Israel Bars Entry To Boycott Advocate In Major Free Speech Controversy

th-1th-2For the first time, Israel has denied entry to a prominent traveler due to her part advocacy of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. African theologian and academic Isabel Phiri is an assistant general secretary with the World Council of Churches in Geneva. She was refused entry at Israel’s Ben Gurion airport on Monday afternoon. The decision has raised a long-standing concern over people being barred from Israel for their political views and protected speech. The decision this week raises the concern that millions of people supporting the BDS movement could be barred from entry on the basis of their political support for the movement.

%d7%90%d7%a8%d7%99%d7%94_%d7%93%d7%a8%d7%a2%d7%99Israel’s interior minister, Aryeh Dery, took responsibility for the decision. After speaking with public security minister, Gilad Erdan, who is also in charge of countering anti-Israel boycotts, he denied the vida for Phiri. Dery left no doubt that Israel would now deny entry to people who hold the wrong political views: “Granting an entry permit to activists such as Phiri would in effect reinforce the wrongful activities she and her peers are advancing and I have no intention of lending a hand to that. I will use any authority at my disposal to avert harm to Israel.”

Erdan added that “The place of the boycotters is outside the country’s borders and we shall continue to do everything possible to prevent them from entering our country.” The reference to “boycotters” would cover anyone supporting the BDS.

Phiri was a professor of African theology, and head of the school of religion, philosophy and classics at the University of KwaZulu Natal in South Africa. The WCC represents churches, denominations and church fellowships in more than 110 countries with more than 500 million Christians. That includes a wide array of Anglican, Baptist, Lutheran, Methodist and Reformed churches, as well as many United and independent churches. The ministry noted the WCC engaged in pro-Palestinian activities, including observers sent to Palestinian areas.

What is interesting is that the ministry decided to act unilaterally before a bill was passed by the Knesset that would prevent foreign supporters of the BDS movement from entering Israel. The legislation would leave it to the ministry to allow or bar BDS supporters.

With rising opposition over the settlements in nations like Germany, the decision to bar travelers on the basis for their political views could encompass a wide wrath of travelers. Given Israel’s lucrative tourism business, the uncertainty could have a significant economic impact. For civil libertarians, the move is not just inimical to free speech but inimical to democratic values in Israel. The intolerance for certain political views or non-violent activities would move Israel closer to some of its intolerant Muslim neighbors in the region. Countries like Iran are known for monitoring the views of visitors and barring critics. That is a path that Israel would wisely avoid. The fact is that Israel has a large civil libertarian community as well as a renowned academic community. The way to counter the BDS movement is with more speech, not less speech . . . or barriers to entry. Indeed, having BDS advocates interact within Israel is an opportunity for the other side to make its case both to those advocates as well as those people who are undecided on such questions.

Israel is not alone of course in such policies. I have been critical of decisions by England and the United States to occasionally bar outspoken critics or controversial figures. As will come as little surprise, I oppose such barriers based on free speech. Ironically, they tend to only magnify the complaints of those barred from entry and undermine the democratic credibility of the country. Boycotting the boycotters will not change any minds toward Israel but could well add to the BDS ranks.

What do you think?

121 thoughts on “Israel Bars Entry To Boycott Advocate In Major Free Speech Controversy”

  1. Also, if this bill passes, no BLM founder will ever be able to visit Israel again. Ebony magazine interviewed them after they traveled to “Palestine” to discuss their anti-semitic views with Palestinian terrorist organizations, among others.

  2. I think that in this case, Israel is in error. This underscores that we, alone, have the most robust Free Speech rights among all Western nations. The only valid reason I can think of for denying her entry would be ties to terrorism. Then it’s a safety issue. Barring that, ugly opinions fall under free speech. We allow people to visit here all the time who despise America.

  3. There is a strong movement to curtail free speech which the powerful do not approve of. It is essential to speak freely about the powerful.

    Right now, the world’s most powerful people are stopping any examination of their actions by curtailing criticism and making the claim that everything they don’t put out is “fake” news.

    In no way ought we to let the powerful repress criticism. Criticism which is incorrect is properly countered with facts, not repression. Criticism of the powerful is often right on the mark. This is the main reason for its repression. The powerful know this and they know how to undermine truths about their bad actions which they do not want in the public domain.

    Israel and other powerful nations should not be allowed to curtail free speech. They will hide wrong doing under banner and no citizen of that nation or any other nation ought to accept this repression from their govt.

    1. Israel and other powerful nations

      GONG!

      Israel’s population is about that of Austria’s.

  4. I agree with Israel totally. They are a sovereign nation, practically under siege, and they have a responsibility to their citizens to ban agitators from their land.

  5. University speech codes, hate speech legislation, school book bans and prohibitions against ideologically unpopular speakers are all products of the same phenomenon: fear of the potential effects of the written or spoken word. They are anathema to any reasonable interpretation of the individual right to free speech and should be condemned whenever they rear their ugly heads, regardless of the source.

    1. And this is why I love MikeA and wish he would be here more often! And, someone needs to check on Patriot. He should have commented 20 times by now.

  6. Israel, like any country, should be able to exclude anyone it wants for any reason. There is no right to enter any country of which one is not a citizen.

  7. Why is it that every time a country such as Israel or the US is called out for its hypocrisy the person complaining is now against that country. One can see that complaining about Israel’s bigotry, racism, religious fantasies, and ongoing removal of Palestinian rights as being against Israel or for Israel stopping its hypocrisy and criminal behavior. Wanting to take the evil out of Israel is perhaps being the most supportive.

    1. Exactly. Those who care most about Israel, despise its suicidal apartheid policies.

      1. There are no apartheid policies, bar in the imaginations of anti-semites and the usual red-haze twerps who always pick s*** sandwich causes.

  8. Let me get this straight …a person who is supporting a boycott of Israel wants to go there? Um.

  9. Is the Israeli government censoring information readily available on the internet? Are the people of Israel so unaware of the BDS movement that it’s necessary to bring in foreigners to bring that message to them? Should the United States allow proponents of Sharia Law access within our borders to go around our country to promote the virtues of that “legal” system?

  10. Most national efforts to keep certain people out, is a long history of foreign spies fomenting anger, chaos, false flags, revolutions, and coups. BDS is not an effort to overthrow a country, take control of its valuable resources and cheap labor. It’s an effort to advance compliance with international law.

