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Many folks have sent this news along today. More of the generational Jewish tragedy. From the Forward:

In an apparent bow to the right in the Jewish culture wars, Theater J, a celebrated theatrical group housed at Washington’s DC Jewish Community Center, will not produce a play set to open this spring that has been denounced by critics as anti-Israel.

 

The troupe will instead run a workshop on the play and a moderated discussion, the DCJCC’s director said on October 9.

 

The DCJCC insists the move had nothing to do with outside pressure to remove the play from the theater’s schedule. But the decision not to run a full production came after a weeks-long campaign waged by activists who targeted not the theater troupe but the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, the community’s central philanthropic fund. The activists called on donors to the federation, which supports the DCJCC, to withhold their contributions unless the DCJCC stopped the theater troupe from staging its show, “The Admission,” under its roof.

 

In 2012, the Federation provided more than $400,000 to the DCJCC.

 

The play, “The Admission,” involves Nakba suppression and remembrance. It is by an Israeli, Motti Lerner. A group called Citizens Opposed to Propaganda Masquerading as Art (COPMA) organized the pressure campaign.

The Forward’s Nathan Guttman reports that that the CEO of the JCC says that the decision was “not a result of the outside pressure.”  The New York Theatre Workshop said the same thing when it cancelled My Name Is Rachel Corrie 7 years ago.

The JCC justified the censorship by referring to a “guiding principle,” that plays from Israel should be done in partnership with Israeli theater companies. This speaks to a core spiritual deference inside Zionism: moving to Israel is called “aliyah,” meaning you’re going up, while we in the Diaspora are the “yoredim.” We’re lower. We have no place to criticize their practices. Young American Jews should consider whether they accept this spiritual principle, and how destructive this principle is to American Jewish independence of thinking, when plays by Israelis about the Nakba are canceled.

Let alone Palestinians’ descriptions of the Nakba. The Admission features Palestinian and Israeli characters in Haifa, trying to come to terms with the erasure of a Palestinian village during the Nakba 40 years before. The play is not even that shocking, for anyone familiar with the history of ethnic cleansing in Palestine.

Susie and Michael Gelman, past execs of the Jewish Federations in Washington, supported the play in a piece in Washington Jewish Week calling the opposition group’s donor-pressure campaign a “cynical crusade.”

COPMA claims that a fictitious play that is based on controversial accounts about wartime actions is actually “anti-Israel propaganda” and as such, should not be presented in our community. The Admission is fiction. It may make pro-Israel activists like us uncomfortable. But it is hardly “anti-Israel propaganda.”

The Gelmans never refer to the Nakba in their piece. Further evidence of forcible Jewish ignorance, and what Peter Beinart calls the Jewish cocoon.

At the playwright’s site, Lerner says that he has been collaborating on the project with Ari Roth, the artistic director of Theater J in Washington, for three years. Quite a setback for Roth. The Forward indicates that Roth was feeling heat from the campaign to cut off donations. “…those opposed to the theater’s decision to put on the play viewed control of the communal purse strings as a legitimate tool in this battle. … [COPMA] asked its supporters: ‘Do you want your charitable donations to support “radical political theater” attacking Israel? You have a choice.’

From COPMA’s website:

“The Problem?

Your Jewish charity dollars are being used to finance theatrical productions that attack and defame Israel. It must stop. Theater J at the District of Columbia Jewish Community Center (DCJCC) has for years, under the directorship of an individual named Ari Roth, been staging plays and holding workshops that denigrate Israel.

This ties in to a sad history. David Zellnik‘s magnificent historical play about Herzl and Zionism has never gotten a full stage production. Though Ari Roth also helped that play along quietly, 6 years ago, by now it should have been staged for New Yorkers and Washingtonians so the power elite can begin to absorb a revisionist reading of Theodor Herzl. It’s been suppressed.

Lerner says his play’s had a difficult history:

ML: The play will open in Israel for the first time in November 2013. It was scheduled for productions in three theatres in the past, but after these theatres announced the production and even began preparing it-the productions were canceled. I can only guess that there were fears and perhaps pressures that led to it. You can also guess that these pressures had to do with the huge difficulties we face in Israel and in Jewish communities outside of Israel to discuss the events of the 1948 war that led to a conflict that is still unresolved. I have written several plays that dealt with political controversies in Israel, but “The Admission” was received with deep fears more than any other of them. The more fear the play has created, the more I was convinced that its production is necessary.

The play involves the ethnic cleansing of a village called Jirin.

Ibrahim: Why are you building in Jirin? All of a sudden?

 

Avigdor: It’s a small country, Ibrahim. People build everywhere.

 

Ibrahim: I’m from Jirin, Abu Giora. I was born there…

 

Avigdor: What do you say? From Jirin? When I was a kid, I used to go down there with friends, with canteens and sleeping bags, we used to drink from the spring and rest under the fig trees.

 

Later Avigdor confesses that he helped expel Palestinians from the village during the war of independence/Nakba.

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  1. Woody Tanaka
    Woody Tanaka
    October 10, 2013, 12:35 pm

    I wish I can say I’m surprised. This is Nakba denial. The moral equal of Holocaust denial, and American zionists do it all the time.

  2. annie
    annie
    October 10, 2013, 12:52 pm

    hey phil, a friend of ours in dc told me about this happening last year (or else it was the year before) at the same threatre in dc. i sent her an email, will get details.

