Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Shock Horror Picture From Apartheid Israel

geoffff

A scene from a Tel Aviv beach yesterday, from Israeli blogger Aussie Dave

This would never be allowed in the Tweed and Byron Shires* (Elections imminent --- Pro-BDS Green Party candidates standing.)

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - AUGUST 21:  A Palestinian woman and her son look at an Israeli woman as Palestinians enjoy a day at a beach during Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan on August 21, 2012 in Tel Aviv, Israel. According to the Israel's coordinator for government activities in the territories, Israel has allowed the entry of over 1 million Palestinians from the occupied West Bank since the beginning of Ramadan due to improved security.

From Ha'aretz

Israel and the PA share an interest in preserving the unprecedented level of security that continues today on the West Bank, and this interest is presumably the cause of such close cooperation between the second-rank Israeli and PA officials. This story of cooperation between Israeli and PA figures is well captured by end-of-Ramadan images in Tel Aviv: yesterday, thousands of Palestinians from all parts of the West Bank, from Jenin in the north to Hebron and Bethlehem in the south, enjoyed the final hours of Id al-Fitr on the Tel Aviv beaches. Just a few years ago such an image would have seemed unimaginable in view of continuing strife in the West Bank and violent tensions between Palestinians and Israelis.

However, the quiet that has since taken hold, reinforced by close cooperation between officials from the two sides, allowed hundreds of thousands of Palestinians this month to make their first visit to Israel in years. PA figures indicate that during the Ramadan month, some 300,000 Palestinians entered Israel in coordinated visits. Israeli officials cite a lower yet nonetheless staggering figure of 200,000. Ironically, this trend caused significant economic damage to Palestinian vendors who lost untold customers – local Palestinians who took their business to Israel.

That's what Palestinian people think of BDS.

* Dogs are banned from all but a few designated unpatrolled  beaches where tourists do not bathe. There's a $1500 fine.

Hat tip Isreallycool

cross posted Geoffff's Joint

4 comments:

  1. I predict BDSers will bravely ignore this, too.

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    1. Of course they will. It's just another clever example of Hasbarahtic "truth-washing," or something like that.

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    2. I'm waiting for them to break out the "water-washing" charge.

      ;)

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  2. Geoffff,

    thank you for this one.

    This is a hopeful story, if not between BDSers and Jews, at least between Jews and Arabs.

    It could not be more obvious that if the Palestinians would put the kabash on anti-Jewish incitement... and thus attacks on the Jewish population of the Middle East... then they'd be more than welcome everywhere in Israel.

    Is that not obvious?

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