Daphni Leef: How a woman in a tent became Israel’s top story

August 6, 2011

More than 350 people are now living in Tel Aviv's tented city after Daphni Leef invited fellow Israelis to join her protest on Facebookwhat did Leef do to bring her such national attention? She got chucked out of her flat. And then wrote on Facebook. Just over a month ago she was told that she needed to leave her Tel Aviv apartment because the building was slated for redevelopment. She started looking for a new home, and was shocked to find how expensive rents had become.
“I called up a friend and said, ‘I’m setting up a tent’,” she recalls. “He said I should calm down.” But she did not calm down – instead she opened a Facebook “event”, inviting people to erect tents in central Tel Aviv to protest against high housing prices.

More than 350 people are now living in Tel Aviv’s tented city after Daphni Leef invited fellow Israelis to join her protest on Facebook

It quickly gained momentum, and, a month later, there are 350 tents in Tel Aviv’s “tent city” where she lives, and more than 500 tents in spin-off demonstrations elsewhere in the country. The campaign is dominating the news. A poll by Haaretz suggests that some 87 per cent of Israelis are behind it. A fortnight ago 30,000 people marched in Tel Aviv in support. via thejc.com

Who is she? Does she support a two state solution? Does she think Islam is a religion of “Piece”? The fact that the media won’t tell me frightens me. If Israelis want to build homes, I’m all for it… but there is plenty of concrete in Tel Aviv. Judea and Samaria is where natural growth should occur. What is her take on that? I’m not optimistic.

Protest Tourism

July 20, 2011
Al-Karama Passenger accepts food and water given to him by an IDF Navy soldier
An Al-Karama passenger accepts food and water from an Israel Navy soldier.
…at least they took the water!
…I’m going to become a Palestinian activist just so I can try this… what a great vacation.
The below photos show the condition of Al-Karama ship passengers following the boarding of Israeli naval soldiers…

It’s no secret that a portion of Israel’s tourist trade comes from “Protest Tourism.” From philosophy students and poetry PhD’s who want a chance to visit the Holy Land, throw some rocks at a soldier and have their pictures taken with AK-47 wielding terrorists. And it’s time that the Israeli tourist industry took their business seriously. So says the Sultan.

IDF Navy Soldiers Help Al-Karama Passengers board IDF Navy Vessel
Israeli naval soldier helps Al-Karama passenger board an Israel Navy vessel.
(Israel Defense Forces via IDF Spokesperson)
The Al-Karama, a ship belonging to the Free Gaza Movement’s flotilla initiative, sought to breach the maritime security blockade on the Gaza Strip. Previously, it had declared to authorities that it was headed for Egypt’s Alexandria port.

As Al-Karama approached Gaza, Israel Navy officials contacted the ship via radio, warning its captain of the blockade and offering to transfer any of the ship’s goods to Gaza by established land crossings. Following the ship’s refusal, IDF Navy soldiers peacefully boarded the Al-Karama ship without incident and offered its passengers food and water, as seen in the photos. In addition, the passengers’ health was verified by Israeli doctors.
Now that is incredible service. I can’t think of a more entertaining vacation.  They should pay for it.

What Are BDS Proponents Complaining About? Aren’t They Getting What They Want?

July 14, 2011

The Boycott Bill, stipulates that anyone calling for an economic, cultural or academic boycott against the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria will be unable to participate in government tenders. In addition, any person who considers himself a victim of a boycott could sue the boycotter for compensation. Court gives state 60 days to explain Boycott Law.  Z Street is wondering what all the fuss is with Israel’s new anti-BDS law:

An interesting precedent is in Germany dealing with Holocaust deniers without physical boundaries. The lawyer Eugene Volks sees this as a threat to Democracy. The delegitimizers, i.e. the BDS practitioners and their enablers (NIF, J Street, Peace Now) immediately attacked it as a gross violation of free speech… …Many central to further right-leaning pro-Israel organizations are also expressing criticism… Also recently the United States declared that effected markets has no boundaries to prove cause of information crimes. The law does NOT criminalize speech and it does NOT restrict free speech. BDS practitioners can continue to say whatever vile things they want about Israel, but they simply are not eligible for government contracts if they do. Well goodness, isn’t that what they want? NOT to engage in financial transactions with the “evil ZioNazi government”? image via Israeli BDS Activists Call on Artists to Boycott Music Festival h/t Daled Amos

Jews find their Tongue

April 27, 2010
Spiv100The weather was bad, cold and wet, but about 2,000 people gathered to say ENOUGH!!! to Barak Hussein Obama. Yesterday, across from Israel’s Consulate in New York City, Jews, Christians, Hindus and some Muslims gathered to protest the President’s misguided policy in the Middle East.  Read the rest at freedomscost.net

My Weather UnderGround Story Part 1

October 19, 2008

My Weather UnderGround Story Part 2

October 19, 2008

taken from this Seesmic Post