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Photo of Golan Heights from El Al global facebook page

Photo of Golan Heights from El Al global facebook page

Not too bright, the folks at El Al airlines. Notice how they spell Golan:

The airline promotes a piece on the top 10 things to see and do in the occupied Golan Heights. Shouldn’t international travelers be warned about entering occupied territory?

H/t to Scott Roth, who also retweeted this one from El Al’s feed. Jeez.

The accompanying pic:

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  1. OlegR
    OlegR
    December 30, 2013, 11:22 am

    Please Philip never ever ever go to the Golan Heights.
    Our neighbour are quite restless right now god forbid smething happens to you.

    • dimadok
      dimadok
      December 30, 2013, 2:07 pm

      Very cute, Oleg.

    • Taxi
      Taxi
      December 30, 2013, 11:51 pm

      Ah yes, oleg, the natives are restless. Indeed.

      I wonder why?

      I’ve been told by the natives that it’s because they’re being invaded by psychos from Odessa and Brooklyn.

      Can you confirm this for us? You seem to know so much about their situation. We’d really appreciate some clarity and truth.

      And while I’m at it, I’d like to wish you and your Apartheid israel a most unpleasant 2014, may it be your worst ever.

  2. seafoid
    seafoid
    December 30, 2013, 11:34 am

    El Al, the most customer obnoxious airline in the world.
    Every non jewish passenger is regarded as a security risk. Zionism in practice means everyone outside the bubble is a potential enemy. It is no way to run a consumer facing business. And the food is dreadful. It is supposed to taste better because the stones are holier but if you don’t buy that mumbo jumbo it really sucks.

    • amigo
      amigo
      December 30, 2013, 4:14 pm

      “El Al, the most customer obnoxious airline in the world.”seafoid

      No, no, I will have none of that.Ryan air is just as bad.Except on Ryan air every passenger is the enemy.At least you get equal treatment from Michael O Leary.

      • seafoid
        seafoid
        December 31, 2013, 10:06 am

        Ryanair is very unpleasant but at least the staff are not indoctrinated bot style.

  3. Citizen
    Citizen
    December 30, 2013, 12:01 pm

    @ seafoid
    Holy stones? The living stones are the Palestinians, most direct descendants of the earliest Christians. Too bad the American Christian Zionists are not aware of this. They are too busy giving more charity cash to Israel than the American Jewish Community does. After all, it’s their Christian insurance policy to Heaven. Between the Christian Zionist insurance policy and Israel’s insurance policy for the Jews on planet earth, worldwide, we will have endless war and suffering for the rest of us on earth.

    Between the Christian Zionists willing to expend actual Palestinian life, including Palestinian Christian life, to save their souls for the heaven to come after they die, and the Jewish Zionists willing to expend the same people to live high privilege on the hog on this earth, I am perplexed as to which is more programmed to dispense evil daily on innocent humans.

    • Walid
      Walid
      December 30, 2013, 1:42 pm

      “Too bad the American Christian Zionists are not aware of this. They are too busy giving more charity cash to Israel than the American Jewish Community does. ”

      Citizen, looks like seafoid’s devil made the same offer to the CZ that was made to the David Gruen Zionist guy.

  4. HarryLaw
    HarryLaw
    December 30, 2013, 12:28 pm

    Golan Heights Winery Label their wine as “wine of Israel” and “produced and bottled by Golan Heights Winery Katzrin Israel” according to European Union Legislation EU Reg Number 607/2009 Article 55 It is mandatory to indicate “country of origin” on the label, which in this case should be Syria. see example here:
    link: http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd97/andii_beave/Back.jpg

    this is a criminal offence, this regulation is mandatory throughout Europe, watch this space. UNSC Resolution 497 [December 1981] declared that the acquisition of territory by force was inadmissible and that Israel’s decision to impose it’s laws, jurisdiction and administration in the Golan Heights is null and void and without legal effect.

  5. HarryLaw
    HarryLaw
    December 30, 2013, 12:45 pm

    In the wine example above Golan Heights Winery claim the grapes where grown exclusively in the Golan Heights, so that under World Trade Organization and European Union “country of origin rules” Rules which are consistent with the UK Trade Descriptions Act 1968 Section 36.. “country of origin”.
    For the purposes of this Act goods shall be deemed to have been manufactured or produced in the country in which they last underwent a treatment or process resulting in a substantial change.
    These European Regulations would probably apply to all Golan Heights wine.

    • puppies
      puppies
      December 31, 2013, 2:00 am

      With the current awareness level about Syria, a proper boycott campaign against these wines should generate wide publicity. Also, considering how unkindly the average wine lover (non-Zionist) is towards labeling fraud, boycotting all Israel wine should not be too hard again. I don’t know if there is anything halfway drinkable in the lot; if there isn’t, the sales wouldn’t be much affected, the customers being mostly Zionists sacrificing themselves, but the awareness-raising value of such a boycott looks good.

