Worldwide Campaign to stop the Abuse and Torture of Mind Control/DEWs

It seems as though the peace truth justice people are being tortured to a very high degree inside USA to the point of an American Genocide for those that speak truth

It seems as though the peace truth justice people are being tortured to a very high degree inside USA to the point of an American Genocide for those that speak truth. Most targeted groups are the Religious society of Friends (Universalist Quakers and Christian Quakers), Domincan Catholics, Methodists, Church of England, Lutherans as well as Jewish Voices for Peace in San Fran..

Allegations of new anti-Semitism have been particularly vociferous from the Koret and Taube foundations, longtime backers of the festival. The foundations criticized Jewish Voice for Peace and the American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker organization widely considered to be on the vanguard of Christian pacificism. The festival had asked the
two groups to promote "Rachel" within their constituencies. The two
Jewish foundations issued a joint statement labeling the Quaker and
Jewish peace organizations as "two virulently anti-Israel,
anti-Semitic" groups associated with "groups that aid and abet terror
against the Jewish state."

Tad Taube serves as president of the Koret Foundation and chairman of Taube Philanthropies. He is chairman and founder of the Woodmont Companies, a
diversified real estate investment and management organization. He was
chairman and CEO of Koracorp Industries (successor to Koret of
California) from 1973 until its merger with Levi Strauss in 1979. He
has served as trustee of the University of Notre Dame

Susan Koret, Board Chair

Susan KoretSusan Koret is lifetime chair of the board of the Koret Foundation. Born in Seoul, South Korea, she immigrated to the United States where, in 1979, she married Joseph Koret and converted to Judaism. Since the death of her husband in 1982, she has sustained and enhanced his philanthropic legacy through devoted commitment to the Foundation. She is an active investor and also serves
on the boards of the American Friends of the Hebrew University, the
Fromm Institute for Lifelong Learning at the University of San Francisco,
and the Korean Center of San Francisco. She is an active supporter
of San Francisco's cultural community and minority ethnic communities,
involving herself in programs ranging from the arts to youth education.

Tad Taube, President

Tad TaubeTad Taube serves as president of the Koret Foundation and chairman of Taube Philanthropies. He is chairman and founder of the Woodmont Companies, a diversified real estate investment and management organization. He was chairman and CEO of Koracorp Industries (successor to Koret of
California) from 1973 until its merger with Levi Strauss in 1979. He
has served as trustee of the University of Notre Dame de Namur, the
University of San Francisco, and as governor of The Hebrew University
in Jerusalem.

At his alma mater, Stanford University, Mr. Taube is founder and advisory board chair of the Taube Center for Jewish Studies, established in 1986. He is a member of the Board of Overseers of the Hoover Institution and serves on its Executive Committee, and was founder and past chairman of the advisory board of
the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR). In
addition, Mr. Taube is past chair of the Stanford Athletic Board. His
involvement in Stanford Athletics includes his family’s principal gift
to Stanford’s Taube Family Tennis Stadium and his significant support
of Stanford’s new football stadium, built in 2006.

Mr. Taube was a founder of the United States Football League (USFL) in 1982 and was principal owner of the Oakland Invaders football franchise. A member of the Lincoln Club, the Commonwealth Club and numerous other civic organizations, he has received a number of
prestigious service awards and recognitions, including the Alexis de
Tocqueville Society Award presented by United Way in 1998, the Scopus
Award from the Hebrew University in 1985, and an honorary doctorate
degree from Pacific Graduate School of Psychology in 1995.

In 2004, the President of the Republic of Poland awarded Tad Taube Poland’s highest civilian medal — The Commander’s Cross — and three years later, in 2007, the Republic of Poland named Mr. Taube Honorary Consul for the San Francisco peninsula region.

Also in 2007, Mr. Taube received the Corporate Citizenship Award from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The Forward newspaper recognized him as one of its Forward Fifty most influential Jews in America.

Mr. Taube holds BS and MS degrees from Stanford University and served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. He is married to Dianne Panos Taube and he has six children ranging in age from 5 to 50.

Richard Atkinson

Richard AtkinsonRetired as the president of the University of California in 2003, Richard Atkinson has also served as chancellor of the University of California, San Diego. Appointed director of the National Science Foundation by President Jimmy Carter, Dr. Atkinson’s national and international science policies included negotiating the first memorandum
of understanding in history between the People's Republic of China
and the United States. He was a long-standing
faculty member at Stanford University, serving as a professor of psychology
and holding appointments
in the School of Engineering, the School of Education, the Applied
Mathematics and Statistics Laboratories, and the Institute for Mathematical
Studies in the Social Sciences.

