Anti-Zionists Stage Trial Farce

Danielle Avel is a photojournalist and investigative researcher.  She can be reached through her website www.DanielleAvel.comTwitter @DanielleAvel, and on Facebook.  © 2014 All rights reserved by Danielle Avel.


A gaggle of approximately eight-hundred “anti-Israel” activists, anti-Semites rebranded as “anti-Israel” activists, international socialists, and radical feminists descended upon New York City’s historic Cooper Union on October 6-7, 2012 to attend something called the Russell Tribunal on Palestine or RToP.  This RToP circus has been conducted in 4 sessions in 4 cities over the past 2 years.  They will meet again to present their final “conclusions” in February 2013.  If gavels, white wigs, and black robes were absent, keffiyehs and anti-Israel T-shirts took their place. Other highlights of the event included flowers on the stage worthy of a funeral.

Flowers fit for a funeral

This throng of wild-eyed leftists was intent on conducting a “trial” to consider “US complicity and UN failings in dealing with Israel’s violations of international law towards the Palestinian people.”  Note that the session automatically assumed Israel’s guilt for alleged “crimes.”  Even so hostile a personage as Judge Richard Goldstone wrote of the conference in 2011: “It is not a ‘tribunal.’ The ‘evidence’ is going to be one-sided and the members of the ‘jury’ are critics whose harsh views of Israel are well known.”  NGO Monitor correctly calls the event “a legal farce and a total failure.”

The event derives from an initiative by British philosopher Bertrand Russell who in 1966 decided he had the moral authority to create his own personal knockoff of the Nuremburg Trials, which he dubbed the “International War Crimes Tribunal”.  Lord Russell, born into British aristocracy, became a vehement critic of the United States, to the point that fellow philosopher Sidney Hook referred to Russell as possessed by an “almost pathological anti-Americanism.” That tribunal lambasted US military action in Vietnam in a one-sided pseudo-investigation which historian Gunter Lewy dismissed as a “veritable industry publicizing alleged war crimes”.

October 6, 2012: Russell Tribunal Day One—Day of the Grandiose Egos

Caption: RToP audience listens to “testimony.”

Day one started very late (as did day two, as well as the press conference near the UN on day three). Pierre Galland, the master of ceremonies, kicked off the “tribunal” by offering introductory remarks in French, leaving the overwhelming majority of the American audience looking bewilderedly at each other, wondering what was going on.  Only after completing his remarks did Galland switch to English and inform the audience that translation headsets were available.  He went on grandiloquently to demand complete silence from the audience, which he instructed to stand on the arrival and departure of the “jury,” to show it proper respect.  And so began the so-called “tribunal,” not with any grand purpose, but with plenty of grandiose egos.  Some of those egos:

The Mayor of Geneva, Rémy Pagani, lauded for donating 50,000 Swiss Francs to help fund the RToP NYC session.

Writer Ben White gave “testimony” on the topic of “Israeli Policies since 1948.” Not surprisingly for someone known for saying “I am not an anti-Semite, yet I can also understand why some are,” he promoted the Palestinian concept of nakba (“catastrophe”) in referring to the creation of the Jewish State.  He expanded on the idea, calling the situation “an ongoing nakba that didn’t finish in ‘49 or ‘50 or even ‘67 but is carried on today.  And it carries on in both Israel proper and inside the occupied territories.” 

“Witness” Ben White, The Tweet, and “Howard Jacobson’s face” (the StandWithUS photo linked to by White in his post).

Seems in White’s mind, the very existence of a Jewish State is a catastrophe.  Then again, this is same man who just last May, decided that a valid reason to boycott Israeli Jewish actors is because of the face of an English Jewish writer since they have so much in common—being Jewish.

Harry Belafonte and “juror” Dennis Banks sharing some laughs at the anti-Israel/anti-US fest.

Other highlights of Day 1 included a sighting of actor/singer Harry Belafonte, famous in leftist circles for heading a delegation to meet with Hugo Chavez and for calling George W. Bush “the greatest tyrant in the world, the greatest terrorist in the world.”  His comments on Jews, however, made Belafonte a rich addition to the RToP audience: in 2005 he first stated that “Hitler had a lot of Jews high up in the hierarchy of the Third Reich” and then compounded the insult in his retraction by saying that “Sometimes, the Jewish people have laid claim to such a high and pure morality.”

Actor Wally Shawn is all smiles at the RToP.

