Gerard Butler, Gene Simmons, and Pee Wee Herman help raise $53.8 million for the IDF

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And I remember when I was shocked when Friends of the IDF raised $8.8 million in Chicago and $20 million fours years ago in L.A. That was nuthin’.

From a Friends of the IDF press release:

Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) raised a record $53.8 million at its annual Western Region Gala on Thursday, Nov. 2, at the landmark Beverly Hilton Hotel. The figure represents the most money raised at any single FIDF event in the organization’s history. The sold-out gala, which has become one of Los Angeles’ premier charitable events, united some 1,200 supporters from across the country to support the brave men and women of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

For the 11th year, FIDF National Board Member and major supporter Haim Saban and his wife, Cheryl, chaired the star-studded gala. Guests included prominent business, philanthropic, and political leaders and celebrated names in entertainment, fashion, sports, and technology, including Consul General of Israel in Los Angeles Sam Grundwerg; Dutch LLC CEO Serge Azria and his wife, Florence; Managing Member of R.H. Book LLC and Chairman of Jet Support Services Inc. Robert Book and his wife, Amy; Oracle Co-CEO Safra Catz; GUESS Founders Maurice and Paul Marciano; and Founder and President of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein and his wife, Joelle. Celebrity guests included Miss Israel 2013 Yityish Titi Aynaw, Gerard Butler, David Foster, Joanna Krupa, Katharine McPhee, Paul Reubens, Melissa Rivers, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Turns out Pee Wee Herman (a.k.a. Paul Reubens) has a connection to the Israeli military.

The big donor of the night was Oracle Co-Founder Larry Ellison who donated $16.6 million, which FIDF says is the largest single gift in the organization’s history. Ellison explained his donation thusly: “For 2,000 years, we were a stateless people, but now, we have a country we can call our own. Through all of the perilous times since Israel’s founding, we have called on the brave men and women of the IDF to defend our home.”

The event featured special performances by singer Seal, The Tenors, David Foster & Friends, and Gene Simmons, from KISS.

Gene Simmons performing at last night’s FIDF Western Region Gala (Photo credit: Shahar Azran)

 

 

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  1. Keith
    November 3, 2017, 7:21 pm

    LARRY ELLISON- “For 2,000 years, we were a stateless people, but now, we have a country we can call our own. Through all of the perilous times since Israel’s founding, we have called on the brave men and women of the IDF to defend our home.”

    It is amazing how Zionist propaganda has become so ingrained as to be conventional wisdom. Of course, one wouldn’t expect an imperial fat-cat to be overly concerned with the truth. Make no mistake, Ellison is expressing kinship solidarity with his fellow Zionists. And for him, $16.6 million isn’t that much to buy tribal loyalty. God forbid that we should tax these fat-cats to provide universal healthcare, free Universities, environmental protection, etc.

    I conclude with a quote from Joel Kovel: “Zionism is Jewish power- worldly and state power: military, economic, and ideological, too. It is the power, which to paraphrase Thomas Hobbes, is the “capacity to give names and enforce definitions,” including the definition that collapses the meaning of Jewishness into the support of Israel….” (p133, “Overcoming Zionism”, Joel Kovel)

    • Brewer
      November 6, 2017, 4:26 pm

      “For 2,000 years, we were a stateless people…..”
      Hmmmmmm.
      “Larry Ellison was born in New York City, to an unwed Jewish mother. His biological father was an Italian American United States Army Air Corps pilot.
      Although Ellison was raised in a Reform Jewish home by his adoptive parents, who attended synagogue regularly, he remained a religious skeptic. Ellison states: “While I think I am religious in one sense, the particular dogmas of Judaism are not dogmas I subscribe to. I don’t believe that they are real. They’re interesting stories. They’re interesting mythology, and I certainly respect people who believe these are literally true, but I don’t. I see no evidence for this stuff.” At age thirteen, Ellison refused to have a bar mitzvah celebration.[11] Ellison says that his love affair with Israel is not connected to religious sentiments, but rather due to the innovative spirit of Israelis in the technology sector”
      – Wikipedia.

