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Further evidence in the shift in Israel’s image in the States, and of the desperate measures to which its advocates have been reduced.

Tonight in New York, Artists4Israel (an artists’ group that supports the Israeli occupation) is holding a fundraiser in a tattoo parlor at which it will paint the nude bodies of volunteers to the accompaniment of live music and barbecue– all so the artists group can visit Jewish settlements in the occupied Golan Heights and do art there.

Here’s the promo from an American nudists’ org for the event:Nudies Wanted For Live Body Art at Artists 4 Israel Fundraiser.” Artists4Israel promotes its event thus:

We would love to add the beauty of the human form to this event and, just as A4I does in Israel, strip naked the taboos which hold us back and put art and freedom above all.

The group Young Naturists America has come under fire for supporting the event. A member of the nudist group, Jordan Blum, who has lived in Israel himself, seems defensive about the collaboration. He writes:

Here are some of the comments we received:

  • The Golan Heights isn’t on the border with Syria, it’s Syrian territory illegally annexed by Israel.
  • This group is trying to use art and partying to distract from Israel’s oppressive practices.
  • A terrible idea that supports illegal settlement and Apartheid!

There were also far more upsetting comments on Facebook. Some made remarks that insinuated that Israel as a state (and the Jewish population that lives there) do not have a right to exist.

The Times of Israel, from which I picked up the story, is quoting some of the comments:

“This is really disturbing… I mean seriously. Fundraising for an Artists4Israel trip to the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights? For an organization that supports the Israeli equivalent of white supremacy?” wrote one commenter.

“Despite the edgy, progressive feeling of this event, the group sponsoring it, Artists4Israel, is a right-wing, nationalist, pro-settler group whose support [sic] racist policies of colonization in the West Bank,” charged another.

Artists4Israel have used nudity before. It’s a wonder the Afrikaaners or the French colons didn’t get hip to this sooner…

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  1. hophmi
    hophmi
    September 24, 2013, 3:07 pm

    So, you’re against nudity now?

    Israel’s a progressive place. A lot closer to your political and social values than Palestine is.

    • annie
      annie
      September 24, 2013, 3:49 pm

      So, you’re against nudity now?

      you’re so predictable hops. maybe israel should try branding w/free love (f*ck-a-thon-for israel!) and then you can ask So, you’re against love now?

      lol. israel’s soooo happening!! not.

      • hophmi
        hophmi
        September 24, 2013, 5:20 pm

        “you’re so predictable hops.”

        I was being sarcastic.

        But really, I’m not sure exactly why Artists4Israel merits post after post. I can tell you that I went to one of those art classes that they had. It’s nothing special, just a routine art class with a nude model; they give you some pointers on how to draw, and then let you draw the model for a half-hour. I didn’t go back because it’s not my thing, but the class I went to was packed, and a friend of mine who went frequently told me that they were all like that. I also went to an Israeli playwright night that they put together that was very good. And I also saw their bomb shelter exhibit that they did in Washington Square Park.

        I mean, every time I see stuff like this here, it comes off to me as compensating for your lack of ideas for advancing the cause of the Palestinian people in the United States. Give me a break. You’d do any of these things if it brought positive public attention to the Palestinian cause, including, as Annie so succinctly put it, hold a Palestine f*ck-a-thon.

        You’re in an uproar because the Golan isn’t in Israel? Big deal. Your cause talks about how Tel Aviv should be part of Palestine. If you hold an event, you’re going to pass out literature with a black map of historic Palestine that pretends Israel never existed. It’s functionally no different.

    • German Lefty
      German Lefty
      September 24, 2013, 4:17 pm

      So, you’re against nudity now?

      Greenwashing, pinkwashing, and now nudewashing. Such distractions don’t work anymore!

    • Bumblebye
      Bumblebye
      September 24, 2013, 4:34 pm

      hoppy, the Golan is NOT Israel, even if it is filled with ‘Israelis’. Same goes for occupied Palestine.