Actor Wally Shawn turned up in the audience and the mere presence of a celebrity in the building caused RToP fans to gush about his appearance in virtually every write-up of the event.  Although he did not address the crowd, his previously-recorded endorsement of the tribunal called it “an investigation of the crimes of the State of Israel against the Palestinian people.”  Gee, that sounds like a fair “trial.”  His personal writings tout the anti-Israel propaganda that the Jewish State was formed after World War II because, “the world felt it owed the Jews something–but then showed its lack of true regard for the tormented group by ‘giving’ them a piece of land populated and surrounded by another people.”  Apparently, Wally is under the Helen Thomas perception that Jews are a European invention whose presence in Israel is just recent, ignoring a continuous Jewish presence since Biblical times.

The ultra-animated Stéphane Hessel.

The star of the show, however, was the dynamic 94-year-old Stéphane Hessel, French “ambassador for life” and author of the best-selling essay Indignez-vouz.  In spite of appearing and sounding absolutely adorable, Hessel carries the same venom for Israel as the rest of “tribunal” characters.   He perpetuates the idea that Palestinians are consummate victims and completely ignores the terrorism directed at Israel since its inception.  He recently told the German paper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung that the Nazi occupation was “relatively harmless” compared to the “Israeli occupation of Palestine.”  With his overt contempt for Israel, Hessel as “honorary president” of RToP made a perfect godfather for the clan.

Pink Floyd member, Roger Waters contemplates the “evidence.”

The pseudo-trial continued in its unabashed demonization of Israel and the US interrupted only periodically by Pierre Galland’s admonishments against applause.   The most platitudinous moment of the day went to Roger Waters, “it’s hard to sit here and ignore the elephant in the room [dramatic pause] this elephant being the unfathomable influence in the corridors of power of the Israeli and Jewish lobbies.”

October 7, 2012: Russell Tribunal Day 2 – Day of the Conspiracy Theory

Caption: “Juror” Dennis and the mythical “pledge.”

With “the elephant in the room” exposed, the “jury” members on Day 2 became far more animated, openly conspiratorial, and completely outshined their “witnesses.”  Native American leader Dennis Banks asked a bizarre question about some “pledge” he had heard about whereby members of Congress sign to get “cash” or “some financial, something financial” if they agree to support Israel.  His question later prompted a four-minute diatribe by former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney who implied Congressional votes are purchased.

Palestinian attorney and “witness” Diana Buttu gave the sense that Israel controls the US and said this of the US-Israel relationship: “Israel is not a democracy, it stands against the principles of what the United States purportedly stands for and it just simply doesn’t make sense.”  Propagating conspiracy theories, however, apparently makes perfect sense.

“Jury” member Angela Davis.

Former Communist party member and onetime Black Panther member Angela Davis demonstrated that even positive aspects of Israel must be condemned: “Particularly when it comes to issues like women’s rights, LGBT rights, there’s this whole ‘pinkwashing’ process that persuades people somehow that this most undemocratic country is so profoundly democratic.”  In other words, Davis is promoting the anti-Zionist propaganda that the only reason why Israel has such a great record on gay and women’s rights is to divert attention away from the Palestinians.  Because everything is always about the Palestinians when you’re far-left Israel basher — even when the Palestinians living in the Middle East seem more focused on their own corrupt leaders than they are on demonizing Israel.

The Dark Mass aka Noam Chomsky

The most amusing moment of the day went to “witness” Noam Chomsky who appeared as a dark mass in a dark room on a video feed.  He politely apologized for his technical incapacities but remained a brooding mass throughout his entire “testimony.”

Day 2 also was the day of Cynthia McKinney, who managed to tie every topic to her failed congressional re-election campaign of 2002, not-so-subtly masking it in statements as, “We know the fate that is visited upon people who take a courageous position in opposition to power and what happens to them.”

During the session on “The US’s Role in Palestine & the Middle East,” McKinney reiterated details of her political downfall, one she blames on – of course – the Israel lobby:  The end of her tirade sums up her conspiracy theorist imaginations: “When every vote is counted and processed in a way and monitored so that you can get 29 ovations when Benjamin Netanyahu comes to speak before the Congress, a joint session, more than even the President gets there’s a reason for that and we shouldn’t ignore it.”

On the topic of “Christian Zionism and the Israel Lobby,” it became pretty clear that if it is possible for the far left to loathe a group more than the Israelis, that group would be the Christian Zionists.   McKinney let her green-eyed monster peek through in discussing the head of Christians United For Israel: “John Hagee is one of the most prominent Christian Zionists and John Hagee is extremely wealthy.  He reaps a reward unlike people who give, like the sisters on this panel who give and give and give.”

