Princeton [hearts] Israel

This week at Princeton University, history – no History – was made when students overwhelmingly demonstrated their undying support for Israel, a campus-wide devotion to Zion that can be traced back to the founding of the university by Thurston and Lovey Princeton in the 1420s, a passion that is likely to continue until the stars themselves burn out in the heavens.

Don’t worry! That was simply my impression of the Evil Divest This Blogger from The Enemy Within (Episode 5), the one where a trasporter accident inadvertently mingled my DNA with that of a BDSer, causing me to inflate the most trivial, irrelevant decisions regarding Israeli (and even non-Israeli) products into events of monumental significance.

As noted previously, the boycott and divestment crew, despairing of ever getting a college or university to divest a single dollar from Israeli companies, has turned its attention to snack food. But even here they can’t bring themselves to actually speak honestly about their goals (which are always the same: to get their Israel=Apartheid message to come out of the mouth of a famous institution like Princeton). And so the ever-boasting, but always losing BDS “movement” had to contend itself with calling a campus-wide vote on whether or not the school cafeteria should stock two rather than one brand of hummus.

You see their current brand, Sabra, while made by an American company (and produced in Queens) is half owned by The Strauss Group, an Israeli conglomerate which (in addition to owning a lot of other food companies) does a fair amount of charitable work, including contributing to the well-being of Israeli soldiers. And since Israeli soldiers are eevvilll, Strauss group is pronounced guilty, which means Sabra Hummus is rendered traif (by BDS standards), meaning Princeton students should be given a choice between evil and non-evil hummus, meaning… getting confused…growing weary…cannot keep my eyes open…

Whoops! Sorry about that. Now where was I? Oh yes, Princeton.

Well anyway, even this non-sensical, third-hand attempt to put Israel in the dock on the Princeton campus couldn’t muster anything more than a nearly two-to-one trouncing at the polls. Which basically translates to the latest boycott fad (Sabra Hummus seems to be the flavor of the month regarding BDS targets) being just as big a zero as every other campaign they’ve had in the decade since BDS became priority numero uno for the “Israel is always wrong” community (the same decade when Israel’s economy doubled in size – go figure).

As Palestinian iconoclast Hussein Ibish said after the Berkeley student council divestment bill went down to defeat in the Spring: “The bottom line is this: if you can’t get divestment through UC Berkeley, you’re done.” But just how “done” (or “well done”) does the BDS “movement” have to be if it can’t even manage to pull off a third-hand, bait-and-switch, sort-of boycott motion masquerading as a way to let college students eat more stuff?

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23 Responses to Princeton [hearts] Israel

  1. Bella December 4, 2010 at 3:28 pm #

    “…despairing of ever getting a college or university to divest a single dollar from Israeli companies, has turned its attention to snack food.”

    Very funny post — I love your mean streak. John Stewart should present it verbatim .

  2. Anonymous December 4, 2010 at 5:45 pm #

    BDS against Israel will continue and grow for as long as Israel continues its occupation and apartheid.

  3. Jon December 4, 2010 at 6:53 pm #

    I read two weeks ago that someone has developed a Twitter “bot” that will automatically respond to a political argument using an algorithm that does not require a human brain or an understanding of the subject under discussion. It simply detects a Tweet that is likely to represent a disagreeable polical position and then brainlessly posts a generic response.

    I didn't realize the technology had advanced so much in the last two weeks that Anonymous posters have started using it to submit comments to this blog. What a world!

  4. Anonymous December 4, 2010 at 9:15 pm #

    Wouldn't it be a great response to these BDSers if the Princeton Israel student club and its supporters had a fundraiser for the Golani Brigade (perhaps raise some funds to send them hummus!) and also had a teach-in about the famed Golani brigade history and our great boys who serve there?

    One of the Golani soldiers was Nachshon Wachsman, a Jewish American who volunteered for an elite unit and who was kidnapped and murdered by Palestinian terrorists in 1994.

    Today “Beit Nachshon” at the Shalva Center in Jerusalem, an association for mentally and physically challenged children, is dedicated to Wachsman's memory. One can learn more about Nachshon and donate to the Center in his memory here

  5. Anonymous December 6, 2010 at 4:37 am #

    Jon your blog hardly qualifies as “political argument”, it's more like Zionist hasbara repackaged and rehashed. Actually this blog has no intelligent discussion whatsoever; you write your predictable garbage and like minded people cheer you on.

