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Saturday, July 31, 2004

Taking the mask off ISM

Ever since that Prank Call I made to the ISM over a year ago, in which they showed to be Jewhating terrorist lovers, or atleast pretend to be such for potential donors, I found that organization troubling. I surf their site every now and then, and the results are always shocking. But this, I think has gone too far. A few months ago I published a video of ISMers chanting "from the river to the sea Palestine shall be free", which in my opinion shows their exact intentions for destroying the state of Israel and no further proof would be necessary. But more proof arrives: Their new campaign for this summer.


Freedom Summer Palestine 2004 is conceived to be 56-day campaign (one day for every year of displacement and dispossession) against occupation, whereby Palestinians mobilizing with the participation and support of their international supporters, will draw the attention of the world to the true nature of the situation on the ground in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and leave no doubt in anyone's mind that the Palestinian struggle is a just struggle for dignity, human rights and freedom.
Hmmm a 56 years occupation, dispossession and displacement? But I thought occupation is only 37 years old and began in 1967?
Oh wait, you mean poor innocent, International-Speedbump-Movement actually means an end to Israel?
In their FAQ, when asked about being Antisemites, ISM replies: No. Our number of active volunteers varies, but approximately 15-20% of them are Jewish. Many Jewish organizations, both within and outside Israel, support the aims and efforts of the ISM.
Right... "My best friends are Jews, what a jewhater? Me?" and not only do they LOVE Jews, the Palestinians are also excellent hosts:
"It takes time for internationals to earn the trust of our
Palestinian partners, and this is perhaps especially true for Jewish
internationals, but you will be judged by your actions, not your
ethnicity."
Also, the next statement sheds some light to it.
"Understand, though, that the Israeli occupiers do
everything in their power to conflate the concepts of "Jew" and "Israeli", so
you may well hear Palestinians talking about "the Jews" when they really
mean
"Israelis" or "the Israeli army" or "the Israeli government". It
is useful to remember the context; talk about "the Jews" is not the
indication of bigotry
that it would be in the United States or
Europe."
Oh, I think I got it now, the Israeli military got Palestinians confused, they MISTAKENLY think that Israeli army means Jews (when in fact it has large amount of beduins, duruz and Israeli Arabs serving in it) and when they shout "death to Jews" they just mean "death to Israel". It the same kind of double standards that belittles Palestinians, just like the ISM thinks its alright to shoot Palestinians who aid terrorists, but when their activist aiding terrorists is shot the response is "they'd do it to a westerner? How could they???", they think it's OK for Palestinians to hate Jews, it's not like they're westerners.

Personally, I view the Palestinians as my equals. I think they should be held accountable to the same standards anyone else would be held accountable. Believing differently is racism, which the ISM is not new to.

Another completely hilarious bit of that FAQ is when it comes to homosexuals, here's the Q&A the ISM quotes:

12) I'm a queer activist thinking of joining freedom summer. What are some issues I should be aware of?

Palestinian society is as diverse in attitudes about gender and sexuality as is U.S. society. Internationals may find themselves in communities with fairly traditional norms and attitudes. In those cases, many of us have chosen not to speak about our sexuality with our Palestinian hosts, even though we felt it was important to come out to our international comrades. The decision about how or when you want to reveal information about yourself is a highly individual one; it's important to be clear with yourself about your reasons to sharing or withholding information, and how those reasons relate to your reasons for being in Palestine.

Ah, Palestinians have diverse perceptions of Sexuality... Right... It's so diverse that they have their police force beats up gays on the streets, and their homosexuals have to escape to Israel so they wouldn't face certain death and lynching. Right, just remember, Palestinians are WONDERFULL hosts.
Also bothering are those double standards again. "It's alright to tell Westerners you're gay, but hush don't tell Palestinians, they're backwards people". Well guess what ISM, they aren't. Palestinians should be held to the same standards you hold yourself or your Israeli foes. They are people like you and me. You should hold them accountable for their actions and the hypocrisy of treating westerners differently should stop.

Would someone please, please, please explain to me how come so many innocent misguided fall for that crap ISM sells and actually come to Israel to help terrorists? Would someone bulldoze them already?


