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Yair Lapid, the former Israeli finance minister and head of a centrist Israeli political party (who is just as hawkish as the government but in opposition), made news this weekend at the Jerusalem Post conference in New York saying that the BDS — Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions–  campaign against Israel is a puppet of Hamas and describing BDS leaders as “outright antisemites” linked to the “Palestinian Mufti who collaborated with the Nazis.”

On Saturday Lapid gave a speech that touched on BDS to the Park Avenue synagogue in New York. The video clip is up on his Facebook page. Here is what he said:

I’m also here to talk about the BDS movement, which has to be confronted with all our force, both in Europe and here in the U.S. The situation is getting worse, the tide is turning and either we turn it back now or it will sweep over us. We are all aware of the situation on campuses, but the Palestinians are engaged in a concrete and extremely well funded effort to take their campaign to the next level.

At FIFA, the world football association, the disaster was averted at the last moment. In Europe we have already have lost much of the progressive center, and the CEO of one of the largest telecommunications firms has publicly said that he wants to cut business ties with Israel.

Vince Lombardi

Vince Lombardi

This is not about policies, or about the settlements, or about the peace process, this is classic anti-semitism in a modern disguise. In order to fight it, we need to move as the rabbi said, in the Vince Lombardi way, from defense to offense, and remind the world that behind these movements are the people responsible for 9/11, for the terror attacks in Madrid and London, and for the 250,000 people already killed in Syria.

In order to make this case, we need our American friends, we need the Jewish community. We really need you, all of you. We are ready to provide you with whatever support you need, but in this battle you are the foot soldiers on the front lines and we are counting on you. We can disagree on some of the aspects of government policy, but when faced with external enemy we unite. American says that politics stops at the water’s edge. This is our water’s edge. The way to defeat BDS is for us to stand together and to stand tall.

Lapid’s appeal, by the way, is reminiscent of Ruth Wisse of Harvard saying some years ago that

Every Israeli has to be in the Army for two or three years of his training at least and then a month of every year at least afterwards. I think that American Jews ought to think of themselves the same way, that for a certain part of your life you are just part of that army

Are you part of that army here in the U.S.? Is that your social identity: you have your differences with Israeli policy, but when the going gets tough, you are a footsoldier for that country here? Golly.

Thanks to James North and Asa Winstanley.

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  1. just
    just
    June 8, 2015, 11:30 am

    “Are you part of that army here in the U.S.?”

    No. Perish the thought.

    From the website:

    “BDS is a strategy that allows people of conscience to play an effective role in the Palestinian struggle for justice.

    Palestinian Civil Society Calls for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel Until it Complies with International Law and Universal Principles of Human Rights” – See more at: http://www.bdsmovement.net/call#sthash.A9lD3bIV.dpuf

    That’s my kind of “army’.

    In other huge, great news:

    “U.S. court invalidates law that let Jerusalem-born citizens list Israel on passports
    Ruling considered a victory for the Obama administration who says Congress encroached on president’s power in passing law.”

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.660260

    • annie
      annie
      June 8, 2015, 11:53 am

      fantastic news about the supreme court decision!

      • Atlantaiconoclast
        Atlantaiconoclast
        June 8, 2015, 12:59 pm

        what supreme court decision?

      • annie
        annie
        June 8, 2015, 1:02 pm
      • JLewisDickerson
        JLewisDickerson
        June 8, 2015, 1:15 pm

