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.



  1. Apparently an Israeli activist was assaulted by two "peace activists" from JVP- and she was so emotionally and physically traumatized by the event she had an asthma attack in the police car-and couldn't reach her inhaler because of the handcuffs.

    Leave it to Jewish Voice for Peace to gang up, 2 on 1, and then cry "victim"

  2. Here's the victim's statement:

    Note that there was a considerable age and mobility difference between the perps and the person who was harassed and intimidated.

    ---Grant Patel

  3. Grant, that's putting it mildly.
    The victim is as close to immobile as you can get. Which is NOT unusual for the pro-israel side.

    The anti-Israel side, on the other hand, is usually a bunch of glandular youths and their deranged love-interests. Young. Vibrant. Vicious.

  4. Please note that one of the people who was there witnessed the assault on Robin by the JVP’ers very clearly.
    This is what he wrote:
    " I witnessed the assault on Robin Dubner on 11-14-10. I heard a fracas to my left and behind me. I turned and saw a blonde woman with short hair and a man with glasses pushing Robin backwards, toward a wall of windows and a plaster wall-- a corner, essentially. Robin had both hands above her head and the two JVPers were shoving her backward and grabbing at Robin's hands. Another two persons were behind the two assailants, all moving forward on Robin, who was retreating backward from them. Robin was screaming words to the effect of: "Don't touch me; let go of me." I didn't catch the JVPers' words, but several people were yelling at Robin at once.

    I saw Robin's camera fly out of her hands and the attack on her let up for a moment. When Robin picked up her camera from the floor, the attack started again, with more pushing, grabbing and screaming at Robin by multiple people. Robin took out her pepper spray and sprayed the blonde woman; I didn't notice her spray the man but I understand he was also sprayed. At that time, Robin was able to move away.

    I can testify in court that this was a brutal attck by multiple cowards on a disabled person (Robin) and that Robin was justified in protecting herself with pepper spray. The spray was used solely in self-defence. Even I feared for Robin's safety at the hands of these thugs who unjustifiably, physically attacked Robin.
    Comment string underneath this post:

    And bear in mind that there are other witnesses. Unlike JVP, they will tell the truth.


    Very neutral assessment from JTA. Seems like a "he said/she said" situation, not surprisingly split along lines of political affiliation

  6. The hard left feels it has free reign to disrupt anything it doesn't like in the name of free speech. The Bound Together books anarchist collective sent this out last year, (featuring "peace activists" from bay area women in Black urging people to interupt synagogue worship with their political message:

    Subject: Re: [takedirectaction] BREAKING: 'Dramatic escalation' in Gaza, tanks 'moving toward frontier

    No more demos. No more signs, chants, pithy t shirts. No more marches to nowhere.
    And DEFINITELY no more emails to Congress, or heart-felt messages to Change.Gov and Obama, begging the conspirators to stop the conspiracy.
    We each one of us is responsible - and we each one of us must take action. We cannot rely on Others to do it for us.
    Here is an excellent article, with a detailed list of actions we can take, from James Petras.
    I have strongly suggested to many different so-called action groups, that we immediately institute a program of visits to every synagogue in the USA, on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings, and rise in each congregation and - in dignified firm and unemotional voices- repeat "STOP THE KILLING"-- We need to go in groups of 3-4, to insure that we have 1 person as a defensive shield, and one as a video camera witness, recording everything. Jews especially should be doing these actions. We will face harsh treatment, and possibly physical attack, but our message must be resolute and continue week after week.
    I see no possible legal impediment to this. The public, and certainly Jews- cannot be barred from entry to the services, and it will be extremely hard for the Synagogues to enforce exclusion. If they do, we can speak on the front steps, on the street, in the parking lot.
    The Jews of America must be confronted with their clear responsibility- far more than complicity-in the mass murders, occupation, and forced starvation of the people of Palestine.
    If any of you wants to work on this, just let me know.

    So, yes, our speakers, our synogogues, our heads of state are all likely targets for their wrath, but watch out Jews if you ever try and respond in kind....

  7. Oh, Gee whiz: The folks at JVP are proudly using their disruption of Netanyahu for a fundraising appeal. If the pro-Israel activists
    who organized this event thought they could teach JVP a lesson, they clearly under-estimated the ego and the narcissim of the JVP leadership:

    Their appeal follows:
    “The last few weeks - months, really - have been incredible, challenging, exciting and daunting for Jewish Voice for Peace….

    The biggest news continues to be what happened in New Orleans last week and since. As you may already know, our Young, Jewish, and Proud leaders made headlines around the world when they disrupted Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech at the country’s largest gathering of Jewish leaders ...

    We knew that this action would be big, but the attention our young leaders and Jewish Voice for Peace have garnered has been overwhelming. We have struck a nerve among Jews everywhere and among people who care about human rights. Many who tried their best to ignore JVP before are paying attention now - and that attention brings unique challenges to our lean organization. You can help (and I hope you will) by signing our letter of support for our young leaders and/or by making a donation “

    Clueless. Arrogant. Irresponsible, but mainly just clueless.