  6. Jon December 6, 2010 at 5:05 pm #

    How would you know my Anonymous visitor since you have clearly never read anything on this blog since your comments, like most anonymous critics, are utterly generic accusations which could (and may) have been generated by a machine.

    Feel free to post your hit and run burps here, but please don't expect others to take the projection of your own narrow mindedness onto others seriously.

  7. Anonymous December 7, 2010 at 10:54 pm #

    Personaly, I find Jon's “predictable garbage” highly informative and entertaining.

    For you Boston folk:
    BUYcott Israel Alert: Shop Lord and Taylor & Ahava
    Calling all Boston & US BUYcott members. We need your help!

    Code Pink is organizing a boycott event at Lord & Taylor, 760 Boylston St, Boston, on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010, 1:00 – 2:00 pm. The boycott is aimed at Ahava products.

    You know what to do! Hurry down to Lord and Taylor this week. Buy as much Ahava product as you can – it's great for teacher and hostess gifts! Take a picture in the checkout line, or better still at a sold-out display shelf, and email it to or post it on our Facebook page.

    In Montreal, when Ahava was targeted, BUYcotters sold out the entire stock at The Bay. Let's show them that what worked in Montreal will work in Boston too!

    This week, BUYcott Ahava products at Lord and Taylor in Boston, and coast-to-coast! Not in the US? Be sure to forward this message to your American friends and family.

    Together we can make a difference!

    Sara Saber-Freedman
    Executive Vice President, Canada-Israel Committee,
    for the BUYcott Israel Team

  8. Anonymous December 7, 2010 at 11:11 pm #

    Ooops….3 Latin American nations (Brasil, Argentina, Uruguay) recognize a Palestinian state based on 1967 borders. Good job Netanyahoo….keep up the settlement construction.

    And to the supporters of Israel: keep buying Israeli goods (even when produced on stolen land) and support Israel's suicide. Just because we are Jewish does not mean we have to support a rogue nation..actually that support goes against the Jewish traditions/values.

  9. Anonymous December 8, 2010 at 1:24 am #

    Um, Anonymouse: read here about why this “Old, Zionist and proud” peace activist supports Israel, a one of a kind rogue nation:

  10. Jon December 8, 2010 at 12:47 pm #

    Gosh – I thought the buying (or not buying) of Israeli products was the heart and soul of the entire Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions “movement” (isn't that what “boycott” means after all)? But if you're now telling me such choices to purchase (or not purchase) Israeli products is irrelevant, I guess you're saying the entire BDS effort of the last ten years has nothing to do with anything.

    Oh, and congrats on Uruguay et al. But didn't over 100 countries ratify Arafat's call that “Palestine” was now a state, made at the UN in 1988? So what happened to the other 97 since then? Or, more to the point, given that no one (including you) seems to have remembered that 1988 declaration, could it be that these recognitions are simply poses with no political consequences whatsoever (other than convincing Palestinians and their alleged friends that there are alternatives to negotiating peace)?

  11. Anonymous December 9, 2010 at 6:16 am #

    Jon in the face of facts glaring at you… refuse to take the blinders off. This, of course, is good news for me because your arguments are increasingly weak and unconvincing. Just in case you were locked up in a room with no outside contact in the past 3 decades, let me remind you that Israel hasn't been the winner because of taking some high moral ground; Israel, armed to the teeth with US weaponry, has won by the barrel of a gun, by domination, and by military might and we all know (well not sure about you… it's a pay grade thing again) this cannot last. The world is NOT on israel's side (I know
    yours is a very limited, small, and Zionist world but give it a try anyway)

    Jon boy : Israel and her sugar daddy the US of A, will never win when it
    comes to the Palestine/Israel conflict because the entire world is on the other
    side and America is on the wrong side. You can make fun of “Uruguay et al”
    all you want ( the “et al” are two “minor” players in Latin America Brazil &
    Argentina !) but time is not on your side. As the power of the US diminishes
    politically and economically, the power of it's surrogates such as Israel will
    diminish. Without the US, Israel is pretty much nothing.

    Who do you think China, Russia, Brazil, and India will pick if there was a
    choice between Israel and Iran? Need a hint? Starts with an “I”….and is of
    much greater importance in the region …yes Iran. Oh yes and it has lots of oil and even more natural gas.

    Now you can put your head in the sand (or up your arse) and go buy Israeli
    goods…especially if they are made on stolen land.

