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Previously, I reported on the recent cancellations of three pinkwashing events that were originally scheduled for Seattle, Tacoma, and Olympia, Washington.

As these cancellations were being announced last week, reports were also coming in about an alarming yet puzzling boycott against an Olympia Jewish deli.

Kitzel’s Crazy Delicious Delicatessen is a new establishment that opened in downtown Olympia last December, serving Eastern European Jewish food. Kitzel’s was originally scheduled on March 15 to host an event with four LGBT and LGBT-ally Israelis, titled “Rainbow Generations.” However, the event, which was to be the second Kitzel’s event sponsored by the multimillion-dollar pro-Israel organization StandWithUs, was cancelled two days prior.

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The first news of the cancellation appeared on March 14 on JTNews (“The Voice of Jewish Washington”), where it was explained:

A Thursday evening event scheduled in Olympia at Kitzel’s Delicatessen was cancelled after owner Hava Aviv said she has been losing customers due to her hosting of Israel-focused events.

“We’ve gotten several warnings from friends that there are people who are beginning to boycott our business,” Aviv told JTNews.

The speakers will now appear at Temple Beth Hatfiloh.

Though the deli has been open for a few months — Aviv opened it in response to the boycott of Israeli products at the Olympia Food Co-op — she said she has been forced to lay off staff due to what she called intimidation within the community by co-op supporters.

“I’m not this rock-solid Zionist,” Aviv said. “But that’s what Olympia has turned me into.”

The following day, StandWithUs issued its own announcement, titled “Olympia Deli Needs Our Help!”:

The anti-Israel boycott activists in Olympia have targeted Kitzel’s Delicatessen for boycott because they are willing to host pro-Israel speakers and they sell Israeli goods!


Just this week, anti-Israel intolerance showed its ugly face in Olympia, Washington. For those who don’t know, Olympia, Washington, is a center of anti-Israel activity. It’s a place where college professors don’t speak openly of their support for Israel because they may lose researchand that the college divest its endowment from companies doing business with or in Israel.[sic]

Kitzel’s Deli offered to work with StandWithUs to host speakers from Israel who were to talk about their lives, about their community, about the progressive nature of Israel.

Because Kitzel offered to host these Israeli speakers, BDS supporters are attempting to bully the deli. They’ve threatened to protest, boycott and to cause economic damage to stop Israeli voices from being heard in Olympia. Already, Kitzel’s weekly sales have fallen 50 percent and they’ve had to lay off half their staff.

The boycott activists in Olympia call themselves open-minded and liberal. But for people who claim to be liberal, to be open minded, their actions show them to be the most close minded, trying to silencing dialog and deny anyone with whom they disagree the right to speak. Apparently the only perspective that BDS activists will tolerate is their own perspective. Their actions are the most undemocratic – an unbridled, unapologetic attempt to deny Israelis and Israel’s supporters the right to speak and be heard.

Don’t let them succeed! Help keep Kitzel’s Delicatessen open!

“Intimidation” by “co-op supporters”? “Bullying” and threats of “economic damage” against Kitzel’s? Skeptical of this story, I contacted several Olympia activists and asked them if they or anyone they knew was organizing a boycott campaign against Kitzel’s. All of them said no and expressed the same bewilderment I had upon hearing of this.

By March 16, however, the JTNews article had changed. Where previously the article had blamed “intimidation” against Kitzel’s on “supporters” of the Olympia Food Co-op, it now attributed the intimidation to no specific group, and a correction was noted:

Note: This article was corrected to remove a reference to who was intimidating Kitzel’s Delicatessen. Owner Hava Aviv tells JTNews that she believes it is individuals in Olympia who are unaffiliated with any specific group or organization. JTNews regrets the error.

The boycott rumor spreads on the internet

As the story made its way through the internet—largely on the basis of the StandWithUs announcement—the headlines started sounding even more alarmist:

“BDS bullies target Olympia deli”
“BDSers target unabashedly liberal Jewish deli in Olympia, WA”
“Jewish-Israeli business boycotted and harmed in Washington by BDS brigade”
“Jewish boycotts: It could never happen here?”

The first headline was accompanied with the following comparison:

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The photo on the right shows Olympia residents expressing their support for the Olympia Food Co-op outside of the courthouse where the Co-op was being sued on behalf of StandWithUs for boycotting Israeli products. The juxtaposition seemed awkward enough without the Norman Finkelstein quote attached to it.

Meanwhile, on the Kitzel’s Facebook page, new supporters from around the world were adding comments:

“Thanks for standing with Israel and free speech.”
“Keep the opportunities for dialogue open, despite the BDS McCarthyists.”
“And thank you so much for being brave in the face of bullying”
“Thank you for supporting Israel, Keep up the good work.”
“We stand with Kitzel’s as Kitzel’s Stands With Us.”

Individual refusals to patronize

Although I could find no one organizing a boycott campaign against Kitzel’s, I was aware that some people personally chose not to patronize the deli due to disagreement with its politics. I was also aware of sentiment from some Jewish critics of Israel who felt uncomfortable being in a Jewish space that was so openly pro-Israel.

An earlier JTNews article had called Kitzel’s “a Jewish deli in Olympia to counter the Olympia Food Co-op’s boycott of Israeli products,” and described a fundraising email from Kitzel’s that contained the subject: “Please Help Olympia WA stand up to boycott of Israeli Goods.”

Another article reported that “Kitzel’s—like the Food Co-op—will carry socially sustainable products, but it will specifically include sustainable products from Israel.” Aside from the political act of deliberately sourcing Israeli goods, importing products from 10,000 miles away could hardly be considered “sustainable.”

Then on February 23, Kitzel’s hosted an event that featured two StandWithUs speakers who were touring the Northwest to counter Israeli Apartheid Week. The event was held on the same day as the first hearing in the lawsuit against the Olympia Food Co-op—a lawsuit that also happened to be coordinated with StandWithUs.

The culmination of these statements and actions seemed to indicate a clear political position for Kitzel’s that was against the Olympia Food Co-op and its boycott of Israeli goods.

However, that some people would decide on their own, without coordination with others, not to patronize a business—whether due to political disagreement, or an objection to where or how products are sourced, or even because of poor customer service—is not the same as an organized boycott.

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Photos from Kitzel’s website

An interview with Kitzel’s proprietor Hava Aviv

I contacted Hava Aviv, one of the owners of Kitzel’s, who was the reported source for the JTNews and StandWithUs reports. I knew Hava, and she agreed to speak to me after I assured her that I would be careful not to take her words out of context.