        POLITICO: The Supreme Court sided with the Obama administration in a decision released Monday, ruling that the president has the exclusive power to recognize foreign nations.
        The case, Zivotofsky v. Kerry, dealt with a young man born to U.S. citizen parents in Jerusalem in 2002. His parents sued to have his birth nation listed as Israel on his passport in accordance with a 2002 law instructing the Secretary of State to, upon request, allow parents of Jerusalem-born U.S. citizens to list Israel as their birthplace on their passports. . .
        . . . In a 6-3 vote, the court struck down the law and ruled that the executive branch has the exclusive authority to decide which state has sovereignty over Jerusalem. . .
        The opinion was delivered by Justice Anthony Kennedy, who wrote that the court was not ruling specifically on the issue of who has sovereignty over Jerusalem. . .
        . . . Placing Israel on Zivotofsky’s passport, Justice Kennedy — along with Justices Elana Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer and Clarence Thomas — opined, amounted to recognizing Jerusalem as under the sovereignty of Israel, violating the executive branch’s exclusive authority to recognize foreign governments. . .
        SOURCE – http://www.politico.com/story/2015/06/jerusalem-passport-case-supreme-court-ruling-118737.html

    • Kay24
      Kay24
      June 8, 2015, 12:55 pm

      That is indeed great news Just. Let the zionists stew over this one.

    • Fatina
      Fatina
      June 8, 2015, 5:02 pm

      Speaking of passports, my cousin needed to get his social security card. When we went to the ss office, he realized his work permit had Jordan as country of birth, even though it clearly states on his passport he was born in Gaza, therefore he is Palestinian. The social security office told him they cannot issue him a card and he needed to fix his country of birth.

      A letter along with his work permit was sent back to the immigration office stating the place of birth was incorrect and needed to be changed to Palestine. When the work permit was sent back to my cousin, the letter stated that there was no way to change the country of birth because they couldn’t fix the problem in their system. We took the letter to the social security office and showed them the letter and I basically told them “I guess Palestinians do not exist. What do we do now?” He tried to enter his place of birth in different ways, with no success.

      Now, we are waiting to hear back if they can give him a card or not.

      How can Palestinians acknowledge Israel, when Israel & co. hasn’t acknowledged them?

    • Kay24
      Kay24
      June 8, 2015, 5:34 pm

      I wonder if the MSM is covering this. A friend said NPR discussed this, and Rep. Engel was very disappointed this did not come out the way he wanted to (doing the bidding of the zionists), and that Richard Haas was positive about the outcome.

      • just
        just
        June 8, 2015, 5:54 pm

        CSM has an article up that includes this:

        …”The dispute was over significantly more than just which place of birth might be listed on a passport. The case grew into a major examination of the separation of powers and the sometimes conflicting roles of the president and Congress in matters of foreign policy.

        Ultimately, the majority justices sided with the executive branch and against Congress, ruling that the president enjoys exclusive power to formally recognize foreign countries and that Congress may not enact laws that contradict that recognition authority. The Jerusalem passport requirement was such a law.

        “It is clear that Congress wanted to express its displeasure with the President’s policy by, among other things, commanding the Executive to contradict his own, earlier stated position on Jerusalem,” the high court said. “This Congress may not do.”

        Writing for the majority, Justice Anthony Kennedy said the court did not question the power of Congress to enact passport legislation “of wide scope.”

        The problem with the Jerusalem law, Justice Kennedy said, was how Congress exercised its legislative authority.

        “It was an improper act for Congress to aggrandize its power at the expense of another branch by requiring the president to contradict an earlier recognition determination in an official document [a passport] issued by the executive branch,” Kennedy said.

        “To allow Congress to control the president’s communication in the context of a formal recognition determination is to allow Congress to exercise that exclusive power itself,” he said. “As a result, the statute is unconstitutional. …

        …Congress rejected that approach and decided instead that the United States should recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and should move the US embassy there. Congress also instructed consular officials that whenever a US citizen-parent of a newborn in Jerusalem requested it, the place of birth should be recorded as Israel.”

        http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Justice/2015/0608/Israel-or-Jerusalem-Supreme-Court-sides-decides-passport-case

        All I know is that no matter how disillusioned folks may get, they need to vote. Elections have consequences…

      • just
        just
        June 8, 2015, 6:13 pm

        Yousef Munayyer:

        “SCOTUS ruling deals huge loss to Israel lobby. Not just on passport case but on attempts to craft FP through congress http://bigstory.ap.org/article/a36147c455524a35b7f0705a4f0fdfd4/court-strikes-down-born-jerusalem-passport-law …”

        https://twitter.com/YousefMunayyer/status/607916923674722304

        Elena Kagan makes a funny:

        …”Last year, the case returned to the supreme court. US solicitor general Don Verrilli reminded the justices of decades of consistent foreign policy with regard to Jerusalem, and argued that the law undermined the president’s ability to mediate peace talks in the Middle East.

