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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

UNRWA suspends Gaza reconstruction for lack of funds. Here's why there's no money.

From AFP:
The UN agency for Palestinian refugees said on Tuesday that it cannot afford to repair Gaza homes damaged in last year's war with Israel because donors have failed to pay.

"The agency has exhausted all funding to support repairs and rental subsidies," the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) said in a statement.

"$5.4 billion was pledged at the Cairo (aid) conference last October and virtually none of it has reached Gaza. This is distressing and unacceptable.

"It is unclear why this funding has not been forthcoming," it added.
Actually, it is quite clear. The reason was said explicitly by Egypt's foreign minister Sameh Shoukry last month:
Commenting on a Gaza donors conference held in Cairo months ago, Shoukry said donors who pledged billions of dollars for the embattled Palestinian territory had not sent the money because they had no trust in the absence of a lasting solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the suspension of direct Palestinian-Israeli peace negotiations.

"The international community links its financial contribution to the reconstruction of Gaza to the return of the Palestinian authority to its position in it," Shoukry said.

He added that this international community had confidence in the Palestinian Authority and a desire to contribute to the reconstruction of Gaza through the authority.
Hamas refuses to relinquish its hold on Gaza even after it supposedly joined the "unity government" and international donors don't want to contribute to Hamas. Arab countries don't trust Hamas and neither do Western countries.

There is one other reason: Arab countries always lie about how much they support their Palestinian brothers.

There is a long history of Arab countries pledging hundreds of millions of dollars and not paying. In 2008, it was revealed that Arab nations had paid only 40% of the money they had pledged to the PA. In 2012, Arab nations again promised hundreds of millions that they didn't pay. And in 2010, not one dime of a half billion dollars pledged specifically for Jerusalem was paid. You know, the city that is supposedly the one that Arabs would die for couldn't even get anything.

While Arab nations will insist to the West how the Palestinian issue is their top priority, their actions have consistently shown this to be a lie. They just say it in order to put political pressure on Israel via the West, but they really don't give a damn about Palestinian Arabs. (Anyone who has ever followed how they treat their Palestinian Arab "guests" in their countries know this to be the case.)

But the hypocrisy is rarely discussed in the West, because their foreign ministers and prime ministers always make grandiose speeches in "support" of people that they just wish would go away already. It just so happens they hate Jews even more.

The UNDP also stated last week that it had only received 5% of the funds pledged for reconstructing Gaza.

The cement is available. The trucks to deliver them are ready. But the vast majority of the media coverage (prompted by Mahmoud Abbas' gang and many anti-Israel NGOs) blames Israel for Gaza reconstruction delays.

Oh, and UNRWA is making a subtle threat:
[Serry added,] "People are desperate and the international community cannot even provide the bare minimum – for example a repaired home in winter –let alone a lifting of the blockade, access to markets or freedom of movement. We’ve said before quiet for quiet will not last, and now the quiet is at risk.
Meaning that UNRWA knows that Gazans are not being told that their Arab brethren aren't paying up. They are being told that it is Israel's fault, so they will want to start resuming rocket fire at Israel.

UNRWA is telling the world that irrational Gazans might start another war against the nation that is not standing in the way for their legitimate reconstruction needs. And that is to be expected. Certainly UNRWA isn't going to tell Gazans the truth. They will continue to teach hate against Israel in the schools so as to give their "refugees" a convenient target for hate.

As is so often the case in the Middle East, everyone is afraid of the truth, and everyone - world media, Western diplomats, Arab leaders, UN agencies, and Palestinian Arab leaders themselves - spin a web of lies in order to keep Israel in the crosshairs in the name of Palestinian solidarity. No one is willing to stand up and say that Palestinian leadership has been corrupt, that Hamas has been a disaster for Gaza, that Arab nations are sick and tired of them whining. Deep down, everyone sees through PLO stunts meant to pressure Israel and pretending that the Palestinian issue is more important than Syria and ISIS and Libya and Yemen the the Iranian threat. But they aren't willing to say it out loud. 

Monday, January 26, 2015

Gang must have been suffering from Islamophobia when they went "Jew bashing"

Sultan, smiling about his "Jew-bashing"
From The Daily Mail:
An Orthodox Jew was beaten up by a gang of teenagers who said the attack was a protest ‘about the Palestinians and the Jewish community’, a court has heard.

