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Breaking and tragic: The Missouri History Museum canceled a presentation on Ferguson and Palestine on the eve of the event scheduled for March 19, after being pressured by a local Jewish group to remove the Palestine part, emails released by Jewish Voice for Peace disclose.

Batya Abramson-Goldstein, Director of JCRC. From St. Louis, photo by Kristi Foster

Batya Abramson-Goldstein, Director of JCRC. (Photo: Kristi Foster)

The museum got pressure from the Jewish Community Relations Council “expressing dismay” over the presentation. A museum official promptly got in touch with the Washington University students who were putting it on. “Remove the Palestine group from the program or find another location,” she says she told the student group, according to an email.

The students refused to remove the Palestine portion. The presentation was titled “Ferguson to Ayotzinapa to Palestine: Solidarity and Collaborative Action.” Ayotzinapa refers to the 43 students in Mexico who were kidnaped last September.

The museum is a publicly-funded institution, and the story is getting wide pickup in St. Louis. The St. Louis Post Dispatch: “History Museum pressured speakers panel to exclude Palestinian group, emails show.”  The St. Louis Business Journal is also covering the story.

The Missouri History Museum cancelled a solidarity event claiming that its planned format was changed and after the museum advertised the panel with its full title and information, each including references to Palestine, on its website before the event page was taken down on Wednesday afternoon, March 18. (photo: Student Life)

The Missouri History Museum cancelled a solidarity event claiming that its planned format was changed and after the museum advertised the panel with its full title and information, each including references to Palestine, on its website before the event page was taken down on Wednesday afternoon, March 18. (photo: Student Life)

In a bizarre twist, the emails show that the museum’s education director Melanie Adams communicated with the local Anti-Defamation League about the program and sought the ADL’s help in coming up with a replacement exhibit about Palestine.

In light of the current situation, we would like to plan a program that looks at the history of Palestine and Israel. We would like to work with the ADL and the JCRC to put something together Is this something you are open to doing?

So the new proposed Israel/Palestine panel will have Palestinians handpicked by the JCRC and the ADL! And you wonder why our society has a skewed view of the conflict.

The museum has hosted controversial speakers before, including Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow.

Here is the press release from Jewish Voice for Peace in St. Louis:

Through a Sunshine request with the Missouri History Museum, St. Louis Jewish Voice for Peace revealed that pressure from a Jewish Community Relations Council Executive Director Batya Abramson-Goldstein led to the museum’s last minute demand to exclude Palestine from a public dialogue on activism including Ferguson and Ayotzinapa.

Facing criticism for the censorship of Palestinian voices, the Missouri History Museum attributed the panel’s cancellation to miscommunication between Museum staff and event organizers. Panelists and partner organizations refused to break their coalition ties between people of color by removing Palestine from the event.

Organizers and community members rallied on the museum’s front steps in support of the St. Louis Palestine Solidarity Committee.

“I had absolutely no intent to silence you,” said Missouri History Museum President Frances Levine to St. Louis Palestine Solidarity Committee member Sandra Tamari before the rally in front of the museum.

The following day, the St. Louis Jewish Voice for Peace officially submitted a Sunshine request under the Freedom of Information Act to the Missouri History Museum, requesting access to museum emails containing specific terms such as “JCRC.”

In a series of emails obtained, Abramson-Goldstein calls for the removal of Palestine from the panel; she wrote to Levine: “I am writing because I have been receiving emails and phone calls expressing dismay at the upcoming History Museum Program: Ferguson to Ayotzinapa to Palestine: Solidarity and Collaborative Action. I can understand the dismay.”

After the event’s cancellation, Abramson-Goldstein wrote to Levine “When you and I eventually have our breakfast/lunch/coffee we can look back at this incident as an illustration of a potentially damaging incident defused.”

Regional director of the Anti-Defamation League Karen Aroesty also expressed concern over the event when she wrote to Levine: “[I] wonder if you have contacted Metro PD to let them know you may need additional personnel.”

In a post from their website, The St. Louis Palestine Solidarity Committee states “in [our] work to promote freedom, equality and justice in Palestine and Israel, we reaffirm our commitment to principles of anti-racism and anti-oppression… We stand opposed to Islamophobia, antiSemitism, all forms of racism, and any other expressions of bigotry directed at any person or group.”

