‘I endorse the cultural boycott of Israel’: Prominent artists support New York-based campaign for cultural boycott of Israel

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A new video released by Adalah-NY: The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel features eight leading artists stating, “I endorse the cultural boycott of Israel.” The artists include Tony-nominated stage and television actress Kathleen Chalfant; musician Roger Waters, a founding member of Pink Floyd; musicians Kyp Malone and Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio; musicians Kool A.D and Tamar-kali; artist and author of Drawing Blood, Molly Crabapple; and visual artist Swoon.

The movement for a global boycott of Israel — launched by a coalition of over 170 Palestinian trade unions, political parties and human rights groups in order to advance their movement for freedom, justice and equality — has steadily gained support worldwide over the last decade. The video was released by Adalah-NY: The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel and is accompanied by an appeal for more cultural workers to pledge their support for the boycott of Israel.

When asked why she participated in the video, Kathleen Chalfant said: “The Israeli government and army restrict the freedom of Palestinian cultural workers almost daily. A growing movement for the cultural boycott of Israel helps to amplify the voices of Palestinian artists who are struggling under occupation, and will help to pressure Israel to respect the rights of Palestinian artists, and of all Palestinians.”

The Israeli government launched a Brand Israel public relations campaign in 2006, which attempts to use art and music to distract attention from Israel’s violations of Palestinian rights. Nonetheless, a growing number of artists have declined to perform or participate in cultural events in Israel or with institutions complicit with Israeli rights abuses, including Ms. Lauryn HillRoger WatersElvis CostelloSantanaTalib Kweli, the late Gil Scott HeronCassandra WilsonCat Power,Stevie WonderMira NairKen LoachAlice WalkerMike Leigh,Arundhati Roy, and Jean Luc Godard.

Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio commented, “With Israel heightening its repression of the Palestinian people in the last weeks, we hope that our speaking out will help encourage others to support the boycott by refusing to perform in Israel, and refusing to participate in activities funded by the Israeli government or supported by institutions complicit in Israeli human rights abuses.”

The video begins with Kyp Malone, Roger Waters and Kathleen Chalfant citing three of many recent examples of Israel’s repression of Palestinian cultural workers.

The eight artists then speak in turn about the expulsion of 750,000 Palestinians from their homes by Zionist forces in 1948, and Israel’s ongoing demolition of Palestinian homes, theft of farmland, arrest of Palestinian children, and siege and blockade of Gaza, activities subsidized by $120 billion in US aid since 1967.

Kyp Malone calls for action, “where governments have failed,” and Tunde Adebimpe follows up, noting that, “In 2004, Palestinian civil society called for a cultural boycott of Israel.” Swoon then explains, “Cultural boycott is an ethical rights-based tactic with historical precedent.” The video concludes with all eight artists stating their support for the boycott, after Roger Waters implores viewers to “join the cultural boycott of Israel.”

Riham Barghouti, a member of Adalah-NY and a former dancer with the Palestinian dabke troupe El-Funoun, added, “With this video, which features prominent artists with connections to New York City, Adalah-NY is also launching a call for more cultural workers in New York, the US and around the world to publicly pledge to support the Palestinian boycott call. This is the most significant, proactive initiative for the cultural boycott of Israel ever undertaken in New York City.”

Ninety New York City cultural workers and groups have already signed a New York City-focused pledge to support the cultural boycott, including the musician Sonny Singh, the illustratorSeymour Chwast, and the band the Shondes. On the national level, over 400 US cultural workers have endorsed a statement supporting the cultural boycott that is hosted by the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (USACBI).

About Adalah-NY

Adalah-NY: The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel is a grassroots strategic alliance of concerned organizations and individuals in New York, formed to demand an immediate, unconditional, and permanent end to U.S. and U.S.-sponsored Israeli aggression in the Middle East.

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  1. hophmi
    November 17, 2015, 11:25 am

    Still with this disingenuous nonsense about institutions, rather than individuals, even though many, if not most, individuals act through institutions in the academic world and in the art world.

    What ignominious liars and censors these artists are.

    They endorse the shunning of the world’s largest Jewish community.

