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Friday, August 18, 2006

Photo Friday (vol. LXXIV) [O.P.S. edition]

[O.P.S. stands for Other People's Stuff]

I chose the name of today's edition because I didn't take these photos.  The were taken by a gentlemen who calls himself 'Zombie' .  They landed in my inbox as part of my daily 'briefing' from The Freeman Center for Strategic Studies.

The subject matter is quite disturbing... actually more disturbing (to me, anyway) than most of the images I saw from Israel's north or from the south of Lebanon.  They were taken in San Francisco at a pro-Hezbollah (anti-Israel) demonstration outside San Francisco's city hall.

San Francisco is a well known bastion of liberalism and free speech.  In many ways it represents all that is good about America... and also all that is bad.  Good because people are extremely politically active and use every ounce of political muscle given them by the U.S. Constitution (and then some). Bad because while you would never hear a San Franciscan calling an African American 'black' or 'negro', or a Native American/First Nation member an 'Indian' or 'Eskimo'... there seems to be absolutely no social taboo against the use of intentionally insulting epithets when talking about Jews and Israelis.

These pictures tell a chilling tale of San Franciscans who would be surprised and shocked to realize how much common ground they share with hate groups like the KKK.

Have a look:

Kikes, huh?  Please don't bother trying to tell me that this is about debating Israeli policies and not about hating Jews.  This next one seems to imply that 'Israelis' are occupying some portion of America.  Uh huh.  I think this gentlemen is actually talking about Joos.  What do you think?

It's nice to see the Palestinian flag on display as well even though this was not a demonstration about them.  I suppose any opportunity to dogpile on the rabbit...    Hate is like a good suit of clothes... any opportunity to take it out of the closet and parade it around in public is a cause for celebration.

But not to worry, there were plenty of Hezbollah flags to be seen, as well. 

Of course I always enjoy when people ignore the fact that Israel has not had an occupying presence in Lebanon for 6 years... while Hezbollah is an illegal Militia in violation of UN Resolution 1559.
Next up is a well reasoned placard.  It basically supports Hezbollah's tactics and informs Israel that it has no recourse against it.  I'd like to have chained this walking chin-biscuit to a guardrail in Kiryat Shemonah for a few days and seen if his politics evolved at all.
One of the recurring themes at such rallies is the willingness to believe that Israel and/or the US were responsible for 9/11.   There is simply no way to have a reasonable discussion with someone whose anger is so rooted in fantasy.


Of course no anti-Israel rally would be complete without trotting out some made-up quotes to further cement Sharon's place in the Pantheon of the Elders of Zion.


I especially love when Jews/Israelis are called Nazis. 


Likewise, the constant use of the word 'genocide' in reference to alleged Israeli actions/policies is meant to reinforce this myth among the uninformed.  It's a case of telling the lie so often that it becomes an accepted fact. 


Note that none of the posters seem to be stating anything particularly positive about Hezbollah, the Lebanese or the Palestinians.  One would think that a rally in support of something would actually, well, support it.  Instead, all we see is a chilling, baseless hatred for Jews.

No other ethnic or religious group would ever be spoken of in these terms by residents of the SF Bay area.  It would be the height of political incorrectness to do so.  But for some reason Israelis/Jews are not a protected species.  It is always Joo season in San Francisco.

And just so you don't think this is reserved for bay area denizens... think for a moment about the news coverage you watched at home during the war in Lebanon.  It was a very subtle thing, but even the fairly balanced coverage was marred by a horrible distinction:  Non-combatants who were endangered, injured or killed in Lebanon were always referred to as 'civilians'.  Non-combatants who were endangered, injured or killed in Israel were always called... 'Israelis'.  Apparently there are no civilians in Israel, and by extension the people who live in my country were not entitled to the same consideration and protection implied by that title.

Just so you know... another reason I used the term 'Other People's Stuff' for today's edition of Photo Friday is that this coming week you will be treated to some guest posts here on treppenwitz. This is just for a few days and doesn't mark the start of treppenwitz as a group blog, I promise. 

I've asked a few writers I know to step in while I try to recharge my batteries.  I may also republish a few 'best of treppenwitz' posts (ego?  what ego)... we'll see. 

