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Dustin Hoffman a No-Show, But Sent Love via Audio to Israel-Hater

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Dustin Hoffman did not make it to the Muslim Public Affairs Council’s 22nd Annual Media Affairs Gala in Los Angeles this past Saturday night.  As reported in The Jewish Press, Hoffman was scheduled to present MPAC’s Media Award to Emad Burnat, the co-director of the Arab Palestinian propaganda film “5 Broken Cameras.”

That film is riddled with half-truths and full omissions, but because it fits the standard Hollywood position of “Israel bad, Arab Palestinians good,” its lack of veracity and documentary standards did not prevent it from being nominated this year for an Academy Award for “Best Documentary.”  At least it did not win.

But Dustin Hoffman seemed to be an odd choice as the presenter of the award on behalf of the Muslim Public Affairs Council – he is neither Muslim or Arab, nor is he Middle Eastern.  In fact, the only connection between Hoffman and either the movie “5 Broken Cameras” or the Arab-Israeli conflict – which is the topic of the film – is that he is Jewish.

Because Hoffman had – or so the story goes – “contracted a very serious virus,” he did not show up at the Gala Saturday night.  Perhaps someone with an actual yiddishe kupf advised Hoffman it may not be the best move of his career to appear in promotional pictures with the MPAC leader, Salam al-Marayati.

That’s because Salam al-Marayati tried to blame the 9/11 attacks on Israel and has lobbied the U.S. government to remove Hamas, Hezbollah and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad from its Foreign Terrorist Organization list.  Who knows how pictures of Hoffman at the MPAC Gala might have been used later to boost the legitimacy of MPAC.  “See? Dustin Hoffman – and everyone knows he’s a Jew! – loves us, we must be good.”

Hoffman’s taped message of congratulations to Burnat was played at the Gala, and MPAC posted it online.  Based on what he says in the brief message, Hoffman appears to have either watched the movie or at least read what it was about.  It also appears he made no effort to determine whether the film was a truthful documentary or a mere propaganda film.  This is the message Hoffman sent:

Hello, this is Dustin Hoffman.  I’m sorry that illness has made it impossible for me to be with you tonight, and that I am compelled to speak to you through this recorded message. I had been looking very forward [SIC] to being the one who, as a fellow artist, would present the award to Emad Burnat and “5 Broken Cameras,” a film he co-directed. It was for me a most powerful, moving and sometimes a very tender film and in it he demonstrates, I think, out of the texture of his own life experience, in the village of Bi’ilin, that his is, indeed, a voice of courage and conscience.  Courage and conscience – those are virtues so greatly needed for this troubled and confusing time.  Wherever we find them, they should be embraced and celebrated and that’s why I am so thrilled that “5 Broken Cameras” and Emad Burnat are being honored – it is so well deserved.  Emad, congratulations, and I hope to see you soon.  Thank you.

Courage and conscience?  Actually watching the film and making an effort to determine its veracity might warrant such weighty words.

But MPAC and Burnat, both of whom were probably disappointed that their opportunity to have a real live famous Jewish movie star pose for pictures with them, were not deterred. In fact, they had another Jew on hand to present the award. Quoting surah 3, ayahs 113-115, MPAC President Salam Al-Marayati introduced Rabbi Leonard Beerman, to present the award to Burnat.

The 91 year-old Beerman is on the J Street Advisory Council, was on the rabbinic cabinet of the Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace before it merged with J Street, and in 2009 signed a public letter opposing Israel’s policy in Gaza, which stated, in part,

 

As human beings, we are shocked and appalled at the mass destruction unleashed by the State of Israel against the people of Gaza in its military operation, following years of Israeli occupation, siege, and deprivation.

As Americans, we protest the carte blanche given Israel by the US government to pursue a war of “national honor,” “restoring deterrence,” “destroying Hamas,” and “searing Israel’s military might into the consciousness of the Gazans.