    • Woody Tanaka
      Woody Tanaka
      September 24, 2013, 4:51 pm

      “So, you’re against nudity now?”

      Are you so foolish that you think that the objection here is to the nudity? Would you be opposed to a group that promoted a nudism event to raise money to end religious freedom in America? You would?? Why, are you against nudity?? Moron.

    • libra
      libra
      September 24, 2013, 5:54 pm

      homphi: Israel’s a progressive place.

      Indeed it is. At the drop of its pants, it’s progressed from settler colonialism to nudist colonialism.

    • kalithea
      kalithea
      September 24, 2013, 9:29 pm

      Correction: Israel’s a progressively depraved place.

    • thankgodimatheist
      thankgodimatheist
      September 24, 2013, 11:05 pm

      “So, you’re against nudity now?”

      So, you’re in bed with settlers now?

  2. Ron Edwards
    Ron Edwards
    September 24, 2013, 3:46 pm

    So I’d drafted the following and decided it was too speculative to post, and then Hoppy shows up with the perfect prior confirmation.

    Speculation: perhaps the hasbara playbook still includes a section on the 1960s-1970s attraction to Israel observed among many Leftist (capital intentional) Americans, on the separate bases of identifying Israel as a socialist nation, of heightened general Holocaust awareness at that time, and of solidarity with Jewish American civil rights activists. These associations are probably obsolete except among a certain age group and much reduced in number in among them. Appealing to mainstream liberals in the pro-naked terms of that particular Left is bound to draw more embarrassed, puzzled grunts than anything else. Perhaps the hasbarists don’t realize this because a few hot-button issues superficially resemble the issues of that time, such as gay rights activism and its current dispensation to be outrageous. Pinkwashing gets a little (some little) traction so they might figure naked-stuff must still work. As I say, speculation, but I’m always interested in why post-1967 Israel was so popular among the New Left, or a fair sector within it.

    Newsflash: “progressive” does not include restriction of movement for populations, massacring children and calling it “the objective,” point-blank murder of activists, and … sigh … and so on.

    • Nevada Ned
      Nevada Ned
      September 25, 2013, 1:24 am

      Ron Edwards, I lived through the 1960’s and was aware of left-wing politics. The two big issues in the 1960’s were the US war against Vietnam (and Laos and Cambodia!) and the black liberation struggle. And in the late 1960’s and 1970’s, a new wave of feminism emerged.
      At the time, I didn’t notice a lot of attraction to Israel among most leftists, including Jewish leftists. It just wasn’t a hot issue back then. That said, the Israelis did a far better propaganda job than did the Palestinians, whose “narrative” was simply not heard. The PLO didn’t get a public spokerperson who spoke English until the 1980’s, so the Israelis had a monopoly for about 35-40 years.
      The situation is very different today among political activists and at universities and colleges. The Palestinian cause now has its public champions.
      Much remains to be done: the Palestinians’ perspective remains scarcely heard among journalists, editors, and especially politicians.

  3. German Lefty
    German Lefty
    September 24, 2013, 3:56 pm

    Different topic: I just saw the trailer for the German film “Jesus liebt mich” (Jesus loves me) on TV. Jesus returns to earth and meets Marie. Here’s the dialogue:
    Marie: “Where are you from?”
    Jesus: “From Galilee.”
    Marie: “Galilee. Galilee?”
    Jesus: “In Palestine.”
    Marie: “Oh! Nice, nice.”
    Then, she says to herself: “Oh my God! A terrorist!”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LYHbstmCyQ (at 0:26)

  4. DICKERSON3870
    DICKERSON3870
    September 24, 2013, 3:59 pm

    RE: “Artists4Israel have used nudity before. It’s a wonder the Afrikaaners or the French colons didn’t get hip to this sooner…” ~ Weiss

    MY COMMENT: Well, they do have Charlize Theron! ! !