The simple reason for this short break is that I've been writing/ranting way to much about politics and war lately and it has really run me down.  I need a few days to get back to my 'daddy-blogger' place.

That's it for today.

Shabbat Shalom.


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Truly horrific pics - how proud the peoples' faces are who are holding those hate signs. ugh.
Anyway, looking forward to the guest bloggers.
Shabbat Shalom.

Posted by: val | Aug 18, 2006 3:28:37 PM

shabbat shalom...i just sent this to my friend marc who wrote the first hate mail letter to my blog...marc is a producer/director in san fransisco and who knows he even may be in your pictures...i write him all the time now...it's my pleasure :)

Posted by: marallyn | Aug 18, 2006 3:38:43 PM

I am nauseous from the pics, but important to share. Enjoy your break and Shabbat Shalom.

Posted by: Essie | Aug 18, 2006 4:17:51 PM

I noticed the whole "civilian" thing too when it came to the news. I thought news reporting was supposed to be unbiased and factual.

Posted by: dragonlady474 | Aug 18, 2006 4:31:22 PM

I wonder why they do this... Is it because Jews can take it??!!

Posted by: pk | Aug 18, 2006 5:00:08 PM

"I'd like to have chained this walking chin-biscuit to a guardrail in Kiryat Shemonah for a few days and seen if his politics evolved at all."

I'd be glad to chip in for his airfare.

I always love when some of these numbnuts are Jewish themelves- "good" Jews who are on the "right" side- like the person holding the poster with the Jewish Voice for Peace (that's a laugh) website on it.

And I especially love the way these idiots wear the keffiyahs (sp?), as if they identify with terrorists. With terrorists! Boggles the mind.

Posted by: RR | Aug 18, 2006 5:14:23 PM

I've mentioned this elsewhere, but the ™ symbol on that first sign cracks me up. That's the guy that invented the K-word!! (And now you're going to have to pay him a fee for repeating it. Sorry.)

And as long as you're in the mood to be horrified, you might as well watch this.

Posted by: Tanya | Aug 18, 2006 5:46:44 PM

I used to live there...folks should know that "Jewish Voices For Peace" is funded by the Palestinians and manned by "Jews" who aren't Jewish--most just have the last name and haven't a clue what 'Jewish' is....useful fools, every one of them.

Can't reason with these people--their agenda is their replacement for tribe, culture and religion all rolled into one, so when you try to reason with them, it's like discussing religion: you say "X" and they scream 'heresy!'...a friend of mine was told to shut up, she couldn't comment on the issue 'because your Dad is Israeli.' She was stunned--apparently free speech is only for Left-wingers, fellow travelers, minorities other than Jews, and Arabs. But I knew that already--the Far Left Loonies showed up at Netanyahu's speech in Berkeley and held a riot, blocking the doors and beating anyone with a ticket who tried to enter.

To be Left-wing in SF is to be a true Fascist brownshirt, identical in ideology and tactics.

Posted by: aliyah06 | Aug 18, 2006 5:58:05 PM

stupid lefties. i mean, er, leftists....*eyes darting left and right suspiciously*

but seriosuly, i must say those pictures were mamash beautiful *getting sick here*. and that video *throwing up*. well, as we say every pesach, they all hate us in every generation. if only there was something we can do. but alas, we cant -- ya can't even talk to them. ive noticed by the way that stupid frontrunner yankee fans are just like these people in that you can't even have a normal conversation with them. you try to reason with them and theyre like, "no you're wrong. youre stupid." like, hello??

i hope you enjoy your break Mr B, looking forward to the guests.

Posted by: Tonny | Aug 18, 2006 7:11:18 PM

There was a counter-protest by supporters of Israel

As bad as these pictures are, you don't even want to see the ones taken in Washington, DC.

Most Americans will not even see those hate-filled signs. The news media will not publish them.

Blogs are publishing them and defending Israel. In fact, it was a blogger that has exposd some of the doctored and staged photos coming out of Lebanon.

Shabbat shalom and enjoy your break.

