Invercargill the new home of human rights crusaders
'Oh my god, the Gaza Strip has come to Invercargill'
Two women were shocked after being kicked out of an Invercargill cafe yesterday because they come from Israel.
Sisters Natalie Bennie and Tamara Shefa were upset after being booted out of the Mevlana Cafe in Esk St by owner Mustafa Tekinkaya. They chose to eat at Mevlana Cafe because it had a play area for Mrs Bennie's two children, but they were told to leave before they had ordered any food, Mrs Bennie said. "He heard us speaking Hebrew and he asked us where we were from. I said Israel and he said `get out, I am not serving you'. It was shocking." Mr Tekinkaya, who is Muslim and from Turkey, said he was making his own protest against Israel because it was killing innocent babies and women in the Gaza Strip.
"I have decided as a protest not to serve Israelis until the war stops."
Mr Tekinkaya is a hero, Israeli’s seems to be under some type of illusion that the rest of the world support them in their massacre, and seeing as a lot of Israeli’s holiday in NZ, it’s a great way to reach out to our Israeli brothers and sisters by refusing service during this appalling invasion so that they understand we are disgusted.
UPDATE: Kiwiblagh have linked to this story in an attempt to smear me as some type of Anti-Semite, which is the usual MO of Israeli apologists. Let me be very clear, as I posted in this thread…I have no problems with boycotts against regimes that do unspeakable acts and I have no problems letting the citizens of that country feel that displeasure, did you see the story yesterday showing that Israeli news media only shows their suffering rather than the horror they are creating - they need to hear it when holidaying in NZ. My only issue was that the cafe owner didn't actually check whom they supported before asking them to leave, there are many Israeli's who are as opposed to what Israel is doing in Gaza … this smear coming from David at Kiwiblagh is a farce when you consider how much of an apologist he is, we counted up the number of times he has spun Israeli aggression….
So when we look at local pro-Israeli opinion on the Gaza situation it really is quite appalling the barbarism some of them are willing to countenance to support the objectives of the Jewish State.
So let's go through one such blog as an example, I'm sure you are all familiar with Little Britain:Now are you sure you want to back the Israelis on this one, David?
Even if the civilian toll will be severe? It will probably be quite severe.
"Yeah, I know, I know." (30/12/2008)
And you would rather comment on straw-man anti-semitism controversies in the local press than the humanitarian disaster in Gaza? Because it's going to be a humanitarian disaster.
"Yeah, I know." (31/12/2008)
You would deny the Palestinian refugees a right of return?
And you would refuse to condemn the Israelis if they escalated the conflict and launched a ground invasion?
And killed 500 people and counting? You'd just go on about anti-semitism and quote the equivalent of the discredited Protocols of the Elders of Hamas?
"Yeah. Yeah, I know, I know." (06/01/2009)
And if the Israelis use phosphorus weapons in built up areas you would rather criticise individuals at the UN?
Even if they blow up the Palestinian parliament building? Even if they shoot at UN workers and facilities? You would rather give a lecture on the Holocaust while defenceless Palestinian women and children are being slaughtered by the score?
"Israel - I like Israel" (09/01/2009)
Right.... But haven't you supported protests in the past against regimes that employ repression and in your own words:
"Yeah - I know, I know." (10/01/2009)
But you want to back Israel?
So... you want to back the colonial Zionist entity in their terror campaign against the Palestinian Arabs and you want to excuse and down-play and attempt to defend, or indeed ignore, the daily evidence that the IDF's campaign in the Gaza refugee camps is nothing more than a sustained series of war crimes against an already shattered people - most of whom are the children of refugees that Israel will not let back preferring to keep them in this hell-hole...
[UPDATE: 1:00PM Sunday: