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Report on Beth Israel vigil 12-03-11

Posted on December 12th, 2011 at 8:34 am by

Jewish Power Redux

Last week we reported that vigil supporter M was gaveled silent by Michigan Student Assembly (MSA) Speaker Matt Eral, when she had the temerity to draw attention to an Israeli Defense Force (IDF) shirt worn by an Assembly representative. This week vigil supporter B also felt the sting of Eral’s gavel, after he carefully drew an obvious parallel: that the Jewish supremacist IDF behaves exactly like the white supremacist Ku Klux Klan did, only with greater force and a higher body count. Those of us old enough to appreciate the Firesign Theater are reminded of Mudhead’s difficult time on the witness stand:

Judge Poop: If you don’t answer the question, young man, I’m afraid we’re going to have to gag you.

Mudhead: What question?

Judge Poop: Gag him.

This writer avoided Eral’s gavel by relating the personal story of my time spent in the Balata refugee camp. This was the story that the Ann Arbor Jewish community did not want to hear, and the same story that gave birth to our vigils.

Jewish Power Reflection

Comedian Jon Stewart skewers Republican presidential candidates as they demonstrated their fawning skills at the Jewish Republican Coalition Forum in Washington, DC on December 7. Stewart calls his segment “The Matzorian Candidate” and mockingly traces the candidates’ success at wooing Jewish support on the “Yarmulkometer”. Michelle Bachmann scores a “Super Star of David”, the highest possible meter reading. Stewart asks “Who will win the Tuchas kissoff?” and exclaims “Holy Shiksa, we have a winner!”

Funny stuff, no doubt, if the prostrations of Republicans (and Democrats) at the altar of Jewish money and power weren’t so true and that stakes for Palestinians and other folks in Israeli gun-sights weren’t so high. But we reflect on what the outcome of such a comedy monologue would be had it been delivered by a non-Jewish comedian. Think: Mel Gibson. He’s a funny guy. Or how about Chris Rock?

We think these comedians would be kissing their careers goodbye – if indeed Gibson still has one – had they said half of Stewart’s comments critical of Jews. That’s the trouble our friend Gilad Atzmon finds himself in: Jews don’t like to be criticized by non-Jews, and worse, by “turncoat” Jews like Atzmon. For an adventure in ad hominem attacks, listen to Jewish supremacist Alan Dershowitz go after Gilad here. And be sure to read Gilad’s responses and challenge.

Upcoming AATA Board Meeting

We have requested ten minutes’ speaking time at the December 15th Board of Directors meeting of the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority (AATA) . The AATA is a defendant in a legal suit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, for refusing to run paid advertisements calling for a boycott of Israel on their busses, after accepting similar political ads.

We plan to address conflict of interest issues with two board members and AATA’s legal counsel. Board Chairman Jessie Bernstein, board member David Nacht and legal counsel Jerry Lax are all big supporters of apartheid Israel. Taxpayers who are now stuck with the bill for defending the AATA Board’s indefensible anti-First Amendment stance have a right to know how their allegiance to a foreign state influenced their vote and legal advice concerning an advertisement critical of that state. Should be interesting. Meetings are held on the fourth floor at the downtown Ann Arbor District Library, are open to the public, and begin at 6:30 pm. See you there.

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