        “Passport power” resides with the State Department, attorney Alyza Lewin argued in return, meaning that Congress had not encroached on any presidential authority.

        The ability to request Israel on the passport was “created to give individuals the right to self-identify”, Lewin said. Justice Elena Kagan quipped that if that were the case, Congress had passed “a very selective vanity plate law”.”…

        http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/jun/08/supreme-court-jerusalem-israel-passport

    • Kay24
      Kay24
      June 8, 2015, 7:08 pm

      So far the man who cries wolf the blitzer has not mentioned this unprecedented ruling which seems to be a big deal according to some reports. The little boy must have been used as a tool by some to push for this. Shame Congress has been going against US policies when it comes to Israel.

      From an AP article:

      “In a separate opinion, Roberts cast the court’s decision as dangerously groundbreaking. “The court takes the perilous step — for the first time in our history — of allowing the president to defy an act of Congress in the field of foreign affairs,” he wrote.”

      When it comes to dear Israel Congress will act unpatriotic.

    • David Doppler
      David Doppler
      June 8, 2015, 7:24 pm

      Both Lapid’s remarks and the Israel Lobby’s pitch to the Supreme Court are over the top, in a related way. They elevate the result desired over respect for the processes and values involved. For Lapid, he says it’s not about the policies, its the other side against Israel, then acknowledges that it is the policies but never mind because it is our country right or wrong, to an American audience no doubt concerned over the dual loyalty issue. He’s saying: “I disrespect your concern.” In the Supreme Court, it’s vanity plates for Jews born in Jerusalem over American separation of powers. Kagan’s quip is excellent because it contrasts the level of importance of the one compared to the other, but there’s a barb there: you expect me to elevate this goal over my oath to uphold the Constitution of the US, exercising the power of a seat on a court that I struggled mightily to secure, the honor and privilege of my life. AIPAC says: “We disrespect the constitution. We can control Congress. We’ll try to use it to control the US, and why wouldn’t we? We would expect you to side with us, because we’re more important.”

      As Phil has observed, it’s disconnected from reality.

      But the Likudniks know only escalation, which they will continue until thrown from power.

      • just
        just
        June 8, 2015, 7:28 pm

        Excellent comment, David. Thanks.

      • RachaelK
        RachaelK
        June 9, 2015, 4:50 am

        Very well explained. Thank you!

    • Marnie
      Marnie
      June 9, 2015, 12:16 am

      Yair Lapid has proven without a doubt that Yesh Atid (there is a future) is no different than Yahoos party of doom.

      Just, “that’s my kind of “army’ – Awesome!

      The other great news is fabulous! I expect that the GoI, although wanting to compare their criminality, crimes against humanity, etc., to the tactics of an American football coach, the only realistic comparison is the one that must not be spoken. What a horrifying dishonor to real victims.

  2. pabelmont
    pabelmont
    June 8, 2015, 11:30 am

    ooooo, the Mufti and the Nasties. Again.
    But didn’t Stern Gang (terrorists? paramilitary? freedom fighters? budding totalitarians: see below, builders of a foreign-settler-colonialist state) seek also to make a deal with the Nasties? Wikipedia thinks so

