Keeping a watchful eye on the SF Jewish Film Festival.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Here's an alert that's circulating about the Corrie event. Please read it and take action.
The continued support of the Festivalby the Jewish Federation could have serious national ramifications(as described below).
The Jewish Federation must not legitimize virulently anti-Israel groups!
San Francisco's leading Jewish community organization should not lend itsname and hard won reputation to the Jewish Film Festival which is legitimizing extremist groups!
The Jewish Festival isco-presentingthe“Rachel"propaganda event with two virulently anti-Israelextremist groups, the Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) and the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). Both organizations unabashedly call for and supportdivestmentfrom, boycotts of and sanctions directed against Israel.
Cindy Corrie (president oftheRachel Corrie Foundation-RCF)has been invited by the Jewish Festival to speak at this propaganda event. Cindy Corrie has been relentless in her smear and de-legitimization campaign against Israel and in her promotion ofthe pro-Hamas, anti-Israel, International Solidarity Movement (ISM).Cindy Corrie'sRCF site hosts posts likeWho Will Stop the AIPAC Jews Before it is Too Late? Unfortunately, the Jewish Federation has not withdrawn its support from the Film Festival despite the fact that Peter Stein, the Festival’s Director, has cavalierly dismissed out of hand all the community complaints, and intends to continue with this troubling propaganda event.
Ifthe Jewish Federation continues its support of the Festivalit will not only bear responsibility for the Festival conduct,butit will have lent credibility and legitimacy to the virulently anti-Israel groups that are involved-- JVP, AFSC,ISM,Cindy Corrie's Foundation and the movie itself. This legitimization could have national ramificationsas these groups point to the Festival and its co-sponsors as evidence of their "acceptability". The JVP, AFSC,ISM, RCF areunambiguously anti-Israelextremistgroups. Why shoulda mainstream organizationlike the Jewish Federation be cleaning up their tainted reputations?
You are appalled to learn that the Jewish Film Festival has become a vehicle for anti-Israel venom and that its propaganda is made possible because of Jewish Federation funds (i.e.your donations).
If the Festival proceeds with thisevent,it will be the Federation,a mainstream organization, that will havesupported the Festivaland indirectly legitimizethese virulently anti-Israel extremist groups and the promotion of anti-Israel propaganda.
You don't want the Jewish Federation---which you fund---to support organizationsor events that help propagate anti-Israel venom and collaborate with anti-Israel groups and individuals.
You will withhold donations to the Federation unless and until it stops its support of the Festival if it proceeds with thisirresponsiblepropaganda event.