Thursday, June 2, 2011
JVP and friends protesting a Jewish cultural fair. Again
Imagine 20,000 visitors, exhilarating music, yummy food and children dancing in a festival that highlights the Bay area Jewish community. Israel in the Gardens celebrates the diversity and beauty of our unique community, featuring Circus School Acrobats , African Drumming Circle and Dancing, and a day school Rap band. There is a serious side, as well. The festival proudly features "Be a Match"- a bone marrow registry. Chabad is there. Synagogues, day schools and non-profit all have booths. Its this Sunday, June 5, 2011 11:00am - 5:00pm , Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco. If you are in the neighborhood, come on by. Even if you aren't in the neighborhood, its worth a special trip. Its that much fun
Faced with such a joyous celebration of communal Jewish life, whats a hater to do? Why, protest it, of course. A tag team of miscreants- Jewish Voice for Peace, Women in Black, Al Awda and the Arab Resource Organizing Center are planning on blocking the entrance and harassing attendees. They do it every year.
Both JVP and Women in Black have consistently refused to take a stand against Palestinian terrorism while they sponsor speakers who call for the destruction of Israel. Both endorse the so called Palestinian "right" of return- the call for the demographic destruction of Israel. Both advocate and endorse the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions tactic meant to isolate the worlds only Jewish State. Jewish Voice for Peace has turned the temper tantrum into a political statement, repeatedly interupting Jewish Community speakers they disagree with, while whimpering softly "We're the victim".
And once again, the few, the angry and the ugly will try and spoil the day for the rest of the community. But when they put down their signs and sneak into the festival to listen to the music and grab a bite (and they always do!), they'll see what 20,000 Zionists look like. And they'll know just how irrelevant they are.