    Lehi (Hebrew pronunciation: [ˈleχi]; Hebrew: לח”י – לוחמי חרות ישראל‎ Lohamei Herut Israel – Lehi, “Fighters for the Freedom of Israel – Lehi”), commonly referred to in English as the Stern Gang,[9][10][11][12] was a Zionist paramilitary organization founded by Avraham (“Yair”) Stern in Mandatory Palestine.[13][14] Its avowed aim was to evict the British authorities from Palestine by resort to force, allowing unrestricted immigration of Jews and the formation of a Jewish state, a ‘new totalitarian Hebrew republic’.[15] It was initially called the National Military Organization in Israel,[1] upon being founded in August 1940, but was renamed Lehi one month later.[16]

    Lehi split from the Irgun militant group in 1940 in order to continue fighting the British during World War II. Lehi initially sought an alliance with Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany, offering to fight alongside them against the British in return for the transfer of all Jews from Nazi-occupied Europe to Palestine.[2] Believing that Nazi Germany was a lesser enemy of the Jews than Britain, Lehi twice attempted to form an alliance with the Nazis.[

    • marc b.
      marc b.
      June 8, 2015, 11:52 am

      BDS linked to the Mufti? Isn’t he dead? Is BDS linked via séance? Ouija board? And 9/11? No, Lapid, you ignoramus, the Israeli government is in bed with the Saudi degenerates, the country of origin of the alleged hijackers, not BDSers. (he obliquely makes reference to Syria, also the responsibility of BDS, although he shouldn’t pick that scab too vigorously.)

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        June 8, 2015, 11:21 pm

        “BDS linked to the Mufti? Isn’t he dead?”

        He used to be. I don’t know whether he still is.

    • amigo
      amigo
      June 8, 2015, 12:51 pm

      ” Lehi twice attempted to form an alliance with the Nazis.[” Pabelmont.

      Didn,t stop Israel from honouring “their ” terroreeeests” with a Ribbon .

      “Israel granted a general amnesty to Lehi members on 14 February 1949. In 1980, Israel instituted a military decoration in “award for activity in the struggle for the establishment of Israel,” the Lehi ribbon.[22] Former Lehi leader Yitzhak Shamir became Prime Minister of Israel in 1983.” wiki

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lehi_%28group%29

  3. amigo
    amigo
    June 8, 2015, 12:18 pm

    “In order to make this case, we need our American friends, we need the Jewish community. We really need you, all of you. ” Lapid

    The following poll is from 2013 si lets hope for Israel,s sake , the American Jews do not forget it.
    Remember Mr and Mrs American Jew , send your money honey but stay out of “Our ” business.

    “A new poll reveals that Israelis would prefer American Jews mind their own business. In the Jerusalem Post, Lahav Harkov reports:

    Of the Israelis polled, 31.9 percent think Israeli leaders should not take into account the positions of American Jews on the peace process at all, and 33.6 percent said U.S, Jewry’s views should be considered to a small extent. Only 21.6 percent called for those views to be taken into account to a great extent, and 9.4 to a very great extent.

    At the same time, however, 66.3 percent of Israelis think American Jews have a “somewhat or positive” influence on Israel’s national security. American Jews can rally behind laws that promote Israel’s safety, but when it comes to matters of policy, it seems that some of those polled would rather not hear from them at all.” J post.

    http://tabletmag.com/scroll/135548/israelis-to-u-s-jews-stay-out-of-peace-process

    • amigo
      amigo
      June 8, 2015, 12:40 pm

      Correction to above post.

      “The following poll is from 2013 si lets hope for Israel,s sake , the American Jews do not forget i – ” amigo

      Should read , American Jews “do ” forget it.

  4. Xpat
    Xpat
    June 8, 2015, 12:40 pm

    It bears repeating that the Jerusalem Post is a rag. It is written and edited primarily by members of the ex-pat community of American Jews. Its readership is the same. The Jerusalem Post’s reputation in the U.S. is still sustained by the fumes from its heydey 40+ years ago. It once was the unofficial English language outlet of the Labor Zionist establishment. The JP’s editorials were pre- approved by the Prime Minister’s office.
    It’s odd that a Jerusalem Post event got such high recognition from the White House and Israeli pols. Other Israeli dailies have much better access to the corridors of power in Jerusalem. I guess “Jerusalem Post” is easier to work with in the English language rather than the unwieldy “Ha’aretz” (where do you put the accent?) or the impossible Yediot Aharonot.

