Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Berkeley SJP Opposes Senate Bill in Support of International Academic Collaboration

Monday, September 15, 2014

Block the Boat Vancouver: Another BDS Fail.

We know whats bugging the Zim Djibouti.

The cargo ship arrived in Vancouver Deltaport on September 5th, and abruptly left.

Declaring a BDS victory when only 6 people showed up to the protest seemed a bit grandiose even for the reality challenged anti-Israel cru.  Yet in their warped minds what possible explanation could there be for the sudden departure of the Zim Djibouti other than a victory for their noble cause?

Faced with no concrete evidence, the anti-Israel activists did what they do best. They lied.

The headline at the Popular resistance agitprop site blared: Vancouver Activists Block Israeli Container Ship Zim Djibouti :Tremendous Victory: Four-Day Vancouver Conflict Blocks Israeli Ship. The lies tumbled out fast and furious"...Israeli shipping giant Zim, the giant was defeated today in Vancouver, Canada."  "This is a huge victory for the Vancouver coalition..."

It was more of the same on Social media

For ten days, the Block the Boat activists have tracked the Zim Djibout's movements with the obsessive fanaticism of a jilted lover.

Yet for all their rabid attentions, the activists missed something rather obvious.

Asian Gypsy Moth season runs from May through about November. Last year, Customs in L.A. stopped nine vessels in total. So far this season, which is only just over halfway through, 12 ships have been forced back into international waters after arriving at port with moth larvae discovered on board.
“We are in the worst Asian Gypsy Moth season that we can remember,” a CBP spokesman said.

From the JOC.com 

The Asian Gypsy month has recently been detected, in some instances in high numbers, on vessels arriving in North America,” the USDA and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said in a bulletin to shipping. “These detections have led to delayed entry to ports in the United States and Canada and could result in refusal of entry.”

Hapag-Lloyd informs about schedule deviations on its North Pacific 1 Service

Hapag-Lloyd informs, that after ZIM Djibouti berthed in Vancouver on Friday September 5, 2014, the vessel failed the Asian Gypsy Moth inspection held by CFIA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency), the company said in its press release.

The vessel was ordered out to international waters as quarantine for cleaning. The crew commenced cleaning this past weekend and is expected to arrive back in Vancouver on Tuesday September 16, 2014 to be re-inspected. The OOCL London will pass the ZIM Djibouti and be the next NP1 service vessel to arrive and sail from North America.

Alternate arrangements are being made to move all of the cargo expeditiously. Shipment related notification will be communicated in a timely manner.

To the Block the Boat activists: If moth larvae could better achieve your collective goals and objectives maybe your attentions are best directed elsewhere.  Have you considered taking up macrame?

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Creative Community for Peace in the New York Times

From the Creative Community for Peace

We represent a cross section of the creative world--those who create and help create music, films, and television programs--and their fans.

We may not all share the same politics or the same opinion on the best path to peace in the Middle East. But we do agree that singling out Israel, the only democracy in the region, as a target of cultural boycotts while ignoring the now-recognized human rights issues of her neighbors will not further peace.

We understand the power that our music, our films, our television shows, and all arts have. They have the power to build bridges. Foster better understanding. Encourage dialogue. And hopefully lead toward greater mutual acceptance.

If anything, turn up the music, expose more of our films and television shows to wider audiences, and encourage people from all cultures to interact and build greater dialogue and understanding.

If you support the message that the arts can build bridges—please join us in this important mission.

The world might just be a better place for it.

The Creative Community for Peace has a full page ad out in today's New York Times 

