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Triumphalist light show in Jerusalem weaponizes the city walls to celebrate 50th anniversary of Jewish conquest

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Back in the States, I wondered whether the commemorations of the Six Day War in Israel would be marked by reflection and even expressions of misgivings, after 50 years of occupation, but when I got out here I saw how mistaken I was. They’re triumphalist!

Below is a video I took of part of the light show/concert celebrating the conquest of Jerusalem on May 21, near Jaffa Gate outside the Old City. This segment was a dramatization of the history of Jerusalem, and about 30 seconds in, it announces “1967” on the wall, and then– well see for yourself! It seemed to me like they were weaponizing the Old City walls. A lot of smoke and guns and destruction, and rumbling tumbling stones. As for the music, well it’s like that old saying, justice is to military justice as music is to military music.

This Saturday night in Tel Aviv there’s a demonstration against the 50th anniversary of occupation organized by Peace Now and New Israel Fund. But I doubt there will be anything like the numbers at this light show– tens of thousands of people jammed into the street, mainly secular, a bit raucous, a few ultra Orthodox peeking in from the edges, and every mother’s son and daughter of em committed to a Jewish Jerusalem, forever. With no real concern for the other religions that have a stake in this beautiful city, let alone the crazy idea of a Palestinian capital.

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  1. JosephA on May 26, 2017, 11:13 am

    Wow, a sea of cell phones, like a rock concert. This rally seemed eerie. Thanks for sharing!

  2. WebSkipper on May 26, 2017, 12:02 pm

    This reminds me of Leni Riefenstahl’s “Triumph Des Willens” (“Triumph of the Will”).

    • echinococcus on May 28, 2017, 12:02 am

      Would be OK if it reminded you of the movie only. The movie was based on a real-life Nazi meeting –the one the Zionists are consciously imitating.

  3. annie on May 26, 2017, 12:15 pm

    the eruption of war-like light show after the 67 — i mean wow. incredible video. i don’t even know what to say about it. after 50 years, proud conquerers. nary a smidgen of remorse in evidence for what they have done.

  4. Xpat on May 26, 2017, 8:02 pm

    Decades ago, when I lived in Jerusalem, I happened to walk by the Tower of David (the citadel shown in Phil’s video) as a Palestinian tour guide explained the site to his group. I was bemused to hear the Palestinian tour guide say that, whereas the Jews call it The Tower of David, it’s actually a minaret and an Arab site. I wondered if he would get into trouble with the authorities for saying such a terrible thing.
    How perfect that the iconic symbol of the Jewish conquest of Jerusalem is a mosque. It’s not just the oranges and the falafel that Israelis have appropriated even a Muslim holy site is imagined by the Israelis as Jewish.

    • asherpat on May 28, 2017, 1:07 am

      @Eliliot, did he actually “get into trouble with authorities” because of that statement, you think? The blood-thirsty, oppressing authorities of Jewish conquest

    • annie on May 28, 2017, 3:08 am

      The Tower of David, it’s actually a minaret and an Arab site. …. How perfect that the iconic symbol of the Jewish conquest of Jerusalem is a mosque. It’s not just the oranges and the falafel that Israelis have appropriated even a Muslim holy site is imagined by the Israelis as Jewish. –


      • wondering jew on May 28, 2017, 12:55 pm

        Here’s a link to what wikipedia has to say about the tower of david and the site.
        Seems that the site was of importance before the birth of Mohammed and to call it an Arab site is to give a biased report. After some Muslim conqueror destroyed what was there in the 14th century, some other Muslim conquerors put up a mosque and minaret there. Human history is full of conquering and reconquering. It is also full of those distorting history to back up their own biases.

        Sad or as donald trump would tweet: So Sad.

      • MHughes976 on May 28, 2017, 1:24 pm

        See Galor and Bloedhorn Archaeology of Jerusalem (p.177 to be pedantic, with map). The tower has several archaeological layers, the final form of the present structure being unquestionably Ottoman. The site was of importance from much earlier times. There is no evidence that it was fortified by David but it was certainly the centre of Herod’s residential-military complex. So it has the usual mixture of Jewish, Muslim and ‘fantasy’ resonances: it seems to have been Christians who linked it to David. Both Eliot and Yonah have a point.

      • echinococcus on May 28, 2017, 3:03 pm

        Mr Fredman,

        Thank you so much for confirming that the so-called tower is a goddam minaret. Built in Arab Palestine.
        No need to doubt it at all if even you have to admit it.

      • Mooser on May 28, 2017, 7:54 pm

        “Here’s a link to what wikipedia has to say…”

        …strictly as one Tower of Babel to another, of course.

  5. Mayhem on May 26, 2017, 9:19 pm

    Philip Weiss continues to prove he has no idea what he is talking about.
    “With no real concern for the other religions that have a stake in this beautiful city”.

    Maybe he should refer to this JPost editorial ‘Europe and religious freedom‘ and try to avoid making nonsense statements that keep proving his credibility is zero.

