Israel is not America's 51st state

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That statement, "Israel is not America's 51st state," was a theme from right wing Israelis demonstrating against Obama's new Middle East policy. That policy will no longer honor Islamophobia and puts a stop to stereotypes about Islamic and Arabic people held by Americans and promoted by several extremist proIsrael groups.

This report from Ynet indicates that there is a back swell in Israel against Obama's demand that Israel freeze settlements which is growing from right wing extremist Zionist groups, who are attempting to exploit Islamophobia.

Rightists to circulate doctored photos of kaffiyah-clad Obama

200 right-wing activists demonstrate outside American Consulate in Jerusalem in protest of growing pressure to halt settlement construction...

Over the past few days Jewish National Front activists have met with the far-right party's representatives in the US to decide on a plan of action, and eventually decided to hold a series of protests outside the White House and the US Consulate in Jerusalem.

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....extremists to circulate doctored photos of US president in Arab headdress and shaking Ahmadinejad's hand.

Doctored photos of US President Barack Obama (above) wearing a kaffiyah (traditional Arab headdress) with a caption reading "Jew-hating anti-Semite" will be circulated in the coming days by Israeli right-wing activists in protest of the growing US pressure on Israel to halt settlement activity, even that which is attributed to "natural growth."

The activists, Ynet has learned, plan to circulate another doctored photo showing Obama shaking hands with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad against the backdrop of a nuclear explosion. The heading reads "Yes, We Can."

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It was reported that the photos may also be distributed in the US. The planned White House demonstrations have not yet been reported.

Tags: Israel, Netanyahu, obama, Palestine (all tags)

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20 Comments

Re: 51st

 This is a copy and paste shit-stirring non-diary. Not sure what number you're up to by now, but 51 may be close. Love the pics! n/t

by QTG 2009-06-04 05:17AM | 0 recs
Re: 51st

Thanks.

by MainStreet 2009-06-04 05:21AM | 0 recs
Re: 51st

Don't mention it.

by QTG 2009-06-04 05:24AM | 0 recs
Re: 51st

 This is a copy and paste shit-stirring non-diary. Not sure what number you're up to by now, but 51 may be close. Love the pics! n/t

by QTG 2009-06-04 05:17AM | 0 recs
Re: doble post

I have to get something for that 'twitch'.

by QTG 2009-06-04 05:19AM | 0 recs
Re: 51st

And thanks again.

by MainStreet 2009-06-04 05:21AM | 0 recs
Re: 51st

I said, "DON'T MENTION IT!"

by QTG 2009-06-04 05:25AM | 0 recs
Re: Positive news from Israel.

"The Israeli cabinet has rejected a controversial proposal to require Israeli citizens to take an oath of loyalty to the Jewish state.

Under the plan, introduced by the ultra-nationalist Yisrael Beitenu party, citizenship would be granted only to those who swore allegiance. The proposal angered Israel's Arab minority, which comprises 20% of Israel's population.

The plan can still be brought before parliament, but is unlikely to succeed. The measure was thrown out by eight votes to three at a meeting of the Cabinet on Sunday."

Israeli government rejects oath of loyalty was reported by the BBC.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8 076145.stm

by MainStreet 2009-06-04 05:35AM | 0 recs
then I guess

these folks are no longer interested in all those tax dollars collected by the federal government and redistributed away from domestic infrastructure and education.

by Strummerson 2009-06-04 05:41AM | 0 recs
oh yes.

the wielded power of the settlers in shaping israel foreign policy.

by canadian gal 2009-06-04 05:45AM | 0 recs
Re: oh yes.

So it seems and so it seems that this is not a great time for Israel, having extremists dictating its policies.

