1. Okay, so I am minding my business yesterday and catching up on the Angry Arab’s blog (blog motto: “I read Anne Barnard and Liz Sly so you don’t have to.”) and I come across this gem of a quote the Angry one has taken from Barnhard’s latest folly.
Here’s the quote:
“In a poll taken by a Facebook group for civilian opposition activists called Tahrir Souri, or Syrian Editors, more than half agreed with this description of Geneva 2: “It’s better than expected, and maybe we will get something out of it.”
Why is it that people like Barnyard and William Booth try to fake their credentials by using Arabic that they don’t know? (And no I’m not going to tell you what it means. Try this. Barnhand and Boof could sure benefit from that link.)
2. Speaking of Booth, he continues his masquerading as a journalist today in the Washington New York Times Post.
The article is revealing when it comes to how down right scared the Israelis are of BDS. Good.
Booth mentions the Sodastream issue in the article. Here’s all that he says about it.
“Talk of an Israeli boycott is in the mainstream because actress Scarlett Johansson resigned her post as global ambassador for the anti-poverty group Oxfam last week in order to appear in a Super Bowl commercial Sunday night for the Israeli company SodaStream, which has a factory in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.”
Uh, excuse me. Can we be just a bit more precise here? How about these excerpts from Soda$tream’s wiki page: Note to Shas Party members, red highlighting is done by today’s guest editor, Noor al-Haqiqah.
(See, it isn’t always Haifa Wehbe.)
“Sodastream is currently headquartered in Israel and has 13 production plants; its principal manufacturing facility is located in the West Bank settlement of Ma’ale Adumim.
“SodaStream has 13 production facilities worldwide. Two are in Israel, while one is in the West Bank, and employs 1,100 people as of 2012. Sodastream’s principal manufacturing facility in Mishor Adumim, the industrial area of the West Bank settlement of Ma’ale Adumim, employs 900 Palestinians. An additional plant began operating in 2011 in the Alon Tavor industrial zone near the Israeli city of Afula. A third plant, which began operating in 2011 in Ashqelon, produces Sodastream syrups and flavours. The cornerstone for a fourth plant was laid at the Idan HaNegev Industrial Park north of Beersheba in 2011. In 2012, Sodastream said that it will invest NIS 130 million in the construction of the plant, which it said would provide employment for around 1,000 workers, many of them Negev Bedouins.”
So let’s be clear. The fucking company is headquartered in Israel. It has two plants in the part of Palestine that was occupied in 1948 and is building a third one there. It also has a plant in an insane settlement built in the part of Palestine that Israel occupied in 1967 and that plant is “its principal manufacturing facility”. The boycott is up in arms about the plant in the West Bank and for good reason, but the fact is SodaStream should be boycotted because all Israeli products need to be boycotted. All of them. And Soda$tream should be pretty easy to do since there are comparable products and who needs that shit anyway?
3. And note that the Christian Zioinist Monitor also seems to be against BDS. It has its sarcastic article on the story here:
And you’ll note that the each of the “10” things you have to do without is on a separate page in order to make it hard for the CZM’s readers to actually read the thing.
My favorite is item number 5 because it is a big fucking lie.
It claims you have to give up hummus. Like hummus is Israeli. Of course Israelis love to claim that hummus is Israeli and the CZM is just supporting that claim. Make your own fucking hummus.
I feel better now. But I digress.
4. Oh, and here are links to two older articles I wrote on hummus and boycotting Israel. The first one has a picture at the very end. Click on it and you’ll get a very nice hummus recipe. I use it all the time.
5. And now it’s video time. Yes, I know, I started this post off with a video. It’s also at the bottom of this list. I kind of like it.
Nothing like the sound of music.
Here’s a shorter version of the message so that Shas Party members can follow along.
You know, these videos can sort of restore your faith in American young people.
I like this video too.
And for Shas Party members’ kids, here’s a cute video too.