    P.S. I’m beginning the second installment of my fantastic new game called “name that doofus” . Can you name the doofus currently pictured as my avatar? He’s a real toughie!
    Good luck!

    P.P.S. Here are some Afrikaaners looking quite spiffy in a fascist sort of way.

    • German Lefty
      German Lefty
      September 24, 2013, 4:07 pm

      Prince Charles Edward Stuart

      • DICKERSON3870
        DICKERSON3870
        September 24, 2013, 4:44 pm

        Damn! I just can’t win.
        Yes, it is “Prince” Charles Edward Louis John Casimir Sylvester Severino Maria Stuart (31 December 1720 – 31 January 1788), a/k/a “The Young Pretender” and/or “Bonnie Prince Charlie”.
        WIKIPEDIA – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Edward_Stuart

        P.S. Another photo of Bonnie Prince Charlie looking especially demure.

    • Byzantium
      Byzantium
      September 25, 2013, 3:11 am

      It’s “Afrikaners” not “Afrikaaners”.

      Charlize Theron achieved fame well after the end of Apartheid and was certainly never associated with it in any way.

      The Afrikaners were too religiously conservative to use nudity as PR stunt, obviously unlike Israel which traditionally has never had any connection to any religion or…

      Oh, wait.

  5. ymedad
    ymedad
    September 24, 2013, 4:00 pm

    Prudish Philip?

    Baring your irrational animosity?

    This is too too ridiculous.

    • German Lefty
      German Lefty
      September 24, 2013, 5:04 pm

      Baring your irrational animosity?

      Look, it’s another Zionist. This one is new to me. And he lives in a settlement. What could possibly be wrong with conquering new living space in the east?

      • annie
        annie
        September 24, 2013, 5:20 pm

        actually he’s not ‘new’ GL, but he is a bonafide settler nutcase living in the heart of the WB. he links to his blog in his bio/archives here.

      • German Lefty
        German Lefty
        September 24, 2013, 5:27 pm

        I know, Annie. That’s why I wrote that he was new to me. I had a look at his previous posts and his blog. I felt an urge to gag.

      • ymedad
        ymedad
        September 25, 2013, 1:11 am

        please, do.

      • Bumblebye
        Bumblebye
        September 24, 2013, 7:36 pm

        Interview when he was head of Yesha Council back in ’07.
        On his blog? Once read a post referring to either ‘Palestinkians’ or was it ‘Pestilinians’? After the Shtetlers had dumped shit or rubbish all over their land.

      • Shingo
        Shingo
        September 24, 2013, 8:08 pm

        Look, it’s another Zionist. This one is new to me.

        He’s a right wing settler extremist who thinks God gave him the stolen land he lives on.

      • SQ Debris
        SQ Debris
        September 25, 2013, 3:24 pm

        He’s not new. I recognize the face. Yisrael Middad. Been in Shilo since the eighties. Career hasbarista, worked as mouthpiece for settlers. Now looking for Americans to, as Triumph the dog would say, “poop on.”

    • Ellen
      Ellen
      September 24, 2013, 10:10 pm

      Promoting nudity is actually prudish in of itself. The idea that nudity is edgy or whatever…is not progressive, but something out of repressive and “prudish” societies.

      In societies where nudity is not an “issue” nudity is not “promoted.” It is quite natural.. a part of life.

      Having said that, there is also beauty in physical modesty. A complex subject.

    • thankgodimatheist
      thankgodimatheist
      September 24, 2013, 11:08 pm

      ymedad is a far-right settler squatting on stolen land. He’s at home anywhere day is night and black is white. Would be the ideal candidate to preside at the Israeli Ministry of Truth.