  3. Chu
    Chu
    October 10, 2013, 1:00 pm

    A play or broadway show will spark discussion and this discussion should not be had, as decided by the PTB and flushed down the memory hole. It’s almost like an invisible jury voted and decided, and that’s that. Go Israel and Zionism. Let’s not discuss, only sail in the one direction we know, hoping that no one notices.

  4. annie
    annie
    October 10, 2013, 1:26 pm

    i just read the copma link. they are saying that the massacre in the play is modeled after the massacre in tantura http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tantura#Massacre_allegations the same massacre used to smear and discredit ilan pappe (and theodore katz) in that famous case that landed in court in israel.

    this is why they do not want the play shown. they want to pretend these things did not happen. but they did, just like that massacre in gaza sacco documented in footnotes of gaza. there were many massacres.

    it must be difficult for them, those who want to reshape history to their liking, now that they find they can’t control the narrative. oh, they can control it in this one artistic venue, but the cat’s out of the bag. the nakba is as alive today as it was in 48.

    drip drip drip

    • miriam6
      miriam6
      October 10, 2013, 6:47 pm

      [email protected];

      i just read the copma link. they are saying that the massacre in the play is modeled after the massacre in tantura link to en.wikipedia.org the same massacre used to smear and discredit ilan pappe (and theodore katz) in that famous case that landed in court in Israel.

      What utter rubbish.
      The complete opposite happened in fact.
      Teddy Katz and by implocation his ardent supporter sidekick – Ilan Pappe – were the ones who tried to smear the Alexandroni veterans by alleging that a massacre of civilians took place in Tantura.

      Alexandroni veterans passionately insist there was no massacre and that the grave holds only the remains of 70-75 villagers who died during the battle. The veterans sued Katz, a member of Kibbutz Magal, for libel, charging — and proving — that he had falsified evidence. During the trial — “in a moment of weakness,” as Katz now puts it — he recanted and apologized. The court adopted his recantation as its verdict. Haifa University, which had given him an A+ for the thesis, suspended his degree and invited him to revise and resubmit it. He complied — but repeated the massacre allegation. Five specially appointed examiners failed the revised thesis by a margin of 3:2. In a supreme gesture of appeasement and ambiguity, the university then awarded Katz a “second-class” degree, which effectively bars his path to PhD candidacy in Israel. On the legal track, Katz recanted his recantation and appealed the lower court’s verdict to the Supreme Court — but it turned him down.
      Katz and some of his supporters charged that the university and even the courts were politically motivated, intent on suppressing dissident historiographic voices and upholding Israel’s image. University authorities, off the record, say similar things about Katz’s motives, pointing out that he received $8,000 from the PLO to cover his legal fees and that his most vocal supporter is the anti-Zionist revisionist Haifa University historian Ilan Pappe, who has strongly supported the boycott of Israel’s univer-sities by western academia during the past three years.

      In April 2000, the Alexandroni Veterans sued Katz for libel in the Tel Aviv District Court, arguing that Katz’s charges “were deliberate lies published under the cloak of scientific research.” The plaintiffs described themselves as “behaving toward their enemies according to the severest ethical standards during those difficult days.”

      From

      The Tantura ‘Massacre’ Affair

      By Benny Morris

      http://www.ee.bgu.ac.l/…/04-02-06morris-the-jerusalem-report-tantura

      • miriam6
        miriam6
        October 10, 2013, 7:20 pm

        If you google The Tantura Affair by Benny Morris you will get a web view or pdf version of the article I blockquoted in my comment.

        http://www.ee.bgu.ac/il…/04-02-06morris-the-jerusalem-report-tantura pdf

        If you click on the wiki website for Tantura right at the bottom you will find in;
        External Links ; Benny Morris on the Katz controversy

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tantura_massacre

        This is the article I block quoted from.

      • annie
        annie
        October 11, 2013, 1:43 pm

        it’s not utter rubbish the copma link is claiming the play is modeled after events this town, according to katz. everyone knows Benny Morris took a sharp right turn and defends zionism and israel’s founding to the hilt now. he’s discredited and katz withdrew his ‘confession’ in 5 minutes and tried to get the supreme court to revisit the allegations against him. the whole thing is completely fishy. also, please remember to limit your copy/paste to 3 paragraphs. fair use etc.

        and wiki is completely suspect for all things israel. heavily zionist edited.

        veterans passionately insist there was no massacre

        shocking! how unexpected! how rare for killers to deny their crimes!/NOT

      • miriam6
        miriam6
        October 11, 2013, 2:59 pm

        [email protected];

        You said the following ;

        i just read the copma link. they are saying that the massacre in the play is modeled after the massacre in tantura link to en.wikipedia.org the same massacre used to smear and discredit ilan pappe (and theodore katz) in that famous case that landed in court in Israel.

        I actually said that Katz and his sidekick Pappe had smeared the veterans of Alexandroni by claiming the veterans massacred civilians.

        Which was the exact opposite of what you claimed in the bold lettered cited quote.

        You are also being entirely disingenuous about the Wiki link.

        I said that at the bottom of the Wiki site in the External Links category I linked to – that other commenters would find Benny Morris’s ARTICLE about the Katz/ Tantura controversy.

        I also suggested another way commenters could access the SAME article by Morris – that other commenters google the following sentence;

        The Tantura Affair by Benny Morris

        which would take them to either a web view or pdf of the article by Benny Morris.