“Our organization affirms that support of black struggle in Ferguson while at the same time supporting Jewish privilege in Israel are incompatible stances and must be rejected,” St. Louis Jewish Voice for Peace member Maya Harris.

“When Ferguson started, I found it very interesting that the Anti-Defamation League, put out no fewer than three statements saying ‘don’t compare Ferguson and Palestine,’” Tamari says. “Our solidarity is obviously very powerful and people are scared of us joining forces. The event at the museum is just one example of how we are challenging the status quo.”

Here are some excerpts of the emails.

Batya Abramson-Goldstein of the JCRC to the museum’s director:

“I am writing because I have been receiving emails and phone calls expressing dismay at the upcoming History Museum Program: Ferguson to Ayotzinapa to Palestine: Solidarity and Collaborative Action.” I can understand the dismay. How should I reply to those asking why this event is being sponsored by the History Museum?”

Museum president Frances Levine responds:

“Thanks Batya for bringing this to my attention. Melanie [Adams, Managing Director of Community Education and Events] says she spoke to you and is back in touch with the students. This is not the program that she approved originally. She has given them some choices to bring the focus back where it was in Ferguson or to take the program back to their campus space. Not sure why they wanted it here anyway…”

Melanie Adams contacts Karen Aroesty at the ADL to brag about the censorship:

We cancelled a program brought to us by a wash u student group because they changed the content to include the St. Louis Palestine group talking about how they are similar to the movement in ferguson. We let them know we were not comfortable with this change.

Other internal emails show the museum knew it had a p.r. problem on its hands and tried to scramble:

The institution is open to presenting future programming related to the history of Israel and Palestine. Any future proposed programming on the
topic will be carefully organized and fully vetted.

A later museum statement denied the cancellation had anything to do with Palestine.

Our issue was never with talking about Palestine. The issue was with adding a third topic to the discussion. We asked the community partner to fulfill the original agreement or find another location.
We are completely open and interested in doing programming related Palestinian and Israeli history. Such a program might make sense in relation to an upcoming
exhibit.

Anna Baltzer of JVP wrote to the museum that she had always loved it, no more. Also from the emails:

As a Jewish St. Louisan, I was shocked to hear about the Missouri History Museum’s attempts to silence the St. Louis Palestinian community by shutting down the “Ferguson to Ayotzinapa to Palestine” event if it included Palestinians. This is disgraceful behavior by a public institution and cannot be ignored. I urge you to reverse your discriminatory decision and reinstate the panel, and to issue a formal apology to the Palestine Solidarity Committee and the event organizers.
The Missouri History Museum was among my favorite places in St. Louis. I went there all the time, especially with guests and family from out of town. No longer.

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  1. Cliff
    March 27, 2015, 10:16 am

    So local Zionist Jews whine and probably play the Holocaust/antisemitism card and get their way.

    It’s the same story.

    All conflicts are fair game except Israel/Palestine because:

    Verb, noun, antisemitism.

    The organized Jewish community is fascist and racist to the core. Hypocrisy defined.

    • Steve Grover
      March 27, 2015, 1:25 pm

      I got a better adjective to describe the “organized” Jewish Community. Principled.
      Congratulations to Batya Abramson-Goldstein for standing against JVP and saying no to the BS conflation. Congratulations to the Missouri History museum for understanding that the conflation is BS.

      • Annie Robbins
        March 27, 2015, 1:58 pm

        there’s no indication from the missouri history museum of “understanding” anything other than when pressured by the jewish community you better buckle. that when push comes to shove it’s not their own opinion that matters, it’s that of the jewish community and ADL.

        also, what’s clear is that levine’s role and responsibilities, as part of the “organized” Jewish Community, supersedes her responsibilities as the director of the museum. she’s known all along what she was doing was wrong, otherwise she wouldn’t have lied about it to the students and press. the released emails tell a completely different story. so why lie if your actions are honorable? they were trying to hide the involvement and pressure from jewish community members.

        and yet, without this evidence if you accuse jews of meddling in community affairs and demanding their way you get accused of anti semitism. ADL should be lambasted for getting involved in this.

      • Sycamores
        March 27, 2015, 3:47 pm

        Steve,

        you remind me of the wasabi plant,
        appears up only when the conditions are abolutely right for you.

        what did you think of Loyola passing the Divestment resolution?

      • Steve Grover
        March 27, 2015, 5:37 pm

        Sycamore,
        I show up when I’m in the mood for stupid funny.

