Moon of Alabama Brecht quote
January 11, 2009

An Appropriate Gaza Cartoon

“The more Qassam fire intensifies and the rockets reach a longer range, they will bring upon themselves a bigger holocaust because we will use all our might to defend ourselves,” Matan Vilnai, the [Israeli] Deputy Defence Minister said.
Israel threatens to unleash 'holocaust' in Gaza, London Times, March 1, 2008

In an appropriate answer to Israel's current implementation of that threat, Norway's biggest newspaper VG on January 8 printed this cartoon which would be an awful car sticker (via annie in comments and Daily Norway).


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This one and this one from the same source are also appropriate.

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Parviz in comments asked to promote this: If Americans knew. While most Americans might not know,  I believe the relevant people do know. Anyway, it is a good try.

Posted by b on January 11, 2009 at 03:30 PM | Permalink

Comments

Norwegians are very good at recognizing Quislings.

Posted by: Malooga | Jan 11, 2009 4:07:19 PM | 1

I was watch (5/01/2009) and they had a whole piece making fun of American politicians for their one-sidedness in this conflict. Jon Stewart himself made it pretty clear he thought that he thought the official line of this being for Israel to defend itself was bullshit.

Its notable because previously The Daily Show position on Lebanaon and Iran takes the Israeli line pretty much for granted.

If Israel has lost the Daily Show, then its pretty much lost the next generation of educated Americans.

Posted by: swio | Jan 11, 2009 4:12:07 PM | 2

Israel has also lost the Huffington Post. And sometimes in a timid way even the New York Times and the Washington Post make sense.
The Guardian suddenly is close to the incoming US Administration.
Obama is a careerest who wants to succeed. at the same time he is a great artist of the possible, he is intelligent (for a change), informed (for a change, not cynical (for a change) and if something can be done taking the "given" into account, he will do it (and only then).

Posted by: outsider | Jan 11, 2009 4:34:51 PM | 3

Now I understand why so many fundamentalist Christians are so hell-bent on seeing Armageddon take place: they just want and end to the news coming out of the Middle East...

Posted by: ralphieboy | Jan 11, 2009 5:29:54 PM | 4

What a curious assumption that because a host of a TV show is of a particular religious/cultural affiliation, they're 'in the tank' for one side or another.....


...just sayin'.....

And Norway just Godwin'd the whole thing. Nice.

How was a Hitler reference an appropriate one? Help me understand this....

Posted by: Jeremiah | Jan 11, 2009 5:40:49 PM | 5

Jeremiah--Norway just "Godwin'd the whole thing"?

One newspaper, albeit the largest in the country, now represents the thinking of the entire country?

Or did you mean to say that VG "Godwin'd" everything?

Other than that, it is indicative of extremely strong feeling of revulsion among the editors/cartoonist(s) at this paper for the actions the Israeli government, as distinct from the citizens of Israel, has taken against Gaza. Perhaps it represents revulsion among the general populace as well--but the populace did not choose this cartoon. Many in the Israeli populace did not choose their government's actions, either.

Posted by: jawbone | Jan 11, 2009 5:52:45 PM | 6

jeremiah

because when you're playing with history - then do not be surprised if history comes & bites you on the ass

as i have posted here before - the siege of gaza has precise parallels in history - the warsaw, the lodz, the vilnius & the riga ghettos amongs a number i could mention. israel is using exactly the same methods that were used against these towns in ww2

this is slef evidently pertinent to jewish history but it also reaches deep into the stomach of people when they see - & know about a vastly outmanned people facing extinction

the weaponry israel is using against the palestinian people are not only weapons of war but what the ss once called terror weapons. their effect is to diminsh people as they are being destroyed

Posted by: remembereringgiap | Jan 11, 2009 6:05:39 PM | 7

A messianic complex twined with a nationalist ideology resulting in a program of continuous ethnic cleansing, interspersed with self pitying bouts of psychotic violence...I'd say the comparison implied in the Norwegian cartoon is more than apt, and a rather pointed reminder that humanity is sadly still burdened by war criminals and child killers.

