Activists to the NY Mets: ‘Racism ain’t amazin’! Strike out the Hebron Fund!’

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From Adalah-NY:

New York, NY, November 4, 2009 – Eleven organizations from the US, Palestine and Israel have called on baseball’s New York Mets to cancel a November 21st dinner at the Caesars Club at Citi Field for the Brooklyn-based Hebron Fund. The dinner is a fundraiser for Israeli settlers in the Israeli-occupied West Bank City of Hebron. In a letter sent to the Mets on November 3rd, the groups said, “The New York Mets will be facilitating activities that directly violate international law and the Obama administration’s call for a freeze in settlement construction, and that actively promote racial discrimination, and the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from their homes in Hebron.” Seven hundred Israeli settlers, living amidst 150,000 Palestinians in Hebron, are expanding their hold on the historic old city by driving out the Palestinian residents.

The groups added that “It would be a tragic irony for an event funding Israeli settlers’ violent actions and discriminatory policies against Palestinians to be held at Caesars Club which, according to the Mets, “sits directly on top of the Jackie Robinson Rotunda,” which was named “in honor of Jackie Robinson, the… great American who broke baseball’s color barrier.” The Mets and Major League Baseball promote Robinson’s legacy, including Robinson’s value of “Justice: Treating all people fairly, no matter who they are.” Mets owner Fred Wilpon has explained in the past that, as a 16 year-old, meeting Jackie Robinson was an experience that never left him. “As a kid, a nothing, he treated me with all of that dignity that he treated everyone else in his life.”

On the Hebron Fund webpage, clicking on the symbol which says “Give to Hebron” leads to a donations page on the website for the Jewish Community of Hebron which says, among other things, “keep Hebron Jewish for the Jewish people.” In a report on Hebron, the Israeli human rights organizations B’Tselem and ACRI have labeled the demands of Hebron’s settlers as “racist.” Hebron settlement leader Moshe Levinger, praised in a Hebron Fund dinner video, has been quoted saying,“The Arabs know to behave like good boys around us.” Hebron Fund Executive Director Yossi Baumol also made very derogatory comments about Arabs in a 2007 interview.

The signers of the letter include Adalah-NY, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, Brooklyn For Peace, Coalition of Women for Peace (Israel), CODEPINK Women for Peace, Gush Shalom (Israel), Jews Against the Occupation-NYC, Jewish Voice for Peace, Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (Palestine), US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, and WESPAC Foundation. The letter was cced and sent to Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Middle East Envoy George Mitchell, who has a history of involvement with Major League Baseball, and Rachel Robinson, Jackie Robinson’s wife.

The letter explains that reviewing last year’s and this year’s Hebron Fund dinner shows that some dinner honorees support violence and terrorizing Palestinians. In 1990, Noam Arnon, who is to be honored at the dinner, called three Israelis who were convicted of killing three Arabs and maiming two Palestinian mayors in car bombings “heroes.” In a video on the Hebron Fund website, 2008 dinner honoree Myrna Zisman pays tribute to Hebron settler Yifat Alkoby. Alkoby became famous worldwide in 2006 when she was videotaped in Hebron terrorizing and calling a Palestinian woman and girl “whores” who were caged inside their own home as protection from settler attacks. In another video featuring 2008 dinner honorees, three children who appear to be the honorees’ children are briefly shown holding guns and smiling.

All Israeli settlements violate international law, according to a broad international consensus. The Hebron Fund’s dinner invitation says, “Join us in support of Hebron and in protest of today’s building freeze in Judea and Samaria [the West Bank].” In a September, 2008 radio interview, the Hebron Fund’s Yossi Baumol explained, “There are real facts on the ground that are created by people helping the Hebron Fund and coming to our dinners.”

Washington Post columnist David Ignatius recently highlighted the Hebron Fund and noted that, “critics of Israeli settlements question why American taxpayers are supporting indirectly, through the exempt contributions, a process that the government condemns. A search of IRS records identified 28 U.S. charitable groups that made a total of $33.4 million in tax-exempt contributions to settlements and related organizations between 2004 and 2007.” The Hebron Fund has been the subject of complaints to the I.R.S. regarding its tax-exempt status. The complaints request investigations of allegations that it raises funds for the development of illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank. The Israeli organization Gush Shalom recently urged the National Lawyers Guild, an American organization, to encourage American tax authorities to strip US non-profits that support Israeli settlements of their tax-exempt status.

