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Popular ‘Potter’ Star, Unpopular Israel Defamer, Dead at 69

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

British actor Alan Rickman died on Thursday, Jan. 14, at age 69, from cancer.

Rickman was a stage and film star whose oddly ugly-good looking men and flat monotone voice delighted millions of fans. Rickman, of course, was wildly popular as the evil – or not really evil – double agent Potions professor Severus Snape in the long-running Harry Potter film series.

Rickman was born in London and began his acting career with the Royal Shakespeare Company, according to a BBC obituary. Rickman starred in many acclaimed television series and films and won accolades and awards for his theater work.

In addition to the role of Snape in Harry Potter, Rickman appeared in Die Hard (1988), Truly Madly Deeply (1990),  Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), and he played Colonel Brandon in Sense and Sensibility, opposite Kate Whinslet (1995).

Rickman appeared in two Noel Coward plays, and in the United Kingdom he performed in more than half a dozen plays by William Shakespeare.

Rickman recently married his lifetime love interest, Rima Horton.

RICKMAN’S SYMPATHETIC PORTRAYAL OF US HUMAN SHIELD RACHEL CORRIE

The BBC obituary doesn’t mention Rickman’s involvement with a play he co-wrote and directed about the American anti-Israel activist, Rachel Corrie. The play, “My Name is Rachel Corrie,” was based on personal writings by Corrie.

Corrie died at age 23, trying to prevent a bulldozer from demolishing the home of – in her mind, sweet innocent Gazans, while in the view of the IDF, terrorists whose home covered a terror tunnel. Corrie was in Gaza, engaging in the game of chicken in a declared war zone. There were repeated announcements that the home was going to be demolished and demands that Corrie and her “activist”colleagues leave the area. Her refusal to get out of the way of the bulldozer, which ultimately struck and crushed her, led to her death. The courts ruled that the driver of the bulldozer was unable to see Corrie when she was struck.

The play about Corrie’s life was a romanticized and sympathetic rendering, portraying the International Solidarity Movement human shield volunteer as a human rights activist. Her view of the Arab-Israeli conflict was written and presented as truth, with the Israelis as the ever and only evil participants.

Corrie, as an ISM member, moved to the Middle East to be with Palestinian Arabs, including members of Hamas, whom she saw as the sympathetic actor in the Arab-Israeli conflict. She was not only anti-Israel, but apparently anti-America as well, based on pictures of Corrie with face contorted in fury, burning a drawn representation of an American flag.

“My Name is Rachel Corrie” was originally produced in London, in 2005, and soon after was brought to the United States where it appeared in several theaters, including Jewish ones, such as at Theater J, owned by the Washington, D.C. Jewish Federation.

Although an off-broadway theater, the New York Theatre Workshop, agreed to stage the play within a very short period of time, its postponement led to an ugly battle between the “artists,” who claimed censorship, and the theater’s artistic director and his board, which had begun to realize the varied layers of the Middle East conflict and the political ramifications of misrepresenting what happened.

Rickman claimed “censorship” when the play was postponed by the New York theater, responding to rumors that the play had instead been cancelled. The play was produced in the U.S. in the fall of 2006 at the Minetta Lane Theater, where it earned mixed reviews according to the New York Times.

Israeli courts repeatedly rejected the claims that Corrie’s death was a murder, and U.S. courts threw out lawsuits brought there. Corrie’s family members and fellow activists continue to bitterly blame the IDF for the young woman’s death.