Mairead Maguire on the topic of Christian Zionists.

“Peace activist” Mairead Maguire pontificated about “the Christian Church hierarchy” and that “at the heart of the Christian faith today there is a lie.” She also offered this gem, “The prophet Muhammad, peace be with him, was a prophet of peace and nonviolence.”  It’s not clear how Maguire reached this conclusion, since religious texts indicate Muhammad was a warlord, but hey, this is far-left logic at its best and of course no one at RToP argued with her.

Keffiyeh montage from the Russell Tribunal on Palestine NYC.

And so concluded Day 2.  The “jury” went off to deliberate, and the audience went home eagerly awaiting the “verdict”  – needles to say, a total lack of suspense filled the air.

October 8, 2012 — The “Verdict,” Press Conference, and Applause (because clapping is a normal, usual occurrence at press conferences)

On the third day of theatrics, we convened at the United Nations Church Center in order to hear the “verdict.”  Surprise—the US is guilty!  Recall, Israel was already assumed guilty.  Also decided:  the UN is guilty for not punishing Israel and the US adequately.

Highlight of the press conference was Cynthia McKinney hijacking a question about “Palestinian leadership” and in doing so, showed her love for Hamas and contempt for the Palestinian Authority without mentioning either group by name.  Her billet doux was rewarded with warm applause from the audience.

Caption: Cynthia McKinney at the RToP press conference.

And so wrapped the Russell Tribunal on Palestine.  What with two days of non-stop anti-Israel/anti-US rhetoric the whole “tribunal” theatre could have been foregone and simply replaced with pseudo-impartial “juror” Alice Walker’s 2011 statement, “I think Israel is the greatest terrorist in that part of the world. And I think in general, the United States and Israel are great terrorist organizations themselves.”

What did it all amount to? The far-left creates events like the RToP because it seeks public fora to spread its conspiracy theories, lies, and venom, hoping its message will thereby seep out into the mainstream.  Sometimes it succeeds and garners attention as with the provocation flotilla to Hamas-controlled Gaza.  But the RToP’s best efforts to gain attention went nowhere, as the “trial” barely registered in the mainstream press.  Its most prominent mention in the US was a criticism in the Wall Street Journal  by Sohrab Amari.  In the end, the usual flock of socialists, über-leftists, radical feminists, “anti-Israel” obsessives, and anti-Semites pretended to be judge, jury and witness, and preached to their own pathetic choir.

Danielle Avel is an analyst formerly affiliated with the Investigative Project on Terrorism.  She can be reached through her website www.DanielleAvel.com and on Twitter.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/dionissis.mitropoulos Dionissis Mitropoulos

    I will never understand how a feminist (and i include myself among this group) promotes her agenda by supporting the Palestinians against Israel.

    I quote from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honor_killing#Middle

    "The Palestinian Authority, using a clause in the Jordanian penal code still in effect in the West Bank, exempts men from punishment for killing a female relative if she has brought dishonor to the family.[63] Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority, promised to change the discriminatory law, but no action had been taken as of 2012. According to UNICEF, in 2000 two-thirds of all killings in the Palestinian territories were honor killings.[64] The Palestinian Independent Commission for Human Rights has reported 29 women were killed 2007-2010, whereas 13 women were killed in 2011 and 12 in the first seven months of 2012.[65]"

    I am i right in assuming that they are anti-Israel firsters?

  • Schlomotion

    When you strip all of the inflammatory language out of Danielle Avel's article, all that remains is that she is dismayed that persons of conscience are using their good old American right to freely assemble to criticize Israel's behavior. I clicked on her link, and it goes to a website whose sole content is two tiny postings of images from this Tribunal that she is angry about.

    There is only one thing to take away from this: Robert Spencer and David Horowitz are backing Fred Karger's campaign, the Stealth Likud Party candidate from no particular state, and absorbing his PR people.

    • http://www.facebook.com/dionissis.mitropoulos Dionissis Mitropoulos

      Schlomotion

      "persons of conscience are using their good old American right to freely assemble to criticize Israel's behavior".

      Two objections:

      1) I consider myself a person of conscience and, yet, i see more reasons to criticize the Palestinians than Israel.

      2) Criticism of Israel is ok. It is DEMONIZATION of Israel and /or Jews that crosses the line. And the participants to the pro-Palestine show seem to have engaged in the latter, not the former.