14 Responses

  1. potsherd
    November 4, 2009, 7:18 pm

    There are so many damning videos and photos of the Hebron settlers that would turn the stomach of anyone but the most racist Zionist. These need to be more widely disseminated to show what kind of people these are, what kind of project they are perpetrating.

    Funds like this run tours for European and American Jews to come over to Hebron for the fun of stoning the Arabs.

  2. Rehmat
    November 4, 2009, 8:27 pm

    Certainly – the Jew settlers need money to build a “holocaust shrine” over one of Israeli hero, Baruch Goldstein, who on February 25th killed 27 Muslim worshippers in Hebron.

    In ZOG America, Anti-Muslim organizations and terrorist groups are free to collect funds to carry-on their evil activities in the US and around the world. On the other hand, there are more than 36 Muslim charities on State Deparment’s “terrorist list”. Doesn’t that prove Israel Shamir right when he wrote: “America is as much Jewish as Vatican is Catholic.” Pity, Vatican, too, has become a ZOG entity.

    Muslim charities targeted by Zionists
    link to rehmat1.wordpress.com

  3. BluePearl
    November 4, 2009, 8:31 pm

    BREAKING NEWS!!! The New York Mets Support the Jewish KKK

  4. Chaos4700
    November 4, 2009, 10:14 pm

    Meanwhile, as Zionists hobnob with kosher cocktail weenies in New York, life under occupation continues.

    Gaza fisherman shot by Israeli navy
    Detainees punished for hunger strike at Nafha prison
    Israeli troops say new Palestinian city under military control

    Just another day for second-class citizens under the “Jewish” state.

  5. javs
    November 4, 2009, 10:43 pm

    need I say anything except , “I hope the aparthied and the usa supporters get what they have comming to them very very… slowly soon, to each of them and there supporters which also include the abbass traders and others the world needs to exterminate these types of things called people…which I do not believe them to be. Burn down the U.N. , W. House, International criminal courts

  6. DICKERSON3870
    November 5, 2009, 12:21 am

    It does not surprise me that the N.Y. Mets support the ‘Jewish, apartheid state of Israel’.

  7. VR
    November 5, 2009, 1:24 am

    If they proceed they should be met with a “die in” in front of the premises, to show exactly what they are standing for in public.

  8. VR
    November 5, 2009, 1:32 am

    There are some forms of communication where you cannot mistake the message –

    BLOOD OF CHILDREN ON YOU’RE HANDS

  9. James
    November 5, 2009, 1:46 am

    a small breath of fresh air….. wow!

  10. Citizen
    November 5, 2009, 6:02 am

    Don’t the Dallas Cowboys support the Israeli settlers too?

  11. Julian
    November 11, 2009, 3:24 pm

    Hebron Massacre:
    In total, 67 Jews were killed in Hebron; 59 died during the riots and 8 more succumbed to their wounds later. The remaining members, save one woman who refused to go, were placed on trucks and delivered to Jerusalem and all their property was seized by the Arabs.[16] Most of those killed were Ashkenazi men, but there were also a dozen women and three children under the age of three. Seven of the victims were yeshiva students from the United States and Canada. Dozens of people were wounded, including many women and children. Several cases of rape, mutilation and torture were reported in the Jewish press.[6]
    link to en.wikipedia.org

    • potsherd
      November 11, 2009, 3:38 pm

      Hebron Massacre:

      an attack on Muslim Palestinians praying at the mosque in the Cave of the Patriarchs in the West Bank city of Hebron on February 25, 1994. Baruch Goldstein, an Israeli-American settler, off-duty IDF army reservist captain[1] and member of the extremist Kach movement, opened fire on the worshippers. According to Israeli reports 39 Palestinians were killed and 125 wounded, while Palestinian sources stated that up to 52 people were shot to death.[2] Goldstein was also killed in the attack, which took place during the overlapping religious holidays of Purim and Ramadan.

      link to en.wikipedia.org

      The movement that the event at Citi Field means to celebrate is the spiritual heir of the terrorist Goldstein, carrying on his work.

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