Posted by: Thrasyboulos | Jan 11, 2009 6:18:45 PM | 8

The "Adolf-Hitler" cartoon is the strongest of all and it is more than simply a cartoon. It tells a very, very profound truth, and it tells it without words, it drives the truth straight to the depths of the soul, where the soul can grasp the message and grow a vast understanding of the whole thing - and not just in the short term, but in the long term. It reveals what is going on, what's really happening. It's alive, overpowering and salutary. Actually, I don't have words... :) The guy who created it is a genius. Thank you for publishing it.

Posted by: Loup Kibiloki | Jan 11, 2009 6:38:20 PM | 9

& clearly i have wasted my energies on the false enquiring jeremiah - it is interesting to note tho that the troll really seemed to get hot under the collar each time b real offer his work or b posts on africa

Posted by: remembereringgiap | Jan 11, 2009 6:46:03 PM | 10

the bombiing in gaza tonight is intensifying

the cartoon is only too accurate

Posted by: remembereringgiap | Jan 11, 2009 6:50:19 PM | 11

The cartoon at the top is an amazing piece of graphic design.

Individually the shapes are powerful symbols, even the black/white at the upper right corner has significance and is the simplest representation of good/bad.

I have to think of old Nat X (chris rock) skits from SNL when I think in terms of black&white:

Nat X: Peace, brothers and sisters. I'm Nat X, and welcome to "The Dark Side", the only 15-minute show on TV. Why only 15 minutes? ‘Cause if the man gave me any more, he would consider that welfare. And I think we all know who the man is. I’m talkin’ about the man who said Sinbad makes bad movies, but then gave Greg Kinnear a three-picture deal. I’m talkin’ about the same man who invented white-out. A tricky substance that only eliminates black letters.

So my apologies to anyone I might offend pointing out this part of the cartoon's symbolism:)

But I am in agreement with Loup Kibiloki@9 that the artist is a genius.

Awesome find! Thank you.


Posted by: David | Jan 11, 2009 8:14:56 PM | 12

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Posted by: Shah Loam | Jan 11, 2009 8:47:29 PM | 13

Or did you mean to say that VG "Godwin'd" everything?

yes, my error in typing.

Other than that, it is indicative of extremely strong feeling of revulsion among the editors/cartoonist(s) at this paper for the actions the Israeli government, as distinct from the citizens of Israel, has taken against Gaza. Perhaps it represents revulsion among the general populace as well--but the populace did not choose this cartoon. Many in the Israeli populace did not choose their government's actions, either.

Here in the Western US, Hitler has a much different cultural meaning, I suppose. Being so geographically distant from the physical history of the holocaust, it's kind of reduced to historical caricature (or worse, a Spielberg film). I linked earlier to a definition of "godwin's law" - for a sizeable portion of the planet, this is going to be their reaction. I'm not defending it, but it's reasonable to think many people will miss the intent.

Then again, perhaps not.

If you're telling me this graphic (which I personally find very apropos) conveys a "loss of hearts and minds", I believe you.

Having said that, as a *longtime* reader, I still have difficulty pursing out which comments at MOA are to be taken with what degree of seriousness (what, no laughs for SCARVES?!? Geez, tough room!) - occasionally I drop one of my own and it misses.

Collateral damage and all that.....

Posted by: Jeremiah | Jan 11, 2009 8:48:13 PM | 14

it gave me a lough this cartoon, a bitter laugh but ...
So far the best cartoon, simple and clear, the image says it all.

we have come full circle (i know i repeat myself).

Posted by: sabine | Jan 11, 2009 9:03:05 PM | 15

Israel versus the Palestinians -- Military capabilities

Posted by: bea | Jan 11, 2009 9:03:15 PM | 16

Other than that, it is indicative of extremely strong feeling of revulsion among the editors/cartoonist(s) at this paper for the actions the Israeli government, as distinct from the citizens of Israel, has taken against Gaza.