  6. Walid
    Walid
    September 24, 2013, 4:24 pm

    Israel has been at it with the progressive stuff since 3 years. Article this summer in the (Canada)National Post:

    Ultimate trivialization of the Zionist dream’: Rabbis say sexy tourism ads for Tel Aviv ‘disgusting’

    Joseph Brean | 18/06/13 | Last Updated: 18/06/13 10:44 PM ET

    A youth outreach program of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs that caused a buzz by using oral sex jokes to promote tourism in Israel three years ago, is once again under fire for using group sex to advertise “sexy, secular and sassy” Tel Aviv to young Jewish Canadians.

    Reaction from Canadian rabbis to the new online ad from CIJA’s “Size Doesn’t Matter” campaign has “ranged from confusion and derision to disgust,” with some denouncing the “shockingly poor taste,” according to the Jewish Tribune.

    “You don’t want people coming to Israel for sex and that’s almost what it’s suggesting. It’s the ultimate trivialization of the Zionist dream and bordering on the extremely offensive,” said Rabbi Philip Scheim of the Beth David B’nai Israel Beth Am Synagogue in Toronto, calling it “soft porn” and “very poor use of communal funds,” according to the newspaper.

    “Canadians would be up in arms if there was a similar advertising campaign for Montreal or Toronto,” said Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz of Montreal’s Congregation Tifereth Beth David Jerusalem.

    In the 33-second ad, a muscular man wearing only underwear is seen from the back in a plush ocean-front room, as he walks out onto a sunny patio. An exterior shot reveals it as the Alexander, the boutique hotel in Tel Aviv known for its presidential suite.

    Back inside, we see only the man’s feet as he drops his shorts and gets in a shower. The camera lingers over his front as he soaps up, then returns to his feet. A woman’s feet appear, with red nail polish, to the sound of a satisfied “Mmmm.” Then another man’s feet appear behind the woman’s, to more “Mmmm” and the hint of a giggle.

    “Tel Aviv…” says the closing caption. “There’s room for everyone.”

    The ad has been viewed more than 70,000 times in its first week.

    A 2010 ad by the same group, viewed a million times, shows a woman on a bed complaining to her naked boyfriend, while gesturing to his midsection, that “it’s small. I don’t know if I can go there.”

    “I consider this a spot of worship. It may be small, but it’s brought the driest places to life,” he says, as the camera pans to reveal him holding a map of Israel.

    She agrees, coyly adding, “OK, but if I go down there for you, you have to promise you’ll go down south for me next winter.”

    http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/06/18/ultimate-trivialization-of-the-zionist-dream-rabbis-say-sexy-tourism-ads-for-tel-aviv-disgusting/

  7. JohnAdamTurnbull
    JohnAdamTurnbull
    September 24, 2013, 4:59 pm

    The Israeli zeitgeist is about 17 and regressing.

    • hophmi
      hophmi
      September 24, 2013, 5:24 pm

      No, it’s simply to promote Israel as a place with a vibrant art and culture scene. Body art is very American to anyone who has ever seen the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.

      Again guys, instead of ripping everything people do to show their love for Israel, try and learn from it and come up with creative things to do (shouting slogans is not creative) for Palestine.

      • Ron Edwards
        Ron Edwards
        September 24, 2013, 5:48 pm

        Once again, the Golan Heights. You know, over there, and up there? Not Israel actually. Or tell you what, you can provide me with a link to a map that depicts the borders of Israel, as acknowledged and abided by its government. Would the Golan Heights be found within them? (stop me if I went too fast for you)

      • Cliff
        Cliff
        September 24, 2013, 5:49 pm

        Who gives a **** about body art – this isn’t about body art.

        It’s about whitewashing Israel as a place of simply, ‘art and culture’.

        Israel is an apartheid State. I’m sure apartheid South Africa had an ‘art and culture’ scene too.

        And people would be right to say ‘who gives a ****?’ back then too.

        Here’s an easy thought experiment. Ask a Palestinian under Jewish colonialism/nationalism to stop complaining since Israel has a ‘vibrant art and culture scene’.

        You are a clown.

