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The following press release was sent to Mondoweiss by the Israeli group “Return” regarding an action today along the fence with Gaza:

A group of Israeli activists, dubbed “Return,” advanced today towards the fence besieging the Gaza Strip, and hung pictures on the fence depicting Palestinians slain by the military during the Great March of Return.

The activists responded to a call for solidarity made by the organizers of the protests. Gazan organizations have requested that the pictures of the fallen protesters be hung in various locations around the world and particularly in the fronts of Israeli and U.S. embassies, in order to support the protests and their aims. Similar actions are expected to take place globally in the coming weeks.


An Israeli military jeep arrived on the scene as the posters were being hung and demanded the activists remove them. The activists finished hanging posters along the fence and refused to remove them.      

One of the activists, Omer Sharir, explained that they were aiming to protest the killing of unarmed protesters as well the siege on Gaza, and that they supported the right of Palestinian refugees to return to Palestine: “the right of return is a basic human right extended to any one who was forced to leave their home as a result of conflict” Sharir stated.

Another activist Anna said: “there is nothing preventing the refugees to return to the towns and villages from which they were forced to flee, and similar resettlement programs have been implemented in other places around the world in the aftermath of wars. I am appalled that protests stemming from such an elementary desire to return to one’s home, and from longings for a place and a homeland, are again and again met with live and lethal fire from the Israeli side.”

The activists explained that: “Every day more people are shot dead in Gaza. More the 135 unarmed protesters have already been killed and 14,000 people were wounded including medical staff, journalists, and children. The global media offer less and less coverage of the carnage that are unfolding in the Strip. That is why we felt it imperative to respond to the request to solidarity from the organizing committee, as a result of our responsibility as Jewish Israelis for the occupation and the siege of Gaza, and similarly to reinforce the goals of the protests, which is the implementation of the right of return.”

Resources:

The call for solidarity by the organizers of the Great March of Return:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/10Z9_j1R6xOurJJui0qDsC0G-OHRtDB_RdGkzc_lyxtc

Background information about Great March of Return: https://www.facebook.com/aburtema/posts/10211861629240043

Last week’s action of hanging the portraits of the fallen protesters in front of the Knesset:

http://mondoweiss.net/2018/06/posters-return-heroes//

Last week’s action of hanging the portraits of the fallen protesters on the fence around Gaza:

https://www.facebook.com/419786505141841/photos/a.422382871548871.1073741828.419786505141841/453022608484897/?type=3&theater

Last week’s action of hanging the portraits of the fallen protesters in Be’er Sheva’, near a mosque now serving as a museum:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKwEtwstZ6Q

Israeli activists post pictures of Palestinians who were killed by Israeli soldiers while protesting during the Great March of Return. (Photo: Return)

The demonstration on the Israeli side of the fence was held following a call to action from organizers in Gaza asking supporters to hold protests with pictures of those killed during the Great March of Return. Here is the press release:

A Call to Action from Gaza!

Palestinian organisations in Gaza are calling upon all people of conscience around the world, to make posters of the fallen heroes of the recent Great March of Return and plaster these all over your cities and towns, especially opposite Israeli and American embassies. This is an action that will greatly benefit the visibility of our cause!

PDF files of the fallen demonstrators can be found here : https://tinyurl.com/y96mb76m

Please send pictures of your action to: [email protected]

Following the media coverage of the massacre that Israel carried out against us on the first day of our march, we have been receiving less and less media coverage.Yet more and more of us are being killed every day. Gaza has been bombarded night and day too. Since the start of the Great March of Return, over 135 unarmed protesters have been shot dead and more than 14,000 wounded by the occupation forces, including children, medical staff, journalists, and the disabled. Gaza’s health system has been pushed to the brink of collapse, as hospitals struggle to handle an influx of serious and life-threatening injuries.

Help keep the freedom of Palestinians and the right to return in the spotlight!

Signed:

Great March of Return-Steering Committee
The Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions (PGFTU)
University Teachers’ Association in Palestine
Palestinian Students’ Campaign for the Academic Boycott of Israel Al-Aqsa Universit
One Democratic State Group
Voices Against Israeli Apartheid

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  1. Citizen
    Citizen
    June 28, 2018, 6:40 am

    I won’t hold my breath waiting for a few photos of this and a minute or two of discussion of it on any TV news show in my country. Bernie Sanders put up a video of Palestinians explaining their actions about the protest by the fence on his Twitter account; it was around Twitter for a few days but nothing about it on any TV news show here in the good old USA.

