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Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman said the Israeli government is seeking to ban Al Jazeera from reporting in Israel because it’s a branch of a “terrorist organization.”

Today Al Jazeera’s offices were attacked in Gaza. Israel denies they were targeted. From the Guardian:

Israel‘s army has denied targeting the Gaza offices of al-Jazeera TV after the network’s correspondents reported that the building had come under fire on Tuesday.

Staff in Gaza said their 11th floor bureau was hit by two Israeli bullets as a crew was preparing to broadcast live from the balcony. “Two very precise shots were fired straight into our building,” said Stefanie Dekker. “We are high up in the building so we had a very strong vantage point over the area. But we have evacuated.” Al-Jazeera aired footage of their staff standing outside the building.

And that’s not all. The video above is of Feras Khatib, a BBC Arabic reporter. “Must see. BBC Arabic reporter attacked live on air by an Israeli near #Gaza border,” writes Jenan Moussa of Al Aan TV.

Washington Post’s Sarah Larimer reports:

In an e-mail, a BBC Arabic spokesman said the attack took place during a live report in the Israeli city of Ashkelon. [Reporter Feras] Khatib “was manhandled by an angry Israeli,” the statement said, adding: “Feras was unharmed and will continue reporting as normal.” The spokesman said the attacker “left immediately after the incident.”

BBC Arabic tweeted about the attack Tuesday morning


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  1. Maximus Decimus Meridius on July 22, 2014, 1:09 pm

    I can’t find the link, and in any case I’m loath to link to the lying amoral toad, but I remember when Israel killed journalists in the last Gaza war, Mark Regev went on Al Jazeera and essentially said ”They’re not journalists, they’re Palestinians”. For Israel EVERY Arab is a legitimate target, and they know that when they kill them, there will be zero uproar anywhere that counts. Israel is deep deep into fascist territory now.

    BTW not exactly on topic, but I can’t think of anywhere else to put it: The FAA has suspended American flights to Israel for 24 hours following a rocket hit 1km from Ben Gurion airport. That’s this holiday season shot to hell then. It seems churlish to talk of such a minor thing when civilians are being slaughtered in their hundreds but Israel is not used to privation. This will hurt.

    • W.Jones on July 22, 2014, 2:51 pm

      24 hours of no American flights? Privation? I guess.

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius on July 22, 2014, 3:13 pm

        You clearly haven’t been keeping up. 24 hours – and the rest. Several major airlines have suspended flights to Israel ‘until further notice’. That sounds like a lot longer than 24 hours.

        And even if flights are restarted quickly, in this climate of aviation nervousness following the Malaysia Airlines disaster, people aren’t going to be queuing up to fly to Israel. There goes this tourist season. It’s a paltry matter in the face of the loss of hundreds of lives, but this war is going to cost Israel billions. Like I said, the privation doesn’t compare to what hte people of Gaza or even the WB have been suffering for years, but for spoilt Israelis, it will hurt.

      • bilal a on July 22, 2014, 4:00 pm

        Why go to Israel ? The Lebanese food is better in Lebanon and the beaches r better in Turkey. Israel wins though for fireworks .

        Max Blumenthal @MaxBlumenthal · 5h
        Self-styled “progressive American rabbi” from Berkeley cheers the Gaza slaughter on: … Isn’t liberal
        Zionism wonderful?

        Tjerk Muller ‏@TjerkMuller 5h
        @MaxBlumenthal Not only that, but he gets applauded for it in the comments section.

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius on July 22, 2014, 4:44 pm


        And the people are a hundred times friendlier too.

      • W.Jones on July 22, 2014, 6:19 pm

        I am a progressive American rabbi who leans left pretty hard. I’ve been engaged, as a US faith leader, in work to reform gun laws, ~Rabbi Creditor, Editor, ‘Peace in Our Cities: Rabbis Against Gun Violence’

        So Americans should have as few guns as possible to protect themselves, but Israeli youth and settlers get to be totally armed even when they are off duty to fight the natives. Nice.

      • Kay24 on July 22, 2014, 3:46 pm

        Many EU flights also cancelled. Big blow to Israel. This will really hit them where it hurts.

    • John O on July 22, 2014, 3:31 pm

      Would that be Mark Regev, the self-hating Australian?

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius on July 22, 2014, 4:01 pm

        The same.

        I always wish some journo would say to him: ”You come from a prosperous, liberal democracy with equal rights for all. If Israel is as dangerous as you say – with millions of traumatised people cowering in bomb shelters every day – why on earth did you choose to take up residence there, when you could be in sunny Melbourne?”

      • W.Jones on July 22, 2014, 9:01 pm

        I had a Jewish friend who said she went to Israel on Birthright and she loved how she was surrounded by a whole society for the first time in her life from her community. However, she said that she didn’t recommend it for others because she doesn’t agree with their social and political structure of inequality. Others may not have the same hesitancies about it.

  2. Bob_Salad on July 22, 2014, 1:14 pm

    The overtime at the Israeli Reichsministerium für Volksaufklärung und Propaganda offices must be pretty good at the moment as they frantically try to bury, suppress, dampen and spin all these little unfortunate yet revealing incidents.