  6. Walid
    Walid
    December 30, 2013, 2:16 pm

    120,000 Golan Syrians became refugees. About half had fled and the other half were expelled by Israel along with a good part of those had fled but decided to return to their homes after the war ended. It was ethnic cleansing on the scale of what had happened in 1948 Palestine including another 400 villages destroyed on the Golan. Israel lied about all the 120,000 having fled even before the Syrian army retreated leaving only 6,000 Druze that refused to leave. The attack on the Golan had been pre-planned and was deliberately started by Israel to steal the Golan. Today the 120,000 refugees have become 400,000.

    Full story on how Israel lied about what had really happened and how it stole the Golan from information taken mostly from Israeli sources:

    http://www.israeli-occupation.org/2010-07-30/the-disinherited-syrias-130000-golan-height-refugees/

    • biorabbi
      biorabbi
      December 30, 2013, 4:51 pm

      Walid so the ones who weren’t ethnically cleansed on the Golan are the lucky ones? since they won’t be cleansed off the earth by the Syrian Civil War? Is a Golan Druze more happy about the Israeli – Syrian border line today, or does he wish to be back under control.

      • thankgodimatheist
        thankgodimatheist
        December 30, 2013, 11:40 pm

        Biorabbi
        Are you asking if living under occupation is better than living in a war zone? Surely yes but what does that prove? That occupation is good? That they should be content with a lesser evil?

      • seafoid
        seafoid
        December 31, 2013, 12:59 am

        This is why I abhor Zionism. There are no absolute rights. The Golanis were not as badly off as the Congolese so they could be dispossessed.

        Apartheid is fine as long as someone is worse off somewhere else. Theresienstadt thinking. And don’t forget the ADL global antisemitism survey.

      • Walid
        Walid
        December 31, 2013, 2:53 am

        biorabbi, the Druze have it in them to adapt to whatever ruling class is over them and as long as they have their own little freedom within their community, they don’t mind it and this includes the occupation or even enlisting in the Zionist army. This has been their philosophy of survival for the last 1000 years. This doesn’t mean that the Golani or the Israeli Druze is happy to be lorded over by the Zionists, he simply doesn’t give a damn but deep down, he still considers himself an Arab and a Muslim and as such still despises what Zionism represents. Call him a chameleon, but don’t ever think of him as a lover of Zionism.

  7. seafoid
    seafoid
    December 30, 2013, 3:07 pm

    Given what most of the visitors to this site know about the Jewish Disneyland, the slogan “it’s not just an airline, it’s Israel” is most unfortunate.
    El Al is therefore presumably second rate, provincial, badly run, violent , shoddy and deluded.

    • Little_Shih_Tzu
      Little_Shih_Tzu
      December 30, 2013, 3:43 pm

      And massively subsidized up-the-whazoo by the US gov’t?

    • Walid
      Walid
      December 31, 2013, 3:45 am

      Seafoid, it’s a given that Israel wants to turn the Golan into a Disneyland and the current El Al campaign repeats it. There are dozens of hotels/resorts already built there including the Mount Hermon skiing area, all on Syrian occupied lands. You can see by the above photo of the lush green hillside overlooking the lake why Israel wanted to steal the Golan. They also have plans of stealing land up to the Litani in Lebanon since over 90 years. But they won’t be enjoying the fruits of their theft for long; those tens of thousands of “jihadist” fighters imported into the Syrian revolution by the US and its Gulf pals have sworn to turn their attention to Israel once they finish the job in Syria.

      • HarryLaw
        HarryLaw
        December 31, 2013, 5:38 am

        Walid @ ” those tens of thousands of “jihadist” fighters imported into the Syrian revolution by the US and its Gulf pals have sworn to turn their attention to Israel once they finish the job in Syria”. It is to be hoped that those “Jihadist” fighters all meet their maker in Syria, these ‘Takferis’ supported by the medieval Kings and Emirs of the GCC, think nothing of killing unbelievers, they are equal opportunity killers, whatever your religion or non, unless you think like them, you are marked for death. My hope is that there are not that many of them in the Arab world and they can be defeated, starting in Syria, because if their aren’t, they will destroy the Arab world.

      • Walid
        Walid
        December 31, 2013, 6:44 am

        Harry, it’s estimated or reported that there are over 10,000 of them in Syria. They came from Chechnya, ex-Yugoslavia, Albania, Pakistan, Afghanistan, a few African countries and of course from Arab Gulf countries as well as Lebanon, Iraq and Jordan. 22 countries in all; they came for the enticing salaries and because of their sick ideology. You’re right that they hate anyone that doesn’t think like them, beginning with Muslims that they consider apostates and sinners “kafirs” in Arabic; the verb accusing one of being an apostate is “takfir” and those doing the takfiring are called “takfiris” or accusers. They’re bad news.