      • just
        March 27, 2015, 5:40 pm

        Great comment, Sycamores!

        (I may steal the wasabi analogy- arigatou!)

      • Steve Grover
        March 27, 2015, 6:04 pm

        Sycamore,
        The following is what I think about the Loyola divestment:
        http://youtu.be/5Qf6Sv3A9zs

      • talknic
        March 27, 2015, 7:00 pm

        @ Steve Grover “Principled”

        acting in accordance with morality and showing recognition of right and wrong
        synonyms: moral, ethical, good, virtuous, righteous, upright, upstanding, high-minded, right-minded, proper, correct, honourable, honest, just, noble, incorruptible, anti-corruption, scrupulous, conscientious, respectable, decent

        What principle is there in stifling open dialogue?

      • Mooser
        March 28, 2015, 11:07 am

        “please!!! don’t make us laugh! “

        Annie, either ban Hophmi, or don’t. But with that, you simply condemn him to uselessness. What else can he do at this point except make us laugh?

      • pjdude
        March 29, 2015, 2:24 pm

        lol since when has anything a zionist group ever been principled. supporting war crimes terrorism and the supression of these facts from getting out is not principled

  2. amigo
    March 27, 2015, 10:24 am

    Zionist are like children who stay out a tad late and then are afraid to go home and face the music .So they stay out all night somehow believing the whole affair will blow over.

    Unbelievable adolescent behaviour and cowardice.Keep digging folks, the trench will eventually cave in on you.

    • just
      March 27, 2015, 10:59 am

      Great analogy, amigo!

      This is not only ‘tragic’, Phil~ it’s pathetic. Knowledge is power, and an informed citizenry is what these people in Missouri fear the very most. It’s the same for the pro- Israeli students on campuses who try so hard to silence the voices of SJP and others across the spectrum of truth. It’s the same everywhere across the US.

      “Batya Abramson-Goldstein of the JCRC to the museum’s director:

      “I am writing because I have been receiving emails and phone calls expressing dismay at the upcoming History Museum Program: Ferguson to Ayotzinapa to Palestine: Solidarity and Collaborative Action.” I can understand the dismay. How should I reply to those asking why this event is being sponsored by the History Museum?””

      Ah, the old passive- aggressive, not so thinly veiled threat! Thank you for putting Batya Abramson-Goldstein’s face to her concern- trolling. Near absolute anonymity is also part of the success of such forces of censorship and disinformation.

      Thanks to the St. Louis Palestine Solidarity Committee, to the student organizers at Washington University, to St. Louis Jewish Voice for Peace, and to Anna Baltzer of JVP. I’m glad that this disgrace is being covered by local media~ may it spread like wildfire!

      Shame on Levine and the Museum of History (ironic, eh?). And just what does Frances Levine mean by: “Not sure why they wanted it here anyway…”? “Melanie Adams contacts Karen Aroesty at the ADL to brag about the censorship”~ oooh, censorship is something to be proud of!

      Thanks for the exposure, Phil. It’s through their own actions that they will cease to be legitimate and hold sway in the court of public opinion. The times they are a- changin’, but they’ll put up a fight as all bullies do.

  3. hophmi
    March 27, 2015, 10:30 am

    Well, it’s pretty standard that when you partner with another institution, you don’t change the subject of the event at the last minute. It is clear from both articles that the Museum is open to programming featuring Palestinian voices, and it is not at all accurate to say that those voices need to be approved by JCRC or ADL.

    • Annie Robbins
      March 27, 2015, 11:59 am

      hops, do your homework before making foolish statements like this. the event was already posted on the museum’s events calendar (before it was removed) and it was advertised in posters around town. with the name of the event clearly posted in the headline, using the word “palestine”.

      i collected a whole slew of graphics and links intending to write about this story which broke in the run up to israel’s election. never got around to it. but there was plenty of evidence the museum was just making an excuse.

      • hophmi
        March 27, 2015, 12:11 pm

        “hops, do your homework before making foolish statements like this. the event was already posted on the museum’s events calendar (before it was removed) and it was advertised in posters around town. with the name of the event clearly posted in the headline, using the word “palestine”.”

        Did my homework. My view is the same. The notion that the museum is unwilling to hold events on Palestine is simply belied by the facts here.

        More antisemitism on Mondoweiss: “I think we should notify the local PD about EVERY Zionist meeting including an awful lot of Sabbath meetings in synagogues. these are people who threaten others and those others might show up and be hurt!”

