These are stormtroopers 
This is the Stormtrooper logo. Inappropriate Nazi references suck balls.

Inappropriate Nazi references. Don’t like ’em, never have. If someone is a Nazi then by all means, call them a Nazi. But unless they are actively engaged in Nazi activities, don’t call them Nazis. Or stormtroopers. Hitler’s Brown shirts, the Sturmabteilung, an early Nazi paramilitary organization, were also known as stormtroopers. Referring to the members of any organization as stormtroopers only serves to diminish the impact of all Nazi-related terms and the reasons why these terms have such an impact.

So the latest offender? Akiva over at Israpundit who referred to Israel’s mounted police as stormtroopers because they were charged with restoring the peace at Kikar Shabbat in Jerusalem’s Meah Shearim Ultra Orthodox neighbourhood after several nights of idiotic and destructive anti-Gay Pride Parade rioting.

I don’t care what you think of the Gay Pride Parade, or rioting. I figure if Jerusalem can handle multiple Christian Evangelist parades with little or no detrimental effect on the virtue of its Jewish residents, then we can handle a subdued Gay Pride Parade. Besides, Israel is still a democracy and we ought not encourage policy decisions based on the threat of violence. It sets a bad precedent. That having been said, there is no excuse for referring to Jewish security forces doing their jobs by using Nazi terminology. That shit’s abhorrent.

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Founder and Publisher of Jewlicious, David Abitbol lives in Jerusalem with his wife, newborn daughter and toddler son. Blogging as "ck" he's been blocked on twitter by the right and the left, so he's doing something right.


  • what’s weird about that logo is its resemblance to the squat symbol.

    and sure, invoking nazi analogies isn’t okay. but neither is being an apologist for the ills regularly committed by the israeli “security forces.”

  • Oh Dan. You may or may not know this but I’ve had all kinds of interactions with all kinds of security forces. In my past life as a lawyer I’ve had umerous dealings with the police, some pleasant and some unpleasant. In my past life as a bad ass amongst bad asses, I’ve even had the distinction of burning down a police car and calming down an over zealous riot cop with a beer bottle to the helmet. In any event, I can’t fault my brothers in blue (or olive green) for doing their jobs. When I was out on the street and engaged in illegal possibly dangerous activity, it was understood that if the security forces caught me, I’d be in for a bit of unpleasantness. Those were the rules of the game. I never begrudged the police for doing what they were supposed to do. Anyone who runs around wantonly setting the property of others on fire, or throwing bricks at the police, or interfering with the activities of an armed force in a military zone ought to expect a response. You pays your money, you takes your chances. There are all kinds of ways to express your dissatisfaction with gay pride parades or zionist occupation. If you choose those ways that are both illegal and violent, expect a response in kind. I’ve been beaten by cops – but I knew that was a possibility when I decided to tangle with them and you’ll never hear me whining about how these poor shlubbs are fascist stormtroopers!


  • “calming down an over zealous riot cop with a beer bottle to the helmet.”

    No way!