  8. Mike_Konrad
    Mike_Konrad
    December 30, 2013, 3:19 pm

    Israel annexed the area; and offered/offers citizenship to the local Druze.

    So it does function under International Law.

    • seafoid
      seafoid
      December 30, 2013, 3:44 pm

      The annexation is not recognised internationally. Not even by the US.

    • annie
      annie
      December 30, 2013, 3:53 pm

      So it does function under International Law.

      not if it’s unilaterally annexing territory. that’s against international law. so is expelling over 130,000 people. (hat tip walid for the link)

    • Shingo
      Shingo
      December 30, 2013, 8:03 pm

      Israel annexed the area; and offered/offers citizenship to the local Druze.

      Unless the annexation is approved by refwrrendum of the local population , it is illegal.

  9. Blownaway
    Blownaway
    December 30, 2013, 3:49 pm

    It’s because they don’t consider it occupied. It’s part of Israel because Israel says so and there is no one that can or will do anything about it. And when they annex most of Palestine they know there is no one who can do anything about that…

    • Walid
      Walid
      December 31, 2013, 4:07 am

      Blownaway, one of Israel’s looney-tunes arguments for refusing to give up the Golan is that Syria had ownership of the Golan for a shorter period (since Syria’s 1943 independence) than Israel that’s been occupying it since 1967. But then again, a thief could come up with any wild excuse to hold on to stolen property. At least they didn’t claim that the Golan fell off a truck.

  10. talknic
    talknic
    December 30, 2013, 3:57 pm

    @Mike_Konrad “Israel annexed the area … So it does function under International Law”

    UNSC res 497 tells us that you spout bullsh*t

  11. thankgodimatheist
    thankgodimatheist
    December 30, 2013, 7:32 pm

    Mondo’s comments section looks more like Ynet’s nowadays. What’s up, fellas?

    • thankgodimatheist
      thankgodimatheist
      December 30, 2013, 10:30 pm

      Oops! Meant for another post where low life hasbarists are having a field day. Even here this Konrad fellow shouldn’t be insulting anyone’s intelligence, I believe.

      • thankgodimatheist
        thankgodimatheist
        December 30, 2013, 10:34 pm

        So if I steal something and decree that it’s “officially” mine is it enough to convince the police that it is? Hello, simpleton!

    • Bumblebye
      Bumblebye
      December 30, 2013, 10:54 pm

      I think it’s all hands to the keyboards after the ASA BDS vote!

  12. Xpat
    Xpat
    December 30, 2013, 8:16 pm

    For what it’s worth, the brilliant copyrighter who came up with this was likely working off the Hebrew. “El Al” is supposed to invoke “to the heights” through a loose use of the word “al” (on, upon, above).

  13. OlegR
    OlegR
    December 31, 2013, 4:49 am

    This here post or conversation is a clear proof how little people at MW care about human rights and how much they care about Israel bashing.

    Talking about Israel “illegally occupying” the Golan heights at this time is like talking about the Allies illegally occupying Elzas Lorein while Dachau is still operating.

    Do you people seriously think that it would be a good humane idea to turn the Golan Heights over to Syria, to Assad or the rebel forces.

    • Cliff
      Cliff
      December 31, 2013, 5:24 am

      @OlegR

      Since Nakba-denying, Israeli pro-animal rights’ abusing, Zionists like yourself never acknowledged that the Golan was occupied before or that it should be returned before.

      What difference does it make?

      The only people who dont care about human rights are the majority of Israeli Jews and virtually all Zionists. Hence why you advertised the Gazan animal rights issue but not the many HUMAN rights abuse by Israel – not to mention Israel’s animal abuse.

    • talknic
      talknic
      December 31, 2013, 5:30 am

      OlegR Do you people seriously think that it would be a good humane idea to turn the Golan Heights over to Syria, to Assad or the rebel forces”

      That’s a really convincing fail … Israel could have adhered to the law and numerous conventions at any time between 1967 and the new millennium. Israel didn’t adhere to the law.

      It belongs to the state of Syria regardless of who is in power in Syria.

      • OlegR
        OlegR
        December 31, 2013, 5:34 am

        I wasn’t talking about some abstract legalistic view i was talking about concrete real world cause and effect things.
        Would it be a good idea for all parties involved to turn the Golan heights over to Syria now or in the foreseeable future?
        And if not what is the point of having this conversation at all other then baiting Israel for the sake of bating.

      • talknic
        talknic
        December 31, 2013, 7:20 am

        @OlegR

        You keep failing … Israel could have adhered to the law and numerous conventions at any time between 1967 and the new millennium. Israel didn’t adhere to the law.

        The Golan belongs to the state of Syria regardless of who is in power in Syria.

