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The Greenhouse propaganda—How Gazan history is being rewritten to dehumanize Palestinians

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Gazan workers harvest carnations in one of the enclave's huge greenhouses. (Photo via

Gazan workers harvest carnations in one of the enclave’s huge greenhouses. (Photo via

Erase memory and you wash away the blood from the perpetrator’s hands, you undo the done deed, make it disappear from history. Erase memories of atrocities and you tempt future perpetrators with immunity—Miraslov Volf

In recent weeks, as Israeli bombs and artillery have slammed into the tiny strip of land that is home to nearly 2 million Palestinians in Gaza, the propaganda war has been raging with equal vigor. Israeli spokespersons have consistently denied any blame for civilian victims and even claimed that civilians are acting as human shields for Hamas operations, blaming the victims of this humanitarian catastrophe for their own suffering.

While it will take time and independent investigation to determine if the Israeli Defense Forces’ claims that Hamas is using civilians as human shields turn out to be as baseless as past IDF human shielding allegations against Hamas and Hezbollah, other claims made by Israel supporters can be easily dispelled now.

Pro-Israel politicians and pundits have rewritten the history of the demise of an agricultural project in the Gaza Strip to blame the victims of an economic tragedy for their own hopeless situation. During the past few weeks, several pro-Israel political pundits including Ezra Levant, Charles Krauthammer, Richard Chesnoff, Jeffrey Goldberg and Alan Dershowitz have taken this line of victim-blaming. Notably, Hillary Clinton also advanced the Israeli effort to rewrite history.

According to the history being written by Clinton and Krauthammer, Ariel Sharon made the decision to pull out of Gaza as a goodwill gesture toward peace and left the greenhouses behind so that Palestinians in Gaza could prosper. Palestinians decided to destroy the greenhouses because, according to Clinton “the leadership said, We don’t want anything left from Israel, [and they] destroyed it all.” Her version, which is by no means the most extreme, implies Palestinians destroyed the greenhouses in a self-destructive, anti-Semitic rage. This version of events is far removed from historical reality.

Why did Israel withdraw from Gaza?

Israel apologists view the 2005 withdrawal from Gaza as an altruistic act. In reality there is not much land nor many natural resources in Gaza, aside from a couple of offshore natural gas reservoirs. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon knew that allowing settlers to remain in the Gaza strip posed a massive “demographic threat,” an Israeli term for the threat that Palestinians might become the majority in Israel thereby making it impossible for Israel to be both Jewish and democratic. There were about 1.5 million Palestinians at the time who would have become Israeli if Israel had tried to swallow Gaza whole. The demographic threat was the reason for the withdrawal, and the reason for Gaza’s being quarantined from the outside world, not the hope that Gaza would become peaceful and prosperous.

What really happened to the greenhouses? 

According to the New York Times, two months prior to the withdrawal, in July of 2005, Israeli settlers demolished about half of the greenhouses, “creating significant doubts that the greenhouses could be handed over to the Palestinians as ‘a living business.’” There are other reports that rather than leave their greenhouses behind for the Palestinians some settlers decided to burn them to the ground.
Notwithstanding the destruction that had already been wrought, wealthy American philanthropists led by the Gates foundation and James Wolfensohn, the US Special Envoy for Gaza Disengagement, bought the remaining greenhouses from the Israeli settlers on behalf of the Palestinians in Gaza for $14 million. Wolfensohn contributed $500,000 of his own money.

Admittedly, Palestinian looters took to the greenhouses when they were transferred to Palestinian control in mid-September 2005, hauling away some of the irrigation pipes, water pumps, plastic sheeting and glass, but leaving the greenhouses themselves structurally intact.

Bassil Jabir was the CEO of the Palestine Economic Development Company (PED), the organization founded by the Palestinian Authority to take charge of the greenhouse project after it was turned over to the Palestinians. The PED invested more than $20 million into the project. Jabir said that as a result of the destruction by Israeli settlers and Palestinian looters the PED had to invest an additional $5 million into the greenhouse project to revive it.