        You claim Benny Morris is discredited/ biased because he is a Zionist with an axe to grind.

        So therefore by the same logic you must accept that someone like Illan Pappe – an ardent ANTI -Zionist with an ideological axe to grind must be biased too.

        You cannot claim bias in just one direction.

        Annie said: veterans passionately insist there was no massacre
        shocking! how unexpected! how rare for killers to deny their crimes!/NOT

        There was no forensic evidence for a massacre at Tantura.
        Katz’s thesis and Pappe’s support of Katz’s argument was based on oral testimony- which is the weakest of evidences.

        In any case it is to be expected in the I /P conflict as in most other conflicts still on-going ( I am not referring here to the Alexandroni veterans because they have always denied a massacre took place – nor Morris/ Katz/Pappe ) that Israelis are likely to play down the scale of ethnic cleansing/ massacres of Palestinians and Palestinians are equally likely to play up the Israeli ethnic cleansing/ massacres of Palestinians.

        So don’t try and pretend that there isn’t the potential for deliberate bias on BOTH sides.

      • annie
        annie
        October 11, 2013, 3:57 pm

        You are also being entirely disingenuous about the Wiki link.

        i didn’t reference ‘the wiki link’, i referenced wiki. and it is entirely true wiki is completely suspect for all things israel. heavily zionist edited.

        as a matter of course i don’t open most of your links miriam, i have better things to do w/my time. and fyi, everyone (yes everyone) who has been an activist for palestine for any length of time knows the allegations against pappe and katz. it’s been posted on these threads time and again. so i’m not bothering to debate the massacre or morris’s allegations or the ‘facts’ surrounding the trial etc. been there done that. it’s just lots of recycled stuff as far as i am concerned. everyone here knows this stuff, pappe being massively respected in the movement.

        Katz’s thesis and Pappe’s support of Katz’s argument was based on oral testimony- which is the weakest of evidences.

        In any case it is to be expected in the I /P conflict as in most other conflicts still on-going ( I am not referring here to the Alexandroni veterans because they have always denied a massacre..)

        of course you’re not referring to the Alexandroni veterans oral testimony!!! lol, you crack me up.

        goodbye miriam…not really interested in rehashing this w/you. and it may interest you to know that anyone w/1/2 a brain can figure out how to access the rest of morris’s text by googling the beginning of it, if they are interested.

        btw, it doesn’t matter what the ethnic cleansers say, or the court of the ethnic cleansers say, it matters what people believe, and LOTS of people believe there was a massacre. (shocking i know, but there’s little you can do about that).

        touche!

      • tree
        tree
        October 11, 2013, 4:30 pm

        Miriam’s links don’t seem to work. Here’s another try at getting the proper link to the Morris article.

        http://www.ee.bgu.ac.il/~censor/katz-directory/04-02-06morris-the-jerusalem-report-tantura.pdf

        Morris himself gets a few things wrong about the case, claiming that Katz broke down under cross-examination and apologized, while the truth is that Katz, under extreme financial and emotional pressure, agreed to an “apology” negotiated settlement one evening outside of the courtroom and then attempted to retract the apology the next morning in court. There’s a much more accurate description of the Katz case here, written by another Israeli academic, Zalman Amit.

        http://www.counterpunch.org/2005/05/11/tantura-teddy-katz-and-haifa-university/

        However, I would definitely recommend reading Morris’ long report, and would note, as does Amit, that, in Amit’s words “Morris contended that, while he is not sure whether what happened in Tantura was actually a massacre, he was now convinced that atrocities, rapes and killings were committed by the troops in Tantura.

        I doubt that miriam bothered to read all of Morris’ piece, but if she did then she is being particularly dishonest in using Benny Morris to absolve the Alexandroni Brigade.

        One other important point that Morris makes is that two of the professors who gave Katz’ revised second thesis a failing grade

        “… authored “The Conquest of Lydda, July 1948,” published by the Israel Defense Ministry Press. The slim volume, apologetic in focus and intent, argued that the Israeli Army had carried out only a “partial expulsion” of the populations of the Arab towns of Lydda and Ramlah and dismissed the charge that the troops had massacred Lydda townspeople, some of them inside a mosque, on July 12. 1948.

        In fact, according to IDF records from 1948, in the IDF archive, what was ordered and carried out was a full-scale expulsion; and Yiftah Brigade troops killed some 250 townspeople. Oral testimony of Yiftah veterans, deposited in the Yigal Allon Archive in Kibbutz Ginossar, posits that the troops fired one or more bazooka rounds into the mosque compound, where dozens of Arab POWs were being held. The authors even failed to mention the expulsion order signed by Lt. Col. “Yitzhak R.” (Rabin), the operations officer, which ordered the Yiftah Brigade to expel “the inhabitants of Lydda.”

        So, in other words, two of the “judges” of Katz’ second revised thesis were guilty of blatant lying about historical matters themselves.

      • tree
        tree
        October 11, 2013, 4:47 pm

        Here is a the concluding quote from Morris on what happened in Tantura in 1948.

        But atrocities- war crimes, in modern parlance- appear to have occurred. Many of the Tantura dead, even if they only numbered 70-75 as Alexandroni veterans would have it, were unarmed civilians or disarmed militiamen. A number of Alesandroni veterans said as much in undisputed interviews. We have Makovsky’s diary and Micha Vitkons statements, both to Katz and to Gilat, that there was execution of prisoners by B Company’s commander, Karni, and that there had been “killing.”

