Bulletin: Children’s pictures from Gaza are banned in Bay Area

Israel/Palestine
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Disgusting and horrifying news. What are these people afraid of? An exhibit of children’s art from Gaza, brought back to the States by Susan Johnson, was scheduled to go public on Sept. 24 at the Oakland Museum of Children’s Art. The Middle East Children’s Alliance, a partner in staging the exhibit, informs us that the museum’s board folded and the exhibit has been cancelled.

Three items follow. The release from the Middle East Children’s Alliance; a note from Annie, who had written to the museum yesterday; and the still-live listing for the event at bottom, on the children’s museum site:

For immediate Release Oakland Museum Shuts Down Palestinian Children’s Exhibit September 9, 2011

Berkeley, CA— The Museum of Children’s Art in Oakland (MOCHA) has decided to cancel an exhibit of art by Palestinian children in the Gaza Strip. The Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA), which was partnering with MOCHA to present the exhibit, was informed of the decision by the Museum’s board president on Thursday, September 8, 2011. For several months, MECA and the museum had been working together on the exhibit, which is titled “A Child’s View of Gaza.”

MECA has learned that there was a concerted effort by pro-Israel organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area to pressure the museum to reverse its decision to display Palestinian children’s art.

Barbara Lubin, the Executive Director of MECA, expressed her dismay that the museum decided to censor this exhibit in contradiction of its mission “to ensure that the arts are a fundamental part of the lives of all children.” 

“We understand all too well the enormous pressure that the museum came under. But who wins? The museum doesn’t win. MECA doesn’t win. The people of the Bay Area don’t win. Our basic constitutional freedom of speech loses. The children in Gaza lose,” she said. 

“The only winners here are those who spend millions of dollars censoring any criticism of Israel and silencing the voices of children who live every day under military siege and occupation.” 

Unfortunately, this disturbing incident is just one example of many across the nation in which certain groups have successfully silenced the Palestinian perspective, which includes artistic expression. In fact, some organizations have even earmarked funds for precisely these efforts. Last year, regrettably the Jewish Federation of North America and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs launched a $6 million initiative to effectively silence Palestinian voices even in “cultural institutions.” 

The free exhibit, co-sponsored by nearly twenty local organizations, was scheduled to open on September 24, and featured special activities for children and families, including a cartooning workshop and poetry readings.

The Gaza Strip, which has a population of 1.6 million, has been under siege since Israel imposed a blockade against it in 2006. The United Nations and many human rights organizations across the world have condemned the blockade as an inhumane and cruel form of collective punishment.

“Even while the children in Gaza are living under Israeli policies that deprive them of every basic necessity, they managed through art, to express their realities and hopes. It’s really very sad that there are people in the U.S. silencing them and shredding their dreams,” said Ziad Abbas, MECA’s Associate Director. 

MECA is disappointed in the museum’s decision to deny Bay Area residents the opportunity to view Palestinian children’s art, and is committed to seeking an alternative venue. 

“We made a promise to the children that their art will be shown and we are going to keep that promise,” said Lubin.

Media please contact: Leena Al-Arian Communications Coordinator, MECA

Note from Annie:

I am flabberghasted and angry! Just yesterday I wrote Masako Kalbach, Interim Executive Director of Museum of Children’s Art (MOCHA) in Oakland, because I heard they were being pressured to close the exhibit A Child’s View From Gaza. Today I read this from Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA). I already had a date to go to the opening. This is horrible. People out here on the West coast are bummed I will tell you. News of this has already begun to spread like WILDFIRE!

And from the children’s museum site (screenshot taken 9/10/11):

mocha

149 Responses

  1. justicewillprevail
    September 9, 2011, 5:04 pm

    Reality is censored by Zionist fundamentalists. How unsurprising that they don’t want the public to see the fruits of their policies and actions. The american public must be kept in the dark and fed absurd propaganda and fearmongering. How insecure they must be that they fear this sort of thing. Who are these people who favor foreign countries to tell American people what they can and can’t see? About time people stood up against this kind of control freakery by people with foreign allegiances, people who are very keen to deny free speech and free thought. Complete t*ssers.

    • James
      September 9, 2011, 11:18 pm

      OT – anyone at mondoweiss following the israel embassy attack in cairo? aljazzera is here
      link to english.aljazeera.net

      • Citizen
        September 10, 2011, 6:11 am

        Gee, you mean everyday Egyptians are blaming their own government for selling their oil to Israel at a big discount while the average Egyptian cannot afford to fill up a gas tank? Wait until US gas at the pump goes up like it did back when Nixon saved Israel.

      • James
        September 10, 2011, 12:25 pm

        link to english.aljazeera.net

        Washington has reacted swiftly and angrily to the attack on the Israeli embassy in Cairo.

        But its mild reactions to the Israeli attacks on the Egyptian border and the Turkish flotilla have invoked accusations of diplomatic double standards. In the process, the outcry has weakened Washington’s leverage in the region.

      • Walid
        September 10, 2011, 1:06 pm

        James, too bad this item is not being covered on Mondo; your Jazeera article says that the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafists did not participate in the Israeli embassy demonstrations and assault. This is the second time these 2 groups refuse to demonstrate against Israel. When fundies start siding with the Americans and Israelis, you have to be wondering why.

  2. annie
    September 9, 2011, 5:10 pm

    listserves are spreading this like wildfire out here on the west coast. like wild fire! many of us had plans to go to the opening, i did. many of us wrote the museum when we heard they were under pressure. i did. and i am sure i am not the only person who wrote a scathing letter today in complete disgust!

    Masako Kalbach, Interim Executive Director of Museum of Children’s Art (MOCHA) [email protected]

    • Interested Bystander
      September 10, 2011, 4:26 am

      It isn’t really a “free speech” issue. Freedom of speech is an American constitutional value (“First Amendment”) which says that the government may not pass laws that infringe on the freedom to speak. The First Amendment does not apply to a private museum. MOCHA is obviously free to cancel this show, if they choose to .

      It also seems to me they should not cancel it. An exhibit of Palestinian children’s art is of interest. It certainly has political value. I don’t know how Susan Johnson curated these pieces, but regardless, the show would be interesting to see, and it certainly would foster discussion. This is a good thing. Canceling the show puts MOCHA in a bad light. For donors, or anyone else, to put the squeeze on the board about this show is regrettable and a mistake.

      As for the Israeli philharmonic, it’s true that BDS is a tool that can be used by anyone. So what? Pressuring MOCHA to cancel an exhibit of children’s art has to be justified on its own terms. The only rationale I can see for anyone wanting to do this is the belief that the art is being ued for propaganda purposes. It’s hard to judge this without knowing something about the exhibition, or how it was curated. I’m skeptical that the folks applying pressure had such knowledge. In any case, even if the show is deliberately political, I would like to see it. Is MOCHA making a mistake? They are obviously presented with a bad choice–hard to judge which decision is the lesser of two evils here. Certainly, the so called “philanthropists” who might be responsible for this are being less than honorable. Shame on them!

      I’m sure that another suitable venue can be found for this show in the East Bay. The cancellation due to political pressure will add publicity interest. For this reason, it seems to me counter-productive for the Zionist camp to put pressure on MOCHA to cancel it in the first place.

      In the meantime, it would be worthwhile to solicit both Susan Johnson and MOCHA to comment on this event.

  3. eee
    September 9, 2011, 5:11 pm

    Before you guys cheered the disruption of the Israeli philharmonic and as a strong supporter of freedom of speech, I would have been with you on this issue. However, now all I say is what goes around comes around. Choose your weapons wisely because they will be used against you.

    • justicewillprevail
      September 9, 2011, 5:23 pm

      Ha ha, the little bully tries threats as his MO. I am devastated that you have changed your mind on freedom of speech, because of a little non-violent protest, which didn’t stop the performance. Eeek, what will we do with someone with such flexible ‘principles’? LOL

    • Donald
      September 9, 2011, 5:44 pm

      See that’s where we differ. I wouldn’t want to suppress the artistic expression of Jewish children in some country where Jews are under siege because I don’t like the tactics or views of Zionists. But that’s some commitment to free speech you have there, if you give it up because you think someone else doesn’t respect it.

      • eee
        September 9, 2011, 6:14 pm

        I am of course committed to freedom of speech, but if you don’t stand up to my freedoms, why should I stand up for yours? If you cheer shutting up the Israeli philharmonic, why should I support you in this case?

      • Shingo
        September 9, 2011, 6:29 pm

        Once again, eee demonstrates that when it comes to free speech, demonstrations are not included.

      • tree
        September 9, 2011, 6:35 pm

        I am of course committed to freedom of speech, but if you don’t stand up to my freedoms, why should I stand up for yours?

        If you don’t stand up for speech you disagree with, then you aren’t committed to free speech. Its easy to stand up for speech you agree with, and does not indicate any form of “commitment” to free speech.

        And no one “shut up” the Israeli Philharmonic. Some attendees simply exercised their free speech to join in with a chorus.

      • eGuard
        September 9, 2011, 6:37 pm

        “Freedom of speech”? These are children. IPO was asked not to perform while they are grown ups.

        Ah, come to think of it: eee, children and grown ups: do you know the difference?