  3. just on July 22, 2014, 1:15 pm

    Gives a July 2014 context to shoot/kill the messenger. (especially if they speak/look a certain way)

    We CAN handle the truth, but it seems that Israel and these Israelis don’t want the world to hear or see it. There’s something else that is really very disturbing, but undeniable. It’s de rigueur for these same people and the government to resort to violence first.

    • Kay24 on July 22, 2014, 1:20 pm

      Well just, so far they have been lying boldly and getting away with it, so it must be very hard to hear the truth, criticism, and it must be getting to them that they are losing the PR war.
      Really classy reaction.

      • just on July 22, 2014, 1:32 pm

        I think it’s interesting that now Israel is ‘cut off’ b/c all US airlines have stopped flying to BG. Taste of their own medicine. This is bad for PR and for their economy… and for their morale/bravado.

        Ronan Farrow is now showing PM’s cartoons….

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius on July 22, 2014, 1:41 pm

        Air France and KLM have followed suit, suspending flights until ‘further notice’.

        Like I said, this is a miniscule fraction of the suffering the people of Gaza have been going through for years, but then, Israelis are infinitely more pampered than Palestinians and will feel the pinch. Oh, and are people still saying that the rockets are only ‘targetted at civilians’? Hitting BG – which Hamas have clearly been trying to do for ages – is a master stroke.

      • seafoid on July 22, 2014, 1:49 pm

        Is was wondering if that mightn’t have been an attempt by the Yanks to pull Israel in line and throw Hamas a few ceasefire concessions .

      • Kay24 on July 22, 2014, 1:55 pm

        The thought crossed my mind too. Suppose this was a subtle attempt to tighten the screws on Israel, so that they will feel the implications of a failing economy, due to their out of control behavior.

      • Sumud on July 22, 2014, 2:24 pm

        Some European airlines are cancelling flights too (last para):

        More damage to Israel’s economy – seafoid and Kay I thought the same also, that it might have been a deliberate ploy to increase pressure on Netanyahu.

        Qassam Brigade are now claiming to have killed 52 IDF.

        I don’t think Netanyahu is enjoying this.

    • Marnie on July 23, 2014, 8:19 am

      It’s considered weak to be considerate, polite, you know, show you weren’t raised by wild boars. America is coveted but americans are humiliated and considered weak. Here’s hoping the airport is closed for a good while. This is the time of year that israelis (lot of americans) are trying to escape the terrible heat and get to cooler climes – tough bounce zios, play in your own yard.

  4. Boomer on July 22, 2014, 1:29 pm

    Maybe NBC was being honest, and maybe it was making the right call, when it said it was pulling Ayman Mohyeldin for his safety. Now I feel bad about expressing my regret about that to NBC. I’ve only seen one report from him since he returned. I wondered why that was the case, but maybe he has had to stay low for safety. Engel actually has been doing a good job. When one learns about episodes like this one, in which a civilian was targeted, it is hard to avoid the conclusion that anyone who looks like an Arab is at greater risk:

    • Kay24 on July 22, 2014, 3:49 pm

      I have seen some reports from him, and he still gives good insight. He may have been cautioned, but we will never know. I hope they are stay safe. Israel has this habit of doing many “ooops I did it again” blunders, and we know how they can pretend they are inept, sometimes.

  5. Walid on July 22, 2014, 1:48 pm

    Jazeera and its owner, the State of Qatar also under attack from the UAE after it aired a report about Lieberman having visited the UAE to discuss the attacks on Gaza. He probably did. UAE is asking for an apology. This may also have something to do with Lieberman’s anti Jazeera outburst that went as far as accusing Qatar of supporting ME terrorism. The Arabs are still punishing Qatar for backing Morsi.

    BTW, Air France, Lufthansa, and the Scandinavians also suspended flights to TA. Not a good sign.

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius on July 22, 2014, 1:51 pm

      On the contrary, it’s an EXCELLENT sign!

      Bang goes this year’s tourist season. Bang go all those holidays those poor beleaguered Israelis were looking forward to. Air Canada has recalled a TA-bound plane in mid-flight. This will cost them millions a day.

      The country which put Gaza under sadistic siege for years is now getting a teeny tiny taste of its own medicine. And not one moment too soon.

      • Sycamores on July 22, 2014, 3:34 pm

        feeling the pinch

        JERUSALEM—El Al Israel Airlines Ltd. said on Tuesday it expects its third-quarter revenue to fall by as much as $50 million due to canceled bookings as Israel’s armed conflict with Gaza Strip militants stretches into a third week.

        The formerly state-owned airline said that both foreign visitors and Israelis, many called to serve in army reserves, have canceled flights in and out of Tel Aviv, and there has also been a slowdown in future reservations. In the third quarter of 2013, El Al’s revenue was $643.3 million, and net profit was $57.9 million…..

        …..The tourism industry is experiencing a slowdown, with the hotel industry reporting earlier this week a cancellation rate of about 30%.

        Israeli summer wars are bad for tourism

        “Most hotels and airlines say the year is lost. The worst possible time for a war in Israel from the vantage point of tourism is the summer,” said Mark Feldman, chief executive of the Jerusalem travel agency Ziontours.