      • oldgeezer
        March 27, 2015, 12:32 pm

        “hophmi
        More antisemitism on Mondoweiss: “I think we should notify the local PD about EVERY Zionist meeting including an awful lot of Sabbath meetings in synagogues. these are people who threaten others and those others might show up and be hurt!”

        You have a great career opportunity in making up fake quotes.

      • hophmi
        March 27, 2015, 12:43 pm

        oldgeezer: “You have a great career opportunity in making up fake quotes.”

        Uh, quote is right here in this thread.


        pabelmont March 27, 2015, 11:51 am

        I like it that this is in the local newspapers. All BDS work and all educational work w.r.t. Palestine must educate Americans about our skewed society where Zionist opinion (always characterized wrongly as Jewish opinion) carries weight and pro-Palestine or anti-Zionist opinion is negligible. (I think we should notify the local PD about EVERY Zionist meeting including an awful lot of Sabbath meetings in synagogues. these are people who threaten others and those others might show up and be hurt!” See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/03/missouri-palestine-pressure/comment-page-1#comment-757335

      • oldgeezer
        March 27, 2015, 12:51 pm

        @yonah

        Weird… so it is. Aside from reading the comments I also did a text search on the page before I posted my response and it only found your comment. I can neither prove or explain that but I wouldn’t have responded as I did had it been there at that time.

      • Annie Robbins
        March 27, 2015, 1:05 pm

        The notion that the museum is unwilling to hold events on Palestine is simply belied by the facts here.

        strawman. i never made the claim the museum was unwilling to hold events on palestine. i responded to this untrue allegation of yours “you don’t change the subject of the event at the last minute”

        it was not at the last minute. the group held several meetings w/museum staff discussing the event, it had been cleared, posters had been made, and event had been advertised on the museums website all prior to jcrc complaint. the only thing that happened at “the last minute” was the cancelation.

        also, there is a difference between holding “events on Palestine” and holding events on Palestine only after they have been vetted by zionist organizations. how would you like it if every jewish or israeli event was first required to be vetted by palestinians!!

        please!!! don’t make us laugh!

      • Annie Robbins
        March 27, 2015, 1:20 pm

        oh, and regarding pabelmont’s comment, that’s his opinion. considering our government has a policy of doing just this, spying on mosques, muslim leaders and the muslim community, it’s fair game to make statements like that. we’ve had numerous articles about it as well as discussions about it in other-numerous threads. show me where you objected, show me where you claimed it was racist or unpublishable here or came down on any of our regular israel defenders for defending this kind of stuff. then i’ll take your complaint more seriously.

        personally, i think it is extreme. i believe in a separation between church and state. but that’s not what happens here in the US, churches are involved in social issues too. synagogues are not just about worship, many (most) have submerged with zionism. and it’s documented that pressure (some would considering it threatening) comes to bear on community members opposed to zionism or supporting palestine.

        considering the jcrc requested the museum notify the local police to assure their presence and the peaceful demo this is a tables turned comment. see how you like that? i don’t see you objecting to jcrc’s request. calling it racist. why not?

      • just
        March 27, 2015, 1:40 pm

        One can read some of his comments on this article to get a general idea:

        “Spy on mosques, stay away from synagogues: NYPD surveillance differs based on religion” – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2013/09/spy-on-mosques-stay-away-from-synagogues-nypd-surveillance-differs-based-on-religion#sthash.2VAZa3E1.dpuf

        From Alex Kane’s very good article from 2013: “Other NYPD documents show an obsessive focus on the Muslim community while ignoring the Jewish community. In 2007, the NYPD’s Demographics Unit mapped out “Syrian locations of concern.” But despite the majority of the Syrian community being Jewish, they were excluded from the document. “This report will focus on the smaller Muslim community,” the document posted by the Associated Press reads.

        NYPD spying “wouldn’t fly in the Christian community,” Linda Sarsour, executive director of the Arab American Association of New York, told me recently. “It wouldn’t fly in the Jewish community. It wouldn’t fly in any other religious community. Why is it okay that it’s happening to Muslims?””

      • hophmi
        March 27, 2015, 2:12 pm

        Who’s vetting events? The JCRC is a representative Jewish organization, and so is the ADL. Why wouldn’t a community organization reach out to them if they were planning an event involving Israel?