    • Annie Robbins
      November 17, 2015, 11:47 am

      many, if not most, individuals act through institutions in the academic world and in the art world.

      what planet are you on? i can’t speak for the academic world but i know a thing or two about the art world. here in the U.S. most artists are not funded by the feds to travel around the world promoting America. that’s not the case for israel who spends a fortune promoting israeli artists internationally. american artists represented by foreign galleries in international cities didn’t get there because the state funded them. as far as i know no one is boycotting individual israeli artists, not state sponsored, who show their art in galleries in berlin or paris — just because they are israeli. that’s different than boycotting a ‘promote israel’ tour by a state sponsored ballet company.

      the eight leading artists endorsing this boycott are not state sponsored. whereas, leading israeli artists and writers and filmmakers are very often state sponsored. israel could stop funding their artists to promote their work, that would be one way to avoid having them be boycotted.

      when an american independent filmmaker get’s invited to the opening of their film at a film festival in toronto, generally washington dc doesn’t pick up the tab and send money to the film festival to fund the artists travel expenses. do you see the difference?

      relatively speaking our government doesn’t fund that much art.

      • hophmi
        November 17, 2015, 3:15 pm

        ” that’s not the case for israel who spends a fortune promoting israeli artists internationally”

        Like most countries. China promotes Chinese artists. Japan promotes Japanese artists. Germany promotes German artists. Etc. You seem to be making my point. Practically, separating individuals from institutions is difficult in the art world outside of the United States

        “as far as i know no one is boycotting individual israeli artists,”

        But that’s practically what’s going to happen. You’ll have lots of Mona Baker types who will just refuse to work with Israelis, period, and the BDS movement isn’t going to tell them it’s just about institutions. And what if the Israeli consulate promotes an artist? That doesn’t necessarily make him or her state-sponsored. C’mon, Annie. This institutions-not-people nonsense is not reality. Look at what happened with Matisyahu, in Spain. Did the BDS movement say, hey, you’re trying to boycott an individual, not an institution? No. They were thrilled about the whole thing. I doubt most BDS activists even understand the difference. We all know what this is about. If you say you’re boycotting individuals, you’re exposing yourself to discrimination claims. If you say you’re boycotting institutions, you’re less exposed to discrimination claims.

        “the eight leading artists endorsing this boycott are not state sponsored”

        So?

        “when an american independent filmmaker get’s invited to the opening of their film at a film festival in toronto, generally washington dc doesn’t pick up the tab and send money to the film festival to fund the artists travel expenses”

        But if the film was made with an NEA grant, then it becomes “institutional,” no? It’s a government grant.

      • Annie Robbins
        November 17, 2015, 9:30 pm

        Look at what happened with Matisyahu, in Spain. Did the BDS movement say, hey, you’re trying to boycott an individual, not an institution?

        ha! are you nuts? when you headline fundraisers for Friends of the IDF (a group the supports state sponsored terror) and aipac you become very boycott-able. when your lyricist lives and works in illegal settlements — same thing. and when you lend (or sell) your soundtrack for state sponsored promotional videos — whoops!!!

      • Sibiriak
        November 17, 2015, 11:32 pm

        Annie Robbins: when you headline fundraisers for Friends of the IDF (a group the supports state sponsored terror) and aipac you become very boycott-able.
        —————–

        True. Individuals who aid and abet Israeli crimes can be and have been subjected to BDS movement boycott. We are talking about individuals , not just institutions.

      • Annie Robbins
        November 18, 2015, 5:27 am

        True. Individuals who aid and abet Israeli crimes can be… subjected to BDS… individuals , not just institutions.

        but the comment of mine you agreed to (“True”) included an institution (or 2). i’m sorry Sibiriak — i didn’t supply any context for my comment. i should have informed that institutions are made up of people (individuals). so if an individual is representing an israel institution (state sponsored) yes, they (their action/performance whatever)) are subject to boycott. let me know if i can provide further clarification if it’s hard to get your head around. or write pacbi or the bds movement.

      • truthurts
        November 17, 2015, 11:32 pm

        “what plant are you on?”
        why are you trying to communicate with this creature? haven’t you been able to figure out after all these years its a zionist truth-perverter that’ll say anything in its repertoire of lies to twist and bend reality?
        its probably one of those creatures which satanyahu and likud pay to spread lies and disinformation on the internet. why mondo continues to allow this creature to post i just don’t know
        oh btw its planet LOL!

