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Israel’s defenders on social media are pushing a “Pallywood” narrative in reaction to the video gone viral documenting a soldier’s brutal treatment of a child in the occupied village of Nabi Saleh last Friday. Shortly after the UK’s Daily Mail publicized the incident, it revamped its headline, claiming Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi was a “prolific ‘Pallywood star’“and then claimed that “Questions have been raised over the authenticity …”  of the event and the proliferation of the video.

The UK’s Guardian got into the act: “a pressing question has emerged: what did the images show? The reality is as complex as it is unsettling and contradictory.”

And Ynet is all over the story, alleging the entire incident was staged.

The #Pallywood hashtag is prolific on Twitter. Here’s an example from infamous Israeli lawfare group Shurat HaDin:

Let us be clear about the media trend: Israeli hasbara is fighting back against the exposure afforded to activists as a result of last week’s embarrassing photos and video. No doubt the Tamimi’s are getting famous. But that is because they refuse to stop protesting the theft of their village land and spring. Denied any means of self defense, they dare to expose the world to the reality of their lives while the cameras are rolling. They have no guns or bombs, they fight with media and exposure. But the scenes they record are very real. And the whole point is to capture the violence they face, as a matter of routine, on camera. Rosa Parks also planned her heroic action on a Montgomery bus in 1955. But was it staged? Of course not.

It appears that some people are just now waking up to this reality. That these protests, like other protests and demonstrations throughout history, are intended to garner attention and change facts on the ground. If the cameras were not there, armed Israeli forces would still chase, capture, arrest and detain Palestinians, including their children. The point of the recordings for the Tamimi family is to get the message out to the world.

The reason the video went viral is that most people object to a policy of targeting, abducting and imprisoning children. But in Palestine, soldiers enter villages, sometimes in broad daylight, sometimes in the middle of the night, and take children away.  Here’s another example of grabbing a child in Nabi Saleh:

Are the soldiers being set up to star as villains in a “Pallywood” video? If so, one would think Israel should stop targeting Palestinian children. And stop invading villages in the middle of the night. But no. Ayed Abu Eqtaish, account­ability program director at Defense for Children Internation­al-Palestine (DCIP), told The Arab Weekly 700 children were put on trial in Israeli military courts in 2014.

The detention of each of those children is deeply painful for the families. The soldiers are the villains of the occupation. While the media tells us Israel only acts in reaction, the reason Palestinians protest in Nabi Saleh and Bil’in and other villages and towns across Palestine is in reaction to the theft of their land and water and to protest the conditions of life under occupation. They pay a price for this. Israel arrests children to suppress the non violent resistance to the theft of their land.

Oddly, this revelation is making big waves. That’s a good thing.

Armed Israeli forces target, chase and capture Palestinian children all the time, routinely. The country tries to suppress the news by arresting and attacking journalists and photographers. Or  breaking their equipment as documented in the Oscar nominated documentary 5 Broken Cameras. A case of Pallywood meets Hollywood? You be the judge. Documentaries like Budrus and 5 Broken Cameras are not just art, they tell real stories about real events.

Even dead Palestinian children are suspected of acting in Pallywood videos. According to blogger Thomas Wicker,  20-year-old Salem Shamaly, executed by an Israeli sniper in the Gaza neighborhood of Shujaiya and caught on film by Joe Catron /International Solidarity Movement during the hours of a humanitarian ceasefire in Israel’s 51 day 2014 summer slaughter in Gaza, was another example of Pallywood. But let’s get back to the kids.

Jana Jihad

Janna Jihad (Photo: The Arab Weekly)

When Palestinian children are recorded they are particularly dangerous. For they run the risk of gaining recognition and an international following, and appearing as if (think about it) they are normal kids.

Last spring The Arab Weekly reported Janna Jihad, a 9 year old from Nabi Saleh, was rising to fame, “dubbed the youngest amateur journalist in the Palestinian terri­tories”.  Janna records her life on a mobile phone telling the story of her village through the eye of a Palestinian child: “From Israeli tear-gas to stun grenades, night raids and even losing friends, Janna’s child­hood is often interrupted with dramatic events in the village of Nabi Saleh.”

At the end of her videos Janna turns the camera on her own face and signs off “with her name like a professional.” She’s become popular on Facebook, many of her videos have gone viral. Little Janna Jihad circa 2011, confronted soldiers after her very good friend Mustafa Tamimi was killed by Israeli military forces. She saw him dead on the ground. Pallywood? Or real life. How is a parent to protect a child from an invading force whose leaders regard them as blades of grass, in the famous “mowing the lawn” metaphor for cutting down Palestinian resistance?

Janna Jihad told CNC news (video):

We want, we want the children to be like all the children in the world and we want to be free and we want to be like, with peace. And we don’t want anybody in our land and our country to be terrorists

Larry Derfner described the denial fiasco that swept the upper echelon of Israeli diplomatic and military defenders following the release of video footage of the killings of two Palestinian teens, Nadeem Nawara and Mohammad Mahmoud Odeh Abu Daher during the Nakba Day– a catastrophe for ‘Pallywood’ conspiracy theorists.

According to Defence of Children International/Palestine, in January 2015 alone 163 Palestinian children were abducted and prosecuted in the Israeli military court system, February – 182, March – 182, April – 164. And it continues month after month after month. Very few of those abductions, often harrowing scenes of children being taken from the arms of parents, activists or friends, are recorded on video. When they are, Israel supporters call it Pallywood. But make no mistake it is very real.

So why do they do it, the villagers and the Israeli military? Do the Nabi Saleh villagers pose a security threat to Israel, in their little village located deep in the West bank.  It’s really not that complicated. The village land and the village spring, like a lot of land in West Bank, is beautiful, resourceful and desirable.  So desirable Israel declared it an “antiquities site” to prevent Nabi Saleh residents from accessing the fields around the spring. Yet curiously, antiquities sites are not damaged by settlers, only Palestinians.

One way to deal with this issue might be to allow residents of Nabi Saleh access to their spring.

According to Brad Parker, International Advocacy Officer & Attorney for Defense for Children International Palestine, Palestinian children experience systematic and widespread human rights violations as a result of Israel’s prolonged military occupation of Palestinians. Yet the idea that Palestinian children have agency, are able to think for themselves, speak for themselves, tell their own stories in their own way, has created a completely abhorrent situation for Israel advocacy.

Hence, Israeli advocacy groups like UK Media Watch and CAMERA (Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America) claim “activists often place their children in danger to score propaganda points” and the pliable media swiftly follows suit and completely revamps their coverage. The soldier “was ambushed by the young girl,” the Daily Mail claims. As if when a soldier came to take one of our siblings, we’d wave goodbye and say ‘See you in a few months honey’. These children did not choose to grow up under occupation. The Tamimi’s are recording their lives so that the world will listen. They are doing this to get your attention.

It’s true. This is what occupation looks like at night, there are hundreds of videos like this on the internet.