Balawal Sultan, 18, Kesa Malik, 19, Hassnain Aliamin, 18, all from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and a 17-year-old boy have all admitted attacked the 41-year-old victim in nearby Gateshead.

Sultan, who had hours earlier sent a text message saying he was ‘going Jew bashing’, lay in wait with the other three behind a van before pouncing on the victim as he walked home to his family.

The victim screamed in fear as the pack chased him down the street, throwing wood at him, before tripping as he fled and being surrounded by the teenagers while stricken on the ground.

One of the thugs was threatening to kick him in the head when the victim was saved by a friend.

The attackers claimed they were only in the area looking for a new mosque but one of them admitted the planned attack was motivated by the dispute between Israel and Palestine.

The night before the attack, Sultan sent a text message saying ‘I’m going to go Jew bashing. Haha’.

Hours later, just after midnight on July 18, he and the others set about carrying out the threat. With Malik driving, they started looking for a victim.

The man they attacked had been at a Jewish study room nearby and was on his way home.

Bridie Smurthwaite, prosecuting, said: ‘The defendants had deliberately travelled to the area in Gateshead where there were members of the Jewish community with the particular intention of targeting someone from that community.

‘The Crown say the victim was targeted because he was wearing traditional Jewish attire, a black suit and white shirt and a black hat.
Those poor Muslims, having to fight against Islamophobia and Israeli aggression! They were so distraught that they were forced to plan the attack ahead of time, traveling to a different neighborhood  miles away to find random black-hatted Jews, and not being able to stop themselves from attacking the first one they saw.

But it can't be simple Jew-hatred, no way. They "admitted" that they were motivated by Israeli actions, and it had nothing to do with hating Jews per se, of course not. They cannot be possibly be considered antisemitic, and how dare anyone accuse them of that heinous attribute instead of focusing on the real issue which is of course settlers and hasbara and Likud and all the other keywords that they learn to spout when they get caught that prove that deep down it has nothing to do with Jews.

Really, we must feel sorry for those poor, oppressed Muslims who are forced to travel in packs to attack the first Jews they seek out. They are so distraught over what is happening to their co-religionists in Khan Younis or somewhere (although not Aleppo or Sanaa or Baghdad.) They are not motivated by hate: it's only political! Anyone suggesting otherwise is probably an Islamophobe. Shame on you for thinking that. They are afraid, poor dears!

It is the "Zionists" of Gateshead and Golders Green who have all the power and money and influence. They are the ones who walk around haughtily in their Zionist black hats and Zionist beards without fear when they go to their heavily fortified Zionist synagogues and Zionist schools. The proof is that they don't feel the need to form gangs to attack Muslims. I'm surprised that I even have to explain this logic to you, it is so obvious.

(h/t Bob Knot)

01/26 Links Pt2: Netanyahu presented with emergency plan to absorb 120,000 French Jews

From Ian:

Netanyahu presented with emergency plan to absorb 120,000 French Jews
Indicating displeasure with Israel’s immigration promotion and absorption strategy, the Jewish People Policy Institute last week presented Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with its emergency plan for the absorption of 120,000 French immigrants.
According to the high profile Jerusalem think tank, which maintains close ties with the Jewish Agency and senior politicians, Israel has thus far not implemented the necessary policies to compete with the United States, Canada, and various European states in attracting highly educated and business savvy French Jews.
According to JPPI senior fellow Dr. Dov Maimon – himself a French immigrant – despite the increase in French aliya over the past several years, the number of people making the move is relatively small compared to the large numbers of people who have made inquiries with the Jewish Agency.
Agency chairman Natan Sharansky recently told The Jerusalem Post that some 50,000 French Jews had requested information on aliya during 2014.
 BBC Arabic Won't Call Charlie Hebdo Attackers 'Terrorists'
The head of BBC Arabic has instructed editors not to use the word "terrorist" to describe the Islamist gunmen who murdered 12 people at the Paris offices of the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine.
Tarik Kafala told the UK's Independent newspaper that the term "terrorist" is too "loaded," and said the decision was in-line with the BBC's overall policy on reporting such attacks.
"We try to avoid describing anyone as a terrorist or an act as being terrorist. What we try to do is to say that 'two men killed 12 people in an attack on the office of a satirical magazine'. That’s enough, we know what that means and what it is," said Kafala.
"Terrorism is such a loaded word," he added. "The UN has been struggling for more than a decade to define the word and they can’t. It is very difficult to. We know what political violence is, we know what murder, bombings and shootings are and we describe them. That’s much more revealing, we believe, than using a word like terrorist which people will see as value-laden."
He also explained why the BBC, like other mainstream British media outlets, was censoring any images of the founder of Islam Mohammed, with the only exception being its inclusion of the front cover of the post-attack Charlie Hebdo "Survivors" edition.
But while "the cover has appeared… on a banner or on a newsstand, on our screens," he emphasized that "we haven’t shown it in full frame or real detail."
BBC Tim Willcox Investigation Moves Forward
The BBC’s Tim Willcox caused a wave of revulsion and outrage in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo and kosher supermarket massacres in Paris. Many complaints were sent to the BBC including one from HonestReporting.
We’ve continued to pursue the complaint through the drawn-out BBC process and we can share with you the latest email to HonestReporting from the BBC’s Editorial Complaints Unit.
Due to the large quantity of complaints and issues raised, the Editorial Complaints Unit has expedited the process by dealing with the complaints in their totality and drawing up a summary of the issues that will be investigated:

PressTV publishes satirical "news" that Obama unfriended Bibi on Facebook

Iran's PressTV believed an article published on the satirical site The Israeli Daily:



Unfortunately, PressTV realized the mistake when people started making fun of them on Twitter and took it down.

Obama campaign experts in Israel to defeat Bibi

From IMRA:

Haaretz reporter Roi Arad revealed in an article in the Hebrew edition today that the foreign funded organization, “One Voice”, is bankrolling the V-2015 campaign to defeat Binyamin Netanyahu’s national camp in the March 2015 Knesset Elections.

One indication of the generous financing is that it has now flown in a team of five American campaign experts (including Jeremy Bird, the Obama campaign's national field director) who will run the campaign out of offices taking up the ground floor of a Tel Aviv office building.

V-2015 is careful not to support a specific party - rather “just not Bibi”. As such, the foreign funds pouring into the campaign are not subject to Israel’s campaign finance laws.
You mean, a foreign organization wants to interfere in Israeli politics? Isn't that the terrible kind of thing that all proper Americans are against?

I mean, even J-Street hates the idea of outsiders meddling in Israeli elections. They sent out this email:
Certainly, if Netanyahu making a speech in the US is considered meddling in Israeli elections, certainly a hand-picked team of Obama campaigners dedicated specifically to change Israel's leadership would be considered way beyond the pale.

Interestingly, Ha'aretz, which has published an average of five anti-government articles a day over the past month, didn't bother to translate this article into English.

The OneVoice movement that is behind this "anyone but Bibi" campaign headed by Daniel Lubetzky, describes itself this way:
OneVoice is an international grassroots movement that amplifies the voice of mainstream Israelis and Palestinians, empowering them to propel their elected representatives toward the two-state solution. The Movement works to forge consensus for conflict resolution and build a human infrastructure capable of mobilizing the people toward a negotiated, comprehensive, and permanent agreement between Israel and Palestine that ends the occupation, ensures security and peace for both sides, and solves all final-status issues in accordance with international law and previous bilateral agreements. The 1967 borders form the basis for the establishment of an independent, viable Palestinian state, with permanent borders and any modifications to be agreed upon by both parties. The Movement recognizes that violence by either side will never be a means to end the conflict.
Yet when you look through their website to see exactly how it tries to have Palestinian Arabs influence their leaders towards peace and compromise, you come up blank. No, instead, this award winning "peace" organization teaches both Israelis and Palestinian Arabs to pressure only one side: Israel.

Here is one of their major initiatives in the territories, to encourage "non-violent resistance" against Israel and Jews who live in Judea and Samaria:


Do they check whether the land that they are planting trees in belongs legally to any Jews? Of course not.

Do they encourage the Arab youth of the territories to demand that Abbas accept one of the many peace proposals that Israel has offered over the years to end the conflict? Of course not.

Do they have any compunction about interfering in Israeli elections? Of course not.

Do the people who pretend that they care so much about Bibi speaking in Congress have any problem with this explicit and intentional interference in Israel's elections? Of course not!