Although she expressed opinions and interpretations that I disagreed with, I leave them unchallenged below, as our conversation was not intended to be a debate but rather to have her explain both the story of the alleged boycott and the politics of Kitzel’s in her own words.

A boycott?

Hava described to me how the boycott allegations came about:

Over the course of several days, many conversations came to my table. No organization or group approached me. I was very clear with this with JTNews. I was very clear with this with StandWithUs. I’ll be very clear with this with you: no group or organization came to me.

Concerned individuals came to me with a plethora of opinions—many opinions. People came and said, “Hava, we are very concerned that you are hosting StandWithUs events, and we are very concerned that if you continue to host StandWithUs events, that groups will begin to organize to boycott Kitzel’s.” This is what caused the cancellation of the event. I cannot survive a boycott. [Kitzel’s is] three months old. I cannot survive a boycott.

So when someone comes to me and says we have concerns about this, we think that this might happen, this is the thing that Irina [Hava’s co-proprietor] and I thought that we needed to listen to.

Nobody came to me and said that they will boycott. People came to me and said they are concerned that if you continue to host these types of events, that a boycott will emerge.

A few days before the scheduled “Rainbow Generations” event, Hava met with a group of three individuals who were concerned about StandWithUs’s pinkwashing. The meeting was described as “cordial” and “non-threatening” by the participants, including Hava.

[The three people mentioned above] said we already know of individuals who will not patronize—individuals, not groups. I’m not talking about affiliations or groups. They said we, including ourselves, have not patronized your business and know of other people that won’t patronize your business because of these [StandWithUs] events.

That’s not an organized boycott. That’s individuals saying, “We have chosen not to patronize your business because you host these events.”

I read from the StandWithUs announcement about Kitzel’s being boycotted and asked for Hava’s response.

You’ll have to bring that up with the people that published that.

It was very short notice that I was giving [StandWithUs] to cancel the event. And we called to cancel the event because we felt our business had the potential to be threatened and boycotted. We canceled for that. We wouldn’t be able to recover from it. The message came across loud and clear.

It was not just the three individuals [mentioned above]. It was many other individuals. A very close friend said, “I am very, very concerned. Very concerned about this.” And it feels like a threat. I’m not saying she is threatening me. I’m not saying an organization is threatening me. I’m not saying a group of people is threatening me. It feels threatening. It feels like a threat to the business. And it’s a threat that we are not able to recover from.

Concerning the correction that appeared in JTNews:

They published part of the correction, but not all of it. I’ve been playing phone tag with both organizations [JTNews and StandWithUs] to try and get it clear. But I work 12–16 hours a day. Sometimes it’s very difficult.

Although Hava generally did not want to identify those who had spoken to her, she did provide an example:

I do want to be clear that it was not just a friend that came to us being very concerned and not just the three people that we both know. Many, many people have come to say—I mean if you look on Facebook, there’s a woman on there named Olga that says that she won’t come because we carry Israeli goods…

The woman in question, Olga Rose, had made the following comment on Facebook:

…i don’t understand why a deli would go out of its way to buy israeli goods, advertise trips to israel, and host a stand with us event. it’s really sad too because when i went there i was so happy to get some of my childhood food, but then i looked at the pickled mushrooms i bought, and they were from israel and then i looked to the left when paying for my food and there was a poster suggesting a trip to israel and then i heard of the stand with us event and that was it for me, i can’t stand foot in there without cringing…

Olga, an Olympia resident of Jewish descent who was born in Moscow, explained to me that she had grown up on Eastern European Jewish foods. She described her first visit to Kitzel’s as being “in an almost euphoric state,” excited to revisit the “stuff I ate when I was a kid.”

However, she was overwhelmed by what she felt was strong pro-Israel sentiment and decided not to return to Kitzel’s.

Near the end of our conversation, Hava stressed the extent of her various conversations with people concerned about Kitzel’s hosting StandWithUs.

I do hope that you will say that individuals have come to us to say these things. Not groups, and I’m very clear about it. I was clear about it with JTNews and StandWithUs. Not groups—not one group or organization has approached us, but individuals have approached us with language that feels threatening about an impending boycott. Not through groups.

So there have been individuals saying they would start a boycott?

No, not that they would actively start one, no.

But that they personally wouldn’t patronize your business?

And that they would encourage others to do the same. And that feels threatening. That’s where the word “threat” came from. That feels threatening.

Did they come to you saying this?

Three of them did, yes, together. Not the ones that we’ve named, but others, yes. Three of them came together. But they did not come representing an organization.

Did they come to you with a demand?

[They said] if you continue to host events like this, then this is what will happen, and we will tell other people. And in my book, that feels like a threat.

Working with StandWithUs

The first StandWithUs event at Kitzel’s was held on February 23 and featured two Israeli speakers: Ran Bar-Yoshafat, who is the 2012 StandWithUs Northwest “Shaliach;” and Rania Fadel, a StandWithUs Fellow whose identity as a Druze is a focal point in her talks. At the time, they were touring the Northwest to counter Israeli Apartheid Week.

StandWithUs has no official presence in Olympia, but it has a regional office 60 miles north, in Seattle. I asked Hava how her venue came to host StandWithUs events.

We were handed a list of events by StandWithUs. We chose the ones that we thought would be appropriate for our community. And no other organization has approached us to say can we hold events here.

So StandWithUs gave you a list?

Yeah, and we chose a couple of events that we thought would be appropriate. So the Ran & Rania event was one, and then the “Rainbow Generations” was the other. We felt that they were appropriate. Like the information that StandWithUs gave to us—we were like, “Oh, these things are appropriate.”

Ran & Rania spoke in Seattle, and they also spoke in Portland, and then [StandWithUs] contacted us and asked us if we would be willing to host them, and they asked us I think two days before the event. We didn’t have a lot of time, you know, before the event. And I had the information that I had to work off of, and I actually thought that it was a good event to have. It was good to hear what these people have to say.

I hear what you have to say abut StandWithUs. I hear what you have to say about them as an organization. I’m talking about these two Israelis that I met, and Ran was a very good speaker.

Was this your first interaction with StandWithUs?

No, I think there’s been other contacts with them, but I can’t give you any dates or context or anything, you know, because they’ve been involved in Olympia for a while. So I don’t remember when my first contact with them was or who it was.

Were you aware of StandWithUs’s involvement in the Olympia Food Co-op lawsuit?

I’m not aware of it. Let me tell you what I do: I work 80 hours a week, six days a week, from anywhere between 4:00 and 6:00 in the morning until 9:00 at night. I can’t tell you the last time that I actually got together with a friend and had a conversation. I haven’t done dishes in two weeks; I haven’t done laundry in two weeks. I’m very disconnected from anything outside of the deli.

