (psychology) – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dissociation_(psychology)

    FROM WIKIPEDIA [Delusion]:

    [EXCERPTS] A delusion is a belief held with strong conviction despite superior evidence to the contrary.[1] Unlike hallucinations, delusions are always pathological (the result of an illness or illness process).[1] As a pathology, it is distinct from a belief based on false or incomplete information, confabulation, dogma, illusion, or other effects of perception. . .
    Grandiose delusions
    Main article: Grandiose delusions
    Grandiose delusions are distinct from grandiosity, in that the sufferer does not have insight into his loss of touch with reality. An individual is convinced he has special powers, talents, or abilities. Sometimes, the individual may actually believe they are a famous person or character (for example, Napoleon). . .
    . . . Grandiose delusions are characterized by fantastical beliefs that one is famous, omnipotent, or otherwise very powerful. The delusions are generally fantastic, often with a supernatural, science-fictional, or religious bent. . .

    SOURCE – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delusion

    • JLewisDickerson
      June 7, 2015, 6:39 pm

      P.S. JOEL KOVEL (1-20-13):

      [EXCERPT] . . . As with everyone I know of in official political culture, [Thomas] Friedman assumes that Israel is a rational actor on the international stage who will obey the calculus of reward and punishment that regulates the conduct of normal states.
      The presumption is that if you tell it the truth, and even pull back US support, it will get the message, reflect, and change its ways. But Israel is not a normal state, except superficially. It will make adjustments, pulling back here, co-operating there, making nice when necessary, crafting its message using a powerful propaganda apparatus employing the most up-to-date social science. But this is simply tactical and no more predicts or explains the behavior of the Zionist state than an individual sociopath can be explained by the fact that he obeys traffic signals while driving to the scene of his crime. . .

      SOURCE – http://mondoweiss.net/2013/01/israel-nominaton-hagel.html

      • Bornajoo
        June 7, 2015, 6:58 pm

        Thanks for posting the Joel Kovel article again JLD. It’s really terrific and I just read it, probably for the 4th time!

      • bintbiba
        June 7, 2015, 7:32 pm

        Joel Kovel has disappeared from view…
        Does anyone know if he’s ok ?

        I agree, Bornajoo …. that article is a real ‘keeper ‘ … I’ve practically memorised that last sentence!

        ..”…this is simply tactical and no more predicts or explains the behavior of the Zionist state than an individual sociopath can be explained by the fact that he obeys traffic signals while driving to the scene of his crime. . .”
        SOURCE – link to mondoweiss.net

        – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/06/justice-campaign-propaganda#comments

    • JLewisDickerson
      June 7, 2015, 6:40 pm

      P.P.S. ALSO SEE: “Is There a Way Beyond Israeli Madness?” [Will the Chosen People and the Exceptional People Go Down Together?] ~ by John Grant, Counterpunch, 8/31/12

      [EXCERPTS]

      The patient, by the name of Israel, walks into the room and instantly bursts into a tirade of arguments conclusively proving his credentials, and says that he is better than everyone else.
      – Ofer Grosbard, “Israel On The Couch: The Psychology of the Peace Process”

