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In a small primitive tent about 800 meters from the fence separating Gaza from Israel, Fahd Abu Jazar ties crossed wooden hexagonal bars to prepare flaming kites to be flown over the border during the fifth week of “March of Return”.

At the end of the day of the weekly demonstrations, from his tent in Abu Safiyeh neighborhood east of Jabalia, northern Gaza, Fahd prepares 15-20 kites with flaming rags dangling from their tails. They are given to well-known kite operators who Fahd trusts are able to reach the Israeli wheat fields behind the border, causing damage to the Israeli side.

A burning kite for Gaza, April 27, 2018. Photo by Mohammed Asad.

“This is an innovative tactic for demonstrators,” says Fahd, 25, who holds a diploma in library science. “I am proud that I am responsible for three fires broke out last week in those Israeli fields.”

Fahd Abu Jazar prepares a kite in Gaza. Photo by Mohammed Asad.

Last Monday, Four kites affixed with flammable cocktail were sent from Gaza at a wheat field in the Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council. The fire caused immense damage, torching 25 acres of wheat. “Yediot Ahronot” reported.

A kite for Gaza, April 27, 2018. Photo by Mohammed Asad.

Israeli farmers in the damaged fields who noticed the kites quickly reached the field and put out the fire using water hoses, while fire teams were called to the scene to assist in taming the flames.

Kite sets a field afire inside Israel. Photo by Mohammed Asad.

In a previous incident, one such Gaza’s kite set to blaze 50 acres in Be’eri Forest, western Israel.

“At first we really did think it was a gimmick, some kind of joke—an incendiary kite—but it turns out we were wrong in a big way. This antiquated weapon is giving us serious trouble and causing heavy damages,” an Israeli farmer told Yediot Ahronot.

The same daily paper reported on Saturday: “Incendiary kite from Gaza sets fire to wheat field in Israel”.

Meanwhile kite flyer Mosbah Abu al-Atta believes that the damage caused by these kites is a big zero compared to what the Israeli troops’ bulldozers have done to Palestinian farmers’ land adjacent to the border.

“Now it is their turn to taste the bitterness when daily incursion on our wheat and pea fields,” Mosbah told Mondoweiss. Farmers in Rafah are being shot at as soon as they plow their lands, he said; and Gaza civilians do not have bulldozers or guns to avenge these attacks.

Mosbah was lighting a bulb affixed to the kite’s tail. The bulb contained coal in a piece of burlap, and doused with diesel fuel and engine oil. His son Mujahed assisted him in directing the kite.

“Let go the string!” Mosbah yelled at his son.

“Usually it goes around 2- 3 miles towards the fields after cutting the string and leaves the burning object to fall in the Israeli farms,” Mosbah added.

Neither father or son has ever taken a plane or a train. They are like more than 90 percent of the young men in Gaza, who have never left the enclave.

The kite is locally dubbed “Tabaq,” Arabic for paper plate. It shares the skies with black Israeli drones, which take films minute by minute of every spot and movement in the devastated coastal territory, a home of two million people squeezed into 140 square miles. Some kites marked with a swastika were seen flying on April 20, which was Nazi leader Adolf Hitler’s birthday.

Kite with swastika, April 20, Gaza. Photo by Mohammed Asad.

On Friday, for the first time, Israeli snipers hiding behind the hills warned demonstrators with a loudspeaker to keep back. “Go back, aunt, you are a virtuous lady, we do not want problems,” the loudspeaker said.

Gaza, April 27, 2018. Photo by Mohammed Asad.

I met that woman, Reda al-Banna, 44, and asked her why the soldier asked her to step back. “He speaks politely because he is surrounded by foreign journalists and wants to show up nicely in reports,” she told me.

“Those who are truly polite do not expel people from their lands and occupy their country,” she went on, explaining that she is originally from Jaffa and mother of nine children.

The relative calm continued until 3 pm on Friday. At that time, intense gunfire began with tear gas canister fired by Israeli troops towards thousands of protesters.

Reda al-Banna. April 27, 2018. Photo by Mohammed Asad.

“Listen, my son,” Mrs. al-Banna said. “I know the situation here well. Foreign journalists have withdrawn and left to their jobs, so now they start using violence.”