Another Cycle

The Israeli army is built on cycles. Every few months new soldiers arive, new soldiers are drafted, new commanders course open, new officers course opens. In short, everything jumps forward and people get advanced, people leave, new people join the teams.
Now is such a time. A new cycle has began.
The March 04 recruits are almost here. In a few days I'll be celebrating a year in the military, and the August 04, what you my call "my sons" soldiers will join the force for basic training. Until this cycle, everything kept moving for me, I began new courses, I finished old courses, I got new friends every few months. I almost felt adjusted to getting to know new people, I mean my cellphone practicly ran out of memory because of the number of people I've met and I atleast try to keep in touch with, even though I don't see them so often anymore. But now, this works the other way. I'm the one remaining in place, and everyone else around me are shifting. My commander is now a civie, so is one of my officers. Friends, people who I've learned to know, get used to, people with whom I've been for 4 months, who have been the closest thing to me are now living. Many of them will return as commanders, others chose to move on different paths, becoming paramedics, taking deskjobs when offered, ETC.
It's not that my world is falling apart around me, it's just that there are too many things shifting, and I'm not sure I'm ready this time for another round of starting from scratch with people. I've come to reach the conclusion that I just "know" too many people. I mean when I get bored and wanna call someone it's not "hmmm. who can I possibly call..." it's more of "hmmm... which one am I gonna call now...".
Keeping in touch with people becomes more and more difficult, and I guess my real fear is losing some of my old friends. Naturally I'm not as close with my schoolbuddies as I used to, but I do keep in touch with most. I certainly am in could touch with my best friends from highschool.
I really thought I'd get used to knowing new people and I guess I did, I just didn't get used to saying goodbye to people I love who have served with me. I really loved my crew this cycle. We've been a good team, we knew how to work together, everyone seemed to fall in place just right. And now out of 6 people it's just me remaining. I guess I'm having a hard time because we were such a good crew, with such excellent teamwork and human chemistry.
Soon we'll find out what March 04 is gonna look like.

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

We've got mail

Just got back from the military, and looks like this blog got noticed by some sort of E-mail list as I'm getting many referals via Email.. I'd really like to know where was I mentioned and under which circumstances. So, if you guys know, contact me or just leave a comment.

Saturday, July 10, 2004

They're the guys who don't care about Israeli kids

The more I read about the ICJ the more disgusted I feel that THESE are the people who judge Israel. Let's go over them one by one, shall we?



Here are the people who love dead Israeli kids


First, the President of the ICJ judge Shi Jiuyong of China that's right, China. You know the country where they censor SMS messages and lock up people who say the wrong things for "re-education" in prisons. Yep, that's the country who sent the guy who headed the court which judged Israel's anti-terrorism barrier as "illegal".

Next, judge Ranjeva of Madagascar, who's country like Israel, the US, and other decent countries hasn't accepted the ICJ's juridiction. So the court which has no right to intervene in his country's business has a right to intervene in mine, great logic, eh?

Let's move on to judge Guillaume of France. It's good we've discussed Madagascar earlier, because France occupies land in Madagascar, the isles of Bassas da India, Europa Island, Glorioso Islands, and Juan de Nova Island are all Madagascar's territory occupied by France. France also occupies Clipperton Island, French Polynesia, French Southern and Antarctic Lands, New Caledonia, Tromelin Island, Wallis, Futuna, Adelie, Mayotte and Matthew and Hunter Islands. A long list isn't it?
Noone discusses France's invasion (which was unauthorised by the UN) into Ivory Coast last year, where it overturned a democraticly elected government and caused a civil war which claimed thousands of victims. The Ivorians now fight to get the french off their land. Without even mentioning France's support for Saddam and his rape chambers, mass graves. We always know it's up to FRANCE where they tell muslim girls how to dress for school and burn synagouges and mosques on daily basis to judge Israel and tell us what to do.

Next in line is Judge Abdul Koroma of Sierra-Leone. Sierra-Leone is Largely a third world hellhole, where a campaign of Jihad has been waged against innocent civilians (the country has a 60% muslim majority). There is still an ongoing conflict in the country, and it still occupies the town of Yenga, which is on Liberian land. That's right, a military occupation of civilian population, oh the horrors. Wonder if that's legal for judge Koroma...