Dr. Atkinson's research dealt with problems of memory and cognition. His theory of human memory has helped clarify the relationship between brain structures and psychological phenomena, explaining the effects of drugs on memory and formulation of techniques to optimize learning. He developed one of the first computer-controlled systems for instruction — a
prototype for the commercial development of computer-assisted instruction,
which focused primarily on reading for young school children. A co-founder
of the Computer Curriculum Corporation, his scientific contributions
resulted in his election to the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute
of Medicine, the National Academy of Education, and the American Philosophical
Society. Past president of the American Association for the Advancement
of Science, he is former chair of the Association of American Universities.
A mountain in Antarctica has been named in his honor.

Michael J. Boskin

Michael J. BoskinMichael J. Boskin is Tully M. Friedman Professor of Economics and senior fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He is also research associate, National Bureau of Economic Research. An advisor
to governments and global businesses , Dr. Boskin serves on several
corporate and philanthropic boards of directors. He served as chairman
of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) from 1989
to 1993. The independent Council for Excellence in Government rated
Dr. Boskin’s CEA one of the five most respected agencies (out
of 100) in the federal government. He chaired the highly influential
blue-ribbon Consumer Price Index Commission, whose report has
transformed the way government statistical agencies around the world
measure inflation, GDP, and productivity.

Dr. Boskin received his B.A. with highest honors in economics and the Chancellor’s Award as outstanding undergraduate in 1967 from the University of California , Berkeley, where he also received his M.A. in 1968 and his Ph.D. in 1971. In addition to Stanford and the University of California, he has taught at Harvard and Yale. The author
of more than 100 books and articles, he is internationally recognized
for his research on world economic growth, tax and budget theory and
policy ; U.S. saving and consumption patterns ; and the implications
of changing technology and demography on capital, labor, and product

Dr. Boskin has received numerous professional awards and citations, including Stanford’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 1988, the National Association for Business Economists’ Abramson Award for outstanding research and its Distinguished Fellow Award, the Medal of the President of the Italian Republic in 1991 for his contributions
to global economic understanding, and the 1998 Adam Smith Prize for
outstanding contributions to economics.

William K. Coblentz

William K. CoblentzWilliam K. Coblentz is a senior partner with the law firm of Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass, LLP. A former chair of the Board of Regents of the University of California, he presently serves on the boards of the McClatchy Company, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Children Now, University of California Press, and the University
of California , San Francisco Medical Center Foundation. He is
a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, San Francisco ; the American
Bar Association ; the Association of the Bar of the City of New York; the
American Law Institute; and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Mr. Coblentz was formerly a member of the board of directors of the Pacific Telesis Group, the San Francisco Airports Commission, Vidal Sassoon, Inc., and Mervyns ; he was a visiting fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford University, and an adjunct professor at the Haas School of Business,
University of California, Berkeley.

Anita Friedman

Jewish Family & Children’s Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin & Sonoma Counties, Executive Director

Anita FriedmanDr. Anita Friedman has served for nearly 30 years as executive director of Jewish Family and Children’s Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties, one of the largest family service institutions in the United States, with 13 Bay Area offices in five
counties serving more than 58,000 children, adults and seniors each
year. She is a frequent lecturer and writer on issues of Jewish
communal service, mental health and innovative business models for the
provision of human services.

In addition to serving on the Koret Foundation Advisory Board, and on the board of the American Friends of Koret Israel Economic Development Funds, Dr. Friedman serves on various local, state, national and international boards and commissions. Among them are the Human Services Commission for the City
and County of San Francisco and the International Board of Trustees for
the World Council of Jewish Communal Service. She has consulted with
the State of Israel’s Ministry of Social Affairs on best practices in
serving children and families, and her breakthrough work to acclimate
Soviet Jews to American life has won her accolades from dignitaries the
world over.

A licensed clinical social worker specializing in mental health services for families and couples, Dr. Friedman has received high praise and numerous awards, including the State of California Family Service Council Leadership Award, the International Louis Kraft Award for Jewish communal service; the Myrtle
Wreath Award, Hadassah’s highest honor; the Jewish Community
Federation's Professional of the Year Award; and the Koret Prize for
leadership in community service. She is a graduate of the prestigious
Wexner Heritage Foundation fellowship.