    • Kay24 on July 22, 2014, 2:05 pm

      To your point about airlines from the US and EU canceling flights:

      Israel is steamed, and says it is like giving a gift to terrorists.
      I think it is more like teaching the terrorist a lesson, heh.

      • Walid on July 22, 2014, 2:33 pm

        Kay, there has to be something big brewing. Dozens of missiles fell on TA and the airport and other than for some disruptions there didn’t appear to be any major physical damage. Could be that Israel and the US are planning something really big, which could have an effect on the airport, or that they got wind of something planned by the resistance that involves the airport. Either way, it’s not a good sign. There’s another party in the area that can hit anything in TA with accuracy.

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius on July 22, 2014, 2:49 pm

        I don’t necessarily think there’s anything secretive going on.

        Remember that following the Malaysia Airlines disaster, airlines are going to be very, very nervous about flying anywhere near anywhere that could be called a war zone. It’s simply not worth the risk for them. And even if the ban on flying to TA is soon lifted, huge damage has been done. In this nervous climate, people are going to think twice about flying to Israel. There goes the image of ‘Brand Israel’ as a fun Mediterranean destination – never mind the war. Just think – all those years and all that money spent trying to promote Israel as a sex tourism destination, all gone with one rocket.

      • Walid on July 22, 2014, 3:10 pm

        Hope you’re right, Maximus.

      • seafoid on July 22, 2014, 3:38 pm

        I think it’s cos MH17 went down last week and Hamas hit a house near Tel Aviv with a rocket, Walid.
        BG airport is the only connection the Shtetl on the Med has to the world.

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius on July 22, 2014, 3:41 pm

        That’s what I think now.

        Israel is claiming to be at war, with ‘a barrage of missiles targetting millions of Israelis’ blah blah blah.

        Well, if Israel is at war, then Israel is a war zone. And given the huge criticism made of MA for flying over a war zone last week, I doubt any airline is going to take the risk just now. They couldn’t say they wren’t warned, could they?

        And yes, if BG is out of service for some time, the Israeli ghetto is cut off. What are they going to do? Beg the Jordanians to allow them access to the big bad Jew hating world? Ha!

      • seafoid on July 22, 2014, 4:15 pm


        Iron Dome is a waste of time. It’s not good enough to protect apartheid.
        The only way Israel can guarantee the airways is to decide on peace.

        The way things are going in the Middle East now with water and general political failure , if the bots don’t do the decent thing now they are going to get ISIS or some variation of 10th century wars of attrition down the road.

        And if others start lobbing missiles into Greater Tel Aviv the IDF won’t be able to do much. Dropping the laws of war and the Geneva conventions (how did the Newseum put it ? “Terrorism has altered the landscape in many areas, including the rules of war and engagement, law, investigative and interrogation techniques, and the detention of enemy combatants”) cuts both ways. There will be no quarter given.

        It is building into a catastrophe.

        They really do not have any more time to pussy around.

      • Abierno on July 22, 2014, 4:49 pm

        @Walid. One of the few airlines flying in and out of Ben Gurion is Malaysian Airlines. Israel is reported to have essentially a duplicate of the Malaysian plane that disappeared over the Pacific. Don’t know if this is
        accurate . . . or if so, what it would imply.

      • Kay24 on July 23, 2014, 8:19 am

        Apparently Air Jordan, British Airways, and El Al (obviously) still fly into BG.

      • Walid on July 23, 2014, 8:29 am

        “… Air Jordan…”

        Of course; it goes without saying.

      • dbroncos on July 22, 2014, 7:04 pm


        “There’s another party in the area that can hit anything in TA with accuracy.”

        Is there any word on whether or not HB intends to get involved?

      • Walid on July 23, 2014, 1:33 am

        “Is there any word on whether or not HB intends to get involved?”

        dbroncos, not a word other than for Nasrallah’s statement that they stand by the Palestinian resistance and that Gaza must not fall, which could mean nothing other than moral support. But if the massacres don’t stop, it will reach a point where I think something could happen.

    • Walid on July 22, 2014, 2:36 pm

      Emir of Qatar just arrived in Saudia. Looks like big daddy is upset.

  6. Kay24 on July 22, 2014, 1:59 pm

    If indeed the UAE is in cohorts with Israel, shame on them.

    After violent Mossad agents sneaked into Dubai, using fake passports, and killed a Hamas official in a hotel, they should be streamed with Israel, and not cooperating with them for anything. Lieberman of all idiots.

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius on July 22, 2014, 2:03 pm

      ”Forty members of the UAE “aid convoy” which entered the Gaza Strip last week have been revealed as intelligence agents. They were, it is believed, trying to collect information about Hamas and its infrastructure in the besieged territory.

      According to one informed source, a local Palestinian recognised one of the agents as a soldier in the UAE armed forces. He contacted the security forces in Gaza who took the agent in for questioning. ”

      • Walid on July 22, 2014, 3:26 pm

        The Jazeera/ UAE/Lieberman story is starting to come into focus with the story of the 40 thieves. Just missing an Ali Baba.

