Free Gaza tweets for terror and a world without Zionism

Cross posted by Petra Marquardt-Bigman at Warped Mirror

The still ongoing controversy about Free Gaza’s propagation of antisemitic material has revealed the for me somewhat surprising fact that apparently quite a few of the group’s supporters seem to believe that Free Gaza is somehow dedicated to promoting peace and coexistence between Israel and the Palestinians.

That is plainly not the case.

One of the most recent tweets from Free Gaza is a call to #NormalizeResistance. As I write, this hashtag seems to be primarily used to protest an invitation for Gilad Shalit by FC Barcelona, and the top tweet right now comes from an account set up under the name of Khader Adnan.

We know what Islamic Jihad member Khader Adnan means by “resistance” – and as it happens, Gaza’s rulers understand “resistance” in pretty much the same way.

It is precisely this kind of “resistance” advocated by Islamic Jihad and Hamas that has led to the “blockade” that Free Gaza opposes: Since Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip in 2005, more than 8,000 rockets have been fired from there by the “resistance,” terrorizing about one million Israeli civilians who live within the range of these rockets.

So let’s see what Free Gaza has to say about the “resistance”:


These tweets refer to an incident on June 1, 2012, when an armed infiltrator associated with Islamic Jihad from Gaza was discovered by IDF units near the Gaza border and managed to kill one soldier before being killed himself.

To sum up Free Gaza’s take on the event: an “operation” executed by “Gaza defenders” succeeded in killing one “IOF” soldier – though Free Gaza had apparently hoped the “operation” would result in three “dead Israeli soldiers.”

On the rockets raining down on Israeli towns, Free Gaza has this to say:

“Over 100 retaliatory projectiles and rockets including long-range Grad type have been fired from Gaza by Palestinian resistance groups.#Gaza

The post features a large photo of a mural depicting the widely idolized Leila Khaled, whose “fame” rests on her contribution to making airplane hijackings a successful terrorist tactic some 30 years ago.

The text of the post itself is fairly typical for the Palestinian “steadfastness”-genre that usually invokes the popular “blood-and-soil”-theme that self-described progressives apparently find deeply moving when it’s employed by Palestinians. In this case it’s an image often used on “Land Day”:

“My blood and sweat have since the dawn of history watered this land, kept it green and blooming and gave the poppies their colour.”

The main theme of the post is built on a much-used dichotomy: on one side are the unspeakably evil and cruel “Zionist racist” colonizers who are the real terrorist that “raped and continue to rape [Palestine] for over 63 years;” on the other side are the noble natives who patiently suffer, waiting for the day when their “home between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River … will be free of the Zionist colonists, the cowards and racists that … have no place in this land.”

Among the rapturous reader comments, there is one by Greta Berlin, linking to Free Gaza’s website, saying: “Heartbreaking and uplifting. As long as the young people of Palestine never forget, Palestine will always be remembered and will, one day. be returned.”

Yet another indication that Greta Berlin wants a “Zionist-free” Palestine “between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River” is the indignant tweet sent out by Free Gaza about a Huffington Post story with the somewhat misleading headline “Helen Thomas Denied Table For White House Correspondents Dinner.” However, as the report explains, Helen Thomas was given the privilege to get two tickets for this dinner even though she was no longer a White House correspondent. The Huffington Post report delicately alludes to “controversial comments about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict” that cost Thomas her status as a White House correspondent; the incident referred to is a clip showing Thomas voicing the view that Israelis should “get the hell out of Palestine” and “go home [to] Poland, Germany… America and everywhere else.”

In any case, Free Gaza was clearly very upset that Helen Thomas wasn’t granted the extraordinary privilege of reserving a whole table at the glitzy White House Correspondents’ Dinner, tweeting:

Last but by no means least, it is noteworthy that in the ongoing controversy about the antisemitic material tweeted by Free Gaza, it is widely ignored that several of these tweets link to fringe websites that propagate bizarre conspiracy theories. Unsurprisingly, Free Gaza has also done this when it’s not really about Jews or Zionists: At the end of last December, Free Gaza posted a tweet about the “Engineered ‘Arab Spring:’” “2011 YEAR of the DUPE: One Year into the Engineered “Arab Spring,” One Step Closer to Global Hegemony.”

The article Free Gaza linked to revealed that “the US had been behind the uprisings and that they were anything but ‘spontaneous,’ or ‘indigenous;’” indeed, according to the lengthy piece, “the uprisings were part of an immense geopolitical campaign conceived in the West and carried out through its proxies with the assistance of disingenuous foundations, organizations, and the stable of NGOs they maintain throughout the world.”

