Israellycool » BDS Down Under Punditry in the Middle East Mon, 06 Apr 2015 21:44:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Ali Abunimah #Fail At University of Michigan Wed, 01 Apr 2015 17:15:41 +0000 Ali Abunimah at U Mich

Ali Abumination addresses students at University of Michigan

Proponents of the hate-spewing, anti-Semitic BDS movement apparently pulled out all the stops at yesterday’s vote at the University of Michigan’s Central Student Government, bringing Electronic Intifada co-founder and Hamas supporter Ali Abunimah to agitate in favor of a divestment resolution. Michigan students, however, saw through Abunimah’s hatred and lies, and rejected the resolution by a vote of 29-15.

The Michigan Daily, the university’s campus newspaper, reports that

The meeting began with guest speaker Ali Abunimah, a Palestinian American journalist who writes for The Chicago Tribune and The Los Angeles Times, speaking in favor of the divestment resolution.

Abunimah called the situation in Palestine an emergency and said social change needs to occur. He said he did not believe a peace process is currently being discussed between Israel and Palestine.

“Just a few weeks ago, the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was re-elected after publicly repudiating the two-state solution and saying he would never allow a Palestinian state on his watch,” he said.

Abunimah compared divestment from the companies listed in the resolution to divestment for apartheid South Africa.

“We heard the argument divestment is divisive,” he said. “But, who looks back now and says divestment in Africa was a mistake.”

Ever the gracious loser, here’s what Abumination had to say this morning:

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Where Are We Now? Sun, 29 Mar 2015 15:55:21 +0000 It has been awhile since posting- Where Are We Now? photos.

However, one scene today seemed perfect,

so we are asking –

Arab girls sitting at Knesset ceremony

Where are We Now?

Ok, the Israeli flags are a big hint.

Arab girls on Knesset chairs at Green Knesset opening ceremony

But the chairs give it away.

The Israeli Knesset today hosted a “Green Knesset” opening ceremony up on the building’s roof near the new solar panel fields.

Invited guests were seated on chairs with special white Knesset covers stamped in gold. Included in the select audience was a group of Arab students.

unlocked door Muslim prayer room Knesset

Maybe that is why the door of the Muslim prayer room was open today?

Once again a huge Israel #ApartheidFail and #BDSFail.

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The Gideon Levy Travelling Hate Show Sat, 28 Mar 2015 20:36:13 +0000 kaffiyehI attended a talk given by Gideon Levy, a reporter for Ha’aretz in Israel.

Now if you follow me on social media at all, you know I am no fan of Ha’aretz. I caught them lying about “settlers” burning an olive grove. I was pretty angry at the time because the story they ran not only was completely false, but was extremely inflammatory, if you will pardon the pun. I called them out, and even posted pictures from the event that showed their assertions to be false, yet all they did was change the title and a couple of lines in the story. So my experience with Ha’aretz is not pleasant. Levy is a huge part of the campaign run by Ha’aretz to delegitimize Israel.

So from the start, if you are paying attention you realize that these people are not people who want peace or better lives for Palestinian arabs. These people organizing this talk don’t care about the elections in Israel. They are “true believers” who want the destruction of Israel. From the hallway entering the talk you see the table covered with literature expounding the BDS movement, but more importantly covered in keffiyehs, one of which has a picture of the state of Israel only labelled as “Palestine”. The stupid student behind the desk said to me “It shows Palestine before it was called Israel” and she looked at me with stupid cow eyes when I said “Umm then shouldn’t it also show Jordan as part of mandatory Palestine?” I just shook my head and walked in.

