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Friday, January 01, 2010

San Francisco anti-Israel demonstration shouted down by new group

A new pro-Israel group called the Zionist Freedom Alliance shouted down a Leftist march commemorating the anniversary of Operation Cast Lead in San Francisco this week using a very simple tactic: They didn't apologize.
[T]his week the Zionist Freedom Alliance (ZFA) of Northern California, a new factor in the Bay Area Jewish scene with a much younger membership than other pro-Israel groups, joined SFV4I and for the first time succeeded in turning the tables on the anti-Israel demonstrators. Rather than talk about Israeli democracy, the Alliance assertively pushed a message of Jewish national rights to all territory between the Mediterranean Sea and Jordan River. Caught off balance by the unapologetic and forceful Zionist message, anti-Israel activists, although employing their familiar tactic of presenting Israeli policies in a negative light, found themselves unable to challenge the assertion of Jewish rights.

ZFA’s message was not only directed against the anti-Israel protestors across the square but also against the Barack Obama administration in Washington and its pressure on Israel to freeze Jewish construction in Judea and Samaria. And while many of SFV4I’s members were visibly appreciative of the fresh and proudly Zionist message put forward by the younger ZFA activists, the organization’s leadership was initially apprehensive about working together.

“Our position is simple,” said Michael Harris of SFV4I. “We stand in support of a Jewish democratic state of Israel. We take no position on issues such as settlements, various peace proposals including final borders, et cetera, as those are for the elected government of Israel to decide... [However] some of ZFA’s positions are in direct opposition to the policies of all of the recent governments of Israel and that can confuse people who don't understand the issue very well.”

The more conservative SFV4I organizers were initially concerned that the Alliance was going to “hijack” their event and told Israel National News that they will not allow their “events [to be] taken over by those who want to push a particular political agenda.” But once it became clear how effective ZFA activists were in cowing their anti-Israel opponents while at the same time educating passersby to the justice of Jewish rights, SFV4I became more appreciative and welcoming to the new group.
Read the whole thing. There's a message here for all of us (and if anyone was there and has pictures or video, please send them).


At 4:09 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

they murdered the founder of this group a year ago. Daniel J. Kliman would be proud.

At 4:52 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

The point is Zionism has been emptied of meaning in Israel. Israel's leaders have forgotten about pride in their country and standing up for its rights. Israel's big mistake was agreeing to the so-called two state solution. It should be clear to every one in Israel by now the Palestinians want neither co-existence nor peace with Israel and two states between the Mediterranean and Jordan River are an impossible fact. Its possible to defeat those who hate the Jews and Israel - if Israel stops apologizing for its very existence. There's a message here that every Israeli needs to hear.


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