Israeli group Ad Kan continues attacks on anti-occupation activists with ‘expose’ of Anarchists Against the Wall

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Two weeks ago a right-wing Israeli group called Ad Kan released an undercover video that claimed leftist Israeli activists were a driving force behind Palestinian violence. After the footage was aired on a major local news station three people were arrested on charges of conspiracy—one Palestinian and two Israelis. One of the arrested Israelis, the high-profile activist Ezra Nawi, was captured at the airport while allegedly attempting to flee the country. Now Ad Kan has released a second video, this time targeting the organization Anarchists Against the Wall (AATW) as so-called “extremist Israeli activists” who “have a clear goal: to injure and kill IDF soldiers and police officers.”

This latest video states Israelis with the group Anarchists Against the Wall (AATW) are agitators who organize riots against military forces at the expense of Palestinian West Bankers who would live in calm, if it were not for the presence of the Israeli leftists.

Like the first video broadcasted on January 7th, the inference from the footage is that leftist Israelis harm Palestinians by meddling with their own agendas. The first video heard activist Ezra Nawi casually discussing how he allegedly turned in a Palestinian land dealer to the Palestinian Authority, a offense punishable by death according to West Bank law, although the Palestinian government has a de facto moratorium on executions for the past decade.

AATW is a loose collection of Israelis who carpool to weekly Friday demonstrations in eight West Bank cities. Founded at the end of the second Intifada, AATW does participate in protests and coordinate internationals to join them, as the video explains. They are known to not participate in any violent acts. But with quick edits the footage shows left-wing Israelis discussing stone-throwing, seemingly giving their okay for Palestinians to lob projectiles and role flaming tires at soldiers.

“At the end of the day, the activities of AATW hurts first and foremost the Palestinians. When the activists return to the[ir] comfortable and quiet homes, the IDF continues its presence in the villages as a result of the violence and the friction only enflames hatred between the sides,” a voiceover in the video says in Hebrew with English translation by Calgary United with Israel.

One Israeli in the video is described by the narrator as “managing the throwing of rocks.” In B-reel of the demonstrations, masked Palestinians use slingshots to hurl stones at soldiers. Others wave Hamas flags. But it is the allegations at the close of the video that could bring legal troubles to the Israeli activists. As of last fall stone-throwing is punishable with a four-year minimum mandatory sentence. 

The recording suggests AATW launders money through an American non-profit, an accusation that could have regulatory consequences if a law being debated in Israel’s parliament this week on foreign funding to non-profits is approved.

The “NGO transparency law” would require Israeli groups that receive more than half of their funding from abroad to disclose their sources in annual publications. When first proposed the bill controversially stated representatives of such groups would need to wear a special identifying badge when inside Knesset.

The law is tied up with a heated debate between Israel’s right and left, as it is a project of the far-right bloc and would effect almost entirely left-wing organizations. The discourse that propelled the bill surrounded accusations that anti-occupation groups are puppets of “foreign agents,” or provocateurs.

Ad Kan, the group that published both videos, states on their website their goal is “to restrict the ability of action and expose the real face of Israel’s delegitimization organizations.”

“The State of Israel is fighting for its right to exist!” the website says, “IDF soldiers and commanders accused of war crimes, the State of Israel is losing its freedom of action in its efforts to protect its citizens and maintain its character, while the Israeli economy is threatened by boycott on the part of foreign business entities and countries.”

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  1. a blah chick
    January 28, 2016, 12:15 pm

    “…the State of Israel is losing its freedom of action in its efforts to protect its citizens and maintain its character..”

    Mull that statement over, Israelis not losing “freedom” but “freedom of action.”

    Translation: how come we can’t get away with this anymore?

    “At the end of the day, the activities of AATW hurts first and foremost the Palestinians. When the activists return to the[ir] comfortable and quiet homes, the IDF continues its presence in the villages as a result of the violence and the friction only enflames hatred between the sides,”

    It’s the poor darkies that suffer when these white northerners come down south, starting mess, and leave the poor plantation owners picking up the pieces!

    White (Jewish) privilege strikes again.

  2. Shmuel
    January 28, 2016, 12:33 pm

    Thanks Allison. Don’t forget Ad Kan’s amazing undercover recording of (former director general of Israel’s Foreign Ministry, and retired ambassador) Alon Liel, in which they “revealed” things he says quite openly and publicly.

    Meanwhile Im Tirzu has published a blacklist of “cultural moles” (i.e. Israeli artists who are members of or have ever participated in events sponsored by “disloyal” organisations “funded by foreign governments”), evidently in support of Culture Minister Miri Regev’s “Loyalty in Culture” bill. All in the name of “transparency” and “democracy” and “freedom of information”, of course.

    • a blah chick
      January 28, 2016, 1:02 pm

      Im Tirzu’s “blacklist” does not go far enough. What they should do is get together a traveling show of “Degenerate Israeli Art.” I understand that the show the Germans put on back in the thirties did boffo box office.

      • Shmuel
        January 28, 2016, 1:08 pm

        I was thinking more in terms of “Are you or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party?”, but yours works too.

    • niass2
      January 31, 2016, 4:13 am

      They sound like Donald Trumps production rew.

  3. Shmuel
    January 28, 2016, 12:52 pm

    “At the end of the day, the activities of AATW hurts first and foremost the Palestinians. When the activists return to the[ir] comfortable and quiet homes, the IDF continues its presence in the villages as a result of the violence and the friction only enflames hatred between the sides”

    Reminds me of the threats I used to hear settlers make to Palestinians when Israeli groups came to help them against settler attacks and vandalism: “In a few hours, they’ll go back to Tel Aviv, and you’ll have to deal with me.”

  4. rugal_b
    January 28, 2016, 12:56 pm

    There is no such thing as a Jewish privilege. It is always a case of white privilege, blah chick, though it often is disguised in many forms to give it legitimacy, such as co-opting inclusive concepts such as Judaism or pluralistic nationalism. A black Jew has it as good as the white Jews will allow it in Israel.

    • tree
      January 28, 2016, 3:58 pm

      There is no such thing as a Jewish privilege.

      Bullshit. Israel was built on an ideology of Jewish privilege. My sister was welcomed there because she was Jewish, not because she was white. If she had come as an avowed Christian she would not have the privileges she has now.

      Your ideology is transparently simplistic. Saying there is not Jewish privilege in Israel, only white privilege, is akin to claiming that there is no male privilege, only white privilege. As if a dual system of privilege can not exist, when they certainly can and do.

      You also seem to think that only one system of racial privilege- white privilege- exists in the world. You need to get out in the world more and notice that systems of privilege exist in many places… even (gasp!) among non-white populations of the world. Every human society is capable of prejudice and systems of privilege. To reduce everything down to white privilege is in fact a racist belief as well as incredibly lazy thinking.

      In Israel the primary determinant of privilege is Jewishness. A black Jew has more privilege than a white Palestinian in Israel. And a black Ethiopian Jew has more privilege than a black Sudanese refugee who can’t claim any Jewishness. To deny this Jewish privilege is to deny reality.

    • diasp0ra
      January 28, 2016, 4:22 pm

      @Rugal

      In Israel there is such a thing as Jewish privilege over anyone not Jewish.

      There are multiple spheres of privilege/oppression. It’s called Kyriarchy. The world is not black and white.

      Jewish identity is not a monolith and within it there also exists a hierarchy, just like in every group. Jewish Israeli men have privilege over Jewish Israeli women, but both still have privilege over a non-Jewish anything with regards to laws and institutional bias.

      Your approach is reductionist and very US based.

      Edit: Didn’t see tree’s response. Basically what they said!

      • tree
        January 28, 2016, 4:34 pm

        Basically what they said!

        And right back atcha, diasp0ra. You probably phrased it better than I did.

    • Mooser
      January 29, 2016, 2:21 am

      “There is no such thing as a Jewish privilege.”

      THERE ARE NO LAWS OR OTHER ARRANGEMENTS THAT BENEFIT OR PRIVILEGE JEWS AS JEWS IN ISRAEL?

      YES, THERE IS SUCH A THING AS “JEWISH PRIVILEGE” AND SPELLED OUT AS EXACTLY THAT!!

    • Mooser
      January 29, 2016, 2:06 pm

      “There is no such thing as a Jewish privilege. It is always a case of white privilege,”

      Yup, you are so right! A little compulsory burnt-cork will solve the problem!

      • rugal_b
        February 5, 2016, 4:19 am

        What is written in law and what is actually practiced is two different things. The root cause of racial discrimination in Israel is white supremacy, and that is how the system of privilege is developed. So what if the law affords more benefits to the Jews over non-Jews? This is a superficial benefit, because at the end of the day, who decide the laws and who decide it’s implementations? Not black Jews or Arab Jews. It’s white European Jews, who uses Jewish identity to amplify their power and secure their social position within Israel, while at the same time using coloured Jews as wedge against indigenous resistance to their racist system.

  5. niass2
    January 31, 2016, 4:10 am

    Israel is delegitimized or however u spell it. We’re Jewish and we reject everything Israel has to offer and stands for. They revolt us as americans Jews.They can mumble all day long, we know what Israel is, an apartheid state filled with haters. case closed. We ain’t buying their Horse Manure, sorry for them and they can put my face on their wall of traitors immediately.

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