Published on Dec 11, 2012
Produced by Write On For Israel/San Francisco teen participants
As Bay Area high school students, we encounter people who hold many preconceived notions of Israel. Some of our teachers openly condemn Israel for being an apartheid state and engaging in other monstrosities; fellow students speak of Israelis as murderers; and many peers refuse even to acknowledge Israel’s legitimacy as a state.
Therefore, my WOFI team chose to make our documentary about Israel’s public image and about how it is being demonized by falsified media in “Pallywood,” a widespread effort to present the Palestinians as hapless victims of Israeli aggression. While filming, we met people who gave us a great deal of insight into the topic and opened our minds to the dangers.
Today, most people trust the media to always tell the truth, even when it lies. Anti-Israel forces use the international media as a powerful channel to spread disinformation. By exposing the lies of Pallywood we want to put a spotlight on their malicious efforts. Our goal is to reveal the damage that’s been done to Israel’s image by Pallywood and show Israel in a brighter light—because we feel that we must do our part to protect the only real democracy in the Middle East.
Here’s another short clip, also from November 16th in downtown San Francisco, across the street from the Israeli Consulate.
It’s common for the ‘peace activists’ to wander across the street and start verbal and sometimes physical fights with anyone who has the audacity to stand up for Israel. We are rather easy to identify, holding up signs like “Free Gaza from Hamas,” or toting an Israeli or U.S. flag.
Peace groups, like ANSWER, routinely show up at “rallies for peace” to bash Israel and Jews. They, like many others, use “Zionist” to replace “Jew” so as to appear nuanced with their politics. It’s a joke.
We know Zionism drove the creation of the State of Israel forward. However, chanting “death to the Jews,” even among the ranks of hard-core activists, is known to be bad for public relations. Tends to turn people away from you, rather than towards. Anyway…
This is from Thursday November 15th. it’s a very short clip. As usual, the much larger crowd of peace activists are allowed to stand in front of the Israeli Consulate at 456 Montgomery Street, while those of us who also want peace AND desire Israel’s continued existence, stand across from them. SFPD seems satisfied with this arrangement and overall it works rather well.
She has been arrested 40 or 50 times for acts of civil disobedience and once served six months in prison. In the Nevada desert, she and other peace activists knelt down to block a truck rumbling across the government’s nuclear test site, prompting the authorities to take her into custody.
She gained so much attention that the Energy Department, which maintains the nation’s nuclear arsenal, helped pay for an oral history in which she described her upbringing and the development of her antinuclear views.
Now, Sister Megan Rice, 82, a Roman Catholic nun of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, and two male accomplices have carried out what nuclear experts call the biggest security breach in the history of the nation’s atomic complex, making their way to the inner sanctum of the site where the United States keeps crucial nuclear bomb parts and fuel.
“Deadly force is authorized,” signs there read. “Halt!” Images of skulls emphasize the lethal danger.
With flashlights and bolt cutters, the three pacifists defied barbed wire as well as armed guards, video cameras and motion sensors at the Oak Ridge nuclear reservation in Tennessee early on July 28, a Saturday. They splashed blood on the Highly Enriched Uranium Materials Facility — a new windowless, half-billion-dollar plant encircled by enormous guard towers — and hung banners outside its walls.
“Swords into plowshares,” read one, quoting the Book of Isaiah. “Spears into pruning hooks.” The plant holds the nation’s main supply of highly enriched uranium, enough for thousands of nuclear weapons.
The actions of Sister Rice, a New York native who grew up on a prosperous block in Morningside Heights, and her companions, ages 57 and 63, are a huge embarrassment for President Obama. Since 2010, he has led a campaign to eliminate or lock down nuclear materials as a way to fight atomic terrorism. Now, the three — two of whom, including Sister Rice, are free and are awaiting trial in October — have made nuclear theft seem only a little more challenging than a romp in the Tennessee woods.
In interviews this week, Sister Rice discussed her life — somewhat reluctantly at times — and kept emphasizing what she called “the issue.”
“An Arab and a haredi are riding a motorbike.” No, this is not the beginning of a joke.
The story of Fadi Bahir and Hezy Roth can definitely be adapted into a feature film: Imagine an ultra-Orthodox man dressed in black, entering an Arab neighborhood in east Jerusalem in order to save someone’s life. Hours later, an Arab man runs into the heart of the haredi neighborhood of Mea Shearim in order to provide medical care.
This is their story. Hezy and Fadi volunteer together at United Hatzalah, an emergency medical services organization similar to Magen David Adom. Hezy is a resident of Mea Shearim, while Fadi lives in the Arab neighborhood of At-Tur.
Arabs residents from east Jerusalem have recently began volunteering at United Hatzalah, joining the organization’s 1,800 volunteers – most of them haredim. They help mostly in Arab neighborhoods, which the Jewish volunteers are often afraid to enter.
