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Report on Beth Israel vigil 10-22-11

Posted on October 30th, 2011 at 9:46 am by

Beth Israel Seeks “Legal Options”

An undated tri-fold flyer from Beth Israel Congregation, obtained in 2007, is entitled “Frequently Asked Questions About the Synagogue Protesters“, and includes the following:

What is Beth Israel doing about them [Jewish Witnesses for Peace and Friends]?

…Since what they are doing is legal, we cannot force them to leave, and we don’t want to hand them the publicity a legal fight would entail. Our instincts in this area have been affirmed by the current and former Ann Arbor police chiefs, and by numerous other attorneys and communal leaders we have consulted. We continue to investigate legal options, albeit without much optimism…

JWPF feels that what Beth Israel has recently been doing is not merely investigating legal options, but is using government paid officials, i.e. the police, to try to harass us as we exercise our First Amendment rights. Since mid-August, complaints from members of Beth Israel have resulted in a police presence at a great majority of our protests. One week their call was reportedly based on what we “might” do, and not any alleged misconduct [Vigiler F was repackaging some rope in his trunk and the anxious congregants assumed he was going to hold a string of signs]. Now, if Halloween doesn’t scare you, how about these thought-police activities, as practiced by this House of Warship?

Of course, JWPF has cooperated fully and respectfully and no citations have been issued or arrests made. Further, contrary to the wishes of Beth Israel congregants, the City Attorney’s office has recognized our constitutional right to hoist our “Free Palestine” and other banners. Nevertheless, JWPF briefly and voluntarily removed our banners at the request of local police while the City Attorney’s office got up to speed on the First Amendment with the able assistance of JWPF’s own legal counsel. Let freedom ring!

Last Call

Help Us Protest the Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor’s Main event 3pm Sunday October 30th

The Federation is a local linchpin of the US domestic Zionist terrorist infrastructure and each year sends hundreds of thousands of dollars overseas, predominantly to support Jewish supremacism in Palestine. We note that the fund-raiser is “generously sponsored by a grant from the Ford Motor Co. Fund.” The funding choice is, shall we say, ironic, given that, among other things, FMC founder Henry Ford said: “The only statement I care to make about the Protocols [of the Learned Elders of Zion] is that they fit in with what is going on. They are sixteen years old, and they have fitted the world situation up to this time. They fit it now.”

Please gather with us at 3pm on Sunday, October 30th at the entrance to the Morris Lawrence Building on the campus of Washtenaw Community College.

Directions: From US-23 or Ann Arbor: Take the Washtenaw Avenue Exit, head East towards Ypsilanti, and take the first traffic light LEFT onto HOGBACK RD. Then at the next light, take a RIGHT onto CLARK RD. Proceed 1.0 miles to HURON RIVER DRIVE (2nd light) and turn LEFT. The first driveway on your left is the entrance to the Morris Lawrence Building. Look for the Palestine flag.

From Ypsilanti: Head Westbound on Washtenaw Ave. Turn RIGHT onto GOLFSIDE RD. Continue past CLARK RD. and take the first driveway on your left.

IMPORTANT: We had tentatively called for the protest at 4pm, but have CHANGED TO 3PM to begin our protest prior to the start of the event.

Nine vigilers
Reading “The Wandering Who” by Gilad Atzmon
Henry Herskovitz
Jewish Witnesses for Peace and Friends

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