Sunday, September 14, 2008

Gotta Give Those Israel-Haters Credit: They Have a Sense of Humor

I found the following so-called "open letter" supposedly from "US Jews" to Hollywood starts. It contains the usual lies and distortions, starting with the first paragraph where it accuses Israel of systematic ethnic cleansing of the Arabs (who fled their homes when the surrounding Arab armies invaded in an attempt to destroy Israel).

The funniest part, though, is the list of "US Jews" who supposedly sent the letter: there aren't any!

Absolutely nobody is listed as signing the letter!

Absolutely no individuals are listed anywhere indicating who is responsible for the web site!

Read it and laugh.

US Jews to Hollywood stars: Boycott Israel celebration!

The following has been sent as an open letter to Jason Alexander, Heidi Klum, Debi Mazar, Kevin Spacey, Oliver Stone, Kiefer Sutherland, and all other confirmed attendees of the September 18 celebration of Israel at Paramount Studios.

It has also been sent to unconfirmed guests Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, and Adam Sandler.

[Yasher koach to everyone who is able to attend the celebration of Israel's sixty years of progress in the face of unremittant hostility from its neighbors and hateful attempts from people such as the distributors of this letter.]

Stay tuned for any updates or action announcements!

September 12, 2008

We write to you with sadness and outrage as we learn that you plan to attend the September 18 event From Vision to Reality, a Hollywood celebration of sixty years since the establishment of the state of Israel. The vision that led to the reality of the Israeli state is one of systematic and ongoing ethnic and religious discrimination against the Palestinian people. This does not deserve to be celebrated.

Sixty years ago, Zionist groups destroyed over 500 Palestinian villages and made more than 800,000 Palestinian people refugees in order to create a Jewish state in a land where the majority was not Jewish. This has come to be known by Palestinians as the Nakba, or catastrophe, and this Nakba continues today. Inside of the 1948 borders of Israel, Palestinian citizens are denied equal rights to Jews under the law. Palestinians in Gaza, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem are denied access to land, water, healthcare, and other basic resources. Today there are more than 7 million Palestinian refugees throughout the world, all of whom are denied their internationally recognized right to return to their homes and land simply because they are not Jewish.

As Jewish North Americans, we are outraged at the policies the state of Israel has implemented in our names and with our government's financial support for more than sixty years. At the same time, we are inspired by the ongoing creative resistance of the Palestinian people, and most recently the unified civil society call for boycott, divestment, and sanctions against Israel until it complies with international law. We ask you to heed this call. Boycott is a nonviolent tool that has been used by ordinary people countless times to hold countries responsible for atrocities when our governments fail to do so. In South Africa, the boycott movement helped bring about an end to the apartheid system. In the case of Israel/Palestine, it can do the same.

Whether you attend or not, you are making a statement. If you attend, you indicate that you support the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people (now millions) and ongoing policies of ethnic cleansing of an indigenous population from their land. If you cancel your attendance, you indicate that you will not turn a blind eye to both the suffering and the call to action of millions of Palestinian people.

With stature comes responsibility, and we hope you do not take yours lightly.


The No Time To Celebrate Campaign
a campaign organized and implemented by thousands of Jewish people in the US and Canada this year to protest Israeli Independence Day activities, to commemorate the Nakba, and to honor the Palestinian call for boycott against Israel.

[We again note there's no indication of who is organizing this hate campaign.

It's also interesting to note the contrast between the actions of Israel and its supporters and the actions of the Israel-haters.

Even as the people of Israel are being bombarded by terror attacks, including Kassam missiles launched from Hamastan, the Israeli government continues to provide humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian Arabs and AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, lobbies Congress to provide foreign aid to the Palestinian Authority.

In contrast, the Israel-haters try to get the world to boycott the only liberal democracy in the Middle East, the only country there which even tries to provide a semblence of equal rights to a diverse population.]

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