Protest the Hebron Fund this Tuesday as they head out to sea

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From a press release sent out by protest organizers:

Sixteen human rights groups are preparing to picket an annual New York City fundraising event that raises money for Jewish settlers in the Israeli-occupied West Bank city of Hebron.  Organizers say they will hold a silent protest at the entrance to the Chelsea Piers, 23rd Street and West Side Highway, on November 16 from 5:30 to 7:00pm (details below). 

This will be the third consecutive year in which the Brooklyn-based Hebron Fund’s annual fundraiser has faced protests. Last year, human rights groups criticized the New York Mets and Major League Baseball for hosting the event at Citi Field. In 2008 the Marriott Marquis was the site of a protest against the fundraiser. It is unclear if protests have led the Hebron Fund to change venues annually.

Susan Beschta from Code Pink explained, “All Israeli settlements violate international law, and Hebron’s settlers are among the most violent and racist of Israel’s settlers. It’s outrageous that on top of the billions of our tax dollars that our government gives to Israel annually, the US gives a tax break for donating to groups like the Hebron Fund that help to drive Palestinians from their homes.” According to all major human rights organizations, the UN, the International Court of Justice, and governments around the world, all Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem violate the Fourth Geneva Convention.

This year’s Hebron Fund fundraiser has been organized as a Hudson River cruise and entitled the “Hebron Aid Flotilla” in an apparent attempt to mock the international Freedom Flotilla that sailed last spring to break the illegal Israeli blockade of Gaza. The Israeli military attacked the flotilla in international waters, shooting and killing nine passengers, including an American citizen, aboard a Turkish-flagged ship, the Mavi Marmara, and injured an additional 58 passengers.

The Hebron Fund announcement for the event states that “settlements are legal,” that “this administration may decide to fly in the face of US law and commitment,” and that “the tax deductible status of the meager donations to Hebron’s Jews comes under repeated scrutiny – for no good reason except for racism and Anti-Semitism.” Keynote speaker and former Netanyahu advisor Caroline Glick has written in the Jerusalem Post that President Obama is “treating Israel like an enemy.”

In a recent New York Times report on the many US nonprofits that fund Israeli settlements, a senior US State Department official was quoted saying “It’s a problem. It’s unhelpful to the efforts that we’re trying to make.”

According to a 2007 report on Hebron, “Ghost Town,” by the Israeli human rights organizations B’Tselem and the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, Hebron is characterized by “a phenomenon of routine and sometimes extremely violent settler abuse of Palestinians” that aims to “get them to leave the area.” The two groups documented settler attacks that included physical assault, including beatings, at times with clubs, gunshots, stone throwing, hurling of refuse, destruction of shops, shattering of windows, thefts, cutting of fruit trees, and verbal insults.

In 2007, Hebron Fund Executive Director Yossi Baumol told The American Prospect’s Matthew Dussthat “[d]emocracy is poison to Arabs,” “Israel must not give Arabs a say in how the country is run,” and “[y]ou’ll never get the truth out of an Arab.” Noam Arnon, a 2009 Hebron Fund fundraiser honoree, called Jewish terrorist Baruch Goldstein “an extraordinary person” in 1995, according to a report by the Associated Press. In 1994 Goldstein massacred 29 unarmed Palestinians who were praying in a Hebron mosque, and wounded over 100 more.

WHAT: Silent picket with photographic images of anti-Palestinian acts by Israeli settlers and soldiers in Hebron, Palestine

WHERE: in front of the Chelsea Piers, 23rd Street and the West Side Highway

WHEN: Tuesday, November16, 2010, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

ENDORSED BY:  Adalah-NY:  The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel, Al-Awda NY, American Jews for a Just Peace, Brooklyn For Peace, Code Pink, Columbia University Students for Justice in Palestine, Delaware Valley Veterans for Peace, Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions-USA, Jewish Voice for Peace, Jews Say No!, Middle East Crisis Response, Siege Busters working group, WESPAC, Women in Black – Union Square, Women of a Certain Age, Woodstock Veterans for Peace

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  1. Kathleen
    November 14, 2010, 2:17 pm

    thanks for this Adam

    Will try to get a group together here in Athens Ohio to protest in solidarity with these other groups.