By Friday night, three Palestinians had been killed by the Israeli forces along the Israel-Gaza border, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry. At least 833 Palestinians were wounded, said the ministry, despite the UN human rights chief urging Israel to stop using excessive force against Palestinian protesters.

Injured demonstrator, April 27, 2018. Photo by Mohammed Asad.

A fourth victim, a 15-year old boy named Azzam Hillal, died of his wounds on Saturday. He had been shot in the head.

The protests raised the death toll to 45 demonstrators, with more than 6,000 injured, since the mass movement began on March 30.

Demonstrators attempt to damage the fence separating Gaza from Israel, April 27, 2018. Photo by Mohammed Asad.

Demonstrators attempt to damage the fence separating Gaza from Israel, April 27, 2018. Photo by Mohammed Asad.

The March organizers believe that more than 30,000 Palestinians participated in Friday’s events, during which attempts were made to damage the security fence and roll burning tires toward the soldiers.

Mohammed al-Fayoumi, who was injured on the second Friday of the march, walks with the help of a crutch to return to the demonstrations. Photo by Mohammed Asad.

Many injured demonstrators have returned to the demonstrations in later weeks.

Mohammed al-Fayoumi, 20, who was injured on the second Friday of the march, was walking with the help of a crutch a kilometer away from the bus stop where demonstrators are dropped.

Injured demonstrator returns, April 27, 2018. Photo by Mohammed Asad.

“On the day of my injury, I remember that the sniper was pointing to me to step back, but I did not respond, so he shot at my feet when I touched the fence,” said al-Fayoumi, an accounting student.

“The doctors advised me to take a rest for two weeks, but I did not pay attention to them,” he added.

Teargas at demonstrations, Gaza border. April 27, 2018. Photo by Mohammed Asad.

The rallies need to be kept on fire with everyone’s participation, al-Fayoumi said. The situation in Gaza has been frozen for a long time, and daily life is miserable. The demonstrations offer the only hope of political change.

About Ahmad Kabariti

Ahmad Kabariti is a freelance journalist based in Gaza.

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  1. guyn
    April 29, 2018, 12:02 pm

    Thank you Ahmad for the informations.

    The blocus MUST end. Enough is enough!

  2. Kathleen
    April 29, 2018, 1:10 pm

    At first while I was reading I was thinking well this is not a non violent peaceful response to the violence perpetrated on Palestinians for decades. However I can understand the response. Most people on the planet would want to strike back against the individuals, soldiers, government who stole your lands destroyed your olive trees etc, occupied your land, stole your home, humiliated or killed your family members, make it extremely difficult for you to get to your present residence. Yes I would be raging. Fighting theft and occupation with fire, protest etc
    Meanwhile kite flyer Mosbah Abu al-Atta believes that the damage caused by these kites is a big zero compared to what the Israeli troops’ bulldozers have done to Palestinian farmers’ land adjacent to the border.

    “Now it is their turn to taste the bitterness when daily incursion on our wheat and pea fields,” Mosbah told Mondoweiss. Farmers in Rafah are being shot at as soon as they plow their lands, he said; and Gaza civilians do not have bulldozers or guns to avenge these attacks.”

    Although one can justify these tactics non violent protesting has the possibility of moving the ball forward more constructively. I know easy for me to say. my home, my life, my family, my land has not been stolen and destroyed by an apartheid system.

    • Citizen
      April 29, 2018, 3:30 pm

      Seems the Palestinians all know Israel will use the slightest physical threat to justify their conduct, and that the Western media, most especially in America, will embellish any such threat, and say Israel merely reacted to it–even if Israel actually instigated said threat. So what should they do to bring their plight to the mail box , to the acute attention of the voting Western masses? I look around me and nowhere around me do I see Ahed Tamimi’s slap being discussed, ever.

  3. Keith
    April 29, 2018, 6:27 pm

    “Some kites marked with a swastika were seen flying on April 20, which was Nazi leader Adolf Hitler’s birthday.”

    What idiot did this?

    • Boris
      April 29, 2018, 9:50 pm

      ?

      All of them!

      • Keith
        April 30, 2018, 12:51 am

        BORIS- “All of them!”

        Why don’t the Israeli stormtroopers turn the tables on them? Ground the helicopter gunships, forego the artillery and tanks, and fly kites over Gaza?