So where’s the Palestinian Gandhi? A few of them are living in Nabi Saleh. Gandhi would be a Pallywood star too, convicted of protest organizing and participating in illegal marches. Look at this headline: Nabi Saleh’s Bassem Tamimi convicted by Israeli courts based on coerced testimony from 15-year-old boy. Did that get the world’s attention? No. Bassem and his wife have just recently been arrested again. 

The jails are full of Palestinian village children who protest the confiscation of their land. Soldiers grab the children, torture and imprison them until they sign something in Hebrew against the leader organizing the protests. It’s either your land or your kids. So fun to be a Pallywood star! And these villages have the miserable fortune of being placed where Israel covets their land, where settlers are actively expanding illegal settlements against international law, and the soldiers are there to serve that expansion. That’s why they go to these villages.

Arab Weekly, Palestinian girl rises to fame:

The young girl told The Arab Weekly she used to jot down her feelings in a locked journal every night but then decided to turn to documenting her activities and emotions on video. She carried her mobile camera to Jerusalem and Ramallah talking about free­dom of prayers, arrests, suppres­sion of protests and Jewish settle­ments….

In her videos, she says Israeli attempts to suppress the protest will not dissuade people, but will inspire them to fight for libera­tion. “If we stop protesting, they will take the rest of the lands,” she explained.

However, Jana’s mother says the girl is sometimes afraid, “I don’t push her one way or the other. She’s free to decide if she wants to participate in the protest,” Tamimi told The Arab Weekly.

Getting ready for the Friday protest, Jana wrapped a black and white keffiyeh around her neck to cover her nose from a faint-causing gas as her mother asked her about her plans, “I don’t know, we’ll see,” she replied.

Bassem Tamimi, a leader of the popular resist­ance move­ment in Nabi Saleh and a distant relative of Jana’s, said his group was subject to criti­cism for allow­ing children to protest. He told The Arab Weekly that there is no safe place for children in the village in the first place.

“A tear-gas canister broke my daughter’s arm while she was sitting at home. We care more about our children than anybody else,” he said.

Palestinian parents teach their children about life because the occupation forces this life on them. If you think the Israeli military is caught up in a trap, being forced to arrest, detain, torture and imprison Palestinian children– it could simply change its policies.

While the Daily Mail, Shurat HaDin, Michael Oren, CAMERA and pro Israel trash sites like Algemeiner, and scores of others, feel no compunction about employing the slanderous term Pallywood, can you even imagine the reaction to the term Jewywood being referenced to Jewish suffering, death or Israeli propaganda for that matter?

 

(If you’re having difficulty sharing this article there is an alternate thread set up here ~ Thanks, A.R.)

Annie Robbins

Annie Robbins is Editor at Large for Mondoweiss, a human rights activist and a ceramic artist. She lives in the SF bay area. Follow her on Twitter @anniefofani

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  1. a blah chick on September 1, 2015, 3:41 pm

    Since you can now get twenty years for stone throwing these arrests are even more a matter of life and death. Is it any wonder the Tamimi women fought as they did?

    To paraphrase one of the Israeli columnists if the IDF is tired of “starring” in these films maybe they should stop supplying the extras.

  2. Kris on September 1, 2015, 3:58 pm

    This is an outstanding story; thank you, Annie Robbins!

    But when I try to “share” it on facebook, the headline and beautiful photo do not appear. Please fix this, if you can–this story should be shared as widely as possible.

    • annie on September 1, 2015, 4:01 pm

      i’ll alert adam, thanks kris

      edit, he just got back to me. apparently one of phil’s articles is having the same problem today. he’s out with his kids and when he gets back he’ll fix it. so please stop back around in an hour or two and try again. needless to say we really do rely on our readers to get the word out and push back against the msm who just lap up whatever media watch and camera order them to do. thanks!

    • annie on September 2, 2015, 4:25 pm

      kris, we’ve set up and alternate thread (for sharing) here: > http://mondoweiss.net/2015/09/pallywood-palestinian-brutalization

      it seems others have been having the same problem. thanks for your patience.

      • Kris on September 2, 2015, 5:02 pm

        Many thanks, Annie.

  3. amigo on September 1, 2015, 3:58 pm

    These Pallywood claims are the response one might expect from desperate people.Zionists are beyond desperate.They are verifiably insane.

    What happened to those reports that claimed the soldiers commander ordered him to let the child go. What will these maniacs say when Israel arrests many of those involved in legitimate resistance and charge them with attacking idf thugs.Or do we believe the Israeli authorities will go along with the conspiracy theorists and charge those involved with making fake movies.

    Will the Israeli minister of culture retract her demand that the idf was humiliated and the perpetrators should have been shot. Would that scenario ( shooting those who resist )also be a major pallywood production and be the latest proof that Palestinians are about to take over Hollywood.

    God , first makes mad , those he would destroy.

    • annie on September 1, 2015, 4:10 pm

      Will the Israeli minister of culture retract her demand that the idf was humiliated and the perpetrators should have been shot. Would that scenario ( shooting those who resist )also be a major pallywood production and be the latest proof that Palestinians are about to take over Hollywood.

      i opined about what might happen if the soldiers took up the advice of minister of culture in my original draft and a child got killed in next weeks protest.

      i also pondered the fact Ahed Tamimi was the same age as anne frank was when she was writing her diary. suggesting anne was a jewywood star and her diary was being used to promote the story of the holocaust .. well you can imagine how that might not be the best comparison. it didn’t make the final cut for obvious reasons, my article was too long anyway.

      palestinian children are dangerous. as i mentioned in the article, seeing them in recorded either on photos and video runs the risk of making them seen like normal kids. hence, the slander. tsk tsk.

      • amigo on September 1, 2015, 4:38 pm

        ” Israel arrests children to suppress the non violent resistance to the theft of their land. – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/09/palestinian-brutalization-pallywood#sthash.yXsNWYOO.dpuf” Annie Robbins

        I disagree. I think they do it to ensure that those children grow up hating Israel and resist further , thereby ensuring Israel is always under attack by so called Palestinian terrorists and can continue to claim eternal victim hood.This has been the MO since they forced the first Palestinian out of their land.

        It is the fuel that keeps the whole vile project going.

      • annie on September 1, 2015, 4:46 pm

        hmm, i think it could be a combination: http://mondoweiss.net/2012/06/arrests-of-palestinian-children-a-boy-in-leg-irons-is-becoming-a-big-story-in-uk

        This quote from Nabi Saleh’s Bassem Tamimi, via Joseph Dana’s report, says it all:

        “They come for our woman and our children,” Bassem Tamimi, the leader of the Popular Committee of Nabi Saleh recently told me, “they [the Israeli army] know that woman are half our population and half our strength and so they target them along with the children.” Tamimi, a gentle man with a warm smile spoke to me about the repression of his village as we sat in his home overlooking the settlement of Halamish. “They know where to apply pressure on our resistance. It has become really difficult since the last wave of arrests.”