      • Mooser
        November 19, 2015, 10:40 am

        “what planet are you on?”

        What was wrong with “plant”? I liked “plant” just fine. Up to you , I suppose, but “what plant are you on?” is cool. I can think of any number interesting possibilities…

    • eljay
      November 17, 2015, 12:02 pm

      || hophmi: … They endorse the shunning of the world’s largest Jewish community. ||

      For maximum impact, you should refer to it as “the world’s largest Holocaust Survivor community”.

      Of course what’s being discussed is the world’s largest Zio-supremacist community, which remains involved in a decades-long campaign of aggression, oppression, theft, colonization, murder, supremacism and sundry past and on-going (war) crimes.

      But you already knew that, even as you were scrambling to defend loyally the indefensible.

      • hophmi
        November 17, 2015, 3:16 pm

        “For maximum impact, you should refer to it as “the world’s largest Holocaust Survivor community”.”

        Good idea. Since most BDS activists know little about the Holocaust, and since BDS literature consciously excludes mention of the Holocaust from its history of the conflict, these misguided activists should be reminded of that aspect of the pain they cause.

      • Annie Robbins
        November 17, 2015, 5:41 pm

        BDS literature consciously excludes mention of the Holocaust from its history of the conflict

        i didn’t even realize the bds movement published a “history of the conflict”. do you know where i can read the history of the conflict by bds? link?

      • diasp0ra
        November 17, 2015, 6:16 pm

        @Hophmi

        What are you even on about?

        Do you have any link to support your claim that BDS activists know little about the Holocaust?

        I’m willing to bet you that they could probably school you on it, not that it is relevant to Israel following international law. Unless past trauma gives you a free pass from being lawful?

        The people that challenge the dominant system of power, the dominant ideology and the status quo always need to be more vigilant, question more and educate themselves more than any person defending the current power and status quo. Because to not buy the “official story” takes critical thought, which leads to research, which leads to learning.

        What pain can activists cause when they demand Israel comply with International Law? Do you believe you’re above the law? How can you defend Israel by calling it a beacon of human rights in the region when complying with international law is seen as some sort of compromise to only be carried out under heavy pressure with a huge reward at the end?

      • talknic
        November 17, 2015, 6:27 pm

        @ hophmi ” Since most BDS activists know little about the Holocaust”

        Source ?

        “and since BDS literature consciously excludes mention of the Holocaust from its history of the conflict, these misguided activists should be reminded of that aspect of the pain they cause”

        Why would they mention it? The Zionist Federation decided to colonize Palestine in 1897, long before the Holocaust and Israel was “proclaimed as an independent republic within frontiers approved by the General Assembly of the United Nations in its Resolution of November 29, 1947 “ effective 00:01 May 15th 1948 (ME time) some time AFTER the Holocaust.

        The Holocaust is irrelevant to BDS and it’s irrelevant to Israel’s illegal actions in territories the Israeli Government itself claimed were“outside the State of Israel” … “in Palestine”.

        The Holocaust in no way justifies Israel’s illegal behaviour in the Occupied Territories

        Try something else

      • Mooser
        November 17, 2015, 6:31 pm

        “Good idea”

        Oh, SQUELCH! Holocaust survivors and Israel again. Israel’s treatment of Holocaust survivors.

      • eljay
        November 17, 2015, 6:40 pm

        || hophmi: Good idea. … ||

        No, it’s a bad idea. But it figures that you would like it.

        || … Since most BDS activists know little about the Holocaust … ||

        Exactly how little do they know, and how exactly do you know that they know so little?

        || … and since BDS literature consciously excludes mention of the Holocaust from its history of the conflict, these misguided activists should be reminded of that aspect of the pain they cause. ||

        There you go again, devaluing the Holocaust by using as justification for the past and on-going acts of injustice and immorality committed by Jews against others.

        Why do you insist on being such an anti-Semite?

      • RoHa
        November 17, 2015, 6:42 pm

        “BDS literature consciously excludes mention of the Holocaust from its history of the conflict ”

        Since the Holocaust is practically never mentioned anywhere by anyone, I’m amazed you’ve heard about it.