        Since you are relying on Morris as your source, Miriam, do you now realize that the Alexandroni Brigade committed war crimes in Tantura? Or is Morris just another “discredited” source now that he disagrees with your whitewash of Tantura?

      • Shingo
        Shingo
        October 11, 2013, 5:21 pm

        If you google The Tantura Affair by Benny Morris you will get a web view or pdf version of the article I blockquoted in my comment.

        And Morris’ conclusion is that he cannot deny a massacre took place, based on the reading of the original interviews Katz cinducted. Morris said that they left him with a very disturbed feeling.

        You’re such a cherry picking propagandist Miriam.

      • Shingo
        Shingo
        October 11, 2013, 5:30 pm

        I doubt that miriam bothered to read all of Morris’ piece, but if she did then she is being particularly dishonest in using Benny Morris to absolve the Alexandroni Brigade.

        Agreed. She didn’t even bother reading his conclusion apparently.

        And I too recommend reading it in it’s entirety. It’s informative and also gives you an insight into the level of dishonesty Miriam resorts to.

      • miriam6
        miriam6
        October 11, 2013, 7:38 pm

        [email protected]:

        If you are so thoroughly sick and tired of arguing about the Tantura controversy- then why did you bring it up in the first place?

      • annie
        annie
        October 11, 2013, 10:57 pm

        i didn’t bring it up to argue about it. i brought it up because the group that lobbied against the theatre producing the play claimed it was modeled after that the massacre. i thought that was interesting. and without reviewing the script for the play again, i believe the number of dead was 40 or 50. so not out of line with your sources allegations. to me, this is still a massacre.

      • Shingo
        Shingo
        October 11, 2013, 11:05 pm

        I actually said that Katz and his sidekick Pappe had smeared the veterans of Alexandroni by claiming the veterans massacred civilians.

        It’s only a smear if you can prove there was no massacre, and not even Benny Morris is willing to deny it could have happened.

        I said that at the bottom of the Wiki site in the External Links category I linked to – that other commenters would find Benny Morris’s ARTICLE about the Katz/ Tantura controversy.

        And then you misrepresented what Benny Morris had to say about it.

  5. Nevada Ned
    Nevada Ned
    October 10, 2013, 2:08 pm

    I predict the play will be performed in the future, somewhere. And I predict that the uproar about the suppression of the play will heighten interest in the play. This happened to the play My Name is Rachel Corry.

    • just
      just
      October 10, 2013, 4:48 pm

      Yes Ned. And it happened to Alice Walker.

      Philip Munger wrote “The Skies are Weeping” in commemoration of Rachel. In this post at FDL, he also shared the lyrics of his friend’s song “The Death of Rachel Corrie” by David Rovics.

      Both works of art available at the link:

      http://my.firedoglake.com/edwardteller/2013/03/16/saturday-art-the-skies-are-weeping-for-rachel-corrie-on-the-tenth-anniversary-of-her-murder/

      • Philip Munger
        Philip Munger
        October 10, 2013, 6:49 pm

        After four cancellations in 2004, we finally managed to get The Skies Are Weeping performed in London. Once.

        Three organizations approached me last year about performance possibilities this past March, around the tenth anniversary of Rachel Corrie’s murder. I declined. I’ve been told in no uncertain terms that if I produce the work again, my kids will be targeted.

      • just
        just
        October 11, 2013, 1:06 am

        ;(.

        Your beautiful cantata and tribute to Rachel’s brave soul will live forever.

        Many thanks for your heartfelt work. Shame on those that threaten you and yours for telling the truth.

      • talknic
        talknic
        October 11, 2013, 1:14 am

        @ Philip Munger ” I’ve been told in no uncertain terms that if I produce the work again, my kids will be targeted.”

        I’ll hazard a guess from cold sweat experience. Quietly whispered in your ear knowing damn well you can’t prove it was even made. There is pure evil in this world

      • Kathleen
        Kathleen
        October 11, 2013, 1:38 pm

        Phillip did you report these threats to the F.B.I.? You should. Document as much as you can. The who, what,where, when of these threats. This is total terrifying bullying.

        Had a friend who made an amazing documentary about what was going on in the Israeli Palestinian conflict 20 years ago. He and his family were also threatened and his house was targeted. These kinds of criminal threats need to be documented as much as possible. Horrifying

      • talknic
        talknic
        October 11, 2013, 8:55 pm

        @ Kathleen “did you report these threats to the F.B.I.?”

        If one can’t prove a threat has been made the F.B.I. are not gonna listen. BTW, can they be trusted in the I/P issue?

        Could lodge some sort of deposition with a lawyer to be released if and when a threat is carried out. However it would still be an uncorroborated accusation; lawyers aren’t immune from threats and; after the fact is too late if your family has been targeted.

      • Philip Munger
        Philip Munger
        October 11, 2013, 9:55 pm

        I’m not prepared to write here what I have done. What I haven’t done is pursue possibilities to have the work produced again.

        The threats haven’t kept me from being an activist for many issues that aren’t welcomed by the PTB. And, along the lines of what many of us here believe in and comment upon, I will be hosting the firedoglake Book Salon session with Max Blumenthal, on November 2, between 5 and 7 pm Eastern time.