01/26 Links Pt1: Rouhani Involved in AMIA Bombing Decision; Journalist who reported Nisman's death lands in Israel

From Ian:

Argentine Prosecutor: Rouhani Involved in AMIA Bombing Decision
Nisman, who was found shot in the head in his apartment just hours before he was scheduled to provide testimony against Argentine President Cristina Kirchner last Monday, denied the Free Beacon story in 2013 and suggested that Rouhani played no role in the attack.
“There is no evidence, according to the AMIA case file, of the involvement of Hassan Rouhani in any terrorist attack,” Nisman told the Times of Israel in response to the article.
However, Nisman said privately he had evidence that Rouhani was involved in the decision to authorize the bombing, according to Miami Herald reporter Andres Oppenheimer.
Nisman told Oppenheimer that Rouhani was on the committee that green-lighted the attack. “Nobody is pointing out that Rouhani participated in the decision of the AMIA attack,” wrote Nisman in a July 2013 email.
“In several telephone conversations and email exchanges I had with Nisman over the past three years, the prosecutor told me that Rouhani was among the top Iranian officials who had ‘participated in the decision’ to bomb the AMIA Jewish community center in Buenos Aires,” Oppenheimer wrote after Nisman’s death.
Journalist who reported Nisman's death lands in Israel
Damian Pachter, who first reported the story about the mysterious death of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman and fled the country out of "fear for his life", has landed in Israel where he hopes to find safe haven.
"I came to Israel because I am an Israeli citizen I lived here the most important years of my life and this is a place where I feel safe," Pachter said Sunday after landing in Israel.
"I left because the Argentinean government persuade me because of my news report regarding the death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman who died in unresolved way last week, so I was the first who report on that and now I am kind of suffering the consequences of that," he said.
Interview with Damian Pachter (h/t Yoel)
After accusing the Argentine Government of going after him for breaking a story about the death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman, journalist Damián Pachter talked to The Bubble from Israel.


Argentinean Jews Boycott Shoah Ceremony Over Iran
The official Argentine Jewish community is planning to boycott the country's official Holocaust commemoration. The state ceremonies will be held on Tuesday, International Holocaust Day – and the Jews of Argentina will hold their own separate memorial ceremony the same day.
The Jews are protesting the suspicious death – and subsequent investigation thereof – of prosecutor Alberto Nisman, as well as ties between Argentina and Iran.
The official memorial ceremony happens to mark two years since Argentina and Iran signed an agreement to establish a “truth commission” into the bombing of the AMIA Jewish Community Center back in 1994 that left 85 dead and hundreds wounded.
It is widely believed that Iran was actually behind the bombing, and that top Argentinean government officials attempted to stymie investigations to this effect – so as not to stymie negotiations for a favorable oil deal with Iran.

The convergence of the idiots

Egypt's El Badil newspaper regularly quotes fringe Western websites for "news." They will write articles based on "reporting" from sites like Global Research on bizarre conspiracy theories.

One of their favorite sources in Veteran's Today. Today El Badil published an article from VT about how Jews control all the major media in the US that came from that site. The article ends with a quote from a "Rabbi Reichhorn" in Prague in 1869, where he supposedly gave a proto-Protocols address at a funeral describing the Jewish strategy to control the world.

I haven't looked at Veteran's Today in a while, and besides its crazed antisemitic articles, it also continues to expand 9/11 "truther" rhetoric:

It is now known beyond any reasonable question that the 9-11-01 nuclear attack on America was an “Inside-job”, a Gladio-style false-Flag attack on America.

What this means is that this attack was no surprise attack at all and was done with the help of some high ranking US Officials in the Administration, JCS, USAF, NORAD, the FAA and the local NYC government officials.

false-flag1 (2)It is also known that the individuals responsible for planning and executing this attack included PNACers, Top NeoCons, the President and the Vice-President and the Secretary of the Department of Defense, Several top JCS, USAF, NORAD and FAA, some Top Directors of AIPAC, and numerous American-Israeli ‘Israeli-first” Dual Citizens and Israeli Intel.
Not only that, but VT reports that the moon landings were fake!

So it is a natural fit for Arab media to quote fringe Western media (something Iran's PressTV has been doing for years.)

One more interesting fact about El Badil: Human Rights Watch quotes them uncritically. Maybe the report that HRW quoted from El Badil was accurate and maybe not, but there is no indication that HRW did any independent fact checking as they quoted a newspaper that consistently reports on antisemitic conspiracy theories.