Despite the initial setbacks, the greenhouses were up and running by mid-October. By late November, the New York Times reported that the Palestinians were preparing to harvest a crop of peppers, strawberries, tomatoes and herbs worth $20 million. Presciently, in the same article, Palestinians expressed concern that if Israel did not keep the Karni border crossing open, it could result in the demise of the greenhouse project.

In mid-December, the greenhouses made their first export of 8 tons of peppers. Speaking to the Associated Press about the success of the project, Jabir said, “It makes us proud. This land was a symbol of occupation and many people were doubting our ability to rehabilitate [it], but now we have proven that we, as Palestinians, are able to manage our lives, to farm our land and to do our own business.”

That hope and pride soon turned to despair. According to Jabir, in order for the project to be successful, it would require moving at least 25 truckloads of produce a day through the Karni crossing. On rare days when the Karni crossing was functioning smoothly he was only able to move 3 truckloads. A crossing that was supposed to be open 24/7, per an international agreement to which Israel was party, was only open sporadically and unpredictably. Israel cited security concerns. The Palestine Economic Development Corporation and its Israeli distribution partner Adafresh were losing hundreds of thousands of dollars every week.

By February 2006, the BBC reported that because the farmers could not get their produce through the crossing, trucks were dumping perfect, ripe produce onto a wasteland to be eaten by goats. Bassil Jabir joked that because cows were eating their strawberries after they had rotted in the harsh sun next to the checkpoint, they had developed perfectly natural strawberry-flavored milk. According to Special Envoy Wolfensohn, “Instead of hope, the Palestinians saw that they were put back in prison.”

The BBC reported in February 2006, “Palestinians were convinced that Gaza was being deliberately strangled.” In March, Israeli daily Haaretz quoted the Commander of the IDF’s Gaza Division and the head of the Southern Command as stating there was no security-related reason for the closure of the Karni crossing. The Israeli Defense Minister ordered the closures to continue. Speaking to the BBC about Israeli border closures, Mr. Jabir stated, “This is a message to every investor: ‘Don’t come – there’s no hope of any investment flourishing.’” According to a PED report in early March made to Special Envoy Wolfensohn, the closures had cost the greenhouse project $5.4 million in the first two and a half months of 2006.

By April 2006, after months of border closures, there was no money left to pay the agricultural workers, and the project was shut down. Bassil Jabir quit as CEO of the Palestine Economic Development Company in 2006 and left the Gaza Strip in frustration.

During Israel’s June 2006 “Operation Summer Rains,” the United Nations Development Programme estimated that Israel inflicted $23.5 million in damage on Gaza’s agriculture, including damage to the greenhouses. Due to lack of project funds, no crop was planted that fall. During the next harvest season Israel kept the crossings open despite no noticeable change in security threat. Tentative plans were made to lease the greenhouses to independent farmers the next season, but when Israel and Egypt officially began the Gaza siege in 2007, the export-driven project was dead with no hope for revival.

At the beginning of 2008, Hamas militiamen blew a hole in the wall separating Gaza from Egypt. Many Gazans crossed into the Sinai to purchase goods and sell what they could. Farmers who had been prohibited from exporting their agricultural produce for years sold these same greenhouses to Sinai farmers who were not faced with similar export constraints and were happy to have them. Some greenhouses remained. Many were deliberately destroyed by the IDF during operation Cast Lead, which caused nearly $16 million in damage to Gaza greenhouses. Others have been destroyed by the most recent bombardment.

What does the lie accomplish?

The answer to this question depends on context. Hillary Clinton used the lie in a non sequitur to rebut Jon Stewart’s question of why Gazans cannot look to Hamas as their “freedom fighters.” Ezra Levant used it to argue that Palestinians are anti-Semites.

One of the Palestinians’ demands as a condition for a ceasefire during the present conflict is an end to the economically devastating siege and access to a UN-monitored seaport. If pro-Israel pundits admit that Israel killed the Gaza greenhouse project (and the rest of the Gaza economy) through border closures they might also have to admit that this request is reasonable.