    Wonder if the Hebron Aid Flotilla will attack another boat and execute the passengers the way the Israeli soldiers executed the 9 activist on the Mavi marmara?
    link to mondoweiss.net
    Furkan Dogan, a nineteen-year old with dual Turkish and United States citizenship, was on the central area of the top deck filming with a small video camera when he was first hit with live fire. It appears that he was lying on the deck in a conscious, or semi-conscious, state for some time. In total Furkan received five bullet wounds, to the face, head, back thorax, left leg and foot. All of the entry wounds were on the back of his body, except for the face wound which entered to the right of his nose. According to forensic analysis, tattooing around the wound in his face indicates that the shot was delivered at point blank range. Furthermore, the trajectory of the wound, from bottom to top, together with a vital abrasion to the left shoulder that could be consistent with the bullet exit point, is compatible with the shot being received while he was lying on the ground on his back. The other wounds were not the result of firing in contact, near contact or close range, but it is not otherwise possible to determine the exact firing range. The wounds to the leg and foot were
    most likely received in a standing position.

    Ibrahim Bilgen, a 60 year old Turkish citizen, from Siirt in Turkey, was on the top deck and was one of the first passengers to be shot. He received a bullet wound to the chest, the trajectory of which was from above and not at close range. He had a further two bullet wounds to the right side of the back and right buttock, both back to front. These wounds would not have caused instant death, but he would have bled to death within a short time without medical attention. Forensic evidence shows that he was shot in the side of the head with a soft baton round at such close proximity and that an entire bean bag and its wadding penetrated the skull and lodged in the brain. He had a further bruise on the right flank consistent with another beanbag wound. The wounds are consistent with the deceased initially being shot from soldiers on board the helicopter above and receiving a further wound to the head while lying on the ground, already wounded.

    Fahri Yaldiz, a 42 year old Turkish citizen from Adiyaman, received five bullet wounds, one to the chest, one to the left leg and three to the right leg. The chest wound was caused by a bullet that entered near the left nipple and hit the heart and lungs before exiting from the shoulder. This injury would have caused rapid death.

    According to the pathology report, Ali Heyder Bengi, a 38 year old Turkish citizen from Diyarbakir, received six bullet wounds (one in the chest, one in the abdomen, one in the right arm, one in the right thigh and two in the left hand). One bullet lodged in the chest area. None of the wounds would have been instantly fatal, but damage to the liver caused bleeding which would have been fatal if not stemmed. There are several witness accounts which suggest that Israeli soldiers shot the deceased in the back and chest at close range while he was lying on the deck as a consequence of initial bullet wounds.

    Cevdet Kiliçlar, a 38 year old Turkish citizen from Istanbul, was on the Mavi Marmara, in his capacity as a photographer employed by IHH. At the moment he was shot he was standing on the bridge deck on the port side of the ship near to the door leading to the main stairwell and was attempting to photograph Israeli soldiers on the top deck. According to the pathology reports, he received a single bullet to his forehead between the eyes. The bullet followed a horizontal trajectory which crossed the middle of the brain from front to back. He would have died instantly.

    41 year old Cengiz Akyüz from Hatay and 46 year old Cengiz Songür from Izmir, both Turkish citizens, were injured on the bridge deck in close succession by live fire from above. They had been sheltering and were shot as they attempted to move inside the door leading to the stairwell. Cengiz Akyüz received a shot to the head and it is probable that he died instantly.

    The pathology report shows four wounds: to the neck, face, chest and thigh. Cengiz Songür received a single bullet to the upper central thorax below the neck, shot from a high angle, which lodged in the right thoracic cavity injuring the heart and aorta. Unsuccessful efforts were made by doctors inside the ship to resuscitate him through heart massage.