        Israel is devoting maximum effort to the repression of Nabi Saleh’s determination to demonstrate against the Occupation. The specific method of repression has been in development for the past eight years and is not only designed to break the demonstrations but to leave permanent psychological scars on the next generation of Nabi Saleh villagers. In short, children are used to implicate the leaders of the Popular Committee for incitement in demonstrations, providing evidence for their long term incarceration. In the last month, six children have been arrested or detained in Nabi Saleh by the army.

      • amigo on September 1, 2015, 5:09 pm

        “hmm, i think it could be a combination” Annie.

        Let,s assume their reason is to quell/end resistance , then what is their next move.That is to say when they have all the land /water they want . What happens to the Palestinians.They want rid of them too and will still need the Security/Victim excuse to expel them .That is the last task to perform and it is only under cover of victim hood they believe they can get away with that.I believe they do not want capitulation.That would ruin their final solution to the Palestinian question.That is the reason for the nightly incursions and the beatings and the continuous killings etc etc.

        I might buy the argument that Israel would settle for a trouble free conquest which would lead to Palestinians living as slaves in tiny over crowded camps willing to do the bidding of their Jewish masters just to gain a few crumbs from their table.That scenario would fit in with the zionist mindset.Hopknee comes to mind.

      • a blah chick on September 1, 2015, 5:21 pm

        Picture it, Annie, pretty blonde, blue-eyed Ahed lying bleeding at the booted feet of a masked Israeli soldier. The “Bloody Hun” comments would write themselves.

      • annie on September 1, 2015, 8:24 pm

        Let,s assume their reason is to quell/end resistance , then what is their next move.That is to say when they have all the land /water they want .

        they won’t have enough land and water until they have it all with no palestinians on it. then they will expand up into lebanon and probably jordan.

      • Taxi on September 2, 2015, 8:55 am

        ‘palestinian children are dangerous” – annie

        Actually, annie, more precisely: BLONDE Palestinian children are the MOST dangerous.

        There is currently a two-pronged zio media army attaching Palestinians and Palestine supporters:

        There is the ‘Pallywood’ chorus of dickers attacking Palestinian children.

        And there is also the lone zio snipers attacking pro-Palestine activists who are defending the children of Palestine. These zio assassins are out there on social media naming actual Palestine activists and wildly connecting them to pedophilia for defending Palestinian children.

        The Dirty-Dirty Narrative War and the Smear Attacks on Palestine Activists:
        https://platosguns.wordpress.com/2015/09/02/the-dirty-dirty-narrative-war-and-the-smear-attacks-on-palestine-activists/

      • annie on September 8, 2015, 10:51 pm

        thnx taxi, just saw your comment here.

    • jaspeace2day on September 2, 2015, 11:12 am

      …and they certainly shall be destroyed…just a matter of time…and not much of it left. It will start with getting our pro-israeli politicians out of our capitol and hence the profiteering war machine it caters too.

  4. a blah chick on September 1, 2015, 4:10 pm

    Phan Nguyen has some great observations on the “Pallywood” smear on his twitter feed. He says he might write up a longer column on it and I hope he does.

    • annie on September 1, 2015, 11:39 pm

      that would be great abc. when he does, i hope it’s published here. i will go check his twitter feed.

  5. Bumblebye on September 1, 2015, 4:23 pm

    I took a peek at the “UK Media Watch” link. Who should I spot down in their comment section but… normanF. I suppose it’s a better fit for him than the MW one!

  6. hophmi on September 1, 2015, 4:37 pm

    Pallywood is the equivalent of Jewywood? Please. The Palestinians are not a religion or an ethnic group. They’re a nationality. The equivalent term for the Israelis is hasbara, which you throw around here all the time.

    The reality is that this is all political theater, and that international activists do indeed encourage the kids not only to protest, but also to throw stones. (Followers of Gandian non-violence don’t throw stones, by the way.) That’s the problem with international activists – they not only call attention to the conflict; they take part in it and stoke it. And they do it from a position of privilege; if this were the US Army at an Iraqi checkpoint in 2005, Mohammed Tamimi would be dead right now. The Tamimi family has long used their children as tools for the their agenda, coaching them on what to say to journalists, and sending them out there to endanger their lives by throwing stones.

    The question is this: if Nabi Saleh wasn’t saturated with journalists, would these encounters happen? Probably not. Why is Nabi Saleh saturated with journalists when, right next door to the West Bank, hundreds of thousands of people are dying in the world’s bloodiest conflict? Because covering Nabi Saleh is much easier than covering just about any other place in the Middle East right now, including Syria, where Palestinians actually are dying in droves.

    You’re also fooling yourself if you think that this video is going to have some long shelf life; the last Ahed Tamimi viral video is barely remembered today. Most people understand that there is a conflict in the Middle East, and that, unfortunately, that conflict hurts children on both sides, whether they are Mohammed Tamimi, or Daniel Traegerman, who never threw a single stone, and was murdered by mortar shell fired from Gaza.

    http://www.timesofisrael.com/daniel-tragerman-was-killed-by-mortar-fired-from-un-facility-ex-idf-chief/

    • James North on September 1, 2015, 5:34 pm

      hophmi: Once again, you are being dishonest. The word “hasbara” is used widely by Israelis and their government. “Pallywood” is a racist slur. The words are not equivalent.

      • hophmi on September 2, 2015, 11:05 am

        “Once again, you are being dishonest. The word “hasbara” is used widely by Israelis and their government. “Pallywood” is a racist slur. The words are not equivalent. ”

        How is Pallywood a racist slur? What race/ethnicity/religion are the Palestinians? They’re none of these things. They’re a nationality, quite clearly so. I’ll give you that it’s a not-nice way of describing Palestinian propaganda, but it’s not in any way racist.

    • Walker on September 1, 2015, 7:36 pm

      Pallywood is the equivalent of Jewywood? Please. The Palestinians are not a religion or an ethnic group. They’re a nationality. The equivalent term for the Israelis is hasbara, which you throw around here all the time.

      James North has addressed this.

      The reality is that this is all political theater

      This is not just “political theatre” – these people are defending their land from illegal confiscation, something which Israel has been doing daily since 1967.

      international activists do indeed encourage the kids not only to protest, but also to throw stones. (Followers of Gandian non-violence don’t throw stones, by the way.) That’s the problem with international activists – they not only call attention to the conflict; they take part in it and stoke it.

      What international activists in Nabi Saleh encourage kids to throw stones? Where’s the evidence?

      And they do it from a position of privilege; if this were the US Army at an Iraqi checkpoint in 2005, Mohammed Tamimi would be dead right now.

      Nabi Saleh is no comparison to an Iraqi checkpoint. All of the Israelis there know who Mohammed Tamimi is, and that he is not wearing a suicide belt. Killing Tamimi would be pure murder.

      The Tamimi family has long used their children as tools for the their agenda, coaching them on what to say to journalists, sending them out there

      Where is the evidence that the Tamimi children throw stones, let alone that their parents “send them out” to do it?

      to endanger their lives by throwing stones.

      What country threatens children with death for throwing stones?

      The question is this: if Nabi Saleh wasn’t saturated with journalists, would these encounters happen? Probably not.