      • Donald
        September 9, 2011, 6:38 pm

        “I am of course committed to freedom of speech, but if you don’t stand up to my freedoms, why should I stand up for yours? ”

        I wasn’t aware the symphony was completely shut down. Was it?

        You withdraw your support to punish people who protested at the symphony in London. Of course you are not punishing the protestors–to do that you’d have to find some cultural event they attend and temporarily interrupt that or support someone else doing that to them. But instead you cheer for the censorship of Gazan children.

      • Cliff
        September 9, 2011, 7:14 pm

        I am of course committed to freedom of speech, but if you don’t stand up to my freedoms, why should I stand up for yours? If you cheer shutting up the Israeli philharmonic, why should I support you in this case?

        You don’t have to support the Palestinian cause, eee. No one is appealing to hard-line Zionists to change their ways.

        And protesting the normalization of Israel in the eyes of Westerners, i.e. Brand Israel has nothing to do with Israeli freedom. The Palestinians are the ones occupied and colonized, not you.

        Your insistence of drawing some parallel between yourself and the people under occupation for 40+ years is a JOKE.

      • ToivoS
        September 9, 2011, 7:26 pm

        I think private donors to public institutions have a perfect right to threaten to withhold future donations if they object to a particular showing. That is what is obviously going on here. It should be treated as an educational moment. Wealthy American Zionist live in fear of the art work of Palestinian children. This is the message that should be spread. They are willing to use their economic power to suppress children’s voices. That is also a good message to get out. If this is the type of battle supporters of Israel want to fight, then let us not disappoint them.

        So annie, you guys there in Oakland have your work cut out for you — make something happen!

      • NorthOfFortyNine
        September 9, 2011, 8:43 pm

        >> If this is the type of battle supporters of Israel want to fight, then let us not disappoint them.

        Oh, well said. -N49

      • Citizen
        September 10, 2011, 6:50 am

        Yeah, annie & you guys in Oakland, here’s some inspiration:

        WASHINGTON (JTA) — The National Building Museum canceled a ceremony honoring Caterpillar after pressure from a foundation named for Rachel Corrie, the American activist killed by an Israeli army bulldozer in Gaza.

      • AngelaKeaton
        September 10, 2011, 11:56 am

        eee, as a real American I support your right not only to be a racist but to wear a sheet, swastika or any sort of uniform as you walk down the street. You are even free to burn a cross, a Star of David, and a Koran (assuming it is your justly acquired Koran) on private property.

        So please, carry on. I plan to find you charming in 20 years the way some might find one’s 97 year old grandmother who uses the term “colored.”

      • Cliff
        September 10, 2011, 12:08 pm

        Angela Keaton! You rock. Glad to see you posting on Mondoweiss.

      • eee
        September 10, 2011, 1:27 pm

        Angela Keaton,

        And as a real Israeli I support your right to be as much as you want against a Jewish state and I support your right to call Jews that want to self govern and self determine “racists”. I remind you that what you are saying, people were saying 60 and 100 years ago. However, you are not charming now and will not be charming 20 years from now, and that is why I spent 10 years in the IDF.

      • Cliff
        September 10, 2011, 3:05 pm

        First of all eee, you ARE a racist. Anyone can click your name and see your comment history for themselves.

        And you’re absolutely right that people have been outspoken against Zionism (racism; colonialism; etc.) for decades.

      • Citizen
        September 10, 2011, 3:14 pm

        Sorry, eee, you don’t have a right to self-govern at the expense of an entire native people. You are no more charming than an old Wehrmacht trooper with memories of his times in the East.

      • Jeffrey Blankfort
        September 10, 2011, 4:10 pm

        Ten years in the IDF? I assume that “when the one great scorer comes to mark against your name,” that will be on your charge sheet.

        Seriously, I have no problem with the big machas of the Bay Area Zionist establishment objecting to the art of the children of their victims (by extension). I would be surprised if they didn’t. But would you not like to have seen them, eee, doing so, “the American way,” with picket signs in front of the MOCHA exhibition, telling people not to go in an see the kid’s art, complaining over their bling, that it was nothing but Palestinian propaganda?

        But you know as well as I do, that’s not the way they work.

      • eee
        September 10, 2011, 6:09 pm

        Cliff,

        Why don’t you bring ONE quote that shows I am racist? Your allegations are baseless.

      • Shingo
        September 10, 2011, 10:19 pm

        I second Cliff’s comment Angela,

        I’ve always been a great admirer of your work, be it in the mdia and at antiwar.com. It’s awesome to have you commenting here.

        Don’t worry about ee. He;s our resident freak show but we kinda have a soft spot for him becasue he doesn’t pretend to be otherwise.

      • eljay
        September 10, 2011, 10:35 pm

        >> eee: Why don’t you bring ONE quote that shows I am racist?

        Racist: a person who believes in racism, the doctrine that a certain human race is superior to any or all others.

        >> eee: Of course the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians was a required evil undertaken for a greater good which is a Jewish state.

        That was too easy, but it’s no surprise: In addition to being a hateful and immoral Zio-supremacist, eee is also an idiot who employs a special brand of “common sense”.

      • eee
        September 11, 2011, 1:22 am

        Eljay,

        Enough with the nonsense. Believing that the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians was a required evil is not racism. I do not believe Jews are superior to Palestinians in any way. In fact many people including most Americans believe that the existence of Israel is a good thing and the existence of Israel would not have been possible without the ethnic cleansing. Does that make most Americans racist?

        Or take specific examples. Both Bill and Hillary Clinton support having a Jewish state and know its history and know that without the ethnic cleansing it would not have been a viable state. Are the Clinton’s racist? Of course not, and neither am I. It is time you stop with these baseless accusations.

      • Chaos4700
        September 11, 2011, 1:55 am

        Believing that the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians was a required evil is not racism.

        It is if you are unwilling to apply the same gold standard to the “Aryan” state and their ethnic cleansing of Jews as you do to the “Jewish” state and their ethnic cleansing of Palestinians. Are you?

      • RoHa
        September 11, 2011, 1:58 am

        “Both Bill and Hillary Clinton support having a Jewish state and know its history and know that without the ethnic cleansing it would not have been a viable state. Are the Clinton’s racist?”

        Yes. They are saying that the interests and desires of the Zionists are more important than the interests and desires of the Palestinians.

        “In fact many people including most Americans believe that the existence of Israel is a good thing ”

        So what? They are wrong. Being damned silly is not a minority sport.

      • Bumblebye
        September 11, 2011, 2:20 am

        eeeeeugh
        The existence of Israel is NOT a greater good. It is simply, now, a fact.
        There need not have been a divisive ethnosupremacist state at all, but a state of all its citizens could have come into being instead. What you state about ethnic cleansing I consider obscene, just as I (or almost anyone) would if it was stated about the countries of central and northern Europe having been ‘cleansed’ of their Jewish population and better for it. It’s a dreadful belief to hold, and utterly racist.

      • Bumblebye
        September 11, 2011, 2:30 am

        From another authentic Israeli comes a vastly different perspective than that of our resident freeeeeeeek – Miko Peled has a new video up, describing his own service, and later his recent experience of being arrested while attending a demonstration:
        link to mikopeled.wordpress.com
        There are subheadings, the first of which is “Institutionalized Racism”.

      • Shingo
        September 11, 2011, 3:02 am

        eee,

        Even a racist like you should be able to see how rediculous your argument is. By arguing that the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians was a required to achieve the Israeli state, and that the outcome was a good one is uequestionably racist because it assumes the Jews are more deserving of than the Palestinians. It essentially assumes that stealing from the Palestinians to give to the Jews has no moral cost. What;s more, you are equally oposed to the return of those refugees which makes the human rights abuses justified in your mind.

        Would you aregue that ethnic cleasing of Jews was justified to create a Palestinian state?

        Secondly, to the fact that Americans believe that the existence of Israel is a good thing is a non sequiter seeing as most are completely ingorant of the fact that Palestiniasn were expelled. Not only is this fact heavily censored, but most of those who do support Israel are convinced the Palestinians are the occupiers.

        As for Bil ladn Hillary, neither would have had a political career had they not supported Israel unconditionally.

      • john h
        September 11, 2011, 5:57 am

        >> “Enough with the nonsense. Believing that the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians was a required evil is not racism.” <<

        Ethnic cleansing is never required and is always evil. That is because it is always racism that involves violence and injustice, using the immoral end justifies the means excuse.

        Your whole thesis is the utter nonsense of a very selfish person.

      • eee
        September 11, 2011, 12:10 pm

        You guys have it all wrong. In every sphere of life and at every level people and societies compete. When an American in WWII believed that the US should win the war, was he racist because he believed Americans were more deserving to win? And how about in the war in Iraq? Were Americans racists for rooting for their own troops? Of course not. And of course I am not racist for acting in the interests of my collective.

        I see that RoHa has bitten the bullet and declared the Clinton’s racist while the rest of you completely ignored the issue or called them opportunists. Which shows how weak your argument is. The Clinton’s are not racist and neither am I. They are widely respected in American society and no one has EVER called them racists in public. Anyone who did so would be completely ridiculed. But good to know that basically this site or at least many of the people who comment here endorse the allegation that the Clinton’s are racist.

