Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Oakland Block the Boat: Bad for Oakland

Agitprop site Indybay declared that the  Oakland Block the Boat action "won the support of ILWU Local 10 and ILWU Local 34 longshore workers who refused to cross the line."  Yet lying comes as natural to the anti-Israel cru as breathing.  There was no "solidarity". The posts on Twitter from the Oakland Block the Boat showed the activists bullying  union members, and physically  blocking them as they tried to get to their jobs. 

 The dockworkers apparently fought back.


There was no "solidarity",  only selfish and thoughtless maneuvering by a self absorbed group of activists blinded by their seething hatred for the world's only Jewish state. But others could anticipate the consequences.

In a letter to Oakland mayor Jean Quan, the Pacific Merchants Shipping Association expressed their    concern, writing    

"...while demonstrators are entitled to their opinions regarding a geo-political struggle that goes back centuries, they are not entitled to harm businesses and workers in Oakland as the result of their opinions"

The letter, courtesy copied to Gov. Brown and others, continues:

"If port operations are easily shut-down by any group with a political agenda, the damage to its reputation will be immense, immediate and hard to repair. That this takes place at a time when port competitiveness is extremely intense, with cargo owners having many options through which to move their goods and our California ports only now recovering to pre-recession volumes, only makes the protection of the port more imperative."

Block the Boat. Bad for business. Bad for Oakland. And its happening again on October 25.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Karios Palestine comes to the Bay Area: Promoting a "pathetic manifesto" for the delegitimization of Israel

Palestinian Christians Manawel Salameh and Areej Masoud from Kairos Palestine will be on a local speaking tour, organized and promoted  by a coalition of extremist anti-Israel groups under the umbrella of the California-Nevada Israel-Palestine Task Force of the United Methodist Church.

Kairos Palestine is working to achieve the goals of the notorious  "Kairos Document," issued in 2009 and described by the JCPA as a "pathetic manifesto for the delegitimization of Israel.” 

The Jewish Council for Public Affairs expressed its shock at the extreme rhetoric of a recently released document, "Call to Action: U.S. Response to the Kairos Palestine Document," produced by a group of American Christians. 

“The Kairos USA document, signed by American pro-Palestinian Christian activists in response to the 2009 Kairos Palestine document, is deeply disturbing.  If embraced, it would set back the clock on peacemaking even further,” said JCPA President Rabbi Steve Gutow.  “It is appalling to think that religious leaders would sign a document that places 100% of the blame for the tragic Israeli-Palestinian conflict on one party – faulting Israel even for the terror used against it.  This document offers no support for a two-state solution for Israelis and Palestinians.  It compares those who challenge Israel to those who fought the Nazis.  It is a pathetic manifesto for the delegitimization of Israel.”    

“Kairos USA misdiagnoses the conflict as one of Israeli ‘state violence’ with no recognition of the threats to Israel,” continued Gutow. “There are over 8,000 words in the document purportedly on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; not one of them is ‘terror’ and not one of them is ‘Hamas.’ That makes this document nothing less than a false witness. The Christians who composed and who sign this document are accepting carte blanche the ‘Kairos Palestine’ document which said ‘if there were no occupation, there would be no resistance.’   Had any of these authors or signatories read the Hamas charter—which promotes a jihad to wipe Israel off the map - they may not have been so naïve.

Their itinerary follows:
Tuesday, September 16, with a 6 p.m. reception and 7 p.m. program at the Buena Vista UMC, 2311 Buena Vista Ave., Alameda

Bechtel International Center on campus at University of the Pacific, Stockton  Time: 12:00noon, Thursday September 18th. 

Thursday, September 18 at 7 p.m. at the First UMC Sacramento, 2100 J Street; 

Fri, September 19, 7:30pm – 9:00pm  University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA,  

Sat, September 20, 10am – 12pm Allen Temple Baptist Church, 8501 International Boulevard, Oakland, 

Sunday, September 21, at 10 a.m. worship at Open Door UMC, 6226 Arlington Blvd., Richmond; 

Monday, Sept. 22nd, 7:30 p.m. Zaytuna College, 2401 Le Conte Ave.  Berkeley

Tuesday, September 23, at 7:30 p.m. at Aldersgate UMC, 4243 Manuela Ave., Palo Alto, CA.
Read more about churches, NGO's and the Global campaign against Israel here

Berkeley SJP Opposes Senate Bill in Support of International Academic Collaboration

Monday, September 15, 2014

Block the Boat Vancouver: Another BDS Fail.

