When peaceniks get pissed

November 25th, 2007 · 56 comments

Writes Ludovic from Geneva: “I went to Bil’in, a Palestinian village cut through by the security fence, for the weekly Friday demonstration. There’s a house there whose owner rents out the ground flat to activists to be used as a meeting place, sleeping hostel, that sort of thing. The day was obviously tense, but seeing the sign above the sink made us all smile.”

This is a passive-aggressive sign: DISHES!

FILED UNDER: dishes · The Middle East


56 responses so far ↓

  • #1   cheerio

    blooming brilliant!

    Nov 25, 2007 at 12:57 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #2   Canthz_B bang

    “Why yes, these are dishes! Thanks for the clarification!”

    Nov 25, 2007 at 1:03 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #3   Mishee bang

    Does it really count as P/A if the person STATES it’s P/A? I mean, I find that saying “I was being sarcastic” seems to take the sting out of the original sarcasm. But, on another note, it would be nice if they specified just what they wanted to happen to the dishes. From the picture it looks like the dishes ARE clean, and stacked up nicely to dry. Perhaps note writer wants them put away, or they aren’t clean enough and they would like them rewashed? Or possibly this is just a sign to help some of the locals learn English? Do they have a P/A sign for the DOOR and BATHROOM also?

    Nov 25, 2007 at 1:08 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

     
  • #4   Sharona bang

    Ha, I love the format. Imagine if they all used it:

    This is a passive aggressive sign: MICROWAVE!

    This is a passive aggressive sign: OFFICE FRIDGE!

    This is a passive aggressive sign: NOISY SEX!

    This is a passive aggressive sign: PUBIC HAIR!

    This is a passive aggressive sign: MY STUFF!

    Nov 25, 2007 at 1:10 pm   rating: 23  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   me

      Hilarious!

      Dec 11, 2007 at 5:58 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #5   Mishee bang

    I am a little concerned with that open outlet right there, which presumably is near the sink – water and electricity DON’T mix… gives a whole new meaning to being shocked that the dishes are done

    Nov 25, 2007 at 1:14 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #6   Canthz_B bang

    “This message has been brought to you by Dutch Boy paints…time to re-order!”

    Nov 25, 2007 at 1:19 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #7   Olrun bang

    Maybe the sign is in referance to the garbage bag and open food bags around the clean dishes.
    Maybe they don’t want to re-clean the clean dishes and it’s a way of telling everyone to “PUT YOURE CRAPP AWAY!!”

    Nov 25, 2007 at 1:20 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #8   Canthz_B bang

    Why is there no flatware?

    Nov 25, 2007 at 1:23 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #9   GVI bang

    Are they giving them away?

    Nov 25, 2007 at 1:24 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #10   Olrun bang

    CB
    They may have been used as weapons, you know, whats a demonstration without weapons in a Palestinian village on a tense day ?

    Nov 25, 2007 at 1:28 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #11   GVI bang

    Do they have an outside dishwasher or something, where is that cord going to?

    Nov 25, 2007 at 1:29 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #12   Andy bang

    Hmmm… do you think peace in the Middle East can be found through the judicious use of passive/aggression such as this?

    Ah, no.

    Nov 25, 2007 at 1:32 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

     
  • #13   Canthz_B bang

    A place for everything,
    Everything in it’s place,
    Please put your dishes away,
    Please don’t clutter my space.
    We let you rent a flat,
    When you come here to protest,
    Your Mom does not work here,
    Disorder we detest!

    Nov 25, 2007 at 1:34 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #14   Mishee bang

    That bag of rice is about to tip over – what slobs! You know what a bitch it is to try and clean up SPILLED UNCOOKED RICE? And NEAR THE DISHES, TOO!????

    Maybe the cord is going to one of those little dry vac things that cleans up linoleum better than sweeping… or it’s going to some Chinese Water Torture device used in the demonstration… I mean, that’s WHY they did the dishes in the first place… to clear the sink out for torture time!

    Nov 25, 2007 at 1:35 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #15   Canthz_B bang

    #10…A drive-by spooning?

    Nov 25, 2007 at 1:38 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #16   Canthz_B bang

    There is no such thing as torture Mishee…there are only “enhanced interrogation techniques”! :-)

    Nov 25, 2007 at 1:41 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #17   mamason bang

    Why are the dishes outside? Are these people renting the patio?

    Nov 25, 2007 at 1:52 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #18   Canthz_B bang

    Why does this photo make me think of “Beauty and the Beast”?

    Nov 25, 2007 at 2:10 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #19   Olrun bang

    I don’t know.
    I wish I did but I’m wondering how it does.
    I’m all out of answers there.

    Nov 25, 2007 at 2:22 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #20   kureshii bang

    Wow, a titular PAN… a first for me.

    However sweet “This is a passive aggressive sign” may be, it still doesn’t replace a carefully worded rant, preferably decorated with underline squiggles and lots of little extras.

    Nov 25, 2007 at 2:24 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #21   GVI bang

    Hey, if you click on the picture it will take you to the original site and it says that the sink is outside. So I guess that DISHES is just to inform people to put the dishes there?

    Nov 25, 2007 at 2:29 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #22   Wade bang

    So, this note is pacifist aggressive?

    Nov 25, 2007 at 2:42 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

     
  • #23   Canthz_B bang

    I just noticed the handy Intefada throwing stone next to the rice!
    Is that an implied threat?

    Nov 25, 2007 at 2:42 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #24   Mishee bang

    Well, I don’t know about you CB, but I try to keep a handy stone to throw in every room of the house… just in case I see an Infidel… they pop up in the strangest places!! :D

    Nov 25, 2007 at 2:44 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #25   Wade bang

    And all this time they thought PA stood for Palestinian Authority.

    Nov 25, 2007 at 3:05 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #26   Wade bang

    Looking at photo, I really don’t think they are keeping the kitchen kosher.

    Nov 25, 2007 at 3:06 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #27   Wade bang

    After a hard day of fighting injustice, is it too much to ask to have a clean cup to drink your Nobleza Gaucha yerba mate?

    Nov 25, 2007 at 4:10 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #28   Juliet bang

    Someone commented earlier that it isn’t truly P-A if the P-A is acknowledged up front. I agree with that, and think someone should draw a penis on that sign in pink pen.

    Nov 25, 2007 at 5:24 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #29   Juliet bang

    There’s a nice open space between the I and the S in the word “dishes” for a little noodle-doodle, don’t you think?

    Nov 25, 2007 at 5:25 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #30   Writer, Rejected

    Those dishes look pretty clean to me. They are sitting in a dish drainer. Maybe the sign means something else. Maybe it’s secret activist code for the neighbors across the way, or for the Palestinians. Interesting that it’s in English, no?

    Nov 25, 2007 at 5:45 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #31   Robin Claire

    Pretty nice, for something that self-labels as passive aggressive! :D

    Nov 25, 2007 at 6:03 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #32   Canthz_B bang

    I must admit, I’ve never seen a recipe represented graphically on a cup before today!

    Nov 25, 2007 at 6:14 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #33   niteraven bang

    This is just ANOTHER example of what happens when you piss off hippies! Sure they’re all “flower power” and “love” until you step on their sandals..then its on.

    Nov 25, 2007 at 6:30 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #34   WanderingPenguin bang

    #8 – CB: oh, there’s flatware all right. But since nobody made a sign saying “FLATWARE!”, it’s all still piled in the sink, dirty.

    Nov 25, 2007 at 6:46 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #35   mamason bang

    I live in a glass house, so I throw no stones, infidels or not.

    Nov 25, 2007 at 7:03 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #36   Rupert

    See the bowl on the right?. Can you spell FOOD POISONING ?

    Nov 25, 2007 at 7:30 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #37   ron

    That rice looks fucking delicious.

    Nov 25, 2007 at 9:34 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #38   Canthz_B bang

    I am here in Palestine,
    To protest this borderline.
    I needed a place to hang my hat,
    Luckily, I have found this flat.
    I’ve eaten rice and some knishes,
    Bright sign directs where to leave my dishes.

    Nov 25, 2007 at 10:51 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #39   Simster

    Perhaps the passive aggressive sign was also an effective sign and this is the ‘after’ shot.

    Nov 25, 2007 at 10:58 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #40   A.A guy

    Wow electric dishes!

    Nov 26, 2007 at 2:19 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #41   Ludovic

    Ahem – it’s *not* outside, it is inside. And yes, the dishes are clean, which only prove that P/A does work sometimes :)

    At any rate, Canthz_B’s poem cracks me up no end, should I ever get back there I’ll be sure to post it next to the sink! :)

    Nov 26, 2007 at 12:13 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

     
  • #42   Brian R

    Maybe the protestors will start using this tactic.

    This is a passive agressive sign: STOLEN LAND
    This is a passive agressive sign: ETHNIC CLEANSING

    It’s got to be better than waiting around for someone to drive a bulldozer over you!

    Nov 26, 2007 at 12:38 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

     
  • #43   alix

    A sad first attempt at a poem:

    Fellow peaceniks:
    Let’s avoid frustration
    and exemplify cooperation.
    Clean up your own mess you should.
    Wash your dishes- for the greater good!

    (Wandering Penguin, I’m trying to get “for the greater good” going for you)

    Nov 26, 2007 at 1:04 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #44   Naomi

    This is a passive aggressive sign: LOUD MUSIC!

    Nov 26, 2007 at 3:07 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #45   WanderingPenguin bang

    Why on earth is Brian’s comment (#42) being rated into the negatives? I thought it was brilliant!

    Alix – thanks! It’s coming along slowly but surely.

    Nov 26, 2007 at 3:58 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #46   park rose bang

    I agree with you, WP. I gave it a plus, Brian. I don’t know who is marking it down, obviously.

    Nov 26, 2007 at 6:13 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #47   Zena

    LOL! That gives me an idea. What if all of pissed peaceniks here in the U.S. all made up a sign that said, “I see dead people”, and marched on Washington, I wonder what they’d do?

    Nov 26, 2007 at 9:03 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #48   Troy McClure bang

    Ignore them, & continue profiteering? That’s just a wild guess.

    Nov 26, 2007 at 9:14 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #49   Alix

    Troy McClure, sadly you’re probably right, but first they would denounce them as terrorists and try to arrest them.

    Nov 27, 2007 at 1:30 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #50   T-Bone

    A movie still from “Midnight Express”.

    Nov 27, 2007 at 11:31 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #51   turrboenvy

    #4, almost.

    This is a passive-agressive note: ROCKET PUBES

    Nov 27, 2007 at 4:43 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #52   Jodi Blaze

    SILVERWARE

    Nov 28, 2007 at 5:02 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #53   Zena

    Silverware? LOL! Do the darn dishes!

    Nov 28, 2007 at 6:59 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #54   BoggyWoggy

    Think “redrum.” Yeah…the sign really says, “SEH SID!”

    Nov 28, 2007 at 9:17 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #55   Daisy

    Qué hace un paquete de yerba mate “Nobleza Gaucha” en una cocina en Palestina, objeto de un comentario en un website en inglés??? Hablando de globalización… (For non-Spanish readers, I just wonder what is that Argentine yerba mate pack -the red and blue next to the rice- doing in a Palestinian kitchen…? Globalization is a reality, I guess)

    Feb 3, 2009 at 5:56 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     

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