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius on July 22, 2014, 3:38 pm

        NEVER underestimate the treachery of the polygamous Khaleej sheikhs.

        Aren’t there also rumours that UAE ‘intelligence’ were complicit in the Al Mabhou murder?

      • Walid on July 22, 2014, 4:02 pm

        I don’t know about that one, Maximus, but I know a few Arab states joined the gang-bang on Gadaffi under the guise of an Arab spring. From there, the traveling road show moved to Syria.

        Odd that leader of Hamas, Mashaal, lives in Doha as does the leader of the Fatah group that tried to oust Hamas from power in 2005, Dahlan. Odd that Dahlan was able to pull strings in Gaza to get Hamas to allow the 40 spies to leave Gaza. Twilight Zone stuff.

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius on July 22, 2014, 4:07 pm

        Well, the Qataris are masters of playing both sides. They also rolled out the red carpet for Shimon Perez a few years ago. And while they host a US military base half the size of the country itself, they also have Taliban offices, and were the first destination for the Taliban fighters released in exchange for that US soldier/deserter a few months ago. Perhaps the tiny size of Qatar, and its on/off – but mostly on – enmity with big brother next door, leads them to playing all sides of every game.

      • Sumud on July 22, 2014, 5:52 pm

        Walid I thought Dahlan was living in UAE? Did he relocate?

        I wouldn’t be surprised if UAE were in bed w/ Israel, there was a lot of money flowing through Dubai pre-911 which got cleaned up but probably not without a lot of US intervention, and all that entails.

      • Walid on July 23, 2014, 12:50 am

        “Walid I thought Dahlan was living in UAE? Did he relocate?”

        My mistake, Sumud, I have my villains and villainous countries all mixed up. My scorecard is filled up with so many corrections and changes.

      • RoHa on July 23, 2014, 1:31 am

        “I have my villains and villainous countries all mixed up.”

        I’ll make it easy for you. Just stick to these lists.

        Villainous countries: not San Marino

        Villains: not RoHa

        [Edit: My wife just suggested there may be some errors in the second list.]

    • Justpassingby on July 22, 2014, 2:03 pm

      No wonder, havent you noticed how silent the Arab regimes are? They back Israel.

      • Kay24 on July 22, 2014, 3:55 pm

        They are a shameless bunch of traitors. They are in bed with the devil, and will work with them to obliterate their own people. They are stupid to think Israel is concerned about their problems. Israel is a serpent, and serpents cannot be trusted.

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius on July 22, 2014, 4:04 pm

        I lived in Riyadh for several years, and at a party at the French embassy I got talking to this guy from one of the top Saudi families. In all my years there, he was the ONLY Saudi I ever met who had a single good thing to say about Israel. ”They have the right to live in peace and defend themselves”, he said, as though he were John Kerry, adding that if he wanted, he could travel to Tel Aviv any time, and be welcomed there.

        I felt like telling him: Don’t fool yourself. For the Israelis, you’re just another dumb Arab. The fact that you lower yourself to deal with them will only make them despise you all the more.

        But I didn’t bother.

      • Justpassingby on July 22, 2014, 4:27 pm


        Yes indeed, just wait and see soon PLO will TAKE power in Gaza with IDF.

  7. Justpassingby on July 22, 2014, 2:01 pm

    EU just condemned palestinians, 650 of them are dead by Israel, but Palestinians are blamed, that just..I have no words.

  8. seafoid on July 22, 2014, 2:31 pm

    Israel is worse off now than it was 2 weeks ago. The occupation has finally gone onto Yossi Israeli’s balance sheet. Burston explains

    Much of Israel is in quiet mourning over an unthinkable possibility: That this horrible reality is the way things are going to be, off and on, forever.
    Having exacted horrific, if largely unintended, civilian casualties, Israel cannot simply opt for the application of ever greater force.
    But with a government divided in its goals and held at permanent gunpoint by the hard right, our leaders offer neither hope nor new ideas”

    There was a piece about Moshe Dayan and Gaza in Haaretz recently

    “Let us take stock with ourselves. We are a generation of settlement and without the steel helmet and the gun’s muzzle we will not be able to plant a tree and build a house. Let us not fear to look squarely at the hatred that consumes and fills the lives of hundreds of Arabs who live around us. Let us not drop our gaze, lest our arms weaken. That is the fate of our generation. That is our choice – to be ready and armed, tough and hard – or else the sword shall fall fro our hands and our lives will be cut short.”

    They were ready and armed, tough and hard, very hard, cruel bastards really, followed Jabotinsky in detail but Jabotinsky was wrong. Because the other side can get some weapons, not quite as high tech, and they can apply the same logic of pain that Israel does.

    So Saturday marked the failure of Jabotinsky thinking.
    And that’s a BIG loss for Israel. Israelis as losers.

    ” Can I feel sorry for myself as well as for my enemy? Surely I can. For the sorrow springs from the same source: their failure to bring back with them to the homeland that beautiful and ideal dream in which the space where they flourish leaves the same, or enough space for me. ”

    Gaza wants that space

    • Sumud on July 22, 2014, 2:41 pm

      Much of Israel is in quiet mourning over an unthinkable possibility: That this horrible reality is the way things are going to be, off and on, forever.

