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Pro-Israel New Yorkers Protest 92nd St Y’s anti-Israel Speaker

Richard Allen of JCC Watch said, "There has been a pattern - first with [BDS activist] Roger Waters and now with Alice Walker. All of our efforts to speak with the 92nd Street Y administrators have been met with closed doors, closed ears and closed minds."

Alice Walker sparred with protesters outside the 92nd Street Y on May 30, 2013, telling them about Israel, "it wasn't your land."

Alice Walker sparred with protesters outside the 92nd Street Y on May 30, 2013, telling them about Israel, "it wasn't your land."
Photo Credit: Lori Lowenthal Marcus

“She can say whatever she wants, but not in ‘our’ building,” was Manhattan attorney Robert Sidi’s response when finding out that the 92nd Street Y was hosting vocal Israel-hater novelist Alice Walker.

Sidi was explaining to The Jewish Press why he showed up Thursday night, May 30, to stand outside the 92nd Street Y and protest the fact that a Jewish institution, built and maintained with funds from Jewish charities, was providing a platform to someone who “denounces, denigrates and demonizes Israel.”

About a dozen pro-Israel New Yorkers joined Sidi last night, protesting the appearance by Alice Walker at the Y.  Walker was at the 92nd St Y to promote a recent publication of a book of poetry and to talk “about her activism and her writing, her conflicting impulses to retreat into inner contemplation and to remain deeply engaged with the world.”

Lainee Cohen Grauman and her husband Jonathan Grauman told The Jewish Press that they only found out about Walker’s appearance at the 92nd Street Y two days before the event.

“It really riled me,” Lainee Cohen Grauman said. “I liked her book, The Color Purple, but her politics and anti-Israel activities are  horrible.”  Grauman ticked off several anti-Israel positions Walker has taken: “she was on the flotilla to break the blockade of Gaza, she tried to stop Carnegie Hall from hosting the Israeli Philharmonic, and now she is trying to get Alicia Keys to back out of her appearance in Israel.”

Alicia Keys is a popular R & B singer scheduled to appear in Tel Aviv in July.  In a public letter Alice Walker called on Keys to pull out of her commitment to perform in the Jewish State.

In the letter Walker wrote to Keys, “It would grieve me to know you are putting yourself in danger (soul danger) by performing in an apartheid country that is being boycotted by many global conscious artists.”

Walker was not content to merely call Israel an apartheid country.  She told Keys Israel is “unbelievably evil,” “greedy” and “cruel,” and that it is responsible for a great deal of global suffering.

This is actually a wonderful opportunity for you to learn about something sorrowful, and amazing: that our government (Obama in particular) supports a system that is cruel, unjust, and unbelievably evil. You can spend months, and years, as I have, pondering this situation. Layer upon layer of lies, misinformation, fear, cowardice and complicity. Greed. It is a vast eye-opener into the causes of much of the affliction in our suffering world.

Grauman tried to call the 92nd Street Y administration to ask why they were providing a forum for Alice Walker, but finally gave up after  being repeatedly foiled by the switchboard.  Not only could she not speak with anyone, she could not even leave a message.

“It was important to show up outside the Y for two reasons,” Jonathan Grauman told The Jewish Press. First, it is important to send a message to the Y and to other Jewish institutions – they need to be put on notice that there are members of the Jewish community who do not want Jewish communal dollars spent supporting enemies of Israel.  And second, we want Alice Walker to know that we are aware of her anti-Israel message and she will not go unchallenged.”

Both Graumans concurred that it was important to go out and challenge falsehoods against Israel. “Walker’s insistence that the land belongs to the Palestinians is not just anti-Israel, it is a rejection of 2000 years of Jewish history,” Jonathan Grauman explained.

Richard Allen is the head of JCC Watch, which sent out the original notice about Walker’s appearance at the Y.

“It is shameful that the 92nd Street Y is diverting Jewish community money for anti-Israel activities,” Allen told The Jewish Press. “There has been a pattern – first with [BDS activist] Roger Waters and now with Alice Walker.  And all of our efforts to speak with the 92nd Street Y administrators have been met with closed doors, closed ears and closed minds.”

The Israel supporters who showed up outside the 92nd St Y last night to protest Walker’s appearance had a rare opportunity: as she approached the entrance to the Y at about 8:00 p.m., they were able to engage Walker in discussion about what they claim are her severely twisted and untrue assertions about Israel.

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.


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33 Responses to “Pro-Israel New Yorkers Protest 92nd St Y’s anti-Israel Speaker”

  1. The problem with her one dimensional stance on Israel, and that of U.S. involvement, is there are many complexities and layers to political issues and it varies, over time, with circumstances, regimes, and public opinion which are germane to the influence and stability of neighboring Muslim run countries.

  2. David Blatt says:

    I will say to her what the great African-American preacher Tony Evans might suggest: THE POWER OF THE RESURRECTION IS ENOUGH MY SISTER TO STOP YOU ACTING LIKE A FOOL!