      Watchu mean “we” white boy ?

  2. eljay
    November 3, 2017, 8:33 pm

    … The big donor of the night was Oracle Co-Founder Larry Ellison … Ellison explained his donation thusly: “For 2,000 years, we were a stateless people …

    No, Larry, you weren’t. Every person in the world who…
    – underwent a religious conversion to Judaism; or
    – was descended from someone who underwent a religious conversion to Judaism,
    …was born in a state that was his/her homeland.

    The religion-based identity of Jewish did not (and still does not) comprise a right to a colonialist, (war) criminal and religion-supremacist “Jewish State” in as much as possible of Palestine.

    • Emory Riddle
      November 4, 2017, 8:56 am

      Isn’t that amazing? Rich white guys walking around proclaiming they have been victimized for 2,000 years. And the establishment media enables this rather than giving it the ridicule is so richly deserves.

      • JWalters
        November 5, 2017, 11:00 pm

        Well put.

        Gee, I wonder which rich guys own the establishment media? Friends of his?

      • Marnie
        November 6, 2017, 12:55 am

        It’s kind of tied into the grand tradition of white privilege the u.s. is so bound to. This is likely to get the ridicule it deserves but on very small venues and not on MSNBC or CNN. The photo op above is so disgusting – sgt. nathan poses with fists, not thumbs up. Guess he didn’t take his cue from Mr. Hollywood. I appreciate the info though, will say away from any films with Gerard Butler, Peewee Herman and fellow propagandist Chaim Witz.

  3. JosephA
    November 3, 2017, 11:35 pm

    It’s amazing that so many people at such an event could not realize that they were donating to a government institution that is truly committing slow genocide. It’s shameful.

    • Jerry Hirsch
      November 5, 2017, 8:30 pm

      Committing slow genocide? Let’s see the numbers that can ‘truly” prove your claim.

      • Mooser
        November 5, 2017, 10:25 pm

        “Committing slow genocide? Let’s see the numbers that can ‘truly” prove your claim.”

        Okay, you’ve got us. Nobody can prove Israel is killing the Palestinians that slowly.

        Might be easier to prove why Israel is killing Palestinians. BTW, that’s what the definition of “genocide” depends on.

      • JosephA
        November 5, 2017, 11:40 pm
  4. Kay24
    November 4, 2017, 6:05 am

    Not a single thought, or regard, for the fact that the millions of dollars, is going to back a ruthless military, that kill civilians at the slightest, and sometimes false, excuse. To these despicable wealthy people, those brown skin arab children, are nothing. What the United Nations and other human rights agencies say, seem to not count, nor do international laws.

    They are prostituting themselves for lucrative contracts and roles, at the expense of occupied, unarmed and helpless people. Sad.

  5. Emory Riddle
    November 4, 2017, 8:54 am

    Pee Wee Herman and Gene Simmons?

    These two guys serving as the face of the IDF can only help those of us who oppose the apartheid regime in Tel Aviv.

    No?

    • genesto
      November 4, 2017, 2:06 pm

      Doesn’t matter, as long as they bring in the dough! Zionist leadership is completely shameless, taking support from wherever it comes – even white nationalists!

    • Brewer
      November 4, 2017, 2:46 pm

      “Star studded” ?
      Must refer to the piercings. I’ve seen more talent at my granddaughter’s school play.

    • Jerry Hirsch
      November 5, 2017, 8:34 pm

      No. Simmons is a Sabra, a native born Israeli Jew. He has firsthand experience there that most commenters here lack.

      • Mooser
        November 5, 2017, 10:18 pm

        “No. Simmons is a Sabra, a native born Israeli Jew.”

        Ah- so that explains the tongue. Thanks, “Jerry”, I always wondered about that. Is it typical?

        ” He has firsthand experience there that most commenters here lack.”

        Yeah, he knows what his nose tastes like.

