On October 26, San Francisco for Democracy sponsored a debate on BDS. Dana Bergen, a board member of Jewish Voice for Peace advocated in favor of boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel. Community educator, Dr. Michael Harris argued against it.
The debate was filmed, and clips will be released shortly.
Unfortunately, the format of the debate allowed a shocking free flow of abject lies from Dana Berger to go unchecked.
"About Gaza. Gaza has been under siege for many years now. Israeli is strangling Gaza. Gaza is not occupying Gaza in the sense that they are inside Gaza but they are controlling the perimeter of Gaza. They decide how much food goes into Gaza. Gaza has been obliterated by massive bombardment twice in recent years. They don't allow building supplies back in Gaza so there is just rubble. They have calculated how many calories they should allow into Gaza so that people are hungry but don't die because they are trying to torment the population. that is what they are trying to do."
Lies. Complete lies.
Dana Bergen's Claim: "Gaza is not occupying Gaza in the sense that they are inside Gaza but they are controlling the perimeter of Gaza."
Truth: Gaza also shares a border with Egypt
Dana Bergen's Claim: "They decide how much food goes into Gaza."
Truth: There are no restrictions on anything other than weapons .
On average, 800 trucks enter Gaza each day, carrying over 20,000 tons of food, fuel, and supplies
Dana Bergen's Claim: "Gaza has been obliterated by massive bombardment twice in recent years."
Truth. Pin point surgical strikes by the IDF took out terror targets in Gaza. Real time tweets from Gaza expose Dana's lies, as well. Obliterated, Dana? Really?
Dana Bergen's Claim: "They don't allow building supplies back in Gaza so there is just rubble."
Truth: From a 2016 UN report on rebuilding Gaza. Millions of tons of construction material have come into Gaza since the war.
Two brand new state of the art hospitals have been built in Gaza, since the war.
|Indonesian hospital, Gaza|
|Turkish hospital in Gaza|
The Gaza "Blue Beach", an acclaimed luxury resort with 2 swimming pools and a Jacuzzi has opened.
New restaurants, gourmet shops, community centers and amusement parks have also opened in Gaza in the last two years
Dana Bergen's Claim: "They have calculated how many calories they should allow into Gaza so that people are hungry but don't die"
Truth: People in Gaza suffer from Western levels of obesity
"Obesity and overweight rates in urban area, refugee camp, and rural area were found to be 57.0%, 66.8%, and 67.5%, respectively. Moreover, BMI increased with age, adjusted b = 0.39; 95% CI (0.31, 0.48); p = < 0.001, whereas BMI was lower in low-income subjects, adjusted b = -1.59, 95% CI (-2.74,-0.44), p = 0.007. Housewives were more susceptible to obesity than employed woman, adjusted b = -2.76, 95% CI (-5.33,-0.19), p = 0.036. However, the study found no association among BMI level and household size, geographical location, educational level, and family assistance."
El Kishawi, Rima Rafiq, et al. "Obesity and overweight: prevalence and associated socio demographic factors among mothers in three different areas in the Gaza Strip-Palestine: a cross-sectional study." BMC obesity 1.1 (2014): 1.
Well, Dana, it may be time for you to heed the words of Winston Churchill: "The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is."