      • Kathleen
        Kathleen
        October 12, 2013, 10:58 am

        Totally understandable that you would not say publicly what you have done. So very sad and criminal to think that people would threaten an individual and his family for telling the truth in a creative way. Just another example of how low people will stoop to shut down this important debate in what ever form it takes.

      • Danaa
        Danaa
        October 12, 2013, 12:58 pm

        Philip, thanks for letting us all know. I am not surprised at the nature of the threats you received, because when it comes to israel’s zealots, nothing at all is sacred. There are reasons activists on many fronts are often people who are either just students – young enough to not have a family or dependents yet, or older, mostly retired and not so dependent on company paychecks. Individuals may be plenty brave when it comes to themselves, but when it comes to young children, spouses or the sanctity of the workplace, it gets that much harder. Whether the threats are real and can be put into action or not, doesn’t matter. It’s enough to instill mortal fear about the well-being of innocents.

        Everyone here on MW knows the stories about what settlers do to palestinians everyday, and what the Ziocons do to people they decide to persecute (like Norman Finkelstein). But how many people are willing to actually consider what it means to be capable of such callous zealotry? We watch moviesand read books about psychopaths or serial killers, but can rarely fathom what it means to be such a person – internally. That’s because there’s an invisible wall between the normal emotional landscape and that of someone who has gone all cold inside, cold enough to kill at random, for example. To imagine what it’s like to be void of compassion, even momentarily, or to imagine what it takes to participate in a mob of would be lynchers (say the beitar fans who shout “death to Arabs”), is both frightening and incomprehensible to the average person, doing average things (ie, average on the normalcy everyday scale, not a soldier on a battelefield situation, faced with imminent danger).

        But I think that to imagine we must. Not only because of a few settler types or crazy-mad zios issuing threats willy-nilly, but because the capacity for extreme evil is there in a whole collective of people. it is, to some extent, there in each person, though some are more aware of it than others. And many, if not most of those people in the zionist-on-steroids collective are as far from being inherently evil as you and I. But there is a freezing cold hand that’s taken over the hearts of many in Israel (Plus their advocates outside) and shields it from normal capacity for compassion. It is something that happened to the conquistadors in South America and allowed them to eviscerate an entire population of natives. To the cheers of their compatriots, mere settlers they brought with them. It is the kind of thing we read about and wept over, reading Uncle Tom’s cabin as children. Becoming heartless is something that can happen to otherwise good people. We know where it happened on a massive scale. It can happen again. Goldstone probably came face to face with that possibility, and like any normal person, shielded his eyes, ran for the hills and shut himself off from further duty in the moral battlefield. Sadly enough.

        Philip, I really hope a way will be found to produce your cantata without it affecting the peace of your mind and family. Things can happen. I’ll be watching in the meantime to see how this play and Max and his book fare.

      • Kathleen
        Kathleen
        October 12, 2013, 2:13 pm

        The F.B.I. has gone after right wing violent groups and individuals here in the states who are linked to pro Israel no matter what they do groups. In 2001 The Jewish Defense League made the F.B.I’s domestic terrorist list.

  6. pabelmont
    pabelmont
    October 10, 2013, 2:26 pm

    Going up, going down. You’re IN, we’re OUT.

    Sounds like a cult. When do we all take poison?

    • Kathleen
      Kathleen
      October 10, 2013, 2:35 pm

      the walking dead and deniers know how to work it. Phil exposes a bit more of how shutting down the debate about this issue has been going on for decades. Follow the money and pressure.

      Great post Phil!

  7. LanceThruster
    LanceThruster
    October 10, 2013, 2:49 pm

    The bullies love their turf war.

    Here come the Jets
    Like a bat out of hell.
    Someone gets in our way,
    Someone don’t feel so well!

    Here come the Jets:
    Little world, step aside!
    Better go underground,
    Better run, better hide!

    We’re drawin’ the line,
    So keep your noses hidden!
    We’re hangin’ a sign,
    Says “Visitors forbidden”
    And we ain’t kiddin’!

    Here come the Jets,
    Yeah! And we’re gonna beat
    Ev’ry last buggin’ gang
    On the whole buggin’ street!
    On the whole!
    Ever!
    Mother!
    Lovin’!
    Street!
    Yeah!

  8. seafoid
    seafoid
    October 10, 2013, 3:27 pm

    Art anti Zionist donors pressure unfortunate cancellation

    I have seen this play several times.
    And little chinks of light emerge every time
    The vampires lose a little every time
    Fuck them

  9. Ecru
    Ecru
    October 10, 2013, 3:38 pm

    And yet when artists of conscience called for a boycott of Israel said boycott was deemed beyond the pale, the work of the dreaded “antisemites” (boo hiss, catcalls from the peanut gallery). Ahh hypocrisy thy name is indeed Zion.

