It seems that birds-as-Zionist-agents is a popular theme among Israel haters this month. Less than two weeks ago, Turks were up in arms as a European Bee-Eater, found dead in a farmer’s field, was assumed to be an Israeli spy. Their evidence? A tag on its leg (the kind ornithologists use to track bird migration) said “Israel,” and its unusually large nostrils, indicative of tampering by evil Zionist veterinarian-engineers. No word yet if the bird’s head was found to contain an Israeli-made camera, or a .50-caliber machine gun, because hey, why not? Not to be outdone in terms of lunacy (or should we say, loonacy?), British anti-Israel activists were infuriated after the Morning Star, a UK newspaper, included the Israeli national bird (the hoopoe) in its daily quiz.
The newspaper has “always been the newspaper you could rely on to support the cause of the Palestinians,” said Linda Claire, the chairwoman of Manchester’s Palestine Solidarity Campaign, in a letter to the editor. “Is the Star not aware there’s a cultural boycott going on?” Claire’s husband asked in another letter. As complaints began rolling in regarding these letters, the activists responded that “It was not the bird we object to but what this bird represents—the racist and apartheid State of Israel.”