      I cannot really see how the anti-Semitic trope of the Jewish cabal that secretly controls the USA counts as criticism and not as demonization.

      I also cannot see why Israel's pro-gay policy should be discarded from our assessment of her democratic character, unless of course we don't mind admitting that we are biased against Israel.

      • Schlomotion

        It appears that "criticism" and "demonization" are in the eyes of the beholder. Fortunately, this is an internal matter in the USA, and we can figure out quite well for ourselves whether we believe Israel has or has not too much influence over our policies, and whether that is intimately related to their expansion. The other issue is a gay herring.

        • http://www.facebook.com/dionissis.mitropoulos Dionissis Mitropoulos

          Schlomotion

          "It appears that "criticism" and "demonization" are in the eyes of the beholder".

          Not really.

          If i disseminate false information against Israel in an attempt to hurt her, this is demonization.

          " The other issue is a gay herring".

          No.

          It is a legitimate issue in assessing a society's democratic character.

          Part of the meaning of "democracy" is respect for the rights of minorities. Gays are a minority, and, if their rights are not respected, as it happens in the Palestinian society, then we have proof that the society is not democratic.

          Israel's respect for gay rights suggests (inconclusively) that the society is democratic. And should be factored in our final assessment of its democratic character.

          • Schlomotion

            I can understand that if that is your lifestyle preference, you might consider it a key feature of Israeli society. It still seems irrelevant for people who are neither gay nor shopping for a civilization.

          • http://www.facebook.com/dionissis.mitropoulos Dionissis Mitropoulos

            Schlomotion

            "I can understand that if that is your lifestyle preference, you might consider it a key feature of Israeli society".

            That was another cheap shot Schlomo.

            Anyway, i do not take offense in being called gay – it is not a profanity.

            " It still seems irrelevant for people who are neither gay nor shopping for a civilization".

            Respecting minority rights is a key issue in the assessment of the democratic character of a society. Gays are a minority. Therefore, respect for their rights is a necessary (though not sufficient) condition for a society to be democratic. So it is not irrelevant.

            You don't have to be a woman to consider protection of women rights relevant to the characterization of a society as democratic.

            You don't have to be gay to consider protection of gay rights relevant.

            You don't have to be non-white to consider protection of racial minorities relevant.

            You don't have to be a religious minority to consider such protection relevant.

            According to your reasoning Schlomo white heterosexual males should not give a damn about those minorities, since they do not belong to them.

          • Schlomotion

            Let's not forget that there are millions of women and probably a few hundred thousand gay people that live in Muslim civilizations and have not run screaming to Israel or the United States for refuge. They seem to be content where they are. If they are content where they are, I don't give a damn. If they are not content, then I wish them well in their life of political activism.

          • http://www.facebook.com/dionissis.mitropoulos Dionissis Mitropoulos

            Schlomotion

            "Let's not forget that there are millions of women and probably a few hundred thousand gay people that live in Muslim civilizations and have not run screaming to Israel or the United States for refuge".

            There are many who would have but they do not have the means to travel, they don't speak English, they are afraid of the unknown etc.

            "They seem to be content where they are. If they are content where they are, I don't give a damn. If they are not content, then I wish them well in their life of political activism".

            They might not be content, but resigned to their sad circumstances.

            But i brought up the issue of gay rights in Israel (in my first reply to you) in an attempt to show that the activists were indeed biased against Israel.

            When one of the activists claimed that Israel's pro-gay record hides the undemocratic character of Israel, he was in effect using a pro-democracy trait of Israel (respect for gay rights)in order to disparage Israel's commitment to democracy.

            This was outrageous.

            And, at least, it should have been accompanied with a list of the purported undemocratic traits of the Israeli society.

          • Schlomotion

            The idea that many people in Muslim countries are simply poor, trapped, afraid, resigned, helpless, lame, out of fresh shoe.s smacks too much of First World laments about the slavery of the homemaking woman, the captivity of the campus female, the species endangerment of the full regalia Halachic Jew, and other such oppressions such as the absence of wide screen television in some quarters. I am not opposed to some sort of rescue mission where well-intentioned people take all of these sad and resigned Muslims into their own homes and feed them tapioca, I just can't get worked up about it.

            I am not one of the people who contends that Israel does not have some semblance of democracy and doesn't like its gay people, with the exception of Haredis, who stab them. I don't even really link the idea of sex.ual preference to democracy. An island of fascist les.bians is not out of the realm of plausibility.

