(Ismael Mohamad / United Press International) Video: Israeli mobs celebrate “Jerusalem Day” with anti-Palestinian rampage in Old City Submitted by Ali Abunimah on Mon, 05/18/2015 - 11:48 Lehava' s gang, "Jerusalem day", 17.5.2015 Note: To see English subtitles, please be sure to click the “cc” button on the YouTube videos included in this post. Thousands of young Israelis, many of them children, rampaged through the Old City of occupied Jerusalem on Sunday chanting “Death to the Arabs” and other racist and anti-Muslim slogans. Some attacked bystanders and journalists and banged on the shutters of Palestinian stores that had been ordered to close at midday. The mob march was the climax of “Jerusalem Day,” an Israeli national holiday to celebrate the occupation of the eastern part of the city in 1967. Zionist militias ethnically cleansed and captured the western sector of Jerusalem in 1948. Under international law, Israel’s purported annexation of Jerusalem following the 1967 conquest is null and void and is not recognized by any country in the world. Racist chants Sunday’s violent scenes began as occupation forces allowed large numbers of religious and nationalist Israeli Jews to flow into into the area of the Damascus Gate in the late afternoon. This is an entrance to the walled Old City that was long a bustling market for Palestinians from surrounding villages until Israel made access to the city virtually impossible for millions of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank. 2015-5-17-damascus-gate.jpg Israelis, many chanting racist slogans, rally at the Damascus Gate before marching into Jerusalem’s Old City, 17 May. (Charlotte Silver)

Israeli psychologists mislead their European counterparts

A brochure promoting an international conference hosted by the Israeli Association for CBT seeks to attract participants from Europe by painting a deeply deceptive picture of life in Jerusalem. See:http://www.isas.co.il/eabct2015/brochure2015.pdf

Israel is described as a ‘modern, multicultural’ country, Jerusalem (where the Conference is to be held) as ‘a thriving city that offers both the mystery and magnificence of the past and the luxury and efficiency of the 21st century’. Delegates are enticed with ‘interesting excursions’: ‘You will have a chance to experience both historical and religious magnificence, as well as museums, art galleries, many different cultural districts, modern shopping centers and attractive entertainment possibilities, restaurants and nightlife spots.’

Only people who had banished any thoughts or concerns about the Palestinians, and who had no conception of the history or contemporary politics of this ‘modern, multicultural country’, could enjoy this with an easy conscience. To get a more balanced picture…

see David Sheen’s depiction of the violent racism being encouraged by Israel’s elite, in his ‘War on Love’ video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obyMraYBg6M&feature=youtu.be

or these reports from the Electronic Intafada:

http://electronicintifada.net/…/video-israeli-mobs-celebrat…

http://electronicintifada.net/…/israeli-lawmakers-call-geno…

http://electronicintifada.net/…/israel-orders-wife-palestin…