    Çetin Topçuoglu, a 54 year old Turkish citizen from Adana had been involved in helping to bring injured passengers inside the ship to be treated. He was also shot close to the door on the bridge deck. He did not die instantly and his wife, who was also on board the ship, was with him when he died. He was shot by three bullets. One bullet entered from the top the soft tissues of the right side of the back of the head, exited from the neck and then re-entered into the thorax. Another bullet entered the left buttock and lodged in the right pelvis. The third entered the right groin and exited from the lower back. There are indications that the victim may have been in a crouching or bending position when this wound was sustained.

    The location and circumstances of the shooting and death of Necdet Yildirim, a 31 year old Turkish citizen from Istanbul, remain unclear. He was shot twice in the thorax, once from the front and once from the back. The trajectory of both bullets was from top to bottom. He also received bruises consistent with plastic bullet impact

  2. maximalistNarrative
    November 14, 2010, 2:42 pm

    The Hebron Fund is a legitimate charity. What you guys are protesting charities now?

    Do you understand that Hebron is the second most holy city in Judaism? Why is it that you seek to bar Jews from living, building and praying in our holy city?

    very strange….

    • Kathleen
      November 14, 2010, 4:27 pm

      Hebron belongs to the Palestinians. These settlers are illegal, the Israeli soldiers are illegal. The Hebron Fund should be investigated for donating money that support the internationally recognized illegal and immoral activities of the illegal settlers in Hebron

    • Kathleen
      November 14, 2010, 4:29 pm

      And the North American continent belongs to the native Americans. Native Americans had an immigration problem. Too bad they did not have metal and bullshit detectors

    • Shmuel
      November 14, 2010, 4:41 pm

      A holy city?

      To borrow from Isaiah: How is the faithful city become a harlot! She that was full of justice, righteousness lodged in her, but now murderers.

      link to shovrimshtika.org

      • potsherd
        November 14, 2010, 4:51 pm

        Shmuel, you are perfect.

      • Mooser
        November 14, 2010, 5:11 pm

        Shmuel, you have absolutely no understanding of the new, improved Muscular Judaism. First of all, you’ve got to forget all about that depressing Isiah-Jeremiah and all that. It’s passe’

        Can’t you see that God’s approval of Zionism is demonstrated by AMerica’s commitment to Israel’s military superiority? Have you no religious feelings at all?

        I suppose I could try and explain to MaxNarr that all he is doing is expounding the enduring myths of anti-Semitism, that the Jews are a people apart, exclusively interested in theor own tribe, and valuing their “holy cities” over the lives of non-Jews.
        But it would only make him happy. ‘Oh boy’ says MaxNarr ‘If everybody hates the Jews they will all have to move to Israel! O Happy Day! And then all it would take for Judaism to become a world power is for every Jewish man woman and child to have about 100 Jewish babies, and look out world!

      • tree
        November 14, 2010, 5:47 pm

        ‘Oh boy’ says MaxNarr ‘If everybody hates the Jews they will all have to move to Israel! O Happy Day! And then all it would take for Judaism to become a world power is for every Jewish man woman and child to have about 100 Jewish babies, and look out world!

        LOL! I think Max would fit in just fine with this group of “Muscular Jews”:

        Courtesy of Life of Brian

      • occupyresist
        November 14, 2010, 7:23 pm

        Mooser,

        I think you’d be perfect on this forum:

        link to amazon.com

        Seriously, that discussion needs a bit of your humor.

      • Kathleen
        November 15, 2010, 8:26 am

        “new, improved Muscular Judaism. ” Will be the undoing of Israel. Guess Israeli’s are working towards imprisoning themselves.

    • Mooser
      November 14, 2010, 5:14 pm

      “second most holy city in Judaism? “

      Than why do the Zionists defile it?

    • Avi
      November 14, 2010, 7:40 pm

      maximalistNarrative November 14, 2010 at 2:42 pm

      The Hebron Fund is a legitimate charity. What you guys are protesting charities now?