The foundation of the lie inevitably denies Israel’s responsibility for destroying a lucrative business while simultaneously implying that Palestinians would rather engage in self-destructive sabotage than build a functioning economy. Indeed, the logic goes, if Palestinians cannot be trusted to keep a profitable greenhouse project running, how could we ever expect them to run a State?

The greenhouses are just one example of an industry choked to death by the Israeli siege. There are hundreds of others.

I caught up with Bassil Jabir this week, and he was not hesitant about what killed the greenhouse project. “All the problems I told you about were problems that we could handle or had handled. If we could have exported our produce we would have made $25 million after recovering our investment. [It was] not what the Israeli settlers did, not what the Palestinian looters did. Yes, it was bad, yes, it was costly, but if we got to export our produce we would have recovered in our first year. The closure [of the Karni crossing] was the evil from which we could not recover…It was my dream project and it was destroyed in front of me.”

The Greenhouse project is dead and with it died the dreams of many Palestinian farmers. Eight years ago the BBC reported on a murder by strangulation. Thanks to American revisionists like Hillary Clinton and Charles Krauthammer, it is now being portrayed as a suicide.

Justin Schwegel

Justin Schwegel is a recent JD graduate and Global Law Scholar from Georgetown University Law Center with a master's degree in international economic law from Sciences Po Paris. He was a public health educator with the Peace Corps in Guinea and formerly served as a fellow at the Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute.

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  1. Blownaway on August 10, 2014, 1:58 pm

    The truth is there for anyone who wants to find it. But how does one explain Obama and most recently Clinton who ignore the truth and repeat AIPAC talking points about who started the latest war. I know politicians lie, but mostly they lie around some deniability. But here they are bald faced in the face of absolute facts and no one calls them out. I noticed that the latest Atlantic interview with HRC and Goldberg didn’t have comments turned on

    • michelle on August 11, 2014, 1:11 am

      there are no opposing political parties
      there never were
      unless we count their opposing the will of the people
      the msm has always slanted the truth
      his story books are for the most part made up tales
      non fiction is a myth
      might be best to let your own heart and brain be
      your guide on your journey to truth
      do unto others as you would have others do unto you
      G-d Bless

      • scribejohn on July 5, 2015, 8:42 am

        Well, if this article is accurate, certainly according to this story here, things have changed now (by the way it’s a horticultural linked document rather than a political one, so probably has more chance of being accurate).

        Also one element of this story doesn’t quite ring true. I’m always suspicious of articles that point the blame to Israel (especially from Palestinian sources, for obvious reasons). But let us say that the account about crossings into Israel is true, why didn’t they ship produce through the Rafah crossing into Egypt. That in 2006 was in fact also monitored by EU staff, as part of the agreed pull out. Egypt would have been happy to arrange transport for that produce. This part simply doesn’t hold water.

      • tree on July 5, 2015, 2:02 pm


        But let us say that the account about crossings into Israel is true, why didn’t they ship produce through the Rafah crossing into Egypt. That in 2006 was in fact also monitored by EU staff, as part of the agreed pull out. Egypt would have been happy to arrange transport for that produce. This part simply doesn’t hold water. – See more at:

        Actually, your statement simply indicates your ignorance of the agreement on border crossings signed by both Egypt and Israel. Israel has ultimate control over all border crossings from Gaza, including the Rafah crossing into Egypt. However, Israeli control over the Rafah crossing is not the reason that Gaza produce could not ship produce into Egypt. Rafah is prohibited from being a crossing for agricultural or any other goods. According to the Israeli access policy :

        Entrance of goods into Gaza: Kerem Shalom, connecting Gaza to Israel, is the only official crossing open for the transfer of goods
        into and out of the Strip

        Rafah crossing, according to the agreement, is only used for the entrance and exit of people, not goods.

        Here is a link to very informative comments by Shmuel, who is a former Israeli now living in Italy, explaining the situation with the crossings.

        All his information at the link is worth a look but I will highlight a portion of it for you, again from Gisha, from 2012, an Israeli organization. (Noted since your prejudice doesn’t allow you to trust any Palestinian sources.)