  The text of the ad, and the signatories follow:
We, the undersigned, are saddened by the devastating loss of life endured by Israelis and Palestinians in Gaza. We are pained by the suffering on both sides of the conflict and hope for a solution that brings peace to the region.
While we stand firm in our commitment to peace and justice, we must also stand firm against ideologies of hatred and genocide which are reflected in Hamas' charter, Article 7 of which reads, “There is a Jew hiding behind me, come on and kill him!” The son of a Hamas founder has also commented about the true nature of Hamas.
Hamas cannot be allowed to rain rockets on Israeli cities, nor can it be allowed to hold its own people hostage. Hospitals are for healing, not for hiding weapons. Schools are for learning, not for launching missiles. Children are our hope, not our human shields.
We join together in support of the democratic values we all cherish and in the hope that the healing and transformative power of the arts can be used to build bridges of peace.
Orly Adelson
Marty Adelstein
Dan Adler
Lou Adler
Michael Adler
Dan Aloni
Avi Arad
Tom Arnold
Jeff Astrof
Craig Balsam
Gary Barber
Roseanne Barr
Jason Barrett
Elana Barry
Jonathan Baruch
Aaron Bay-Schuck
Lainie Sorkin Becky
Lawrence Bender
Steven Bensusan
Raphael Berko
Adam Berkowitz
Greg Berlanti
Jordan Berliant
Mayim Bialik
Joshua P Binder
Todd Black
Michael Borkow
David Boxerbaum
Scooter Braun
Dan Brecher
Eric Brooks
David Broza
Dan Bucatinsky
Naomi Bulochnikov
David Byrnes
David Caspe
Omri Casspi
Josh Charles
Liza Chasin
Emmanuelle Chriqui
Cynthia Cidre
Neil Cloud
Ayala Cohen
Etan Cohen
Joe Cohen
Charlie Corwin
Marc Dauer
Robert Davi
Craig David
Stephen Davis
Donald De Line
Matt DelPiano
Josh Deutsch
David Diamond
Leonard Dick
David Draiman
Minnie Driver
Jack Dytman
Lee Eisenberg
Doug Ellin
Diane English
Dan Erlij
Ron Fair
Erik Feig
Dave Feldman
James Feldman
Patti Felker
Erica Forster
Gary Foster
Doug Frank
Bryan J. Freedman
Geordie E. Frey
Michael Fricklas
Robert Fried
William Friedkin
Daryl Friedman
Rob Friedman
Ronald Friedman
David Gardner
Jeremy Garelick
Alan M. Gasmer
Ran Geffen-Lifshitz
Andrew Genger
Bob Gersh
Jody Gerson
Risa Gertner
Jami Gertz
Gary Ginsberg
David Glick
Jonathan Glickman
Michael Glouberman
Elon Gold
Evan Goldberg
Gil Goldschein
Tony Goldwyn
Nate Goodman
Howard Gordon
Mitchell Gossett
Marc Graboff
Kelsey Grammer
Trudy Green
Adam Griffin
Iris Grossman
Jay Gruska
David Guillod
Phil Hacker
Jay Hoffman
J. Todd Harris
Adi Hasak
Ned Haspel
Ken Hertz
David Hoberman
Craig Hunegs
Andrew Hurwitz
Kathy Ireland
Neal Israel
Michael Jacobs
Bill Jacobson
Neil Jacobson
Nina Jacobson
Jonathan Jakubowicz
Patrick Joest
Nathan Kahane
Adam Kaller
Adam Kanter
Scott Karp
Zach Katz
Ryan Kavanaugh
Ron Kenan
David Kendall
Larry Kennar
Chris Keyser
Kevin King-Templeton
Michael Kives
Courtney Kivowitz
Patrick Knapp
Amanda Kogan
Jeff Kolodny
Barry Kotler
Steven Kram
Eric Kranzler
Brad Krevoy
Erik Kritzer
Howard Kurtzman
Rick Kurtzman
Jeff Kwatinetz
Peter Landesman
Eriq La Salle
Sherry Lansing
Estelle Lasher
Michael Lasker
Keili Lefkovitz
Carol Leifer
Avi Lerner
Colin Lester
Ben Levine
Susan Levinson
David Levy
Shuki Levy
Linda Lichter
Josh Lieberman
Maryam Lieberman
Todd Lieberman
Jon Liebman
Jonathan Littman
David Lonner
Richard Lovett
Jon Lovitz
Charlie Lyons
Benji Madden
Joel Madden
Bill Maher
Joshua Malina
Rob Markus
Orly Marley
Ziggy Marley
Ori Marmur
Bill Masters
Barry McPherson
Brian Medavoy
Jeff Melman
Scott Melrose
Jeffrey D. Melvoin
Willie Mercer
Rina Mimoun
Kevin Misher
Michael Morales
Rob Morrow
Robert Newman
Alan Nierob
Michael Nyman
Howard T. Owens
James Packer
Scott Packman
Bar Paly
Tom Parziali
Amy Pascal
Donald S. Passman
Brett Paul
Ann Peacock
Linda Perry
Richard Plepler
Amy Powers
Rob Prinz
Trevor Rabin
Dan Rabinow
Gideon Raff
Dean Raise
Bruce M. Ramer
David Ready
Ivan Reitman
David Renzer
John Reston
Hanna Rochelle
Seth Rogen
John Rogovin
Lena Roklin
Lon Rosen
Rick Rosen
Bruce Rosenblum
Zvi Howard Rosenman
Bill Rosenthal
Phil Rosenthal
Brian Ross
Michael Rotenberg
Rob Rothman
Robert Rovner
Susan Rovner
Odeya Rush
Haim Saban
Carole Bayer Sager
Nancy Sanders
Jonathan Schenker
Mark Schiff
Steve Schnur
Dean Schramm
Jordan Schur
Robin Schwartz
Sam Schwartz
Scott Schwartz
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Adam Schweitzer
Adam Shankman
Stacey Sher
Scott Siegler
Jamie Lynn Sigler
Chris Silbermann
Ben Silverman
Sarah Silverman
Martin Singer
Stacey Snider
Aaron Sorkin
Steve Spira
Susan Sprung
Sylvester Stallone
Norman Steinberg
Fisher Stevens
Gary Stiffelman
Erwin Stoff
Ken Stovitz
Gene Stupnitsky
Nick Styne
Eric Suddleson
Geoff Suddleson
Ken Suddleson
Danny Sussman
DB Sweeney
Traci Szymanski
Nina Tassler
Adam Taylor
Arn Tellem
Nancy Tellem
Mitch Tenzer
Steve Tisch
Noa Tishby
Fred D. Toczek
Michael Tolkin
Bennett Tramer
Nancy Travis
Jonathan Tropper
Matthew Velkes
Paul Wachter
Nina Wass
Avi Wasserman
Steven Weber
Bernie Weinraub
Bob Weinstein
Harvey Weinstein
Jerry Weintraub
David N. Weiss
David Weissman
Alan Wertheimer
Ron West
Nikki Wheeler
Jeff Wolman
Sharon Tal Yguado
Pete Yorn
Rick Yorn
Mosab Hassan Yousef
Rachel Zalis
David Zucker