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

The “Rachel Corrie” Terrorist Peers‏

Monday, September 1st, 2014

Rachel Corrie’s family and friends have done a great job portraying her as a peaceful innocent killed by an immoral violent IDF, but the truth is that Corrie came to Israel to support Arab terrorists whose aim is to murder innocent people like myself, my family, neighbors and friends. She may not have converted to Islam and done military/terrorist training, but if she hadn’t accidentally been killed for getting in the way of Israeli soldiers policing a riot, who knows…

Last Friday, my husband and I got a real kick out of a BBC report about the upgrading of the danger alert in Britain for a possible/probable Arab terror attack in England. It’s not like we are in favor of attacking the British G-d forbid, but we thought their terror of Arab terrorism very humorous. It is especially ironic that the British can so easily see the dangers when it comes to their own country, but are completely blind to the dangers to the State of Israel. Sarah Honig also finds it interesting that the British are waking up:

The heart of any feeling human being must go out to the shaken Brits. They have duly earned our most compassionate commiseration. Out of the blue they were suddenly confronted, most unpleasantly, with the information that American journalist James Foley had been beheaded by a born and bred Londoner. Ouch! Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary is a 23-year-old London rapper who left his family’s $1 million home a year ago to fight with the Islamic State extremists. NY Daily News British politicians and security forces, just like the Americans and others, are ideologically blinded to the connection of ISIS to Hamas and, even like too many Israeli movers and shakers, Hamas to Fatah.

What was freaking out the Brits talking was the fact that many Arab terrorists, like those who cheerfully beheaded Foley, are from good, ordinary middle-class British backgrounds, similar to Rachel Corrie in the states. These terrorists are upgraded versions of the international Left wing groupies who are active in all those faux human rights groups NGOs that come to Israel to support the Arab terrorists, yes like Rachel Corrie.

Connect the dots, please. All of these Muslim Arab terror organizations are connected, and they are the ones who have been terrorizing Israeli civilians and fighting the IDF for decades. They control the PLO, which is the cleaned up diplomatic public relations version that gets sent to international bodies such as the United Nations. Their ultimate aim is to take over the world. Just read their literature and listen to them in Arabic. As the British are starting to realize, they are a serious threat to England in terms of security and basic values.

Traditional Christian Europe isn’t reproducing. Maternity wards show the truth about Europe’s future. According to Mordechai Kedar:

Dr. Kedar claimed that this is a process known in advance, ending with the disintegration of Europe in its current state. “It is all a result of a European softening, which the Muslims see as a weakness, as if they received Europe in their hands for free. They do not voluntarily blend in, entire neighborhoods perpetuate the culture they brought with them, they are not aware of the language and economy and stay in their enclaves. Once a French man of Algerian descent told me that they didn’t move from Algeria to France, they brought Algeria to France.

According to many, demographics, which is the topic for many studies, is the red light. It points to the path in which the continent is headed – the European birthrate is at a continuous standstill while Muslim immigrants are doubling their rates.

Batya Medad

BDS Agitators Fail in ‘Rachel Corrie Country’

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

It’s been a rough day for Palestinian supporters: Yet another unversity-based divestment attempt failed dismally at the University of Washington at the same time as an Israeli court was set to rule on the latest appeal in the decade-long legal saga of local girl Rachel Corrie, the 23-year-old activist who was crushed by an IDF bulldozer in 2003 when she made the mistake of standing in front of it.

Corrie, a member of the radical, terror-supporting International Solidarity Movement (ISM) was killed while serving as a human shield in a closed military area in the Gaza Strip, near the border with Egypt.  She refused to comply with IDF instructions to vacate the area, and was then crushed to death by a military bulldozer in Gaza  because the soldier driving the bulldozer could not see her from where he was seated, high up in the cab.

For the past eleven years, her parents have pursued a lawsuit in Israel’s courts to have her death declared a murder, something Israeli courts have repeatedly refused to do. Today (Wednesday) the Supreme Court will rule on the family’s  appeal of a lower court ruling absolving the IDF of culpability for the incident.

IN 2011 a lower court ruled the IDF was not negligent, nor was it responsible for Corrie’s death. Moreover, the court ruled the IDF had fully and credibly investigated the circumstances surrounding the incident. By entering a closed military zone, and attempting to block the work of military bulldozers, Corrie was responsible for her own death, the court ruled.

BDS keeps on kicking, despite rejections

Sources on campus described the UW boycott issue as one of the most heated campus debates in recent memory, with furious comments both for and against the resolution in the university’s Slog news website. “Intentional or not, BDS [movement] singles out Jews for treatment that no one else gets, even countries that behave far worse. You don’t think it would be practical to aim against Syria (hmm, when was the last time Israel gassed its own citizens?)?” responded one writer.

