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Stand With Us/SF Voices for Israel shout Pigs for Palestine, threaten activists in San Francisco

[Video of threats and taunts embedded above.]  On June 6th, 2010,

peace activists including members of Bay Area Women in Black and

Jewish Voice for Peace held a silent vigil outside the main entrance to

the San Francisco Jewish Community Federation’s annual “Israel in the

Gardens” celebration. The peace activists called for an end to Israel’s

occupation of Palestinian Territories and an end to the siege on Gaza.

Their silent, dignified march was greeted by members of StandWithUs/SF

Voice for Israel and other affiliates who called them “kapos”

 (concentration camp prisoners who carried out Nazi orders on other

prisoners) and suggested that Israel should “sink the next flotilla with

 you on it.”  One man made repeated explicit threats against the peace

activists and their families and used a camera to take pictures. No one from

StandWithUs/SF Voice for Israel intervened. Rather, they kept up their

vicious and abusive chants which included, according to multiple

witnesses:

“Nazi, Nazi, Nazi!” – this done as a group chant
“You’re all being identified, every last one of you…we will find out

where you live. We’re going to make your lives difficult..we will

disrupt your families…”, all on above video.
“Sink the flotilla—and you on it!”
“Terrorists, terrorists, terrorists.”
One man yelled (to someone who may have looked heat exhausted)

 “I hope you stroke out, old man!”
“Ugly bitches” said to older women.
“You’re not a Jew! you gave up your Jewishness!”
“Witches in black! Bitches in black!” (hard to tell which one it was,

or whether they alternated the chant)
“You fucking…!”
“Bin Laden loves you! you support terrorism!”
“Is there a coroner in the house? Women in Black are dead!”
“Is there a doctor in the house? Women in Black are sick!”
“End the occupation of our sidewalk.”
“Remember 9/11, they were dancing in the streets.”
“Asshole!”
“Anti-Semite!”
“Bigot!”
“Sharmuta!” this was chanted for a while (means “slut” or “whore”

in Arabic and which was particularly shocking for Arabic speakers

to hear)
“Commit suicide!”
“Anti-women, anti-gay, why support Hamas today!”
They were also lesbian-baiting, even though they were chanting

“Anti-women, anti-gay, why support Hamas today?” One guy yelled

“lesbian” at me and my friend (correctly assessing our sexual

identity)

and maybe the same guy yelled at someone else, “When’s the last

time you dated a man?”

One guy kept saying “you’re looking at real people now (meaning

Stand with Israel folks); you are not people.”

Signs said: “JVP, Proud to be ashamed to be Jewish.”
and “Don’t fuck with the Jews”.

An 88-year-old woman reported being told, “You’re halfway in your

 grave already’.
“Jihad!” chanted repeatedly at Muslim peace activists.

They also had signs that read, “JVP cons the world”, etc.

One woman waved the end of the large stick of her Israeli flag in a very

threatening manner, as if to hit one of us (it happened to me several

times as i walked by her), directed especially to those of us who carried

signs identifying ourselves as Jews.

At an earlier demonstration last week at the consulate, there was a

huge

sign

on the Stand with Us side (which Stand with Us later condemned). On one

 side it said “Until Gaza is destroyed, the job is not complete.” On the

 other, it said “God is great. It’s Islam that sucks.”

Over the years, members of Bay Area Women in Black chapters (a group

started in Israel to protest the occupation), many of them older women

including physically tiny Jewish grandmothers, have reported equally

terrible encounters with StandWithUs/SF Voices with Israel- they’ve

been called 4-letter words, had cameras violently thrust in their faces.

At least one person had her home chalked.

That’s why threats on people’s families that you can hear in the video

are being taken seriously. A few weeks ago, liberal rabbi Michael Lerner,

a resident of Berkeley across the bay from San Francisco, awoke to

discover he was the target of a hate crime: his house had been

surrounded with threatening posters permanently affixed with glue.

StandWithUs/SF Voices with Israel hosted a booth at Israel in the

 Gardens and is an approved charity at the San Francisco Federation’s

Jewish Community Endowment Fund, unlike Jewish Voice for Peace and

other peace groups which were banned from the Federation’s acceptable

charity list.

Are StandWithUs/SF Voices with Israel values the values the Federation

promotes?

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