    “Israel should be held up as an example of how it is possible for a country to maintain a strong religious identity while at the same time upholding the religious rights of minorities. Muslims and Christians enjoy extensive religious freedom in the State of Israel. There is no contradiction between ethnic-basic or religious-based nationalism and liberalism. In fact, the opposite is true. Those who have pride in their own ethnicity or religious tradition are more able to appreciate this sentiment in others.”

    But not in Europe where there are campaigns to ban circumcision, ritual slaughter and the wearing of religious head gear.

    “Despite its many security challenges, Israel manages to maintain a robust and vibrant democracy that respects the religious rights of minorities. Europeans have much to learn from the Jewish state about upholding religious rights under difficult conditions.”

    • John O on May 27, 2017, 3:16 am

      Thanks for posting, Mayhem – I needed a good laugh this morning.

      • Citizen on May 27, 2017, 8:53 am

        No Western country does routine baby boy circumcision anymore–except the USA. It’s been so for many years. No reports of resultant bad health of European males, nor do their female companions find them less attractive. Why is the US medical establishment stance different than the medical establishments of Europe? The foreskin increases sexual enjoyment via its heavy sex cell make up and natural lubricant function. Shouldn’t removal be a matter of choice of the owner as an adult? In contrast, in US, even a mere symbolic pin prick representing female circumcision is illegal.

      • Mooser on May 27, 2017, 12:20 pm

        “In contrast, in US, even a mere symbolic pin prick…”

        That’s the what I suggested (followed by the traditional admonishment) but I’m not even a saucier’s apprentice, let alone a Chef Rabbi.

      • Mooser on May 27, 2017, 12:43 pm

        “Why is the US medical establishment stance different than the medical establishments of Europe? “

        Google “Lewis Sayre”

      • annie on May 27, 2017, 12:50 pm

        that’s hysterical mooser! please tell me that is not true wrt US medical establishment. nowadays i think that’s called growing pains.

      • Mooser on May 27, 2017, 1:11 pm

        “i think that’s called growing pains.”

        And little baby bris grew up into a standard procedure!

      • Lillian Rosengarten on May 28, 2017, 12:00 pm

        This piece is not about the morality of circumcision. Are you all blind? Phil is witness to a horrific celebration of genocide and ethnic cleansing. Mayhem, you are completely in denial and brainwashed. Zionism is a terror society supported by blind Germany and amoral US.

    • JosephA on May 27, 2017, 8:15 am



      When did banning genital mutilation of children (a barbaric practice, also known as circumcision) become a big problem for you?

      In the book “A guide to getting it on”, the author points out rather logically that Jewish children should be able to choose whether or not to be circumcised when they become adults.

      The world has mostly already banned the barbaric practice of genital mutilation of female children, so I think it’s time the same thing for male children occurs and they are also protected.

      Looking forward to your response. Please do avoid ad-hominem attacks if you are able, this helps spur more rational conversation.

      • JosephA on May 27, 2017, 8:25 am

        Apologies for replying with additional information, but I was just delighted to read the following comments from this site/article which seemed apropos (note, I do not agree with the title of the article, nor most of the content, because Norway is quite tolerant):,13525

        Simon ten Kate
        People that try to ban Genital Mutilation want to protect babies, infants an children from a barbaric practice regardless of the motivation cutters give, routine, religious or phoney health reasons. If Jewish life comes down to cutting babies penises than it’s a very meagre one. These people do without it:

        Ron Low
        Owner at
        Antisemitic would be protecting every child EXCEPT the children of Jews.

        Circumcision alters sex dramatically. ONLY the patient has the moral standing to OK non-therapeutic amputations.

        Arnon Shabi
        Petah Tiqwa, Hamerkaz, Israel
        As an Israeli Jew, I support this ban. Barbaric acts such as genital mutilation and sadistic slaughter should be outlawed in every civilized country.

      • Mooser on May 27, 2017, 12:00 pm

        Well, I have been reading what I could about circumcision since “Yoni Falic” brought up the fact that there are different types of circumcision.
        Circumcision is sometimes indicated for problems with a foreskin. But there is a big difference between a medical circumcision and a ritual circumcision. Big, big difference.

      • Mooser on May 27, 2017, 12:35 pm

        And I can’t express how happy I am that I never found any of this out until I was in my 60’s. No point in crying over spilled milt.

      • RoHa on May 27, 2017, 8:51 pm

        Thank you for guiding me to that article. I thought that Yonah and hophmi were a bit unhinged with their “all anti-Semitism all the time” whining, but now I see they are just mild cases. The author of that article is totally nuts.

    • CigarGod on May 27, 2017, 9:23 am

      Vibrant, eh?
      Can you quantify the definition?
      “Quivering and pulsating”

      • gamal on May 27, 2017, 5:15 pm


        CigarGod you must know we hot long time, like vivacious it should be outlawed, a truly vibrant culture wouldn’t allow it, but still we hot long time,

    • Mooser on May 27, 2017, 12:07 pm

      “But not in Europe where there are campaigns to ban circumcision, ritual slaughter and the wearing of religious head gear.”

