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Author Ben White speaking at the Russell Tribunal on Palestine in New York City. (Image via russelltribunalonpalestine.com)

Author Ben White speaking at the Russell Tribunal on Palestine in New York City. (Image via russelltribunalonpalestine.com)

Ben White recently published a new edition of the book, Israeli Apartheid: A Beginner’s Guide. The title was launched in the UK last night. But the Israeli embassy tried to scuttle the event.

White writes in The National, “Israel fears the apartheid label as it reveals its gruesome tactics.”

I marked the publication of my book with a well-attended launch event last night at Amnesty International UK, chaired by David Hearst, former chief foreign leader writer for The Guardian.

In the weeks before the event, the Israeli embassy itself directly contacted Amnesty UK to ask them to cancel the launch, and also pressured Mr Hearst to withdraw his participation.

In targeting my book launch, Israeli diplomats in London resorted to crude smear tactics, the sort that are familiar fare for lobby groups, but rather more extraordinary coming from senior embassy officials. Thankfully, neither Amnesty UK nor Mr Hearst gave them the time of day, but the clumsy efforts by Israel’s official representatives to make certain topics “off limits” only drew attention to the issues my book is intended to address.

White also writes about the attempted cancellation at Middle East Monitor:

Israel’s diplomatic staff in London directly contacted the human rights organisation to demand the cancellation of the event. Amnesty UK naturally refused, pointing out that their building is a space where a diverse range of activists can meet, engage and debate issues relating to social justice and the promotion of human rights.

But it wasn’t just Amnesty who the Israeli Embassy pressured – they also contacted David Hearst, who has kindly agreed to chair the event. Hearst, now Editor of Middle East Eye, told me about the “dramatic” change in tone in the embassy’s communications with him:

“One minute [embassy official] Yiftah Curiel was professing that he would love to get some coffee or lunch with me to talk about the new website, and plying me with exclusive invitations to the Ambassador’s House for a discussion with the author Ari Shavit. The next he was shocked and horrified to learn that I had agreed to chair the launch of the second edition of your book.”

And when Hearst didn’t fold? “Pathetically, Curiel withdrew the invitation to the Ambassador’s house.”

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  1. joecatron
    joecatron
    March 22, 2014, 2:32 pm

    Is it at all common for foreign embassies to meddle in the affairs of private organizations in their host countries?

    Are there many examples of other states’ diplomats behaving this way (much less, say, publicly running propaganda networks)?

    • pabelmont
      pabelmont
      March 22, 2014, 3:05 pm

      But Joe, what other embassies do is of no importance here because Israel’s embassy isn’t just “any embassy”. It’s practically a member of the House of Lords in the UK and also in the USA. (Oh, yes, we don’t have a House of Lords in the USA. Not officially at least. I meant the “oligarchy” in the USA. Of course. You knew that.)

      And so, of course, it can feel free to mess around in the internal business of whichever nation it happens to be within at the moment. Sort of like cancer cells in metastasis, floating around the cancer patient’s body invading all the organs and feeling free to mess about. And Israel’s warm-bodies-abroad [in the USA] don’t even have to register as lobbyists of a foreign country. But, then, either do AIPACateers. Or JNFsters.

    • JeffB
      JeffB
      March 22, 2014, 3:30 pm

      @Joe

      Is it at all common for foreign embassies to meddle in the affairs of private organizations in their host countries?

      Yes it is core to their job. Diplomatic relations things like direct contact between the department of state of the embassy country and the leadership of the host country are the lowest level of interaction. Beyond that are diplomatic functions like issuing passports of providing assistance for criminal investigation.

      Beyond that come economic support. If you are doing business abroad you are frequently coordinating with the embassy. So for example I’m working with an Italian pharmaceutical company, some of the things are complex and this is Italy which doesn’t help on complex paperwork so I’m coordinating that through the Italian embassy here in the USA. In working with me they are doing their job in helping to facilitate Italian USA trade.