I have to be completely honest. I’m so overworked and tired, that I’m very disconnected from the outside world. So if it was intentional on someone else’s behalf, fine, give them credit for it. It wasn’t intentional on our behalf at all.

If you had known that StandWithUs was connected to the lawsuit against the Co-op, would you still have hosted it?

I think that I would’ve because I felt that Ran and Rania were good speakers, and the topic was a good topic.

I told [the group of three individuals who met with Hava about the pinkwashing event] that if they had some ideas about having some pro-Jewish events—and by pro-Jewish I just mean, like, enough with the “anti.” Something that had something like, “not all Jews are bad.” Not all Israelis are bad. Being Jewish is not bad, you know? If we could have some type of “Jewish presence” event. If they had any idea, to come to the table and talk to us and let’s make an event.

Our discussion moved to the “Rainbow Generations” event that was cancelled.

I will also go on record for this—and this is probably a very dangerous move—I don’t know if I agree with the “pinkwashing” thing. I have to do more research. I have to have more information because right now, I’m not completely convinced.

This is how Irina and I understand it and how I feel about it, and how I still feel about it because I don’t have enough information to be able to have like a solid slot on it. So it’s a feeling, or an opinion.

What I hear is Israel can do no good as long as there’s conflict. That no matter what literacy programs they have, no matter what homeless outreach programs they have, no matter what education programs they have, no matter what queer programs they have—that all of them are in vain as long as there’s conflict. And this I feel is a dangerous opinion to be giving to the general population. And I think that it is fostering the room for general opinion to be hateful toward an entire country.

I responded to Hava by telling her about how StandWithUs has previously exploited queer issues.

I can listen to it, I can hear you, but I don’t have anything in front of me to see it. So I don’t have enough information to formulate an educated opinion. My uneducated opinion is that we thought that as queer Jews that it would be a good event.

What I have told everyone is that we invite people to bring events to our table. Thus far, StandWithUs is the only organization that has brought them to the table. I don’t have enough money or enough time to be able to go to Israel to meet Israelis and have conversations with Israelis and find ones and then fly them to the United States for an event at the deli, you know? I would love to be able to be in a position to be able to do that, but I can’t.

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Loss of sales

We discussed the 50% loss of sales that was reported by StandWithUs, and which was implied to be due to boycott activity.

The other big thing that [StandWithUs] had asked us—and there could be many different analytics for it—but our sales have dropped in half since the [February 23] Ran & Rania event. If I pull out all of the receipts and I look at the amount of daily sales that we were doing before the event, and the daily sales that we were doing after the event, they have diminished by half.

I had nearly 50% cuts in almost all of my departments in the past month. These drops began to happen drastically after the Ran & Rania event.

Just the previous month, JTNews reported that sales at Kitzel’s were exceeding expectations:

“We’re profitable already,” Aviv, 32, said over coffee and a bagel. “We’re six weeks in and we’re profitable. Which is really unheard of for a restaurant in its first year.”

I asked Hava about this.

We were doing great. Our sales were much higher than we had projected they would be. We had to hire extra staff because we couldn’t keep up with the demand. We couldn’t keep the products on the shelves. We had to double our baking efforts just to be able to keep bagels on the shelves. It was crazy, and I don’t know if it was just the hype of opening or what. But it was pretty crazy.

I asked if the initial excitement of the new restaurant might have tapered off, accounting for the lower sales.

We opened December 15, and the initial excitement we believed began to pan around January 4, and our numbers stabilized. Our numbers remained the same from January 4 until the Ran & Rania event. And the numbers from the Ran & Rania event until the current day are just astronomically different. And on most days, up to 50% lower.

Hava also told me that since the February 23 event, Kitzel’s has laid off about a dozen employees, reducing the staff by half.

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Kitzel’s politics

I asked Hava if she agreed with JTNews’s designation of Kitzel’s as “a Jewish deli in Olympia to counter the Olympia Food Co-op’s boycott of Israeli products.”

When JTNews is saying that, yes, I agree. But it wasn’t to counter it like, “Oh, the coop is gonna do that, so we’re gonna open a Jewish deli and only buy Israeli goods.” No, it’s not like that. It was to counter it in this way that we had a realization there is very little exposure to Jewish life and Jewish culture in Olympia…

So yes I agree with the statement that JTNews said, that we opened it to counter—and let me add some words into it—the effect of the decision of the Olympia Food Co-op board of directors to partake in the BDS boycott of Israeli goods. When I hear people in Olympia say—and I’m talking about just kind of average people—when I hear them talk about Israel as an entire country, as a whole, as being bad, it’s difficult, it’s painful…

And when people here in Olympia talk about Israel, and they don’t know anything about Jewish culture, they know very little about Israeli history, they know very little about Palestinian history—when they talk about it, and they talk about Israel on a whole as bad, it’s not the full picture. Being critical of the Israeli government is one thing.

I told Hava that that wasn’t how I expressed criticism of Israeli actions.

No, it’s not the activists. It’s not the activists I’m worried about. It’s people that get blippets of information, and then they decide to inform themselves on blippets of information, from any angle. I mean, we could even be talking about a completely different [issue], from any angle. People that don’t do research, and they just decide to subscribe to an opinion because of blippets of information. And it’s because of these blippets of information that we wanted to offer some other information, like [in the form of] a hamantaschen cookie: “This is Jewish—eat the cookie—and here is the history behind the cookie.”


When JTNews says that we opened it to “counter the boycott”—I’m filling in the rest of the sentence—we opened it to counter the effect of negative thinking toward Jews and negative thinking towards Israel as a whole.

I don’t agree with BDS all the way, I don’t agree with StandWithUs all the way. I don’t agree with a lot of decisions that the Israeli government makes. The Israeli government is very similar to the United States government: a small population of people with a tremendous amount of power.

If you and I were to go walk the streets of Israel and find some random 14-year-old and ask them how they partake in their government and if their government is making all the decisions that they want for their country, the answer has to be no. No government is able to do that. So being critical of the government is one thing, but for an entire people or an entire country on a whole is another thing. We wanted to offer another perspective.

So is this also how you would characterize “standing up to the boycott” (which was the language that was used in a fundraising email from Kitzel’s)?

Yes, this is also how I would characterize “standing up to the boycott.”

I believe that the Olympia Food Co-op is extremely unique and very integral to the Olympia community. I would never turn my back on the Olympia Food Co-op. They are an amazing organization, the way that they treat their members, the way that they treat their employees, the foods that they carry, the decisions that they make around the foods that they carry. These are all very important things. I am not turning my back or disagreeing with that at all.

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Deliberately sourcing from Israel?

