Mention of a particular entity in Jonathan Ofir’s article underlines the total disconnect between a genuine democracy and Mileikowsky and his fellow Zio-paths. Mileikowsky has demanded that the German Chancellor prevent an independent organisation (albeit affiliated to a political party, the Green Party) – the Heinrich Böll Foundation – from funding the pro-Palestinian news site +972. What planet does he inhabit? Unless it is committing or financing crimes, neither Frau Merkel nor any member of her government may dictate where an independent educational and cultural foundation inspired by a successful, left-leaning, anti-Nazi man of letters spends or doesn't spend its money!
In a Fascist country such as Israel is rapidly becoming, of course, political interference in private freedoms is entirely possible and unremarkable. Making such a preposterous and impossible demand of a Western leader such as Frau Merkel, seemingly without any understanding of its preposterousness and impossibility, would be laughable if the motivation, which is to exploit collective guilt and stifle legitimate criticism of Israel, weren’t so egregious.
@echinococcus, I wasn’t in the least thinking about issues of auditory comprehension when I responded to @RoHa’s comment on Indian English. Over the past 12 years, I’ve become quite attuned to hearing Indian English spoken as I live in a country where the lingua franca is English and approximately 50% of the population hails from the Indian Sub-continent and, of that huge segment, more are from South India than from anywhere else on the Sub-continent. My partner is Keralan. For the record, the ubiquitous Indian English usage of avail in local media and in general conversation annoys me more than most usages which differentiate Indian from the other disparate evolutions of the English language. The frequently heard and read “availing” in the context of commercial offers and other unmissable opportunities grates owing to the omission of the reflexive pronoun. In what, as an Englishman who speaks in RP , I self-mockingly described as “English English”, one avails oneself of offers, facilities or opportunities. Ironically, I find several “Indianisms” have burrowed their way into my everyday speech and, occasionally, I can see a slight bemusement in the eyes of my colleagues when these travel with me back to the UK.
@ezragilbert, you're early this year: fairy tales usually appear around Christmastime in the West. "Its [sic] time to start a Free the Gazans movement." News for you: there already is one and it's espoused by all who oppose the illegal Occupation of Palestine; for the illegal Gazan blockade is part of the illegal Occupation. Ziopathy must be the ONLY psychosis capable of leading to the rationalisation that Hamas bears primary responsibility for Gaza's becoming the world's most-populous-ever KZ.
Furthermore, "Eighty percent want to leave. Whenever Egypt opens the Rafah crossing tens of thousands leave to seek a better life." I've no idea whether the statistic cited is correct but I'll give it the benefit of the doubt because it wouldn't remotely surprise me! If I were a Gazan, I'd want to leave: not because I hate the place or because I've suddenly "lost" my self-identity as a Palestinian but because my life there, by any normal measure, is barely tolerable. My insufficient water supply is dangerously polluted, my coastal waters (those to which I'm not illegally denied access) are an open sewer, my electricity supply works around one-sixth of the time, my captors allow barely sufficient food to be imported to forefend starvation, my infrastructure and my home/my fellow prisoners' homes are in ruins from my captors' successive aerial bombardments, my captors don't allow adequate medical supplies into my prison, numerous of my schools and prison hospitals have been deliberately destroyed by my captors, I'm prevented from travelling and I'm not allowed visitors. What's not to like?
And, of course, Moshe Feiglin, MK is a big-hearted humanitarian with only the Gazans' future welfare at heart - he's well-known for it in Israel and around the globe.
@pabelmont, "...to suggest a similar action to a court outside Israel. Perhaps some country with extra-territorial jurisdiction if any such remain." The only significant country in the world which believes it enjoys extra-territorial jurisdiction is the sainted US of A, which will labour under this delusion until one or more other global economic powerhouse(s) - perhaps it could be China - has had enough of Uncle Shem's legislating for other nations' behaviour/trade/international relations and turns round with the message, "Mind your own business. How dare you presume to legislate on matters which are within our sole, sovereign gift? Btw, meet the world's new reserve currency. Clue: it ain't the US dollar and it doesn't clear through New York. Swing on that, a***hole!" I paraphrase, of course, in the interests of diplomatic convention and nicety.
The courts which have genuinely international jurisdiction, such as the ICC and ICJ, are part of that rules-based, post-1945 framework for the conduct of governments' relations with fellow governments and for the enforcement of certain fundamental principles of right and wrong which, with the USA and Israel in the van, dictatorial regimes such as Russia's are busy trashing, ignoring, undermining, shredding and consigning to the dustbin of history preparatory to pouring petrol into it and setting the bin afire.
Israel treats rules-based conduct and the institutions which exist to uphold it with utter contempt because they represent a threat to Israel's ability to do whatever its politicians want to whomever they choose, without limitation. Consequently, any institution which, were its writ to extend to Israel, might curb or modify Israel's behaviour or circumscribe its impunity is inherently anti-Semitic. Anyone who doesn't understand and accept this last point is at serious risk of breaching the IHRA guidelines so please commit to memory.