          • http://www.facebook.com/dionissis.mitropoulos Dionissis Mitropoulos

            Schlomotion

            "I am not one of the people who contends that Israel does not have some semblance of democracy".

            But Israel does not merely have the semblance of democracy, it is a fully fledged democratic state.

            " An island of fascist lesbians is not out of the realm of plausibility".

            I agree.

            In such an island, heterosexuals would be the minority, and we would be able to get an indication of how democratic that society is by examining if the heterosexuals' rights were respected as much as gay rights in Israel.

          • Schlomotion

            I agree with Avraham Burg when he said in the New York Times,

            "Israel arose as a secular, social democratic country inspired by Western European democracies. With time, however, its core values have become entirely different. Israel today is a religious, capitalist state."

            I think it is true, as he says, "In the early years of statehood, the meaning of the term 'Jewish' was national and secular [...] today, the meaning of “Jewish” in Israel is mainly ethnic and religious."
            http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/05/opinion/sunday/

            There is a genuine disaffectedness with Israeli "democracy." People like Bernard Marcus, co-founder of The Home Depot are trying to remedy this with the Israel Democracy Institute.

          • http://www.facebook.com/dionissis.mitropoulos Dionissis Mitropoulos

            Schlomotion

            " Israel today is a religious, capitalist state."

            Capitalism is in no way incompatible with democracy.

            Even the religious character of a state does not subtract from its democracy, so long as there is no institutionalized discrimination against religious minorities.

            "There is a genuine disaffectedness with Israeli "democracy".

            Can you cite some examples of Israel's practices that have created this disillusionment?

            I am not challenging you, but you must have guessed that my hobby is research on Israel, and i haven't come across anything that would make me consider Israel anything else but fully democratic.

          • Schlomotion

            I think he was struggling to find the word "corporatist." I agree that capitalism goes great with democracy.

            "Can you cite some examples of Israel's practices that have created this disillusionment?"

            Yes. Here is a wonderful example:
            http://en.idi.org.il/analysis/articles/fruit-of-a

          • http://www.facebook.com/dionissis.mitropoulos Dionissis Mitropoulos

            Schlomo

            I skipped through the article.

            No allegation of discriminatory laws in Israel, so we are justified in considering her a fully fledged democratic state.

            But, yes, a worry about youngsters attacking Palestinians is justified.

            Still, it was an isolated incident, and (despite the author's dismissing it) i consider VERY important the reaction of the political parties: since they are still on the right track and denounce such attacks, i am confident that Israel will tame any undemocratic impulses within her society.

          • Kufar Dawg

            Yeah, I've noticed the annual gay pride parades in Tehran, Cairo, Riyadh, Gaza Strip, Damascus, Mogadishu, Islamabad seem really popular.

    • Drakken

      Nice to know you support and defend this traitorous bunch of anti-western communists. Fk them and you and love us and ours.

    • Omar

      Flipside, you just keep exporting more lies and propaganda, don't you? Those "persons of conscience" actually want a world dominated by Marxism and Sharia Law. They don't care about peace and neither do you. Those "persons of conscience" support totalitarianism and so do you, Flipside. That's the reality.

      • Schlomotion

        Actually, "Omar" you just claimed that Roger Waters supports totalitarianism. That's the stupidest thing I have ever heard, and I think you need to watch The Wall.

        • Omar

          No, Schlomotion. I am talking about you. I heard that last year, you named yourself "Flipside". Anyway, the point is that you hate democracy and support totalitarianism, which is a fact, considering that all of your posts root for the enemy.

          • Schlomotion

            I named myself Flipside in 1989. I still name myself Flipside. That is the name I use for producing music albums. I neither hate democracy nor support totalitarianism. Those are just lies that you hope you can repeat enough that they might be taken as true. We are not on the same page as to whom our enemies are. In my view, the enemies are in the United States, pushing us to constant war, surveillance, and checkpoints. I am actually a champion of democracy and someone who has taken punishments on behalf of stopping totalitarianism. You are just "Omar."

          • Omar

            Flipside, the enemies are the leftists and Islamists who want to destroy democracy and replace it with totalitarianism. I am a champion of democracy and human rights. You, on the other hand, are a champion for global totalitarianism. The War on Terror is a necessary conflict to combat and defeat the totalitarian enemy. The War on Terror freed more than 50 million people in two countries. That's the reality.

          • Schlomotion

            How many of these "enemies" have you defeated or brought to justice?

          • Omar

            Why are you asking me? I simply support America's efforts to bring freedom and democracy to the countries in need.