        Export of goods from Gaza: Since June 2007, sale of goods from Gaza to the West Bank and Israel has been prohibited ● Export of negligible amounts of agricultural produce to Europe has been permitted between the months of November and May in the context of a project funded by the Dutch government ● Since the start of 2012, 19 truckloads of goods have exited Gaza per month, which is 2% of what exited monthly before the start of the closure ● Officially, Gaza residents are permitted to export furniture and textiles abroad, however demand for these goods outside of the West Bank and Israel is low ● Starting in January, limited quantities of goods were permitted to exit Gaza for Jordan, Saudi Arabia and England, all via Israeli territory ● In March of 2012, a 13-truckload shipment of date bars was permitted to exit Gaza for the West Bank, however it was an exceptional occurrence, not an indication of a change in policy.

        BTW, since your horticultural source lists no numbers its impossible to tell from it if the numbers expected for 2015 are any greater than they were for 2012, which, as shown above, were still just 2% of exports prior to the Israeli closure. However, this updated report from Gisha published in March of 2015 states :

        Exit of goods from Gaza: Currently, it is prohibited to market non-agricultural goods from Gaza in Israel • In November 2014, Israel
        canceled a seven-year ban on the marketing of some commodities from Gaza in the West Bank and in March it canceled the ban
        on entrance of some agricultural products to Israel for the sake of the Jewish practice of “shmita” or allowing agricultural land to
        lie fallow every seven years • In the past six months, an average of 48 truckloads of goods exited Gaza per month, or about 4.5%
        of what exited monthly on the eve of the closure in 2007.

        Better than 2012, but not anywhere near what it was in 2007, so the situation is still bad. I hope this was helpful in clearing up some of your misunderstandings above.

        You might learn something from reading this Gisha document as well:

        I notice that of your four comments here, all were made in posts that were at least several months old,. This one is nearly a year old. Mondoweiss has plenty of current articles you can comment on and join the conversation. You might even learn something since its apparent that your knowledge of the subject is quite limited and mostly incorrect. I’d urge you to stop commenting on long dead threads. It gives the impression that you are simply spamming old threads with the same old tired hasbara, and are unable to support your argument.

  2. amigo on August 10, 2014, 2:10 pm

    I wonder what sort of reception a narrative that suggests that Jews went willingly to the Gas Chambers would receive.

    Israel,s apologists are so desperate, there are no more red lines for them.

    The cornered rat syndrome.

  3. Philip Munger on August 10, 2014, 2:10 pm

    Good to see the record set straight.

    As an ardent greenhouse grower myself, I have been following the Gaza greenhouse issue since before 2003, when the Jewish settlements were still prospering in the Gaza Strip, albeit, at greatly prohibitive financial burden to the Israeli government.

    At that time, the IDF was routinely destroying Palestinian greenhouses in certain areas. As Rachel Corrie noted, just days before her murder in March, 2003, by the IDF (in a lyric I created from her emails to her family):

    Feel sick to my stomach a lot
    from being doted on all the time,
    very sweetly,
    by people who are facing doom.

    You can always hear the tanks and bulldozers
    passing by.

    I have bad nightmares about tanks and bulldozers
    outside our house
    and you and me inside.
    Tanks and bulldozers destroyed 25 greenhouses
    the livelihoods for 300 people.
    Then the bulldozers come and take out
    people’s vegetable farms and gardens.

    This happens every day.

    I think that I should at least mention that
    I am also discovering a degree of strength
    and of basic ability for humans to remain human
    in the direst of circumstances.

    I think the word is dignity.

    I wish you could meet these people.

    Maybe, hopefully, someday
    you will.

    [emphasis added]

    Packaged neatly in the false meme about Palestinians destroying all those greenhouses the nice settlers left behind in full running condition, is the other false notion that before Hamas took over political machinery in the Strip, the Israelis and PA got along famously in helping Gazans find commercial outlets for their products. Hasbara goat shit.