        “considering the jcrc requested the museum notify the local police to assure their presence and the peaceful demo this is a tables turned comment. see how you like that? i don’t see you objecting to jcrc’s request. calling it racist. why not?”

        Why is it racist? Did JCRC advocate contacting PD because of a single race of people? Funny how you’re always playing up the presence of Jews in the BDS movement, and then defining it in racial terms, as if everyone in it was Muslim. Criticism of the BDS movement is not racist.

      • Annie Robbins
        March 27, 2015, 4:52 pm

        Who’s vetting events?

        the museum vetted the events in their normal capacity.

        Beltran said that while Palestine had not been mentioned in his initial communication with the museum, the inclusion of Palestine in the event was made clear in subsequent exchanges and on promotional materials posted to the museum’s website.

        “We were really confused—the first question was why? Basically, their answer was ‘we didn’t know Palestine was going to be part of the event,’ referring to a very old email from January when we didn’t know which topics we were going to cover—we just didn’t include Palestine in the email. But every email after that included Palestine,” he said.

        An email dated March 4 sent from an organizer at the museum to Beltran read, “I love the flier. See you on the 19th,” with the attached image linking to a flyer with the event’s full name. A page promoting the event on the museum’s website also included the event’s full name and information on the panelists, which contained references to Palestine and the Saint Louis Palestine Solidarity Committee, respectively. As of Wednesday afternoon, that page had been taken down, with the URL directing users to a “page not found” notice….

        “They posted our flyer online, they posted the title online, they posted the event description online—all of which had Palestine in it—so there’s no way they didn’t know,” Beltran said.

        photo of the musuem’s website promoting the event here: http://www.studlife.com/news/region/2015/03/19/mo-history-museum-stops-panel-including-palestinian-presence/

        and this is a total lie:

        Museum spokesperson Leigh Walters, the assistant director of communications, stressed that the decision was made by the museum’s staff without any outside pressure from donors or other individuals or groups to do so.

        “No one else was involved. It was entirely a collective decision by our leadership team, which is a leadership team of staff,” Walters said.

        The JCRC is a representative Jewish organization, and so is the ADL.

        although they were founded on the principle of fighting anti semitism they’ve since expanded and promote themselves thustly:

        Describing itself as “the nation’s premier civil rights/human relations agency”, the ADL states that it “fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all,” doing so through “information, education, legislation, and advocacy.”[1][2]

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-Defamation_League

        Why wouldn’t a community organization reach out to them if they were planning an event involving Israel?

        umm, get back to me when you start complaining about the media talking about israel all the time without including one palestinian voice. and since when did towns and cities approving permits for israel day parades and such “reach out” to palestinians in the community for their approval? there’s no reason the jewish community councils need to be informed or approve community events and panels involving palestine. for decades jewish groups have held events all over this country sans one tiny bit of input from palestinians.

        Why is it racist? Did JCRC advocate contacting PD because of a single race of people?

        yes they did. they advocated contacting the police because they (a single ethnic group of people) didn’t like the protest. we don’t like it so we want the police to harass them! why the special treatment hops?

        Funny how you’re always playing up the presence of Jews in the BDS movement

        playing up? we report issues related to activism for a free palestine. if a jewish group (like jvp) creates an action we report it.

        and then defining it in racial terms, as if everyone in it was Muslim.

        except i didn’t do that. demanding a jewish zionist presence or opinion whenever palestine is discussed is racist. it’s gatekeeping because the advocacy is centered in palestine. it’s an apartheid sate, therefore defending it is defending racism. that’s not too complicated is it? they didn’t advocate calling the police because they anticipated a violent crowd, they were trying to shut down the free speech of activists for palestine.

        Criticism of the BDS movement is not racist.

        it is when the criticism makes false allegations of anti semitism based on nothing but evidence of anti zionism. you can’t defend a tactic, originating in the hasbara community, of accusing the bds movement as racism and then claim willy nilly your own movement, supporting apartheid, is not racist.

      • echinococcus
        March 28, 2015, 10:17 am

        Hophmi, what exactly is “antisemitic”in that quote? I’ll be waiting for a precise answer.
        Of course Zionists are murderous and shouldn’t ever be left without surveillance.

  4. Kathleen
    March 27, 2015, 10:45 am

    Will Hop jump in once again and say no Jewish groups influence here? Opinions one thing. Facts another.

  5. Giles
    March 27, 2015, 11:05 am

    “As a Jewish St. Louisan,…..”