Dr. Friedman completed undergraduate studies at the University of California at Berkeley, and her doctoral degree in organizational psychology at the University of San Francisco. The daughter of Holocaust survivors, she and her husband live in San Francisco and have three sons.

Robert Friend

Robert FriendRobert Friend is president of Howard Properties of San Francisco, a privately held real estate investment company. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, he serves as president of the Friend Family Foundation, chairman of UCSF’s Diabetes Advisory Committee, and chairman of Summer Search San Francisco, a program that challenges
low-income high school students to develop character and leadership
by providing year-round mentoring, life-changing summer experiences,
college advising, and a lasting support network.

In addition, Mr. Friend is a member of the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee at UCSF and serves on the boards of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture, the Bernard Osher Foundation, and several other supporting foundations of San Francisco’s Jewish Community Endowment Fund.

Richard L. Greene

Richard L. GreeneRichard L. Greene is a specialist in tax law and a founding partner of the law firm Greene, Radovsky, Maloney, Share & Hennigh. He is a frequent lecturer in the tax field and a recipient of the V. Judson Klein Award for outstanding contributions to the field of taxation. He has served
as co-chairman of the executive committee of the State Bar of California
Taxation Section, past president of the San Francisco Barristers Club’s
Tax Section, and president of the San Francisco Tax Litigation Club.
Mr. Greene has also served as adjunct professor at Boalt Hall School
of Law, conducted seminars at Stanford
University and Hastings College
of the Law, and taught courses at the University of San Francisco Law
School. He is the president of the board of trustees of the San Francisco
Museum of Modern Art.

Mr. Greene is a trustee of the Berkeley Foundation ; a member of the advisory boards of the Bancroft Library and the Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy ; and a director of the Fromm Institute for Lifelong Learning. He also serves as a director of other private charitable foundations.

Stanley Herzstein

Stanely HerzsteinStanley Herzstein is former president of the men’s division of Koracorp, a subsidiary of Koret of California, where he worked with Joseph Koret for 30 years. He has served on the boards of the Jewish Home, San Francisco ; the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula,
Marin and Sonoma Counties; Pacific Bank; San Francisco State University
College of Business; American Committee for Shaare Zedek Medical Center;
Market Street Development Association; International Society of General
Semantics (now the Institute of General Semantics); and the San Francisco
City Task Force on Aging. He is past president of the San Francisco
Commission on Aging and a past president of the Institute on Aging.

Abraham D. Sofaer

Abraham D. SofaerAbraham D. Sofaer is the George P. Shultz Distinguished Scholar and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. He previously served as a federal district judge in New York and as legal adviser to the U. S. Department of State. Prior to that time he was a professor of
law at Columbia University, where he focused on separation of powers
issues in the American system of government, including the power over
war. He has also served as assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern
District of New York and was a clerk to Judge J. Skelly Wright on the
U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., and to the Honorable William
J. Brennan Jr., associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United
States. Currently, he concentrates on issues related to terrorism,
international law, diplomacy, and national security.

He has written many articles on terrorism, the Middle East peace process, and the use of force in international affairs. When he was a professor at Columbia University, he wrote a book about the constitutional powers of Congress and the President to control or affect the use of force. As an administrative judge in New York state, he presided over
the first major environmental action involving PCBs. After leaving
the Department of State, he practiced law at Hughes, Hubbard and Reed
in Washington, D.C. As U.S. district judge for the Southern District
of New York, he handled several high-profile cases, including the libel
action against Time magazine by then Israeli general and later
prime minister, Ariel Sharon. He was awarded an honorary doctorate
from Yeshiva University. He is president of the American Friends of
the Koret Israel Economic Development Funds and is a founding trustee
and chairman of the board of the Jazz Museum in Harlem. He serves
on other corporate and charitable boards.

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Subject: FW: ECOCIDE/GENOCIDE IN IRAQ WITH RADIOACTIVE WARFARE (DELETED URANIUM RADIATION WEAPONS) RE: [v911t] Oregon Soldiers Sue KBR for Exposure to Cancer-causing Chemical in Iraq

From: Lynn Surgalla []
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URANIUM RADIATION WEAPONS) RE: [v911t] Oregon Soldiers Sue KBR for Exposure to
Cancer-causing Chemical in Iraq

MORET: Yes, and that’s exactly what it is. We’ve conducted four nuclear wars since 1991. Yeah, these are nuclear wars. DU is a nuclear weapon.