    1. There is no such thing. Nor is there anything to ‘comply’ with. If the Arab politicians on the West Bank and Gaza wish to cut a deal with their Jewish neighbors, they have to start by picking up the phone. They don’t want a deal, because a deal would mean making concessions they don’t wish to make. The current situation is better from their perspective than the deal they don’t want.

      The concession they don’t want to make is coming to terms with the Jewish state next door and the people who live in it.

  11. They kept Meyer Lanksy out because they thought he was part of the Mafia (nobody every proved it), so why not this woman. She is a danger to their country, why should they let her in?

  12. Absent from the conversation is the fact that the BDS movement exists to apply economic and political pressure to compel Israel to comply with international law and to stop oppressing Palestinians. Viewed in this context, it is only natural that Israel would respond with efforts to censor and silence dissent against its unlawful policies. This is the slippery sloped embarked upon by all the great totalitarian governments, from Stalin to Pinochet to Kim Jong un

    It appears that Israel is hellbent to take its place in history alongside apartheid South Africa, with Benjamin Netanyahu and his ministers of censorship twisting in the sheets with strange bedfellows like Henddrik Verwoerd. And, (as dissenters in the US and Israel are learning), woe be to anyone who tries to stop them.

    George Orwell said, “Freedom is the right to tell people what they don’t want to hear.” History shows us that freedom of speech is healthy to a democratic society. History also shows us that those who seize power by denying that freedom put themselves in chains whose weight will one day grow so heavy, it takes them down. Just never soon enough.

    1. … Just never soon enough.

      Well said! The time distance between cause and effect is a major issue in obscuring affairs of state.

    2. “BDS movement exists to apply economic and political pressure to compel Israel to comply with international law and to stop oppressing Palestinians.”

      That is nonsense. First, Israel is in fact not in breach of “international law” in any way, and it “oppresses” no one. The so-called “Palestinians” are not a tribe or ethnic group, just garden-variety Arabs, and if they would acknowledge Israel’s right to exist they could be quickly on their way to a situation they would have nothing to complain about. But they vote for Hamas. They want one thing, and one thing only: the elimination of Israel.

      Secondly, the BDS movement is a tactic/strategy to destroy Israel: its supporters believe that Israel has no right to exist, and wish to speed its elimination.

      “It appears that Israel is hellbent to take its place in history alongside apartheid South Africa…” More nonsense. One in seven Israeli citizens are Arabs, with all the rights of the other six. Some “apartheid.” South Africa dealt with black African immigration by denying the newcomers citizenship, and selecting the worst tracts of land for them to be housed upon (so-called “homelands” created by legislation, hot histyorical reality). The problem Israel must endure is what to do about the populated lands (Judea/Samaria and Gaza) they inherited from Jordan and Egypt after they won a defensive war with those countries. To equate the two situations is to tell a lie.

      Incidentally, no one cared about the plight of the “Palestinians” when they were being misruled by Jordan and Egypt. Odd, that.

      “History shows us that freedom of speech is healthy to a democratic society.” Indeed it does–and Israel is one of the best examples of that. It is a democratic country where freedom of speech flourishes–the only country in that part of the world one can say that about.

      But as I said in another comment here, in America we frequently have to remind ourselves that the Constitution is not a suicide pact. Taking rights to an absurdity, to the point of promoting one’s deadly enemies, is insanity. No one invites into one’s home a killer intent upon murder. Hospitality extends only so far.

      1. One in seven Israeli citizens are Arabs, with all the rights of the other six.

        Perhaps technically true, but highly misleading. Israel certainly does assign rights based on religion and ethnicity.

        For example, non-Jews whose families had lived on their land for generations but were forced to flee for their lives mere decades ago have no “right of return” to their land while Jews who have had no connection to the area whatsoever for thousands of years are welcomed with open arms.

        Another example is the most recent elections where the ruling far right coalition did extremely well garnering votes among Jews in the occupied territories. How well did they do among non-Jews? No one knows, because only Jews are allowed to vote in the occupied territories.

        1. For example, non-Jews whose families had lived on their land for generations but were forced to flee for their lives mere decades ago have no “right of return” to their land while Jews who have had no connection to the area whatsoever for thousands of years are welcomed with open arms.

          Very few were ‘forced’. They wanted a war, they got a war, and they lost that war. Their ‘right of return’ is equal to that of Silesian Germans and Greek Cypriots. The notion that the Jews have ‘no connection’ to that land is just pig ignorant.

          1. Very few were ‘forced’. They wanted a war, they got a war, and they lost that war.

            Civilians wanted a war? Civilians lost a war? Wow, just wow.

            Massacres of non-Jews, such as the one at Deir Yassin, definitely count as “forced” not only to those massacred and those who barely escaped with their lives, but also to those who fled their homes after hearing about the brutality. Hearing about hundreds of corpses, some decapitated or disemboweled, being dumped in cisterns to poison the water can make people afraid enough to leave their homes and heritage. Go figure.

            As to the “pig ignorance” of noting that the most “recent” Jewish diaspora occurred thousands of years ago (as opposed to less than seventy years for the Palestinians driven from their homes)? Sorry, that’s just historical accuracy.

            1. fiver – the reason this is all happening is that the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem turned down any vote. He was a rabid anti-Semite and supporter of Adolf Hitler.

            2. You make it sound bad. Weird. Those who did not flee developed the best Arab community in the middle east. Sounds pretty good to me. Arab Israelis are richer, better educated, and happier than any other collection of Arabs (outside of America).

              If only those rats who fled what they thought was a sinking ship had waited out the storm, they’d be one of those. Now, their descendants complain. Sore losers.

              1. Arab IsraelisBlack and coloured South Africans are richer, better educated, and happier than any other collection of Arabs blacks or coloureds….

                FIFY

                And yes, I do think apartheid and ethnic cleansing are bad. Sorry you think that’s “weird.”

                1. I, too, think apartheid and ethnic cleansing are bad. It’s just that Israel is not guilty of neither of these things. But I think people who hate Israel, and thus calumniate the country, are despicable.

                  Perhaps you should demonstrate evidence of either of these false accusations.

                  1. I’ve already pointed the massacres conducted by the Jewish Europeans in taking the land, I’ve also pointed out the differences in basic rights (like the “right of return” and right to vote in the occupied territories) accorded on the basis of religion and ethnicity.

                    I could go on, but given your response to mass murder and decapitated or disemboweled corpses dumped in cisterns to poison the water (“You make it sound bad”), I fail to see the point in trying.

                    We obviously have very different values.

                    1. The likelihood “we have very different values” is not obvious. It is likely diminishingly small. It’s just that you are ignorant, and don’t know it. Everything you say here is wrong.