  2. Misterioso
    Misterioso
    June 28, 2018, 10:48 am

    Interesting Haaretz article:

    https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-toking-on-the-base-1.6213262?utm_term=20180626-01%3A53&utm_campaign=Amira+Hass&utm_medium=email&writerAlerts=true&utm_source=smartfocus&utm_content=www.haaretz.com%2Fopinion%2F1.6213262

    “Toking on the Base in Israel”

    “Maybe the soldiers realize that something is essentially wrong with serving in an institution whose job is to suppress 4 million subjects”
    By Amira Hass Jun 26/18 – Haaretz

    EXCERPTS:

    “Cannabis consumption among Israeli soldiers (both in the military and doing national service) is increasing. By 2017, no less than 54 percent of the troops were using it, according to an article in the daily Yedioth Ahronoth based on a survey by the Anti-Drug Authority a few months ago.”

    “The reporter, Amir Shouan, spoke to male and female soldiers in various units and learned that there are also commanders getting high, and commanders who know which of their soldiers use cannabis. And there are soldiers earning some nice money using apps to sell hashish. Drug dealers even give soldiers discounts.

    “The use of the drug isn’t limited to leaves at home. ‘In many units, some of them operational and sensitive, cannabis smoking has become widespread on the bases themselves,’ Shouan writes.

    “The immediate tendency is to find a positive explanation for the phenomenon. The soldiers, young and programmed as they may be, feel that what they’re doing is bad: breaking into homes; waking up children in the middle of the night and pointing guns at them; shooting at the inmates in the prison that is Gaza, whether they’re demonstrators, fishermen, shepherds or farmers; securing the demolitions of people’s dwellings and cisterns; or standing idly by under orders while masked Jews attack Palestinian shepherds and farmers.

    “Reinforcement of sorts for this interpretation comes from a soldier named Shira who told Shouan that she was suffering emotional problems because of her service, ‘And then the only thing that comforts you is the toke. Cannabis helps you relax, get through the pain – mental and physical – and thoughts. And when you do it with another person, when you have someone who’s your partner in crime, for a moment you forget all your problems.’”

    “Maybe the soldiers realize that something is essentially wrong with serving in an institution whose job is to suppress 4 million subjects who oppose the military junta rule imposed on them. Maybe the toke helps veil the hypocrisy. The soldiers are depicted as the people’s defenders, while they know that their mission is to ensure the peace and expansion of the settlement enterprise.

    “The optimistic interpretation says that the soldiers at every moment experience the dissonance between Israel’s pretense to morality and what they’re actually required to do. Getting stoned pleasantly dulls the shame. The increased use of cannabis stems from an expanded sense of shame.”

    • Mooser
      Mooser
      June 28, 2018, 4:22 pm

      “Getting stoned pleasantly dulls the shame. The increased use of cannabis stems from an expanded sense of shame.”

      The classic bud libels.

    • oldgeezer
      oldgeezer
      June 28, 2018, 5:10 pm

      That could be the casw but it’s best case. On the other end of the spectrum they don’t feel under threat in anyway given the weight of the israeli terrorist forces and it’s just fun and games to them. Hey let’s get wasted and go hunting..

      There is anecdotal evidence leaning to the positive with drug use in Vietnam.

    • Mooser
      Mooser
      June 29, 2018, 10:13 pm

      ” based on a survey by the Anti-Drug Authority a few months ago.”

      A survey? The IDF doesn’t drug-test their soldiers? Oh well, on the other hand, maybe they don’t want to make it too easy to get kicked out of the IDF.

  3. JimMichie
    JimMichie
    June 28, 2018, 11:14 am

    Would it not have made this piece of yours, Mondoweiss editors, far more to the point if your headline had read: “Israeli human rights advocates respond to Palestinian call, hang photos of fallen protesters along Gaza fence”?