Moving on to judge Vereshchetin of Russia. His country is currently involved in an illegal occupation of Chechnya, the Russians are much less mercifull than Israelis, or Americans. When they have a problem with someone, they raze their cities and burn their villages. Quoting a reporter on the spot: "I have been to Vukovar, Sarajevo and Mostar in the bad times, but I have never seen so much destruction in such a small area: homes smashed into matchwood, whole streets demolished. The village had been annihilated." In just another example of what is LEGAL for Vereshchetin's country to do. But a non-violent means of stopping terrorism? ILLEGAL WALL! we should compensate the poor palestinians.

Judge Higgins of Britain must've forgot that her country currently occupies Gibraltar, Falklands, British Indian Ocean Territory, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands. Noone would ever bother britain on that, but it is funny how you tend to forget illegal occupations when they're taken by your country. I also wonder what is Higgins policy on the separation walls in Northern Ireland. Another region occupied by Britain.

And here comes Judge Parra-Aranguren of Venezuela, that's right Hugo Chavez's Venezuela, you know the country where the president unleashed the police to shoot a few protestors. It's so nice he gets to judge Israel's policy on Palestinians.
And next judge Kooijmans of the Netherlands, that's right, that country which occupies Aruba and the Antilles. Wonder what netherlands has to say of years of illegal occupation of the Antilles.

Hey, maybe judge Rezek of Brazil could shed a little light on it. After all, it is his country that is occupying Isles which are part of Uruguay in the Cuareim area. Brazil hasn't accepted ICJ's jurisdiction, which means judge Rezek's country wouldn't care about his opinion on the legality of its policies. Interstingly enough, he thinks Israel should.
Brazil itself builds a 3-meters wall around Rio-De-Janeiro's slums. I bet THAT separation wall is legal, after all, it doesn't help save jewish lives.

Judge Owada of Japan can tell us all about occupying Senkaku Islands and the fishing rich Take-shima area without giving it's inhabitants citizenship while settling japanese citizens there. Anyone said settlements are illegal? obviously not for Japan.

Judge Simma of Germany, France's ally in the Axis of Weasels and another staunch defender of saddam and his policies. The people who wanted to see Saddam stay in power, get to judge Israel's right to defend itself. Interestingly, Germany hasn't accepted the ICJ's jurisdiction. It wouldn't bother Simma to judge Israel ofcourse. After all, double standarts is what goes in the EU...

Judge Tomka of Slovenia, yet another country who hasn't accepted the ICJ jurisdiction. Interestingly enough, he obviously thinks he has enough jurisdiction to judge Israel's right to defend its kids from murderers.

Judge Al?Khasawneh of Jordan knows all about illegal occupation. After all his country occupied the west bank for 19 years without giving the Palestinians citizenship. Jordan is a monarchy, every elections there is a fraud, and oponnents of the king get locked in jails. Most of Jordan's population refer to themselvs as "Palestinians" which means if Jordan actually ever HAD an election, it would probably be renamed as "Palestine". Jordan hasn't accepted ICJ's jurisdiction.

And *drumroll* here comes the king of unfairness, judge El-Araby, of egypt...
Not only does his country illegaly occupy the Halai'b triangle from Sudan, and Forcefully transfered peacefull Nubians into Sudan just to make an artificial lake. It's treatment of Gays is noteworthy. You see, in Egypt, having the wrong kind of sex will get you landed in JAIL for three years. So lovely of him to judge us. But that isn't ALL.
Judge Elaraby is honestly a special case, because he's the first guy who should disqualigy himself from judging on this issue. In 2001 the guy said to Al-Ahram newspaper the following:

""I hate to say it," Elaraby continued, "but you do not see the Palestinians, or any other Arab country today, presenting the issue thus when addressing the international community: Israel is occupying Palestinian territory, and the occupation itself is against international law. "

Elaraby later suggested arab countries should "sue" Israel.
Great great non-bias, eh?
Looking at the figures and factoids in the world factbook has proven to be quite astounding.
* 11 of the 15 countries of origin of the judges in the ICJ are involved in occupation of foreign land.
* 6 of the 15 countries of origin of the judges in the ICJ haven't accepted ICJ's jurisdiction.
* 4 of the 15 countries of origin of the judges in the ICJ are dictatorships.
* 5 of the 15 countries of origin of the judges in the ICJ are members of the EU, another member of the EU, Spain, has it's own separation wall in Ceuta. Yet another member of the EU, Britain has built wall in Northern Ireland to prevent Protestants and Catholics from fighting.