                      “I’ve already pointed the massacres conducted by the Jewish Europeans in taking the land…”

                      That never happened. Zionist Europeans gradually arrived, starting in 1879, purchasing land from the citizens of the Ottoman Turks, who ruled the region. This went on for half a century.

                      It is very annoying to talk with ignoramuses.

                      “I’ve also pointed out the differences in basic rights (like the “right of return” and right to vote in the occupied territories) accorded on the basis of religion and ethnicity.”

                      And I’ve pointed out that there is no such right, any more than there is a right for the Canadian descendants of American colonists who fled the American revolution. They have no rights in the country that came into being after the war–either of them.

                      “I could go on, but given your response to mass murder and decapitated or disemboweled corpses dumped in cisterns to poison the water”

                      What I meant by saying “You make it sound bad” was the absolutely wonderful world Israel has made possible for its Arab citizens. Are you stupid? Wasn’t that obvious? If those morons who fled had not done so, their descendants would not be complaining today. Duh. Just look at the difference between the two populations.

                    2. We obviously have very different values.

                      We do.

                      You loathe the Jews and are willing to utter any falsehood about them. The rest of us do not suffer from that.

                    3. Do you know what happens in war, fiver? Bad things. Countries you do not hate do bad things when trying to win a war for their independence, too. Did you know that? No?

                    4. Well, fiver, that’s true enough. The country was created for a reason. People might disagree whether that should have happened. But it did. There is no country for the population that created Israel, of course, while their are dozens of countries that are exclusively Arab. A right of return to an ancestral homeland richly detailed in the Bible is quite different from that of a bunch of nomadic Arabs. Qualitatively different.

                    5. Yes there is, because there is nowhere else for Jews to settle.

                      The population of the three Arab states where the Levantine dialects are modal sums to about 33 million. There are another 3 million located in the West Bank and Gaza. All on a territory extending over 110,000 sq miles and containing 18,000 sq miles of arable land. Plenty of places for the people in the UNRWA camps to go if the local governments will allow them entry and a passport. Importing them into Israel (which has 8 million people on 8,000 sq miles with 1,000 sq miles of arable land) is likely to be a social disaster. The Jewish and Arab populations are antagonistic and have radically different quanta of human capital.

                      The disaster is what you want, of course.

                    6. Breaking down populations by language and ethnicity and calculating the necessary space and arable land for a favored ethnicity to thrive has been done before.

                      It was called Lebensraum, and was a significant rationale for German aggression in both WWI and WWII.

                    7. It was called Lebensraum, and was a significant rationale for German aggression in both WWI and WWII.

                      Again, you’re quite shameless.

                2. Arab IsraelisBlack and coloured South Africans are richer, better educated, and happier than any other collection of Arabs blacks or coloureds….

                  Lies and rhetorical assertions are not arguments.

            3. Civilians wanted a war? Civilians lost a war? Wow, just wow.

              Most certainly, and your fraudulent posturing here is offensive. The Arab irregulars fighting in the local population weren’t career soldiers, and there’s no evidence from 90 years of political history (including latter-day public opinion surveys) that the Arab population on the West Bank and Gaza or in the UNRWA camps is a population of non-belligerent disposition or ever was.

              Massacres of non-Jews, such as the one at Deir Yassin,

              About 100 people died at Deir Yassin (a village with a large weapons stockpile), in a war with 8.000 dead. There’s a reason Arab partisans take no interest in anyone not killed at Deir Yassin, and it’s not because they have an oecumenical concern for human life.

              You have an Arab population in the Galilee. It’s there because (1) they didn’t leave and (2) they weren’t in harms way or a danger to anyone where they were.

              As to the “pig ignorance” of noting that the most “recent” Jewish diaspora occurred thousands of years ago (as opposed to less than seventy years for the Palestinians driven from their homes)?

              Most of Israel’s Jewish population is drawn from Sephardic and Mizrahi Jewish communities. As for the Ashkenazic Jewish population, geneticists have demonstrated their Near Eastern origins.

              There was no such thing as a ‘Palestinian’ in 1947. The Arab population there resident (some resident of long standing, some migrants arriving in recent decades) identified with their various lineages, with particular localities or as Syrians or as Arabs (itself a fairly novel identification). They did not identify themselves as ‘palestinians’ and that identification was not prevalent until about 1968. The term ‘Palestine’ and its derivatives tended to be favored by Jews during the mandatory period (Palestine Post, Jewish Agency for Palestine).

              1. Actually, the term “Palestine” goes back to the ancient Greeks to describe the region and the people who actually lived there. I’m not sure what they would have used to describe recent invaders from other lands. Palestine was also used by the Romans and Byzantium to describe the region.

                Also, the International Red Cross found 150 corpses poisoning the water in one cistern alone at Deir Yassin. Or did the Red Cross just make that up because they “loathe the Jews and are willing to utter any falsehood about them”?

                1. Actually, the term “Palestine” goes back to the ancient Greeks to describe the region and the people who actually lived there.

                  No, it was a term applied to a Roman province. It disappeared as a political unit in antiquity before there were any Arabs living there at all.

                  In 1920, the British government assembled 3 Ottoman sub-prefectures into one and christened the resultant territory the Mandate of Palestine. They modified the boundaries a bit. The subprefectures themselves had had their antecedent boundaries only since 1866.

                2. Also, the International Red Cross found 150 corpses poisoning the water in one cistern alone at Deir Yassin.

                  A death toll of 107 is the standard account of the Deir Yassin massacre. Other people have claimed tolls up to 250. There’s a lot of ruin in the world. Awful lot of death and destruction in the 1940s for you to find this so interesting. I think we know why you do.

                  1. There certainly was a lot of death and destruction in the 1940s, and some of the worst atrocities were committed by those who believed themselves ethnically and/or religiously superior to those they wished to “cleanse.”

                    Most of the world still recognizes that “superiority” to be utterly despicable. Others think it’s just fine as long as their preferred ethnicity/religion is doing the cleansing.

                    1. Most of the world still recognizes that “superiority” to be utterly despicable. Others think it’s just fine as long as their preferred ethnicity/religion is doing the cleansing.

                      You think it’s perfectly fine to analogize the mundane frictions and frustrations between Jew and Arab to the Holocaust. You don’t do this because you’re decent or discerning.

                    2. “…mundane frictions and frustrations”

                      Talk about shameless. But I suppose that ethnic/religious supremacists have to trivialize the plight of those they oppress – especially when they are simultaneously wrapping themselves in the victim-hood of many of the same tactics they themselves currently employ.