J street endorsed Congressional reps vote against Iron Dome Funding

Iron Dome saves lives. During Operation Protective Edge, the system  intercepted over 600 rockets fired at Israel, a 90 percent success rate. 60  long range rockets, capable of hitting Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. were neutralized- saving countless innocent lives.

Saving civilian lives. Isn't this something we all can value?

Apparently not.

Via Camera and the Washington Free Beacon

Street claims to be the “political home for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans.” Yet, 11 members of the U.S. House of Representatives backed by J Street recently either refused to back funding for Israel’s Iron Dome short-range anti-missile system or voted against it.

“Three of the House lawmakers who voted against funding for Iron Dome—Reps. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), and Walter Jones (R-N.C.)—have received a combined $21,145 in this election cycle from J Street, according to publicly available Federal Election Commission (FEC) documents.

“The eight other J Street-funded lawmakers who abstained from the vote are Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), Susan Davis (D-Calif.), Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas), John Garamendi (D-Calif.), Jim McDermott (D-Wash.), Raul Ruiz (D-Calif.), Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), and Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.)” 

California Neighbors:  Contact Zoe Lofgren. Susan Davis, Jackie Speier, Raul Ruiz and John Garamendi. Let them know you are unhappy with their choice. Thats the only thing that will make a difference

In spite of J Streets efforts, Congress overwhelmingly approved the emergency increase in Iron Dome funding  by a vote of 395 to 8.


Friday, September 12, 2014

Hey, Monsters! Lady Gaga has arrived in Tel Aviv!

Lady Gaga has landed in Tel Aviv.  And yes, thats another A list BDS fail.

Lady Gaza writes, via Twitter : " We are here Israel. I simply cannot wait to perform in Tel Aviv" Favorited  4,700 times. Retweeted 3,400 times.

Enough said.

