Hatred for Rachel Corrie knows no limits, as a Jerusalem municipal official demonstrates by trying to ban a play about the ‘Israel-hater tourist.’ The director to +972 Magazine: ‘He should see it before judging.’
American activist Rachel Corrie (photo: Rachel Corrie Foundation)
Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem David Hadari, of Nafatli Bennet’s Jewish Home party, demanded that the city stop funding the Khan Theater because it is hosting a play about Rachel Corrie, Haaretz reported Sunday evening [Heb].
“My Name is Rachel Corrie” is a play that has been staged around the world and is now showing in Israel in Hebrew, directed by Ari Remez. It is based on the diaries Corrie wrote during her stay in Israel/Palestine as an activist with the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) up until her death in 2003.
Rachel Corrie’s story has always touched a nerve in Israeli society, as can be seen in Hadari’s letter to the relevant authorities in the municipality:
In its response to Haaretz, the Khan Theater said the show is not its own, it is just hosting the performance.
The play’s director, Ari Remez, told +972 Magazine:
UPDATE: As of Monday morning (Israel time) Google Play has removed the app.
Baruch Marzel, Jewish supremacist and former student of the late Rabbi Meir Kahane, posted on Facebook last night (Saturday) that there is now an app on Google Play where you can read quotes from the rabbi. I couldn’t believe it, so I went into Google Play and, voila, there it is.
One of the screenshots shown is a quote where Kahane claims there is no such thing as a Palestinian people. Here is how Marzel is marketing the app:
“New new! A daily Kahane also in a widget for Android!
If you have an Android you too can download the Kahane was right widget!
Look for Kahane was right in Google play. Download to your phone. Press on the screen to add the widget and add Kahane was right to your device! Over 1,000 sentences of Rabbi Kahane change every few hours, or by pressing a button. Share and spread with your friends!”
As a result of McDonald’s Israel decision not to open a branch in the settlement of Ariel, here’s a discussion we’ll never hear, unfortunately.
Jules Winnfield: Okay, so, tell me about the outposts.
Vincent Vega: So what you want to know?
Jules: Well, building is legal there, right?
Vincent: Yeah, it’s legal, but it ain’t a hundred percent legal. I mean, you can’t walk on to a mountain, put a flag, and start buildin’ away. They want you to build on hilltops or certain designated places.
Jules: Those are outposts?
Vincent: Breaks down like this, okay: it’s legal to build it, it’s legal to own it, and if there’s nobody near it, it’s legal to live in it. It’s illegal to expand it, but that doesn’t really matter ’cause, get a load of this, all right; if you get stopped by the cops in the West Bank, they let the Jews do what they want. I mean, that’s a right the cops in the West Bank do have.
Jules: [laughing] Oh, man. I’m going, that’s all there is to it. I’m fucking going.
Vincent: Yeah, baby, you’d dig it the most. But you know what the funniest thing about the West Bank is?
Vincent: It’s the little differences. I mean, they got the same shit over there that we got here, but it’s just…it’s just, there it’s a little different.
Vincent: All right. Well, you can walk into a Palestinian olive grove and just burn it. And I don’t mean just like a little bonfire; I’m talking about an inferno. And in Ariel, you can buy a falafel at McDonald’s. And you know what they call a Quarter Pounder with Cheese in Ariel?
Jules: They don’t call it a Quarter Pounder with Cheese?
Vincent: Nah, man, they got the Kosher system. They wouldn’t know what the fuck a Quarter Pounder with cheese is.
Jules: What do they call it?
Vincent: They call it a “Kosher Royale.”
Jules: “Kosher Royale.”
Vincent: That’s right.
Jules: What do they call a Big Mac?
Vincent: A Big Mac’s a Big Mac, but they call it “Beeg Mac.”
Jules: [in mock settler accent] “Beeg Mac.” [laughs] What do they call a Whopper?
Vincent: I don’t know, Burger King never took off. You know what they put on french fries in Ariel instead...
As Ido Kenan of the “Room 404” blog on Haaretz reports [Heb], Netanyahu decided he had to respond to mounting criticism of the quality of his account, particularly after repeated complaints about pictures that were out of focus and even sometimes rotated 90 degrees in the wrong direction.
It got to the point where a fantastic Tumblr blog, called “Bibi Instafail” began to collect the ugly images posted on the account, like the one above. Here’s another example:
So, what does the media whiz do? He makes a new Instagram movie, which you can see here.
In it, Bibi says: “Not like that, turn it around. My friends on Instagram, this can not continue! From now on, I’ve decided to take things into my own hands. Give me that… Give it to me…” (rotated writing on board says: “From now on, pictures will be in focus!”)
+972 Exclusive: The transcript of last week’s State Department briefing on Israeli settlement building and U.S. efforts at restarting peace talks with the Palestinians. (Satire)
Transcript of above State department press conference (video above):
Associated Press: Ma’am, for many years now the common assumption has been that 2+2=4. Yet for some reason, your administration – and the ones before it – continue to say that 2+2=5. In light of growing evidence that the answer is indeed 4, will American policy on this equation change?