    • Abierno on August 10, 2014, 7:05 pm

      Not only has Israel strangled Gaza’s agrarian economy but also virtually all other industries. The day after the ceasefire began, Haaretz ran an article pictured with trucks going into Gaza with the headline, “Gaza is big business” (for Israel) who because of the blockade stops any competing products from entering. They also take a hefty tariff off donated supplies and materials and are reported to assimilate appropriated goods to their favorites. Note that, given the 44% of mostly agricultural land Netanyahu has appropriated, imported food prices have been significantly raised, with large profits going to the providers. That Gazans are starving is according to Israel “their own fault.” While the US and Europe can airlift medicine and supplies to Iraqis, their planes would be shot out of the air by Israel
      who demands that Gazans be kept on a diet.
      Mr. Schlegel has written an important article – more articles like this one on how Israel has made billions off the blockade to the grave detriment of the Gazan people would be helpful.

      • Philip Munger on August 10, 2014, 7:22 pm

        I’ve yet to see a definitive article about who profits in Israel (or elsewhere) from the elimination of local industries in south Lebanon, the West Bank or Gaza, after what seem to merely be egregiously cruel bombings or shellings of agriculture, milk production, poultry production, bakeries, transportation distribution infrastructure, fuel storage and building supplies. Maybe somebody has already written it, but I haven’t come across it.


      • ritzl on August 10, 2014, 8:28 pm

        Great idea, Philip. That would be really interesting, done comprehensively.

        I think Walid posted a link about a year ago describing at the micro level how domestic Israeli lobby to block cheap Palestinian produce imports (I couldn’t find the link again, sorry). It would be useful to have an understanding of the macroeconomic effects, gross Occupation benefits for Israel, opportunity costs, negative “ripples,” etc. etc.

        I think it would show how the p/c GDP of Gaza is artificially kept at about that of Haiti. It would also show the huge economic disincentives for Israel to end the Occupation. A 10% Israeli GDP hit is my guess, but it would be good to have “the number.”

      • ritzl on August 10, 2014, 8:55 pm

        Oops! Actually more like 40% with WB water dependency and settlement industry.

  4. Walid on August 10, 2014, 2:32 pm

    This relating of the story left out the part about the water having been turned off by Israel. Also my recollection was that after the crops were spoiled on the unrefrigerated trucks being held in the sun at the closed crossing, that’s when the disappointed Palestinians starting tearing apart the tents and looting the plastic and the plumbing and not before as mentioned above.

    • ritzl on August 10, 2014, 8:35 pm

      And looking forward, should someone be interested in a Gaza agribusiness restart, the brackish water Palestinians are forced to use reduces yields dramatically and unpredictably.

      • Walid on August 10, 2014, 11:48 pm

        In addition to the brackish water and whatever little is still available of it from Israel’s bombing of the wells, there’s also the problem of over nitrification from the excessive use of fertilizers. Not to forget Israel bombing of Gaza’s sewage treatment plants and the farmland with radioactive munitions that also work their way into the water and the food.

        A doom and gloom report by UNICEF in 2009.

  5. American on August 10, 2014, 4:00 pm

    I remember this well. Tons of rotting produce due to Israel restricting shipments.
    Israelis= destroyers, the disease of zionism.

  6. Les on August 10, 2014, 4:02 pm

    Not everyone is buying. Take a look at these graphic images in support of the boycott Garnier.

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius on August 10, 2014, 4:25 pm

      Garnier have belatedly said that the decision to supply female IDF ‘soldiers’ with these ‘girly care packages’ was taken at local level and that they’re sorry for any offence caused.

      Too little, too late. Garnier are still on my boycott list. Just the other day I was heading to the till with a hair product, and when I noticed it was by Garnier I put it back on the shelf. I doubt I’m the only one.

      • gaelicgaffer on August 10, 2014, 7:39 pm

        Followed Les’ link above and was reading the article (my French is sorta limited) and noticed that Garnier is owned by Paris-based L’Oréal !!!
        Googled this to double check the information.
        Plan to boycott both Garnier and L’Oréal.