      The problem Americans have with Israel is that the region it exists in is in the midst of a major political sea change, while Israel is frozen in time and holding on to its militarist, right-wing policies of extending settlements in the West Bank. It’s a policy that harks back to the ideas of the British-trained militarist Ze’ev Jabotinsky’s Iron Wall [now augmented by the US-funded “Iron Dome” – J.L.D.], which is based on the idea a live-and-let-live policy between Jews and Arabs is impossible and, thus, Jews must militarily control and repress Palestinians . . .
      . . . How does a people turn back a racially-oriented demonization program with roots that extend back many decades? How do you ratchet down a nation’s narcissism so people are able to simply see the other as a human being? . . .
      . . . On our part, Americans and the United States need to stop being a permissive yes-man and begin to show Israel some tough love. We need more US criticism of Israel. No doubt this approach will be received with gales of cynical laughter from hardliners … but so what?
      In my mind, the Israeli narcissistic and arrogant mindset would benefit from a little Buddhist detachment, more of the posture that sees the world not of separate individual selves and egos but of human beings as part of a larger flow of life. The Buddhists call the self-obsessed, separatist state-of-mind [i.e. the “pale” of Israel surrounded by Ze’ev Jabotinsky’s Iron Wall augmented by the US-funded “Iron Dome” – J.L.D.] that Israel thrives on and defends with weapons as “the illusory self.”
      “Once one identifies with a permanent self-concept, the pride and craving adhering to this become the pivot from which an egocentric world arises,” writes Gay Watson, a psychotherapist attuned to Buddhism.
      David Loy puts it this way: “To become completely groundless is also to become completely grounded, not in some particular, but in the whole network of interdependent relations that constitute the world.”
      I’m not suggesting Israel become a Buddhist nation. The point is for Israelis, and more important Americans, to figure a way out of the worsening condition of “us versus them” to avoid the need to obliterate them and set off a war that no one really wants. The point is to re-shape our minds to make “the other” less threatening to permit talking.
      I’m not holding my breath that Benjamin Netanyahu and Avigdor Lieberman are going to become peace activists.
      But I’m done as an American being a silent stooge while Israeli militarist madness fuels hatred and sets the stage for war.

      ENTIRE COMMENTARY – http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/08/31/is-there-a-way-beyond-israeli-madness/

      • just
        June 7, 2015, 7:29 pm

        It appears to me that this has all the hallmarks of a co- addictive/co-dependent relationship.

        (The only difference is that thousands/millions die!)

        The UN won’t do the intervention. I guess it’s up to us regular folks. It’s past time to hide the car keys, etc.

        Thanks for all the links and info, John.

      • bintbiba
        June 7, 2015, 7:42 pm

        Thanks JLD for this article . Had read it long ago…. am keeping it this time for further attention about the author and his work.

  7. JLewisDickerson
    June 7, 2015, 7:33 pm

    RE: “Propaganda has replaced policy-making for Israelis, and it’s coming to an end . . .” ~ Weiss

    MY COMMENT: Perhaps internationally, but the propaganda within Israel will probably get even worse!

    SEE: “Benjamin Netanyahu: Media Manipulator”, by Bernard Avishai, NewYorker.com, 4 June 2015

    [EXCERPT] Benjamin Netanyahu dissolved his government last November to remove two obstacles. The first, much reported beyond Israel, was opposition by centrists within his government, including Yair Lapid and Tzipi Livni, to the “Jewish nation” bill, which would have constrained the Supreme Court’s ability to protect Arab citizens’ rights. The second—less noticed but perhaps more consequential—was a bill advanced in the Knesset to prohibit any major newspaper from being distributed for free. The obvious target of the legislation was Sheldon Adelson’s Israel Hayom, a free tabloid that’s become Israel’s most widely circulated newspaper. Adelson was reported to have lost as much as three million dollars a month on it—simply, it seems, to boost Netanyahu and his Likud Party. The day it became clear that the newspaper bill, supported by Lapid and Livni, would get a Knesset majority, Netanyahu fired his dissident ministers and called for new elections.

    Netanyahu won reëlection, and the legislation’s sponsors lost their leverage. But the Prime Minister’s maneuvering for control of the news media did not end with the sinking of the bill. While forming his new government, he extracted written pledges from potential coalition partners not to vote against any legislative initiative or regulatory decision by the minister of communications, coyly implying that he might add the post to his responsibilities as Prime Minister—which he did. This role, and these pledges, position Netanyahu to regulate cellular service and Internet providers, license private broadcast channels, and influence the management of public television and radio. His defense of Israel Hayom’s supremacy in print is trifling compared with his growing power to control greater Israel’s airwaves. “Netanyahu is like a pianist who’s gathered all the keys for a keyboard,” Yaron Ezrahi, a Hebrew University political scientist who founded The Seventh Eye, an Israeli press-criticism magazine, told me. “Do we expect him not to play?” . . .