One of the new volunteers, Fadi Bahir, asked to work with a haredi volunteer. He teamed up with Hezy Roth, and together they tour Jerusalem’s haredi neighborhoods and visit the nearby Mount of Olives, which At-Tur is built on.
Hezy comes from his fish shop, and Fadi from his work as a maintenance man at the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
“This whole issue is really insane,” Fadi says, smiling. “I’m approached by people in the middle of Mea Shearim, asking me for help. I have found myself more than once, with or without Hezy, in the middle of a yeshiva – performing resuscitation.”
‘We’re considered weirdoes’
It turns out that the Arab and haredi streets have quite a lot in common. The massive Magen David Adom ambulances find it difficult to make their way between the allies and are not familiar with the location of houses, and paramedics are sometimes afraid of visiting hostile places.
This is where the interfaith team comes in: They don’t any police escort, and can easily find their way on their motorbikes.
“It can sometimes take an ambulance 50 minutes to arrive,” says Fadi. “The person can die 10 times on the way. Take (the east Jerusalem village of) Silwan, for example. There are no addresses or number there.”
And Hezy adds, “When a person is in danger, he doesn’t care who saves him. This connection seems completely natural to us, but we’re each considered ‘weirdoes’ in each other’s neighborhoods.”
It’s nice to see a story of cooperation instead of confrontation. These are the true “Peace Activists.”
Senior officials in Jerusalem said Monday that Israel has received information that organizers of the Gaza flotilla may be bringing chemical substances on the ships to use against Israeli soldiers to prevent them from boarding the ships.
The senior officials also said that Israel had been notified that several extremists among the Gaza flotilla participants had recently claimed that they intend on “shedding the blood of IDF soldiers.”
Moreover, despite earlier reports, it seems that activists from the Turkish organization IHH, which was involved in the deadly IDF raid on the Mavi Marmara in last year’s Gaza flotilla, will be joining several of the ships sailing for Gaza as part of the flotilla.
Israeli officials claim that two activists participating in the flotilla have connections to Hamas. They named the first one as Amin Abu Rashad, who they claim is one of the head Dutch organizers for the Gaza flotilla and had served in the past as the head of the Hamas’ Charitable Foundation in Holland. The foundation closed down following Dutch authorities’ probe into its involvement in funding terror activities.
The second activist is Mohammed Ahmed Hanon, which Israel claims is a Hamas activist who stands at the head of the ABSPP, which is involved in transferring funds to terrorists.
An Israeli military report to be released Monday on the Israel Navy’s deadly May raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla is expected to accuse the navy of failing to sufficiently consider the possibility that the commandos would encounter violent resistance when attempting to keep the ships out of Gaza.
The report is also expected to criticize the navy for not cooperating sufficiently with the Mossad in gathering information ahead of the flotilla’s arrival and to discuss the process by which the raid was approved. It is not, however, expected to call for disciplinary action against particular officers.
The lefty blogosphere is crowing that this somehow vindicates the Peace Activists….
Israeli Military’s Mavi Marmara Report Blames the Navy
However it seems that the report is correctly blaming the Navy for not properly preparing for violence from the Peace Activists.
Women are “the new secret weapon” in use against the “thieving enemy,” said Samar Alhaj, the woman leading the Lebanese boat that is scheduled to try to break the naval blockade on Gaza in an interview with a regional Israeli Arabic- language radio station in Nazareth. The Israeli government has linked the boat to Hizbullah ”
Asked on Radio A-Shams by Zohair Bahloul why the ship, Mariam, would only be carrying women, she said, “We are women in order not to give the thieving enemy an excuse to use arms against the ship.” She said the ship would be carrying cancer medication for children, and women suffering from breast cancer and cancer of the uterus due to “chemical bombs” dropped on Gaza by Israel.
Alhaj is the wife of an officer in the Lebanese security service who was jailed for four years for alleged involvement in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. Alhaj and her husband met with Hizbullah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah on May 22.
Peace Activists Release Audio Taunting Israeli Soldiers, “Nazi”, “Fascist” and “Go back to Auschwitz”
Despite Max Blumenthal’s continued dishonest spin about peace activists taunting the Israelis by telling them to “Go back to Auschwitz” Peace Activists have released their own audio recording of the Israeli commandos boarding a Greek Ship in the flotilla…..
Continued chants of “Fascist” and “Nazi” can be heard throughout the raid. At 3:40 you can quite clearly hear the Peace Protesters telling the soldiers to go back to Auschwitz. It seems to be common rhetoric.
Will Max Blumenthal the IDF doctored this tape as well?
Daryl Cagle of MSNBC’s Professional Cartoonists Index published a series of cartoons by cartoonists worldwide on the flotilla raid. While some cartoons are decidedly Latuff-esque, others actually do a good job stating the obvious: that the peace activists pro-Palestininan media keeps lauding were anything but peaceful. Some even address the complexity of the issue in their own special way.
As a mirror to Cagle, the Anti-Defamation League submitted a press release sampling the blatantly racist responses of several Arab cartoonists.