Flash Mob – Oy Vey!

Well we defenders of Israel might as well throw in the towel now that BDS advocates have decided to triple down on their “Flash Mob” strategy of pulling 8-12 people together to break into incoherent song and dance at telephone stores or (more recently) a meeting of TIAA CREF here in Boston. After all, who can possibly withstand the awesome political power of images such as this:


Let’s see how this one ranks on the Oy-ometer!

Oy! Oy! Oy! Oy! (4/5 Oy!’s)

12 thoughts on “Flash Mob – Oy Vey!”

  1. But, but, but, JVP said it was an “amazing” and “inspiring” flashmob. And you know they must be right, because some of them might be part Jewish. And because of some accident of genetics, they clearly have greater credibility and objectivity than anyone.

    Are you telling me you aren't amazed and inspired?

    Jeez… some people….

  2. The Israeli Parliament on Monday passed contentious legislation that effectively bans any public call for a boycott against the state of Israel or its West Bank settlements, making such action a punishable offense.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/12/world/middleeast/12israel.html?_r=1&ref=middleeast

    What happened to free speech and democracy?

    On the one hand you post the picture above and get the peanut gallery to cheer you on as you ridicule the BDS movement…on the other, Israel, the target of the BDS movement, passes this ludicrous law that punishes anyone that “calls for a boycott of Israel”. If the BDS movement is such an irrelevant joke, then why would Israel's (right wing) government pass such an unnecessary law? Just wondering. Let me help you answer that question:

    a. The BDS movement is no joke and seriously undermines Israel's legitimacy.
    b. The fools running Israel don't know any better and are slowly but surely destroying Israel.

    I guess the joke is on you Jon Hubris.

  3. Its tough for them. A good flash mob enhances all the good human properties in its participators and viewers: love of music, fun, and an atmosphere of friendship – overall a damn good human experience. But when the BDSers tap in to their inner emotions, all they gate is hate, and hate isn’t fun and isn’t friendly.

  4. Oh come now, Anon. Are you so dour and serious that you can't have a bit of a laugh at your own side's occasional ludicrous excesses?

    Speaking of which, I assumed it would just be a matter of hours before questions started being raised here regarding Israel’s recent passage of anti-boycott legislation. And while you are no doubt satisfied with the answers you provided to your own questions (which brings up the issue of why ask questions regarding things about which you have already decided), I plan to address this matter in a bit more detail (and hopefully perspective) in the next day or two.

    Cheers!

  5. To AnonyMouse:
    Read the actual bill. Not someone's biased interpretation of what it says. Can't read Hebrew, AnonyMouse? I didn't think so. There are English translations out there.

    The anti-boycott bill, allows “citizens to bring civil suits against persons and organizations that call for economic, cultural or academic boycotts against Israel, Israeli institutions or regions under Israeli control.”

    Many of us progressive supporters of Israel indeed have trouble with this, but we also have faith that Israel, as a progressive democracy with an independant judiciary will ultimately “do the right thing”.

    I'm a Zionist, AnonyMouse. A proud, loud Zionist. I believe the Jewish people have the right to self determination in their ancient homeland. And I'm a loud, proud Zionist regardless of any particular piece of legislation that comes down the Israeli pike that I may or may not agree with. Supporting the existance of Israel as the state of the Jewish people is not incumbent upon agreeing with the politics of any particular prime minister or any particular political party.

    Get it?

    And yes, the BDS “flash mobs” featuring middle aged men showing their clevage are absolutely ripe for ridicule, and as a proud, loud, card-carrying member of Jon's peanut gallery, I'm happy to oblige.

    If only I could do it as well as this guy:
    http://www.israellycool.com/2010/12/16/flashmob-fail-of-the-day/

    Practice, practice….

  6. What the BDS cru fears is “lawfare” being turned against them. All of the foreign NGOs operating freely in Israel, mostly with EU money, will suddenly become responsible for the consequences of their calls for boycotts.
    In the end, the Supreme Court of Israel will almost certainly strike the sections relating to settlements. But as has been shown here repeatedly, BDS isn't about the West Bank settlements. It's about Tel Aviv just as much as Maaleh Adumim or Kfar Etzion.

  7. Good Point, Shaun. There is a distinct lack of either “flash” or “mob” in the above photo. But lucky us: JVP plans a repeat performance on July 19.

    If this is the best JVP can offer as an arguement against the sound investment principles offered by Tiaa cref, perhaps BDS is indeed imploding.

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