We know whats bugging the Zim Djibouti.

The cargo ship arrived in Vancouver Deltaport on September 5th, and abruptly left.

Declaring a BDS victory when only 6 people showed up to the protest seemed a bit grandiose even for the reality challenged anti-Israel cru.  Yet in their warped minds what possible explanation could there be for the sudden departure of the Zim Djibouti other than a victory for their noble cause?

Faced with no concrete evidence, the anti-Israel activists did what they do best. They lied.

The headline at the Popular resistance agitprop site blared: Vancouver Activists Block Israeli Container Ship Zim Djibouti :Tremendous Victory: Four-Day Vancouver Conflict Blocks Israeli Ship. The lies tumbled out fast and furious"...Israeli shipping giant Zim, the giant was defeated today in Vancouver, Canada."  "This is a huge victory for the Vancouver coalition..."

It was more of the same on Social media

For ten days, the Block the Boat activists have tracked the Zim Djibout's movements with the obsessive fanaticism of a jilted lover.

Yet for all their rabid attentions, the activists missed something rather obvious.

Asian Gypsy Moth season runs from May through about November. Last year, Customs in L.A. stopped nine vessels in total. So far this season, which is only just over halfway through, 12 ships have been forced back into international waters after arriving at port with moth larvae discovered on board.
“We are in the worst Asian Gypsy Moth season that we can remember,” a CBP spokesman said.

From the 

The Asian Gypsy month has recently been detected, in some instances in high numbers, on vessels arriving in North America,” the USDA and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said in a bulletin to shipping. “These detections have led to delayed entry to ports in the United States and Canada and could result in refusal of entry.”

Hapag-Lloyd informs about schedule deviations on its North Pacific 1 Service

Hapag-Lloyd informs, that after ZIM Djibouti berthed in Vancouver on Friday September 5, 2014, the vessel failed the Asian Gypsy Moth inspection held by CFIA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency), the company said in its press release.

The vessel was ordered out to international waters as quarantine for cleaning. The crew commenced cleaning this past weekend and is expected to arrive back in Vancouver on Tuesday September 16, 2014 to be re-inspected. The OOCL London will pass the ZIM Djibouti and be the next NP1 service vessel to arrive and sail from North America.

Alternate arrangements are being made to move all of the cargo expeditiously. Shipment related notification will be communicated in a timely manner.

To the Block the Boat activists: If moth larvae could better achieve your collective goals and objectives maybe your attentions are best directed elsewhere.  Have you considered taking up macrame?

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Creative Community for Peace in the New York Times

From the Creative Community for Peace

We represent a cross section of the creative world--those who create and help create music, films, and television programs--and their fans.

We may not all share the same politics or the same opinion on the best path to peace in the Middle East. But we do agree that singling out Israel, the only democracy in the region, as a target of cultural boycotts while ignoring the now-recognized human rights issues of her neighbors will not further peace.

We understand the power that our music, our films, our television shows, and all arts have. They have the power to build bridges. Foster better understanding. Encourage dialogue. And hopefully lead toward greater mutual acceptance.

If anything, turn up the music, expose more of our films and television shows to wider audiences, and encourage people from all cultures to interact and build greater dialogue and understanding.

If you support the message that the arts can build bridges—please join us in this important mission.

The world might just be a better place for it.