      You’re probably right there. Without the journalists Israel probably might well react with decisive brutality against those people who are defending their homes.

      Why is Nabi Saleh saturated with journalists when, right next door to the West Bank, hundreds of thousands of people are dying in the world’s bloodiest conflict? Because covering Nabi Saleh is much easier than covering just about any other place in the Middle East right now, including Syria, where Palestinians actually are dying in droves.

      Bad things are happening elsewhere in the Middle East. In no way does that justify Israel’s behavior in Nabi Selah or anywhere else in the occupied territories.

      You’re also fooling yourself if you think that this video is going to have some long shelf life; the last Ahed Tamimi viral video is barely remembered today.

      If so, that’s because Palestinian story is constantly being shoveled over by pro-Israeli journalism at the New York Times, CNN, the Washington Post and other US media.

      Most people understand that there is a conflict in the Middle East

      Right, it’s a “conflict in the Middle East”, not Israel’s longstanding campaign to dispossess Palestinians, which has been declared illegal by international bodies up to and including the UN Security Council.

      unfortunately, that conflict hurts children on both sides, whether they are Mohammed Tamimi, or Daniel Traegerman, who never threw a single stone, and was murdered by mortar shell fired from Gaza.

      Bring up the one Israeli child killed by a shell from Gaza last year, as opposed to the hundreds of Gazan children killed by Israel. Google Images features dozens of images of Danny. Good luck googling for pics of those hundreds of Palestinian kids.

      • hophmi on September 2, 2015, 11:05 am

        “Where is the evidence that the Tamimi children throw stones, let alone that their parents “send them out” to do it?”

        Are you kidding? The parents have been sending them out to protest for years; some of these kids are as young as six.

        http://palsolidarity.org/2012/08/nabi-saleh-the-resistance-is-for-our-kids-future/

        The whole idea is to provoke the soldiers into responding, and then capture them on camera.

        http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/02/world/middleeast/rashomon-on-the-west-bank-israelis-and-palestinians-debate-images-of-soldier-and-child.html?_r=0

        “Bad things are happening elsewhere in the Middle East. In no way does that justify Israel’s behavior in Nabi Selah or anywhere else in the occupied territories. ”

        You’re right. Except that by covering places like Nabi Saleh obsessively, you make it easier for barbaric people in Syria to murder hundreds of thousands. So it’s a choice. And it’s not free of bias. Clearly, Palestinian lives in the West Bank are worth more than Yazidi lives in Iraq or Syrian lives in Palmyra.

      • talknic on September 2, 2015, 11:41 am

        @ hophmi …. “The parents have been sending them out to protest for years; some of these kids are as young as six. “

        http://palsolidarity.org/2012/08/nabi-saleh-the-resistance-is-for-our-kids-future/

        You lying sack of Ziosh*te… The article says nothing about “sending them out”

        The NY Times is speculating. Men women children have a right to protest and a right to attack any armed individual from the Occupying Power in Occupied Territory.

        “by covering places like Nabi Saleh obsessively, you make it easier for barbaric people in Syria to murder hundreds of thousands”

        Please explain your weird theory …

        “So it’s a choice. And it’s not free of bias. Clearly, Palestinian lives in the West Bank are worth more than Yazidi lives in Iraq or Syrian lives in Palmyra”

        Er …. they’re not in Syria and they’re civilians. Israel is committing crimes in non-Israeli territories against civilians they have no arms to go fight a war in Syria you stupid person

      • amigo on September 2, 2015, 1:39 pm

        “Are you kidding? The parents have been sending them out to protest for years; some of these kids are as young as six.”Hopknee

        So what if they do. People who take part in protests all over the world take their kids along but then , they are not living under occupation or under threat of being shot by the tin pot rogue nation sans frontiere.Did you forget to take your meds again today hopknee.

        Btw , hows this for teaching your kids how to hate .Zionist style.

        ” boy plays with a rifle during a weapons display in Efrat, Independence Day 2014 / Getty Images

        Little kids throw mock grenades and pretend to shoot big guns; a boy crawls militant-style as gun-wielding adults cheer him on; a girl wearing a pink dress carries a rocket launcher twice her size.

        These are some of the disturbing photos that flooded out of the West Bank earlier this week on Israel’s Independence Day, or what Palestinians call the Nakba (Catastrophe).

        I can imagine that despair and hopelessness probably rattled the Jewish community. How could there ever be peace when kids are trained to aspire toward violence and militancy?

        At my old Jewish day school, there was probably a lot of chatter about how this was further proof that only military force could work to quell violence. The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) was probably all over the story. Palestinian Media Watch, too.

        But instead, when I turned on my computer this morning, I couldn’t find a thing on any of the sites that track hate in the Middle East. None of my newsy friends even dedicated a Facebook status. No one seemed to really care. And for one reason: the people in question weren’t Palestinians, but right-wing Jewish settlers.

        Gideon Levy, a Haaretz columnist, noted the striking similarities between these photos and the Palestinian glorification of violence. “Where else do they force a little child to crawl with a backpack on his back? When Hamas treats its children like this, Israeli parents tut-tut with disgust: Look at these beasts.”

        It’s a double standard all too common to the conflict.

        We’re told that Palestinian maps in schools often show a unified Palestine between the river and the sea — “how awful!” — yet Israeli maps, more often than Palestinian ones in fact, don’t show the Green Line, and Jews don’t really seem to care.

        We’re told that Palestinians are taught in school that the Jewish historical claims to the land, particularly the Temple Mount, don’t really exist — “how awful!” — yet in a similar tone, many Israeli children learn that “Palestinians” were only recently invented , and Jews don’t really seem to care.

        We’re told that Palestinian textbooks distort history — “how awful!” — yet a recent State Department study found that many Israeli textbooks do too , and Jews don’t really seem to care.

        And now, we have yet another confirmation that Israeli children also learn to glorify and aspire toward violence, and — surprise, surprise — no one really seems to care

        Read more: http://forward.com/opinion/israel/197866/when-israelis-teach-their-kids-to-hate/#ixzz3kbVXFIz4

      • Froggy on September 2, 2015, 2:18 pm

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    • annie on September 1, 2015, 7:46 pm

      The Palestinians are not… an ethnic group. –

      quick find hops a dictionary:

      “An ethnic group or ethnicity is a socially defined category of people who identify with each other based on common ancestral, social, cultural or national experience.”

      The reality is that this is all political theater

      please explain how/why the soldier would play this part in a reality play. one presumes the soldiers know when they arrive cameras will be there right? so why would they go prancing over the hills to violently capture a child and participate in this palestinian “theatre”?

      and the other video up there of the tamimi child, is that political theatre too? are palestinian parents not allowed to cry when their children are stolen away? not ok with th occupier? breaking the rules. no defense, no reaction, just dolls following instruction while their land is stolen? is that the plan?

      political theatre is sophie’s choice. political theatre is Schindler’s List. political theatre is Omar. none of those are classified as documentaries. what you see in the video is real. you just do not like what you see so when it is slandered in a racist way, you agree with it. whereas if i called 100’s of fictional dramas or reenactments (with actors) made about the holocaust “jewywood” you would recognize the racism immediately. this is selective blindness.

