British Zionist group cancels Ha'aretz columnist after 'apartheid' comment
By Dinah A. Spritzer
The British Zionist Federation cancelled a London appearance by Ha'aretz columnist Danny Rubinstein the day after he called Israel an "apartheid state" at a United Nations conference on Palestinians.
Rubinstein, the Israeli newspaper's Arab affairs editor and a member of its editorial board, told an audience of some 350 people that "today Israel is an apartheid state with different status for different communities,” according to sources at the event, held at the European Parliament in Brussels. He went on to say that Palestinians living in Gaza, East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Israel each had “a different status," according to a summary of his speech by a United Nations web site.
Wall Street Journal columnist Daniel Schwammenthal told JTA he was so shocked by what he heard that he later confirmed the comment with Rubinstein. “I asked him if he really thought Israel was in a state of apartheid and he answered 'yes,'" Schwammenthal said.
Rubinstein also said "Hamas won the election of the international community and Israel cannot ignore that” and argued that the security fence Israel was building could not be justified, sources said.
Susanna Kokkonen, political director of European Coalition for Israel, which represents five different Christian organizations and works closely with members of the European Parliament who advocate Israeli interests, said the two-day conference, which kicked off Thursday, had "an atmosphere that was thick with hate towards Israel.”
The only "atmosphere" Israel likes is one that is filled with cruise missiles, B2 bombers and waves of F-16's, bombing to hell and gone another perceived enemy of Eretz Israel. Next up: IRAN.
Again, American kids will be fighting and dying in a war that is for Israel's sake. A war that will be waged so Israel can maintian ME hegemony over nations in the region.
A war that will not only be of no benefit to America, but will cost us considerably in matters of life, prestige, standing and wealth.
We Americans need to stand up and retake our government from back the crazed neoncons and even crazier Zionists, who have stole the reins of government.
NO MORE AMERICAN BLOOD FOR ISRAEL.
NEVER AGAIN WILL WE BE DUPED INTO FIGHTING ANOTHER WAR FOR ISRAEL.
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