State Department spokesperson: Again, we are not saying that 2+2 does not equal 4. We’re just saying it equals 5, but it would be better if it equals 4.
AP: So, it equals 4 or it doesn’t?
SDS: I think I’ve made it very clear that we don’t accept the legitimacy that it equals 5. We encourage all sides to embrace the 4 option, even though 2+2=5 is actually the correct answer.
AP: But… but you always say that. You always say you’re not happy with the 5 option but nothing really ever changes, does it? You still say 2+2=5.
SDS: Yes, and that’s why I expressed my concern today.
AP: I’m trying to understand something. Because you and Secretary Kerry have said more than once that we should be optimistic that 2+2 actually does equal 4. But you don’t provide any evidence that suggests it actually does equal 4.
SDS: Our strategy is to keep these equations private. We believe that’s the best way to create an environment to bring all people to understand that it’s 4 and not 5.
AP: And what if that doesn’t work?
SDS: It’s worth the shot.
AP: Ma’am, maybe after all these years the U.S. should stay out of the equation? Shouldn’t there be some kind of consequence for people who say 2+2=5?
SDS: Well, our focus right now is not on consequences as much as working with everyone involved to reach 4. As I mentioned earlier, we find the 5 option very unhelpful, and Secretary Kerry will continue in his efforts to bring about the 4.
AP: But you’ve been stuck with this 5 for over 60 years. Shouldn’t you change your policy? Before some people say that 2+2=6?
SDS: That’s not the current plan. We’re having discussions and expressing concerns where needed.
Why is one of the biggest stories of the past few years, and perhaps the biggest leak in U.S. history, being sidelined by the New York Times?
The story about the U.S. government’s surveillance tactics got even “better” on Sunday, as the man who leaked it became public in a YouTube video. Edward Snowden was interviewed by lawyer and blogger Glenn Greenwald from his hotel room in Hong Kong, where he is currently in hiding.
This story is big. One of the biggest ever, for obvious reasons. Daniel Ellsberg, responsible for leaking the Pentagon Papers, has said that “there has not been in American history a more important leak than Edward Snowden’s release of NSA material.”
No doubt, this is a great story for Greenwald and The Guardian. You know, one of the most important newspapers in the world? It’s quite well known.
But maybe not. Former Haaretz Editor-in-Chief Dov Alfon posted a screenshot on his Facebook wall of how the New York Times decided to refer to The Guardian. Simply as “a British newspaper” (click for larger image):
As Snowden’s name spread over the web and became the lead story of every respectable news outlet, this is how the NYT homepage looked, compared to The Guardian’s at 14:00 (Israel local time. Click for larger image):
That’s it, just below the (important, yes) story on immigration.
Israeli President Shimon Peres, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas join in a handshake at the beginning of their three speeches at the World Economic Forum in Dead Sea, Jordan, on May 26, 2013. [State Department photo]
John Kerry: Hey, Abu! Abu! Over here! Come here a sec!
Abu Mazen: What?
Kerry: Come here a sec, we wanna take a pic.
Abu Mazen: For what?
Shimon Peres: Just do it.
Kerry: Whaddya mean ‘for what’? Cuz we’re here! All three of us!
Abu Mazen: So?
Peres: Just do it.
Kerry: Come on! Let’s do the three-way shake!
Abu Mazen: But why? We haven’t agreed on anything. FIRST you do the agreement, THEN you do the shake thingy!
Peres: Just do it.
Kerry: Just come here already! There… good. Now give me your hand. And give Shimon your other hand. No wait. Give me your… No, Shimon, you… Ah, just… just put ‘em all together dammit.
Abu Mazen: He should give me his hand!
Peres: Here. Take it. OK? Better?
Kerry: And smile.
Abu Mazen: No.
Peres: Just do it.
Kerry: Smile, dammit!
Abu Mazen: Why should I?! We haven’t agreed on anything!
Peres: Just give him his Kodak moment and he’ll go, Jesus!
Kerry: Abu, this is the last time I’m saying it. Smile, goddamit.
Abu Mazen: Or what.
Peres: Oh boy.
Kerry: Or what? Or what? Who pays your salary?
Abu Mazen: …
Kerry: Yeah, I thought so. Now keep smiling. OK people, start shooting!
Abu Mazen: There, I’m smiling. Can I go now?
Kerry: Just a few more. Keep smiling. With teeth!
Abu Mazen: Can’t believe I’m doing this. We didn’t agree on anything.
On the one hand it’s obvious the young man has just made my life easier by putting on the sticker for Jews. On the other hand, it’s one of the things that it’s hard to say thanks for. I mean, thank you for not considering me a terrorist any more? — Actress Mira Awad’s tale of Israeli airport security.
Actress Mira Awad (Urga41/CC)
Palestinian Christian singer Mira Awad, a celebrity in Israel who has participated in the Eurovision, the Israeli version of “Dancing with the Stars” and is also known for her role in Sayed Kashua’s television sitcom “Arab Labor,” posted the following status on her Facebook page today:
So, I was checked at the airport, they asked the questions, put the stickers on, and I proceeded to the X-Ray machine. Suddenly, the young security man comes to me: “Mira? Mira Awad?”