Prior to Kitzel’s opening, an article stated that “Kitzel’s—like the Food Co-op—will carry socially sustainable products, but it will specifically include sustainable products from Israel.”

Does Kitzel’s go out of its way to source items from Israel?

There are a few items that we can’t get from anywhere else. It’s not like I go to Israeli markets, but we are happy to carry Israeli goods, and the reason we are happy to carry Israeli goods—and this is where you and I will disagree. I do not think that taking away from someone will help make something positive happen. And we can just agree to disagree. You and I know that we disagree on this one. You think it will work; I don’t.

So it’s not like I sit on the internet scouring Israeli goods. We’re open to purchasing Israeli goods and carrying Israeli goods…

We are intentional about all of the goods that we bring into the deli. We try to have free range organic local chicken. We try to have the better eggs. We try to have seasonal produce. We’re really good about all of the things that we purchase and that includes goods from Israel.

A lot of the Judaica we carry in the store—it’s a lot easier to source it from Israel than from the United States. It’s very hard to find in the United States.

A lot of the canned Israeli goods, we buy from a Russian food dealer that is just north of us, and they’re a pretty big monopoly on Russian foods. We have the choice between two vendors: one that’s in Kent, Washington, and one that’s in Portland, Oregon. That’s it.

If we want Russian goods, if we want the herring, and if we want the smoked mackerel, these are the only places to get it. To have Eastern European pickled mushrooms, you can’t get ’em here. We actually buy them through Russian vendors in the United States, and those mushrooms happen to be canned in Tel Aviv. The way we look at it is I’m not going to not buy them because they’re from Tel Aviv. But I’m not like searching out pickled mushrooms and only buy mushrooms from Tel Aviv.

Hava also wanted to stress the following:

I want you to be very careful about this. I want you to be very careful about how you choose my quotes. I am not speaking out against StandWithUs. I am not speaking out against JTNews. I am not speaking out against the Olympia Food Co-op. I just want all of those to be very clear. I agree and disagree with all three organizations, with many things that they do, but I am not standing out against them.

Next steps for Kitzel’s?

As this article was about to be published, I learned that Hava had posted a comment on the blog of Washington State Representative Reuven Carlyle. The comment was a response to a post by Carlyle that was full of blatantly false claims and ignorance about The Evergreen State College, which Carlyle criticized as “a strong home” of “anti-Israel sentiment.” The comment, posted three days after my interview with Hava, stated:

Hava aviv
March 19, 2012 1:37 pm

Wonderfully put. I know of two faculty members at [Evergreen] that have requested Israeli speakers and events and have been repeatedly turned down. I would love to discuss this with you. I would also love to connect with you over events I’ve attempted to host at the deli in Olympia of similar nature and the push back/intimidation we’ve received in doing so.


I contacted Hava to verify that she had posted this comment and that she was trying to attract the attention of a Washington State legislator, but I have not yet heard back from her.

Rob Jacobs and me

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Rob Jacobs in Olympia (second from left)—name-dropping me, as if that would score points with most of the audience present. Feb. 23, 2012.

To conclude this article, I will address a couple of issues that arose at the February 23 event with Ran Bar-Yoshafat and Rania Fadel. Rob Jacobs, the Seattle-based northwest director of StandWithUs, was present for the event, just as he was present that morning at the hearing for the Olympia Food Co-op lawsuit.

At the Kitzel’s event, Craig and Cindy Corrie, the parents of Olympia native Rachel Corrie, pointed out to Jacobs that StandWithUs had disseminated lies about their daughter, including the myth that Rachel was not run over by an Israeli bulldozer. Jacobs responded that he would contact the StandWithUs national office to get any incorrect information fixed.

However, blaming the national office for the misinformation was disingenuous. Jacobs’s Seattle office has created its own misinformational materials. Nevet Basker, the former regional director of the Seattle office with Jacobs, created an entire website that disseminated lies about Rachel, including the same myth that Rachel was not run over by a bulldozer.

Although the website is attributed to an anonymous “group of concerned Seattle-area residents who have seen the play [My Name is Rachel Corrie],” and who “are concerned that viewers are getting an incomplete picture of a very complex situation,” the domain name was registered by Basker two months before the play was even performed in Seattle.

So far, no information about Rachel Corrie on StandWithUs’s website has been corrected.

Also at the February 23 event, Jacobs decided to insert me into his narrative. According to multiple witnesses that night, Jacobs told the audience that there were many lies being spread about him and StandWithUs. He offered as an example a rumor that I had apparently concocted in which Jacobs had threatened me over the phone.

Not only have I never made such a claim, but I have absolutely no idea what Jacobs could have based this on, as I have never received any personal communications from Jacobs, nor have I ever told anyone that I did.

At the conclusion of the February 23 event, Jacobs asserted to a local activist that I was indeed “The Most Evil Man in Olympia”—a label first conferred to me in 2010 by an Olympia-based associate of Jacobs.

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  1. Bill in Maryland
    Bill in Maryland
    March 22, 2012, 10:05 am

    Thank you Phan for this very balanced report, very fair to Hava and Kitzel’s Deli. You are not “The Most Evil Man in Olympia” but you are one bad-as* BDSer. Keep up all your efforts!

  2. Ladidah
    March 22, 2012, 10:09 am

    Very interesting and informative, Phan.

    This is not dissimilar (except in Vancouver, there is a call to boycott the store in question, which sells entirely Israeli goods and does not identify as culturally Jewish in its promotional materials) to the recent attempts of Lavan, a soap store in Vancouver to promote itself and boost sales by claiming it is being intimidated by BDS activists.

    Ynet ran an article – clearly solicited by Lavan’s owner – claiming to be harassed by BDS activists and including numerous false claims:,7340,L-4194406,00.html
    and then another article about the boycott being ‘defeated’:,7340,L-4194633,00.html

    But only a week later, she was claiming sales were cut dramatically:

    While in Lavan’s case, there *is* a boycott, because it’s an Israeli soap store:

    the strange publicity campaign to sell global Zionism, rather than soap, seemed a way to prop up a flagging business (yet another luxury products store in downtown Vancouver)? StandWithUs also got involved in this, setting up FB pages to support the allegedly “targeted” owner of Lavan, publicizing her name that had never even been mentioned by the BDS campaigners, etc. Given the proximity of Olympia and Vancouver, could this be a tactic out of SWU’s Seattle office?

  3. John Smithson
    John Smithson
    March 22, 2012, 10:13 am

    Shocking isn’t it. That some people in a free society would choose not to patronize an establishment based on it’s real or percieved support Isreal. Even if it was an organized boycott – it’s part of the marketplace of ideas concept.