They were playing a video made by CJPME, and it would have been hilarious if it wasn’t so sad. They bragged about bringing actual terrorists to different places to speak, and at one point the video shows Haneen Zoabi the Arab MK with the caption “Haneen Zoabi, PALESTINIAN member of Israeli Parliament” which sort of blows up their argument that Israel is an apartheid state. I am not aware of any Black African members of South African Parliament during apartheid. One of the pamphlets they were giving out stated very clearly that Israel is an apartheid state because the Palestinians have no government representation. Yet more mental gymnastics was their claim that CJPME fought censorship in the Pride parade when they demanded the right to co-opt the Gay rights event by claiming Israel was apartheid during a march for gay rights (they were also encouraging censorship by encouraging people to boycott the event because a Jewish Israeli group was marching as well).

I pretty much knew what to expect from Levy, especially given the group who are taking part in his tour, a “charity” called CJPME, which somehow manages to maintain charity status despite the fact they are an overtly political group that supports the destruction of the state of Israel. Alaa Hamdan, the Calgary coordinator for CJPME, has written “poetry” glorifying suicide bombing and the killing of Israeli civilians. She is also the student president of SPHR. Then we have Adam, from the Calgary Islamic Council, who said in his intro that his group believed in achieving peace through “ business and commerce,” yet is supporting a talk with groups that advocate BDS against Israel? He is also the rep for the Muslim association of Calgary, oddly enough a group that often posts extremely anti-Israel posts on its Facebook forums. Then Fuad from a “grassroots” group called Justice for Palestinians invited everyone to come watch movies at communitywise YMCA. I somehow doubt those are movies worth watching.

Now to Levy’s talk. Right off the bat, he was ridiculous, thanking CJPME and calling them a “wonderful organisation”. He went on to say it’s not about peace, it’s about justice, making Israel a more just place and that he is not proud of Israel. He railed about Israel’s lack of support for a 2-state solution, making no mention of the fact that a 2-statesolution is impossible with a neighbor who refuses to acknowledge your right to exist.

Then he made a ridiculous claim that Israel blames terrorism for no peace, but that for years there was no terrorism, which leads me to wonder where Levy lives. Clearly not Israel. His post office box must say lala land. He then went on to say Israel lives in denial and that it has lost connection to reality and has become dangerous. I think he is projecting, but then he says Israel has so many issues to solve, like no borders and no identity, which is somewhat ridiculous. He appealed to the asshats in the audience by using language like “brutal attack on Gaza”, saying “second attack on Gaza was brutal and 10 times more cruel than the first.” He said it was Israel’s fault and that he needed a bodyguard because of an article he wrote.

Then he showed anyone with critical thinking ability he is clueless, when he stated that 5 weeks would be enough to create a peace, if only Israel was committed to it, that Israel wouldn’t be able to create it in 5 years because Israel is racist and antidemocratic. He said “For people like me, nothing is as important as ending the occupation.” Then he named groups such as Breaking the Silence, B’tselem, and Anarchists Against the Wall as “brave Israeli organisations.” He used the phase “people like me” several times, but I hope to the creator that there are not many “people like him” because frankly, he was ridiculous. He continuously referred to peace groups being delegitimized in the Israeli media. Then he said that Israelis don’t see Palestinians as human beings, that he chooses his words carefully, that the Jews believe as “chosen people” that they do not have to respect anyone else’s human rights, which seems odd to me given the involvement of Jews in EVERY SINGLE SIGNIFICANT HUMAN RIGHTS MOVEMENT IN THE WORLD. I could go on – I could tell you about how he said he doesn’t care if Israel is a Jewish state, and that the Jews who are frightened should blame themselves for not supporting a 2-state solution. I could tell you that he said “Do you ever hear Israelis talking about palestinians’ security” as though Jews were randomly sneaking into Arab villages and beheading babies. But the crowning moment was when he said he looked at South Africa as an example – that the change in South Africa happened without bloodshed. I wonder if he really is in another world.

I believe that the only reason people like Levy are dangerous is because a majority of people are ignorant and prefer that blissful ignorance to actually learning. His entire raison d’etre is to travel around attacking Israel. Let me be clear, he is not a self hater. He clearly is in love with himself, to the point where he tries to glorify himself at the cost of his people. It’s all about Gideon and his moral clarity. I have no doubt he thinks the money he is given to sell out his people is his just due as “speaking the truth,” even when his truth is obviously not anything of the sort.