“My camera is a strong weapon and a strong witness,” Burnat said upon receiving the award.

“We should tell our stories before others hijack them. I got the idea to make this film from one of my friends who said ‘Why don’t you make a film about us, who live here? You know how it is to live under the pressure, under the army, under the occupation.’

“I did this film from my point of view, from my heart, from my mind. I’m very happy because the message was sent to the world, and everybody was shocked and moved by its story.”

No doubt especially shocked were the many members of the Israel Defense Forces who appear in the film which, they claim, was spliced and edited into such a distortion of reality that an organization which represents IDF members and alumni has asked the Israeli Attorney General’s office to bring charges of slander and incitement against the filmmakers.

Hotel Owner who Kicked Jews Out Hosting Anti-Jihadists

Friday, January 25th, 2013

In 2012 the Jewish Press reported on the successful lawsuit against the Muslim owner of a swanky Santa Monica hotel who, while exclaiming, “Get the [expletive deleted] Jews out of my pool,” had her employees do just that.  The plaintiffs had been at the hotel at a fundraiser they hosted for a pro-Israel organization, the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF).

The jury found the hotel and its owner, Tehmina Adaya, had committed “particularly reprehensible” acts of discrimination against the plaintiffs, and specifically, that Adaya had acted with “malice, oppression and fraud,” slapping her with punitive damages.

When word got out about what Adaya had done to the FIDF volunteers, members of  the Los Angeles office of the ZOA planned a protest in front of the hotel.  Adaya met that public relations protest by sending an underling to promise the activists she would host an event for them at her expense within a year in exchange for cancelling the protest.  They accepted the offer and called off the protest.

When the trial ended and the jury returned its verdict finding that Adaya had discriminated against Jews, she and the ZOA group issued their agreed-upon statements.  In hers, Adaya said she was opposed to anti-Semitism.  Adaya also claimed she had not done any of the things she had been accused of, or had been found liable for.  The ZOA LA statement included, “we believe that her statement exhibits the Jewish value of teshuva, repentance.”

As Miles Lozano, the Shangri-La public relations manager told the Jewish Press at the time, “the steps Adaya is taking are intended to address the Shangri-La’s public relations issues, whereas the court case dealt only with the legal issues.”

Adaya is still working with a bifurcated plan: on the legal front, she has appealed the ruling by the jury that she committed particularly reprehensible acts of discrimination against Jews, and at the same time, she is footing the bill for an event which is now a fundraiser for the new organization of the former ZOA director, Orit Arfa (Arfa was fired by the ZOA in the fall).  Strikingly, that event is headlining two of the world’s most renown and controversial anti-Jihadi activists, Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs.com, and Robert Spencer, of Jihadwatch.com.

Geller garnered a great deal of attention over the past several months by running a series of ads in New York City, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. transit systems which state: “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, choose civilized man.  Support Israel. Defeat Jihad.” Muslim groups such as Council on American-Islamic Relations, Islamic Society of North America, Muslim Public Affairs Council and others were outraged and pushed back hard.  In September, Mona Eltahawy, an Egyptian-American activist, was arrested for vandalizing one of Geller’s posters in New York.

When asked how she felt about being hosted by someone who had engaged in such reprehensible acts of discrimination against Jews, Geller told the Jewish Press,

“The public renunciation by Adaya of one of the most egregious and monstrous acts of anti-Semitism in modern times is something to celebrate.  She is underwriting the cost of a gala costume ball honoring two of America’s leading critics of Islamic anti-Semitism, and at a Purim event, perhaps this is Haman avenged!  ‘Cause it’s the same hate, different era.”

