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Report on Beth Israel vigil 10-02-10

Posted on October 9th, 2010 at 2:08 pm by

End of an Era?

For as long as this writer has been a political activist there has existed in Ann Arbor an anti-war protest at the federal building every Tuesday at noon. A local construction project has closed off one of the roads adjacent to the federal building, but it appears that this weekly protest, started by the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice (before they succumbed to Zionist pressure and abandoned the peace movement), has run its course.

It also appears that a general malaise has set in with peace activists and the general public alike to just accept things as they are, to (falsely) believe that nothing they do will have any effect, and hey! we already have a Nobel Peace Prize-winning President, don’t we? Fortunately, we have folks like cartoonist David Dees who see through the Two-Headed, One-Party system that governs the unwashed masses:

Boycotting the Jerusalem Quartet

A slight error in last week’s report: This writer conflated Rackham Auditorium with another venue with two entrances. Rackham has but one, with flowing, wide stairs to its doors, and is situated on Washington Street, not North University. We hope that you decide to help us tell the incoming audience and passersby that, unlike other countries who treat all their citizens equally and boast musical talent, Apartheid Israel masks their discriminatory policies and laws and attempts to cover up these sins by sending talented soldier-ambassadors to claim a false “normalcy” among nations. Vigiller S calls this “putting lipstick on a pig”, and the analogy holds. Please make it your business (because, in the end it is) to show up and hold Israel and all its supporters accountable for the ongoing ethnic cleansing and genocide of the Palestinian people.

From our announcement on the Michigan Peace Network: “In compliance with the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI, 2004) request for “a comprehensive economic, cultural and academic boycott of Israel”, we are calling for a protest of the performance of the Jerusalem Quartet, which will be held in Ann Arbor on Thursday, October 21st.”

Date: Thursday, October 21, 2010
Place: Rackham Auditorium, 915 E. Washington Street, Zip: 48104
Time: Protest starts at 7:00pm, will go till 8:30. Concert starts at 8:00

Definition of a Free Press

We can now define a “free press” as: When you own the newspaper, you are free to print – or omit – any news article of your choosing. As Mel Brooks might say, “It’s good to be the King”. We refer to the United Nations report of September 27th, which states that civilians were “executed” by Israelis during the illegal raid on the Mavi Marmara.

You wouldn’t know about these executions if you relied on Arthur Sulzberger’s New York Times (or any of its 18 other newspapers, including the Boston Globe). And why should this owner feel an obligation to inform its readers, when that information might impugn the character of his favorite Middle Eastern state? “Jewish Owner Protects Jewish State” might be the better headline, but it’s unlikely we’ll be seeing that in “All the News that’s Fit to Print”

Seven Vigilers
Holding the Jewish community accountable since 2003
Henry Herskovitz
Jewish Witnesses for Peace and Friends

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