Guest post - Can also be read at the back of the hill (http://atthebackofthehill.blogspot.com/), which I think is a great place, but you may have some valid doubts about that opinion. That's okay too.
The text below represents a new level of anti-Semitism and cotton-wool Jewish self-loathing in the San Francisco Bay Area. It also represents an ignorant and self-righteous welt-anschauung that is truly and utterly dangerous.
Unfortunately it does NOT represent a minority point of view in many circles. I wish to post it here so that you may know exactly what we're up against in California. And note particularly the mention of a "liberation seder" at a Methodist church - to me this is such a series of misnomers and wrong concepts that it does not, cannot, compute. My mind is boggled.
[I will be attending two seders - both in the East Bay, neither in anyway whatsoever resembling the nakba seder.]
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Get Involved! Nakba Bay Area Jewish Anti-Zionist Efforts
Dear Bay Area "No Time To Celebrate" signatories and IJSN friends,
Last Thursday 20 people attended the Bay Area organizing meeting for Jewish anti-Zionist actions around the 60th anniversary of the Nakba. The energy at the meeting was great, and people are ready to step up into action this spring! We heard back from many more of you who could not be there and are very committed to being involved. At the meeting, a decision-making process for selecting areas of work to move forward on, was framed by the call to action from the "No Time To Celebrate" campaign
You can read and sign the pledge at:
and that from Palestinian organizations calling on international civil society to commemorate Nakba through boycott of Israel celebrations and actions to highlight the history of Palestinian resistance at:
Three workgroups were formed to organize the major efforts we identified as most vital:
1. Holding a Liberation Seder is solidarity with 60 Years of Palestinian Resistance;
2. Organizing Nakba Direct Actions;
3. Supporting the Free Palestine Peace and Solidarity Festival.
Following is more information about these efforts and ways you can get involved in each one.
We hope you can all join us for the next meeting on *Wednesday April 16, 7pm at 474 Valencia in San Francisco.
We are so excited to come together with you all to stand with Palestinian resistance on the 60th anniversary of the Nakba!
Areas of work and how to get involved:
Liberation Seder - Sunday, April 20, 5:00-8:30pm, Lake Merrit United Methodist Church, 1255 1st Ave, Oakland.
The Seder will be a community building event and a fundraiser for IJSN and the Palestinian Popular conference. The Seder will be geared towards promoting several Bay Area Nakba activities, including the May 10th Palestinian Cultural Festival, the Handala campaign, and the Palestinian Popular Conference.
What you can do:
1. Come and bring guests! rsvp to firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Bring an item of food (wine, matzah, parsley, boiled eggs, oranges,
olives, juice, horseradish, a dish). E-mail the Seder Point Person, Eric Romann at email@example.com to let him know what you are making!
3. Help with set-up and/or clean-up, be there for all the behind-the-scenes action! E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to sign-up for a shift.
4. Perform a piece of poetry or music, again, contact Eric at email@example.com if you have a piece you'd like to offer at the Seder.
5. Spread the word!
Nakba Direct Actions:
We are organizing two major direct actions. We need everyone to participate in order to demonstrate, through our numbers and passion, exactly how substantial Jewish dissent to Zionism is! Please contact the Nakba Actions Point Person Sara Kershnar at firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved and/or to join the next workgroup meeting on April 21, at 7:30pm.
Roles to play will include:
1. People to participate in direct actions.
2. People to come as allies and in supporting roles.
3. People willing to develop materials for distribution, design visuals for the action, and plan an art party.
Free Palestine Peace and Solidarity Festival:
Saturday, May 10, all day at the Civic Center
This festival is being organized by the local Palestinian Nakba Committee, and will feature a fabulous line up of performers, as well as other cultural and political opportunities.
IJSN has been asked to recruit volunteers, provide logistical support, participate in, fundraise for, and promote the event.
The festival workgroup will be sending out an e-mail in the next few days with a list of ways you can be involved and support the festival.
Please contact Festival Point Person Kinneret Israel at email@example.com to get active before then and/or join the festival planning conference call on Thursday April 10th at 5:30pm.
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Please note that the e-mail reproduced above shows a clear link between methodists and the El Awda crowd, who advocate the destruction of Israel. El Awda insists upon a right of return to the Holy Land for Palestinians, and obligatory return to Poland for Jews. They are silent about the Jews expelled from Arab lands. It would not surprise me if they have other plans for them.
The Methodists, of course, are simply mis-informed idiots. We have a lot of those in the Bay Area. The involvement of the Methodists with the nakba crowd and anti-Israel Jews is very disturbing. The divestment movement flourishes at present among such people.
Wherever I am, my blog turns towards Eretz Yisrael טובה הארץ מאד מאד
So, let's recap: They're holding a Fundraiser "Seder". In a Church. To show solidarity with Palestinians. (Do you think when you email Eric, you have to tell him if you're bringing Gebrochts or not?)
- I honestly don't think I know any local Left-Wing radicals here who would see any logic, sense or appeal in that ridiculous idea. And I know a lot of them!
I've come to the conclusion that it's much less disheartening hanging around actual Palestinians than anywhere near these nutjobs (how do you cope? the Bay area is SO far over quota!) At least the Palestinians are speaking from their own hearts, instead of this ridiculous kneejerk uninformed bandwagon-ing...
Ummm, Excuse me PP. Aren't you supposed to be posting something before Jameel returns?
Wow, the human ability to be self-destructive through useless and arrogantly condescending ingratiation never is lacking for a new topper.
And I thought the Satmar anti-Zionism was a little warped at times.
Maybe Israel should say we'll give Palestinians right of return when every Jew who was ejected from his home starting with Mohammed's first actions onward to the present day is accounted for and damages paid to Israel on their behalf. It'll never happen, but what was done to Jews for centuries by Muslims should be just as fresh in memory.
Truly nauseating. Are these moonbats for real?
I lived in the Bay area for four LONG years. I sent my kids to 2 Jewish day schools. The first one was FILLED with antisemites, Jewish self-loathing antisemites, who had no clue about Judaism and only sent their kids to the school because no Asians were allowed in. We left that school almost immediately and moved to a SSDS school. It was not much better. The Jews in the Bay area are the most uninformed, ignorant, self-loathing Jews I've ever come across, and I've lived in every region of the US and overseas.
Yes, these moonbats are for real, there are lots of them, they intimidate the hell out of the Jews that are there. The Bay area is the home of 80% intermarriage and less than 20% involvement in Jewish life. Wonder why?
I have had more than a couple of interesting experiences with the Bay Area denizens. Not only are they nuts, some of them are Giants fans.
In all sincerity, these people haven't got a clue as to what happens in the real world.
Joe- Yes, I'm tweaking. I have to remove all references to Ashley Perry ;-)
you know, there is a reason a good family friend calls the whole area, "berserkley."
We’re sorry that we left. We’ll be back soon. We’ve come to understand that there’s a difference in being a Hebrew and of having an Exodus, and that we can still be good Hebrews without supporting an Exodus. An Exodus which causes hardship to another, equally as deserving people, the Egyptians, by unlawfully depriving them of their slave labor force, which is vital to their nationhood and national identity. Through the clarity of moral relativism we have come to accept and understand the property rights of the Egyptians’ in our continued servitude is equally as precious to them as our feelings about our role as Hebrews.
. We’ll be right back to our places in Goshen so we can resume building the stone cities of Pithom and Ramses. If you could see, the first group of us is beginning to walk backwards into the Red Sea at this very moment as part of the “Phased Plan of Return” to slavery and bondage.
L’Shanah Habah B”Goshen! Yours truly,
The Children of Israel
The handala campaign seems pretty innocuous;
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