17 November 2010


The following report is from Mondoweiss on 16 November 2010:

Right-wing Israel advocacy group StandWithUs attacks Jewish Voice for Peace meeting with pepper spray

Nov 15, 2010 02:30 pm | Adam Horowitz
From a JVP press release:

Last night, up to a dozen members of San Francisco Voice for Israel/StandWithUs, a right-wing Israeli advocacy group with a documented track record of aggressively taunting and intimidating grassroots peace activists, attended a Bay Area Jewish Voice for Peace community meeting at a South Berkeley Senior Center with the intention of disrupting, intimidating and possibly assaulting Jewish Voice for Peace members. Jewish Voice for Peace is the largest U.S. Jewish peace group dedicated to a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict based on democracy and full equality --- the Bay Area chapter is the founding chapter of the organization.

Approximately 50 to 60 people were at the meeting, and you can read eyewitness testimonies here and here.

Wrapped in an Israeli flag, San Francisco Voice for Israel/StandWithUs (SFVI/SWU) member Robin Dubner, an Oakland based attorney, pepper-sprayed two JVP members in the eyes and face after they attempted to nonviolently block her ability to aggressively videotape the faces of JVP meeting attendees against their will. The members, Alexei Folger and Glen Hauer, were careful to make no physical contact with her or her camera prior to the attack.

Folger said, “I did not see it coming and all of a sudden there was gooey stuff all over my head and hand. I have never been pepper-sprayed before, my whole head felt like it was on fire.”

JVP had earlier this year filed a police report about a June SFVI/SWU protest at which JVP and (peace group) Women in Black members were intimidatingly videotaped and threatened by a StandWithUs supporter after being taunted with chants like “Nazi, Nazi, Nazi” or “Kapo,Kapo,Kapo”. Caught on a widely seen videotape was a SFVI/SWU supporter pointing his camera to the faces of silent peace vigil participants while saying “You’re all being identified, every last one of you…we will find out where you live. We’re going to make your lives difficult. We will disrupt your families…”

For that reason, JVP members were particularly concerned about protecting the safety of meeting attendees and preventing the videotaping.

Hauer, a retired attorney and member of San Francisco’s Congregation Sha’har Zahav who was treated for pepper spray explained, ”When one of the intruders [Dubner] continued standing and filming people despite the facilitator and facility manager repeatedly telling her that she could not, I first asked her politely to please put away the video camera, then several times told her to put away the camera, and then tried nonviolently to stay in front of the camera with my body. I could have taken the camera but decided instead to talk to the woman and to try to be the only person she photographed."

Hauer, who also leads groups on healing from WWII & the Holocaust, and speaks to churches about anti-Semitism as it relates to the movement for peace in the Middle East, went on:

“In my mind was the history targeting of Jewish peace activists by the right wing of the Jewish community--the posting of our photos on internet hate sites, for example, followed by acts of vandalism at our homes and places of work. There were many in the room for whom I care deeply. I could also see that many at the meeting were new to the work we were doing, and I did not want them to be scared away.”

Dubner was accompanied by up to a dozen other StandWithUs members--including Susan Meyers, Mike Harris, Bea Lieberman, Faith Meltzer, and Ross Meltzer--who repeatedly disrupted and aggressively videotaped the JVP meeting and JVP members against their will, wielding the cameras in an intimidating and belligerent manner. Despite repeated requests from the JVP meeting facilitator and other JVP activists to desist from recording and put away their videocameras, the SFVI/SWU activists – who had spread themselves throughout the room – continued to record and launch lengthy monologues while the presenters attempted to speak.

They were explicitly invited by the JVP facilitator to stay in the meeting and participate without videotaping but they refused. They also refused offers for floor time by the presenters. The manager of the facility asked the SFVI/SWU members to abide by JVP’s rules or face the police, and when SFVI/SWU refused to comply with JVP’s protocol, the police were called.

At one point, JVP members and presenters worked to restore calm and de-escalate by singing the Hebrew peace song, Od Yavo Shalom Aleinu (Peace will come to us) while waiting for the police to arrive. Most meeting attendees did not know until later that 2 people had been attacked with pepper spray.

When police arrived, Dubner was temporarily placed in handcuffs while other members of San Francisco Voice for Israel/StandWithUs remained inside the meeting blowing loud whistles, using videocameras to intimidate meeting attendees.

Dubner refused repeated requests by JVP members or the police to identify the substance she sprayed. A police officer later identified it as pepper spray and paramedics were called to help treat the victims of the attack. One of them, Alexei Folger, looked visibly red and swollen, as though she had been burned on more than half her face.