                    3. Talk about shameless. But I suppose that ethnic/religious supremacists have to trivialize the plight of those they oppress –

                      Me? I’m not ‘oppressing’ Arabs or Jews. I’m merely taking time out to point out you have uttered one remark that isn’t fraudulent in a factual or moral sense. The West Bank and Gaza are run by mafias (the Al Fatah mafia and the Hamas mafia) because the dynamics of that society produce that. The mafias are incompetent and uncreative. The Jews don’t do that to the Arabs. The Arabs do that to themselves. The checkpoints are an irritant to the local Arab population. You have the checkpoints and the fencing because without it political fanatics from the Arab criminal class enter Israel and set of bombs in restaurants and malls. You may not give a damn if Jewish civilians are slaughtered by Arab nutcases, but the Jews do. My suggestion to the Arabs would be to undertake practical; things that will improve the quality of life on the West Bank and Gaza, but they’d prefer to take building materials and build tunnels into Israel to kidnap people, lob rockets into Jewish towns, embezzle international aid to distribute patronage to their relatives or to criminal syndicates &c. The Jews cannot fix the Arabs. The Arabs must fix themselves. All the Jews can do is take measures to prevent the Arabs from engaging in pointless criminal rampages.

                      Outside of the former Mandatory Palestine, political factions in Syria have been slaughtering each other for five years. Political factions in Lebanon (with stoking from Syria) spent 15 years doing that and you still have vicious local militias roaming about (e.g. the Hezbollah). Jordan’s the only country which has been roughly tranquil, and even Jordan had a brief insurrection in 1970. The Hashemite family and the Bedouin tribes have had to limit political participation by the Levantine Arab population (many of the descended from migrations in 1948 and 1957) because they have a history of destructive behavior when they have the upper hand (see 1956-57 in Jordan, 1970 in Jordan, and the controversies over the Gulf War in 1990-91 in Jordan). Again, the Jews are not their problem. They are their own problem. Oh, and while you’re complaining about Arab suffrage on the West Bank, you might notice the last competitive parliamentary election in Syria was held in 1961.

        2. No one knows, because only Jews are allowed to vote in the occupied territories.

          The PA has refused to hold any elections for the last 10 years. That’s not the fault of the government of Israel.

          1. Sorry, I thought the point was obvious. I wasn’t speaking about voting for a powerless, nongovernmental entity like the Palestinian authority. I was speaking about voting for the actual government.

            And yes, you have to be Jewish to vote in the occupied territories.

            1. I wasn’t speaking about voting for a powerless, nongovernmental entity like the Palestinian authority.

              Again, you are persistently under the illusion that if you lie brazenly enough, we’re all compelled to take it as true.

              There are about 4 million Arabs on the other side of the 1949 armistice lines. About 10% live in metropolitan Jerusalem and have local citizenship. About 4% live in portions of the West Bank under Israel’s civil administration. About 70% are under the authority of the PA or Hamas. Just north of 15% are under a PA civil administration, but amidst Israel’s security checkpoints.

                1. What? Someone looks at your papers and searches your trunk? Poor little diddums.

            2. And yes, you have to be Jewish to vote in the occupied territories.

              No, you have to be a citizen of Israel. And, again, there is not one Israeli soldier in any municipality where live 70% of the Arab population and Israeli soldiers have nothing to do with municipal administration where live another 15% of the Arab population.

                1. You’re quite shameless. That you can look at yourself in the mirror requires either intestines of cast iron or dense stupidity.

                  While it seems tedious to recite actual history to you, here goes:

                  The people in the Warsaw Ghetto were forced in there and imprisoned and eventually massacred. They numbered about 400,000 and had a population density of over 110,000 persons per square mile. The Arabs living under Arab civil administration are not compelled to stay there, are not starving, and have an ordinary urban density of 5,000 persons per sq. mile (the town I grew up in has a density of 6,000 persons per sq. mile). Again, there are NO Israeli security checkpoints in this area.

                  The area with the security checkponts has a density of about 1,333 persons per square mile. They’re not imprisoned and they’re not starving and they;re in no danger of being massacred unless that Iranian nuke you’re hoping for falls on them.

                    1. They’re not starving and they’re not under a blockade. Israel does inspect the contents of shipping and refuses entry to shipments the Gaza authorities can use for military equipment. The Gaza authorities have a history of diverting building materials to military uses as well as smuggling.

                      They’re not permitted to travel to Israel or to any country which will not take them as immigrants. There are controls on the Egyptian border as well. They’re not permitted to travel to Israel because they’re a security risk and they’ve shown time and again they cannot be trusted. As for other countries, they have their own policies.

                      Gaza was an ordinary town (28,000) enveloped by a huge refugee camp. Instead of evacuating the people there elsewhere, the Egyptian administrators and UNRWA left them there, so you have this vast settlement for which half the income comes from UNRWA doles. That’s not Israel’s problem.

                    2. Actually, what you described is a blockade. But the truly amazing thing is that you claim these tactics perfectly acceptable in a comment thread about BDS.

                      Blockades=good Boycott Divest Sanction=bad

                      Under the international law you claim doesn’t exist, one is a causa belli and the other is legitimate political protest. Hypocritical? Nah, not to an ethnic/religious supremacist.

                    3. Actually, what you described is a blockade.

                      No, it is not. A blockade is a siege. They are not under siege nor is UNRWA debarred from importing foodstuffs, medicine, &c.

                    4. But the truly amazing thing is that you claim these tactics perfectly acceptable in a comment thread about BDS.

                      Blockades=good Boycott Divest Sanction=bad

                      There is no blockade. A blockade would be if no entry or exit of persons or merchandise were permitted. Since Israel is not a security threat to BDSholes in Berkeley, California or in British newsrooms, there is no analogy between BDS and Israeli security measure re shipping into Gaza.

                      Under the international law you claim doesn’t exist, one is a causa belli and the other is legitimate political protest. Hypocritical? Nah, not to an ethnic/religious supremacist.

                      There is no blockade. There are international conventions. There is no international law nor can there be because there is no authority to define, enforce, and adjudicate that law.

        3. It’s not “technically” true, it’s true. They are legislators in the Knesset; one is even on the Supreme Court. There are no second-class citizens in Israel.

          When we in America rebelled against Britain, many who disapproved fled to Canada, and their descendants remain there today. They have no right to American citizenship. All Arabs who did not flee from what would be Israel after the war for independence was won became citizens of Israel. All of those who fled, for whatever reason, whose descendants wish their ancestors had not been so foolish, had better just get used to reality–just like Canadians.

