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Activists Start Calling Israel #JSIL -the Jewish State of Israel in the Levant

All that remains of 44 homes in Zafer 4, Gaza.  Taken by @dancohen3000

All that remains of 44 homes in Zafer 4, Gaza. Taken by @dancohen3000

Pro-Palestine activists have begun ‘re-naming’ Israel as the Jewish State of Israel in the Levant, or JSIL, in an obvious satirical allusion to the neighboring self-proclaimed ISIS, a splinter group of Al Qaeda that has brutally taken over swathes of Syria and Iraq, mowing residents and particularly minorities in its path.

This was meant to coincide with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech at the United Nations, a man they're calling the ‘Supreme Leader’ of JSIL. It comes nearly a month after a ceasefire was reached in Gaza following the 50-day offensive, which killed at least 2,137 Palestinians, a majority of whom were civilians, including 577 children, and wounded at least 10,870 others. The attack has also had a noticeable effect on Gaza's economy, with hardly any civilian infrastructure left untouched: over 18,000 homes destroyed, as well as over 100 schools, 50 health-care centers and 17 hospitals damaged or 20 destroyed.

Led by known supporters of the Palestinian cause, the re-naming movement is using the same language ascribed to ISIS by the mainstream media to describe the Israeli government's policies. Independent journalist Rania Khalek, for example, warns of the threat posed by ‘JSIL’ to the Western world:

She also compared the financial and military aid given by the United States to Israel to the ISIS's “Jizya tax” — a tax imposed on those they consider to be non-believers:

Another similarity are the executions committed by Israeli soldiers in Gaza. Journalist Rania Khalek tweeted an excerpt from Jewish-American journalist and blogger Max Blumenthal recalling for the Russell Tribunal, or the International War Crimes Tribunal, what two International Committee of the Red Cross said they found in the Gazan town of Khuza'a:

The tribunal concluded that evidence showed Israeli forces had committed war crimes, crimes against humanity, crimes of murder, extermination and persecution, and incitement to genocide during the offensive. 

Gaza-based American journalist Joe Catron pointed out how ‘JSIL’ also recruits foreign fighters — most of whom end up leading the country:

Joseph from the ‘ALeftwingBlog‘ wondered about the ways in which the Jewish community could fight extremists, spoofing the pressure put on the world's Muslims to condemn or apologize for ISIS:

Of notable and symbolic importance is the number of Jewish activists taking the lead in calling Israel ‘JSIL’ wishing to challenge the Zionist narrative of speaking for all Jews around the world. Gaza-based American journalist Dan Cohen recalls the Zionist recruitment agencies that visited him in his synagogue as a child:

To which Max Blumenthal responded by accusing Taglit, the ‘birthright’ agency that organizes trips to Israel for young Jewish adults around the world, of being a sectarian training program:

Dan Cohen and Max Blumenthal were both in Gaza during the latest Israeli aggression and described the scenes of horror they saw there. Both Cohen and Blumenthal lead the naming movement on Twitter, citing comparisons between ISIS and ‘JSIL’ policies:

They also accused ‘JSIL’ of using the Holocaust for its own political gain, echoing the letter that was released by Holocaust survivors in August:

Finally, Blumenthal and Khalek summarized the point of the naming campaign with the following tweets:

50 comments

  • I would like to hear more from the people who are neither for, nor against, either of these 2 ridiculously biased and partisan movements.

  • Martha Tjoe Nij

    Supreme leader of #JSIL is a child murdering Zionazi who did more harm to Jews than Hamas ever could .

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  • […] sickening symbol that abuses and exploits the memory of the Holocaust. And it suggests that these [Jewish State in Israel in the Levant (JSIL)] fanatics are actually seeking to live the Holocaust in spirit in order to confirm their […]

  • […] sickening symbol that abuses and exploits the memory of the Holocaust. And it suggests that these [Jewish State in Israel in the Levant (JSIL)] fanatics are actually seeking to live the Holocaust in spirit in order to confirm their […]

  • […] sickening symbol that abuses and exploits the memory of the Holocaust. And it suggests that these [Jewish State in Israel in the Levant (JSIL)] fanatics are actually seeking to live the Holocaust in spirit in order to confirm their […]

  • […] sickening symbol that abuses and exploits the memory of the Holocaust. And it suggests that these [Jewish State in Israel in the Levant (JSIL)] fanatics are actually seeking to live the Holocaust in spirit in order to confirm their […]

  • […] sickening symbol that abuses and exploits the memory of the Holocaust. And it suggests that these [Jewish State in Israel in the Levant (JSIL)] fanatics are actually seeking to live the Holocaust in spirit in order to confirm their […]

  • […] Activists Start Calling Israel #JSIL -the Jewish State of Israel in the Levant Pro-Palestine activists have begun 're-naming' Israel as the Jewish State of Israel in the Levant, or JSIL, in an obvious satirical allusion to the neighboring self-proclaimed ISIS, a splinter group of Al Qaeda that has brutally taken over swathes of … Read more on Global Voices Online […]

  • ZyklonBee

    Hitler used the beliefs of the Jews against them for had they the weaponry over the centuries, they would have destroyed all non Jews themselves (instead of by proxy). Here are some of the Satanic scriptures the Jews believe in regards to non Jews:

    After the failure of Joshua to exterminate or drive out Gentiles from the Promised Land, Gentiles are described as aliens or idolaters, and need to have restrictive measures exercised against them
    Desecration of the Sabbath is permitted during the besieging of a Gentile city
    Laws of purification are modified to permit contact with a corpse (recall David mutilating the corpses of 200 Philistines as a dowry for King Saul’s daughter.)
    Gentiles are not classed as men, but as barbarians
    Since Gentiles are barbarians, they cannot get equal treatment under Jewish civil law
    Jewish courts ignore even the murder of Gentiles: “… the shedding of the blood of non-Israelites, while not cognizable by human courts, will be punished by the heavenly tribunal (Mek., Mishpatim, 80b).”
    A Gentile is not a “neighbor” — with regard to the “neighbor” commandments
    A Jew is not obligated to return an item lost by a Gentile
    Wage laws are not applicable to Gentiles
    A Jew who sells land to a Gentile is excommunicated
    Sometimes these discriminatory doctrines are not practiced to avoid giving Jews a bad reputation
    Gentiles commit bestiality and rape. If a Gentile rapes a Jewess and she becomes pregnant, the baby is regarded as a beast and the Jewess’s relationship to her husband is unaffected
    Gentile midwives are not to be employed by Jews
    Gentiles are not permitted to suckle Jewish babies
    Gentiles are not permitted as witnesses in criminal or civil suits (some disagreement recorded)
    Gentiles lie, Jews do not

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