Ironically, the University of Washington is located not far from Rachel Corrie’s hometown of Olympia, Wash.

Following the UW campaign, The Jewish Press has learned that students at the University of South Florida are also pressuring the school’s foundation to divest from companies linked to Israeli companies based in Judea and Samaria. Students this month presented a petition with 10,000 signatures to the school’s foundation urging the school to divest from corporations such as Motorola, HP and Caterpillar.

Boycott supporters have not indicated whether-or-not they will stop using cellphone, computer and internet technologies, all of which were developed in Israel, to protest the “brutal oppression” of the world’s only “apartheid” victims with the right to vote, run for office and full access to Israel’s Supreme Court.

Hana Levi Julian

Court to Hear Appeal in Activist Death

Monday, May 19th, 2014

The Supreme Court is gearing up for the latest round of a 10-year-old lawsuit surrounding the death of Rachel Corrie, a radical activist who was killed by an IDF bulldozer while protesting on behalf of Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip.

Corrie was a 23-year-old student from Olympia, Washington who had travelled to Israel to participate in International Solidarity Movement activities against Israel. On March 16, 2003, she acted as a human shield to protect an IDF bulldozer from demolishing a Palestinian home on the Philadelphi Road, near the Gaza border with Egypt.

The incident occurred at the height of the Oslo War (al-Aqsa Intifada), at a time when  Palestinians routinely shot at IDF troops from homes along the Philadelphi Road. Corrie was killed while protecting one of those homes.

The Corrie family claims that their daughter made eye contact with the driver during the protest, who then proceeded to ignore Rachel and instead drove the machine over her, killing her. To support their claim, the family has produced photographic “evidence” that supposedly details the sequence of events leading to her death, including images of Rachel standing in front of the IDF bulldozer, and then a photograph of the dead body behind bulldozer.

But upon close examination of the photographs, it is clear that the  pictures are not a sequence of events,but rather were shot hours apart. The family has repeatedly refused to address questions by this reporter on the matter.

Following the incident, IDF  investigators ruled that the death was an accident because the driver didn’t see Corrie, and that in any event, the army bore no responsibility for her death because she had chosen to enter a Closed Military Zone in order to interfere with military operations in a wear Zone.

In August, 2012, the Supreme Court validated that finding and ruled that the military was not to blame for Corrie’s death.

Not Exactly Ghandi-like

Although pro-Palestinian activists view the ISM as a non-violent organization, the group hardly espouses the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ISM offices in B On April 30, 2003, two ISM volunteers blew themselves up at Mike’s Place, a bar on the Tel Aviv waterfront. Three people were killed and more than 50 injured. And group leaders Huwaida Arraf and Adam Shapiro  have written that “the Palestinian resistance must take on a variety of characteristics – both nonviolent and violent. But most importantly it must develop a strategy involving both aspects. No other successful nonviolent movement was able to achieve what it did without a concurrent violent movement…”

Even Mother Jones, a far-left magazine that is generally sympathetic to the Palestinian cause, was forced to admit that the ISM “embrac(es) Palestinian militants, even suicide bombers, as freedom fighters.”

Jewish Press Staff

Jennifer Gorovitz Resigns as San Francisco Federation Chief

Sunday, January 5th, 2014

Jennifer Gorovitz resigned as CEO of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco.

Gorovitz, the first woman to lead a major American Jewish federation, will step down from her post on March 31, according to a Friday news release.

In a letter dated Jan. 3, Gorovitz said that after 10 “phenomenal” years with the federation, she was leaving “to pursue a more private life with my family and to my first passion and previous career as an attorney.”

Gorovitz was tapped for the top job in 2010 after serving as acting CEO since 2009. She has been with the federation for 10 years, previously serving as chief of staff and director of funds and foundations.