        PS: why do all you Zionist trolls and goons use the SAME EXACT terminology? ‘Vibrant’ seems to be a hasbarat’s favorite adjective.

      • JohnAdamTurnbull
        JohnAdamTurnbull
        September 24, 2013, 7:47 pm

        Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue? Like I said.

        Hey hophmi, I draw naked people (many of them women) about once a week. Great exercise for the drawing brain. No problem with nudity.

        But using naked women to promote Sports Illustrated, motorcycle tires, casinos, and Israel is juvenile.

  8. September 24, 2013, 6:07 pm

    There is a disturbing contradiction in what is going on in the anti-Israeli cult which is so well represented in this blog. On one hand they worry about Palestinian suffering and use it to bash Israel at every opportunity. On the other hand they put all their efforts to interfere and stop any practical attempts to change this and get out of this entangled situation. I will try to define this in a oversimplified manner to be short and to the point. I’ll do this as a dialog between pro-Palestinian and an Israeli
    P. Stop oppressing Palestinians you racist ziobastard, get out of their land.
    I. Ok, frankly I wanted to do this since 1948 (will explain in another post) but where should I go?
    P. Go to the ’67 borders, sorry to the partition lines and don’t forget to take all the refugees in.
    I. How many?
    P. Well there were 650.000 originally in ’48 but since then with their descendants there are some 6-8 mlns.
    I. This is hard for me. I have absorbed some 850.000 Jewish refugees who escaped or were exiled by Arab state as a result of the same ’48 war. So now you want me to absorb 6 more mln. Will they be hostile to us? Do you think we will be able to live peacefully together?
    P. Well, I never thought about this. Most probably not but we don’t care, we want justice NOW.
    I. OK, I am a democracy and must convince my own people. They are scared that this will become one big bloodshed. But what we can do is to withdraw almost to ’67 lines and compensate for the rest with the land swap.
    P. No, no, that wont do – we want all.
    I. Wait I thought you worried about Palestinian suffering under my occupation. This will immediately remove that. They will have their own state. Isn’t that what you want for them?
    P. No, I want them to have Jerusalem. And the army. And you should take in all the refugees. If not they should not talk to you. In fact I hear that some traitors from PA are now negotiating with you – I am sure they will betray Palestinian interests. They should stop this spectacle right away.

    I. But how can we withdraw without any negotiations?
    P. Just go out. Or, yeah and don’t forget to dismantle the wall.
    I. What if after we withdraw all these Al Qaeda and Hamas and Hezbollah and other fanatics (supported by Iran and others) will move across the Jordanian border into the West Bank and start attacking us with rockets, send terrorist units across our borders, kill our people?
    P. Why would they do this?
    I. Why do they do this in Syria? Or Iraq? Or on 9/11? It is you who think that ’67 plus refugees are enough but they just want to eliminate us from the Middle East which belongs to Arabs, you know. Oh, yes, and we will have 6 mln fairly hostile newcomers among us.
    P. Well, you will find ways to overcome, won’t you. After all you won already four wars.
    I. Yeah, but that was always by using air force to bomb and going fast with our army into the enemy territory. Are you saying we will have to go back and occupy the West Bank again in this very likely case? The Palestinians will suffer again. Everything will just return to what it is now. Wont it be better to end their suffering by just agreeing to what we offer, letting us to defend the Jordanian border and …..
    P. No, no, no, no way, you zio supra fascist racist bastard …..

    • Shingo
      Shingo
      September 24, 2013, 9:16 pm

      On one hand they worry about Palestinian suffering and use it to bash Israel at every opportunity.

      I know how hard you hasbarats have worked trying to polish the turd fnlevit, but no matter how hard you try, it will always be a turd.

      I. This is hard for me. I have absorbed some 850.000 Jewish refugees who escaped or were exiled by Arab state as a result of the same ’48 war.

