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Tim King Salem-News.com
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(HAIFA / SALEM ) - I told you a few days ago about the Palestinian owner of a cafe-restaurant in Haifa, who was at the center of an international debate over a policy of not serving uniformed soldiers or police.
In the beginning the Haifa Police specifically said that this cafe had a right to enforce a dress code, noting that the 20-year old Israeli soldier who complained about the established policy, was welcome to return in civilian attire.
Now Israelis are calling for death against the owner and demolition of the business; it is a shameful event but another clear reminder of the calls for blood that emanate from Israel any time its pride is bruised.
Mobs of right wing militaristic Israelis are calling for a protest on Monday, and they are using Facebook as a hate platform.
This particular cafe owner wanted an atmosphere of peace in his cafe. Now the Mayor of Haifa has issued an order to close this popular restaurant. That 20-year-old soldier went in and was told that if he changed out of military garb he could come back.
Instead of honoring the dress code, he started an international incident.
The restaurant owner was told they will kill his family and bulldoze his family's house in retribution for his "disrespect", which he says was never the case. His 'no uniform' rule did not apply exclusively to Israeli soldiers and it was explicitly so stated.
Facebook is a two-faced devil, it seems. This "conservative" version of MySpace is allowing people who support the restaurant to have a voice: facebook.com/group for Azad's. Joining this group adds support to the effort to help ward off the threats of violence.
But another Facebook site is being used by the Israelis to call for, and to organize violence against Azad's. It should totally be stopped.
The Israeli users either modified the code for reporting crime on Facebook, or Facebook just leaves it there so the people who use it are always assured it is an option. I tried it with both Firefox and Explorer.
It is a fact that Israeli Defense Forces are exerting extreme pressure on all peace related demonstrations and actions. This is the latest situation where Israelis are almost instantly encouraging mob-like illegal, violent acts against a successful Palestinian business.
Busted in Translation
How do I know? Simple Hebrew to English translation that is widely available online. I truly don't think these Facebook users from Israel even considered that their words of hate could easily be translated to English.
Some people think they're so smart, they believe they can speak of their wishes to kill people and see them burn to death simply because they didn't want gun toting uniformed soldiers in their restaurant.
I've eaten many meals with M-16's laying around all over and it does not whet the appetite, unless maybe you're Ted Nugent.
Nobody has mentioned yet how dirty these soldiers sometimes are from operations.
This is true for all soldiers in any military, but the IDF is known for wearing ratty uniforms that the U.S. Marine Corps would court martial someone for wearing on the first day.
I mean really bad, embarrassing examples for any servicemember. No wonder they have no discipline in so many cases, and no wonder so many find it easy to be abusive.
Of course Israel is an extremely paranoid country that makes every single person join the military. A few brave individuals have refused in recent years; we have written about them. They represent the all-too-silent voice of the great Israeli people who do not believe in the policies that lead to so much oppression and bloodshed.
One prime hatemonger on the site, ironically, is Kobi Salem. He said, "guys give me an address and I come home if the fans see to destroy the place. Trust us .."
This call for violence was followed by one from Tomer Ben David, who said, "...violence, but it's the only way they understand ... Hate them and all the leftists who do not understand that there is no other way."
Facebook has apparently blocked the possibility for an individual to report these calls for violence on the Israeli Facebook page designed to drive hatred for the owner of Azad, and all Palestinians in general. This society for the most part, appears unable to resist.
It's funny, Facebook flags people for talking about legal medical marijuana, and now we know it is used to fuel Israel's hatred of the Palestinian people.
Yuli Na writes on Facebook,"...and if our soldiers want to eat in uniform dont u dare say anything about it, if you do not want to see us go to Gaza and put next to you You may live as a country and see how long will u last without food, water and electricity because we wont agree to provide u that anymore."
He is talking about waging deadly starvation for the people of Gaza, over the uniform policy of a restaurant in Haifa. Just think about that for a moment. This is extreme behavior. They again, probably did not intend for these statements to be published in English.
Idan Plonsky stated, "no use to burn the restaurant. It's best to claim a personal claim the owners of the restaurant and the waiters. I suggest all owners of uniforms (even too much B), a restaurant with a mobile phone to record it all, and photograph the fact that you put. If you put, you can order water. If you do not bring you, just to claim discrimination. People have sued for discrimination in the past, and received tens of thousands ... and thousands of shekels."
Imagine that, Israelis thinking about how to make money from it too.
One refreshing perspective from an Israeli soldier, came from Aviv Klain. He was clearly disappointed in the Facebook group's reactions to the situation involving the Palestinian restaurant owner.
He says he is not a "leftist", nor is he "against the occupation". He volunteered to serve with the Israeli Defense Forces, but hates to see the ugly side of his people expressed this way.
"Racism, hatred ... Free, violence, strident nationalism are indications of a sick patient. Take a few moments to think about what you say and how you say it."
He continued, "Again I repeat - what happened (at) Azad makes me disgusted as a man, a Jew and (the) soldier's outrageous, disgusting and immoral in every way."
Counter-protests are being planned, contact the Israeli Embassy in your country and ask them if they will intervene and stop this madness.
Tim King is a former U.S. Marine with twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. In addition to his role as a war correspondent, this Los Angeles native serves as Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor. Tim spent the winter of 2006/07 covering the war in Afghanistan, and he was in Iraq over the summer of 2008, reporting from the war while embedded with both the U.S. Army and the Marines. Tim holds numerous awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing, including the Oregon AP Award for Spot News Photographer of the Year (2004), first place Electronic Media Award in Spot News, Las Vegas, (1998), Oregon AP Cooperation Award (1991); and several others including the 2005 Red Cross Good Neighborhood Award for reporting. Serving the community in very real terms, Salem-News.com is the nation's only truly independent high traffic news Website. You can send Tim an email at this address: firstname.lastname@example.org