      • Annie Robbins
        April 30, 2018, 3:25 am

        exactly keith

      • Donald Johnson
        April 30, 2018, 8:29 am

        The Israelis are too humane to employ gliding fabrics of mass destruction against the people who oppress them by protesting. So they shoot them, bomb them and blockade them instead.

      • Misterioso
        April 30, 2018, 10:22 am

        @Boris

        “? All of them”

        Drawing an analogy between Nazism and the entity known as “Israel” is entirely appropriate.

        To wit:
        https://www.haaretz.com/opi
        Zeev Sternhell**
        Jan 19, 2018 – Haaretz
        Opinion: “In Israel, Growing Fascism and a Racism Akin to Early Nazism”
        EXCERPT:
        “I frequently ask myself how a historian in 50 or 100 years will interpret our period. When, he will ask, did people in Israel start to realize that the state that was established in the War of Independence, on the ruins of European Jewry and at the cost of the blood of combatants some of whom were Holocaust survivors, had devolved into a true monstrosity for its non-Jewish inhabitants. When did some Israelis understand that their cruelty and ability to bully others, Palestinians or Africans, began eroding the moral legitimacy of their existence as a sovereign entity?”

        Also:
        https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-gaza-border-killings-expose-israel-s-true-mentality-1.6032716

        Opinion: “Gaza Border Killings Expose Israel’s True Mentality
        And Bezalel Smotrich, like the cynical face of Avigdor Lieberman, reflects our own face, the face of Netanyahu’s advance guard for the West.”
        Zeev Sternhell Apr 27, 2018 – Haaretz

        ** Zeev Sternhell is a Polish-born Israeli historian, political scientist, commentator on the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, and writer. He is one of the world’s leading experts on fascism. Sternhell headed the Department of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

      • Mooser
        April 30, 2018, 12:16 pm

        “Drawing an analogy between Nazism and the entity known as “Israel” is entirely appropriate.”

        Gee, I don’t know about this. Nazi Germany had about 90 million people firmly under its control, and this was before the Blitzkreig. They could at least convince themselves they had a shot.
        And I don’t think Nazi Germany left a population almost twice the size of Germany’s as hostages all over the world, either.

      • echinococcus
        April 30, 2018, 3:48 pm

        Sure, Mooser, WWII was all about Jews.

  4. mondonut
    April 29, 2018, 7:08 pm

    Peaceful, non-violent Molotov cocktail kites

    and…

    Peaceful, non-violent rolling of burning tires towards Israeli soldiers.

    • Keith
      April 30, 2018, 1:02 am

      MONDONUT- “Peaceful, non-violent Molotov cocktail kites”

      Kites as an existential threat? Have you no intellectual or moral integrity whatsoever? The kites are pathetic, yet you attempt to blow them all out of proportion. Kites versus helicopter gunships and tanks! Have you no shame? How many Israeli Jews have been murdered by these kites? How many Palestinians have been murdered by Israeli snipers? And, more significantly, by “mowing the lawn?” Zionazi apologist.

      • Donald Johnson
        April 30, 2018, 8:36 am

        “Have you no intellectual or moral integrity whatsoever? “

        Basically whiny self pitying melodrama is all the hasbarists have, but they soldier on using the rhetorical weapons they possess against overwhelming odds. When you think of it like that, it shows admirable courage to go into comment sections of newspapers and blogs willing to sacrifice every bit of credibility and decency they have to serve the glorious cause.

      • guyn
        April 30, 2018, 9:12 am

        Well said.

      • mondonut
        April 30, 2018, 9:38 am

        @Keith

        Who made a claim of an existential threat? And how exactly is pointing out that molotov cocktails are not peaceful blowing them all out of proportion?

        Allow me to assist you with your reading comprehension. The repeated claim (ad nauseam) is that the demonstrations are peaceful and non-violent. Ahmad Kabariti proves otherwise.

      • Misterioso
        April 30, 2018, 10:12 am

        @mondonut
        “The repeated claim (ad nauseam) is that the demonstrations are peaceful and non-violent. Ahmad Kabariti proves otherwise.”

        Cite one example of an Israeli soldier being killed or wounded by the Palestinian demonstrators.

        Meanwhile:
        To quote Amnesty International:
        “Israel is carrying out a murderous assault against protesting Palestinians, with its armed forces killing and maiming demonstrators [some with what appear to be deliberately inflicted life-changing injuries] who pose no imminent threat to them.”

        “In most of the fatal cases analyzed by Amnesty International, victims were shot in the upper body, including the head and the chest, some from behind.”

        “Eyewitness testimonies, video and photographic evidence suggest that many were deliberately killed or injured while posing no immediate threat to the Israeli soldiers.”

      • Keith
        April 30, 2018, 10:18 am

        MONDONUT- “And how exactly is pointing out that molotov cocktails are not peaceful blowing them all out of proportion?”

        You are an apologist for murder and for the inhumane and immoral blockade of Gaza who can’t tell the difference between a kite with a burning tail from a Molotov cocktail. These kites are pathetic and you most certainly are blowing them all out of proportion. Have you no conscience?

        “There is, evidently, much satisfaction to be gained by careful inspection of those writhing under our boot, to see if they are behaving properly; when they are not, as is often the case, indignation is unconstrained.” (Noam Chomsky)

      • Mooser
        April 30, 2018, 12:18 pm

        “Have you no intellectual or moral integrity whatsoever? “

        “Jackdaw” has something much more consequential than that at stake here. He’s got an investment in Israel!

      • mondonut
        April 30, 2018, 1:30 pm

        @Misterioso : Cite one example of an Israeli soldier being killed or wounded..

        So anything other than killed or wounded is peaceful and non-violent? Since when?

      • mondonut
        April 30, 2018, 1:37 pm

        @Keith : you most certainly are blowing them all out of proportion.

        My only comment on the kites were that they are neither peaceful nor non-violent. That is a simple statement of fact. Sorry you are having such a hard time with the obvious truth.

      • echinococcus
        April 30, 2018, 1:57 pm

        To the Zionut:

        Violent or non-violent is totally irrelevant and misleading. The invaded and occupied have every right to be as violent as they want and the invaders, including you and your family, have no right to be there, let alone apply any violence.
        Get the hell out. You may not be lucky enough to be met with nice, calm behavior if you come back to the States too late, you know.

      • Keith
        April 30, 2018, 2:10 pm

        MONDONUT- “My only comment on the kites were that they are neither peaceful nor non-violent.”

        You conflated them with Molotov cocktails, hardly a “fact.” What is your idea of non-violent and peaceful? Sitting quietly at your desk with your head down while your friends are being shot by Israeli murders who are whooping it up? None of this would be happening if Israel lived up to its agreements and treated the Palestinians decently. Let us review the reality.

        “The official story is that after Israel graciously handed Gaza over to the Palestinians, in the hope that they would construct a flourishing state, they revealed their true nature by subjecting Israel to unremitting rocket attack and forcing the captive population to become martyrs to so that Israel would be pictured in a bad light. Reality is rather different.

        A few weeks after Israeli troops withdrew, leaving the occupation intact, Palestinians committed a major crime. In January 2006, they voted the wrong way in a carefully monitored free election, handing control of the Parliament to Hamas. The media constantly intone that Hamas is dedicated to the destruction of Israel. In reality, its leaders have repeatedly made it clear and explicit that Hamas would accept a two-state settlement in accord with the international consensus that has been blocked by the US and Israel for 40 years. In contrast, Israel is dedicated to the destruction of Palestine, apart from some occasional meaningless words, and is implementing that commitment.
        ….
        The crime of the Palestinians in January 2006 was punished at once. The US and Israel, with Europe shamefully trailing behind, imposed harsh sanctions on the errant population and Israel stepped up its violence. By June, when the attacks sharply escalated, Israel had already fired more than 7700 [155 mm] shells at northern Gaza.

        There should be no need to review again the horrendous record since. The relentless siege and savage attacks are punctuated by episodes of “mowing the lawn,” to borrow Israel’s cheery expression for its periodic exercises of shooting fish in a pond in what it calls a “war of defense.” Once the lawn is mowed and the desperate population seeks to reconstruct somehow from the devastation and the murders, there is a cease-fire agreement. These have been regularly observed by Hamas, as Israel concedes, until Israel violates them with renewed violence.” (Noam Chomsky)
        http://zcomm.org/znetarticle/outrage/

      • mondonut
        April 30, 2018, 3:08 pm

        @Keith : You conflated them with Molotov cocktails, hardly a “fact.”