  5. just
    just
    June 8, 2015, 12:45 pm

    I think that Lapid is trying out the script of his latest ‘thriller’.

    From 2013, CNN lovingly strokes him:

    “Yair Lapid, the charismatic journalist-turned-politician who surprisingly vaulted to second place in Israel’s national election, has long been a familiar face across the Jewish state.

    The 49-year-old leader of the centrist Yesh Atid party is a former journalist and talk show host, son of a prominent politician, and a one-time amateur boxer with a rep as one of Israel’s sexiest men.

    Lapid segued his journalism into politics and emerged as an archetype — a voice of the middle-class Israeli striving for success, but anxious about the high cost of living, a voice representing Israelis who’ve had it with the exemptions from mandatory military service for the ultra-Orthodox, a voice of everyday optimism.”…

    http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/23/world/meast/israel-elections-lapid/index.html

    Now he’s segued into the abyss, armed with a case of Ziomania.

    Funnily enough, in 2013: “Lapid ranked first on the list of the “Most Influential Jews in the World” by The Jerusalem Post.[2]”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yair_Lapid

  6. Kay24
    Kay24
    June 8, 2015, 12:59 pm

    Just when you think the zionists cannot get lower, they surprise you.

    This is sheer demonizing and trying to connect BDS with terrorism. Typical zionist tactics.

    They made Rev. Desmond Tutu look anti-Semitic, and here they are doing something similar to the BDS movement. Looks like BDS frightens the shet out of those zionists.

    Israel truly deserves this BDS movement against them, they fully qualify for it.
    Good luck to all the BDS movements worldwide.

    • talknic
      talknic
      June 8, 2015, 6:54 pm

      Kay24 “Just when you think the zionists cannot get lower, they surprise you”

      Evil has no nationality, race, religion, morality, allegiance or bottom line.

  7. Citizen
    Citizen
    June 8, 2015, 1:02 pm

    Obviously, this latest stitched-together alarm rhetoric depends on American Jews to be ignorant of the facts. Once upon a time in the West, people depended on American Jews to be honest with the most negative facts, and to be courageous in the face of The Establishment in pursuit of highest humanitarian goals and good governance attendant. Now, they might as well be addressed in a beer hall by any Zionist blowhard.

  8. Keith
    Keith
    June 8, 2015, 3:05 pm

    “This is not about policies, or about the settlements, or about the peace process, this is classic anti-semitism in a modern disguise.”

    It is becoming clearer and clearer that the most important tenet of Judeo-Zionism is the unshakable belief in irrational and eternal Gentile anti-Semitism. Neither Zionism nor Israel as a Jewish state could long survive without this irrational belief in Gentile Jew-hatred.

    • marc b.
      marc b.
      June 8, 2015, 5:05 pm

      Which is why Netanyahu is on the verge of a mental collapse. People aren’t adhering to his father’s brilliant historical script. I fully expect him to go into a nationally televised, spit-flecked convulsion, and that will be his legacy, the dramatic personification of the collapse of political Zionism.

  9. Kris
    Kris
    June 8, 2015, 4:05 pm

    Lapid: “American says that politics stops at the water’s edge. This is our water’s edge.”

    I don’t know what Lapid is talking about, but “water” is not a good thing for Israelis to mention, bringing to mind as it does Israel’s theft of Palestinian water resources.

    Thanks to other posters who have mentioned it, right now I am thinking about “water” in another context: Today is the sad anniversary of Israel’s unprovoked attack on the U.S.S. Liberty:

    On June 8, 1967, US Navy intelligence ship USS Liberty was suddenly and brutally attacked on the high seas in international waters by the air and naval forces of Israel. The Israeli forces attacked with full knowledge that this was an American ship and lied about it. Survivors have been forbidden for 40 years to tell their story under oath to the American public. The USS Liberty Memorial web site tells their story and is dedicated to the memory of the 34 brave men who died.