Since Israel claims that it is a democracy, then you cannot differentiate between the government and people that elected it, just as Americans are responsibe for Bush/Cheney's behaviour and us Brits, to my great shame, are responsible for Blair's behaviour.

Posted by: blowback | Jan 11, 2009 9:04:02 PM | 17

Blowback@17

Actually america is a constitutional republic. We just vote for delegates who meet and then elect the president. This is important because the electoral college that votes for the president could hijack the whole affair and elect anyone they wanted. But regardless, in each country you named, only a percentage of the population voted "for" the bastard that was elected. We shouldn't be too quick to hold the entire population of a country guilty for its leader's actions.

I know I'm just looking out for my own ass by thinking this, because I don't want to be held responsible for everything done by the "elected" jerks here in my country, none of which I've supported.

This is what's so shitty about nationalism, governments and the randomness of our birth place. And I ask myself, how much am I responsible for the actions of the government?

Posted by: David | Jan 11, 2009 9:32:02 PM | 18

However, an internal Israeli poll last week showed 71% of Israelis support bombing Gaza to smithereens from the air, but only 21% support a ground incursion. That says a lot of things.

I don't believe Americans or Brits ever supported the Iraq and/or Afghanistan war to that level.

Posted by: Ensley | Jan 11, 2009 9:59:12 PM | 19

David #18: However, the weakness in the US system is that once a person is elected to federal office, the electorate has no way to recall him should he have campaigned under false pretenses. Short of a criminal act (in which it is up to the government itself to bring charges), there is no way to remove an elected official from office during the duration of his term--not even by unanimous vote of the electorate.

But then, the US was never intended to be very democratic at all. Male landowners could directly vote for the lower House, but senators were appointed by their cronies in the state legislatures until 1913. Same with the president. The government was formed to protect the landowners and the plutocrats. In fact, there is nothing in the Constitution stating that a popular vote has anything to do with the election of the Chief Executive.

Something that civics classes don't dwell on too much.

Posted by: Obelix | Jan 12, 2009 12:23:41 AM | 20

wow, i just got it, what the cartoon is depicting. at first i saw just the symbols themselves, not the bigger picture. now that i see the very appropriate caricature, i can't imagine not seeing it that way.

and thank you, Parviz, for the comments and links. hopefully you see DoS made a comment that, by proximity to your post, caused you to assume you were being personally addressed.

some of us do know, and we're trying to explain it to those who don't, but are open-minded enough to look critically at their participation in a system that requires perpetual catastrophe to maintain its increasingly shaky hold on the stirring masses here.

Posted by: Lizard | Jan 12, 2009 1:36:14 AM | 21

Fisk:

My favourite moment came when I pointed out that journalists should be on the side of those who suffer. If we were reporting the 18th-century slave trade, I said, we wouldn't give equal time to the slave ship captain in our dispatches. If we were reporting the liberation of a Nazi concentration camp, we wouldn't give equal time to the SS spokesman. At which point a journalist from the Jewish Telegraph in Prague responded that "the IDF are not Hitler". Of course not. But who said they were?

Posted by: b | Jan 12, 2009 1:36:46 AM | 22

Geez, Shah Loam those war rugs are gut wrenching...

Speaking of democracy, Thrasyboulos yet again has it right, in that according to J.L. Talmon Israel seems to be an 'totalitarian Messianic democracy', and I question as to whether America isn't the same;from wikipedia:

In a similar vein, Herbert Marcuse, in his 1964 book One-Dimensional Man, describes a society in which, in his words, "…liberty can be made into a powerful instrument of domination. … Free election of masters does not abolish the masters or the slaves..."

at one point, during the war on Iraq, polls were also in the high 70's, however, I'm convinced it had more to do with Bush's 1.6 Billion dollar taxpayer PR campaign and 'creating their own reality'.

Posted by: Uncle $cam | Jan 12, 2009 2:03:24 AM | 23

The Israeli answer to the Finish cartoons?