    • Walid
      Walid
      December 31, 2013, 5:35 am

      Oleg, those head-cutting, liver-eating terrorists that are you are politely calling rebels and treating in your hospitals have a some unpleasant surprises in store for Israel. “Occupying” is another polite word for Israel’s squatting on the Golan. It would be good to turn the Golan over to them because both Assads did absolutely nothing about the Golan for the past 40 years; maybe the fundies would get rid of the squatters there.

      • OlegR
        OlegR
        December 31, 2013, 5:39 am

        /liver-eating terrorists that are you are politely calling rebels and treating in your hospitals/

        You mean these guys ?

        “Do something, write, tell the world,” cries out Dr. Arieh Avidan, deputy director of the ophthalmology department at the Rebecca Sieff Hospital in Safed. He is still haunted by the image of a 15-year-old boy who arrived at the hospital in recent days with a missing hand and both eyes shattered.
        http://www.haaretz.com/misc/iphone-article/.premium-1.554424

      • Walid
        Walid
        December 31, 2013, 7:10 am

        … 15-year-old boy who arrived at the hospital in recent days with a missing hand and both eyes shattered….”

        Oleg, I was talking about the fundy fighters that Israel was treating, not civilians as the one described above. That poor 15-year old appear to have run into Israel’s fundy friends before reaching Israel for help.

      • OlegR
        OlegR
        December 31, 2013, 12:07 pm

        /Oleg, I was talking about the fundy fighters that Israel was treating/
        Which fundy fighters, how many how often?

      • Eva Smagacz
        Eva Smagacz
        December 31, 2013, 7:01 am

        Oleg, the glee with which you used argument about that kid that lost his hand and his eyes is revolting. You steal the land and there is nothing, nothing, that you will not use to score the points to deflect the criticism.

        This boy’s fate does not excuse or explain ethnic cleansing and theft of Golan Heights.

    • Shmuel
      Shmuel
      December 31, 2013, 6:00 am

      Oleg,

      The Golan is still occupied Syrian territory. Although there doesn’t seem to be much point to negotiating its return at the moment, the Israeli settlements are still illegal, and their further development and integration into Israel poses an obstacle to future negotiations for the Heights’ return.

      • OlegR
        OlegR
        December 31, 2013, 6:32 am

        And i repeat the question, knowing what we know about Syria what is the point of these conversations or posts about the Golan?

        That’s like a cop who writes a ticket for traffic violation while ignoring a rapist doing his thing in the near by alley.

      • Shmuel
        Shmuel
        December 31, 2013, 6:54 am

        Oleg,

        If your question was why boycott when Israel can’t give back the Golan anyway right now, I’ve answered it.

        If you’re just repeating the old “singling Israel out” argument, it’s been addressed here many times. If it’s any comfort to you, I don’t plan on visiting Syria or buying any Syrian wine any time in the foreseeable future.

      • OlegR
        OlegR
        December 31, 2013, 9:02 am

        / I don’t plan on visiting Syria or buying any Syrian wine any time in the foreseeable future./
        Or talk article after article about it’s endless violations either.

      • Walid
        Walid
        December 31, 2013, 7:05 am

        Oleg, you guys have this thing about rapes and rapists; where does it come from? Last year around this time of year at a TA rally, anti-asylum Likud activist May Golan megaphone in hand shouted to the Africans she wanted expelled, “Just as women are raped, may you be raped in your grave.”

      • OlegR
        OlegR
        December 31, 2013, 9:02 am

        Walid you are projecting.

      • Shmuel
        Shmuel
        December 31, 2013, 9:45 am

        Or talk article after article about it’s endless violations either.

        “Singling out Israel for moral opprobrium”, got it. Thanks.

        How about you? Do you defend any other human rights violators, or only Israel? If the latter, why the double standard?

      • Taxi
        Taxi
        December 31, 2013, 7:23 am

        Oleg,
        You’re deluded beyond hope if you think for a moment that either your criminal idf or your chummy rebels will own the Golan at the end of the day.

        As far as Syria is concerned, you oleg and your criminal idf are NO DIFFERENT to the cannibal salafists – two faces of the same fanged coin. And both of you will be crushed for your crimes of land theft and violent ethnic cleansing.

        Occupation is NOT a misdemeanor punishable by a mere traffic ticket. It is a frigging WAR CRIME! Rape is but only a hideous part of an occupier’s brutal weaponry. So STFU with your stupid hasbara!!!!!!!

      • OlegR
        OlegR
        December 31, 2013, 12:12 pm

        Shmuel, i don’t consider Israel to be a serious human rights violator
        given the world standard . I certainly don’t defend everything Israel does.

        But Golan heights that’s like “the worst case ever ” to pick against Israel.

        “Moral opprobrium” thank you, something new to learn about the English language.

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