Check out the literacy data for those countries, if you want a shock. Did you know, that in Sierra-Leone, only 31.4% of the population can read? In Madagascar it's a mighty 68.9%...
In short, Israel has been judged by a collection of third-world toiletless dictatorships, who honestly believe they're the people to tell us what to do. Thank god our government just doesn't care of this court's opinion.

Friday, July 09, 2004

Ahh... How surprising

Amasingly and unexpectedly the UN sponsored ICJ has decided the fence is illegal and Israel should dismantle the fence (!) so that Israel should dismantle the fence so that more Israeli kids could be killed. It further decided that Israel should COMPENSATE (!!!) the palestinians for the suffering caused to them by the fence thus sending yet more money to terrorism (what's the matter, is the EU running dry on terrorist funding?).
That's right, because palestinians deserve compensation, after all what are a couple of dead kids, to having to wait a few minutes in a checkpoint to pass by.
I'm just wondering how much lower can the UN get.

The Internationals

Today the ICJ is going to give it's ruling on Israel's anti-terrorism barrier. It's obvious that they're going to say that the evil jews are stealing palestinian land because they want to hijack their babies and make matzoh balls out of them, but let's all act surprised when they give their rulling on how evil Israel is.
My opinion is, unsurprsingly, that Israel should tell the ICJ to f___ off and mind it's own business. I don't understand why do internationals with no relation whatsoever to Israel are doing interfering with out internal business. And even in the case they do want to walk in on the behalf of the Palestinians, to act as if they have the authority to tell a sovereign, democratic nation, what to do is insolent.
As a soldier, I happen to meet with a few international activists now and then.
First there are the UN observers in the Golan Heights. They're abnoxiously snobby and bossy and feel the need to tell us soldiers what to do and command us, as if we were their soldiers. They come to the base and demand to be allowed in (which we can't do, if they don't have an officer accompanying them), and when we stress that we have to wait for approval from the higher ranks they threaten us with international complaints (not that I care).
There are some Polish guys in that UN force, they were chatting fervently next to me, mentioning the word "zhyd" all too often.
Then there's the TIPH force in Hebron. A few years ago, a palestinian policeman shot and killed two TIPH observers, the group later on moved to claim it was an IDF covert operation using palestinian police uniform.
And then, top of the tops, there's the ISM. It's actions disrupt everyday IDF activity. Although they haven't tried to storm a checkpoint I was serving in, I did see them from a distance conducting a "protest" it included some hooded guys from the Al Aqsa martyrs brigades, as well as chants of "From the river to the sea Palestine will be free" (as this blog has once proven them to say), and active violence against IDF soldiers merely doing their duty.

I fail to understand what do foreigners from across the world have to do in Israel, politically. It is naturally, their right to come here and protest what they view as wrong, and as a democracy, Israel should respect that right, but the idea of outsiders intervening in this conflict is somehow wrong from the core. They're europeans, who know nothing about the origins of the conflict, they know nothing about palestinian lives, but what they hear on the slanted news reports in their home countries. And the part which most saddens me, is that they know nothing about Israeli life in the shadow of constant terrorist attacks, nor do they try to find out. They come here, with a set opinion, move to a war zone, and when what they witness is, indeed war, they are shocked and astonished at it.
The UN itself, which I continue to view as a racist body, filled with third world toiletless, dress wearing thugs telling democracies what to do, naturally sends here the kind of people it likes. I would hate to use the Antisemitism card, but it does seem to me that when two UN observers talk secretively with each other when the word starring in that conversation is "zhyd", something might be said on their opinions of jews.
It would also appear quite misterious that the TIPH observers come mostly from arabic background, many of them immigrants to the countries they represent in the international force. I do not care about their nationality or background, but when checked with their behaviour, it's quite clear which side are they on.
With the attitude of the UN representatives in Israel, I wouldn't be surprised with anything they'd do.
Well, anyone putting any bets on what the court rulling on the barrier will be?

Tuesday, July 06, 2004

Back

Blogging sure looks simpler than it is.
In the last month or so, I haven't posted to this blog, I can't even explain why.
It became just another thing "to do" on the weekend I get off every few weeks, and I really wouldn't want to write something just to get done with it.
Now, I'm back home for a regilah, a one week "vacation" home, I'll be home till next Sunday, and I feel that I now can post without the time pressure.
It's nice to be back.