Peeling off the artificial sugar layers and the dazzling celebratory ornaments, Israel on its 64th birthday stands fragile, isolated and exposed in a way it has never been since its foundation. This has not been a good year for the Jewish state. Anti-normalization movements have picked up steam in the Arab world while the global campaign for Boycott Divestments and Sanctions continues to present a serious challenge, with a long list of artists refusing to entertain apartheid. Israeli Apartheid Week continues to grow on university campuses around the world despite Israels failed effort to counter it and non-violent resistance in Palestine which is often met with Israeli brutality is no longer the hidden secret it once was with more international activists witnessing and at times experiencing the brutality first hand. The year ended with the a major announcement from the Methodist Church that they will divest from Israel. On the diplomatic front, the PA took its bid for statehood to the UN. Mahmoud Abbass moving speech at the UNGA on November 23, 2011 was met with rapturous applause. More than one month later, Palestine was admitted into the first UN body UNESCO with an overwhelming international show of support further exposing the isolation of the Zionist state in the international arena. Not A Happy 64th B'day Israel!