          • Schlomotion

            That's what I thought.

          • Omar

            What do you mean by that?

          • Schlomotion

            I mean that most of the "supporters of freedom and democracy" on here are just chickenhawks attacking various celebrities that the editors have selected for abuse.

          • Omar

            That's not true. The David Horowitz Freedom Center has supported freedom and democracy in the world since it was founded in 1988. Unlike your leftist friends at left wing organizations and news outlets like The Nation and so-called "Occupy Wall Street", FPM writers and editors write actual news and present actual facts to the readers' attention. You simply support totalitarianism.

          • Schlomotion

            I don't read The Nation or have any friends there. I also don't have any friends at the actually-called Occupy Wall Street. Although, Sean Lennon was there. I do have one of his CDs.

          • Omar

            The Nation and OWS are your allies. Just admit it, Flipside.

          • Drakken

            It seems you got bit by the hypocracy monster and thy name is sub human. Chicken hawk? Not bloody hardly, I have been in the middle,far east and Africa for over 25 years now, what have you done besides take up space and shrill for the commis and muslims? You bitch and whine about Israel on a daily basis, but not one sylable about the muslim savages creating murder, mayhem and chaos? Make no mistake, you are an enemy of us all and openly side with enemies of western civilization, so go pound sand !

          • Schlomotion

            Eh. I think you're lying. You probably sell cookies to the military and collect Army book covers. I doubt you're a real fighter. The way you always talk about one of these days, I think you have some real mental issues. Plus, you claim to be European, then Western, then who knows what. You can't spell in the English language to save your life, and your only "redeeming" quality is that you can pride yourself in belonging to some group that hates another group. Frankly, I just think you are a big liar.

          • Omar

            No, Flipside. You are the true liar. You support totalitarianism. Quit repeating leftist/Islamist propaganda.

          • Drakken

            Can't back your feelings with facts, AGAIN! Silly little puzzy libtards like you are nothing but all talk and no action, you will side with whoever is the strongest at the moment and flip when the winds change. Sad really, for useful idiots like you stand for nothing and will fall to anything that is the anti-thesis of what is good and right in the world. You would never have the stones to say that to me in person because you are without a doubt a coward.

          • Schlomotion

            Sure I would.

          • Kufar Dawg

            Maybe you should hold onto most of your thoughts……forever.

          • mah29001

            " I am actually a champion of democracy and someone who has taken punishments on behalf of stopping totalitarianism. You are just "Omar.""

            Bwahaha, what a freakin liar you are.

    • Ghostwriter

      Schlomind,you can't go five seconds without bashing Jews. Why do you do it? You make yourself look like an imbecile.

  • Sherry Wolf

    So feminists' support of the human rights of 11.2 million Palestinians in the world is reducible to defending the PA, which has been in open collaboration with Israel and the US for years and is opposed or ignored by most Palestinians?

    • Drakken

      Rather amusing to see feminazis who openly side with their own demise, I say good bloody riddance.

    • Omar

      Ms. Wolf, you are obviously misinformed. First of all, the so-called "Palestinians" are not an ethnicity. They are an invented people (Newt Gingrich is right). Palestine is a name of the geographical region that is more or less the Holy Land. Palestine is not an ethnicity, period. Anyone who lives in the former Palestine Mandate (Israel, Gaza, the West Bank and Jordan) is a Palestinian, regardless of characteristics. The Israelis and Jordanians are Palestinians. Second, What human rights violations are you talking about. Arabs living in Israel have more rights and liberties as Israeli citizens than people living in other countries in the Middle East. For years, Israel has consistently tried to make peace with its neighbors in the Middle East. The Israeli government has consistently supported the creation of another Arab state in the Holy Land. The Islamists, on the other hand, do not want peace with Israel. The Islamists want world domination. The Islamists want a world where women are treated like chattel, where homosexuals are lynched from cranes for being homosexuals, and where Jews and people of other beliefs and faiths (as well as non-religious people) are not allowed in. For many years, Israel has had to defend itself against countless invasions and rocket attacks coming from neighboring areas. Also, why do you keep blaming the United States for everything? The United States has stood for democracy and freedom for a very long time. Why don't you blame Russia and China for supporting the Assad family dictatorship in Syria, where civilians are being massacred on an almost daily basis for the past year and a half? You don't blame Russia, China or the Assad regime because you view them as "progressive" and advocates of so-called "social justice" You probably also view Hamas as "progressive" despite the fact that Hamas is an openly genocidal terrorist organization that wants world domination. Quit supporting leftist/Islamist regimes.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Wolf, Head over to the Islamic Regime of Iran. Lets see if you can walk the streets of Tehran without covering your hair.

