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Israeli activists hit signs that segregate and promote fear of Palestinians

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Signs in West Bank

Anyone who has traveled in the West Bank has seen the red signs above, warning Israeli travelers, many of them settlers, not to enter Area A. Scott Roth explains why these signs demonstrate apartheid:

On the most basic level it shows apartheid because the effective overlords of the place (Israelis) have created a legal separation. It is illegal for Israelis to enter into Area A. On a different level it instills the notion into Israelis that it would be life threatening to enter Area A even if it were legal to do so. It reinforces the notion of separation (hafrada) and why it’s necessary – they want to kill us.

Today Ofer Neiman sent out these photos of Israeli women amending the signs, under the heading, “Israeli activists post civilian zone, no entry to the army signs…”

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Changing signs
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Changing signs
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  1. MRW
    July 14, 2013, 3:21 pm

    Good for them!

    • Krauss
      July 15, 2013, 8:36 am,7340,L-4405213,00.html

      Hope you guys will write about this.

      • Citizen
        July 15, 2013, 12:06 pm

        @ Krauss, With friends like Israel, who needs enemies? Hilarious, as US wastes itself for Israel’s benefit, Israel is already moving on to its next host to milk, China. Nothing in the US media about this. It’s a sure sign the parasite Israel is wooing the latest competition in super power status, economic viability. Why not court the Chinese who are bankrolling America? Yep, and the donkey US Congress continues to bray there’s no sky between America and Israel. England, France, USA, next China–the Dupedom continues.

      • Woody Tanaka
        Woody Tanaka
        July 15, 2013, 12:54 pm

        Interesting article. How many US politicians howled with fury and promised trade retribution when Ecuador considered giving Snowden asylum?? I wonder how many of those fifth-columists is going to howl with fury at the latest antics of the apartheid state? My guess: none. Not too many Ecuadorian lobby groups in the US spreading around the bribe money…

  2. Helena Cobban
    Helena Cobban
    July 14, 2013, 3:45 pm

    Except that the English translation on the signs of amakin filastiniyya is wrong. These are not ‘Palestinian settlements’. They are ‘Palestinian places.’ Inded the whole area on which these signs are erected is Palestinian… Why don’t they say simply, ‘You are welcome in our country, Palestine’??

    • just
      July 14, 2013, 3:58 pm

      It would be a terrific start, Helena!

      Palestine belongs to the Palestinians. I think that Ofer meant well, but the truth needs to be broadcasted far and wide.

    • Shmuel
      July 14, 2013, 4:27 pm

      Except that the English translation on the signs of amakin filastiniyya is wrong. These are not ‘Palestinian settlements’.

      I presume both the Arabic and the English are translations of the Hebrew “yishuvim palestini’im”. The word “yishuv” just means “inhabited place”, although it is frequently used in Hebrew as a euphemism for “hitnahalut” (settlement) — cynically translated in recent years as “Jewish community”. The yishuv/settlement equivalence is a classic Israeli translation error.

  3. seafoid
    July 14, 2013, 4:33 pm

    Gideon Levy has a big article up at ha’aretz called ‘the israeli patriot ‘s final refuge: boycott”
    Israel ‘s economy will not manage sanctions. The game is getting very interesting .

    • yrn
      July 15, 2013, 4:15 am


      Taxi wants “Gideon Levy” out of Israel (Back to his homeland) as her peace plan.
      Looks like you will loose your informer……………
      Too bad.

      • Taxi
        July 15, 2013, 9:47 am


        Au contraire, Gideon can visit as a euro tourist or stay in Palestine on a residency visa, if the Palestinians would permit it, that is.

        I’m not into ‘banishing the jews’ from the holy land. Yes, I’m a supporter of Palestinians living as the only masters on their own land and doing nation business accordingly, ie, giving out visas and promoting foreign investments in national projects. And yes I’m absolutely against european zionism inhabiting even an inch of the middle east, let alone being its master against the will of the native majority. Okay, are we clear now?

      • yrn
        July 16, 2013, 2:56 am


        “Au contraire, Gideon can visit as a euro tourist or stay in Palestine on a residency visa, if the Palestinians would permit it, that is.
        I’m not into ‘banishing the jews’ from the holy land.”

        You can say it to your commrad Hostage , maybe he will understand how come, you say all the euro Jews are going to get out of Israel, but on the other hand you say “I’m not into ‘banishing the jews’ from the holy land.”

        Let’s here an Intelligent answer.

      • yrn
        July 16, 2013, 3:04 am


        are we clear now?
        Not at all Au contraire, looks like your big mouth got you into defense.
        How will those Euro Jews who are NOW living in Israel, going to disappear and get back to Europe according to your peace plan, let’s hear your plan.
        “I’m absolutely against European zionism inhabiting even an inch of the middle east”
        European Jews are in Israel, and they are all over inhabiting every inch, how are you going to make them get back to Europe.

      • seafoid
        July 16, 2013, 3:11 am


        A very serious issue and you try to derail the topic by mentioning taxi. Bibi and israel’s diplomats are running out of road and the old eternal victim schtick is not going to help. I wonder what the spin from hasbara central will be when the economic sanctions hit.