      Why is Nabi Saleh saturated with journalists when, right next door to the West Bank, hundreds of thousands of people are dying in the world’s bloodiest conflict? Because covering Nabi Saleh is much easier than covering just about any other place in the Middle East right now

      because they march every friday and israel violently oppresses them every friday. lots of these journos live there. they document the occupation. as opposed to say, normalizing it.

      they sell their photos to news corporations. whereas if they go to syria they would have to get funded to go there. most msm is not paying people to go to syria ad most reporters do not want to go.

      • hophmi on September 2, 2015, 11:27 am

        You’re deliberately confusing ethnicity and nationality to define criticism of the Palestinians as racist; based on your simplistic definition, Israelis are an ethnicity, since they have a shared cultural, social and national experience. You’re doing exactly what you accuse Israel of doing with regard to Jews. You’re trying to shut down any criticism of Palestinians by calling such criticism racist.

        When people talk about Pallywood, they’re very clearly talking about the Palestinians as a national group, not the Palestinians as an ethnic group; otherwise, Palestinian-Israelis would be included in this definition, and they are clearly not.

        “please explain how/why the soldier would play this part in a reality play.”

        Because, believe it or not, stones do hurt people.

        “are palestinian parents not allowed to cry when their children are stolen away? ”

        Sure they are. But why are children always placed on the front lines of these protests? Would you send your six year old out to protest like that?

        “political theatre is Schindler’s List.”

        Are you crazy? Schindler’s List is a movie about the Holocaust. It’s not political theater in the sense that we’re speaking about here. Neither is Sophie’s Choice. It’s just important that people understand that these protests are carefully choreographed to play to the world’s media, and to draw a response from the soldiers. Political theater is simply a protest that has theatrical quality to it. Like dressing a six year old in a Spiderman costume and then sending him out in front of the cameras. Or like instructing your 11 year old daughter to run out, scream at the soldiers, and shake her fist, and then deliver canned lines to the press.

        “you just do not like what you see so when it is slandered in a racist way”

        I don’t like using small children to front adult protests, no. But while I find the term “Pallywood” derogatory, I regard it as a criticism of the tactics of a national movement, and not as a criticism of an ethnic group.

      • James North on September 2, 2015, 11:52 am

        hophmi: Please keep posting comments. Your dishonesty and insensitivity will help curious newcomers to this site learn about the true Israel in 2015.

      • Sibiriak on September 2, 2015, 12:05 pm

        hophmi: I regard it as a criticism of the tactics of a national movement

        —————————–

        So the cause is just, but the tactics could be better. Is that your view?

        What tactics would you recommend? Malcolm X tactics?

      • Mooser on September 2, 2015, 12:06 pm

        Nobody said the kid threw any rocks, “Hophmi” You seem to be treating that as an established fact, and it’s not.

        Hophmi, I’ve often said I wouldn’t follow you through the no-leash area, or a cow pasture, due to your unerring propensity to step in it. Listen buddy, the way you’ve been handling this incident, I would be very reluctant to use the treadmill at the gym after you.

        “I don’t like using small children to front adult protests, no.”

        And how do you feel about Jewish illegal settlements using their own children as human shields? Why are they raising kids in an illegal settlement? Oh, let me guess, to get closer to the Palestinians?

        BTW, Hophmi, do you think the Moderators are deleting the overwhelming flood of comments supporting and defending your point of view? Always wondered about that. What do you think?

    • annie on September 1, 2015, 8:06 pm

      that conflict hurts children on both sides….. Daniel Traegerman

      why are you going back over a year for your “both sides” BS. don’t you have something more current. do you have any idea how many palestinian children have been arrested/detained, imprisoned, violently assaulted, and murdered in the last year? sorry, your both sides framing is dishonest.

    • Mooser on September 1, 2015, 9:17 pm

      “The reality is that this is all political theater, and that international activists do indeed encourage the kids not only to protest, but also to throw stones.”

      Hey let’s double-down:

      ” The Tamimi family has long used their children as tools for the their agenda, coaching them on what to say to journalists, and sending them out there to endanger their lives by throwing stones.”

      This is what is called “outreach”. It fosters understanding of the Zionist narrative and trust and stuff. Hophmi is a big deal at it. And I am beginning to understand why Zionists call it their hysterical homeland.

    • zaid on September 1, 2015, 9:33 pm

      @Homphi

      Israel kills palestinian children whether they demonstrated or not.

      Did baby Ali Dawabsheh throw rocks before he and his family were burned to death ?

      Was Mohammad abu khdeir in a protest when your friends poured gasoline down his throat and burned him from the inside?

      Did Muhammad Al Dura even move a finger before he was executed?

      What about Nadim Nawwara??what about Gaza?

      If you are living under an occupation for seven decades,What would you teach your children ?? Do you teach them to resist or to surrender?? and if you want to teach them to resist , how do you do that without taking them to demonstrations and without letting them face the soldiers face to face? how do i kill the fear they have from the soldiers and their guns if i didnot start from childhood.?and what is wrong in protest and even the symbolic rock throwing? how many israeli soldiers die from a rock throwing palestinian child during a protest?

      Do you really believe that we will tell our children to sit home and not disturb the occupation, Do you believe we are stupid to count on Netanyaho or Abbas or Obama or even BDS to solve our dilemma? Do you think we will let the settlers be left alone to steal our land without a whisper??

      My friend…… we will teach our children to HATE the occupation, the IDF and Zionists like you with all their hearts.We will teach them that even before they are born. and we will teach them that” the eye defeats the needle “, and we will keep the flame in them, so if we could not see our home free again maybe at least they will do one day.

      We are a very tenacious people and This conflict will never be over until we say so….believe me

      Just look at Ahed.

      • hophmi on September 2, 2015, 11:29 am

        “we will teach our children to HATE the occupation, the IDF and Zionists like you with all their hearts.We will teach them that even before they are born. and we will teach them that” the eye defeats the needle “, and we will keep the flame in them, so if we could not see our home free again maybe at least they will do one day. ”

        When James Bevel led the Children’s Crusade in 1963, Malcolm X criticized him, saying: “Real men don’t put their children on the firing line.”

      • CigarGod on September 2, 2015, 12:11 pm

        Right, Hoppie,
        “Real men” invade villages and kidnap them…if they don’t shoot them in the back first.

        Thanks for being you.
        When friends ask the difference between a Jew and a zionist, I use you as an example.