Jewish Voice for Peace: A Tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury. Signifying nothing

In speech,  volume is often inversely proportional to thoughtfulness. Jewish Voice for Peace is living proof.  Rumor has it that JVP is planning on disrupting the San Francisco Christians United for Israel gathering on Sunday. If their past behavior is any indication, they are planning on standing up at random intervals and shrieking like banshees.  Perhaps they still believe that filming themselves shrieking mindlessly at public gatherings is a sure-fire way to help the Palestinian people.  More likely, they simply cannot abide not being the center of attention.  The shrill attention seeking behavior of groups such as Code Pink and Jewish Voice for Peace often moves beyond politics into the realm of abnormal pathology. 

For those who are tempted to call Jewish Voice for Peace “self-hating Jews”, I beg to differ. If you’ve ever had an encounter with a JVP member, you’ll know that they are some of the most narcissistic people on the planet.
Symptoms of Narcissistic Personality Disorder 
In order for a person to be diagnosed with narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) they must meet five or more of the following symptoms:

Has a grandiose sense of self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements)

Is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love

Believes that he or she is “special” and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions)

Requires excessive admiration

Has a very strong sense of entitlement, e.g., unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations

Is exploitative of others, e.g., takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends

Lacks empathy, e.g., is unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others

Is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him or her

Regularly shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes

 If you are planning on going to the CUFI gathering, be prepared for the spectacle.

For more information on Jewish Voice for Peace, and their anti-Israel agenda, see

Jews abetting Hamas are no voice for peace

Driving a Wedge: JVP's strategy to weaken US Support for Israel

ADL backgrounder: Jewish Voice For Peace

Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

BDS. Failing since 1945

Throwback Thursday, and a reminder that the more things change, the more they stay the same.

This article, from the Dec.4 1945 New York Times is a reminder that

1) The boycott of Jewish, er,  Zionist, goods has been going on for a very long time.
2.) In 1945, the Palestinians were Jewish .
3) When reminded that a boycott might cause local Arabs  to lose their jobs, organizers simply didn't care.

Early BDS movement
UPDATE (by request)
The page view from the New York Times:

On 9/11. Remembering Daniel Lewin. The First victim

 This one is for the nutbars, anti-Semites and conspiracy theorists who continue to claim that no Jews were killed on 9/11.

Remembering Daniel Lewin, z'l.

His remarkable life, cut short by terror, was the subject of a biography published last year, "No Better Time: The Brief, Remarkable Life of Danny Lewin, the Genius Who Transformed the Internet."

In 1984 , Daniel Lewin moved with his family to Israel.  He served in the Israel Defense Forces as an officer in the elite Sayeret Matkal for 4 years.  After graduating from the Technion, he received a scholarship for graduate studies at MIT.  While at MIT, he worked on the theoretical side of computer science, developing innovative algorithms to enable web sites to handle heavy traffic.  He co-founded Akamai Techonologies which handles 30% of the worlds internet traffic and posted an annual revenue of $1.37 billion in 2012.

Daniel Lewin was one of the 81 passengers, nine crew members, and two pilots on American Airlines Flight 11  when it took off from Boston’s Logan Airport.early on Sept. 11, 2001.  Daniel was sitting in business class seat 9b.

From an article in Psychology today

Flight 11 took off on schedule and headed due west, holding course for 16 minutes until it passed Worcester, Massachusetts. Then, instead of taking a southerly turn, it swung north and failed to climb to its assigned cruising altitude. At this point,  it’s possible Lewin suspected—perhaps before anyone else on the flight—that something terrible was about to happen. Having trained in the IDF’s most elite counterterrorism unit,  he had learned to identify signs of attacks well before they were carried out. He also knew conversational Arabic,  enough to have picked up on verbal cues if the five Middle Eastern passengers gave any. 

About 8:15 the bloody hijacking began. The terrorists—wielding box cutters and knives—rose from their seats in business class and began to threaten passengers and crew.  Most of what we know comes from reports by two flight attendants,  Betty Ong and Madeline Amy Sweeney, who calmly relayed the details as they unfolded. At 8:19, Ong told flight control: “The cockpit is not answering,  somebody’s stabbed in business class... I think there’s Mace... we can’t breathe... I think we’re getting hijacked.” In a separate call, Sweeney reported the plane had been hijacked and two flight attendants had been stabbed.  Sweeney also confirmed that a passenger in business class had been stabbed to death; his throat slashed by one of the terrorists. The passenger, she said, was sitting in 9B.

