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  1. “Orange” — that orange wants to divert is because it is not making money, in most countries, orange is the owner of the brand, whereas here it is just receiving logo royalties – peanuts, for them a losing proposal.
    further orange’s ceo’s remarks were bombastic made in egypt to brag about “divestment”
    but here even monetary issues ARE ANTISEMITIC – THEY HATE US – THEY WANT TO KILL US – no one talks about the billions saban raked before kahlon lowered the boom on the local cellular corp.
    discourse ANY discourse, economy, political, you name is put on its head to find the ANTISEMITICAL angle.
    it’s a joke, it’s about power, further the IDF apparently “lost” its compass by finding a lone soldier eating a non-kosher sandwich while on action. AS THOUGH THOUSANDS OF ENLISTED DO NOT EAT NON-KOSHER. lonely soldier is a bogeyman for the MIGHTY RELIGIOUS SOCIETY – the local frenzy almost turned this “enlisted” as antisemite. please tell me how ironic that IDF SOLDIERS ARE EVEN CONSIDERED WORKING AGAINST THE STATE OF ISRAEL —– democracy, freedom, gone by the windows ANTISEMITISM IS THE NEW RELIGION

    1. In this “religion of anti-Semitism” Israel relies on a currency that is increasingly losing value outside it. Michael Neumann put his finger on it:

      “Inflating the meaning of ‘antisemitism’ to include anything politically damaging to Israel is a double-edged sword. It may be handy for smiting your enemies, but the problem is that definitional inflation, like any inflation, cheapens the currency. The more things get to count as antisemitic, the less awful antisemitism is going to sound. This happens because, while no one can stop you from inflating definitions, you still don’t control the facts. In particular, no definition of ‘antisemitism’ is going to eradicate the substantially pro-Palestinian version of the facts which I espouse, as do most people in Europe, a great many Israelis, and a growing number of North Americans. ‘ [5]


      In fact one could well argue that, seeing the result of its actions worldwide, Israel is “objectively” anti-semitic. It is again Neumann who has precisely formulated this in explaining his, and his brother Osha’s, request to remove their grandmother’s name from the wall at Yad Vashem:

      ““I do not believe that the Jewish people, in whose name you [i.e the Israeli president] have committed so many crimes with such outrageous complacency, can ever rid itself of the shame you have brought upon us. Nazi propaganda, for all its calumnies, never disgraced and corrupted the Jews; you have succeeded in this…you blacken our names not only by your acts, but by the lies, the coy evasions, the smirking arrogance and the infantile self-righteousness with which you embroider our history… You will never pay for your crimes and you will continue to preen yourself, to bask in your illusions of moral ascendancy.”” (Wikipedia)

      Recently there has been an attempt by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs to shore up the currency of anti-semitism accusations by law. It produced a Draft International Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Anti-Semitism. The main mover behind this is the Center’s Director of the Institute for Contemporary Affairs, Alan Baker, who has been, among other things, a military prosecutor for the IDF. This draft convention has a preamble as long as your arm. And yes, hidden among the many “considerations” is this:

      P28] Noting the State Department’s report on anti-Semitism which includes in its definition of anti-Semitism the “demonization of Israel, or vilification of Israeli leaders,” along with “hatred toward Jews”;

      See more at: http://jcpa.org/article/draft-international-convention-on-the-prevention-and-punishment-of-the-crime-of-anti-semitism/#sthash.WwABpPx8.dpuf

      Why not say straight out that the main idea is to make criticism of Israel punishable by law.?
      Mr.Baker should have learned from the many attempts, throughout history, to maintain the value of a failing currency through some “binding” regulation or other.

      1. Thanks for the Neumann quote! Nobody writes with quite the same cool logical and outraged persuasion as he does.

        1. sorry for net being well read but “Antisemitism is the new religion” i made it up while writing, i swear i had no idea someone else came up with it before, no plagiarism was ever intended
          what disgusts, revolts and brings me to vomit is the level of cacophony and the extreme sense of “hurt” that the hasbara country is showing of late rather than confront the truth is looks better as “guilt” acting to rend ones robes and throw ashes on our head. as though will “immediately and automatically” kill and destroy any further BDS talks. These people do not see that their acts appear as buffonerism and only serve to further inflame and feed the act that they wish to destroy.
          you cannot destroy or legislate ideas you cannot silence speech.