    3. Israel to comply with international law and to stop oppressing Palestinians. V

      Israel does not ‘oppress’ the local Arab population and there is no such thing as international law.

      1. No such thing as international law? You must not have sent out your memo on this to the various law schools around the country that offer courses and degrees in international law, such as New York University, Columbia University, Harvard, Georgetown, American University, Yale, George Washington University, Duke, Case Western Reserve University, etc. and etc. Did you also fail to send your memo to the various law firms that have one or more lawyers on staff who practice international law? I’ll bet you even forgot to notify the various agencies around the world that deal on a regular basis with international law that they are wasting their time and resources since international law is nonexistent. Finally, you really botched getting the word out to the internet. A search on Google for “what is international law?” produced 147,000,000 results. That sure is a lot of listings for a pure fiction.

  13. Makes sense to me that Israel (the Zionists) would bar this person. BDS is a serious issue for them — and one I support even as I don’t have a say in how my tax dollars are going to support them. Millions spent per day while our own citizens are homeless and hungry!

    http://ifamericansknew.org/

    1. Almost no one is homeless or hungry in the United States, bar a contextually tiny population of hopeless alcoholics, drug addicts and schizophrenics. The logic of your remarks are idiotic. Some people are hardly salvageable, but we can have no public expenditure until they’ve been succored.

        1. The Urban Institute ca. 1990 estimated the vagrant population in this country at 600,000, or about 0.25% of the total. Most of these people are terribly messed up, and there isn’t much to be done about it other than throw them in asylums (which may be worse in many cases than their current condition). Philanthropic agencies which run food cupboards and flop houses assisted by the local police for order-maintenance are the best you can do.

          IIRC, the ratio of grocery expenditure to personal income is now 0.06 for the average family, or less than half of what it was when I was a child. This is America, where the poor people are fat (and their food consumption extensively subsidized). The social work lobby invented the term ‘food insecure’ without a doubt because there was little actual malnutrition for them to point to in their sales pitches.

          Again, the implication of Autumn’s remarks is that we cannot pursue any policy unless we’re absolutely squared away with an intractable difficult population (or some other social defect which catches her attention). Arguments of this sort are always humbug.

          1. I thought you would. Sorry to be so late back to the party. I would also argue that government subsidized food allows people to make poor choices and is wrecking the health of the people receiving the subsidies. Would rather see some subsidized work, or none at all. But that is not the argument here. Moving forward, I would rather not see any foreign aid either–to Israel, or anyone else. Maybe we can send the military to help dig people out of an earthquake or something, but as far as I am concerned, the rest should go on the chopping block. Basically, who cares who Israel lets in and who doesn’t. But, economic pressures may soon be making these points moot anyway.

    2. There’s a war going on and the survival of Civilization is at stake. Those on the Left are against it, though they may pretend otherwise. And Israel is the simple Litmus Test of where you stand. George Gilder has it right:

      1. Thanks for the video Raph. Foreign aid. I think we should invoice them for past military support. I think $975 billion would work. Plus maybe reparations for the USS Liberty incident. Maybe an additional $10 million to the families of the servicemen on that ship and a formal apology.

        1. Thanks for the video Raph. Foreign aid. I think we should invoice them for past military support.

          Why? Was that agreed on antecedently?

          I think $975 billion would work.

          Why? We hardly gave them any aid prior to 1973. Aid was at it’s most contextually significant ca. 1984 and has declined in significance nearly every year since. The $975 bn would exceed the indexed present value of American aid to Israel since 1949 and exceed it by a factor of 4 at the very least.

          Plus maybe reparations for the USS Liberty incident. Maybe an additional $10 million to the families of the servicemen on that ship and a formal apology.

          They apologized and paid compensation at the time. Pro-tip: don’t get your information from Stormfront.

          1. Sorry,StepStepSteponToads, but I posted my response to slohrss29 before I read your response to his comment.

        2. FYI, most of the foreign aid to Israel goes right back into the pockets of American companies that sell Israel military equipment. Israel has to spend an outrageous amount of money just to defend herself from constant attacks by Islamic terrorist groups. Compounding the problem is that the USA has also been heavily funding various Palestinian groups. Arafat, in fact, became a billionaire, thanks to the funds from America. As for the USS liberty incident nearly 50 years ago, Israel did make a mistake, admitted it made a mistake, and did pay reparations without being asked to. Saudi Arabia, in contrast, has made no such apology nor paid any reparations for their contribution to the 911 attacks which were DELIBERATE, and not a mistake.

          1. Actually, Israel was ordered by the US to sink the Liberty, specifically president Johnson. When the attack failed to sink the ship, he was beside himself with rage, shrieking “I want that goddam ship at the bottom of the sea!”. He wanted to get the world to think Egypt did it, so America could get into the war, as a way of forcing the Russians out of Egypt.

            Remember, he had only recently successfully done just that, at Tonkin Gulf (and THAT incident didn’t even happen!). He thought this stuff was easy.

            Remember, America had tremendous leverage over Israel in those days; after the war, we forced Moshe Dayan to hand the newly captured Temple Mount over to a Moslem “trust,” a catastrophe Israel has had no end of trouble because of ever since.

            Only Jew hatred can explain why people who learn of these facts refuse to face them; they hate the Jews, and thus Israel, so it is natural for them to imagine that Israel would cook up such an evil thing, however irrational such an attack would be. Of course, the new country was very, very dependent on America at that time, so attacking its benefactor makes zero sense–unless you think Jews are by nature evil. There’s no cure for Jew hatred, alas.

            America kept this event secret for the same reason it steadfastly lied about Tonkin Gulf for as many years as it could get away with it. If it came out that we hired a client state to attack our own ship, murdering dozens of crew, it would be a catastrophe for the ruling elite. So all the survivors were forced to remain silent until very recently; they were threatened with the worst retaliation the government can mete out. Of course, Jew haters will say that tiny, weak Israel even then ruled America, and forced America to keep its secret. As I say, there’s no accounting for the weird thinking of Jew haters.

            1. America had tremendous leverage over Israel in those days;

              We did not. American aid to Israel prior to 1973 was inconsequantially small. The notion that Lyndon Johnson ordered the sinking of the USS Liberty is an idiot fantasy.