Unsurprisingly, the site that published this piece also offers the “truth” about a whole lot of other dreadful cover-ups, including the terrorist attacks of 9/11…

6 replies »

  1. So much pathology contained in this one little post, it’s hard to know where to begin.

    Let’s see, there’s Khader Adnan who is advocating – in a tweet to FC Barcelona, no less – the destruction of Israel and murder of Jews through rockets and suicide missions. Then there is Greta Berlin, Jew hater and anti-Israel activist, co-founder of the “Free Gaza” movement – she needs to be deprogrammed, possibly medicated, as soon as possible. And who could forget Leila Khaled, terrorist, mass murderer and Palestinian television host, one of the many good arguments for the death penalty traded for Gilad Shalit last year.

    And what post would be complete without a mention of Helen Thomas, unrepentant Jew hater and over the hill “journalist” who barely noticed the shame she brought to herself by her comments suggesting that the Jews in “Palestine” should go back to Poland and Germany. Her supporters are angry that she wasn’t given an entire table at the White House correspondents’ dinner, only a pair of tickets. Considering that she is now an ex-White House correspondent, and a disgraced one at that, she should consider herself fortunate to be let in the door. Let her go back to…Gaza. I’m sure she would be very popular there, along with the rest of these sociopaths.

    • I agree Leo. Greta Berlin seems to be psychotic as well as simply bigoted. Left untreated she will self-destruct.

      I look forward to it.

      • One could argue that Greta Berlin has already self-destructed. Other than a few anti-Israel Jews who are “shocked” at her anti-semitism – and us, of course – no one seems to notice or care. The most likely reason for this is that anyone who bothers to read about her is more likely than not to be an anti-Israel Jew hater in the first place. That demographic couldn’t care less whether she is psychotic and agrees with her anyway.

        I always wonder what anti-Israel “activists” such as Greta Berlin do to support themselves. Grants from foreign governments or anti-Israel NGOs? Independently wealthy? Waitress in a coffee shop? Does anyone have any idea what it takes to be a full-time “professional” anti-semite?

  2. Great article, Petra!

    Take a look at https://twitter.com/i/#!/search?q=%23GretaBerlin&src=hash

    Berlin’s supporters:

    Gilad Atzmon, Ben White. (By her friends shalt thee know her …)

    Abandoning Berlin:

    Ali Abunimah – when even he jumps ship, others should know its time to leave the good ship FreeGazaOrg – he gently points out Berlin’s claim that “Zionists Ran the Holocaust and the Concentration Camps.” is “not correct” in http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/greta-berlins-statement-not-correct.

    Tom Pessah: When +972 posts a column by someone who notices a pattern of anti-Semitic comments by Berlin, others should take note – http://972mag.com/on-bigotry-and-solidarity/57276/ :

    I was thinking of my friend recently in light of the controversy generated by pro-Palestine activist Greta Berlin’s anti-Semitic tweet (“Zionists Ran the Holocaust and the Concentration Camp”). Everyone can make a mistake, but this is part of a pattern. After reading an erroneous report about the origin of a recent anti-Muslim film, she excitedly tweeted that “an Israeli film maker, 100 Jewish donors” were behind the project. Recently she glowingly endorsed a book by Gilad Atzmon, calling it “one of the best reads of 2012”. In an interview with +972′s Larry Derfner, Berlin claimed she found “nothing anti-Jewish in that book,” adding that she felt Atzmon had been “demonized.”

  3. Regarding Greta Berlin, see this piece recently posted at Israelly Cool:

    “…Here’s an old letter (2007) written by Greta Berlin’as ex-step-daughter, which confirms Berlin’s lack of warm and fuzzies towards Jews. Not to mention her credentials as a “peace activist.” (hat tip: EoZ via Wiki Leek).”


    “Having read about the incident at UCLA I must admit that I was appalled by Ms. Berlin’s behavior, but not at all surprised. I should know, she is after all my ex-stepmother …

    After reading your article, I went on to research some of the links that your site provided and found it rather difficult to comprehend some of the titles that are now associated with Ms. Berlin’s name. The title of “peace activist” is the one I find particularly hypocritical.

    On numerous occasions I heard Greta launch the insults “the god damned Israelis and those f****** Jews” at the dinner table in front of my father (a Jew) and the few Israeli friends and relatives who ventured to visit. Additionally, any rational debate attempted by anyone with an opposing view to Greta’s, was immediately terminated with the responses: “Shut up” or “You don’t know what the hell you’re talking about.” The rebuttal usually presented in screaming form.

    These comments in juxtaposition to her role as “Peace Activist” I find hard to rectify. It prompts me to ask what should be an obvious question; “At what point did terms of hate and bigotry become synonymous with Peace?”

    I was always under the strange impression that the road to peace laid in the arms of those who were tolerant, compassionate, and vehement in their will to understand and to promote understanding. God help us all if this is the role model that we hold up as an embodiment of those ideals!”

    Ava E. Berlin