Finn Church Aid-funded Clinic Destroyed in Gaza

A hospital clinic funded by Finn Church Aid was destroyed in a missile strike in Gaza late Saturday evening. No one was injured in the Israeli attack.

Israeli troops fired a warning missile before launching the attack, allowing residents to vacate the area before the strike. However the second missile made a direct hit on the clinic, obliterating it completely.

“From our point of view, this was a calculated act. Even the warning missile targeted the clinic, which was clearly marked with the insignia of the Red Cross. This attack broke all international treaties,” said Jouni Hemberg, Chief of Humanitarian Aid for Finn Church Aid.

The clinic is located in the heart of the battle zone and was closed due to the weak security situation. Finn Church Aid has funded the clinic for several years along with other Nordic organisations. The clinic focused on providing primary health care for mainly women and children.

Finn Church Aid supports three other clinics in Gaza, all of them also closed.

The security situation in Gaza is so tenuous that disaster aid services are not travelling to the area. Since Friday trailers have been waiting near the Gaza border for a ceasefire and an improvement in the situation. The trucks are loaded with therapy and energy food for children as well as other items such as medicines and blankets.


Meanwhile Haaretz reports:
Senior Hamas officials in Gaza are hiding out in a "bunker" built by Israel, intelligence officials suspect: Many are believed to be in the basements of the Shifa Hospital complex in Gaza City, which was refurbished during Israel's occupation of the Gaza Strip.

Shifa, the coastal strip's largest hospital, was built while Gaza was under Egyptian rule, before 1967.

That is of course likely untrue but will be used to justify an attack on the hospital and its complete destruction.

Posted by: b | Jan 12, 2009 4:43:59 AM | 24

That is of course likely untrue but will be used to justify an attack on the hospital and its complete destruction.

yes, i read this yesterday and thought exactly the same thing.

thanks for highlighting the brilliant poster b. amazing graffic.

Posted by: annie | Jan 12, 2009 9:16:00 AM | 25

graphic!

Posted by: annie | Jan 12, 2009 9:16:17 AM | 26

WepCam Gaza live now broadcasting in hebrew, hebrew tv.
Something happened?

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Posted by: Loup Kibiloki | Jan 12, 2009 10:29:32 AM | 27

Ok. I understand.

Posted by: Loup Kibiloki | Jan 12, 2009 10:33:13 AM | 28

Just from the Haaretz ticker: Israel bans Arab parties from upcoming general election (Haaretz)

Thats 10-15% of the Israeli citizens without representation. Apartheid ...

Posted by: b | Jan 12, 2009 10:51:31 AM | 29

great graphics.

Posted by: Tangerine | Jan 12, 2009 11:37:28 AM | 30

Just as many victims of child abuse grow up to become child abusers themselves, Jews as a people were once victims of genocide and have now grown up to become genocidal maniacs themselves...

But I don't have a clue as to why the world would rather look the other way than do something to break this cycle of genocide -- especially since it can easily snowball into other cycles of genocide exercised by others who are on a similar mission to fulfill racial purity, who are similarly seeking to stamp out human diversity.

And this just goes to show that Israeli Zionists aren't being genetically engineered with enough brain cells to know that purebreds, as a rule, are genetically inferior to mutts!

Posted by: Cynthia | Jan 12, 2009 12:41:23 PM | 31

But then, the US was never intended to be very democratic at all.

True, but it was designed to appear so. Most people think they are living in a democracy.

(Now don't go putting words in my mouth and saying that I am a pessimist, or whatever. The people, united, have far more power than their masters and the masters know this very clearly. The point is that they have this power through AUTHENTIC democratic processes which de-legitimate the masters, not government sanctioned ones which legitimate them.)

at first i saw just the symbols themselves, not the bigger picture.

On so many levels...... says it all.

Great Fisk quote. Too bad he forgets himself when covering his country of residence -- Lebanon. We all have our masters, I guess.