    Happy trails

  12. Jon December 9, 2010 at 11:39 am #

    Which facts might those be? The fact that the Palestinian leadership declared statehood more than twenty years ago (a move supported by 100 countries, rather than just three) which had zero impact on anything and is all but forgotten (even by Israel’s foes)? Oh wait, it’s you who has made yourself blind, deaf and dumb to any fact that contradicts your iron-clad embrace of Palestinian hasbarah, which makes facts such as these meaningless in the BDS fantasyland of eternal imagined victories.

    I’ve always been fascinated by how the blinkered belief system of boycott supporters leads them to inadvertently blurt out bits of truth that undermines their position. In the case of Mr. Anonymous, his point that Iran has lots and lots of oil is really the critical one. Not just Iran but every other country in the region that has lined up against Israel is slopping over with oil wealth spent on (among other things) buying support within organizations like the UN (which is then characterized as the world in universal agreement that Israel is wicked).

    In this one case, our anonymous poster speaks the truth: There is one and only one reason why the Palestinians have jumped to the head of the queue vs. every other refugee and human rights victim in the world, and it begins with “O” and ends in “il”.

  13. Anonymous December 9, 2010 at 11:49 pm #

    Jon I know you (and Israel) don't care what the UN, EU, Russia, Brazil, Argentina, etc. think about Israel and that is precisely why, in the long run, Israel (and you) are the losers. A repeat of my point above which you completely avoided.

    cheers !

    Israel draws international rebuke over refusal to freeze settlement construction

  14. Jon December 10, 2010 at 4:19 pm #

    The point you made was that three South American countries have recognized a Palestinian state and that this implies the beginning of the end for Israel's support in the world.

    The point I made (in direct response) was that people have been recognizing the Palestinian state for decades (including 100 countries that recognized it after it was declared, yet again, in 1988) and that such international posing has had zero impact, other than to convince the Palestinians that they have options other than negotiating peace (a view you clearly share).

    But if we take your claims at face value (especially regarding “the long run”) you have yet to explain the significance of the world's support for Palestinian statehood falling 97% (100 countries in 1988 vs. 3 today) in the last 22 years.

    Talk about losers!

  15. Anonymous December 10, 2010 at 6:57 pm #

    Jon either you are stupid or blind/deaf (or both). The point I make (and you are unable to respond to) is that the vast majority of the world community does not support Israel's policies and behavior. The only reason (repeat only reason) Israel has gotten away with these policies and behavior is the unconditional and blind support coming from the US (sorry I left out Micronesia !). This fact, in and of itself, is bad news for Israel.

    Couple that with US's falling economic and political might, the new world order of emerging powers in China, Brazil, India, etc. who clearly do not support Israel as the US has, and finally Israel's suicidal behavior and in-your-face attitude to boot (typical Zionist victimhood/entitlement)…Jon boy it is all stacked against you.

    • Joe Rock December 25, 2012 at 10:08 am #

      Anonymous : you are such a low-life coward you are afraid even use a screen name. Your cowardly behavior is match by your total ignorance and stupidity. You are too stupid to understand the trillion dollars the Arabs have spent to buy meaningless votes and other meaningless “support” of the Fakestinians have not “turned the world against Israel” except in your sick mind. Israel despite its’ small population (20% of which are Arabs who contribute nothing of value to Israel )is ranked second in high tech innovation. Your ignorance is clearly evident by the very countries you portray as enemies or weak supporters of Israel. The US has always secretly supported the Arabs more than Israel,although they have hidden it due to domestic political considerations. India does several billions dollars a year in trade with Israel Could you explain why India which is according to you a weak supporter of Isreal, enriches Israel by several billion every year. Israel grows stronger every day because of their amazing success in high technology. As for China, delegations of both politicians and top business executives have not only visited Israel in the past year and one half . A weak supporter would not plan to build a railroad from Tel Aviv to Eilat. Israel would have an even stronger relationship if it wasn’t for the US treating Israel like a puppet and hadn’t prevented Israel from trading with China , when China was very interested in extensive trade with Isreal. Brazil is not is the same class as China or India. However, a major Israeli company completed an agreement with Brazil to manufacture UAVs. Israel doesn’t need US support any longer. Even vile anti-semitic countries like Sweden and Britain are hot to increase trade with Israel. They both have attempted to convince Israel and Israeli companies to expand trade. To burst your balloon further, Israel not only possesses very large quantities of natural gases from the largest fields discovered in the past 10 years but possess deposits of very easily extracted shale oil which have been calculated at 250 billion barrels of oil which is equal to Saudi Arabia’s total oil reserves. Every country in the world would like to be in Israel’s position especially since Muslim influence is decreasing every day as their stranglehold on fossils decreases daily as other countries will be able to match or exceed the amount of oil and natural gas they possess. Without their oil influence they are nothing but countries who haven’t progressed beyond the 14th century whose combined exports of products when petroleum is excluded don’t even equal yearly exports of Finland. If the deck is stacked against anyone it is the Muslim. I know these truths are much too much for you so you are in denial . But you will not be able to use denial for long

  16. Jon December 10, 2010 at 10:31 pm #

    I've always wondered if the airtight embrace of Palestinian hasbarah chokes off parts of the brain, or if people who have long ago lost the ability to take in and process information beyond their ideological belief system are attracted to Palestinian hasbarah.