Security man: “Can I see your passport? There’s a mistake with the sticker.”
I almost told him: “No, you’re not mistaken, I see you put the right one on — the sticker for Arabs”, but I didn’t say that (security people have their humor extracted during their preparatory course). I gave him my passport, he opens it, takes off the sticker in the passport and on the suitcase and puts on a new one, different, the same color but smaller.
Now the dilemma. On the one hand it’s obvious the young man has just made my life easier by putting on the sticker for Jews. On the other hand, it’s one of the things that it’s hard to say thanks for. I mean, thank you for not considering me a terrorist any more? Thanks that someone whispered to you, “it’s Mira Awad,” so the “Awad” isn’t scary anymore? Thanks for upgrading me to a Class A citizen? I turned into one of “ours,” or actually one of “yours.” A small sticker that carries with it such huge humiliation, and today even enfolds stupidity. Because since they cancelled the stickers with different colors, which we protested, they made new stickers with less recognizable differences to the inexperienced eye, and here they are embarrassing themselves with unaware patronizing like, “Let’s award you with the status of a privileged person!” — so you...
Israeli media reports that Jewish settlers are complaining the tear gas from the weekly Friday demos across the West Bank is ruining their Sabbaths. +972 is revealing today that in fact this is a result of a new Palestinian strategy to be shot at during not only Fridays, but ahead of every holiday on the Jewish calendar.
An Israeli soldier shoots tear gas into a crowd of Palestinian protesters in Hebron. March 31, 2013 (Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)
As reported this week, settlers in the West Bank are complaining that tear gas fired at Palestinians during weekly unarmed protests gets carried by the wind to their settlements and creates major discomfort for them on Fridays.
But +972 has found out that this is only the tip of the iceberg. According to anonymous sources, Palestinians are planning to demonstrate on the eve of every Jewish holiday, besides Erev Shabbat, to make the chag as unbearable as they can.
27-year-old “M”, from Nabi Saleh, told +972: “We are interested in making the settlers suffer as much as possible, so we have decided to meet the army head-on every, how you call it – Erev Chag? Inshallah the army will pound us with as much gas as possible. I hope I nearly suffocate.”
When asked what would happen if the gas would drift into his village and not the nearby settlement, M responded: “It’s a chance we’re willing to take. If this Shavuot we manage to make one cheese cake bring tears to a family’s eyes – our job is done.”
“A”, 34, from Bilin: “We will demonstrate this Shavuot, and Tisha B’av and Rosh Hashana! I will go straight up to the IDF jeeps and risk a rubber bullet if it means a settler may whiff some tear gas! I am willing to risk my life so that next Channukah the settlers will cry over every latke they fry.”
Settlers are already reacting to the news, asking the IDF to respond appropriately. “We demand the IDF cease shooting tear gas canisters at high arcs, since the gas floats much more easily that way in our direction,” said Yehuda Cohen from Halamish. “If the IDF...
Every once in a while I get a comment on one of my posts along the lines of: ‘Why don’t you do anything about Syria, huh? If you’re such a human rights activist, why don’t you care about places where people are suffering much more right in your neighborhood? Huh??’ or ‘You know, the Arabs have it much better in Israel than anywhere else! They should count their blessings!’
And it makes me wonder…
Settlers throw stones at Palestinians as IDF soldiers stand by in the West Bank village of Asira al Qibliya. April 30, 2013 (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)
Ring, ring! Ring, ring!
Operator: Atrocities Unlimited, how can I help you?
Palestine: Hello, my name is Palestine.
Operator: Hello Mr. Palestine, what can I do for you?
Palestine: Yes, well, I understand you end atrocities and human rights violations.
Operator: That’s very true. Are you suffering from an atrocity or human rights violation, sir?
Palestine: Yes, I am. I have been under occupation for 46 years.
Palestine: Yes, occupation.
Operator: Sir, you do understand that we assist on a Worst Come, First Serve basis?
Palestine: Excuse me?
Operator: A Worst Come, First Serve basis.
Palestine: What does that mean?
Operator: It means we deal with the worst atrocity first. You are not the worst atrocity, sir.
Palestine: I didn’t say I was, but… but… I am suffering.
Operator: I’m sure you’re suffering but there are others out there who need our help before you, sir.
Operator: …and until then you just have to sit quiet and wait your turn. Will that be it, sir?
Palestine: But wait! OK, OK… so, tell me where I am in line… can you do that?
Palestine: 31?!?!? There are 31 peoples before me?
Operator: Yes, sir.
Palestine: But, what does that mean? How long do I have to wait?
Ami Kaufman was chief night editor for Haaretz, for the prominent Israeli financial daily Calcalist, and correspondent on Israeli affairs for 93.6 RAM FM, a joint Palestinian-Israel radio station. His interest in food and cooking led to culinary studies at the “Israeli CIA” (Tadmor, Herzliya) and a brief stint in the restaurant business.