      Charity my foot. Forcibly stealing Palestinian homes is hardly charity. Terrorizing entire families is not charity.

      Not everyone has Zionist agents in the U.S. judicial system to persecute — yes persecute — a Palestinian charity that brought children in Gaza crayons notebooks and textbooks.

      Zionist Jews in the U.S. are like a spoiled child who throws a hissy fit whenever things don’t go as he demands.

      Sending aid not just to Palestinians living under the thumb of Israel’s military occupation, but to people in Bosnia, Albania, Chechnya and Turkey, the HLF was also involved in local and national humanitarian relief. The organization set up food banks on the East Coast, helped victims of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and provided assistance to people after floods and tornadoes devastated parts of Iowa and Texas in the 1990s.

      [...]

      Prosecutors working for the Bush Administration accused the HLF of supporting Hamas by trying to “win hearts and minds” of the Palestinian population through humanitarian assistance, and that the charities HLF worked with were “front groups” for the political party. But after several years of wiretapping phone lines, seizing documents and following money trails, the prosecution couldn’t support its allegations of an HLF-Hamas connection. Elashi said they then resorted to calling on an anonymous Israeli intelligence officer, who called himself “Avi,” as a key witness who told the jury he was an expert who could “smell Hamas.”

      [...]

      “It was the only time in the history of the United States that a witness inside a courtroom was allowed to remain anonymous, so the defense couldn’t cross-examine him,” Elashi said. “That in and of itself is huge grounds for appeal.”

      [...] sentence Ghassan Elashi, a father of six who immigrated to the US in 1978, to 65 years in prison.

      link to electronicintifada.net

      • Kathleen
        November 15, 2010, 8:26 am

        Write your Reps as often as possible about these issues

  3. Kathleen
    November 14, 2010, 3:17 pm

    Adam just sent you an email. Working on the Peggy Gish idea

  4. potsherd
    November 14, 2010, 3:41 pm

    I see my comment disappeared

  5. Kathleen
    November 14, 2010, 4:53 pm

    Nir Rosen has a great interview over at Democracy Now
    link to democracynow.org

    • occupyresist
      November 14, 2010, 7:24 pm

      I just got the Kindle version of his book.

      Going to ‘try’ and read it, it’s too harrowing so I might take it in increments.

      • Kathleen
        November 15, 2010, 8:27 am

        Nir is so clear. And yes the reality on the ground is what Americans do not want to hear. Put that pedal to the metal and get to the mall

  6. Kathleen
    November 14, 2010, 4:57 pm

    Check this out
    Netanyahu Pushes For Israel Settlement Freeze After U.S. Offers Incentives
    link to huffingtonpost.com

    • Kathleen
      November 14, 2010, 5:22 pm

      “The administration believes that enough progress can be made on borders to keep the Palestinians invested in the talks, even if no final border deal is reached in three months.

      Under the U.S. plan, Netanyahu would agree to a 90-day ban on housing starts in West Bank settlements, but not in east Jerusalem, the Palestinians’ hoped-for capital.”

      Is this just more of Netanyahu’s efforts to keep the Palestinians invested why Israel keeps expanding illegal settlements

    • potsherd
      November 14, 2010, 5:30 pm

      This is total betrayal of the Palestinian cause. Total.

      • yonira
        November 15, 2010, 7:46 pm

        Only settling for something as unrealistic and impossible as ultimate justice, Palestine from the river to the sea, all Jews out of Palestine is complete betrayal of the Palestinian cause.

      • RoHa
        November 16, 2010, 5:46 am

        “Only settling for something as unrealistic and impossible as ultimate justice, Palestine from the river to the sea, all Jews out of Palestine is complete betrayal of the Palestinian cause. ”

        However, no-one expects ultimate justice, since the dead cannot be restored to life.

        Nor does “all Jews out of Palestine” feature on the Palestinian agenda.

  7. justicewillprevail
    November 14, 2010, 5:20 pm

    Hebron is one of the most disgusting manifestations of Israeli supremacism and apartheid on the planet. A Palestinian city held to ransom by a few hundred hardcore fascists with the full support of the Israeli army and their government. The whole city closed down, Palestinians not allowed to move or trade in their own city, showered with refuse and debris from those peace loving terrorists who can only stay there thanks to the IDF. It is a perfect example of the utter corruption of Judaism by the fascism of Zionism.

    • Kathleen
      November 14, 2010, 5:25 pm

      Our dear friend (died this summer in tragic tractor accident) standing in front of an Israeli tank in Hebron in 2003

      ““The soldiers tried their best to ignore me, but I am sure they heard me. I ignored their commands for me to leave. One soldier spit at me, so I walked right up to him and invited him to spit on me. He declined the offer.

      Three soldiers aimed their guns at and moved toward a group of Palestinian bystanders. It looked to me like they were going to shoot. I quickly jumped in front of the soldiers, raised my hands in the air and shouted, “Shoot me, shoot me, go ahead and shoot me.” The soldiers immediately left.

      A tank came roaring toward me, its big gun barrel aimed at me. I raised my hands in the air in prayer, and shouted, “Shoot, shoot, Baruch hashem adonai.” The tank stopped within inches of me.”

      He added: “The Israeli military had put all of Hebron under total curfew today, saying they were looking for terrorists. Now I wonder if there really were terrorists hidden among the apples and oranges. Or, are the Israeli soldiers committing acts of terrorism against the civilian population of Hebron?”
      link to palsolidarity.org

  8. Kathleen
    November 14, 2010, 5:27 pm

    Art’s book about his time in Hebron
    “Hebron Journal”
    Hebron Journal: Stories of Nonviolent Peacemaking
    link to store.mpn.net

  9. Kathleen
    November 14, 2010, 5:34 pm

    O.K. rip your heart out and weep for the crimes committed in unnecessary wars. The stories of these soldiers who committed suicide due to PTSD described by family members is just brutal

    Wartorn 1861-2010″ New Doc Chronicles Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from Civil War to Iraq & Afghanistan
    link to democracynow.org

    AMY GOODMAN: Cheryl, describe how he dealt at the end and what you saw the signs were. In the film, you talk about your son feeling like he had gone bad because he had killed people in Iraq.

    CHERYL SOFTICH: That’s the way he felt. He felt that he killed, and so now it was time for him to be dead, because he wasn’t brought up to kill people. And I could never get him to understand that what he did was he was—he had a job. It was for the Army, and it was his job. And he didn’t kill like he thought he did. Everybody shot. It doesn’t mean Noah necessarily killed anybody. But he did kill a few people, as happens in war, and it ate him up from the inside out. He couldn’t deal with it.

    AMY GOODMAN: It was very graphic, his feeling about himself and the way he killed himself, Cheryl, if you could bring yourself to talk about that.

    CHERYL SOFTICH: He went to a childhood spot that he had always went to hang out when he skipped school or when he was rabbit hunting or whatever. And he stabbed each and every one of his IDs through the face with a pocket knife. He put his fist through the side window on his truck so he wouldn’t have to look at his face. He put his dog tag to his temple. He wedged the gun to that dog tag, and he pulled the trigger. It was his way of saying that “I am dead because of my tours in Iraq. The Army killed me.” It was his way of letting me know why he did it. It had nothing to do with us.”

    The Bush administration are to blame for this violence against the people of Iraq and Afghanistan and against these young Americans who were sent into these countries

    • occupyresist
      November 15, 2010, 10:41 am

      I watched this yesterday. It was heartbreaking. I cannot even begin to understand how people don’t see that their democracy has long ago become a hollow shell, how they are being manipulated,…and now what they have are the left-overs, an oligarchy with some trappings of democracy.

  10. Bumblebye
    November 14, 2010, 5:48 pm

    I had a friend who was a Vietnam vet.
    Once his children were born, he found he couldn’t look them in the eye without seeing other eyes.
    25 years ago he “fell off” an oil rig.
    He isn’t forgotten.