    The label “activist”, as I am sure most of you can appreciate, often is used to cast aspersions onto individuals and liken them to extremists. These Israelis are protesting the racist, fascist terrorism exacted on Palestinians by their own countrymen who are practicing Zionists claiming to be Jewish, but are not in the true sense! Moreover, as you editors know all too well, many of your readers don’t have a clue about the difference between the accursed Zionist ruling class in Israel and Israel’s true practitioners of Judaism who are human rights advocates supporting freedom, justice and equality for their neighbors, the Palestinians. So, Mondoweiss editors, permit me to urge you to use whatever it takes to place events and participants in true context. The Palestinians really need all the help you can provide in the face of the brutality, racism, genocide, ethnic cleansing, land theft, fascism and terrorism at the hands of Israel’s accursed Zionist ruling class! Thank you.

    • annie
      annie
      June 28, 2018, 11:53 am

      The label “activist”, as I am sure most of you can appreciate, often is used to cast aspersions onto individuals and liken them to extremists.

      no i don’t appreciate that notion. a self defined community activist, alexandria ocasio-cortez, just ousted the 4th ranking dem congress person. most people don’t liken activists to extremists unless the cause is extreme. activists act. when engaging in an action (which this is) the correct term to use is activist.

      • JimMichie
        JimMichie
        June 28, 2018, 12:33 pm

        Oh come now, Annie, why is it so difficult for you to accept constructive criticism, when you know that it is far more accurate and descriptive to label those true practitioners of Judaism “human rights advocates” in the face of accursed Zionist ruling class in Israel and their brutality, racism, genocide, ethnic cleansing, land theft, fascism and terrorism exacted on their “neighbors”, the Palestinians, every single day for the past 60 years. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, bu the way, does not live in Israel, nor in Palestine, but she has taken up the Palestinian cause, so why can’t you, Annie?

      • annie
        annie
        June 28, 2018, 4:30 pm

        lol!

      • echinococcus
        echinococcus
        June 28, 2018, 2:06 pm

        Annie,

        Not even 50 years ago, exactly what Michie describes happened to the word “militant”, which up to then simply meant plain common-or-garden, often most law-abiding, activist.
        Under heavy, slanderous fire and misuse by the accursed journalist race, it was abandoned and “activist” adopted instead.

        Michie is correctly pointing out that the same thing has started happening again, with the newly adopted term.

        https://tinyurl.com/Ngram-militant-activist

      • annie
        annie
        June 28, 2018, 4:42 pm

        so echi, “under heavy, slanderous fire and misuse by the accursed” james michie do you also think we should cease using the term activist and start using advocate instead? and then the next generation will cower over because advocate will be thought of as extreme and before you know it then what? what pansy word will be left over for us to self identify that doesn’t ruffle the little feathers of our overlords — until the next generation comes along and makes even that word extreme?

      • echinococcus
        echinococcus
        June 28, 2018, 5:15 pm

        What I think is irrelevant to sociolinguistic mechanisms. That’s the way the phenomenon of continuous devaluation (or continuous euphemization) works. Same as with, say, the endless trail of euphemisms that, after being used for a disliked thing for a while, are perceived as being offensive themselves and have to get replaced by another euphemism, and so on ceaselessly. As you also described.
        That’s how language has always worked, including in Assyrian and Hittite times. There’s no point in opposing consensus use. Before it’s become consensus, though, the worst offenders are always (and have always been) the rulers and the journalists (conscious, often criminal) and the liberal/PC crowd (mostly unconscious, in both meanings of the word.)
        So, I don’t know exactly how long it will take but “activist” will mathematically end up taboo.

        Personally, I despise anyone who can’t call a spade a bloody shovel (which, as remarked by RoHa, are not strictly synonymous), or prioritizes “feelings” before clarity and logic. When a consensus ends up reigning, however, there’s no point in making communication impossible.

      • echinococcus
        echinococcus
        June 28, 2018, 6:55 pm

        Oh, and another (almost-)established rule is that before the current preferred term gets abandoned for an even more euphemistic one, it is impossible to predict which one it will be.

        Bu the way, what makes this an inflexible rule in sociolinguistics is the fact that it is enough for the ruling classes to imply that the signified object (not the signifier term) is somehow “shameful” to start a majority of the people, starting with the liberals, to feel shameful and look for a replacement.

        Again, what you or I think about it remains irrelevant.

      • Sibiriak
        Sibiriak
        June 28, 2018, 11:10 pm

        Annie Robbins: no i don’t appreciate that notion. a self defined community activist, alexandria ocasio-cortez, just ousted the 4th ranking dem congress person. most people don’t liken activists to extremists unless the cause is extreme
        ————————————

        Well-stated. I agree completely.