Immediately following the attack, Ms. Folger, not knowing the nature of the substance on her face, rubbed some of it on Ms. Dubner’s shirtsleeve at which point the physically powerful Ms.Dubner, who also wore a pen videocamera in her shirt pocket, started physically shoving the petite Ms. Folger. A Jewish Voice for Peace staff member stood between them to prevent further escalation or physical contact between Ms Dubner and the shocked and injured Ms. Folger.

This deliberate confrontation is part of a pattern of escalating intimidation and attacks against peace activists in the Bay Area. Earlier this year, the home of Tikkun Magazine editor Michael Lerner was covered in threatening posters. In addition to the videotaped harassment of Women in Black and JVP members, several months ago someone grafiited outside of the JVP offices “Jewish Voices for Palestine: Viva Barch Goldstein."

Zionist thuggery has escalated outside Israel as Israel loses the public relations battle and as the BDS campaign begins to bite. Nazi tactics are now becoming part of the scenario and one supposes that assassinations of zionism's enemies will now be part of the zionist nazi agenda.

We will all have to watch our backs - although of course assassinations take place under all sorts of circumstances!

05 November 2010


Join the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions campaign to force the apartheid Israeli regime to stop occupying Palestine and abusing its citizens.

The BDS campaign was instrumental in helping to bring the apartheid white South African regime to the negotiating table and to the ultimate overthrow of the fascist regime.

Target the organisations giving support to this immoral, illegal occupying power which is still totally supported by the USA and target those US organisations such as Caterpillar who provide the instruments of destruction to the Israeli regime for its murdereous rampages.

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An archbishop and a cardinal who belong to an organisation which exists in Australia on a tax-free basis have the temerity to tell people how they should vote, despite the fact that they have no authority to do so because they pay no taxes to the governments who are elected and who control the finances of the country through the taxes raised by their laws and regulations.

Hart and Pell should stick to their cover-ups of priests behaving badly and not try and stick their nasty little beaks into areas which do not concern them.

Just because a certain political party supports abortion, euthanasia, gay rights and other social reforms to achieve equality for the citizens of Australia does not give non-tax payers such as religious organisations any rights whatever!

This letter, from The Age newspaper of 2 November 2010 says it all:

Charitable status

AS ARCHBISHOP Hart joins Cardinal Pell in political attacks on the Greens, I am wondering where the Australian Tax Office is in all this.

In granting tax-exempt status to charities, the Tax Office insists they not engage in political activities.

Recently the Tax Office has spent considerable public money pursuing Aid Watch, claiming it is engaging in political activity and thus is not a charity.

So why has there been no action taken against the partisan politicking of Hart and Pell, officials of that charitable institution the Catholic Church?

Thos Puckett, Ashgrove, Qld


What a lethal combination! Jews, Homophobia, Blogs! and all one has to do is search the blogosphere to get a surfeit of all!

I have a blog and seldom get any postings as comments from anyone, so I am singularly free of those who invade other blogs and anonymously become abusive. It wouldn't be so bad if so many of them didn't remain anonymous, but it seems to me to be an act of cowardice that those who dislike who you are or what you have said or both remain closeted.

Someone who knows nothing about me made nasty comments on a blog which is not mine, but who seems to know about my blog and my politics, but they didn't write to me, and attacked me anonymously on another blog to which I wouldn't make any contributions except in exceptional circumstances. Being attacked anonymously is not one of them!

On this strange blog which seems to attract Jewish religious fanatics there is one contributor who starts her postings with b'h or something similar. Now I am fairly ignorant when it comes to issues relating to Judaism - I was never a fanatic while growing up in a Jewish household - but as far as I have been aware since living in Australia for over 30 years is that b'h was an abbreviation of that religion which had a large white temple somewhere between Mona Vale and the Northern beaches in Sydney and known as the Ba'Hai religion, one of those groups which remain on the persecuted list in Iran, together with so many others, such as gay, lesbian, transgender people.

What becomes interesting in all of this is that those who were murdered in Hitler and Stalin's Europe and Asia in the 20th century are now themselves oppressors of gay, lesbian, transgender people in Australia and are as intolerant of diversity as were those dictators who are remembered by Jews around the world in the 21st century.

Did you know that apart from b'h there is also something called G-d, which is equally bizarre in this day and age! What does it mean and what is its significance?

Homophobia is responsible for the abuse of gay, lesbian, transgender, and HIV-AIDS members of our communities to the extent that some are driven to suicide, some are bashed and murdered and some are abused and emotionally damaged so that they are unable to function properly on a day-to-day basis.

Is this what Jews in Australia, and more specifically Jews in Melbourne are busy propagating? Those whom Hitler destroyed for being Jewish are now doing the same to people because they are part of sexual minority groups.

What short memories these so-called religious right-wing fanatics have! They should be ashamed!


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