The Creative Community for Peace has a full page ad out in today's New York Times 

  The text of the ad, and the signatories follow:
We, the undersigned, are saddened by the devastating loss of life endured by Israelis and Palestinians in Gaza. We are pained by the suffering on both sides of the conflict and hope for a solution that brings peace to the region.
While we stand firm in our commitment to peace and justice, we must also stand firm against ideologies of hatred and genocide which are reflected in Hamas' charter, Article 7 of which reads, “There is a Jew hiding behind me, come on and kill him!” The son of a Hamas founder has also commented about the true nature of Hamas.
Hamas cannot be allowed to rain rockets on Israeli cities, nor can it be allowed to hold its own people hostage. Hospitals are for healing, not for hiding weapons. Schools are for learning, not for launching missiles. Children are our hope, not our human shields.
We join together in support of the democratic values we all cherish and in the hope that the healing and transformative power of the arts can be used to build bridges of peace.
Orly Adelson
Marty Adelstein
Dan Adler
Lou Adler
Michael Adler
Dan Aloni
Avi Arad
Tom Arnold
Jeff Astrof
Craig Balsam
Gary Barber
Roseanne Barr
Jason Barrett
Elana Barry
Jonathan Baruch
Aaron Bay-Schuck
Lainie Sorkin Becky
Lawrence Bender
Steven Bensusan
Raphael Berko
Adam Berkowitz
Greg Berlanti
Jordan Berliant
Mayim Bialik
Joshua P Binder
Todd Black
Michael Borkow
David Boxerbaum
Scooter Braun
Dan Brecher
Eric Brooks
David Broza
Dan Bucatinsky
Naomi Bulochnikov
David Byrnes
David Caspe
Omri Casspi
Josh Charles
Liza Chasin
Emmanuelle Chriqui
Cynthia Cidre
Neil Cloud
Ayala Cohen
Etan Cohen
Joe Cohen
Charlie Corwin
Marc Dauer
Robert Davi
Craig David
Stephen Davis
Donald De Line
Matt DelPiano
Josh Deutsch
David Diamond
Leonard Dick
David Draiman
Minnie Driver
Jack Dytman
Lee Eisenberg
Doug Ellin
Diane English
Dan Erlij
Ron Fair
Erik Feig
Dave Feldman
James Feldman
Patti Felker
Erica Forster
Gary Foster
Doug Frank
Bryan J. Freedman
Geordie E. Frey
Michael Fricklas
Robert Fried
William Friedkin
Daryl Friedman
Rob Friedman
Ronald Friedman
David Gardner
Jeremy Garelick
Alan M. Gasmer
Ran Geffen-Lifshitz
Andrew Genger
Bob Gersh
Jody Gerson
Risa Gertner
Jami Gertz
Gary Ginsberg
David Glick
Jonathan Glickman
Michael Glouberman
Elon Gold
Evan Goldberg
Gil Goldschein
Tony Goldwyn
Nate Goodman
Howard Gordon
Mitchell Gossett
Marc Graboff
Kelsey Grammer
Trudy Green
Adam Griffin
Iris Grossman
Jay Gruska
David Guillod
Phil Hacker
Jay Hoffman
J. Todd Harris
Adi Hasak
Ned Haspel
Ken Hertz
David Hoberman
Craig Hunegs
Andrew Hurwitz
Kathy Ireland
Neal Israel
Michael Jacobs
Bill Jacobson
Neil Jacobson
Nina Jacobson
Jonathan Jakubowicz
Patrick Joest
Nathan Kahane
Adam Kaller
Adam Kanter
Scott Karp
Zach Katz
Ryan Kavanaugh
Ron Kenan
David Kendall
Larry Kennar
Chris Keyser
Kevin King-Templeton
Michael Kives
Courtney Kivowitz
Patrick Knapp
Amanda Kogan
Jeff Kolodny
Barry Kotler
Steven Kram
Eric Kranzler
Brad Krevoy
Erik Kritzer
Howard Kurtzman
Rick Kurtzman
Jeff Kwatinetz
Peter Landesman
Eriq La Salle
Sherry Lansing
Estelle Lasher
Michael Lasker
Keili Lefkovitz
Carol Leifer
Avi Lerner
Colin Lester
Ben Levine
Susan Levinson
David Levy
Shuki Levy
Linda Lichter
Josh Lieberman
Maryam Lieberman
Todd Lieberman
Jon Liebman
Jonathan Littman
David Lonner
Richard Lovett
Jon Lovitz
Charlie Lyons
Benji Madden
Joel Madden
Bill Maher
Joshua Malina
Rob Markus
Orly Marley
Ziggy Marley
Ori Marmur
Bill Masters
Barry McPherson
Brian Medavoy
Jeff Melman
Scott Melrose
Jeffrey D. Melvoin
Willie Mercer
Rina Mimoun
Kevin Misher
Michael Morales
Rob Morrow
Robert Newman
Alan Nierob
Michael Nyman
Howard T. Owens
James Packer
Scott Packman
Bar Paly
Tom Parziali
Amy Pascal
Donald S. Passman
Brett Paul
Ann Peacock
Linda Perry
Richard Plepler
Amy Powers
Rob Prinz
Trevor Rabin
Dan Rabinow
Gideon Raff
Dean Raise
Bruce M. Ramer
David Ready
Ivan Reitman
David Renzer
John Reston
Hanna Rochelle
Seth Rogen
John Rogovin
Lena Roklin
Lon Rosen
Rick Rosen
Bruce Rosenblum
Zvi Howard Rosenman
Bill Rosenthal
Phil Rosenthal
Brian Ross
Michael Rotenberg
Rob Rothman
Robert Rovner
Susan Rovner
Odeya Rush
Haim Saban
Carole Bayer Sager
Nancy Sanders
Jonathan Schenker
Mark Schiff
Steve Schnur
Dean Schramm
Jordan Schur
Robin Schwartz
Sam Schwartz
Scott Schwartz
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Adam Schweitzer
Adam Shankman
Stacey Sher
Scott Siegler
Jamie Lynn Sigler
Chris Silbermann
Ben Silverman
Sarah Silverman
Martin Singer
Stacey Snider
Aaron Sorkin
Steve Spira
Susan Sprung
Sylvester Stallone
Norman Steinberg
Fisher Stevens
Gary Stiffelman
Erwin Stoff
Ken Stovitz
Gene Stupnitsky
Nick Styne
Eric Suddleson
Geoff Suddleson
Ken Suddleson
Danny Sussman
DB Sweeney
Traci Szymanski
Nina Tassler
Adam Taylor
Arn Tellem
Nancy Tellem
Mitch Tenzer
Steve Tisch
Noa Tishby
Fred D. Toczek
Michael Tolkin
Bennett Tramer
Nancy Travis
Jonathan Tropper
Matthew Velkes
Paul Wachter
Nina Wass
Avi Wasserman
Steven Weber
Bernie Weinraub
Bob Weinstein
Harvey Weinstein
Jerry Weintraub
David N. Weiss
David Weissman
Alan Wertheimer
Ron West
Nikki Wheeler
Jeff Wolman
Sharon Tal Yguado
Pete Yorn
Rick Yorn
Mosab Hassan Yousef
Rachel Zalis
David Zucker