It is not recognized by these extremists that a thousand or more years of an Arabic homeland of Palestine counts for anything. Or that the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians, not just in 1948, but today in the Palestinian territories is unjust.

by MainStreet 2009-06-04 07:07AM | 0 recs
Re: then I guess

Ironically I was tempted to post something on this recent development myself but Main beat me to it.  My position is that this, like Bin Laden's tape and Khamenei's denunciation, is actually a positive sign.  Taking a leaf out of the counterinsurgency playbook and applying it to militant politics would look something like this:


25. Fight the enemy's strategy, not his forces

At this stage, if things are proceeding well, the insurgents will go over to the offensive. Yes, the offensive--because you have created an situation so dangerous to the insurgents, by threatening to displace them from the environment, that they have to attack you and the population to get back into the game. Thus it is normal, even in the most successful operations, to have spikes of offensive insurgent activity late in the campaign. This does not necessarily mean you have done something wrong (though it may: it depends on whether you have successfully mobilized the population). At this point the tendency is to go for the jugular and seek to destroy the enemy's forces in open battle. This is rarely the best choice at company level, because provoking major combat usually plays into the enemy's hands by undermining the population's confidence.

Instead, attack the enemy's strategy: if he is seeking to recapture the allegiance of a segment of the local population, then coopt them against him. If he is trying to provoke a sectarian conflict, go over to "peace enforcement mode." The permutations are endless but the principle is the same: fight the enemy's strategy, not his forces.

Dr. David Kilcullen, Lieutenant Colonel, Australian Army - Twenty-Eight Articles: Fundamentals of Company-Level Counterinsurgency Iosphere Summer 06

This is a sign of weakness, not strength.  Winning isn't always what it seems to be.

by Shaun Appleby 2009-06-04 06:02PM | 0 recs
Re: Israel is not America's 51st state

You should put an inflammatory photo-shopped picture of the President on there, both for Thread consistency and just for decoration.

I still have absolutely no idea what legitimate purpose you think this cut and paste non-diary is serving. Part of me thinks you are doing it to get someone here riled up enough to participate in round 51 of a personal fight. Someone should call you out on it every time you start it up. And for now, it''ll be moi.

by QTG 2009-06-04 05:43AM | 0 recs
Re: Israel is not America's 51st state

The message: extremists are reacting to Obama and taking to the streets and the internet blogs. My cut and pastes are within fair use requirements.

by MainStreet 2009-06-04 07:10AM | 0 recs
Those are some

terrible photoshops.  Truly awful.  Is there no wacko Israeli with Adobe skills?

by JJE 2009-06-04 05:52AM | 0 recs
Re: Those are some

Nope.  Israeli graphic designers are all on the left.  And most live in NY, LA, and London at this point.  I think there are a few still in Tel Aviv.  And they tend to be very very good.  Messianic paranoid racists?  Not so much.

by Strummerson 2009-06-04 07:11AM | 0 recs
Re: Israel is not America's 51st state

My I wish Israel had been swept off the map by the Arabs.   .... Lousy Arab fighters.

That wouldn't have solved a lot of problems.

At any rate it is time for Israel to heel.

by RichardFlatts 2009-06-04 08:29AM | 0 recs
BTW...

The kaffieh that they pasted on Obama will resonate with all Israelis.  It's unmistakably taken from Arafat, who famously draped his over one shoulder so that it resembles the shape of Palestine.  I remember debating a right wing acquaintance of mine a decade or so ago who actually demanded that Arafat stop doing this as a pre-condition for any negotiations.  The upshot was that "we shouldn't talk with him until he changes his hat!"  Pretty absurd.

by Strummerson 2009-06-04 09:04AM | 0 recs
Makes about as much sense as fighting a war

over which end to crack an egg?

Nothing ever changes, war is an amazingly irrational thing.

by WashStateBlue 2009-06-04 01:10PM | 0 recs
Re: Israel is not America's 51st state

No, but perhaps Puerto Rico is.  Now wouldn't that put the twist in Tancredo's knickers and give Republican pollsters something to think about on immigration policy.

by Shaun Appleby 2009-06-04 06:09PM | 0 recs

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