  7. Reds on August 10, 2014, 4:03 pm

    Heard this a lot and more so the past few weeks. Even know it’s pretty easy to debunk. Once they start saying such it’s easy to note that half of the greenhouses were in fact destroyed by the settlers. Then further note that the deal was to settler those settlers in Southern Israel which never happen. Instead they went to illegal settlements in the West Bank and illegal settlements rapidly expanded afterwards. Also with Price Tag Terrorism that came after and has expanded each year. But CNN,MSNBC,FOX, NBC and some of the others have no problem repeating the Israeli propaganda over and over again.

    • Walid on August 11, 2014, 12:34 am

      I don’t remember the settlers destroying any greenhouses. At the time it was reported that they had dismantled many to be taken away and used in their new settlements and what wasn’t destroyed, they wanted to sell and that’s when the 12 or 14 million cash was raised by NYC Jews to buy the remaining greenhouses for the Palestinians. Departing settlers received on average $200,000 per family plus other incentives to help them relocate elsewhere mostly on the West Bank.

      • walktallhangloose on August 11, 2014, 4:11 pm

        I think that is right. From memory, the NY Times article headline said destroyed, but the text said dismantled. It was due to a dispute with the Israel government over the amount of compensation they were to get.

  8. Citizen on August 10, 2014, 4:07 pm

    These politicians are totally driven by crass ambition and material gain. HRC is no different than G Bush Jr, or Obama. They view themselves as the doers, the scribes can write what they want as by then the doers have moved on, and it takes a long time to penetrate the doers’ heads–thats why so much is classified data. They know the masses are mostly ignorant, and too preoccupied with just making a living to educate themselves enough to recognize when the politician, or media talking heads intentionally mislead the public. Remember Hillary’s recent comment indicating she was just a hard-working poor girl herself? I think she believed it herself when she said it, although she later slightly recanted. that’s what power seeking has in its tool box. Either no perspective or guile.

  9. Maximus Decimus Meridius on August 10, 2014, 4:27 pm

    It’s basically an updated version of the ‘making the desert bloom’ propaganda line. We Israelis are so industrious, so positive, so enterprising. Whereas those indolent Arabs are too nihilistic to do anything, even when we so kindly gift it to them.

  10. Tuyzentfloot on August 10, 2014, 5:15 pm

    Good to have an article that looks in detail at the period that covers the myth of ‘we left complely and all we got in return were rockets’.

    Or the other myth of “the blockade came in response to the rockets” . Well that last one is a bit more tricky since that was more a case of seeking escalation in order to find excuses to implement a decision that was taken at the beginning. I have also noticed about that period that rocket statistics are always lumped per year so you can’t see what happened in the first months after the election.

  11. dbroncos on August 10, 2014, 8:00 pm

    The BDS petition I’ve listed below is meant to pressure companies doing business with Israel – Caterpillar, Hewlett Packard… Over 1,600,000 signatures so far. Companies are taking note of this whopping number. Please sign.


    • Devils Advocate on August 10, 2014, 8:27 pm

      An example of how the new media is facilitating direct action. Shoppers are using a new free, downloadable smartphone App Buycott to help them identify Israel produced goods for the purpose of boycotting them. It was developed a years ago but today its fastest growing campaigns are those enabling people to boycott Israeli goods. How it works and how it can be used is described at


  12. hellsbells on August 10, 2014, 8:39 pm

    Thank you so much for this information!

  13. talknic on August 10, 2014, 10:17 pm

    Gawks … I’ve been referencing Steve Erlanger’s expose for almost nine years. I’m surprised the NYT hasn’t yet purged it.