      Beyond that are issues of cultural. For example the media often wants on the record quotes from foreign governments or wants to fact check stories. Conversely the government may want to express concerns or offer services. Say for example a book is being translated so as to be marketed in a country with sexual or political censorship the embassy might assist the publisher in removing the questionable passages.

      Turning to this incident. Amnesty International is headquartered in the UK. AFAICT they received official notice from the Israeli that their activities in hosting this event were seen as hostile and might impact future coordination and cooperation. That sort of notice is the job of the embassy. Who else should be delivering that sort of message given the official nature of the communication?

      As far as David Hearst it appears they did a normative thing for a journalist and the establishment. Kill a secondary embarrassing story and in exchange we’ll give you better access. Getting journalists to trade their independence for access is an objective of all governments that are used to working with a free press.

      • seafoid
        seafoid
        March 22, 2014, 4:53 pm

        “Getting journalists to trade their independence for access is an objective of all governments that are used to working with a free press.”

        Israel has nothing to offer Hirst, Jeff. The Gov of Israel doesn’t share truth anyway. It’s all spin.
        He knows you inside out.
        He’s like a cat playing with a mouse.

      • amigo
        amigo
        March 22, 2014, 5:02 pm

        More zionist nonsense from Jeff B.

        Israel,s interference in other peoples affairs is usually done to enable the commission of war crimes or attempting to cover them up.

        How dare you compare lawful diplomatic maneuvers of law abiding and civilized nations with that of your war mongering criminal zionist entity.

    • pjdude
      pjdude
      March 22, 2014, 10:19 pm

      North Korean ones are required to sell meth

    • March 23, 2014, 12:13 am

      ah, poor little jewish israel embassy officials.
      i feel so sorry for them. they just can’t stop the world’s avalanche of truth engulfing their precious litle terror state israel.

    • Stephen Shenfield
      Stephen Shenfield
      March 23, 2014, 8:02 am

      Turkey uses similar tactics in the cause of denying the Armenian genocide.

      • just
        just
        March 23, 2014, 8:22 am

        whataboutery? I read nothing about Turkey or the Armenian genocide in the piece.

        There is an ongoing genocide happening before our very eyes, all due to brutal Israeli Occupation.

      • Stephen Shenfield
        Stephen Shenfield
        March 23, 2014, 8:38 am

        I was responding to Joe Catron’s question: “Are there many examples of other states’ diplomats behaving this way?” but my comment got displaced so far downward that the context was lost. I should have reproduced the question.

        Horrible as the Israeli occupation is, it does not constitute genocide. I am afraid that it might LEAD to genocide if Israel attempts a “transfer” (a new Nakba), but that has not happened yet and can still be averted. If we misuse the word “genocide” to describe what is happening now, what word will we use for the real thing if (God forbid) it comes to pass?

      • DaBakr
        DaBakr
        March 23, 2014, 4:36 pm

        you obviously are ignorant of what the word ‘genocide’ means unlkess you-like all good mediocre minded true-believers prefer your own definition of terms.

        and btw-it isn’t that the Palestinians do not suffer in many ways without a peace treaty and w/o a state-but lying about them by saying there is a ‘genocide’ or a ‘holocaust’ simply begs one to dispute the ridiculous confabulation of hysterical commentary. I am of the opinion that too many fellow Israelis ignore or could not care less that many euro-white liberal elites are still spewing hate filed lies against the only Jewish Nation on earth at some peril. But the awareness of the Jews in the diaspora-despite the exaggerated claims of how BDS is “REALLY taking off now” and “the tide is turning against Zionism and support of Israel declining amongst US Jews..”-is the balance to Israeli indifference. The diaspora is there to keep telling Israel it is “happening all over again” and that this time the term “zionism’ and the success of the Jewish State is being turned on its head and pointed out as the ‘reason’ for the ‘new’ Jew-hatred which the haters claim oh-so-innocently has “NOTHING to do with Jews but ONLY with evil Zionists and Zionism which they gleefully equate with nazism, racism, facism etc’ just like in the ‘good-ol-days’. Israelis of the left wing elite may not like being ‘annoyed’ and harassed by fellow Jews in the US and EU (that disturbs their privileged life of upper class urban/sub consumerism) but it often serves as a cold slap in their faces as to the realities that those like White and co. present to the future of our nation. Up until now the balance has worked out well. The internet has helped those who hate Israel and Jews as much as it has helped spur reasonable ideas from reasonable peoples. All it will take for the balance to continue is for Israelis of the left leaning parties to pay attention to whats going on. And they are now starting-in greater numbers to combat this ‘enemy’ disguised as good citizens who solely focus on Israel claiming it has nothing whatsoever to do with jews and that anyone who promotes the cause of Israel is surely drawing a salary from some mysterious gov’t. ‘hasbara’ fund while completely ignoring that sites like MW and elec.Intfda are funded by large ‘gifts’ from EU ngos and asst UN organizations that are dedicated to the destruction of Zionism and the jewish State. ….in other words; Ben White is nothing more then a paid Arab Hasbarist specializing in the Palestinian lobby