  10. DICKERSON3870
    DICKERSON3870
    October 10, 2013, 3:41 pm

    RE: “The Gelmans never refer to the Nakba in their piece. Further evidence of forcible Jewish ignorance, and what Peter Beinart calls the Jewish cocoon.” ~ Weiss

    FOR THE IMPLICATIONS OF A “COCOON”, SEE:
    “Rich People Just Care Less”, By Daniel Goleman, N.Y. Times, 10/05/13

    [EXCERPT] . . . In politics, readily dismissing inconvenient people can easily extend to dismissing inconvenient truths about them. The insistence by some House Republicans in Congress on cutting financing for food stamps and impeding the implementation of Obamacare, which would allow patients, including those with pre-existing health conditions, to obtain and pay for insurance coverage, may stem in part from the empathy gap. As political scientists have noted, redistricting and gerrymandering have led to the creation of more and more safe districts, in which elected officials don’t even have to encounter many voters from the rival party, much less empathize with them.
    Social distance makes it all the easier to focus on small differences between groups and to put a negative spin on the ways of others and a positive spin on our own.
    Freud called this “the narcissism of minor differences,” a theme repeated by Vamik D. Volkan, an emeritus professor of psychiatry at the University of Virginia, who was born in Cyprus to Turkish parents. Dr. Volkan remembers hearing as a small boy awful things about the hated Greek Cypriots — who, he points out, actually share many similarities with Turkish Cypriots. Yet for decades their modest-size island has been politically divided, which exacerbates the problem by letting prejudicial myths flourish.
    In contrast, extensive interpersonal contact counteracts biases by letting people from hostile groups get to know one another as individuals and even friends.
    Thomas F. Pettigrew, a research professor of social psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, analyzed more than 500 studies on intergroup contact. Mr. Pettigrew, who was born in Virginia in 1931 and lived there until going to Harvard for graduate school, told me in an e-mail that it was the “the rampant racism in the Virginia of my childhood” that led him to study prejudice.
    In his research, he found that even in areas where ethnic groups were in conflict and viewed one another through lenses of negative stereotypes, individuals who had close friends within the other group exhibited little or no such prejudice. They seemed to realize the many ways those demonized “others” were “just like me.” . . .

    ENTIRE COMMENTARY – http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/10/05/rich-people-just-care-less/

  11. Mike_Konrad
    Mike_Konrad
    October 10, 2013, 4:34 pm

    If you can advocate BDS against Israel, why can’t they do the same?

    • K Renner
      K Renner
      October 10, 2013, 6:50 pm

      Since when is spinelessly trying to shut down things of any nature that deal with bad things “precious Israel” did to hundreds of thousands of people the equivalent to what BDS does?

    • Woody Tanaka
      Woody Tanaka
      October 10, 2013, 8:40 pm

      No one said you can’t. But it’s like boycotting “Escape from Sobibor” because it paints a bad picture of 1940’s Germany.

      • Eric
        Eric
        October 11, 2013, 12:37 am

        Brilliant Woody, brilliant! That movie really gives concentration camps a negative image…

    • Shingo
      Shingo
      October 11, 2013, 5:44 pm

      If you can advocate BDS against Israel, why can’t they do the same?

      Then why deny you’re doing it and operate in the shadows? Clearly those applying pressure are to embarrassed to come out in public and admit they are censoring a crime.

  12. October 10, 2013, 5:46 pm

    Refugees in the post WW2 Europe. Read the facts below and understand what were the standards of the civilized Europeans and Americans , not some backward nations at exactly the same period of time as the 1948 Israeli War of Independence (yes, go mad at my use of this term).
    When all the Wooden Tanakas, seafoids, etc of this blog would want to roll their eyes again about Jewish “atrocities” in 1948 representing them as absolutely unique unheard off injustice ever committed in the civilized world they should return and read what the victorious Europeans and Americans were doing to those who lost at exactly the same time. And read again. And again.
    1. At the Potsdam Conference in July 1945, British, American and Russian leaders agreed to ‘… recognise that the transfer to Germany of German populations … remaining in Poland, Czechoslovakia and Hungary, will have to be undertaken.’ They also specified that ‘… any transfers that take place should be effected in an orderly and humane manner.’ The expulsions were, in fact, conducted in a ruthless and often brutal manner. More than 12 millons were expelled or fled. Most of those being expelled came of stock whose ancestors had been settled in the eastern lands for generations, and who knew no other place as home.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/worldwars/wwtwo/refugees_01.shtml
    2. City of Königsberg was simply annexed by the USSR and renamed Kaliningrad. Seven centuries of German civilization, in the city that had nurtured philosophers such as Immanuel Kant and Johann Gottfried von Herder, thus ended. By 1949 nearly all the surviving Germans in the region had been driven out.

    3. In Poland, German-owned farms and houses were handed over to Poles. Germans were rounded up by Polish militias and put in camps, before being removed from the country. In Czechoslovakia, more than 2.2 million Germans were expelled, and their property was expropriated. At the peak period, in July 1946, 14,400 people a day were being dumped over the frontier. About three quarters went to the American occupation zone of Germany, and most of the remainder to the Soviet zone.

    4. About 60,000 Germans had already fled from Hungary before the end of the war, some travelling by boat up the Danube. After the war the government ordered the German population to leave en bloc. As their trains left, some deportees tried to affirm their loyalty by waving Hungarian flags, singing Magyar folk songs, and chalking on the sides of the carriages slogans such as, ‘We don’t say goodbye, only au revoir!’
    Most were sent to Germany, but from some villages the entire adult population was deported to labour camps in the Donets Basin of the Soviet Union. By the end of the expulsions only about 200,000 Germans remained in Hungary.
    5. Germans in Yugoslavia fled, were expelled, or were sent to labour camps by the victorious Communist partisan forces. An estimated 27,000 were sent to camps in the Soviet Union. Violence against the Volksdeutsche here was probably more relentless than in any other country.

