Monday, November 15, 2010

Jewish Voice for Peace - lies, distortion, and spin

The following is an example of the lies told by Jewish Voice for Peace, which once again shows that ethical considerations and truth are not any part of their agenda.


Right-wing Israel advocacy group pepper sprays Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) members
Right-wing Israel advocacy group San Francisco Voice for Israel/ StandWithUs
Member Pepper Sprays Jewish Voice for at Bay Area JVP Chapter Meeting. Wraps self in Israeli flag.Peace (JVP) members

[Note that San Francisco Voice for Israel/ StandWithUs is by no means a "right-wing group", in that it has among its members the full spectrum of political points of view, EXCEPT anti-Semitism, self-hate, pro-terror sentiments, or Naziism - those viewpoints being too well represented among JVP and other anti-Israel cliques.
NOTE ALSO that the spray incident was a self-defensive action, and that the pro-Israel activist in question was being mobbed and threatened by JVP members or sympathizers.]

Group well known in Bay Area for harassing and intimidating peace activists

[The truth, as usual, is far otherwise. JVP has often stood with belligerent pro-Palestinians and anti-Semites at rallies in front of the consulate, and JVP and their fellow-travellers have a well-established track record of joining in harassment and provocation. Especially when the Israel-haters and pro-Palestinian juvenile delinquents outnumber the pro-Israel demonstrators by a very wide margin. Group-think and bullyism are their modi operandi.]

Contact: Jesse AT
Oakland, CA November 15, 2010
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.

[If Jesse at JVP wrote this, Jesse and the truth parted company a long time ago. Well, so did Rae and Matthew (a compulsive whiner and, reputedly, a neurotic praeputiophile - I'll let you guess who is which). Altogether not surprising.
And from what I've heard, this had nothing to do with San Francisco Voice for Israel/StandWithUs, but comprised instead the spontaneous reactions of individual East-Bay Israel supporters and Jews, outraged at the horsepucky that JVP was 'voicing'. There is absolutely nothing to indicate that any organization OTHER than JVP was involved.]

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.

[Note: The Bay Area Chapter of JVP includes many people who have openly advocated the destruction of Israel. As they have made clear outside the consulate, and at United Nations Plaza, at several events in the past.]

Approximately 50 to 60 people were at the meeting, and numerous witnesses are available to corroborate the events.
Watch video of some of the disruptions and the victims and perpetrator of attack here.
Eyewitness testimonies are here and here.
Wrapped in an Israeli flag, San Francisco Voice for Israel/StandWithUs (SFVI/SWU) member [CUT] 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.

[A lie - one that might result in action, as eggregious and damaging falsehoods are a legal issue. ]

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”.

[Another lie.]

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…”

[A provocateur who shows up at a number of events which involve JVP and BAWIB - coincidence?]

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 [CUT]

“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.

[Lets talk about the flat tires and broken windows that some of you self-proclaimed 'peace activists' are responsible for, as well as the 'inside information' you circulate.]

The rest of their press release consists of whiny drivel and further lies, smears, and half-truths. No need to bore you with it. Just remember, these are the same people who have stood with Hamas-supporters screaming 'ba rooh, ba dam, nafdeek ya falasteen', 'itbach al Yahood', 'falasteen baladna wa'l Yahood kalabna', and similar slogans that are by no means peaceful.

Here's an account of one demonstration at which there were known members of JVP:

There are others. They even videotaped themselves. They've boasted of their acts.

PS. In case you were wondering, the Arabic slogans given above mean "with our souls and our blood we will redeem you oh Palestine" (ba rooh, ba dam, nafdeek ya Falasteen), "kill the Jews" (itbach al Yahood), and "Palestine is our country and the Jews are our dogs" (falasteen baladna wa'l Yahood kalabna). A promise of violence and bloodletting, an outright incitement to hatred and murder, and slogan that would make the KKK proud respectively.
Nice. JVP and their henchpigs have stood with folks screaming this crap, positively beaming with pride in their delicious revolutionary brotherhood.

If I ever see any of the JVP members or their friends at, or near, my high-school, I'm calling the cops. Too many of them have "other" track records as well.
They're not so young, they're hardly Jewish, and what the heck they have to proud of is a complete mystery. Some of them are 'persons of interest'.
Ambiguous interest, nauseated interest. But interest.