      “Mayhem”, I’ve got it! The answer to those problems. Look, it’s simple. Just make the “religious head gear” those ‘virtual reality’ headsets the kids have nowadays, and then make the circumcision and ritual slaughter part of a video game!! Nobody gets hurt, and you can cut kid after kid, whichever way you define “kid”!
      Problem solved. Always listen to the Chef Rabbi, he’s got the recipe for nouveau Judaism

  6. Kathleen on May 26, 2017, 11:40 pm

    Looks just a bit gaudy

  7. Liz on May 27, 2017, 10:47 am

    Thanks, Phil, for another amazing reality check of what is happening in Jerusalem these days. And incredible thanks to Mondoweiss for covering what the rest of the press in the US won’t.

  8. Ossinev on May 27, 2017, 3:33 pm

    “But not in Europe where there are campaigns to ban circumcision, ritual slaughter and the wearing of religious head gear”

    No brainers:

    Male circumcision: if there is a definitive health / medical reason for carrying out what is a surgical procedure on a child and it is performed by a qualified medical practitioner then it is an act which can be morally and legally justified. If on the hand it is done simply as a “religious” ritual then it is IMHO straightforward “child” abuse and the child when he becomes an adult has the right to seek prosecution of his parents and the “practitioner” who carried out the procedure.

    Ritual slaughter: straightforward barbarism.

    Wearing of religious headgear: very much a French/France issue in Europe – France being a country which because of its history is determined to ensure its “secular” status. In any event the potential banning is generally focused on the Muslim community / headscarfs and veils and is also very much to do with promoting gender equality. The latter BTW would appear to be an issue in Zioland the only democracy etc yawn yawn where I do believe there are a range of issues such as separate zones at a certain wall and bare armed/barelegged women and children being spat at by members of the increasingly numerous looney tune Zio communities.

  9. asherpat on May 28, 2017, 1:10 am

    The headline is wrong, it shud be “reconquest” because Jews conquered Jerusalem ca. 1,000 years ago.

    • echinococcus on May 28, 2017, 3:15 pm

      The difference being that in the 20th century the law says that the only reward of conquerors is to get hanged.

      Also, I imagine the one who bragged about conquering J’lem, without leaving any solid proof of it, was your daddy, or at least an uncle of yours. Otherwise you’re not connected to it.

      • Mooser on May 28, 2017, 8:30 pm

        “was your daddy, or at least an uncle of yours.”

        Wait. Don’t you mean “mother” or “aunt”?

      • echinococcus on May 28, 2017, 11:36 pm

        Nah, that is needed only for getting certified Jewish.
        Conquest is a much more macho subject. Or was, until the Tsahalitas proved that the Harpies were probably female.

        Anyway, a “Jewish” conquest of el Quds, only a few years before Godfrey de Bouillon and his merry men (sorry, no ladies) is simply not noted by the chroniclers and historians, all antisemites fersure. We have a frequent change of hands with assorted massacres, between the Fatimids and Abbasids and Turks, but not a word about the greatest conquistador of them all, Asherpat Senior.

    • RoHa on May 28, 2017, 6:55 pm

      There’s a bit of well-concealed history. I know that British Empire forces conquered Jerusalem 100 years ago, and that Christian forces conquered Jerusalem in 1099, but I’ve never heard of this Jewish conquest around 1017. Can you direct me to a source where I can read about it?

      • Mooser on May 28, 2017, 8:02 pm

        “I know that British Empire forces conquered Jerusalem 100 years ago”

        Allenby came into Jerusalem on foot, bareheaded, with his aides, all unarmed, through “The Gate of the Friend”.

    • Mooser on May 28, 2017, 8:32 pm

      “because Jews conquered Jerusalem ca. 1,000 years ago.”

      Uh-uh, not so fast “asherpat”! Now, were they Orthodox, Conservative, or Reform?

      • Maghlawatan on May 29, 2017, 12:10 am

        Israeli archaeologists dug through 15 layers of Palestinian and Byzantine history which had to be dumped before they found a perfectly preserved gefilte fish which proved that Lithuanian fish came originally from The holy land and not a deli in New York as originally believed.

      • echinococcus on May 29, 2017, 8:34 pm


        Makes sense. After all, the deadly thing called whitefish is the only life-form likely to thrive in the Dead Sea.

  10. Ossinev on May 28, 2017, 12:39 pm

    Meanwhile some more meaningless “protests” from one of the arch – collaborators Saab (hand back the keys”) Erekat. The pitifull pointless words and gestures with no follow up actions such as actually HANDING BACK THE KEYS mirror those of Western countries and if anything are even more disgusting. Designed simply to desperately indicate to Palestinians that yes they are still there and still supposedly fighting the good fight on their behalf:

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