      • MHughes976
        MHughes976
        June 29, 2018, 4:54 am

        To me ‘activist’ currently means one who devotes a lot of time and effort, in a way which draws some attention, to a cause and ‘advocate’ one who raises arguments and whose voice is heard, at least a little. So I’d think of advocacy, at least if continued, as a form of activism. Going on demonstrations and donating money would be activism, so would displaying posters, particularly when there was personal risk, but not exactly advocacy unless one is drawn into argument. If you called me an activist in or an advocate for a good cause I’d be quite honoured.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        June 29, 2018, 12:04 pm

        “What I think is irrelevant to sociolinguistic mechanisms..”

        Cunning, isn’t he?

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        June 29, 2018, 12:18 pm

        “… I despise anyone who … prioritizes “feelings” before clarity and logic”

        Except, of course, for feelings of irrelevance. That’s not a priority, it’s a foundation!

      • annie
        annie
        June 29, 2018, 12:26 pm

        mooser, speaking of irrelevance, have you checked out james’s coup de grace down thread?

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        June 29, 2018, 1:15 pm

        “james’s coup de grace down thread?”

        The one where he said his pot is blacker than your kettle or something? Yes, and it led me to his archive, and his moving first comments. (scroll all the way down to bottom of page)
        What happened?

      • annie
        annie
        June 29, 2018, 6:17 pm

        no idea but this seems like the craziest thing to go off the res for. just googled “haaretz activist” and there were over 600k hits. advocates? not so much and they appeared to primarily address israeli advocacy. an activist is an activist is an activist, end of story.

      • echinococcus
        echinococcus
        June 29, 2018, 6:38 pm

        Anyone’s opinion is still totally irrelevant to how language works, Mooser.
        If you prefer non-offensive euphemism or hate it, no difference. Language change won’t ask you.

      • annie
        annie
        June 29, 2018, 9:11 pm
      • Mooser
        Mooser
        June 29, 2018, 9:58 pm

        “no idea”

        The difference in “attitude” since those first posts is disturbing.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        June 29, 2018, 10:16 pm

        “If you prefer non-offensive euphemism or hate it, no difference. Language change won’t ask you.”

        Why should it? It’s already got your permission, and what else does it need?

      • echinococcus
        echinococcus
        June 29, 2018, 10:23 pm

        Annie,
        1. What was said was that in all languages, always, terms that designate things that are by some seen as negative or controversial are bound to be replaced by other words, which in time will in their turn be felt as being objectionable because whatever they designate has not changed. The same will happen to group designations that are felt to be insulting because the designated group feels that the label has become pejorative (because of what they suspect most users of it may be thinking.) So it is a mechanism of continuous language change.

        2. The example proposed by some other poster was that of the word “militant”, which designated active church members for a long time, then, from the start of the socialist movement, what we today call “activists”. About 60-50 years ago it was changing its generally perceived meaning to what it is today, while “activist” replaced it in its earlier meaning [very rough sketch, most details to be confirmed/infirmed/supplied by further research]. The current word is bound to be subject to the same replacement mechanism, too, but we don’t know what the next will be.

        3. I observed that this cyclical mechanism is generally initiated by those who are the PC crowd of their times and by the press (or whoever replaced it in olden times.) Also that once a critical mass of consensus is reached, anyone’s subjective preferences are irrelevant.

        All this was in my posts and they contained no attacks or aspersions on you or any of your family. I stressed that it was all a matter of linguistic fact. You could have read my actual words (and asked for more info if needed), and/or you could have looked up some elementary socioling. summary texts. That would have avoided another big mountain out of not even a molehill. Same applies to Mooser.
        Enough with this (too often recurring) nonsense.