The 9/11 Commission concluded that in those first 20 minutes of the flight,  Mohamed Atta—the only terrorist on board trained to fly a jet—probably moved to the cockpit from his business-class seat (located near Lewin’s seat),  possibly accompanied by Abdulaziz al-Omari. As this was happening,  Lewin,  who was seated in the row just behind Atta and Omari, was stabbed in the neck by one of the hijackers—probably Satam al-Suqami, who was seated directly behind Lewin,  out of his view. 

Those who knew Daniel best believe he was killed after attempting to thwart the hijacking.

Remembering today and always, the brief life of Daniel Lewin, and all those who perished 13 years ago on September 11, 2001.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Vancouver Block the Boat Fail. The Free Palestine Movement Lies, and issues a hasty retraction.

On September 9, the Free Palestine movement sent out a whopper of a lie calling a non event at the Vancouver port a "4 day stand-off".  Social media reports showed only 5 protesters at the dock.

Photo via Twitter

Only a handful of activists showed up to  Block the boat in Vancouver
The Free Palestine Movement stated:
Vancouver Canada Blocks Israeli Ship: Tremendous Victory

In a four-day standoff pitting human rights groups and organized labor against Israeli shipping giant Zim, the giant was defeated today in Vancouver, Canada.

The huge container ship Zim Djibouti first docked at the high-tech Deltaport facility on September 5, only to discover that the workers had agreed to respect a picket line set up by human rights advocates. The coalition of picketers, under the name Block the Boat Vancouver, were trying to prevent the unloading and loading of the ship, as a solidarity protest against Israel's 47-year blockade of the port of Gaza and the recent Israeli sttack on Gaza that killed more than 2000 Palestinians, mostly civilians, as well as 72 Israelis, almost all soldiers.

The ship then returned to open water along the Pacific coast and stayed there several days, until midnight last night. At that time it set course for Port Angeles, on the US side of the passage to Vancouver. By unloading at an unexpected US port, the company apparently hoped to circumvent the blockade.

It didn't work. Perhaps the logistics of arranging passage by land through another country for the hazardous cargo on board was too much, or perhaps the docking facilities were inadequate for the huge ship, but it turned back and returned to the open sea. At the time of this report, it has still failed to declare a new destination and arrival time.

This is a huge victory for the Vancouver coalition, undoubtedly costing Zim enormous sums in fuel, delays, and having to carry excess cargo to unintended destinations, impeding the other operations. It also continues the string of Block the Boat actions at ports on the US west coast that began with the August picket in Oakland, California of another Zim ship that ended with similar results.
Let's all congratulate Vancouver and encourage ports all over the world to refuse Israeli ships and ships from Israeli companies. Customers will have to think twice about using an Israeli line for their cargo, as delivery becomes less certain. Hopefully this is just the beginning of a world wide campaign against Zim and all other Israeli shipping, until Israel reconsiders its policy of blocking all shipping to and from Gaza.

After issuing this obviously false statement declaring a "tremendous victory", the Free Palestine movement retreated, tail between its legs and issued a retraction, of sorts. The next day they issued another email, readily admitting there was "no picket line or blockade", but still attempted to take credit for the delay, claiming "it seems probable" it was on the basis of a union decision.
Their current email states:

We apologize for erroneous information in the item below. Although the sequence of the boat actions is correct, there was no picket line or blockade. Instead, the organizers provided information to the union, ILWU Local 502, and its members, including flyers distributed at the Deltaport facility. Beyond that, we have no information on how and why the ship was turned away, but it seems probable that it was on the basis of a union decision.
Currently, after trying to dock at Port Angeles, the ship has returned to a stationary position off the coast of British Columbia, and is listing a destination of Vancouver but an ETA that has already passed.

Please accept our regrets for the false information.

To the lying, scheming (just until they are caught in the act) Free Palestine Movement, I have just this to say about your alleged "victory" at the Port of Vancouver.

Post hoc, ergo propter hoc