Levy appeals to the Jews who want to believe that they should sell out their people for security. I have no doubt he would be welcome at any JVP or JStreet meeting. But to anyone who is even slightly knowledgeable, he is laughable. The issue is making sure people hear the ridiculousness of what he spreads. After all, groups like CJPME and SPHR do not want peace for two peoples – they are all about the destruction of Israel, and if they brought him here, why do you think that is?

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Depeche Mode Now Highly Unlikely To Ever Boycott Israel Mon, 23 Mar 2015 07:36:59 +0000 The BDSHole’s chances of ever convincing Depeche Mode to boycott Israel plummeted significantly, with the son of lead singer Dave Gahan recently marrying an Israeli girl.

I assume Rogers Waters’ invitation got lost in the mail.

In the meantime, for the curious among you, some say Dave Gahan is Jewish, while others claim just his ex-wife and son Jack. I would tend to believe Dave is not Jewish, based on these photos, and his big-ass crucifix tattoo.

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Photo of Day: Joint List Reps Walk Sun, 22 Mar 2015 18:10:39 +0000 As President Reuven Rivlin waited inside his official residence on March 22, the Sunday after Israeli elections, representatives of political parties came to give him recommendations on the structure of the new 20th Knesset.

Arab MKs at President's house

Here walking the red carpet, past Israeli flags to enter Beit Hanasi, to the President’s private meeting room are two members of The Joint List, the Arab parties that united to form the third largest bloc in the upcoming government, Masud Gnaim and Abdel-Hakim Hajyaha.

Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid had to wait to go in after them.

What an #Apartheidfail!


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Dear UN: New Photos of Real Arab Girls Sun, 22 Mar 2015 14:08:22 +0000 Oh my goodness, in the never ending what will the UN come up with next, Israel is now accused of abusing Palestinian women’s rights.  The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) ended its annual meeting on March 20th, by condemning only one of the 193 UN member states for violating women’s rights – Israel.

As they were busy huddled drafting their resolution, a woman in Afghanistan was murdered by a mob - as police watched.

One has to ask, what about the status of women in Syria, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, or Nigeria, where thousands of women and children have been massacred and raped?

No problem – that does not involve Israel.

While the esteemed UN delegates were busy working on their proclamation against Israel in rooms far from Jerusalem, an Arab woman was reelected to Knesset – the same woman who shouted about Israel being apartheid.

Muslim amn and woman sit in Teddy Park Jerusalem

Life in Israel may not always be as idyllic as this photo of an Arab couple picnicking in Teddy Park,

Teddy Park Jerusalem, Israel Arab using fountain

and some women and children may have a male escort on outings to the park.

Israel apartheid?

But, three Arab girls were out alone at night in Mamilla Mall in Jerusalem – and that is not unusual.

Women in Saudi Arabia still cannot drive a car or go out alone.

Arab woman shopping

But in Jerusalem, an Arab woman can go shopping alone – day or night.

image arab girlShe can wait and ride the bus alone, and by law, sit in the front of that bus.

Not only can an Arab woman drive a car, I saw a women wearing a hijab who was an Israeli driving instructor. Now that is a big deal!

Mamilla Mall at night Jerusalem Israel two Muslim girls walking alone

Young girls can walk through Mamilla Mall at night, knowing that they are free to stroll along safely.

Really UN delegates, have you ever really been in Israel and seen what is truth?

If “Palestinian” women are abused, it is because their “Palestinian leaders” have failed them.

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Anti-Israel Professors Gone Wild! Thu, 19 Mar 2015 21:22:21 +0000 5

A recent study found that more than half of all Jewish college students have experienced anti-Semitism on US campuses, that combined with the tidal wave of anti-Israel demonization sweeping across our colleges is reason enough for any Jewish parent to be concerned. These facts are what prompted the mother of two students at the University of Washington in Seattle to attend the February 26th lecture by Omar Barghouti, one of the most radical of anti-Israel voices.