      Of course it will!

      That’s what happens in the real world: actions have consequences. Steal 78% of a country – antagonise the locals, steal the final 22% and really antagonise the locals.

      Predictable. Perhaps not if you believe you’re a superior being.

      • seafoid on July 22, 2014, 2:55 pm

        Yes Sumud but it’s Messianism and history is over and it’s Eretz Israel Hashlemah, the perfection of man and government

      • can of worms on July 22, 2014, 4:15 pm

        “Much of Israel is in quiet mourning over an unthinkable possibility: That this horrible reality is the way things are going to be, off and on, forever.”

        They are seriously mourning at the thought of their real estate value going down, you know, in the unthinkable case violence reaches their own street, or in case the status quo changes and they’ll have to share their space with the people whom they’ve impoverished.

      • dbroncos on July 22, 2014, 7:15 pm


        “That’s what happens in the real world: actions have consequences. Steal 78% of a country – antagonise the locals, steal the final 22% and really antagonise the locals.”

        …all while becoming a minority population

      • Kay24 on July 23, 2014, 8:24 am

        They have been living in a dream world so far. Now reality hits them.
        It seems they think a brutal military occupation can go on forever, and that the occupied people will keep being submissive and not want to retaliate. They are arrogant and in denial.

  9. seafoid on July 22, 2014, 2:58 pm

    This is interesting

    • Mooser on July 22, 2014, 3:28 pm

      Gosh, easy to see who, that is, which people Zionism works for. You can see who’s with the program, and fully on board, and who is not.

      • philweiss on July 22, 2014, 3:47 pm

        Good point, Mooser. Some people dont seem to like Zionism. Go figure!

      • Mooser on July 23, 2014, 1:03 pm

        But some people do like it enough to dress the part. Do I get the feeling that the least satisfied people are, well, ordinary Israeli citizens? They should try getting the right clothes.

      • seafoid on July 22, 2014, 4:18 pm

        There seems to be a high correlation between white skin colour and Zionism. Who wouldathunk ?

      • PeterAgur on July 22, 2014, 4:56 pm

        I’m not sure what you mean by skin color. You mean that most of the people supporting Netanyahu appear Jewish and most of the people who do not appear Arab? Why would that be surprising in Jerusalem?

      • Marnie on July 23, 2014, 8:24 am

        So only white people are Jewish? You sure about that?

      • Mooser on July 23, 2014, 1:05 pm

        “So only white people are Jewish?”

        Some Jews are more equal than others in a Jewish democracy.

      • Mooser on July 23, 2014, 1:07 pm

        “You mean that most of the people supporting Netanyahu appear Jewish”

        Oh, c’mon, you can buy all that stuff, the hats, the shirts, the coats, over the Internet. Or is there another way you can tell?

      • PeterAgur on July 23, 2014, 2:11 pm

        What I mean is that the Israel supporters are not all white. Therefore, it’s not clear to me what you mean by the skin color comment. But even if there is a high correlation between white skin color and supporting zionism, why should that be surprising? In Israel, there is high coloration between white skin color and being Jewish, and obviously that correlates with supporting zionism, no?

    • Justpassingby on July 23, 2014, 8:33 am

      Cant stand that new zealand woman typical ignorant woman that have no idea what Israel is doing.

  10. philweiss on July 22, 2014, 3:07 pm

    It sure is Seafoid, thank you

  11. seafoid on July 22, 2014, 3:26 pm

    David Gardner in the FT

    “Paradoxically, Israel wants to weaken but not overthrow Hamas – the cynical military expression is “mowing the lawn”. For beyond Hamas lies the unbridled savagery of movements such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis), which already has followers in Gaza and the Palestinian refugee camps up and down the eastern Mediterranean that serve as universities of jihad.

    The blockade of Gaza by Israel, and now by Egypt, has turned it into a vast, open-air prison, in which Hamas is the warder. The siege increases its power. The tunnel network it uses to arm itself and keep some semblance of an economy alive is so much bigger than previously assumed that one Israeli army spokesman called it Lower Gaza. It would be so much easier to monitor traffic into Gaza if the borders were reopened on top. This would mean accepting the Fatah-Hamas unity deal – subject to an end to violence – with the Palestinian Authority policing the frontier. But all that would require real negotiations on a Palestinian state. Without that, the wolf of Isis will appear at Israeli and Palestinian doors sooner or later, turning these futile contests almost into wistful memories. “

  12. Maximus Decimus Meridius on July 22, 2014, 3:26 pm

    State Dept has issued statement warning against all ‘non-essential’ travel to Israel and the WB. Will enraged hotel owners be urging Bibi to call a halt? Or is Israel really as steadfast as it likes to think it is?

  13. Walid on July 22, 2014, 3:48 pm

    Canadian and Dutch airlines got on the no-fly-to-TA list.