                1. That it’s Llewelyn Rockwell’s idiot fantasy does not make it any less fictional.

        3. Yeah, maybe Israel should request reparations from the U.S. for turning its back when 6,000,000 Jews were murdered.The USS Liberty incident was an unfortunate accident, but the collusion of the U.S. and other Western countries in ignoring the Holocaust was no accident. We seem to allow millions of refugees in from south of the border with no repercussions, but Jews trying to escape the Holocaust were not allowed in during the horrible period of the 1930’s and 1940’s.

          1. the collusion of the U.S. and other Western countries in ignoring the Holocaust was no accident. W

            It’s not an accident. It’s a fantasy. See Prof. Wm. Rubenstein on just what the options of the Allied powers were.

            1. Toads – I cannot speak for the actions of the other Allies, however, the US was responsible for not reporting Holocaust material as a matter of record. The State Dept ordered its stations to stop reporting any Holocaust material back to the US.
              It wasn’t until Treasury Sec Morgenthau (a Jew) started hearing from other sources that he tracked down what the State Dept. was doing. Even after that it took a while to light a fire under them. We do not know if Roosevelt had a part in the original order to the State Dept stopping the flow of information, however it seems odd the State Dept would act on its own.

            2. Fantasy? What are you talking about?You are absolutely wrong on this one. I cite the following examples:

              SS St. Louis-900 Jews escaping the Holocaust turned away from Florida in spite of direct appeals to FDR. The ship was forced to return to Europe and many ended up in the gas chambers.

              Refusal of the Western Powers to bargain when the Nazis offered to release 800,000 Hungarian Jews for trucks and other supplies.

              Refusal of the US to bomb railroad tracks leading into Auschwitz. My uncle flew bombing missions in the area, and he told me that his squadron routinely flew missions near Auschwitz. Numerous requests were made of the FDR administration to approve such a mission. Excuses for not doing this were never credible.

              Requests were made of the FDR Administration to allow and aid rescue missions to save European Jews. Certain individuals in the FDR Administration blocked the idea of rescue missions-I cite in particular Cavendish Cannon, Robert Alexander, and R. Borden Reams.

              Failure of the British to allow into Palestine desperate Jews trying to escape annihilation. Palestine. Many who were able to reach Palestine were placed into concentration camps and then actually sent back to Europe to be murdered in the gas chambers!

    3. Pssssst…. Hey Autumn……… none uses the word “Zionist” anymore except for anti-semites. You might as well tattoo “I am not worth listening to” on your forehead.

  14. To expect Israel to allow BDS in their country is a direct reflection, a mirror image of the USA allowing Islamics to enter it’s country. There is no difference.

  15. I like how Prof. Turley pretends that the issue is about abrogation of “free speech” and “liberty,” when it’s nothing of the kind, despite the perverted Leftist spin that he puts on Israel’s decision to protect its own interests. Prof. Turley’s “logic” is the same gutter tripe that the Progressives use to flood civilized nations with barbaric migrants, who immediately jack up those nation’s crime rates.

    Prof. Turley, in effect, “thinks” that a perversion of Pastor Niemöller’s is what’s involved here:

    “First they came for the KKK, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Clansman.

    Then they came for the Islamic terrorist, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not an Islamophile.

    Then they came for the Neo-Nazis, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Neo-Nazi.

    Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”

    Well, that’s too bad. Civilization does not have to be self-destructive as Prof. Turley wishes it would be. Israel has every right to stop subhuman trash like Isabel Phiri from polluting Israel and spreading her noxious anti-Civilization venom. While Prof. Turley and Phiri would like to see Israel become a haven for Islamofascism, people who have respect for Civilization want to see Israel grow, thrive, and do more of the great things that it has done despite its many adversaries dedicated to its destruction that Prof. Turley adores so much.

    The following is just a small sampling of some of accomplishments of Israel’s citizens:

    1. Given Imaging, a world leader in developing and marketing patient-friendly solutions for visualizing and detecting disorders of the GI tract, is best known for its PillCam (aka capsule endoscopy), now the gold standard for intestinal visualization.

    2. Netafim is a worldwide pioneer in smart drip and micro-irrigation, starting from the idea of Israeli engineer Simcha Blass for releasing water in controlled, slow drips to provide precise crop irrigation. The kibbutz-owned company operates in 112 countries with 13 factories throughout the world.

    3. Ormat Technologies designs, develops, builds, owns, manufactures and operates geothermal power plants worldwide, supplying clean geothermal power in more than 20 countries.

    4. Pythagoras Solar makes the world’s first solar window, which combines energy efficiency, power generation and transparency. This transparent photovoltaic glass unit can be easily integrated into conventional building design and construction processes.

    5. Hazera Genetics, a project of two professors at the Hebrew University Faculty of Agriculture, yielded the cherry tomato — a tasty salad fixing that ripens slowly and doesn’t rot in shipment.

    6. BabySense is a non-touch, no-radiation device designed to prevent crib death. Made by HiSense, the device monitors a baby’s breathing and movements through the mattress during sleep. An auditory and visual alarm is activated if breathing ceases for more than 20 seconds or if breath rate slows to less than 10 breaths per minute.

    7. EpiLady, the first electric hair remover (epilator), secured its leading position in the international beauty care market and since 1986 has sold almost 30 million units.

    8. 3G Solar pioneered a low-cost alternative to silicon that generates significantly more electricity than leading silicon-based PV solar modules at a lower cost per kilowatt hour.

    9. MobileEye combines a tiny digital camera with sophisticated algorithms to help drivers navigate more safely. The steering system-linked device sounds an alert when a driver is about to change lanes inadvertently, warns of an impending forward collision and detects pedestrians. MobileEye has deals with GM, BMW and Volvo, among others.

    10. Leviathan Energy innovated the Wind Tulip, a cost-effective, silent, vibration-free wind turbine designed as an aesthetic environmental sculpture, producing clean energy at high efficiency from any direction.

    11. Rav Bariach introduced the steel security door that has become Israel’s standard. Its geometric lock, whose cylinders extend from different points into the doorframe, is incorporated into doors selling on five continents.

    12. BriefCam video-synopsis technology lets viewers rapidly review and index original full-length video footage by concurrently showing multiple objects and activities that actually occurred at different times. This technology drastically cuts the time and manpower involved in event tracking, forensics and evidence discovery.

    13. GridON makes the Keeper, a three-phase fault current limiter developed at Bar-Ilan University. The device, which blocks current surges and limits the current for as long as required to clear the fault, won an Innovation Award from General Electric’s Ecomagination Challenge and is of interest to major utilities companies around the world.

    14. Better Place electric car network, Israeli Shai Agassi’s brainchild, is implementing the Israeli pilot that will provide a model for a worldwide electric car grid.

