In his commentary posted by the far-left magazine, "The Nation" called "Are Gaza Protests Coming to the NBA Preseason?" Dave Zirin uses the possibility of the NBA being hit by protests to make a one-sided argument declaring the evil nature of Israel and the IDF. Zirin also ignores that the groups threatening to protest are not simply against Israeli policies but call for the destruction of the Jewish State, and implies that the NBA is a tool of Israel.
From the first paragraph Zirin misleads the reader:
When Israeli sports teams travel to Europe, they are often met with protest. Palestinian solidarity and human rights organizations, such as Red Card Israeli Apartheid, have argued that such spectacles “normalize” the military occupation suffered by Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank. They also argue that it is fantasy to pretend that these games do not carry a strong political as well as symbolic weight.
Israel left Gaza on August 15, 2005. The greenhouses and other industry starters Israel left when it disengaged were turned into terrorist launching pads and missile launchers.
After explaining Israel Maccabi's Euroleague championship earned the team its preseason tour, Zirin offers a one-sided commentary about the recent Gaza war. Using the words of an Israeli expatriate who uses the Hamas-supplied casualty numbers, "The Nation" commentator argues that this is no time for "hoops" as usual. He neglects to tell the reader the source of the casualty numbers, and never mentions the Hamas rocket attacks or their use of human shields.
Furthermore, Zirin explains that after his conversation with the expatriate she was heading to a meeting of the Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), not exactly a neutral group. According to the ADL, the JVP is one of the top ten anti-Zionist organizations in the country. Their purpose, according to the ADL, is a complete elimination of the Jewish State.
While he already concedes that the Israeli team earned the trip because it won the Euroleague Championship, Zirin points to the strong connection some in the NBA have with the Jewish state, insinuating that the NBA is an Israel pawn and the nation ordered the trip. As proof he mentions one player, one coach, and two owners, a tiny number when one considers the NBA has 360 players, 30 head coaches, and 30 owners.
Mr. Zirin added postscripts about protests planned for Maccabi/NBA games planned in Brooklyn and Cleveland. The Jewish Voice For Peace, whose objectives were described above, organized the Brooklyn protest. Al-Awda Cleveland, an organization dedicated to destroying Israel by flooding the country with Palestinian refugees, is running the Cleveland protest. While the number of Palestinian refugees in 1949 was somewhere between 800,000-900,000, today the number is over 4 million. This group of refugees is the only example in history where the number of refugees has grown without a population shift (the UN counts the original refugees, their children, grandchildren, first cousin twice removed on their mother's side, friends, etc. as refugees).