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius on July 22, 2014, 4:55 pm

      Israelis might have to get used to this sight:

      • Inanna on July 23, 2014, 12:15 am

        I can’t help a certain grim satisfaction with flights to Israel being cancelled. It recalls the years Lebanese inside and outside Lebanon could only get in and out of Lebanon via the ferry from Jounieh to Cyprus. If Israelis only feel a little bit of the pain they have inflicted on us….

      • seafoid on July 23, 2014, 3:12 am

        Mr Danny Danon of Likud says of the FAA’s decision to ban incoming American flights

        “I hope this decision will be changed ” .

        Great to see him whining and powerless.
        Nice change from this

        where he says “we don’t need to get permission from anyone” .

        To paraphrase Oscar Wilde ‘s comment on Dickens’ The Old Curiosity Shop

        “One must have a heart of stone to read the death of Israel’s famed deterrence without laughing.”

      • Sumud on July 23, 2014, 6:57 am

        Danon is so nuts.

        Imagine him as Prime Minister.

      • Kay24 on July 23, 2014, 8:26 am

        If only Israelis only feel a little bit of the pain they have inflicted on ALL it’s neighbors.

      • Marnie on July 23, 2014, 11:37 am

        That would be a great lesson.

  14. Kay24 on July 22, 2014, 4:06 pm

    If the zionists are outraged that Hamas may be targeting their airport, they may have short memories. The Palestinians attempt to have one of their own, was short lived, when the Master of collective punishment and meanness decided to deprive them of one, like they did to everything else that connects their occupied prisoners, to the outside world. The US and other nations canceling flights to zio land is a good thing.
    It should be for more than 24 hours.

    “Yasser Arafat International Airport (Arabic: مطار ياسر عرفات الدولي‎ Maṭār Yāsir ‘Arafāt ad-Dawli), formerly Gaza International Airport and Dahaniya International Airport, is located in the Gaza Strip, in between Rafah and Dahaniya, close to the Egyptian border. The facility ceased to operate in 2001 after the bombing of the radar station and control tower by Israel Defense Forces aircraft during the al-Aqsa Intifada.
    The airport opened in 1998. It is owned, and was operated, by the Palestinian Authority, and served as the home airport for Palestinian Airlines. It was able to handle 700,000 passengers per year and operated 24 hours and 364 days a year. The total area of the airport is stated in local units as 2,350 dunams, or 235 hectares (2.35 km2).[1] The airport closed in 2001 after being severely damaged by Israeli military forces. Its destruction left Gaza Airstrip as the only serviceable runway in Gaza. The closest public airport in the area is El Arish International Airport in Egypt.

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius on July 22, 2014, 4:08 pm

      Not only that, but the very first thing the IDF did in their last World Cup Special – Lebanon July 2oo6 – was to bomb the runways at Hariri International Airport in Beirut.

      • Kay24 on July 22, 2014, 4:33 pm

        Notice that Israel does not like it’s Arab neighbors to progress or flourish? Lebanon was doing very well, until the envious neighbor started bombing it.
        I think it was resentful of Iran too, that is why it wanted the world to attack it. Reminds me of a jealous old shrew who could not stand to see younger attractive neighbors.

      • crone on July 22, 2014, 6:35 pm

        That is exactly why they bomb their neighbors… to destroy their economy and keep them weak.

        Then they complain their neighbors hate them. D’uh

  15. Maximus Decimus Meridius on July 22, 2014, 4:14 pm

    Apparently, Bibi has asked John Kerry to use his influence to reverse the FAA decision not to fly to Israel. Good luck with that. No government will want to be seen compromising its people’s safety after the Malaysia Airlines disaster. No, not even for Israel.

    Bibi clearly is NOT a happy camper. This isn’t quite the lovely little ‘lawn mowing’ episode he had wanted.

    • seafoid on July 22, 2014, 4:21 pm

      He could prolly get Congress to fly in sympathy

      but Dick and Jane are not going to be expected to risk their asses for him, not after last week.

      Another MH17 would be the end of a few airlines. And that is more important than Zionism, frankly. Many things are.

      The only way to get the rockets to stop without a deal is to ratchet up the civilian deaths to 2 or 3 thousand + and try to crush Hamas. His room for manoeuvre on that is also severely restricted.

    • Kay24 on July 22, 2014, 4:31 pm

      Things sure look depressing for the war criminals. Their latest effort to flex their muscles at helpless civilians has backfired big time. Thanks for social media, the entire world knows what havoc Israel has wreaked on such helpless people, and they cannot deny the facts. The world is utterly disgusted by the fact that little babies have been blown up, innocent little kids playing soccer, Mosques (today alone 4), hospitals, schools, private homes, and even the home of a late Hamas leader (now this one reflect the viciousness and hatred, really) what are the trying to do? Kill innocent women and children, because they are related to a late Hamas leader?

      Canceling flights is going to hurt them to the tune millions of dollars, and we know these Israelis love to get dollars. It is time Israel felt even a tiny fraction, of how the Palestinians suffer on a daily basis. The ethnic cleansing, land grabs, and blatant lies to cover Israel’s crimes, must have consequences.