    15. Intel Israel changed the face of the computing world with the 8088 processor (the “brain” of the first PC), MMX and Centrino mobile technology. Israeli engineers at Intel in the 1990s had to convince skeptical bosses to take a chance on MMX technology, an innovation designed to improve computer processing. It’s now considered a milestone in the company’s history.

    16. Disk-on-Key, the ubiquitous little portable storage device made by SanDisk, was invented by Dov Moran as an upgraded version of disk and diskette technology through the use of flash memory and USB interface for connection to personal computers.

    17. TACount real-time microbiology enables the detection and counting of harmful microorganisms in a matter of minutes, rather than the conventional method of cell culture that takes several hours to a few days. The technology applies to the fields of drinking and wastewater, pharmaceuticals and food and beverage production.

    18. Solaris Synergy innovated an environmentally friendly and economically beneficial way to float solar panels on water instead of taking up valuable land, generating energy while protecting and limiting evaporation from reservoir surfaces.

    19. HydroSpin is developing a unique internal pipe generator that supplies electricity for water monitoring and control systems in remote areas and sites without accessibility to electricity.

    20. The Volcani Research Center of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development aims to improve existing agricultural production systems and to introduce new products, processes and equipment. Basic and applied research is conducted at six institutes and in two regional research centers by more than 200 scientists and 300 engineers and technicians.

    21. Rosetta Green, a 2010 spinoff of the agro-biotechnology division of Rosetta Genomics, develops improved plant traits for the agriculture and biofuel industries, using unique genes called microRNAs.

    22. Mazor Robotics’ Spine Assist and other surgical robots are transforming spine surgery from freehand procedures to highly accurate, state-of-the-art operations with less need for radiation.

    23. The optical heartbeat monitor developed by Bar-Ilan University’s Prof. Ze’ev Zalevsky is a revolutionary medical technology using a fast camera and small laser light source.

    24. Elya Recycling developed and patented an innovative method for recycling plastic based on a specialized formulation of natural ingredients. Making the new raw material for handbags, reusable totes and lumber products requires 50 percent less energy than current recycling methods and 83% less energy than virgin manufacturing.

    25. Like-A-Fish unique air supply systems extract air from water, freeing leisure and professional scuba divers, as well as submarines and underwater habitats, from air tanks.

    26. Itamar Medical’s WatchPAT is an FDA-approved portable diagnostic device for the follow-up treatment of sleep apnea in the patient’s own bedroom, rather than at a sleep disorders clinic.

    27. Zenith Solar developed a modular, easily scalable high-concentration photovoltaic system (HCPV). The core technology is based on a unique, proprietary optical design to extract the maximum energy with minimal real estate.

    28. AFC (Active Flow Control) was developed at Tel Aviv University as an intelligent gas-air mixing system to replace all existing mixing technologies.

    29. The Space Imagery Intelligence (IMINT) unit of Elbit Systems makes a “space camera,” a compact, lightweight electro-optic observation system for government, commercial and scientific applications.

    30. Turbulence, the world’s first hyper-narrative, interactive movie, is also the name of the company developed by Prof. Nitzan Ben-Shaul of Tel Aviv University. The technology allows the viewer to choose the direction of the film’s plot by pressing buttons on the PC, Mac or iPad at various moments in the action.

    31. Decell Technologies is a global leader in providing real-time road traffic information based on monitoring the location and movement of phones and GPS devices. Swift-i Traffic, Decell’s premium product, is incorporated in leading navigation systems, fleet management services, mapping operations and media channels in several countries.

    32. NDS VideoGuard technology is the pay-TV industry’s advanced suite of conditional access (CA) solutions. It protects branded service from piracy and ensures that consumers will have the choice and flexibility they demand in broadcast and on-demand content.

    33. PrimeSense revolutionizes interaction with digital devices by allowing them to “see” in three dimensions and transfer control from remote controls and joysticks to hands and body. It is the leading business provider of low-cost, high-performance 3D machine vision technologies for the consumer market.

    34. Takadu provides monitoring software to leading water utilities worldwide. The product offers real-time detection and control over network events such as leaks, bursts, zone breaches and inefficiencies.

    35. Hewlett Packard (HP)’s Indigo digital printing presses for general commercial printing, direct mail, photos and photobooks, publications, labels, business cards, flexible packaging and folding cartons print without films and plates, allowing for personalized short runs and changing text and images without stopping the press.

    36. Cubital’s solid rapid prototyping machines craft 3D models of engineering parts directly from designs on a computer screen. They’re used in the automotive, aerospace, consumer products and medical industries, as well as engineering firms and academic and research institutions.

    37. The Zomet Institute in Jerusalem is a non-profit, public research institute where rabbis, researchers and engineers devise practical solutions for modern life without violating Sabbath restrictions on the use of electricity. Zomet technology is behind metal detectors, security jeeps, elevators, electric wheelchairs and coffee machines that can be used on Shabbat, as well as solutions requested by the Israeli ministries of health and defense, Ben-Gurion Airport, Elite Foods, Tnuva Dairies, Israeli Channel 10 Television and others.

    38. The EarlySense continuous monitoring solution allows hospital nurses to watch and record patients’ heart rate, respiration and movement remotely through a contact-free sensor under the mattress. The system’s built-in tools include a wide range of reports on the status of patients, including alerts for falls and bedsore prevention.

    39. TourEngine significantly reduces fuel consumption and harmful emissions by common engines through a sophisticated thermal management strategy. It can also be easily integrated with future hybrid engines, further improving their efficiency and environment-friendly attributes.

    40. The superconducting fault current limiter (FCL), designed for limiting short currents, comes out of a $2 million project developed over two years by RICOR Cryogenics and Vacuum Systems with the Institute of Superconductivity at Bar-Ilan University.

    41. Heliofocus led an industry trend to provide solar-energy boosting for existing coal or gas power plants, reducing carbon emissions and overall costs.

    42. Transbiodiesel makes enzyme-based catalysts (biocatalysts) used in the production of biodiesel.

    43. SolarEdge makes a module that optimizes every link in the solar PV chain, maximizing energy production while monitoring constantly to detect faults and prevent theft.

    44. The 3D tethered particle motion system developed by three professors at Bar-Ilan allows for three-dimensional tracking of critical protein-DNA and protein-RNA cell interactions in the body.

    45. Panoramic Power provides a current monitor solution that enables enterprises and organizations to reduce their operational and energy expenses using a breakthrough power flow visibility platform.

