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Report on Beth Israel vigil 04-03-10

Posted on April 10th, 2010 at 8:13 pm by

Local NPR Affiliate Stations Close Ranks

In last week’s report, we learned that our friend Alison Weir, executive director of, has so far been denied the opportunity to purchase a sponsorship of WUOM, the University of Michigan’s NPR affiliate. At the impromptu protest she organized at the Ann Arbor broadcast studios of WUOM, one of the twenty supporters phoned Eastern Michigan University’s radio station WEMU – also an NPR affiliate – to report the ongoing difficulties at WUOM.

WEMU News Director Clark Smith informed this writer that his radio station would have also denied a sponsorship request from IfAmericansKnew, but that, unlike WUOM, would have returned Alison’s calls and explained to her why he would deny her request. If I understood him correctly, the explanation was that her group was “political”, and that they do not accept underwriting requests from such groups. He was not aware that WUOM accepts similar requests from the Jewish Federation of Detroit, for example, which politically advocates for the state of Israel.

Petras Identifies the Dog

A new article by James Petras clearly challenges the myth that Israel exists as the tail of the US imperialist dog, its so-called “51st state”. He deconstructs for us the symbolic spitting in the face of Vice President Biden by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and comments on General Petraeus’ shameful repudiation of his own criticism of Israel. He concludes:

It has been proven beyond a doubt by the recent events, that the ZPC [Zionist Power Configuration] has the ultimate say with the Obama Administration, against the advice of top US military officials and against the basic interests of the American people. In plain English, we are a people colonized and directed by a small, extremist and militarist ‘ally’ which operates through domestic proxies, who, under any other circumstance, would be openly denounced as traitors.

Busy Weekend Coming Soon

Save the dates … Saturday, May 1: JWPF will suspend its peaceful, silent vigil at Beth Israel Congregation in order to take part in Ann Arbor Coalition Against War’s protest of incoming UM commencement speech-maker and US President Barack Obama. Instead of assuming our usual positions at 2000 Washtenaw Avenue, we instead will head over to the intersection of Main St. and Stadium Blvd, 9:00AM – 11:00 AM. Our signs will be available to all.

And Sunday, May 2, we will protest the Celebrate “Israel” day at the Jewish Community Center. Again, signs will be available for use and all are welcome to join. [Note: We are looking for an organizer for this event; please contact the writer via email if you can step up]

Date: May 2, 2010
Where: Jewish Community Center
2939 Birch Hollow Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Time: To be announced

Eight Vigilers
Henry Herskovitz
Israel is the Villain, Not the Victim
Jewish Witnesses for Peace and Friends

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