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Posted in: Israel, Letters To Readers

Published on Jul 09, 2010 by Phyllis Chesler

Written for Pajamas Media

Making A Difference

Can we, the people, actually do so?


Sometimes, we can. For example, the worldwide campaign to stop Iran from stoning Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani has, apparently borne some fruit. Today the Iranian leadership has announced that it will not stone Sakineh. (Of course, after imprisoning her for four terrible years, the mullahs may choose to hang or shoot her instead).

For those who are unfamiliar with Iran's foul practice of stoning, allow me to recommend the book The Stoning of Soraya M and the movie which it is based upon. Here is my review of the movie.

I have written here before about the plight of Western women who have married Arab and Muslim men and who now find themselves trapped in a foreign country unable to leave together with their children, whose custody belongs to the father under Shariah law. Most recently, I have written about Yazmin Maribel Bautista. Yazmin is in hiding in Bahrain. Her case remains in the courts. She has, finally, met with the American Ambassador who is "concerned," "aware," but, after meeting with the Prime and Foreign Ministers of Bahrain, has become convinced that "matters are not easy." Yazmin and her supporters have set up an account. You could make a difference by sending her a donation. It may help free two American citizens trapped behind the Veiled Curtain. C'mon, make my day.

Bank name: Wells Fargo Bank
Routing number:122105278 (Phoenix, Arizona)
Account number: 123841378

Wire transfers:
Domestic wires: 121000248
International wires: WFBIUS6S

Yazmin Maribel Bautista, left, and her daughter, Fatima Sadiq Al-Saffar.

Last but not least: I no longer believe that street theatre or street activism is "where it's at"; we need to identify, expose, delegitimize and cut off the funding of terrorism and the fomenting of hatred against infidels. Then again, wherever the preachers of hate turn up, we must be there to oppose them. Thus, allow me to congratulate those activists who, in the sweltering heat in New York City, turned out to welcome Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. Of course, as usual, they faced a group that was double their size who had also turned out–but to denounce him.

Nevertheless, the report I got from journalist Fern Sidman certainly cheered me up and changed my day. I bet it cheered Prime Minister Netanyahu up too.

NEW YORK JEWS WELCOME NETANYAHU

BY: FERN SIDMAN

"Welcome to New York City, Mr. Prime Minister" was the rallying cry of the day as over 150 zealously pro-Israel supporters gathered outside the Council on Foreign Relations on Manhattan's upper east side on Thursday afternoon, July 8th to greet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as he delivered an address on Israel's role in the global community.

"My question is: Who is the real Barack Obama?" declared New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D) who represents the 48th assembly district in Borough Park, Brooklyn. Hikind, a featured speaker at the demonstration is also a longtime Jewish activist. "There is nothing like an election year that would serve as an impetus for the President of the United States to actually treat the Prime Minister of Israel with respect" Hikind declared. "It is Hamas who has publicly proclaimed its commitment to violence and it is Israel who has many every effort towards a long range peace with the Palestinians including making the most painful decision to evacuate Jewish residents of Gush Katif in 2005″ he said.

"The State of Israel wants peace and has done everything in its power to achieve it, but the only thing standing in the way are such purported "peace partners" as Hamas and Hezbollah who have vowed to obliterate Israel with the help of their financial backers such as Iran", said Avi Posnick, New York City chapter chairman of Stand With Us.

Posnick's comments come only a day after Prime Minister Netanyahu met with President Barack Obama in closed door meetings at the oval office of the White House. Responding to reports of the demise of the U.S.-Israel relationship, Netanyahu said they are "flat wrong." In contrast to the icy reception accorded the Israeli prime minister by the US president back in May of this year, the two leaders presented a united front with President Obama telling reporters, "The United States is committed to Israel's security. We are committed to that special bond. And we are going to do what's required to back that up, not just with words, but with actions."

For the Israeli leader's part, Netanyahu said of the seemingly intractable Israeli-Palestinian conflict, "We're committed to that peace. I'm committed to that peace."

Holding aloft signs saying, "Israel Has a Right to Defend Herself" and "Iran Is The Impediment to Peace", the demonstrators waved Israeli flags and chanted "Am Yisroel Chai" (the nation of Israel lives) as a formidable contingent of anti-Israel and pro-Hamas apologists stood directly across the street in opposition. Some 40 members of the anti-Zionist Chareidi organization Neturei Karta stood shoulder to shoulder with members of The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel, American Jews for a Just Peace, Adalah etc. Holding Palestinian flags and chanting, "From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free", the demonstrators called Prime Minister Netanyahu "a war criminal" for his role in the May 31st Turkish flotilla controversy.

"The Palestinian people in Gaza are living in squalor; without food, medicine and basic supplies because of Israel's blockade. We are demanding that President Obama and world leaders call for an international war crimes tribunal against the leaders of the Israeli government for their brutal execution of humanitarian activists on the Marvi Mamara" said Ahmed Husseini of the Muslim Students Foundation.

"Don't believe for even a moment that there is a humanitarian crisis in Gaza" said Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman and CEO of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. "There is no shortage of food and medicine in Gaza. Every week Israeli allows tens of thousands of pounds of food and other essential staple items into Gaza", he said. "We, too, want to end the 'siege' on Gaza. We, too, want to end the siege that has been imposed on the Palestinian people of Gaza by the Iranian proxy terrorist organization Hamas. We, too, want to see a 'free' Gaza. A Gaza that is free of rockets, missiles and deadly explosives that are smuggled in by the kinds of people who were aboard the IHH sponsored flotilla" he intoned.

Referring to the counter-protestors, Hoenlein said, "Despite the signs they hold that designate themselves as humanitarians, the clearly stated objectives of these people is the annihilation of Israel. We must let the world know that those who are enemies of Israel are also enemies of freedom, democracy, justice and liberty and they threaten Western civilization as we know it."

You may read a longer version of this piece soon up at Arutz Sheva.

Sometimes, we can. For example, the worldwide campaign to stop Iran from stoning Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani has, apparently borne some fruit. Today the Iranian leadership has announced that it will not stone Sakineh. (Of course, after imprisoning her for four terrible years, the mullahs may choose to hang or shoot her instead).


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