      • annie
        annie
        June 29, 2018, 10:42 pm

        i was trying to get specific answers from you about your opinion and you told me that was irrelevant. not that big a deal echi. then i ask you more questions, about the implications of this Ngram Viewer (which i had never seen nor played around before). it’s fine if you don’t want to address my specific question. but you don’t have to explain to me words and lexicons change, that’s a “linguistic fact” i am well aware of. i have old letters from the 1800 and some old books.

        this cyclical mechanism is generally initiated by those who are the PC crowd of their times and by the press (or whoever replaced it in olden times.) Also that once a critical mass of consensus is reached, anyone’s subjective preferences are irrelevant.

        ok, are we assume michie represents the pc crowd of our time and critical mass of consensus is reaching some peak surrounding the term activist? or is what you think irrelevant? my point, is i don’t think critical mass has been reached on that word, i think it’s the appropriate word to use. i gave a couple examples of that (2 popular politicians). we could also stop using the word “example” or “freeway” or “songwriter” or any such thing. unless there’s some evidence the word activist is going out the window in the near horizon, why not use it? or is that irrelevant too?

        it appears to me a (cranky?) person who routinely complains to the staff here has had a slight conniption fit over the word “activist”. i have no idea why. but i think i’m done on this topic. it seems like spamming to me (myself included!).

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        June 29, 2018, 11:03 pm

        “Same applies to Mooser”

        Yes, commissar. And may I say, sir, at this rate, you’ll have the dielectric, whoops, I mean the sociolinguistics sorted out around here in no time.

      • echinococcus
        echinococcus
        June 29, 2018, 11:46 pm

        It’s getting more than tiring.
        All I did was to observe that Michie had a point, in that the word “activist” may now starting to encounter negative associations, as is predictable. As it was the case some 50 years earlier when the same concept was expressed by the word “militant”. Not that we are at a point where Michie would be justified changing terminology. Nobody said critical mass was there, that’s all in your own head. I only referred to an earlier event with “militant” in the mid-60s.

        Then, if you know all about the things I pointed to, why all those irrelevant questions? Enough of this.

      • annie
        annie
        June 30, 2018, 12:21 am

        why? because i was intrigued by your Ngram Viewer that i presumed you were using as evidence of something. so i posted two other Ngram Views, one showing clearly that “human rights activist” appeared to be going straight up (popular?), the other, for human rights advocate, not too popular. your Ngram View, merging or showing a cross over of “militant,activist”, i presumed this meant something, but i didn’t know what. then i linked to an Ngram view of “militant” and “f*ck” just on a whim, and they met almost exactly at the same place. so what exactly does this Ngram evidence point to? what does it mean in the battle over activist vs advocate? what does it portend that militant and f*ck meet at the same point? are they becoming extinct at equal rates? are you going to tell me your opinion is irrelevant? what’s the point of introducing this graph feature if one has no idea how to apply it to the question at hand? and when i asked it’s suggested i am attacking (or something about “aspersions on you or any of your family” whatever that means) and your opinion is irrelevant.. it just “linguistic fact” or something.

        and you didn’t just ‘observe he had a point’, you produced a graph which implied supported the notion or some relation. so applying that same graph, what do you make of the ones i provided? what implication? or is your opinion “irrelevant to sociolinguistic mechanisms”?

        Nobody said critical mass was there, that’s all in your own head.

        ah, no. that appears to be michie’s point. or did you miss all that about my so called “denial”?

        i just want answers. maybe instead of explaining to me how discourse changes naturally over the course of history, you could explain to me how this graph supports the notion the term “activist” is going out of style or fading from popular use, or being overtaken by “advocate” (which btw, primarily involves speech vs direct action).

      • annie
        annie
        June 30, 2018, 12:51 am

        one more thing, the specific “Palestinian call” as linked to in the article: http://mondoweiss.net/2018/06/posters-return-heroes/ was not a call for people to defend or speak out (advocacy) per se, it was a call to action:

        Palestinian organisations in Gaza are calling upon all people of conscience around the world, to make posters of the fallen heroes of the recent Great March of Return and plaster these all over your cities and towns, especially opposite Israeli and American embassies. This is an action that will greatly benefit the visibility of our cause!

        that requires activists!

      • echinococcus
        echinococcus
        June 30, 2018, 2:01 am

        Annie – The graphs are not evidence, rather study material, alongside a relatively reliable knowledge of usage patterns; so you can see the steady frequency for use to characterize active ecclesiastic engagement, then an increase after 1860 or so with its new use in the anarchist and socialist movements (meaning what you now mean by “activist”), picking up in the 20th C with socialist revolutions… then a big 1960s spike that I’ll argue was due more to journalistic use by the Western journos to mean not what it meant so far, but “armed combatants”. Below that, a parallel spike of hitherto practically unknown word “activist”, now used to replace “militant”, a reflection of Western imperial desire to oppose civil practice to armed anticolonialist resistence.