      Try attending a Muslim Brotherhood rally in Tahrir Square Egypt.

      Sherry, you are what is called a useful idiot and a dumb broad.

  • Marty

    This is a joke, right? Do normal people actually pay any attention to these losers? Let me try to understand: this assemblage endorses essentially terrorist organizations that courageously slaughter defenseless men, women, and children, condemns the only political democracy ever to exist in the middle east, ignores the fact that arab states brutally expelled nearly a million Jewish citizens (a refugee problem quickly resolved by Israel) and confiscated their property, and applauds millions of palestinians who live like parasites on billions of dollars of foreign aid (much of which is housed in swiss bank accounts). What planet are these fools living on?

    • Kufar Dawg

      I find it interesting that the charter of Hamas and its quotation of an authoritative hadeeth that calls for the extermination of Jews didn't seem to be called into evidence.

  • Moishe Pupick

    Tu., 10/23/12 common era

    Some of their best friends. . . It's 1939 all over again, but don't waste time listening for Bavarian marching bands. Nossir, this time it's multi-racial "social justice activists" with their many beefs against The State of Israel. These "progressive" folks should know that the present State consists of only about 10% of The Land promised by G-d to Avraham and his descendants forever.

  • Atlas_Collins

    "These "progressive" folks should know that the present State consists of only about 10% of The Land promised by G-d to Avraham and his descendants forever."

    Did the Jews ever get their tribal storm godlet to sign the deed?

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Atlas, Please end your racist and brutal occupation of Native American land.

    • Kufar Dawg

      Who cares? The fact is the rest of the Mid-East and N. Africa are islamofascist theocracies, where aspects of Sharia law are enforced w/brutal efficiency at the expense of human rights.

  • Omar

    Wow. That anti-Semitic "conference" right there is fascism on full display. So many anti-Semites and pro-totalitarians in one spot. What is that so-called "conference" a leftist/Islamist parade? Those "tribunal" lunatics do not care that they are supporting a cause that would involve having the world taken over by Islamism and Sharia law, a world where women would be treated like chattel, where homosexuals would be lynched for being homosexual, and where Jews and people of other beliefs and faiths (as well as non-religious people) would not be allowed in. Of course it wouldn't matter at all to these lunatics that in Israel, everyone is treated equal by law. Arabs living in Israel have more rights and liberties as Israeli citizens than people living in other countries in the Middle East. Why don't these so-called "peace" activists hold a conference on human rights on Sudan or on Cuba. Sudan is ruled by a racist, sexist, Islamist dictatorship that behaves worse than South Africa's former apartheid regime. Why don't those self-appointed leaders of "human rights" discuss the plight of Sudanese blacks and Christians in Sudan (remember the Darfur genocide?)? As for Cuba, that country has been ruled and exploited by the Castro family dictatorship for more than 50 years. Since 1959, Cubans have been denied human rights and liberties in their country. The Castro regime has also tried at least twice to destroy a sovereign state (the United States) and transform it into a Communist totalitarian country. Why don't these "human rights" activists talk about the plight of the Cuban people since 1959? It is because those self-appointed "protectors" of "human rights" support both the Islamist regime in Sudan and the Castro regime in Cuba. The Israel-bashers support both regimes (in Sudan and Cuba) because they view the Islamist and Communist dictatorships (in Sudan and Cuba, respectively) as "progressive" and advocates of so-called "social justice", that's why. As for Bertrand Russell, Cynthia McKinney and other members of the fascist cult, They are America-hating, democracy-hating, pro-totalitarian Stalinists/Maoists who also support Islamism and Sharia law. In fact, in 2008, when McKinney ran for the U.S. presidency on the Green Party ticket, she received an endorsement from the Stalinist/Maoist Workers World Party. In fact, the Green Party itself is affiliated with International ANSWER, which itself is affiliated with the International Action Center and the WWP. That shows how extreme and radical the so-called "Tribunal" really is.

    • Schlomotion

      Clearly the Cubans destroyed the ability to use paragraph breaks. The Communists have won their secret campaign against grammar. I wonder if they used focos.

      • Omar

        What does this have to do with grammar, Flipside? You make no sense the majority of the time. I am trying to post how these so-called "human rights" activists at the so-called "Tribunal" are hypocrites and have a double standard regarding foreign policy. This has absolutely nothing to do with grammar at all.