  4. eGuard
    March 22, 2012, 10:21 am

    Interestingly, StandWithUs has tagged its page Anti-Semitism, though the page itself only mentions anti-Israel issues.

  5. Fredblogs
    March 22, 2012, 10:29 am

    It’s a bit deceptive to characterize that website as saying that Rachel Corrie wasn’t run over by a bulldozer. Since it says she was killed by the bulldozer, but by debris pushed by the dozer, not run over by the bulldozer itself. You are splitting the same hair they are, pushing a technicality. However, they are openly splitting that hair and you are doing so behind the scenes to present an implied strawman argument.

    • Cliff
      March 22, 2012, 11:03 am

      Fredblogs said:

      Since it says she was killed by the bulldozer, but by debris pushed by the dozer, not run over by the bulldozer itself. You are splitting the same hair they are, pushing a technicality. However, they are openly splitting that hair and you are doing so behind the scenes to present an implied strawman argument.

      L O L

      This has to be the best comment by a Zionist in the history of the internets.

      Hey guys, didn’t you know? Bullets can kill people without guns. Missiles can kill people without being launched by whatever host of mechanisms.

      Like ‘debris’, these ordinance act on their own volition! Poor Zionist IDF soldier was just minding his own business when 5 Arab armies attac…whoops wrong meme/lie. I mean, the poor Zionist IDF soldier was just sitting in his bulldozer – which is meant to bulldoze antisemitism – when that mean-spirited debris killed the anti-Israel (this label is often included by slimeballs like Fred to stomach the acknowledgement of her death, because they desperately want to say it didn’t even happen/la-la-la-la-la) Rachel Corrie!

      • optimax
        March 22, 2012, 11:24 am

        Deceptive to say “she wasn’t run over a bulldozer” and “not run over by the bulldozer itself.” Congragulations, Fredblogs, you’re the first person I’ve ever seen who contra-dicks himself by saying the same thing twice and then declaring they have two different meanings. It is as funny as a child hiding behind a pole thinking no one can see him because his eyes are closed.

      • Fredblogs
        March 22, 2012, 1:48 pm

        The way that Phan Nguyen says it implies that they were denying that she was _killed_ by a bulldozer, which would be ridiculous and worthy of comment by (for example) someone writing an article here.

        If you read the linked article, they aren’t denying that she was killed by the bulldozer, just that it ran her over, which, whether you personally believe it or not, is not an absurd position.

        Sorry, I didn’t think I had to spell it out so explicitly.

      • optimax
        March 22, 2012, 2:08 pm

        It wasn’t the bomb that killed him, it was the shrapnel. It is an absurd position. But then again, true believers always end up preaching the absurd because the reality is too painful to consider.

      • Phan Nguyen
        Phan Nguyen
        March 22, 2012, 5:39 pm

        “The way that Phan Nguyen says it implies that they were denying that she was _killed_ by a bulldozer…If you read the linked article, they aren’t denying that she was killed by the bulldozer, just that it ran her over…”

        Um, Fred, that’s exactly what I meant. Read what I wrote. I never wrote that “they were denying that she was killed by a bulldozer.” I wrote that they claimed she “was not run over by an Israeli bulldozer.” Get it?

        Now you may claim that this argument is a “technicality” and “splitting hairs.” I would agree, except that this has been a significant point of contention for people seeking to excuse the Israeli military in Rachel’s death. In fact, the argument that Rachel was not run over by the bulldozer was first made by the Israeli military a month after her death.

        Human Rights Watch demonstrated why this argument was ridiculous.

        The cause of death has been a significant focus in the trial of the wrongful-death suit filed by Rachel’s parents.

        As well, the argument that Rachel wasn’t run over by the bulldozer suggests that every single known witness to her killing has lied by claiming that they saw the bulldozer drive over her body.

        Finally, Israeli authorities no longer assert the claim that she was not run over by the bulldozer. So for anyone to still make that argument based on reports that even the Israeli government no longer relies on, is wrong.

        Now: Is that a good enough answer for you, or will you:

        a) Pretend that I have not addressed your actual criticism, or…
        b) Change the subject and dispute something else without acknowledging that you have erred?

      • Fredblogs
        March 22, 2012, 8:43 pm

        That’s not what it looked like to me when I saw the video of the bulldozer accident. Unfortunately, the video is no longer available, the links go to the removed video. The closest available video cuts away when the bulldozer is about 10 ft in front of her. It cuts away to a picture of her in front of a different bulldozer taken that morning.

      • Phan Nguyen
        Phan Nguyen
        March 23, 2012, 12:25 am

        Ah ha! You have chosen option B:

        “Change the subject and dispute something else without acknowledging that you have erred.”

        Congratulations, Fred! Your prize in the mail!

      • Shingo
        March 22, 2012, 11:42 pm

        Better still Cliff, suicide numbers don’t kill, just the shrapnel that ensues.

        You can’t blame the suicider for what hapoens to rhos in rhe vicinity. He’s just exercising his right to set off a bomb.

    • Chu
      March 22, 2012, 1:52 pm

      Show some respect Fred. Rachel’s aunt used to post on this blog, but disgusting comments like this would scare any family member away
      from your gross tasteless whitewashing. Even Hophmi wouldn’t stoop
      this low.

      • Fredblogs
        March 22, 2012, 2:16 pm

        I don’t see how pointing out the facts is disrespectful. I also don’t see how it is a whitewash. If it was an accident, then it was an accident whether the bulldozer killed her directly or via debris. If it was deliberate, then it was deliberate whether the bulldozer ran her over or killed her with debris.

      • Mooser
        March 22, 2012, 4:11 pm

        Freddy-boy the first thing every bulldozer operater learns is: When you’re stuck in a hole, stop digging!

      • eGuard
        March 22, 2012, 6:20 pm

        Mooser, you jumped the 10,000 edits counter just yet. Happy Witty Day. I hope you may stay.

      • Chu
        March 23, 2012, 1:32 pm

        Impressive Mooser. Witty was so impressive after his 10,000+ comments and counting they had to retire him. What a guy.

  6. pabelmont
    March 22, 2012, 10:57 am

    This very good report makes these things clear: [1] Kitzel’s knows about BDS activity and the feelings of the BDSers and the anti-BDSers. [2] It can choose where to buy ingredients and things for re-sale. [3] It is a for-profit business.
    [4] So it could join the BDS position, or fight it. (A bit hard to be neutral unless the business has no reason to buy Israeli products — which could easily be the case with a European-Jewish-oriented outfit.) I mean, why get into a fight?

