BOULDER: Lop-sided Panel on "Israel and Palestine"
Thursday night, 7-9 at the Unity Church at Valmont and FolsomPlease don't miss this. FOME [Focus on the Middle East], a self-described subgroup of the Jewish Renewal Community of Boulder, is presenting a panel called "Multiple Truths Revealed" wherein pre-selected panelists will present their "individual truths" about the decades-long conflict between Israel and the Arabs.
This is how the panelists are described:
"The Moderator" - Daniel Ziskin, one of the event's coordinators and founder of JOTE [Jews of the Earth]
"A Zionist" - Raz Telchai, ::enthusiastic applause:: Director of the Boulder Jewish Identity Center
"A Jewish Moderate" - Rabbi Victor Gross of the Jewish Renewal Congregation Pardes Levavot
"A Jewish Progressive" - Irving Greenbaum of CJJP [Colorado Jews for a Just Peace]
"A Non-Violence Advocate" - someone ? from RMPJC [Rocky Mtn Peace and Justice Center]
"A Palestinian" - Aref Malawi
Panelists will each speak uninterrupted for 10 minutes, then there will be a Q&A session.
I don't know Rabbi Gross's position, but I bet it doesn't include Israel's rights to the disputed territories in Judea and Samaria. I imagine that he believes that if you give the Palestinians the West Bank and Gaza, they will stop killing Jews --Camp David notwithstanding-- and everyone will live happily ever after.
As for representatives of these other groups, don't let the organizations' names fool you; they are not concerned with peace or justice. They are simply pro-Palestinian groups, and in my experience, it is a short and slippery slope from there to terror advocacy. Note that the "Colorado-Palestine Solidarity Campaign" links to both CJJP and RMPJC at their website - http://palestineday.eccmei.net - the homepage of which equates Israelis with Nazis.
I was present at a CJJP demonstration where the group was mourning the death of Rachel Corrie, a misguided young American terror advocate. They read a list of the dead, including suicide bombers and bomb-makers who accidentally blew themselves up. CJJP big-wig Leslie Lomas said that all the deaths were equal in G-d's eyes. A suicide bomber, a peaceful Jewish infant, theoretically it's all the same to her. Inconsistent with this view, however, Lomas focuses only on the suffering of Palestinians caused, in her opinion, only by Israelis.
The representative of CJJP will be Irving Greenbaum. Irving has signed on to A Call to Bring the Settlers Home to Israel from the Jewish Alliance for Justice & Peace (there they go again, hogging all the good words) which proposes to BRIBE the so-called settlers with so-called "suitable compensation" to move out of the terror-tories.
Irving also penned a Guest Opinion in the Boulder Daily Camera June 23, 2002, attempting to explain how Jewish values demand that we appease terrorists. I don't buy it, and neither should you; but read it anyway.
I'll never forget witnessing someone ask Irving, quite tongue-in-cheek, why he hated Jews so. His response was vociferous: "Why do you THINK I hate Jews?!" . . . 'nuff said.
RMPJC, the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center, "created in the spirit of unconditional nonviolence," is forever claiming it is not anti-Israel, but nevertheless is associated with organizations such as CCMEP [Colorado Campaign for Middle East Peace] that train and fund pro-terror activists. These activists have been shown on international television kissing and hugging Arafat, as well as aiding and abetting the terrorists who took hostages in, and trashed, the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.
A friend of mine witnessed a RMPJC-sponsored presentation by the head of the Holy Land Trust. According to her, this U.S.-educated Arab spouted the blood libels of Jewish "genocide," "massacres," and "mass deportations" of Palestinians, along with such nonsense as "the Palestinians have no history of being militant." The RMPJC audience received these lies enthusiastically, with one voicing that "if you eradicate Zionism, you end the whole problem" and others muttering "dirty Jews." The RMPJC is fanatically far-Left, obsessed with Bush hatred and opposition, and infatuated with the Palestinian cult of victimhood and violence.
CCMEP is vile. On their website, under the headine, "Millions Rally Against War" they show "Pictures of Anti-War Protests from around the World," including this:
Banners read in Turkish: "Long Live Global Intifada."
The photo is captioned, "Turkish protestors shout slogans against U.S. and Israel as they march through central Ankara September 27, 2003. Nearly five thousand protestors, including Islamists and leftists, gathered to rally . . . ."
Which are the leftists? Which the Islamists? I'm telling you, it's a slippery slope. And at the bottom of that slope you fall into a sewer where Anti-War protestors call for GLOBAL INTIFADAH.
PLEASE ATTEND this panel presentation. Raz Telchai is a passionate supporter of Israel, but will be hugely outnumbered on this skewed panel.
Bring your facts, your reason, your clarity and your love for Israel -- and prepare to have them challenged during the revelation of these "multiple truths."
Not to worry, it's all in the name of "peace."