    After surveilling USS Liberty for more than nine hours with almost hourly aircraft overflights and radar tracking, the air and naval forces of Israel attacked our ship in international waters without warning. USS Liberty was identified as a US naval ship by Israeli reconnaissance aircraft nine hours before the attack and continuously tracked by Israeli radar and aircraft thereafter. Sailing in international waters at less than five knots, with no offensive armament, our ship was not a military threat to anyone.

    The Israeli forces attacked without warning and without attempting to contact us. Thirty four Americans were killed in the attack and another 174 were wounded. The ship, a $40-million dollar state-of-the-art signals intelligence platform, was later declared unsalvageable and sold for scrap.

    Despite a near-universal consensus that the Israeli attack was made with full knowledge that USS Liberty was a US Navy ship, the Johnson administration began an immediate cover-up of this fact. Though administration officers continued individually to characterize the attack as deliberate, the Johnson administration never sought the prosecution of the guilty parties or otherwise attempted to seek justice for the victims. They concealed and altered evidence in their effort to downplay the attack. Though they never formally accepted the Israeli explanation that it was an accident, they never pressed for a full investigation either. They simply allowed those responsible literally to get away with murder.

    http://www.gtr5.com

    • David Doppler
      David Doppler
      June 8, 2015, 8:24 pm

      Thanks for the anniversary reminder, Kris. Maybe by the 50th anniversary, Israel will be in a better place more able to acknowledge and atone for its past sins and transgressions, as the US has for slavery, Jim Crow, and Native American abuse, setting the stage for a permanent state at peace based on the American values of self-determination, equal rights under law, divided power, separation of state and religion, checks and balances. Then, perhaps the memories of those heroes can rest more easily.

      • Marnie
        Marnie
        June 9, 2015, 12:23 am

        +1 David –

  10. Nevada Ned
    Nevada Ned
    June 8, 2015, 4:13 pm

    Yair Lapid throws a lot of accusations at the BDS movement. He blames them for 9/11 and everything else.

    I’m surprised that he didn’t blame the BDS movement for the assassination of President Kennedy! Or Lincoln!

    Unless Lapid is a total moron, he knows that the BDS movement had nothing to do with 9/11.

    He just finds that it’s a serviceable pretext for smearing the BDDS movement.

    Is there anything positive about the whole charade?

    Yes, surprisingly yes.

    I’ll bet that the attendance at the fanatical speech was sparse.

    About a decade ago, I went to a Bot Mitzvah of the daughter of a friend of mine. The ceremony was celebrated in a mid-town Manhattan synagogue, maybe on Park Avenue (I’m not sure). Could be the same place where Yair Lapid gave his fanatical speech recently.
    At the Bot Mitzvah, the synagogue was nearly empty. That’s attendance at a typical Saturday. Yet if even 5% of the Jews from the surrounding apartment buildings showed up, the place would have been packed. Or even 1%

    Any data available about attendance at the Yair Lapid speech?

  11. just
    just
    June 8, 2015, 4:21 pm

    “Netanyahu urges Meretz to pull bill demanding settlement products be marked
    Head of left-wing Meretz party responds, saying that until Netanyahu ‘ends the occupation… he will have to learn to live with devastating ramifications of his policies.’

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced he plans to ask the leftwing Meretz party to withdraw a bill which would see products created in the settlements to be marked as such. He made the announcement amid growing international pressure on Israel over the stalemate in the peace process with the Palestinians and the settlement enterprise.

    “Israel is fighting back against attempts to boycott it in the international arena. I am encouraged that both the right and the left are uniting against the boycott, which targets our very existence and the IDF’s right to defend ourselves,” Netanyahu said.