        I never even mentioned “advocate”, never said “activist” was out of usage or also a victim, already, of semantic sliding or anything –that’s just you. I just indicated that mathematically it should expect to get superseded, too. Also expressly noted that nobody can know yet what the replacement will be.

        And all this has nothing to do with our subject. Let go, already.

  4. Ossinev
    Ossinev
    June 28, 2018, 2:17 pm

    @Misterioso
    “Getting stoned pleasantly dulls the shame”

    Sure as hell no shit beats being targeted by existentially threatening stones;

  5. JimMichie
    JimMichie
    June 28, 2018, 9:38 pm

    A short footnote to our dear Annie Robbins and her dislike for “feelings” over clarity and logic: please be aware that the people of Palestine, especially those in Gaza (Zionist Israel’s concentration camp) who somehow endure their racist, fascist, terrorist imprisonment in the harshest of conditions, do have feelings; your “clarity”, Annie, would issue from the fact that those Israeli human rights advocates are expressing their “feelings” in protest; and your apparent insistence for “logic” can be applied to expanding your labeling them as “activists” to human rights advocates. The failure of this piece authored by Mondoweiss editors is not having described the efforts of the Israeli protesters as a human rights initiative to win freedom, justice and equality for the Palestinians, a brief description that could have been a part of the lead and one that projects “clarity” and “logic” as well as “feelings”.

    • annie
      annie
      June 29, 2018, 2:40 am

      james, the “feelings” vs “clarity” and “logic” argument was echi’s, not mine. this attitude you have, where you think you are qualified to speak for others (“you know that it is far more accurate and descriptive to label”..etc..”Annie Robbins and her dislike for “feelings””..bla bla bla and the list goes on) fools no one. i happen to like feelings just fine, have personal friends in gaza (who i skype with routinely) and certainly don’t need you speaking to me in their place. i find your instructional lecture about activist vs advocate overwrought, mundane and unimpressive.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cynthia_Nixon

      Cynthia Ellen Nixon (born April 9, 1966) is an American actress, activist, and gubernatorial candidate in the State of New York.

      oh look, another activist. hee hee hee. love her.

      • JimMichie
        JimMichie
        June 29, 2018, 7:38 am

        Simply and directly put, Annie, you are in denial in failing to accept that “human rights advocate” is far more descriptive of those Israeli practitioners of true Judaism who dare to challenge their racist, fascist, terrorist Zionist regime. And you are correct in surmising that I have an “attitude”. But, in your case, that is like “the pot calling the kettle black”!

  6. just
    just
    June 29, 2018, 12:51 pm

    Not entirely O/T::

    This must cause some heartburn for Adelson, Steinhardt, and the rest~

    “Birthright Participants Walk Off Trip to Join Anti-occupation Tour …

    A group of five American Jews visiting Israel as part of the Birthright Israel program left the trip Thursday in protest of the program’s treatment of the occupation and joined a tour of Hebron led by anti-occupation army veterans’ group Breaking the Silence.

    The group split off from the rest of the tour on the eighth day of their trip. One of those who left the group said that Birthright, the organization that brings young Jewish adults on free, 10-day visits to Israel, “is not providing the kind of education that we really need… and is telling a one sided story. This is not fair, and we deserve the truth.”

    The five young Americans live-streamed the incident on Facebook, where they are seen leaving the bus and arguing with their guide and with fellow participants. They also published a statement on a Twitter account. …

    “I wanted to give Birthright a chance”, says Lasoff. “We didn’t want to do something like that, but we felt that it was the right thing to do.”

    Lasoff told Haaretz that the members of the group did not know each other before the trip to Israel, and did not plan the action beforehand. She explained that they felt disappointed with the program’s treatment of the occupation, and therefore contacted Breaking the Silence, an Israeli veterans organization that collects testimonies from Israeli soldiers about their service in the territories, and coordinated to join their tour of the West Bank.

    Another woman who left the tour, Katie Anne, claimed on the live stream that “Birthright gave us a map of Israel that does not denote the West Bank [even though] the director of our Birthright organization admitted that the majority of maps in Israel do include [it]. They keep saying they’re apolitical but this is clearly to the right.”

    Anne added: “We love our Jewish community and that’s why it’s so hard for us to see Birthright systemically miseducating it. We cannot stand this injustice.”

    After leaving the Birthright bus, the group visited Hebron and Bethlehem.