Posted by: Malooga | Jan 12, 2009 12:44:36 PM | 32

But I don't have a clue as to why the world would rather look the other way than do something to break this cycle of genocide -- especially since it can easily snowball into other cycles of genocide exercised by others who are on a similar mission

The people of the world are outraged and are trying to do something about this. The leaders of the nations of the world all personally benefit from perpetuating cycles of violence in maintaining control over the people in their countries.

Nothing could be starker in revealing the gross disconnect between people and government worldwide than this event.

Posted by: Malooga | Jan 12, 2009 12:51:13 PM | 33

Disconnect...

Obama’s AIPAC speech (see it again, link below, the snippets are cherry picked, re-ordred, asterix mine) :

BO strains mightily to equate the ‘black’ and ‘jewish’ experience of oppression. Makes for some truly weird comparisons, very much pinned on ‘black’ discourse:

I learned of the long journey and steady determination of the Jewish people to preserve their identity through faith, family and culture. Year after year, century after century, Jews carried on their traditions, and their dream of a homeland, in the face of impossible odds. (...) I deeply understood the Zionist idea — that there is always a homeland at the center of our story. (...) We must mean what we say when we speak the words "never again." (...)

Dreams? Homeland? Faith - only soccer moms in the US talk about Jewish faith. (I mean in political oriented discourse, of course Jewish faith is a topic of discussion in religious studies etc.) Culture? How quaint.

The unbreakable bond between Isr. and the US is hammered into the wall with bloody nails:

I'll be speaking from my heart, and as a true friend of Israel (...) My strong commitment to make sure that the bond between the United States and Israel is unbreakable today, tomorrow and *forever* ....as president I will never compromise when it comes to Israel's security. (...) Not when there are rockets raining down on Sderot, and Israeli children have to take a deep breath and summon uncommon courage every time they board a bus or walk to school. (...) I talked to people who wanted nothing more simple, or elusive, than a secure future for their children.

Again, the black experience, taking a bus to school and ensuring children’s futures. (OB’s knowledge of all that is second hand, no wonder he sounds hollow.) The Israelis never ever mention *their* children’s future, or buses for that matter, curious no?

Legitimacy:

...my great-uncle had been a part of the 89th Infantry Division — the first Americans to reach a Nazi concentration camp. They liberated Ohrdruf, part of Buchenwald, on an April day in 1945. The horrors of that camp go beyond our capacity to imagine. Tens of thousands died of hunger, torture, disease, or plain murder — part of the Nazi killing machine that killed 6 million people.

This story is true, though C. P. Payne, the relative referred to, has not said anything much about what he saw there. Note OB’s very careful words, and the fact that his count is a code word.

Actions to be taken:

...That starts with ensuring Israel's *qualitative* military advantage. I will ensure that Israel can defend itself from any threat — from Gaza to Tehran. Defense cooperation between the United States and Israel is a model of success, and must be deepened. As president, I will implement a Memorandum of Understanding that provides $30 billion in assistance to Israel over the next decade — investments to Israel's security that will not be tied to any other nation. (...) As president, I will work to help Israel achieve the goal of two states, a Jewish state of Israel and a Palestinian state, living side by side in peace and security.

This illusory but seductive sounding aim is pile of BS, pure PR spin, designed to prolong the ‘conflict.’

The necessary usual:

Israel's security is sacrosanct. It is non-negotiable. (..) Let there be no doubt: I will always keep the threat of military action on the table to defend our security and our ally Israel.

Bashing the weak:

The Palestinian people must understand that progress will not come through the false prophets of extremism or the corrupt use of foreign aid. The United States and the international community must stand by Palestinians who are committed to cracking down on terror and carrying the burden of peacemaking.

To stiff warnings:

I will strongly urge Arab governments to take steps to normalize relations with Israel, and to fulfill their responsibility to pressure extremists and provide real support for President Abbas and Prime Minister Fayyad. Egypt must cut off the smuggling of weapons into Gaza.