      • puppies
        puppies
        March 23, 2014, 10:28 pm

        @Just – Shenfield is absolutely right in bringing Turkey to this discussion: Turkish embassies, for many years, were not content with lobbying around, commissioning articles and outright bribing newspapers and academics; they also piggybacked on the nefarious activities of the Israel embassy, much more potent than anything Turkish, to kill any resolutions or statements on the genocide of the Armenians.
        For many years, it was the Zionist lobby who ran the (yearly) campaign to block resolutions, blackmail away articles on this genocide, threaten people, deny reparation claims, etc.
        They only stopped after Turkish PM Erdogan got rid of the military dictatorship (under the guardianship of which all Turkish governments have been until now), and called Peres a murderer to his face at a public discussion in Davos ( https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CCcQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.hurriyet.com.tr%2Fenglish%2Fdomestic%2F10895599.asp%3Fscr%3D1&ei=85YvU4aeC-Lx2QXut4HYBw&usg=AFQjCNHJ4n6bvP07j44r7CeZy42HsjsddQ&sig2=pOB1C8wq9jRMPRRIPU-WsA )
        The Zionists then revenged themselves by committing armed piracy on a Turkish ship, the Mavi Marmara, and murdering in cold blood 8 Turks and an American and getting away with it.
        The Zionists also told Turkey in so many words that they not only would henceforth cease all their PR activity to kill the mention of the Armenian genocide, they would call Armenia to offer their support for recognition of the 1895-1915 genocide! How do you like that for Holocaust(TM) fake goods peddlers? Aren’t they good?
        Let’s add that the latest government crisis in Turkey was provoked by a cleric, Fethullah Gülen, who lives in PA and is on intimate terms with all the Neocons, from Kristol to Pearl to Feith to Libby to Kagan. After he admonished the Turkish government about being polite and not getting uppity with “Israel”, he repeated some arrogant warnings re Turkey given by the NetanYahoo government; now he has finally pulled the rug under the Turkish government (for reasons that surely include more than the foregoing, but most of them directly related to USIzrael official policy.)
        The Israelians, of course, want the military dictatorship back at the helm. No matter the breathtaking regression and outright massacre of populations that this will involve, they would get back their best ally in the region.
        So Zionist action is not limited to the ongoing genocide in Palestine or to Nakba denial. Zionists also took over what traditionally were Imperial German chores with regard to the Armenian genocide and they are very much the masters of the game in Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

  2. Daniel Rich
    Daniel Rich
    March 22, 2014, 2:37 pm

    3 words the Apartheid State has to get used to: Fail, failure and loser.

    Target practicing on civilians doesn’t make one a ‘marksman.’

    • seafoid
      seafoid
      March 22, 2014, 4:42 pm

      Superjews and failure – hard to accept but the only way forward

  3. mikeo
    mikeo
    March 22, 2014, 2:48 pm

    My girlfriend attended the event.

    It was well attended but that was achieved despite some rather underhand tactics by Zionist groups to sabotage the event. A large number of tickets for the night (perhaps up to half according to what my girlfriend heard) were block-booked and then left empty in order to try to reduce the attendance.

    Unfortunately for the Zionists, people were so keen to attend the event that it was filled by ticketless guests who attended on the off-chance they could get returns…

  4. Krauss
    Krauss
    March 22, 2014, 2:48 pm

    Why would anyone be surprised? If Israel’s lobbyists are going after universities and SJP chapters then why would Amnesty be off limits?

    But notice the pattern: they never really want to discuss or debate anything; only shutting it down. They know they can’t win, because you can’t defend apartheid, so the tactic is to prevent anyone from talking and learning about it.

    It’s a sign of desperation.

    • seafoid
      seafoid
      March 22, 2014, 5:06 pm

      It’s standard practice for Israeli ambassadors leaving posts in Western Europe to moan about the fact that nobody buys hasbara any more.
      The bots do not understand the hopes amongst ordinary Europeans that were raised by the inauguration of the peace process.

    • JeffB
      JeffB
      March 22, 2014, 5:53 pm

      @Krauss

      But notice the pattern: they never really want to discuss or debate anything; only shutting it down. They know they can’t win, because you can’t defend apartheid,

      Israel is happy to discuss policy with friends. Many Israeli parties have American adjuncts. Israelis have close cultural ties to Europeans and increasingly to the European right. Israelis are active with AIPAC, B’nai B’rith even JSteet. Assume you had the Israeli ambassador in front of you? What question would you want the answer to? Not what would you want to say, but what information would you want?

      You don’t want to discuss you want to yell and have Israel apologize and promise to mend their ways. Well they aren’t going to do that. The Israelis have objectively looked at the situation and as a society have determined the best course of action to handle their respective problems. Their state is carrying out those policies generally rather effectively. You aren’t willing to grant the first step that the Israeli state exists for the purpose of advancing the interests of the nation of Israel. You want it to exist to advance the interests of some other hostile population called the Palestinians and some foreign government called the UN. Once they say “no” to that where would you go with the discussion?

      Let’s take your example of defending apartheid. “Apartheid” a separate system of laws and policies is of course demanded by international law regarding an occupation. In an occupation the host country’s population and the occupied country’s population aren’t supposed to live under the same laws. American troops in Iraq and Iraqis didn’t live remotely the same lives, that wasn’t apartheid it was America following international law for an occupation. So anyone who is claiming apartheid must logically be recognizing the West Bank as part of Israel and that their is not occupation. There is clear cut 100% inconsistency and you don’t care. And you don’t care because the discussion you want is name calling.

      • justicewillprevail
        justicewillprevail
        March 23, 2014, 4:14 pm

        Jeff, this is hilarious. You hang around here, and now tell us all what we think, as if you have never understood a word. All of the positions you insist we hold are absurd caricatures, designed to save yourself the bother of actually engaging with the arguments around human rights, justice and recognition of the violence of the occupation. I don’t see the point of your pseudo-erudite screeds of disinformation and false attributions, which is just your version of ‘name calling’. All your assertions about anti-zionism are nonsense. If Apartheid is ok by your logic, then your logic is clearly faulty. You seem completely immune to the effects of your pseudo theorising, and appear to prefer to hide in the labyrinth of your own tortured reasoning. I suppose it saves you having to engage with the world as it is, when you can construct an alternative fantasy version. Not unlike zionism.

      • seafoid
        seafoid
        March 23, 2014, 8:56 pm

        Justice, Jeff’s rants are apparently coherent in Hebrew, the holy language of the Torah.

    • Ecru
      Ecru
      March 23, 2014, 5:39 am

      We have the very recent example right here on Mondoweiss of Hoppy decrying that a BDS motion was not officially put on an agenda one moment, calling it a “fear of debate” and the next defending another body permanently tabling of just the type of debate he professes to want the next.

      Internal consistency has never been the hallmark of supremacists and bigots – it’s whatever claim might possibly work on the uninformed at a given moment that counts. Anything basically to defend the Judenreich.

