Israellycool Down Under Punditry in the Middle East Fri, 17 Apr 2015 14:44:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Made In Judea Samaria, The Heartland Of Jewish Israel Fri, 17 Apr 2015 12:53:24 +0000 The EU is galloping toward it’s dream that all products made by Israelis in the heart of Israel be labelled. Lieberman has already suggested the logo for the label be the Nazi Yellow Star, that’s one idea. The following suggestion was sent to me:

Now that the EU provocatively wants to label settlement goods, I’d like to suggest an idea to ridicule them and expose their true motives. Do you know of a website which would be interested in starting a ‘label competition’ to do just that? If other websites are also invited to join in this competition, so much the better. Some suggestions to start with:

1. Produced by Jews in Judea-Samaria. Refrain from buying if you are anti-Semitic.

2. Produced by Jews in Judea-Samaria. Buy from Judea-Samaria only if item is produced by Arabs.

3. Warning to all European anti-Semites: this item is produced by Jews in Judea-Samaria.

4. Shopping advisory notice re goods produced in Judea-Samaria: the EU has alighted upon a WW2 nazi era policy which it considers salutary, and henceforth advises shoppers to buy goods from Judea-Samaria only if they are produced by Arabs. This is not intended as an anti-Semitic measure, since shoppers may purchase goods produced in Israel by both Arabs and Jews.

I also think we should use the #hashtag #JewStuff which has the advantage of starting with the initials J.S. or Judea Samaria. Under no circumstances (of course) should we write the WB words…. Let the EU suck on explaining that one.

Well do we have any other suggestions? Please use the comments and if you’re graphically inclined, how about coming up with a logo too! I’m pretty certain we’d gain more business than we lost.

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Did Israel Haters Galloway And Lynch Both Condone Violence Against “Zionists”? Fri, 17 Apr 2015 09:52:22 +0000 I’ll let you be the judges.

First up, we have this retweet by Galloway, brought to my attention by UKMediaWatch.

I have asked Galloway to explain himself, but so far no response.

Next up, we have Jake Lynch, who was himself part of a violent protest against the fabulous British Colonel Richard Kemp, and waved money in the face of an elderly Jewish woman (Sydney University has now threatened him with disciplinary action). He posted the below back in March. Note the comment I marked, which Lynch has left up for almost a month.

coward comment

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The Times Cannot Go Cold Turkey From Bashing Israel Fri, 17 Apr 2015 05:40:30 +0000 The Times has found something else to blame on Israel: Gazans having to go cold Turkey from a popular drug.

Smuggling in something that is NOT Tramadol. And perhaps that is not smuggling either.

Smuggling in something that is NOT Tramadol. And perhaps that is not smuggling either.

Thousands of Palestinians addicted to a popular painkiller are being forced into cold turkey withdrawal after Egypt destroyed thousands of cross-border smuggling tunnels into Gaza.

According to the health ministry, there has been a 50 per cent increase in recent months in the number of patients seeking help to give up Tramadol, a prescription painkiller sold illegally on the black market. The opiate has similar addictive qualities to heroin, and has became popular with thousands of residents, including children as young as 13 who are desperate to escape the misery of daily life.

Tramadol addicts typically require hospital treatment to deal with the withdrawal symptoms, which include severe abdominal pains, insomnia, chronic joint pain and, in some cases, suicidal urges. Aid agencies are struggling to provide the necessary support because of a lack of funds.

Khadra Said, a senior official in the health ministry’s psychiatric unit, said that since the Egyptian military set out last year to destroy more than 2,000 of the illegal tunnels, Tramadol had become ever harder to find on the black market, driving up prices. “In the worsening economic conditions in the aftermath of the summer war [with Israel] we are seeing double the patients needing our services, after being forced to give up.”

Tramadol first appeared in Gaza in 2007. It was easily obtainable from Egypt and cost less than 20p a pill. In 2010, the Egyptian Forensic Medicine Authority reported that 15,000 males in Gaza — about 30 per cent of those aged from 14 to 30 — were users.

