Exciting news: Israeli military opens up to vegans, offers them special boots to commit human rights abuses in

Foodwashing? Dietwashing? We’re running out of names to categorize the Israeli military’s absurdity but here’s their latest attempt at improving their image. Basically, vegan occupation soldiers should now feel grateful that they finally get to tromp through Palestinian homes in really neat faux leather boots.

Vegan accommodations are great and they are absolutely necessary. But the exploitation of veganism is unacceptable, especially when done as part of a comprehensive campaign to frame a human rights abuser as a human rights protector.

There are 10 comments

  1. Claude Makelele

    Please reflect on the integrity of this piece. What exactly are you trying to say? You’re taking an example of progress, in this case accommodations made for Vegan soldiers, and diminishing it. It’s hardly even tangentially contextual of the Israeli occupation. It’s like if your Iraqi equivalent were to mock the cessation of “don’t ask, don’t tell”, and then make an infographic about how America is now ‘even using gays’ to occupy Iraq. This is offensive to Vegans and is not a strong argument at all. Vegan soldiers SHOULD have these accommodations in any army in the world. There are much better arguments to be had against Israeli occupation than making cheap non-points about everything you can get your hands on from the Israeli army. For the record, I love eating meat.

    1. freedomveg

      any glorification of isreals opressive army is wrong! period! of any army for that matter!! untill you ppl realise that the world will not know peace

      MAY PALASTINE BE FREED from ISRAELI OCCUPATION. this is from a jewish vegan girl who hates the millitary and the occupation and opression of her palastine brothers and sisters…..heck i mean even the secret service wants to see Palastine free by now, is only the zionist, nazi, opressive horrible settlers who just do not care how many lives they destroy……

  2. Sami Kishawi

    You are right, accommodations should be made for Vegans. This is not the problem, of course. What is the problem, however, is the Israeli military’s exploitation of Vegans to improve its own image, to rebrand itself as a safe haven for all people while systematically abusing the rights and the dignities of others. This is the hypocrisy I wish to highlight. I think Israel’s exploitation of Vegans (and of others) is offensive and something that needs to be brought to light.

    Nevertheless, it is my fault for not articulating this properly. I didn’t intend for this piece to be an analysis; I assumed the hypocrisy and the exploitation would have been clear from the get-go. I have made a clarification.

  3. `ontogram

    Nope. Sami has it right: The operative word is Israel and the mere context of Israel eliminates any symmetry which is really the gist of your commentary, i.e. if another country’s army did this, it would not be…blah blah blah.

    The context of Israel changes everything. Let me say that again — The context here changes everything. This context is uniquely asymmetrical, lacking meaningful opposition, characterized by a small population, the decades of abusive and illegal activities, policies and practices, etc. Israel is unprecedented anywhere in the modern post war world and cannot be construed as just another state behaving badly. It is not another state, it is Israel, the quintessential outlaw, nuclear criminal, oppressive racist conspiracy. So I don’t begrudge Sami this indulgence. The faux leather boots are ridiculous and obnoxious BECAUSE they are worn by IDF stomping through Palestinian homes before demolishing them. That’s very special faux leather and it’s worth mocking. That’s what you don’t get. People who do get it are willing to push back in any way possible.

  4. Ester

    MAY PALASTINE BE FREED from ISRAELI OCCUPATION. this is from a jewish vegan girl who hates the millitary and the occupation and opression of her palastine brothers and sisters…..heck i mean even the secret service wants to see Palastine free by now, is only the zionist, nazi, opressive horrible settlers who just do not care how many lives they destroy……

  5. freedomveg

    MAY PALASTINE BE FREED from ISRAELI OCCUPATION. this is from a jewish vegan girl who hates the millitary and the occupation and opression of her palastine brothers and sisters…..heck i mean even the secret service wants to see Palastine free by now, is only the zionist, nazi, opressive horrible settlers who just do not care how many lives they destroy……

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