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius on July 22, 2014, 5:05 pm

        Funny, isn’t it? A rocket which knocked a tile off a roof in Sderot, or interrupted a barbeque in Ashkelon, is a war crime so appalling that hundreds of civilians must be killed ‘in response’. And if you disagree, you’ll be reminded that Israelis live in constant threat of a deadly barrage of missiles, and spend their days running fearfully for cover.

        Yet now, suddenly they want to downplay the threat. A rocket lands a mile from the airport, but that’s not a problem, even after MH 17? Sorry, but when you’ve spent the last decade telling the world how deadly these rockets are, you can’t really turn around now and say they’re harmless just because they threaten the tourist season.

      • seafoid on July 22, 2014, 5:45 pm

        Goy airlines refusing to fly to Eretz Israel Hashlemah is serious shit.

        The Dersh weighs in with a premium rant

        “Hamas’s decision to fire rockets in the direction of Ben-Gurion Airport may well have ended any real prospect of a two-state solution. Whether the regulators and airlines that have stopped flights to and from Israel are right or wrong, this stoppage cannot possibly be tolerated by a democratic country that relies so heavily on tourism and international travel

        The international community, which has a significant stake in protecting international air traffic from terrorist rocket attacks, must support Israel’s efforts to stop these attacks—permanently. If Hamas is allowed to shut down Israel’s major airport, every terrorist group in the world will begin to target airports throughout the world. The shooting down of the Malaysian airliner over the Ukraine will be but one of many such tragedies, if Hamas is allowed to succeed. An attack on the safety on Israel’s airport is an attack on the safety of all international aviation. Israel is the canary in the mine. What Hamas has done to Israeli aviation is a warning to the world. In its efforts to prevent Hamas from firing rockets at Ben-Gurion Airport, Israel is fighting for the entire civilized world against those who would shoot down civilian airliners. The world should support Israel in this noble fight, and in the process help preserve any realistic chance for a two-state solution. ”

        The Dersh is clearly demented.
        Basically the Palestinians either risk death in a series of noble massacres to restore “deterrence” or else get apartheid.

      • just on July 22, 2014, 5:55 pm

        Why are Dersh and others more concerned about their economy and BG airport than they are about their dead IOF?

        (Can we extrapolate from this that BDS is very frightening to them?)

      • seafoid on July 22, 2014, 5:57 pm

        Maybe the Israeli business community will call a halt to the madness. Business is business, after all
        ” International airlines halted flights to and from Israel indefinitely on Tuesday, citing security concerns in an unexpected twist to the two-week-old conflict in Gaza.
        Delta was the first carrier to halt flights to and from Israel after diverting a flight carrying 273 passengers bound for Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport to Paris following “reports of a rocket or associated debris near the airport in Tel Aviv”. The Federal Aviation Administration halted all flights by US-based airlines to and from Israel, a move followed by Air France and Dutch airline KLM.
        A spokesperson for Air France announced the airline had suspended all flights due to the “evolution of the security situation in Israel”. “The decision … will come into effect immediately and remain until further notice,” he added.
        The surprise decision is likely to alarm the Israeli government and business community who have so far seen relatively few economic repercussions from the conflict. It will doubtless deliver a substantial blow to the tourism industry – the one sector that has already suffered during the conflict.”

        Zionism has always had this extreme vulnerability to the intervention of reality to its grandiose plans to subjugate the Palestinians. In many ways it’s like a real life Tweety Pie cartoon with the IDF as Sylvester

      • seafoid on July 22, 2014, 5:59 pm

        Why are they more concerned ?

        Because business is economic growth and the Israeli housing market could crash if things get out of hand. Business is really serious. It is one of the main cards holding the whole structure up. Even more serious than whatever crap Bibi says in congress.

      • just on July 22, 2014, 6:06 pm

        Ah, the soft underbelly of the cruel apartheid state. And here we were led to believe it was all about Jewish Israelis’ actual lives.

      • seafoid on July 22, 2014, 6:16 pm

        Israel is first and foremost a money racket for a privileged group.
        This airline news is seismic. Think of all the years of anal israeli airport security, the systematic humiliation of palestinian flyers, the requirement to roll up 3 hours pre flight, the ignorance of the staff, the intimidation and now suddenly gaza blows a hole in their whole link to the outside world. Way bigger than capturing a soldier. Air france and delta essentially told bibi he no longer can guarantee security in tel aviv.Couldn’t happen to a more deserving despot.

      • just on July 22, 2014, 6:26 pm

        I must admit that I gave a hurrah this morning when I heard about Delta and then the cascade happened……Israel prides itself on BG and safety, and according to Regev, they can target anything coming in with “pinpoint” accuracy… this is a huge blow to their morale and bravado– not to mention their economy.

        This is gonna stick, no matter how short the ban turns out to be. They are scrambling to blame Hamas, but this is Israel’s own fault. Now they know how it feels to be “cut off” and denied ‘freedom’….. and money.

