Sunday, September 02, 2007
Treason du Jour
and is a regular columnist at Haaretz (the main Palestinian daily
published in Hebrew), declares Israel an "apartheid" regime
deserving of being boycotted.
Senior Haaretz Journalist Attacks Israel at UN Conference
19 Elul 5767, 02 September 07 11:46
by Ezra HaLevi
(IsraelNN.com) A British Zionist group has decided to protest a senior
Haaretz editor's slander of the Jewish state before a UN panel by
canceling his appearance at a scheduled lecture.
The British Zionist Federation cancelled a London speech by Haaretz
editorial board member Danny Rubinstein following his appearance before
the United Nation's Conference on Palestinians, in which he referred to
Israel as an "apartheid state."
Rubinstein, speaking before 350 guests at the European Union's Brussels
parliament building, said: "Today Israel is an apartheid state with
different status for four different Palestinian groups: those in Gaza,
East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Israeli Palestinians," the UN report on
the conference says. The Jewish Telegraphic Agency says Rubinstein
confirmed the comment as more than mere linguistics. "I asked him if he
really thought Israel was in a state of apartheid," said the reporter who
spoke with him. "And he answered 'yes.'"
The ramifications of branding Israel as apartheid were outlined in several
other sessions of the conference, which called for global sanctions and
boycotts of the Jewish state. Rubinstein also spoke out in favor of
recognizing Hamas's election victory and against the "Partition Wall."
The Zionist Federation, upon hearing of Rubinstein's statements, contacted
him and decided to cancel his scheduled appearance. "By using the word
'apartheid' in a U.N. conference held at the European Parliament, Danny
Rubinstein encourages the demonization of Israel and the Jewish people,"
Zionist Federation Chairman Andrew Balcombe said in an explanation of the
move. "I believe he was naive to attend the UN conference. Indeed his own
newspaper Haaretz had earlier reported that Israeli and EU lawmakers had
attacked the UN meeting for having a completely one-sided, anti-Israeli
Other Jews appearing at the UN conference included members of the Neturei
Karta anti-Israel movement, who received an ovation, according to JTA. The
political director of the European Coalition for Israel, Susanna Kokkonen,
however, said she was "was most shocked to hear an editor from Ha'aretz
condemn Israel in a way that was worse than the Arab speakers."
According to UN Watch, the World Zionist Organization paid for
Rubinstein's flights, Labor Party MK Nadia Hilu, an Israeli-Arab, is also
planning on attending the conference.
According to UN Watch's Hillel Neuer, Rubinstein's participating in the
conference was objectionable even without his speech. "It's disturbing
that a leading Israeli journalist is participating with a Soviet-era
enterprise whose sole aim is to assault Israel morally, legally and
financially," Neuer said. "But that he would full-throatedly join the
jackals and call Israel 'an apartheid state' is a scandal."
Neuer pointed out that Rubinstein was presented by the UN as an authority
due to his membership in Haaretz's editorial board. He hopes that Haaretz
itself does not "condone the delegitimization of Israel."
2. More leftist vandalism and crime:
3. The anti-Israel Guardian finds a "Holocaust Academic":
4. This is hardly an earth-shaking piece of news, but I was watching
"Outpost in Morocco," an old (1949) black and white Hollywood film with George
Raft, set in Morocco. Never mind that the film makers did not know much
about Morocco (all the Moslems sit around and drink booze).
But in one scene they show a Moroccan music hall with typical Magrebi
music in the background as bellies dance. The music is an old Yiddish
klezmer song. Some long dead Hollywood Jew having had a joke at