      We’ve already debunked this crap. The 850,000 refers to all the Jews that left Arab lands over 30 years, only a small number of whom were expelled.

      P. No, no, that wont do – we want all.

      It’s Israel that has taken all, so more projection.

      P. No, I want them to have Jerusalem. And the army.

      Yes, the Palestinians want the same rights as s atet that Israel has. I know it’s a concept that is hard for racist, supremacists like you to get your head around.

      I. But how can we withdraw without any negotiations?

      The same way you withdrew from the Sinai, and the way it is stipulated in UNSC242. You didn’t require negotiations to invade so what is topping you from withdrawing other than greed?

      I. What if after we withdraw all these Al Qaeda and Hamas and Hezbollah and other fanatics (supported by Iran and others) will move across the Jordanian border into the West Bank and start attacking us with rockets, send terrorist units across our borders, kill our people?

      What is to stop Al Qaeda and Hamas and Hezbollah from invading Jordan and doing that now? This is a failed argument, based on the assumption that there is a magical border where Israel will be safe, but any other border is not.

      BTW. Israel is supporting Al Qaeda in Syria, so you might want to explain that.

      I. Yeah, but that was always by using air force to bomb and going fast with our army into the enemy territory.

      Really? How did you end up withe the Sinai and the occupied territories without your army going into the enemy territory.

      So yeah, P is right. You are a zio supra fascist racist b …..

    • eljay
      eljay
      September 24, 2013, 9:22 pm

      >> I will try to define this in a oversimplified manner to be short and to the point. I’ll do this as a dialog between pro-Palestinian and an Israeli

      Nah, that’s too wordy and all wrong. Here’s how it really goes:

      I. Stay the f*ck out of Palestine, you Arab motherf*ckers. This land is our Jewish State now. Beacon unto the nations, motherf*ckers!

      P. We demand to return to our homes and lands.

      I. No. Now f*ck off and die, you filthy anti-Semitic camel-f*cking motherf*ckers! Die!!

      P. We despise you, and we will never stop fighting for justice.

      I. Mommy! These bad people don’t like me! Holocaust! Wiped off the map and pushed into the sea! Help me, Uncle Sam! Don’t make me give back all the land I stole and keep stealing! Don’t let me be accountable for my past and on-going (war) crimes! Don’t make me have to make peace with them! :-(

      The End.

    • benedict
      benedict
      September 25, 2013, 8:46 am

      great dialog!!

    • talknic
      talknic
      September 27, 2013, 12:23 pm

      fnlevit “There is a disturbing contradiction in what is going on in the anti-Israeli cult which is so well represented in this blog”

      Wrong blog Gunga Din.

      “On one hand they worry about Palestinian suffering and use it to bash Israel at every opportunity”

      Israel is in breach of International Law, the UN Charter and relevant Conventions. The occupying power’s illegal activities is the cause of Palestinian suffering. One should be critical of such a state.

      “On the other hand they put all their efforts to interfere and stop any practical attempts to change this and get out of this entangled situation”

      You will find informed first hand and factual information here which, if wider known can assist in having justice served by people being well informed instead of fed a diet of Israeli propaganda bullsh*t

      “I will try to define this in a oversimplified manner to be short and to the point.””

      You’re setting yourself up for one almighty FAIL!

      “P. Stop oppressing Palestinians you racist ziobastard, get out of their land.
      I. Ok, frankly I wanted to do this since 1948…”

      FAIL: Israel has illegally acquired and illegally claims over 50% of what remained of Palestine after Israel was proclaimed and recognized “as an independent republic within frontiers approved by the General Assembly of the United Nations in its Resolution of November 29, 1947”

      “P. Go to the ’67 borders, sorry to the partition lines and don’t forget to take all the refugees in.
      I. How many?
      P. Well there were 650.000 originally in ’48 but since then with their descendants there are some 6-8 mlns.”