        Did you even read the story?

        Last Monday, Four kites affixed with flammable cocktail…

      • mondonut
        April 30, 2018, 3:30 pm

        @echinococcus : Violent or non-violent is totally irrelevant and misleading.

        Claims of non-violence certainly are misleading, they are in fact a complete lie. All of the repeated, multiple and non-stop claims that the Great March protests are peaceful and non-violent are indeed complete lies. And it is not irrelevant to point out the truth.

        As for the rest of your nonsense (and implied threat), I am not Zionist, nor Israeli.

      • Keith
        April 30, 2018, 5:10 pm

        MONDONUT- “Did you even read the story?”

        Yes, it said that “Fahd prepares 15-20 kites with flaming rags dangling from their tails.” Your quote notwithstanding, nowhere does it say that these kites drop Molotov cocktails anywhere. You are the one who claimed Molotov cocktails which would be too heavy for the kites. You did it because of the image of Molotov cocktails being thrown which could present real physical danger to those where they land. The kites are stupid, but they are not Molotov cocktails. You are shamelessly trying to justify murder. Of course, there are those who would admire your abandonment of intellectual and moral integrity in order to support group solidarity.

        “I did see enough to be very impressed by the way the Jewish colonists were building up their land. I admired their desperate will to live, the more so since I myself was an idealist. In the years that followed I often said to Jews with whom I had dealings that, had I been a Jew, I would have been a fanatical Zionist. I could not imagine being anything else. In fact, I would have been the most ardent Zionist imaginable.” (Adolph Eichmann, quoted in “Zionism in the Age of the Dictators,” by Lenni Brenner, p119)

      • Keith
        April 30, 2018, 5:35 pm

        MONDONUT- “So anything other than killed or wounded is peaceful and non-violent?”

        The casualty figures tell us who is being killed and injured and who is doing the killing and injuring. As of April 28th, the Israel friendly Washington Post reports that “Since the protests began, Israeli troops have killed 43 Palestinians and wounded more than 3,500 with live ammunition, rubber bullets or shrapnel, the Health Ministry said. Of those, about 2,200 have suffered injuries to the legs.” http://normanfinkelstein.com/2018/04/30/even-awful-washington-post-better-than-the-new-york-sturmer-times/

        All of this murder and mayhem without Israeli casualties? Just how violent can these demonstrations be? And you defend this. You refuse to call murder murder. You refuse to call intentional maiming intentional maiming. You refuse to call an illegal, immoral and inhumane blockade an illegal, immoral and inhumane blockade. You refuse to acknowledge Israel’s overwhelming power advantage and ability to end the blockade unilaterally. You defend Israel’s ongoing abuse of the Gazans, including periodic mass-murder (mowing the lawn). You have no shame, just overweening group loyalty. Israel uber alles.

      • Mooser
        April 30, 2018, 5:35 pm

        ” I am not Zionist, nor Israeli.” “mondonut”

        Of course not.
        You are simply a decent person who feels called upon to defend Israel when it’s under attack.
        We’ve had several not-a-Zionists and not-an-Israeli commenters here before. They’re noted for their from-the-get-go honesty.

      • Mooser
        April 30, 2018, 5:44 pm

        “Claims of non-violence certainly are misleading, they are in fact a complete lie. All of the repeated, multiple and non-stop claims that the Great March protests are peaceful and non-violent are indeed complete lies”

        Who are you going to believe? “mondonut”, or your lying eyes?

        .” And it is not irrelevant to point out the truth.”

        We must do more than “point out the truth”! It is incumbent upon Mondo to print, to list by name (they should never be forgotten) every single one of the Israeli casualties!!
        With pictures! Some of the Israeli soldiers experienced keratoconjunctivitis.

    • oldgeezer
      April 30, 2018, 1:16 pm

      @mondonut

      You forgot that there’s a steel fence between those burning tires and soldiers. So you are being quite dishonest in suggesting that they were being rolled towards soldiers. They’re used for a smoke screen in order to hamper the murderous terrorists in the iof from slaughtering unarmed civilians.

      The GoI, iof and it’s supporters are despicable.