    6. According to official West German accounts (perhaps exaggerated) at least 610,000 Germans were killed in the course of the expulsions. The total number of Germans who were expelled or who departed voluntarily from eastern Europe after the end of the war mounted to 11.5 million by 1950.

    • K Renner
      K Renner
      October 10, 2013, 6:55 pm

      There are enough people who try to excuse the expulsion of the vast majority of ethnic Germans after the war– funnily enough, many of the same people who excuse these expulsions will also try to justify the ethnic cleansing of a large portion of the Palestinian population, as you do.

      Especially interesting in the sense that the ethnic German expellees are slandered in much the same way as the Palestinian refugees are slandered– they were all “anti semites”, “Nazis”, “evil”, etc.

    • RoHa
      RoHa
      October 10, 2013, 8:55 pm

      So when you say “Israel has never been a “regular” country. Israel has never been an ordinary nation”, you mean that because “regular”, ordinary countries commit crimes, Israelis are permitted to commit similar crimes?

    • Pamela Olson
      Pamela Olson
      October 10, 2013, 10:17 pm

      What’s your point? Two wrongs make a right? Someone else did it, so Israel not only had a right to do it, but can keep on doing it up until the present day?

      Why?

      • miriam6
        miriam6
        October 10, 2013, 10:31 pm

        What’s your point? Two wrongs make a right? Someone else did it, so Israel not only had a right to do it, but can keep on doing it up until the present day?

        I don’t think fnlevit’s point is justification – nor claiming Israel has/ had the right to – I think he is only asking that people have a sense of perspective – that lots of other people have been made refugees too as well as the Palestinians.

        Serbs in the Krajina region of Croatia were expelled en masse during the Yugoslav civil wars of the 1990’s and it is something virtually ignored here in the West.
        It is an interesting question- why is the plight of some populations driven out of their homeland remembered and focused on by others outside that group and why is the same plight ignored with other refugees driven out of their homelands?

    • talknic
      talknic
      October 11, 2013, 12:23 am

      @ fnlevit “When all the Wooden Tanakas, seafoids, etc of this blog would want to roll their eyes again about Jewish “atrocities” in 1948 representing them as absolutely unique unheard off injustice ever committed in the civilized world “

      Quotes please… No quotes = false accusation = fail

      • bilal a
        bilal a
        October 11, 2013, 9:32 am

        @fnlevit , General Patton had an anti-Semitic (?) interpretation of the allied postwar war crimes against German civilians, involving Eisenhower, Baruch, and Morgenthou?

        ‘he subsequently wrote in his diary that they were spreading “a virus . . . of a Semitic revenge against all Germans.”

        http://www.nytimes.com/1994/06/12/nyregion/the-patton-family-an-intimate-portrait.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm

        This seems implausible until your enjoy the hate wallowing of Hollywood on the historical events:

        I Love Jewish Revenge Movies

        You want to know what sort of human sees a movie nine times in less than five yeas? I’ll tell you who — a guy who really likes films about Jews getting revenge.

        A few years later, I sat in a similar looking theater, anxiously awaiting the scene where “Bear Jew” caves in a Nazi’s skull with a Louisville Slugger. As Eli Roth swung the bat, I nodded in appreciation of his work

        http://www.jewcy.com/arts-and-culture/i-love-jewish-revenge-movies

    • Qualtrough
      Qualtrough
      October 11, 2013, 3:50 am

      I hope fnlevit will not mind my summarizing his rather long copypasta:

      “Whaddabout the Western Powers treating some Germans after the war even worse than the Israelis treated the Palestinians?”

      Exactly the same, great comparison, and totally justifies Israeli behavior! Thanks for sharing!

    • Citizen
      Citizen
      October 11, 2013, 7:28 am

      @ fnlevit

      Some two million ethnic Germans died and fifteen million were displaced in the ethnic cleansing of the East European Germans, many of whom were force to leave their 700 year old homelands forever simply because they were of German extraction, in 1944-1950. See A Terrible Revenge, by Alfred-Maurice de Zayas (St. Martin’s Press, 1993, 1st paperback edition with new material, 1994).

      A war crime is a war crime, is a war crime, whether committed by German, Soviet, British, or American forces–or Israeli forces.

    • Woody Tanaka
      Woody Tanaka
      October 11, 2013, 11:31 am

      ““Read the facts below and understand what were the standards of the civilized Europeans and Americans , not some backward nations at exactly the same period of time as the 1948 [Nakba War Against the Palestinian People]”

      No, the crimes committed during the expulsion of the Germans were not the standards of civilized anything, but a massive act of barbarism and an enormous crime against humanity for which the expellees should be entitled to compensation by all of the governments which permitted it.

      (Interesting that you bring this crime against these Germans now. I wonder if you’re going to bring it up when hoppy or one of those posters talk about the post WWII attacks on the Jews in Poland. Are you going to point to the expulsion of the Germans and say, “What are you doing, painting those attacks on Jews as some unique horror when the Germans were all expelled from Czechoslovakia, Poland and Hungary?” I won’t hold my breath.)