RyanAir's route map eliminates border between Israel and Jordan

RyanAir is a low-cost Irish airline. While it doesn't serve the Middle East, it shows a route map that includes the countries of the region.

The colors are a little muted so it is hard to see the borders:

But with a little color editing, we see something interesting:


There is no border between Israel, Jordan and the territories, even including Gaza.

Now, it is possible that RyanAir is mimicking the maps of Eretz Yisrael that the Irgun used to circulate before 1948, that included the entire original area of "Palestine" that was envisioned in the Balfour Declaration before the first partition:



Somehow, I doubt it. But it might be fun to start that rumor that the airline supports a very expansive vision of Greater Israel. After all, why should the Zionists be the only ones paranoid about maps on websites?

My guess is that RyanAir just didn't want to worry about upsetting people which would happen no matter what borders they drew, so they just decided to purposefully not draw a border altogether.

They cannot be accused of being anti-Israel; their CEO stated last August that he intends not only to add a Tel Aviv route but to make Israel a regional hub.

(h/t Johnny)

Gaza minister ends boycott of Israeli products that never existed

A bizarre article in Ma'an:
Gaza's Ministry of Economy said Sunday that it would allow the entry of Israeli products into the Gaza Strip for the first time in five years.

Imad al-Baz, assistant deputy of the ministry, said soft drinks, clothes, coffee, and other Israeli goods would be allowed into the Strip.

"The last war led to the destruction of thousands of factories, which affected the production power (in Gaza), and to fill that gap we decided to allow Zionist products in," al-Baz said.

"The war damaged the production ability of factories and the nature and quality of the product, because some raw materials are not allowed in" due to the blockade.

"We decided to allow (Israeli) products to enter so that the market is not hindered and so products are available," al-Baz added.
But Israeli consumer products have been seen in Gaza continuously over the past five years.

Since a photo essay that I published in 2011 that showed everything from Israeli snacks by Osem to Chanukah gelt being sold, that same Metro Market in Gaza City has featured many Israeli items on its Facebook page.

Corn Flakes in 2012:



Chicken in 2013:



Ice cream and Krembo in 2014:


Laundry detergent in 2015:


Here is a 2012 video showing how many goods are able to enter Gaza and into this supermarket (including Israeli products):





So unless Gaza officials are loosening their restrictions on specific Israeli product categories that had been not allowed into Gaza (I wonder what Gisha thinks of that,) I don't understand what this announcement is about. There is no reason why coffee and clothing and soft drinks cannot be imported via Europe through Kerem Shalom while keeping Gaza clean of those Zionist products.


Elder gets results (belated Gisha edition)

Another remarkable coincidence!

Last month, I noted that Gisha, the Israeli NGO that pretends to care about freedom of movement of people and goods to and from Gaza, had never said anything bad about Hamas.

This even though Hamas was routinely stymieing movement to and from Gaza, which is exactly what Gisha supposedly cares about. Specifically, I noted a widely reported story of how Hamas didn't allow some 37 orphans to leave Gaza to go to Israel, which Israel gave approval for.

I noted that Gisha, funded from European dollars, was taking an interesting position by ignoring Hamas violations of freedom of movement while concentrating on Israeli and (to a lesser extent) Egyptian restrictions.

Lo and behold, two days after I wrote my article, Gisha wrote its first extraordinarily mild scolding of Hamas for this same story. Although it couched it as a minor infraction compared to Israeli restrictions, Gisha reluctantly wrote:
According to the most recent data released by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, 43.2% of Gaza residents are children under the age of 14, which is slightly more than 750,000 children. Around 1,500 of them are newly orphaned since the fighting last summer. Hamas’s decision prevented 37 of them from receiving a rare opportunity to leave the Gaza Strip, since Israel allows Palestinians to exit only if they meet a strict set of criteria. Most Palestinians who receive approval to exit are medical patients and those accompanying them, merchants and a handful of “exceptional humanitarian cases”. Given this, it’s unfortunate that Hamas officials also obstruct travel for political reasons.
"Unfortunate!" Oooh, that must have hurt! But it is important to protect your funding sources, and we cannot have European governments asking uncomfortable questions about why Gisha refuses to ever say anything bad about Hamas. Better to write the barest minimum possible against Hamas so if anyone does ask a question, Gisha can answer, "Look! See? We did it! We're objective! Please keep our funding going!"