        As for the contention that ethnic cleansing is never required, that is of course false. If dropping nuclear bombs on people was required to stop a war and is considered a required evil by a vast majority of Americans, then of course ethnic cleansing to stop a war is also justified.

      • annie
        September 11, 2011, 12:21 pm

        eee, if you are referencing hiroshima and nagasaki i’m afraid that does not meet the qualifications of ethnic cleansing nor does it justify it.. it is irrelevant if ‘a vast majority of Americans’ considered it a required evil, it was wrong.

      • CigarGod
        September 11, 2011, 12:28 pm

        eee,
        “The Clinton’s are not racist and neither am I. They are widely respected in American society…”

        “If dropping nuclear bombs on people was required to stop a war and is considered a required evil by a vast majority of Americans…”

        So, a majority, is the standard for determining morality?

      • eee
        September 11, 2011, 12:33 pm

        Annie,

        Hiroshima and Nagasaki were not ethnic cleansing. They were a case in which 90,000–166,000 people were killed in Hiroshima and 60,000–80,000 were killed in Nagasaki in order to end the war and not require a full invasion of Japan that would probably have resulted in about 1 million or more deaths.

        My point is the following. Suppose that the US could have also invented a bomb that does not kill people but just ethnically cleanses them, for example move them to a far away area. Of course it would have been better to use the cleansing bomb instead of the killing bomb. So if killing people can be a required evil, so can cleansing. Cleansing is a lesser evil than killing. So the statement that cleansing in never justified is just false.

      • eee
        September 11, 2011, 12:37 pm

        Annie,

        Do you think the Clinton’s are racist?

        And no, it is not irrelevant what a vast amount of people think especially with over half a century of perspective. The vast majority of Americans still believe it is justified after historic reflection. Morality is established by consensus in a society. The fact that most Americans think it is ok to eat meat, means it is ok to eat meat. Maybe that will change in the future, but for now, it is not morally wrong to eat meat despite what any vegan or vegetarian may say.

      • Donald
        September 11, 2011, 1:02 pm

        “Morality is established by consensus in a society. ”

        No it’s not.

      • eee
        September 11, 2011, 1:18 pm

        Donald and CigarGod,

        Morality is accepted social norms. For centuries Jews and others held slaves and thought themselves moral. They also married several wives and though it moral. Morals change based on society norms. That is just an historical fact.

        Nobody is the gate keeper of morality. Not the majority and certainly not the minority. But to call me and the Clinton’s racist because of our views with such conviction is absurd just like vegans calling any meat eater immoral. Because that will lead you to the conclusion that almost all Americans are racist. And that is an absurd conclusion.

      • Chaos4700
        September 11, 2011, 1:22 pm

        God! Seriously! And people grill me when I compare Israelis to Nazis? This sort of “ends justify the means” nonsense is EXACTLY the phony platitudes that Nazi Germany sustained itself on. This notion that it became not just “legal” but “moral” for Germans to strip Jews (and Gypsies and gays and intellectuals…) of their property and then later, of their LIVES is what turned Germany into a ravenous monster state and its EXACTLY the same warped fanaticism that turns Israel into the same sort of monster!

      • Jeffrey Blankfort
        September 11, 2011, 1:50 pm

        One of the reasons that most Americans support Israel is that anti-Arab racism has been almost as deeply inculcated into our society as it has been in Israel. This racism has largely been facilitated by the Zionist propaganda apparatus.

        Unfortunately, the majority of white Americans have never been immunized against the evils of racism and consequently it has been manifest throughout our entire history. In fact, as is the case with Israel, this country would not have come into existence without it and I suspect, that is one of the reasons so many American racists feel a deep kinship with their junior partner in the project, Israel’s ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians trumping the anti-Jewish prejudice that was prevalent in much of their parents generation.

        The dropping of the atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki as with the earlier firebombing of Tokyo which took 60,000 lives was consistent with the racist attitudes in the US towards the Japanese which resulted in Japanese Americans having all their property confiscated and being placed in concentration camps during the war.

        That racism, of course, extended to all Asian immigrants as the Chinese fleeing the opium wars learned on arriving here and was so deep within the American working class and much of the Left that it has rarely mentioned that one of its heroes, the author, Jack London, was one of those screaming loudest against the “yellow peril.”

        In Israel today and from the beginning it is “the Arab peril,” although Palestinian Arabs were there long before all but a tiny minority of Israelis. What separates eee from his fellow Israelis, at least for the purposes of his work for their cause on Mondoweiss, is that they will not only admit they are racists against Arabs, but are damn well proud of it. But then, they are not on assignment as, apparently, is eee.

      • eee
        September 11, 2011, 1:51 pm

        Chaos,

        Really, enough with this. This is not the end justifies the means argument. That is an oversimplification. When Americans cheered Hiroshima and Nagasaki were they Nazis? Of course not. They were just regular people happy to see a terrible war end with less dead than expected. Same with Israelis that were lucky enough to win their war of independence but at a terrible price. 1% of the Jewish population perished in the war. That is like the US losing 3 million people.

      • CigarGod
        September 11, 2011, 1:52 pm

        eee,
        Rather than wrapping yourself in justifications, you should do a bit of exploration of amorality.

      • eee
        September 11, 2011, 2:04 pm

        Blankfort,

        In order to defend your view you are willing to paint the majority of Americans as racist. That is really a very extreme view. But maybe I am not understanding you correctly. Are Bill and Hillary Clinton racists?

      • eee
        September 11, 2011, 2:07 pm

        CigarGod,

        I have put forward an argument and given you historical examples. If you don’t like the argument, please tell me why. Your answer seems a cop out to me.

      • eee
        September 11, 2011, 2:37 pm

        I hope you understand by now that if you define me as racist you also have to define Bill and Hillary Clinton as racists. Are you really willing to bite the bullet and accept this extreme position or would you reconsider?

      • CigarGod
        September 11, 2011, 3:29 pm

        eee,
        Fair enough.
        I am going to the Jackson Hole Fall Ats Festv. right now, but I’ll respond. Probably tomorrow.

      • Jeffrey Blankfort
        September 11, 2011, 4:14 pm

        An extreme view? Were it not for Supreme Court decisions we would still be living in a Jim Crow society that not only applied to African-Americans but to most if not all persons of non-European origins. Changes imposed by those court decisions were resisted by force in certain instances by those whites who supported legal segregation and the fact that the stars and bars of the Confederacy which is as symbolic of racism as was the Nazi Swastika still can be seen on public institutions not to mention on everything from T-shirts to bumper stickers is proof of that.

        Need more proof? In California where I have lived most of my life, in which Democratic voter registration generally exceeds that of Republicans, every initiative put on the ballot by residents of the state that has involved the question of race has ended up with the racists winning. It has only been the state court’s reversal of the vote on the basis of its unconstitutionality that has kept the initiatives from becoming law.

        When I was a child we lived at one point in a rented house in Sherman Oaks whose owners had to sign a “restricted covenant” in which they agreed not to sell or rent to a Negro, Jew, Mexican, Indian or Asian Since Blankfort was not a Jewish name we didn’t have a problem but at the same time, any black person found on the streets of Glendale after 6 pm would be arrested, much as were those Palestinian workers from the West Bank and Gaza who were caught staying overnight in Israel. There was no initiative on the part of the public to remove those “restricted covenants.” It was left to the courts to do so.

        But the notion of “restricted covenants” should be quite familiar to you, eee. They have been a cornerstone of Israeli society from its inception and today, six decades letter there has been little improvement. You live in a state in which restricting sales of land to non-Jews is a given as are the prohibitions against renting most of its living quarters to Israel’s Arab citizens.

        That is just one of the reasons that honest observers and much of the world have concluded that zionism is a Jewish form of racism. And you must really believe in it since you put 10 years of your life in the IDF preserving and enforcing it.

      • eee
        September 11, 2011, 4:25 pm

        Blankfort,

        A simple question: Are Bill and Hillary Clinton racists?

      • Jeffrey Blankfort
        September 11, 2011, 5:22 pm

        It is as extreme a view as to paint the majority of Israeli Jews as racist. The only difference is that the Israeli variety has the opportunity to put their feelings into actions which is why Israel attracts so many American Jewish racists. In the US they have to keep their mouths shut when they are with the goyim but in racist Israel they are not only welcomed but they are given a gun in order to, shall we say, “express themselves” should they feel the need.

      • Shingo
        September 11, 2011, 6:31 pm

        I have never heard Bill and Hillary answer the question as to whether they brievedctheethmic cleansing of Palestinians was necessary to create a Jewidh state. As far as I recall, the ethnic blending of Palestinians is never even mentioned in elite circles, so the elites are never held to account.

        Anyone who says the ethnic cleansing of Pajwstinians was/is justified is racist. If Bill and Hillary believe that, then they are racist.

      • john h
        September 11, 2011, 6:47 pm

        Eee, you have used various examples to support your position. Enough of that, let’s get back to the basic issue, and look at your reasoning.