      • seafoid
        July 15, 2013, 12:18 pm

        It’s not just Levy who smells the coffee. Israel is entering the danger zone for behaviour unbecoming of a major monotheistic religion.

    • Shmuel
      July 15, 2013, 11:20 am

      Levy and Ha’aretz are likely to become the first test case for Israel’s anti-boycott law. I presume the paper’s legal advisers were consulted before running the piece.

      • OlegR
        July 15, 2013, 11:38 am

        Nobody will touch Levy Shmuel don’t get your hopes high…

      • Shmuel
        July 16, 2013, 2:19 am

        Nobody will touch Levy

        I don’t know if or how this might affect Haaretz in terms of public tenders (e.g. Haaretz is a large private printer), but the new law allows anyone at all to file for “damages” – “independent of the actual damage caused”. Is Levy so beloved in Israel and/or the settlements that no one would ever dream of harming a hair in one of his bushy eyebrows? Or did I miss the par. in which the law states “This law will apply to all Israeli citizens except Gideon Levy, who is a national treasure”?

      • OlegR
        July 16, 2013, 6:09 am

        Because the general attitude towards Levi and Hass and the rest of their kin is more or less הכלבים נובחים והשיירה עוברת.
        Somebody might spit on him in the street again but these are not the type of people who would sue you…

      • Shmuel
        July 16, 2013, 6:19 am

        Not someone as sophisticated and blasé as OlegR of course, but sadly, not all of our compatriots are quite as sanguine when it comes to the subject of Gideon Levy. All it takes is one …

      • OlegR
        July 16, 2013, 6:28 am

        There be crazies all over, but you were talking about political persecution
        originally and that’s just not gonna happen , sorry.
        He will have to look for his martyrdom elsewhere.

      • Shmuel
        July 16, 2013, 6:37 am

        but you were talking about political persecution originally

        No, I was talking about the difficult application of a stupid and controversial law. All that is needed for Levy to become a test case is for some “crazy” (like Shurat Hadin or Betzedek or Mo’ezah Mekomit Ma’aleh Gera or individual settler Kalev Ben-Yefuneh) to take him to court. It would be a test case precisely because no one knows how the courts and especially the Supreme Court would relate to a law that has been on the books for a couple of years and was important enough to some politicians (and their constituencies) to push through.

      • seafoid
        July 16, 2013, 12:44 pm

        That is a toytown law. Israel is facing an existential crisis of legitimacy and muffling seers will not change anything.

  4. anthonybellchambers
    July 14, 2013, 5:24 pm


    The TEN Israeli Likud propaganda items that Hasbara trolls are required to blog :

    1. That the 3/4 million Arabs forced to flee in 1948 after the massacre in the Palestinian village of Deir Yassin by Menacham Begin’s Irgun terrorists, all left their assets, houses, farms and olive groves, ‘voluntarily’.

    2. There is no such entity as a ‘Palestinian Arab’ and Palestine itself was ‘a land without people for a people without land’

    3. The US$6 billion given to Israel every year is not a gift from the American tax payer because one half is used to purchase US made fighter planes and munitions which gives work to American factories

    4. All criticisms of Israeli violence and violations of international law are anti-Semitic rants

    5. All those many thousands of Jews around the world who are horrified at the actions of the Israeli state, are ‘self-hating’

    6. Without the essential contribution of the Israeli state, civilisation would collapse as there would be no cell phones, Uzi guns, computer software, diamond rings, oranges, electricity or sex

    7. All the land between the river and the sea belongs to Israel by divine right

    8. The Israeli army is the finest in the world although it has never yet engaged with a properly trained and equipped fighting force complete with F16 fighter aircraft, helicopter gunships and chemical weapons

    9. Israelis possess an invisible character trait that makes them innately superior to all other people

    10. The killing of 91 people in the atrocity perpetrated in the King David Hotel, Jerusalem, terrorist attack of 1946, by the Irgun bombers of future prime minister, Menachem Begin, was the work of ‘freedom fighters’ as was the massacre of Palestinian villagers in Deir Yassin.

    • Citizen
      July 15, 2013, 6:59 am

      Also, word up, more special privileges for Israel are being pushed in the US Congress as I type, including a non-reciprocal visa waiver program that allows discrimination against selective groups of American visitors to Israel, while all other states, 37 of them, have fully reciprocal programs, and a unique status for Israel elevating it above all other US allies.,7340,L-4405060,00.html

      The legislation being pushed was written by AIPAC with approval by Israel.
      The US media has not felt the need to tell the American public about this intent to weaken US sovereignty, and elevate Israel’s in the eyes of US law, and at the expense of the American people.

  5. amigo
    July 15, 2013, 5:50 am

    This is marketing terroreeesm designed to destroy Israel.

    How dare these self hating Jews speak the truth.

  6. OlegR
    July 15, 2013, 10:14 am

    Ok Phil next time you visit Israel do an experiment.
    Wear a kipa and go for a stroll in say Shem or Jenin or some obscure little village near by, alone.

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