      • mondonut
        April 30, 2018, 1:27 pm

        @oldgeezer; So you are being quite dishonest in suggesting that they were being rolled towards soldiers.

        It was not my claim, read the story genius…

        The March organizers believe that more than 30,000 Palestinians participated in Friday’s events, during which attempts were made to damage the security fence and roll burning tires toward the soldiers.

      • oldgeezer
        April 30, 2018, 2:07 pm

        @mondonut

        By selectively extracting portions of text you (dishonestly) change the context from what is being said (and seen on video). From one where the tires were rolled in the direction of the soldiers to one where the soldiers were the target.

        If you were to stand on the bottom of the mounds behind which the cowardly iof hide to murder children and youth, you could not roll a tire, burning or otherwise, up and over it.

        There was no violence directed at Israeli thugs as a consequence of those burning tires.

      • mondonut
        April 30, 2018, 3:16 pm

        @oldgeezer : By selectively extracting portions of text…

        I did no such thing, that is an exact quote in its entirety. The story claims burning tires were rolled towards soldiers and flaming kites sent to burn in Israel, those are not my claims but the author’s.

        And for whatever reason, you chose to believe that those activities are peaceful. And non-violent.

      • oldgeezer
        April 30, 2018, 4:44 pm

        @mondonut

        It’s extracted out of the context of the article.

        And yes the tires are peaceful and nonviolent. They are a defensive action against violent terrorist murderers.

        I left the burning kites alone, until now, but they aren’t molotov cocktails regardless.

    • Jackdaw
      May 2, 2018, 7:41 am

      You forgot peaceful non-violent rock throwing.

  5. peter
    April 30, 2018, 8:49 am

    I think it is better to avoid using the word “border” when talking about these demonstrations. (Ditto for the word “Gazans”. That is terminology Israel would like to encourage as it fosters the notion that Israel is being invaded by foreigners.

    Better to refer to the “perimeter” or “Israel’s wall” and to “Palestinians” or “Palestinian refugees”

    • John O
      April 30, 2018, 9:47 am

      Yes, particularly as Israel has always refused to define its borders. On the other hand, by calling it a border, and the people Gazans, Israel admits to killing and maiming people in a neighbouring country.

  6. Cazador
    April 30, 2018, 9:56 am

    The proper term for replacing «border» would most likely be the «World’s Fascist, Apartheid Israeli-Made Biggest Open-Air Prison of Gaza»…

    One day, the shame will be pointed at all Jews for Israel’s wrongdoings since 1948 in Palestine. And that will be too bad since some of the definitely strongest protesters against Israel’s wrongdoings are Jews like the Weiss, Finkelstein, (Einstein on December 4, 1948), Lendman, Peled, and a few more honest, brave, just ones… We must make sure they will be able to keep doing what’s best for humanity.

    • Misterioso
      April 30, 2018, 10:37 am

      @Cazador

      “One day, the shame will be pointed at all Jews for Israel’s wrongdoings since 1948 in Palestine.”

      Regrettably, but not surprisingly, it’s already happening. Not within most of the media, but certainly increasingly so within the general public around the world. Slowly, but surely, Zionism is proving to be a curse for Jews, a modern Golden Calf. It’s only a matter of time.

    • Boris
      April 30, 2018, 1:03 pm

      We must make sure they will be able to keep doing what’s best for humanity.

      Hey, Mu-mu, make sure that you get your ausweis.

      • Mooser
        April 30, 2018, 2:08 pm

        “Hey, Mu-mu, make sure that you get your ausweis.”

        Hey, you got something much better, a ticket out of Russia.

    • mondonut
      April 30, 2018, 1:33 pm

      @Cazador

      Because who else to blame for anti-semitism but the Jews themselves.

      • Mooser
        April 30, 2018, 2:05 pm

        “Because who else to blame for anti-semitism but the Jews themselves.”

        You said it, “mondonut”. The present can sure change the past.
        Do you have a plan to deal with this?

      • Mooser
        April 30, 2018, 2:23 pm

        I never have understood this, maybe “mondonut” can explain it to me.