Posted by: seawitch | Aug 18, 2006 7:41:18 PM

im so proud of my hometown! and people wondered why i wanted to go to israel... it was good enough just to escape these people

theyre smart, most of the anti israel demonstrations (and they are that) are on saturday. i didnt go because of that, but my grandfather did. he said it was pretty horrifying. maybe ill get to go to the next one, i love looking at stupid people with stupid anti jewish and anti israel signs

Posted by: SF Lisa | Aug 18, 2006 7:48:49 PM

People are just peachy, aren't they.

Posted by: Jack | Aug 18, 2006 8:25:49 PM

This is truly sickening. I hope these people are just fringe groups and not representatives of a growing trend. : (

Posted by: Irina | Aug 18, 2006 8:56:42 PM

Really makes my blood boil. If you hadn't thrown in the "walking chin biscuit" description to make me laugh, I would have been even more incensed. How can these people be so oblivious?

Posted by: mcaryeh | Aug 18, 2006 9:30:38 PM

Yup... someone sent me similar photos of a rally in Montreal, a few weeks back. Although the media referred to Hezbollah flags and anti-Semitic signs, they didn't dare to publish a single photo. Not only that, but leaders of almost all the opposition parties in Quebec came out to the rally, and refused to see anything wrong with doing so - they were all "marching for peace," of course, and didn't mean to associate with a few isolated nut-cases toting Hezbollah flags. Where are those same people marching for peace in Iraq, Sri Lanka, etc? Oh right... there are no Jews, I mean kikes, I mean, Israelis involved in those wars.

Anyways I just graduated from Concordia University - my first week there was marked by your former PM, Netanyahu, being blocked entrance to the university by a ranting-and-raving foaming-at-the-mouth mob, so I've gotten used to this sort of thing. Still sickening, though. People never learn.

Posted by: Chantyshira | Aug 18, 2006 10:31:28 PM

Thanks for highlighting those pictures.

You can understand, given the hate that the anti-Israel crowd hollers at these events, why I'm somewhat pissed off that we're not supposed to be confrontational when counter-protesting.

And I write this as someone who allegedly is a "f*cking Joo" who should "go back to Germany so that they can finish the job". As was yelled at me during the protest on March 19th, 2005.

Forwarding an e-mail regarding that particular event to you.

Can't remember which events have resulted in scattered yells of "kill the Jews" recently. There have been at least two times at protests in front of the consulate that that charming chant was used. Neither time was there any mention on the local news.....

Posted by: The Back of the Hill | Aug 19, 2006 1:20:33 AM

I am sickened by the photo's as I am sure most reasonable people would be. Unfortunately, the world is full of idiots now and I believe we are all doomed. Up here in Canada they are calling the Province of Quebec Quebecistan and there are also demonstrations with the Hiz flag in full display. The worst part, our politicians march with them! Go figure.

Posted by: rositta | Aug 19, 2006 4:46:18 AM

The irony in the media being biased and uplifting these terrorist nutjobs is that you know freedom of the press would be the first to go under any kind of terrorist leadership. morons

Posted by: dragonlady474 | Aug 19, 2006 6:18:02 AM

Trepp...those pictures are horrifying. To see anything Jewish equated with nazis is truly one of the most horrific images I've ever seen in my life...it's sickening.

Posted by: cruisin-mom | Aug 19, 2006 6:25:07 AM

You are overreacting to a small group of extremist-fanatics. Which is exactly what they want you to do. I appreciate the fact that LGF exposes these nitwits but really, don't you have better things to do?

Posted by: diana | Aug 19, 2006 4:24:52 PM

Val... Horrifying pictures of truly horrible people.

Marallyn... You're a better person than I am.

Essie... Sorry. I just thought it was important for people to see.

Dragonlady474... Nah, news is now made to order. Every segment of the political spectrum now has a news outlet that caters to their ideology. [sigh]

pk... no, they do it because they hope we can't.

RR... It probably means that I'm a bad person, but when the ISM volunteer was stabbed to death in east Jerusalem a couple of weeks ago I couldn't help smiling to myself.

Tanya... Oh great, now I have guilt over copyright infringement on top of the nausea from the video. Thanks a bunch.