    This week, IfNotNow, an anti-occupation movement led by young U.S. Jews, launched a new campaign targeting the Birthright program. The campaign, called, #NotJustAFreeTrip, seeks to “pressure Birthright to tell the truth about the Israeli occupation to its 40,000 young Jewish participants”. IfNotNow activists have been gathering in airports in the U.S. to engage with participants as they leave on Birthright trips, encouraging them to question the tour guides about the occupation. …

    In November, Haaretz reported that Birthright’s education department instructed its trip providers to stop including meetings with Israeli Arabs on their itineraries.

    Birthright mandates that all of its trips include meetings with Israeli soldiers. Haaretz also reported last year that Birthright is promoting a free stay for participants who extend their time in Israel beyond the 10 days offered if they choose to remain at a hostel in Jerusalem’s Old City run by an extremist rabbi aligned with radical factions of the settler movement who encourages those who stay with him to volunteer at illegal Israeli outposts in the West Bank.

    Birthright’s single largest donor today is casino-magnate Sheldon Adelson, a major supporter of the Republican Party and of Israel’s right-wing government. Adelson and his associates have long insisted, however, that he does not intervene in any way in Birthright’s itineraries. …”

    https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/.premium-birthright-participants-leave-trip-to-visit-west-bank-1.6221440?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

    • Maghlawatan
      Maghlawatan
      June 29, 2018, 1:12 pm

      I think it is going to be harder and harder to align the values of American Jews and those of Israeli Jews.
      Israel is well down the road to fascism. American Jews are not.
      No Jew has a birthright to oppress Palestinians.

    • annie
      annie
      June 29, 2018, 1:43 pm

      thanks for this just. for some reason i can’t get haaretz to open, but i see this story is covered at jpost and elsewhere. if not now has been very aggressive on this, good for them.

      just saw we’ve got it up! i am so late in seeing this http://mondoweiss.net/2018/06/birthright-vitriolic-radicals/

      • just
        just
        June 29, 2018, 3:27 pm

        I was sitting on this since yesterday hoping something would pop up here, Annie. I just couldn’t wait any longer! Yay~ I’m off to read it now.

        :-)

      • annie
        annie
        June 29, 2018, 6:21 pm

        i had not seen it just. yesterday i was fairly glued to reviewing everything i could find on alexandria ocasio cortez, again. i can’t get enough of her.

      • gamal
        gamal
        June 29, 2018, 7:36 pm

        ” i can’t get enough of her”

        good heavens, Rev. Andrew Ashdown agrees.

        https://youtu.be/LrNN6bC07qY

      • just
        just
        June 29, 2018, 7:54 pm

        I hope that the rest of the spineless Dems are paying close attention to her words wrt the Palestinians of Palestine and to her win, Annie. Yes, you can stand for justice and condemn the massacres that Israel commits and win. Alternatively, they can continue to stand with Israel no matter what and lose! This is the first time in my lifetime that I have heard/read any politician be honest about P/I.

        I like her very much on other issues, of course. .

      • annie
        annie
        June 30, 2018, 12:08 pm

        thanks talkback.

    • Mooser
      Mooser
      June 29, 2018, 1:57 pm

      “Birthright is promoting a free stay for participants who extend their time in Israel beyond the 10 days offered if they choose to remain at a hostel in Jerusalem’s Old City run by an extremist rabbi”

      “Give your tired, your bored, your huddled sociopaths, yearning to breathe free. The wretched refuse of your affluent suburbs,
      Send these, home-bred, temperamental, to me…

      • just
        just
        June 29, 2018, 7:58 pm

        Well done, Mooser!

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        June 29, 2018, 9:49 pm

        Thanks, but I couldn’t think of a last line which didn’t start “I lift my skirts…”, so I gave up.

  7. Ossinev
    Ossinev
    June 30, 2018, 9:20 am

    Interesting new dimension to the Zioland scenario appears to be developing on the South Western border of Syria:
    https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/syria/50-000-syrians-flee-fighting-amassing-on-jordan-s-border-1.6221074
    “The Israeli army is preparing for Syrians refugees to approach the Israeli border, assuming their numbers will grow as the fighting in the region intensifies. Israel does not intend to take in Syrian refugees, but to give humanitarian aid as much as possible”

    I wonder might that “humanitarian aid” be in the form of most moral snipers bullets?

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