        >> ” ethnic cleansing to stop a war is also justified. Cleansing is a lesser evil than killing. I am not racist for acting in the interests of my collective. Morals change based on society norms. This is not the end justifies the means argument. That is an oversimplification.” <<

        You agree ethnic cleansing is an evil, but say it is justified as it was "to stop a war". Straight from the planet Zionism narrative. Which came first eee, the chicken or the egg?

        The interests of your collective are Jews first, second and third, and others nowhere in comparison. And if they want to be somewhere, such as equal to us where we are, we'll deal with it so it doesn't ever happen. You are acting as a beneficiary and supporter of that racism of your collective.

        Morals do not change, they just become clearer over time, and have nothing to do with majority opinion. The Crusades were immoral and unjust. Today we see them for what they were, but it is not the society norm then or now that makes them immoral or moral, just or unjust. Anything we do is by nature one or the other.

        Your own statement shows this is precisely an end justifies the means argument, and no over-simplification. "the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians in 1948 was justified because it was an evil required in order to create a stable Jewish state which is a greater good."

      • annie
        September 11, 2011, 7:27 pm

        okay that made me laugh. far be it from me to suggest you proof read. ;)

      • annie
        September 11, 2011, 7:32 pm

        Morals do not change, they just become clearer over time, and have nothing to do with majority opinion.

        i agree completely

      • Shingo
        September 11, 2011, 7:38 pm

        A vast majority of Americans believed that Saddam had WMD and was responsible for 911 eee. That doesn’t make it real or moral.

      • Citizen
        September 12, 2011, 12:32 am

        You’re right JB, but a minor caveat: the continued presence of the Confederate Battle flag is not merely due to leftover racism. The Civil War was known in the South as The War Between The States for reasons more complicated than what you suggest.

      • RoHa
        September 12, 2011, 12:44 am

        “The Clinton’s are not racist and neither am I. They are widely respected in American society and no one has EVER called them racists in public.”

        I just did. They may not be racists in respect of blacks, yellows, or greens, but if they think that Jews are more important than Arabs then they are racists.

      • Citizen
        September 12, 2011, 2:13 am

        eee, your thinking reminds me of Himmler’s at Posen in the fall of 1943;
        he made a long speech to his officers there and then–here’s two tiny excerpts:
        ___________
        I am now referring to the evacuation of the Jews, the extermination of the Jewish people. It’s one of those things that is easily said: ‘The Jewish people are being exterminated’, says every party member, ‘this is very obvious, it’s in our program, elimination of the Jews, extermination, we’re doing it, hah, a small matter.’ [...] But of all those who talk this way, none had observed it, none had endured it. Most of you here know what it means when 100 corpses lie next to each other, when 500 lie there or when 1,000 are lined up. To have endured this and at the same time to have remained a decent person – with exceptions due to human weaknesses – had made us tough. This is a page of glory never mentioned and never to be mentioned. [...] We have the moral right, we had the duty to our people to do it, to kill this people who wanted to kill us.
        _______________
        One basic principle must be the absolute rule for the SS men : We must be honest, decent, loyal and comradely to members of our own blood and to nobody else. What happens to a Russian, to a Czech, does not interest me in the slightest. What other nations can offer in the way of good blood of our type, we will take, if necessary, by kidnapping their children and raising them here with us. Whether nations live in prosperity or starve to death interests me only so far as we need them as slaves for our culture; otherwise, it is of no interest to me. Whether 10,000 Russian females fall down from exhaustion while digging an antitank ditch interests me only insofar as the anti-tank ditch for Germany is finished.

      • Shingo
        September 12, 2011, 8:33 am

        The vast majority of Americans still believe it is justified after historic reflection

        The vast majority of Americans have no idea about the history of Palestine.

        The fact that most Americans think it is ok to eat meat, means it is ok to eat meat.

        That meat happens to be from cows, not humans, so your argument is pointless.

      • Citizen
        September 12, 2011, 9:36 am

        Yeah, Shingo, if you say “Occupied territories” or refer to “OT” to an average American they either have no clue at all, or they think it’s the Palestinians who are doing the occupying. And OT translates to, “You mean ET?” All they can think of is Spielberg’s movie about the charming and beloved extraterrestial–irony not implied at all. If you say “Nakba” they think you are referring to what they perceives as an Arab “do-rag” or Aunt Jemima’s old checkered table-cloth head gear (from a dim memory of the label of a plastic bottle of pancake syrup). Eee has no credibility at all when he talks about average Americans, most of whom wouldn’t recognize a Jewish American if they met one, let alone an Israeli.

      • eee
        September 12, 2011, 9:39 am

        John h,

        The argument that morals are some absolute that never change but humanity slowly discovers is of course wrong and supported by very few philosophers. Is killing cows for their meat wrong? Is this some moral issue that remains to be discovered? What possibly could we discover that can settle this issue?

        Since in the West people believe it is immoral to marry more than one wife, and in Islamic societies it is quite common, would you say that the people in those societies have not discovered some moral truth that the West has discovered?

        Ethnic countries have been around a long time and are still acceptable. Even the Flemish in Belgium want one. There is nothing immoral about them. Supporting your country over another country in a conflict you deem just does not make one a racist because one thinks his own country should win. It is just natural that each side in a competition believes that he deserves to win. It is not a racist position.

      • eee
        September 12, 2011, 9:40 am

        RoHa,

        And if you would do so in public under your real name, you would be considered crazy in the US.

      • Citizen
        September 12, 2011, 3:24 pm

        Eee, please apply your logic to Nazi Germany’s morality, so we clearly know how far you want to take majority consensus as the litmus test for moral actions. Also, tells us why those people were hung at Nuremberg. Also, do you support Nambia? And btw, the fundie sect of LDS agrees with the Islamic idea of multiple wives. In fact, for one of those guys, every one of his wives claims welfare aid for his children–they call it “milking the beast.” Same philosophy as AIPAC et al.

      • john h
        September 12, 2011, 5:40 pm

        Your reply, eee, gives some examples you think show your position in support of Zionism and its actions is moral and not racist.

        Firstly, you discuss morals. Morality is about how human beings treat each other, both as individuals and as collectives. It is not about polygamy or how we treat cows or what we eat. Your examples avoid the point at issue, which is the morality or otherwise of Zionism in theory and practice.

        Secondly, you discuss ethnic countries. That is not what this is about and you know it. It is about an ethnicity entering a land that another ethnicity lived on and taking it from them and/or ruling over them. You yourself recognize that involved ethnic cleansing and as such was an evil.

        Of this you say, it “was justified because it was an evil required in order to create a stable Jewish state which is a greater good.” That is, of course, the position of Jabotinsky, who considered it was moral and just.

        Think about that statement, eee. How about we compare it with something else that happened in Jewish history, and word it this way: “was justified because it was an evil required in order to create a stable Aryan Germanic state which is a greater good.”

      • Citizen
        September 13, 2011, 2:01 pm

        Interesting that eee analogizes to vegetarians versus meat eaters. Seems clear from his analogy that he is thinking of animals versus vegetables as morally ok victims of the need to survive, if not Jewish goal to survive via Witty’s “Israel as Israel” holy grail. We wait for eee to elaborate on his analogy. His other analogy goes to the question whether or not in 2011 AD, after the Enlightenment, and the move from collective morality to individual morality, to Kant’s individual responsibility for the way the world is, becomes, and the Enlightenment’s spread in the world, multiple wives and young females subject to forced sex is the way to show respect for humanity as more than an ant hill or bee hive. Eee, what say U?

    • Shingo
      September 9, 2011, 6:58 pm

      A disruption is not banning expression or freedom of speech eee. Freedom of expression or speech does not oblige the audience to stop and listen or give up their own freedom of expression.

      • Chaos4700
        September 9, 2011, 7:17 pm

        Whereas, having art censored so there can be no audience at all is banning of expression and runs counter to free speech.

      • justicewillprevail
        September 9, 2011, 7:46 pm

        Actually the harmless disruption was an expression of the freedom of speech in the UK. Apparently meeeeeee wants that banned too, although he informs us he is in favour of free speech – go figure

    • Chaos4700
      September 9, 2011, 7:16 pm

      The Israelis performers were being punished because they are guilty of associating with the Occupation. Most of them would have to be IDF veterans, and you can’t tell me it isn’t likely that none of them have homes in the West Bank.

      The Gazan children are CHILDREN. What are you punishing them for, exactly, eee?

    • James
      September 9, 2011, 11:16 pm

      eee quote “Choose your weapons wisely because they will be used against you.”

      i hope some folks that identify strongly with the zionist approach take your words seriously…

    • longliveisrael
      September 9, 2011, 11:20 pm

      eee is right, you are all about disruption and boycott. We all know that this isn’t really about children’s art but a vehicle to use in continued demonization of Israel. We also know VERY WELL that if there was an exhibit planned showing art by children in Sderot, all of the anti-Israel crowd would be screaming for this to be cancelled because of “it only shows the Israeli narrative” or “it is using children as Hasbara tools for an apartheid regime” or some other nonsense.

      Just so you know though, I personally would see no reason to not show these children’s art anywhere. There are bigger battles to fight and win.

      You adapt a strategy against Israel and it’s supporters and then scream when it’s used against you.