Tying it all together, the black and jewish experience:

....These same qualities can be found among American Jews. It is why so many Jewish Americans have stood by Israel, while advancing the American story. Because there is a commitment embedded in the Jewish faith and tradition: to freedom and fairness; to social justice and equal opportunity. To “tikkun olam — “ the obligation to repair this world. ... I will never forget that *I would not be standing here today* if it weren't for that commitment. In the great social movements in our country's history, *Jewish and African Americans have stood shoulder to shoulder. They took buses down south together. They marched together. They bled together.* And Jewish Americans (...)

Tyrone and Shanana holding hands with Ruth and Benjamin with their blood leaking out of the front transmission? (sorry)

Obama had to present some BS to prove that where he was comin’ from was on the side of the Zionists. That it makes no sense at all is of no matter. It is a public position, period. Maybe the most important he has taken.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=91150432>OB AIPAC speech, scroll down

Posted by: Tangerine | Jan 12, 2009 2:45:28 PM | 34

Can I get this on a button?

Posted by: T | Jan 12, 2009 3:15:30 PM | 35

@b #29

Thanks for flagging this, but I have to amend it slightly. Only one party was banned; this does not mean the entire minority (which is by the way 17% of Israeli citizens) will not have representation. There are other parties and Arabs can also vote for (choke) Zionist parties. It's a drastic and very fascist step but we should be accurate in how we explain it. In 2001 (the year which I was able to quickly google as I am short on time) for example, about 35% of Arabs voted for Zionist parties and 65% for non-Zionist (Arab) parties; of that 65% about 17% voted for Balad, which won 2 seats (out of 120 in the Knesset). Of course Balad is the party of the exiled Azmi Bishara, who ran for Prime Minister in Israel in 1999.

The true significance of this to be conveyed is that Balad's platform is "Israel a State for All Its Citizens." This platform is considered treason in ISrael and the greatest threat of all (because it is pretty damned straightforward). Because of course, Israel is only a Jewish state. Arab parties now by law must sign a statement that they agree that ISrael is a Jewish state [ie, that they are second-class citizens] if they want to run.

I will write a long post about these matters later -- it's fascinating and horrifying to watch the demise of even the pretense of democracy in Israel.

But for now I wanted to just set the record a little straighter.

:)

Posted by: bea | Jan 12, 2009 3:38:20 PM | 36

@bea - as I remarked above, I took that news from the Haaretz Ticker which gives one liners only. the ticker line said "parties", plural, as documented above, and as an earlier editorial on Haaretz had argued against the banning of two Arab party list, I assumed the ticker spoke of both of these banned, which would mean both of the most representative Arab Israeli parties banned.

If that was wrong, blame Haaretz :-)

There were several elections in Germany between 1933 and 1945 and those did not mean much (though I find them too little documented).

I will write a long post about these matters later -- it's fascinating and horrifying to watch the demise of even the pretense of democracy in Israel.

please do so and feel free to send them to me for front paging.

Posted by: b | Jan 12, 2009 3:56:54 PM | 37

@bea - @36 you talk about only one party being banned. And I answered justifying myself in @37 without checking that claim. I was wrong doing that. Actually your information was wrong and both Arab parties were banned.

AP: Israel bans Arab parties from coming election

Israel on Monday banned Arab political parties from running in next month's parliamentary elections, drawing accusations of racism by an Arab lawmaker who said he would challenge the decision in the country's Supreme Court.
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Parliament spokesman Giora Pordes said the election committee voted overwhelmingly in favor of the motion, accusing the country's Arab parties of incitement, supporting terrorist groups and refusing to recognize Israel's right to exist.
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Arab lawmakers Ahmed Tibi and Jamal Zahalka, political rivals who head the two Arab blocs in parliament, joined together in condemning Monday's decision.

"It was a political trial led by a group of Fascists and racists who are willing to see the Knesset without Arabs and want to see the country without Arabs," said Tibi.


JPost Elections C'tee bans UAL, Balad lists

At the end of a stormy session on Monday, the Central Elections Committee decided to disqualify the UAL (United Arab List) and Balad lists for the upcoming general election.