      • oldgeezer
        November 18, 2015, 12:53 pm

        @hophmi

        Any pain caused by BDS goes away as soon as Israel abides by the law. It is very easy.

        Your use of the the holocaust is truly a cheap shot. It reeks of desperation about BDS even though zionists claim it has no effect.

    • Mooser
      November 17, 2015, 12:04 pm

      “They endorse the shunning of the world’s largest Jewish community.” “Hophmi”

      The word “Jewish” does not appear anywhere on the page until your comment. You have some strange ideas about the uses “Jewish” can be put to.
      Are you trying to shift the blame?

    • amigo
      November 17, 2015, 12:10 pm

      “What ignominious liars and censors these artists are” hopmi

      Geez, talk about the pot calling the kettle black.

      Have you ever told the truth , even once on this site .

      • eljay
        November 17, 2015, 12:14 pm

        || amigo: … Have you ever told the truth , even once on this site . ||

        Hey, c’mon, you can’t expect every Zio-supremacist to be as truthful truthinessful as jon s…

    • oldgeezer
      November 17, 2015, 12:23 pm

      @hophmi

      I think it is a shame that it has come to this hops. Unfortunately 70 years of dialogue has only led to ever greater and more frequent war crimes and crimes against humanity being perpetrated by the state founded on terrorism. The state which uses terrorism on a daily basis against millions of innocent civilians.

      If only there had been sufficient zionists with enough morals to have guided Israel away from it’s terrorist roots we might not be in a position where such pressure is needed. Instead we have a culture where such vile behaviour is spurred on and it’s leading proponents are elected to be the country’s leaders.

    • Bumblebye
      November 17, 2015, 2:30 pm

      Well hoppy, it’s “the world’s largest Jewish community” which is responsible for gross interference in the lives and livelihoods of Palestinian creatives and educators – through its own institutions and elected officials. Own goal. Makes you an ignominious fool if you can’t comprehend that.

    • joemowrey
      November 17, 2015, 2:51 pm

      No, they endorse the shunning of the world’s largest Zionist community because that community is founded on and promulgated by racist, exclusivist ideologies and practices.

    • RoHa
      November 17, 2015, 5:46 pm

      “They endorse the shunning of the world’s largest Jewish community.”

      And quite rightly, too. That community behaves abominably and thus deserves to be shunned.

    • inbound39
      November 18, 2015, 12:29 am

      Hophmi….take a larege dose of truth. Israel and it’s illegal and violent actions against Palestinians have caused itself to be shunned by the World. No one wants what Israel has including a majority of Diaspora Jews.

      • Citizen
        November 18, 2015, 6:10 am

        Israel says it’s its own insurance policy. Premiums paid for by US taxpayers. Some day Dick & Jane might look in that hidden file in their cabinet and ask each other, “Hey, what’s this? I didn’t know we had this insurance policy? Look, who’s the beneficiary on it? Have you been blindly signing checks? Who me? Not me–I assumed it was you! Let’s cancel it–we can’t afford to throw our money away.

    • inbound39
      November 18, 2015, 11:40 am

      Hophmi……Israel is shunned because of its illegitimate and violent acts toward Palestinians and its refusal to abide by International Law. What is ignominious is European Jewish settlers who think it is okay to steal someone else land and resources.

  2. pabelmont
    November 17, 2015, 11:40 am

    Bueno! Not sure what NYC has got to do with it, but the more the merrier.

    I’m a little put off by the idea, expressed by one artist, that the boycott is BECAUSE Israel oppresses Palestinian cultural workers. What if Israel only oppressed farmers? Or children? wouldn’t a boycott be just as motivated? or is this some kind of a “guild” thang?

    My take is that everyone should boycott Israel in every way they can. Musicians and artists have a particular and very important and very noticeable way of boycotting because they travel and give performances and can therefore elect not to perform in Israel. But I don’t see it as a guild thing.

    • JWalters
      November 17, 2015, 6:36 pm

      I agree with you. I’m also wondering if it might be easier for the general public to see at a glance why they would express support for fellow artists. That might counter the objection that these are just artists ignorantly meddling in politics. In any case, I also agree this as a very welcome development, and applaud these artists.