Fearful of her safety and that of her children, both students at the UW, the college mom who shared this incident with Israellycool asked that her identity not be disclosed. Respecting her wishes we will refer to her as “Rose”.

“I went to this event because my child was going to attend” said Rose. “I had been told that Barghouti is a radical and I wanted to see what my children were being exposed to at the UW”. The event to which Rose refers was a lecture sponsored by the University of Washington Simpson Center for the Humanities being given by the founder of the anti-Israel BDS movement, Omar Barghouti. According to the Simpson center website, this Palestine series was developed “to create possibilities for more sustained, open, and critical exchange.”

The lecture was opened by Professor Eva Cherniavsky, one of the organizers who told the about 180 in attendance that video or audio recording of the public lecture was not permitted. Professor Jonathan Marks recently noted that Cherniavsky signed onto a 2009 letter to President Obama which described Israel’s treatment of Palestinians as “one of the most massive, ethnocidal atrocities of modern times” and  that a one state solution—that is the erasure of Israel as a Jewish state—is “almost certainly” the only hope.

Rose told TMR that when Professor Cherniavsky, introduced Barghouti by bringing up the Holocaust in the context of the Arab Israeli conflict, she became incensed. As the lecture began, Rose commenced video recording the event with her IPad. Rose told TMR that it was her intent to send a copy to the UW President Ana Mari Cauce to make her aware of the hate being promulgated on her campus. As to the request not to take video, said Rose “of course they didn’t want it videotaped, they had a radical extremist spewing hate speech about how there should be no Jewish state!”

Assoc. Professor Amy Hagopian. Photo Credit: University of Washington

Assoc. Professor Amy Hagopian. Photo Credit: University of Washington

It was at this point that Amy Hagopian, an associate professor of Global Health confronted Rose. Witnesses said that Rose appeared shocked as Professor Hagopian, clad in a kaffieyeh, walked up to Rose and grabbed her IPad while shouting, “Stop! Stop!”.

Professor Hagopian is no stranger to controversy, in 2010 she compared military recruiters to child sex predators. In 2008 Hagopian supported a failed effort to force the City of Seattle to divest from Israel. Hagopian, who was described as a BDS activist by The Jerusalem Post, supported an anti-Israel resolution at the 2013 American Public Health Association annual meeting.

Iris Langman, an Israeli-American who currently resides in the Seattle area, attended the lecture. “I was sitting across from Hagopian when I saw her get up and smack down Rose’s IPad onto the desk.  Hagopian slammed her IPad down and started yelling that Rose could not video. I was surprised it didn’t break. Then the professor started yelling at Rose and said she was getting the police. Really? Police? what horrible offense was this?” Meanwhile according to several witnesses,  a member of the audience sympathetic to Barghouti was openly taking video with no objections offered by event organizers.  “When I pointed out that their person was also videoing,  Hagopian ignored me until I got louder and threatened to call the police as well” said Langman.

Prominent Seattle attorney Steven Hemmat expressed disappointment after learning of Hagopian’s outburst. “It is shocking that a public university professor would forcefully deny another’s First Amendment right to free speech and expression and almost destroy that person’s property.  This forum was open to the public and sponsored by a public university.  Obviously, this professor was trying to squelch free speech.”

