1. It’s always nice to be vindicated. Since the inception of this blog I have argued that the “peace process” has never been anything but a complete fraud serving as a front to aid Israeli designs toward displacing as many Palestinians as possible and taking as much land as possible. Those who thought that the lawn jockey Barack Obama would change anything in this regard should get on the next flotilla to Gaza.
2. As on openly practicing hummus-sexual, back in September of 2009 I posted about Sabra hummus, Sabra being owned by Strauss, an Israeli company, and I urged people to boycott hummus made by Israeli-owned firms. (As have many others before and since.) Now, thanks to the Sabbah Daily, I have learned that well the cat has hit the fan, if you will, at Depaul University (school motto “We don’t need no Finklesteins”) where a student group called “Students for Justice in Palestine” has been urging the University to stop selling Sabra products. There are some pretty good graphics on the page I’ve just linked to and one is below. They also have an on-line petition that you can sign here.
Now it turns out that Strauss is a big supporter of the IDF and in particular the infamous Golani Brigade and the Givati Brigade. Strauss is proud of its support of these notorious human rights violators – and brags about this on its websites. Oh, wait. On their English website they took this info off, but they kept it on the Hebrew page according to this report. Man, where is MEMRI when you really need them? But I digress.
According to the Indymedia report to which I just linked above – and I am quoting directly from that report – Strauss had the following wording on its website in English until recently stating that its
“connection with soldiers goes as far back as the country, and even further. We see a mission and need to continue to provide our soldiers with support, to enhance their quality of life and service conditions, and sweeten their special moments. We have adopted the Golani reconnaissance platoon for over 30 years and provide them with an ongoing variety of food products for their training or missions, and provide personal care packages for each soldier that completes the path.”
However, on that same page on January 18, 2011, I found this wording:
Israel Defense Forces
As part of its donations program, the Sales Division of Strauss Israel has made a contribution to the men and women who serve in the Golani brigade. The funds are designated for welfare, cultural and educational activities, such as pocket money for underprivileged soldiers, sports and recreational equipment, care packages, and books and games for the soldiers’ club. Yotvata, our dairy in the south, contributes likewise to the southern Shualei Shimshon unit.
This down plays the 30-year connection but I guess they are just so proud of their support for human rights violations that they just had to have something in there.
Historically, the Israeli army has been a flagrant violator of human rights and international law. Even in this context, the Golani Brigade has attracted particular attention. According to a January 2009 article in Ha’aretz Daily, the Golani Brigade “is known as a brigade that struggles with no small number of disciplinary problems and scandals, caused by bad behavior ranging from revolts against commanders to abuse of Palestinians.”
“Breaking the Silence“, a group composed of ex-Israeli soldiers, has documented numerous cases of Golani Brigade involvement in human rights abuses. For example, in November 2008, members of the Golani Brigade filmed themselves forcing a captive, blindfolded Palestinian to sing humiliating songs, some, as the BBC news describes it, “of a sexual nature,” and some about the Golani Brigade. In December 2005, a Golani Brigade officer was convicted for beating a Palestinian detainee and threatening to cut off his penis.
These guys are real sons of bitches. Samuel Nichols, whose report in Indymedia I quoted from above, writes in that same report of his own experiences with the Golani Brigadge.
Back in November 2009, when I was with a Christian Peacemaker Team in the West Bank, the Golani brigade was stationed in Hebron. Throughout their stay I witnessed and documented the extreme and unwarranted use of violence on Palestinian residents as Golani soldiers inflicted head wounds, broke civilians’ hands, and sexually harassed women at checkpoints. The Israeli military’s occupation of Hebron is consistently inhumane, but the maltreatment of Palestinian residents by the Golani Brigade is unparalleled.
Buy Sabra hummus and kill a Palestinian. Sounds like a good deal to me. Or how about, “Buy Sabra hummus, cut off a Palestinian’s dick.” ?
As is usually the case with Israeli entities, Strauss’ website is filled with information about what a shitty outfit it is once you can see through all of the Zionist Bullshit. (Which is why you need to buy your ZBF today and if you do we will give you a free hummus-making kit.)
For example, while the besieged Palestinians in Gaza are barely allowed enough to eat, Strauss is doing the following:
At a time when many children are living below the poverty line – satiation is a basic and instinctive survival goal. As a leading food corporation, we see ourselves as the spearhead in this war and naturally provide food products to dozens of organizations on a daily basis. These products reach thousands of our needy throughout Israel. This is done through “A sandwich for every child every day” project, in which our employees prepare 450 sandwiches a day (130,000 per year), that are distributed to nurseries, schools and clubs in Carmiel and adjacent settlements. Collecting and packaging food baskets for Rosh Hashanah and Passover for thousands of needy families throughout the country, which is carried out by our employees and volunteers at food organizations.
What is Carmiel? Note Strauss is not talking about Carmel but rather another “Israeli” town of Carmiel (also commonly spelled Karmiel) in Northern Israel. Here is how that town of about 50,000 Jews came into existence:
In 1956, about 1,275 acres (5.16 km2) of land in the Israeli Arab villages of Deir al-Asad, Bi’ina and Nahf were declared “closed areas” by Israeli authorities. This area, near the main road between Acre and Safed, had been an important marble quarrying site. In 1961, the Israeli authorities expropriated the land to build Karmiel.
Of course, this fact should come as no surprise since the whole country is just the result of one big land grab. But isn’t it comforting to know that by buying Sabra hummus you are feeding Jewish kids living on land stolen from Arab kids?
3. The Macy Gray story is getting out. On Facebook in response to her request for input, I told her to go ahead and go to Israel and perform but to then travel in the West Bank and Gaza if possible and get to know the Palestinians and then hold a press conference, if she so desires, to talk about what she has seen in front of the cameras. Anyway, she’s getting endless shit from Israelis not for going, but for criticizing Israel in the first place. You can never do enough to please these people. Never.
4. Part II of “A Problem in Bumfuck Idaho” will be coming out soon. Stand by.
5. I will also be posting about Michael Collins Piper’s recent podcasts, at least one of the anyway. You can find them here. Mike is unique, if you’ve not heard him, give him a try.
6. Now, as a tribute to Zine El-Abidine ben Ali ben Kalb, we present the following video played at over a zillion sports events around the world. You know, I bet the Saudis have room in their palaces for Husni and Saleh and . . .