Israellycool » boycott http://www.israellycool.com Down Under Punditry in the Middle East Fri, 24 Apr 2015 07:41:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2 Israel National Baseball Team Wins http://www.israellycool.com/2015/04/21/israel-national-baseball-team-wins/ http://www.israellycool.com/2015/04/21/israel-national-baseball-team-wins/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:52:39 +0000 http://www.israellycool.com/?p=75873 Well, they are the Under 14 Israel National Baseball team, and they came in 7th place out of 16.

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But that is quite an accomplishment coming from a country with almost no baseball culture, or knowledge of the sport. Last year the young Israel National Team won the European championship in the C division, so this year’s team competed in the 2015 European B Division.

Israel and Ukraine baseball

Here are some of the Israeli players with the opposing Ukrainian team.

Israel Under 14 Baseball team

Quite an accomplishment for these boys, to play in an European championship, against Ukraine, in Prague – and on Yom Hashoah.

Kol hakavod to the team and their families.

The Israeli Under 14 National Baseball team once again wins for representing Israel so well!

photo credit: Margo Sugarman

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Photo of the Day: Picnic Time http://www.israellycool.com/2015/04/19/photo-of-the-day-picnic-time/ http://www.israellycool.com/2015/04/19/photo-of-the-day-picnic-time/#comments Sun, 19 Apr 2015 19:19:13 +0000 http://www.israellycool.com/?p=75806 Rosh Chodesh Iyar is a popular picnic time in Jerusalem, Israel’s Gan Sacher. Today was perfect weather for those mangals and BBQs,

Rosh Hodesh in Jerusalem

Jewish and Muslim families could be found in the park cooking dinner on their grills.

#ApartheidFail – as usual.

 

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Did Israel Haters Galloway And Lynch Both Condone Violence Against “Zionists”? http://www.israellycool.com/2015/04/17/did-israel-haters-galloway-and-lynch-both-condone-violence-against-zionists/ http://www.israellycool.com/2015/04/17/did-israel-haters-galloway-and-lynch-both-condone-violence-against-zionists/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 09:52:22 +0000 http://www.israellycool.com/?p=75762 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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Max Blumenthal’s Laughable Excuse For Using Israeli Web Development Platform http://www.israellycool.com/2015/04/14/max-blumenthals-excuse-for-using-israeli-web-development-platform/ http://www.israellycool.com/2015/04/14/max-blumenthals-excuse-for-using-israeli-web-development-platform/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 18:50:29 +0000 http://www.israellycool.com/?p=75620 A few days ago, I posted about the stunning hypocrisy of Israel hater Max Blumenthal, who used Israeli company Wix for his website, despite advocating BDS.

When Israel advocate Avi Mayer pointed this out to him, this was Max’s response:

Now the thing is, Wix is a real do-it-yourself product. You do not need to code; you basically just choose from pre-configured templates with a minimum of additional work.

I have never heard of anyone hiring a web site designer to use Wix to create their site. It is akin to hiring an architect to build a small Lego house for you.

So I guess what I’m saying is Max is either lying about this or he is pretty useless.

Update: Looks like he is working on un-Wixifying his site.

blumenthal website down

Or rather his designer is.

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BDS Fail Of The Day: Return Of The Bad Karaoke http://www.israellycool.com/2015/04/13/bds-fail-of-the-day-return-of-the-bad-karaoke/ http://www.israellycool.com/2015/04/13/bds-fail-of-the-day-return-of-the-bad-karaoke/#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 17:19:01 +0000 http://www.israellycool.com/?p=75616 Yesterday, Brian posted about Robbie Williams’ excitement ahead of his concert in May.

Predictably, BDSHoles are not happy about it, and are doing what they regularly do to stop him from coming.

i.e. looking ridiculous and sounding even worse while attempting to sing.

Bonus fail: UNICEF will have none of it.

Via MondoScheiße:

http://mondoweiss.net/2015/04/pressure-williams-between

Dear London Palestine Action

Thank you for letting us know about your planned protest

Robbie Williams is performing in Tel Aviv in his personal capacity. Therefore, any questions relating to where Robbie Williams will be performing on his latest tour should kindly be addressed to his management.

Yours sincerely
Supporter Care Team

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BDS Blumen Fail http://www.israellycool.com/2015/04/12/bds-bloomin-fail/ http://www.israellycool.com/2015/04/12/bds-bloomin-fail/#comments Sun, 12 Apr 2015 17:36:12 +0000 http://www.israellycool.com/?p=75599 Max Blumenthal – the notorious Israel hater, Hamas supporter, toilet stall aficionado, and alcohol smuggler – is an advocate for BDS.

But in his case, it is easier said than done. For Max has created his personal website using Wix.

Made. In. Israel.

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blumenthal website

Perhaps he got a recommendation for it from fellow BDSholes Code Pink?

Either way, looks like Max found something else to fail at.

(hat tip: Avi Mayer)

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BDSHoles Hit A Wall In Attempt To Get Suzanne Vega To Boycott Israel http://www.israellycool.com/2015/04/09/bdsholes-hit-a-wall-in-attempt-to-get-suzanne-vega-to-boycott-israel/ http://www.israellycool.com/2015/04/09/bdsholes-hit-a-wall-in-attempt-to-get-suzanne-vega-to-boycott-israel/#comments Wed, 08 Apr 2015 21:42:04 +0000 http://www.israellycool.com/?p=75538 American singer songwriter Suzanne Vega is set to play in Israel with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra on June 9-10 (the latter show clashing with that of Art Garfunkel and possibly Duran Duran!).

As usual, the BDSholes are applying pressure on her to boycott Israel.

They are wasting their time.

This will be her fifth time in Israel and she has personally ‘Liked’ messages of support for her performing here – and against the BDSholes – on her Facebook page.

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This 2009 interview probably sheds some light on her feelings towards Israel.

Cool, elegant and eloquent as always, Suzanne Vega had a cozy chat with a room full of journalists in anticipation of her performance tomorrow night, July 19th, at the Mann Auditorium (Hechal HaTarbut) in Tel Aviv. “This is my third or fourth time here,” said Vega, “with ten year gaps in between. I married one Jewish man, then, in the next decade I married another Jewish man, so each time I return I feel more connected.”

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Asked how she feels about being in Israel once more, she says, “I feel very happy, content…I feel in the right place,” and offers a parting gift to the assembled group: a brief a capella taste of Tom’s Diner – “a story about breakfast.”

So BDSHoles, feel free to continue wasting your time.

As for Suzanne, thanks for coming and we look forward to your show.

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Where Are We Now? http://www.israellycool.com/2015/03/29/where-are-we-now-12/ http://www.israellycool.com/2015/03/29/where-are-we-now-12/#comments Sun, 29 Mar 2015 15:55:21 +0000 http://www.israellycool.com/?p=75318 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 http://www.israellycool.com/2015/03/28/the-gideon-levy-travelling-hate-show/ http://www.israellycool.com/2015/03/28/the-gideon-levy-travelling-hate-show/#comments Sat, 28 Mar 2015 20:36:13 +0000 http://www.israellycool.com/?p=75287 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 http://www.israellycool.com/2015/03/23/depeche-mode-now-highly-unlikely-to-ever-boycott-israel/ http://www.israellycool.com/2015/03/23/depeche-mode-now-highly-unlikely-to-ever-boycott-israel/#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 07:36:59 +0000 http://www.israellycool.com/?p=75038 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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