    Once again, the underlying premise that Jewish opinions carry more weight than non Jewish ones.

    • Mooser
      March 27, 2015, 11:44 am

      “Once again, the underlying premise that Jewish opinions carry more weight than non Jewish ones.”

      Giles, don’t stand in the way of the schism. You’ll get run over.

    • pabelmont
      March 27, 2015, 11:48 am

      Giles: It doesn’t mean that. It means that Jewish opinion is divided, something the Museum probably doesn’t know. But of course you ae right over-all; why should the Museum have acted to remove Palestine just because of a Jewish group (or person) protested? Their protests carry weight; Palestinian and anti-Zionist protests seem to carry no weight.

      • Mooser
        March 27, 2015, 2:21 pm

        Giles, if nobody ever says they, “as a Jew” oppose some aspect of Zionism or Zionism entirely, wouldn’t that just show that all Jews support Zionism in every particular?

      • Giles
        March 27, 2015, 2:34 pm

        Doesn’t it matter if non Jews oppose Zionism?

      • echinococcus
        March 28, 2015, 2:42 am

        Mooser, in the big scheme of things it doesn’t really make a difference if some, isolated members of the tribe oppose Zionism or not.

      • Mooser
        March 28, 2015, 11:22 am

        “Mooser, in the big scheme of things it doesn’t really make a difference if some, isolated members of the tribe oppose Zionism or not.”

        Gee, I don’t know, it seems to be building into some sort of movement, at least to end Israel’s intransigence (as far as possible), if not eliminate the embarrassment entirely.
        And as far as “isolated” goes, I’ve heard that some of the people who would like to end or reduce Israel’s intransigence and the occupation are forming organizations. They put “Jewish” in the name a lot, too.

        “Doesn’t it matter if non Jews oppose Zionism?”

        Please don’t tempt me like that. The Mods have enough problems.

  6. oldgeezer
    March 27, 2015, 11:30 am

    `“[I] wonder if you have contacted Metro PD to let them know you may need additional personnel.”

    Hard to read that as anything but an implied threat.

  7. pabelmont
    March 27, 2015, 11:51 am

    I like it that this is in the local newspapers. All BDS work and all educational work w.r.t. Palestine must educate Americans about our skewed society where Zionist opinion (always characterized wrongly as Jewish opinion) carries weight and pro-Palestine or anti-Zionist opinion is negligible. (I think we should notify the local PD about EVERY Zionist meeting including an awful lot of Sabbath meetings in synagogues. these are people who threaten others and those others might show up and be hurt!

  8. Annie Robbins
    March 27, 2015, 12:03 pm

    phil, you should have used levine’s photo too! don’t let her off the hook! http://www.bizjournals.com/stlouis/news/2015/03/26/jewish-group-contacted-history-museum-before-it.html?s=image_gallery

    given their collective histories, it’s to be expected of local Jewish Community Relations Councils to pull this crap, but unless the museum is a jewish museum (it isn’t) directors should be vetted for bias before holding these positions. it reminds me of the latest UCLA trumped up scandal about the student gov questioning the jewish student about bias given her affiliations. these people shouldn’t be allowed to act as gatekeepers for the jewish community if they are holding public positions serving the public interests. levine should be fired from her job.

    and calling the ADL and giving them access to vet all palestine related events is absurd! fire levine for gatekeeping and lying to the public in the attempted cover up.

    great sleuthing by St. Louis Palestine Solidarity Committee and St. Louis JVP!

    • just
      March 27, 2015, 12:08 pm

      Heck yeah, Annie!

      As I wrote in my comment: “Thank you for putting Batya Abramson-Goldstein’s face to her concern- trolling. Near absolute anonymity is also part of the success of such forces of censorship and disinformation.”

      • Annie Robbins
        March 27, 2015, 12:12 pm

        just, the story was out for a few days before st louis biz journal started writing about it. they featured that photo of levine. i don’t recall the first stories mentioning the museum director by name. when i saw that photo of levine the pieces of the puzzle began to fall into place w/ease.

      • just
        March 27, 2015, 12:19 pm

        “the pieces of the puzzle began to fall into place w/ease.”

        It’s amazing how that happens!

        It’s also a credit to you and the other investigative journalists that are finally proliferating and being heard!