    And [5] they could have pro-Palestine programs, pro-BDS programs, anti-occupation programs to balance their other (pro-Israel ?) programs. If they did, would they LOSE ALL THEIR REMAINDER OF THEIR BUSINESS? OR GAIN NEW BUSINESS? A puzzle they will, in effect, have to solve.

  7. iamuglow
    March 22, 2012, 10:59 am

    Informative article. Thanks.

  8. edwin
    March 22, 2012, 11:32 am

    So she has failed to do proper market research on what her customers want and is pissed because they aren’t buying and because she must cater to their desires or suffer financial consequences.

    Knowing your customers is part of running a business. If your customers are critical of Israel and you bombard them with pro-Israeli messages, they will go somewhere else. If your customers are pro Israel and you bombard them with BDS messages, they will go somewhere else.

    Mixing politics and business is always a dicey proposition – a certain percentage of people are going to be pissed. That’s just the way it goes – and scheduling StandWithUs is highly political.

    The time she is putting in to make a new business work sounds just about right. It sounds like she picked an excellent choice for type of food. Sounds like it was a big initial hit. Unfortunately, she missed the ambiance that her potential clientele wanted. It is not the fault of her clientele that she does not know what they want. It is also not the fault of her clientele that she does not wish to provide the ambiance that they want. Maybe she should have checked these things out before opening up her business – instead of whining about it now.

    One last comment – if it was an anti-Jewish sentiments – either boycott or otherwise – the initial success would not have been there.

  9. CigarGod
    March 22, 2012, 11:34 am

    There is no hair to split.

    “Proximate cause”.

  10. Philip Munger
    Philip Munger
    March 22, 2012, 12:06 pm

    Phan Nguyen is certainly not “The most evil man in Olympia,” in any reality-based world, but he might be considered one of the most tenacious of its former residents. And courteously honest, as is illustrated by how he conducted this interview.

    Back in 2003, when Joshua Hammer wrote his intensely dishonest hit piece on Rachel Corrie for MoJO, titled “The Death of Rachel Corrie,” Phan responded to Hammer’s dishonesty with the Counterpunch essay, “Specious Journalism in Defense of Killers.”

    Along with some pretty brazen theft of material without attribution from RW blogs, Hammer asserted “Corrie herself has faded into obscurity, a subject of debate in internet chat rooms and practically nowhere else.” We’ve seen in the 8-plus years since Hammer’s exercise in rewriting recent events how untrue that dismissive statement was.

    That one of the centers of rational thinking about the damages of Zionism has become Olympia, Washington, Rachel’s home town, is but one example of how wrong Hammer was about Corrie and her legacy.

    That Nguyen continues to be one of the most persuasive and honest writers about Zionism’s foibles and worse, is a case study in tenacity and professionalism that should be held up for young journalists as an example of what it is they should strive toward.

  11. annie
    March 22, 2012, 12:29 pm

    if they had some ideas about having some pro-Jewish events—and by pro-Jewish I just mean, like, enough with the “anti.” Something that had something like, “not all Jews are bad.” Not all Israelis are bad.

    Hava doesn’t get it. the boycott is not ‘anti jewish’. if she’s into creating good vibes in her community around a pro jewish theme she should do it in a way that does not challenge boycotters principles. there’s lots ways to do that, like thru exposure and celebration of local jewish artists or evenings that highlight famous jewish figures…just stay away from promoting zionism. i agree not all israelis are bad, so pick one who has worked diligently to end the occupation…like yonathan shapiro!

    in a town embroiled in lawsuit over bds she’s decided to align her new business with the opponents and offer products being boycotted. not smart. why would a popular coop make the effort to boycott israeli products just to go to her establishment and purchase them?

    i feel bad for her. she should make up her mind what is more important to her, promoting-running a successful business that meets the needs of her community, or promoting israel thru her business during a boycott.

    if she were in a town where israel was popular she could drum up lots of business ignoring apartheid, but she isn’t. she’s got a market for her food, like olga. she’s just creating a situation where people have to drop their ethical principles to walk thru the door. and that’s too bad.

    great article phan.

  12. LanceThruster
    March 22, 2012, 12:54 pm

    I enjoyed the article very much even though I have no “dog in the fight” regarding the success or failure of an eating establishment catering to those partial to this particular style of ethnic food.

    What did come to mind was that her plight is similar to the Palestinians (albeit certainly to a wholly different degree) in that the events of the world around them intrude so markedly on those just trying to live their lives.

    I hope at some point she gains that insight as to the big picture and comes to support a more universal justice.

  13. Pixel
    March 22, 2012, 1:17 pm

    Great piece, Phan!

    Clearly, Hava is truly busy. Still, I wonder whether there might be a minute during which she’d be willing to watch,
    “The video that pushed Peter Beinart to speak out against the occupation”, if you took your laptop over there?

  14. hophmi
    March 22, 2012, 3:51 pm

    So Phan: If a Palestinian opens a deli and advertises a talk by Ali Abunimah, and three people walk up to his counter and say, hey, nothing personal, but if you host Ali Abunimah, we’re not going to eat here anymore, and we’re going to tell our friends not to as well, and at the same time, there is an organized campaign to boycott Palestinian products at the local food Co-op, are you going to refrain from calling it a Zionist boycott or Zionist intimidation?

    You know you wouldn’t, so drop the double standard.

    • annie
      March 22, 2012, 5:23 pm

      hophmi, lots of zionist don’t support palestinian businesses as a matter of course. i wouldn’t call it an organized boycott if members of stand with us didn’t patronize a palestinin business, i would just consider it par for the course. now if they tried suing me or marching outside with bullhorns (regular radical zionist supporters do things like that) that would be different.

    • Phan Nguyen
      Phan Nguyen
      March 22, 2012, 7:09 pm

      hophmi: “are you going to refrain from calling it a Zionist boycott or Zionist intimidation? You know you wouldn’t, so drop the double standard.”

      First, I don’t use the term “Zionist” in that way, so that immediately disqualifies your assumption.

      Second, I haven’t even set a single standard, much less a double one. I refrained from passing too much judgment on Kitzel’s, both while interviewing Hava and while laying out this piece. Why?

      1. I wanted to give Hava the benefit of the doubt.
      2. I sympathize with Kitzel’s for being a local struggling business.
      3. People can make their own judgment.
      4. I’m more concerned about what StandWithUs does than what Kitzel’s does.

      In Olympia, people refrain from patronizing businesses for a number of reasons: “Oh, don’t go in there; the management mistreats their employees.” “That grocery store is owned by right-wing Christian homophobes.” “The baristas there are stuck-up.” “There’s a bone in my burrito” (that last one’s for Grinhoyz and I.R., by the way).