Six months after getting the CEO job, she was named to the annual Forward 50 list of the country’s most influential Jews.

Also in 2010, Gorovitz helped steer the federation through the controversy resulting from its decision to establish formal criteria for its funding of Israel programs. The controversy arose after the federation-funded San Francisco Film Festival screened a film about Rachel Corrie, an American activist killed by an Israeli bulldozer while protesting Palestinian home demolitions.

JTA

Mainstream Jewish Institutions Honor Anti-Zionists

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Major Jewish institutions show a marked propensity to promote and celebrate the enemies of Israel and even anti-Semites. Here are some examples, working backwards chronologically:

* Cardozo Law School of Yeshiva University: Plans to give its International Advocate for Peace Award to Jimmy Carter, author of Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, on April 10.

* The 92nd St. Y: Scheduled (but then postponed) a talk by Roger Waters of Pink Floyd, leading exponent of artistic boycotts of Israel and purveyor of antisemitic canards.

* San Francisco Jewish Film Festival: Showed Rachel, a film hailing anti-Israel activist Rachel Corrie, and had Corrie’s mother speak at the showing.

* Brandeis University: Bestowed an honorary degree on Tony Kushner, who says “it would have been better if Israel never happened” and accuses Israel of “ethnic cleansing” Palestinians.

* Republican Jewish Coalition: Invited Christopher Hitchens to address it, despite his calling Ariel Sharon “vile” and Zionism a “false messiah for the Jews.”

* Cardozo Law School: Gave its International Advocate for Peace Award to Desmond Tutu who has said that “Israel is like Hitler and apartheid.”

These examples hardly exhaust the list: last month, for example, the Barrack Hebrew Academy in Philadelphia hosted Abdulaziz El Sayed Nosair, the son of El Sayed Nosair who killed Meir Kahane in 1990.

What is it about Jewish organizations that they acclaim their opponents? A belief that treating opponents generously will inspire reciprocity, even though this almost never works.

Here is a more serious example of this same impulse, concerning the Israeli government in 2000, as explained by David Wurmser in an article published a few days ago, “The Geopolitics of Israel’s Offshore Gas Reserves”:

To help the development of the Palestinian economy – which was seen as key by Israeli and American leaders to politically moderating the Palestinian population and solidifying peace – and lay to rest any potential arguments in the future over the resource, Israel carved from within the demarcation of its proposed Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) between itself and Gaza an indentation rather than run the demarcation line straight from the coast as is done in every other EEZ demarcation across the globe. Israel agreed to allow the line to be indented to Israel’s disadvantage so that the entirety of Gaza Marine will be included in the Palestinian Authority area. The gas, which was to be used both inside Gaza for electricity production and exported to Israel, was to help the Palestinian Authority fund itself, have resources to build up its stature among Palestinians, and by stimulating development, to encourage political stability and moderation.

Comment: One watches and waits in vain for a recognition that being nice to enemies does not solve problems.

Originally published at DanielPipes.org, April 8, 2013.

Daniel Pipes

Evergreen State — a Total Immersion Experience

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Recently I wrote a couple of posts about Rachel Corrie (here andhere). I was particularly interested in what prompted her to go to Gaza with the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), a group which sends idealistic young Westerners to serve as human shields for Hamas or PLO guerrillas in the front lines of the low-intensity Arab war against the Jewish state.

A few of these ‘internationals’ have been seriously hurt, or, like Corrie, killed, sacrifices on the altar of anti-Israel propaganda.

How does it happen that young people are prepared to risk everything for a cause which, by any logic, is not theirs; and which, as causes go, is not especially pressing (the Palestinian Arabs in Gaza or Judea/Samaria are better off in every way than Palestinians in Lebanon, Copts in Egypt, Sunnis in Syria, etc.)?

The answer is that there are well-tuned systems set up on many of our campuses which recruit, process and send students off in service of the Palestinian Cause. These machines have a permanent nucleus of a few dedicated faculty members, which is orbited closely by student organizations like Students for Justice in Palestine, the Muslim Student Association, Jewish Voice for Peace, and more.