        For people who posit an ineradicable anti-Semitism as one of the fundamental reasons for Zionism, they sure seem flustered and outraged when they meet up with anything but a completely philo-Semitic response. And make accusations of anti-Semitism like an entire world of philo-Semites are poised to avenge any aspersions on the Jews.
        It don’t make sense. And I will go so far as to say that “RoHa” would say it doesn’t make sense.

      • RoHa
        May 1, 2018, 7:28 am

        Indeed I would.

        I believe that Mondonut is being sarcastic.
        But I find it interesting that I can say that anti-Japanese feeling in Asia is largely the result of the actions of the Japanese army, and perhaps the behaviour of subsequent Japanese businessmen, or that anti-American feeling in the world is a consequence of boorish tourists and the bomb-first-and-ask-questions-later policy of the US government, and no-one will raise an eyebrow.
        However, if I even hint that the behaviour or attitudes of some Jews just might have contributed to anti-Semitism, hophmi will be furious, Yonah will produce a doleful screed, and the moderators will have an attack of the vapours.

      • gamal
        May 1, 2018, 8:36 am

        thank god one is allowed hate the British without it being deemed problematic, I would no less sing the National Anthem round here than I would loudly ejaculate an Allahu Akbar, people are so sensitive (Shashi Tharoor reviewed in Ireland)

        “British racial theories were in full flow in relation to railway matters, with legislation making it impossible for Indian workshops to design and manufacture locomotives.
        Racism was also reflected in the penal code: “there had never been a taboo against homosexuality in Indian culture and practice until the British Victorians introduced one.” Crucially, Britain also “helped solidify and perpetuate the iniquities of the caste system”, which was made out to be more uniform and pervasive than it had been. Religion became a useful means of divide and rule, with the fostering of a two-nation theory that eventually divided the country and made partition inevitable; one million were killed and 17 million displaced.

        Tharoor’s assertion that “stories abound” of Hindu and Muslim communities “habitually working together in pre-colonial times” is a bit loose and ambiguous, but Lord Oliver, the secretary of state in the 1920s, admitted a predominant bias in British officialdom in favour of the Muslim community to offset Hindu nationalism. The British also sponsored a Shia-Sunni divide in Lucknow and generally transformed religious differences into public, political and legal issues.

        There are also reminders of the vile racism of Winston Churchill: “I hate Indians. They are a beastly people with a beastly religion . . . Let the Viceroy sit on the back of a giant elephant and trample Gandhi into the dirt.” Tharoor seeks to demolish the myth of “enlightened despotism” given brutalities like the Jallianwala Bagh massacre of 1919, with soldiers “emptying their magazines into the shrieking, wailing, then stampeding crowd with trained precision”. It is a pity he does not give the context for the comment of William Joynson-Hicks, home secretary in the 1928 Conservative government of Stanley Baldwin, that “we conquered India by the sword and by the sword we shall hold it. I am not such a hypocrite to say we hold India for the Indians.”

        https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/inglorious-empire-what-the-british-did-to-india-1.2981299

      • Keith
        May 1, 2018, 11:19 am

        ROHA- “However, if I even hint that the behaviour or attitudes of some Jews just might have contributed to anti-Semitism, hophmi will be furious, Yonah will produce a doleful screed, and the moderators will have an attack of the vapours.”

        That is because perceptions of anti-Semitism (and the anti-Gentilism it implies) are a central components of the tribal kinship which Zionism promotes.

      • Mooser
        May 1, 2018, 12:48 pm

        “Indeed I would.”

        Thank you.

    • eljay
      April 30, 2018, 3:15 pm

      || Cazador: … One day, the shame will be pointed at all Jews for Israel’s wrongdoings since 1948 in Palestine. … ||

      And if/when that day comes, you can count on brave Zionists to point their fingers at other Jews and shout: That one there – he’s a Jew! Get him!

      • MHughes976
        May 1, 2018, 4:45 am

        Meanwhile on our side it’s quite important not to let anti-Zionism cause anti-Semitism

      • eljay
        May 1, 2018, 8:55 am

        || MHughes976: Meanwhile on our side it’s quite important not to let anti-Zionism cause anti-Semitism ||

        I agree. Non-Zionist Jews should not be held responsible for the actions of Zionists.

  7. Jackdaw
    May 1, 2018, 1:42 am

    Hamas is on the way out. Their 10 year reign of failure is coming to an end.

    tick..tick…tick

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