Aliyah06... You summed it up perfectly.

Tonny... This isn't a lefty-righty thing. These people want you (and me) dead. That they can say this so openly in a place that is so obsessed with political correctness is chilling.

Seawitch... There is no counter-protest that can erase the fact that such sentiments are so freely spoken. These people live in a place where you take your life in your hands using words like 'n*gger' or 'w*tback', yet kike is perfectly OK.

SF Lisa... You really need to get out of there. Hasn't your boyfriend convinced you to come back here yet? :-)

Jack... yup.

Irina... Even if they are (which they aren't) the language they use to frame their ideas would be considered a hate crime if they were talking about any other group.

mcaryeh... They aren't oblivious any more than the residents of Munich were oblivious in 1938. It all comes down to what is socially acceptable.

Chantyshira... Canada has a real problem on its hands. The good news is it seems like the government is starting to wake up to it.

Back of the hill... All such demonstrations have 'Kill the Jews', whether said out loud or just part of the sub-text.

Rositta... Look at the pictures of these people. They are not homeless or lunatics. They have jobs and pay taxes and wash their cars every week or two. They have friends and family and business associates. Their opinions matter to an entire universe of people! To everyone they know... they are reasonable people!!!

Dragonlady474... I am always especially floored when I see the women demonstrating in support of these dirtbags. They wouldn't last 20 minutes in Muslim society.

Cruisin' Mom... Yet the more they demonstrate, the more acceptable their message becomes.

Diana... With all due respect, I am not over-reacting and they are not a small group of fanatics. There is nothing more important for me, or anyone else, to be doing than publicizing that it will never be OK to say such things.

Posted by: treppenwitz | Aug 20, 2006 2:24:25 AM

lol, now i know you dont read my journal

hes semi convinced me... but its his turn first. he arrives in california on monday. we are heading up to san francisco a couple times while hes here, maybe we will run into some of these nice people while we are there...

ill be in israel soon enough i think... if everything goes ok while hes here

Posted by: SF Lisa | Aug 20, 2006 5:45:10 AM

Late to the table I know, but couldn't help noticing that the woman holding the Hizbollah flag would be stoned as an infidel for her immoral dress by the same people she purports to support.

I know this is a family blog, so I'll avoid closing with a rude word.

Posted by: PP | Aug 20, 2006 2:31:18 PM

When it comes to absurdity, war and Monty Python seem be the appropriate places to look. I bring this up because I can't help but looking at the whole situation like it was a Monty Python and the Holy Grail skit with the Black Knight. Arthur approaches the Black Knight and wants to peacefully pass through over the bridge. The Black Knight says "None shall pass." After some fruitless pleading, a swordfight ensues in which the Black Knight loses his left arm. "Tis but a scratch."
This continues, all the while the Black Knight refuses to admit that he is being chopped to bits and still emits threatening and taunting rhetoric while Arthur stands there quite bewildered at his foe's insistance.
What gets me, as far as the Hezbollah and Arab street and ensuing world media is, why is it they refuse to see the situation as being absurdist?
For a link to the sketch:

Is there anyone else out there shaking there head in bewilderment to the absurdity that is constantly being dished out by the those who want to destroy us? It reminds me of the Iraqi guy in Saddam's gov't who kept so colorfully saying that they were winning. It must be a cultural thing.

In any case, I hope this posting finds you all safe and well.

Posted by: Another David | Aug 21, 2006 6:00:29 AM

Once again, the old Talmudic statement rings true - those who are compassionate to the cruel eventually become cruel to the compassionate. Keep up the good work - the world needs to keep seeing this stuff, and our "friends" in the media aren't being very helpful in that regard.

Posted by: Psachya | Aug 21, 2006 7:45:36 PM

I think you should forward these to all publications in San Francisco challenging them to a) identify the people shown b) publish these pictures as news c)run a series of articles on "one-way political correctness" or, is it really ok to use racial slurs against Jews and no one else?

In other words, "out" these racists. Do it by getting their names out there into the public view. Post their names and addresses on your blog.

Posted by: Hanoch Hurwitz | Aug 21, 2006 7:55:48 PM

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