      • Marnie
        November 5, 2017, 11:21 pm

        You’re so right Jerry! I’ve always pictured the spokesperson for the state of israel as a washed up bloated, orange complected has been member of a shitty 70s band who went by the moniker ‘the demon’.

      • JosephA
        November 5, 2017, 11:41 pm

        That was a deep, truly meaningful comment. He has firsthand experience, wow.

      • Mooser
        November 6, 2017, 11:46 am

        .” He has firsthand experience, wow.”

        Unlike the Kit-Kat girls.

      • John O
        November 6, 2017, 12:11 pm

        First-hand experience of what? He was eight years old when he immigrated to the US.

      • Mooser
        November 6, 2017, 3:51 pm

        ” He was eight years old when he immigrated to the US.”

        Oh, sometimes “first-hand experience” takes place way before a boy is eight years old.

      • festus
        November 6, 2017, 4:09 pm

        Mengele had first hand knowledge of some of the camps. I guess we should all defer to his opinion on that topic.

  6. Ossinev
    November 4, 2017, 10:32 am

    Don`t know about the other “celebrity” guests but Mr. Butler a supposed lifetime Glasgow Celtic FC supporter may well get ejected from the stands the next time he turns up at Parkhead Stadium. Celtic fans are renowned for their ongoing support for the Palestinian cause.Some of these new born Zionist supporters have interesting as in conflicting CV`s. I am beginning to detect the overwhelming stench of Zio money.

    I do hope that the Celtic fans will be made aware of his new found admiration for the most moral and make him feel distinctly unwelcome at their matches.

  7. Misterioso
    November 4, 2017, 11:03 am

    Meanwhile:

    http://www.middleeasteye.net/in-depth/features/roger-waters-us-and-them-tour-packs-punch-183671791

    Middle East Eye, Nov. 1/17
    By Hadani Ditmars

    “Roger Waters comes out fighting for Palestine on North America tour”

    “Despite attempts to silence him, Roger Waters has not curbed his outspoken views in support of Palestinian rights”

    EXCERPTS:

    “VANCOUVER, Canada – During his marathon North American tour Us + Them, Roger Waters has been dogged by protests and a film was made about him accusing him of anti-Semitism. But the 74-year-old Pink Floyd co-founder has not curbed his outspoken views. Instead, he has been speaking about his support for Palestinian rights and refugees to audiences in Canada and the US.”

    “Filmmaker Ian Halperin premiered his documentary Wish You Weren’t Here, accusing Waters of anti-Semitism, to coincide with the singer’s Canadian tour dates. The screenings were sponsored by Jewish advocacy group, B’nai Brith Canada.

    “Despite the many attempts to silence Waters, he continued to voice his support for Palestinian rights at a talk organised by activists at the St Andrew’s-Wesley United Church in Vancouver last week.

    “’The truth of what is happening in the Occupied Territories, it’s called ethnic cleansing. That’s what is happening and the regime there is called apartheid,’ Waters said. He added that he continued to advocate for BDS because ‘it’s the only thing that I’ve seen that’s had any effect at all.’”

  8. genesto
    November 4, 2017, 2:12 pm

    Until reading this, I was an old Pee Wee Herman fan. I particularly remember his skit reading children’s’ letters, particularly one from little Shlomo from Israel who said, “I’m only 7 years old and I’ve already been in the Israeli army!” I took this to be a criticism of Israel’s militaristic society and wondered if his downfall was brought about in part because of the efforts of the Israel lobby. This still is a possibility. But, in any case, he’s clearly joined the dark side.

  9. Sulphurdunn
    November 4, 2017, 7:04 pm

    Ellison explained his donation thusly: “For 2,000 years, we were a stateless people, but now, we have a country we can call our own. Through all of the perilous times since Israel’s founding, we have called on the brave men and women of the IDF to defend our home.”

    I thought the guy was an American?

  10. Arby
    November 6, 2017, 12:21 am

    Scratch Geostorm.

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