Thursday, July 23, 2009
San Francisco's anti-Semitic Leftist Jews
Jew-Hate at Jewish Film Festival
By: Jamie Glazov
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Organizers of San Francisco Jewish Film Festival plan screening of
anti-Israeli propaganda film and speech by anti-Israeli activist.
Why is a Jewish film festival giving a platform to a documentary and to an
individual that serve the cause of anti-Jewish hate?
This Saturday, July 25, organizers of the San Francisco Jewish Film
Festival plan to show .Rachel,. an anti-Israel propaganda film. The
documentary is based on the life and death of Rachel Corrie, an
anti-Israel activist who was killed in Gaza in 2003 when she deliberately
ran in front of an Israeli bulldozer to protect a home that was sheltering
terrorists. And not just content with showing the propaganda film, the
organizers have invited Rachel.s mother, Cindy Corrie, also a strident
critic of Israel, to speak at the screening and to participate in a
question-and-answer session after the viewing.
A closer look at who Rachel Corrie was . and what she represented .
demonstrates why this event is such an outrage:
A native of Olympia, Washington, Corrie was a member of the International
Solidarity Movement (ISM), a viciously anti-Israel organization that calls
and works for the destruction of the Jewish state. The radical
organization recruits activists to travel to the Palestinian territories
to obstruct Israeli security operations. The activists intentionally put
themselves in harm.s way to hamper Israeli soldiers in their efforts to
fight Palestinian terrorists.
That is precisely how Corrie met her death. The twenty-three year old
activist was fatally crushed in March 2003 when she tried to obstruct the
path of an Israeli bulldozer that was preparing to demolish the house in
Rafah where she was lodging.
Like her ISM colleagues, Corrie was knowingly abetting terrorists. A few
months earlier, for instance, when Palestinian militants seized the Church
of the Nativity in Bethlehem, it was ISMers who smuggled food to them.
Many of the homes in Rafah rested atop a network of ninety tunnels that
were used by terrorists for smuggling rockets and other weapons from the
Egyptian border to Rafah. It was impossible for Corrie and her ISM
comrades to have lived in Rafah and not witness the activity connected
with these tunnels.
That is why the bulldozer was in operation: The Israelis were trying to
interrupt this tunnel activity. The rockets that have been, and are, fired
into Israeli towns from Gaza are smuggled in this process. They are
tunnelled into places like Rafah, under houses just like the one Corrie
Like so many fellow travellers of totalitarian death cults, Corrie was
ever ready to give her life for .the cause.. She deliberately stood in
front of the Israeli bulldozer and made herself a poster child for the
leftist pursuit of martyrdom. She sacrificed her life to keep open tunnels
that supplied terrorists with the means to kill Israeli civilians. And
that is why Israeli professor and journalist Steven Plaut has legitimately
called Corrie.s death a suicide.
One would know little of this from the film that will be shown in San
Francisco this weekend. .Rachel,. directed by Simone Bitton, gives a
sympathetic portrait of this terror-abettor and of her anti-Israel cause.
That portrait will be further embellished by Rachel.s mom Cindy Corrie,
who will be speaking and fielding questions in the post-viewing session.
Cindy Corrie is the founder of the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and
Justice, a pro-Palestinian group that promotes the world-view of her
daughter. Given her own background, it.s unlikely that Corrie will provide
an objective presentation of her daughter.s life.
It is no surprise, however, that the Jewish Film Festival is giving a
platform to those who hate Israel and who make every effort to help the
forces who seek to destroy it. After all, two stridently anti-Israel
groups, The Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) and the American Friends Service
Committee (AFSC) are listed as co-presenters on the website of the
Festival.s Board of Directors. They support boycotts, divestment and
sanctions against the Jewish State and they are closely associated with
the ISM and other terror-allied organizations.
The JVP's Advisory Board, for instance, includes Noam Chomsky and Naomi
Klein. Chomsky is an infamous Israel-hater and has distinguished himself
best by his travels to Lebanon to personally embrace the leaders of
Hezbollah. Klein, meanwhile, put herself on the map in her 2004 column in
The Nation, .Bring Najaf to New York,. in which she reached her hand out
in solidarity to Muqtada al-Sadr and his Islamofascist Mahdi Army in the
Iraqi Shi.ite stronghold of Najaf.
What.s next for the Jewish Film Festival? Screenings of Nazi and Islamist
propaganda films? Holocaust Denial documentaries? Speeches and
question-and-answer sessions by Hamas, Hezbollah and Muslim Brotherhood
representatives? It.s impossible to rule it out.
A Jewish film festival worth its name might be expected to feature films
that show the suffering of innocent Israelis at the hands of their
tormentors and killers. At a minimum, it would expose the Rachel Corries
of the world for the terrorist abettors they are. Directly complicit in
the brutal deaths of Jewish civilians killed by Palestinian terror, Rachel
Corrie will always have blood on her hands. Now, in a dark irony, Jewish
civilians will be showing a film in her honor.
<!--[if !supportLineBreakNewLine]-->[Editors' note: Jamie Glazov dissects
the phenomenon of leftist Jews. dalliance with Islamic terror in his new
book, United in Hate: The Left.s Romance With Tyranny and Terror.]
Jamie Glazov is Frontpage Magazine's editor. He holds a Ph.D. in History
with a specialty in Russian, U.S. and Canadian foreign policy. He is the
author of Canadian Policy Toward Khrushchev.s Soviet Union and is the
co-editor (with David Horowitz) of The Hate America Left. He edited and
wrote the introduction to David Horowitz.s Left Illusions. His new book is
United in Hate: The Left's Romance with Tyranny and Terror. To see his
previous symposiums, interviews and articles Click Here. Email him at
2. From the Wall St Journal:
Israel on their Minds
Never mind Iran.s crackdown on peaceful protestors, China.s killings of
ethnic Uighurs or the epidemic murders of Kremlin critics. When it comes
to Europe.s bien pensants, the only country that really seems to engage
their moral indignation is Israel.
Calling for Israel to be sanctioned may be the one cause that unites
British university lecturers and Scandinavian union activists with radical
Islamists and neo-Nazis. Now, however, the European Court of Human Rights
has called this fixation with the Jewish state what it is: discrimination.
Last week, the Strasbourg-based court upheld a 2003 French court
conviction against Jean-Claude Fernand Willem for advocating a boycott of
Israel. French prosecutors had charged Mr. Willem.at the time the
Communist mayor of the northern French town of Seclin.with provoking
discrimination on national, racial and religious grounds. Mr. Willem was
first acquitted but an appeal court fined him .1,000, a decision confirmed
by France.s highest appeal court in 2004 and now also by Europe.s human
In a 6-1 decision, judges from seven European countries said Mr. Willem.s
punishment did not violate his freedom of expression. He was not found
guilty for his political views or for anti-Semitism. Instead, the judges
agreed with their French colleagues that he was .inciting the commission
of a discriminatory, and therefore punishable, act.. The former mayor
wanted to infringe on .the normal exercise of economic activity of the
manufacturers based solely on the fact that they belong to a certain
Laws against discrimination have their uses and abuses, and we would
rather have seen Mr. Willem voted out of office than sanctioned by a
court. But to the extent that the judges. ruling exposes the atavistic
fixations of some Europeans with the Jewish state, it does the Continent a
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