  5. amigo
    amigo
    March 22, 2014, 2:55 pm

    “Thankfully, neither Amnesty UK nor Mr Hearst gave them the time of day, ”

    Hopefully this message is getting back to zionist HQ.

    “Are there many examples of other states’ diplomats behaving this way (much less, say, publicly running propaganda networks)?”

    This is small potatoes.Israel steals Passport of citizens of sovereign Nations.The Israeli Embassy in Dublin was used to steal the Passports of Irish Citizens, thereby putting those people at risk.

    Israel has it,s nose stuck in everyone else’s business.

    It is time this tiresome entity was put out of business.

  6. American
    American
    March 22, 2014, 4:21 pm

    It looks like …maybe, hopefully… fewer people and orgs are giving in to Israeli intimidation.

  7. BrianEsker
    BrianEsker
    March 22, 2014, 4:32 pm

    It’s particularly ignorant of Shamnesty International to sponsor an event like this.[..] I heard that attendance was “light” because some pro-Israel folks pre-reserved a “sell-out” audience and didn’t show. Looks good on this idiot!

    • annie
      annie
      March 22, 2014, 5:21 pm

      I heard that attendance was “light” because some pro-Israel folks pre-reserved a “sell-out” audience and didn’t show. Looks good on this idiot!

      i think you heard wrong. that was the idea tho, and White knew about it too, i know because i intercepted a tweet of his before the event announcing that extra seating would be at a “FCFS” basis. but the scheme of ” some pro-Israel folks” obviously didn’t work. as mikeo mentions here: http://mondoweiss.net/2014/03/israeli-pressured-apartheid.html/comment-page-1#comment-651168

      (my bold)

      Unfortunately for the Zionists, people were so keen to attend the event that it was filled by ticketless guests who attended on the off-chance they could get returns…

      White has thousands of twitter followers so i am sure the news spread fast.

      tsk tsk. now who looks like the idiot? all these people either got to attend for free because pro i’s paid for their tickets or else they hauled in more money for the event selling the seats twice over:

      it does appear even the very back seats are filled, doesn’t it brian?

      • DaBakr
        DaBakr
        March 22, 2014, 7:26 pm

        I count about 50 people give or take. hardly a mob scene. and ben white should hardly be surprised-given his tone and subject matter- that he receives flak from pro-Israel lobby and supporters, unless he wants to pretend like he’s an ignoramus

      • amigo
        amigo
        March 23, 2014, 2:27 pm

        “I count about 50 people give or take.”Da bakr

        What,s wrong , did you doze off half way.

      • seafoid
        seafoid
        March 23, 2014, 8:57 pm

        Benabyad is a great Twitter handle .

    • seafoid
      seafoid
      March 22, 2014, 5:47 pm

      Even if it’s going wrong, “Brian ”

    • ckg
      ckg
      March 22, 2014, 8:30 pm

      Shamnesty International, Brian? Please repeat that over and over. It is quite revealing. It will do wonders to enhance your credibility and by association that of your fellow Zionists. And please think of some snarky name for HRW too.

    • mikeo
      mikeo
      March 23, 2014, 3:49 am

      “I heard that attendance was “light” because some pro-Israel folks pre-reserved a “sell-out” audience and didn’t show.”

      FAIL

    • March 23, 2014, 8:03 am

      Poor Bryan. The lies are being exposed and falling by the wayside.

    • amigo
      amigo
      March 23, 2014, 8:25 am

      “It’s particularly ignorant of Shamnesty International to sponsor an event like this.[..] I heard that attendance was “light” because some pro-Israel folks pre-reserved a “sell-out” audience and didn’t show. Looks good on this idiot!”ShamEsker

      See Annie,s post above and then tell us who the idiot is brian.

      Nice to see you dropping by to remind us what a fool you are.

    • Shingo
      Shingo
      March 25, 2014, 12:09 am

      I heard that attendance was “light”

      The voices in your head might have been telling you that, but the reality was somewhat different.