      2. Funny to read about inflation of definition on a blog that constantly used terms like genocide and murder where it is far fetched from the usual definition.

  2. Richard – coming talk at Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe NM, as a result of an successful academic freedom challenge:

    ‘The US Pivot on Israel and the Israeli Lobby/Jewish Lobby in the US’
    …………………….‘The Reset of US-Israeli Relations’

    WHEN: June 10th, Wed evening, 6:00 – 7:00pm
    WHERE: Classroom 214, West Wing, Santa Fe Community College,
    WHO: Dr Lance Dale Call …… SFCC@ 505-428-1000 to find classroom

    A talk providing description and context of 2 root strategic US policy resets on Israel,
    3 advancing and unstopped existential crises for Israel – as well at the resulting fresh conversations, vantage points, and facts on the ground arising therefrom

    US Strategic Pivots:

    The Pivot on Israel’s strategy on Iran
    The Pivot on Israel’s strategy on Palestine

    3 Advancing Israeli ‘existential crises’:

    The 3 dispositive and concurrent existential crises seen as such by Israel itself:

    Crisis #1: The Iran Nuclear Deal: signed sealed and delivered June 30
    Crisis #2: Successfully advancing Palestinian case at the ICC
    Crisis #3: Catastrophic reversal of US diplomatic cover at UN/international forums

    – ‘Concurrency and synergy of crises and Strategic Collapse of Israeli Apartheid/Strategic Collapse of the Israeli Lobby’

    American Political Consequences and Resets:

    Battle Royale – Obama’s Legacy vs Hillary’s Presidency
    Sheldon Adelson’s ‘Chinese Mafia links’ US Court Case
    ‘The Israel Lobby of Post-Apartheid What*?’ *1P1V1S
    ‘CHECKMATE: Queen Hillary on an AIPAC Horse’

    Goals: General familiarity with current US and Israeli policy position and state of play amidst rapidly evolving events and importance of consumption of Israeli media to understanding above

  3. Never fail to lose sight of the fact that Israel has lusted for the Litani River and all the Lebanese land south of it since 1948 and will continue to attack until they succeed or are militarily thrashed.

  4. Nessim Dayan: I hope I haven’t given you the impression that Neumann used the term “religion of anti-semitism”. To the best of my knowledge he has never done so and even if he had there would be nothing against you using the phrase as well. There is no copyright on it.

    You are right in assuming that the incredible fuss some people in Israel make about the BDS- movement only will strengthen it.

    Saban and Adelson have warned of a “tsunami” of anti-semitism by which they mean critique of Israel. Saban indulged in threats against Orange which would, I assume, only put his target’s back up. It is a pitiful sight to see these two primitive money bags lead the anti-BDS movement. It shows that Israel can’t rely on the “non-compulsive compulsion of the better argument” (Habermas) but only on intimidation and bribery.

  5. I think the key to understanding Gadi Eizenkot is this: he knows what the IDF is capable of, and he knows what the IDF is incapable of doing.

    Flatten the southern part of Lebanon?
    Yeah, that’s as-easy-as, so let’s trumpet that to everyone.

    Force millions of civilians to flee south Lebanon?
    Hmmm, probably. Quite do-able. So I’ll add my voice to the chorus.

    Take out Iran’s nuclear facilities?
    Are you kidding me! Look at the map, dude, then look at the F-16’s spec sheet.
    You. Are. F**king. Mad. If. You. Think. The. IDF. Can. Do. That. On. Its. Own.

    Basically, he is a man with no moral fibre whatsoever, but he is perfectly capable of looking at what he has got in his goodie-bag and comparing it to what the politicians want him to do.

    If he can do it then he’ll say so. He’ll do it, and sleep soundly at night no matter the screams of the dead.

    If he can’t do it then he’ll say so, and if the politicians don’t want to hear it, well, tough luck.

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