ICONOCLAST: From the point of view of a scientist, what needs to happen to correct this?

MORET: Well, we need to stop the use of it. We’ve built an international movement to stop the use, the manufacture, the storage, the sales, and the deployment of depleted uranium weapons.

ICONOCLAST: Are the munitions we sell to other countries contained with depleted uranium?

MORET: We have. In 1968 the first depleted uranium weapons systems that we found a patent for suddenly appeared in the U.S. patent office.

It was for the Navy.

It was sort of a Gatling gun style weapon system that you mounted on ships.

It rapidly fires like 2,500 bullets a minute.

It’s over 3,000 now.

They’ve improved the design.

Then in 1973, we gave depleted uranium weapons systems to the Israelis and supervised their use. They used them in the Arab-Israeli war and completely wiped out the Arabs in five days. Then the show was on the road. That was the first actual battlefield demonstration of this new
weapon system.

Hughes Aircraft developed the full-length system which is for the Navy. That’s the Gatling gun system. They still use it. That was produced in 1974 and tested. Within six months the U.S. government had sold the DU weapons system to 12 entities which included many branches of the U.S.
military and other counties.

We’ve sold DU weapons systems to about — we don’t know exactly for sure — it’s been about 12 or 17 countries.

The good news is that normally such a weapons system that effective would have been sold to 80, 100, or 120 countries by now.

But because of the radiological, biological, and environmental hazard, countries were not only afraid to buy it, the ones who did buy it are afraid to use it.

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Only countries that have used DU as weapon are Britain, the U.S., and Israel

The only countries we know that have used DU are Britain, the U.S., and Israel.

The United Nations in 1996 passed a resolution that depleted uranium weapons are weapons of mass destruction, and they are illegal under all international laws and treaties.

In 2001, the European Parliament passed a resolution on DU.

What happened is that the NATO forces went into Yugoslavia in 1998 and ’99 and flew 39,000 bombing runs and completely bombed Yugoslavia into radioactive rubble.

Germany and the U.S. made the most money on the destruction of Yugoslavia, and they made sure that countries that didn’t know about the DU, that the peacekeepers from those countries like from Italy and Portugal, were sent to the most contaminated regions in Yugoslavia.

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Chemical in Iraq

Oregon soldiers sue KBR for exposure to cancer-causing chemical in Iraq

by Julie Sullivan, The Oregonian

Monday June 08, 2009, 7:13 PM

Five current and former Oregon Army National Guard soldiers filed suit Monday against a war contractor that they say knowingly exposed them to a cancer-causing chemical in Iraq.

The suit alleges that managers from Kellogg, Brown & Root, or KBR, of Houston knew before the Oregon Guard arrived at the Qarmat Ali water treatment plant in May 2003 that the site was contaminated by hexavalent chromium, a highly toxic and long-identified carcinogen.

The plaintiffs allege the company either failed to do the required testing a month before the Guard arrived or destroyed the records to conceal the contamination. KBR also discounted soldiers' and civilians' bloody noses and other symptoms of exposure as sand allergies.

The Oregon Guard had been assigned to protect civilian employees working at the treatment plant, a key component of Iraqi oil production.

In a written statement Monday, KBR director of communications Heather L. Browne said the company appropriately notified the Army Corps of Engineers, which oversaw the contractor's work.

"KBR has provided the results of environmental testing and assessments to the U.S. Military and will continue to fully cooperate with the government on this issue," she wrote. "KBR did not knowingly harm troops."

According to the suit filed in U.S. District Court in Portland, KBR's health safety manager in southern Iraq knew in May 2003 the plant was contaminated with sodium dichromate, a corrosion fighter that is almost pure hexavalent chromium. (The military believes Saddam loyalists opened and scattered bags of it as they fled the plant.) Plaintiffs allege that KBR managers repeatedly told
U.S. and British soldiers there was no danger, even after blood tests on
civilian workers later confirmed elevated chromium levels.