      • Chaos4700
        September 9, 2011, 11:41 pm

        No actually, we wouldn’t be screaming to ban an art show by the children of Sderot. For two reasons:

        A) We’re not Israelis (generally). Hence, attacking children is UNTHINKABLE to us.

        B) Having an opportunity to compare Gazan and Sderot art would be absolutely fantastic. One can just imagine what an indoctrinated Israeli child will draw when he or she draws a Palestinian.

      • longliveisrael
        September 10, 2011, 12:40 am

        Chaos, how many Japanese or Vietnamese children were killed by US troops. Get back to me when you have finished your count.

        So, Israeli children are indoctrinated, but Palestinian children aren’t, right?

      • Citizen
        September 10, 2011, 6:20 am

        Yeah, a pox on all the houses! Kids can’t draw anyway, so it’s not art. We can get rid of Anne Frank & her crappy mundane diary too.

      • Watcher465
        September 10, 2011, 6:29 am

        Evilisrealong, “how many Japanese or Vietnamese children were killed by US troops?” Why don’t you ask Oppenheimer and Henry Kissinger? You can add Cambodian, Central American and South American children to that. As for Iraqi, Iranian and Afghan, you can ask the Zionist neocons that.

      • longliveisrael
        September 10, 2011, 10:55 am

        Oh, pick out 2 Jews out of all the people involved in these wholesale death and destruction, wait, I forget, that’s not anti-semitic.

        In addition, you did not answer the question.

      • Chaos4700
        September 10, 2011, 11:08 am

        So tell me, LLI, are Japanese and Vietnamese children deprived of a voice in the United States the way Palestinian children are?

      • MLE
        September 10, 2011, 12:25 pm

        As a Jew, I view Oppenheimer and Kissinger’s involvement in these incidents as Americans, because they were acting in advancing America’s interests- not the Jewish interest. Their religion really is irrelevant to me in this case.

        Watchers use of two Jewish names was primarily to goad you, not demonstrate antisemitism. You made a cheap shot so he made a cheap shot right back.

      • Cliff
        September 10, 2011, 3:15 pm

        Longliveisrael,

        Why do you spam the antisemite card so often here (assuming you want to possibly guilt-trip people here) when you’re so clearly a hateful ethno-nationalist?

        You’re as hateful as those people who harassed YOU in Montreal or wherever you’re from.

      • Citizen
        September 12, 2011, 12:46 am

        You can toss in the likes of Madeline Albright too; she said the deady impact of the sanctions on Iraq’s children “was worth it.” I don’t know whether or not at the time she said that she had yet discovered her Jewish roots, but I don’t think she’s ever been called a neocon.

      • POA
        September 9, 2011, 11:57 pm

        “We also know VERY WELL that if there was an exhibit planned showing art by children in Sderot, all of the anti-Israel crowd would be screaming for this to be cancelled because of “it only shows the Israeli narrative” or “it is using children as Hasbara tools for an apartheid regime” or some other nonsense.”

        WRONG!!!! Why would we not scream, for such an exhibit to be cancelled???

        Because the Israeli children’s art would convey a totally different message. It would demonstrate the dichotomy between Israeli children’s daily existence, and that of Palestinian youth, were BOTH sets of youthful artists allowed a gallery.

        Truth be told, this particular thread really underscores why you, and people like eee, are held in such contempt here. The logic used in your arguments begs loathing, and provides a window through which we can see right down deep into your soul. And it ain’t pretty.

        I am sure, considering the diagnostic value of a child’s artwork, that the effort to shut down this exhibit was great indeed, with no expense spared. Israel cannot afford an army of American psychologists acquiring a direct diagnostic tool through which to gauge what effect Israel is having on an entire generation of Palestinians.

        Shame on you. Your argument on this thread deserves deep loathing. You’ve earned it.

      • Watcher465
        September 10, 2011, 6:18 am

        And here is the other non thinking party line hasbarat. “Longliveisrael”. Rearrange those letters and you can come up with “evil is real long”. Of course the words “vile, liars, lies” are in there too. Someone might come up with a better anagram. What I know VERY WELL is that you are a lying hasbarat. If you personally see no reason to not show these children’s art then why did you feel a need to post your negative comment. You unmitigated liar!

      • tellmeall
        September 10, 2011, 7:00 pm

        @Watcher465 – I was preferring ‘longevilIsrael’ talking about choosing your weapons & words carefully?

      • Cliff
        September 10, 2011, 3:12 pm

        eee is right, you are all about disruption and boycott. We all know that this isn’t really about children’s art but a vehicle to use in continued demonization of Israel.

        You’re absolutely right. We support BDS – an initiative begun by Palestinian civil society. Palestinians are the ones losing their land and homes. They are the ones who have been under occupation for decades and have been Stateless for decades. They are the ones oppressed.

        NOT YOU.

        And an exhibit of Palestinian art was made by Palestinian CHILDREN.

        Palestinian children deserve to be heard. Palestinians deserve to be heard.

        Haters like you want our country to hate Palestinians and to think of them purely as Islamist terrorists while thinking of Israel as a Jewish pinata surrounded by wolves. Sorry, people have had enough of your bullshit.

        You can scream antisemitism and ‘anti-Israel’ all you want, it won’t ever convince people. If this campaign isn’t successful it will be because of pressure from donors (MONEY!).

        If anyone were to have a fair debate on an exhibit by Palestinian children, going up against the INSANE hateful arguments put forth by a tin-foil hate wearing crazy like you longliveisrael, then they’d win EASILY.

        Non-Jewish-Zionists, non-Christian-Zionists, non-Islamophobes, etc. will not support your sophistry.

  4. Exiled At Home
    September 9, 2011, 5:13 pm

    Suppression in this matter is so frustrating to hear about. We’ve all come to terms with the reality that journalists are stifled from honestly covering or criticizing Israeli policy, politicians are pressured or financed into silence, and activists are dismissed, shouted down, or denied access to forums. But, to see the children of Gaza’s artistic expression denied a platform simply because they are Palestinian -and their art likely represents a sense of pain, struggle, and frustration with the conditions imposed upon them- is truly appalling. I sincerely hope MECA can provide an alternative venue through which the children of Gaza might display a small glimpse of their world to the oblivious, and often supercilious people of America.

    • Abierno
      September 10, 2011, 12:26 am

      My suggestion is that MECA scan the pictures, make slides and e-mail
      them to Phil so they can be posted on this website and then linked by
      all who would wish to post them at alternate sites. It is also the case
      that the program book for the show has alreadybeen printed and
      selected information from the book could be included. Children from
      all over the world could be invited to share their responses and art –
      making this a global event, as opposed to simply SF.

  5. justicewillprevail
    September 9, 2011, 5:17 pm

    What is particularly reprehensible (and revealing) is that these people presume that America is merely an extension of Israel, where censorship is routine, and that they can demand the same suppression of material which they happen not to like. Please go and live there if that is what you want, and leave America out of your little manipulative, selfish, arrogant, anti-democratic strategies.

  6. piotr
    September 9, 2011, 5:27 pm

    Godspeed. I will mail too.

    Is it for real? Museum still has the exhibition opening in the even program?

  7. Bumblebye
    September 9, 2011, 6:28 pm

    Zionist mindset:
    Palestine has no right to exist.
    This means Palestinians have no right to exist.
    Therefore, showing the art of Palestinians, even children, is anti-zionist, which in this case is the same as anti-Israel and antisemitic.

  8. stopaipac
    September 9, 2011, 6:32 pm

    as someone that resides in the Bay Area, i am also disgusted with this decision… I think though that are anger and protests should be directed toward the extremists who launched the campaign of hate against the children of Gaza, not as much the cowards that capitulated.

    • Kris
      September 9, 2011, 10:51 pm

      If cowards would stop capitulating, the Zionists bullies would lose their power, so it seems appropriate to direct anger and protest against the cowards as well as against the bullies.

      Good thing that there weren’t Nazi sympathizers powerful enough to prevent the publication of “The Diary of Anne Frank.”

  9. gloopygal
    September 9, 2011, 6:34 pm

    Guys, just fyi, the Zionist fundamentalists go all the way to the top. I heard about some peace activists who are being harassed by the FBI for visiting Palestinian territory:

    link to ampalestine.org

    The FBI is watching each and every one of us right now, believe me. We’re all on file. A lady at an activist meeting I went to last night was talking about how her daughter-in-law travels to Mexico for months at a time, but as long as she comes back to the U.S. at least once a year, she gets to keep her green card. Well she was passing through the Canadian border and they hassled her about not staying in the U.S. enough, and how her green card should be revoked – the young man scanned her passport and told her, “I know everything about your life.” It pulled up her dead husband’s occupation, the address she uses in the U.S. (her stepfather’s, and they said they could arrest him for that), her friends in the Chicago area, where she went to school, EVERYTHING. Maybe this is old news to some of you but these two stories freaked me the hell out when I heard about them last night. Which of course is what the government WANTS to do.

    • Eva Smagacz
      September 9, 2011, 9:57 pm

      Using pseudonyms when writing/commenting does not offer much protection from authorities. But it does have advantages. One of them is that it gives authority to your point of view in the way that even most eloquent anonymous argument can’t. And it helps others to stand up and be counted, allowing the argument to become ever more vocal and its moral dimension to be impossible to ignore.
      This is why Phil’s and Adam’s blog has much greater impact than anything that they could achieve had Mondoweiss were to be started anonymously.

      • gloopygal
        September 11, 2011, 12:33 am

        A pseudonym would only protect your identity from other everyday surfers like us – and even then I think it’s pretty easy to find any of our real names. So Phil and Adam are not only brave, they’re smart.

      • annie
        September 11, 2011, 12:45 am

        both very brave and very smart.

    • MRW
      September 10, 2011, 3:32 am

      This is because Israel is teaching custom officials on both sides of the US-Can border military tactics, and has its hands on Echelon, which the US passed along to Israel. Jeff Halper calls this the Globalization Pacification Industry.
      Watch/ You can start about 10 minutes in. VERY instructive, especially for Canadians who nothing about this.

      The US military cannot operate in the US. Neither can the CIA. So our government uses the Israeli military to do it via its security companies.

      Also, don’t forget that every landline and cell phone call you make is routed through AMDOCS in Israel for billing purposes. Your phone bills are created there for all AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and other carriers. So it has the call record data. And we bitched about Dubai running our ports. . . .

      • Walid
        September 10, 2011, 7:13 am

        That was a very instructive video, MRW, thanks. Very spooky too.

      • libra
        September 10, 2011, 3:53 pm

        Thanks MRW for the link. Fascinating video. Jeff Halper is an excellent speaker.

      • gloopygal
        September 11, 2011, 12:31 am

        That explains a lot – and its terrifying. People who brag about Israel inventing Intel ought to listen to this – but anyone stupid/awful enough to side with Israel would only dismiss it.

  10. DICKERSON3870
    September 9, 2011, 6:49 pm

    RE: “the museum’s board folded and the exhibit has been cancelled.” ~ Weiss

    IT’S THE SAME OLD STORY: The Trial of Israel’s Campus Critics, by David Theo Goldberg and Saree Makdisi, Tikkun Magazine, September/October 2009

    (excerpt)…It is an extraordinary fact that no fewer than thirty-three distinct organizations – including AIPAC, the Zionist Organization of America, the American Jewish Congress, and the Jewish National Fund – are gathered together today as members or affiliates of the Israel on Campus Coalition. The coalition is an overwhelmingly powerful presence on American college campuses for which there is simply no equivalent on the Palestinian or Arab side. Its self-proclaimed mission is not merely to monitor our colleges and universities. That, after all, is the commitment of Campus Watch, which was started by pro-Israel activists in 2002. It is, rather (and in its own words), to generate “a pro-active, pro-Israel agenda on campus.”
    There is, accordingly, disproportionate and unbalanced intervention on campuses across the country by a coalition of well-funded organizations, who have no time for — and even less interest in — the niceties of intellectual exchange and academic process. Insinuation, accusation, and defamation have become the weapons of first resort to respond to argument and criticism directed at Israeli policies. As far as these outside pressure groups (and their campus representatives) are concerned, the intellectual and academic price that the scholarly community pays as a result of this kind of intervention amounts to little more than collateral damage…

    ENTIRE ARTICLE – link to tikkun.org

  11. DICKERSON3870
    September 9, 2011, 7:00 pm

    RE: “What are these people afraid of?” ~ Weiss

    ANSWER: Their own shadows!

    • Taxi
      September 9, 2011, 11:53 pm

      “What are these people afraid of?” ~ Weiss

      Crayons as weapons of mass destruction that must be neutralized by the most moral army in the world.

      • Citizen
        September 10, 2011, 6:28 am

        Obviously, the most moral army in the world must crack down on those crayons and paper getting into Gaza.

      • CigarGod
        September 10, 2011, 10:52 am

        “Crayons of Mass Destruction”

        Awesome!

  12. tombishop
    September 9, 2011, 8:15 pm

    Could the organizers of this exhibit start a website and post the children of Gaza’s art? I’d love to see it!

    They could have a page describing the shutting down of the exhibit.

  13. stevelaudig
    September 9, 2011, 8:25 pm

    A showing of children’s art from Buchenwald wouldn’t be cancelled.

  14. kalithea
    September 9, 2011, 10:46 pm

    You mean to tell me the Grinch is a Zionist too?

  15. Kathleen
    September 9, 2011, 11:14 pm

    So sad…so pathetic….you can so easily see why the Palestinian people can become so enraged.

    Will contact the museum on Monday. The people who have shut this down through pressure deserve to have their asses kicked. (oops non violence is the way, non violence is the way) But they do.

    Annie is there a list of the particular groups that pressured the museum?

  16. Kathleen
    September 9, 2011, 11:19 pm

    So thankful for Mondoweiss and the Mondo Team. Thank you for all you folks are doing for peace, justice and accountability.

  17. Chaos4700
    September 9, 2011, 11:31 pm

    Incidentally, the Chair of the Board of Directors is Hilman Sorey.
    link to linkedin.com

    The museum’s primary inbox was full, but it’s probably better to contact the people on the board. They’re the ones from whence this decision came down anyway. (For a bigger list, check here. They do list bylaws and such, it may be worth checking those through, for those of legal profession among us.)

    You can contact Mr. Sorey over LinkedIn. I’d recommend not being overly aggressive, although I think its fair to express sentiments in no uncertain terms. Not the least of which, if you’re using LinkedIn, you won’t be firing off an anonymous shot so don’t write anything you’ll regret later.

    Of course, you need to pay to send messages over LinkedIn, and it’s not exactly cheap. Apparently he does Twitter though, which is one aspect of social networking I actually haven’t delved into. (I’m not well renowned for my brevity, generally.)

    • Henry Norr
      September 10, 2011, 2:40 am

      Along the same lines as Chaos’s suggestion, but no cost involved: if you’re on Facebook, search for “mocha museum of children’s art,” go to their page, “Like” it (at least temporarily), and leave a comment telling them what you think of their decision. Remember, though, that if anyone from MOCHA looks at the page, it’s almost certainly staff people, who are not the ones who made this horrendous decision, and not the board, who are the ones actually responsible. In other words, IMO, be firm but not rude.

  18. MLE
    September 9, 2011, 11:40 pm

    This annoys me so much. It’s the artwork of children. When I was young, I had a book of artwork of children from the Holocaust- or the Warsaw ghetto… I don’t remember exactly which one.

    This is the biggest problem I have with ultra-Zionists, they complain that Arabs and Muslims don’t humanize them, they only see them as enemies- not as people. Wasn’t in that Obama’s last speech, that the poor Israeli children have to grow up knowing their neighbors hate them? Well if Israelis and other zionists can’t view Palestinians as human beings and victims- why should they decry when Palestinians aren’t regretful enough about the loss of civilian life on their side? Is there a barometer of remorse somewhere that measures the two sides?

  19. annie
    September 10, 2011, 12:19 am

    i keep revisiting this post although i have not read all the responses, i do not have the heart for it. i hesitated earlier from posting my second letter to mocha but after long consideration i suppose you all know me well enough by now to excuse me for the kind of anger this information springs forth. part of me feels shame for expressing such anger and i do not wish to cause Masako Kalbach inner turmoil or sleepless night but then again i had to express myself and these are my true feelings. so i will republish them here now:

    Dear Masako Kalbach,

    Needless to say I am sorry to hear MOCHA is more beholden to hardline Zionist interests than presenting the work of children living under siege. Just like Congress I have no confidence this choice MOCHA has made is a reflection of your true nature. You’re just too weak or perhaps cannot afford to loose funding.

    ‘Cowardly’ doesn’t begin to express my rage. The choice made by your museum will be made by others, over and over until people start to wake up and realize whose voices are exalted in our society at the expense of others.

    Resentfully,

    Annie Robbins

    i am seething

    • Chaos4700
      September 10, 2011, 1:44 am

      I spent much of the day semi-depressed after reading this on my lunch break. I work at a children’s non-profit and I dread the day that something like this takes place in my organization (although it isn’t likely, given contexts and the explicit multicultural/nonpolitical nature of the org).

  20. Kate
    September 10, 2011, 12:58 am

    This is not the first time. Something similar happened at Brandeis Univ. in Mass. in 2006.

    link to haaretz.com AP May 3 2006

    “Brandeis University officials have removed from a school exhibit artwork that depicts injured and bloodied Palestinian children, according to a media report.
    The images were painted by Palestinian teenagers at the request of an Israeli Jewish student at at the Jewish-sponsored college who wanted to bring the Palestinian viewpoint to campus. But school officials said the paintings were too one-sided.
    The paintings were removed Saturday, four days into a two-week exhibit at a school library, The Boston Globe reported on Wednesday.
    Lior Halperin, the student who organized the exhibit, called the school’s action “outrageous.”
    “This (is) an educational institution that is supposed to promote debate and dialogue,” Halperin told The Globe. “Let’s talk about what it is: 12-year-olds from a Palestinian refugee camp. Obviously it’s not going to be about flowers and balloons.”
    The images include a bulldozer threatening a girl, and a boy with an amputated leg on a crutch. Halperin had contacted a friend who works in a Bethlehem refugee camp and asked teenagers to paint images of Palestinian life.
    Brandeis was founded in 1948 and is the only nonsectarian Jewish-sponsored college in the United States. Half of its students are Jewish. School officials said between six and a dozen complaints were made.
    “It was completely from one side in the Israeli Palestinian conflict, and we can only go based on the complaints we received,” Brandeis spokesman Dennis Nealon said, according to The Globe.
    Nealon said the school would consider displaying the artwork again in the fall, if it is alongside pieces showing the Israeli point of view, The Globe reported.
    Halperin, 27, is an Israel Defense Forces veteran. Her “Voices from Palestine” exhibit was a final project for a class called “The Arts of Building Peace.”
    ….
    link to democracynow.org
    Brandeis University Takes Down Palestinian Youth Art Exhibit Mounted by Israeli Jewish Student – May 10 2006
    An art exhibit at Brandeis University featuring 17 paintings by Palestinian youths was removed by university officials last week, after several complaints from students. We speak with the Israeli Jewish student who organized the exhibit and the director of Brandeis University’s International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life. [includes rush transcript]
    We look at a controversy that has erupted over an art exhibit at Brandeis University in Boston. The exhibit features 17 paintings of Palestinian youths who depict their perspectives on life under Israeli military occupation. But just four days into a two-week run, the exhibit was removed by Brandeis officials after several complaints from students. A university spokesperson has said the school would consider re-mounting the paintings if they were to appear alongside paintings showing an Israeli perspective. The exhibit was organized by an Israeli Jewish student who said she wanted to showcase a Palestinian perspective on campus. The exhibit was subsequently moved to MIT where it is being housed for one week.

  21. piotr
    September 10, 2011, 2:20 am

    Dear Masako Kalbach,

    the world is changing, but some things do not change. There is a war that never ends and this war has many fronts. One of them is the war on children. I am really pleased to see that your Museum is making a stand: a slap in the face of children that our our enemies.

    Our children deserve to be happy, so they should not watch art of unhappy enemy children. Your Museum is small and it cannot do much in our war. It cannot kill, destroy a school, shut down a preschool, take away tasty food, or employment of parents. But they are others who do that. But even they cannot do everything, they cannot slap enemy children in the face. But you can, and for that I am grateful.

    Sincerely

    piotr

  22. Henry Norr
    September 10, 2011, 2:43 am

    There’s a pretty decent story about this in Saturday’s SF Chronicle. And for those of you who enjoy comment combat, there are already more than 150 comments posted, and more appearing by the minute.

    • Citizen
      September 10, 2011, 6:40 am

      Thanks, HN. From the SF Chronicle article:

      “In 2004, art by Iraqi children hung on the museum’s walls. The pictures, made shortly after the U.S. invasion, included a picture of a helicopter shooting into a field of flowers.

      The art by the Palestinian children was similar in content.”

      Interesting that in the USA it’s OK to show art by child victims of US military activity, but it’s not OK to show art by child victims of IDF military activity. It’s pretty clear who is running whom.

    • Kathleen
      September 10, 2011, 10:14 am

      another thanks. Most of the comments slamming MOCHA. My phone calls…suggest they reconsider

      • Chaos4700
        September 10, 2011, 11:38 am

        Holy cow! And not only that, but I didn’t see any comment supporting Israel or the censorship of this art rated above zero popularity.

        See? That’s what you get to see when you poll the American public with fewer filters. Most Americans do NOT support Israel and its occupation, and given the chance, they reject the titanic domination that Israel seeks to exert on American discourse by blacklisting Palestinians, even right down to the children!

      • CigarGod
        September 10, 2011, 12:10 pm

        Chaos,
        “Most Americans do NOT support Israel and its occupation…”

        Do you have cites for that?
        I don’t have that feeling, but I’m not really hooked up to that info flow.
        I do know that youtube seems like the headquarters for nazi/anti-semites.

        For me, and I’ve said it often…I have never been subject to any discrimination…and I live in Wyoming. Perhaps it is partly the “once they get to know you/you’re okay” effect…but I just never hear it in conversations.

      • Kathleen
        September 10, 2011, 12:30 pm

        yep…the better informed the more rational

      • Mooser
        September 10, 2011, 1:34 pm

        The only time (in my adult life) I have been subjected to anti-Semitism is when non-Jews find out I am not a Zionist. Then, all of a sudden, all the things which were so appealing about me as a Jew become liabilities. It’s happened over and over, most recently with my dentist. Too bad, he was a good dentist. But I’ll be damned if I will be lectured by a non-Jew about what I, as a Jew, should believe and feel about Zionism. I’ll go back to putting plaster-of-Paris over my cavities, on me it looks good.

      • CigarGod
        September 10, 2011, 4:15 pm

        Mooser,
        That is very interesting. What form does the A.S. take?

        I have people (right wing/religious clam up when they realize I’m anti-zionism, but it is my family of zionists who are the ones doing the abusing….could even be that eee, lli and others might BE my relatives.

      • Citizen
        September 10, 2011, 5:38 pm

        I’ve been subjected to anti-goyism when my in-laws and others I meet assume I’m a Zionist and then hear me disagree with something they say about Israeli activity. I seldom say much in those circles if the topic comes up, especially on get-togethers during Jewish holidays, but sometimes the blithe arrogant ignorance is just too much. I guess, Mooser, you are saying you feel like a happenstance cousin of David Duke surrounded at times by his fellow travelers? Oh well. I often feel like the country I grew up in has been taken over by a small tribe with an oath to a foreign country that hates me and my ilk (98% of my country) on principle. And I happen to fall amidst this very tiny group who appear to hold the key cards on what my country does to the world outside, no matter how much I don’t like it; and I see all the time how they feel superior to people like me, even when they are obvious oafs and charlatans.

      • Chaos4700
        September 11, 2011, 1:57 am

        I have to confess that in retrospect, even before I saw your question CG, I realized I was being overly optimistic. It’s really only the segment of Americans that bothers to seek out news and actual hard facts that my statement appears to apply to. Which is actually probably a minority of Americans.

  23. edwin
    September 10, 2011, 9:33 am

    annie: It looks like you are involved in this issue. I have just sent a letter to the museum. I would like to send you a copy.

  24. Kathleen
    September 10, 2011, 11:16 am

    Still very interested in what Huffington Post does and does not censor. Arianna Huffington has a piece up about 9/11. But they seem to not be allowing any mention of the stated reasons WHY people are so angry with the US. Tried to put up something similar yesterday. Did not make it up. Trying again. Really does seem when you put up anything about Israel that infers that this is one of the big reasons that people in that part of the world are so pissed off with the US…does not make it up at HUFFPO

    here is what I put up. Being moderated right now. Cathleen responding to Tom. Hope folks will go over there and try to post something about the reasons WHY so many folks are angry with the US to see if Huff Po lets it up. Please copy and document. Keep the effort documented in your mailbox
    link to huffingtonpost.com

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    Speaking of which there is a lot of celebrator­y goings on concerning the anniversar­y of 9/11, it has become a national holiday, a time to hold our exceptiona­lism especially close while worshippin­g the red white and blue. And to top it off like a red cherry we have creditable threats to the homeland to remind us of our vulnerabil­ity it seems like we will never be safe (unless of course we give all our money to the military.)

    We needed an enemy after the Cold War to give the military relevance and economic clout so they ginned up this never ending war on terror to send us into fear mode and keep us from noticing the theft. They just kept hammering on the hornet’s nest in the Middle East until they got a response that suited their purposes and we were finally attacked and they could begin the long drawn out process of subduing the Middle East for western corporatio­ns and the strategic global placement of military bases.

    And in conquering the Middle East we have not unwittingl­y created an unending river of potential terrorist’­s who might hold a grudge against a country that has terrorized his parents and killed his brothers last week by accident. There are probably people in the Middle East who don’t see us as liberating hero’s after having their homes destroyed by technologi­cal know how and men dressed up as star wars characters or their weddings interrupte­d by rains of fire and death.
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    Some call it Babylon.
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    Hit the nail on the head.

    Again never making excuses for horrific violence but trying to understand the real reasons WHY and not what our leaders, MSM host keep repeating ‘they hate us for our freedoms”
    Interestin­g that here at HP when you try to post some of experts (former head of the CIA’s Bin Laden unit Micheal Scheuer, former CIA analyst Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst Kathleen and Bill Christison­, former IAEA weapons inspector Scott Ritter) who have all tried to explain some of the reasons for the hatred and anger towards the US the monitors here will not allow it to show.
    Reasons stated by experts for the hatred
    1. US support for dictators for decades
    2. US support for Israel no matter what they do
    3. US military bases on Muslim soil
    4. US invasion of Iraq based on a “pack of lies” resulting in the loss of hundreds of thousands of lives
    5. US and Israeli occupation
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    And we’re still so minutiae oriented that ‘how WE’VE changed’ in the intervenin­g 10 years is still
    the focus of every article now being written. 10 YEARS on, we still do not have the courage or
    intelligen­ce to question why 3000+ people agreed to participat­e in an event we have so
    affectiona­tely labled as “9/11″.
    Our desire for truth and reason rather than revenge, languishes in the pile of rubble that has
    since been carted off to the dump. Except for bits and pieces of girders and stones that are in
    the process of themselves becoming monuments being erected across the nation, our focus is
    still what WE, the living, experience­d on that day and how WE were affected, how WE have
    changed.
    So far, those 3000+ died for no reason at all as we rehash our fascinatio­n with destructio­n. And
    our continued inability to get outside of ourselves for a broader, more worldly view, to examine,
    to question such ‘mass events’ just may be the undoing of this civilizati­on

    • POA
      September 10, 2011, 11:39 am

      A few years back, I attempted posting at Huffington. Things went fine for a few days until my posts started showing up, repeatedly, on the “readers favorites”.