      • Annie Robbins
        March 27, 2015, 12:51 pm

        i’m not an investigative journalist. i almost exclusively rely on others (already published) reports i find online. i just scrunch them together in one draft and add some commentary.

        i’m not even a journalist. i’m a blogger. ;)

      • just
        March 27, 2015, 12:59 pm

        Uh- huh.

        Well, an investigator investigates and separates truth from fiction, among other things.

        (acc. to wiki) ” A journalist is a person who collects, writes or distributes news or other current information. A journalist’s work is referred to as journalism.”

        You and others @ MW do both, so I dub you as I sees you. You are a very good ‘blogger’, too!

        :-o

      • amigo
        March 27, 2015, 2:38 pm

        “i’m not even a journalist. i’m a blogger. ;)” Annie.

        Don,t knock it Annie.Much better than being a “bloggerhead”.

        Catalan /Hopknee/Yonah / Jeff B , (wasn,t he referred to as blockhead somewhere?? –tosefta come to mind jeffy boy), et al.

      • Annie Robbins
        March 27, 2015, 3:52 pm

        ok well thanks. i have not been doing much lately besides reading mondoweiss. being very lazy.

      • Mooser
        March 28, 2015, 11:29 am

        “i’m not even a journalist. i’m a blogger. ;)”

        Annie! Where would Ida Tarbell, Nellie Bly, or Margeret Fuller, Brenda Starr or Louis Lane be today if they lowered their eyes, curtsied and deprecated themselves as mere “bloggers”. Where, I ask you? Would Dorothy Parker have called herself a “blogger”?

    • hophmi
      March 27, 2015, 12:45 pm

      given their collective histories, it’s to be expected of local Jewish Community Relations Councils to pull this crap, but unless the museum is a jewish museum (it isn’t) directors should be vetted for bias before holding these positions.”

      So you support asking them special questions if they’re Jews?

      • just
        March 27, 2015, 1:07 pm

        hophmi~ how I wish that you could read anything here without sniffing around and searching for something that is CLEARLY not there.

      • Annie Robbins
        March 27, 2015, 4:10 pm

        i support fair and equal access to a whole host of community establishments including law enforcement, town halls, libraries, post offices, fire departments, schools and public museums.

        i support people in charge of hiring and vetting for these sort of admin and/or service related jobs asking special questions regarding biases people may have based on their religious and political affiliations that may prevent them from treating every person (or group) fairly within the law and making balanced judgements regardless of those religious and political affiliations. and i see no reason jews should not be expected to tow the line in answering those questions like everybody else.

        in fact, this story is a perfect example why.

        whereas, i do not believe groups such as jcrc should be required to be even handed across the board, because they are a jewish group (serving jewish interests within a community). but the adl on the other hand claims to be representing the entire community, not primarily a jewish group. like the aclu, they are an american institution. i know the difference might be lost on you hops. but if a public institution serves the entire community, then of course the employees (even jews, really!) should be unbiased in serving that community.

        shocking tho it may be, the answer to your question is in the affirmative which i think i made clear previously in numerous comments in the thread of the UCLA alleged anti semitism article.

    • Blownaway
      March 27, 2015, 9:26 pm

      I miss the good old days when zionist bragged about their power and influence. What’s with all the defensiveness? Could it be that’s it’s wrong and people are catching on in America? How weird is that

  9. Sycamores
    March 27, 2015, 2:12 pm

    i was following this story on twitter as it was unfolding.

    white privileged group deciding for minority groups who they are allow to stand in solidarity with.

    well done Missouri History Museum you are now apart of the problem under the banner of Selective History Museum https://www.facebook.com/events/462602083903503/

  10. catalan
    March 27, 2015, 3:13 pm

    Catalan /Hopknee/Yonah / Jeff B , (wasn,t he referred to as blockhead somewhere?? –tosefta come to mind jeffy boy), et al
    Amigo, I see what happened here. You are offended that I only invited Seafoid to the U.S. You can come as well. We love the Irish here. I can understand the envy. I am a European, I know the place is depressing. And yes, I know I am “not authorized” to make invitations, but Ey, I am doing it anyway.

    • amigo
      March 27, 2015, 3:30 pm

      “Amigo, I see what happened here. You are offended that I only invited Seafoid to the U.S. You can come as well. We love the Irish here. ” catalan.

      Hate to burst your bubble catalan but I spent best part of 30 years in America and I was there legally , unlike you in some places.

      So no need for your invitation.I was probably there before you were a perri winklle in your daddy,s eye.