      FAIL. The nonsense ziospouted 6-8 million comes from the UNRWA (1949) definition which is only to ascertain who is illegible for assistance while they are a refugee. The UNRWA definition isn’t applicable to RoR at all http://www.unrwa.org/etemplate.php?id=87#final_status

      The Palestinian claim for RoR to Israel is under UNGA res 194 adopted in 1948 before UNRWA even existed http://unispal.un.org/UNISPAL.NSF/0/418E7BC6931616B485256CAF00647CC7

      Israel in 1948 was as it asked to be recognized ” as an independent republic within frontiers approved by the General Assembly of the United Nations in its Resolution of November 29, 1947″ . It did not include, nor does it now, ANY territories it has since illegally acquired by war and never legally annexed.

      You’ve started your stupid story based on a stupid fallacy designed for stupid people

    • Woody Tanaka
      Woody Tanaka
      September 27, 2013, 1:30 pm

      Lame.

      ” I will try to define this in a oversimplified manner to be short and to the point. ”

      No, all you did was spout the same racist zionist lies, but in a new format.

  9. Walid
    Walid
    September 24, 2013, 6:30 pm

    Hophmi, the proper name for this vibrant art and cultural event is “sex tourism”.

    More on Israel’s long history into the trade:

    Israel: Promoting Tourism Via Condoms

    By Programmer Buydatti ⋅ June 8, 2009

    According to Ynet, El-Al Airlines, the Tel Aviv Tourism Foundation and a consortium of Israeli hotels – working in coordination with Israel’s Ministry of Tourism – have sought to promote tourism to Israel by giving out free condoms that read: “Come and Visit Tel Aviv.” Those that were handed the condoms were also told, “Come to Tel Aviv and be satisfied.”

    http://www.kabobfest.com/2009/06/israel-promoting-tourism-via-condoms.html

    • hophmi
      hophmi
      September 24, 2013, 6:38 pm

      Um, no, Walid. That is not what sex tourism is. Now, Annie’s f*ck a thon, on the other hand…

      • Ellen
        Ellen
        September 24, 2013, 10:20 pm

        hop, Israel has been promoting sex tourism for many years. Not too different from other desperate third world countries where women and children have little standing.

        That Israel promotes sex tourism gives the message that the country is desperate for tourism income and has little regard for standing of women required to serve the trafficking industry. This is not the culture of a progressive society.

        “According to Ynet, El-Al Airlines, the Tel Aviv Tourism Foundation and a consortium of Israeli hotels – working in coordination with Israel’s Ministry of Tourism – have sought to promote tourism to Israel by giving out free condoms that read: “Come and Visit Tel Aviv.” Those that were handed the condoms were also told, “Come to Tel Aviv and be satisfied.”
        http://www.kabobfest.com/2009/06/israel-promoting-tourism-via-condoms.html

        Tel Aviv is a hub of human trafficking.

        And what was that tourism campaign? Guns and Bikinis: Women of the IDF?

      • ritzl
        ritzl
        September 24, 2013, 11:53 pm

        Not to mention that Taglit Birthright has a reputation of a bit of a sex-capade.

        http://www.jewlicious.com/2011/02/the-unofficial-guide-to-sex-on-birthright-israel/

  10. Ludwig
    Ludwig
    September 24, 2013, 8:49 pm

    I love this idea. Using art and the human form the convey the the all-inclusiveness of Israeli society. More to come!

    • Shingo
      Shingo
      September 24, 2013, 9:05 pm

      Only in the bizzaro world of Israel is apartheid considered all-inclusive.

    • RoHa
      RoHa
      September 24, 2013, 10:33 pm

      “the all-inclusiveness of Israeli society*.”

      *Offer not valid for Gentiles.

    • Talkback
      Talkback
      September 25, 2013, 4:52 pm

      I just love Ludwig’s funny subversive affirmations. What a shame that most of Mondoweiss’ readers don’t get it.

      • Cliff
        Cliff
        September 29, 2013, 9:20 am

        We do.