  8. seafoid
    seafoid
    March 22, 2014, 4:48 pm

    I think it’s David Hirst , if it’s the former Guardian journalist.

    He is intimately familiar with the odious workings of Zionism- he saw it up close in Lebanon in 82 and has a deep understanding of how Israel arrived at the point today where the excrement is about to be launched in the direction of the air cooler.

    Here’s an example of his output

    http://www.thenation.com/article/pursuing-millennium
    “American Jews, especially Orthodox ones, are generous financiers of the shock troops of fundamentalism, the religious settlers; indeed a good 10 percent of these, and among the most extreme, violent and sometimes patently deranged, are actually immigrants from America. They are, says Shahak, one of the “absolutely worst phenomena” in Israeli society, and “it is not by chance that they have their roots in the American-Jewish community.” It was from his headquarters in New York that the Lubavitcher Rebbe, the late Menachem Schneerson, seer of possibly the most rabid of Hasidic sects, the Chabad, gave guidance to his many followers in both Israel and the United States. The ignorance or indifference is all the more remiss in that Jewish fundamentalism is not, and cannot be, just a domestic Israeli question. Israel was always a highly ideological society; it is also a vastly outsized military power, both nuclear and conventional. That is a combination which, when the ideology in question is Zionism in its most extreme, theocratic form, is fraught with possible consequences for the region and the world, and, of course, for the world’s only, Israeli-supporting superpower. Like its Islamic counterpart, Jewish fundamentalism in Israel has grown enormously in political importance over the past quarter-century. Its committed, hard-core adherents, as distinct from a larger body of the more traditionally religious, are thought to account for some 20 to 25 percent of the population. They, and more particularly the settlers among them, have acquired an influence, disproportionate to their numbers, over the whole Israeli political process, and especially in relation to the ultra-nationalist right, which, beneath its secular exterior, actually shares much of their febrile, exalted outlook on the world. It is fundamentalism of a very special, ethnocentric and fiercely xenophobic kind, with beliefs and practices that are “even more extremist,” says Shahak, “than those attributed to the extremes of Islamic fundamentalism,” if not “the most totalitarian system ever invented.”
    Like fundamentalism everywhere, the Jewish variety seeks to restore an ideal, imagined past. If it ever managed to do so, the Israel celebrated by the American “friends of Israel” as a “bastion of democracy in the Middle East” would, most assuredly, be no more. For, in its full and perfect form, the Jewish Kingdom that arose in its place would elevate a stern and wrathful God’s sovereignty over any new-fangled, heathen concepts such as the people’s will, civil liberties or human rights. It would be governed by the Halacha, or Jewish religious law, of which the rabbis would be the sole interpreters, and whose observance clerical commissars, installed in every public and private institution, would rigorously enforce, with the help of citizens legally obligated to report any offense to the authorities. A monarch, chosen by the rabbis, would rule and the Knesset would be replaced by a Sanhedrin, or supreme judicial, ecclesiastic and administrative council. Men and women would be segregated in public, and “modesty” in female dress and conduct would be enforced by law. Adultery would be a capital offense, and anyone who drove on the Sabbath, or desecrated it in other ways, would be liable to death by stoning. As for non-Jews, the Halacha would be an edifice of systematic discrimination against them, in which every possible crime or sin committed by a Gentile against a Jew, from murder or adultery to robbery or fraud, would be far more heavily punished than the same crime or sin committed by a Jew against a Gentile–if, indeed, the latter were considered to be a felony at all, which it often would not be. ”

    He knows more about Israel’s g-spot than anyone in the London embassy.
    If some drone rings him up he knows how to verbally silence him or her. He’s not going to be put off by Hoph grade horseshit.

    A lot of people have been watching Israel for a very long time and are ready to help out now.

    • tree
      tree
      March 22, 2014, 4:51 pm

      It’s not David Hirst. It’s David Hearst.

      http://www.theguardian.com/profile/davidhearst

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-hearst/

      I sincerely doubt that an Israeli ambassador would have given David Hirst the time of day even before the Ben White incident.