    • Kathleen
      November 15, 2010, 8:29 am

      The description of these young soldiers suicides told by their parents …heart wrenching. Bush, Cheney, Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld, Condi “mushroom cloud” Rice, Douglas Feith, etc need to be dressed up in orange jump suits and put in prison of life for their crimes against humanity

  11. maximalistNarrative
    November 14, 2010, 6:11 pm

    Kathleen, I agree the North American Continent belongs to the Native Americans. This is definitely pertinent to the discussion.

    No need for moderation on this statement.

    My point is that just like the other of the worlds indigenous peoples, the Jewish people are native to the Land of Israel, and guess what? We have returned.

    I believe East Los Angeles should be Mexican for many reasons as well and the city should be divided.

  12. yourstruly
    November 14, 2010, 7:42 pm

    Should the Obama administration start attacking Israel de-legitimizers, we can meet them head-on by labeling them traitors for being more beholden to the settler-state than to the U.S. of A. At the same time we back up this argument by citing statements by General David Petreaus and other top government honchos that Israel’s intransigence vis a vis a Mideast peace agreement endangers U.S. troops in Afghanistan and national security here in the homeland. In the past whenever our government challenged* the Israel Lobby by merely hinting that they might be a dual loyalty issue, said lobby became apoplectic. Yes, these hints turned out to be nothing more than a shot across the bow, as our government soon backed down, after which it was business as usual, but the fear that rippled through Israel’s supporters revealed that raising the dual loyalty issue is the bane of their existence. For this reason we anti-Zionists must not back off or otherwise become defensive when the Obama administration calls us delegitimzers (which some of us are), antisemites or self-hating Jews (false because it’s the members of the Israel Lobby who are the self-haters/antisemites). Instead we should remember that a good offense is the best defense, and attack the Israel Lobby where they’re most vulnerable, again, their dual loyalty – Even, that is, if this approach means that other issues get short-changed. Underlying this approach is the realization that the most we can do to bring about justice for Palestine is to persuade the public here in America that the truth is the the opposite of what we’ve been taught, that the Israelis are the oppressors, the Palestinians the oppressed, and that what’s in the best interest of America is justice for Palestine. And that nothing will do more to end Islamic terrorism than justice for Palestine plus troops out now from Afghanistan/Iraq/Pakestan/Somalia/Yemen/Indonesia.

    *thoroughly discussed in a MW thread from approx. 2 weeks ago

    • yonira
      November 15, 2010, 7:42 pm

      *thoroughly discussed in a MW thread from approx. 2 weeks ago

      Don’t kid yourself, these talking points are brought up on a daily basis, mostly debunked.

      You people are cowards, when will you blame the actually ppl who are doing the killing?

  13. maximalistNarrative
    November 15, 2010, 6:21 pm

    Hey guys, just wanted to give you a heads up. I would advise against showing up. Not me personally but a lot of my colleagues are bringing slingshots and bear spray. That’s like pepper spray but for bears.

    Max

    • James North
      November 15, 2010, 6:32 pm

      max: Why are you threatening violence against peaceful demonstrators?

      • tree
        November 15, 2010, 6:35 pm

        Because he’s a violent idiot? Works for me.

      • maximalistNarrative
        November 15, 2010, 6:37 pm

        I’m not threatening anything. Simply I’m telling you the scuttlebutt from my side of the divide :) I’ll be on the boat so I probably won’t come into contact with any of you anyway, there will however be special contingents to face off with you.

        Just a friendly heads up. Sorry if you interpreted that as a threat.

        Max

    • marc b.
      November 15, 2010, 6:42 pm

      comment duly reported

      no, of course, not you, because you are too chicken sh*t to own up to anything.

      • yonira
        November 15, 2010, 7:40 pm

        LOL, I love how blatantly dense you guys are, you’re being mocked!

    • potsherd
      November 15, 2010, 7:55 pm

      I look forward to seeing Zionist thugs arrested for felonious assault, showing the world their true ugly faces.

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