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Posted by: b | Jan 12, 2009 4:34:32 PM | 38

mea culpa

they are even worse than i thought

Posted by: bea | Jan 12, 2009 9:12:59 PM | 39

some more interesting info here:

The petitions claimed that Balad's political platform aimed to undermine Israel's existence as a Jewish, democratic state and that the party was supporting armed struggle against Israel. Israel Beiteinu filed a petition against UAL for the same reasons.

Zahalka said that the procedure in the Elections Committee was an attempt to demonize Balad.

"Israeli democracy, not Balad, is being put to the test today," he said. "We are not Zionists and we will never be, under any circumstances," Zahalka said.

"Balad is a democratic and progressive party and we believe in the basic principle of equality for all people. We would never accept, politically or emotionally, claims that someone else is superior to us just because we're Arabs," Zahalka said. "All we demand is democracy! What are you afraid of when we ask for equality? We are the sons of this country, we were born here and we are willing to treat you with equality, so why don't you? We offer to live together. [Israel Beitenu chairman Avigdor] Lieberman offers to die together."

"We say, any vote given to Kadima is a bullet in the chest of a Palestinian child in Gaza," Tibi told the committee prior to the vote. "Israel's problem is not Balad, not UAL, but the Kadima Party and [Defense Minister and Labor chairman Ehud] Barak. These people started a war as an election campaign. The State of Israel is democratic for Jews and Jewish for its Arab citizens. We never said that we don't recognize the State of Israel. We are part of it, but we will never accept Zionism, which is an ideology that aspires to banish us from our homes."

Before Tibi's harsh words, UAL had not been expected to be disqualified from running. Despite the fact that there had been no plan to bar the party, Tibi's comments managed to upset Labor Secretary-General Eitan Cabel. [This was why the second banning took me by surprise - bea]

Cabel voted to bar Balad, saying that although he knew the High Court of Justice would reverse the committee's decision, Zahalka had offended him and the Israeli public.

Twenty-six of the committee's members - all MKs except for former deputy president of the Supreme Court Justice Eliezer Rivlin, who heads the Central Elections Committee and abstained - voted to disqualify Balad.

Three committee members voted against disqualifying the party, including representatives of Meretz and Meimad. A total of 21 members voted to disqualify UAL, seven voted against (Labor and Meretz representatives) and two abstained.

In 2003, the committee approved a similar request to disqualify Balad from Knesset elections, a decision that the High Court of Justice later reversed.

Rivlin quoted the High Court's 2003 ruling, saying the decision had mandated that there be substantial evidence that a given party supported an enemy's armed fight against Israel in order to disqualify that party from running for the Knesset, not just random and sporadic hostile sentiments expressed by its members.

Attorney Dana Briskman, speaking on behalf of Attorney-General Menahem Mazuz, told the committee prior to the vote that the attorney-general had not found sufficient evidence to disqualify Balad or UAL.

Lieberman, whose party led the move to have these Arab parties disqualified from the elections, responded to the committee's decision by saying, "The next step is to declare Balad illegal because it's a terror organization that seeks to hurt Israel."

Attorney Yoav Manni, who represented Israel Beitenu in the discussion, said that former Balad head Azmi Bishara, who fled the country under suspicion of spying for Hizbullah during the Second Lebanon War, was still consulted regularly by current party members.

Tibi said he would appeal the committee's decision to the High Court of Justice, which is expected to reverse the decision by Friday. [The same thing happened in the last elections but only with Balad - bea] Zahalka predicted that this decision would lead to a deeper crisis between the country's Jewish and Arab citizens.

Posted by: bea | Jan 12, 2009 10:32:45 PM | 40

More interesting info from Adalah: Motion to Disqualify [UAL and Balad] is not based in fact and is legally baseless

Posted by: bea | Jan 12, 2009 10:35:04 PM | 41

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Please be sure and read this and do not miss the slide show.

Posted by: bea | Jan 12, 2009 10:37:00 PM | 42

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