August 27, 2011 – 4:39 am

By Gilad Atzmon

The Daily Mail reported this week that young Paul Donnachie was found to have acted in a racially aggravated manner when he defiled an Israeli flag in a supposed political protest.

“A judge has ruled that a St Andrews University student who defiled an Israeli flag in a supposed political protest was acting in a racially aggravated manner. Donnachie, 19, put his hands down his trousers before he touched the flag belonging to Jewish exchange student Chanan Reitblat in what he claimed was a ‘political statement’.”

Donnachie will lose his place at St Andrews University with immediate effect.  He is very unhappy with the court’s decision.

The pathetic Scottish sheriff, who was booed loudly by pro-Palestine supporters, upheld the complaints, telling Donnachie: “I consider this to have been an act of malice against Mr Reitblat for his membership of Israel.”

The judge had also refused defence solicitor Patrick Campbell to allow evidence from academic experts on whether the actions of Donnachie constituted an attack on the Israeli state as opposed to racism.

I am slightly perplexed here. What was the nature of Donnachie’s offence exactly? Was it the fact that Donnachie’s genital was not Jewish enough? Would it be different if Donnachie’s penis was circumcised by a Rabbi before the event? Would the judge react the same in case the Jewish Student Reitblat touched his penis before he touched, let’s say, an Iranian flag? Would it also constitute a ‘racist’ assault? I don’t think so.

The Scottish Judge should know that the Israeli flag is not a Jewish symbol. Zionism promised to transform the Jews into a nation. The Israeli flag, therefore, is clearly a national symbol.

For many of us, the blue and white flag stands for horrendous crimes against humanity, genocidal practices, white phosphorus, execution of peace activists in high seas and so on. For more and more people, Israelis are the Nazis of our time and showing contempt towards their national symbols is legitimate and doesn’t constitute any racial offence.

However, it is not a secret that many Jews around the world, including  exchange student Chanan Reitblat, proactively identify spiritually and politically with the Israeli flag. This is indeed a problem since the blue and white flag is a symbol of some grave non-ethical behaviour. It is absolutely clear therefore that Donnachie’s protest was totally legitimate as long as Donnachie washes often enough and keeps his hygiene intact.

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  1. 3 Responses to “THE FLAG AND THE PENIS”

  2. Mr. Atzmon,
    before I even started reading your article, i know whatever happened, Israel is to blame.
    even no Israeli took place in that event (only the Israeli flag) you found Israel guilty.
    That is because i know already you are a Jew hater (hates Jews) from the worst kind- a Jew that hate Jew (yes, there is such a kind).
    for you there is a sentence in the bible “and your destroyers’ will come within yourself”.
    it is no matter to you that Israel is bombed every day near the Gaza strip.
    that they shoot missiles to kindergartens, and 6 months baby was heart yesterday.
    it is no matter to you that after 63 years of Jewish state we are still fighting for our live every day.
    and for the rest of you, I urge you to know all the facts before you decide who is to blame.
    also, don’t try and judge people before you are in their place. if you don’t know what it is to live in fear, if all the murders of thousands and millions of Jews in the history and resent years is stained in your body.
    if you know that many people we have a pleasure killing you just because your religion (I don’t even believe in god)
    so, Mr. Atzmon, keep on living In London away from all the troubles, and please don’t come to visit.

    By shahar on Sep 1, 2011

  3. Shahar… the report is about a stupid judge who does not understand the difference between a national flag and a religion or race.

    You undermine your own case by arguing exactly the point that Shahar makes - that there are Jews who will blindly tolerate and condone ANY disgusting and bellicose behaviour by the Zionist State of Israel.

    The problem in the British context is that this idiot judge can likewise not tell the difference between a religion and a state comprised of zealots.
    I trust the boy’s conviction will be overturned on appeal.

    By tony on Sep 3, 2011

  4. correction… “the point that ATZMON makes”

    By tony on Sep 3, 2011

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