Israellycool » boycott Down Under Punditry in the Middle East Sun, 29 Mar 2015 17:43:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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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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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Anti-Zionist-Not-Antisemite Jake Lynch Needs To Explain This Thu, 12 Mar 2015 07:29:44 +0000 You may recall last year Shurat HaDin Israel Law Centre sued Australian academic Jake Lynch for racial discrimination for his BDS activities. My friend Andrew Hamilton was the lawyer involved. Unfortunately, Shurat HaDin dropped the case and Lynch walked away.

At the time, Lynch denied his BDSholing was racially ­motivated against Jews.

So let him explain this.

jake lynch

That’s Lynch at a disruptive protest against Colonel Richard Kemp at the University of Sydney, holding money to the face of a Jewish student.

So Mr Lynch, I invited you to explain yourself. I mean, surely this was not an antisemitic gesture, right? Perhaps you just wanted change. Because your actions against Israelis are not racially motivated. I mean, you said so.

In the meantime, I ask the University of Sydney to investigate.

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Max Blumenthal’s Latest Fail Mon, 02 Mar 2015 07:46:00 +0000 Last week was Israel Apartheid Week (aka Concentrated Israel Demonization Week) in the UK, and Israel hater Max Blumenthal had one job: to address some fellow Israel haters in person.

Alas, he missed his plane.

Which begs the question: Why?

Here are some guesses:

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Inventors Of “Pinkwashing” Term Go Down The Drain Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:17:46 +0000 Toronto based BDShole group Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (who you may remember from here) are no more (hat tip: Marvin).

QuAIAPalestinian rights group Queers Against Israeli Apartheid is shutting itself down after seven years of activism and controversy.

Tim McCaskell, one of the group’s organizers, announced in a news release Thursday that QuAIA will “officially retire” at the end of this month.

The group educated Canadians about the Israeli “occupation”, popularized the terms “Israeli apartheid” and “pinkwashing” and inspired QuAIA groups in queer communities around the world,” he said.

But deteriorating Middle East conditions and Canada’s attempts to “suppress” boycott, divestment and sanction efforts “pulled activist energies in many directions,” and QuAIA members to other groups and cities.

“It wasn’t an easy decision to make,” McCaskell said. “But we decided that retiring QuAIA allows us all to develop new strategies for supporting the Palestine solidarity movement and to make new links across oppressions in our communities.”

Avi Benlolo, chief executive of the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Centre for Holocaust Studies, and a past critic of what he called a “fringe group”, welcomed QuAIA’s decision but doubted the stated reason.

“It’s quite obvious that they would lose momentum,” Benlolo said.” With extremist massacres in Syria, ISIS going around cutting people’s heads off, Iran executing gays … why would anybody be going after Israel with its pride parades in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem?”

Good point.

I suggest the group comes back but with a new name. Perhaps Activist Socialist Society of Homosexuals Against the Terror State. Or A S S H A T S.

Meanwhile, just to show you the idiocy of this now defunct group, the aforementioned Tim McCaskell is pictured here with this T-shirt.


Given Israel is engaged in AIDS research and has already made good progress, would he boycott such treatments?

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