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Monday, June 08, 2009

ANTI-SEMITISM IN BERKELEY - THE BFUU AND GILAD ATZMON

The following is an action alert from SF Voice for Israel / Stand With US SF.


ACTION ALERT


Vigil against Anti-Semitism in Berkeley
Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists
1924 Cedar Street at Bonita, Berkeley
Monday June 8, 6:30-7:30 PM

On Monday night, the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists is hosting a concert by a musician named Gilad Atzmon. Atzmon is an ex-Israeli who now resides in the UK; he has renounced not only being Israeli, but his membership in the Jewish people and now writes and promotes classically anti-Semitic remarks.

It sounds too bizarre to be true, but he has left a well documented trail of anti-Semitic remarks such as:

"Throughout the centuries, Jewish bankers bought for themselves some real reputations of backers and financers of wars, and even one communist revolution. Though rich Jews had been happily financing wars using their assets, Alan Greenspan, the Chairman of the Federal Reserve of the United States, found a far more sophisticated way to finance the wars perpetrated by his ideological brothers Libby and Wolfowitz."

"The 'Elders of Zion' syndrome: Zionists complain that Jews continue to be associated with a conspiracy to rule the world via political lobbies, media and money. Is the suggestion of conspiracy really an empty accusation?
The following list is presented with pride on several Jewish American websites.
Jews in Bush's Administration (a list of some 30 names follows…)
Let me assure you, in Clinton's administration the situation was even worse. Even though the Jews only make up 1.9 per cent of the country's population, an astounding 56 per cent of Clinton's appointees were Jews. A coincidence? I don't think so."

"I would suggest that perhaps we should face it once and for all: the Jews were responsible for the killing of Jesus who, by the way, was himself a Palestinian Jew. …..Why is it that the Jews who repeatedly demand that the Christian world should apologise for its involvement in previous persecutions, have never thought that it is about time that they apologised for killing Jesus?"



"I'm not going to say whether it is right or not to burn down a synagogue, I can see that it is a rational act."


As if that's not enough, Atzmon also boasts on his website of circulating an article denying the Holocaust written by an extremist in the UK named Paul Eisen, and supports the Swedish anti-Semitic fascist who writes under the pen name "Israel Shamir". Shamir has claimed that Jews have indeed slaughtered Christian children for their blood (the infamous "blood libel" now being vigorously promoted in some Arab countries), and claimed that "Auschwitz was an internment facility, attended by the Red Cross". Atzmon calls Shamir "a unique and advanced thinker".

The concert is co-sponsored by the church's Social Justice Committee and two anti-Israel groups: Bay Area Women in Black and International Solidarity Movement. The BFUU may not have been aware of Atzmon's promotion of hate speech when they agreed to host the event, but they were made aware of it last week and they have refused to cancel it.

San Francisco Voice for Israel will hold a vigil outside the church from 6:30-7:30. This is about more than their hosting an anti-Israel event; it's about their choice to proceed with this event despite knowing the hate speech that Atzmon both creates and promotes. So, for a change, we don't need Israeli flags or pro-Israel signs. If you want to create your own signs for this event, please do not refer to the BFUU members as anti-Semites, but feel free to criticize their decision to allow a genuine anti-Semite to appear in their church!


Suggested signs:

"Hate speech: not welcome here"
"Hate speech is unjust"
"Why does BFUU tolerate hate speech?"

Please invite your non-Jewish friends to this event. This is about hate speech in the Bay Area, and decent people of all religions and (almost) all political orientations should be justifiably concerned about this type of extremism being welcomed into our community.

StandWithUs/San Francisco Voice for Israel
www.SFVoiceForIsrael.org
www.StandWithUs. com


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AFTERWORD

Please note - the Berkeley environment is famously liberal. Apparently that liberalness now extends to coddling bigots and haters. The BFUU are of a type that gives even liberals such as this blogger the heebie-jeebies. But they are VERY much in the Berkeley pattern.
Having a famous university attracts mediocre minds, intellectual pretenders, and faux-revolutionaries. Rather like cowpie attracts flies.

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10 Comments:

  • At 2:05 PM, Anonymous Dancing Hamster said…

    Oh and another thing, Richard, one of your heroes, Kaing Guek Eav (nickname: Duch), former 'socialist executive' in charge of Tuol Sleng Prison in Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge, has admitted that babies were executed by smashing their heads against trees when their parents were executed.