      Seems my delivery, and my take on things, resonated well. I was banned without explanation, and shortly thereafter, the “readers favorites” feature was removed. I assumed it was because my “take” on things was not unique, and, in fact, a popular mindset shared by many others. Mostly, it was expressed dissatisfaction with the “official story” behind 9/11, and a rabid distrust of these self-serving posturing frauds in Washington DC. I’ve often wondered if how many people were “purged” from the website simultaneously with my ejection.

      BTW, Kathleen, you been following Clemons over at the pimp site, The Atlantic?? Seems justa coupla groupies followed him over. Nadine is one. Wonder what happened to Norhiem? Smart dude.

      • Kathleen
        September 10, 2011, 12:29 pm

        Almost all of my comments come up at HUFFPO except when you mention Israel in a factual way. Roadblocks…censorship

      • Kathleen
        September 10, 2011, 12:32 pm

        A bit. Have politely challenged Clemons with direct emails. He can actually take it although he continues to claim that he pushes the I/P envelope. I don’t buy it. But what I know about what it takes to get where he is.

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      It ignores the birth defects and child deformitie­s there. Out of sight, out of mind.
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      Most Americans do not even know about or where Fallujah is. Or what has and is taking place there. Most Americans do not want. Morally and spirituall­y bankrupt.

      On the Diane Rehm show Thursday they had three guest that got close to discussing the WHY of attacks and anger. They were discussing what the perception of the US is around the world by others. One of the guest said Americans have “never cared that much” At that is the truth . Some Americans do care but clearly not enough. I do believe far more would care if they were given fact based informatio­n. But when you can not even discuss or post the stated WHY’s for the anger and attacks here at HP that says a great deal
      link to the­dianerehms­how.org

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      Well, in fact, you’ve never actually cared that much. What I think you need to know — when I say this, I mean, if you move away from the shoreline in America into mid-Americ­a, Americans — because it’s a big continent, it’s a rich country and it’s a prosperous country — are basically concerned with themselves­. I don’t think, however, you can afford to do that any longer. We live in a global society today. You have internatio­nal interests and there are also internatio­nal threats which, if you don’t deal with, will ultimately also affect your interests.

      LET’S SEE IF THIS MAKES IT UP

    • Kathleen
      September 10, 2011, 11:43 am

      This has not made it up at Huff Po. Does not look like it will. There are only 2 comments being held right now. The above comment did not make it through. Tried to post a similar comment yesterday.

      • CigarGod
        September 10, 2011, 11:56 am

        Kathleen,
        The control of information, especially the perception it is controlled by Jews…should be of great concern to Jews and those who don’t want to repeat history. Unfortunately, the control is already firmly in place and most people don’t even know we are surrounded…if we ever do wake up and try to break free.

    • Kathleen
      September 10, 2011, 11:46 am

      Not going to make it up at HUFFPO. No real discussion of the stated reasons WHY for the attacks. Not encouraging real understanding why never making excuses for horrific violence

      Tried to post a similar statement over at HUFFPO yesterday. Did not make it up

  25. CigarGod
    September 10, 2011, 11:20 am

    Thanks Annie,
    Here is the letter I sent:

    To: Masako Kalbach

    Subject: Crayons of Mass Destruction (thanks to Taxi)

    Dear Masako,

    I have just learned of the cancellation under pressure of the Gaza childrens art. I can only imagine the tremendous personal pressure that was applied to you and your organization which resulted in the cancellation.

    I want to thank you for your vision and efforts in hosting this event.
    Often adults are so much more receptive to learning our lessons from innocent children than we are from each other.

    Unfortunately, it appears your funders feel they are under seige by children with crayons and think they must go to war against them.

    Please let me know how supporters can help your organization immunize itself from future coercion.

    Sincerely,
    (real name)

  26. Jayyous
    September 10, 2011, 1:12 pm

    Here’s a message I sent to the MOCHA early this morning before I had seen all of your great comments.

    How dare MOCHA cancel the Gaza Children’s art exhibit! How dare you bow to a bunch of loud, pro-Israel voices, at the expense the of suffering of those Palestinian children? Have you lost the moral compass that should guide every institute of learning and humanity and artistic expression? Can you not see with your eyes the great pain of those children? Are you too soft from the privilege of your own safe children? Are you so swayed by the pro-Israel voices who never want any of their crimes revealed to the world? Or are they donors threatening to cut you off if you let the truth be seen? Have you asked, during this shabby episode, how many holocaust museums there are in the US? Those “pro-Israel voices” don’t object to them, do they? They plan trips for Jewish children, not only to the museums but to the death camps, so that they can learn about pain and death of THEIR people.

    Have the decency and courage to reinstate that program of Palestinian Children. If you don’t, it will surely be picked up elsewhere–much to your everlasting shame. And MOCHA will be remembered, as it declines in support and recognition, that it was the place where pro-Israeli censorship prevailed to the detriment of the entire community.

    J C
    Orlando, Florida

  27. eee
    September 10, 2011, 1:30 pm

    How about this compromise, would you agree to it?
    A joint show by both kids from Gaza and Sderot.
    Would you boycott that?

    • Cliff
      September 10, 2011, 3:24 pm

      I wouldn’t boycott that because children suffering on both sides is a big deal.

      However, I would still hold the opinion that such an exhibit implies that the suffering is equal and thus, the relationship between Palestinians and Israelis is symmetrical.

      If we make this relationship equal (not in terms of equal rights, respect, etc.; but rather in terms of logistics) then Israel will come out on top because of the way Arab and Muslims are portrayed in our culture as well as the political economy of our mainstream media.

      Palestinians have been living under occupation for 40+ years. They deserve THEIR OWN exhibit. People should be allowed to see things from the Palestinian perspective without an Israeli voice in their head.

      Certainly, we get the Israeli view almost ALL THE TIME and certainly for all practical purposes, we are SATURATED in the Israeli narrative in the mainstream.

      Why is it that if a Palestinian voice is to EVER be heard, it must be accompanied by an Israeli voice? Do Israelis allow such equal treatment and respect towards Palestinians in the Occupied territories? NO!

      So Israel gets away with occupation and colonialism and gets away with presenting a false narrative of victim-hood here in the West.

      Israel is not a victim. The Palestinians are not occupying Israel.

      • annie
        September 10, 2011, 3:34 pm

        Why is it that if a Palestinian voice is to EVER be heard, it must be accompanied by an Israeli voice?

        exactly

      • eee
        September 10, 2011, 3:46 pm

        When Barghouti speaks at a university is he always accompanied by an Israeli voice? Of course not. Your claims are hysterical.

        If this is really about children as you are claiming, you wouldn’t be against a compromise. But it is not about children is it? It is about using children’s art to make a political point. You are such hypocrites.

      • Cliff
        September 10, 2011, 4:15 pm

        When Barghouti speaks at a university is he always accompanied by an Israeli voice? Of course not. Your claims are hysterical.

        If this is really about children as you are claiming, you wouldn’t be against a compromise. But it is not about children is it? It is about using children’s art to make a political point. You are such hypocrites.

        eee,

        My point does not have to be 100% to be correct. We’re talking about human beings here.

        And more specifically, we’re talking about large complex institutions.

        It just so happens that we do have systematic studies on the mainstream media in the US. We have books about portrayals of Arabs and Muslims in Hollywood.

      • eee
        September 10, 2011, 6:12 pm

        Cliff,

        Your point does not even have to be 1% correct to get approval on this site.

      • Jeffrey Blankfort
        September 10, 2011, 7:30 pm

        Everything is political, eee, everything and there is a political point to be made by showing the art of children of Gaza whose lives are worth less to the president of the US than the residents of the Israeli embassy in Cairo (and apparently nothing to those Jews complaining about the exhibit in Oakland). Actually, that’s the point. The US while not directly responsible for every Israeli crime, it is complicit in every Israeli crime, and since the US ostensibly represents the American people, the American people have a right as well as a duty to know what are the consequences of that US complicity. Showing the art of children who have been born into a world of violence when the US shares the responsibility for that violence is what it is all about. Which is why in the 80s we had exhibitions of art by children of El Salvador and Nicaragua without attempts at censorship.

  28. piotr
    September 10, 2011, 2:58 pm

    Clever, eee but no cigar.

    It is like allowing IPO to perform in London only if an orchestra from Gaza can be in the same show.

    Or if Alan Dershowitz were allowed as an invited speaker ONLY if Norman Finkelstein is invited to the same event, with equal time.

    I say, let them both speak where they want, and face the hecklers, if any.

    And you are most welcome to picket exhibition of MECA and make ass of yourself.

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