      • Ron Edwards on July 22, 2014, 6:36 pm

        I used to be at least impressed at the Dersh’s footwork, in turning a given verb or noun into its precise opposite through sheer force of delivery and a mash-faced grin. One can recognize the skill of a stand-up act even if the content is nothing but vile. Now, though, he seems tired. His “if-thens” have become merely stupid, as if OMG the terrorists will suddenly realize, as if it hadn’t occurred to “them,” that airports are the soft underbelly through which they can eviscerate Civilization (and the fabric of time & space I shouldn’t wonder). It sags and stumbles. His Dershowitz Blitz hasn’t been seen in a while – the part where he can spot anti-semitism or other nefariousness with his “smack sense,” but no one else can hold anyone accountable for anything whatsoever because “who can know anyone’s actual intentions.” No new book, either – I think that he’s lost without his so-helpful staff of grads, hangers-on, ghostwriters, and typists at Harvard.

      • RoHa on July 22, 2014, 7:25 pm

        “In many ways it’s like a real life Tweety Pie cartoon with the IDF as Sylvester.”

        I never thought anything could make me feel sympathy for the IDF, but that does. But however bad the Palestinians may be at times, they cannot be as obnoxious as Tweety Pie.

      • Kay24 on July 23, 2014, 7:21 am

        Typical zio loving Dersh response. An immediate article connecting the flight cancellations to the end of the two state solution…seems Dersh has forgotten that Bibi has said that there will be no 2 state solution, year blame it on the flight cancellation.

      • eljay on July 22, 2014, 7:21 pm

        >> Maximus Decimus Meridius @ July 22, 2014 at 5:05 pm

        Well said!

      • PeterAgur on July 22, 2014, 5:10 pm

        “Canceling flights is going to hurt them to the tune millions of dollars, and we know these Israelis love to get dollars”

        Kay, I think it would be more productive to have this conversation without invoking anti-semitic stereotypes

      • Kay24 on July 23, 2014, 7:19 am

        Why only semites love getting dollars? That is a new one.

        Israel is a parasite that keeps taking and taking from us for years, so I am stating the obvious. If they don’t like the dollars, they can stop vacuuming it from us.

      • PeterAgur on July 23, 2014, 1:27 pm

        I’m not sure you understood what I meant – I’m not saying that claiming that Israel relies on American money is anti-Semitic. But I think it’s fairly clear what is and what isn’t, actually. I mean, you could say something like “and we all know how vital tourism dollars are to the Israeli economy”, same basic idea, but not conjuring up a big-eared, big-nosed banker in one’s mind. Do you not see a difference?

  16. Walid on July 22, 2014, 5:25 pm

    After having spent 5 days flying back and forth between Arab capitals on the cease-fire project, a discouraged and dejected Abbas returned to Ramallah feeling most of his friends had betrayed him and the Palestinians. He convened a meeting of his council and spoke of taking the Palestinian problem to the UN to ask for its protection of the people. he finished his meeting with Quranic verses that could be interpreted as a call to an intifada.

    • a blah chick on July 22, 2014, 5:38 pm

      He should console himself with that old Bessie Smith standard, “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out”

    • Kay24 on July 22, 2014, 8:07 pm

      Other Arab nations seem to think throwing in some aid will solve everything.

      On the other hand, take a look at our shameless Congress, how they immediately protect Israel and say they have the right to defend themselves, and now they are apparently going to send more unsolicited aid to a nation condemned by the world, for slaughtering babies. Yeah, Arab nations take note what support means.

    • seafoid on July 23, 2014, 9:02 am

      Israel can forget about those masri ceasefire conditions

      “In a move that could effectively turn Abbas into the main Palestinian point person for any Gaza truce, his umbrella Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) on Wednesday formally supported core conditions set by the Hamas-led fighters.

      These demands include the release of hundreds of Hamas supporters recently arrested in the nearby West Bank and an end to the Egyptian-Israeli blockade of Gaza, which has stymied the economy and made it near impossible for anyone to travel abroad.’

  17. MH on July 22, 2014, 10:40 pm

    Hi, Mr. Weiss. Would the headline not be more accurate if it read, “Al Jazeera reporters come under attack from Israelis”?

    Al Jazeera is one of the world’s major news organizations, with reporters in and from many countries. So “Arab” doesn’t fit either its scope or its personnel profile. I write simply as a regular reader of Al Jazeera English online.

  18. Marnie on July 23, 2014, 5:48 am

    I guess the next thing will be that israel will also not be responsible for journalists being attacked by civilians. I didn’t get the memo that all of us are in the IDF.

    Horrible troll attacking this reporter while being filmed! They believe they can do whatever they want to whomever they want and will be untouchable. I hope the UN will soon debate not if israeli should be punished but how severely (hit them monetarily, hard) and then kicked out of the UN. Not that I think the UN is so great but I think the stigma would be.

  19. anthonybellchambers on July 23, 2014, 6:50 am

    The UN has today intimated that Israel has committed war crimes in its attack on Gaza whilst in response Israel maintains it is unconcerned about international opinion or allegations of war crimes.

    That being the position the EU must now take action and suspend the association agreement that gives the Israeli state free access to the European single market and the substantial bilateral trade it enjoys as a result.

  20. fayez chergui on July 23, 2014, 2:54 pm

    to ban Al Jazeera? What a hypocrisy when all knows that Al Jazeera was founded by two sionistes; David and Jean Freedman.

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