When one of the plaintiffs in the case against the hotel was asked about the Shangri-La Purim party, the response was not as enthusiastic.  The plaintiff told the Jewish Press that she and the other plaintiffs found the response to Adaya and the Shangri-La Hotel by some in the pro-Israel community to be “deeply disappointing.”  Why?  The plaintiff gave several reasons:

First, despite what the ZOA director wrote at the time, there was no teshuva by Adaya – she is still claiming not to have done anything wrong and everyone knows the steps for teshuva are first, acknowledgement that one acted wrongly, and second, apologizing to the one wronged.  To this day Adaya and her hotel have not apologized to the plaintiffs.  But second, given that the FIDF was the wronged party, why isn’t Adaya having a fundraiser for the FIDF?  Instead, the Purim Gala is to help promote a new organization created by the former ZOA employee who falsely claimed Adaya had done teshuva.

There are other ways to divine the sincerity of Adaya’s gesture.  Court papers filed by her new attorneys on January 7, offered several reasons to justify Adaya being given a new trial.  Much emphasis was placed on the “fact” that one of the jurors hid that she was Jewish.  According to the filed papers, Adaya is claiming that one of the jurors “failed to disclose her religious background, Jewish,” during the jury selection process.  Two problems with that: there’s no legal bar to a Jewish juror sitting on a case about anti-Semitic discrimination, and Adaya’s lawyers never asked the juror whether she was Jewish during the jury selection process.

Muslim Groups’ ‘HeArt Over Hate’ Not Really Over the Hate (VIDEO)

Friday, October 19th, 2012

In response to Pamela Geller’s anti-Jihad ad campaign, The Muslim Public Affairs Council is joining with Columbia University’s Muslim Students Association to launch its own ad campaign “to showcase the Islamic principle of ‘repelling evil with what is better‘ (Koran, Ch. 23, Surah Muminoon, verse 96) .”

MPAC says its campaign will “call on New Yorkers to stand together in opposing bigotry and hatred,” in its effort “HeArt Over Hate: Repelling Bigotry through Art & Music.”  It’s a clever play on words, but while it looks to deliver on its promise to be repellent  what MPAC and the MSA will be showcasing is support for brutal hatred, torture and violence.

The headline act, according to MPAC’s press release, is the Def Jam poet Amir Sulaiman.  Sulaiman spews violent, racist, hate-filled language that encourages the torture, shooting, fire-bombing and hostage-taking of American judges, American servicemen, Israelis, and courtroom employees.

In his poem, “Danger,” Sulaiman lauds Fidel Castro, calls for the release of those in Guantanimo, and claims those on death row are as innocent as the judges who sent them there.

While Geller’s ads called for the defeat of jihad and support of Israel, MPAC’s headliner identifies with murdering Israelis:

I’m a teenage Palestinian
Opening fire at an Israeli checkpoint, point blank, check-mate, now what?!

Sulaiman’s poem ends by exhorting his young listeners:

We must kick, bite, yell, scream
We must pray, fast, live, dream, fight, kill and die free!

Another member of the “HeArt Over Hate” event is hip-hop artist and activist Mazzi SoulPurpose. Mazzi fondly recalls the shouts of “Zionism is Racism” from a protest he participated in front of the United Nations in 1988.  He also said that based on what he observed on a trip to “Israel/Palestine”  what was happening “in Sderot, Ashqelon, & Haifa were extremely pale in comparison to what the settlers are doing in the West Bank.”

Columbia University’s Muslim Students Association is advertising its HeArt Over Hate program as one “that will bring together Muslim performers from all over the city for a common goal: to celebrate peace and pluralism over bigotry and extremism.”

Geller’s ads contain no language of violence, torture or murder.  The criticism of the anti-jihad ads is that they labelled those who support jihad as savages. Critics insisted that Geller was calling all Muslims savages.  Geller’s ad reads:

In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad.

In a statement released on Thursday, October 17, MPAC president Salam Al-Marayati, who recently represented the United States at a global human rights conference in Warsaw, said “it is important we counter such ads with messages of peace that are the true representation of what we stand for as Muslims.”  Al-Marayati told a radio interviewer on September 11, 2001, that Israel should be on the list of suspects for those responsible for that tragedy.  In response to Geller’s ads, he said, “America needs leadership to rise above racism and bigotry.”