Professor Eva Cherniavsky. Photo Credit: University of Washington

“My colleague closed the attendee’s IPad only when she refused to comply” -Professor Eva Cherniavsky. Photo Credit: University of Washington

We reached out to Professor Cherniavsky, one of the organizers of the event who explained that

“I opened Mr. Barghouti’s presentation by stating the Simpson Center would be producing an audio recording (and therefore a public record) of the event and that we kindly requested no further recording by audience members. It is our understanding that permission must be sought from any speaker before making a recording (indeed, students who wish to record my lectures on their devices routinely ask permission first). Mr. Barghouti was happy to sign off on the Simpson Center producing an official, professionally-made (complete) recording of events. For very understandable reasons, he did not authorize any other recordings. Recordings made on portable device by audience members are often partial, of poor quality, and can, of course, be edited in a way as to misrepresent the speakers’ views.”

Cherniavsky added that

“The attendee who attempted to record Mr. Barghouti’s lecture on her laptop was violating our very clear request at the beginning for no unofficial recordings. If anyone behaved inappropriately, it was the attendee who ignored that request, not the event co-organizer who politely asked her to desist. (Indeed, as I understand it, my colleague closed the attendee’s IPad only when she refused to comply with her request to please desist.)”

Professor Hagopian said that she concurred with Professor Cherniavsky’s version of events.

Rose told Israellycool that she does not recall anybody announcing that a recording of the Barghouti event would be made available to the public. At press time, a recording of the Barghouti lecture was not available on the UW Simpson Center’s online media page.

Iris Langman

“This is unacceptable behavior from a professor at a public university” -Iris Langman

Three weeks after the incident Langman is still shaken by Hagopian’s outburst. “This is unacceptable behavior from a professor at a public university” said Langman. Langman questioned why the organizers of the Barghouti event were so concerned about the public taking video of the lecture. “Were they afraid that we would have proof of the lies that the speaker was spewing. Real vile lies, statistics that were made up, equating Nazis to Israelis, South African Apartheid to Israel”. Langman noted that Barghouti was “born in Qatar, educated in Egypt and the US, attends Tel Aviv University and tells me, a tenth generation native-born Israeli that I have no right to my country?”

Equally troubling to Langman was the tightly controlled question and answer session. “There was no way to call Barghouti on his lies as the way the lecture was set up we could not simply raise our hands and challenge him”. Langman  continued “I was disgusted that this is what we are encouraging in our universities, revisionist history, lies and hate”.


Cherniavsky said that the Simpson center had no plans to balance the Barghouti lecture with a speaker representing an Israeli perspective, even going so far as to say that Barghouti did not represent a “side” in the dispute between Israel and Palestinian Arabs. Said Cherniavsky…

“I would emphasize that we *did not* invite Mr. Barghouti to advocate for BDS — nor are any of our speakers asked to represent a “side.” The purpose of our research cluster is to analyze the obstacles to public deliberation on controversial topics such as Israel and Palestine — and the way in which public debate reduces to a rehearsal of “sides” seems to us one such obstacle. In that context, we asked Mr. Barghouti to help us put this movement in perspective: we are interested in the rationale for BDS as a specific strategy of public engagement. We invited him  to give a talk that would explain how the movement was conceived, what the organizers understand as the relevant historical precedents for this form of activism, and how they would assess the reception of BDS in the U.S. and elsewhere. And it seems to us that is precisely what he did.”

“It is ludicrous to suggest that Barghouti doesn’t represent a side” countered Rob Jacobs, Pacific Northwest Director of StandWithUs, an Israel advocacy organization, “Barghouti spent the better part of an hour delegitimizing Israel, saying that he is against the existence of a Jewish State, accusing Israel of Apartheid and war crimes, and lauding BDS, and he doesn’t represent a side?”

When asked if she regretted having tried to video Barghouti’s lecture, Rose answered “The University brings a demagogue to campus to propagate hatred and tell my kids that Jews alone have no right to self-determination? Hell yeah I’m going to video that.”


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Is BDSHole Jake Lynch Telling Porky-Pies? Mon, 16 Mar 2015 10:58:33 +0000 With pressure mounting on BDShole professor Jake Lynch to be sacked for his ostensibly antisemitic gesture of waving money in the face of a Jewish woman, he not only doesn’t think he did anything wrong; he thinks he should be praised for his restraint.

jake lynchSYDNEY University academic Jake Lynch is under renewed pressure over his support for the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign against Israel, with calls for his sacking following a BDS protest last week.

University vice-chancellor Michael Spence has launched an investigation into a fracas that broke out on Wednesday when students stormed a public meeting on campus and disrupted an address by former British army colonel Richard Kemp. When security guards tried to remove the protesters, Professor Lynch criticised the guards; he says he was then attacked by a woman.

While Professor Lynch has written a letter to Dr Spence asking him to discipline the security guards, Mr Kemp wrote to the vice-chancellor claiming that Professor Lynch and another pro-BDS academic “were both apparently leading and encouraging the protesters”.

“At one point I observed ­Associate Professor Lynch waving money in the face of a Jewish student, a clearly aggressive and insulting act that seemed to invoke the stereotype of the ‘greedy Jew’,” Mr Kemp wrote.

The Australasian Union of Jewish Students has called on Dr Spence to sack Professor Lynch.

“Waving money in the face of Jewish people screams of the classical anti-Semitic falsehood that Jews are obsessed with money,” AUJS national chairman Dean Sherr said.

Professor Lynch, who is the director of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, said he held up the bank notes to warn a woman who he said kicked him in the groin that he would sue her if she didn’t desist. He denied the action was anti-Semitic.

He said he had shown ­“almost heroic restraint” against the woman, while the security guards had, he said, shown no ­interest in curbing her actions.

Given Lynch has been sued for racial discrimination in the past, you would think no matter what the circumstances, he would not be stupid enough to do something so ostensibly antisemitic. Unless, of course, he could not curb his anger and true feelings.

But I also have to raise a question mark regarding his claim that the woman ‘kicked him in the groin.” Here is what a previous report mentioned regarding the incident.

In a video viewed by The Saturday Telegraph, Dr Lynch can be seen arguing with the woman before she throws out her right arm at him.

It is kind of hard to kick someone in the groin with your arm. And if a groin-kick did occur, why is it not mentioned as being part of the footage?

According to this piece by The Australian’s Gerard Henderson (which you should read in its entirety):

On Thursday, I engaged in correspondence with Lynch and he provided me with some brief iPhone videos of the occasion, which he had filmed. The footage indicates that protesters physic­ally resisted attempts by security to remove them.

Lynch’s iPhone video indicates that a middle-aged woman threw water at some demonstrators. A still photo of the occasion shows Lynch thrusting a $5 note in the face of a person he called the “older lady”.

Lynch advised me that he did this to warn the woman in question that he “would have no option but to sue her for assault if she carried on — which would cost her a lot of money”.


In the event, Lynch’s legal threat was of no moment.

As Lynch conceded in his correspondence with me, he “emerged without injury” from the occasion.

Again, no evidence of the alleged groin kick – neither from the footage nor mentioned by Lynch himself. And the fact he emerged without injury would seem to reinforce this view.

This is all leads me to believe that Lynch is not being truthful.

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BDSHole Professor Jake Lynch Insults Our Intelligence Fri, 13 Mar 2015 13:54:53 +0000 jake lynch

Lynch waving money at a Jew

Yesterday, I posted about BDSHole Professor Jake Lynch’s ostensible display of antisemitism – waving money in front of a Jewish person  – and suggested he need to explain himself.

Well, he has.

Mr Lynch then reached into his breast pocket, pulled out a $5 note and began waving it in the woman’s face.

Dr Lynch said his actions were intended to represent a threat to sue the woman.

I don’t buy it.

The good news is Sydney University are investigating the incident.

A Sydney University spokeswoman said in a ­statement last night: “The ­University is deeply concerned about events surrounding a protest on campus and has ­commenced an investigation into the incidents.”

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MUST WATCH: Muslim Rips BDSHoles Fri, 13 Mar 2015 13:37:55 +0000 I must say I enjoyed this.

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