      Same as anywhere else.

      I don’t walk into a business asking about the management’s political stances. But if they take political positions that I find odious, and they make it so evident that I can’t avoid it, then yes, I will be discouraged from patronizing that business.

      In Olympia, everybody knows one another. Word travels fast. The cordial meeting between Hava and the three other people occurred after someone explained to someone else why they didn’t patronize Kitzel’s—just an everyday conversation—but the story made its way to Hava, which then got Hava to communicate back that they should talk to her if they have concerns.

      Rumors also fly. And there’s a lot of passive aggressive communication, because it’s so inconvenient to be on someone’s shit list in such a tiny town. I was hoping to contribute to the ongoing discussion in Olympia with this piece in ways that wouldn’t happen on their own.

      There is a lot of resentment against StandWithUs in Olympia. The organization has inserted itself in too many intrusive ways: suing the Olympia Food Co-op, distributing misinformation through ugly fliers, working behind the scenes while pretending to not be directly involved, funneling literally thousands of dollars to Evergreen students and into student groups in an attempt to alter the discourse on Israel. They have gotten conservative talk radio, other right-wing news outlets, politicians, and even the ADL on the case against Olympia.

      After the Olympia Food Co-op honored the boycott call in 2010, we could immediately smell StandWithUs lurking in the alleyways. We warned Olympia residents that even if they opposed the boycott, they did not want to be involved with StandWithUs. StandWithUs is bad news. Some people listened to us, some didn’t.

      Some of those who didn’t listen to us ended up suing the Co-op and getting slapped with hefty penalties. I truly hope that StandWithUs will pay the fines on behalf of the plaintiffs.

      I believe that StandWithUs cares about Kitzel’s as much as it cares about queers in the Middle East.

      It’s people’s perrogative whether they patronize a business. Some people in Olympia have made it clear that they will not shop at the Olympia Food Co-op until the Co-op rescinds the boycott. That’s their prerogative.

      However, I still find it hard to believe that the dramatic loss in sales can be blamed on the StandWithUs event. I’m not saying it’s untrue, just that it seems so difficult to pull off. The StandWithUs event happened on Feb. 23. It was announced around the 21st. The first report about the loss of sales and layoffs appeared on March 14.

      That’s about three weeks for all of this to happen—without an organized boycott, without people picketing outside, without fliers being distributed. If there is a direct correlation between the StandWithUs event and the loss of sales (which, at 50%, would imply that a lot of people who previously patronized Kitzel’s decided to stop), then that means StandWithUs is even more unpopular than I thought. But again, it’s people’s prerogative not to patronize.

      I wouldn’t call that intimidation. I know someone who deliberately ate at Kitzel’s upon hearing that the pinkwashing event was canceled. I’m not sure what to call that.

      If a business owner makes a decision that is unpopular with a significant number of customers, then yes, they run the risk of hurting their business.

      In 2009, if I recall correctly, the Olympia Food Co-op board approved a request to put up signs in support of Referendum 71, affirming domestic partnerships of same-sex couples. I didn’t hear anyone complain about it, but there is always that risk. Sometimes, however, it is more important to take a principled stance despite the risks.

      With Kitzel’s, I get mixed messages from Hava and her co-proprietor about their willingness to take political positions. That is, the positions seem at times noncommital, implied, or incidental, while also being too consistent too dismiss.

      Kitzel’s is also a new establishment, which makes it especially difficult to take unpopular stances. Factor in the argument of anti-BDS folks in Olympia that the majority of the community is on their side. If such is the case, and if Kitzel’s is hurting because of its anti-BDS stance, how are we to reconcile the two notions?

      The possibility that Kitzel’s is attempting to reach out to a Washington state legislator takes this story to greater dimensions, and we’ll have to wait and see if something comes out of that.

      Oops. I think I went off on a tangent. Oh well, I guess you can hate me, hophmi. That’s your prerogative.

      • hophmi
        March 22, 2012, 7:25 pm

        You seem to have completely evaded my point. It’s clear from your piece that your entire argument is centered around disproving StandWithUs’s thesis that what happened at Kitzel’s is organized intimidation. I’m asking again: would you refrain from calling it intimidation if, in a town whose Coop decided to boycott Palestinian products, three people walked into a Palestinian deli and told the owner that he should cancel an Ali Abunimah event because he might (wink, wink, hint, hint) lose a lot of customers?

      • Phan Nguyen
        Phan Nguyen
        March 23, 2012, 12:22 am

        hophmi: “It’s clear from your piece that your entire argument is centered around disproving StandWithUs’s thesis that what happened at Kitzel’s is organized intimidation.”

        Wrong. Hava, who was the only source for the StandWithUs announcement, repeatedly stressed to me that there has been no organized intimidation. Regardless of that, my argument is centered around what the StandWithUs announcement said altogether, not what you say.

        hophmi: “You seem to have completely evaded my point.”

        Wrong. You didn’t make a point. You posed a rhetorical question, which you answered yourself with much self-assurance. You told me what I would say (“Zionist boycott”/“Zionist intimidation”). I answered that I wouldn’t say that. The onus is on you to prove that I would say what I said I wouldn’t say.

        I will also note that you began with the term “Zionist intimidation” in your first comment. In your latest comment, after I told you that I would never use the term “Zionist” in that way, you have changed it to “organized intimidation,” and then you finally challenge me to deny the word “intimidation,” without any qualifiers at all. I want to register that you have shifted your argument without acknowledging it.

        But look, I will humor and answer your ever-evolving question because I have a little excess energy right now.

        The answer to your latest question is this:


        But more importantly, what’s your point, seeing how you are no longer relating to the article itself?

      • Mooser
        March 23, 2012, 1:21 pm

        Hophmi, you are a lawyer? A person who earns his living by argumentation and the preponderance of the evidence? Well, all I can say is, if you play an instrument or have a stand-up routine, quit your day job.
        If you were between the sun and a guilty client, you couldn’t even raise the shadow of a doubt.

      • hophmi
        March 23, 2012, 2:50 pm

        “Hophmi, you are a lawyer? A person who earns his living by argumentation and the preponderance of the evidence? Well, all I can say is, if you play an instrument or have a stand-up routine, quit your day job.
        If you were between the sun and a guilty client, you couldn’t even raise the shadow of a doubt.”

        Let me know when you have something interesting to say, Mooser. It doesn’t seem to happen very often.

      • Mooser
        March 23, 2012, 4:46 pm

        “Let me know when you have something interesting to say, Mooser. It doesn’t seem to happen very often.”

        Okay, stick with the instrument, the stand-up isn’t going to work. And let me know when you can answer Phan’s question. That doesn’t seem to ever happen, chump.