Many other community groups labelled Geller a hater for using the term “savage” in her ads.

“We believe the ads are highly offensive and inflammatory,” said Ron Meier, New York regional director of the Anti-Defamation League.  The Council on American-Islamic Relations called it “anti-Muslim hate,” Juan Cole called it “offensive,” Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster, a leader in Rabbis for Human Rights, “deeply misguided and disturbing.” Jewish Council for Public Affairs called it “Bigoted, Divisive and Unhelpful.” In a New York Times op-ed, The President for the Union of Reform Judaism called Geller’s ads, “wrong and repugnant.”  Rabbi Rick Jacobs also said their only purpose is to “incite hatred against Muslims.”

Here are the complete lyrics to Amir Sulaiman’s “Danger”

I am not angry; I am anger.
I am not dangerous; I am danger.
I am abominable stress, eliotic, relentless.
I’m a breath of vengeance.
I’m a death sentence.
I’m forsaking repentance,
to the beast in his hench men.

Armed forces and policemen
that survived off of oils and prisons until there cup runneth over with lost souls.
That wear over-sized caps like blind-folds
Shiny necklaces like lassoes
Draggin’ them into black-holes
And I may have to holla out to Fidel Castro
To get my other brothers outta Guantanamo
And the innocents on death row?
It’s probably in the same proportion to criminals in black robes
That smack gavels
That crack domes
That smack gavels
That smash homes

Justice is somewhere between reading sad poems and 40 oz of gasoline crashing through windows
It is between plans and action
It is between writing letters to congressmen and clocking the captain
It is between raising legal defense funds and putting a gun to the bailiff and taking the judge captive

It is between prayer and fasting
Between burning and blasting
Freedom is between the mind and the soul
Between the lock and the load
Between the zeal of the young and the patience of the old
Freedom is between a finger and the trigger
It is between the page and the pen
It is between the grenade and the pin
Between righteous and keeping one in the chamber

So what can they do with a cat with a heart like Turner
A mind like Douglass
A mouth like Malcolm
And a voice like Chris?!

That is why I am not dangerous; I am danger
I am not angry, I am anger
I am abominable, stress, Eliotic relentless
I’m a death sentence
For the beast and his henchmen
Politicians and big businessmen

I’m a teenage Palestinian
Opening fire at an Israeli checkpoint, point blank, check-mate, now what?!

I’m a rape victim with a gun cocked to his cock, cock BANG! Bangkok! Now what?!

I am sitting Bull with Colonel Custard’s [sic] scalp in my hands
I am Sincay with a slave trader’s blood on my hands
I am Jonathan Jackson and a gun to my man

I am David with a slingshot and a rock
And if David lived today, he’d have a Molotov cocktail and a Glock
So down with Goliath, I say down with Goliath

But we must learn, know, write, read
We must kick, bite, yell, scream
We must pray, fast, live, dream, fight, kill and die free!

Quick Takes: News From Israel You May Have Missed

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

      An Arab-American politician recently appointed to a key position by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano helped raise funds for an Islamic group that has labeled a deadly anti-U.S. terrorist attack a “military operation,” referred to terrorists as “freedom fighters,” and equated Muslim jihad with the sentiments of American statesman Patrick Henry, this column has learned.
 
      In April, Napolitano appointed Arif Alikhan, then Los Angeles deputy mayor of homeland security and public safety, to serve as assistant secretary for the Office of Policy Development at the Department of Homeland Security.
 
      Just 13 days prior to his appointment by Napolitano, Alikhan joined the Muslim Public Affairs Council, or MPAC, for a special fundraiser to support what the group calls its innovative leadership development programs. MPAC describes itself as “a public service agency working for the civil rights of American Muslims.”
 