    1. Exactly.
      So why do they need Billions from us every year.

      As far as this issue goes by not allowing this individual into their country, which they have every right to do,the Israelis have just given the BDS movement more attention.

      I personally think what our Senate just did last week needs the most attention.

      https://theintercept.com/2016/12/02/senate-responds-to-post-trump-anti-semitism-by-targeting-students-who-criticize-israel/

      1. And on a related free speech note: this from H.R. 6393, discussed and linked at:

        http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-12-02/house-quietly-passes-bill-targeting-russian-propaganda-websites

        “Matters relating to foreign countries

        501.Committee to counter active measures by the Russian Federation to exert covert influence over peoples and governments
        (a)Definitions
        In this section:

        (1)Active measures by Russia to exert covert influence
        The term active measures by Russia to exert covert influence means activities intended to influence a person or government that are carried out in coordination with, or at the behest of, political leaders or the security services of the Russian Federation and the role of the Russian Federation has been hidden or not acknowledged publicly, including the following:

        (A)Establishment or funding of a front group.
        (B)Covert broadcasting.
        (C)Media manipulation.
        (D)Disinformation and forgeries.
        (E)Funding agents of influence.
        (F)Incitement and offensive counterintelligence.
        (G)Assassinations.
        (H)Terrorist acts.
        (2)to the appropriate committees of Congress

        (b)Establishment
        There is established within the executive branch an interagency committee to counter active measures by the Russian Federation to exert covert influence.

        (1)To counter active measures by Russia to exert covert influence, including by exposing falsehoods, agents of influence, corruption, human rights abuses, terrorism, and assassinations carried out by the security services or political elites of the Russian Federation or their proxies.”

        Interestingly, Glenn Greenwald and a New Yorker both slammed the WP propaganda piece, leading to the WP editors to include a note at the head of the article (I include an excerpt):

        “A number of those sites have objected to being included on PropOrNot’s list, and some of the sites, as well as others not on the list, have publicly challenged the group’s methodology and conclusions.”

      2. No one pays a lick of attention to 90% of the foreign aid budget, just the 10% which goes to Israel which they use to buy military equipment (from American manufacturers). Wonder why that it?

          1. Pretty much everyone. Maybe you can find an academic or think thank denizen who writes treatments of foreign aid because that sort of thing’s their job. In popular commentary, it’s pretty much griping about Israel 24/7.

      3. Any bill that knocks the Lefties down is a good bill. The Lefties have already done more than enough damages in U.S. colleges, which now produce more incompetents, illiterates, and various other Lefty dopes an an unprecedented and alarming rate, thanks to the proliferation of the Leftist gutter tripe on today’s campuses.

    2. Great comment. In America it is often necessary to point out that the Constitution is not a suicide pact. The BDS movement is a plot to destroy Israel. How to combat it? Should Israel AID its deadly enemies?

      I like your list. What you did not mention is that the Moslem world creates absolutely nothing. Tiny Israel explodes with invention and innovation that all the rest of the world benefits from. Yet evil leftists wish to see Israel destroyed, and applauds those who implement plots to do so.

      The cheek it takes for a woman like that to presume that she can take her poisonous scheme into the heart of her enemy, not expecting her victim to tell her to take a hike!

    3. Your attacks on the website’s owner probably cause most readers to skip the rest of your rant.

  16. This is just part of the broader assasult of freedom in Israel as underscored by this Haaretz Editorial:
    http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/1.757581
    Please note this key statement that should shock anyone, “…Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan continues to work at a feverish pace to help Israel catch up with other advanced countries like China, North Korea and Iran…” . 

    1. Bank in the real world, Israel has a bevy of Communist and Arab nationalist parties, all with seats in the Knesset and on local councils. Large swaths of its academic community and media complex (e.g. as Ha’aretz) are no more loyal to Israel than their American counterparts are to the United States.

      1. I am sure that the new public security minister will do his part to make sure that these “disloyal” citizens will be kept “in check” and with the new guidelines by the Education minister, hopefully your concerns will be addressed–but here is the problem, loyalty oaths/etc. should send shivers down anyone’s spine–especially Israelis….Thanks for sharing the thoughts..Happy Holidays 🙂

        1. No one should be made anxious by a loyalty oath. You live in a country (a country which is not unjustly governed in any systematic way), you enjoy the fruits of living there, you should be loyal to its institutions and willing to say so.

          1. Willing to say so, yes,, as long as it is voluntary. Legislating that citizens do so would be unconstitutional here and should not be defended anywhere, as it is an affront to the concept of liberty.

            1. Really? You’re administered oaths in inscribing notarized documents, in testifying in court, in being sworn into public office, in entering the armed services. The oaths bother people who fancy they’re superior and thus above all that.

          2. Thanks for the note–why should one’s loyalty be questioned? We must never forget Germany–I also need to note for your benefit, for instance, that in Iran, armed forces pledge allegiance to the “leader”, not the “nation”..and it is chilling when one sees the parades…..

  17. The fact of the matter (as liberal talking heads often say) is that Israel is protecting the BDS advocates from ridicule and hypocrisy: If someone is boycotting WalMart, why would he go in a WalMart and buy socks?

    The other fact of the the matter (as no one ever says) is that Israel is merely boycotting the boycotters: If someone is boycotting WalMart, why can’t WalMart refuse to sell him socks?

    Meanwhile, the word boycott is sexist and I’m offended. I’m going to personcott BDS.

    1. The Walmart analogy is flawed. It’s not just Walmart refusing to sell someone socks; it’s Walmart refusing to allow someone to visit any of the local stores or residents that Walmart still occupies since it moved in from another continent and stole everybody’s stuff.

      1. Israel ‘stole everybody’s stuff’ only in the imagination of inflammatory anti-semites (of which there are a colony in these comboxes).

    2. Since the only way to visit Gaza or the West bank or Jerusalem is through Israel there isn’t much choice. If your want to visit Bethlehem this Advent, you do so at the pleasure of the Israeli Government. Your Walmart analogy needs reworking.

  18. Israel’s sum total interest to the US is zero, nothing.

    Still waiting to see God’s signed legal title giving possession of the land to Judaics…

    1. Well Prof. Turley, you know who among your commenters won’t mind when Iran drops a nuke on Tel Aviv.

      1. Israel has nukes. Couldn’t Israel pull a false-flag attack and drop one on Tel Aviv themselves?

        1. Israel drop a nuke on Tel Aviv? What are you talking about? Why would Israel drop a nuke on its most populous city?Did you mean Tehran?

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