The suit says the five plaintiffs developed symptoms of hexavalent chromium poisoning and continue to suffer breathing problems, stomach and esophageal ulcers and headaches, and face a greater risk of cancer and impact on their offspring. The Oregon troops served with the 1st Battalion, 162nd Infantry Division that rotated through duties guarding civilians at Qarmat Ali
from April to June 2003.

Four of the plaintiffs -- Larry Roberta, of Aumsville, Scott Ashby of Lake Oswego. Rocky Bixby of Hillsboro and Matthew Hadley of Aloha -- completed their Guard obligation and are civilians. Capt. Charles Ellis of Junction City remains with the Guard and is deploying to Iraq with the 41st Infantry Brigade in July.

Last month, Roberta and Ashby testified before the Oregon Legislature, which is considering a bill to set up a small fund to help exposed soldiers who develop cancer.

Attorneys for the soldiers, David Sugerman of Portland and Michael Doyle of Houston, said they expect several West Virginia National Guard members who served at the Iraqi water plant to file a similar suit. Last year, 16 Indiana National Guard members who replaced the Oregon troops at Qarmat Ali and 10 civilian contractors who worked at the facility also sued KBR. Under federal
rules, civilians working on military bases are limited in their ability to sue
employers, and that case has been in a confidential arbitration.

Since news coverage by The Oregonian in January, more than two dozen Oregon veterans have asked to be placed on a registry and more than a dozen have reported health issues to the National Guard or VA, mostly breathing problems.

The Oregon Army National Guard is still asking soldiers who may have served with the 1-162 to contact the Guard at 503-584-2285 or the Portland Veterans Administration at 800-949-1004, ext. 52852, for more information on registering their exposure.


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Comment by ron on August 4, 2009 at 3:42am
Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, July/August 2004,
pages 54-55

The Mideast in the Midwest

A Midwest Jewish Activist Helps Fight Zionist Mind Control in America

By Betsy Mayfield

Henry Herskovitz at the April 23 demonstration in front of the Peoria, IL corporate headquarters of Caterpillar, Inc. to protest Israel’s
use of its bulldozers to demolish Palestinian homes. In March
2003 an IDF-driven Caterpillar crushed to death American
peace activist Rachel Corrie (staff photo B. Mayfield).

[PALESTINIANS] are not a rabble but a nation, perhaps somewhat tattered, but still living. A living people makes such enormous concession on such fateful questions [as colonialization] when
there is no hope left. Only when not a single breach is visible
in the iron wall, only then do extreme groups lose their sway
and influence transfers to moderate groups. Only then would these
moderate groups come to us with proposals for mutual concessions
on such fateful questions like guarantees against expulsion,
or equality and national autonomy.…the only path to such an agreement
is the iron wall, that is to say the strengthening in Palestine
of a government without any kind of Arab influence, that is to
say one against which the Arabs will fight. In other words, for
us the only path to an agreement in the future is an absolute
refusal of any attempts at an agreement now.

—Vladimir Jabotinsky, 1923

Driving from Ann Arbor, Michigan, to Ames, Iowa, in mid-January is not a trip one embarks upon without good cause. But Henry Herskovitz believes his cause is good. He knows that in America’s Midwest
a public relations war is being waged to secure unquestioning support
for Israel. The Jewish Michigander wants to reach the hearts and
minds of Midwesterners. He seeks not to control minds, but rather
urges people—especially those raised to value Zionism above all
else—to become aware and to think for themselves. Herskovitz wants
Jews and non-Jews to think about Israeli occupation; the false
suggestion that all Palestinians are antidemocratic radicals; and
the tactics used to silence those who dare speak out in recognition
of the political, economic and social imbalance that Israel has
over the Christian and Muslim Arabs.

An American Jewish objector to Israel’s colonial and violent occupation of Palestine, Herskovitz made the trek to Ames, Iowa, with filmmaker Thom Saffold, to see if any members of the Ames
Jewish community would talk to him about American Jewish support
of the Israel-First policy. He came in response to a request by
organizers (including the author) of “Palestine Unabridged,” a
three-month film series held at the Ames Public Library from Sept.
11 to Dec. 11, 2003. The series offered alternative views on the
Israel-Palestine conflict.