      According to the website Discover the Networks, MPAC asserts the Hizbullah terrorist organization “could be called a liberation movement” and likens Hizbullah members to American “freedom fighters hundreds of years ago whom the British regarded as terrorists.”
 
      In a 1999 position paper, MPAC described Hizbullah’s 1983 bombing of the American Marine barracks, killing 220 Marines, as a “military operation” rather than a terrorist attack.
 
      In a November 1997 speech at the University of Pennsylvania, MPAC co-founder and executive director Salam Al-Marayati hailed the Hamas terrorist group as a political entity and a provider of social programs and “educational operations.”
 
      Al-Marayati equated jihad with the sentiments of prominent American Revolution figure Patrick Henry, whose “Give me liberty or give me death” declaration was, according to Marayati, “a way of looking at the term jihad from an American perspective.”
 

      Janelle Perez, a spokeswoman for Alikhan at Homeland Security, did not return this column’s request for comment before publication.

 

Hamas Leader Calls Meeting With Former

U.S. Diplomat An ‘Important Step’

 

      A meeting last month between Hamas leaders and former U.S. diplomat Thomas Pickering served as an “important step” to open eventual dialogue between the Islamic group and the Obama administration, Hamas’s chief political adviser in Gaza told this reporter.
 
      “Any meeting between Hamas and an American official or former official can help with opening the door for serious talks between Hamas and the American administration,” said Hamas’s top adviser Ahmed Yousef.
 
      “I do believe Obama is serious about a peaceful settlement to the [Israeli-Palestinian] conflict, and he knows you can’t have a peaceful settlement without including Hamas,” Yousef said, speaking from the Gaza Strip.
 
      The Washington Post last week revealed that Pickering, a former U.S. ambassador to Israel and the UN as well as former secretary of state Madeleine Albright’s deputy in the Clinton Administration, met in Geneva in June with Hamas leaders Bassem Naim and Mahmoud al-Zahar. Naim is Hamas’s health minister while al-Zahar is the chief of Hamas in Gaza.
 

      The State Department said the meeting between Pickering and Hamas was not sanctioned by the White House and that its official policy regarding the group remains unchanged.

 

Obama Inspires West Bank Growth

 

      Activists in Israel have launched a campaign using Barack Obama’s name to construct Jewish housing projects on West Bank hilltops in defiance of the U.S. president’s demands for a halt to all Jewish building in the strategic territory.
 
      The goal is to increase the Jewish presence in the West Bank, beginning with the re-establishment of the town of Homesh, which was one of four Jewish communities evacuated by Israel as part of the country’s 2005 Disengagement plan.
 

      Activists are looking for donations of any amount to help them expand Homesh, including a new hilltop community to be named after Obama. They are also encouraging those making online donations at www.obamahill.tkto send a formal letter to Obama making the White House aware of their building campaign.

 

U.S. Gets Nothing In Return For

Ambassador Returning To Syria
 
      The Obama administration did not extract any concessions from Syria in exchange for a decision last month to send a U.S. ambassador to Damascus, a top official from Syria’s Information Ministry told WorldNetDaily.
 
      Regardless of any State Department negotiations, the official claimed that Syria would not have ended its relationships with Iran, Hizbullah or various Palestinian organizations in exchange for the return of a U.S. ambassador in Syria.
 
      “There was no concession regarding any Syrian principles for having an American ambassador,” the information ministry official said, speaking from Damascus.
 
      “We would not accept any interfering in the Syrian sovereignty and the Syrian right to have independent foreign relationships,” said the official, referring to Syria’s military alliance with Iran.
 
      The U.S. withdrew its ambassador from Syria four years ago in protest against the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, an attack widely blamed on Damascus.
 

   Aaron Klein is Jerusalem bureau chief for WorldNetDaily.com. He appears throughout the week on leading U.S. radio programs and is the author of the book “The Late Great State of Israel.” Follow Klein on Twitter under the name “AaronKleinWND.”

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