        • Schlomotion

          It sure as hell doesn't.

          • Omar

            Then why did you bring up grammar into this context?

          • http://www.facebook.com/dionissis.mitropoulos Dionissis Mitropoulos

            Omar

            Schlomo is being ironic, he means that your text has (allegedly) grammatical mistakes and, therefore, it is out of touch with proper grammar, so it has nothing at all to do with grammar.

            You are right of course, the issue here is what you say about double standards, not how grammatically correct it is.

            But Schlomo is in the mood for cheap shots today.

          • Schlomotion

            I just hope that when people bang out huge blocks of rebuttals for the Hasbara answer mill, they will take the smallest time to break up the cut-pastes. Plagiarism and block repasting has been a fallback lately. People aren't going to be able to follow the argument made by my esteemed conversation partner.

          • Omar

            What are you talking about, Schlomotion? You don't make sense the majority of the time.

          • http://www.facebook.com/dionissis.mitropoulos Dionissis Mitropoulos

            Sclomotion

            "the argument made by my esteemed conversation partner"

            That was both eloquent and polite to Omar!

      • Drakken

        Still running your suck about nothing again huh Sparky?

      • Kufar Dawg

        So if you can't address his points, you fall back on criticising his grammar? I call red herring.

  • PermReader

    Ridiculouse "Schlomotion"-pseudo-Jewish antisemite jeers at the Jewish website with it`s friable humanism and the polite commentators won`t tell this stinking scum to disappeare!

  • cjk

    Star-Wars bar scene if there ever really was one.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      If they not careful, that tribunal will make socialism look bad. /sarc

  • Zionista

    The reason this scum of the earth has its gathering is because Israel is STRONG!!!!!!!!!! and we Zionists will see that she stays that way.

    • Deeb

      We Christian Americans will help you if we can, and if, depends mostly on Nov. 6 results.

  • Ghostwriter

    Well,Schlomotion slithered his way onto this thing to comment and as usual,he attack Jews and Israelis for…being Jews and Israelis. He's just angry he didn't get invited to that anti-Israel shindig they threw. He sounds like he would have had a good time. More anti-Jewish nonsense than you can shake a stick at.

  • mah29001

    It's a freaking kangaroo court filled with Leftist Dhimmis.

    • Kufar Dawg

      It's a reflection of the kind of justice you see in any islamofascist state — incl. Gaza.

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    Or a fascist left tribunal on Cuba, Venezuela, Russia?

    The fascist left are a fifth column within the US.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lachlans.ward.9 Lachlan S Ward

    Israel is in a demographically strong place and is predicted to have a population of around 21,000,000 by 2100. Someone needs to tell the far-left that the game is over. They simply do not realize that their whining will get them nowhere. Even if they could win this argument (and they cannot because their ideas form an inaccurate model) Israel would STILL need to be defeated militarily before their 'humanitarian' plans can be brought into effect. Who is going to do this? The Muslim Arabs with their outdated Soviet era equipment? NATO on a Turkish islamist pretext? Highly unlikely as the IAF is the finest airforce in the world and would make short work of any RAF or French planes flown against it. So who? Who has force of arms capable of bring Israel to book? The 'Palestinians' only appeared when Muslim armies failed. However, a fake people won't stop a REAL people from enforcing positive change on the region.

  • flyingtiget

    This is funny beyond words. I couldn't stop laughing. This reminds of the plays that Marquis De Sade wrote in the madhouse.

  • gary fouse

    Who testified for the defense-dancing bears? Many of these clowns, like McKinney and White, have spoken at my school (UC Irvine). Angela Davis, of course is teaching at UC Santa Cruz (America's Wackiest University) in the- get this-History of Consciousness Department. She's a great choice since she knows a few things about courtrooms. I see even Davy Crockett showed up.

  • Aspirator

    The solution to such "justices" is a plane full of napalm!

  • Deeb

    Hate on parade. It'd be funny if it weren't so hideously hateful and sad. Check out Belafonte. He looks like a demon. One would think that at his age, he'd be happy and content to have had a charmed life of leisure as a wealthy celebrity. But no, he chooses to close his book of life by staining the last pages with his open hatred, contempt, and ingratitude. He's pathetic, intellectually demented, morally bankrupt, and without a friend in the world except the pitiful few who agree with him, those who quite unashamedly join in this farce, this charade of shame, this spectacle of malignant narcissism.

    • Kufar Dawg

      Is Belafonte a member of the RoP?