      • zaid on September 2, 2015, 9:23 pm

        While he faced criticism for exposing children to violence—most notably from Malcolm X, who said that “real men don’t put their children on the firing line”— King maintained that the demonstrations allowed children to develop “a sense of their own stake in freedom.” He later wrote, “Looking back, it is clear that the introduction of Birmingham’s children into the campaign was one of the wisest moves we made. It brought a new impact to the crusade, and the impetus that we needed to win the struggle.” The success in Birmingham provided momentum for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and helped pave the way for passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

        http://kingencyclopedia.stanford.edu/encyclopedia/encyclopedia/enc_childrens_crusade.1.html

    • ErsatzYisrael on September 1, 2015, 10:33 pm

      hophmi September 1, 2015, 4:37 pm:

      “Pallywood is the equivalent of Jewywood? Please. The Palestinians are not a religion or an ethnic group. They’re a nationality.”

      Pallywood is the equivalent of Jewywood.

      The Israeli Supreme Court defines Jews as a nationality.

      • echinococcus on September 2, 2015, 1:52 am

        Count on hophmi for not having the faintest idea about Zionism, Israel or Jewishness or Judaism.

        He doesn’t even know that the only nationality of the illegally smuggled invaders who call themselves Jewish in the Zionist entity is “Jewish”. As you so nicely remarked.

        We only read all kinds of nonsense from him concerning the Jews, and I really mean nonsense, never anything that made the flimsiest kind of sense. I bet you he is not even Jewish, anyway.

    • talknic on September 1, 2015, 11:28 pm

      hophmi ” The Palestinians are not a religion or an ethnic group. They’re a nationality.”

      OK. Glad we got that sorted. You’re gonna get a reduction in pay if you’re not more careful

      “The equivalent term for the Israelis is hasbara…”

      OK . Hasbara is propaganda. Glad we got that sorted too. Another reduction in pay … tch tch. (Say … if you need a loan, just let me know)

      “The reality is that this is all political theater”

      Uh huh. So the Palestinians let the Zionist Federation of 1897 decide to colonize Palestine for some political theatre, allowed Israel to dispossess hundreds of thousands, Mohammed broke his arm to make some political theatre. That’s dedication …

      There are no Palestinian kids in Israeli jails, it’s all an act. For political theatre. Right? I’ve a great script, it needs someone with a broken leg, I think you have just the attitude for the part. I have a baseball bat you can use

      ” and that international activists do indeed encourage the kids not only to protest, but also to throw stones”

      Your evidence being …. what exactly

      ” That’s the problem with international activists – they not only call attention to the conflict … “

      It would be far far better if the world didn’t know that Israel’s IDF thugs protect illegal settlers and in many cases ARE illegal settlers and that they target children and peaceful protests

      “And they do it from a position of privilege; if this were the US Army at an Iraqi checkpoint in 2005, Mohammed Tamimi would be dead right now”

      Speculation can be fun. You can say anything

      The Tamimi family ..”

      .. were all children under occupation.

      ” The question is this: if Nabi Saleh wasn’t saturated with journalists, would these encounters happen? Probably not.”

      Oh? The Zionist Federation of 1897 would not have decided to colonize Palestine? Israel would not have illegally acquired by war more than half of what remained of Palestine after Israel proclaimed its sovereign extent in order to be recognized? Israel would not have ethnically cleansed some 700,000 non-Jews? Israel wouldn’t now be the Occupying Power over non-Israeli territories? There’d be no illegal settlements …. Interesting theories you have

      “Why is Nabi Saleh saturated with journalists”

      Is the video footage and/or any of the photos actually from journalists?

      ” when, right next door to the West Bank, hundreds of thousands of people are dying in the world’s bloodiest conflict?”

      It’s being reported too … my evidence being that YOU know about it.

      “You’re also fooling yourself if you think that this video is going to have some long shelf life; the last Ahed Tamimi viral video is barely remembered today.”

      You wish

      ” Most people understand that there is a conflict in the Middle East, and that, unfortunately, that conflict hurts children on both sides, whether they are Mohammed Tamimi, or Daniel Traegerman, who never threw a single stone, and was murdered by mortar shell fired from Gaza”

      Daniel Traegerman was in territory not declared as Israeli and never legally acquired by Israel.

      Daniel Traegerman wasn’t occupied. His parents had no reason to endanger him by his being in non-Israeli territory. He wasn’t specifically targeted, at worst he was collateral. Whereas Mohammed is amongst the hundreds of thousands of non-Jews who have been occupied all their lives and who have a right to attack their occupier. The video shows he was not collateral, but purposefully targeted by an idiot in an IDF uniform who couldn’t handle the situation he got himself into

      • Kathleen on September 1, 2015, 11:55 pm

        Thanks.

      • talknic on September 2, 2015, 11:23 am

        A pleasure

      • hophmi on September 2, 2015, 11:33 am

        “Daniel Traegerman was in territory not declared as Israeli and never legally acquired by Israel.”

        Daniel Traegerman was from Kibbutz Nahal Or, which is very much part of Israel. And even if your nonsense was true, describing his death at the hands of a civilian-targeted rocket attack as “collateral” doesn’t pass the laugh test.

        Mohammed’s alive today, and he was throwing stones. Daniel wasn’t throwing anything at anybody, and he’s dead, the victim of a terrorist attack under international law.

      • talknic on September 4, 2015, 2:41 am

        @ hophmi September 2, 2015, 11:33 am

        ” Kibbutz Nahal Or, which is very much part of Israel.”

        By what agreement did territory not proclaimed as Israeli become Israeli? Date, signatories …. thx

        ” And even if your nonsense was true, describing his death at the hands of a civilian-targeted rocket attack as “collateral” doesn’t pass the laugh test”

        1) It is impossible from the receiving end of an unguided armament to ascertain exactly who or what it was aimed at.
        2) If they didn’t actually target civilians or Daniel Traegerman, he was unfortunately, collateral.

        “Mohammed’s alive today, and he was throwing stones”

        He has a right to be alive and a right to throw stones or even kill his occupiers.

        ” Daniel wasn’t throwing anything at anybody, and he’s dead, the victim of a terrorist attack under international law”

        1) It’s only terrorism if civilians were actually targeted. The IDF Memorial Site tells us that more Israeli military have been targeted, injured and killed than have Israeli civilians.
        2) He was illegally in territory never proclaimed as Israeli and never legally acquired by the State of Israel through any legitimate agreement

        Take your pathetic whining to the Zionist Federation and the Israeli Government who encourage Israeli civilians to illegally settle in non-Israeli territories.

    • Kathleen on September 1, 2015, 11:47 pm

      Christ Hop when can you get off of your fucking high racist horse and just say Israel should get out of the West Bank. Force the illegal settlers etc out. Get the fuck out if Israel really wants a nation that the international community recognizes Enough of of the IDF going into Palestinians homes at night terrifying kids, old people etc. Dragging people out of their homes for fighting for their own land.

      I have heard former IDF soldiers (here in Boulder and in D.C.) speak about how they have maps of where Palestinian adults and children sleep in their homes. That this soldier and many others go in during the middle of the night rousing people out of sleep. If someone is found in a particular bed and they do not belong there the IDF will drag that person to the station. Israeli’s have gone mad. Simply mad

    • Kris on September 2, 2015, 12:30 am

      @Hophmi: “You’re also fooling yourself if you think that this video is going to have some long shelf life; …”

      The images of the brave young girl defending her brother from the sadistic soldier probably won’t be forgotten any time soon. Tamimi represents an archtype, and so does the soldier, and that is why this incident is so compelling.