    However, “I was surprised to learn that one of our parties has proposed a bill to mark [Israeli] products. I plan to ask that they withdraw this bill. Like the poet Erez Biton said: ‘He who marks products will eventually mark people.’ This must stop now,” the prime minister said.

    Meretz Chairwoman Zehava Galon responded with scorn to the Netanyahu’s request, saying he was trying to evade responsibility: “Netanyahu must really be in trouble if he’s lashing out at Meretz, at this rate he will soon forbid drawing of the Green Line on maps.” According to Galon, Netanyahu was trying to deflect criticism “by delegitimizing the left.”

    Galon further said that the Israeli government already marks settlement products as part of its trade agreement with the European Union and the OECD. “There is no way Meretz will withdraw the bill which just clarifies – for Israeli consumers – the distinction between products made in Israel and those made in the territories it captured 48 years ago.”

    According to the Meretz leader “if Netanyahu wants to cancel this distinction and the heavy price the settlements exact from Israel he is more than welcome to begin negotiating a permanent agreement [with the Palestinians] and end the occupation. Until then he will have to learn to live with the devastating ramifications of his policy.””…

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/israel/1.660294?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

    oopsie, and bwahahahaha!

    • just
      just
      June 9, 2015, 9:05 am

      “Arab-Jewish party declares support for boycotting firms in settlements

      Israel’s Arab-Jewish Hadash party has declared its support of an international boycott of companies operating in the West Bank, since it regards such action as a legitimate form of civil resistance to the occupation there.

      In an official statement publicized on Tuesday, Hadash’s bureau, its top institution, said the party “welcomes all expressions of solidarity with the Palestinian people in its just struggle, including boycotting commercial enterprises that are involved in the occupation and in violation of the Palestinian people’s rights, since this is a legitimate manner of civil resistance. Hadash calls on all nations of the world, on associations and labor unions, to intensify the struggle for a just peace in the region, based on respect for the rights of its peoples and on cessation of all acts of injustice, repression and racism.”

      Along with the United Arab List, Balad and Ta’al parties, Hadash is part of the new Joint Arab List in the Knesset. One of Hadash’s leaders, journalist Raja Za’atra – the spokesman for the Joint Arab List in the last election campaign – was also a founder in 2011 of the BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) movement in Israel, under the inspiration of the global movement.”…

      http://www.haaretz.com/news/israel/.premium-1.660368?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

  12. Shingo
    Shingo
    June 8, 2015, 6:10 pm

    The situation is getting worse, the tide is turning and either we turn it back now or it will sweep over us.

    This should be music to the ears of all BDS supporters. This is the best confirmation and affirmation of the success of BDS and that it is a winning strategy.

    Thank you Heir uhumm, I mean, Yair Lapid.

  13. Sulphurdunn
    Sulphurdunn
    June 8, 2015, 7:23 pm

    Someone sure is worried about the BDS movement.

  14. ritzl
    ritzl
    June 8, 2015, 8:40 pm

    This uptick in Israeli anti-BDS word and deed kinda puts a different, but still positive, spin on that old cartoon: “Last Great Act of Defiance” (ie, showy, but the rat [decades of Israeli impunity] still gets et in the end).

    https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=the+last+great+act+of+defiance+mouse+owl&id=59D108EBD8D975EF9D3F61E102FEC37F862B6606&FORM=IQFRBA

  15. RachaelK
    RachaelK
    June 9, 2015, 12:55 am

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

    Okay, DHS. Come and get me. I confess. 9/11, Madrid and London, Syria, all of it. In fact, just toss World War II in there, and let’s get ‘er done.

    By the way, I was one of the masterminds behind the stock market crashes of ’29 and ’87, and the loss of the Yankees to the Diamondbacks in 2001. I also killed Jimmy Hoffa and ate him with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.

    So call Johnny Law now. I’m ready to do my time. I’m sure my BDS terrorist compatriots will consider this a fair cop and will soon be releasing their confessions as well.