Here in Iowa, Revisionist Zionists—the ideological descendants of Vladimir Jabotinsky—are determined “to make someone pay” for the film series’ success. Some 30 to 50 Jewish and Christian Zionists
still are stunned that the familiar accusation of “anti-Semitic” failed
to shut down the film series, nor did slander, isolation or dirty
tricks against series organizers have the desired effect. Of a
population of 50,000, this small group of Revisionist Zionist sympathizers,
aided by the Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines, tried to
get two of our librarians fired, remove a leader of the Ames Interfaith
Council, and dismiss a young Chicano activist who dared place a “Palestine
Unabridged” poster in the window of his not-for-profit community
office. Explained one Zionist, “We cannot allow American institutions
to become a platform for anti-Israel thinking.”

But the Ames Public Library, the City of Ames and the organizations sponsoring “Palestine Unabridged” refused to be deterred by the frequently employed tactic of interrupting and changing the subject
from Palestine to Israel. Initially, the Zionist opponents of free
speech and thought resorted to calling in a local fire marshal
to turn on lights in the middle of the film “Rana’s Wedding” to
see if the library had allowed more people in the auditorium than
fire codes permit. The opening night ruse did not succeed, and
the show went on—for 11 more weeks. One hundred or more people
attended each film and 30 to 60 participants discussed the issues
at a local coffee house on alternate weeks.

Have Cause, Will Travel

Henry Herskovitz has not always waved the flag for the Palestinian cause. An engineer focused on his successful career, Herskovitz spent little energy investigating what was going on
in Palestine. Then, he retired. “I decided I had to go and see
firsthand what the conflict was all about,” he explained. “Of course,
I had read about it over the years, but I really didn’t have a
good grasp of the situation. I spent all my adult life using engineering
to fix things, but I knew that I had to have experience to develop
real insight into a mechanical problem and, certainly, into this
seemingly untenable human problem. Israel always seemed like a
good idea to me, but I had questions.”

After a 2002 visit to Israel/Palestine, Herskovitz returned to Ann Arbor a changed man.His questions had been answered by firsthand experience. Active in the Ann Arbor peacecommunity, Herskovitz
assumed he would have no trouble telling his friends and fellow
Jewish community members about his trip and the disturbing realizations
still reverberating in his head. He prepared a Power Point presentation
about the Israeli checkpoints, home demolitions, needless killings
and the attitude which he saw as destroying not only the Palestinians,
but the Israelis, as well. Expectantly, Herskovitz called on the
local rabbi to arrange a date for a showing. The answer was a shock. “No,” he
was told by Temple Beth Emeth (Reformed), Beth Israel Congregation
(Conservative), Chabad House (Orthodox), and the Jewish Community

Herskovitz put himself on the line. He knocked on doors until all were slammed shut once and for all. Protest, he decided, was the only option. He formed a small group called Jewish Witnesses
for Peace and friends—with a small “f” for “friends” because he
wants to make it clear that his concerns are Jewish issues. He
printed up signs that read, “THIS IS NOT MY JUDAISM,” under a picture
of the Huwarra checkpoint; “STOP U.S. AID TO ISRAEL”; and “ANN

On Sept. 13, 2003, as we in Ames were just beginning our film series, Herskovitz and a dozen others began weekly peaceful vigils outside Ann Arbor synagogues on Saturdays. They could not fail
to be seen by those coming and going to prayers and study.

After more than six months of weekly protest, Herskovitz says the best he can get from his “old” friends are comments such as,“I don’t want to have a discussion with you, but I want to tell you
just one thing...”

Explains Herskovitz, “This one-way ‘conversation’ expressed how unhappy our vigils made [the woman]. As she walked away, we explained that it is not our intent to make anyone unhappy. However, her
question begs inspection. If she had hung around, we would have
asked: ‘What is contained in our message that you find painful?
And why is that message painful to you?’”

When Herskovitz came to Ames this past January 2004, only one Jewish friend of the author’s, a moderate Zionist, would speak with him. Herskovitz gave him his card and said, “If you can get
10 Jewish or Zionist folks from Ames to talk to me, I’ll drive
back anytime.” That has yet to happen.

We Dared to Speak Out

Having produced a successful film series despite continuing efforts to silence us, Ames festival organizers are still paying a price for our determination. Economic threats, social isolation
and hate-based rhetoric continue as our Zionist opposition is determined
to let the rest of the community know the turmoil they will create
for anyone who speaks out against the Israeli occupation. Revisionist
Zionists continue to insist on an official, public apology.

One series objector who now works for our local paper never fails to flaunt her disdain for “Palestine Unabridged” when she visits the Ames Public Library and talks to library staff. As she and
others told us on the last night of our program, “What you did
was a mistake.”