There are also peripheral groups that support the projects of the central players, usually because of a perception of shared ‘colonial oppression’ — this sometimes includes LGBT groups, immigrants’ rights organizations, etc.

Students drawn into these psycho-political cyclotrons are insulated from all other voices, and what begins as a concern for human rights is amplified by contact with more and more extreme expressions of anti-Israel ideology until they fly off, completely one-dimensional, often white-hot with hatred for the Jewish ‘colonialists’, prepared to cooperate if need be with murderous terrorists because of their perception of the overwhelming justice and need of their Cause.

The Evergreen State College [TESC] of Olympia, Washington, where Rachel Corrie was recruited, has provided a disproportionate number of ISM volunteers. As I wrote before, faculty members Steve Niva and (former faculty) Simona Sharoni were mentioned several times in Corrie’s diaries as important influences on her decision to go to Gaza.

If we look at the overall environment of Evergreen, perhaps we can understand the way today’s Corries are submerged in the Palestinian narrative and Israel-hating ideology. A student group called “TESC Divest!” — which, for some reason does not appear in the list of official student organizations on TESC’s website — is the center of several boycott-divestment-sanctions [BDS] projects, as well as various “informational” activities and events.

TESC Divest! probably represents the majority of the students and faculty at Evergreen. For example, in 2010, Evergreen students voted to pass two BDS resolutions with huge majorities, both over 70%. And here is a list of faculty and staff that endorsed them:

Anne Fischel, Ph.D, Communication Anita Lenges, Ph.D, Curriculum and Instruction Bob Woods, M.F.A. Sculpture Carolyn Prouty, D.V.M., Veterinary Medicine Davi Zielinski Koska, Evergreen Staff, Community Activist E.J. Zita, Ph.D., Physics Elizabeth Williamson, Ph.D., English Literature Erik Thuesen, Ph.D., Biological Sciences Gillies Malnarich, Co-Director of the Washington Center for Improving Undergraduate Education Jean Eberhardt, Evergreen Staff — [advisor mentioned in Rachel Corrie Diaries — ed.] Jon Davies, Ed.D Jose Gomez, J.D. from Harvard Law School Judith Gabriele Larry Mosqueda, Ph.D., Political Science, Laurie Meeker, M.F.A., Film Production Lin Nelson, Ph.D., Spanish Liza Rognas, M.A., Information Resources and Library Science, Lori Blewett, Ph.D., Speech Communication Marianne Hoepli Michael Vavrus, Ph.D., Instructional Development and Technology Paul McMillin, M.L.I.S., Library and Information Science Peter Bohmer, Ph.D., Economics Ruth Hayes, M.F.A., Experimental Animation Sarah Ryan, M.A., Labor and Industrial Relations Savvina Chowdhury, Ph.D., Economics Susan Preciso, M.A., English Ted Whitesell, Ph.D., Geography Therese Saliba, Ph.D., English; Fulbright Scholar, 1995 Tony Zaragoza, Doctoral Studies, American Studies Zahid Shariff, Doctor of Public Administration Zoltan Grossman, Ph.D., Geography And here are student organizations that also endorsed the resolutions:

Student of Color Union (SOC-U) — [because we are all colonized — ed.] Black Student Union (BSU) — [because Palestinians aren’t racists — ed.] Native Student Alliance (NSA) Women of Color Coalition (WOCC) Asian Pacific Islander Coalition (APIC) Synergy Evergreen Bike Shop — [because Palestinians are green — ed.] Counter Point Journal (CxPJ) Mideast Solidarity Project (MSP) Latin American Solidarity Organization (LASO) Committee In Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES) Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MEChA) Developing Ecological Agriculture Practices (DEAP) Women’s Resource Center (WRC) — [because Palestinians are feminists — ed.] Evergreen Queer Alliance (EQA) — [because Palestinians are LGBT-friendly — ed.] Hip Hop Congress Evergreen State College is a total immersion experience — immersion in anti-Israel propaganda.

Vic Rosenthal

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