    No matter, for if you actually r-e-a-d what I wrote, you will see that I in no way deny that (as you say) many countries routinely line up to vote against Israel at places like the UN. In fact, I would go further than you and trace this phenomenon back decades to the 1970s when the “automatic majority” guaranteed to condemn Israel at the drop of a hat included a nuclear-armed superpower, the now-defunct Soviet Union.

    So the question is, given that the circumstances you claim will deliver the Palestinians the triumph they so desire any second, why hasn't anything of the sort happened over the last five decades?

  17. Anonymous December 11, 2010 at 12:29 am #

    Jon Hubris: the answer to your question is simple: America.

    The answer to your question was articulated 3 times in my posts above, but the Zionist blinders/ear plugs seem to handicap you/cut you off from reality very effectively.

    Cheers !

  18. Jon December 11, 2010 at 12:37 am #

    Ah yes, America. Israel would have never won its War of Independence without her. Oh wait a minute, the USA was neutral in that war. But Israel would have never build its country without American aid. Oh, wait a minute, Israel's most impressive years of nation building were between 1948-1967 when Israel received no aid from the USA. But Israel would have never won its military victories without Uncle Sam's help. Oh wait a minute, Israel's victories in 1948, 1956 and it's most impressive victory in 1967 came years before it received any substantial military or economic aid from the USA.

    Facts are difficult things to absorb for those who have chosen to swaddle their head in the impenetrable cloth of Palestinian hasbarah (and then accuse others of their own close mindedness). But, alas, some people know the facts and history that you not only ignore, but have chosen to never learn.

  19. Anonymous December 11, 2010 at 2:37 am #

    I am talking about today, not 60 years ago when the entire world was supportive of Israel after the holocaust. I stand 100% by my comments (4th time now!) that Israel would put it's Zionist little tail in between it's leg and never behave with such impunity were it not for the massive American military and diplomatic aid. That my asshole friend, if you know anything about history, will most definitely change sooner or later. America will have no choice but to look after Americas interests in a world where it's powers will undoubtedly diminish. In the meantime Israel will expand settlements, evict Arabs from east Jerusalem, snub the Arab league initiative, and you will sit behind your computer and mentally masturbate while you write about/fight BDS on US campuses.

    Talk about missing the forest for the tree (oh I forgot you have the Zioblinders on).

  20. Jon December 11, 2010 at 2:55 pm #

    Shouting your uninformed opinion a fourth, fourteenth or fortieth time will not turn it into unquestioned fact (outside of your own Palestinian-hasbarah-addled brain), but please feel free to declare your beliefs as the truth again and again if you like.

    I have pointed out that Israel’s most impressive nation-building and victories came in an era BEFORE it was a recipient of US aid (a historic fact) and that endless lopsided votes since the 1970s in favor of your opinions have done nothing to improve the lives of Palestinians or achieve peace (another historic fact). If you want to believe that the continuation of such posing votes for another five decades will bring you triumph, that is your prerogative.

    I appreciate that the hasbarah mythology you subscribe to requires all problems in the Middle East to begin and end with “The Settlements” and “The Occupation,” and that Israel (which has not received economic aid from the US for several years) is in imminent danger of collapse if US support lessens. If that gives you comfort, please continue in your religious faith which might help mollify the fact that your cause is such a loser that you can’t even manage to get a college to replace its hummus brand on your behalf.

  21. Anonymous December 11, 2010 at 4:46 pm #

    The latest quote from our Zionist extraordinare Jon Hubris: “Israel has not received any economic aid from the US in the past several years”.

    See folks the over $3 billion Israel gets from the US is technically not “economic” aid.

    Classic example of Zionist entitlement and chutzpah !

  22. Jon December 11, 2010 at 4:51 pm #

    Non military economic aid to Israel was phased out in 2007 (duh!). Oh, but I forgot that knowing this would require that you know something (sorry about being so presumptuous).

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