Other partisans of Israel have spent the last four months harassing the library board, demanding a public apology and “unofficial” censorship through policy changes designed to deny the public access to programs
critical of Israel. As Joel Beinin wrote in “Thought Control for
Middle East Studies,” his March 31 Common Dreams critique
of the Zionist tweaking of Title VI of the U.S. Higher Education
Act, the idea is “to study, monitor, apprise, and evaluate” suspect
programs at American universities. According to Beinin, Washington
neocons want “to assert political control over teaching, research,
and public programs” so that Americans will remain oblivious to
anything unfavorable to Israel or America’s support of Israeli

In Ames, Iowa, we are discovering that this kind of mind control is occurring outside the academy, as well.

Henry Herskovitz in Ann Arbor and our small group here in Ames have put ourselves on the line in an effort to make people aware ofthe evils of colonization in Palestine and the use of the “anti-Semite” label
to stifle debate. As of mid-April, Herskovitz reported, the executive
director of the Jewish Federation of Washtenaw County solicited
letters from socially prominent Ann Arbor community members. Thirteen
people have responded, writing anti-Herskovitz letters to the local
Ann Arbor news. Letters in support of “vigillers” are increasing,

Henry Herskovitz knows that peace starts with just one voice, and he is as encouraged as we are. Jewish Witnesses for Peace and friends, the “Palestine Unabridged” series, and the actions of
Information Age groups everywhere are signs of a growing grassroots
momentum. The work for peace has just begun.

Betsy Mayfield is a writer and activist based in Ames, Iowa.


Henry Herskovitz In His Own Words

Jewish Americans Can Help End Conflict (letter to the Feb. 25, 2004 Ann Arbor News):

Our group, formed last year, is called “Jewish Witnesses for Peace and friends.” We hold silent vigils in front of Beth Israel Congregation primarily to raise awareness of
the effects of Israel’s 36-year-old illegal occupation of
Palestinian land. Our venue is the synagogue, because the
audience we wish to address is mainstream American Jews,
very much like ourselves.

Many of the Jewish people who attend synagogue are those who financially and politically support Israel. Our goal is to end this funding of Israel’s occupation, financed by
individual contributions, and by our tax dollars and loan
guarantees. Ending the occupation is the most logical and
necessary way to bring a just and lasting peace to the region.
The estimated amount of money donated through these sources
totals $15 million every day (Source: Washington Report
on Middle East Affairs

Our vigil accomplishes much more, however. To non-Jews, who might be critical of Israeli policies but too concerned to speak lest they be labeled “anti-Semites,” we offer them
the observance that Jewish Americans come forth and criticize
the Israeli government.

The Jewish community can play a vital and significant role in reducing the continuing slaughter of innocents in Israel and Palestine, both Jewish and Palestinian. Many in our group
have been to Palestine and have witnessed firsthand the horrors
of occupation.

Henry Herskovitz, Ann Arbor

On AIPAC’s Chicago Conference, “The Israel Summit—Tools for Action”

Perhaps most shocking to this observer was the nationalist tone set by this conference. A large room with hundreds of dining tables housed 1,600 attendees (650 students). At the
front, on stage, stood the speakers’ table flooded in bright
light. Flanking the speakers were four national flags: two
Israeli (large and small) on the speaker’s left, and like-sized
United States flags, on his/her right.

The show of power of this lobby was not limited just to physical surroundings. Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin and nine Illinois congressional representatives each spoke about their
commitment to Israel, and to the goal of AIPAC—“Stengthening
the U.S.-Israel relationship.” Jesse Jackson, Jr. spoke of
his AIPAC-sponsored trip to Israel, and thanked the organization
along with local rabbis (esp. Rabbi David Saperstein) for
the privilege of traveling there. He declared “most moving” was
his trip to Yad Vashem, Jerusalem’s Holocaust Memorial, and
subsequent “need” for the Jewish State. Congresswoman Jan
Schakowsky explained how helpful AIPAC is to citizens running
for Congress: they will help the politician-to-be draft his/her
Israel solidarity statement.

And wealth: Many of the 650 students in attendance were flown in at the expense of just three local businessmen. The ability to raise funds for Israel is just one of AIPAC’s
many strengths. As peace activists dedicated to Palestinian
self-determination, we have our work cut out for ourselves.

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