Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu tore into British students Wednesday for joining the Boycott Israel movement, while a British official tried to cover up a government boycott action by promising a “commitment” to trade with Israel.
The National Union of Students in Britain voted Tuesday to join the BDS movement to boycott Israel. The move has little practical effect but is an important propaganda victory for the Boycott Israel movement.
The British government, along with France and several other countries, also have boycotted Israel by banning companies in their countries from staging an exhibition at this week’s seventh annual Israel Defense Expo in Tel Aviv.
Rob Dixon, Britain’s Deputy Ambassador to Israel, ignored the ban at the exhibition, as if it didn’t happen, and assured Israel on Wednesday that his government is against BDS and is “committed to advancing trade links” with Israel.
Prime Minister Netanyahu, during a meeting with visiting Canadian Foreign Minister Robert Nicholson, chastised the British students Union for joining BDS and said:
They condemn Israel and do not condemn ISIS; they condemn themselves.
Israel has an exemplary democracy. We have academic freedom, press freedom, human rights. ISIS tramples human rights to the dust. It burns people alive in cages and the national student groups in Britain refuse to boycott ISIS and have boycotted Israel. It tells you everything you want to know about the BDS movement.
Likely Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said on Saturday he will move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem if he is elected to the White House in 2016.
Asked by reporters if Jerusalem should be Israel’s capital “forever,” Bush said:
I support that, absolutely. I also support moving the embassy to Jerusalem as well — our embassy. Not just as a symbol but a show of solidarity
However, there is little connection between promises to move the embassy to Jerusalem and actually doing so. Bill Clinton assured voters he would do so, but didn’t. George W. Bush promised to do so, and didn’t. And Mitt Romney, in the 2012 presidential election, promised to do so, and he lost.
The White House for years has followed the State Dept. policy that moving the American embassy to the capital of Israel would endanger American national security. It indeed would endanger the dream of the Arab world to eliminate a Jewish Israel by planting a Palestinian Authority flag on the Temple Mount in its never-never world of a new Arab state within Israel’s current borders and encompassing the Old City of Jerusalem.
The reasoning in Foggy Bottom must be that since moving the embassy would upset the Arabs, they might turn off the oil spigot, raising the price of oil and causing a recession in the United States. That would mean higher unemployment and a recession, creating grounds for a social protest that would allow the Islamic State (ISIS) to recruit more terrorist to take over the country.
Perhaps that is why Congress’ Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995, which states that the embassy must be moved to Jerusalem, has a waiver that states:
The president may suspend the limitations set forth in section 3(b) for a period of six months if he determines and reports to Congress in advance that such suspension is necessary to protect the national security interests of the United States.
The President may suspend such limitations for an additional six month period at the end of any period during which the suspension is in effect under this subsections if the President determines and reports to Congress in advance of the additional suspension that the additional suspension is necessary to protect the national security interests of the United States.
Every American president, Democrat and Republican alike, has exercised the waiver every six months.
But the United States is becoming energy self-sufficient and less dependent on Arab oil, so the theory of national security being endangered by the high price of oil doesn’t hold much water.
Perhaps President Barack Obama is worried that moving the embassy would upset his proposed deal with Iran to supposedly oversee its nuclear development, and “no deal” would infuriate Iran into building a nuclear bomb to threat Washington.
Or perhaps moving the embassy would set off riots in Baltimore.
No matter what theory you come up with, the foreign policy non-thinkers in Washington will guarantee that moving the embassy endangers the citizens in Oskosh.
Police said Monday morning that anarchists incited protesters to violence in last night’s march in Tel Aviv against police brutality and racism, undermining the demonstrators’ objectives.
Protesters were armed with rocks and metal objects which they hurled at police officers, 56 of whom were injured lightly. Police arrested 43 demonstrators and hurled stun grenades in the middle of a crowd blocking a major artery at rush-hour in Tel Aviv.
Both a senior police official and “Elazar,” who made Aliyah from Ethiopia years before the massive airlift in Operation Shlomo, told Voice of Israel radio (Reshet Bet) that the protest turned violent partly because of anarchists, whom the interviewer later said could be “leftists or rightists,” although the term “right-wing anarchist” in Israel is almost contradictory.
Left-wing elements, many of them funded by American Jews and non-Jews, often have been accused of inciting Arabs and illegal African immigrants to violence.
