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Who’s the Real Illiterate?

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

News item:

A mural on the south side of the Arbeter Ring/Workmen’s Circle Southern California campus at 1525 S. Robertson Blvd was defaced with graffiti that reads “Free Palestine!!!!”

The wall-sized mural [itself] –  titled, ”A sheinere und besere velt,” according to the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles (a Yiddish phrase meaning, “A more beautiful and better world) – depicts cultural, biblical and historical imagery. The imagery includes a menorah, Israelites wandering in the desert, a young girl waving Israeli and American flags, and more.

What would your reaction be upon seeing it? Unfortunately, some people are still in the dark about the significance of this, and similar acts.

Robert Adler-Peckerar, executive director of the L.A.-based organization Yiddishkayt, which is a frequent collaborator with the national office and local branch of Workmen’s Circle, said the message of the graffiti reflects an ignorance about the mission of the victimized group. He described Workmen’s Circle as being historically committed to ideas of “social progress, equality, human rights, civil rights and the general pursuit of human dignity,” which includes promoting a “progressive, peaceful solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” he said.

“I feel like this [the graffiti] indicates something much more about thoughtlessness than about an actual commitment to a free Palestine,” Adler-Peckerar said in an interview. “And a tremendous amount of cultural illiteracy [on the vandal(s)’ part].” [my emphasis]

The director is wrong. The vandals were not ‘ignorant’ or  ‘thoughtless’. They fully understood the connection of the Palestinian Cause to the destruction of the Jewish State, and the relationship of the Jewish state to the continued existence of the Jewish people. The graffiti expresses their negation of both Zionism and the Jewish people.

The apparent belief of the director that the Palestinian Cause that the vandals espouse has anything to do with “social progress, equality, human rights, civil rights and the general pursuit of human dignity” rather than racism and a desire to commit genocide, is a good example of another kind of illiteracy — the political illiteracy which prevents ‘progressive’ Jews from reading the ugly truth in front of their faces.

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Jerusalem Area Monastery Damaged in ‘Price Tag’ Attack

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Another “price Tel Aviv” attack against a Christian monastery was discovered Wednesday morning in what may be a case of one or two right-wing vandals who have repeatedly caused damage to Christian property as well as Israel’s image.

A firebomb was thrown at the Beit Gemal Monastery, which caused minor damage, according to police, and the words “price tag,” were spray-painted on the wall of the monastery.

The police unit for nationalist crimes is investigating the vandalism.

Anti-Semitic Graffiti Painted on Ohio Mausoleum

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

A 56-year-old man faces a fifth-degree felony charge of vandalism after allegedly spray painting antisemitic comments on the side of a mausoleum at a memorial park in Springfield Township near Akron, Ohio.

Slavko Mazibrada allegedly wrote “GO HOME JEWS EVL Z” and “DEAD JEWS” using black spray paint on the morning of Aug. 2, according to a Springfield Township police report.

Mark Heisa, superintendent of Hillside Memorial Park, was arriving at work when he saw the vandalism and called the police. Heisa followed Mazibrada’s car until police caught up with and arrested Mazibrada on Albrecht Avenue, according to the report.

Mazibrada was booked into the Summit County Jail, where as of the afternoon of Aug. 2 he awaited trial. The damage to the mausoleum and three cemetery statues on the cemetery’s property is estimated to be $7,000.

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Third Time this Ramadan – Tomb of the Patriarchs Desecrated by Muslims

Sunday, August 4th, 2013

For the third time this month of Ramadan, Muslims visiting the Tomb of Patriarchs in Hebron have desecrated Jewish religious objects at the site, tearing the Mezuzahs off the doorposts and stealing them. They took advantage of the special visiting privileges the Muslims receive from the IDF during the month of Ramadan, during which, on Fridays and a few special days, the Tomb of Patriarchs is open only to Muslims.

Local police announced they have arrested two Palestinians in connection with the vandalism, but are still searching for the thieves. The act was recorded by surveillance cameras. A member of the Waqf was nearby during the act of vandalism.

In response to the repeated attacks, the site management has decided to limit the access of Palestinians. Muslims aged 18 – 35 will not be permitted in on the special days allocated to Muslims only. Further actions are being considered to prevent these attacks in the future.

Following the previous attack, Member of Knesset Orit Struk, a resident of Hebron, told Tazpit News Agency: “The Arabs used the opportunity they had on Friday to desecrate the Mezuzot. We cannot be silent about this incident. During the 700 years of Muslim occupation, the Tomb of the Patriarchs was completely closed to Jews. Today, when the State of Israel is considerate of Muslim holidays and permits them full use of the site – they exploit it to harm Jewish symbols. I expect the Muslim leaders in Hebron and Israel to apologize to the Jewish People and condemn this heinous episode.”

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

A dozen Jewish drivers woke up Wednesday morning to find that their tires had been slashed by Arabs in the Jewish-Arab neighborhood of Abu Tur, located on a hill opposite the Old City.

No Arab-owned vehicles were touched, and police are investigating.

As in other areas of Jerusalem where Jews and Arabs live in the same neighborhood,  relations were good until the Intifada ignited Arab violence against Jews and destroyed peaceful co-existence.

Apparent Price Tag Attack in Jerusalem Is Fourth in a Month

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Unidentified vandals slashed the tires of 21 cars and scrawled graffiti in the eastern Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina in an apparent price tag attack early Monday morning.

They drew a Star of David and wrote, “We do not remain silent in the face of stone throwing,” but the phrase “price tag” did not appear among the graffiti, according to reports.

It is the fourth suspected ‘price tag’ attack in Jerusalem in the past month and comes less than a week after a similar attack on the Arab town of Abu Gosh, west of Jerusalem, and a week after Israel’s security Cabinet labeled “price tag” attackers as an illegal organization but stopped short of calling them terrorists.

Synagogue in Central Israel Defaced

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

For the fourth time this month, a synagogue in Bat Yam, just south of Tel Aviv along the sea coast, has been vandalized with crosses spray-painted at the entrance.

In previous attacks, abusive slogans as well as swastikas were painted on the walls, and windows were broken. Similar attacks have occurred at other synagogues in the vicinity.

The Ha’ohel Central Synagogue in Bat Yam was established by Holocaust survivors who still frequent it. They were shocked and dismayed by these repetitive antisemitic attacks in the heart of Israel.

Synagogue chairman Miki Moskowitz told Tazpit News Agency about the lack of police response to the vandalism: “When there is a ‘price tag’ action in Samaria, the police arrests suspects within days. This has been going on for a month, in the center of Israel, and the police have no leads. I fear for the health of the survivors who have to endure these attacks, now on a regular basis.”

Moskowitz said he knew of no possible suspects who would wish to harm the congregation.

Synagugue member receiving medical care after witnessing the vandalism. Photo by Tazpit News Agency.

Synagugue member receiving medical care after witnessing the vandalism. Photo by Tazpit News Agency.

Moshe Yishai, a member of the congregation who is handling the case, said that some of the congregants required medical treatment after encountering the defacement. He announced that the community is planning a protest meeting Thursday, at the synagogue.

The police released a statement that they were investigating the attacks, primarily through intelligence work.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/synagogue-in-central-israel-defaced/2013/05/29/

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