  3. amigo
    November 17, 2015, 12:03 pm

    Hmmmm , arrest warrants in Spain and South Africa and cultural boycotts growing and EU labeling of contraband from the illegal squats and ICJ re opening war crimes investigation in the Mavi Mara criminal attack and etc etc.

    Life is getting tougher and tougher for the zioniists and it is going to get worse as netanyau and co insult every leader who dares to tell the truth about Israel Many of these leaders have been covering his posterior for decades and he accuses them of manufacturing a new Holocaust and being nazis and Jew Haters.

    Enough of this tiresome demon.

  4. olive52
    November 17, 2015, 1:29 pm

    I will never understand how a boycott of any kind will help the Palestinians in any way. I believe it would be more of a help if they would come to realization that there is more to gain for them if they had a meaningful desire to coexist, not even so much for the goal of peace, but rather to prevent the further loss of life and loss of quality of life.

    but that realization would take good sense wouldn’t it?

    • eljay
      November 17, 2015, 2:40 pm

      || olive52: I will never understand … ||

      That’s because you don’t want to understand.

      || … how a boycott of any kind will help the Palestinians in any way. … ||

      The point of the boycott is to get Israel to halt its on-going (war) criminal behaviour, to honour its obligations under international law and to win back for the Palestinians the (human) rights they are being denied by Zio-supremacists like you.

      || … I believe it would be more of a help if they would come to realization that there is more to gain for them if they had a meaningful desire to coexist … ||

      Of course: The rapist’s victim will suffer less if she just lies back and enjoys it.

      Similarly, the Palestinians must do everything to “co-exist”, but the Zio-supremacists who insist on Jewish supremacism in/and a supremacist “Jewish State” that…
      – refuses to halt its on-going campaign of aggression, oppression ,theft, colonization, destruction, torture and murder; and
      – refuses to honour its obligations under international law,
      …can just keep on truckin’.

      Zio-supremacists are truly hateful and immoral people.

    • diasp0ra
      November 17, 2015, 3:57 pm

      It’s simple really, Olive.

      The Boycott is intended to pressure Israel into following International Law, pure and simple.

      If you want to coexist, then you have to coexist within a legal framework that offers protection for both sides. How is that difficult to understand?

      The quality of life is already dismal in Palestine if you haven’t noticed. When Palestinians suffer silently, as they have done for the majority of the last decades, nobody seems to care about coexistence and helping them out.

      All the UN resolutions, world court opinions, all of them tell Israel that what it is doing is illegal. What has Israel done? Ignored them. If Israel continues to ignore international law, then how can you talk about coexistence?

      The end goal of BDS is fulfilling international law. It shocks me the amount of “controversy” this gets considering that every other method to achieve this has failed. It’s a peaceful non-violent method to carry out international law, as every state should. If what Israel is doing is right and moral then it shouldn’t need to worry, right? But we all know it worries. It worries quite a bit.

    • talknic
      November 17, 2015, 6:48 pm

      @ olive52 “I will never understand ..”

      We know, it’s not in the propagandist job brief

      “I believe it would be more of a help if they would come to realization that there is more to gain for them if they had a meaningful desire to coexist”

      Their goal since 1988 has been to coexist in their own state rather than under the rule of a foreign state that has illegally acquired more than 50% of what remained of Palestine after that state proclaimed its borders effective. “Israel, the Occupying Power” who refuses to adhere to the UN Charter and International laws as reaffirmed and emphasized in hundreds of UNSC resolutions reminding Israeli of and affording Israel the opportunity to adhere to its legal obligation to end occupation http://wp.me/pDB7k-W8

      “… not even so much for the goal of peace”

      The Palestinians have twice now at the UN in front of the world offered to forgo 78% of their rightful territory for peace with Israel.

      Israel’s reply was to build more illegal settlements

      ” but rather to prevent the further loss of life and loss of quality of life”

      Israel could end the occupation today. It has no valid reason to continue.

      …but that realization would take good sense wouldn’t it?”

      Only to an idiot or someone who will never understand

  5. Les
    November 17, 2015, 5:14 pm

    I am amazed at how many people oppose a boycott that attempts to get international law enforced.