    CONTINUED AT – http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/netanyahu-plays-the-media

    • JLewisDickerson
      June 7, 2015, 7:44 pm

      P.S. ALSO SEE: “Who Will Save Israel”, by Uri Avnery, zope.gush-shalom.org, 23 May 2015

      [EXCERPTS] . . . PERHAPS WORSE is Netanyahu’s decision to retain for himself the Ministry of Communication.
      This ministry has always been disdained as a low-level office, reserved for political lightweights. Netanyahu’s dogged insistence on retaining it for himself is ominous.
      The communication Ministry controls all TV stations, and indirectly newspapers and other media. Since all Israeli media are in very bad shape financially, this control may become deadly.
      Netanyahu’s patron – some say owner – Sheldon Adelson, the would-be dictator of the US Republican party, already publishes a give-away newspaper in Israel, which has only one sole aim: to support Netanyahu personally against all enemies, including his competitors in his own Likud party. The paper – “Israel Hayom” (Israel Today) – is already Israel’s widest-circulation newspaper, with the American casino king pouring into it untold millions.
      Netanyahu is determined to break all opposition in the electronic and written media. Opposition commentators are well advised to look for jobs elsewhere . . .
      . . . One cannot avoid an odious analogy. One of the key terms in the Nazi lexicon was the atrocious German word Gleichschaltung – meaning connecting all media to the same energy source. All newspapers and radio stations (TV did not yet exist) were staffed with Nazis. Every morning, a Propaganda Ministry official by the name of Dr. Dietrich convened the editors and told them what tomorrow’s headlines, editorials etc. were to be.
      Netanyahu has already dismissed the chief of the TV department. We don’t yet know the name of our own Dr. Dietrich. . .

      ENTIRE COMMENTARY – http://zope.gush-shalom.org/home/en/channels/avnery/1432296815/

  8. Pixel
    June 7, 2015, 9:50 pm

    (My emphasis.)

    Lapid said the way to fight BDS is to move from defense to offense and remind the world that the people behind it are those “responsible for 9/11, for terrorist attacks in Madrid and London and for the 250,000 people killed in Syria” – and American Jewry can help make Israel that case.

    http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Lapid-to-US-Jewry-Help-us-fight-BDS-405218

  9. oldgeezer
    June 7, 2015, 10:05 pm

    Lapid will not convince anyone of any thing other than his complete irrationality.

    Go lapid!

  10. just
    June 8, 2015, 5:36 am

    Amira Hass:

    “The rational response to state terror: boycott
    People from Western countries whose taxes are being used as hush money for Israel are beginning to fight back.

    We’re not there yet. The big bang has yet to happen and most Israelis – plus their representatives in the media – have yet to make the connection between threats of boycott (token or real) and their day-to-day conduct as the supreme people. The Orange CEO’s prompt capitulation has boosted their morale – until the next “surprise,” that is.

    The government has thousands of soldiers (both in uniform and otherwise) carrying out its routine tasks of violence. Mother’s sweet boys are demolishing shacks and breaking into homes, and father’s sweet children are shooting at fisherman. And the beloved fathers decided that certain people don’t need to stay where they were born, on their lands, but there’s no problem for the superior people to live there.

    And there’s the brave, heroic father who signs the order that will destroy the livelihood of thousands of people, and there are other very nice uncles and big brothers among the Israelis who are the jailers of 1.8 million people, and the high-techies, with rings in their ears, who are involved in deadly military innovations, and there are the sweet children who aren’t tormented by the children and the women they kill with the push of a button or the 1.8 million prisoners. Not being tormented and not wanting to know are also routine missions in the service of the state – the plaster that binds the bricks of our everlasting rule.

    Aside from the sumud, Palestinian regular resilience, the ways that Palestinians and a handful of Israelis oppose the violence are individual, case by case: They protest, hire lawyers, write reports and Facebook posts, build new shacks, plant in their fields, go on hunger strikes in prison, donate money. Then the government gets its soldiers to arrest the Facebook posters, shoot the protestors, arrest children in the dead of night, confiscate tractors, punish the hunger-strikers, and publish lies in response to the reports and smash the lawyers. In this war of attrition, the violent government always has more soldiers and resources.