    You and your ilk still praise the Khmer Rouge as a righteous revolutionary regime.

    And remember your days as a communist agitator before International ANSWER?

    We do.

     
  • At 2:13 PM, Blogger The back of the hill said…

    That's right - and Dutch Scialists like Jan Marijnsen and Anja Meulenbelt STILL sing the praises of that odious regime, just like they did in the eighties.

    That probably explains Marijnsen and Meulenbelts support of Hamas. A psychotic lust for violent mass-action. Especially if it decisively does away with the old by murdering all who do not conform to the revolutionary ideal.

    Such people would create a "super race" of perfect socialists, if given a chance.

     
  • At 9:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Great protest at the BFUU- great energy ! And more people on the street than in the concert!
    Nice grass roots effort to eliminate hate in Berkeley.

    And I completely agree with one of the spokespeople- there should be ZERO tolerance for hate speech in the Progressive community.

    Does anyone know the story of that loser with the HAMAS flag and Nasrallah t-shirt? Just wondering

     
  • At 10:06 AM, Anonymous Dancing Hamster said…

    Does anyone know the story of that loser with the HAMAS flag and Nasrallah t-shirt? Just wondering

    That was, if I recall correctly, Stephen Pearcy - looking amazingly buff now that he's in the market again (I don't believe for a moment that he and Virginia are back together again - after over a dozen years of living with her abuser, she's finally realized that even if she LIKES being taken, she can do better). Also please note that he's had his teeth whitened and his hair colour 'corrected', which rather suggests that age is creeping up on him. Given his target "audience, that cannot be a good thing.
    He's working out, too. I should find out which fitness center.

    Stephen Pearcy, as you may recall, is the yutz who hanged a soldier in effigy - the gruesome puppet was roped to the eave of his Sacramento house in "protest" at something, with a changing roster of offense statements. He also participated in several flag-burnings and "radical direct actions". He's a classic ultra-left Nazi. With a superhumongous ego, and no actual achievements - other than courting Virginia when she was still a minor. Not quite sure of the age differential between them, he's eighteen or nineteen years older than her (they married four years after she moved into his house, when she finally turned eighteen).

     
  • At 10:07 AM, Anonymous Dancing Hamster said…

    Quote: "In August 2005, Pearcy made national news once again when he exhibited a painting at the California Department of Justice in Sacramento showing a star-spangled map of the United States being flushed down a toilet. The painting included the words, "T'anks to Mr. Bush!" The art exhibit was controversial ..."

    No shit!

     
  • At 10:10 AM, Anonymous Dancing Hamster said…

    And this, quoted on diggers realm:
    "She met Steven Pearcy when she was in 8th grade [13 years old]—he was her 31 year old math tutor, going to [University of CA at] Davis and working as a lab tech. She then moved in with Pearcy. “They had their own rooms, and didn’t get romantically involved until after she left UC Davis, they said. ” When Virginia turned 18, they ’suddenly‘ realized they were in luuurve and married. That same day, I believe. Steven was 36. "

    [SOURCE: http://www.diggersrealm.com/mt/archives/000808.html ]

    Where I come from, such things are called molestation, paedophilia, and degenerate. But not in left-o-fascist circles.

     
  • At 12:35 PM, Anonymous Strunk said…

    Poncy red dye job. Looked like he had robbed a pakistani mullah of his hennaed beard and glued it on. And the female-pattern baldness angy black man could've done with a bath. Nasty git.

     
  • At 1:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    "angy black man"
    Oh! that would be Joseph Anderson. He usually uses spray on hair- perhaps he ran out.

    see:
    http://02d2262.netsolhost.com/anderson.html

     
  • At 7:16 PM, Blogger Tony Greenstein said…

    Yes Atzmon did indeed describe Israel Shamir as 'unique and advanced' in the course of describing me, in an e-mail of 12.6.05. as an 'Elder of London'.

    He also described Paul Eisen's holocaust denial pamphlet 'Holocaust wars' as a 'great text' in another e-mail of 6.6.05.

    Why do I mention this? Because I am a Jewish anti-Zionist and it would rather spoil your story wouldn't it?

     
  • At 1:53 AM, Blogger The back of the hill said…

    How on earth could it possibly "spoil" my 'story'?

    That you are wrong has little to do with either Gilad Atzmon or yiddishkeit. If anything at all.

     

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