    • Citizen
      November 18, 2015, 6:17 am

      I am amazed the US government speaks out against BDS re Israel when official US BDS has been applied liberally against so many states.

    • can of worms
      November 18, 2015, 8:17 am

      Perhaps they are afffraiiid because boycotting material and cultural products is only part of what ordinary people legally can and will do in the name of human rights and dignity.

      Boycott is an act of “abstention” – and thus it is a “negative” action.
      In the end people will also engage in positive voluntary action, in forming creative methods of “cooperative buying”. Palestinians villages which were demolished (and which are now Jewish-only resorts and gated communities that are protected by “committees” which function as restrictive covenants, racially confining real estate’s sale or use) will be liberated/desegregated. Much success has been achieved through abstention and one would suppose much can be achieved cooperatively through positive action as well.

  6. Ossinev
    November 17, 2015, 5:50 pm

    @Olive52
    “I will never understand how a boycott of any kind will help the Palestinians in any way. I believe it would be more of a help if they would come to realization that there is more to gain for them if they had a meaningful desire to coexist, not even so much for the goal of peace, but rather to prevent the further loss of life and loss of quality of life.

    but that realization would take good sense wouldn’t it?”

    Read through this one a few times and still can`t fathom it. Can`t be a Hasbaranik as she comes across as basically brain dead – but then again who knows ? She sounds like a granny doing her knitting and occasionally patting her dog on the head. Definitely sounds like someone who has never remotely experienced loss of quality of life or up close and personally experienced loss of life.

    Unbelievable condescending crap.

    BOYCOTT UGLY APARTHEID ISRAEL = GOOD AND MORAL SENSE

  7. JWalters
    November 17, 2015, 6:40 pm

    I agree, the media control of the corporate war profiteers is amazing.

  8. DaBakr
    November 17, 2015, 8:40 pm

    Nothing personal against Tunde Adebimpdi but “prominent”? at least the band TV on the Radio is a known entity but not that well known. Roger? Big surprise. The other 6 may be “prominent” among a very small group. I suppose its the effort that counts. I imagine BDS and anti-BDS will soon get into a war about whose supporters are more prominent. Especially after British MP stated the professors that promote BDS in GB are at the bottom of the barrel in terms of being taken seriously. While I can’t personally agree w/o any knowledge I’m sure Israel-Haters will be scouring the bio’s of all the BDS signers for signs of importance to publicize

    • inbound39
      November 18, 2015, 12:35 am

      If David Cameron is saying the professors that Promote BDS are at the bottom of the barrel then where does that place him? He ends up making himself look like an ignoramus…..many British already know that. :)

    • John O
      November 18, 2015, 3:16 am

      The British MP you refer to is presumably Boris Johnson. An arrogant reactionary buffoon whose period as Mayor of London has been marked by a series of useless and very expensive vanity projects that plunder the public purse. You really shouldn’t take his assaessment of the intellectual quality of the BDS supporting academics seriously.

      • inbound39
        November 18, 2015, 11:46 am

        What amuses me is I don’t think DaBakr thought that comment through before posting because if this politician is saying these educated men are the bottom of the barrel then what does that say about or place those with less education…..not the most diplomatic statement nor does it say much about mindset of the person who said it. I take it DaBakr is as educated as these professors or even more qualified.

  9. amigo
    November 19, 2015, 9:46 am

    Oh damn , Israel is going to make Ireland , “pay a price ” for backing the labeling of contriband from the illegal squats.Ooooh , shiver me timbers.

    Ireland,s ambassador to Israel to get the “low chair treatment ” and worse.

    ” Israel will reportedly summon Irish Ambassador Alison Kelly to its foreign ministry in Jerusalem for a reprimand over Ireland’s support for EU labeling of goods from the West Bank.

    “The Yediot Aharonot newspaper says the ambassador will be told that meetings she plans for herself or visiting Irish officials will be restricted to low-tier diplomats.

    This is part of Israel’s diplomatic response to last week’s European Union decision to label Israeli goods made beyond the 1967 Green Line border. Measures are to be taken against all 16 EU member states, including Ireland, which urged the EU to adopt labelling”.