  15. DICKERSON3870
    March 22, 2012, 4:05 pm


    TAKE A LOOK AT: Israel’s Nuclear Triggers, by Grant Smith,, 3/20/12

    (excerpt) FBI files detailing Israel’s stealth acquisition of U.S. nuclear triggers were declassified and released on Dec. 28, 2011. The FBI’s secret Portland and Los Angeles inter-office communications were originally scheduled for release in the year 2036. Their availability today reveals how Israel’s elite spy networks acquire U.S. nuclear technologies while evading criminal and diplomatic consequences.
    A kryton is a gas-filled tube used as a high-speed switch. U.S. State Department munitions licenses are needed to export krytons because they can be used as triggers for nuclear weapons. California-based MILCO International Inc. shipped 15 orders totaling 800 krytons through an intermediary to the Israeli Ministry of Defense between 1979 and 1983. MILCO obtained the krytons from EG&G Inc. After the U.S. government rejected several requests for kryton export licenses to Israel, Arnon Milchan’s Heli Trading Company brokered the transactions with MILCO. Milchan is an Israeli movie producer who became successful in Hollywood for such movies as Brazil, JFK, and Pretty Woman.
    The FBI file reveals that after the illicit kryton exports were discovered, a U.S. attorney tried to flip MILCO President Richard Kelly Smyth to implicate Milchan during intense plea bargaining. The gambit failed, and in May 1984 Smyth was indicted on 30 counts of smuggling and making false statements. Smyth and his wife promptly fled to Israel and remained at large until captured in Malaga, Spain, in July 2001 after Richard Smyth applied for Social Security benefits. INTERPOL arrested Smyth and extradited him to the United States, where he pleaded guilty to violating the U.S. Arms Export Control Act. In November 2001, Smyth was sentenced to 40 years in prison and fined $20,000, though he was freed within four years because of his advancing age. . .


  16. ToivoS
    March 22, 2012, 5:52 pm

    Unless this Hava person just got off the boat, she is stupid as a post.

    I have had my favorite Jewish delis when I lived in Berkeley and Brookline and when I frequented NY. I don’t think I ever saw any overt Israel promotion in any of them. Given the people I knew and met in those places there never would be. We simply would have left. Just a good old-fashioned ‘the customer does not feel comfortable’ response. (Come to think of it, I never did inquire if ingredients were purchased from Israel — probably didn’t want to know as long as it wasn’t advertised).

  17. eGuard
    March 22, 2012, 7:01 pm

    Mooser just reached the 10,000 edit-mark here at MW. He could write, like opening: “why did you leave Olympia, Phan?”. (Phan, keep writing). Mooser, please expand.

    • Mooser
      March 23, 2012, 1:24 pm

      Sorry, e-gaurd, I have no idea what the “10,000 edit-mark” is. Did you mean “10,000 comment-mark”? That could be.
      And all I want Phan to do is keep on keepin’ on. I’m one of Phan’s biggest fans.
      I will often edit a post after it’s submitted. Look, if people are tolerant enough to read my comments, I don’t want to subject them to egregious spelling and grammar mistakes, if I can help it. And considering the level of my literacy (which is normally kept in the root-cellar) and rhetorical skill, I need all the help I can get.

      • Mooser
        March 23, 2012, 1:46 pm

        I admit it, I have to scroll quickly past the pictures of all those bagels a-borning and freshly hatched and tell myself, “Be strong, it’ll turn to ashes in your mouth” It’s not easy tho, Olympia is only 60 miles away, and who would ever know….
        “In Olympia, everybody knows one another. Word travels fast.”
        Better stay home, or they’ll chase me out before I get past Sleator-Kinney Road.

      • optimax
        March 23, 2012, 2:41 pm

        I always thought Sleater-Kinney was a Portland band, only to now discover they gestated and were born in Olympia. Well, we still have Portlandia–on a station only beamed to Mars.

      • Mooser
        March 23, 2012, 1:49 pm

        Okay, so you meant “10,000 comments”. No, I have no excuse for that, only a sincere apology, and gratitude for the exemplary Mondoweiss tolerance.
        Anyway, you remember what happened to Witty after he reached 10K, so there’s still hope.

      • annie
        March 23, 2012, 2:28 pm

        Did you mean “10,000 comment-mark”?


        you deserve a badge for that.

      • Mooser
        March 23, 2012, 4:36 pm

        “you deserve a badge for that.”

        That other Mondoweiss readers may read them (after all, there’s one born every minute) is emolument enough, and reason enough to work my hooves to the bone slaving over a hot keyboard all day.
        Unless an emolument is something you rub on chapped elbows, of course

  18. Denis
    March 22, 2012, 9:39 pm

    Phan, if Jacobs were ever to refer to me as the most evil man anywhere, I would be delighted. Job well done.

    @Hava’s comment: No, I think there’s been other contacts with [SWU], but I can’t give you any dates or context or anything, you know, because they’ve been involved in Olympia for a while. So I don’t remember when my first contact with them was or who it was.

    IOW — SWU and Hava go back a long time.

    This whole Kitzel’s thing looks like a SWU — i.e. Israeli govt — operation. I would love to see where their funding came from. For them to open an Israeli goods outlet right smack in the middle of the SWU attack on OFC — and say she didn’t know anything about it — well, . . . . you tie the pieces together.

    We need the Electronic Intifada to check this one out, too. They’ve already pretty well demonstrated that the Israeli consulate was funding the lawsuit.

    Anyone in Olympia who is serious about BDS needs to avoid this place like the plague. Besides, after what SWU did to OFC, any business that deals w/ SWU ought to be picketed and boycotted.

    • Mooser
      March 23, 2012, 9:31 pm

      I’m just so touched and amazed by the consideraqtion and concern for Hava’s business shown by Stand With Us. They ran a “false flag” operation on her head.
      It’s going to end up costing her the business.

      • annie
        March 23, 2012, 9:45 pm

        It’s going to end up costing her the business.

        it’s sad. hava had a good thing going. a new popular business and from the sound of it nobody really cared whether she was a zionist or not. but then she goes and affiliates herself with a radical group trying to sue a very popular coop in town and promote her unpopular politics (which didn’t seem to matter to people initially) and it takes the wind out of her sails/sales.

        people are forgiving tho. maybe if she stays out of politics and just hosts some cool events for the community and apologizes for associating herself with a vindictive islamophobic hate group, she can patch things up. not too bright tho if you ask me. not sure she will be able to process all this information and accept responsibility for bringing this problem onto herself. ethnic cleansing is so unpleasant. normal people just don’t like it, it’s not complicated.

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