    But I demand that I be served Ben and Jerry’s daily with some Starbuck’s as a pick-me-up, that my shampoo be L’Oreal, my skin cream be Ahava, that I get to watch movies from Blockbuster on my Dell and/or HP desktop, and that I wipe my ass with Procter and Gamble products. And fly me to my prison destination on a Boeing 747.

    That way I can start to make up for the terrorist crime of spending my money where I want to.

  16. Bornajoo
    Bornajoo
    June 9, 2015, 7:29 am

    There’s definitely panic in the air. Good!

    Oh how the USA and Israel’s other supporters in the international community would love someone like Lapid or Herzog to be israeli PM. This is the image of Israel they are craving for rather than the increasingly hysterical Nuttyahoo. These guys are exactly the same as Nutty but would be much more effective at pretending to be reasonable with their fake softer personalities

    The longer we have Mr Megalomaniac and his chronies in power the better because there is no greater advert and promotion for BDS and general awareness of the true face of Israel when these guys are being HONEST Zionists. The likes of Lapid, Livni and Herzog are just as evil and with the same agenda but are very good at pretending they’re not. If Lapid does get to become PM they will brand him as ‘progressive’!

    I don’t want the Nutty coalition to collapse. If it does people like Lapid will take over and reverse the recent gains. I want Nutty to stay in power until the whole enterprise collapses once and for all. We don’t want to let these wolves in sheep’s clothing take over. I’d much rather have the wolves in wolve’s clothing because at least the whole world can see they’re wolves.

    “It is becoming clearer and clearer that the most important tenet of Judeo-Zionism is the unshakable belief in irrational and eternal Gentile anti-Semitism. Neither Zionism nor Israel as a Jewish state could long survive without this irrational belief in Gentile Jew-hatred.”

    Good comment Kieth.

    • Bumblebye
      Bumblebye
      June 9, 2015, 9:07 am

      Maybe that’s partially why news of the dirty bomb trials came out yesterday?
      Kind of, don’t upset us, look what we could do. Though every effort would be made to ensure blame fell elsewhere.

  17. a blah chick
    a blah chick
    June 9, 2015, 8:39 am

    It look like our fiendish plan to have Netanyahu installed as out BDS Manchurian Candidate is working to perfection!

    Excellent!

  18. eljay
    eljay
    June 9, 2015, 10:12 am

    Y.L.: … In order to make this case, we need our American friends, we need the Jewish community. We really need you, all of you. We are ready to provide you with whatever support you need, but in this battle you are the foot soldiers on the front lines and we are counting on you.

    Lowering his voice, he added, “But remember this: When the blowback hits – and it will; it always does – you’re on your own. We will not hesitate to throw you to the wolves.”

  19. just
    just
    June 9, 2015, 10:23 am

    lol, abc. +1, Bornajoo.

    I found this gem by Jerry Haber (Charles H. Manekin) via Yousef Munayyer:

    “The Pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement (BDS) and the “Anti-Semitism” Charge

    Many people have different positions on the wisdom, and even the legitimacy, of tactics involving boycotts, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) directed against alleged human rights abuses in Israel/Palestine. But all should condemn recent attempts in some quarters to brand these tactics as “anti-Semitic”. BDS is neither motivated by anti-Semitism, nor it is it, in effect, anti-Semitic. The “anti-Semitism” charge against BDS is false, intellectually lazy, and morally repugnant.”…

    much more @ http://www.jeremiahhaber.com/2015/06/the-pro-palestinian-boycott-divestment.html

  20. Kriz
    Kriz
    June 11, 2015, 7:34 am

    Pity that nowadays judeophobia is a common thing. Just call yourself “Anti Zionist” and you’ll have no problem.

    • Mooser
      Mooser
      June 13, 2015, 11:33 am

      “Pity that nowadays judeophobia is a common thing.”

      Why? You planning to do something about it? Maybe if you expose the link between “judeophobia” and anti-Zionism, you can stop the entire BDS thing in its tracks! And then say “historical homeland” 23 times, and pat yourself on the tushie.

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