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From 'Swiss Cheese' to 'Frankenstein's Monster,' Arab Leaders Have Many Names for Kushner-Trump Apartheid Plan

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/02/12/swiss-cheese-frankensteins-monster-arab-leaders-have-many-names-kushner-trump

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The slicing and dicing of Palestine began in earnest with the Balfour Declaration more than a century ago. Western imperialists saw it as an opportunity to use Zionism to create a base to control the region and its oil.

Simultaneously, they bought off the Arab “leadership” during the implementation of the Sykes-Picot Agreement to dismantle the Ottoman Empire.

Trump/Kushner and the current Arab misleadership class are pissants compared to those who actually set up the horrible situation a century before.

Let us not praise one faction or another of the contemporary passant imperialist class.



In Haaretz they published the UN report of which companies are complicit in the occupation. 112 named to help us with the boycott list. There is a paywall… but they used to allow a small number of free reads. I hope they still do.


It is the lead article right now. I can’t put a link to the page itself because it has a (dot)com in the middle of the link.

Blacklisted companies with business ties to West Bank settlements:

Afikim Public Transportation Ltd.
Airbnb Inc.
American Israeli Gas Corporation Ltd.
Amir Marketing and Investments in Agriculture Ltd.
Amos Hadar Properties and Investments Ltd.
Angel Bakeries
Archivists Ltd.
Ariel Properties Group
Ashtrom Industries Ltd.
Ashtrom Properties Ltd.
Avgol Industries 1953 Ltd.
Bank Hapoalim B.M.
Bank Leumi Le-Israel B.M.
Bank of Jerusalem Ltd.
Beit Haarchiv Ltd.
Bezeq, the Israel Telecommunication
Corp Ltd.
Booking. com B.V.
C Mer Industries Ltd.
Café Café Israel Ltd.
Caliber 3
Cellcom Israel Ltd.
Cherriessa Ltd.
Chish Nofei Israel Ltd.
Citadis Israel Ltd.
Comasco Ltd.
Darban Investments Ltd.
Delek Group Ltd.
Delta Israel
Dor Alon Energy in Israel 1988 Ltd.
Egis Rail
Egged, Israel Transportation Cooperative Society Ltd.
Energix Renewable Energies Ltd.
EPR Systems Ltd.
Extal Ltd.
Expedia Group Inc.
Field Produce Ltd.
Field Produce Marketing Ltd.
First International Bank of Israel Ltd.
Galshan Shvakim Ltd.
General Mills Israel Ltd.
Hadiklaim Israel Date Growers Cooperative Ltd.
Hot Mobile Ltd.
Hot Telecommunications Systems Ltd.
Industrial Buildings Corporation Ltd.
Israel Discount Bank Ltd.
Israel Railways Corporation Ltd.
Italek Ltd.
JC Bamford Excavators Ltd.
Jerusalem Economy Ltd.
Kavim Public Transportation Ltd.
Lipski Installation and Sanitation Ltd.
Matrix IT Ltd.
Mayer Davidov Garages Ltd.
Mekorot Water Company Ltd.
Mercantile Discount Bank Ltd.
Merkavim Transportation Technologies Ltd.
Mizrahi Tefahot Bank Ltd.
Modi’in Ezrachi Group Ltd.
Mordechai Aviv Taasiot Beniyah 1973 Ltd.
Motorola Solutions Israel Ltd.
Municipal Bank Ltd.
Naaman Group Ltd.
Nof Yam Security Ltd.
Ofertex Industries 1997 Ltd.
Opodo Ltd.
Bank Otsar Ha-Hayal Ltd.
Partner Communications Company Ltd.
Paz Oil Company Ltd.
Pelegas Ltd.
Pelephone Communications Ltd.
Proffimat S.R. Ltd.
Rami Levy Chain Stores Hashikma Marketing 2006 Ltd.
Rami Levy Hashikma Marketing Communication Ltd.
Re/Max Israel
Shalgal Food Ltd.
Shapir Engineering and Industry Ltd.
Shufersal Ltd.
Sonol Israel Ltd.
Superbus Ltd.
Tahal Group International B.V.
TripAdvisor Inc.
Twitoplast Ltd.
Unikowsky Maoz Ltd.
Zakai Agricultural Know-how and inputs Ltd.
ZF Development and Construction
ZMH Hammermand Ltd.
Zorganika Ltd.
Zriha Hlavin Industries Ltd.
Alon Blue Square Israel Ltd.
Alstom S.A.
Altice Europe N.V.
Amnon Mesilot Ltd.
Ashtrom Group Ltd.
Booking Holdings Inc.
Brand Industries Ltd.
Delta Galil Industries Ltd.
eDreams ODIGEO S.A.
Egis S.A.
Electra Ltd.
Export Investment Company Ltd.
General Mills Inc.
Hadar Group
Hamat Group Ltd.
Indorama Ventures P.C.L.
Kardan N.V.
Mayer’s Cars and Trucks Co. Ltd.
Motorola Solutions Inc.
Natoon Group
Villar International Ltd.
Greenkote P.L.C.


Hi LongGone:
YES! : ) BDS! BDS! BDS! x a googol! : )


I spent a long time looking at the photo of Kushner, wondering what kind of person represents me in the carving up of foreign territory and populations as an imperial power play, like the leveraged buyout of a property with no intrinsic value to the buyer. Looking for something, anything, in the abyss of his eyes, this classic Sir Walter Scott poem came to me.

Breathes there the man, with soul so dead,
Who never to himself hath said,
This is my own, my native land!
Whose heart hath ne’er within him burn’d,
As home his footsteps he hath turn’d,
From wandering on a foreign strand!
If such there breathe, go, mark him well;
For him no Minstrel raptures swell;
High though his titles, proud his name,
Boundless his wealth as wish can claim;
Despite those titles, power, and pelf,
The wretch, concentred all in self,
Living, shall forfeit fair renown,
And, doubly dying, shall go down
To the vile dust, from whence he sprung,
Unwept, unhonour’d, and unsung.


Perfect description.

Thank you.


Considering how chopped up the map and what a bosom buddy he is with Mister Bone Saw (MBS) you have to wonder whether he gave MBS any ideas or whether MBS gave him ideas. Who’s the chicken and who’s the egg?

Juan Cole and his ilk are getting frustrated because their long campaign of demonizing Israel and ignoring Palestinian transgressions is getting nowhere. Israel is stronger than ever, even making diplomatic progress with Arab and African nations, and the Arabs are in disarray.
That said, the Palestinians are in a bad position, and getting worse. They need to change their strategy of rejection and hate because it is not working. The Trump plan that calls for Palestinian surrender to Israeli domination won’t work either.
They, and everyone else including Israelis who live under constant threat of terror and rocket attacks, have to realize the only way to improve lives is to seek compromise and reconciliation. A real peace plan is needed to start that process but extreme partisans on both sides get in the way of that. CD should try to publish pro-peace posts rather than yet another hate-filled rant like this.