J street endorsed Congressional reps vote against Iron Dome Funding

Iron Dome saves lives. During Operation Protective Edge, the system  intercepted over 600 rockets fired at Israel, a 90 percent success rate. 60  long range rockets, capable of hitting Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. were neutralized- saving countless innocent lives.

Saving civilian lives. Isn't this something we all can value?

Apparently not.

Via Camera and the Washington Free Beacon

Street claims to be the “political home for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans.” Yet, 11 members of the U.S. House of Representatives backed by J Street recently either refused to back funding for Israel’s Iron Dome short-range anti-missile system or voted against it.

“Three of the House lawmakers who voted against funding for Iron Dome—Reps. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), and Walter Jones (R-N.C.)—have received a combined $21,145 in this election cycle from J Street, according to publicly available Federal Election Commission (FEC) documents.

“The eight other J Street-funded lawmakers who abstained from the vote are Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), Susan Davis (D-Calif.), Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas), John Garamendi (D-Calif.), Jim McDermott (D-Wash.), Raul Ruiz (D-Calif.), Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), and Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.)” 

California Neighbors:  Contact Zoe Lofgren. Susan Davis, Jackie Speier, Raul Ruiz and John Garamendi. Let them know you are unhappy with their choice. Thats the only thing that will make a difference

In spite of J Streets efforts, Congress overwhelmingly approved the emergency increase in Iron Dome funding  by a vote of 395 to 8.