      “…would want to roll their eyes again about Jewish “atrocities” in 1948 representing them as absolutely unique unheard off injustice ever committed in the civilized world…”

      No, see, this is where you and your disgusting compatriots drive strait into a ditch. I don’t paint them as being unique injustices, but I do absolutely affirm that they were, in fact, injustices; atrocities even. Just as the expulsion of the Germans was an atrocity, and the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the Rape of Nanking and the Holocaust and the post-war attack on the Jews in Poland and the Bataan Death March and the destruction of Dresden and Tokyo and on and on were atrocities.

      You and your fellows, however, don’t have the character. We’ve heard it all before: it was a small injustice but necessary to achieve the zionist goals, so it was okay; the killings were needed (and therefore a net good) otherwise the state wouldn’t exist; ethnic cleansing of non-Jews is not presently necessary, etc., etc. You zios want to excuse evil that’s done by you and your people, for no other reason than the fact that it’s you that’s doing it and you have the nerve to call out someone for pointing out that the evil that you’re trying to excuse is, in fact, inexcusable evil? How dare you? Who do you think you are to suggest that it’s wrong to object to the zionist murdering Palestinians and stealing their land because the Czechs and the Poles were doing the same to Germans? Shame on you.

    • Kathleen
      Kathleen
      October 12, 2013, 11:00 am

      Look over there no over there over there.

  13. October 11, 2013, 2:38 am

    Two wrong do not make right. My point is the incredible asymmetry and dishonesty which exists on this and similar blogs in their treatments of the wrongs of the world. I do not see any protests and demands of RoR or at least compensations against Russian occupation of Konigsberg or Czechs expulsion of 2.2 mln Germans or against Poles or Hungarians or Yugoslavians. In fact any organization which tried to do this in the past was blamed “revanchists” (those demanding revenge) and suppressed by all liberal forces of Europe. Because it was recognized that demanding RoR is tantamount to continuous bloodshed and mutual atrocities for many generations.

    At the same time Israel is presented as the most evil creation in the history of the mankind, the demon of the modern world. Omar Bargouti and the like initiate BDS with explicit goal of bringing back close to 6 mln Palestinian refugees to the present day Israel. Listen to Bargouti’s presentation. He says this loud and clear

    There are more than 6 mln Jews living there now. Don’t you all understand that reaching BDS goals is an open invitation for continuous bloodshed for the next tens of years? Are you all blind or mad supporting such campaigns? Or supporting RoR? You are inciting Palestinians to hope that this may actually happen. By this you are preventing us here reaching realistic peace agreement letting extremist on both side (!) dictate the agenda.

    • Woody Tanaka
      Woody Tanaka
      October 11, 2013, 11:48 am

      “I do not see any protests and demands of RoR or at least compensations against Russian occupation of Konigsberg or Czechs expulsion of 2.2 mln Germans or against Poles or Hungarians or Yugoslavians. In fact any organization which tried to do this in the past was blamed “revanchists” (those demanding revenge) and suppressed by all liberal forces of Europe.”

      Then those “forces” were wrong. The Germans who had this crime committed against them deserve justice. They are entitled to full compensation for their losses

      “demanding RoR”

      LMAO. Is you psyche so weak that you can’t even type out “Right of Return”??

      “At the same time Israel is presented as the most evil creation in the history of the mankind,”

      No, it’s presented a state that has done and continues to do evil acts to this day. You want to excuse that.

      “Omar Bargouti and the like initiate BDS with explicit goal of bringing back close to 6 mln Palestinian refugees to the present day Israel.”

      And if they’re willing to live in peace, freedom and equality with their neighbors and their neighbors are willing to do likewise, what’s the problem?

      “There are more than 6 mln Jews living there now.”

      Yes, and all they need do is give up their ethno-religious apartheid state.

      “Don’t you all understand that reaching BDS goals is an open invitation for continuous bloodshed for the next tens of years?”

      There’s already been continuous bloodshed thanks to zionist apartheid for tens of years. Maybe if the zionists weren’t so hell bent on shedding blood to install their judeo-supremacist state, it might stop.

      “You are inciting Palestinians to hope that this may actually happen.”

      No, we are trying to put pressure on the zionists to end their evil ways.

      “By this you are preventing us here reaching realistic peace agreement letting extremist on both side (!) dictate the agenda.”

      You zionists don’t want a realistic peace agreement. If you did, the Arab Peace Initiative — which is overly generous to the israelis to almost an embarassing degree — would have been accepted a decade ago. The problem isn’t BDS – the problem is the policies that BDS is fighting. End those racist zionist policies, and BDS would not be needed.

  14. traintosiberia
    traintosiberia
    October 11, 2013, 9:07 pm

    Theater J cancelled -Imagining Maddof , after Weisel made a threat of law suit.

  15. traintosiberia
    traintosiberia
    October 12, 2013, 2:25 pm

    American money was driving the campaign against Olmert . Foreign money was driving 2012 US presidential election according to Mc Cain . It was the money that coerced JFK and Truman in assuming certain postures towards ME. In 2004- 2005 Colgate University ( NY ) was threatened successfully by the donors ,again for authentic write up on Iraq and Lebanon by the French woman Victoria Fontan ( Counterpunch 2009 March 16- 31)

  16. just
    just
    October 12, 2013, 5:09 pm

    I’ve watched “My Left Foot” many times– including today. Art and truth are a couple.

    Neither Israel nor the Zionists are the “parents” of Palestine or the Palestinians. They are the abusers and users- the Drs. Cole, et al. The Palestinians will survive, because grace and beauty and resilience always do.

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