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Report on Beth Israel vigil 08-07-10

Posted on August 14th, 2010 at 7:25 pm by

Another Vigiller Assaulted

To the assaults by Eli Avny and Abraham Seligman we now add another attack perpetrated against members of JWPF. A man wearing a yarmulke (pictured below) has, for the past few weeks, made a point of walking in front of our peaceful vigillers, in spite of the fact that we stay off the sidewalk. We stand in the lawn extension (the grassy area between sidewalk and street) to conduct our weekly protests.

This week he found Vigiller S right at the curb, and rather than walk into the street to be in front of S, he walked right into him, making physical contact. Vigiller S did not see the man approaching and only had enough time to stiffen his body; had he not he might have been knocked down, or worse, into the passing traffic. Our team photographer was immediately dispatched, producing the photo below, and this photo was turned over to the Ann Arbor Police Department; a complaint was filed. If readers know the identity of this man, please contact this writer, and/or the AAPD (Incident Report CR 10-39229).

JWPF will not countenance physical attacks on individuals; every assault will be reported to the authorities and prosecuted. We welcome sidewalk conversations, even slightly heated ones. But those pedestrians and motorists who cross the line from verbal to physical should be advised that we will protect ourselves and our right to free speech.

JWPF Supports Ed Pinkney

Two members of JWPF joined Reverend Ed Pinkney in Benton Harbor this week, as he conducted a protest of the opening of the Harbor Shores Golf Course. Part of this Jack Nicklaus-designed course exists on what is rightly termed “stolen property” (sound familiar?). Whirlpool Corporation, with the help of some crooked City Commissioners, was allowed to “purchase” a beautiful tract of Lake Michigan shoreline property, Jean Klock Park, that had been given to the residents of Benton Harbor for use, in perpetuity, as a park. In short, public community property was privatized in order to fulfill corporate interests and friend Ed Pinkney has championed efforts to protest this corruption. A report on this protest can be found here.

Zionists Have a Friend in the People’s Tribune

Israel’s ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people will not be reported by the Chicago-based People’s Tribune, according to Sandy Reid, covering the Pinkney protest on Tuesday. Ms. Reid was identified by Tribune staffer Chris Mahin as a member of the Board of Directors of the newspaper.

I accepted a copy of Volume 37, No. 7 and soon noticed that none of the nine articles reported on the crimes of the Jewish State. When I mentioned this to Chris, he recommended I speak to Sandy, which I did. When I pointed out there were no articles about Palestine in this issue, she remarked that the Tribune would not be covering the topic. The reason: they will focus on national issues, not international ones unless of course it involved starvation or other such human rights issues.

“What about the starving children of Gaza?” I asked.

“Look, I don’t want to have an argument about this”

“It’s not an argument. I’m asking that the crimes against the Palestinian people, which are committed by a Jewish state with Jewish soldiers …”

With that Ms. Reid turned her back and walked away. A vivid imagination could hear the cheers of Zionists in response to her brave stance against the truth. Maybe they should change the name of their publication to the “Some People’s Tribune“. Or they could do the right thing …

This Wednesday (Aug. 18th) at St. Joseph Parish in Dexter, Michigan

A slight correction to the announcement last week: the presentation by Jon Heffelfinger and Henry Herskovitz will take place at St. Joseph Parish in Dexter (3430 Dover St.), not at St. Joseph Church, located 3 miles to the north. After hearing the description of our presentation, Father Brendan Walsh suggested the title “Working for Peace in Palestine”.

Jon will review our mission to Palestine with the Michigan Peace Team in the spring of 2005, and I will address the question of why so many tragic events occur in Palestine by examining the source and cause of conflict in the Middle East. Time: 7:00 – 8:00 pm. A very short presentation by First Presbyterian member Rod Bentz will precede my talk.

Six Vigillers
Flotillas are attacked because Jews want the land
Henry Herskovitz
Jewish Witnesses for Peace and Friends

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