      • seafoid
        seafoid
        March 22, 2014, 6:13 pm

        Fair enough tree. But the Guardian is not particularly Zionist friendly at the best of times. Jonathan Freedland ploughs a lonely furrow.

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius
        Maximus Decimus Meridius
        March 23, 2014, 2:03 pm

        David Hirst is my very favourite writer on Middle East affairs. His two books ”The Gun and The Olive Branch” and the more recent ”Beware of Small States” are superb. If only we saw more journalists like Hirst in the English language media, instead of the cowardly uninformed drones who pass for ‘journalists’ most of the time.

        BTW seafoid I disagree with you completely about the Guardian. It caved in big time to CiF Watch about 2 years ago, and is now extremely cowardly and BBC-ish. Their ‘reports’ from the OPT – rare as they are – are essentially Zionist press releases. And don’t even get me started on the censorship, sorry, ‘moderation’ on CiF threads.

    • a blah chick
      a blah chick
      March 22, 2014, 9:00 pm

      “…Israel’s g-spot…”

      I am so stealing that.

  9. piotr
    piotr
    March 22, 2014, 5:06 pm

    “Its committed, hard-core adherents, as distinct from a larger body of the more traditionally religious, are thought to account for some 20 to 25 percent of the population.”

    Israeli messianic combination of fascism and religious zealotry is a bit hard to characterize, because it combines genuine religious nuts, like Zionist Chabadniks (I am not sure if the entire Chabad is Zionist) with pure secular ultra-nationalist who do not believe in God but believe that He gave Kana’an to Jews. However, there seem to be a continual shift from secular to religious Zionism.

  10. seafoid
    seafoid
    March 22, 2014, 6:09 pm

    Poor Zionism
    It’s not easy being on your own. (Christian fundies don’t count)

    I think of all the friends AIPAC paid for
    When I dial the phone no one’s home

    the pathos

  11. LeaNder
    LeaNder
    March 22, 2014, 6:37 pm

    invitations to the Ambassador’s House for a discussion with the author Ari Shavit

    Imagine, a chance to meet Israel’s official court poet. ;)

    • a blah chick
      a blah chick
      March 22, 2014, 8:58 pm

      First prize: a meeting with Ari Shavit.

      Second prize: two meetings with Ari Shavit.

  12. Citizen
    Citizen
    March 23, 2014, 7:41 am

    The anti-Zionist books are now coming out of that hole in the Hasbara Wall that Walt & Mearsheimer punched out, widened by Max Blumenthal, and most recently Alison Weir–here’s yet another book, The Host and The Parasite: How Israel’s Fifth Column Consumed America: http://www.amazon.com/Host-Parasite-Israels-Consumed-America/dp/1893302970

    If you still aren’t sure why Bush Jr & Crew invaded Iraq or why we Americans now live in an ever-deepening police state (See Snowden), get a load of linked book!

    • American
      American
      March 23, 2014, 6:04 pm

      @ Citizen

      Yes, there do seem to be a increasing numbers of books on US-Isr being published.
      Genesis got reviewed on C-span–maybe Weir’s and Felton’s will too.
      Good to see Amazon hasnt been intimidated into censoring books like these.

    • American
      American
      March 23, 2014, 7:26 pm

      @ Citizen

      Very interesting excerpts from Allison Weir’s book…even more interesting stuff is in the footnotes.

      http://ifamericansknew.org/us_ints/history.html

  13. seafoid
    seafoid
    March 23, 2014, 9:01 pm

    “If Americans knew” is one thing but what keeps the bots awake at night is “when Americans know”. They are going to be so pissed.

  14. The Hasbara Buster
    The Hasbara Buster
    March 24, 2014, 9:14 am

    In other Apartheid-related news, RIBA, the Royal Institute of British Architects, has passed a motion proposing a boycott of IAUA, the Israeli Association of United Architects, over their role in the construction of illegal settlements. RIBA is calling for IAUA to be excluded from the International Union of Architects.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/20/israel-architecture-association-ban-international-forum-palestinian-settlements

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