    Nothing like kicking people in the teeth to get them on your side.

    Chutzpah on steroids.Don,t ya just love it.

    http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/middle-east/irish-ambassador-to-face-israeli-reprimand-1.2435427

    • eljay
      November 19, 2015, 9:59 am

      || … link to irishtimes.com … ||

      … Prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has been relentless in his criticism of the European move.

      “This is absolutely absurd. It’s morally abhorrent . . . I’d expect Europe not to adopt this heinous act which has such horrible historic overtones,” he said yesterday. …

      “In fact,” he continued, “only the Jewish people are entitled to adopt heinous acts that have horrible historic overtones. The Holocaust is ours to use as we please.”

      Bibi – like all Zio-supremacists – is a truly hateful and immoral person.

    • John O
      November 19, 2015, 10:05 am

      They really are scared of BDS, aren’t they?

    • Kay24
      November 19, 2015, 10:11 am

      I just posted that they have had a tantrum with Sweden too. It must be hard work trying to stifle criticism, and being an occupier. :))

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius
      November 19, 2015, 3:03 pm

      It really is astonishing how the tiniest little thing – let’s face it, the labelling of ‘settlement’ goods is basically no more than a symbolic gesture, and a watered-down one at that – puts Israeli ‘diplomats’ into Full Indignation mode. They really cannot tolerate ANY criticism or opposition. None. Nada. Zilch.

      Israel is the spoilt brat of the world. Time to send it to bed with no supper.

    • Bumblebye
      November 19, 2015, 3:59 pm

      Well I hope the irish PM suitably carpeted israel’s ambassador to Ireland for booting out one of your politicians a week or so ago. Iirc he was barred for 10 years.

      Payback/karma’s a b!tch!

      • amigo
        November 19, 2015, 7:07 pm

        ” Well I hope the irish PM suitably carpeted israel’s ambassador to Ireland for booting out one of your politicians a week or so ago. Iirc he was barred for 10 years.

        Payback/karma’s a b!tch! ” Bumblebye.

        I could find (under pressure of time) no record of that when I heard.Do you recall when or who.

      • Bumblebye
        November 19, 2015, 7:59 pm

        Sorry amigo, I can’t remember where I read it. He was described as an Irish MP, underwent the interrogation including cavity search then got booted out of the country with the 10 year ban. Was supposed to have had various meetings with Palestinian groups and leaders.

      • Bumblebye
        November 19, 2015, 8:19 pm

        Been a’hunting. My bad, twas a “Scottish lawmaker”:
        http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2015/11/14/437551/Palestine-Scotland-Israel-Tel-Aviv-UK

      • amigo
        November 20, 2015, 11:31 am

        Bumlebye, as you said,it was a Scottish National Party senior member.The SNP is the third largest party in the British Isles and given that the Labour Paty is now led by a very pro Palestinian leader , watch for some blowback against Israel in the coming months in the parliament.They collectively make up a lot of voices in the opposition.

        Israel just continues shooting itself in both feet and it is fun to watch.I love a little cabaret and Israel never fails to entertain with it,s slapstick antics.

    • RoHa
      November 19, 2015, 6:01 pm

      “Israel is going to make Ireland , “pay a price ” for backing the labeling of contriband from the illegal squats.”

      Expect an ISIS-backed terror attack in Dublin. Perhaps after the one in Stockholm.

  10. Kay24
    November 19, 2015, 10:09 am

    They can criticize, call other nations nasty names, accuse them of all the crimes they can think of, but they simply cannot take criticism in any form. In fact they try to stifle any that focus on their endless crimes.

    They sure like that whine with those stolen olives:

    “Swedish FM worries about Muslim & Palestinian Youth Despair, draws Israeli Rebuke

    Following the Paris attacks on Friday, Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom made a connection between Islamic State extremism and the Israeli occupation, causing a feud between the two governments, that the Israeli Foreign Ministry summoned its Swedish envoy on Monday.

    http://www.juancole.com/2015/11/palestinian-hopelessness-rebuked.html#comment-364802

    Sweden was the first nations to recognize a Palestinian state.

    Time Israel was told to go jump in the Dead sea.

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