The charge of “racism,” which undoubtedly is true but not always to the Nth degree as sometimes described, is a good way to rile up the riff-raff. That is exactly what happened last night.
Mahratta Baruch-Ron, the deputy mayor Tel Aviv and an Ethiopian, tried to calm down the protesters, but to no avail; the anarchists and trouble-makers took over.
Like last week’s protest in Jerusalem that turned violent when nearly 1,000 protesters surged towards to the official residence of the Prime Minister, last night’s demonstration lacked responsible leadership.
Police did not interfere Sunday night even when protesters blocked major arteries near Rabin Square in downtown Tel Aviv, and it appeared that some people in the crowd were itching for a fight by deciding to proceed towards the high-speed intra-city Ayalon Highway.
Yediot Acharonot, which never misses an opportunity to whitewash leftist criminals and find cause against Netanyahu, reported that “social activists” joined the protesters.
The protests were sparked by a video shown on Israeli television last week of two policemen assaulting, without any provocation, an Ethiopian soldier, who was clad with kippa. Discrimination against Ethiopians is widespread while the police show no discrimination when it comes to excessive violence.
The protesters have concentrated on racism, while political leaders, including Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) chairman Naftali Bennett, have hitched a ride on the “race card” rather than pursuing the opportunity to demand massive reform in the police force.
The plagues of racism and violence against police, as well as police violence against civilians, elicited an immediate response from Prime Minister Netanyahu.
He is meeting Monday with Ethiopian community representatives, soldier Damas Pakada who was filmed being beaten by the policemen. Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino, and representatives of the Public Security, Social Affairs and Social Services, Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, and Interior ministries.
They will make statements announcing funding for projects aimed at the Ethiopian community and will ignore police brutality.
The new protest movement is continuing Monday morning with a march in Jerusalem. Travelers are advised that major arteries, including Sderot Herzl, Rabin, Shazar, Ben Tzvi and Ruppin are closed as of 11 a.m.
The U.S. Embassy yesterday warned citizens that protests that are “intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence” and advised, “You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.”
Below, an Ethiopian protester tells Channel 2, in Hebrew, that outside inciters turned the peaceful march into a violent riot.
Arab Knesset Members have announced they will join Ethiopians on Sunday in another protest against police violence and alleged racism.
A peaceful march last week turned violent when nearly 1,000 angry Ethiopians surfed towards the official residence of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu near downtown Jerusalem. Police at the scene used stun guns and water cannons to disperse the crowd after the demonstrators refused to retreat. The demonstrators pelted police with bottles and rocks.
The Ethiopian community is enraged over the exposure last week of two policemen in Holon, adjacent to Tel Aviv, beating an Ethiopian soldier, who was wearing a kippa, for no apparent reason.
Police arrested the soldier for supposedly having attacked them, but the video forced law enforcement officials to drop the charge and apologize. They also said that the two policemen, one of them a volunteer, have been suspended and that their actions do not reflect the values of the police.
The Ethiopian community is not buying the mea culpa and plans to protest today near Tel Aviv’s Azriella Towers, home of the fanciest malls in Israel.
At least two Arab Knesset Members, Ayman Odeh and Ahmed Tibi, have called on Arabs, who claim that police discriminate against them, to join the demonstration.
The Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) party has not commented, despite thousands of incidents of police violence exercised against innocent settlers.
Nor have the bleeding heart left-wingers, who usually never miss the opportunity to show their support for minorities, uttered a word.
Hareidi leaders also have remained silent although they have plenty of reasons to complain about excess police violence.
Ethiopian leaders allege that police discriminate against them, but the silence from mainstream Israel indicates that the bias may be a lot deeper.
At 11:00 AM Wednesday morning, the 2-minute siren rang out throughout Israel in memory of Israel’s fallen.
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Ruby Rivlin and Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot were at the Mount Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem, while Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon presided at Tel Aviv’s Kiryat Shaul military cemetery.
Memorial Day began last night with a siren at 8pm and a ceremony at the Kotel.
23,320 Israelis have been killed in wars and terror attacks.
116 people were killed in the past year, including 67 soldiers and 5 civilians in Operation Protective Edge.
There are 535 soldiers whose burial place is unknown.
Over 270,000 virtual candles have been lit using and Israel Defense Ministry app.
Tonight, after sunset, Israel transitions into Independence Day.