        His comments focus on benign, concern-trolling and instigation.

        The affirmations and other positive framing are meant to elicit these response.

        The blasé nature of his trolling is intentional.

        Yet Phil and annie don’t do jack shit about it.

        How many of the Zionist commentators here are sincere without being settler fascists?

        Zilch. The most sensible one is Tokyobk or Wondering Jew and they’re both horrible on their own.

        Go around the entire blogosphere of Israel/Palestine and the Zionist commentators get more animalistic and hateful.

        Through all these supposed revisions to our comment policy, we’ve cut a lot of them out. But the best trolls are the ones who maintain a passive-aggressive style.

        Seriously though, Ludwig isn’t even hiding the fact that he’s a troll. Follow your own damn rules, Phil!

      • annie
        annie
        September 29, 2013, 10:05 am

        Yet Phil and annie don’t do jack shit about it.

        first off, i don’t make the rules. second, if i did we’d be a troll free zone. i have no problem w/echo chambers.

        if you want someone banned collect a bunch of their comments and send them to BOTH adam and phil (btw as far as i know neither of them spend exorbitant time in the threads, they are busy people,and probably know nothing about ludwig or his comment history) explaining how they break the comment policy. lobby for it yourself.

        we all choose our own battles. have i ever lobbied to ban a poster? on occasion, but it’s not something i do w/any kind of regularity. and if i did i might save it for posters i can’t stand ( ie; snakes targeting me directly w/ slanderous insinuation ). but i don’t have the authority here to ban someone outright and it often requires an extensive lobbying effort unless they make overtly racists statements. if you’re dead set against someone, collect data, build a case, and lobby for their banning yourself cliff. it’s a lot of effort and sometimes well worth it. if you don’t succeed at a minimum it calls attention and puts a radar around someone, enough complaints from enough posters could impact the outcome.

      • MHughes976
        MHughes976
        September 29, 2013, 11:03 am

        What I do about the trolls is ignore them.

      • Donald
        Donald
        September 29, 2013, 12:42 pm

        “How many of the Zionist commentators here are sincere without being settler fascists?

        Zilch. The most sensible one is Tokyobk or Wondering Jew and they’re both horrible on their own.”

        Tokyobk and WJ are worth reading, IMO, which is not what I’d say about most of the other critics of this blog who comment here. This doesn’t mean that I always agree with them, but I never think of their posts as a waste of time. I think WJ gets angrier at the pro-Palestinian side than he seems to get at the pro-Israel side, which is his bias, but it’s an open honest sort of bias, so to speak.

      • Cliff
        Cliff
        September 29, 2013, 1:25 pm

        Hi annie,

        Thanks for the clarification. Sorry for putting you on the spot without knowing any of the details.

      • German Lefty
        German Lefty
        September 29, 2013, 1:36 pm

        How many of the Zionist commentators here are sincere without being settler fascists?

        Why do you want to distinguish between
        (1) Zionists who “only” support the 1948 occupation
        (2) Zionists who support both the 1948 occupation and the 1967 occupation?

        Where’s the difference between stealing 78% of the land and stealing 100% of the land? Both is very evil and very criminal.

  11. Denis
    Denis
    September 24, 2013, 8:59 pm

    “Pro-settler group uses nudity to promote cause in U.S.”

    ’bout time.

  12. kalithea
    kalithea
    September 24, 2013, 9:35 pm

    Hmm…I wonder what Rabbis Shapira and Ovadia would say about this?

  13. marc b.
    marc b.
    September 25, 2013, 11:06 am

    i’m all for this promotion. but it shouldn’t be just for ‘young naturists’. i’ll volunteer. I can’t be completely nude, since I can’t disrobe my colostomy bag and the various trusses I wear to keep everything in its proper place, but i’m willing to do my part.

    ‘old nude colostomy wearers for Israel’! that’s an ad with legs.

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