      I have been thinking of the Sabbath Prayer song from “Fiddler on the Roof” ever since I first saw the video of Ahed trying to protect her brother. Ahed is now a “shining name” in Palestine, and “deserving of praise,” but she is also now at increased risk of harm by the Israeli Jews.

      May the Lord protect and defend you.
      May He always shield you from shame.
      May you come to be
      In Israel a shining name.

      May you be like Ruth and like Esther.
      May you be deserving of praise.
      Strengthen them, Oh Lord,
      And keep them from the strangers’ ways.

      • Rodneywatts on September 2, 2015, 2:55 am

        @Kris Great comment. This situation highlights the fact that the State of Israel and many of its inhabitants in no way are the true Israel as required by The Lord. Ruth, of course, was a Moabitess who became a true Israelite and the great grandmother of king David and an ancester of Joseph, Jesus’ earthly father.

        Sad that so much comment space is used to refute complete bunk.

      • echinococcus on September 2, 2015, 3:39 am

        Shelf life indeed… posters of the same Ahed at the age of 11 attacking a bunch of murderer soldiers with her little fists are already decorating meeting rooms and classrooms in Turkey and other countries (someone reported having seen it even in China but I’ll wait for confirmation.) She’ll have a long shelf life, we hope also a long resistant’s life.

        Some of the organizations our contributors belong to may want to start a distribution of posters from the most recent batch. This should also help protect her.

      • hophmi on September 2, 2015, 11:37 am

        Anyone remember the last Ahed Tamimi video? Me neither. It was also a viral sensation.

        What you guys never get is how cynical most people are about the conflict. They tune this stuff out.

      • Froggy on September 2, 2015, 12:30 pm

        hophmi : “What you guys never get is how cynical most people are about the conflict. They tune this stuff out.”

        You need to get out more.

      • Kris on September 2, 2015, 12:02 pm

        Thank you, Rodneywatts.

      • diasp0ra on September 2, 2015, 12:06 pm

        @hophmi

        Maybe most people you know.

        If you have the privilege of being able to tune it out, don’t project your lack of empathy on other people.

    • echinococcus on September 2, 2015, 3:57 am

      hophmi,

      There is a major terminologic mistake. We should apologize if this has caused you extra writing work.

      The pendant to “Pallywood” is not Jewywood, made-up word.
      It’s Holowood.
      Describing properly and with scientific precision the goddam theatre you and your Zionist accomplices have been playing day in day out for all these years to extort money and tolerance to banditism, as reparations paid not to victims but to an aggressor Moloch of a state that did not even exist back then.
      It is way superior, as con job theatricals, to anything anyone can put on.
      Repeat with me: Holowood.

    • ziusudra on September 2, 2015, 6:19 am

      Greetings hophmi,
      ….long shelf life…..
      of course not, but what goes around, comes around.
      The Globe is witnessing the evil incarnate manifestation
      of Israel for what it is, an ongoing conquest of theft, pillage
      oppression & murder.
      Israel’s policies won’t change, but maybe the US will?
      Come that day, there be Dragons!
      ziusudra
      PS Why are you making such a big deal out of Kids with stones, you are armed with automatic weapons? He threw a stone, but you stole his house & land!

      • Kay24 on September 2, 2015, 8:13 am

        An old saying, but unfortunately still applicable today:

        “”You take my water, burn my olive trees, destroy my house, take my job, steal my land, imprison my mother and father, kill my brothers, bomb my country, starve us all and humiliate us all. But am to blame: I shot a rocket back”

        In this case, “I shot a rock back”.

    • tokyobk on September 2, 2015, 6:22 am

      Hophmi–

      You’re playing hopscotch in the Venn diagram. Palestinian is as much an ethnic group as any other and by the way would certainly be a nation as well, if Israel would let it.

      People who use this term mean it to say not just that a particular event is staged or enhanced, but that the entire resistance of Palestinians is a farcical invention.

      How cruel.

      Its a despicable allegation and can be recognised by anyone, especially, I would argue, by someone who understands Jewish history.

      • hophmi on September 2, 2015, 11:40 am

        “Palestinian is as much an ethnic group as any other and by the way would certainly be a nation as well, if Israel would let it. ”

        So what you’re saying is that all criticism of the Palestinians is racist because they’re an ethnicity. Got it. As long as you admit that this means that all criticism of Israel is racist, since, by the ridiculous definition you’re using, the Israelis are also an ethnicity.

        “but that the entire resistance of Palestinians is a farcical invention.”

        C’mon. No one has said that all Palestinian resistance is an invention. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the most covered conflict in the world. It’s natural for parties to that conflict to play to the camera.

      • Mooser on September 2, 2015, 12:35 pm

        “Its a despicable allegation and can be recognised by anyone, especially, I would argue, by someone who understands Jewish history.”

        My sincere thanks to you, “tokyobk” for the entire comment. Everybody else can shout at Hophmi day and night, to no effect, but he will listen to and respect you.

      • eljay on September 2, 2015, 1:18 pm

        || hophmi: So what you’re saying is that all criticism of the Palestinians is racist because they’re an ethnicity. Got it. … ||

        The more worked up you get, the more your stupid* shows. He didn’t say that ALL criticism of Palestinians is racist – you said that.

        (*Your hatefulness and immorality also shows more but, in this instance, stupid has taken center stage.)

        || … As long as you admit that this means that all criticism of Israel is racist, since, by the ridiculous definition you’re using, the Israelis are also an ethnicity. … ||

        Since he didn’t say that all criticism of Palestinians is racist, he doesn’t have to admit that all criticism of Israel is racist. But just as some criticism of Palestinians is racist so, too, is some criticism of Israelis racist.

    • eljay on September 2, 2015, 8:07 am

      || hophmi @ September 1, 2015, 4:37 pm ||

      hophmi’s four-paragraph post is a lovely bit of apologetics for Jewish supremacism in/and a supremacist “Jewish State” and related past and on-going (war) crimes. He ignores almost seven decades of theft, occupation, colonization, oppression, torture, murder, intransigence and belligerence, and mixes in a bit of whataboutism for good measure.

  7. Rodneywatts on September 1, 2015, 5:20 pm

    An excellent job done here, Annie, in countering the disgraceful ‘pallywood ‘ smear of the daily Mail et al. In my comment to ckg’s original report of the first version that the mail published and which was spot on, I said that I could hardly believe my eyes that the same story was reported by the Mirror and the Mail, but thought that ‘brilliant’. So disappointing that zio-watch got their oar in– In fact I was seething with anger that these poor brave kids and women had become so misreported in later articles. So there is still much to be done this side of the pond!

    I picked up the following video from a tweet by Steven Salaita, that you need to be a cretan not to believe it to be utterly real:
    https://www.facebook.com/129653250402500/videos/1028929667141516/

    BTW UK parliament petition to have Netanyahu arrested now at over 92k just under 8k needed before consideration of debate in parliament– which, knowing our current government, will be avoided at all costs. But you never know, and the message is loud and clear.