    The Israeli greenhouse propaganda is not only bullsh*t, it’s just another nonsense in a long list of nonsenses that are completely irrelevant to the legal status of Israel’s actual sovereign extent and its illegal activities in territories “outside the State of Israel” … “in Palestine”

  14. michelle on August 11, 2014, 1:55 am

    about the human shield theory
    the hero/good guy lets the villian/bad guy get away
    rather than risk harm to the captive/human shield
    there are no heros/good guys in Israelz
    is Hamas the dudly do right in this real life saga
    protesting at msm officesand/or boycotting their
    sponsors could spread the truth much faster
    if Israelz thinks it is justice to keep Palestine cut off
    from the world
    then maybe the world should boycott all Israelz
    importers and exporters and those who have
    businesses in Israelz
    example is there a mcdonalds in Israelz boycott all
    let Israelz feel true hunger and thirst
    G-d Bless

  15. talknic on August 11, 2014, 2:08 am

    BTW Captured soldiers, murdered teens, tunnels, suicide bombers, glasshouses, human shields, ‘we made the desert bloom’, ‘Palestinians hate Israel more than they love their children’, even if all were true, they’re actually completely irrelevant to the legal status of Israel’s sovereign extent and its illegal activities in territories “outside the State of Israel” … “in Palestine”.

    Israel is still obliged under International Law and the UN Charter to end the occupation and withdraw its troops and all its citizens from ALL non-Israeli territory.

    • Mooser on August 11, 2014, 10:05 am

      Thanks, talknic! Can’t be stressed often enough. It is not hard to notice how many Zionists argue from an implicit assumption (hell, they make it explicit, if they can get away with it) that Israel is sitting comfortably within legal and international laws, and borders, and the Palestinians are the transgressors.

  16. FrankHodson on August 11, 2014, 5:19 am

    Good Post

    • Bumblebye on August 11, 2014, 12:16 pm

      Check out the profile, this guy’s just trying to flog viagra!

  17. Tiberio on August 11, 2014, 11:11 am

    Are there any chosen people? And if so, chosen for what?
    Recent history taught us that Jewish people knew IN THE FLESH what it meant to be victims of racism and expulsion. What it meant having their doors busted in while they slept in the middle of the night. What it meant being kicked out and dispossessed from their home. Having family members kidnapped, separated and eventually assassinated or confined. Being humiliated, beaten and abused, racially discriminated, insulted, marginalized, oppressed and demonized. Being bombed, gassed, poisoned, shot at, tortured and massacred. Being starved or in its modern version ‘put on a diet’. Knew what it meant to be falsely accused, imprisoned or being treated worse than scum, among many other injustices…all of which revisit us today !

    What happened to those important lessons? Have we all forgotten them? Or is the message from MSM that some lives are worthier than others. That only some deaths are worth grieving. Only some lives are worth saving.
    That we MUST become insensitive to other peoples suffering. Is that the message?
    Well, if that is the message, I’m not buying it.

  18. anomalous on August 11, 2014, 11:50 am

    I’m not sure why this article fails to mention the fact that the first crops grown in these remaining greenhouses died when Israel shut off all water service to them a few weeks after turning them over. This was such a pointedly sadistic gesture.

    All the private capital that was urgently generated to purchase these greenhouses, so that the settlers would not destroy any more of them, was rendered immediately moot by this act.

    The article also doesn’t note that the private capital in question was delivered in two lump sum payments to the settler-farmers. I imagine it was all tax deductible as well.

  19. LanceThruster on August 11, 2014, 1:31 pm

    Glad to know the true story. On NPR’s ‘Left, Right, and Center” on Friday, I heard to same meme spouted about how the Palestinians destroyed what was left that the settlers did not destroy themselves.

  20. Vera Gottlieb on August 12, 2014, 5:17 am

    Just like Nazis, only worse.

    • jon s on August 12, 2014, 9:16 am

      Vera, Despite the temptation, and the obvious similarities of the Hamas and the Nazis, we should leave that analogy alone. I prefer not to go there.

      • Mooser on August 12, 2014, 10:58 am

        “I prefer not to go there.”

        You couldn’t if you tried. No, I take it back. You probably would try.
        You want to tell us about the “obvious similarities” between “Hamas and the Nazis”?

      • talknic on October 6, 2014, 10:59 pm

        “You want to tell us about the “obvious similarities” between “Hamas and the Nazis”?”

        Obviously not. Unless of course he means Article 31 of the Hamas Charter, quite Naziesque … right?

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