    • amigo
      March 27, 2015, 3:48 pm

      catalan , it is hard to lend credibility to your posts.Most folks as highly educated as yourself are aware of the function of the reply button.Take a few hours and learn the basics..

      “English is not my first language. Bulgarian is. It’s just hard for me to take seriously people discussing law, politics or economics when they don’t know third grade grammar of their first language. Grammar itself is not indicative of substance of course. However, it does tend to show the quality of one’s education and willingness to learn basics” catalan

      http://mondoweiss.net/profile/catalan

      • Mooser
        March 28, 2015, 11:38 am

        “catalan it is hard to lend credibility to your posts.”

        Oh yes, he would need a loan shark for that. No accredited lender would take the risk. And the vigorish would be hell.

  11. catalan
    March 27, 2015, 3:34 pm

    Amigo,
    Sorry, it seems like I touched a raw nerve there. i was just trying to be helpful.

    • amigo
      March 27, 2015, 10:33 pm

      Sorry, it seems like I touched a raw nerve there. i was just trying to be helpful.”catalan.

      Hasbara fail .

  12. ritzl
    March 27, 2015, 8:09 pm

    Great comments, Annie.

  13. Citizen
    March 27, 2015, 10:47 pm

    Thanks, Annie.

  14. OyVey00
    March 28, 2015, 1:06 am

    Okay, can we now cancel all those other Ferguson “events” too?

    You’d think that even the most hardcore liberals would have gotten word that “Hands up don’t shoot” was a fraud propagandized by George Soros by now. And yet they still stage these events /facepalm

    • oldgeezer
      March 28, 2015, 1:34 am

      “/facepalm”

      Try a sledgehammer. If it doesn’t work try a second time but much harder.

      The world will thank you or your survivors.
      It’s not like the world will have one less confessed racist.

      • OyVey00
        March 28, 2015, 2:22 am

        Sir, I am appalled by this disgusting, hateful language of yours. Please consider that hurting someone’s feelings over the internet can leave deep emotional scars and trauma from which they might never recover. Remember that such a thing is not a petty offense, it is a hate crime.

        Thank you for your understanding. I am sure you will become a better human being from now on.

      • Mooser
        March 28, 2015, 11:41 am

        “Try a sledgehammer.”

        In medicine, we use the medicament with the lessor side-effects first. We can suggest the sledge-hammer after applying ash-tree extracts about the head and shoulders. Then again, perhaps the medium for the message will be a vigorous massage.

        Sometimes, simply reminding someone that their entire archive can be accessed by pressing the name over a comment is enough.

      • Mooser
        March 28, 2015, 11:54 am

        “Sir, I am appalled by this disgusting, hateful language of yours. Please consider that hurting someone’s feelings over the internet can leave deep emotional scars and trauma from which they might never recover. Remember that such a thing is not a petty offense, it is a hate crime”

        Fastest conversion to a PC liberal I’ve ever seen! At the drop of a hat, on a dime!

      • oldgeezer
        March 28, 2015, 12:49 pm

        Communications in a text only environment are frequently hampered by misunderstandings due to the lack of visual and auditory clues that are a part of more normal communication methods. With that in mind I’d like to clarify that there’s no need to call me sir.

      • Donald
        March 28, 2015, 12:52 pm

        The Justice Department found that the Ferguson police force is racist and corrupt. You either favor this or you don’t pay attention to news stories outside what you get from Faux.

  15. Ramzi Jaber
    March 28, 2015, 10:01 am

    Disgusting zionism. Is Batya Abramson-Goldstein a US citizen or a citizen of the zionist entity? where are her loyalties? is she for freedom of speech, truth, peace, and honesty? Obviously not. Disgusting indeed.

  16. Lillian Rosengarten
    March 28, 2015, 11:11 am

    What’s disgusting to me is that the Missouri Historic Museum caved into a local Zionist Jewish group. Why? Has to be about money. In addition, this is a blatant example of the workings of the Israeli propaganda ministers who create fear through a subtle and lethal form of domestic terrorism. Sounds familiar? Stand up and resist. RESIST against this form of fascism.

  17. RockyMissouri
    March 28, 2015, 11:24 am

    When I learned of the cancellation, I was horrified. This is a monstrous betrayal, and the dismissive manner of the Museum and the outrage of that lady are horrifying to me.
    I let them know exactly how disgusted I was.

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