    • annie on September 1, 2015, 8:08 pm

      thank you rodney. i have been watching this for days. i’d like to get our post up and it rounds the bend and reaches 100,000. we can do a countdown.

      ;)

      • straightline on September 2, 2015, 4:56 am

        Just clicked over 93000. Seems to have picked up momentum again but the Brits have been having a long weekend.

    • amigo on September 2, 2015, 12:25 pm

      “BTW UK parliament petition to have Netanyahu arrested now at over 92k just under 8k needed before consideration of debate in parliament ” Rodney Watts

      Doe that mean they have to debate about a debate or is the debate certain due to the 100,000 sigs.

      Thanks .

      • Rodneywatts on September 2, 2015, 2:00 pm

        Hi amigo– it is at the discretion of the government to grant a debate, even if 100,000 sigs are received, and debates have been denied on motions with more than 100,000 sigs. However, if a group of MP’s decide to submit an ‘early day motion’ then it is possible for a debate, but not very often. The important thing here is that both the UK and Israel governments know how a large number of people feel about Netanyahu and Israel’s actions. Another nail in the coffin!

  8. MRW on September 1, 2015, 5:26 pm

    Are the soldiers being set up to star as villains in a “Pallywood” video?

    Proof that Jewish IQ took a hike in Israel?

    No matter. Expand the hashtag: #Pallywood-IDFstars.

  9. traintosiberia on September 1, 2015, 6:46 pm

    Pallywood!
    It remind the reality that the linguistic IQ of the Zionists is always spent in the service of human regression .

  10. echinococcus on September 2, 2015, 2:00 am

    Dear Editors,

    I do appreciate my daily chuckle, but hophmi in that bunch only regurgitates exactly whatever the current official Zionist propaganda paper says, with no real variation. We don’t really need him when we can just bookmark the ha-sebara sheet and read it on our own without running a temperature.

  11. bryan on September 2, 2015, 3:07 am

    Just as Israelis were the original occupants of Palestine so they were the first to occupy Pallywood. Surely blockbusters like Exodus have had far greater impact than all the so-called “viral” videos from the West Bank. If only the Palestinians could call upon a director like Otto Preminger, a screen-writer like Dalton Trumbo, and a cast comprising the likes of Paul Newman and Ralph Richardson. False narratives beat grim realities hands down.

  12. Kay24 on September 2, 2015, 8:06 am

    Good article Annie, and so true. Obviously the hasbara has been instructed to deflect from what really happened here, and blame the victims (as usual). The world is beginning to notice that Israel wages their war on little children, from the hundreds thrown and abused in jails, to the sniper murders, and picking on children who are supposed to throw stones. It is strange we have not heard of any of the illegal settler kids being treated this way. Every time the violence against unarmed civilians is caught on tape, the lies and blaming of the victims from the occupiers are instant. They are not intelligent enough to realize the world sees through their dishonesty.

  13. CigarGod on September 2, 2015, 9:56 am

    Annie, I don’t think you’ve ever written a better piece. I’m guessing you will recognize your work in the work of others…who have this article in front of them as they add their two bits.

    • Taxi on September 2, 2015, 10:01 am

      I agree. This is a great and well-focused piece of journalism.

      And howdy there overhead, Cigargod.

      • CigarGod on September 2, 2015, 10:37 am

        Hey Taxi!
        Yep, Annie has serious skills.
        The Hasbara Draft group is probably trying to find players to put up against her. No matter who they get, they are going to have to double and triple team her.

      • Taxi on September 2, 2015, 10:45 am

        Have you seen the size of annie’s hands? She can knock ’em all out with one punch in her sleep. And she won’t even know she done it.

        Come over for a game of ping-pong at my crib sometime: https://platosguns.wordpress.com/

      • CigarGod on September 2, 2015, 11:49 am

        I’ll be there!
        You go deep and wide over there…plus following the money. Our planet is The Wild West, isn’t it?

    • annie on September 2, 2015, 2:15 pm

      thank you so much cigar god, that means a lot to me.

      and taxi! i adore you. can i say that here? lol

  14. Froggy on September 2, 2015, 11:06 am

    Annie : “The jails are full of Palestinian village children who protest the confiscation of their land. Soldiers grab the children, torture and imprison them until they sign something in Hebrew against the leader organizing the protests. It’s either your land or your kids. So fun to be a Pallywood star! And these villages have the miserable fortune of being placed where Israel covets their land, where settlers are actively expanding illegal settlements against international law, and the soldiers are there to serve that expansion. That’s why they go to these villages.”

    Lebensraum

    http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/opinion/lebensraum-as-a-justification-for-israeli-settlements-1.380787

  15. The Hasbara Buster on September 2, 2015, 11:51 am

    On my blog, I deconstructed the Pallywood claim in an entry called From Pallywood to the Hollycaust.

  16. shalom on September 2, 2015, 1:33 pm

    I think its all trash if its staged whether by Palestinians or Israelis. Every once in a while NGO’s try to create the news, (and maybe its actually a lot more than every once in a while). I don’t think it brings peace one step closer. Maybe someone should stage a peace rally instead?

    • James North on September 2, 2015, 1:40 pm

      Memo to Hasbara Central: Keep sending over operatives like “shalom.” His comments are the gift that keeps on giving to the cause of human rights for Palestinians.

      • Mooser on September 2, 2015, 2:16 pm

        James North, a little more decorum, please! When you are talking to “shalom”, you are talking to (get ready):

        President, ICMEP: Interfaith Community for Middle East Peace

        Another master outreacher!

    • Walker on September 2, 2015, 2:32 pm

      shalom, the Nabi Saleh villagers have been protesting since the illegal Gush Eminem village next door (Halamish) confiscated their communal spring three years ago.

      Who is “staging this trash”? Who is the basic aggressor here? It is Israel. Those soldiers in the video are there to defend Halamish.

      In that context, perhaps some personal action from you to end the Israeli occupation is appropriate rather than a call for a “peace rally”. “Peace rally” for what?

  17. Kay24 on September 2, 2015, 2:26 pm

    “TOP SECRET” KOENIG MEMORANDUM: “We Must Use Terror, Assassination, Intimidation, Land Confiscation And The Cutting Of All Social Services To Rid The Galilee Of Its Arab Population”

    AND THE RESULTS YEARS LATER:

    ​ “UNCTAD’s report [pdf] on assistance to the Palestinian people states that Gaza could become uninhabitable by 2020 if current economic trends persist. In addition to eight years of economic blockade, in the past six years, Gaza has endured three military operations that have shattered its ability to export and produce for the domestic market, ravaged its already debilitated infrastructure, left no time for reconstruction and economic recovery, and accelerated the de-development of the Occupied Palestinian Territory, a process by which development is not merely hindered but reversed.”

    http://www.juancole.com/2015/09/israeli-policies-uninhabitable.html

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