Sheer coincidence that the first negative thing Gisha seems to have ever written on its own about Hamas (not quoting other sources) happened right after I pointed this out.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Hamas leader says "No Jew will ever enter Gaza"

Mahmoud Zahar gave a speech on Friday night, during a memorial for Hamas "martyrs" killed last year during Operation Protective Edge. It was widely published in Arabic media.

During the speech, after assuring families of the dead terrorists that Hamas will do everything necessary to "unconditionally liberate the land of Palestine," Zahar said that Gaza "would remain defiant of the Jews, and no Jew would ever enter it, whatever it costs us. "

Zahar forgot the rule to pretend that this has nothing to do with Jews and to always use the word "Zionists" as a substitute, even when referring to how evil "Zionists" have been for 3000 years.

(h/t Ibn Boutros)


Comic artists invoke Charlie Hebdo to support those who HATE freedom of speech

From JTA:

Dozens of comics artists signed a letter calling for a boycott against any Israeli entity that does not “promote freedom and justice for Palestinians.”

The open letter, cosigned by more than 80 individuals involved in producing comics, was sent out Wednesday to the organizers of an international festival for comics artists scheduled to open next week in France, and which is cosponsored by the Israeli company Sodastream.

In the letter, the authors wrote that they call for the Angoulême International Comics Festival to sever all ties with Sodastream, which has a factory in Ma’aleh Adumim – an Israeli settlement regarded internationally as illegal because it is situated in the West Bank.
Here is their open letter:
Statement of solidarity:

We want to express our grief and outrage at the slaying of five cartoonists, Wolinski, Cabu, Honoré, Tignous, Charb, among many others, at the Charlie Hebdo offices. These horrific acts of violence compel us to act even more urgently for a world where the dignity, freedom, and equality of all people are respected and promoted. We reaffirm that the Palestinian boycott movement is one important step towards that vision, and we hope that you will continue to join us in this movement.
Here are Palestinian Arabs in Ramallah and Jerusalem protesting against Charlie Hebdo's freedom of speech:




Palestinian Arab cartoonists also came out against Charlie Hebdo's freedom of speech. So did the Union of Palestinian Clerics in Gaza. So did the Greek Orthodox archibishop in Jerusalem. So did a group of Gazans who proudly screamed outside the French Cultural Center, "Leave Gaza, you French, or we will slaughter you by cutting your throats."

These are the people who the cartoonists want to show solidarity with.

In fact, you will not find a single rally in support of freedom of speech for Charlie Hebdo in all of the Palestinian Arab territories.

So how exactly do these cartoonists think that solidarity with people who are uniformly against freedom of speech is somehow a tribute to the memory of the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists who literally died upholding that principle?

Not to mention that the PLO was behind the murder of the most iconic Palestinian cartoonist, for lampooning Arafat's girlfriend!

Logic is not exactly the strong point for these cartoonists. They make it clear that it is Israel - not the "occupation," but Israel - that they are against:

Today, the Sodastream company proudly boasts of its factory’s location in the illegal settlement of Ma’ale Adumim, which makes it complicit in the crime of military occupation. However, even if Sodastream, thanks in part to the pressure campaign launched last year, moved its manufacturing to the Negev (where Palestinian Bedouins are facing eviction from their ancestral lands by Israeli government’s Prawer Plan) it, and other Israeli companies and institutions, are part of a system built on the mass ethnic cleansing of Palestinian communities and sustained through racism and discrimination. It, and other Israeli companies, contribute to the economy of a state which conducted a brutal military assault against a civilian population in Gaza in the summer of 2014, resulting in over 2,100 deaths, including over 500 children.
Facts are also not exactly one of these cartoonists' strengths, as this paragraph shows. (Sodastream treats their Arab employees exactly like their Jewish employees; the Prawer plan has never been approved, the Gaza war was not against a"civilian population"....)

But bigotry against Jews, and only Jews, having the right to self-determination is clearly a major part of their agenda, all in the name of being against discrimination!

Their hypocrisy doesn't end there. Some of the cartoonists signing this letter would be jailed or lynched if they tried to publish their works in the Palestinian Arab territories. One of them draws what would be considered lesbian pornography (NSFW).

But their thought processes cannot go beyond the simplistic "We are against murdering cartoonists. We are against the only state in the region who wouldn't murder cartoonists. Therefore, the two positions must be consistent, evidence be damned."

(h/t Yenta and Ian)