  3. John Keytack says:

    This woman shouldn’t be given a public platform to espouse the anti-Israel, anti-Jew agenda. Why does this keep happening? More importantly, WHO keeps allowing it to happen?

  4. Super stupor arse-kissing leftist liberals who are ignorant and paid off by monies by groups promoting crap like this.

  5. i hope they have someone challenging what she says if they do allow her there.. what a disgrace ! shame on the Y

  6. Steve Mason says:

    Really, Alice Walker? She is another insignificant.

  7. Stuart Kaufman says:

    No lie about Israel should ever go unanswered.

  8. I’m aghast that the Y would stoop to this stupidity and this demeaning damaging denegrating level by giving a platform to an ignorant racist wasted piece of protoplasm, to be quite honest.

  9. I can understand her speaking in an Arab institution …but in a Hebrew Y?…crazy.

  10. It's interesting for a group of people who have been so persecuted, the attitude of many blacks towards Israel and the Jews is odd to say the least. Especially when the Jews have been on the side of black peoples rights. Yet, the very people who introduced and perpetrated much of the slave trade, the Muslims, the blacks have championed their cause, go figure. I think it would behoove the blacks to go back and reread their history books.

  11. Ygal Ivry says:

    It is said to see Jewish institutions supporting unveiled antisemitism of this lady Alice

  12. SHES A SLAP IN THE FACE TO THE ETHIOPIAN JEWS WHO ARE BEING BUTCHERED BY SUDAN TERRIOISTS SORRY FOR SPELLING.
    MUSLIMS BECAUSE THEY ARE DARK SKINED JEWS! SO SHE MUST BE MUSLIM PATHETIC!

  13. You want to stand with Israel? Then please, go stand with them.

  14. Elisabeth Almqvist says:

    Alice Walker, You've been too long in the Govi Desert, You seem dehydrated and confused. Please return when you got your senses back.

  15. Myriam Obadia says:

    It's quite simple: if the Y on 92nd is financed by Jews, they can stop financing it.

  16. Stuart Kaufman says:

    and just what does that mean?

  17. Stuart Kaufman says:

    Precisely.

  18. Angela Horne says:

    The multi-culti dream is not working terribly well, what with that UK beheading, Dearborn and Fort Hood. I don't know why Alice Walker conflates Islam with safety Anyway, here is Gaza's luxury hotel….http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FePZ0y

  19. Angela Horne says:

  20. Arie's Pragmatic Politics says:

    Even her family came ut against her last month. No wonder the rape denying whoopie goldberg portrayed her on the screen. Jews that have donated to the Y in the past need to re-evaluate their spending!

  21. Arie's Pragmatic Politics says:

    John Seigle II Reading your FB page is like reading a what's what of the cult and Mein Kampf. I am always amazed how racists and Jew haters, the foundation of the Democratic Party, troll Jewish sites to spew forth. Now go ahead and regale us, as you do on your FB page, that any critique of obama and socialism is treasonous.

    Jonestown Guyana – the final destination of the Democratic Party

  22. ‘About a dozen pro-Israel New Yorkers joined Sidi last night, protesting the appearance by Alice Walker at the Y.’ A pretty miserable turn-out – surely a hopeful sign.

  23. Steve Loeb says:

    In regard to Walker's statement (threat) that Keys faces "soul danger" if she performs in Israel, for her information after Waters "convinced" Stevie Wonder not to perform for the IDF event in Los Angeles, he was replaced by Chaka Khan and the event was a huge success. Last time I looked Chaka's soul was still intact and singing with all the "soul" of Wonder and much more. In fact, if anything Keys can expected an enhanced "soul" from her courageous decision to ignore the likes of Water and her minions – not to mention a whole host of new fans including the many Jewish members of the music business who have long memories and will remember those who turn their backs and those who stand up to the lies and threats.

  24. John Robie says:

    "Soul Danger"? What a pretentious ass.

  25. Jef Smith says:

    The Color Purple sucked!

  26. Lloyd Bergner says:

    "I will bless those who bless them, and curse those who curse them" Genesis12:3.
    I would suggest the virulent Jew-haters and self-hating Jews pay attention to the above admonition.

  27. Chaiya Eitan says:

    Shame on the 92nd Street Y for hosting this hateful woman!

  28. poor thing can't sell a book so she's looking for publicity. put down the drugs, alice. the 92nd st Y needs a shakeup and a shakeout. fast.

  29. poor thing can't sell a book so she's looking for publicity. put down the drugs, alice. the 92nd st Y needs a shakeup and a shakeout. fast.

  30. Esther Nadel Yehezkel says:

    John, you seem to be very uninformed as to the reality of the Israeli Palestinian situation. Or could it be that your sources of information is coming from anti-Semitic propaganda. Do some unbiased research to open your mind to the truth.

  31. Charlie Hall says:

    Many African American leaders have been among the strongest pro-Israel voices in America. Walker is not the norm.

  32. Norma Dalton says:

    she should go to Israel and see Jewish history all round for thousands of years.r.

  33. David Baden says:

    Another brainwashed, misguided moron, just trying to justify her existence!

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