Healthcare workers said that men, women and children in Gaza had turned to the drug to cope with the hardship of living in the war-torn territory under an eight-year Israeli blockade, which restricts access to basic needs and construction materials. The 51-day war with Israel last year, in which 2,200 Palestinians were killed and more than 17,000 homes destroyed, boosted the popularity of the “escapist” drug.

“Addicts found in this drug an escape for their daily pressure and suffering,” said Fadel Ashour, a Gaza-based psychiatrist who helps recovering addicts. “We are talking about constant military attacks, internal clashes, and very limited access of movement in and out of the territory.”

What a bunch of poppyseed poppycock. Allow me to expose a few home truths.

There are plenty of Gazans with suicidal urges who are affluent. They are not driven by desperation, but rather the lure of killing Jews and then getting laid by 72 virgins.

Of the approximately “2,200 Palestinians” killed in last summer’s war forced on Israel, at least 41% were identified as terrorists. The actual figure is likely higher. Furthermore, the civilians killed were either placed in harms way by the terrorists or voluntarily acted as human shields.

Regarding the “construction materials” to which access has been restricted, the very existence of the tunnels described in this article – used not only to smuggle in drugs but also to smuggle in weapons and provide access into Israel to commit terror attacks – provides the reason why access has had to be restricted in the first place! Had the Gazans used construction materials to improve civilian infrastructure, access would not be restricted and their lives would be greatly improved.

Let’s face it: The main thing Gazans have had trouble going cold turkey from is terrorism. They just can’t help themselves. They have paid a heavy price for it, yet refuse to lay down their arms and seek peace.

And another thing. Media outlets like The Times are addicted to a drug called Israel Bashing. They are also enablers for the terrorists, who are emboldened by the fact they can feel supported by such articles, despite their terrorism.

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Watch: New Stars Wars Trailer Thu, 16 Apr 2015 18:32:23 +0000 Clearly this is not Israel related. But..just watch it.

I know I have. Already five times.

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Watch: Bill Maher Explaining A Joke To Idiots Thu, 16 Apr 2015 17:15:01 +0000 I can relate to this (as the joke teller..not the idiot….hopefully)

And this would have been even funnier had Bill known what “Zayn” is in Hebrew.

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How I’m #TakingBackZionism Thu, 16 Apr 2015 16:43:30 +0000 TakingBackZionismAnyone who knows me in real life knows I’m not easily offended, bothered, or perturbed. So when I am either of those things, you know things just got real.

I’m a feminist, and a very proud one at that. It therefore bothers me when people say things like, “I’m not a feminist, but…” as if being a feminist was such a bad thing. All being a feminist actually means is to believe in equality between men and women. Feminism does not mean that women are a superior species who should be placed on a pedestal in all matters of life, but it’s hard not to think it does, given how most people seem to interpret the term. Feminism has become a dirty word, and unjustly so (even though some parts of the movement are indeed radical and reflect how many people have internalized the adulterated definition of “feminism” and don’t know what it actually means). Those who oppose feminism have made attempts to redefine the term as female supremacy, an extremist movement, reminiscent of second-wave bra-burning and man-hating that didn’t actually happen. Due to their successful attempts to tarnish the term, people often distance themselves from being labeled a feminist, so as not to be associated with the aforementioned radical connotation. These people, who distance themselves from the feminist identity, those who always add a disclaimer like “I’m not a feminist, but…” before saying something feminist are, albeit inadvertently, adding to the problem, and only worsen the feminist movement’s attempts to give women equal opportunities, especially in countries where they are severely lacking. Campaigns such as #WhoNeedsFeminism have done a lot to rectify the situation, but we still have a long way to go.