    As opposed to Israelis, there are citizens in other countries who take notice of the routine acts of violence committed by Israel and the thousands of soldiers on its behalf, and they are horrified. They cannot take indivdual action against each one of these acts, so they lump them all together. When summed up, it’s state terror, which naturally leads to focused calls for boycott. That is a more effective and rational action and its reverberations continue longer. There is thought involved, eloquence (in many languages), social media literacy, protests, a lot of youthful energy, feelings of disgust and rage, devotion and much less money and human resources than the individual acts of resistance.

    Israel has outsourced the occupation – it has turned the nations of the worlds into active participants. How? American citizens’ tax money funds the generous U.S. security aid to Israel and the close military cooperation with Israel. Their taxes, and taxes from other European and Western states, fund the partial reparations for the material and health damage caused by Israel’s rule and artificially resuscitates the existing order of violence. Gaza has not completely collapsed, because Western states and Qatar provide charity to the hundreds of thousands of people there whom Israel forbids to make a dignified living.

    Western donations are not a safety net for the Palestinians, but rather a safety net for Israel’s prohibitions, restrictions and onslaughts. The donations, in their current form, come in lieu of clear and decisive political action against Israeli policy, which every World Bank report describes as a reason for economic disaster. And surely for more existential disasters to come. It is easier for these countries to spend their taxpayers’ money on expensive water tanks for villages without infrastructure. It’s easier for them to rebuild destroyed buildings for the third or fourth time than to order Israel to stop.

    Why is it surprising, then, that people whose taxes are being used for hush money are beginning to enlist as guerilla fighters in the counter-offensive and boycotting? As unwilling sponsors, they are involved anyway, and it’s their democratic right to express their opinion about the illegitimate use of their money.

    … But Israel brings it upon itself when it stubbornly insists on proving that there is a direct connection, similarity and continuity from the expulsion of 1948 to its current policy. And Israelis are bringing it upon themselves, with their sweet soldier’s loyalty to their government’s every violent task.”

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/features/.premium-1.660141?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

  11. RobertHenryEller
    June 8, 2015, 9:23 am

    Were those who boycotted South Africa anti-White, or anti-Christian, or anti-Boer?

    • just
      June 8, 2015, 10:17 am

      None of the above.

      Very good point, RHE. Simply elegant.

    • Citizen
      June 10, 2015, 2:48 pm

      Good point; lost on US Congress since there’s no Palestinian American version of AIPAC, and no history of semitic supported slavery in the US–except for the Jewish-owned slave ships nobody ever mentions. Too bad Palestinian Americans don’t comprise 13% of the US population with such a family history here.

      According to the 2000 United States Census, there were 72,112 people of Palestinian ancestry living in the United States, increasing to 85,186 by the 2009-2013 American Community Survey. 46% of them have a college degree. They just need their own Sheldon Adelsons?

      Today there are approximately 3 million Arab Americans in the U.S.
      About one of every three Arab Americans lives in one of the nation’s six largest metropolitan areas.
      About 90% of Arab Americans live in urban areas.
      66% of Arab Americans live in 10 states.
      33% of Arab Americans live in California, Michigan and New York/New Jersey.
      The cities with largest Arab American populations are Los Angeles, Detroit, New York, Chicago and Washington, D.C.
      NOTE: Arab Americans are not officially recognized as a federal minority group and because of this, reporting numbers are almost never exact. Why is this?

      Depending on religious definitions and varying population data, the United States is home to the largest or second largest (after Israel) Jewish community in the world. In 2012, the American Jewish population was estimated at between 5.5 and 8 million, depending on the definition of the term. This constitutes between 1.7% to 2.6% of the total US population

  12. Hostage
    June 8, 2015, 4:42 pm

    Sheldon Adelson and Haim Saban will show up; but how many young Jews? …. And justice says that Israel cannot continue to tyrannize another people forever, even if Haim Saban himself lends his support.

    Saban, who supports Hillary Clinton, is one of the backers of the anti-BDS conference in Vegas this weekend.

    There’s no “if” involved in Saban’s continued support of the racketeering and tyranny. He belongs in the dock at the Hague. His Partners Co. is operating from nearly two hundred tower and relay sites that were plundered public and private Palestinian property. They were handed to him on a silver platter along with an Israel government-franchised monopoly. Nobody ever went broke from owning one of those. See my comment here: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/06/banner-though-jewish#comment-772798

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