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Bahrain’s king denounces boycott of Israel, says citizens free to visit Israel

Press TV – September 18, 2017

Bahrain’s king Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifah has called for an end to the Arab boycott of Israel, days after the Israeli premier said relations with the Arab world were better than any other time.

According to Israeli media, King Hamad’s made the remarks at an event hosted by pro-Israeli group Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, calling for diplomatic ties to be established with the Israeli regime.

King Hamad also told Simon Wiesenthal Center director Rabbi Abraham Cooper that Bahraini citizens are free to visit Israel as they please. His stance on Israel was welcomed by the Israeli center’s director who hailed the monarch as “ahead of the pack and smart.”

“If I had to predict, I would tell you that the Arab world’s relationship with the state of Israel is going to dramatically change… This is a dinner tonight that’s hosted by a Jewish organization that no one will say is not so pro-Israel,” Cooper added.

Cooper and his partner Marvin Hier met with King Hamed at the center and discussed the opening of a museum for religious tolerance in Bahrain’s capital Manama towards the end of the year.

The change of stance comes weeks after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described relations with the Arab world better than any other time.

“What’s happening now with the Arab bloc states has never before happened in our history – even when we signed agreements,” said Netanyahu. “What we have now is greater than anything else during any other period in Israel’s history.”

Last week, reports emerged that a secret meeting was held between a leading Saudi royal and senior Israeli officials in Tel Aviv, and in June, leaked emails of the UAE’s ambassador to the US Yousef al-Otaiba’s suggested that Abu Dhabi had established secret links with pro-Israel think-tank Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD).

Last year, a video of a ceremony to mark the Jewish Hanukkah holiday hosted by Bahrain circulated on social media, showing Bahraini men in local kaffiyeh attire attending the party and dancing with Orthodox Jews. The video prompted condemnation from the Palestinian movement Hamas that urged Bahrain to end the move towards normalizing ties with Israel.

About 600,000 Israelis live in over 230 illegal settlements built since the 1967 occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East Jerusalem al-Quds. Tel Aviv has defied international calls to stop its construction activities on the occupied Palestinian territories.

The regime has accused rights groups of contributing to the worldwide anti-Israeli Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. The BDS was initiated in 2005 by over 170 Palestinian organizations that were pushing for “various forms of boycott against Israel until it meets its obligations under international law.”

The boycott of Israel was adopted by the Arab League and its member states and bars all relations between Arab nations and Israel.

Thousands of volunteers worldwide have joined the BDS to help promote the Palestinian cause of ending Israeli occupation and oppression. Those include international trade unions, NGOs, initiatives, academic and business societies, trade unions, and cultural figures.

Last year, the regime allocated $32 million to fighting the high-profile movement. It has also banned anyone found to support the BDS from entering the Israeli-occupied territories.

September 18, 2017 - Posted by | Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism | , , , ,

7 Comments »

  1. Sigh — the “Project Palestine” that has consumed 54 years of my life is unraveling before my eyes. And I suffer only vicariously with the bravest, most-suffering educated-and-vindictively-persecuted population group in this Zionist-infested world: think of a Palestinian, any Palestinian’s (except for the odd quisling like Mahmoud Abbas…) reaction to this treasonous act by the unsavory Bahraini regime….

    When I see devil-spawn names above such as Simon Wiesenthal and Abraham Cooper, my gut churns in revulsion. A reference to Elie Wiesel would surely have put my barf bag to use.

    It seems that my mantra “Palestine Is Still THE Issue!” isn’t worth the typing….

    Comment by roberthstiver | September 18, 2017 | Reply

  2. Bahrainis obviously stupid that this won’t be their demise…

    Comment by Wallflower | September 18, 2017 | Reply

    • Bahraini citizens need to rise up and kick out Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifah before they are prostrated before Israel. Bahrain = Useful Idiots

      Comment by Wallflower | September 18, 2017 | Reply

    • Wallflower, thanks for the short, evocative video clip! I was glad to witness the activism and passion of Haneen Zoabi…will the Zios (again) threaten to assassinate her?

      Comment by roberthstiver | September 19, 2017 | Reply

      • I’m waiting for The Higher Power to end this disgusting abomination. Our prayers for Haneen Zoabi and Palestinians will help…that’s all we have.

        Comment by Wallflower | September 19, 2017 | Reply

  3. The “King” of Bahrain has seen what happens to ‘Arabs’ who stand up to Israel, and he likes being a king, and wants to stay a king………anywhere else he would be called a “C-Sucker”.

    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | September 18, 2017 | Reply

  4. “REMEMBERING THE MASSACRE AT SABRA AND SHATILLA
    The massacre at the Sabra and Shatilla camps is remembered as a notorious chapter in modern Middle Eastern history, clouding the tortured relationships among Israel, the United States, Lebanon and the Palestinians.”

    Then http://rense.com/general90/el.htm. Exposed – Is Elie Wiesel
    The Greatest Fraud Ever?
    CODOH.com
    4-5-10
    Is Elie Wiesel the greatest LIAR in all of human history? Miklos Gruner insists that wily Elie is an impostor. Gruner spells it all out in his book: Stolen Identity (in English).

    http://www.nazigassings.com/PDFs/StolenIdentity2.pdf

    If there is, or ever was, a tattoo on Elie Wiesel’s left arm – it is NOT visible on this image from a YouTube video (YouTube has now removed the video) nor anywhere else to our knowledge. Click the image for an enlarged view. The number A-7713 should be visible in a photograph or video somewhere.

    Wiesel is the Bernie Madoff of the holocaust racket and scam. It is vastly bigger than ENRON. When he isn’t singing and performing at DAVOS World Economic Forums, Elie Wiesel is somewhere calling for the “imprisonment” of people who dare to challenge or deny the “holocaust.” Wiesel is a bigot with blood on his hands! No one personifies the hoax more than Elie. He is the no.1 hoaxer and hatemongerer of all time. For more images of Elie’s arm, see the link at CODOH. http://forum.codoh.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=5999

    New evidence has emerged that Elie Wiesel was NOT EVEN AT Auschwitz during the war, ever, and that Elie Wiesel had simply assumed the identity of a much older relative who had been there.

    A recent essay by Carlo Mattogno

    http://www.revblog.codoh.com/2010/03/elie-wiesel-new-documents/#more-837

    presents the evidence casting the most serious doubts about everything Wiesel has ever claimed about his self-described experiences at Auschwitz and Buchenwald. Perhaps we now know why Wiesel never visits Auschwitz for those, now annual, liberation events in January. The evidence has emerged because of the courage and determination of Eric Hunt who is waging a great legal battle with Wiesel. Will Wiesel return his Nobel Prize money and apologize to his countless victims, especially the German people, for his hateful lies? Time will tell! There is even a new video for Wiesel fans.

    Comment by Leland | September 19, 2017 | Reply


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