The same thing is happening to the term “Zionist” right now and frankly, I’m tired of it. I’m tired of seeing people with an agenda, like the anti-feminist Phyllis Schiaflys of the world, sneakily adulterating the term to the extent that even many Jews are reluctant to call themselves Zionists. The term “Zionism,” simply means a belief in the right to Jewish self-determination on our ancestral homeland, a right to have land to call our own like most other ethnicities, a right for us Jews to decolonize our thinking from the Pan-Arabist, imperialist mentality that is trying to engulf us and decry Israel as an illegitimate state. However, for the majority who didn’t bother to pick up a dictionary or an encyclopedia, it’s very easy to think that Zionism is a Jewish supremacist movement hell-bent on driving all the Muslim Arabs out of their vicinity and using racist apartheid and genocidal policies to reach this alleged objective, because that’s how Zionism is portrayed.

Those who are trying to adulterate the term Zionism, to make it a dirty word, are the same types who are trying to revise our history to weaken our cause. They’re the same people who deny the Holocaust or say it’s exaggerated in order to discredit the Jewish People and our need for Israel. The 1967 paradigm shift that was brought on by such revisionism illustrates this point, as in the wake of their Six-Day War defeat, the pan-Arabists suddenly realized they weren’t going to win by force, so they had to try other means – namely, public relations manipulation, tailoring their message to different audiences to win the war of public opinion. The people behind this paradigm shift capitalized on Israel’s military might, with pan-Arabists opportunistically jumping on the “oppressed brown people” bandwagon in the wake of the civil rights movement, depicting Israel as no longer worth supporting due to its persistent power that has inevitably corrupted them into bloodthirsty racist colonizers. Following the rise of “scholars” like Edward Said, the colonizers became the colonized, and the colonized became white supremacist racists. Their brilliantly manipulative revisionist works became part of the academic canon for any course of study even tangentially related to the Middle East, deceptively piggybacking off of some of the very legitimate postcolonial struggles of People of Color all over the world in order to gain sympathy from progressives. Furthermore, those who sought to delegitimize us, who depicted Israel as the cause and effect of all evil in the world, began referring to Israel as “The Zionist Entity” rather than “Israel” or even “Palestine,” thereby associating the term Zionist with all the horrible things these haters accuse us of.

The anti-Israel efforts at tarnishing the term “Zionism” have been largely successful. Successful to the extent that most Jews tiptoe around using the term even when defending Israel, in fear it would discredit them. Even some of my milder “pro-Palestinian” friends on Facebook have described the term “Zionism” as akin to racism, Jewish expansionism, and white supremacism, and assumed Zionists were by definition supporters of apartheid and genocide more times than I could count. Not sure I blame them, because it’s what Zionism has become widely known as due to the antizionists’ superior PR tactics.

The pan-Arabists stole our land, misrepresented our culture, rewrote our history and now they’re telling us what our terminology means. Their redefinition of the word “Zionism” creates the ultimate straw man when arguing with anyone about Israel’s legitimacy, as what they think you’re supporting and what you’re actually supporting are now two completely different things.

If you have ever said something like, “I’m not a Zionist but…” followed by a comment like “I think Israel has the right to exist,” then you’ve said an oxymoron. However, you’re definitely not alone. You’ve fallen into an analogous trap to what the anti-feminists have created about feminism – you feel the need to begin with a disclaimer because the anti-Zionist PR machine has successfully convinced you that Zionism is something that it is not. Zionism, like feminism, turns out to be just a Scooby Doo monster once you know what it means – seemingly very evil, sinister, and scary, but the ultimate anticlimax, the “wow, that’s it?” once you discover its true nature.

Here is the Wikipedia definition:

Zionism (Hebrew: צִיּוֹנוּת, IPA: [t͡sijo̞ˈnut], translit. Ẓiyonut, after Zion) is a nationalist and political movement of Jews and Jewish culture that supports the reestablishment of a Jewish homeland in the territory defined as the historic Land of Israel

Yep. That’s it. That’s all there is to it: Jews deserve a homeland. All this means is that there should be a state that guarantees us a safe haven that protects the Jewish people after 4000 years of constant persecution that came from the very fickle leaderships of Diaspora countries, on our ancestral land. Does that sound so extreme to you? Does that sound like apartheid, genocide, ethnic cleansing, or colonialism? It doesn’t, because it’s not.

Another thing people don’t understand is that Zionism is an extremely diverse movement, and in redefining Zionism as a partisan, far-right, racist, anti-Palestinian ideology, our haters are policing the identities of some of Zionism’s more left-wing adherents. Throughout the history of the movement, there have been Zionists of all stripes – liberal and conservative, religious and secular, communist and capitalist, Jewish and non-Jewish, Shas and Meretz. The real definition accounts for this diversity. However, the the fake definition, the one our haters have (often successfully) used to try to overwrite the real one, serves to exclude most Zionists, using a divide and conquer strategy. As a result, many Jews, especially those on the left, feel too ashamed and worried about the implications of coming out as Zionist to do so. We must recognize this revisionism for what it is and not fall into its trap. We need to wear our Zionism with pride, embrace its diversity, and not be afraid to stand up for what Zionism really means; in other words, we need to #TakeBackZionism.

Let’s start a #TakingBackZionism revolution. We’ve taken back our land, so we can definitely take back our terminology and show the world that we will not stay silent as they try to render Zionism a dirty word and thereby legitimize antisemitism. #TakingBackZionism means peace, equality, freedom, progress, innovation, love, security, and fulfillment, not apartheid, genocide, colonialism, white supremacy, Jewish supremacy, racism, orientalism, ethnic cleansing, or oppression. #TakingBackZionism means reclaiming Zionism as ours: our movement with our definition. If you’re with me, I want you to tweet what real Zionism means to you with the hashtag #TakingBackZionism. Together we can stand strong against the hate and give Israel the future it deserves.

I’m #TakingBackZionism. Are you?


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Haaretz’s Story On Mandžukić Tattoo Appears Straight Out Of Lazy Journalism Textbook Thu, 16 Apr 2015 09:50:04 +0000 The Mario Mandžukić Tattoo fail is now doing the rounds on Hebrew and Israeli media. Here’s Haaretz’s take:

Haaretz Tattoo

“Straight out of Google translate” you say? well, luckily enough, we can find out.

Here’s how how Google translates from English to Hebrew:

Tattoo Eng

Correct grammar, spelling and word direction.

I even went a head and looked up translation from Spanish to Hebrew:

Tattoo Spanish

And Croatian to Hebrew:

Tattoo Croatian

Correct as well.

Even Bing gets it right, and Bing is like the mentally challenged brother of Google.

Mark this one down to lazy journalism.

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Powerful Videos: Yom HaShoah at Yad Vashem Thu, 16 Apr 2015 06:55:17 +0000 The official opening ceremony for Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day, in Israel is held at night at Yad Vashem. The theme this year was “The Anguish of Liberation and the Return to Life – Seventy Years Since the End of World War II.”

After speeches, dramatic readings, musical interludes, and memorial torches lit, these two videos at the end were some of the most powerful moments.

Listening to the powerful voice of IDF Chief Cantor Lt. Col Shai Abramson saying the memorial prayer for six million, it is hard not to tear.

It was immediately followed by Haitkva led by Avraham Tal, to end the program.

We remember,

followed by hope.


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Only In Israel Thu, 16 Apr 2015 05:47:01 +0000 Because Never Forget means never forgetting, even when ordering your morning coffee


Thanks to Allison Kaplan Sommer for the photo.

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Watch: ESPN Run Takes On The Jerusalem Marathon and Its Runners Thu, 16 Apr 2015 05:06:44 +0000 Here’s a great piece by ESP Run on the Jerusalem Marathon and those who run in it, starring a neighbor of mine.

I say great, because of the great camerawork which captures the emotions of running and wonderful scenery, not to mention the fact it is a no-judgmental piece containing none of the bias we have come to expect from the media.

Also, see if you notice anything at 11:08 (which reveals a truth about life here we try to reflect on the blog).

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